EftRou 155: A longs with that…

 

The crew is back with everyone but Mike! So it was up to Q, Shady and Myself (SquareRoss) to give you some great entertainment news and our thoughts on: The Descendants, Once Upon a Time possibly influencing some upcoming movie releases, We talk the finale of Alcatraz, Walking Deads new character! and what shows were watching and how amazing Tom Hardy is.

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Talking some walkers and a herd

I was corrected tonight that in the ““The Walking Dead” (2010) universe a large group of zombies err…”walkers” is a “herd”.  The guys chat about the finales new character intro as well as our thoughts on how the graphic novel compared to the TV show from what we’ve seen.

Descendants Movie Review

Geroge Clooney The Descendants Poster

Geroge Clooney The Descendants Poster

Q and Shady recently had the chance to see the movie The Descendants (2011) and share their thoughts on the movie. Plus they discuss if it deserved winning its recent OSCAR for adapted screen play.

Once upon a time influence

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Mirror Mirror 2012 Movie Poster

The crew touches on the fact that both Mirror Mirror (2012) and Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) both are coming out right along the same time as “Once Upon a Time” (2011) (TV series) will be wrapping up its season. And is a show like this able to influence major Hollywood studios in moving up release dates for shows?  Also what do you think of the trailer for Snow white and the Huntsman?

Closing the door on Alcatraz and Tom Hardy as a Villain?

Alcatraz Poster

Alcatraz Poster

Lastly the crew talks about the finale of “Alcatraz” (2012) and how well done the show is along with some other bits and pieces from warrior and just how freaking amazing Tom Hardy is.

We hope you enjoy listening and we would love to hear back from you. Feel free to join the conversation on twitter via @entfortherest you can also find the crew on twitter: Q (@aka_q), Shady (@ShadyTheBiker), and me SquareRoss (@SquareRoss).

Until next time stay safe and enjoy your entertainment!

EftRou 150: Captivated and Smitten….

This week it’s just Q and Square talking Grammy’s and some other odds and ends from the entertainment world, including the preview release of Star Trek: The Next Generation on Blu-Ray, The reboot/re-imagining of the Green Arrow character for the new CW Series “Arrow” and more.  So kick back and enjoy this episode.

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Odds and Ends

So to start things off we talk a little Green Arrow and the CW’s new take on it with an upcoming TV series titled appropriately “Arrow”.  The series is going to go a different direction than they did with Justin Hartley‘s “Oliver Queen” in fact it’s not being produced by the creators of Smallville or featuring any of the actors that were in Smallville (2001).  Instead the producers of the Green Lantern (2011) (or as I called it the Green Lanturd  awhile back by mistake) will be producing this new series.  The show is going to be more Jason Bourne esquie and will star Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Katie Cassidy as Dinah ‘Laurel’ Lance aka Black Canary and Susanna Thompson playing Moira Queen.  Q and I agree this sounds good and are looking forward to seeing this new show.

Space the final frontier….

Side by side comparison of the Blu-Ray upgrade

Side by side comparison of the Blu-Ray upgrade

Recently I got my hands on the newly released Blu-Ray preview of what will sure to be a must have for “Star Trek: The Next Generation”fans.  CBS/Paramount recently went into the vaults and masterfully begun the tedious process of restoring all of the TNG (The Next Generation) episodes and sound/audio/effects/etc for the shows anniversary this year.  What I’m most impressed with is the quality of this 3 episode set including the Pilot, The award-winning and fan favorite “The Inner Light” and the 2-part “Sins of the Father”.  I’d have to say this was well worth the $17 I spent. I’m looking forward to seeing more episodes later on this spring/summer from the remastered series.

 

The Grammys

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Adele with her new golden babies

Q had the opportunity to watch the Grammy awards and see the performances as well as the winners and losers.  In fact I think Q is quite smitten with Adele and her vocal talents.  I’d have to agree with this as she had me hooked with her previous album 19.  This year she swept the Grammy’s with her new album 21 which you can find the review here.  The show however had a more somber tone than most years as Whitney Houston died a day before the Grammy’s.  Q talks about other musical acts as well as his thoughts on music in general.

Well that’s it for this edition of EftRou, we hope you enjoyed it as always.  We would love to have you join the conversation on twitter via @entfortherest you can also find the crew on twitter: Q (@aka_q) and me SquareRoss (@SquareRoss) or send us an e-mail at heyyouguys@eftrou.com.

EftRou 146: In the desert…

This week the crew is back talking two action movies Killer Elite and Contraband.  We had a lot of fun with these movies and make some interesting observations of both movies both good and bad.

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DVD Pick

Killer Elite 2011 – We went back and picked up this movie that was released in fall but saved it for a DV-Debrief.  This one stars Jason StathamClive OwenRobert De NiroDominic Purcell and the lovely Yvonne Strahovski.

Killer Elite with Killer Stache's

Killer Elite with Killer Stache's

This movie is based on a true story of a group of Britain’s Elite Special Air Service members coming out of retirement to save De Niro’s character, Hunter, from a Sheikh who wants revenge on a secret society that is responsible for killing his 3 sons.  Listen in to see what we think as to the some questions that left us scratching our heads (At least Mike and Square).

Feature Flick

Mark Wahlberg and Giovanni Ribisi

Mark Wahlberg and Giovanni Ribisi

Our feature flick this week is Contraband, which stars Mark WahlbergBen FosterLukas HaasKate Beckinsale and the always fun to watch Giovanni Ribisi. This movie centers around a blue-collar family that happen to be the best smugglers in the business.  When Mark Wahlberg’s character gets out of the business and try’s to make a fresh start his wife’s (Kate Beckinsale) brother keeps going with the smuggling and makes a mistake by dumping a “shipment” that was intended to be delivered to mobster Tim Briggs (Giovanni Ribisi).  After making the decision to try to fix the problem himself Chris Farraday (Mark Wahlberg) gets his old crew together and the race begins to get $700,000 into the country in order to make things right before it’s too late.

We always hope you enjoy listening and we would love to hear back from you. Feel free to join the conversation on twitter via @entfortherest you can also find the crew on twitter: Q (@aka_q) and me SquareRoss (@SquareRoss) and Mike (@cb_robinson).

Until next time stay safe and enjoy your entertainment!

EftRou – 140: Doodie in the pool and don’t call me Shirley

This week the EftRou crew takes a trip to retro DVD land and reviews both Caddyshack & Airplane.  However before the reviews begin the crew talks about the recent casting announcements surrounding Star Trek 2 and in addition talk about the newest John Carter of Mars trailer. Sit back and enjoy as the we bring you another great episode!

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Points of Interest:

Star Trek (2009) Teaser Poster

Paramount Pictures

The first things we dive into is the latest news surrounding Star Trek 2 and the recent casting announcements of Benicio Del Toro (Snatch), Alice Eve (She’s Out of My League) and Peter Weller (RoboCop) joining the returning cast of Star Trek (2009).  Rumors have been flying about Benicio taking on the legendary role of Khan portrayed by Ricardo Montalban in an Original Series Episode of Star Trek titled “Space Seed” and then reprising the role in Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan.  We talk about how JJ Abrams and crew should take this approach with such a great Sci-Fi Villain, if at all.  The roles of Alice Eve and Peter Weller are still unknown but are said to be major roles in regards to the story.  We also touch on the recently released 2nd trailer for John Carter of Mars.

Retro DVD Reviews

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Paramount Pictures

We begin the show talking about the comedy Airplane(1980) which chronicles an airplane crew as they take ill while airborne. Sadly the only person able to land the plane is also afraid to fly and happens to be an ex-pilot. The EftRou crew definitely has some strong opinions and thoughts regarding this classic movie starring: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Graves and Robert Stack.  With an all star cast and some great one liners can this movie still stand the test of time?

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Orion Pictures

Next up was Caddyshack (1980) which is another classic comedy centering around the world of Golf, a posh Golf Course, an Adorable Groundhog, and all the fun that comes with it.  This movie features an all-star cast featuring: Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight and Chevy Chase.  Again does this classic movie stand up to Shady’s and Mike’s expectations?  In addition we talk about some interesting things of whether or not this might be one of Bill Murray’s best roles ever?

We always hope you enjoy listening and we would love to hear back from you. Feel free to join the conversation on twitter via @entfortherest you can also find the crew on twitter: Q (@aka_q), Shady the Biker (@ShadyTheBiker), Mike (@cb_robinson) and me, SquareRoss (@SquareRoss).

Until next time stay safe and enjoy your entertainment!

Super 8 is worth watching more than once…

Do you consider movies as Stand By Me, Jaws and E.T., classics? Well then you will also enjoy November’s DVD recommendation. Coming to a rental store near you in November is a soon to be classic movie from Writer/Director J.J. Abrams and Producer Steven Spielberg called Super 8. If you missed our podcast review, listen in here.

Super 8 Movie review

Paramount Pictures - Super 8

Super 8 is about a young group of friends making a short horror movie for a local film festival. During the production of the movie a horrific train accident occurs during filming. The question is, was it really an accident or not? If it was, why is the government involved in the investigation and why are there bizarre things occurring in the town? This movie stars a couple of great young actors, Joel Courtney plays Joe Lamb and Elle Fanning plays Alice Dainard. I expect some great films from these two in the future. All around the performances in Super 8 are wonderful. Each character has their own way of pulling you more and more in to the film. You can only imagine this must have been what it was like for both Steven Spielberg or J.J. Abrams as kids with their friends trying to make movies.

The young actors are not the only ones to give magnificent performances, the adults hold their own as well. Kyle Chandler (recent Emmy winner for his portrayal of high school football coach in Friday Night Lights) plays Jackson Lamb, local deputy sheriff and Joe’s father. The relationship between Jackson and Joe is tough to watch but you can tell that they both love each other and just struggle trying to relate. Other actors include Glynn Turman (The Wire) and Noah Emmerich (Walking Dead, White Collar).

The suspense that is innate in the dialog and visuals is terrific and helps you escape into the film. The story concept of a creature terrorizing a small town while only a few people know about it is fascinating. While watching this film you can’t help but think you are watching a Spielberg movie. I think Abrams was paying homage to Spielberg in the way that the story is written, as well as the way it was directed. Abrams still has his signature on this film; you will see a lot of lens flares throughout the movie, which is my only real complaint. The lens flares are distracting and not necessary.

Despite this one little flaw in the movie, it is a must see for everyone. Super 8 is rated PG-13 due to some language and alien violence, but overall the entire family can see it. If you are not sure if you want your children under 13 watching this movie, be sure watch it first. Then plan a family night for you and kids to watch this movie together. It’s worth seeing more than once!

I give this movie a rating of 5 out of 5 model trains!  Go rent it now, better yet buy it so you can watch it whenever you want!