Category: Movies

Merry Christmas everyone!  A new batch of pictures have been released from The Dark Knight Rises.  Like the ones posted yesterday, they were previously released in low-res version in Empire Magazine and were blocked by words or other graphics.  But now we have them crystal clear with no obstructions including the subscriber exclusive Bane cover shot.

Hurry up July, you can’t get here fast enough!

Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The screenplay is written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, story by Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer. The film is produced by Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Charles Roven, who previously teamed on “Batman Begins” and the record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” The executive producers are Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Kevin De La Noy and Thomas Tull, with Jordan Goldberg serving as co-producer. The film is based upon characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Batman was created by Bob Kane.

By The Nerd


We all havethem – those movies that we love, yet no one else seems to have seen.  Whether it be that you have gotten older,friends your own age have scattered and the people you work with are either preor post your generation, or that your friends just “aren’t into that kind ofthing” (a phrase all geeks hear from their main-stream-only friends all toooften), some movies are impossible to geek out about because there’s no onearound who has seen them! Since part of our goal over at Good Girls Gone Geekis to spread our geekery as far and wide as possible, we decided to take TheNerd up on his offer to guest on his site with a post designed to get some ofour favorite “too-little-seen” movies some love from his readers.  Who knows, maybe we’ll get lucky and some ofyou will have seen them too!  If youhave, it may be fate, you know.  Bex is amarried woman, but Proffitt would at least get coffee with a man who has seenall the ones on her list. 

(Note: full background check may or may not berequired).
G4’s Six “Why Haven’t You Seen This??” Movies
Proffitt’s Three:

The Hidden – 1987, staring Michael Nori and Kyle MacLachlan; Equal parts horror,sci-fi and suspense, The Hidden is based on a classic premise a la The Invasionof the Body Snatchers and The Thing – a malevolent entity is taking over thebodies of innocents, then committing decidedly non-innocent acts of violence.Where this movie excels is in the twists it brings to table.  MacLachlin and Nori give solid performances,avoiding a cliched “buddy cop” feel, yet clearly becoming friends as the filmprogresses.  There is real heart to thismovie as well as a genuinely creepy villain and excellent pacing on the part ofdirector, Jack Sholder, who redeemed himself quite a bit with this film afterthe debacle that was A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge.   Almost no one I know has seen this movie(Bex has, though. We’re both big Kyle McLachlan fans) and it’s a crying shame.

Frequency– 2000, staring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel. Directed by Gregory Hoblit, whohad achieved a fair amount of critical acclaim for Primal Fear in 1994,Frequency is the story of John Sullivan, a man who discovers he can speak tothe past using a CB radio. Specifically, he can speak to his father, Frank, asFrank existed 30 years before.  In aneffort to make his father’s life better (and longer), John creates unforeseenconsequences as the past changes due to information he passes on to Frank.Again, this is a movie that works because the premise is exciting and thecharacters rise above clichés and the dangers of a saccharine tone.   This movie was not a huge hit when it cameout, but it does receive decent ratings on various websites, so maybe I’m wrongin thinking no one has seen it.  Perhapsit found its audience on DVD.

Shallow Grave – 1994, Christopher Eccleston, Ewan McGregor and Kerry Fox.  I have such fond memories of this movie.  Not because it is a “feel good” story – trustme, it is not – but because I first saw it in Ireland as I was studying abroadin 1994.  My friends and I went back formultiple viewings, largely because it was such a different kind of movie fromwhat we have seen before.  Set inScotland and directed by Danny Boyle of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionairefame, Shallow Grave has the same frenetic energy that make his other films socaptivating.  The premise is thus: threeflatmates take in a fourth only to find him dead of a heroine overdose, layingon top of a bed under which they find a suitcase full of money.  Deciding to keep this money leads to allsorts of consequences…very, very dark consequences.   While there are some predictable elements inthis movie, you will find that most of it you never see coming.  The characters walk the line of being almostentirely unlikable, yet still charming and sympathetic…for the mostpart.  You don’t necessarily like them,but you get the feeling it would be fun to be part of their group, if youcould.  Somehow, this adds to thesatisfaction you feel when it’s all over. Or, at least it did for me.  Ofall the movies on my list, this is the one I recommend the most.  It’s really, really well done. (Bex chimingin here –  I adored this film as wellafter making my roommates watch it with me. I think I made them a bit nervous after because they didn’t quite getit.  It was also nice because Rachel andI got to fall in love with Ewan McGregor before the rest of the America).

Bex’s Three

Jennifer’s Body – Written by Diablo Cody and directed by Karyn Kusama and starring AmandaSeyfried and Megan Fox.  I think I wasoriginally with most of my friends and avoided this 2009 film because of MeganFox.  But on one of those late nightswhen the expected quality of entertainment goes downhill and I will anything, Isaw this movie and loved it.  Cody is atit again with her “no one really talks like that but life might be funnier ifwe did” dialogue, but like in Juno, I think it works in the world she created.Two total opposite besties since the sandbox- nerdy “Needy” and sluttycheerleader Jennifer-go to see indie band Low Shoulder play the localdive.  Unbeknownst to Needy and Jennifer,Low Shoulder made a deal with dark forces to sacrifice a virgin in exchange forsuccess.  Low Shoulder, led by The O.C.’sAdam Brody, are misled by Needy about Jennifer’s innocence and sacrifice thegirl who is very much the opposite of a virgin. A demonic force takes control of Jennifer’s body and the horny highschool boys start dropping like flies as Low Shoulder’s song rises in thecharts.  Needy eventually makes sense ofwhat’s going on and what she needs to do to stop it at the risk of losingeverything.   Unfortunately this movieonly seems to be known for its Amanda/Megan saliva trail kiss but it is a briefscene and there’s a lot more entertaining moments than that.  Especially if you watch through the endcredits.  Special shout out to the alwaysawesome Amy Sedaris who plays Needy’s mom. 

Teeth -A 2007 horror comedy written and directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein.  Beginning with young Dawn and her soon to bestep brother playing a game of you show me yours, I’ll show you mine- we areled to believe something might be a little off about Dawn.  Cut to Dawn starting to come of age as amember of a group of teens pledging abstinence. A hostile sexual attack on her during an innocent outing leads Dawn torealize she has what is supposedly a mythical condition -vagina dentate.   A visit to the dentist, a few incidents withboys, a psychotic stepbrother- male viewers will be subconsciously shieldingtheir man parts as women are cheering at the screen.  Will Dawn learn to control her condition andif she does, what then? An entertaining flick you can pick apart and interpretmessages about male/female relationships and violence toward women or you canjust enjoy the story enfold while simultaneously laughing and cringing.  Special note- the does he ever not play acreepy guy John Hensley plays the stepbrother.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space – A 1988 comedy horror film by the Chiodo brothers. Return of the Killer Klowns from Outer Space in 3D is coming in 2012 so catch the original now. It seems a lot of people have heard of this movie, but few have seen it. This is not a good film by any means, but it is highly entertaining. From the wonderful theme performed by punk legends The Dickies to the Klowns’ weakness (pop them in the nose) this movie is a hoot and a holler. Victims wrapped in cotton candy, ornate shadow puppetry (George Washington crossing the Delaware), a circus tent space craft, balloon animal chases, and my favorite on screen altercation in movie history – bikers take on a tiny clown on a little clown bike . I’ve always had a bit of clown fear so I really appreciated the clown treatment here. See this movie with friends and you will have inside jokes to share for life.

There are so many more films we could have included and it was hard to limit ourselves to just six, but we didn’t want to overwhelm you with homework.

Now, go watch these and report back, ASAP. There will be a quiz.

-Bex and Proffitt, Good Girls Gone Geek

The Nerd here and I’ve got something really special for you.  I was able to get my hands on an advanced copy of Batman: Year One, and I have to tell you it was everything I was hoping for.  I’ve been a fan of DC’s series of animated films since the beginning.  I’ve seen and own every one and just from a movie fan’s point of view; these are some of the best feature length animated movies ever produced.  You can say what you want about Disney and Marvel, DC beats them hands down when it comes to their stand alone animated films.

The voice talent they collect for each film is outstanding.  Beyond the fan favorite standbys like Kevin Conroy and Tim Daley, producer Bruce Timm and voice director Andrea Romano put together a lot of great talent for each of their films.  But enough of the glad handing and back patting, let’s get on with the review.

If you loved or even liked Frank Miller’s comic Batman: Year One, then you aren’t going to be disappointed with this film adaptation.  Animation and story follows the comic almost precisely with just a few elements added or taken away.  All the crime noir locals, subtle humor, dark, gritty images and violence indicative of Miller’s style are all present.  I don’t find Batman: Year One as visually pleasing as Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, but this film is still a pleasure to watch.

I have a couple of minor complaints about this film that some will say are superficial.  They probably are in the grand scheme of things, but giving an honest review is what I am here for.  Ben McKenzie’s performance as Batman wasn’t noteworthy to say the least.  Even though Batman/Bruce Wayne was only 25 in the film, Ben’s performance was flat and a little understated.  His Bruce Wayne portrayal was spot on, but he just couldn’t pull off both roles.  As with most actors, animated or live action, it is difficult to pull off both roles as well as Kevin Conroy, Christian Bale and Bruce Greenwood have.

Even though the film is a very close adaptation of Miller’s original work, I wish they would have beefed up the character of Selina Kyle/Catwoman a bit more.  I found that Eliza Dushku was really underutilized when she was capable of so much more.  I hope we will get to see Catwoman in a larger role in future films and that Eliza will be given the opportunity to portray her again.

On a positive note, Bryan Cranston does an absolutely astonishing job as Lieutenant James Gordon.  I wasn’t too sure about how well he’d be able to pull off the character.  As a fan of the Timmverse, I have been use to Bob Hastings voicing the Gordon over the years.  Sadly, the character has been somewhat missing from the previous Batman animated films.  It’s was gratifying to see that they took great care in casting the role and giving him a center stage presence in this film.

What you can take away after watching this film is that Frank Miller’s original story has been well adapted for this medium.  Bruce Timm and his team and produced another amazing film that does justice to Miller’s work.  I can only wait with hopeful anticipation for the upcoming The Dark Knight Returns sometime next year.  If you’re a Batman fan or a fan of Frank Miller, you should enjoy this film immensely.

The film features the voice talents of Ben McKenzie (Bruce Wayne/Batman), Bryan Cranston (James Gordon), Eliza Dushku (Selina Kyle/Catwoman), Katie Sackhoff (Sarah Essen) and Alex Rocco (Carmine Falcone).  Long time DC universe animator Bruce Timm is executive producer and the film is co-directed by Lauren Montgomery and Sam Liu.

Batman: Year One comes to Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand and for Download on October 18th.

I haven’t said much about the new G.I. Joe movie up until now because I’ve been a little disappointed with the casting.  I reported months ago that many of the characters from the first movie were not returning in the sequel.  In fact the only characters to have survived the axe were Duke, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow.  I was most disappointed to hear that Dennis Quaid was not returning as General Hawk.

I’ve also had my issues with the hiring of the director for this film.  A director whos credits involve only dance movies (Step Up 3D and Never Say Never) up until now.  This will be his first action movie and I for one have serious doubts about his skills.  Hopefully I am wrong about this but I fear that this G.I. Joe sequel will be far worse the the original.  I liked the original film, but not having some of most popular characters from the first film (Scarlett, Destro and Baroness) return for the sequel is disheartening.

There was some big casting news this week surrounding the film.  Action movie veteran Bruce Willis is in talks to appear as the commanding officer and original G.I. Joe Genreal Joe Colton.  It was also announced just this morning that Justified star Walton Goggins has also signed on the film.  More interesting however is the casting of The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) as Roadblock.  An action movie vet in his own right, it will be interesting to see how Johnson handles the role of such an iconic G.I. Joe character, hopefully with the silly rhyming left out.

Filming of the sequel began today and the news was accompanied with a Twitter photo of Johnson as Roadblock from the set.  G.I. Joe: Retaliation opens in theaters on June 29, 2012, is directed by Jon Chu and also stars Channing Tatum, Ray Park, Elodie Yung, RZA, DJ Cotrona, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Stevenson and Joseph Mazzello.

Those Damn Dwarves

Now don’t let the title of the post give you the wrong idea.  I love Lord of the Rings, always have.  I am super excited about The Hobbit coming out next year.  But I am a little tired of the dwarf pictures popping up here and there.  At first I said I wasn’t going to cover it, but now since there is one all encompassing photo of all of them, I will post it just this one time and I am done.  So here it is.

I’ve been rolling this idea in my head for several weeks now.  Over the past few months I have had various issues with a few local movie theaters in my area.  Nothing all too earth shattering but hassles nonetheless.  It did get me thinking however about the state of other movie theaters around the country.  It’s no secret that ticket prices keep going up and prices at the concession stands are even worse.  I mean four dollars for a diet coke is a little extreme don’t you think?

What isn’t generally known is that theaters make very little profit from ticket sales.  Most of that goes right back to the movie studios.  Concessions is where the theaters make their money and based on the lines I’ve seen at my local theaters, business is good.  The markup is so high on some of that stuff that you end up spending more for popcorn and drinks than you did to even get in the place.  If you’ve got a family in tow a night out at the movies can cost upwards of one hundred dollars.  That’s a little crazy given the state of our economy.  But this situation has been going on for much longer than since the economy went south.

Now I will get to the point I am trying to make.  Based off how much money you have to shell out at movie theaters don’t you think you’re entitled to some level of quality when it comes to your movie going experience?  I will elaborate.

This whole thing started off when a friend of mine and I went to see Thor.  When the movie started we soon came to realize that the top three or four feet of the screen was cut off.  That was a significant part of the screen so the overall picture was diminished.  Several people went to complain and were told it was being fixed, but it never was.  To add insult to injury toward the end of the film when Thor is speaking to his mother, the movie just stopped.  After a few minutes of blackness, several people including myself got up to go say something about it.  When we found an employee he acted as if it wasn’t a big deal and came with us back into the theater.  By that time the movie had started back but it had advanced past the point where it cut off and the credits were rolling.  This prompted a lot of irritated people to come forward to find out exactly they intended to do about it.  Everyone in there followed the employee to the office where we were met by a police officer telling us all to calm down.  Everybody was calm and I felt the need for a police officer was truly unnecessary.  Then the manager comes out and tells us since we saw the majority of the movie there was nothing he could do.  At that point the need for a police officer started to become necessary.  People started speaking up and a few shouts were heard.  The manager had a mob of angry patrons on his hands.  He went back into the office and came out a few minutes later with a stack of free passes that he and the other employee began to hand out.

I was okay with the outcome and noted that they tried to make it right, but that wasn’t my only issue with this particular theater.  My friends and I often complain about the dreadfully slow service you get at the one and only concession stand and the even longer line at the ticket booth outside.  During what I would consider a Friday night rush, they would have only one person in a booth set up for at least eight people selling tickets.  Some theater even have smaller concession stands placed throughout the building.  When was the last time you saw any of them open?  That being said this wasn’t the end of the problems.

When it came time to see Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the same friend and I were there for the special Tuesday night 3D showings.  There were two that night, one at 8:45 and another at 9:00.  All was going well, we got our popcorn and drinks, good seats, we had our 3D glasses ready, then the theater darkened and the trailers started.  After almost fifteen minutes of trailers the movie started; but it wasn’t Transformers.  It was Kung Foo Panda 2!  The jackasses reeled up the wrong damn movie.  A few people jumped up and hurried out into the lobby to get it fixed and soon after the lights came back on and the screen went blank.  We sat for a few minutes and then an employee came in to tell us that due to technical problems they would be unable to show Transformers.  She offered us free passes and said that there were some seats still available for the 9:00 showing but it had already started.

Needless to say I was pissed.  Luckily when we checked on the 9:00 showing the fifteen minutes of trailers were still going on and we were able to find good seats and the crisis was adverted for the time being.  We got to see Transformers and had a free pass for out trouble.  The movie started and finished without any further problems.  I was still angry when we left the theater later that evening and a vowed that I would not be going back to that particular theater for a while.  I would use my free pass somewhere else and I would also contact the company that operated that theater to officially log a complaint, which I did the very next day.

But the troubles didn’t end there.  I went to another theater that weekend to see a movie and also had problems.  So I began formulating a blog post in my mind.  I started and stopped actually typing it on two different occasions.  I didn’t think it was worthy of posting for the whole Internet to read.  Then I started to wonder this morning about how many other people walk out of their local theater dissatisfied with the experience.  With the price of tickets and all, I have some reasonable expectations of the level of service they provide.

I am not a habitual complainer and I try not to create a scene when I do, but there comes a time when these theater employees and managers need to be called out for bad service.  I can easily drop forty bucks every time I go see a movie.  I don’t expect someone to kiss my ass, but I do expect certain little things for my money.  I’m not above waiting my turn in line for tickets or snacks.  But when there is just two people working two lines fifteen to twenty people deep and there are other employees just standing around doing nothing, then it’s time to do something.  I’ve seen it over and over again in more places than just movie theaters.

I have no idea what it takes to be a manager at movie theater, but judging by the level of service I have gotten just this summer at two of my local theaters, it cannot be that hard.  I’m sure I couldn’t do the job because I lack the required college degree in theater management or whatever.  Proper distribution of manpower, making sure speakers and projection equipment are in working order, ensuring that the climate controls are set properly and just making sure your guests, your paying customers enjoy their movie going experience isn’t too much to ask.  Making sure there is enough ice in my drink and my popcorn doesn’t taste scorched are important too, but let’s stick with the basics for now.

For what we’re expected to pay for a ticket, can we at least expect a basic level of quality once we’re inside?  I don’t think this is too much to ask.  With the popularity of 3D and IMAX, ticket prices only get that much higher.  Why is it so difficult to expect basic customer service these days?  What you get more of these days is people telling you it’s not their jobs while the other people have no damn idea how to do their jobs.

I think we as customers should expect and by means demand that we enjoy our movie going experience.  Theater owners and managers should be held accountable for customer satisfaction and complaints.  I think they should do more to make sure their customers are happy.  I’m not saying that their jobs aren’t hard, they probably are, but customer satisfaction is a part of their job and from what I’ve seen lately, they are failing at it.

So I am interested in what you think.  If you’ve had a bad movie theater experience I want to know about it.  Please post your comments and share your story.  By the way, in my formal complaint to the company of this theater I marked on their email form that I would like to be contacted by someone regarding the issue.  To date I have not heard a single word back.  Need I say more?

A few weeks ago I posted a trailer (link) for Griff The Invisible starring True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten.  Here is a good pic of Ryan in his Griff costume.

Check out the IMDB page here.

Ever wanted to kill your boss?  Sure, we all have.  Nick, Kurt and Dale are best friends.  They also each have horror stories for bosses.  They decide that their lives would be considerably happier if their bosses were dead.  What starts out as a joke between friends turns into a hilarious plot to murder their horrible bosses.

I can’t say my heart and soul were truly into this movie.  Perhaps it was the events of the day that caused me not to enjoy the movie as a whole.  That being said I am basing this review on the reactions of the other viewers around me.  That’s not to say that I hated or even mildly disliked this movie.  I just don’t think I was in the proper frame of mind at the time.

I love me some Jason Bateman.  Even though he’s very one dimensional and is basically the same character in every movie he’s been in, I love him as an actor.  In spite of his one character repertoire he is nearly always perfectly cast.  Bateman plays Nick who works for Kevin Spacy‘s character Dave Harken.  Harken overworks, pushes and micro manages Nick.  The last straw being when he promises Nick a promotion that he ends up giving himself, along with a nice fat pay raise.

Jason Sudeikis plays Kurt.  Kurt loves his boss, he’s the greatest man in the world.  After a suddenly heart attack, his boss’s coke-head son played by Collin Farrell takes over the company and begins to run it into the ground.  Kurt can only take so much after watching his boss bring hookers into the office and little by little destroy the company.

Charlie Day is Dale.  Dale has a great life.  He has a fiance that he adores and everything seems to be working out.  But Dale also has a horrible boss, played wonderfully by Jennifer Aniston.  She not only likes to sexually harass her patients, she also is after Dale.  After getting Dale’s fiance in her dentist chair, she shows him pictures of them having sex while he was also passed out from gas.  This is the last straw and Dale decides she must go.

Along the way Dale, Kurt and Nick set off a series of events that are not only hilarious, they are down right hysterical.  The three decide to carry out each others murders to avoid suspicion.  But none of them are prepared for what’s in store for them.

I have to say that although this isn’t one of the all time great comedies, it is a good one.  Jennifer Aniston strays from her usual nice girl roles to play an over sexed dentist who steals the show with her antics and inappropriate comments.  Kevin Spacy does his regular good job in his role but fails to deliver a great performance.  Another surprise was Jamie Foxx who doesn’t have a huge role in the film, but is surprisingly funny in the few moments he had.

Although this wasn’t a great movie, it was a good movie and another welcomed surprise in this summer season of disappointing films.  There is a lot of adult humor so I would not want my kids seeing this movie.  All in all a good time and well worth the ticket price.  The film also stars Donald Sutherland, Ron White, Julie Bowen and Bob Newhart.  All you comic book nerds keep an eye out for Ioan Gruffudd as the “Wetwork Man” and stay for the credits to see some great outtakes from the film.

The Nerd gives Horrible Bosses 4 out of 5.

Okay, wasn’t quite ready for this one.  According to Showbiz Spy, Paramount is looking to move ahead with a fourth Transformers film replacing Shia LaBeouf with British actor Jason Statham.  Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and he are currently dating and their off screen chemistry might have been the catalyst for the decision.

I am not opposed to a fourth Transformers, I am not sure about the choice of Jason Statham as the lead.  Although story wise it could work if someone with a little bit of sense and a lot of love of the Transformers history is chosen to write it.  Personally I’d like to see a reboot of the franchise with some major redesigns of the Transformers themselves.

If a reboot isn’t possible, it wouldn’t be a terrible thing to turn over the lead role to veteran Transformers actor Josh Duhamel.  I’ve liked his character throughout all three films but felt he was grossly under utilized.  The possibilities are endless when it comes to Transformers, so let’s see some thinking outside the box.  How hard can it be to work out a storyline that includes the Dinobots?

Cameron Diaz stars as a self-serving middle school teacher with the sole purpose of finding a rich husband to take care of her.  After a failed attempt to land a well off hubby, she is forced back into her old teaching job.  Along comes Justin Timberlake as a do-gooder nerd who just happens to be the heir to a huge family fortune.  Cameron’s character sets her sights on Timberlake as a means out of her horrible life.  She lies, manipulates and steals her way into his life only to find out that he isn’t all she hoped he would be.

I wish I could say that I enjoyed Bad Teacher, but as the name implies the movie itself fails to deliver.  After a pretty promising start and throwing out one of the funniest lines I’ve heard since The Hangover, this film just falls flat.  Cameron Diaz does a great job in her role, but it seems that the writing held her and the entire cast back when it wasn’t necessary.

Far be it for me to say that this movie lacked the raunchy humor that the title promised, but it’s true.  People going to this film expecting something along the lines of Bad Santa or The Hangover are going to be very disappointed.  That’s not to say that the film is totally without laughs.  Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother) is great but very under utilized.  Besides Diaz performance which was good in spite of the poor writing another breakout in this movie is Lucy Punch who plays Diaz’s rival at the school.  Punch’s character was just bat-shit crazy funny and if they ever made a spin-off or sequel, I would like it to be about her.  There were times that I was more interested in Punch than I was Diaz. 

Most scenes were either uninteresting or not funny.  Many of them could have used more inappropriate humor.  I loved Bad Santa and as an example of one of the best inappropriately funny movies, this film could have used some of it’s fair and humor.  The tender scenes were just too sappy and the funny scenes weren’t funny enough.  Bad Teacher isn’t one of the worst comedies I’ve seen, but it is far from the best.  In a summer season of potentially great movies, this is yet another disappointment.

The movie also stars Phyllis Smith (The Office), John Michael Higgins (Couples Retreat), Kaitlyn Dever (Justified) and Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family).

The Nerd gives Bad Teacher 2 out of 5.