Skip to main content


Showing posts from December 23, 2012


J.J. Abrams Turned Down Star Wars

Lifelong Star Wars fan J.J. Abrams will remain just that. Colin Trevorrow Tiptoes Around ' Star Wars ' Speculation, Looks to the Future The writer-director-producer, who has pumped blood into the second iteration of the Mission: Impossible series and fully revived Star Trek for the big screen, told Empire magazine that while he met with new series producer Kathleen Kennedy about involvement in Star Wars: Episode VII, he decided against hopping aboard. "There were the very early conversations, and I quickly said that, because of my loyalty to Star Trek and also just being a fan, I wouldn't even want to be involved in the next version of those things," he told the magazine. "I declined any involvement very early on. I'd rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them." Abrams has said that while he grew up as a major Star Wars fan, he was not particularly in love with Star Tr

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Review. Circus On Crack

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY 3D Review By: RAMA Rama comes in with another review. CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY 3D is like Circus on crack. What a spellbinding visual splendor of a joyride! You won’t believe your eyes! You’re going to be bombarded with so many colors, stunning stage spectacles, creative transitions and clever choreographies, that you may get brain freeze by the time this film or should I say attraction, ends… A young woman is entranced by an Aerialist. When they fall into the dreamlike world of Cirque du Soleil and are separated, they travel through the different tent worlds trying to find each other. When I first saw footage and clips of this film, months ago, I thought it was just another effort by 3D preacher James Cameron to try and jam 3D down our throats again, but I was willing to give it a shot, because I’ve always been a big fan of Cirque Du Soleil, although the only show of theirs I’ve ever watched was Zumanity in Las Vegas. But these

Trailer For Eli Roth's Aftershock

Here is the first trailer for Aftershock, which boasts Roth starring, co-writing and producing (but leaving the director’s chair to co-writer Nicolas Lopez) finds the Hostel man as a bloke looking for some fun in Chile. The traveler is introduced to a cool underground nightclub where the booze flows, the music plays and the ceiling suddenly collapses. That last part isn’t actually one of the club’s selling points, as a deadly earthquake has hit the place. And that’s the least of the problems – when our hero and his surviving friends make it out of the subterranean death trap, they discover that the local prison was damaged by the trembler and the prisoners have taken their chance to go full Andy Dufresne. Except instead of making for a beach on the coast of Zihuatanejo, the cons are roving the streets killing people. Who will survive? And what will be left of them? Only the film can answer that. Roth’s co-stars include Selena Gomez, Ariel Levy, Andrea Osvart and Lorenza Izzo .

Sharlto Copley As Kruger From Elysium

First look at   Sharlto Copley in  Neill ‘District 9’ Blomkamp's upcoming dystopian epic Elysium .  Copley will be playing the film’s villain Kruger. Elysium is set in the year 2159, and pits the oppressed people of the ruined planet Earth against the privileged elite aboard the Elysium space station. Matt Damon is ex-convict man-on-a-mission Max, fighting with the Terrans for equality, and Jodie Foster is the dastardly government official intent on enforcing anti-immigration laws and keeping Elysium for the Elysians; Kruger is her relentless attack dog. Reports over the summer seemed to suggest that Copley, who of course starred for Blomkamp in District 9, had one eye on Heath Ledger's Joker for the role of the black-ops military nutbag, but Copley tells Empire this was a misunderstanding. "The Joker was a mistaken reference," he says. "I was really just saying that that was the last time I saw a villain that inspired me: somebody that set the bar. T

Parental Guidance Review. The Film Is A Victim Of The Times

Parental Guidance Review By: MattInRC The inoffensive but bland Parental Guidance is a nice throwback for families. And that's the problem. There was a time when nice live-action family comedies ruled the movie theaters. Forget about well-made, Oscar nominated-fare - we're talking about films you could sit your kids in front of for a good laugh while still appealing to mom and dad with hidden sexual innuendos. Parenthood, Father of the Bride, Christmas Vacation, and Home Alone became instant classics that extended the careers of Steve Martin, Chevy Chase , and other mid-aged actors desperately looking for paychecks. Today, many of these films feel antiquated and down-right tedious with their gags falling flat and the cuteness factor reminding us of cheesy schmaltz. I'm not sure what has caused us to look so negatively at these used-to-be classics, but they've certainly not held up. Parental Guidance finds itself a potential victim of the times in wh

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE SPECTACULAR Coming To Sacramento January 3rd to 6th

DREAMWORKS’ HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE SPECTACULAR TICKETS TO SACRAMENTO STOP DATES ON SALE NOW! Visit to purchase tickets. Following critically acclaimed engagements in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States,   DREAMWORKS’ HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON LIVE SPECTACULAR continues to wow audiences across the US, setting a new standard for live entertainment. Here’s what critic Michael Grossberg of the Columbus Dispatch wrote about the show, which just played the Schottenstein Center this past weekend: “Leavened with comedy and consistent thrills, the two-act production expertly adapts the popular 2010 3D DreamWorks Animation film based on the 2003 book. In some ways, the more dramatic fight, flight and chase sequences seem even more effective onstage because of the nearly seamless way the creative team blends the live action with giant cinematic projections on a large rear screen and larger football-field floor.” “Impressive effects a

Win Tickets to An Advance Screening For ZERO DARK THIRTY In Sacramento

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for ZERO DARK THIRTY ! The screening is on January 9, 2013 - 7:00 PM at Regal Natomas Stadium 16 in Sacramento. Oscar-winner and action goddess Kathryn Bigelow is back on our screens very soon with  ZERO DARK THIRTY , a story about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, and a new poster and new images for the film are live.   Jessica Chastain stars as a member of the small CIA team dedicated to tracking down the terrorist leader in a hunt that spanned a decade, with support from Joel Edgerton, Mark Strong, Frank Grillo, Chris Pratt, Harold Perrineau, Kyle Chandler, Mark Duplass, Scott Adkins, James Gandolfini, Jennifer Ehle and Jason Clarke . Yes: turns out you can attract quite the cast when your previous film won all the Oscars. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY   Make sure to LIKE SandwichJohnFilms on Facebook and why not come and follow me on Twitter also.  Official Website - See how to win tickets after the Jump... Ple

Jack Reacher Review. Action-Packed Movie

Jack Reacher Review By: MattInRC Jack Reacher is a fun, action-packed movie that's a little too smart for its own good. But we're OK with that. Considering the violent and mind-numbing December we've been forced to endure, it seemed like Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher could have become a victim of circumstance. The events of Sandy Hook have shocked us all, and the studios, ever worried about public opinion, actually considered postponing the film due to its violent opening. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed, resulting in a well-acted and solidly shot effort, even if some of the comedy is definitely out of place. Based on the series of books by Lee Child , Jack Reacher is a detective thriller. Don't let some of the trailers suggest it's a yuck-fest: it's a little smart, a lot violent, and very disturbing in other places. Cruise plays the titular Reacher, an ex-military MP and sniper turned drifter who's entirely off the digital grid. He

Les Miserables Review. The Film Is A Grand Achievement

Les Miserables Review By: MattInRC Les Miserables is a solid, thought-provoking, and powerful musical that deserves some Oscar street cred. Growing up in a home where musicals mixed with opera, classical music, and even Scott Joplin to create the soundtrack of my early youth, it's no wonder why I'm such a film and music diva. When you're surrounded by Pavarotti and Arthur Fiedler, and your Spring Saturdays are spent enjoying live productions of Madame Butterfly, your expectations will undoubtedly morph into a discerning eye that can smell a ratty director or musician of the modern era a mile away. Les Miserables is definitely not one of those kinds of films; it's defiant, utterly shameless in its bombasity, and filled to the gills with some of the best singing performances by Hollywood actors in a long while. Based on the 1862 book by Victor Hugo, our central hero Jean Valjean ( Hugh Jackman , X-Men series) is at first an emaciated figure fresh out