[REC] 4: Apocalypse Has Had It With These M'F'in' Zombies on This M'F'in' Boat

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 4:04 pm


If you're not familiar with the [REC] movies, they remade the first one over here as Quarantine, and the title refers to the record button on a camera. I haven't kept up on the series, but it looks like the found-footage gimmick is gone for this supposedly final installment that channels Resident Evil a bit more than usual.

It's a franchise caught in an interesting time - when the first movie opened, mainstream horror fans were thought to be allergic to subtitles. Nowadays, we're all less hung up about it. This looks like fun, but if you'll excuse me, I think I have some onscreen mythology to catch up on.

Kylo Ren, Poe Dameron and More Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Character Names Revealed

By Luke Y. Thompson in Merchandise, Movies
Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm


Entertainment Weekly has revealed a few, along with some cryptic hints about what each character might be doing, and where in the story each trailer scene may take place. Vague minor spoilers may be involved - we now know that the Sith with the crossguard lightsaber is male, and not named "Darth," for example.

I should note that nothing here sticks out as badly as Dooku, Elan Sleazebaggano or Dexter Jettster. You have to have the balls of George Lucas to get that silly with it.

HOWEVER: "Poe Dameron" is just one letter different from "Cameron Poe" - who is Nicolas Cage's character in Con Air!

Jonathan Frakes Wants to Direct Star Trek 3. Here Are 5 Reasons He Shouldn't.

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, TV
Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 12:23 pm


With the fan-disliked Roberto Orci out of the director's chair for Star Trek 3, all kinds of fantasy drafts are going on in Trekkie heads right about now, and the one that seems to be gaining traction is that Commander Riker himself, Jonathan Frakes, should be given the job. Adding fuel to the fire, Frakes has announced that he too wants to take the helm, and has asked his agent to actively pursue it.

I have five reasons why he shouldn't be the guy...

Killers: The New, Brutal Asian Action Movie From the Creators of The Raid

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 11:30 am


If you're familiar with The Raid movies as more than just something people yell at you every time you say something nice about Dredd, then you know they pull no punches. Nor, it appears, will this cinematic tale of a Japanese torturer and serial killer who posts his murders online, and the Indonesian journalist-turned-vigilante who starts to compete with him. It sounds almost like an Asian version of Jigsaw vs. Nightcrawler, albeit with both men being way asskickier...a word I think I just made up.

Take a look...

Guile's Theme From Street Fighter II Sounds so Damn Pretty on Piano

By Luke Y. Thompson in Music, Video Games
Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 10:00 am


Composer / Pianist Sonya Belousova has previously played such themes as Akira and Tetris on her arcade-inspired piano, but for her latest inspired creation, she's decided to do a theme that will kick Bison's ass so hard, the next Bison wanna-be will feel it. Yes, it's Guile's music, the inclusion of which would have made the Van Damme movie substantially better (not that it doesn't RULE, but it could rule harder).

You can probably even dance to it if you like. Perhaps a waltz might be your choice, but for Bison it's a two-step.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Mexico and the First Year Alone

Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 8:00 am


A veteran of the LAPD, widow of a Green Beret and self-described crazy cat lady, Martha Boyd fears no questions. Ask her anything in the comments section - no issue is too big, too trivial or too weird for her to tackle, but if you get out of line, she will let you know!

All questions and answers are real.

Greetings - as some of you know I just returned from another week in Mexico. Stayed again at the Melia Puerto Vallarta. So this time we went on Delta - first time in ages I have been on a plane with a movie and they did not charge!!!!! However we were 1.5 hrs late getting off the ground out of LAX. The return trip was another first; only 40 people on the plane, everyone had their own row of 3 seats - they ran the flight with only that small number, so overall I was happy with the airline.

8 Forgettable Movies That Have One Brilliant Scene

By Mark Hill in Daily Lists, Movies
Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 6:00 am


Think about your favorite movies. Odds are that no matter how much you love them, you can think of at least one scene that could use some improvement. Maybe there's some lousy dialogue, or someone acting out of character, or bad special effects. It doesn't ruin the movie for you, but it does bug you just a little bit every time you see it. Well, the reverse is true for bad or just plain forgettable movies. Some terrible films have one scene that, while it hardly redeems the movie, provides a flicker of enjoyment in an otherwise tedious affair and makes you wonder what might have been if that spark of brilliance had been present throughout the entire creative process.

We come here today to celebrate those moments.

Arrow SPOILER Thread - Absolutely Non-Spoiler Picture Edition

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 5:02 pm


Oh no! Did I just spoil that Arrow turns into a drawing on tonight's episode?

You'll have to watch and see...

A Human Centipede Christmas Song

By Luke Y. Thompson in Music
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm


From nerd-rockers Kirby Krackle, it's "I'm Stuck in a Human Centipede for Christmas." Well, somebody was going to do it eventually. It's a nice reminder that even when you're gifted with a disgusting fruitcake, there are worse things you could be eating.

And Now a Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Trailer That's Not Bad

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 2:22 pm


I was a big fan of the first Hot Tub Time Machine - it really was like a great remake of Back to the Future without being saddled by remake baggage and cynical cash-grabbing.

The sequel appears to be carrying on that theme, with the loss of one major actor (John Cusack in this case), and a trip to the future that spurs multiple trips to the past to fix things. I'm guessing part 3 will be a full-on western, or even the Civil War scenario we see teased here (though I hope that isn't an ending spoiler).

But what's with the resurgence of "nerd" as an insult? I have to say, I kinda dig it. I've always been happier as an underdog.