Stuff You Need to Know: Comic-Con in a Nutshell. A Very Large Nutshell.

Ezekiel & Shiva

In case you hadn’t noticed, San Diego Comic-Con just happened. And lots of stuff gets announced and lots of trailers happen and it’s basically just crammed with things. Here, I’ve tried to take the high points of the chaos and condense them into one huge post. There are lots of videos. You might want to go get a sandwich.

  • Firstly, we have tiger. Walking Dead had their Season 7 trailer which held to their desire to keep the Lucilled victim from the end of last season a secret. This is something, to be honest, I’m amazed hasn’t leaked yet considering how the maniacs (read: fans) of the show watch everything they do like overly caffeinated hawks. Regardless, we got a look at Shiva and no doubt the giant feline and Carol got the biggest laughs from Hall H. Khary Payton will be playing the Dread King Ezekiel.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:25:06+00:00 July 26th, 2016|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – 27 Second Review

    Jude Law as Dr. Watson from Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows

    Written by: Michele and Kieren Mulroney, based on the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    Directed by: Guy Ritchie
    Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris, Noomi Rapace, Stephen Fry, Rachel McAdams

    Review: While not as much fun as the first one (few things are), it’s still a successful character-driven blow-shit-up-athon. Downey Jr. and Law are just as good as ever, Harris does evil mastermind quite well, and Fry is always good, even while nude. And while the slow-mo zoomy bits are excessive, the visual rewards are there too.

    Time: 14 seconds

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:33:57+00:00 January 7th, 2012|27 Seconds, Reviews|0 Comments

    Wayhomer Review #96: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

    Jared Harris as Moriarty and Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

    Episode #96 for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, in which our protagonist tries to explain the difference between having fun and trying to have fun, touts excellent performances by the leads and neglects to mention that the ability to call down slo-mo must mean Holmes possesses the Speed Force.

    Wayhomer Review of the first film is here.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:34:28+00:00 December 19th, 2011|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|4 Comments

    Sherlock Holmes (2009) – 27 Second Review

    Sherlock Holmes poster

    Written by: Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham & Simon Kinberg, based on a story by Johnson & Lionel Wigram, based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle
    Directed by: Guy Ritchie
    Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Mark Strong, Rachel McAdams, Eddie Marsan

    Review: After the putrid retch that was Revolver, it’s good to see that Guy Ritchie is back making them awesome. I’d waited for this movie for a long time, and I’m happy to report that it did not disappoint. The kicksplode was a special type of Victorian brand…and extensive to boot. Also: Doilies!

    Time: 13 seconds

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:55:53+00:00 January 1st, 2010|27 Seconds, Reviews|2 Comments

    A Study in Holmes

    Sherlock Holmes statue

    So now we have not one but two Sherlock Holmes films coming out, giving added credence to Doc’s excellent research into Sherlock’s Law, that two years must not pass before someone else attempts to make some version of a Sherlock adaptation.

    In addition to the previously announced Guy Ritchie directed version (which will see Jason Statham in some role–we allege) now we’ve got Judd Apatow co-producing a Etan Cohen (Tropic Thunder) scribed Sherlock comedy with Will Ferrell as Watson. Which is all well and good, but the interesting bit is Sacha Baron Cohen as Holmes. Interesting because Will Ferrell is pretty much Will Ferrell in all of his movies. This is not a slight, as if you watch early Bill Murray, Bill Murray is almost always playing the same Bill Murray character–and it’s funny. But Cohen is like the comedic analog of Gary Oldman (who should really do more comedies IMO)–Cohen can do comedies all day long and really become the role, so you’re not really watching Cohen just like you’re not really watching Oldman. So Cohen becoming Holmes should be fascinating.

    So we decided to take this moment (nay, excuse, let’s be honest) to throw down a bunch of Holmes interps. This is by no means an exhaustive representation of Holmes adaptations, because there’s a pantsload. But this will just give you a quick lunchtime’s worth of overview.

    Here’s what’s supposed to be the first film of Holmes, entitled Sherlock Holmes Baffled, from 1900. And you will be baffled too when you watch this. Because it appears to be the first appearance of The Vanisher, which we had thought was an X-Men villain. You learn something new everyday.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:16:16+00:00 July 2nd, 2008|Stimuli|0 Comments

    Win Revolver on DVD

    Revolver DVD cover art

    So Revolver, the long sought for new film by Guy Ritchie, who, say what you want, has made some great flicks like Lock Stock and Snatch. He’s also made some missteps, but he who is without dumbass decision let he throw the first stone. Anyway, Sony is releasing the film to DVD. You’ve got Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Andre Benjamin from OutKast and Vincent Pastore. The DVD comes with featurettes, alternate opening and ending sequences, deleted scenes, and a commentary with Ritchie. Here’s more info:

    Just out of prison, Jake Green (Statham) is a hotshot gambler, but he’s rarely allowed to play in any casino because he always wins. When Jake is invited to a private game with Macha (Liotta), a crime boss and local casino owner, he is expected to lose. But Jake isn’t afraid of Macha, and not only beats him in a quick game of chance, but takes every possible opportunity to insult the man. Jake leaves the game, and Macha puts out the order for a hit on Jake, who ends up working for and being protected by a pair of loan sharks, Avi and Zack, who are out to take Macha down.

    If you want to sample it, here’s some vid clips:

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    By | 2008-05-16T21:54:24+00:00 March 18th, 2008|Contests|3 Comments

    Snatch (2000) – Movie Review

    snatch-movie-poster

    Written and Directed by: Guy Ritchie
    Starring: Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Alan Ford, Dennis Farina, Benicio Del Toro

    My Advice: Matinee

    Turkish (Statham) is a boxing promoter. He and his partner, Tommy (Stephen Graham), just want to do their fights, make their money, and get on with it. But their search for a new trailer/headquarters leads them to a gypsy camp, which leads them to pissing off the local heavy, Brick Top (Ford), which…which, well, after several various iterations leads them to a huge, flawless diamond that nearly everybody wants. Picture It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, but with a diamond instead of a hidden treasure. Oh, and British accents. And guns.

    First thing that needs to be established is that this film feels almost like a highly polished version of Guy Ritchie‘s prior and debut film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Granted, a lot of the same faces make appearances: Ford, Statham, Vinnie Jones, Jason Flemyng to name a few. But the trouble is, you can’t come down too hard on it–because it’s just so damn funny. And because it’s got that damn dog. And the funniest thing about the dog was imagining the foley artist who had to work that squeak toy. No, I’m not going to explain myself–go see the movie yourself.

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    By | 2011-02-22T09:57:59+00:00 September 20th, 2001|Movie Reviews|0 Comments

    Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1999) – DVD Review

    Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels DVD cover art

    Film:
    DVD:

    Written & Directed by: Guy Ritchie
    Starring: Nick Moran, Jason Flemyng, Jason Statham, Dexter Fletcher, Vinnie Jones

    Features:

    • U.S. & U.K. theatrical trailers
    • Cast & crew bios
    • Production featurette
    • Cockney rhyming dictionary

    Released by: Universal
    Region: 1
    Rating: R
    Anamorphic: No

    My Advice: Rent it.

    It seemed like the perfect plan. Four friends decide to pool their resources and give the card playing prodigy among them, Eddie (Moran), the chance to win at high stakes poker. Unfortunately, like most perfect plans, the thing goes right into the toilet, threatening to drag all four of them down, taking Eddie’s dad (Sting) and most of the neighborhood with them.

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    By | 2009-07-15T17:45:35+00:00 May 20th, 2001|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1999) – Movie Review

    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels movie poster

    Written and Directed by: Guy Ritchie
    Starring: Nick Moran, Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones

    My Advice: Don’t Miss It.

    Four amigos in London’s East End decide to pony up a wad of cash and send in their best card player, Eddie (Moran), to a high stakes game in order to bring home the gold. However, Hatchet Harry (P.H. Moriarty) has rigged the game to rook the lads for all they’re worth and then some. If the four don’t get the money back to Harry before a week goes by, then they’ll have to deal with the other half of his name. What ensues is a caper that I can’t even begin to explain here because of its intricacies, but rest assured that it is a farce with guns.

    Let me go ahead and cut through it and tell you straight: this movie blew me away. I’m not used to films this good being released in the first quarter/first half of a year. This is normally where studios throw unwatchable formulaic crap and wait for Oscar season to roll around again. Which means the really good stuff shows up at Christmas. However, this film is the exception to that rule.

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    By | 2011-02-22T09:45:56+00:00 March 6th, 1999|Movie Reviews|0 Comments