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Fury (Official Trailer)

I’m not a History buff, but I enjoy good War films. Besides that, Brad Pitt and Shia Labeouf are two of my favorite actors. Besides that, this looks really really good. November can’t come soon enough.

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TMNT (2014) 3D Trailer

This newest (although it’s not really new) TMNT trailer will supposedly be airing before the 3D showings of the new Spider-Man movie. The majority of the imagery is the same, but there are some cool new shots of the Turtles towards the end. 

Check it!

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Movie & A Beer - Back To The Future 3 x IBC Root Beer

          A week or so ago at the shop my friend Dr. Q, y’all know him as Gonzalo Quintero, asked me to take part in an ongoing series of write ups discussing classic films and then pairing said films with a craft beer. Gonzalo and his fellow collaborators had decided to start with the Back To The Future trilogy and I was asked to contribute a piece about the third and final film in the saga, Back To The Future Part III. I was pleasantly surprised and humbled to be asked to take part. Only, two problems persisted : 1. I’ve never seen any of the BTTF movies from start to finish and 2. I don’t drink.

          Gonzalo assured me that these were minor, irrelevant issues - or not really issues at all. Obviously, with today’s technology I could watch the film anywhere, anytime. The alcoholic beverage issue still remained, but GQ (another aptly applied nickname) told me I could just write about one of my favorite sodas. The resolution to the non-existent problem was perfect! I could choose one of my favorite sodas from the shop, pair it with the film and put my own twist on the series started by Gonzalo and his fellow collaborators.

          First things first, I had no excuse for not seeing any of the BTTF movies. I just never had up to that point. I promptly set to watching the third film. I didn’t bother watching the whole saga ‘cos I figured they’re about time travel, so why start at the beginning? Secondly, I don’t drink ‘cos I’m Straight Edge. For those who don’t know, Straight Edge is a lifestyle choice that was birthed in the early Punk/Hardcore music scene and has grown since. It means different things to different people, but to me it’s simple. Choosing to live a Straight Edge lifestyle means I don’t drink, I don’t smoke and I don’t do drugs. Living this way impairs my ability to pair a craft beer with the movie, but it doesn’t keep me from contributing a post with a bit of a different feel.

          Now that all the formalities are out of the way let’s talk about this movie and the soda I chose to accompany it. The Back To The Future trilogy is beloved by (almost) everyone. It’s a late 80s/early 90s classic that, due to its time traveling stories and action, stood the test of time while also serving up nostalgia to each generation that sees it. The third movie in the set isn’t the most popular - but it’s the only one I’ve seen all the way through, so it’s my favorite! It’s Sci-Fi meets Western this time around as Marty goes back to 1885 to find and rescue Doc Brown from dying in the past. Only thing is, Doc Brown helps Marty get back to 1885 - but if he’s dead in 1885 how is he helping Marty in 1955? Who cares? This is Back To The Future not a film by the Wachowskis.

          Minus the side-stepped logic of time travel and what not, BTTF3 is an entertaining film. I’m a Sci-Fi nerd, so I enjoyed that aspect of the flick. I also enjoy a good Western, and while this was no Tombstone, it certainly has the enjoyable tropes Westerns use. There’s bar fights, gunfights and an action scene set on a speeding locomotive; all the things you’d enjoy in a classic Western. To top that off; you get Michael J. Fox portraying his ever popular Marty McFly character and you get to take in every over-acted moment of Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown. One of my favorite scenes involves Marty practicing his quickdraw skills in a mirror while quoting Taxi Driver and Dirty Harry. And speaking of Dirty Harry, Marty uses Clint Eastwood as his alias in the Old West (a nod to BTTF2?). What’s not to love? The movie is perfect if you’re looking for humor, humorous action and Deloreans.

The (Root) Beer : 
For my beverage pairing, I decided that since the characters go back in time that I would too. And since we’re visiting the Wild West I’d try to keep it as classic as possible. I figured the best way to do that was to choose my favorite root beer, IBC. I work downtown at a local business, 5&A Dime. At the shop we offer IBC Root Beer and numerous other craft or retro sodas. I chose IBC because when I think Western I think old flavors like Sarsaparilla, Birch Beer, traditional Colas or Root Beer. IBC’s brown glass, no label, no nonsense approach made it the perfect choice for me. The appearance of the bottle screams old school. The flavor is a traditional root beer with the perfect balance of bitter and sweet. There’s no frills; IBC doesn’t try to win you over by reinventing the time machine. They stay true to the roots and maintain a classic flavor.

The Good : 
Marty McFly, Doc Brown, Deloreans and the Wild West - is there anything NOT good? Yeah, but not much. Simple story, quirky action and humor can go a long way in the 80s (1980s or 1880s apparently).

The Bad : 
The mom from Step Brothers plays Doc Brown’s love interest, Clara Clayton, and due to the PG rating we don’t get to hear her say fuck. That, and no Crispin Glover. Did I forget the poorly done Irish accents? Whatever.

The Ugly :
Sometimes this movie feels about 20 to 30 minutes too long. The IBC helped me make it through. But nothing could make those terribly done Irish accents any better.

Overall : 
Good flick and good Root Beer. I may actually watch the first two now. I actually thought it was cool too that Marty never drinks an alcholic beverage throughout the film. He asks for water, gets laughed at, and then is offered whiskey; he doesn’t drink it. He’s also given a cigar that he doesn’t smoke. Didn’t he play in a band in the first films? Props to McFly for living that Straight Edge lifestlye!

          I enjoyed watching the film and doing this piece about it. I really appreciate Dr. Q giving me the opportunity to contribute even though I don’t drink. It was cool of him, and the others, to let an outsider into their realm and offer a different perspective to the series. I’m truly grateful. This is a group effort. With each week and each new film there’s been more blog writers added to the project. You guys can check out the other pieces at the links below. Stay tuned for more movies and more posts to come from Gonzalo and company. Thanks for checking this out!

Here’s the links to the other contributing blogs - Hit ‘em up!
Craft Beer Tasters LLC
ThreeBZine
Reviews Galore
We Unite - Entertainment

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Teenage Mutant NInja Turtles (2014) TV Spot

Here’s another trailer for the new TMNT movie due out in August. Most of the footage is recycled from the first official trailer, but there’s also some brief new scenes thrown in. The most interesting new material comes in some quick shots of one of the turtles on a rocket powered skateboard, a closer look at Raphael pummeling an enemy and our first look at Master Splinter; who appears to be moments away from throwing down with the Shredder! It’s short, but full of eye catching moments.

Check it out and I’ll see y’all at the movies in August!

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My Thoughts On The TMNT Trailer

Here’s a quick list of my thoughts about the TMNT teaser trailer that released yesterday : 

- Michael Bay sucks.
- Megan Fox sucks.
- A white Shredder? That’s dumb.
- Foot Clan as mercenaries? That’s dumb.
- The Turtles look cool, but there’s a few things I would’ve done differently.
- Action seems a bit over the top, but that’s typical Michael Bay.
- Why so many lens flares? Michael Bay is producing, not directing.
- Mikey’s voice acting fits him well.
- Mikey is also pretty funny at the end. That was done well. He’s funny without seeming like an idiot.
- Leo looks pretty badass.
- The scene where the Turtles are sliding down the mountain looks pretty badass, but a bit over the top. Are there snowy mountains in New York City? Can Turtles really obliterate military style humvees? It certainly looked cool. haha
- Where’s Splinter?
- If that white guy really is Shredder, why? And if “Shredder” really did create the Turtles then how does Splinter fit into that?
- Why is Megan Fox April O’Neil again?
- Why is Michael Bay involved again? They could’ve paid me much less.

What do you guys think of the trailer and our first look at the heroes in a half shell? Let me know.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Teaser Trailer

It’s finally here! After hearing reports and early excitement from CinemaCon the world finally gets to see the teaser trailer for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film slated to drop August 8th.

Definitely a different look for the Turtles here as the trailer sets a pretty serious tone and displays some pretty gritty action. I have some thoughts that I’m going to work out and put up later, but for now check out what the 2014 version of the TMNT will bring to the big screen.

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Sin City : A Dame To Kill For

It’s been a while, but it’s finally here! Nine years after Robert Rodriguez put Frank Miller’s “Sin City” on the silver screen he’s finally giving us the sequel, Sin City : A Dame To Kill For.

Like the first film, the movie is a star studded affair. Josh Brolin is replacing Clive Owen in the role of Dwight, but most of the cast from the first film returns along with some new faces. The sequel maintains the black and white look of Miller’s comics, but with the CG edge Rodriguez delivered in the first film.

I’ve been patiently waiting for this movie since rumors first started swirling about Angelina Jolie playing the titular character, but that apparently didn’t pan out. It’s good to finally see some solid evidence that this was in the works. I’m sure Miller fans won’t be disappointed come August 22nd.

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Locke (Official Trailer)

Tom Hardy is one of my favorite actors. I was unknowingly introduced to him when I watched Black Hawk Down with my father 13 years ago. Many years later I was formally introduced to him when I watched Bronson. And forgive me for going the movie-hipster-I-saw-it-first route on this, but I rented Bronson from Hastings when I worked there long before Inception and TDKR launched him into mega-stardom. His portrayal as “Britain’s Most Violent (and Expensive) Criminal” made me a fan before everyone was impersonating his Bane accent. Then once I realized that was him playing Eames in Inception I became an even bigger fan. I’m biased, but he’s been great in everything. I loved Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and he’s unstoppable (literally) in Lawless. And anyone who didn’t know who him was introduced to his skill and hulking physique in The Dark Knight Rises. But since then he’s been absent from the big screen.

Well that will be remedied soon. 2013 will see him play the title character in Locke, a thriller that seemingly takes place entirely in a car. I don’t know if that’s 100% accurate, but the movie looks interesting to say the least.

Watch the trailer above and be patient for the April release.

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Ernest & Celestine (Official English Trailer)

Ernest & Celestine is a French film released in 2012 that is finally making its way to the States after grabbing an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Film. I watched the trailer twice this morning and I feel like it’s already one of my favorite animated movies. Obviously, it’s aiming for a younger crowd - but those of you who know me know that I’m a six foot tall, twenty five year old kid with a beard. Rotten Tomatoes has my back though. Of the fourteen critics who have reviewed it, fourteen have given it a positive review. It’s at 100% on the Tomatometer (so far), and 95% of the “audience” say they want to see it.

Get excited. Ernest & Celestine hits theaters February 28th.

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I Read The HATEFUL EIGHT Script By Quentin Tarantino…

And now I’m bummed it’s not going to be a movie. 

(Potential Spoiler Alerts for anyone who’s going to try and read the script. Also, in the off chance the movie does end up getting made - spoiler alerts for that too. I do my best to be vague, but I still talk about story elements and stuff. You’ve been warned.)

          Quentin Tarantino made waves in typical Tarantino fashion in late 2013 when he stated that he had finished the script to his new movie. Just as the hype was settling on that announcement he let word slip that he enjoyed making Django Unchained so much that his next movie would also be a Western. Well the steaming locomotive of news and excitement that was chugging along at full speed came to a screeching halt recently when QT announced that the film was being canned ‘cos of a script leak. Fans all over the internet went Pai Mei and started snatching their eyes out over the bad news. That wouldn’t be the last of it. Tarantino recently announced he’d be suing the website that announced the leaked script and shared a link to download the file. Cult fans of the cult genius went from midnight to six as their hopes for a new Tarantino film were smashed.

          Well, you know how the internet works. Most people let it go, and moved on. Others, maybe just interested film fans or the die hards who can quote every Sam Jackson line from Pulp Fiction, took to the web with a fervor. Forums, threads, and torrent sites were devoured in hopes someone could track down this gem of a PDF that for all we know could’ve been Tarantino’s next big hit. Seeing how it’s 2014, I’m using the word “devoured” for dramatic effect. It took some dude a couple clicks and search queries, and there it was. From there, he shared it to whatever site, that site got however many more searches and downloads, and so on and so on. QT nerds everywhere are downloading and reading the script that contained their favorite drug - dialogue, action scenes, and more from the mind of one of Hollywood’s most original writers/directors. 

          Well, here I am writing this so as you can imagine I am one of those Tarantino nerds. I’m not the most hardcore nerd, but he is easily one of my favorite directors. And with that said, he has made some of my favorite films. Being that I’m not too handy with the internet (I’ve had Tumblr for almost four years and still learn new things about it) I implored a savvy friend of mine to find and send me the PDF of the controversy inspiring script. He did find it, he did send it, I did download it, and I did read it. And after clearing the 146 pages that are The HATEFUL EIGHT (it’s capitalized like that in the script, so I’m doing it here) I have to say that I’m actually sad that it isn’t going to be a major motion picture.

          When Tarantino announced that The HATEFUL EIGHT was going to be a Western I was immediately excited. Django Unchained was another great flick in a long line of great QT flicks, so another film in this style would’ve been more than alright with me. But after reading the script it turns out another action-packed, gun slinging, damsel in distress, revenge story wasn’t what Quentin had in mind. All the trademarks are there; the style of the dialogue we all know and love, the larger than life characters, the wild violence (although not very much of it), and the well told story to back it all up. Quentin’s “go to” directorial and writing mannerisms are there, but what it seems like is he went back to his roots to branch outward. If I was seeing things the way Tarantino was wording them; then this movie would’ve borrowed not only some of Django’s wild, wild Western thematics - but would’ve also borrowed the “Whodunit?” aspect of Reservoir Dogs.

          Reservoir Dogs came out in 1992, and if you haven’t seen it by now then shame on you. But for those who aren’t so inclined - Spoiler Alert : In Reservoir Dogs we meet a group of characters that pull off a heist. But unbeknownst to them, one of the members of their crew is an undercover cop. We, the viewers, know about the undercover cop due to some exposition around halfway (maybe a bit later?) through the movie. The HATEFUL EIGHT almost uses the same plot device except we don’t learn the twist ‘til closer to the ending. Some of the main characters are suspicious, but they’re unaware of what they’re suspicious about. I’m trying to remain vague for the sake of the people interested in reading the script, but I’m also trying to make sense. Bear with me. 

          Another aspect I feel like it slightly borrowed from Reservoir Dogs was the fact that a bulk of the movie takes place in one location. Reservoir Dogs has a bit more location variety than The HATEFUL EIGHT would have had, but a lot of the movie takes place in the warehouse that is the rendezvous point for the heist team. In his newest piece Quentin has the characters travel to a small location; which takes what seems would be 10-25 minutes (maybe more, maybe less - I don’t know. I don’t make movies) of the movie, and once that small location is reached that’s where the rest of the story pans out. Again, this goes against your typical setup of a Western where some films have the protagonist travel across vast landscapes, visit numerous towns, or at least use a small town as a whole setting. This film would’ve partially taken place on a mountain path, and then in a small cabin that said mountain path led up to. I liked this idea ‘cos it’s not something done everyday.

          All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the script and as I said above I wish we were still going to be treated to seeing it come to life. It made me laugh, it made me cringe,and it was a damn exciting page turner! I burned through the 146 pages in about a day. Whether Quentin is serious about pulling the plug on this or not, it is a cool story. If you’re interested you should use the power of the internet to check it out. I’m not trying to encourage “stealing or illegal downloading”. I’m one of those people that still buys music in the form of CDs and records, I still buy movies, and I frequent movie theaters even though prices are getting fucking insane. I appreciate art in all its mediums and try to support people whose art I enjoy and believe in. I WOULD NOT have had my friend send me this if the movie were still going to be made, and that’s the honest truth.

With that being said, do what you want. The HATEFUL EIGHT is a cool story that would’ve been a badass movie.

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P.S. My favorite QT movies are (in order of appreciation) : Kill Bill Vol.1 & Vol. 2, Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, and Deathproof.