Halo: The Movie (with Trailer)

September 28, 2007 by Joe · 5 Comments 

According to IMDB, a Halo Movie is scheduled for release in 2009. According to Rotten Tomatoes, however, it could be 2008. Peter Jackson will be serving as executive director to the film, in an joint video game/movie venture with Microsoft (from Rotten Tomatoes). The movie is set to be directed by visual effects veteran Neill Blomkamp, who is responsible for the effects for shows such as Stargate SG-1 and Smallville. The movie adaptation of the extremely popular video game franchise is highly anticipated, especially with the recent release of the 3rd installment. (Halo 3) Jackson’s special effects studio, WETA, will be working on the project. The estimated budget is $100 Million.

The hype for this movie will only grow as the months go along, with much speculation as to who will be casted for the role of Master Chief. Many fan made trailers have also been produced. Because of the high budget, the film will likely be rated PG-13. However, Jackson is apparently pushing for an R-rated version for the DVD release, and for the hardcore fans of the gaming franchise.

I suspect that this film will perform better than the recent Resident Evil film adaptations, especially with Jackson on the project. He has already started working with it, releasing a semi-live action trailer called “Arms Race” promoting both the movie and the game release. You can check it out below:


Enjoy! Are there any other video games you’d like to see made into a movie?

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Random Things Meme

September 26, 2007 by Joe · 13 Comments 

My first meme. I’ve been tagged by Mrs. Mandypoo. 8 Random things about myself! Well, here we go….

1. My season tickets for BU hockey came in today! I’m really excited about that. :-)

2. I just set up a second blog which I will start working on shortly. (To Infiniti and Beyond) The link does not work yet, but it should soon.

3. I really like Apple Computers.

4. I’ve banked $16.54 from Adsense!

5. I am a twin. He does not have a blog. I have a little sister too.

6. I am a stats freak and I spend hours every day reading and commenting on blogs and checking on my stats. I really want this to be successful for me and everyone else! I like blogging a lot. :-)

7. I really like pasta.

8. I watch a TON of FOX TV. It’s pretty much the only channel that’s on my TV, since I don’t have cable.

Probably more than 8 random facts about me in there, but I made it into 8. Anyway, here’s the point where I tag some people to take on this. I’m gonna tag Matt, Kay, Pelf, DP, & Fletch!

Hopefully you guys have fun doing this! I’ll throw in another random fact here! It’s my girlfriend’s birthday today!

Happy Birthday Babe!!!!

How Much is Your Blog Worth: Volume 2, Part 2

September 26, 2007 by Joe · 7 Comments 

I’ve found that Wednesdays are my “fun” blogging days, where I don’t necessarily blog about movies. Not that blogging about movies is not fun! This is one of those fun things that I like to update weekly. I’m up about double in worth what I was from last week, and that’s thanks to you guys linking to my posts! I really appreciate it! I’ve got a meme that I’ve got to tackle on later, but I’d like to know how your blogs are doing using this system to determine worth! As always, I’m open to sharing links, and providing those technorati bumps that blogs love to get! Also, if you haven’t already updated my link.. I’d appreciate it you could! I’m now at Intermission at Work or Read more

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Movies this Weekend!

September 25, 2007 by Joe · Leave a Comment 

Finally got through that fiasco of what happened with my blog earlier. Just in time to get this post. Three major releases this week, and a few limited releases that are pretty highly touted. Without further ado, here we go!

The Kingdom Movie PosterThe Kingdom - When a terrorist bomb goes off in a western housing compound in Saudi Arabia, an international incident is ignited. While the diplomats are slow to work, FBI Agent Ronald Fleury (Jamie Foxx) and his team (Chris Cooper and Jennifer Garner) attempts a secret trip behind enemy lines to find the people behind the bombing. Upon their arrival, they find the Saudis to be unwelcoming to them, as they consider it an internal issue. The Saudis want to find the terrorist themselves, without the FBI’s help. However, with the help of a Saudi Colonel, they weave through the politics and find themselves in a deadly confrontation with the killer.

How I think it will do - Pretty major star power behind this one, and everyone I’ve spoken to is excited about this movie. I think it’s going to be great, the number one movie this weekend. It’s a powerful topic, which will only help it at the box office. Reminds me of Black Hawk Down, which I also really enjoyed.

The Game Plan Movie PosterThe Game Plan - The “greatest quarterback of all time” Joe Kingman has it all. A great career, a great home…… and a new daughter?!? A family comedy showing the antics of a man who might not be ready to be the father to a girl who claims to be his daughter.

How I think it will do - Like Vin Diesel in “The Pacifier”, this is The Rock’s foray into family comedy. Having a great sense of humor, I think he can make this movie succeed. The previews are decent, though I am afraid it may have shown all the funny parts. However, he does play for the Boston Rebels, and Boston is awesome. So this movie will do well.

Feast of Love Movie PosterFeast of Love - A modern version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, starring Morgan Freeman, Greg Kinnear, Selma Blair, and more. Local professor Harry Stevensen watches as love causes mischief among the people of the town. All of their stories intertwine into one romantic tale. From acclaimed director Robert Benton.

How I think it will do - I think this one could do ok. From the synopsis I’ve read, it reminds me most of Love Actually. Without the holiday theme though, I don’t know how well this one will do. I don’t think it will do as well as Love Actually. My prediction is #3 for the major releases.

In addition to these movies, the Darjeeling Limited is opening. Also opening is the controversial Lust, Caution. From director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), this one scored an NC-17 rating, which means that it won’t show up at most theatres. If anyone does see it, let me know how it is, and I will even post your review here. Another highly anticipated film opening limited is In the Valley of Elah, which stars Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, and is directed by Paul Haggis.

Well, that’s all for now! I’m going to continue trying to recover the lost elements of my blog.. and try to catch up on reading! See you all at the movies!

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Changes being made

September 25, 2007 by Joe · Leave a Comment 

I was dumb and tried to change my theme, but didn’t save my widgets. Trying to make everything work again, please bear with me.

EDIT: Alright.. I got most of it back and I tried to get it looking as good as I could. Most of the ads are in one spot now so hopefully that will … make some people happy. It was a pretty nice wordpress like theme that I was going to try. Maybe another time when I have a chance to back up EVERYTHING. On to write my post for the day :-) and work on this thing some more.

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Top 5 Ways to get…..

September 25, 2007 by Joe · 7 Comments 

the bootthe Boot. From a movie theatre. That I can think of right now anyway. Luckily, I’ve only had to do this a few times, but sometimes, its just that satisfying. :-) We’ll start with an honorable mention, being the one that I kicked some kids out for yesterday!

Honorable Mention: Pulling the plugs on the video games, then running into a movie you didn’t have tickets for. When you’re the only ones in the lobby.

How far did these kids make it? They didn’t even get to sit down. I was going to let them get away with the video games until they ran into a Rated R movie. Me and one of my staff leads kicked them out so fast, they barely had time to get a refund. The high point of this one is that just before this happened, one of the girls decided to run across the lobby, tripped on her own feet, and face planted, spraying the contents of her purse across the lobby. The 14-16 year old crowd remains some of my least favorite ever. Now onto the list:

  1. Start a Fight - I’m not going to have any sympathy for someone that does this. Once (I wasn’t working) and a guy decided that the guy behind him was kicking his seat and decided to show off. Threatening someone by taking off your belt while your girlfriend is screaming stop is not cool. Then going out to blame it on the other guy doesn’t help either. You’re outta there, buddy.
  2. Be on drugs - You always know these people before they even approach you. Hey.. note to those out there who decide to do this… we can SMELL it on you. Now this one won’t directly get you kicked out, but it’s one of the main things that leads to trouble, and thus, getting you kicked out. Hint: Go to midnight movies. Everyone is drunk or high.
  3. Sneaking into a movie - These people might think its really cool to get their friends to sneak em in the back but guess what… you usually get caught. And that’s an automatic boot, sometimes sans refund. Running and lying will not help you either. I boot a few every month for this very reason.
  4. Talk during the movie - Sometimes this is ok, but most of the time its not. If you’re one of those people who need to do this, find either a show that is not busy, or a really good home theatre system and invest in Netflix. I hate booting these people because they usually cause a scene in addition to the trouble they already caused. Same for the drunks.
  5. YOUR CELL PHONE - The granddaddy of em all. I don’t care if you have a cool cell phone with a cute ring tone. Leave it in the car or turn it off before you get in. At least use vibrate or something that won’t cause a lot of noise. And for chrissakes… don’t TALK ON IT DURING THE MOVIE.

There’s my short list.. I’m sure there’s more that I haven’t thought about, but I’ll leave that up to you! What would you kick someone out of the movies for?

Deedubya over at The Blog of Lists has added this one…


I guess I’ll also provide my update on TV shows here too. Can’t wait for House to start tomorrow, and Bones too. I’ve been getting into those two a lot. House is from before, and Bones is new.. just started watching the reruns over the summer. I also really enjoyed Kitchen Nightmares, but you guys already know about my thing for Hell’s Kitchen. K-ville is not bad, and neither is Prison Break.

I should be watching Monday Night Football, but alas no cable.

I’ve been moving things around and getting rid of some things on this site. Hopefully I haven’t thrown people off too much. I’ve also been trying to keep up with the blogs, but there are so many to read, while trying to promote my own. (Sometimes I’m selfish, I know)

Has anyone had any hits through Blogrush yet? It’s supposedly helping some people out, but I always see negative credits.

That’s all for now, more soon! Like.. tomorrow or something :-)

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Review: Good Luck Chuck

September 23, 2007 by Joe · 8 Comments 

Two movies in one week, really livin on the edge now! This time it was Good Luck Chuck. Have to say that I did enjoy this one, it reminded me a bit of 40 year old Virgin, but with Jessica Alba and Dane Cook. And we all know that Jessica is nice to look at. :-)

The basic premise is that our pal Chuck Logan (Dane Cook) is cursed. Any girl he goes to do the deed with will end up finding true happiness…. with the next guy she finds. Soon enough, the ladies are lining up to get their hands on him, so that they can find that next guy. Chuck, however, wants to find real love, but his curse prevents him from doing that.

Not gonna spoil it for anybody planning on seeing it, but I think you can predict what happens. There are some slight twists, but nothing too crazy. Alba is delightfully klutzy and her character is easy to like. I think Cook overacted at some points, but that might have been what the director wanted. And you can’t have one of these without a foul mouthed sidekick, and that was Chuck’s pal Stu (Dan Fogler). Being rated R, this movie also had its fair share of nudity for people looking for that, and no, Alba does not.

Overall your typical romantic comedy. It has a good premise, and delivered what I wanted. Seeing Cook and Fogel’s characters as children was hilarious! Having Alba in this film certainly helped, and the crowd was roaring with laughter at some points. Not extremely vulgar and potentially offensive like Superbad, this is one people should enjoy! It should also make you think differently about grapefruit.

I forgot to mention, the homemade tape at the end is really cute! :-P

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Just Bought This :-)

September 21, 2007 by Joe · 6 Comments Widgets

Now I know some of you are going to think this is probably spam, but I actually just bought this and I’m really happy about it. What’s best about it is that in addition to these items, I’m also getting 5 HD-DVDs free! Hmm.. how best to not make this sound like spam… lol. Well, I’m not really sure how to do that, but I thought I’d throw this one on here because I think it’s a good deal. I’m not going to get into that whole format wars thing, because personally I don’t know what’s going to happen. This is just a solid deal, if you’re looking to upgrade to HD and you have an Xbox 360. If you’re interested, check it out, if not, no biggie! :-) I’ll let you guys know how it is when it comes in on Tuesday! Sorry if I’ve annoyed anyone with this!

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Re-releasing Transformers… in IMAX!

September 21, 2007 by Joe · 1 Comment 

Transformers is coming back to theatres.. in IMAX! I’m sure some of you know about this. I, unfortunately did not get a chance to see Transformers. (And I work in a movie theatre, I know, I know.) That being said, I’m pretty excited about it, and thinking about how I can convince the girl to go see it with me!

Re-releasing movies has been been a pretty popular thing to do, though it doesn’t always get done on the scale that Transformers is. Crash, for example, was re-released after its upset win at the Oscars. However, there are always hinderences to doing this, as some movie companies will not play movies that are available on DVD, as it states here in Variety.

This re-release of transformers is different though. They’re opening it up to a different format, where viewers will really be able to take advantage of the special effects on a monstrous screen. There is also going to be additional footage not included in the original release. It would’ve been cool if they could’ve done some of the movie, or perhaps all of it in 3-D, like Harry Potter 5. Regardless, I do like how they are putting this movie in IMAX now, after the original run is just about over. Transformers did very well, having grossed over $300 million in the US alone. It will be interesting to see what this re-release will do, as Transformers grossed a paltry $605,328 (USA) on 607 Screens two weeks ago, and a pending DVD release (Oct 16). I expect the IMAX version will be accepted quite well and perform.

Transformers in IMAX opens today! Do you plan on seeing it? I’m lookin forward to seeing these guys on the BIG screen:

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Review: Resident Evil - Extinction

September 21, 2007 by Joe · 7 Comments 

resident evil 3The third incarnation of the series is in the books, and the reviews are.. eh. For anyone who hasn’t seen the previous two films, here’s a quick recap:


The Umbrella Corporation has created a mutagenic biological weapon known as the T-Virus. Being researched at the hive underneath Raccoon city, the Red Queen (intelligent computer running Raccoon City) decides that the only way to save the whole is to kill those inside the hive. It also wipes the memory of Alice (seen left). Alice ends up in the hive, where all of the staff are now infected, and undead. After destroying the Red Queen, Alice and one other manage to escape, though they are captured by the Umbrella Corporation to be used for additional research towards the T-virus. Alice later awakens to find Raccoon city in ruins, and seemingly abandoned.

In the second installation, an Umbrella Corporation returns to the hive (roughly half a day after the first one ended) to open it up and find out what happened. They are quickly slaughtered by the T-virus infected zombies inside. With the doors to the hive now open, the undead quickly overrun Raccoon City. As citizens attempt to make their way to the quarantine areas, the infection reaches them, and they are ordered to go back into the city or be killed by the Umbrella Corporation. Meanwhile Alice awakens, and having been experimented on by the Umbrella Corporation, has developed superhuman abilities from the T-virush. Inside the city, several STARS and Umbrella soldiers realize that Umbrella has betrayed them. They strike a deal with the scientist who developed the T-virus, rescuing his daughter in exchange for escape. Alice aids them, but as they are about to be extracted, Nemesis appears and tries to kill them. Alice defeats Nemesis, and they escape. Raccoon city is then destroyed by a nuclear warhead. Alice’s escape helicopter is caught in the blast, and she is impaled, presumably dead. The film continues to show her brought back to Umbrella and again experimented on. She is “rescued”, but her eyes flash the Umbrella logo, setting up the next film.


The third film picks up where the second one left off..duh. Umbrella is unsuccessfully trying to use Alice’s blood to create a cure for the T-Virus. Lots of blood and gore ensue. I’m not going to spoil it because there are some of you out there who WILL see the movie.

I will tell you that I did enjoy the movie. It wasn’t the greatest, but the director did a good job of creating moments where you knew you would jump. It has a sense of predictable fear to it. You kind of know what will happen before it does, but it works. The story is decent, nothing spectacular, and does work to explain more what is going on with Umbrella. This third installation does keep the “feel” of the other films, so if you didn’t like those, its likely you won’t like this one. However, there is some good blood and gore, and Milla does a decent job.

Good movie for getting the ladies to jump into your arms guys. ;-). Ladies, an excuse to get close to that special guy, ;-).

I’m giving it a 6 out of 10. If you see it, let me know what you think! Oh, and at the end of the credits, there is something that is somewhat creepy… kinda creeped me out a bit.

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