My blog is dead!

November 4, 2010 at 8:48 am (Movies, Music, YouTube)

No it’s not.

October was so awesome and crazy, that not only I didn’t have time or mood to write anything, but also I failed miserably on my attempt to watch the 31 horror films I was planning to. Anyway – I’ll try and post more from now on, especially since winter movie season is just around the corner, with so many interesting new releases, just before the awards season.

Meanwhile, a couple of random thoughts:

– if you wanna bet on the Oscar winner right now, put your money on The Social Network.

The Walking Dead is beyond awesome. Darabont’s zombie TV show kicked off in impressive fashion, set audience records, and is shaping up to be a huge phenomenon. Don’t miss it.

A Perfect Circle is back, after 6 years of hiatus!

Sucker Punch gets a brand new trailer and, well, holy fuck it looks unbelievable!

– Not long until my most anticipated winter flick hits theaters. Yes, I’m talking about Black Swan. The buzz says Natalie may be the front runner for winning the Oscar for her role.


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October Horror Marathon!

September 30, 2010 at 8:04 am (Movies)

A shitty September is about to end, let’s all hear it for October! The first awesome month of autumn, and, most of all, the month of horror – with plenty of new horror releases in the theaters and DVD/BluRay, and, well, that little thing called Halloween.

Based on an idea from some friends over at, I have decided to join the bandwagon and embark on an October Horror Marathon. What’s that, you ask? Well, to properly celebrate October, I will watch 31 horror films, one for each day of the month.

I have just finished compiling my list, a combination of new films that I haven’t seen yet, and older films I love. This is the menu (of course, the order is completely random):

1. Piranha 3D
2. Devil
3. Saw 3D
4. Frozen
5. The Killer Inside Me
6. A Nightmare on Elm Street (original)
7. A Nightmare on Elm Street (remake)
8. 30 Days of Night: Dark Days
9. The Crazies
10. Dead Snow
11. Grace
12. Halloween II
13. Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever
14. The Descent Part 2
15. Silent Hill
16. Lost Highway
17. The Dead Zone
18. Prince of Darkness
19. American Psycho
20. Bubba Ho-tep
21. The Devil’s Backbone
22. Fright Night
23. Halloween (original)
24. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
25. [rec]2
26. Battle Royale
27. Scream
28. Scream 2
29. Scream 3
30. The Shining
31. Session 9

Let the fun, gory times begin!

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Scream Awards nominees announced

September 2, 2010 at 7:47 am (Movies)

Now these are some awards I can actually get behind! The Scream Awards nominations have been announced, and voting has started over at Spike’s website. The gala takes place October 16th. You can head over their website and cast your votes.

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10 films to see in September

August 23, 2010 at 10:13 am (Movies)

Scanned through the list of September releases, and this is my list of what I’m gonna watch:

– “Never Let Me Go”, because I love Mark Romanek, the story seems great and the trailer is awesome
– “Machete” for all the obvious reasons
– “Wall Street 2” because I loved part 1
– “Resident Evil 4” because the RE series is my guilty pleasure and I cannot wait to see Milla kick ass in 3D
– “Buried” because it seems fun and, well, claustrophobic
– “Legend of the Guardians” because Snyder rocks
– “I’m Still Here” because… well… yeah..
– “Devil” because of its concept
– “Catfish” because of Bumbray’s review
– “The Town” because of the great trailer (that unfortunately gave a bit too much away)

That’s 10 films in one month. It’s gonna be a busy September.

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Who thought ballet movies can be awesome?

August 18, 2010 at 8:03 am (Movies, Trailers, YouTube)

I love Darren Aronofsky and all of his previous films – yes, including the highly misunderstood The Fountain. So, needless to say, Black Swan has been on my radar for quite some time. Now, we’ve got our first look at Aronofsky’s new flick, and dare I say, this might end up being the movie of the winter. Check it out below.

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The summer of Inception

August 5, 2010 at 8:43 am (Movies, Reviews)

I remember, many years back, going to the theater to see The Matrix. Back then, I wasn’t the internet freak I am today, so I had no idea what to expect from that film – I went in not knowing anything about it, and it managed to blow me away. More than a decade later, it’s becoming almost impossible to be surprised by anything anymore. Inception has been the most talked-about and the most anticipated film on the lists of pretty much everyone. I watched the trailers tons of times. I saw the 9.2 rating on Imdb, who already lists it as the number 3 movie of all-time. I think it’s safe to say this has been the most hyped movie of the last decade, and my expectations were through the roof.

Yet it still managed to blow me away – just like The Matrix did more than 10 years ago.

Christopher Nolan, obviously one of the most talented American directors working today, managed to create something that almost seems impossible: a smart summer blockbuster. Usually, these terms exclude each other. Not the case with Inception, a truly complex, original, intelligent heist film, that’s also breathtakingly spectacular and – surprisingly – pretty easy to follow. The story is indeed complex, but it’s never confusing. It assumes the viewer is always attentive, not allowing any breaks (I strongly suggest visiting the bathroom before the film starts), but it never tries to be impervious just for the sake of it.

Dom Cobb, the film’s main protagonist, is brilliantly played by Leonardo DiCaprio, a fantastic actor that recently became one of my all-time favorites. The guy sure knows how to choose his roles. Ever since Titanic, barring a few rare hiccups, all his roles have been amazing, and the fact that he stars in this year’s two best films (Inception and Shutter Island) says a lot about the guy.

Here, he plays a deeply troubled individual, broken by guilt, driven by remorse and always in search of redemption. DiCaprio nails the role perfectly, and this is clearly what makes the movie work. Without his outstanding performance, without the depth he gives his character, without us being able to connect with him on an emotional level, the whole heart of the film would be gone. He might not be an Oscar contender for this role (it’s not flashy enough for the Academy, and the fact it’s a sci-fi blockbuster doesn’t help either), but it is one of the best performances of the year.

And how about the technical aspect of the film? Well, needless to say, it’s fantastic. Wally Pfister, Nolan’s cinematographer, manages to create a visually stunning film, full of amazing sets, awesome shots and perfectly crafted action sequences. Hans Zimmer’s score is simply beautiful, especially during the film’s final hour, an intense spectacle of visual and directorial awesomeness. That scene towards the end, with the sequential kicks to escape the different dream levels, is one of the best scenes I have ever seen in movies. It’s such a difficult scene, so perfectly crafted and masterfully directed, it literally gave me goosebumps.

What makes Inception truly special is that all of the visual treats Nolan is offering are only used to serve a story, and not the other way around. It’s not about the explosions and the chases – it’s about using dreams to find redemption. Whenever a spectacular film has an actual story to support all the on-screen awesomeness, it’s something special – just like Inception is.

The only thing that keeps this from reaching perfection is a certain lack of polish regarding the secondary characters – they’re all underdeveloped and lack true motivations. A really minor setback that doesn’t influence the constant bombardment of freshness, originality, wit and spectacle Nolan is throwing our way. And it doesn’t influence the fact that, without a doubt, Inception is the movie of the year.

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Cool new trailers!

July 27, 2010 at 10:31 am (Movies, Trailers, YouTube)

Time for a couple of awesome trailers: the red-band insanity of Machete and the teaser for Snyder’s new visual treat, Sucker Punch. Enjoy!

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Random thoughts

June 29, 2010 at 8:30 am (Movies, Music, TV shows)

– One more month until Inception!

Futurama kicked off last week, it was hilarious. The ratings were good as well.

True Blood is back, and Anna Paquin is as beautiful as ever. She even made it to my desktop.

Dexter‘s new season starts shooting, which means Michael C. Hall is fine, thank God.

Sonisphere was a blast, one of the better organized concerts ever in Romania. Up next: KoRn @ Targu Mures, and (maybe) Serj Tankian @ Sibiu.

– Have been listening to a lot of Oceansize recently, eagerly expecting their new album this autumn. (Who, you ask? Them. )

– Other than Inception, I only have 2 more films I really wanna see this summer: Predators and Piranha 3-D.

– Talking about madness – I am getting increasingly excited about Von Trier’s new film Melancholia. Every tiny bit of news I read makes me drool in anticipation.

– How about Black Swan getting a release date already? Cannot wait to see Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis make out. In an Aronofsky film, for that matter.

– If you’re into Lizzy Caplan (and you know you are), maybe you should give Party Down a try. Really fun, witty TV show that just ended its second season. and its affiliates are my favorite film sites on the web, period. is better than Facebook.

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TIFF & Rock im Park echoes

June 14, 2010 at 9:15 am (Festivals, Movies, Music)

My 2 week holiday ended a few days ago – I apologize for the lack of posts, but seeing 20 films in 5 days at TIFF and then 15 concerts in 4 days at Rock im Park pretty much filled most of my time.

TIFF was great as usual, with the only exception that, because I had to leave for Nuremberg, I only stayed in Cluj for half the festival. However – I did get to see 20 films, and had a wonderful time all around. In terms of movie recommendations, my favorites were Korean drama Mother, directed by Bong (the guy who did The Host and the best part of Tokyo), Dagur Kari’s new flick The Good Heart, and Russian drama How I Ended This Summer, an impressive visual treat that deservedly won Best Cinematography at this year’s Berlinale.

Last Thursday, I headed to Nuremberg for Rock im Park, 4 days of rock awesomeness that ended with an absolutely brilliant performance from Muse. Without any doubt the best show I’ve seen in the last couple of years, maybe one of the best shows I’ve ever seen live (right up there with Radiohead and Tool), Muse rocked in front of a packed 60.000 crowd.

The greatness of the show was probably complemented by the fact that their opening act, 30 Seconds to Mars, was absolutely horrendous – one of the worst live concerts I have ever seen. Out of the 75 minutes spent on stage, Jared Leto used at least 40 to do nothing – just sit there and talk to the audience. They barely played 7 or 8 songs (in 75 minutes!), with Leto avoiding all the tricky vocal parts and ruining all of their great stuff that sounds so good recorded. I still can’t believe I missed Alice in Chains for this – hey, at least I got right up front, and watched Muse from the second row, so overall it was worth it.

Other than Muse, highlights of the festival included Them Crooked Vultures – who completely blew me away with a fantastic live performance, Stone Sour – who was really good but overshadowed by what came a few hours later (i.e. Muse), and We Are the Fallen – who played at noon in an unbearable heat and with a very small audience.

In terms of disappointments, other than 30 Seconds to Mars, I have to include Rage Against the Machine, who kicked off the festival with a lifeless performance that sounded like crap and didn’t get the crowd as involved as I thought it would.

Meanwhile – don’t forget about Sonisphere, next weekend in Bucharest. You’ll also be able to find me @ Sibiu for the Serj Tankian show, and @ Peninsula, for Korn.

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Poster of the week

May 17, 2010 at 9:51 pm (Movies, Posters)

I guess this is actually promoting a movie. No?

megan fox jonah hex

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