Why doesn’t my cat do stuff like this?
Grab a pint, folks, and sit back to enjoy this new trailer for The World’s End, the alien robot pub crawl movie from the team that brought us Shaun of the Dead. I…I have no words to describe how delighted I am by this preview. So just grab a pint…or another one…and watch it with me again.
The World’s End comes out August 23, 2013.
With every new trailer released for Man of Steel, I find myself growing more and more excited for the movie. And I find that really surprising. This is, honestly, the first time that I’ve ever felt really enthused about a Superman movie. Not just enthused, but really enthused. I’m willing to concede, however, that a lot of my enthusiasm is because of Michael Shannon as General Zod.
Man of Steel comes out June 14, 2013.
As you’re probably aware, Roger Ebert passed away on April 4, 2013 after a long bout with cancer. Because The Back Row was under construction at that time, we have been unable to pay tribute to him until this week, but needless to say, the man was huge influence on our lives. Hell, a good portion of the films I’ve covered in “Robin’s Underrated Gems” were discovered because I read Roger Ebert’s review of them. We recently did a Shouts From the Back Row podcast about his life, and I would now like to share some clips of the most entertaining segments he did with the late Gene Siskel on their legendary TV show.
But before we do that, I would like to share my own personal anecdote about Roger Ebert. In the mid-1990s, during the early days of the Internet, I frequently spent a lot of time on CompuServe, where Roger Ebert hosted his own discussion forum for film buffs. At the time, it was a pretty thrilling experience for me to go on-line and discuss cinema with fellow movie geeks and Ebert himself would stop by to participate in the discussions and answer questions for his weekly “Movie Answer Man” column. Anyway, in early 1997, someone started a thread in the forum by asking Ebert a question about something he saw during the end credits of Scream, and I participated in the discussion and offered up some extra insight about the situation. A couple days later, the answer to the question was posted in Ebert’s “Answer Man” column and you can imagine my shock when I discovered that he had used my name and quoted me as a source! Nowadays, it’s fairly easy to be able to communicate with a celebrity on the Internet, but back in 1997, getting the chance to speak with Roger Ebert and being quoted by him was a pretty huge friggin’ deal, so I was thrilled beyond words! For this reason alone, Roger Ebert will always be one of the coolest guys who ever lived.
Anyway, here are ten random segments from Siskel & Ebert, a show I used to watch religiously. As you can probably imagine, many of these segments feature the duo getting into heated disagreements or trashing a terrible movie with gusto. They will both be missed.
If you think Michael Cera is geeky now, just look at how high-pitched his voice used to be before he hit puberty. Here he is in an old commercial for Pillsbury where the Doughboy gets chased around by a horrible CGI cookie dough monster.
Maggie Q must be a casting director’s best friend, because she comes from such a diverse lineage that she can play a whole bunch of different nationalities – raised in Hawaii, her father is of Irish and Polish descent and her mother is Vietnamese. Q started her career as a model in Tokyo and Hong Kong, where she was discovered by Jackie Chan, who saw her as a potential action star and would go on to cast her in Manhattan Midnight and Rush Hour 2. In 2006, Q moved into more mainstream Hollywood fare when she appeared in Mission: Impossible III, and she appeared in Live Free or Die Hard the following year. Since then, Maggie Q has acted in The Warrior and the Wolf, The King of Fighters, and Priest, and stars in the TV series Nikita. She turns 34 today.
Django Unchained stirred up some controversy with its liberal use of the “N” word, so ScreenJunkies decided to switch things up a little bit and make a supercut of all the uses of the “W” word. Whitey.
This curious and curiously entertaining story involves one Jonathan Xavier and his devoted misfit gang who, incidentally, have been exiled to Earth from the far reaches of outer space. Johnny’s former girlfriend Bliss has left him and stolen his Resurrection Suit, a cosmic, mind-bending uniform that gives the owner power over others.
Is that KEVIN MCCARTHY?! I’m a very big fan of wacky cult cinema, and so The Ghastly Love of Johnny X looks to be right up my alley, especially with its promise to be the only sci-fi dark comedy musical romance you need to see this year! Talk about some killer tunes, too. I think it’s safe to say I’ll be watching this upon its release.
The Ghastly Love of Johnny X comes out June 18, 2013.
This…teaser showcases some beautiful, short highlights for the upcoming fourth season of Boardwalk Empire – and it’s not enough! Tell me more! Jeffrey Wright is amazing in everything, and I cannot wait to see him and Steve Buscemi face off against each other.
Boardwalk Empire starts back up again this September.