In My Humble Opinion: I never thought Sharknado would have much competition when it came to the dumbest concept for a movie (okay that’s not entirely true, there are some really bad ones out there) but in the spirit of Sharknado and the horror that is Tara Reid, I figured I would share this little gem I came across. Yes, it’s an actual movie, it’s on IMDB and the whole movie can be found on YouTube. Don’t worry, I’ve posted it below for your enjoyment/torture. It’s not exactly Robocop, but you can see what the filmmakers were after…I present to you, ROBO VAMPIRE…ENJOY!!!
In My Humble Opinion: The below nominations certainly overlooked a few people. That being said, I’m not going to rant and rave about how my opinion matters more than someone else’s or anything like that. Frankly, whoever has to narrow down these categories in order to reach the final nominees has a hell of a job to do. So don’t consider these necessarily criticisms, just my personal honorable mentions.
Firstly I’d like to give props to “House of Cards.” If you haven’t seen the show on Netflix, I highly recommend it. On the coattails of the statement I beg the question, where is Corey Stoll’s nomination for best supporting actor? His portrayal of Congressman Peter Russo was one of the best things about the show’s freshman season. Secondly, and I’ll stick with the supporting actor category for a bit; I was hoping that Walton Goggins would have warranted a nomination for his portrayal of Boyd Crowder on “Justified.” I always thought he got overlooked while he was on “The Shield” and hoped his new show would be his time to shine (fingers crossed for the upcoming seasons). Thirdly, I love Peter Dinklage on “Game of Thrones.” He truly is great in everything he does and was very deserving of the Emmy he won last year. However, I’d like to see the Emmys recognize some of the other actors in that large Game Of Thrones ensemble cast. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime “Kingslayer” Lannister was most impressive this past season. If you watched season 3, then you know what I’m talking about. I mean the scene in which he explains how he got his nickname Kingslayer was reason enough to get him a nomination.
Let’s stick with “Game Of Thrones,” but jump over to the best supporting actress category. Emilia Clarke got a nomination for her portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen, which is cool. She’s good on the show, not my personal favorite but she is good. Who on the show is better you ask? I know she’s a little young but Maisie Williams as Arya Stark is a clear stand out. So much has happened to her character over the course of the show I’m surprised at how well the 16-year-old actress has been able to convey it. Now I’m not sure whether this next one would be supporting or main but how Jennifer Carpenter hasn’t received a nomination every year she has played Debra Morgan on “Dexter” is beyond me. Whether she’s spewing a vicious, profanity ridden tirade or breaking down, emotionally crippled by the choices her character has made, she is one of the best things on television right now. Well, that’s pretty much it…except for one more little pet peeve of mine. How long are the powers that be going to allow “American Horror Story” be categorized as a mini-series? It’s a television show people!
Outstanding Drama Series
“Game of Thrones”
“House of Cards”
Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Vera Farmiga, “Bates Motel”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Elizabeth Moss, “Peggy Olson”
Connie Britton, “Nashville”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Bobby Cannavale, “Boardwalk Empire”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Ann Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Emilia Clark, “Game of Thrones”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Morena Baccarin, “Homeland”
Outstanding Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory”
Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Laura Dern, “Enlightened”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live”
Tony Hale, “Veep”
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory” Jane Lynch, “Glee” » Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family” » Julie Bowen, “Modern Family” » Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie” » Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”
Outstanding Reality Show Competition
“The Amazing Race”
“Dancing With the Stars”
“So You Think You Can Dance”
Outstanding TV Miniseries or Movie
“American Horror Story: Asylum”
“Behind the Candelabra”
“Top of the Lake”
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra”
Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”
Toby Jones, “The Girl”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Parade’s End”
Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Laura Linney, “The Big C”
Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector”
Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”
Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
James Cromwell, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Zachary Quinto, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Scott Bakula, “Behind the Candelabra”
John Benjamin Hickey, “The Big C”
Peter Mullan, “Top of the Lake”
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Imelda Staunton, “The Girl”
Ellen Burstyn, “Political Animals”
Charlotte Rampling, “Restless”
Alfre Woodard, “Steel Magnolias”
In My Humble Opinion: The original Terminator is one of the best science fiction films ever (maybe even THE best). It was followed by Terminator 2: Judgement Day which could be argued as one of those, “the sequel’s better than the original” movies…you know what I’m talking about, Godfather 1 or 2, Alien or Aliens, etc. Anyway, after Terminator 2: Judgement Day…the franchise started to implode. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines was lackluster. Arnold was starting to show his age and the plotline (Terminator sent back in time to kill John Connor’s Lieutenants?) just seemed ridiculous. Not to mention; how could you ever create a bad Terminator that could top Robert Patrick’s T-1000? Short answer, you couldn’t. A reboot was attempted with Terminator Salvation that excited me because the audience was finally going to see the Future War Against The Machines. Unfortunately the elaborate and exciting world that James Cameron had created through flashbacks in the first two movies was completely different and frankly, extremely underwhelming. I mean really, you can’t have a War Against The Machines and not have the Plasma Rifle in the 40-Watt Range am I right? Oh yeah, and there was that little Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles show that only lasted 31 episodes.
But if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. It was recently announced that a new Terminator film is going to be released on June 26, 2015. The new film, simply called Terminator is the first feature in a planned trilogy. And to those of you that are curious, yes Ah-Nuld has confirmed that he will return as a Terminator (how involved his character will be is still unknown) Personally, and consider this a plea, I’d like to see the studio bring back Michael Biehn and cast him as the future leader John Connor. I mean if Michael Biehn’s character Kyle Reese is supposed to be John Connor’s father, you won’t be able to cast a better actor when it comes to family resemblance.
SUMMARY PROVIDED BY: JOSH KOTLYAR
In My Humble Opinion: I’ll probably wait for this one to hit Blu-Ray. But…I do love me some spoilers so, ENJOY!!!
The film begins with a montage of normal world events, with talk shows, weather, cities, and interspersed moments of predator-prey interactions. There are some mentions of an epidemic, but they are few and far between. The focus then shifts to the home of Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his wife Karen (Mireille Enos). They have two children, Rachel and Connie. While having breakfast, on TV there’s a news broadcast about martial law being implemented in a region.
The focus shifts to heavy urban traffic in Philadelphia. The Lane family sits in the car while on the radio, there’s news about a rabies outbreak that has spread internationally. At the same time an unusually large amount of helicopters flies towards the center of the city and police motorcycles zoom past, one of which knocks a mirror off the family car. Gerry goes outside to see what happens, And as he’s about to get into his car enormous explosion rocks the center of the city. The police officer approached Gerry on his motorcycle and yells at him to get back into his car. The police officer is then run over by a garbage truck. The truck ploughs through the traffic, with the driver convulsing and making disturbing noises. The Lanes drive through the cleared path of cars, but their car is broadsided by an ambulance. As they get out of the car, the focus shifts to the running and panicking crowd, among whom stand several convulsing individuals who proceed to attack other people. A nearby motorist is attacked, and a 12-second countdown begins. He comes down with severe seizures, dies, and within 12 seconds gets up and attacks his car and its passengers. The Lanes narrowly escape in an abandoned RV and leave a burning, chaotic Philadelphia.
On a highway outside of the city, Gerry’s former UN colleague, Thierry (Fana Mokoena), calls him and tells him that they barely made it out of a burning New York City. Rachel begins to have an asthma attack, and the Lanes make it to a supermarket/pharmacy in Newark, New Jersey, where they find albuterol. The store is in chaos, and Karin is almost mugged, but Gerry scares the men off with a hunting rifle. The RV has been stolen, and the Lanes decide to stay in a nearby apartment complex until they are extracted by a helicopter that Thierry has sent for them. As they near the apartment building, a woman falls from an upper floor and begins convulsing; she is infected and turning. More undead show up, and the Lanes lock themselves into the apartment building and are taken in by a Hispanic family. An emergency broadcast is all that is heard on the radio. As dawn approaches, the Lanes leave for the helicopter. They are attacked, and Gerry’s gunshots attract a large horde of undead, who give chase and end up killing the Hispanic family. Gerry is almost bitten, but is saved by the Hispanic family’s surviving son, Tomas, who shoots the zombie. Gerry panics, as he has gotten blood in his mouth, and runs to the edge of the roof of the building and counts to 12, ready to jump if he turns. The helicopter arrives and the family barely gets on as the horde gets to the roof.
The Lanes end up on an US Navy ship 200 miles off the coast of New York, where a team of analysts and military personnel are analyzing the scope of the outbreak, with population loss climbing in the billions. A biologist, Dr. Fassbach, argues that the plague is a virus, whose origin must be found in order for a vaccine to be developed. The naval commander tells Gerry that, because of his expertise as a former UN investigator, he is to go with a team of Navy Seals to find the source of the outbreak. Reluctantly agreeing for the sake of his family’s staying on the ship, Gerry leaves, and gives Karin a satellite phone to contact him with. The task force, accompanied by Fassbach and Lane, arrive at a military camp in South Korea, where the word “zombie” was first used to describe the outbreak. They barely make it inside the complex (with Fassbach dying), and talk to the soldiers inside. Lane tells them that the US is in utter chaos. The soldiers take Gerry to a room of incinerated bodies, where they first saw the outbreak. The soldiers’ commander (James Badge Dale) tells Gerry of a soldier who was found foaming at the mouth and tied up. When a doctor analyzed the dormant body, he was bitten. The commander tells Gerry that the time to reanimation was 5-10 minutes, which makes Gerry realize that there is variation in the virus’ incubation period. They interview a captured CIA traitor (David Morse), caught for selling arms to North Korea, and he tells them that the entire population of the dictatorship had their teeth removed so that they couldn’t bite. He tells Gerry to go to Jerusalem, where leader Jurgen Warmbrunn (Ludi Boeken), has established a safe zone. The team leaves on bicycles to the plane, but Gerry’s phone rings, and attracts a swarm of zombies. They quickly refuel while battling, and the commander, having been bitten, sacrifices himself. Gerry, en route to Jerusalem, sees an atomic bomb being blown up in the distance.
In Jerusalem, Lane meets Warmbrunn, who explained that Israel, having heard about the outbreak from India, built a defensive barrier around Jerusalem. They have established a quarantine, and are letting uninfected civilians in. A group of people are in celebration, and when they begin praying over the microphone, thousands of undead on the other side of the wall begin to climb over and attack. Chaos erupts, and Gerry’s escort soldier, Segen (Daniella Kertesz), is bitten. Gerry immediately cuts off her hand, and counts to 12 for good measure. They escape on a jet liner as Jerusalem is destroyed by the undead.
On the plane, Gerry cleans and changes Segen’s wounds and bandages. The pilots say that they are headed for (Cardiff, Wales). A dog on board begins to suspiciously bark, and when the flight attendant sees what is happening and opens up a compartment, an undead, who got in, attacks her. Chaos erupts in coach class, and Gerry, along with the rest of the front of the plane, quietly blocks the passage with luggage. One of the undead hears them, and attacks, with the rest following. Gerry throws a grenade to the back of the plane, then straps himself and Segen in. The explosion creates a hole in the plane’s rear fuselage, and all the undead are sucked out. The plane violently crashes in Wales, with Gerry and Segen ending up as the only survivors. Gerry was impaled with debris during the crash, but survives. The duo make it to their destination: a (World Health Organization) lab in Wales.
Gerry wakes up after being strapped for three days, and after having his identity confirmed by phone by Thierry (who tells Gerry that his family was sent off the ship because the navy thought Gerry died in the crash), is released. The doctors at the WHO discuss what has happened, and Gerry makes an observation—the undead, in Jerusalem, bypassed people who were terminally ill “like a river around a rock,” because they wouldn’t attack unhealthy prey, because it wouldn’t effectively spread the virus. He volunteers to test a harmful, but curable pathogen on himself and stand next to a zombie to see if his “sick prey” idea works. The doctors tell him that the wing that the pathogens are stored in has been infected: a vaccinologist analyzing specimens stuck himself with a needle and turned; he then infected all of the scientists in the wing. The undead doctors are now dormant, and wander aimlessly with twitchy movements until they get a stimulus (noise, a human, etc.). Gerry, one of the doctors, and Segen, volunteer to quietly venture into the wing to retrieve the samples. Their silence fails, and they are chased. Segen and the doctor make it back to the main lab and barricade themselves, while Gerry makes it into the vault with the pathogens. Fearing that he will die, he tells the doctors, via writing on surveillance, to tell his wife and kids that he loves them. He injects himself with the pathogen (presumably a bacterial one), and after a short time, opens the door, and an undead enters. The undead analyzes Gerry, growling and snapping his teeth, but doesn’t attack. Gerry locks the undead in the vault and makes his way to the main lab. He stops at the food court and makes noise to attract the undead from the door in the lab. He walks towards the door, and the undead run past towards the noise, ignoring him due to his sickness. The doctors rejoice at the discovery and Gerry is treated with antibiotics to rid him of the infection that he has given himself. Gerry makes it to Nova Scotia, where his family is in a safe zone. They hug and reunite, and footage shows the development of a “vaccine” derived from deadly pathogens that would act as an anti-zombie camouflage for the troops battling the undead, and for civilians. The footage then shows offensives beginning; humanity now has hope, and Gerry ends the film by saying that “This isn’t the end; not even close.”
In My Humble Opinion: The Following really picked up the pace once the show’s plot moved away from the farm-house. I had kind of lost interest in the show, but thankfully my wife made me watch another episode. I’m glad she did because my interest has been rejuvenated. Hopefully you can relate to what I mean about the whole farm-house plotline and how the show seemed to stall for a little while? Luckily the writers upped the ante and had Joe escape from prison which put into motion a list of other sub-plots that made the show worth following again…pun intended. The season finale was bitter-sweet since my excitement and interest in the show had finally been reinvigorated. On that note, you wanna talk about one of the best cliff hangers in television season finales? SPOILER: Personally, I don’t think Joe Carrol is dead do you? Surely there was some sort of trap door or something in the boathouse he was able to use for his escape? Killing off Joe Carrol would pretty much end the series right? I mean Joe Carrol is the Hannibal Lecter to Ryan Hardy’s Clarice Starling. Hopefully we don’t have to wait too long and Fox will decide to bring the show back sooner rather than later so we can find out if Joe lived or not. Personally I can’t wait to see whether Kevin Bacon and Natalie Zea’s characters live or die as a result of their stabbings as well. I also want to see how the writers eventually reveal that Joey is actually Ryan’s son and not Joe’s (This is just one of my predictions for the show) Whenever it comes back, I can confidently say that I will be tuning in. Yes, I will continue to follow The Following.
In the spirit of March Madness, Sean’s Humble Opinionwould like to introduce the 80’s Action Movie Bracket Contest. See attached bracket featuring some of the greatest action movies of the 80’s.
Fill out the bracket and return to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win. The winner will be announced on the Season Finale of Sean’s Humble Opinion. Be sure to print plenty of copies and pass them out to your friends as well!!!