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Top Ten Fictional Film Pilots

I love airplane movies, especially fighter plane movies. There’s just something about dodging enemy planes at high speed five feet from the ground that screams “awesome!” But if there’s one thing I’ve noticed from years of watching movies, it’s that the best fictional pilots aren’t always in films that you could classify as plane movies. Sometimes they’re not even the main characters. Even if they’re only in a few scenes, even if aircraft aren’t the primary focus of the film, these pilot characters have mad skillz and they deserve to be recognized. So what follows is a list of the top ten most awesome, most skilled, most interesting movie pilots of all time.

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Trailer Reviews and Predictions for August 13th, 2010

The summer movie onslaught continues this week with four new titles coming out to join the approximately 4 million that are already in theaters vying for our attention/money. A movie will have to be pretty good to draw our attention away from films like Inception and Despicable Me, but that’s not going to stop Eat, Pray, Love, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, and The Expendables from trying. I’ll review the trailers for you so you can see if any of them are going to be worth your time (and money).

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DVD Releases for August 3rd, 2010

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which is based on the book of the same name by Jeff Kinney, is the story of a little jerk who walks all over his pals. You can read the full review here, but in short, this movie will be entertaining for kids under ten (mostly boys), but annoying to adults because the main character is so unlikable. Rent it for your kids if you want them to have jerks as a role model.

Buy Diary of a Wimpy Kid on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

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Kick Ass

Jerry Seinfeld once said that all men think of themselves as low level superheroes. If that’s true, then all teenage boys (with their inferior reasoning skills) are dumb enough to act on these fantasies. The ones in Kick Ass sure are, and the result is a hilarious, pseudo-realistic (when it feels like it) depiction of what ordinary people without superpowers can do when they decide to fight back against crime. Definitely rent it if you like comic book movies, action films, superheroes, or clever writing.

Buy Kick Ass on DVD or on on Blu-Ray

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The Ghost Writer

Not to be confused with Ghost Writer, the PBS kid’s show from the early 90s, The Ghost Writer is the fictitious story of an uncredited writer who is hired to complete the biography of a corrupt politician. It looks very thrilling, as far as thrillers go, what with the hints of murder and everything, and it stars Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan, so I’m guessing it’s a pretty safe bet.

Buy The Ghost Writer on DVD or on Blu-Ray

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Heroes: Season 4

Heroes, a TV show about a world where certain people randomly have superpowers, is a show I never really got into, on account of I tried not to. My schedule already contains too many of those arc-heavy shows where missing one episode makes it impossible to follow what’s going on next time. Therefore, you might guess that if you’re looking to get into Heroes, renting Season 4 is not a good place to start. This DVD set is for existing fans of the show only – ones who are caught up through the end of Season 3.

Buy Heroes: Season 4 on DVD or on Blu-Ray.

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DVD Releases for July 27, 2010

As you may or may not know, Tuesday is the day that new DVDs come out. I don’t know why, I just know that that’s how it works. And it’s not even like SOMETIMES they come out on Monday or Wednesday, like in the theaters movies usually come out on Friday except for the really eager ones that come out on Wednesday or Thursday. It’s always Tuesday for DVDs. So I thought I’d give you a run down of what’s coming out this week so you can rent it if it looks interesting. Just the new ones, though. None of that special edition/super old stuff just being released nonsense. I don’t have all day, and neither do you!


Clash of the Titans

Clash of the Titans is a remake of an 80s movie starring Sam Worthington as a skirted Greek warrior battling monsters. You can my full review here but suffice it to say though it was lacking in characterization and could have used a more complicated plot, there sure were was a lot of swordfights and yelling. Rent this one if you love swordfights and yelling.

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Repo Men

I was really looking forward to this one in the theaters, but for reasons I can’t seem to remember right now I never got to see it. It stars Jude Law and Forest Whitaker as two guys who repossess organs for a rent-to-own organ company. Such a cool idea. I’ll totally be renting this one, and if you’re at all a fan of sci-fi or horror you should too.

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Batman: Under the Red Hood

I confess I hadn’t even heard of this one until I looked up the release list, because I haven’t watched a Batman cartoon since I was 12. Batman: Under the Red Hood looks pretty standard: there’s a villain called the Red Hood. Batman kicks his ass. But the trailer made me nostalgic so maybe I’ll actually watch this one. Plus it attracted a bunch of name voice actors (Jensen Ackles from Supernatural, Neil Patrick Harris from How I Met Your Mother, Jason Isaacs from the Harry Potter movies, etc) so it must be at least decent.

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Ip Man

Ip Man is a biographical account of the martial arts grand master named Ip Man (Donnie Yen) who taught Bruce Lee. This in itself will be interesting to both martial arts fans and Bruce Lee devotees, but the really interesting part for me is that he lived in a really turbulent time. Looks well made and interesting, I’d totally watch it. There’s subtitles though, just in case you hate reading.

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Stargate Universe: Season 1.5

I don’t understand how this show is still on. Not only does it have the exact same premise as half of sci-fi TV shows (a group of people is stranded somewhere, they try to get home) and is a direct ripoff of Stargate Atlantic but without the interest factor of being located in Atlantis. But not only has Stargate Universe made it to a second season, it got nominated for prime time Emmys! Rent it if you’re a massive Robert Carlysle fan, but otherwise I wouldn’t bother.

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Kick Ass in Five Words or Less

Kick Ass by Marv Entertainment

If there’s anything teenagers (particularly of the male variety) love more than superheroes it’s superheroes who are teenagers. This is why comic books make money. This is also why comic book movies make money. This is why Kick Ass, directed by Matthew Vaughan is rated 8 stars out of 10 on IMDB. However there’s a subtle jibe at the entire comic book genre in this story, which was written by Vaughan and Jane Goldman and based on the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.

It just so happens that this jibe can be summed up (and the movie along with it) in just five words. Here they are:

Real heroes get broken often.

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Batman Begins: Quote of the Week

I have always loved Batman. He was the only superhero on my regular cartoon lineup that it was even remotely possible for a normal person to emulate, on account of he achieved all his feats without any powers (unless money counts as a superpower). I highly enjoy both of Christopher Nolan’s new Batman movies, but (and I realize I’m in the minority here) I think Batman Begins was a better movie.

Someday I’ll get around to doing a Batman Begins review and a Dark Knight review so I can show you once and for all where I’m coming from. But for now, you’ll have to settle for this quote, which illustrates the biggest difference between Batman Begins and Dark Knight: the subtle humor.

In the scene, Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), the temporary head of Wayne Enterprises, is showing Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) some unmarketable memory fabric, since Bruce claims to have an interest adventurous sports.

LUCIUS FOX: I don’t think they ever tried to market it to the billionaire spelunking base-jumping crowd.

If you love Batman Begins too, you can get the Batman Begins (Two-Disc Special Edition) for less than $20 now. Mmmm special features.

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Human Target Review

Fox has been advertising Human Target since at least September. I came across promos for it while I was compiling my list of new 2009/2010 shows to watch. I thought “meh, looks a bit campy, but maybe I’ll give it a try,” and then mentally filed it away because it didn’t start for like six more months.

By January I’d totally forgotten about it. Then I saw the name of the show listed in the CTV online video library. I had an hour to kill, so I clicked. And it was AWESOME!

You can get the gist of the show by reading the following sentence:

Human Target is a series of weekly hour-long action movies based on the DC comic book of the same name. It follows a former hitman turned undercover bodyguard who infiltrates the lives of clients to draw out and eliminate threats.

Or by watching the trailer. But if you want to know why it’s awesome, you’ll have to watch the show.

…. or you can click below and I’ll tell you.

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