Film Review: I Declare War

Film Review: I Declare War

I Declare War opens in select theaters today, August 30. Check local listings for showtimes. It is also available on VOD and iTunes.

The ripest imagination resides in the mind of a child. There are little cares for what is accepted or cool, and the mind is allowed to explore as far as it can possibly go. It’s why children possess such strong fears. An adult recognizes the unfounded belief of bed dwelling monsters while a child has no problem imagining it to be true. In our youth our games are not what we hold in our hands but what we hold in our minds. Nothing is as it seems, the fantastic is possible and there are few things with as much potential as a large, empty cardboard box. The one thing lacking from the childhood mind is experience, an appreciation of the actualities of the world that could only assist in the mental playground. I Declare War has no problem merging the two and what results is a wondrous mixture of familiar and brand new.

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Vatche’s Action Trailer

Vatche’s Action Trailer


So, of course, besides running Lonely Reviewer.com, I’m also a filmmaker in my own right. And I recently participated in an fake trailer contest here in Boston, at the Brattle Theatre. The subject was “Labor Day,” and I created this fake trailer with a vague story and a lot of visual effects. Our video won the competition!

The sound was cut by Gregg Swiatlowski, and the voice over artist in the end is Jim Jakala, who does many amazing great television and radio commercial spots. It also stars other LR bloggers, Brandin, Ben, and Phil!

Thank you everyone for your help, and enjoy the trailer!

Review: Avatar

Review: Avatar

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With the pre-release rumblings and talk before the release of James Cameron’s latest movie, it’s hard not to walk into “Avatar” without having some thoughts about what you are about to watch. [Read more…]

DVD Review: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

DVD Review: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

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I shouldn’t be surprised that Stephen Sommers’ big screen adaptation of the G.I. Joe franchise was a big, loud, noisy mess.  I think part of it comes from my unabashed enjoyment of the first “Mummy” movie.  And I think it is that enjoyment that I take with me into every Sommers movie, trying to recapture that once again.  “The Mummy Returns?”  Nope, not there.  “Van Helsing?”  No, not there either.  And, sadly, “G.I. Joe,” might be the closest Sommers will get back to the joy of his first mummy adventure. [Read more…]