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2012

Posted in Action, comedy, drama, Movies, Sci-Fi, suspense with tags , , , , , , on December 3, 2009 by aliciamovie

Reviewed by Alicia Glass

Studio: Columbia Pictures

MPAA Rating: PG 13

Director: Roland Emmerich

Review Rating: 7

Based on the idea that the Mayan calendar predicted some time ago that the world would end on December 12th, 2012, a series of global cataclysms band together the last of humanity for survival.

I am terribly sorry, for those fans out there who actually liked this movie. Sure, it’s big and epic and has tons and tons of CGI world-ending stuffs – that doesn’t make it good. I actually like John Cusack in a good deal of the movies he did, that still doesn’t save 2012. This is, sadly, one of those movies that can be summed up in a simple sentence: Is this trip really necessary? The disasters, to my mind, were never adequately explained other than…solar flares? Well, okay. So the world starts crumbling, people begin dying, California sinks under earthquakes and tsunamis, Yellowstone turns itself into an active volcano, and the Sistene Chapel tears itself apart right between the questing fingers of God and Adam on the ceiling. There are far too many narrow escapes with the plane rescuing John Cusack’s character and his family, for my taste. And sure, we see the stubborn monk in his high monastery in the Himalayas, serenely refusing to leave and consulting the heavens for answers, only to have nature rush in like a rampaging bull and destroy everything in sight!

I fail to see the point. Why make such a thing? Sure, it’s a (somewhat) original concept for a movie, and yet look what they did with it. There’s no mega-hero that’s going to save the entire world with a flex and a witticism, instead we have wiry and witty Mr. Cusack. The president is played by Danny Glover of Lethal Weapon fame, and yes, I think he does a pretty good job. But his presence lacks, well, presence. And Woody Harrelson as the nutjob conspiracy theorist who lives out in the wilds of Yellowstone to broadcast his end of the world message to anyone, but who also happens to be right about almost everything and has a secret map to a top-secret facility where the government has ships. Wait, ships? The government knew about this and didn’t tell us plebs? The hell you say! Yes, the government has ships, they’re calling em *thud* arks, and people all over the world are buying tickets to these ships any way they can. Plus it looks like China is pulling a Christian variable and bringing the legendary pair of every large animal to the arks too. And Jackson Curtis (Cusack) and several other adults, plus two kids and a damn dog, manage to smuggle their way onto one of these arks, just in time to do the very dangerous thing and dive down into water to save them all. Oh sure, it looks awesome, but the likelihood is laughable. And by the way, in case noone warned you, the movie really is almost 3 hours longgg.

If you want just a high-flying eye-popping end of the world adventure without a whole lot of worry about that silly accuracy thing, then 2012 is for you!

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Spike Scream Awards 2009 Voting Begins

Posted in Action, Cartoon, comedy, Comics, drama, Fantasy, Foreign, Historical, horror, Movies, Musical, Romance, Sci-Fi, suspense with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2009 by aliciamovie

SPIKE TV ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR “SCREAM 2009”-

“STAR TREK” TOPS LIST WITH 17 NOMINATIONS

 4th Annual Global Event Honoring The Blockbuster, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror and Comic Book Genres of the Year

Tapes Saturday, October 17 At The Greek Theater In Los Angeles

 “SCREAM 2009” Nominees Chosen By Advisory Board of Hollywood And Genre Leaders Including

Tim Burton, Wes Craven, Roland Emmerich, Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, Eli Roth,

Zack Snyder And Many More

 Two-Hour Event To Reveal Exclusive World Premiere Footage Of The Most Anticipated Releases of 2010

 Voting Begins Today Only At Scream.Spike.com

 

New York, NY, August 31, 2009 – “Resistance is futile” this October as Spike TV
<http://www.spike.com/>  presents the fourth annual “SCREAM,” the first and only
global event of its kind to honor the best in  sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic
genres.  Taping on Saturday, October 17 at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA,
“SCREAM 2009” celebrates the hottest films, tv shows, comics, actors, creators,
icons and pioneers who have influenced and shaped the industry.  This year’s show
will also continue the tradition of featuring exclusive World Premieres from some of
the most anticipated movies of 2010.  The two-hour extravaganza will premiere on
Spike TV on Tuesday, October 27 (10:00 PM-Midnight, ET/PT).  Presenters and musical
performers will be announced shortly.
 
“Eight out of the 10 highest grossing films of all time are in  the ‘SCREAM’ genres,
which is due to the incredible passion and loyalty of these fans,” said Casey
Patterson, executive producer of “SCREAM 2009” and senior vice president of event
production, talent development and studio relations for Spike TV.  “We’re thrilled
to once again to present the only global event honoring their heroes.”
 
Some of the nominees’ reactions include:
“Without all of the fans, the claws would have been sheathed a long time ago! 
Thank you so much,” said Hugh Jackman after hearing he was nominated for two
“SCREAM” awards and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was nominated for 13.
 
“Everyone knows it's the VILLAINS who have the most fun.  Thanks to the ‘SCREAM’
team and congrats to everyone at ‘True Blood.’  This is very exciting for the whole
show,” said Best Villain nominee and star of  HBO’s “True Blood” Alexander
Skarsgard. 
 
"Thank you for the nomination and thank you for letting me frighten you.  I look
forward to doing it again sometime soon,” said Ryan Kwanten after hearing he was
nominated for Best Horror Actor for his role as Jason Stackhouse on “True Blood.”
"Getting nominated for kissing a Vulcan is a better fate than logic," said “Star
Trek’s” Zoe Saldana after getting word she received two “SCREAM” Awards nominations
for Best Breakout Performance: Female and Best Science Fiction Actress.
J.J. Abrams’ Sci-Fi action-adventure “Star Trek” tops the list with 17 nominations
including The Ultimate Scream, Best Science Fiction Movie, Best Director, Best
Ensemble, Holy Sh*t Scene of the Year and a nod in the all-new Fight-to-the-Death
Scene of the Year category.  Comic book-inspired blockbusters “X-Men Origins:
Wolverine” and “Watchmen” each nabbed 13 nominations, while HBO’s vampire-themed
television series “True Blood” garnered nine nominations. 
Ballots were sent out to Spike TV’s “SCREAM 2009” advisory board, consisting of some
of the most respected and well-known members of the horror, sci-fi, fantasy and
comic book worlds who were responsible for advising on categories and determining
nominees in each category.  All films, television shows and comic books were deemed
eligible for inclusion if they were released between August 9, 2008 and July 15,
2009 and were representative of the genres listed.  Winners will be determined by
online voting at scream.spike.com <http://www.spike.com/event/scream2009/> .

 

 

Esteemed members of this year’s advisory board* include:

*A full list of Spike TV’s 2009 Advisory Board members can be found on spike.com.

 

Tim Burton, (writer/director/producer “Edward Scissorhands”)

Wes Craven (writer/director “A Nightmare on Elm Street”)        

Roland Emmerich (writer/producer/director, “Independence Day,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” “2012”)

Neil Gaiman (writer/producer “Beowulf,” “Stardust,” “Mirrormask”)

Frank Miller (writer/producer/director “Sin City,” “300,” writer/producer “The Spirit”)                                      

Eli Roth (writer/producer/director, “Hostel,” “Cell”, “Cabin Fever”)         

Zack Snyder (director, “300,” “Watchmen”)

Beginning today, Monday, August 31 and continuing until Saturday, October 17 fans can vote for their favorites, as well as view exclusive red carpet and backstage coverage of the event, by visiting scream.spike.com.