secret service at wondercon

Fox had a small surprise for fans this past weekend: a presentation from Matthew Vaughn‘s new film The Secret Service at WonderCon. The movie is based on the Marvel Comics series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. It stars Colin Firth as a refined and highly capable secret agent, who recruits his nephew to join the intelligence service. The footage shows one hell of a fight scene, positioning the film as something like Kick-Ass, but with John Steed from the British TV show The Avengers as the lead character. After the WonderCon presentation, we recorded a video blog talking about the footage, which you can find below. Read More »

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train your dragon 2 opening

The first five minutes of How to Train Your Dragon 2 are now online. This is the same footage director Dean DeBlois and star Jay Baruchel presented at WonderCon 2014 this weekend so you now have a unique opportunity to check out the footage. Below not only can you watch the beginning of the film, you can watch a video blog reaction of it shot at WonderCon featuring myself, Peter Sciretta and Russ Fischer.

Then, as an added bonus, we’ll also discuss our thoughts on footage screened from Wes Ball’s YA adaptation, The Maze Runner. Check out the How to Train Your Dragon 2 opening and a video blog reaction blow. Read More »

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WonderCon 2014 happened over the past Easter weekend, and the /Film crew was in attendance to take in all the movie studio presentations and give you our reactions to the footage. Unfortunately most of the footage had already been screened at other industry events like CinemaCon, but it was new for us and the site as we didn’t travel to Vegas this year. After the jump you can watch Russ, Germain and I talk about the footage we screened at the Warner Bros panel, which included an extended sequence from Godzilla and a short clip from Into The Storm. Watch the video blog embedded after the jump now.

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Maleficent Preview

This weekend WonderCon took place in Anaheim California. Despite the fact that the Anaheim Convention Center is a few steps away from Disneyland, Disney decided not to have a presentation at the convention. Instead they launched a 20 minute preview of Maleficent in their theme park across the street. The preview is being shown in the Bugs Life Theater in Disney California Adventure theme park until June so all park visitor will have a chance to experience the magic complete with 4D effects. Germain Lussier and I are both card carrying members of the Disneyland annual passholder club, so after walking the show floor at WonderCon on Friday, we visited the park to take in the sneak preview. After the jump you can watch a video blog where we give our reaction to the Maleficent Preview footage, along with a brief written description of the footage screened.

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Boyhood

Richard Linklater has truly created something special with his new film Boyhood –  a remarkable, beautiful, cinematic achievement, like nothing you have ever seen before. Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013, the film chronicles a family over the course of 12 years, with the actors reprising their roles through the progression of time.

At the center of the story is Mason (Ellar Salmon), who with his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), makes the journey from childhood to adulthood. As the film begins, we see that they are living with their single mother (Patricia Arquette) and that their father (Ethan Hawke) has long since left the family. The film takes us through their evolving relationship with their mother and father over many years, moves, and life changes.

I don’t want to give away many specifics or plot points, and keep this as more of a reaction than review. After the jump you can read more or watch a video blog I recorded after the screening with Russ Fischer.

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Sundance 2008

The /Film LA crew has arrived in Utah. Over the next week, Germain Lussier, Russ Fischer and I will be bringing you coverage from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. But for starters, I ran around Park City and caught up with a bunch of our blogger, critic and journalist friends to find out which movies they are most excited to see at this year’s festival (and more importantly — why are they excited about these films).

The result is a rapid-fire glimpse at what the next week holds in store. I was able to shoot, edit, and upload the video completely on my iPhone, and I’m actually quite proud of how it turned out. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.

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Jack Ryan behind the scenes

On October 25th 2012 I found myself sitting in The White Horse pub watching a monitor showing Chris Pine run through the misty rain into a financial building. While the sequence in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is supposed to take place in the brand-new financial center in Moscow, Russia (a clue to the film’s antagonist) it was being filmed in Liverpool, England.

For nine years, producers have been trying to restart the franchise, based on the character Tom Clancy created in books like The Hunt For Red October and Patriot Games. Taking a cue from the recent James Bond films, Jack Ryan is an origin story — a pre-boot set in the now. In this versions, 9/11 has taken place, and is a huge motivator for our hero. The following is what I learned about the film from co-star Kevin Costner and director Kenneth Branagh, fresh from Thor.

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fountain-tree

When Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain was released in 2006, didn’t perform very well commercially or critically. But in the intervening years, the film has become somewhat of a cult hit, thriving on DVD and online streaming as more people have discovered it and attempted to plumb its depths.

I remember my first experience seeing the film in theaters. I was blown away by the raw performances, the gorgeous space/cell imagery, and the way Aronofsky seamlessly blended these three parallel storylines together. But many things also confused me. In my attempts to figure out what was actually going on, I realized that people actually had multiple interpretations of the film, several of which I just didn’t buy due to the evidence in the movie.

What follows is a video essay that represents my best attempt at explaining the events of the film. Find it after the jump and share your own theories in the comments.
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