Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 Trailer

Here's the new theatrical trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I. I didn't think it was possible for me to like a trailer more than I liked the last DH trailer. Then I saw this one. I'm so excited for this!

On the side: The clip of the "Seven Potters", I love it. In the book Harry feels embarassed because they all change into clothes to match Harry's in front of everybody. I like Harry in Fluer's outfit. That's hilarious. Also enjoyed the hint of Ron/Hermione we get in the trailer as well. Ralph Fiennes, what can I say...I LOVE him as Voldemort.

via ComingSoon.net

True Blood Round up


Season 3 of True Blood has come and gone. Awhile ago, I did a post about what I wanted to see in Rescue Me next season, I won't do the same for this show since it's loosely based on a series of books, so we kind of already have an idea to where it's going. Here are my likes and dislikes. *****Spoiler Alert.*****

Likes:
1) Eric naked in the season opener. Yes, I realize how fangirl-ish that sounds, but you've got to appreciate the wonder that is Alexander Skarsgard. Eric is one of my favorite characters in the show, and seeing more of him is a plus. Not to mention the situation he was in was pretty creepy/hilarious. Only Eric would get caught having sex with another girl, then have the balls to flirt with Sookie who just walked in on them.

2) The fine acting of Rutina Wesley. A lot of people could say Tara was pretty whiny this season. I justify it completely. If you thought her character went through the ringer last season, then she's surely in hell here. We got to see the usually no-nonsense badass Tara actually be vulnerable and afraid. I thought this was a great opportunity for Wesley to show her acting chops. Hopefully she gets come recognition for it.

3)Character Devolpment all around. We had more of Jessica, Hoyt, Arlene and Terry. We had major story lines involving Lafayette and Sam. (more on Sam later) We were introduced to some great new characters in Russel Edgington, Talbot and Alcide. I loved how equally True Blood balanced most of these new story archs. Most being the key word there.

4) Denis O'Hare. To say that O'Hare was fantastic in the season is the biggest understatement of the century. I can't even describe how flawless this guy was. Russel has proved to be the most interesting villain in the entire series. It helps that while cool and calm on the outside, Russel is obviously off the wall bat shit crazy. He provided us with probably one of the most shockingly funny moments in the history of TV. (And now the weather...Tiffany?) I couldn't even laugh right away because my mouth was still hanging open from the shock of it.

5) Possibly more Eric/Sookie? I refuse to refer to this as "teams" because this isn't f**king Twilight, people! I for one, have always preferred Sookie to be with Eric. Creator Alan Ball has been pretty vocal that he likes Sookie with Bill, but that didn't stop him from some major hinting (and finally a real life kiss) along the season. Although they lose points for no Eric/Sookie shower scene that was in the book. Perhaps they can squeeze that in next season. I'll wait patiently.

6) Lafayette. "Rang rang, hookah, rang rang." That may have actually been from Season 2, I watched them together and I can't seem to find the episode that he actually says that in. Nonetheless, that's hilarious. Lafayette's vocab never ceases to amuse me. I also like the new relationship he's developed with Jesus. This could lead to interesting things.

7) More Pam is good. I love the character of Pam, she also had some of the best lines in the season. I loved the tender moments between Pam and Eric. I'd love to hear their story. How Eric turned her and possibly more of their background. It's nice to have those moments between the two because then you remember the relationship that a vampire is supposed to have with their maker. Loving, admiration, trust. It's all there with Pam and Eric and you can tell.

8) Godric flashback. Godric was a character that we only had a few episodes to get attached to him before he was killed off. Needless to say he left an impression. I hope to see more of him in Eric's visions next season. Eric and Godric's relationship is another very interesting aspect of the show.

Dislikes


1) I hate the Jason/Crystal storyline. I HATE THE JASON/CRYSTAL STORYLINE! I hate it so much I just put it in all caps! I couldn't care less about Crystal or Hot Shot or Were-panthers. I really couldn't. I spent most of season one disliking Jason. Then season two rolled around and he grew on me. Now I'm right back to disliking him because of the crap storyline he's in. He had one really touching moment all season with Tara and Sookie. Surprise, it had nothing to do with Crystal. Please wrap that crap up quick.

2) RIP Lorena. Bill's maker, the beautiful Mariana Klaveno met the true death this season. It was such a shame, she was a perfect menace. I wouldn't have minded them keeping her around.

3) The Werewolves are boring. Film School Rejects have been pretty vocal about the werewolves all season. Basically, they were calling them "pussies". I'm just calling them un-interesting. Alcide did grow on me, I'll admit it. But the entire werewolf thing was just a bore to me. I did appreciate that they didn't try to throw some CGI together to create them and just went with real wolves. That was a smart move, but it does make them a little less frightening.

4) Sookie, why are you so stupid? Sookie has always been really likeable to me, but this season she came across as dumb. Fighting with Bill, forgiving him 2 mins later after he nearly kills her. Wandering into a werewolf bar. Not shooting Debbie when she had the chance. I just hope she wises up next season, I hope she goes back to work too, because when was the last time we saw her at Merlotte's?

5) Sam's dark past. I'm sort of split on this, I loved Sam as being one of the good guys. I don't think I like his nasty past coming up and effecting him the way it is. We all know he had a tough life, did he really need to go ape shit on all of his patrons? I miss loving, caring Sam. I want that back. I also didn't care much for meeting his biological family. Tommy had potential to be interesting but has proven to just be a huge pain in the ass. The season ended with us wondering if Sam really shot Tommy. I kind of hope he did.

6) Faeries. I knew that Sookie was a Fae from the start. (having read a few of the books) When it was time for the audience to finally know what she really is, it was sort of a buzz kill. I didn't care much for the running around in sunny-dream land in flowing dresses and Claudine's inexplicable British accent. Perhaps it will grow on me, but it felt really out of place with the show's normally dark tone.

7) Franklin. There's tons of blogs were people say they will miss Franklin, I don't understand how that is possible. Franklin was a crazy rapist! How was he likeable at all? If someone can explain the "Franklin love" to me, I would really appreciate it. Because I didn't find anything worth liking about him. Talbot, I can understand, but Franklin? Really?

DVD Review: December Boys

I remember when this film was a really big deal..


You know, back in 2006 when it was shot and Harry Potter fans everywhere just wanted to see Daniel Radcliffe in a sex scene. I'm not kidding, that was literally the most talked about aspect of the film back then.

December Boys follows four orphans (all born in December..hence the name) that are given a holiday in a seaside town in Australia. They spend their Christmas there, and learn that a family is going to adopt just one of them. It's your typical coming of age story about a summer that changed your life.

Nothing about this movie is original. Even the soundtrack is reused from several different films. It does capture the beauty of Australia and both Daniel Radcliffe and Teresa Palmer give promising performances. Their part of the story was the most interesting, even though Radcliffe's Aussie accent faded in and out throughout the film. Nice try though, A for effort because I'm bias about anything involving Harry Potter. The point is, the beautiful scenery and potential from some of the actors isn't enough to save this film from being just another bland "after school" special with a poor attempt at a tearjerker ending.

Recommended: No

Grade: C-

Memorable Quote: "I'm sure you'll find out when you're older." - Maps (Daniel Radcliffe)

Review: Machete

Leave your brain at home, sit back, and enjoy the ride



That's the attitude you have to have going into Robert Rodriguez's 'Machete', which is based on his faux-trailer from 'Grindhouse.'

When we first meet Machete (Danny Trejo) he's being betrayed by his boss and ends up watching his wife get murdered by a drug kingpin, Torrez. (Steven Seagal) We fast forward three years. Machete is in the US, and is hired to assassinate a senator, and get's set up..again. Now he's pissed and is going after all those who have wronged him. He enlists help from Sartana,(Jessica Alba) an Immigrations officer. And Luz, (Michelle Rodriguez) a Resistance fighter who helps illegal immigrants cross the border and find better lives.

Now this movie has it's obvious flaws in the acting department. Alba proves once again that she has limited range, and Lindsay Lohan shows up briefly to play herself. But that doesn't matter because the film is so outrageous. It's completely over the top and self aware and it works perfectly. It's hilarious, probably the second funniest film I've seen all year. It doesn't wait either, literally 2 minutes (if that) into the film there's heads being chopped off and blood everywhere. Machete literally rope swings with some one's intestines at one point. It's got a lot of sex, swearing, and violence and it shot with the same grainy style that 'Grindhouse' had. Trejo is awesome as Machete, he doesn't have a whole lot of dialogue, but his actions definitely speak louder than his words. Steven Seagal is a total badass, and Robert DeNiro makes his Senator character extremely unlikeable. There's lots of Rodriguez regulars in the film too. His twin nieces make an appearance. They were the "Crazy Babysitter Twins" in 'Grindhouse'. The funniest thing to me was the little boy from 'Spykids' (Daryl Sabara) making an appearance as a wannabe Mexican gangster. That provided for one of the funniest exchanges in the entire film.

Bottom line: It's funny and gruesome and makes for a great popcorn flick. Even cringe-worthy performances from Alba and Lohan can't hurt it's credibility. It's just plain fun.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B+

Memorable Quote: "Machete don't text!" - Machete (Danny Trejo)

Review: Winter's Bone

This is a lesson in not giving into the hype



My friend and I were having a tough time deciding whether or not we should see Get Low or Winter's Bone. I was for the former, he was for the latter. I eventually agreed with him after hearing such wonderful things about Jennifer Lawrence's performance. Normally this isn't the kind of movie I'd be in to, but if people are calling in "Oscar worthy" I tend to always give it a shot. I love to nerd out on the Oscars, and I need to be fair and see every actor performance that I possibly can.

Winter's Bone follows Ree, (Jennifer Lawrence) a teenager that is basically the head of household. She takes care of her younger siblings, her mother, cooks, cleans, hunts, etc. Her father is a meth head, and after he's arrested for it, he skips out on his court date. Thus, putting their house up as collateral for his bail money. Unless of course, he shows up for his next hearing. He goes missing, and Ree tries to find him. Everyone keeps telling her to mind her own business, but she's determained to find her father and keep her family together.

This movie just wasn't for me. (Friend-o enjoyed it) It was slow paced and uninteresting. Lawrence did give a good performance, (when she wasn't mumbling) but it was also the only decent one in the entire film. None of the characters were likeable and it felt extremely cliched. It was like the film was just waiting to burst out and be something else, but it never happened. I felt like I couldn't fully justify Ree's actions. There was also the nagging question in the back of my mind: Where the hell are Social Services?

On a plus side, the cinematography and the score were beautiful. Really beautiful. Give them some credit, Missouri is a beautiful state.

Recommended: No

Grade: C

Memorable Quote: "I know who killed him" - Teardrop (John Hawkes)

It's Evan Rachel Wood's Birthday!



Ahh..one of my all time favorite actresses. When she was on Once and Again everyone used to say I looked like her. I hated that back then. Then I saw her in Thirteen and I didn't mind being categorized with someone of her talent. She's extremely underrated in my opinion. She's made tons of beautiful indies, and it's only time until everyone else realizes the talent she possesses.

My Favorite Film: Thirteen
Thirteen is one of my all time favorite movies, I can't say enough good things about it. It feel so real. They way these girls act, the trouble they get into, the lesson learned at the end. Nearly everything in this film was relateable to me as a teenager. I think it's an important film for teenage girls to see. Maybe even with their moms. The mother/daughter relationship in this film is the most important aspect. Also the way it was shot was lovely, listen to the commentary on the DVD. There's a lot of interesting info in it. She was robbed of an Oscar nom, by the way.

My Least Favorite Film: The Upside of Anger
I thought the ending to this film was really morbid and made the entire thing just feel wrong. Wood didn't have a huge part in this movie, and that's ok. It's definitely the last enjoyable on her filmography. At least she was the best part of it.

Most Bizarre/Fun/Random Film: Across The Universe
This is the only time that I've actually enjoyed Beatles covers. I loved how psychedelic and crazy fun this was. Evan proved that not only is she a great actress, but she's a hell of a singer as well. (If you saw Once and Again you would've already known that) I was surprised with the negative reviews of this film. I thought it did the music justice. It was weird, beautiful, thoughtful and random at the same time. That's what The Beatles are to me.

Most Underrated: Pretty Persuasion
I really got a kick out of this movie. Evan plays a real bitch of a student that tries to falsely accuse a teacher of molestation. It's a dark comedy, with a dark ending, but Evan owns it the whole way through. Honorable mention goes to Down in the Valley and The King of California

Film To See: Whatever Works

Besides the few animated films where she's provided her voice, Whatever
Works is the only one I haven't seen. I've never been a huge fan of Woody Allen (I know, what am I thinking?) and this film didn't come to any theaters near me.

Thoughts:
What about you? Are you a fan of Evan Rachel Wood? What films did you like? What didn't you like?

As always, thanks for reading.

Review: The Last Exorcism

Most true horror fans are wary of PG-13 horror films




Luckily for us Gore Extraordinaire Eli Roth serves as a producer, and he wouldn't associate his name with something that isn't creepy.



The Last Exorcism is creepy alright, and the documentary style in which it was shot helps. We follow Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) a priest who doesn't believe in demons and exorcisms. He's letting a film maker, Iris (Iris Bahr) film his last exorcism. He opens the first letter he receives and leads Iris and her extremely tolerant Camera Man to the Sweetzer farm to Exorcise young Nell. (Ashley Bell) They didn't expect what happens next.



Ashley Bell gives one hell of a performance, and her stare alone is responsible for most of the unsettling scenes in this film. It's all shot from a hand held camera. It feels raw and grainy, but it's not shaky and mostly stays in focus. I call the Camera Man tolerant because if I were him, I would've high-tailed it about 50 mins sooner than he did. The ending of the film is a big topic. It drew a lot of very loud laughs from my fellow movie goers. I actually thought it worked. It doesn't explain a whole lot, but it's enough for you to know that something just isn't right. It's sudden, but effective.



Recommended: Yes



Grade: B+



Memorable Quote: "How about a blowing job?" - Nell (Ashley Bell)

What I want from Rescue Me's final season.

This is what I want to see..
Rescue Me has been one of my favorite shows since it's debut. I've always stuck by it, even when it started to change. I always defended it because I love the cast (most of them) and think they have great chemistry. But I have to admit Season 6's finale left me wanting a little more..and not in a good way.

A lot of people say that Season 6 should've ended 1 episode early with *spoiler* Damian getting hurt on the job. Personally, I'm glad that didn't happen, because I would not have wanted to wait a full year to find out. I like cliffhangers, but that was too much. I always liked his character. I didn't think they would kill him, I thought he would be paralyzed. I was half right, I wasn't expecting him to be brain dead. That was legitimately sad. When the camera slowly panned to him in the chair, my heart did break a little.

I wanted more emotion out of the finale. I wanted to see Lieu show some remorse for Damian's injury. Yes, it wasn't his fault completely, but he shouldn't have been in that ware house. Lieu is the reason the crew held back to help him, and the reason Damian came back to tell them they had to go. Yes it's totally Damian's fault for taking his helmet off, but I just expected some more emotion from Lieu. I didn't like Janet's anger, it seemed a little too extreme. I never like Janet to begin with, but I just can't take that seriously. I understand her to a point; she wants Tommy to pay attention to her and their kids. Damian was Tommy's godson, and always in their lives. You can't tell me that Janet, Colleen, and Katy don't care about Damian at all. If they did, they didn't show it. This brings me to what I want from their next and final season.

1) Damian. Is he dead? Is that why Tommy is having a vision of him? Or is he simply just having another vision with Damian still being alive. Is Damian faking it? These are all theories I've heard. Personally, as much as I didn't want Damian to die in the first place, death would be better than where he is now. What I really want to see is Jimmy and Damian interact, whether it's in the afterlife or in another one of Tommy's dreams. I can't see him faking not being able to speak/understand. But that would completely blow my mind if that happened, I guess I wouldn't' reject it if it did. I just want some focus on him, because one thing Rescue Me is pretty good at doing is killing off someone important, then not talking about them again.

2) Tommy needs to be with Kelly (Maura Tierny) She's rumored to be back for the final season. She's quite possibly the only stable female character on the show and Tommy needs that. Janet and Tommy will never work. Sheila and Tommy will never work. Except it and move on.

3) Focus on the men in the house. The thing I love about this show is how they crew interacts in the firehouse. I didn't like how much dumber they made Mike and Sean, but they can come back from that. I want more of them, and not just stupid story lines that are over after one episode. Talk about Franco's daughter. Talk about Sean being cancer free. Hell, mention Needles' mail order wife that disappeared from this season! Something!

4) Shape up Colleen and Katy. Bring back younger Conner in Tommy's visions. Colleen has been one of my least favorite characters from day one, but Natalie Drister's acting this season was atrocious. I want them to stop being so needy and annoying and actually try to get along with Tommy. They both hated Janet last season, and now they are always taking her side? Some consistency would be nice. I never liked seeing the adult Conner in Tommy's dreams, bring back the same actor that played him before. He's older, but it will still feel more like him.

5) Promote Lieu, get him out of the line of duty and give Tommy his job.

6) Focus on 9/11. That was the theme of the show. I'm sick of the drinking and falling off the wagon stories. It's realistic yes, but talking about the FDNY and what happened that day and how it affected them is what made it all so interesting in the first place.

7) Explain how Teddy did not get arrested for shooting Tommy. The crew "lying" to the police just doesn't cut it. I need more answers.

8) No loose ends. Wrap it up nicely, and go out with a bang. End on a good note, and show all your fans why your one of the best dramas on TV Today.

9) This one is for the Emmys, SAGs and Golden Globes: Give this show some love, damnit! *personal gripe*

Well, that's my rant. If you are a rabid Rescue Me watcher, what do you want from this next season? What were your opinions on Season 6? Let's discuss!