Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fear the Walking Dead (2015)

Last night, I just finished the most recently released TPB of The Walking Dead, #23: "Whispers into Screams."  I am pretty darn sure that I can say that I've never read more pages of a single comic than The Walking Dead, and I've already pre-ordered #24 of The Walking Dead TPBs. I read both compendiums, and naturally, after completing them, I  had to start reading the TPBs. I would love to be current and read the comic issue by issue. Who wouldn't?

However, that would send me on a tailspin of going back and attempting to collect the 1st printings of the entire series, and collecting them as they come out. Unfortunately, I am not that kind of fan boy. I not only do not have that kind of money, but also cannot endure these types of obsessions in my old age. Instead, I lead a simple life by waiting patiently for the TPBs to come out every few months.
I didn't have cable television while season five aired, so I am waiting for the DVDs/Blurays to come out on Tuesday via Netflix DVD in order to be caught up with the original series. I hear something juicy happens, but doesn't something juicy happen in every season of The Walking Dead?

I feel as though I should not look up certain shows on IMDB. While not always the case, I've had the unfortunate spoiler of knowing that a particular character dies just by looking at their episode count. I may have fallen in this trap by viewing the cast list of Fear the Walking Dead on IMDB, but I will not know until the end of the season. Nonetheless, don't look up some shows on IMDB fair reader, or at least attempt to avoid how many episodes the actors have a role.

Fear the Walking Dead is really cool. Although I was excited for the premiere, I was not excited as I thought I would have been. I certainly wouldn't say that my fire for all things Walking Dead has gone out, but there is an element to the simple existence of this show that seems, dare I say, contrived, forced, and/or gimmicky. Regardless, I am happy to have a new show.

The characters are interesting, the plot is definitely worth following, I've always liked Cliff Curtis' work, and the special/walker effects already seem a step above The Walking Dead. Meanwhile, it's also cool to have the show set in Los Angeles. The boisterous setting of L.A. alone will provide a variety of badass elements for the writers to draw from. While it is too early to say that I love Fear the Walking Dead, I highly doubt that it will take me long to give away my heart to yet another AMC show.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Maze Runner (2014)

http://amzn.to/1NobIvwWell, this movie was a pleasant surprise, and I look forward to the continuation. I just caught this movie on HBO, and it seems as though there was something wrong with the film's marketing.

However, with a domestic gross > $100 million and a production budget of approximately $35 million, it's not like the marketing hurt the numbers. Meanwhile, this fucker earned > $330 million worldwide according to IMDB.

Instead, I feel as though an older audience should have been targeted as well as the kids, but that's just me.

While some might argue that the film, and subsequent series, belongs among the ranks of the Twilight, Hunger Games, or some other Harry Potteresque fan fare, I found The Maze Runner to be, at very least, a step above the aforementioned franchises. That said, I am not a fan of the aforementioned franchises whatsoever.

The story line of The Maze Runner is interesting. The concept is cool. The mosters are creepy, and the general tone of the film has a grittier edge that suits my palate. While I am not aching to buy the Blu-ray combo pack or in a hurry to read the books, The Maze Runner was certainly more interesting than I expected.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Creep (2014)


I've been a moderate fan of Mark Duplass as a filmmaker and an actor for a few years, but Creep quickly pushes Duplass onto my list of favorites.

Patrick Brice (director and co-star) is badass too, but until Creep I had never heard of him. This movie is sensational for many unexpected reasons. Creep is dark humor at its finest, and the film lives up to the name eloquently.

Side note: The randomness of watching Creep is another reason why Netflix streaming (and/or dvds for that matter) is one of the most amazing services on the planet.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Italian Film - Part I

I am addicted to the Italian language (la lingua italiana,) and Italian film. I am not only talking about films made and performed in Italian, but also films made in America that are dubbed in Italian. Admittedly, I am an institutionalized student of Italian, so my desire for Italian dubbing is slanted. One might argue that everything sounds better in Italian.
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But that is not necessarily my argument. I love the Italian and English language equally. However, these days nothing beats American cinema.

My experience is merely enhanced by having the option to watch a film in Italian with English subtitles or in English with Italian subtitles. Sometimes I get super crazy and watch an America film with Italian dubbing and no subtitles.

You must see This is the End dubbed in Italian.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Some of our reviews, blurbs, and blogs, because of an all-too-long hiatus, come late to the game. However, Mad Max: Fury Road continues to be worthy of mention and praise.  

Mad Max: Fury Road is summer blockbusting at its finest. The film is not only a "must see," but also a "must own" on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. I was never much of a fan of the original Mad Max films, but I am a huge fan of Fury Road and Tom Hardy's performance as Max. Additionally, seeing the film in 3D was a beautiful experience.

Some say, that Hollywood merely recycles old ideas, sequelizes, and reboots into oblivion because of a lack of originality and fresh idea. However, Mad Max: Fury Road provides evidence that some films need a good ol' fashioned reboot and/or sequel in order to truly shine.

Please note: because I am not a big fan of the originals, I'm not sure whether Fury Road would be considered a reboot or a sequel. The film is made by the same person (George Miller) that made all of the originals (and Happy Feet 1 and 2,) so for me the distinction is blurred.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Mortdecai (2015)


Johnny Depp has won me over once again. Just when I think he's losing his touch, he surprises me with another amazing performance and film.  

Mortdecai is hysterical, and I would suggest ignoring the bad reviews. They serve merely as an identification of a viewer/critic with a stick up their ass.

After watching the preview, I thought my opinions would align with the onslaught of harsh criticism given to Mortdecai, but it seems to me that Mortdecai is highly underrated.

Fuck it, make a sequel. Respect for David Koepp. I even bought the Blu-ray.

Not every joke was spot on. However, it made me laugh quite a bit, and that's not always an easy task.

12% on Rotten Tomatoes. That's just silly. An abomination frankly.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Imperials (2015)

written and directed 
Jofrin Pezzati 

Brandon Hannifin
Tyler Burke

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Update to include video of short film upon release.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Magic Mike XXL (2015)

Magic Mike XXL may be the only time that I have ever shouted, "That was the worst movie ever" once the credits rolled. (Some ladies in the crowd were upset by my boisterous statement.)

http://amzn.to/1L0leEU The ending was awful and nothing really happened. It was also the most awkward theater going experience I've ever had. I went with my mother and sister for my sister's birthday.

Meanwhile, the worst performance in the film was Jada Pinkett. The dudes did pretty well, but Jada was downright irritating. Although it may be one of the worst movies of all time, I still recommend seeing Magic Mike XXL.

There were some cool aspects of the movie, and it had heart when you'd least expect it. Honestly, some of the scenes were incredibly hilarious. If nothing else, Magic Mike 2 was fun.

Monday, August 10, 2015

True Detective (2015)

Man this showing is amazing. Both seasons.

The opening sequence of season two featuring Leonard Cohen's Nevermind is awe inspiring.

An elegant simplicity layered onto complexity.

I fucking love it!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Hiatus or Sheer Laziness?

Wow it has been a year since our last post!
This might suggest that procrastination won the war, and we hide in silence licking our wounds.

However, whether silent or loud, we march toward victory. Lurking in the shadows, we waited. Training and sharpening our swords, our determination grew stronger. A light in the
distance often shines brighter than we imagine.

We had to change reels, and in the process the theater burnt down. How many gaffers does it take to screw in a light bulb? The buttered popcorn is plain.

This post is stupid. The point is the blog is back. There will be more posts, more joy, more kindness, more UTDF productions, and probably more irreverence. It is our goal to post multiple times a week (> twice a week from here on out.) While no guarantees are made that this goal will be accomplished, I gurantee that there will be more than one post a year from here on out.

Thanks for reading.