I finally had a chance to watch the movie Taken recently, then I learned that they already confirmed a sequel (coming in October 2012), with Liam Neeson starring as the retired CIA operative “with a particular set of skills”. This time his wife is taken.

I thoroughly enjoyed the action and directing from the first film (by Pierre Morel) , but now they have chosen a different director for the sequel (Olivier Megaton). What direction/style will he bring to Taken 2? Will it be as good as the original?

As usual, the glorious trailer for Taken 2 looks awesome, action fans! And the director, Olivier Megaton has directed other action-packed films such as  Transporter 3 and Colombiana. The script is written by action thriller specialists Luc Besson and Robert Mark Karmen. And easy-on-the-eyes Maggie Grace will be returning too.

Are you a fan of Luc Besson movies like I am? Are you a fan of Maggie Grace? Are you going to see Taken 2?

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After watching Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man and how terrible Spider-Man 3 was, I think there are many movie-goers that may pass on this revamped Amazing Spider-Man movie. On the other hand, the film may also be a huge hit just cuz it’s riding on the coattails of the Avengers’ success.

The advance screeners say that the mix of romance, comedy and drama is balanced well. Action fans will also enjoy the huge set pieces, especially the fight versus the Lizard.

The trailer (below) is of course OMG drool amazing. Entertainment Weekly gave the film an A- (Just for comparisons, they gave Green Lantern a C+).

Will you go and see the Amazing Spider-Man?

(Bonus: There is a reveal for the next sequel after the credits!  Also, did you know Harry Potter‘s Daniel Radcliffe was considered for the Peter Parker role? lol! So relieved that they didn’t go with him…)

This is the four-minute Super Preview extended trailer:

Have you seen the trailer for Brave? OMG drool, see it now. I can already imagine this one being a colossal hit (what Pixar movie hasn’t?).  Out in theaters on June 22, 2012. Can’t wait!

Here’s the premise:

Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

Two things to note when you go see this movie:

  • Wait till the end of the film credits; there is an extra scene about something that happens earlier in the film.
  • Watch for the Pizza Planet truck, a fixture of every full-length Pixar film (except for The Incredibles). Apparently, you’ll see it in the Witch’s Hut.

I just love hearing Kelly MacDonald’s Scottish accent in the below trailer (2:05) when she says, “If you had the chance to change your fate, would you?”

Brave wallpaper for you

Behind The Scenes of Brave

Are you an X-men fan? A blu-ray collector? Then it’s time to get the X-men Trilogy for $6 per disc  for CDN$17.99 at Best Buy Canada! Remember, you can order online, then ask to pick up instore, so you can save on shipping (or buy something else to get you over $20 so that you get free shipping!).

(Sorry US friends, it’s still $30 at Best Buy USA at time of writing)

As always, limited quantities, so you snooze you lose.

  • X-Men (2000) – I don’t remember another movie where it stars two knighted people in the same movie (Sir Ian McKellan and Sir Patrick Stewart), but this popcorn film is fun and entertaining  for non-comic fans as well as comic book fans (IMDb  rating 7.4).
  • X2: X-Men United (2003) – Many say this is the best film of the first three movies, due to the great character development, has a substantial plot, and a great ending (IMDb rating 7.6).
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) – The third of the trilogy (done by a different director) has great action and special effects, but that’s about it; watch this movie with low expectations (IMDb rating 6.8)

comic credit: Stephen Frug

Here are some outstanding Amazon blu-ray deals!! (*you snooze you lose!)

Get the pre-order of “Christopher Nolan: Director’s Collection” for CAD$35.99 at Amazon.ca, and for my U.S. friends: US$33.86 at Amazon.com. You will get free shipping with this deal; so you’re paying $7 per blu-ray for these highly-rated movies!!

The Nolan collection includes:

  • Insomnia – Al Pacino and Robin Williams star in this murder mystery psychological thriller set in ominous-looking Alaska (7.2 rating).
  • Memento – This amazing film noir, you will be thinking and talking about it for days. Advice: watch with no distractions! (8.6 rating)
  • Batman Begins – Liam Neeson is amazing in this movie that has a  richly dark, atmospheric world; I forgot this was a comic book movie! (8.3 rating).
  • The Dark Knight – Heath Ledger as Joker steals almost every scene in this epic masterpiece (8.9 rating).
  • Inception – DiCaprio stars in this mind-blowing film that you must pay attention from beginning to end (8.8 rating).

Pirates of the Caribbean have also been marked down (free shipping once you hit $25). The ratings decrease the newer the release, but they’re still fun family flicks (“At World’s End” had a $300 million budget!!)

Spartacus – Season 1 and 2 are now on sale. Although there is strong sexual content and language, this is like watching Gladiator in an R-rated TV series. Many have said if they were to make a soap opera to cater towards men, this would be it. There is revenge, betrayal, loyalty, greed, anger, sorrow, love, romance, hatred, brutality and violence. Just like Russell Crowe’s movie, after a slow start (4 or 5 episodes), you find yourself rooting for the characters.

I’m a huge Back to the Future fan — This fan-created Lego set gets onomeister’s OMG drool Seal of Approval. Check out more photos of this fan creation HERE.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/96

This Japanese movie is a treat for the whole family, good for adults as well as kids. I myself have watched it three times now, and it’s a classic! Disney hired some famous actors to voice the characters too! Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett and Will Arnett were great (although I personally prefer subtitles).

Arrietty is a miniature girl whose family lives behind the walls and baseboards of a human’s home. They tend to ‘borrow’ things that would usually go unnoticed; a cube of sugar here, a paperclip or clothes pin there. The story grabs your attention immediately, and the wonderful character interactions will keep you entertained from start to end. This Hayao Miyazaki movie is a great addition to any family’s movie collection!

Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli has created many masterpieces over the many years, and if this film has grabbed your attention, make sure to hunt down other classics that are made by them. I highly recommend: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke.

If you are always looking for family-friendly movies that also entertain adults, you gotta see this one!