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Must-See Movies 2004

Posted in Movies

As the first day of 2004 winds down I find myself looking at what new movies the year will bring.

January has three potentially fun movies Torque, Mindhunters and The Butterfly Effect. None of these are on my “must-see” list, but all look like an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.

In February there’s only two movies that may draw me out, and they are Kill Bill Vol. 2 and The Passion of Christ. It’s pretty strange that these would open in the same month and that they’d both make my list, since they’re on opposite ends of the spectrum. I’m really hoping for great things for Mel Gibson and The Passion.

Dawn of the Dead, and The Ladykillers will fight it out in March. My nod, at this point is to see the zombies first.

Shade is set to open sometime in the Spring and you just know I’ll be there on opening day! The buzz has been very positive on this one, so I hope that its given an opportunity to live up to the hype.

Hellboy premieres the first week of April and I plan to see it that weekend. Another movie based on a comic, The Punisher, opens later that month, but the buzz on it isn’t nearly as good… still one can hope. The Alamo might be a winner… at least it has a better chance than the real folks who fought there. Themovie to beat in April, at least at this point, is probably Man on Fire. The buzz on this one is, pardon the expression, hot.

May gets us ready for the big summer films, so it’s approrpriate that both Van Helsing and Troy open. Both of these could be huge. As could The Day After Tomorrow.

June has just one must-see movie for me and that is The Riddick Chronicles. Oh, how I hope this lives up to Pitch Black!

July has the fireworks and Spider-Man Two [which by all accounts is even much better than the first!], I, Robot, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Village. Spider-Man 2 should bust all kinds of box office records.

August has the title match of the century [at least until Rocky returns to the ring] with Aliens vs Predator. Blade: Trinity opens and I’m hoping for it to be more like Blade 2 than Blade.

There’s no definite release date yet for Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, but I can tell you that I plan to see it the opening weekend whenever it premieres.

Things really slow down in September — there’s nothing at this point on my list!

October is only a little better with Michael Mann and Tom Cruise teaming up for Collateral.

Things pick up again with two movies in November. Oliver Stone directs Colin Farrell in Alexander. Brad Bird’s The Incredibles also premieres.

December finds Oceans Twelve, The Aviator, and Meet the Fockers all competing for our viewing dollars.

With all of these movies coming out… I’d better get some rest. It looks to be a busy year.



You Are About to Enter the Nyuk, Nyuk ZONE

Posted in TV

I have always loved New Year’s Eve.

For the last few years, I’ve made it a point to tune in to the SciFi channel’s Twilight Zone Marathon. It’s a great way to pass the time while visiting with friends and family or even as background “noise” while doing other things. Plus, it’s fun to re-watch classics like “Will The Real Martian Please Stand Up?” – “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” and “To Serve Man.”
This year I’ll be flipping over to AMC part of the time though. They’re running a 3 Stooges Marathon! Check out “Cash and Carry” “Dizzy Detectives”“Disorder in the Court” or any of the shorts that AMC is running.

Have a safe and happy New Year and let’s hope that YOUR evening doesn’t turn into something out of a Twilight Zone episode or a Three Stooges‘ short!

Do I Have Your Confidence

Posted in Crime, and Movies

I finally got a chance to see “Confidence” which is directed by James Foley and stars Edward Burns, Rachael Weisz, Morris Chestnut, Luis Guzmán, DustinHoffman, Andy Garcia, and Robert Forrester.

“Confidence” is the story of some mid-level grifters who accidently rip-off a mobster. When they discover their mistake, he’s already on to them. Their only hope is to get him his money back by pulling off a major scam under the watchful eye of the police, the mobster, and a special agent hot on their trail.

Doug Jung‘s excellent script is full of twists and everything in this movie worked for me; the direction, the acting, the music, the cinematography… everything. Special mention should be given to Dustin Hoffman — he’s just perfect in his role as the mobster who was swindled and Rachael Weisz — she’s perfect for her role as well and has never looked more attractive.

You ought to check out this film. It’s really good. Trust me, I wouldn’t con you.

“Confidence” rates an A

Art of Hellboy

Posted in Art, Comics, and Movies

As most of you know, I’m a big fan of Mike Mignola‘s Hellboy. The comics, novels and short stories [including the spinoffs] and even the calendar are all above average to excellent each time out.

Despite Big Beatty‘s complaints about Hellboy‘s voice, I’m really looking forward to the movie as well. Mignola has had a hand in almost every aspect of getting it to the big screen. Guillermo del Toro [“Blade II,” which I loved] is directing and he and Mignola seem in sync. They’ve got Ron Perlman [their first choice] as Hellboy

So what could make the anticipation for “Hellboy” the movie even greater?

How ’bout a Hellboy: the Art of the Movie hardback for less than eighteen bucks?

Did You Know…

Posted in Trivia

Did you know…

,,, German poet Heinrich Heine left everything to his wife in 1856 on the condition that she remarried, “so that there will be at least one man to regret my death”

Elvis Presley once entered an Elvis Presley lookalike contest but came third

… “Come, come – why, they couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist…” -was what American Civil War general John Sedgwick said just before he was shot

… The Bible is the most shoplifted book in the US

.. You’d know all of these things and more just by reading this interesting article!

Christmas Eve Thoughts

Posted in Art, Comics, and Trivia

As the hour quickly approaches for ole Saint Nick to arrive, I want to tell you a few things before I hustle off to sleep with dreams of what the morning will bring.

JoBlo has the first official pic for “The Riddick Chronicles.” I’m really hoping that this one lives up to my expectations.

There aren’t many foods that I dislike… except for beets and fruitcake. You can imagine my surprise that anyone likes fruitcake… but why in the world would Jay Leno want to eat a piece that was 125 years old?

Comic artists and comic companies usually send out the coolest Christmas cards.

Christmas will be upon us in less than an hour. I hope this message finds all ZONErs happy and healthy and surrounded by loved ones. I hope that each of you gets what you most desire or at the very least avoids getting what you don’t want.



Goon or Bust

Posted in Art, Comics, Horror, and Humor

I’ve been a fan of Eric Powell and his creation “The Goon” since Eric first started self-publishing it a few years ago.

I talked it up as each issue came out… and again when Eric put out each Goon trade paperback… and again when Dark Horse picked up the series. Well, I’m talking it up again since Dark Horse is providing a free on-line preview of The Goon! Check it out, and if you’ve never picked up an issue, you’ll see what you’ve been missing [and what I’ve been yapping about all these years]!

And by the way, isn’t that the coolest Goon bust?

Village Lacks Buzz

Posted in Horror, and Movies

M Night Shyamalan has a great batting average. He’s written and directed three major films [“The Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable,” and “Signs”] and most fans really like at least two of them.That’s why I’m not too concerned that the buzz on his next movie, “The Village” hasn’t been all that great.

The trailer is below.  Watch it and see what you think.


Posted in Movies

Renny Harlin is one of those directors that fans either love or hate.

Val Kilmer seems to get a similar reaction from fans for his acting.

Combine the two of them and throw in LL Cool J, Christian Slater, and a screenpay about eight FBI profilers stranded on an island with a serial killer

And we end up with a movie called “Manhunters” … one that fans will either love or hate. [And for the record… I don’t love the poster, but did enjoy the trailer.


Riddick… Uneasy Feelings

Posted in Movies

“The Riddick Chronicles” trailer is now up and I’ve got mixed emotions about it. There’s some cool stuff with Diesel as Riddick, the design and look of the film works, but… the tone has changed big time from “Pitch Black.” This could be a good thing since Twohy and Diesel are taking the character into a larger universe… still, I feel a bit uneasy… probably because I loved “Pitch Black” so much.

Denzel is on Fire

Posted in Movies

“Man on Fire” looks to be a winner. Denzel Washington stars as an ex-government operative who reluctantly agrees to bodyguard a child. When she’s abducted, his rage is unleashed on those responsible…

Works for me… especially since the screenplay was written by Brian Helgeland [“Mystic River,” “Payback,” “L.A. Confidential“], directed by Tony Scott [“Revenge,” “The Last Boy Scout,” “True Romance“] and co-stars Mickey Rourke and Christopher Walken. Check out the trailer and let me know what you think.

Keep An Eye Out

Posted in Movies

Every now and again a movie will sneak up on me.

I just discovered the “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow”. Check out the trailer and I’ll bet you’ll agree – this movie looks to be a cross between the old Fleischer Superman cartoons, The Iron Giant, The Shadow, The Rocketeer and all of those old movie serials that Bill Black loves!

The movie is written and directed by Kerry Conran [the name’s new to me] and stars Jude Law as the Sky Captain, Gwyneth Paltrow as reporter Polly Perkins, Angelina Jolie as the eyepatch wearing Capt. Franky Cook, and Giovanni Ribisi as Dex.

I’m, let’s hope Angelina Jolie will excuse the phrase, keeping my eye out for more info on the film and will post it as I get it!

That Kind of Scary

Posted in Horror, and Movies

Most of the you regular ZONE readers know that I love a good MONSTER movie. Obviously the key to a great monster movie is, well, a great monster. The really cool monsters are the ones that scare the crap out of ya before they actually get their paws, claws, or mitts on you.

The creatures from “The Lord of the Rings” movies are that kind of scary.

Maxim Goes to the Movies

Posted in Movies

If you love movies, then you owe it to yourself to try and find tthe latest issue of Maxim Goes to the Movies, which is on newstands now.  I picked up a copy and enjoyed nearly every article in it

It features a nice interview with Billy Bob Thorton, a sneak peak at “Spider-Man 2,” pieces on the new “Starsky and Hutch,” “Big Fish,” “Paycheck,” “The Alamo,” interviews with Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino about “Kill Bill Volume II;”Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,” a Michael Madsen interview, a long “Hellboy” preview, and so much more.
Why are you still reading this? Go out and get the magazine… you won’t believe how good it is!

Sleeping With the Champ

Posted in Trivia

Chuck Wepner has received a bit of press lately since he filed a lawsuit against Sylvester Stallone for a percentage of the profits made off of the “Rocky” movies. While the lawsuit is laughable, it’s not as funny as this true story

Wepner fought Ali in 1975. Before the fight Wepner, known as the “Bayonne Bleeder” told his wife. “Go out and buy some expensive lingerie because after the fight you’ll be sleeping with the Champion of the World!” Ali won the fight. A bloodied Wepner walked back to his dressing room…

… where his wife asked, “So, do I go to Ali’s room or does he come to mine!”