Sorry guys this one is late but because of time restraints and wanting to do a good job on this it took a couple of months to complete.
Below is a list of confirmed Sci Fi , Fantasy, and Horror films that will be in theaters in 2011. The list is based on facts and details that I could find on the net. Most plot summaries are taking from press releases ,wikipedia (which I come to find they mostly rely on press releases) and varius sites like Ibdm and Bloody Disgusting .
I also took the liberty to add most of the computer animated movies and took some liberties on non Sci FI /fantasy type films which had some elements of the genre mixed into the plot.
If there is any changes in schedules I will try to update the best I can. There are also other films yet to get a release date that may sneak in the list . For example District 10, Dark Shadows (with Johnny Depp), 28 Months Later , Bio Shock, and Conan to name a few.
Even if you are an iTunes hater you have to love that you can get at real decent and affordable prices and sometimes even free great programs and series on iTunes. Its huge repository of downloadable digital video is a good source to get your Sci Fi fix and not break the bank while doing it. Every now and then however you can land some great ones for free. Right now Apple is promoting a special on season premiers for free and 1st seasons of some select shows for under 20$ SD and 30 $ HD.
List of series they have the special on including the free first episodes of each of theses series
Star Trek Deep Space 9
Dr Who (9th Dr Christopher Eccleston)
Star Trek Enterprise
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Now there is much more on iTunes then that .You have to do a search for series and episodes. I have downloaded some episodes of Farscape, Crusade the Babylon 5 spin off that lasted only one season , Babylon 5 itself and other great hard to get series. Worth Checking out and worth get some hot free videos LEGALLY and BUG FREE. I emphisise the last two because many times free sites tend to be drive by malware sites that infect your computer.
Sci Fi on iTunes Screen Shot for July 27th 2010
Dr Who news and rumors including a message from The Dr and Amy
As the season finale looms just a couple of days away here in the states. With the Dr trapped by every one of his enemies from the beginning of the series to now. And the Tardis about to blow and cause the biggest bang in history that rips the fabric of time and space spelling the end of everything including life the big question is. Will Matt Smith leaving already or is this just sensationalism as usual. Well following the rabbit hole of tabloid tunnels he may be hanging on for at least one more season or longer. According to a recent BLASTR article British tabloid says Matt Smith plans to leave Doctor Who that quotes a couple of lines from the Sun . Mr Smith is thinking of jumping Tardis for greener pastures of Hollywood. Where all good time lords retire from BBC TV it looks like ( that is just sarcasm for the literal at heart).
The actor is currently filming this year's Christmas special with Karen Gillan, who plays his sidekick Amy Pond, and opera star Katherine Jenkins.
He will then go straight into production on the new series, which will air next year.
But a pal said: "Matt plans to quit after the next series.
"He is eager to try new things and thinks Hollywood beckons."
This was a fun filled magical Disney movie that is targeted for most everyone in the family . Little ones may find some of the scenes scary and to intense . The film had a good flow to it and had your typical Disney feel good ending though it had some ruff spots . Namely the main character Dave who is suppose to be Merlins successor to defeat Morgana in the 21st Century. They over nerded the character and sometime you wish you heard the sound of fingers across a chalkboard then the wining voice. But still somehow the character prevail to win you over and stick with him. Cages character Balthazar Blake the apprentice of Merlin himself is quirky odd in some respects like most of Cages characters but also does not lack in intelligence. The two seem to balance each other out and in the end makes for a great payoff.
The plot (see summaries below) was very well done. Solid script with a solid story. Not much bad I can say about that.
The effects are fantastically done with expert CG's. One of my favorite scenes was when a Chinese New Years Paper Dragon comes to life in the middle of the parade . The dragon was realistic and the movements to the background was well done. Another favorite was the wizardly battles between Horvath and Blake. There were a few and all were well done .
A nice touch of the movie was recreating the Fantasia magic broom scene when Dave was trying to clean up the mess left from a training exercise. A little trivia The Sorcerer's Apprentice is the English name of a poem by Goethe, Der Zauberlehrling, written in 1797. The poem is a ballad in fourteen stanzas. Which is pretty much about that scene.
Overall this is a family film with a lot of action and of course Disney magic that is worth seeing.
Plot and story - 4 out of 5 - Real solid story line and fun to watch
Acting - 3 out of 4 - Here is where the movie loses a bit . Nicholas cage was really good and so was the villain Alfred Molina but Jay Baruchel nerdey wining at time grated the nerves and ear drums to the point of wanting jump onto on coming traffic to avoid it.
Effects and Cinematography - 5 out of 5 - Fantastic and well done CGs
Even though by all means this film should get a 3 1/2 star rating because of Disney's extra magical touch it nudges up to a 4 out of 5. Its a Go see it movie.
Here are two plot summaries one from the official site and the other from Wikipedia. Wiki being the one having all the spoilers and thorough of the two.
Walt Disney Studios, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Jon Turteltaub, the creators of the “National Treasure” franchise, present THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE — an innovative and epic comedy adventure about a sorcerer and his hapless apprentice who are swept into the center of an ancient conflict between good and evil.
Balthazar Blake (NICOLAS CAGE) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (ALFRED MOLINA). Balthazar can’t do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (JAY BARUCHEL), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It’ll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE.
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer, Monica Bellucci, Toby Kebbell
In the year 740 AD, one of Merlin's apprentices, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina), turns against him, joining forces with the evil sorceress, Morgana le Fay. His other two apprentices, Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) and Veronica (Monica Belucci), come to the rescue, but are too late to save Merlin from being mortally wounded by Morgana. Balthazar battles Horvath, and is about to be killed by Morgana; however, Veronica uses a spell to absorb Morgana into her. Morgana tries to kill Veronica from the inside, and to save Veronica, Balthazar imprisons Morgana and Veronica in the Grimhold, a prison similar to a nesting doll. Before dying, Merlin gives his remaining apprentice a dragon ring that will eventually chose the Prime Merlinian, who will become Merlin's successor and obtain his powers. Throughout history, Balthazar imprisons evil sorcerers (Morganians) who try to release Morgana, including Horvath, into the Grimhold while he searches for the one that will defeat Morgana.
In 2000 in modern-day Manhattan, 9-year-old Dave Stuler (Jake Cherry) goes on a field trip with his class and crush, Becky (Peyton R. List). He sends her a note but loses it where he follows it into the streets. He runs into an antique store and meets Balthazar, who is still youthful as he was centuries ago. Realizing he is the one, Balthazar gives him the dragon ring which locks onto Dave's finger. Balthazar leaves to find the spellbook while Dave uses the ring to open a passage revealing the Grimhold. Upon opening it, it unleashes Horvath. Horvath and Balthazar battle for it but end up imprisoned in a mystical vase. As for Dave, he was traumatized and humiliated by his classmates by a "wetting accident."
19-year-old Dave (Jay Baruchel) is now a physics college student, who has gone through therapy for ten years, and has reunited with Becky (Teresa Palmer). Meanwhile, Horvath escapes the vase first and throws it out a window; Balthazar manages to escape just before the vase hits the ground and shatters. Horvath attempts to find Dave, who is the last person he remembers possessing the doll. He visits Dave and asks where the Grimhold is; when Dave can't tell him where the Grimhold is, he unleashes a pack of wolves on Dave. Fortunately, Balthazar rescues him and they escape on a giant steel eagle. Dave initially refuses to help Balthazar find the Grimhold, wanting only a normal life, but relents and agrees to help as long as, once Balthazar has the Grimhold, he leaves Dave alone. They track the Grimhold to Chinatown, where Horvath has already released the next Morganian, an evil wizard named Sun Lok. With Merlin's ring that he still held, Dave manages to defeat Sun Lok, and Balthazar retrieves the Grimhold. After, Dave agrees to become Balthazar's apprentice and learn magical spells. Meanwhile, he becomes romantically involved with Becky against Balthazar's wishes.
Horvath enlists Drake Stone (Toby Kebbell), a magician who uses his powers as an entertainer, to help him retrieve the Grimhold and defeat Balthazar and Dave, whom Horvath realizes is the Prime Merlinian. They attempt to kill Dave while he's alone, but Balthazar saves him and traps Horvath using a "Hungarian Mirror Trap." Dave demands to know the truth, and Balthazar tells him everything: Morgana is the one trapped in the Grimhold, as well as Veronica, Balthazar's lost love, and if Morgana escapes, she will attempt a spell known as "The Rising," which will raise evil sorcerers from the dead, and use them to destroy the world. Dave, as the Prime Merlinian, a descendant of Merlin and inheritor to all of his powers, is the only one who can defeat Morgana.
Horvath and Drake steal back the Grimhold; once they have it, Horvath uses a spell to steal all of Drake's energy, killing him, and takes his ring. He releases the witch, Abigail Williams, in the last layer around the Grimhold and uses her to kidnap Becky. Once Abigail completes that, Horvath uses the same spell on her and steals all of her energy, as well as her magic pendant. Balthazar and Dave go to retrieve the Grimhold. Horvath threatens to kill Becky, forcing Dave to give up both the Grimhold and his ring. Balthazar goes on his own to defeat Horvath and Morgana, knowing that without the ring, Dave will be killed.
Horvath uses the added rings and energy to release Morgana, who still possesses Veronica's body, from the Grimhold. With all of their preparations in place, Morgana begins the spell. But Dave, along with the help of Becky and using his skills on physics and plasma, reaches them in time to defeat Horvath and stop Morgana from completing the Rising. Balthazar then uses the same spell Veronica used before to absorb Morgana's soul from her body and into his. But Morgana escapes from Balthazar's body, killing him. She is about to incinerate them all until Dave stops her, using magic without the ring, proving that he is the Prime Merlinian. Using the same experiment he showed to Becky earlier, he discharges Morgana and destroys her using multiple plasma bolts. Then he saves Balthazar by jumpstarting his heart. Balthazar reunites with Veronica, giving her the necklace he wanted to give her before. Dave and Becky kiss and fly to France on Balthazar's eagle.
After the credits end there is an extra scene. Mickey Mouse's Fantasia wizard hat is seen under a glass jar in a workshop. The camera pans over to reveal Horvath's hat on a nearby table. A hand reaches out to take it, presumably Horvath's.
Despicable Me : Review
A Universal animation that is great fun for the whole family. I know that because I took my overly hyper 4 year old and my equally overly critical 11 year old to see it. The result was they both loved it. To tell you the truth so did I. I guess you can say kid tested and approved. The movie has a good balance of children , adolescence , and adult humor mixed with in the plot. A great moral and feel good ending and some lovable characters . Some of my favorites other then Gru where the nutty professor Dr. Nefario. Gru's who hearing impaired and keeps bumbling the inventions like the fart gun and the dart gun. You get the idea.And of course the minions who are a bunch of yellowish small creatures that remind me of the Rayman Rabbids ( if you ever played the game you understand) .
The movie itself has very few moments of boredom and is totally entertaining. I highly recommend seeing this especially if you are one of those Sci Fi / Fantasy fans that love a good simple movie that has a lot of light hearted story with a good mix of humor. Oh yea and of course if you can see it in 3D do it to maximize your experience.
This gets a 4 out of 5 star rating in my book
Here is how I broke it down
Family entertainment - 4 stars - Great for the whole family but there may be one or two scenes that little one may find offecisive
Animation - 5 stars - Great Computer animation
Plot - 4 stars - Simple but entertaining plot
Script - 4 stars - Again simple but entertaining
Acting - 5 stars - The voice overs were excellent and the actors did a wonderful job with creating voices for their characters.
Here is a simple plot summary that has some spoilers but not enough to give it all away. I tried my hardest to use the KISS (Keep It Simple and Stupid) approach and cut it down from the original 15 paragraphs I originally had.
After the great pyramid of Egypt is stolen by Vector (Jason Segel) the real villain in the movie. A fumbling but lovable super bad guy Gru (Steve Carell) who has a following of little minions tries to top that by pulling off the ultimate crime by stealing the moon. But he first has to get a loan from the bank of evil formally known as Lehman Brothers (if I saw the sign right) who rejects his bid for a loan . This leaves Gru in a bad bad mood and on leaving the evil bank zaps Vector with a freeze ray which starts the feud between Vector and Gru. Vector strikes back at Gru by stealing the pivotal shrink ray from him and attempts to steal the moon for himself.
The feud grows as Gru attempts to storm Vectors fortress and fails at every turn. That is until he sees a 3 girls (Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Elsie Fisher)) that come from a home for homeless girls selling cookies and succeed to get past all Vectors security. With an idea to twart Vector Gru adopts the 3 girls to help him carry out his mission. He plans on using them to deliver cookies that are robots in disguise. Once inside the fortress the cookies transform into robots and proceed to take down the defenses to the fortress and allow Gru to steal the shrink ray.
During this transition Gru starts to find himself growing more and more attached to the girls and becoming less and less evil. He manages to steal the moon but Vector kidnaps the girls leaving him to make a trade. When the moon is in his hands he goes back on his deal and escapes both with the moon and the girls and Gru on hot on his heels. Meanwhile the shrinking effect on the moon starts to wear off and the moon starts to grow. Leaving Gru to rescue the girls and rescuing the earth and becoming the good guy in the end.
I left much out of this on purpose because the rest I leave to you to see for yourself.