R.I.P. Roger Ebert
There are two people I credit with my profound love for the movies one is my mother and the other is the great film critic Roger Ebert. He's a major reason why I week after week put up the B95 Movie Hive. I remember as a kid seeing the trademark "Two Thumbs Up" on a movie poster or VHS tape (yeah I'm that old) and thinking to myself that it must be a good movie. I didn't really understand what or who was behind the saying until I was a little older, but over the last decade or so I have read and watched the reviews of Mr. Ebert and until now anxiously waited to see what he had to say about the latest films. He had the uncanny ability to broaden our understanding of the cinema and challenged us to look deeper not only of the film we were viewing, but ourselves. Whether I agreed with what his review had to say or not he was always insightful and entertaining to read. A great champion and voice for the cinema is now gone, but his impact and inspiration lives on. Godspeed Mr. Ebert
New Movies Opening
Evil Dead - Rated R - Starring Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci, Jessica Lucas and Elizabeth Blackmore
A remake of director Sam Raimi's and star Bruce Campbell's highly influential horror movie Evil Dead. Described by the filmmakers as "the most terrifying film you will ever experience." I don't know about you, but I take that as a challenge. Evil Dead follows five friends as they head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival.
Jurassic Park in IMAX 3D - Rated PG-13 - Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Wayne Knight, Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards, Bob Peck, Martin Ferrero and Samuel L. Jackson
The 20th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's dinosaur epic Jurassic Park returns to theaters for a one week engagement. This is one of my favorite movies of all time and I remember seeing it for the first time on the big screen back in 1993. This is a re-release that you should not miss and with it in IMAX 3D this is going to be something special. The plot follows a preview tour of a new theme park, but suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.
Blu-ray/DVD Pick of the Week - Marvel Cinematic Universe - Phase One Box Set
This week Marvel released a massive box set of the first 6 movies in the Marvel cinematic universe. It includes Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers to cap it all off. Marvel has done something never done before by taking 4 different franchises and strung them together into one massive universe and each chapter is as exhilarating as the last. If you haven't picked up or seen the whole story here's your chance to watch it from beginning to end. While it's hard to pick my favorite from the lot I think I'll have to go with The Avengers. It's a massive undertaking that Joss Whedon took on, but it paid off to the tune of $1.5 billion at the box office and rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Below you can read my full review for The Avengers upon its initial release.
First off let me just get this out of the way, I LOVED The Avengers, it was everything that I hoped it would be and more. Words really fall short when trying to explain how well put together this movie really is. Not only will the comic geeks, like myself, fall head over heels in love with this film, but the average movie goer looking for a great time at the movies will find it here with The Avengers.
Four years ago Marvel set out to do something in cinema that had never been done before take four standalone franchises and weave them together so they would culminate into one massive superhero movie. After five solo films the time had come to put them altogether and Marvel needed someone of such high caliber and the understanding of what made these characters tick. Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity) was brought on board and Marvel could not have picked a better director. Everything that we love about these characters is on showcase and Whedon has this uncanny ability to take those moments to their peak level and in some cases over and beyond. Every single character in this film gets their moment to shine.
The plot is rather simple Loki is hellbent on conquering Earth, Thor's adopted planet, and he has learned that S.H.I.E.L.D. has aquired the Tesserac Cube, a source of unlimited power. Loki steals it and plans to open a doorway to Earth and unleash an alien army. S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury must call upon Earth's mightiest heroes to take back the Cube and fight back the alien invasion.
If you're a comic book geek like me there are so many moments throughout that will just blow your mind! Captain Americabecoming the leader we all want him to be, Iron Man embracing his heroic side, Loki vs. Hulk, and the list goes on and on. I also have to sing the praises for Mark Ruffalo's portrayal of Dr. Bruce Banner/Hulk. His character is easily one of the best things about the movie and if Marvel has any sense, and I believe they do, making another Hulk movie with Ruffalo in the role would be incredible.
This is literally the movie that we have all been waiting for and just like The Dark Knight before it The Avengers raises the bar for what is possible in the super hero genre. The future of these movies continues to look brighter and brighter every day and I cannot wait to see what Marvel has up their sleeves as we head into the second phase of Marvel movies starting with Iron Man 3 next summer. AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!!!!!