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The Camp and Fun of Planet 51

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Review: Planet 51

Imagine a typical science fiction alien invasion movie from the 1950's .  Now take that tale and turn it inside out add in fun and even more camp.  That is the premise for Planet 51.  We rented it through netflix had so much fun, fell in love with the movie and bought it.

Planet 51 got really bad reviews from the critics when it came out.  Initially those reviews made me hesitant to watch the movie but I'm so glad I didn't listen to the critics.  Thank God we are not so jaded that we would miss this warm, inviting, friendly and fun movie that brought us so joy.

This is a family movie not a kiddie movie.  There are a lot of fun little bits in it for the kids but also in the traditional style of the Walt Disney movies there are a lot of stuff in it for adults to enjoy too.  The stuff for adults is well hidden mainly through referential humor to adult movies and shows so only adults would get it.  There are also a fair bit of dirty jokes for the parents that is well hidden like how they did in Aladan.

Eric said it best by describing this movie as being like hoodwinked for sci-fi.

Likes

  • the alien dog:  "In space no one can here you scream"
  • voice cast is incredible:  Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Seann William Scott, Gary Oldman, John Cleese
  • Great exploration of the issue of terror in media
  • rover… he loves rocks!
  • The alien deterrent to protect you from probes.

Critiques

  • It's not Shakespeare

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DVD Releases: Planet 51

Out this week we have one DVD to feature:  Planet 51.  Do we Love It, Rent it, or Avoid Like Plague?

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  • Planet 51:  The premise makes me laugh.  The voice cast is outstanding: Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Seann William Scott, Gary Oldman, and John Cleese.  I’m looking forward to watch this movie.


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Theater or Renter: November 2009

Theater or Renter: November includes eight SF movies 1/2 of them are books adapted into movies: A Christmas Carol, The Fourth Kind, 2012, Planet 51, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Ninja Assassin, The Road.  Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

A Christmas Carol:

Release Date:  NOVEMBER 6th

Listed as:  Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Studio:  Walt Disney Pictures

Director:  Robert Zemeckis

Produced by:  Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis

Written by:  Robert Zemeckis

Stars:  Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Cary Elwes, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright Penn, Molly C. Quinn

The Plot / Story: An animated retelling of the Victorian morality tale A Christmas Carol.  Ebenezer Scrooge an old and bitter miser undergoes a profound experience of redemption over the course of one night. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

The Fourth Kind:

Release Date:  NOVEMBER 6th

Listed as:  Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Studio:  Universal Pictures

Director:  Olatunde Osunsanmi

Produced by:  Paul Brooks, Joe Carnahan

Written by:  Olatunde Osunsanmi

Stars:  Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton

The Plot / Story: The Fourth Kind is a reenactment of alien abduction events that are claimed to have actually happened.  An investigator is dispatched to Nome, Alaska to puzzle out a 40-year-long mystery involving an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances in the town. Her videotaped evidence looks to present the most convincing evidence of alien abduction ever documented. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

2012:

Release Date:  NOVEMBER 13th

Listed as:  Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Studio:  Columbia Pictures

Director:  Roland Emmerich

Produced by:  Roland Emmerich, Mark Gordon, Harald Kloser, Larry J. Franco, Ute Emmerich

Written by:  Harald Kloser, Roland Emmerich

Stars:  John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt, Danny Glover, Woody Harrelson

The Plot / Story: The film explores the idea of a global doomsday event coinciding with the end of the Mayan Calendar in 2012.  In Guatemala reports start coming in of mass suicides in the Mayan jungles of people attempting to avoid the impending apocalypse.  A secret organization that realizes the world is ending and is constructing of vast arks beneath the Himalayan mountains to save both the Human race and significant animal species when doomsday finally happens.  The disaster strikes all over with super volcano and mega earthquakes from dramatic shifting in the earths crust.  A group of survivors, including Jackson Curtis and his family fight their way to China before they can board the great arks and save themselves from the gigantic tidal waves sweeping across the Earth. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Planet 51:

Release Date:  NOVEMBER 20th

Listed as:  Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Studio:  TriStar Pictures

Director:  Jorge Blanco

Produced by:  Ignacio Perez Dolset, Guy Colins

Written by:  Joe Stillman

Stars:  Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Seann William Scott, Gary Oldman, John Cleese

The Plot / Story: The film follows a human astronaut, Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker who lands on Planet 51 thinking he's the first to set foot on it. However, he discovers it's inhabited by little green people who live in a white picket-fenced world reminiscent of 1950s America.  The inhabitants of planet 51 are struck with alien fear and Captain Baker struggles to survive and get off the planet before they capture him. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

The Twilight Saga: New Moon:

Release Date:  NOVEMBER 20th

Listed as:  Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Thriller

Studio:  Summit Entertainment

Director:  Chris Weitz

Produced by:  Mark Morgan, Wyck Godfrey

Written by:  Melissa Rosenberg (screen play)

Stars:  Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner

The Plot / Story: Based on the book The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Bella Swan is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen, but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black. Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and finds her loyalties tested.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Fantastic Mr. Fox:

Release Date:  NOVEMBER 20th

Listed as:  Adventure, Animation, Comedy

Studio:  Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Allison Abbate, Steven Rales

Director:  Wes Anderson

Produced by:  Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Allison Abbate, Steven Rales

Written by:  Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach

Stars:  George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Jarvis Cocker, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Helen McCrory

The Plot / Story: Animated kids film based on Roald Dahl's book Fantastic Mr. Fox.  Mr. Fantastic lives next to the three meanest farmers who push too far.  Now it is time to strike back at them.  (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Ninja Assassin:

Release Date:  NOVEMBER 25th

Listed as:  Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Studio:  Legendary Pictures, Dark Castle Entertainment, Silver Pictures

Director:  James McTeigue

Produced by:  Joel Silver, Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, Grant Hill

Written by:  Story: Matthew Sand  Screenplay: Matthew Sand, J. Michael Straczynski

Stars:  Rain, Naomie Harris

The Plot / Story: Raizo, kidnapped as a child and raised by the Ozunu Clan, is one of the world’s deadliest assassins.  When Raizo’s friend is executed by the clan, he flees into hiding.  Meanwhile, Mika Coretti, a Europol agent, retrieves secret agency files on The Clan. Finding out about the investigation, The Clan attempts to assassinate her, but she is rescued by Raizo.  Reemerging, seeking revenge he must find a way to take down the Ozunu Clan. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

The Road:

Release Date:  NOVEMBER 25th

Listed as:  Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Studio:  2929 Productions

Director:  John Hillcoat

Produced by:  Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz

Written by:  Joe Penhall

Stars:  Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce, Charlize Theron

The Plot / Story: Based on the book The Road.  A father and his young son struggle to survive after an unspecified apocalypse and make their way toward the coast for possible food, shelter, safety, or to potentially find other survivors of the cataclysmic events. Along the way, they encounter grave struggles and hardships across the barren landscapes, with scarce shelter and resources available to them, and having to avoid bands of cannibals and other desperate gangs looking to pillage valuables and food. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)


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The Tooth Fairy Trailer 1 (HD)

The trailer is out for Dwayne Johnson's next movie The Tooth Fairy and it looks funny.  I am a fan of Dwayne Johnson's other movies which tend to balance a great sense of humor and action.  I love watching The Rundown.  Watch the trailer above.

The Tooth Fairy is about a hard-charging minor league hockey player whose nickname comes from his habit of separating opposing players from their bicuspids.  After shattering yet another youngsters hopes and dreams he is sentenced to one weeks hard labor as a real tooth fairy, complete with the requisite tutu, wings and magic wand.

Who doesn't want to see Dwayne Johnson in a tutu.

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Theater or Renter: March 2009

Theater or Renter: March 2009 includes Five Speculative Fiction movies Watchmen, Race to Witch Mountain, Knowing, Monsters vs. Aliens, and The Haunting in Connecticut.  Will we watch? Will we rent? or do we even care? Rules of the Game: Watch the trailers. Rate the Trailer. Then share with us your comments: does the movie, it’s trailer and buzz make you want to watch it in the theater, rent it, or not interested at all, and why?

Watchmen:

Release Date:   MARCH 6th

Listed as:  Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Studio: Legendary Pictures, Lawrence Gordon Productions, DC Comics

Director: Zack Snyder

Produced by:  Lawrence Gordon, Lloyd Levin, Deborah Snyder

Written by:  David Hayter, Alex Tse, Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman

Stars: Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson

The Plot / Story: Set in an alternate 1985 America where tensions between the US and the Soviet Union is high and the "Doomsday Clock" is set at five minutes to midnight, former superhero-turned vigilante Rorschach discovers that one of his former colleagues has been murdered. As he investigates the murder he uncovers a plot that is intent on killing and discrediting all past and present superheros. As he reconnects with members of his former crime-fighting legion, including Nite Owl II, Silk Spectre II and Dr. Manhattan, they uncover a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy that not only links to their shared past but has catastrophic consequences for the future. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

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Race to Witch Mountain:

Release Date: MARCH 13th

Listed as:  Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

Director: Andy Fickman

Produced by:  Andrew Gunn, Mario Iscovich, Anne Marie Sanderlin

Written by:  Andy Fickman, Mark Bomback, Matt Lopez

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, AnnaSophia Robb, Alexander Ludwig, Tom Everett Scott

The Plot / Story: Advancing the storyline from the 1975 film Escape to Witch Mountain, a Las Vegas cab driver and a discredited astrophysicist attempt to rescue two paranormal siblings from the hands of a villainous man. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Knowing:

Watch additional Knowing features here in the P:S HQ Knowing TV Spot - "Warning" Knowing TV Spot - "Message"

Release Date:  MARCH 20th

Listed as:  Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Studio: Summit Entertainment

Director:  Alex Proyas

Produced by:  Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch

Written by:  Alex Proyas, Stuart Hazeldine, Juliet Snowden

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne

The Plot / Story: John Koestler, a professor, finds that the contents of a time capsule at his son's elementary school make predictions of the future that have come true. The predictions lead the teacher to believe the world is ending, and that he and his son are involved in the apocalypse. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

Monsters vs. Aliens:

Release Date:  MARCH 27th

Listed as:  Animation, Sci-Fi

Studio: DreamWorks Animation, Paramount Pictures

Director: Conrad Vernon, Rob Letterman

Produced by: Lisa Stewart, Jill Hopper, Lisa Stewart, Latifa Ouaou

Written by: Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky, Rob Letterman, Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger

Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Rainn Wilson, Hugh Laurie, Seth Rogen, Will Arnett, Kiefer Sutherland, Stephen Colbert, Paul Rudd, Jimmy Kimmel

The Plot / Story: When California girl Susan Murphy is unwittingly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk on her wedding day, she mysteriously grows to 49-feet-11-inches tall.  She is labeled a monster and captured by the military and held at an institution that houses other monsters.  When a UFO lands and an alien overlord named Gallaxhar demands that Earth be given to them, General W.R. Monger suggests to the President that the monsters can provide the firepower to defeat the aliens. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

The Haunting in Connecticut:

Release Date:  MARCH 27th

Listed as:  Horror, Thriller

Studio: Lionsgate, Gold Circle Films

Director: Peter Cornwell

Produced by:  Scott Niemeyer, Norm Waitt, Steve Whitney, Paul Brooks, Daniel Farrands, Phyllis Laing, Wendy Rhoads, Andrew Trapani

Written by:  Adam Simon, Tim Metcalfe

Stars: Virginia Madsen, Kyle Gallner, Elias Koteas, Amanda Crew, Martin Donovan, Sophi Knight, Ty Wood, Erik J. Berg, John Bluethner, D.W. Brown, John B. Lowe

The Plot / Story: Based on a "true" story, Lionsgate’s The Haunting in Connecticut charts one family’s terrifying, real-life encounter with the dark forces of the supernatural. When the Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut, they soon learn that their charming Victorian home has a disturbing history: not only was the house a transformed funeral parlor where inconceivable acts occurred, but the owner’s clairvoyant son Jonah served as a demonic messenger, providing a gateway for spiritual entities to crossover. Now unspeakable terror awaits, when Jonah, the boy who communicated with the powerful dark forces of the supernatural, returns to unleash a new kind of horror on the innocent and unsuspecting family. (Wikipedia) (The Official Site)

The “true” story was featured on the Discovery Channel television show called "A Haunting.”  It was actually one their pilot episode called "A Haunting in Connecticut.”  For more on the episode check out wikipedia episode guide here


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Exploring: The Scorpion King

Get your copy of The Scorpion King here Review of:  The Scorpion King Overall Rating: 9.5

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The Scorpion King is the third of The Mummy movies and the best of the three movies.  It has great casting with Dwayne Johnson who looks like an accomplished assassin and has the skills to deliver action in a realistic looking manner, and Michael Clarke Duncan who also delivers the look and feel of the fierce warrior Balthazar.  The action is tight, swift, fierce, and stunning.  In this movie they drop the thriller element and go for a balance between action and comedy.  I really enjoyed the previous two mummy movies but this was the one that sealed the series for me and made the whole series a must own.

The Plot / Story: Memnon is a ferocious warrior who is conquering all of the tribes of ancient Egypt with the help of his sorceress Cassandra.  The best and strongest of the warriors from the tribes gathered to hire  Mathayus an Akkadian assassin to kill the sorceress making it possible to defeat Memnon.  But after Memnon kills Mathayus' brother the target changes and Mathayus will either Kill Memnon or die trying.

Starring:  Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Hu, Bernard Hill, Steven Brand, Michael Clarke Duncan, Grant Heslov

Likes

  1. Love the Sword and Sorcery style to the movie
  2. The action is awesome with fresh looking moves that Dwayne Johnson delivers in a realistic manner
  3. Creative fight sequences and environments
  4. carries a great sense of humor
  5. Great Casting

Dislikes / Concerns

  1. Concern: because this is a stylized movie if you don't get the style you probably won't get the movie.

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