Hey people, have you noticed? The TV networks are trying very hard (again) to capture your valuable TV viewing time! Ugh, my PVR will be working overtime yet again! I love watching new shows that have a great premise (see my preview of last year’s new shows (click here).  Out of the 24 new shows this fall, here are my recommendations of 2014-2015 TV season that you should sacrifice your valuable time to:

  • 2014-z_nationZ Nation – ZOMG, watch the trailer now! No, it’s not a Walking Dead ripoff, really! A band of survivors try to transport a man who has been bitten eight times by zombies but remains alive.  He is the only hope for a cure but has to be transported from New York to California   (Fri Sep-12, 10:00pm, SyFy, see the awesome trailer) – onomeister says “MUST-SEE”
  • 2014-madam-secretaryMadam Secretary – Tea Leoni is the new Secretary of State who is a former CIA analyst that cannot be micro-managed by all the White House aides but does well to juggle her job and personal life (Sun Sep-21, 8:00pm, CBS, see trailer) – onomeister says “BORDERLINE”
  • 2014-GothamGotham – Based in the early years before Batman, this is about pre-Commissioner Jim Gordon who is a detective fighting crime. He will also be crossing paths with the people who will eventually become Batman, Catwoman, the Riddler, Poison Ivy and the Penguin (Mon Sep-22, 8:00pm FOX, see trailer) – onomeister says “MUST-SEE”
  • 2014_scorpionScorpion – This is cool: A procedural based on a true story of a group of eccentric, poorly socialized geniuses who band together to fight high-tech criminals (Mon Sep-22, 9:00pm, CBS, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”
  • 2014-foreverForever – A detective story of a medical examiner who has been around for over 200 years but keeps dying and coming back to life naked. Yes, naked (Mon Sep-22, 10:00pm, ABC, see trailer) onomeister says “BORDERLINE”
  • 2014-gracepointGracepointDoctor Who‘s David Tennant stars in this highly anticipated murder mystery mini-series (filmed in Victoria, BC!) and features 2 Oscar-nominated actors Nick Nolte and Jackie Weaver as well as Emmy winner Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)  (Oct-2, 9:00pm FOX, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”
  • 2014-star-wars-rebelsStar Wars Rebels – Did you know that the Rebels team is in close contact with Abrams’ Episode VII crew? Meaning that this animated show could provide a sneak peek at the future Star Wars films! The premise is a sidestory revolving around the events that lead up to Star Wars IV: A New Hope where Darth Vader assigns the “Inquisitor” to hunt down the last remaining Jedi (Features the original voices of “Lando” – Billy Dee Williams and “C-3PO” – Anthony Daniels) (Fri Oct-03, 9:00pm, Disney X.D, see trailer) onomeister says “MUST-SEE”
  • 2014-the-flashThe Flash – A spinoff from The Arrow, based on the DC comic, the pilot has already been highly touted as the season’s best new drama. Wow! (Tue Oct-07, 8:00pm, CW, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”
  • 2014-ConstantineConstantine – Inspired by the DC comic book, the hero is fighting to save the world from demons and rescue his own lost soul from a hellish homeland (Fri Oct-24, 10:00pm, NBC, see trailer) onomeister says “BORDERLINE”
  • 2014-State_of_AffairsState of Affairs – After a four year absence from TV, Emmy award winner Katherine Heigl returns as a CIA briefer for a black female president in this spy-drama (Mon Nov-17, 10:00pm, NBC, see trailer) onomeister says “BORDERLINE”
  • 2014-ascensionAscension – Wow, this trailer is amazing! Slated as a 6-hour miniseries, this sci-fi is about a 1963 covert space mission sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard a starship to populate a new world (stars Battlestar Galactica‘s Tricia Helfer, ie. “Six”) (Nov-24, 9:00pm, SyFy, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”
  • 2014-fresh-off-the-boatFresh Off the Boat – It’s the ’90s and 12 year old, hip-hop loving Eddie just moved to suburban Orlando from DC’s Chinatown with his Asian parents. It’s culture shock for his immigrant family in this sitcom about pursuing the American Dream. This is the first network sitcom in 20 years to feature an Asian American family (2015, ABC, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER” (but a “MUST-SEE” if you’re Asian like me!)
  • 2014-wayward-pinesWayward Pines – A mystery drama with 4 Oscar-nominated actors: Matt Dillon,  Juliette Lewis and Terrence Howard, and Oscar-winner Melissa Leo, it feels like Twin Peaks, but different. The trailer is very intriguing! (2015, FOX, see trailer) onomeister says “MAYBE A WINNER”)
  • 2014-agent-carterAgent Carter – Set in the Marvel comic world of Captain America in the 1940’s, Agent Peggy Carter is trying to balance administrative work with going on secret missions for Howard Stark (Iron Man’s father) in the wake of losing her love, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (2015, ABC, see trailer) onomeister says “BORDERLINE”)

onomeister’s 2013-2014 sophmore Must-sees: The Blacklist 9/22, Brooklyn Nine-Nine 9/28, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD 9/23, MasterChef Junior 11/07.

Other airing Must-sees:  Person of Interest, Arrow, Walking Dead, The Last Ship, Sons of Anarchy, Bones, Game of Thrones, Parks & Recreation, Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, Big Bang Theory, Once Upon A Time, Boardwalk Empire, House of Cards, Vikings, Fargo, Helix.

So many awesome shows, so little time…

Roger_Ebert-movie_criticRoger Ebert, one of the greatest movie critics of all time, passed away from cancer at age 70 a few weeks ago. He updated his blog one last time last year with his list of his greatest movies of all time. If you are a movie fan, you should try to see these films once in your lifetime. Keep in mind, this is one man’s opinion, and also the fact that he had to consider thousands of the best movies of all time (not just this current generation). Think of how difficult a task this would be? So let’s take a look, for you movie lovers (displayed in no particular order):

  • AguirreAguirre: The Wrath of God (1972): One of Oscar-nominated director Werner Herzog’s best films of his career, this is worth watching for its beautiful cinematography, but requires you to pay attention to its story due to the disquieting slow pacing. The film is about Spanish soldiers in the 16th century on an doomed expedition searching for the fabled El Dorado treasure, whose leader spirals into madness. Reason to watch: Kinski’s portrayal of angry Aguirre (click HERE to watch trailer).
  • Apocalypse-Now_napalmApocalypse Now (1979): Nominated for eight Oscar Awards, director Francis Ford Coppola’s movie is about a secret mission during the Vietnam war to assassinate a  rogue colonel who has gone insane. The casual movie fan will have difficulty understanding the film’s deep meaning: how war can affect the human psyche in horrible ways. Reason to watch: The napalm explosion shot, and the outrageous line: “You smell that? I love the smell of napalm in the morning” (click HERE to watch 8 clips from the movie – approx 30 mins total).
  • Citizen-Kane_wellesCitizen Kane (1941): Director Orson Welles got nine Oscar nominations for this movie about the media circus that follows  the death of a millionaire newspaper tycoon. The pacing of the storytelling is very different from today’s movies, yet by watching the end of this film, you will appreciate why Citizen Kane has been called one of the greatest of all time. Reason to watch: American Film Institute polled 1,500 filmmakers, critics, and historians, who ranked this as #1 on the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time (click HERE to watch entire movie).
  • La-dolce-vitaLa Dolce Vita (1960): Frederico Fellini nominated for Best Director in this Italian film about the high class elite in Rome in the 1950s. The production values and cinematography is at its best in this scathing satire of “the sweet life”, and the writing also nominated for an Oscar. Reason to watch: The famous fountain scene with the lead character Sylvia, who is a former Miss Sweden in real life (watch director Martin Scorcese’s commentary about Fellini and La Dolce Vita HERE).
  • Generel-KeatonThe General (1926): If you haven’t seen a silent movie in your life, then this might be the one to see. Buster Keaton’s epic film, which has been voted as one of “The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time”, is also full of thrilling action. The story is about spies stealing a train during the US Civil War. Reason to watch: After watching this epic, be amazed and wonder how this could have bombed in the box office? (click HERE to watch entire movie)
  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARaging Bull (1980): Of course, you know of Martin Scorsese’s award-winning Hugo, and The Departed, but have you seen Raging Bull? Robert DeNiro won an Oscar for Best Actor, and it has been praised as one of the best performances of all time. Based on the real-life boxer Jake LaMotta, we see the rise and humongous fall to ruin that he takes all due to his uncontrollable anger. Be ready for a very violent film and plenty of foul language, this film is not for the faint of heart. Reason to watch: The beautiful black & white cinematography (click HERE to watch entire movie)
  • 2001-space-odyssey2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): Nominated for four Oscars, Stanley Kubrick’s epic masterpiece will boggle and blow your mind. This is not your normal movie, one of those “loved it” or “hated it” movies – it wants to confuse you and will make you think, “What the heck just happened?” The story is about two crewman on a manned flight to Jupiter, the theme being man versus machine. Reason to watch: Interesting fact – there are a total of 88 dialogue-free minutes in the movie (click HERE to watch entire movie).
  • Tokyo-StoryTokyo Story (1953): Yasujiro Ozu’s movie makes you instantly sympathize with the older generation, who have traditional values, while the younger generation is shown as selfish, and too busy to spend time with their parents – an example of the old “cat’s in the cradle“. This powerfully emotional movie is a definite must-see. Reason to watch: The realism – and be ready to weep a little (click HERE to watch entire movie).
  • Tree-of-LifeThe Tree of Life (2011): Director Terrence Malick was nominated for three Oscars for this film about the origin and meaning of life. Another “loved it” or “hated it” movie, this one is not for the casual movie fan looking for a typical ‘Hollywood’ movie, no real storyline at all – but it will make you think about your life and your loved ones. Reason to watch: the visual imagery and cinematography (click HERE for trailer)
  • Vertigo-jimmy-stewartVertigo (1958): Legendary Alfred Hitchcock should be on this list, but why this film? Why not Psycho, Birds, or North by Northwest? Perhaps it’s because it’s been called the most personal, emotional, and complex of them all. This psychological detective mystery is one of those movies that makes you want to watch several times. Reason to watch: See the million dollar makeover that Universal Studios put on the digitally remastered version (click HERE to watch a total of 30 mins of clips).

“Every great film should seem new every time you see it.” – Roger Ebert


So why is everyone going bananas for Looper, starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Here are seven reasons:

  1. Yay! A time travel movie? I’m in!
  2. Bruce Willis sent back to be killed by his younger self (portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Sounds cool!
  3. Wait, Gordon-Levitt is acting as a younger Willis? Yes, this movie is worth watching just to see how awesome Gordon-Levitt’s uncanny resemblance of Willis is. His like-mannerisms are freaky!!
  4. For a sci-fi action movie, Looper is beautiful to watch in terms of its cinematography.
  5. Try not to get carried away with debunking the time travel logic of the movie. Enjoy the film for what it is – entertainment.
  6. Actually it’s not about time travel; it’s about “longing, loneliness, and yearning for someone to love and be loved by”
  7. You will be moved, you will be talking about the movie afterwards, and you will want to watch it again.

Looper is rated R – not for kiddies.

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?

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?”

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Behind The Scenes of Brave

Maggie Grace as the President's daughter in Lockout (sorry guys, she's not posing like this in the movie)

Did you know there will be a total of 70 sci-fi/fantasy movies that will be released in 2012? Many movie fans have put “Lockout” as one of their top 10 sci-fi films to watch for 2012. So what do the previews say?

For one thing, the trailer looks amazing with spectacular action sequences!

Did you know that the lead actor Guy Pearce will also appear in Ridley Scott’s exciting Alien prequel Prometheus this summer?

Did you also know Lockout is co-written and produced by Luc Besson, one of my favourite action movie directors? Besson has done movies like Taken, Léon: The Professional, The Transporter and Fifth Element, so fans of his work already know what to expect.

Reading the plot alone made me cringe, as the story is ridiculous (then again, what action movie doesn’t have a ridiculous storyline?). In any case, when I heard Luc Besson’s name was involved, this instantly became a movie that I want to see!

Take a look at the trailer below.

Joseph Gilgun with a big gun in Lockout

In director Lee Hirsch’s Bully, a heartbreaking Oscar-worthy documentary, he spends the 2009 school year following five abused kids, two of them who ended up committing suicide. A father of one of the kids who committed suicide says in the film, “Kids would throw his books on the floor and say ‘Pick em up, bitch.’

The movie was originally slapped with an R rating as the teenaged bullies in the film used the F word more than twice in the film. Why would the MPAA have such an idiotic rule? The language is the real thing, not read from a fake script! So in the end, the distributors decided to release the film unrated.

Thus, Bully will not be seen by the children that would most benefit from seeing it. “Imagine that a bully turns 17, finally sees the film and thinks, “Oh, I shouldn’t have done that when I was a kid. Why didn’t someone show me this movie (back) then?” (Corliss, Time Magazine).

“I wish this movie could be shown in every classroom in America,” tweeted Ellen DeGeneres. Unfortunately, it won’t be, due to its R rating (update 04/06/2012: The film has since been edited slightly to now get a ‘PG’ rating).

Kids, get your parents to see this movie, it may change your lives!  (FYI, I will be taking my 10 year old daughter and 12 year old son as soon as this comes out) (March 30, 2012 in select cities only).

                According to the film’s website, over 13 million kids will be bullied this year alone.

  • Even after Tyler’s suicide, kids in an Ellen interview (see below) say the bullying has not stopped at the school.
  • 12 years have passed since Columbine, hundreds of millions invested on anti-bullying campaigns in the past decade, but bullying is still rampant in schools.
  • 86% of students in a national survey said, “other kids picking on them, making fun of them or bullying them” causes teenagers to turn to lethal violence in the schools.

UPDATE Apr-06/2012: The Weinstein Company, which is releasing the film, agreed to remove three of the six F words, if it could keep the other ones in the scene it considered essential. The MPAA agreed to the cuts, and the movie will now play in theaters permitting children to see it unaccompanied. The new rating of ‘PG’ should also encourage educators to show the film in schools.

Watch the interview by Ellen of the parents of one of the boys who committed suicide:

I saw a TV commercial for the movie “Battleship“. I thought “meh”. Then I saw online today this Official Trailer #3, and I now seriously want to see this movie! Has this happened to anyone else, where a new trailer changes your mind about a movie?

Take a look at this trailer, and tell me what you think. It’s HD, so go fullscreen!

From the director, Peter Berg, that brought you Hancock, The Kingdom, and Friday Night Lights, will this one be a hit? Well, they’ve casted Liam Neeson, who was awesome in Taken, and Rihanna (the singer!). They say it’s just another Independence Day, but hey, I actually liked Independence Day! Anyone else interested in this film?

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Update (05/26/2012): Read a review of Battleship here from a fellow blogger ESO: http://erthstationone.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/review-battleship-a-hit-or-a-miss/