In this week’s edition of “The Final Cut”, Devin takes a look at some of the upcoming films hitting theaters in the next few weeks. Last week she gave us a look at the background of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The summer movie season it at the helm, y’all:
The month of May is here, and with it comes the beginning of the summer movie season. We’ve got many great films to look forward to this summer, and May is no exception, giving us something to look forward to each Friday. From Mindhunters, a movie that finished filming in May 2002 and has had many release dates in the past years(I actually first saw the trailer to this when I saw Bad Santa at the theater), to the highly anticipated Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith on May 19th, May certainly has more then enough to draw anyone to the theater. Here is a run down of what first two Fridays of what May has to offer:
This tip gets emailed to me every then and again, so heck, why not throw it up? Can’t say this isn’t interesting. Courtesy of the University of Washington CS department, check out this a clip of The Matrix rendered in ASCII. No word yet on if the MPAA plans on suing.
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Tiger has been out in the wild for about four days now, which is just enough time for Apple die hards to have dug into the OS to try out every new feature. If you are left with nothing else to do, Apple has your hook up. They have released a series of download pages where you can grab new Dashboard widgets, Spotlight plugins, and Automator actions. If that’s not enough, you can also check out the QuickTime 7 movie download page, which features content in high definition, taking advantage of that H.264 codec.
This week’s DVD release list is definitely a treasure hunt. Leading the list is National Treasure staring Nicolas Cage in an action/adventure film that will sure to keep you glued on the screen waiting to see what happens next. This week is a treat for all of you Star Trek fans with the release of the complete first season of Star Trek Enterprise. Check out the rest of the TV series on DVD and of course the movies.
National Treasure ~ Nicolas Cage
The Phantom of the Opera ~ Joel Schumacher
With Six You Get Eggroll ~ Doris Day
Gilmore Girls - The Complete Third Season ~ Lauren Graham
Dawson’s Creek - The Complete Fifth Season ~ James Van Der Beek
I Love Lucy - The Complete Fourth Season ~ Lucille Ball
Star Trek Enterprise - The Complete First Season ~ Scott Bakula
Everybody Loves Raymond - The Complete Third Season ~ Ray Romano
Time for another weekly column, Gear Live style. Our new columnist, Devin Roberson, will be bringing you the latest from the entertainment world each week in her column, The Final Cut. Why Devin? Well, for starters she is into movies and television. Secondly, she jives with our steelo. This week she gives us a bit of background on The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy:
This Friday gives us the release of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, a movie based on a 1978 radio comedy series by Doug Adams, who also wrote the screenplay(along with Karey Kirkpatrick) for this film. Many fans of the Guide may also remember Adams’ “trilogy” of 5 books(the series was first dubbed a trilogy after the release of the 3rd book, and the title has stuck ever since) that he began writing shortly after the radio series: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979), The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980), Life, the Universe, and Everything (1982), So Long and Thanks For All the Fish (1984), and Mostly Harmless (1992).
This week’s list is all bloodied up thanks to the vampire hunter Blade. The third part in the Blade series, this one is full of action coupled with the occasional witty lines. If you were a fan of the previous two or a fan of the comic book, then this one should definitely be on your list for this week. If Blade: Trinity is too bloody for your taste, then check out Jim Carrey in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. This one is sure to entertain the whole family with a story filled with fantasy and hilarious scenes. Whatever your taste may be, this week there’s something for everyone.
Blade: Trinity ~ New Line Home Entertainment
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events ~ Paramount Pictures
Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough ~ Columbia TriStar
Darkness ~ Dimension Films
The New York Post, which is not the most accurate source in the world, is reporting that the Motion Picture Association of America might have possibly tipped of the NYPD to the locations of illegal street vendors selling pirated versions of their movies. Nothing wrong with that. The sticky part is that it is being reported that they then offered gratuities to officers if and when they made the arrests. That is the illegal part. Two officers are currently under investigation, and the MPAA is denying any wrongdoing.
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This week’s release list is filled with action and comedy – genres sure to appeal to the majority. Topping this week’s list is Meet The Fockers. This hilarious sequel to the hit Meet The Parents will keep you entertained from beginning to end. This time we meet Gaylord’s (Ben Stiller) parents whom live in Florida and live a completely different lifestyle than Jack’s (Robert De Niro). Be sure to pick this one up this week. If action is what you are looking for then House of Flying Daggers is for you. This one comes loaded with great choreography and sharp flying weapons. If you enjoy martial arts films with great directing and visual eye candy, you’ll love this one.
Meet The Fockers ~ Universal Pictures
Microsoft and Warner brothers have announced that they will be teaming up to streamline the retail release of high definition movies and TV shows. Warner Brothers will be producing HD-DVDs using Microsoft’s VC-1 Standard - Windows Media Player 9. VC-1 is the mandatory codec for HD DVD and Blu-Ray discs. Blair Westlake, the corporate vice president for Microsoft Media, says, “Warner Brothers plan to use VC-1 for the release of HD DVDs presents consumers with exciting new options for watching high-definition content.”
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Tired of only having Spider-Man 2 to watch on your PSP? Well, come tomorrow you will have 5 more movies to choose from for your PSP viewing pleasure. The New Release UMD movies are House of Flying Daggers, Hellboy, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and XXX. The price of the UMD’s are actually very close (if not equal to) their DVD counterpart, so choose wisely.
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