Category Archives: Paul

Second Full Trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy!

Rocket speaks!  Groot speaks! Everyone has something to say in the new Guardians of the Galaxy trailer, which landed on the internets today.  Its hard not to start getting very excited for this one, eh?  Between the comical first trailer and this action-heavy new one, Marvel is playing their cards very well in order to get people on board with a relatively unknown, ragtag group of heroes.

Will you be lining up when Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters on August 1?

Disney Buys Lucasfilm!

Well, amidst hurricanes and landslides, Disney has ponied up over $4 BILLION and purchased The Star Wars Co. (Lucasfilm).   Collider reports that the mega-company has just become a mega-mega-ginormous-company.

And not wasting any time, Disney went ahead and announced that they will release EPISODE 7 IN 2015!  The entire thing is mind-blowing enough, in the fact that Disney outright bought Lucasfilm … but then, without waiting for their giant platinum diamond encrusted credit card to cool off, Disney announces A NEW STAR WARS TRILOGY!  Holy Hell.

Think of the possibilities!  A new Star Wars trilogy WITHOUT George Lucas.  Even MORE Star Wars merchandise that nobody wants!  And most certainly we can put away our fan fiction with the inevitable official crossovers!  Hulk-on-Wookie action is no longer an “if”.  It’s a “when”.

Who will Disney buy next?  Only a few more companies and they will be able to erect their very own $852 Quadrillion Death Star.


EVIL DEAD Red Band Trailer

Not to be outdone by the glorious new trailer released yesterday for Iron Man 3 (which Jake presented to you here), a little film called Evil Dead has released a trailer of it’s very own.  Being that this is not only a horror film, but one of the highest profile horror films to be released this year, I would have to immediately hand over my overly certified horror-card if I was to post nothing in the face of such a gloriously gory event.  Warning: NSFW, as this is the RED BAND trailer…

While there’s no Boom Stick to be found, I am having trouble remaining still and not spouting incessant amounts of “zomg!!@#” or “wantwantwantnownownow”.  Yes, I’ve heard early internet murmurings that this looks like over the top torture porn.  No, I do not subscribe to this belief.  Any fan of the first Evil Dead will know the extent Sam Raimi went to deliver an outrageously frightening, excessively brutal,  and serious-as-a-heart-attack affair.  The humor (which I enjoy as well) was not a party to Evil Dead until the sequels.  Will the remake be able to hold it’s own among the previous trilogy?  Regardless, I refuse to accept any response to THIS trailer other than “Bad. Ass.”

I’m on board.  Sam and Bruce are on board.  The touchy-feely tree is on board.



CR Special: Paul on KNBR 680

On August 25, I was fortunate enough to guest host on KNBR 680, The Sports Leader!  It was a little nerve-racking being in such a renowned radio station, but I was able to hold my own for a little over an hour of sports talk.  I took several calls and mainly stayed on topics surrounding San Francisco Giants baseball.  Listening to it again, I can definitely tell I was nervous in the beginning.  By the second half, however, I was feeling great and didn’t want to leave!

Honestly, sitting in that studio with a mic in front of my face felt oddly familiar now that we’ve been doing Cinema Recon for a full year!  Still, it was certainly different not talking about movies or trading quips with Jake.  If you listen carefully though, you may hear a few CR references from myself and some familiar voices!

This was truly a dream come true for me, as I’ve been listening to KNBR in the bay area all my life.  I cannot begin to describe how much fun it was, and I only wish that radio was a full-time gig for me!  Ah well, time will tell…

You can stream the full KNBR show here:

Or download the show (right click, then save) here:  CR: Paul on KNBR

163 Horror Movies in 2 1/2 Minutes


Okay…calm down…get a hold of yourself, Paul…

But seriously, stop whatever you are doing right now and watch this YouTube video containing (you guessed it) 163 Horror movies in 2 1/2 minutes:

I found this gem thanks to Kotaku, thanks to Vulture.  How many of the films in this video can you name??  I’d say I could name about (+1 whatever number of movies Jake says he could name).

Now excuse me while I pull up my Netflix queue and watch this again!

Happy Dayz! Ron Howard to direct Jay-Z Doc

Our dear friends (who don’t actually know us) at CinemaBlend are reporting that director Ron Howard will make a Jay-Z documentary.  …Yup.

On the surface, that is the funniest headline I have read in a long time.  It doesn’t even need a joke, just read it out loud.  Let’s take the whitest McWhitey white guy in Hollywood and having him helm a documentary of the world’s greatest rapper!  I’m pretty sure I have slipped into some alternate, wacky dimension where I’ll turn on the TV and see Usain Bolt driving for Nascar or hear Lady Gaga on Bloomberg Radio.

After reading into the story further, however, it actually sounds like a pretty cool idea.  The documentary (a first for Ron Howard, hard to believe!) will center on Jay-Z’s upcoming music festival, Made in America.  Specifically we will follow Jay-Z and the difficulties of actually assembling something as large as a two-day music festival.  It also sounds as though the film will touch on Jay-Z as an icon and how he has appealed to several generations of music fans.  Brian Grazer told the New York Post:

“The festival showcases 20 pre-eminent artists that speak to the new generation. I am producing the film with Steve Stoute and Jay. Ron is directing. It is going to be born through Jay-Z’s perspective … how he puts the event together … Jay stayed the king for a very long time … I can’t even begin to explain how he is capable of remaining relevant. He is a phenom, like a musical Michael Jordan.”

It certainly won’t hurt to have a backdrop of popular artists, such as Pearl Jam, Drake, Skrillex, Mike Snow, Chris Cornell, and Run DMC, to name a few.  The full lineup for the Made in America festival can be found here.

I watch documentaries because I want to learn something about a subject I would otherwise know nothing about.  I personally am not a huge fan of Jay-Z’s genre of music, but that would make a documentary all the more interesting to me.

Still, if Ron Howard and Jay-Z are really going to collaborate, I think a goldmine could be had in a sitcom!  Howard and Mr. Z could find themselves as roommates in the big city!  Howard could unexpectedly bring his boss (special guest star Don Rickles) home for dinner, prompting Jay-Z to try cooking a fancy dinner, while still keeping ALF out of sight, who of course keeps chasing after their cat, Mr. Wrinkles!  Oh, and The Fonz is their landlord.

Or, you know, do the documentary thing.

Focus Features breaks their Eastern Promises!

As being reported by Collider, the once thought to be slated film Eastern Promises 2 is no more.  Focus Features has apparently pulled the plug on the sequel to 2007’s (you guessed it) Eastern Promises.

The film would have reunited director David Cronenberg and actor Viggo Mortensen, who worked together on the first film, as well as the recent A Dangerous Method.  (The two also worked together on the stellar A History of Violence…seriously, add that one to your queue)

When Viggo Mortensen was asked of his feelings on the abandoned project, he stated “A shame, a real shame.  I was really looking forward to giving audiences another full frontal nudity scene of yours truly.  A sad day in cinema, to be sure.”

(Viggo of course said nothing of the sort, but he did go full monty in Eastern Promises)

Eastern Promises 2 was scheduled to begin shooting in October.

Pants? Where we’re going we don’t need…pants

Nothing to See Here, People

I just wanted to take a minute to let everyone know that I do NOT have 6 new stills of Prometheus to share with you.

I also do not have a new picture of Bane as he glares forward with muffled rage.

There are no new character posters here for The Amazing Spider-man, and I certainly wouldn’t think you’d find an Instagram-style pic of Peter Parker…because that would be ridiculous.

You will also find nary an MIB3 featurette, extended Prometheus featurette, or new Snow White and the Huntsman movie clips.  All of that would just be excessive.

No, I think I’m just going to save the last 17% of these films that we haven’t seen for the theaters.  You’re welcome.

Prometheus Aliens Free to Drop F-Bombs!

[UPDATED 5/8/12]  Deadline is reporting that Fox has indeed confirmed the R rating for Prometheus.  This is an enormous risk for Fox.  Now we just need to show up, enjoy the hell out of this one, and send studio execs the message that an R rated summer blockbuster really can work.  …Its either that or we fall into another bleak decade of watered down PG-13 films that not even Die Hard or The Terminator could overcome.

[5/7/12]  20th Century Fox appears to agree with the rest of the planet and will not alter the content of Prometheus based upon the MPAA rating bestowed upon them.  We are basing this assumption on the surfacing of what appears to be a legitimate, early ticket stub for the highly anticipated film:

That right there, my friends, is a big fat R rating!  The ticket was scanned by IMDB user “dvonnesoneek” and subsequently the internets were alerted by

If this is truly the real deal, words cannot describe how happy this makes me.  While I understand that excessive violence and language does not a good movie make, I have always felt that the Alien franchise (or universe, or second removed cousins, or however else Ridley Scott wants to tie Prometheus to previous films) is one that deserves a serious, unaltered, adult tone.

We have seen what happens when a studio insists on being too much involved (Alien 3) and we have seen what happens when you take this content into the ticket-selling friendly realm of PG-13 (AvP).  A rated R Prometheus can only mean that Scott is being given the freedom to realize whatever vision he had for this film.

It would have been very easy to slap a PG-13 rating on this and bank on the extra ticket sales (especially considering the rumored hefty budget).  I applaud 20th Century Fox for having the testicular fortitude to make this decision, and will now block out the week surrounding June 8 in order to recover from my head exploding in anticipation.

The Avengers is Officially a Big Thing

In case you have been living under a rock that is wedged between two larger rocks and you don’t have internet access beneath said rock, The Avengers has officially released in the US today.  Already taking in $300+ million worldwide and having received rave reviews, it is safe to say this movie will set a few records.  If there was ever any doubts, they can be put to rest now: The Avengers is already a success.

Cinema Recon will be seeing the behemoth superhero adventure tonight at the AMC Van Ness in San Francisco.  It’s not a question of if you’ll see it, so I’ll ask, when are you going to catch it?  Did anyone go to the early showings?  Tell us what you thought!

Hey, has anyone seen Spidey or Wolv…oh, right

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