“The Force Will Be With You…Always”

In My Humble Opinion:  The words above, as spoken by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Episode IV right after Luke has destroyed the Death Star resonate more now than ever before.  That’s right you Jedi Masters and Younglings alike; in an announcement made today, Disney has acquired Lucasfilm for a reported $4 Billion dollars and plans to bring Star Wars Episode VII to theatres in 2015 (I’m going to guess sometime in May).  I’m both excited and apprehensive about the announcement.  I’m hoping that Disney doesn’t try to make a stand alone trilogy and completely forget about the first six films.  Sidenote:  between you and me, I don’t think that George Lucas had the prequel trilogy in mind when he developed the original Star Wars trilogy which came out between 1977-1983.  I know a lot of fans and even George Lucas has said that he knew the whole storyline beforehand but it seems to me that there are a lot of plot holes between the two trilogies that would or should have been explained had it all been mapped out ahead of time.  Anyway, hopefully Disney will continue the story of Luke, Leia and Han…after all, the actors are about the right age for a plausible continuation to take place.  What I hope Disney doesn’t do is create a trilogy that’s completely void of the storyline/characters we all fell in love with from the original trilogy…and yes I could overlook the fact that he supposedly died in Return of the Jedi if the studio decides to bring back Bobo Fett.  Whatever Disney plans on doing, I am excited about the fact that I will be able to take my son, who will be 8 or so when Episode VII does come out.  I look forward to the fact that he will be able to not just attend a viewing of a Star Wars movie, but participate in the event in its entirety.  After all, when it comes to Star Wars you’re not just going to see a movie, you’re going for an entirely new experience in itself.  Guess I better start calling around for advance tickets now!!!!

Sean’s Humble Opinion…..LIVE!!!!!

In My Humble Opinion:  Travis Becker and I had a great first show on the Comcast Public Access station with Quenton and LaTika Lee’s help.  Of course with Halloween being so close we decided, why not kick off the series with a “Halloween Special.”  I personally look forward to many more shows to come.  Stay tuned for the video, but in the mean time here are some pictures for you to gawk at…

With Halloween Just Around The Corner…Some Scary Movies To Consider

In My Humble Opinion:  The horror movie genre has the most B and C rate movies of all time.  I don’t mean this in a bad way. I just feel that it’s the one genre out there that a group of friends/filmmakers can get together and make a decent movie that can really gain a fan base or “cult” following.  I came to this conclusion while searching for a movie to watch on Netflix one day.  I know what you’re thinking, “Sean, Halloween is right around the corner, so of course there are lots of horror movies to choose from.”  Normally I would say you have a point, but this happened a couple of months ago.  I guess filmmakers with limited budgets and resources decide horror is the way to go as opposed to making a drama, action, or comedy.  That’s not to say they aren’t out there, but the ratio of horror movies to say comedies has got to be one-sided.  That being said, I figured I would throw out the titles of some of my favorite horror movies.  I will be up front and say that I’m not most die-hard horror movie fan but do enjoy a good scare every now and then.  The problem is, like I pointed out above, its hard to sift through all the horror movies that come out and find that one gem that offers up scare after scare…without gratuitous gore.  I swear, maybe it’s just me, but gore doesn’t necessarily translate into scary.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind gore, I can look at gore all day it’s just that when it comes to being scary the movie is either scary or it’s not.  Adding gallons of blood won’t change that.  I equate it to a stand up comedian.  He’s either funny or he’s not, adding a bunch of profanity won’t change that (and again, I’m not against profanity at all, just saying).  Anyway, please feel free to comment and leave some of your favorites as well.  Here are some of mine off the top of my head and in no particular order.

  • Halloween…Original John Carpenter version, no offense to Rob but the remake sucked.
  • Paranormal Activity…though I do think the studio is starting to milk it now, enough is enough.
  • Blair Witch Project…first time I saw this it was scary, but when I watched it a couple of weeks ago…not so much.
  • Insidious…Hope they can make a plausible sequel that lives up to the first one.
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre…Original!  When I first saw Leatherface jump out and grab his first victim…I almost soiled myself.
  • Dawn of the Dead…Remake (to be fair, I haven’t seen the original…I know I know, I plan on watching it soon)
  • 28 Days Later…I remember it being pretty damn freaky.
  • Stephen King’s Silver Bullet…I put this on here because I saw it when I was younger and it scared the shit outta me.
  • Saw…The original, I watched a few of the sequels but honestly I couldn’t get invested…first one rules!

Like I said, these are just a few off the top of my head, there are so many classics I need to watch.  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

Alex Cross….Looked Awesome, Until I Realized Tyler Perry Was In The Starring Role

In My Humble Opinion:  Tyler Perry taking over the character that was made famous by Morgan Freeman in a “prequelesque” movie has got to be some of the worst casting I have ever heard of.  Now to be fair, I don’t watch much Tyler Perry stuff anyway haha.  However, I know there are plenty of other black actors that have the talent needed in order to pull this role off, I just don’t see Mr. Perry being one of them.  I’ll admit some aspects of the movie got me pretty excited when I first saw the preview.  Matthew Fox looks like he fills the role of “crazy” pretty well, not to mention he seems to have transformed his body more than DeNiro did for Cape Fear.  Tyler Perry on the other hand, I don’t know, I just can’t buy him as a police detective / psychologist.  Morgan Freeman did a good job in the first two Alex Cross movies; Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider.  They weren’t blockbusters or great  by any means, but they were still decent films that were entertaining in their own right.  If the studio wanted to bring Alex Cross back to his beginnings and cast a younger actor surely they had some other people in mind right?  In my reading, Idris Elba was first approached to take over the role and frankly, I think he would have killed it…in a good way.  Idris Elba is slowly becoming one of the premier actors in Hollywood, mark my words people.  Another two names I would like to throw out there are Harold Perrineau and Lennie James.  I know I know, Harold Perrineau and Matthew Fox played together on Lost and it might have thrown off the balance of the movie, but I think Harold is a great actor and I am loving him as Damon Pope on Sons of Anarchy.  The other actor I mentioned Lennie James not only looks like a younger Morgan Freeman, but can carry deliver just as good a performance.  You might remember him from Jericho, where he broke out as a CIA operative that you weren’t sure you should root for or against, which was part of his genius.  Unfortunately none of these actors got the role and it fell to Mr. Perry to fill the shoes of Alex Cross.  I just hope that the studio didn’t do this in an attempt to capitalize on his sudden rise to fame…oh who am I kidding of course it did.

Ghostbusters 3 without Bill Murray…There IS DEFINITELY something strange in the neighborhood.

In My Humble Opinion:  Announcing that there are plans for a Ghostbusters 3, then saying that Bill Murray won’t be involved is like announcing a Presidential debate and then saying Mitt Romney and Barack Obama won’t be participating.  I just read on comingsoon.net  that Ghostbusters 3 is in the works and is reportedly moving forward, despite the fact that Bill Murray will not be involved.  So basically, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis need some work I’m guessing.  Let’s see here, if Bill Murray isn’t involved, then its plausible to assume Sigourney Weaver and her character won’t be either. Rick Moranis has retired from acting/comedy and lives in Canada and has not announced any plans of coming out of retirement, so he’s out.  The article also makes no mention of Ernie Hudson…the affirmative action Ghostbuster.  Let’s give the studio the benefit of the doubt and say Ernie Hudson is in, no offense Ernie, but given the lack of participation by some the major stars from the first two films; shouldn’t the studio seriously consider abandoning the project altogether?  Dan Aykroyd said that the film will focus on a new generation of younger Ghostbusters, but still…why bother?  This goes back to the entry I made a few days ago about reunions.  If the studio can’t get the entire cast back to participate, odds are that the movie isn’t going to be that good.  I’m hoping Bill either reconsiders or the studio decides to scrap the project altogether.  If the studio is hell-beant on reviving this franchise then might I suggest instead of a sequel a…GULP…Remake is done?

Entertainment Weekly Reunion Issue…Not Exactly What It Sounds Like.

In My Humble Opinion: If a magazine is going to have a “reunion” issue, then make sure you can get the entire cast from the movie or television show that you’re advertising as a reunion.  I can understand that Randy Quaid couldn’t make it for the National Lampoon Vacation reunion, after all he is technically a wanted fugitive here in the United States….he’s hiding out in Canada.  But I went on to read about E.T. and the only three people participating in the reunion were Steven Spielberg, Drew Barrymore, and Henry Thomas.  What about Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace, Robert MacNaughton (Elliot’s older brother), Erika Elaniak?  Hell even C. Thomas Howell…after all he was the coolest kid on a bike with his ski mask, you know you thought the same thing when you were younger.  Did Entertainment Weekly reach out to these people at all?  I can’t imagine that the three people featured were the only ones that wanted to participate in a story about one of the most profitable and successful films in history.  Another movie that was touted as having a “reunion” was Some Kind of Wonderful.  This film is probably one of the least well-known films by John Hughes, but is still a pretty good movie.  For the reunion Eric Stoltz and Mary Stuart Masterson were the only two people featured…really?  What about Lea Thompson, Craig Shaffer, Elias Koteas, and John Ashton…they had pretty substantial roles in the movie as well.  Lea Thompson was the main love interest of Eric Stoltz’s character for Pete’s sake.  I mean I love Entertainment Weekly, read it all the time, but seriously, if you’re going to have a reunion issue, get everyone involved…I was half expecting to read a story on The Goonies with only Sean Astin and Josh Brolin featured.

Prometheus….Didn’t Live Up To The Hype In My Book

In My Humble Opinion: Prometheus was a an okay movie, but frankly I was expecting a little more from the director of Alien, Gladiator, and Blade Runner.  The plot, was somewhat compelling…searching out those that created the human race naturally we would look to the stars right?  What’s that you say? No? Yeah that was one aspect I had a hard time getting my head around too.  Couldn’t it just have been the possible discovery of intelligent life on another planet?  And…why did Guy Pearce’s character feel the need to decieve…anyone really?  He’s financing the whole trip and lets people believe he died on earth some two years ago.  Then he’s, SURPRISE still alive…to me this was supposed to be a “shocker” in the movie, but frankly I was underwhelmed.  One more thing…this black ooze, that’s the best threat you can come up with….I mean The Blob already cornered the market on “scary” ooze if I remember correctly.  Anyway, the biggest issue I had with the movie was the continuity between it and the original Alien.  In this movie the expedition heads to LV-223, but in the movie Alien, the expedition heads to LV-426 (of course this isn’t established until the sequel Aliens came out…but you get the idea)  Hopefully Ridley Scott did this intentionally with plans of a Prometheus sequel to take place on LV-426.  I could see him actually making a trilogy out of this with the story line leading right up to when the Nostromo from the original Alien movie receives a transmission of unknown origin…neatly tieing all the movies together.  Like I said, it wasn’t necessarily a bad movie, just wasn’t as good as I expected.  Then again when director’s go back and try to jump-start a franchise that made him/her famous in the first place, does it ever live up to anyone’s expectations….Star Wars franchise anyone?