Mr. Cellophane

In a location adjacent to a place in a city of some significance, what comes out of my head is plastered on the walls of this blog.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

And now, because I'm bored, I'm posting a YouTube video at the blog. This will, indeed, be a thing if I can't think of anything else to post. I post a video, say something about it and move on. Simple, no?

This is the end credits music of the 1981 horror flick Dawn of the Mummy, composed by Shuki Levy, who scored an insane amount of cartoons in the 80s and 90s. The music is stylistically similar to his work and a very catchy tune. Having seen the first ten minutes of the film (I quit out of boredom, not squeamishness, though I'd like to finish one day), I noticed that the orchestrations were by Steve Rucker, as in 'Thomas Chase and Steve Rucker'. If you didn't see Levy's name on a cartoon in the 80s, chances are that Chase and Rucker scored it.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

"Don't say...the Zed word...It's ridiculous."

Despite my misgivings about That Shot, World War Z was actually decent, save for its off-putting streak of unintentional comedy (anyone who says that they can take seriously the scene where the young scientist trips and shoots himself in the head is a goddamn liar).

The third act, however, shuffled off the silliness and won me over with its genuine suspense. Weird to think that this sequence was the result of reshoots. I read about the original ending not too long ago. It may have been more action-packed, but a moment involving Brad Pitt's character's wife...

I have no shame about saying that that ending would've a) sucked ass and balls and cock all at the same time and b) caused me to piss on the movie screen, a la Duckman.

Sometimes, overhauling a project does work.

If the impending sequel will actually follow the book, only time will tell.

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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Fall movie preview.


Riddick - Vin Diesel's other franchise returns as Riddick faces off against a group of mercenaries.

Battle of the Year - You know the drill: team of disparate misfits, down-and-out protagonist getting a shot at glory. Starring Sawyer from "Lost", Josh from "Drake and Josh" and Chris Brown. Okay. I'm gonna take a moment here. Think of your favorite Chris Brown joke. You got one? Good. We can move on.

Insidious: Chapter 2 - Man, James Wan loves ghost stories. Follow-up to the surprise hit looks creepy enough.

Rush - Two racecar drivers. One amazing friendship. (That's not a tagline, I don't think. That's how this Ron Howard-directed movie looks.)

The Family - A mob family can't let go of their old lives whilst hiding out. Looks like a lot of fun. Directed by Luc Besson.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 - Though hitting the food puns a mite too hard (It's like the film is Chris Brown and...okay, that was lame.), this sequel looks like fun.

Baggage Claim - From the writer/director of the not-bad First Sunday comes a story about a woman looking for love.

Prisoners - A father stops at nothing to learn what's become of his kidnapped daughter. Despite the impressive cast, this doesn't look engaging or entertaining in any way. I cannot believe Roger Deakins shot this!


Gravity - In what must be the most potentially harrowing film of the season, astronauts George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are lost in space.

Machete Kills - Here's hoping for truth in advertising. P.S. Everytime I see Sofia Vergara in the trailer, I think, 'that recoil must really hurt'.

Captain Phillips - True story of a cargo boat captain (Tom Hanks) and the Somali pirates that take over his craft. Directed by Paul Greengrass.

Romeo and Juliet - I'm not sure if it's this or...I don't know, "Hamlet" that's been adapted the most. The girl from True Grit is Juliet.

The Fifth Estate - The story of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the secrets he exposes.

Escape Plan - It may have taken 30+ years (the jokey Expendables cameos don't count), but Stallone and Schwarzenegger are finally in a movie together. Sly finds that he may have been betrayed in his latest attempt to bust out of prison and has to rely on jailbird Arnie for help. Can't wait.

Runner Runner - College student Justin Timberlake tries to bring down online poker maven Ben Affleck. Doesn't look too bad.

Don Jon - Written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays a guy torn between new love Scarlett Johansson and online porn. Okay, seriously? Still, the trailer made me laugh.

Carrie - Stephen King's first book gets a modern makeover, with the youngest (and prettiest*) actress yet to take on the title role.

12 Years a Slave - A free man (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is sold into slavery. Looks pretty dark, and yet, pretty intriguing.

Bad Grandpa - Johnny Knoxville and the kid from Fun Size reunite in this Borat-styled feature about a dirty old man and his grandson.

The Counselor - The mixing of Ridley Scott and the author of "No Country for Old Men" yields this thriller about a lawyer and the trouble he gets into.


Ender's Game - Based on the famed science fiction novel, with an amazing cast.

About Time - A young man uses time travel in the hopes of landing a girlfriend. Okay, why didn't I think of that?!

Free Birds - Two turkeys time-travel back to the first Thanksgiving to keep their kind off the menu. Looks slightly more ambitious than the suspiciously similar Turbo and Planes.

Thor: the Dark World - Looks darker than the first movie (and not just because of the title). I just hope that a) Rene Russo will actually get something to do and b) Kat Dennings actually gets some funny lines. (It's a little sad that she has better material on "2 Broke Girls".)

Last Vegas - Four pals hit up Vegas for one last rondelay. Splendid cast and an amusing trailer.

The Wolf of Wall Street - The rise and eventual fall of a Wall Street wheeler-dealer (Leonardo DiCaprio). A return to Goodfellas/Casino-style storytelling from Martin Scorcese. Looks like a hoot.

The Best Man Holiday - Malcolm D. Lee revisits the characters of his debut feature. Hopefully, this will wash the stench of Scary Movie 5 off of him.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Haven't read the books or seen the first movie. Still, this film is bound to make a lot of people happy.

Nebraska - Following a detour to Hawaii, Alexander Payne returns to his old stomping ground for this story of a father (Bruce Dern) and son (Will Forte).

Delivery Man - I really wish I'd seen the original movie, Starbuck, but this remake (from the same writer/director) could be charming, even if the new trailer follows the same beats as the one from the original.

Oldboy - Spike Lee's remake of the controversial cult favorite. Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and a really ridiculous hairdo on Samuel L. Jackson.

Frozen - Disney's latest animated feature takes on "The Snow Queen".

Black Nativity - A musical based on a libretto by Langston Hughes.


Out of the Furnace - When the law can't help him find his missing brother, a man takes on the search himself.

Inside Llewyn Davis - A folk singer in 60s New York tries to find success. It's a Coen brothers movie, so there's sure to be some great dialogue.

The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug - More questing, more creatures, more worn-out bladders.

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas - Madea meets Larry the Cable Guy. Can't you smell the magic?

August: Osage County - This ensemble drama about a family reuniting seems to have 'Oscar bait' written all over it.

Saving Mr. Banks - The true story about Walt Disney (Tom Hanks...sounds like a natural to me) and how he convinced novelist P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to bring "Mary Poppins" to the big screen.

American Hustle - 70s-set thriller where con artists have to roll over on other crooks. Good trailer.

Anchorman: the Legend Continues - The Channel 4 News Team hits the 80s head on. Can't wait.

The Monuments Men - This film has been described as "Inglourious Basterds meets Ocean's Eleven". Really, a description like that compels a glance, as does that cast.

47 Ronin - Keanu Reeves as a samurai. Well, if they can get away with Tom Cruise...

Jack Ryan: Shadow One - Another day, another reboot. Now, Chris Pine is playing the CIA analyst. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - Don't we all wish we could escape into a fantasy world? Ben Stiller gets to do just that.

Grudge Match - Rocky Balboa vs. Jake LaMotta. That's the basic selling point of this comedy, from the director of Tommy Boy and Get Smart.

Lone Survivor - Members of SEAL Team 10 go hunting for a Taliban leader. The title might be a spoiler, but I don't think this will have a happy ending.

* - Please don't think of me as some sort of creeper. If you were a judge in a beauty contest and the contestants were Sissy Spacek, Angela Bettis and Chloe Grace Moretz, who would you vote for? Be honest.