Thursday, March 31, 2011

Red Band Trailer: Hobo With A Shotgun


Many of you will remember when the Grindhouse movies came out, there was a big buzz about that movie because it was one of the first double features to come out in theaters in a LONG time. Furthermore, the two movies were released along with "fake" trailers sandwiched between them. Most of the "fake" trailers were done by celebrity directors such as Eli Roth, Edgar Wright, and Rob Zombie. However, there was a contest being held where they would play your fake trailer alongside the Grindhouse films in theaters if you won. A "fake" trailer by name of A Hobo With a Shotgun was the winner that made its rounds with the Grindhouse films. Since then, Robert Rodriguez's fake trailer Machete has since been turned into a feature-length film. Now, Hobo With a Shotgun will be getting a release from Magnolia Pictures under their Magnet Releasing company. This will mark the second full-length feature to spin-off from the Grindhouse films.


REVIEW: I Spit on Your Grave (2010)


I Spit On Your Grave (USA, 2010) - Color, Director(s): Steven R. Monroe
MPAA Rating: UR
[UK: 18 (cut)]
Approx. 107 min.

Z-rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars for depraved sexual violence.

B-factor: 2 out of 5 stars for some noticeably bad CGI on some crows towards the end.

This film is a remake of an exploitation classic known for its brutal rape scene and grisly scenes of torture in the revenge that followed. This is another one of those "woman scorned" films where some poor girl is put through hell but comes back way harder and gets her revenge in the worst way possible. The thing is, when you remake an exploitation flick, you get.... an exploitation flick. Nobody is watching this remake, or the original, for its intricate plot or substance in its storyline. They probably just want to see a girl get raped and then see her exact bloody revenge on the bastards responsible. In that sense, this movie delivers the "goods" in spades.


A writer goes out to the country for a little isolation so that she can focus on her work. Unfortunately, during a gas stop, she attracts the attention of a few yokels that make a few passes at her but are promptly brushed off. They eventually find out where she's staying and start stalking her, watching her through the window with a video camera, before finally breaking in one night. These good ol' boys came to get them a piece of the city gal but accidentally let her slip away during their little game of cat-and-mouse. She makes a daring escape before running into the local sheriff who goes back to the house with her to check the situation out. The sheriff may not be as helpful as he seems and before long, the boys are back in the house and they've got her surrounded. She's stripped of her clothes and viciously raped but before they get a chance to dispose of her, she jumps in the river. They check for her body every day until she presumed dead. Everything seems to have blown over until people start asking questions about her after not hearing from her for over a month. The gang tries desperately to tie up all the loose ends but while they're all busy scrambling about... someone is back for a little revenge...


Nudity: A girl gets raped, so she's completely naked at one point. This kind of nudity is hot only because you know it's just a movie. If it was actual footage, then that would be a different story.

Gore: Ahh, sweet revenge. Nothing like satisfying brutal, gruesome, and bloody revenge... and this movie delivers that and more. The only problem is, even though the violence was disturbing and the atmosphere uncomfortable, the gore wasn't explicit. So while there was a castration scene, it isn't explicitly shown. You hear the snipping sound and see the resulting puddles of blood pooling at his feet. The penis itself is shown severed as she shoves it in his mouth and makes him blow himself!!! (LOL)  The best death was probably the guy hanging over the bathtub full of lye. The most cringe worthy moment, aside from the rape scene if you're a girl, is the part where she pulls out some teeth with a pair of pliers. (ouch!)

Awesome: Very. The very beautiful Sarah Butler is an absolute pleasure to watch. She makes you feel sorry for her which, when she gets raped, really helps you care that something bad is happening to her character. I'm not sure what it was about this movie, perhaps it was the fact that they were trying to make a "real" movie by remaking an old exploitation film, but I just couldn't feel too bad for the girl. The original I Spit looks like it could be old footage of someone getting raped and then killing her rapists in gruesome ways. The new movie has good editing that reminds you that you're watching a movie, so it's hard to feel bad for the girl. Instead, it just becomes a "waiting game" since the famous rape scene is coming. When you finally see it happen, you get the satisfaction of seeing her naked followed by the even more satisfying revenge that follows. So watch it for whatever reason you want to see it for, but just know what you're getting into. Highly recommended for fans of the original, Eden Lake, or Storm Warning.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Piranha 3DD


A sequel is in the works, slated for a November release later this year, and is looking to reunite Feast director John Gulager with Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan who have both written for the Feast trilogies and some of the later Saw movies. (starting from about Saw IV) Production seems to be delayed already because they're working on the 3D to "make sure it's done right" but that's totally sweet because if it's anything like the original.... I would definitely want the 3D to be perfect. I don't usually like it when they pump out sequels without the same directors and since Aja isn't returning, I was initially skeptical. But I thought about it and I can totally see the Feast guys doing something awesome with this series since it's right up their alley. I just hope it's not a lame sequel like Hatchet II. They are looking to call it Piranha 3-Double D and rumors have it they want it to take place at a waterpark. The guys at Bloody-Disgusting are staying up to date with news and rumors.

Zombies Are Coming!!!

Ever since last Halloween, I've noticed that Zombies have become the most popular movie monsters in recent years leaving Werewolves and Vampires, which have been queered up by the Twilight franchise, behind in their wake. This outbreak was infecting every possible medium in mainstream media from books to video games to movies and even TV shows. AMC channel was premiering their widely popular The Walking Dead series. Dead Rising 2 was a video game all about surviving a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, Red Dead Redemption announced they would have an Undead Nightmare package, and Call of Duty: Black Ops brought back their ever popular Nazi Zombie mode. Zombies are on the rise (from their graves!!) so I thought I'd take this time to take a quick look into the Zombie subgenre as a whole.

Video Games:


The recent popularity of post-Romero zombies began with the release of the Resident Evil franchise, also known as Bio-Hazard in Japan, which became wildly popular in the late 90's. This video game franchise created the survival horror genre and breathed new life into those undead bastards. This insanely popular video game franchise eventually spawned four live action films and one animated feature.


In addition to the games mentioned above, the zombie's popularity has spread even to mobile apps where they created a "cute" game involving zombies. Which goes to show, zombies aren't just popular amongst die hard and blood-thirsty fans but amongst casual gamers and non-zombie fans too.

Dead Island Official Trailer



Books:


Another reason for the Zombie's meteoric rise to popularity has to be the release of Max Brooks' Zombie Survival Guide. Detailing some key strategies for surviving a zombie outbreak, this book touches on what the advantages are to using certain weapons, where to go after an outbreak, and other useful information that may be essential to your survival. While doing a tour of different colleges, Max Brooks was holding seminars on zombie survival in campuses across the U.S. when he came up with the idea for a Zombie Survival Guide. Think about that, zombie popularity was so rampant that it spread into our education system!!!!


Available now from Roger Ma and the Zombie Combat Club, comes the Zombie Combat Manual. This book provides some insight on combat strategies and battle tactics. Useful tips such as stabbing zombies under the chin with a knife as opposed to their eyes because if you miss, you open yourself up to an attack by the zombie. (Check out the Amazon link, there are a couple "instructional" video clips that you can check out there!) An excellent addition to the bookshelf of any zombie survival enthusiast, the Zombie Combat Manual is one of the more recent and prominent survival guides available.

Movies:


A documentary entitled Zombiemania, provides a ton of background on the zombie subgenre. Touching on various subjects such as Voodoo's influence on the genre, the documentary mainly focuses on George A. Romero's contributions to the genre. Including, of course, the special effects of Tom Savini and how the genre itself has evolved. A very interesting documentary to "get your feet wet" if you aren't already a fan of the genre. I'm not sure if it's available on DVD but I watched it on Netflix Instant Play. (where it's still available!!)


In movie news, the extremely bizarre movie Deadgirl is receiving a sequel. The guys over at Bloody-Disgusting have the scoop. Apparently, the sequel will be about a group of girls who happen upon the same zombie girl from the first movie. Very interesting....

In other news, a release date of May 4th has been set for AMC theaters to start rockin' a new German zombie film entitled Rammbock



The story will follow a man who attempts to make-up with his girlfriend but finds her apartment empty when he gets there. Realizing that there has been a zombie outbreak, he barricades himself inside her apartment with everyone else in the building trying to survive by screaming out windows to make plans with one another.

TV:


The wildly popular AMC channel original series, The Walking Dead, is awaiting their second season. (slated for an October release) This television series, based on a comic book series of the same name, appeals to the general public in addition to long-time fans of zombies. My cousin, who cannot stand anything scary, tells me that she watches the show but changes the channel during violent scenes (!) involving zombie attacks. The show (much like the comic) is touted for its storyline, which entices viewers and readers alike, because the development for the characters are so deep and involved. The realism of character interactions during an intense survival situation is engrossing to both hardcore lover and haters of zombies. For those who are eagerly awaiting the release of the second season and can't get enough Walking Dead, the first season is available now on Blu-Ray and DVD.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988)


Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (USA, 1988) - Color, Director(s): John De Bello
MPAA Rating: PG
[UK: 15]
Approx. 98 min.

Z-rating: 5 out of 5 stars

B-factor: 5 out of 5 stars

After reviewing Freaked recently, I was in the mood for more low budget cult comedies. I had to return to my roots and review a movie that served as one of my original inspirations for starting this blog. When the movie starts and some cheesy TV host of a show called "One Dollar Movie" announces a raffle for $9, we already have a pretty good idea of what kinda movie we're in store for. There's a poster on the wall displaying the movie of the week, a crumpled up Attack of the Killer Tomatoes poster that someone fished out of the trash and stuck a piece of scotch tape with the word "Return" written on it. After starting the movie, we see that they've switched the reels with a movie called Big Breasted Girls Go to the Beach and Take Their Tops Off (which, I'm sure about half my audience of readers wouldn't mind watching instead)  Cheap gag to put more female bodies on the screen... but damn do I love it!!! After switching back to Return of the Killer Tomatoes, we see mad scientist Prof. Gangreen (John Astin) and his super sexy female companion, Tara (Karen Waldron, then Karen Mistal) working on some evil experiment involving.... you guessed it, TOMATOES!!!!!

Tomatoes that have since been outlawed by Congress following the Great Tomato War. Life has since continued without tomatoes, everyone just adapts, even pizza parlors have begun to make pizzas without tomato sauce. Prof. Gangreen's plans seem to be going accordingly until Tara spots him throwing out a "failed experiment" in which he accidentally created a fuzzy tomato. Picking him back out of the trash, Tara names it FT (short for Fuzzy Tomato) and runs away with it. Since she doesn't know anyone, she goes to the only person that she knows in town... Chad Finletter (Anthony Starke), the nephew of the main character in the first movie. She appears to be the perfect girlfriend because she's able to cook 815 international dishes, clean, and perform 637 sexual acts!!! They start dating and everything seems hunky dory but before long, the truth comes out that Tara is really a tomato!!! She runs away after the truth is revealed and of course, Chad realizes that he loves her despite the fact that she's a tomato. Grabbing his best friend and roommate, Matt Stevens (one of George Clooney's first starring roles), the two boys try to rescue Tara from old Gangreen with a little help from the crack team that defeated the tomatoes in the first movie. (Uncle Finletter and his crew)

So, why review a sequel and skip the original? As much as I love cheesy, low budget, B-grade trash films... the original was just so terrible that not even I could bring myself to enjoy it. For as long as I could remember, Killer Tomatoes had faces and sharp teeth. The original was just about a bunch of people running and screaming while being pelted by little red balls that bounce around and "kill" people. As much as I love Troma schlock, low-budget indie trash, and ridiculously silly comedies... I can't stand movies that look like I could do a better job of putting them together myself. As much as I like movies, I'm no filmmaker. But if I feel like I can do a better job of making a movie, then I feel like whatever I'm watching just isn't worth my time. I LOVE the last three films in this series (yes, there were three), I just can't stand the first one.

*drools*

Nudity: You can make out Karen Mistal's tits through a foggy shower door when George Clooney returns home in the morning after she first runs away from old Gangreen. There are some scenes of girls in bikinis running around on the beach, but nothing explicit.

Gore: None. Unless you count a tomato being crushed.

Awesome: to the MAX!!!!!!!!! I love how the movie never takes itself seriously, which makes it a very entertaining movie to watch. John Astin, who returns throughout the series, is absolutely fantastic as Prof. Gangreen. (He even lends his voice for the animated TV show) Half way through the movie, they "run out" of money in the budget and have to do a bunch of product placements to raise the cash to finish the film. This is followed by a couple of hilarious scenes where they plug Pepsi cola, Nestle's Crunch, and Foster's beer. (The very obvious product placements following this are hilarious) I love how they break down the fourth wall and address the audience towards the end to tie up any lose ends they had in the first reel. This movie looks like it was a lot of fun to make and so I have a lot of fun just watching it. Although I could've sworn that there was more nudity in this film, this is EXACTLY the type of silly, cheesy, stupid B-movie that I really enjoy. Totally 80's stuff.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Freaked (1993)


Freaked (USA, 1993) - Color, Director(s): Tom Stern & Alex Winter
MPAA Rating: PG-13
[UK: 15]
Approx. 86 min.

Z-rating: 4 out of 5 stars

B-factor: 5 out of 5 stars

Whoa.... are you ready for one of the most tripped-out, freaky, insane, and hilariously weird movies you've ever seen? Freaked is a super trippy, special-effects driven comedy with an environmentally conscious message. One part slapstick comedy, one part "freaky" special effects.... TOTALLY awesome. A big corporation is looking to update their image with an endorsement by Ricky Coogan (Alex Winter).  A former child star dubbed "America's sweetheart", Coogan agrees to endorse a dangerous chemical compound by the name of Zygrot 24. On the plane to South America, we are introduced to an annoying little buck-toothed troll by the name of Stuey Gluck. (Ricky Coogan's #1 fan, apparently)  After getting rid of him, they land in South America where a group of environmentalists are gathered around to protest Zygrot 24 and Coogan's involvement with the dangerous chemical. In a feeble attempt to hook up with one of the cute picketers (Megan Ward), Coogan and his buddy, Eddie, convince her that they're sympathizers for the cause. She catches on to who they are before long and are now stuck with them in the car as they drive by a freak show. Drawn by the promise of a variety of human freaks (or "freekz") the group makes a stop at the local tourist trap, Freek Land. They're invited in by the owner who promises to show them around but end up taking them captive and using them for his horrible experiments. You see, he also happens to be a mad scientist who has been using a machine powered by Zygrot 24 to turn people into Hideous Mutant Freekz. By rubbing some of the radioactive goo on Coogan's pal Eddie and the girl they picked up, we see the first freak-transformation scene in the movie. This is one of my favorite parts because it totally goes claymation as the two bodies merge together and become one. (Sorta looks like something out of the game ClayFighter. The best part was the cyclops head popping out as a reference to Legendary stop-motion animator, Ray Harryhausen!!!)

We're also introduced to the rest of the freaks, consisting of a Human Worm, a Bearded Lady (Mr. T), a Dog-boy (an uncredited Keanu Reeves), a guy with a giant nose, a Cow-boy, and a guy who has a sock-puppet for a head. (There are more, just don't know off the top of my head)  Following a failed escape attempt, Beast Boy (Coogan) stumbles upon an important clue to where the mad doc might be getting his supply of Zygrot 24. These freaks must put their heads together and figure a way out. Along the way to taking down the Doc's crazy freak makin' machine, they encounter a pair of Rastafari Eyeball Security Guards and a Toad-Man who serves as a right hand man. This movie is beyond strange but the special effects are spectacular!!!! Fans of bizarre films filled with a particular brand of tasteless humor found in such films as The Toxic Avenger and Street Trash will enjoy this obscenely grotesque comedy.

Nudity: None.

Gore: Guy's head gets "popped" off and violently thrown onto the ground, where it splatters. Nothing else comes to mind.....

Awesome: to the MAX!!!!!!!!! This trippy ass film is one of most underrated and overlooked comedies of all time!!! I absolutely loved the feel of this movie. Slapstick feel to some of the characters, awesome special effects, crude humor... basically, an all around good time. Great movie to entertain with, throw this one up at your next house party or when your stoner buddies come over.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones


Discuss.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patty's Day 2011


Z-portal would like to wish all of you a Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!! I'm sure that many of you will be spending your time getting smashed tonight so I wanted to try to throw up (no pun intended) some reviews for those who might be looking to spend a relatively more quiet evening at home.

First off, for all you drinkers out there, I'm throwing up a review of the movie Beerfest (2006). This is followed up with a review of the movie The Boondock Saints (1999). I'm going to put this up for now, but I might follow up with a review of Leprechaun (1993) later on tonight. Stay tuned for more St. Patty's Day celebration here at the Z-portal!

Beerfest (2006)


Beerfest (USA, 2006) - Color, Director(s): Jay Chandrasekhar
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 110 min.

Z-rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

B-factor: 4 out of 5 stars

Another thing that St. Patty's Day is known for.... BEER!!!! Everyone loves to drink and St. Patty's all about the booze!!! Although the movie itself isn't Irish-themed, beer is a vital part of this holiday. So in honor of the massive amounts of alcohol that will be poured down people's throats tonight, Z-portal would like to review... BEERFEST!!!!!!!!!
 
After their grandfather passes away, a pair of brothers finds that tradition dictates their grandfather's ashes be spread on the grounds in Munich where Oktoberfest is being held. Seizing this golden opportunity, the brothers are on the next plane out to Germany to experience Oktoberfest while burying their grandfather. Once there, they meet up with a gentleman who is supposed to be their guide and are taken to an underground drinking contest aptly named, Beerfest. There, they meet a German team of drinkers who turn out to be related to them and the truth about a dark past between the two families is revealed. With their ancestors accused of stealing a fabled beer recipe, the Americans are humiliated in a drinking contest involving.... DAS BOOT!!! (see below) Upon returning home, they decide to put together their own team for Beerfest and begin calling up old college drinking buddies. Each of the characters are outrageous and outlandish but each specialize in a different aspect of drinking games. While attempting to put their personal differences aside, they train together for next year's Beerfest. During their training, they discover the "lost" beer recipe as well as the truth behind their family lineage. (Making the Americans the rightful heir to a family brewery in Bavaria) Tension between the two families rise until it finally culminates in a final showdown.... at BEERFEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This hilarious comedy is brought to us by a comedy group who call themselves, Broken Lizard. (Also known for their movie, Super Troopers) Although the star of the show here is Jay Chandrasekhar who writes, directs, and stars in the movie. Okay, scratch that. I guess he was important too but the real star of the show was.... DAS BOOT!!!!!


This mean mug... or glass.... holds about 2 litres of beer. Apparently, boot-shaped glasses were popular mainly amongst German-themed bars before the release of this film, which helped them gain MUCH more general popularity. I, personally, have been to a German restaurant where I've ordered a boot of beer. (Okay, so I sharing with someone!!!) I don't even remember if it was a regulation 2 litre glass though, so I wouldn't even call it Das Boot.

Nudity: As with any good movie, there were a couple good scenes with gratuitous nudity. I think at the beginning of the film, when the brothers first arrive at Oktoberfest, they get drunk and accidentally fall backwards into a crowd where they tear the tops off of multiple girls at once. No, it wasn't added for artistic value.... just random boobies thrown in for fun. That's how I like my nudity, gratuitous.

Gore: None.

Awesome: Pretty. I wouldn't go into this movie expecting too much or you may be disappointed. If you like to drink and have a good time while watching stupid, mindless movies... then this is the movie for you!!! Critics tore into this movie SO hard... but if you know what to expect, this one actually stands out from the usual mindless crap. I'm not usually a big drinker but I still had a blast watching this movie. Loads of fun to watch with tons of stupid humor, you'll feel like you're in college all over again!! (They also promised to follow this up with a Potfest sequel which would've been AWESOME if they followed through!)

The Boondock Saints (1999)


The Boondock Saints (USA, 1999) - Color, Director(s): Troy Duffy
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 108 min.

Z-rating: 4 out of 5 stars

B-factor: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Happy St. Patty's Day to all!!! To celebrate, Z-portal has decided to review this film which starts off with two brothers trying to have a good time on St. Patty's. From there, they're dragged into a scuffle when some Russian gangsters try to muscle the pub owner out of his property. Concerned with the repercussions of dispatching the gangsters the way they did, the boys go to turn themselves in before realizing that the city reveres them as heroes for standing up to the local crime syndicate. Our two mild-mannered Irish boys turn to bad ass vigilantes who fight crime with a blaze of gunfire and hailstorm of hot lead. They put criminals on their knees and recite a prayer before putting two in the back of his head. All this while looking so damn cool, walking around in slow motion with dramatic music playing in the background. This is one of my favorite movies of all time for its great story and stylized execution. Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus turn in fantastic performances as the Saints brothers. Willem Dafoe (Green Goblin from Spider-Man) is super intense in this movie and, although he was great in character, overacts in some of the scenes.

What I liked best about this movie is that they would show the brothers planning a dynamic entry into a room filled with gangsters and then skip forward to the aftermath. The police would be investigating the crime scene and it would flashback to what really happened in the room. Things never go as smoothly as the Saints plan but they eventually get the job done.... despite how clumsily they do it. That gives the film a sense of realism because most people envision themselves looking cool but sometimes it just works out better than others. Overall, the movie fantastically blends of humor with an incredible score and stylized action sequences.

Nudity: More male than female. (Sorry ladies, I'd rather not have to go into detail about those scenes)

Gore: Bloody, but not necessarily gory. Not visceral like slashers or war movies, but blood splatter from gunshots and ass kicking can be seen.

Awesome: VERY!!!! I'm one of those people who will come out of a movie theater believing that I can do whatever I just saw on the movie. If I just finished watching a martial arts movie, I feel like I can take anyone in a fight. This movie though, really makes you feel like you can do what they do. Two guys trying to come up with "cool" ways to make an entrance usually end up flubbing it but they get the job done anyway, so nobody notices when they stumble. Sounds like a total "guy" movie if you ask me....

Second week of March

Wow, and yet another week goes by without any new reviews or updates. I actually meant for this post to go up a couple days ago. I haven't gotten any new movies from Netflix since Feb. so I haven't been watching any new movies lately. I feel like I'm neglecting people who actually visit the site and read what I write on here. So, in lieu of any new reviews once again, I will be updating with random things that have been keeping me busy this past week.

Someone said to me that 2011 is the new 1993. When asked to elaborate, he mentioned the new Duke Nukem game coming out and Mortal Kombat being a major release. Spielberg is trying to strike gold with dinosaurs, yet again, with a Fox series, Terra Nova. The character, Bulk, makes a return to Power Rangers and they're also planning a Beavis and Butthead reboot this summer on MTV.

Must own... *drools*

After hearing all this, I stopped and started to think about what I've been doing this past week. The first thing I thought worth mentioning was my excitement over this clip that should give ANY kid, who grew up on Power Rangers, a serious chubby.



Watching that clip was such a blast from my past, seeing as I used to be a die-hard Power Rangers fan when I was younger, I found it a little hard to contain my excitement and ended up posting a link on my Twitter page to this clip. Totally reminded me of hanging out with my buddy after school, we'd go to his house to watch Power Rangers and eat before going to Chinese school. This was the same buddy whose house I would go to play Mortal Kombat when I was younger!!! (Weird how that all ties in, huh?)  Furthermore, this buddy comes over to my house nowadays to get stoned and play video games.... and we've pretty much settled on wrestling games as being our favorite games to play when we're stoned. That's another thing that has been keeping me busy this past week, wrestling games. This being significant for me only because in elementary school, the only thing I loved more than Power Rangers was.... WRESTLING!!!! (This was, of course, before I got into Hardcore Wrestling)

The only new news this week is Zuffa buying out Strikeforce and the clusterfuck of disasters that hit Japan. What happened to Japan is such a shame, my heart really goes out to Japan because I'm such a BIG fan of so many things that come out there. (Anime, sushi, fetish porn, video games, movies... to name a few)  I really would like to show my support for Japan but you see coverage of it all over the news and everywhere else you turn. Although I really do think what happened was a tragedy, Z-portal has always strayed from the beaten path.... so I'd rather not touch on that too much during this time.

So, that leaves me with the buy out of Strikeforce. I'm sure a lot you think that the buy out can only increase the talent pool and is probably a good thing, but I get flashbacks to when the WWF bought out WCW and ECW back in the day. Without competition, wrestling got stale real fast. I'm not sure what this will mean exactly for MMA but it felt to me like Strikeforce was putting on better fight cards than the UFC was before the buy out. Strikeforce was also in the middle of a heavyweight tournament. Now they're adopting the Unified Rules and will have to run hiring decisions by Dana White first. One thing that sets this apart from wrestling is that Strikeforce is supposedly going to operate independently of UFC with the company making its own decisions under the "supervision" of its new parent company.


Speaking of UFC, they have a PPV coming up this Saturday on March 19, 2011. Subbing for an injured Rashad Evans in the title bout will be Jon "Bones" Jones, who faces Maurício "Shogun" Rua for the UFC Lightheavyweight Title. Jones will be the favorite to win the title over Shogun entering this match. On paper, Jones is statistically the bigger and stronger fighter but this wouldn't be the first time that Shogun has fought an opponent like him. My pick is for Shogun to retain the title. Also on the card will be WEC superstars Urijah Faber and Eddie Wineland.

Monday, March 7, 2011

First week of March

Can you believe it? We're already a week into March... where does all the time go? I told myself that I was going to review at least another handful of movies before Black History Month was over, now it's a week into March and I haven't written anything yet. So here are just a random updates with things I've been reading/seeing on the net:

Rubber, a movie about a tire that develops the ability to "telepathically" blow people's head up. (headsplosion?) Sounds different anyway...



In other news, Paranormal Activity is getting another sequel but this time the Japanese are going to take a stab at this wildly popular franchise. They're calling it Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night and it's supposed to be a direct sequel of the first Paranormal Activity movie. The guys over at UHM have more details.


Speaking of sequels, the guys over at Far East Films got word that Chocolate 2 has been green lit. (in 3D too!) Jeeja Yanin will be returning in the lead role and that's enough to sell me on this one. (I loooooove Jeeja, I would probably watch a movie if it was just the camera filming her sleep for 2 hours) Seriously though, this girl kicks much butt and I will definitely be on the prowl when this comes out. (Check her out in my Top 10 Bad Ass Babes list)


So I was looking up Godzilla movie titles when I happened upon this boner-worthy box set. The first thing I thought to do was to throw it up on here but when I was looking for the distributor's homepage, some other guy's blog popped up in my search results with all the details I was looking to put up. Furthermore, he's had it up since 2007!!!! (Wow, I'm wayyy outta the loop) 

http://jimsmash.blogspot.com/2007/07/godzilla-final-box.html

So props to JIMSMASH!!! for beating me to the punch (by a few years there) and providing a comprehensive review of the box set. I'm not sure where you can even buy this entire collector's set with the replica head and everything, but I saw the movies for sale in a complete set over at eBay for an easy $440. If only I had that kinda cash to drop on a box set, I'd be happy with just the movies!!!


One thing that I am totally excited for is the release of the new Mortal Kombat game!!! Getting a worldwide release on April 19, 2011... I already have my pre-order down for this bad boy. I grew up on Mortal Kombat, it was my favorite fighting game of ALL time. I have such fond memories of going over to my buddy's house to play the first MK on his Super Nintendo. I also remember my sister taking me out to Japantown as a kid and bringing me to this place that had the Sony PlayStation ...about a year before the thing was released here in the States... and I played MK II for the first time ever. Ultimate MK 3 was the best game ever until MK Trilogy came out. This time, they're trying to return to their roots and bring back all the things that MK fans loved about the game originally. Moving back to a 2D fighting, The MK fighting games have been a staple in my video game library over the years and I will be adding the Kollector's Edition of the new game to my library.

In other MK news, the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth test trailer received so much attention that the director, Kevin Tancharoen, will be directing some live action web shorts to be released alongside the game. Here's a quick glimpse at the new webisodes on their way.