Pacific Rim 2013 Action Scifi Starring: Ron Perlman (Drive), Idris Elba (Thor), Charlie Hunnam ("Sons of Anarchy"), & Rinko Kikuchi (The Brothers Bloom). Director: Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth). Writers: Marcus Dunstan (The Collection), Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy II: The Golden Army) and Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans) Plot: Hunnam stars as a washed-out controller and pilot of a series of robots called Jaegers, which are put into production after Earth is invaded by a species of giant monsters, the Kaijus. Trailer Review: I'm only interested in this for Idris Elba. Rating: TBD Watch with: Battle: Los Angeles
The Heat 2013 Action Comedy Starring: Oscar winner Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) & Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids). Director: Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) Writer: Katie Dippold PLot: The story begins when egotistical, ambitious FBI agent Sarah Ashburn (Bullock) is promised consideration for a big promotion if she can bring down a drug lord setting up shop in Boston. She's forced to team with loud-mouthed local cop Shannon Mullins (McCarthy). Trailer Review: If I just read a plot synopsis about this movie I wouldn't wanna see it, but it has Bullock & McCarthy. That makes all the difference. Rating: TBD Watch with: Hot Fuzz, Bridesmaids.
Maniac 2012 Horror Starring: Elijah Wood (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug). Director:
- Franck Khalfoun (Wrong Turn at Tahoe) Writers: Gregory Levasseur (Piranha) & Alexandre Aja (Mirrors) based on the 1980 film Maniac. Plot: Reboot of the 1980 film that takes you into the killer's POV. On the surface Frank (Wood) may look like just another skinny L.A. hipster, but don't be fooled -- he's a deeply disturbed killer with a penchant for collecting the scalps of pretty young women. Trailer Review: I like the idea of a film completely from the kiiller's POV. I've never seen that before. Yes, I know it's a reboot, but I've never seen the 1980 version so I'll watch this first. I like to watch the new one first then go back and watch the original to compare. I'm more likely to enjoy both films that way. Rating: TBD Watch with: Maniac (1980) & American Psycho
Plush 2013 Thriller Starring: Emily Browning (Sleeping Beauty) & Cam Gigandet (The Roommate) Director: Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) Writers: Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen) and Arty Nelson. Plot: A talented rock star mourning the drug-overdose death of her brother and bandmate hires a new guitarist who turns dangerously obsessive. Trailer Review: I like music films, and Browning has an amazing voice. Listen to the Sucker Punch soundtrack to see what I mean. I also love stalker films. They are my guilty pleasure no matter how awful so I should enjoy this. Rating: TBD Watch with: The Roommate
Embrace of the Vampire (V) 2013 Horror Director: Carl Bessai (Sisters and Brothers). Writers: Andrew Christopher Erin (Tornado Valley) and Sheldon Roper based on the 1995 film of the same name. Plot: Charlotte is a timid and sheltered teen who has just left an all-girls Catholic school for a new life at a co-ed university. But an ancient evil has followed her here, tormenting her with disturbing nightmares and tempting her with forbidden desires. It is a hunger that can only be satiated by sensual pleasures of the flesh...and a thirst for blood. It's a battle for her soul... and one she's losing. But Charlotte is a fighter. The chaos and torment threatens to unleash her own inner beast, and anyone even close to her may find themselves embracing their own horrific fate. Trailer Review: I've seen the original 95 version starring Alyssa Milano which was basically soft-core porn. I liked Milano in the film since she's always good, but the movie itself was pretty boring & awful. This film apparently takes most of the soft-core porn stuff out and has more Buffy-type action which has to be an improvement, but it's straight to video status at a time when vampire cult is still pretty high is not a good sign. Rating: TBD Watch with: Embrace of the Vampire (95).