Watch 8-minutes of the musical event of the year with advanced footage from the film and cast & crew interviews. Will the Oscar-winning director of the King’s Speech bring us a ground-breaking filmed version of the mega-hit musical? Or will the experimental recording method ruin what hardcore musical geeks have been falling in love with since the 80′s? Musical geeks are split on what we might be in for… so take a look and let us know what YOU think!
With online casino games being so popular today, it’s no surprise that there’s already a film out about the world of online gaming and gambling. However, Runner Runner, which was released this month in the States and the UK has not done as well as anticipated at the box office, and it’s been subjected to a number of pretty punishing reviews.
On paper it looked like a good project. It had two big stars – Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake – in the main roles, Leo Di Caprio was a producer on the film and Brad Furman directed.
The story centres on a Princeton student called Richie Furst (Timberlake) who pays for his education through online casino games such as poker. But at the beginning of the film, Furst is threatened with expulsion from his course because he’s been caught gambling on campus. He decides that he has nothing to lose, so puts everything he has into one last game of poker online. He then loses the game, but has the stats to prove that he has been cheated by a player on the site. So he heads off to Costa Rica to challenge the site owner, Ivan Block (Affleck).
This is fortunate for the viewer, as we gets lots of shots of sunny Costa Rica, rather than the usual venue for online gaming – a darkened bedroom! When Furst meets with Block, he is treated dismissively, but the next day gets a call and an offer from Block for a job paying millions of dollars a year. Of course, he takes it and is soon drawn into the shady yet glamorous world that Block operates in.
It’s not long before Furst is kidnapped by FBI agent Shavers (Anthony Mackie) who is operating out of his jurisdiction but determined to bring Block to justice. Shavers is aiming to convince Furst to agree to help him achieve this. Added to the mix are the local Costa Rican officials who are also after Block.
To complicate matters, Furst starts falling for Block’s ex-girlfriend, Rebecca (Gemma Arterton), so there’s a little sub-plot of a love triangle going on too. There’s a lot of gangster-style action with people being thrown into crocodile-infested waters and the like, and the pace is quite quick to suit the thriller style of movie this aims to be. But whether you’ll enjoy it depends on you as a viewer.
It may be that Runner Runner doesn’t do too well as a big screen film but gradually becomes one of those movies that has a cult following from online gamers – a little like all the poker fans who watch Matt Damon’s Rounders (1998). That film also bombed at the box office, but due to its later popularity among poker players, there has been talk of a Rounders 2 being produced in the not too distant future. As for what happens to Runner Runner, we’ll have to wait and see.
Just when you thought the Wachowski’s hit rock bottom with Speed Racer,the worst cartoon racing movie of all time, they manage to make Cloud Atlas, the worst Sci-Fi Film, the worst Pirate Movie, the worst Zany Geriatric Escape-Comedy, the worst Victorian Romance, the worst 70′s Blaxploitation flick, AND the worst Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy film ALL AT ONCE, smashing them into the most excruciatingly unbearable 3-hour marathon of audience abuse ever made.
Once it stole 3 hours of our lives away and we felt the deep responsibility to prevent it from happening to you… and yet we can’t bring ourselves to shoot a video review, thereby allowing more precious moments of our lives to be sacrificed on the altar of Cloud Atlas.
Just don’t see it.
The premiere of the trailer for Matt’s new Sci-Fi short film “D.N.E.: Do Not Erase” was LIVE on the Nat & Marie Show! Lucky viewers tuned in at 9EST for their first glimpse of the trailer featuring Battlestar Galactica’s Richard Hatch and the Music of Bear McCreary… but now you can catch it right here on Your Geek News!
What’s this Sci-Fi film all about? Here’s the official synopsis:
When Brian’s graduate thesis on Time Travel costs him the love of his life, he forces himself to choose the best way to live out the rest of his days.
So there’s time travel tom-foolery involved, plus some serious Battlestar Galactica pedigree with Bear McCreary, Richard Hatch as well as BSG’s science advisor Kevin Grazier all involved…
Don’t miss it!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 is easily the darkest film in the series, but as half a movie, it’s tough to judge on its own merit. We both loved it to death, but we’ve also BOTH read all the books at this point. What did you think?
And be sure to visit Matt’s Mo’ Space to donate to Matt’s mustache for Movember!
After pulling in over $1Billion for Warner Brothers with the Dark Knight, it was pretty nice of them to give $200Million of it back to Christopher Nolan for a little movie he called Inception. Especially since it’s probably Nolan’s finest work, and on its way to possibly being the biggest movie of the summer. The only question is: what happened at the end?
After two movies of angsty interspecies romance, Jacob and Edward are forced to join together to protect Bella from the dangers of Victoria’s vampire army and the Vulturi. Watch what Kristen, Robert, Taylor, plus new cast members Bryce and Xavier have to say about their characters in Eclipse, and what director David Slade thinks about his contribution to the Twilight Saga!
Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe make a great team. Just look at Gladiator. Really. We mean it, skip Robin Hood and just go watch Gladiator. This movie is so BARELY a story of Robin Hood, it hardly deserves the name, and winds up being little more than a re-tread of Scott’s previous epic work. Everyone phoned it in on this one, folks; don’t waste your time.