Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Friends with Benefits...

     Friends with Benefits is the story of Dylan (Justin Timberlake), an art director from Los Angeles and Jamie (Mila Kunis), an Executive Recruiter from New York City.  They meet while Jamie is trying to recruit Dylan for a position with GQ in NYC.  After initial reluctance to leave his family and home life behind, Dylan is finally convinced by not only the company’s offer but also the excitement with which Jamie hypes New York.  Finally moved in and starting to get the feel of his new position, Dylan is really only left with one companion, Jamie.  One night, while lounging and watching a romantic movie together, the two begin to ponder the relationships they’ve seen presented onscreen over the years and why sex has to be so emotionally involved.  From there, they decide they can make a sexual relationship with no lingering romantic emotions work, thus becoming the titular friends with benefits.  This, naturally, leads to complications as the two are forced to deal with their ever-evolving relationship and their feelings for themselves, others and one another.  Here is the trailer for you to check it our for yourself...
     The first element of this movie that caught my attention was the look.  Whether it’s the shoreline on the California coast, the skyline of midtown Manhattan or the amount of good looking people who make up the cast, each is shown in a way that makes them decidedly desirable.
     The second element to catch my attention was Justin Timberlake’s acting… and I definatly mean that in an good way.  Though the man has obviously made strides to step up his many talents (see: The Social Network), he definitely comes off as an actor that is serious about making good acting choices.

     Though it earns its R rating, the movie cops out when it comes to the sex scenes. With the exception of a few shots of Timberlake’s ass, everything is strategically placed to avoid revealing too much flesh. If you (like me) were hoping for some nudity from Mila Kunis – forget it. Even her one ultra-quick ass shot is a body double. Ultimately the sex scenes, through relatively frequent, are way too tame to sustain any real interest. It’s not like I was expecting Showgirls or something, but come on – this is supposed to be a sex romp.

     Overall I would say that this movie was a very pleasent surprise.  My wife and I were not expecting to laugh half as much as we did.  Let me know what you thought by leaving a comment below.  

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas...

From all of us at MikeLaTour.com have a safe and very Magical Merry Christmas!!!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

"Because I make this look good..."

     Last week the debut trailer for the film hit the web, and right from the get-go it looks like it's going to be fun.  MIB3 sees Agent J, played once again by Will Smith is forced to travel back in time to 1969 in order to rescue a young Agent K who has inexplicably disappeared.  It doesn’t tell us much else other than Agent K has mysteriously disappeared. Agent O then says, “K has been dead for over 40 years.” Yes, I'm scratching my head too. The trailer pretty much zooms past, making two minutes seem more like 10 seconds, and it's clear that Smith is the big man on campus once again: diving off tall buildings, pulling funny faces and clicking that silver blinky thing that wipes people's memories clean with wild abandon.  

     Men in Black 3 arrives on 25 May in full 3D, and will have to fight hard to avoid being overshadowed by the release of Sony's other summer behemoth, The Amazing Spider-Man, just six weeks later.  I guess we will just have to wait and see.  Either way I know my family will want to see this.  Leave me a comment  and let me know what you think. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

He rises...

     Today we got our first "official" look at the new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises that is set to hit theaters on July 20, 2012.  It reveals a portrayal of Gotham that’s more bleak (if that’s possible) than the first two films in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. Judging from the trailer, The Dark Knight Rises promises a deeper look at Bruce Wayne’s character and his relationship with his butler Alfred (played again by Michael Caine), a ruthless villain in Bane (Tom Hardy), and plenty of action and explosions, including an incredible scene on a football field. Catwoman is strangely missing; Anne Hathaway is shown whispering in Wayne’s (Christian Bale) ear, and her silky voice provides narration for the trailer, but she’s not in her kitty regalia. Check out the trailer here, and let us know what you think in the comments, thanks. 

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Before Frodo found the ring...

      The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first part of the epic new fantasy series directed by some guy who did some movies about a some kind of ring.  It isn't due out in theaters until December 14, 2012 with the 2nd half titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again not for another year after that on December 13, 2012.  Now with all that being said the hype for this movie is already pretty high.  I know it is going to by a must see for me and my family as we are all big Lord of the Ring fans.  Since it's being directed by Peter Jackson, the same guy who directed the "Rings" trilogy, and being filmed in the same location as the "Rings" were there is a good bet we are going to get a very high quality set of movies.  I, personally, am going to try hard and not get to excited about this until it gets closer to release.  

     Now, for those of  you that have been living under a rock for the last 75 years, The Hobbit was written by J.R.R. Tolkien back in 1937.  It has been adapted into multiple different animated movies but never a major motion picture.  For those of you who have no idea or don't remember the basic story line here is the basic plot summary...

     The Hobbit follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.  Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.  Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers  a depth of courage that surprises even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

     Since the movie isn't due out for a full year from now this is sure to be the first of many trailers.  Once you have viewed it please do me a favor and leave  a comment on what you think.  Thanks. 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo...

     I'll be honest, I really didn't know anything about this movie and at first wasn't interested in seeing it.  Now that I've seen the trailer and read a little bit about it this is definitely a movie to see.   In case you're like me and know nothing about this movie here is a little synopsis.  

     A discredited journalist and a mysterious computer hacker discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets while working to solve the mystery of a 40-year-old murder.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo gets under way as the two leads (Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara) are briefed in the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, whose uncle suspects she may have been killed by a member of their own family. The deeper they dig for the truth, however, the greater the risk of being buried alive by members of the family, who will go to great lengths to keep their secrets tightly sealed. 

     This movie is rated R for Graphic Nudity, Brutal Violent Content, Torture, Language, Rape and Strong Sexuality.  It has a run time of 2 hr. 38 min and opens Wednesday December 21st 2011.  If you would like to see the official trailer click here.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Let the Games Begin...

     The Hunger Games is a young adult science fiction novel written by Suzanne Collins and is the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy. It introduces sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world and takes place in an unidentified future time period after the destruction of North America, in a nation known as Panem. This is where a government working in a central city called the Capitol holds power. 

     As punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol, every year, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each district are selected by lottery and forced to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised event in which the participants, or "tributes," must fight to the death in a dangerous, outdoor arena, controlled by the Capitol, until only one remains. 

     The story follows fatherless 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a girl from District 12, who volunteers for the 74th Games in place of her younger sister, Primrose. Also participating from District 12 is Peeta Mellark, a baker's son whom Katniss knows from school and who once gave her bread when her family was starving.  Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she's ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

      The movie is to be releases on March 23, 2012 nationwide.  I knew nothing of this book series or movie unitl the release of first trailer a couple of weeks ago and I have been very excited ever since.  I just started reading the first book and can't wait to read the other two.  If your interested you can view the trailer here.  Leave me a comment letting me know what you think.  

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Expendables...Part 2

The teaser trailer for "The Expendables Part 2" was just released. Check it out here.  I was surprised that I enjoyed the first one as much as I did and now I am excited to see this one.  Let's face it The Norris is back in action, and that can't be a bad thing.  Anyway check it out and let me know what you think.

The Amazing Spiderman...

Thanks to our friends over at Hypable for this one. Some new promotional images have leaked of our friendly neighborhood Spiderman that reveal some interesting spoilers. Or do they...I actually think that this was going to be obvious. Spiderman was known for being an outlaw before he was every one's favorite web slinging hero. Either way I do think that this is going to be one of the better reboots. I guess we will just have to wait and see. In the mean time why don't you check out these links for the new promotional images and the trailer. Drop me a comment below and tell me what you think. Thanks and enjoy...

The Amazing Spiderman...Trailer

Promotional Images...Click Here

Monday, December 12, 2011

A must see...

Here is the trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart (Twilight), Charlize Theron (The Italian Job), and Chris Hemsworth (Thor). It's tagged as being a new twist on an old fairytale. Personally I am very excited about seeing this. What about you? Let me know in the comments below.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

And then there were dinosaurs...

Terra Nova is an entertaining action-adventure/mystery that will appeal to fans who enjoy dinosaur fight scenes, touching family moments, and suggestions of deep mystery.

The Steven Spielberg-produced show follows Jim Shannon, an ex-cop in jail, whose family consists of surgeon wife Liz and their three kids, Josh, Maddie, and Zoe. While imprisoned, his wife gets an offer to go to Terra Nova, an untouched earth reached through a time portal.

Much of the pilot is spent explaining the parameters of this world. In 2149, the earth has become a polluted wreck of a planet where people must wear gas masks at all times to protect themselves from the air. Scientists have discovered a new timestream (thus ensuring that fiddling around in the past won't destroy the future -- the quantum mechanics here is a little iffy) to take humans 85 million years into the past, where air has oxygen in it and dinosaurs roam the earth.

In the future earth families are limited to two children, a rule the Shannons break for some unexplained reason. Jim -- in jail -- and Zoe -- not allowed -- must stowaway into the past.

The past is a lush paradise with solar panels, wind turbines, exotic fruits and little cottages that let in the sunlight (a novelty for our futuristic friends). It's a spectacular backdrop (filmed in Australia) of snaking vines, immense trees, and strange animals. Commander Nathaniel Taylor (from Avatar fame) is the leader of this little camp, and according to him, the first man ever to have arrived in Terra Nova.

"We are at the dawn of a new civilization," he tells the assembled crowd.

The Shannons spend some time wandering the village and getting overly excited about produce, but the parts of the pilot not used to set up the show are primarily filled with pure action. Terra Nova plays a little like a condensed version of every classic science-fiction action flick you've ever seen. One of the more thrilling scenes shows us a group of teens trapped in a car, surrounded by slashers (velociraptor-like dinosaurs) as they frantically gun through window slots.

Terra Nova is also tinged with shades of Lost, and not just because of the jungle. We meet the Sixers, renegade humans who control the quarry and live outside of the village's boundaries. Unlike the "others" (from Lost), the Sixers seem to believe in some mysterious conspiracy involving unintelligible scribbles on rocks and speculation about what Terra Nova was really founded for.

The Shannons, are likeable enough, if not yet fully fleshed out. In a funny quirk of character, Maddie is a monumental nerd who occasional spouts out scientific facts about the size of the moon and the bone structure of dinosaurs -- seriously guys, this is a new world.

Overall I would give Terra Nova a rating of 4 out of 5 and I would  recommend this show to any one of my friends, (as I acutally already have).  Have you already seen it?  What did you think?  Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Three apples high...

The Smurfs hit New York City in the big-screen family comedy starring Neil Patrick Harris.  For years, the evil wizard Gargamel has been searching for the Smurfs’ hidden mushroom village. He plans to collect the sweat, tears and hair from every Smurf in order to harness their power. During the blue moon festival, Papa Smurf sees a disturbing vision - one that shows Clumsy and the rest of his beloved Smurfs in the hands of Gargamel.  As the vision predicts, Gargamel discovers the whereabouts of their village. Now the Smurfs must escape. Six Smurfs - Papa Smurf, Clumsy, Grouchy, Gutsy, Brainy and Smurfette - escape through a portal that is only open during a blue moon. They have no idea that the portal leads to the most daunting city of all - New York City.  To flee from Gargamel, who has followed them through the portal, they hitch a ride with a local human named Patrick. Not only are Patrick and his wife expecting a baby, but Patrick is under intense pressure at this marketing job, making it the most inopportune time for the Smurfs to arrive.  The Smurfs must avoid Gargamel while they wait for the stars to realign. Only then can they return to their mushroom village. In the process, Papa Smurf teaches Patrick a thing or two about fatherhood.  The Smurfs is a great film for kids and for those parents who grew up, remember, and love those adorable three apple high magical creatures.   The Smurfs is fun, adventurous and heartwarming. Are YOU gonna rent The Smurfs movie? Have you already seen it? What did you think? Let us know by leaving a comment below! 
The Smurfs Movie Review
Courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Breaking Dawn Part 1...

First off I want to say that I am much more of a fan of the Twilight books than the movies but this movie was awesome.  From the moment that Jacob freaks when he receives Bella's wedding invitation, to the very last frame, the 5-star film is like a magnificent tasty feast that you won't want to ever end.  Thank goodness, the powers-to-be at Summit Entertainment which produces the Twilight series, made the decision to break Breaking Dawn into two films.  There's no way you could have packed all the action in the last book into one movie.  Even so, Breaking Dawn Part I could have been 15 or 20 minutes longer to have had enough time to luxuriously dwell on all the significant moments and life events that it covers.  Kristen Stewart perfectly captures Bella's apprehension as she's about to walk down the aisle at her wedding.  And the wedding scene is so lush, romantic and heartfelt as Edward and Bella whisper their vows.  The Gown...It will not be a letdown.  I don't want to reveal too much but it manages to be very Bella--not overdone--and yet it is stunningly and elegantly fitted (Kristen has said that it was tight), with elegantly figure-highlighting details.  But back to the lavishly romantic wedding--creatively designed by Alice Cullen.  My only criticism is that we all could have spent even more time at that wedding, honing in on meeting the visiting vampire contingents, checking in with Bella and Edward's baffled schoolmates and on Bella's nervous parents.  Then Bella and Edward take us along on the honeymoon that is every bit as exotic and luxurious as Stephenie Meyer paints it.  The sizzling sexual tension and chemistry between Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson is undeniable.  The two are finally believable as the star-crossed lovers who pledge to be together for eternity.  What you'll probably be surprised by is the unexpected humor that pops up from time to time in this epic film.  And we get some of it endearingly during Bella and Edward's Brazilian honeymoon heaven.  But it's when Bella's pregnancy kicks in (literally) that the film really takes off.  That's because Jacob a.k.a. Taylor Lautner comes back into the picture along with all his tortured love triangle tension.  He's supposed to be a tongue-tied semi-lost soul who loves Bella like a soul mate, and doesn't know how to express himself most of the time, except  for physically.  Not too unlike many 16-year-old boys.  And believe it or not he only takes his shirt off once--sorry ladies!  But once Bella and Edward are back from their honeymoon and she is clinging to life while trying to gestate her baby, the tension is intense.  Tension between Bella and Edward, Bella and Jacob, and Jacob and the entire wolf pack.  Kristen Stewart, to her credit, is completely believable as a weak Bella desperately holding on to life for the love of her baby.  As promised - the birth scene is wild, shocking, and yes, quite bloody.  My only real criticism is the werewolves.  Watching the film we don't get as deep as an understanding of the communication, hierarchy, and pack lives of the wolves as I would have liked.  Neither do we understand enough why Bella’s pregnancy becomes such a HUGE issue for the pack.  Every fan who has read the books will know what is going on and I understand the need for shorthand on the wolves–something had to go.  But the wolves created for the screen are so magnificent and mysterious–I wanted to see them more and have their behavior and history explained.  And there's no way that any Twi-hard isn't going to be left desperately wanting to see Breaking Dawn Part 2.  But let me tell you – stick around for the credits.  There’s a surprise last scene.