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TMNT Re-Booted

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TMNT Re-Booted

Michael Bay is a killer a he gets paid a lot of money to do it.

He killed the Transformers and turned that franchise into a steaming pile of on screen endorsements. Now he's turning TMNT into an equally hot mess of nothing like it's original.

Why? Why would he allow Megan Fox be in Transformers and then play April in TMNT?!

Watch this franchise prove that any quality writing or storyline, isn't worth a damn, that you just need CGI overkill, lens flares and shaky footage to float Hollywoods boat.

I think you know how I feel about this new trailer. 

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Most Anticipated 2014 Movies

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Most Anticipated 2014 Movies

A little bit ago I shared my Upcoming Must Not Watch Movies list, now I'll share some movies I'm looking forward to watching this year (and no Transformers will not be on this list):

Muppets Most Wanted - How can you not want to see the Muppets WITH TINA FEY, RICKY GERVAIS, and TY BURRELL!!!

Tammy - I love Melissa McCarthy, she cracks me up and this teaser trailer is no exception:

Monuments Men - with a cast of the likes of George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and others, how can you not want to see this? Not to mention it's also an interesting perspective of what Hitler was doing to arts and culture during WWII.

Transcendence - I know little about this movie, other than what's in the trailer and that Johnny Depp looks like he pulls off another great performance. The new Matrix perhaps?!

I'm also looking forward to Jersey Boys directed by Clint Eastwood, Gone Girl by David Fincher, Guardians of the Galaxy by James Gunn and lastly... Interstellar by Chistopher Nolan.

What movie/film do you want to see this year?

Cheers,
Matthew A. Hawkins

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Side x Side: American Hustle & Out of the Furnace

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Side x Side: American Hustle & Out of the Furnace

This Side by Side edition I put Christian Bale's two latest films: American Hustle and Out of the Furnace against each. No spoilers, so read away!

Of these two films, I was most anticipating Out of the Furnace. The trailer made it look like a real award winning contender, I should have just stopped at the trailer and let myself continue to think it was a good film and never know the truth.

American Hustle, I watched the trailer and thought it looked mildly interesting, over the top (just look at Christian Bale's gut and Jeremy Renner's hair) and that it would make for a fun flick, but nothing more. 

To really put these films side by side, you have to look at the work of Christian Bale. My own favourite scene of these two films was in American Hustle when Bale and Amy Adams had a moment in a dry cleaning business. Bale wanted to tell Adams a secret and before he could, I whispered to my wife  'I'm Batman.' (It will always be tough to see Bale as anyone else, but he's a phenomenal actor). 

From a 70's pimping con-artist, to a southern redneck mill worker, Christian Bale is the glue to each of these films. Had the storyline given Bale a chance in Out of the Furnace, his performance would have been monumental, however that's not the case. The conflict between Bale and Harrelson fell very flat and the flow of the film failed to take off. Like I said though, Bale is incredible in the film and will hopefully play a similar character in a film worth watching in the future. 

Side by Side, one of these films stands out more so than the other, but any possible award winning chances? I'm not so sure. At least check out American Hustle and Jeremy Renner's incredible hair. 

*Side by Side is a new series I'm starting, placing two objects against one another. They could be books, films, video games, cameras or whatever else I feel like comparing side by side.*

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Review on Out Of The Furnace

Review on Out Of The Furnace

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Review on American Hustle


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The Deal: Number Two Trailer

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The Deal: Number Two Trailer

A few years ago, before the third Hawkins was a thought, I filmed a fun little action movie with my two oldest boys, in the backyard. 

It was a lot of fun filming and we have talked about doing a sequel for some time. Finally, that time has come! Here's the official trailer: (Movie due out in a couple of days!)

OFFICIAL TRAILER -  The Deal: Number Two

A Screenshot From The Deal: Number Two

A Screenshot From The Deal: Number Two

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Spider-Man or Dark Knight

This summer has been heating up for blockbusters. It hasn't really disappointed so far yet either.From Hunger Games to the Avengers with a few great shows in-between, the movies have been hitting a much needed box office high for theatres all over North America. Marvel/Disney has made a huge dent this summer with their record breaking numbers and now it's down to Marvel/Sony and DC Comics/Warner Bros. With their release dates so close together, you know that Spider-Man and Batman are going head to head.

Without seeing either of them, and watching how things have been going in terms of movie marketing, I can give a pretty good idea of what the outcome will be, but let me lay out a few things for you first: - The Amazing Spider-Man releases July 3rd - Dark Knight Rises releases July 20th

- Spider-Man has approximately 3 trailers out (1 Teaser, 2 Full length Trailers) - Dark Knight has approximately 3 trailers out (1 Teaser, 2 Full length Trailers)

- Spider-Man has a number of featurettes released on-line (totalling close to 25 minutes of footage combined with trailers) - Dark Knight has no featurettes

- Spider-Man began pre-sales just this week (week of June 25th - Monday) which is just over a week before their release date. - Dark Knight began pre-sales June 11th. Over 5 weeks before their release date.

Reading the writing on the wall, Spider-Man has spent a lot of time trying to generate more buzz online and push people to a small pre-show window, hoping to get people in and out quickly. That says to me, they're hiding something. Dark Knight on the other hand, shows that there is mystery and anticipation. They want people ramped up and excited about their release WAY BEFORE it's close and they're leaving plenty of speculation of what might happen to Gotham's finest.

I'm not stating that Spiderman isn't going to do well in the box office. It is, after all, Spider-Man and he'll sling his way to the top of the box office but I don't think we'll see him break any records, or be there for too long.

Let me share my opinion why and you can take or leave it. Spider-Man is a reboot. We'll be re-watching part of the story that's already happened. Yes they are taking it in a different direction, BUT we're watching the origin of Spider-Man AGAIN. I think people will be saying, "Didn't we already see this?"

I think Batman is going to do much better simply because people will be buying into the story and the journey that Chistopher Nolan has taken them on. It's a conclusion to what, at least I think, is what re-sparked the comic book movie era and will leave a mark for all studios and superhero movies to try and match.

I'll be seeing both of these movies this summer, but I already know which one I'll enjoy more. Hopefully, I'll at least be pleasantly surprised by the other one.

Cheers, Matthew A. Hawkins

BTW - If you want to take 25 minutes and get a complete sneak peak of Spider-Man, a guy online developed a 25 minute sort of short film of the movie. *Spoiler Alert Though* Check it out here.

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2012 Movie Releases

2011 was a bit of a let down in terms of box office sales.I know there was a lot of anticipation for some great releases, but short from Twilight or Harry Potter, the box offices were far from sizzling.

2012 is looking much better. At least for the box office. This year will be riddled with sequels or prequels and from my own personal opinion I'm screaming for Hollywood to create more original material like Super 8, Drive or Midnight in Paris.

Great box office anticipation is excellent news for advertisers - the more people coming through the box office, means more impressions. It's a great idea to look at setting some of your budget aside in 2012 for some great ad space - www.filmads.ca

So here's a few of the trailer for what I think will do really well in the box office for 2012.

The Hobbit

Avengers

Dark Knight Rises

The Hunger Games

Men in Black 3

Cheers, Matthew A. Hawkins

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