Is “12 Years A Slave” This Year’s Best Picture? (Trailer)

Watching a Quentin Tarantino movie is kind of like paying someone 8 bucks to sit in a crowded room and watch some guy jerk off on film for 2 hours. Not really my thing, but I’m not entirely surprised some of my friends are into it.  Based on my previous comments, it should come as no surprise that Django Unchained was on the top of my list of movies to completely avoid last year. Between Jamie Foxx’s inability to act and Tarantino’s inability to add any value to sentient life, Django, a spaghetti western turned slavery revenge flick didn’t really give me a warm and fuzzy.

However… there was light at the end of the tunnel. Because a few days after Django Unchained was released, a trailer for an upcoming Steve McQueen slavery film surfaced on the internet.  Although technically not a slavery movie in the fashion of Amistad, “12 years a Slave” is based on the true story of  Solomon Northup, a free born African American living in upstate New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery for 12 years before …well I don’t want to spoil the ending.

Now, a full year later, the reviews are in and it looks like we have a winner:

If you are an Oscar hound and festival fiend such as myself, you have likely heard of the ecstatic response Steve McQueen’s newest film, 12 Years a Slave, has received on the internet. The film had a momentous response in the mountains of Telluride, where many Oscar pundits declared the Best Picture race over and done with. Then, the film made the trek north of border to Toronto, where it got an equally warm response from the more “general audience”, movie-going public at TIFF, where it won that festival’s People’s Choice Award as the festival’s best film, an award usually given to more upbeat film’s such as last year’s winner, Silver Linings Playbook.

But decided for yourself by checking out the trailer below:

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New RoboCop Trailer….Did We Really Need A Remake?

Is it me or does the idea of doing a RoboCop remake remind you of the time the WWF tried to bring in a “new” “Razor Ramon”? Anyways, in case you haven’t seen it, here’s the trailer for the new RoboCop movie:

Ehhh….this trailer doesn’t leave me feeling very optimistic about the remake to the 1987 action classic. The original RoboCop was a masterpiece. The perfect combination of originality, satire, and political commentary wrapped up in 102 minutes of pulse pounding badassery. Originally written as a critique of the corporatist culture of the Reagan era, the original RoboCop’s message has a timeless appeal. The trailer for this remake demonstrate none of that, looking to instead replace the well crafted commentary with explosions and Samuel Jackson. Don’t get me wrong, I love explosions and Sam Jackson, but the hacks in Hollywood didn’t need to use the RoboCop franchise to make that kind of movie. Hopefully this isn’t just another one of Hollywood’s attempts to cash in on another one of my beloved  childhood franchises, but at this point i’m skeptical.

This Week In Movies

It’s official. Spike Lee WILL be directing a sequel to Oldboy.

HOLY CRAP! The teaser image from The Dark Knight Rises is intense. Maybe the new Batman movie won’t suck after all.

A new Tin Tin trailer. (With Steve Spielberg directing, Peter Jackson producing, and John Williams scoring, the Tin Tin movie can’t suck right? Right?!) [Edgar Wright also did the script!]

Arnold Schwarzenegger first movie role since returning to Hollywood, will definitely please his conservative fans.

Hey Sly. Casting Christian Slater in a key role in your next flick doesn’t exactly project confidence.

Unlimited On Demand Video’s For Amazon Prime Members?

Hell to the yes

Rumors have been heating up over the last few weeks that Amazon was on the verge of offering “free,” unlimited video streaming to its Prime members, who pay $79.99 a year for free two-day shipping on many items sold on Amazon. Now a tipster has sent a few screenshots to Engadget allegedly showing an unlimited video streaming section to complement Amazon’s VOD (video-on-demand) offerings.

Oh hell yes.

When Amazon first introduced it’s Prime membership, I couldn’t imagine anyone foolish enough to pay $80 for a years worth of 2 day shipping. After all $80 spent on Amazon Prime is a lot of money not being spent on women and booze.

But eventually I gave up and decided to try it out. And boy am I glad that I did. Amazon Prime is a lot like buying an iPhone. Totally changes your life.

But adding on a free netflix style service with your Prime membership? Oh that’s just money in the bank.