Author: Sean Wheeler

DJANGO UNCHAINED Movie Review

Quentin Tarantino’s (INGLORIOUS BASTERDS) latest offering is DJANGO UNCHAINED and fans of the writer/director will not be disappointed. The film takes place in the southern United States of America shortly before the Civil War and it centers on Django, a slave who has a very interesting change of fortune. Django is sought out by Dr. King Schultz, a bounty hunter who prefers to claim his bounties dead rather than alive, because he is one of the few people who can identify a gang of three brothers that Schultz would like to collect the bounty on. After locating and freeing...

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Nerd Rants: Peter Jackson’s THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

Caution: Major Spoilers Ahead! Before I get into things I would like to make an initial point, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY is nearly three hours long and is the first of three movies covering a 300 hundred page book. So from my perspective, even with the more extensive back story and adding in the white council subplot, there is no reason that the story couldn’t have been handled relatively accurately in roughly 9 hours of film. As much as I was looking forward to seeing THE HOBBIT on the big screen, I found the adaptation (in comparison to the source...

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THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Movie Review

Director Peter Jackson (THE LORD OF THE RINGS) returns to Middle Earth with THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY which tells the first installment of Bilbo Baggins’ grand adventure. Bilbo Baggins is just like every other hobbit, he enjoys a quiet life and is content to avoid things of an excitable nature, however, an encounter with Gandalf the Grey, the wandering wizard, sets the wheels in motion and Mr. Baggins is propelled into a great adventure; one which finds him traveling far from his home with a merry troop of dwarfs intent on reclaiming their homeland which was stolen from...

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HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE Season 3 Finale Review

WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD (or MAJOR if you haven’t watched any of Season 3) After an entire season of being on the ropes, crescendoing in episode 11 with Gyp Rosetti’s (Bobby Cannavale; TV’s NURSE JACKIE) coup of Atlantic City, Enoch ’Nucky’ Thompson (Steve Buscemi; FARGO) finally claws his way back to the top in the third season’s finale of BOARDWALK EMPIRE; and the payoff is certainly worth the long wait. The episode opens hot and heavy with a series of gangland hits as Thompson, backed by Al Capone (Stephen Graham; SNATCH) and Chalky White (Michael Kenneth Williams; HBO’s THE...

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LINCOLN Movie Review

Director Steven Spielberg (WAR HORSE) returns to the historical drama genre with LINCOLN, and, as expected, does a fantastic job. LINCOLN, obviously about the 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln, primarily focuses on Lincoln’s life in late 1864 and early 1865. The Civil War is entering its final days but is far from over, and Lincoln has decided that his top priority is getting the 13th amendment to the constitution, which would outlaw slavery and involuntary servitude, through the House of Representatives. This is no easy task as the republicans don’t have the necessary majority to pass...

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Hidden Gems: RACHEL RISING

What would you do if you woke up dead?  That’s the pivotal question in Rachel Rising, the newest comic series by artist/writer Terry Moore (ECHO).  The series opens with the protagonist, Rachel Beck, digging herself out of a shallow grave in the woods while a mysterious woman, who bears a striking resemblance to Rachel, watches.  The series only gets stranger from here.  As Rachel and her friends and family try to figure out what happened to her, strange happenings increase at an alarming rate. Just what has set its sights on the town of Mason? Terry Moore tackles new...

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ARGO Movie Review

If there was any doubt after THE TOWN that, as a director, Ben Affleck should get a seat at the grown ups table, it is certainly gone now that ARGO has hit theatres. ARGO focuses on Tony Mendez (played by Affleck,) whose a CIA exfiltration expect charged with getting six Americans out of Iran during the Iranian revolution. The six were workers at the US Embassy who fled when the embassy was raided and took refuge at the Canadian Ambassadors house. Mendez comes up with the idea of using a fake science fiction movie called Argo as a cover...

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FRANKENWEENIE Movie Review

Tim Burton (DARK SHADOWS) returns to stop motion animation with FRANKENWEENIE which is a reimagining of the Frankenstein story. The movie centers around Vincent Frankenstein (voiced by Charlie Tahan; I AM LEGEND) and his dog Sparky. After a tragic accident, Vincent turns to science to resurrect Sparky from the dead, and succeeds! But the secret gets out and the other brainiacs in his elementary school want to resurrect their own pets in an attempt to beat out Vincent in the school science fair. Hijinks ensues as their experiments go incredibly wrong and Vincent and Sparky have to try and...

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THE MASTER Movie Review

Writer/Director Paul Thomas Anderson (THERE WILL BE BLOOD) is incredibly skilled at making smart, engrossing, character driven movies; so it comes as no surprise that THE MASTER not only lives up to those expectations, but thoroughly exceeds them. Joaquin Phoenix (WALK THE LINE) stars as Freddie Quell, a World War II veteran who is suffering from PTSD, alcoholism, and some degree of mental illness. During one of his alcoholic benders Quell stows away on a ship and when he surfaces to the land of sobriety he is befriended by Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman (CAPOTE)): a charismatic author/scientist/spiritual leader...

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RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION Movie Review

Milla Jovovich (THE FIFTH ELEMENT) steps into the role of Alice for a fifth time in RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION and once more her husband, Paul W.S. Anderson (RESIDENT EVIL Franchise) is writer/director/producer all rolled into one. In this latest installment Umbrella Corporation continues to be the antagonist, using viral warfare to advance their own world agenda and take out their enemies, while an outnumbered and seemingly outclassed group of anti-Umbrella agents struggles against them. Sound familiar? But lets be honest, with this being the fifth movie in the franchise from the same creative team, anyone who has seen even...

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PARANORMAN Movie Review

Ghosts! Zombies! A Witch! Halloween comes a little early with PARANORMAN, a stop motion animated feature from directors Chris Butler (first time writer and director) and Sam Fell (THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX). Norman Babcock can see and talk to ghosts, and rather than bemoan his gift, he is quite happy to converse with the dearly departed; unfortunately, Norman’s family and schoolmates aren’t so understanding and he is forced to tolerate disdain and ridicule when he’d rather be left alone. Just as Blithe Hollow, where Norman and his family live, is preparing to celebrate the tricentennial of their famous witch...

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THE BOURNE LEGACY Movie Review

The newest movie in the Bourne franchise, THE BOURNE LEGACY, has hit theatres and this time Tony Gilroy (Director: MICHAEL CLAYTON, Writer: THE BOURNE TRILOGY) not only writes but also takes over the director’s chair. Book fans be warned: THE BOURNE LEGACY is in no way based off the book of the same name. The film stars Jeremy Renner (THE AVENGERS) and Rachel Weisz (CONSTANTINE) and it is a lateral sequel to the previous Bourne movies. This movie aims to set up a new franchise of Bourne movies but, sadly, it doesn’t come close to living up to any...

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SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED Movie Review

SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED is a quirky comedy starring Aubrey Plaza (PARKS AND RECREATION) and Mark Duplass (THE LEAGUE). The premise for this film is pretty original: a small group of staff from Seattle Magazine want to do a story about an odd classified add that reads “Wanted: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.” Despite this intriguing setup, its not so much about science fiction, rather it is a poignant look...

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New SANDMAN Story Announced

San Diego Comic Con is upon us once again and I am exuberant over Neil Gaiman’s announcement of a new SANDMAN story for VERTIGO comics. According to Gaiman, the story will focus on the events immediately preceding the beginning of Gaiman’s original SANDMAN series and is set to be released in 2013, 25 years after the launch of the first series. The new story will be drawn by J.H. Williams (PROMETHEA) who’s style is perfect for the franchise. I am a huge fan of Neil Gaiman and absolutely love the SANDMAN books. I can’t wait to see and read...

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BRAVE Movie Review

BRAVE has hit theatres and fans of Pixar are in for another visual masterpiece. The film is helmed by directors Brenda Chapman (THE PRINCE OF EGYPT) and Mark Andrews (ONE MAN BAND), who are both co-authors of the screenplay along with Steve Purcell (SAM AND MAX) and Irene Mecchi (THE LION KING), and it is the first fairytale to come out of Pixar. The story focuses on Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald; BOARDWALK EMPIRE) a young Scottish princess whose wild spirit and lust for adventure butts up against her mother’s attempts to mold her into a lady and have...

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MINUTEMEN #1 Review

DISCLAIMER: I am a fierce supporter of creator rights. I do not believe any characters should be able to be used for profit in any way without the consent of ALL original creators. To do so is an insult and a gross violation of their rights. Despite this view, I do try to be as objective as possible in my reviews and will do so here. WARNING: I am writing this review with the assumption that the reader has read WATCHMEN by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. If you haven’t, you should go find a copy and read it...

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MEN IN BLACK 3 Movie Review

Its been ten years since we’ve last seen them but Will Smith (I AM LEGEND) and Tommy Lee Jones (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN) are back as Agent J and Agent K with Josh Brolin (MILK) coming along for the ride in this summer’s MEN IN BLACK 3 from director Barry Sonnenfeld (THE ADDAMS FAMILY) and writer Etan Cohen (TROPIC THUNDER). For those of you new to the series, MEN IN BLACK is based on a Malibu comic of the same name created by Lowell Cunningham. Like the previous installments, MEN IN BLACK 3 centers around a secret organization...

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DARK SHADOWS Movie Review

Tim Burton’s (SLEEPY HOLLOW, BEETLEJUICE) new movie, DARK SHADOWS, is based on a 1,225 episode long ABC soap opera that aired from 1966 to 1971.  The series was known for supernatural storylines and would often feature vampires, witches, ghosts, werewolves, and other fantastic monsters.  While the series has long had a cult following, it might seem strange to resurrect it after all this time, particularly given the agedness of the original fan base; but the supernatural themes of the series are just the kind of thing that Tim Burton loves, and we love to see him do.   Barnabas Collins...

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