Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Vampires in Adventureland

Full disclosure: I never saw Twilight, nor have I read the books, but when I saw that the sequel, Adventureland, was coming out this weekend, I was instantly intrigued. Vampires and werewolves working at an amusement park? How rad is that gonna be?! I wrote a short post about it on MoviesWithoutPity.com, and I'm seeing a screening tonight, so I hope I don't need to have seen Twilight to know what's going on. Fingers crossed!

Twilight 2: Why the Hell Does it Take Place in an Amusement Park?

Friday, March 27, 2009

Sean Penn is a Stooge

Have you heard about this new Farrelly Brothers Three Stooges movie? They've apparently got Sean Penn to play Larry, Jim Carrey is in talks to play Curly, and Benicio del frickin' Toro is in the running to play Moe. While all of that casting is spot-on (Carrey will be gaining 40 lbs. for the role), it's also pretty unbelievable. I mean, those are A-list, award-winning actors, my friends! (Sure, Carrey has never won an Oscar, but he should have.) Inspired by this, I cast Oscar-winning actors in movies about the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy and other classic comedy teams -- see who Daniel Day-Lewis would play at MoviesWithoutPity.com!

The New Three Stooges are... Kind of Impressive, Actually

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Bustin' Makes Them Feel Good

When you think abut it, Supernatural -- although a very scary, very funny, reasonably smart show -- is very much part of a TV category, the "investigating the strange and unusual" category. I consider myself a fan of a bunch of these shows, and I've occasionally watched others, and when we were looking for a gallery to do about Supernatural, I thought, why not compare Sam and Dean to all of those other investigators? After weeding out cartoon characters like the Real Ghostbusters, I was left with nine shows, and only three of them had a better track record than the Winchester boys. See the gallery at TelevisionWithoutPity.com!

Supernatural: The Boys vs. the Paranormal Elite

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Monsters is to Aliens as Wrestlers is to...

I really want to see this Monsters vs. Aliens movie this weekend, because it just seems like such a fun, unique take on five or six really old ideas. Hoping to emulate the way Hollywood seems to come up with movies, I took a bunch of plural words and put "Vs." in between them, to come up with five new movie ideas that I think are sure-fire hits. Can you guess which one I'm actually planning on writing a script for? Read them all at MoviesWithoutPity.com and tell me your guess!

Monsters vs. Aliens: Other Genre Mash-Ups We'd Like to See

Bond, Glorious Bond

I love James Bond movies, but I have to admit -- they're a little ridiculous. Even the last two, with their heavy dose of gritty, Bourne Identity realism, had their share of preposterous moments. So I went out and picked up the new DVD of Quantum of Solace and wrote up a guide to the most unbelievable things that happened in the film, complete with the time stamp for when each item happens. Check it out at MoviesWithoutPity.com!

Quantum of Solace: Bond's Most Preposterous Moments

Friday, March 20, 2009

"America's Sweetheart," My Ass

I have nothing against Julia Roberts, but how does the woman earn the title "America's Sweetheart" when she's constantly playing criminals? In Duplicity, out now, she plays a corporate spy, trying to steal secrets, but this is only the latest in a long line of felonious Roberts characters. I run down the lot over at MoviesWithoutPity.com. Ignore the commenters who seem to think I have nothing better to do with my time than read their remarks and weep gently to myself. Seriously, it's eating into my schedule.

Julia Roberts: America's Sweetheart, or America's Most Wanted?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Watch This Show, People!

Hey, guys, there's a new show on TV every Wednesday night called Better Off Ted, and I need you all to watch it, like, now, and tell your friends and spread the word, because if it doesn't get super-popular, I'm worried it may just go away. It's by the same guy who created Andy Richter Controls the Universe, and it's almost as funny in the same kind of way, and I hope it's given the chance to get even better. (ARCTU was canceled after 19 episodes.) You can read my full review at TelevisionWithoutPity.com!

Better Off Ted: Don't You Die On Me!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Bring the Payne

If there was an Oscar given out in the category of Video Game Movies Starring Mark Wahlberg, Max Payne would win hands-down. For a movie that takes place almost entirely at night, is based on a Matrix rip-off and stars Mila Kunis as a Russian assassin, I enjoyed the hell out of it, and I'll tell you why it succeeds in the face of adversity over at MoviesWithoutPity.com. (Warning: Film may contain trace amounts of Chris O'Donnell.)

Max Payne is Better Than It Has Any Right to Be

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Why Aren't I Writing Supernatural?

I've recently gotten really into Supernatural, the show about two sexy brothers who hunt demons, but I have to say, something about their current mission confuses me. They're supposed to be stopping the 66 Seals from getting broken, and Lucifer from walking the Earth, and so far they've seen two and been unable to stop either of them getting broken. Meanwhile, 34 more seals have apparently been broken! What's up with that? To fill in the gaps, I came up with six more Seals the Winchester brothers failed to protect, and I wrote about them at TelevisionWithoutPity.com! Check them out, and don't you dare call it fan-fiction.

Supernatural: The Six Seals We Didn't See

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Smallville Horror

I'll admit that Smallville looked like it was improving for a while there, but A.) that wasn't really saying much, and B.) they quickly backslid, bringing back Lana, giving her superpowers (again) and then basically turning her into kryptonite. It looks like things might improve with Zatanna appearing in an upcoming episode, but if they're really gonna do a ninth season (GAH!), they need to straighten up and fly right. Check out my analysis of what they need to be doing over at TelevisionWithoutPity.com!

Bright Tights, Big City: How to Fix Smallville

Monday, March 9, 2009

Murder, He Wrote

Tonight is the series premiere of Castle, and I would be excited about it, except I've already seen it (minus key soundtrack bits) and I need to do an exhaustive recap of it for tomorrow. But I'm definitely looking forward to the second episode! Because the show is awesome, if you dig Moonlighting-style crime shows like The Mentalist and Bones. But the show Nathan Fillion likes to name-check is Murder, She Wrote, since he plays a crime-solving novelist. I compared and contrasted the two shows over at TelevisionWithoutPity.com -- check it out, then read my recap of episode 1 and my interview with Nathan Fillion himself!

Murder, He Wrote: The Case of Castle v. Angela Lansbury

Castle Episode 1 Recap

King of the Castle: The Nathan Fillion Interview

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Watchmen Review #849

I know, I know -- everyone and their mothers has reviewed Watchmen. But so many of those people are bitter, jaded monsters! Wouldn't you want to read a review by Zach Oat, fair and balanced journalist? ...I'm kidding, I don't have a balanced bone in my body. If you want to read my review anyway, click below to get the deets at TelevisionWithoutPity.com. Or just read my buddy Sean Collins's, which is probably much better. See? Fair and balanced.

Watch and Release: Zach's Non-Spoilery Watchmen Review

Sean's Attention Deficit Disorderly Review

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Hammer is Nathan Fillion

Man, I love Nathan Fillion, in a totally heterosexual way. From Firefly to Slither to Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog , the man is hysterical in everything he does, which is why I'm incredibly excited about his new show, Castle, where he plays a smart-ass crime novelist who shadows a tough-but-sexy cop he's using as inspiration for a new series of books. It's like an inverted Bones, which sounds like a winning formula to me, and I got to talk to Fillion about it... for nine minutes. Check out the short interview at TelevisionWithoutPity.com!

King of the Castle: The Nathan Fillion Interview

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Who Photographs the Watchmen?

Photographer. Physical Trainer. Coffee entrepreneur. Clay Enos is all of these things, and he put all of his skills to use as the set photographer for Watchmen, shooting portraits of the cast and crew, training Jackie Earle Haley and Malin Akerman and creating a limited run of Nite Owl-themed organic coffee. I talked to the photog about his many skills, and his new book, Watchmen Portraits. Check out the interview at TelevisionWithoutPity.com!

Who Photographs the Watchmen? This Guy!