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November 24th, 2009

The year of 2009 is almost over and one can look back and remember some great movies and of course some horrible ones as well (we will get nostalgic here on schmear.me as we approaches new year so keep your eyes out for “movies of 2009″ posts) :)

I want to look ahead and see what we can expect from 2010 and i also would like to see what movies you already know you want to see next year in the comment section!

Here are some of the movies i look forward to, in no apparent schmear order of course:

Bitch Slap (ok this one is a late 2009 movie i know but look at it as an transitional movie from 2009 to 2010 ;) )
Plot
“At its core, ‘Bitch Slap’ follows three bad girls (a down-and-out stripper, a drug-running killer and a corporate powerbroker) as they arrive at a remote desert hideaway to extort massive booty from a ruthless underworld kingpin. Things quickly spi nout of control as allegiances change, truths are revealed, other criminals arrive for the score, the fate of the world hangs in the balance and they are forced to confront a villain much worse than they ever expected… themselves. It’s the ultimate morality tale as, one by one, they realize the whole “she-bang” was a set-up and one of the film’s characters may not even be human…”

Watch the trailer here

The Crazies
Plot
“David Dutten (Timothy Olyphant) is sheriff of Ogden Marsh, a picture-perfect American town with happy, law-abiding citizens. But one night, one of them comes to a school baseball game with a loaded shotgun, ready to kill. Another man burns down his own house…after locking his wife and young son in a closet inside. Within days, the town has transformed into a sickening asylum; people who days ago lived quiet, unremarkable lives have now become depraved, blood-thirsty killers, hiding in the darkness with guns and knives. Sheriff Dutten tries to make sense of what’s happening as the horrific, nonsensical violence escalates. Something is infecting the citizens of Ogden Marsh…with insanity.”

Watch the trailer here

The Wolfman
Plot
“Lawrence Talbot’s childhood ended the night his mother died. After he left the sleepy Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor, he spent decades recovering and trying to forget. But when his brother’s fiancée, Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt), tracks him down to help find her missing love, Talbot returns home to join the search. He learns that something with brute strength and insatiable bloodlust has been killing the villagers, and that a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector named Aberline (Hugo Weaving) has come to investigate”

Watch the trailer here

Alice in wonderland
Plot
“19-year-old Alice returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter”

Watch the trailer here

The A-Team
Plot
“A group of Iraq War veterans looks to clear their name with the U.S. military, who suspect the four men of committing a crime for which they were framed.”

Watch the trailer here

Machete
Plot
“The highly skilled Federale Machete is hired by some unsavory types to assassinate a senator. But just as he’s about to take the shot, he notices someone aiming at him and realizes he’s been set up. He barely survives the sniper’s bullet, and is soon out for revenge on his former employers, with the reluctant assistance of his old friend Cheech Marin, who has become a priest and taken a vow of nonviolence. If you hire him to take out the bad guys, make sure the bad guys aren’t you!”

It’s gonna be another awesome year! :)


ZAVMQRBHQCAN

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Awesome weekend movies

November 13th, 2009

Ahh… the weekend is here at last and as usual the eternal questions arise – what movie to watch either before the partying or the day after.

Doghouse

First off we have a zombie horror/comedy from UK called Doghouse (2009). In this movie we follow a group of men who head to a remote village to help their friend Vince get over his nasty divorce. When they arrive at the village (called Moodley) they discover that all the women have been infected with some sort of experimental virus that has made them into zombies lusting for some fresh meat.

The cast which includes Danny Dyer and Stephen Graham manages to keep this movie at a good pace and delivers some funny lines and scenes. It contains some gore and a fair amount of blood but not over the top. Not as good as Shaun of the dead or Severance but still a nice flick!

If you’re not into the whole horrorthingy then perhaps this new classic will do the trick – JCVD (2008). In the film Jean-Claude Van Damme plays himself, with a messy marital fight over custody of his child as well as tax problems. It has even reached the point where roles that were his are given to Steven Seagal (indeed a low point ;) ) . When visiting his old hometown he manages to get into more immediate trouble, as a hostage in a bankrobbery. The police outside think JCVD is the one robbing the bank and thus creates the tension in the film.

The difference between Van Damme’s all previous movies and this one is that he actually has to act here… and he delivers a really convincing and moving performance! Of course, being Van Damme we get a fair amount of  violence as well including one fantastic scene in the beginning of the movie.


“The female of the species is more deadly than the male.”

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Lie to me!

November 10th, 2009
Lie to Me

Lie to Me

Early this year the tv show Lie to Me had it’s premiere on Fox network, the show is about Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) and his company The Lightman Group. Cal is a human lie detector. He looks for dozens of subtle tells in the face and body language to see if someone is telling the truth. With this talent the lightman group help the police and other agency’s solve their cases.

The fact that we are not following someone working as a police officer or agent of some kind opens a lot of possibilities when it comes to diversity of the cases in the show.

Lie to Me is very well made but the one thing that really kept me wanting more is the performance Tim Roth delivers as Cal Lightman. Cal is obnoxious, devious and not very likable but that is what makes it so good. He is not working alone though, with him he got his business partner Dr. Gillian Foster (Kelli Williams), his prodigy Ria Torres (Monica Raymund) and Eli Loker (Brendan Hines) whom all delivers solid performances.

I found myself very intrigued by the “science” behind their skills of telling when someone is hiding something and i must admit that i have tried to watch out for these signs when speaking to people around me. :)

In Sweden season 1 of  the show has aired on TV400 and i think they have picked up season 2 as well (currently airing schmearing in usa).
If you have the chance to watch Lie to Me, give it a chance! It’s not mindblowingly awesome but it is a nice way to waste some time and as mentioned earlier Tim Roth really do deliver a very solid performance in this show.

“The Truth is Written All Over Our Faces

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V 2009

November 4th, 2009
V 2009

V 2009

The first episode of the remake of the classic scifi serie V aired last night and here are my first impressions.
(Beware of some possible spoilers below, especially if you haven’t seen the original.)

I am a big fan of the 1983 classic scifi serie V so my first thought when i saw the announcement for the remake was “oh no, are they really gonna slaughter this fantastic show with a remake”. Needless to say, it was with great skepticism i started to watch the pilot of V 2009.

The storyline is true to the original mini series and i must admit i found myself interested almost from the beginning. The buildup before the arrival of the motherships was quite good and i liked the fact that they choose not to show the whole ships (you could see parts of the ships in reflections in buildings etc.) in the beginning, it added nicely to the suspense.
One of the best things in the original series was the suspense and the feeling that something was not right from the beginning and i think that they managed to capture that in the remake as well (so far), creds in this regard goes to Morena Baccarin (Stargate, Firefly…) as the visitors supreme commander Anna.

You’ll see some other familiar actors/actresses among the cast – Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost), Joel Gretsch (The 4400), Scott Wolf (Everwood, The nine) and Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Dollhouse) to name a few. The acting was ok overall and i do hope they will let the different characters develop during the series.

This brings me to what i hope this series will be. First i really hope they resist the urge to make this into an actionpacked show with nothing more than over the top effects because there is much more interesting topics to exploit – the political game, cultural clashes, a society divided etc. This was what made for example the remake of Battlestar Galactica so fracking good :)

As with all tv series one have to watch a couple of episodes to actually get a feel for it and i will continue to watch V 2009, hoping for something great.

On a sidenote, i just love the geeky references in the original show like for instance in the scene when the alien workers lands outside the NY plant and the band plays the theme from Star Wars :D

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Schmear.me is back!

November 2nd, 2009

Hello there fellow schmearers, we are back!

The summer came and rained away, we got depressed…then it got dark and cold – so begins the season for moviefanatics once again.
We at schmear.me got a lot of nice things planned for this fall & winter so make sure to visit us regularly from now on!

Oh i almost forgot, we need your help to spread the word that we are back! Tell your friends and coworkers, shout it from the rooftops, post links on your blog/homepage or in any other snazzy (yes snazzy) way you can think of! :)

Schmear of the day: “Mate, that sword’s got a cock for a handle!”

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Terminator Salvation review

May 20th, 2009

Check out the review of the new Terminator schmear @ gizmodo:
http://gizmodo.com/5260359/terminator-salvation-review-better-than-t3-but-not-by-much

I do hope it’s better than T3 ;)

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Star Trek review

April 27th, 2009

Check out the review (sort of) of the new Star Trek schmear movie @ gizmodo:
http://gizmodo.com/5226460/star-trek-review

Can’t wait to go to the premiere!!! :)

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The Phone – MTV Reality Show

April 23rd, 2009

MTV generally sucks, the presenters are annoying and the music is 90% crap. However, they might have come up with something worth watching (when you have nothing better to do) – The Phone.

Best of all, you can watch the schmear online :)
Check it out – http://www.mtv.com/videos/the-phone-ep-1-the-bomber/1609303/playlist.jhtml

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Kröd Mändoon

April 21st, 2009
Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire

Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire

Check out the new comedy/fantasy show from Comedy Central called Kröd Mändoon – and the Flaming Sword of Fire!

I have watched the first 3 episodes and i must admit that i laughed through all of them. I especially like the evil Chancellor Dongalor :)

The humor level is pretty low and there are a lot of sexjokes etc, but i think it makes it interesting when combined with the fantasysetting.

Check out Comedy Centrals Kröd Mändoon page for more schmear like videos and whatnot!

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Calibrating Infocus IN82

March 22nd, 2009

Ok so i had some time to spare and decided to finetune the calibration of my new projector Infocus IN82.

The “software” i used was mainly the Digital Video Essentials HD version.

Fortunately the colors are almost perfect out of the box and since i can darken the room i was able to close the iris almost entirely which allows me to get very nice black details while still maintaining the single chip dlp punch!

The settings:
Keystone: Off
Image Shift: Off
Contrast: 45
Brightness: 54
Color: 50
Tint: 50
BrilliantColor: Off
Gamma: Film
Overscan: Off
Advanced:
Iris: 32
Flesh Tone Correction: 0
Film Mode: On
Sharpness: Standard
Color Space: Auto
Color Temperature: 6500K
Color Gamut: Auto
Color Control:
Red gain 46, Green gain 47, Blue gain 50
Red offset 51, Green offset 48, Blue offset 50
Noise Reduction: Off
High Power: Off

Here are some schmears i took (it doesn’t do the projector justice, but still)

Apocalypto (bluray)
Apocalypto 1

Apocalypto 2

Transformers (bluray)
Transfomers 1

Transfomers 2

Transformers 3

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