Author Archives: Andy Burns
As we inch closer and closer to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, any bit of Star Warsian goodness seems cause for celebration. This week definitely had some pretty cool things to get excited about. Read the rest of this entry
Press Release – Today at New York Comic Con, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released the latest trailer for LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, showcasing key cinematic moments from Marvel’s The Avengers and Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as content based on additional Marvel Studios blockbuster films, including Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier — all of which will be available in game! This explosive new gameplay video was revealed in front of a packed house during today’s LEGO Marvel’s Avengers NYCC panel, where TT Games and Marvel Games gave fans an inside look at this upcoming Super Hero adventure, all told through the LEGO lens with a splash of classic LEGO humour.
Families have the choice between two movies this weekend, but will either of them be able to topple last week’s number one? Here’s our prediction:
This weekend’s big new release is Pan, a take on the Peter Pan mythology starring Hugh Jackman as Captain Hook. In many ways, this film does have a built-in audience, but I wonder if the story has been done to death over the last few years, with the television version the most recent. Reviews haven’t been strong, so the film is going to have to rely on Jackman’s star power and the fact that Hotel Transylvania 2, the only other family film out there right now, is already two weeks into its run. Look for Pan to debut in third place with $20 million, while HT2 will hold down second place with $21 million.
Nobody wants to hate a film, right? I mean, I don’t. I never walk into a movie anticipating hatred, or yearning to hate what I’m about to watch. That’s why I could never understand all the folks hate-watching the second season of True Detective. Yes, agreed, it wasn’t nearly as strong as the first, remarkable run. But really, if you don’t like watching something, just turn it off! That’s what I do.
The other night I watched The Gallows. I hadn’t heard much about it when it was in theaters this summer, but I recently saw the trailer in front of the DVD of Hidden, which I recently watched and reviewed and highly recommend. I liked what I saw and optimistically put The Gallows on.
Little did I know I’d be witnessing one of the worst films I’ve ever seen in nearly 40 years of movie watching.
Two men agree to take part in an experiment. One is the learner. The other, the teacher. The learner enters a room. The teacher, in another room, proceeds, via a series of questions, to test the learner on a sequence of words. Should the learner get the sequence incorrect, the teacher administers a shock. Each incorrect answer, the shock increases in strength.
This is how Experimenter begins. This is a true story.
There’s nothing I like better than a good, end of the world type movie. The Apocalypse is always ripe for the cinematic picking, and Hidden is a decent addition to the oft-cluttered, end of the world films.
It was a big weekend at the box office, and the film that claimed the top spot did so without any real competition. Here’s what went down:
Ridley Scott’s The Martian debut in first place with a simply outstanding $57 million. The star power of Matt Damon certainly helped bring in an audience, and the critical acclaim for the film didn’t hurt either. I had the chance to check out the film Saturday night with former Biff Bam Pop box office pundit Scotty G, and while I personally thought the film was a little slow at times, I was captivated by the stunning visuals of Mars, along with the in-space sequences. The Martian is certainly a crowd-pleaser and it should continue to have a strong run over the next few weeks. Read the rest of this entry
BIG HEROES! BIG VILLAINS! AND BIGGER ADVENTURES this week, Share Your Universe with a brand new episode of MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY this Saturday at 9:30pm/8:30c inside the Marvel Universe on Disney X-D.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – “One in a Million You”
Fed up with the lack of appreciation from his teammates, Rocket accepts an offer to work with the Collector, only to discover his “job” is merely as another prisoner in Collector’s collection in an all-new MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY airing Saturday, October 3 at 9:30pm/8:30c in the Marvel Universe on Disney X-D.
Two new releases want your money this weekend, but only one of them can reach the toppermost of the popppermost. Which will it be? Here’s our prediciton:
A lot of people, and I mean a lot of of them, were severely let down when Ridley Scott returned to the world of science fiction with Prometheus. Some found it muddled, other found it boring, while others just plane old hated it. It would be reasonable, then, to expect some skepticism with Scott’s new film, The Martian. However, the film debut a few weeks ago at TIFF and received outstanding reviews (including one from our own Luke Sneyd) . With Matt Damon headlining a solid cast, we should see Scott return to the top of the box office with his latest and perhaps greatest science fiction endeavour. Look for a first place debut for The Martian with $51 million.
Now, I could be mistaken, but I am fairly certain that the first Stephen King book I ever read was Christine. I was probably seven or eight years old, and I believe that the copy belonged to my Dad.
Now, don’t go judging. This was the 1980s and parenting was different. And really, without that early access to Stephen King’s work, I don’t think I’d be the person I am today.
For better or for worse.
Around the same time, actually before I even read the book, I saw the film adaptation, starring Keith Gordon, John Stockwell and Alexandra Paul, and directed by John Carpenter. I remember watching it on VHS at my Dad’s house, and getting hooked by the gorgeous 58 Plymouth Fury. Christine was a car, and she was bad to the bone.