5 Super Massive Gigantic Game Changing Movie News Announcements

November 29, 2012 at 7:43 am

5 Super Massive Gigantic Game Changing Movie News Announcements

Growing up, I was always interested in showing my family the latest technology. Imagine playing with an iPad having been around when television was just getting warmed up.  I’m starting to get that feeling myself.  I still remember our first modem and what it meant.  Back then, I used to log in to a primitive forum that only let you online for an hour a day.  Even then, I was interested in movies.  That was the first forum I visited and the majority of my hour was spent discussing movies.

Technology kept getting better.  The world got faster modems, better websites, more engaging content and up to the minute second information.  Just before I graduated high school, I remember scouring the web for any piece of information I could find on The Matrix sequels.  I had to know details immediately.  This desperate search led me to many of the websites I still visit every day.  Since that time, technology evolved and movie news has never been easier to consume.

Now I look back on how I used to get my movie news and I’m blown away by how far we’ve come.  Now there are thousands of websites and blogs out there.  The internet has a pulse and I’m no longer solely a reader,  I’m a contributor. It’s so much fun.

Looking back, I decided to focus on 5 announcements that blew my mind and kick started my addiction to movie news.

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My favorite Superhero.  When I found out that Sam Raimi was creating a live action Spider-Man movie I was speechless.  CG technology was exploding and the very thought of live action web slinging was too good to be true.

I still get goosebumps watching that trailer.  It’s Spider-Man!  I still can’t believe it’s been over 10 years since Peter Parker changed the Superhero movie forever.  I also can’t believe the series has already been rebooted but I enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man and I’m looking forward to following the ‘electrifying‘ sequel.

5 Super Massive Gigantic Game Changing Movie News Announcements


“Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Nick Fury, Black Widow & Hawk Eye are on stage together!”

Marvel had done it.  4 movie franchises would come together in the biggest Superhero movie of all time:  The Avengers. Years later, I’m still stunned they not only pulled it off but exceeded expectations.  The ‘official’ hype began with a press conference at Comic Con in 2010…

5 Super Massive Gigantic Game Changing Movie News Announcements

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I loved The Avengers but beyond that, I loved following the film’s development.  I loved the Easter eggs they built into the movies that preceded it.  What threat could possibly exist that would challenge these larger than life heroes?  I was actually sad after I saw The Avengers.  I had so much fun reading about the film.  Then I remembered PHASE TWO!  Another round of phenomenal Marvel movies is on the way and it all leads to The Avengers 2 in 2015.

Until then, we must wonder what Thanos will do to make these heroes assemble again.

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The Lord of the Rings.  Three movies that I watch at least twice a year.  That includes the hours of amazing special features included in the extended editions.  LOTR is a remarkable achievement and an adaptation that captured the imaginations of millions around the world.  I absolutely adored The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The next logical step was the Hobbit but the film was plagued with legal issues causing endless delays.  Not to mention the concern fans had knowing Peter Jackson planned on handing over the keys to Middle Earth to another filmmaker.  Those concerns were alleviated when they announced that Guillermo Del Toro was on board.  Unfortunately, the production ran into more delays and Del Toro departed.  Heart break once again…

Until Peter Jackson himself stepped up and vowed to return to Middle Earth.  That was an unbelievable announcement.  Then they announced three movies instead of two!  Another trilogy directed by Peter Jackson featuring the same dedicated team of filmmakers.  A dream come true.


“They are making a sequel to The Matrix!? …  Hold on…  There is going to be two AND they are filming them back to back?”

The Matrix Reloaded.  Some people love it, others think the original should have been left alone.  Even those who hated the sequels were still curious at some point. Where will the Wachowski’s take Neo next?  I was obsessed.  I read every article I could.  I was searching for Matrix news before I checked my own email on a daily basis for months.  How could they possibly continue such a complex story? (Insert Architect joke here)

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When The Matrix Reloaded came to an abrupt end, I was even more addicted to news and rumors.  Thousands posted theories on what could happen next and I read all of them.  Speculation was as endless and I was addicted.  The Matrix Revolutions delivered a fitting end even though it wasn’t as spectacular as I hoped.  The Matrix will always be my favorite but I loved Reloaded because it inspired the movie nerd in me.

The day I found out they were making two sequels changed everything…

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5 Super Massive Gigantic Game Changing Movie News Announcements


I thought we had seen the last of the galaxy far far away…  I didn’t hate Episodes 1,2 & 3 but they definitely didn’t rise to the level of the original trilogy.  I never imagined that one day, we would FINALLY get true sequels to Star Wars.  Then Disney announced the acquisition of LucasFilm.  One single press release literally blew up the internet.  The hype began instantly and speculation will dominate movie websites until the day Star Wars Episode VII is released in 2015.  This doesn’t even include the sequels and spin offs the mouse house is planning.

I don’t normally cover news on my blog but I couldn’t resist.  It’s Star Wars Episode VII!

What will it be about?  Will Luke Skywalker and the rest of the original cast return?  Who will direct it?  When will we find out more!?

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There’s also an interesting battle brewing in the Summer of 2015.  Which film will gross more?  Star Wars 7 or The Avengers 2?    The culmination of Marvel Phase 2 and a sequel movie fans have been waiting decades to see. (Disney wins the Summer 2015 box office battle by the way.  I’m prepared to make that call now since they own both franchises.)

5 Super Massive Gigantic Game Changing Movie News Announcements


I grew up searching for my favorite movies and devouring the articles I found.  Every new trailer, tv spot, poster, synopsis, casting announcement, set pic and interview makes me smile.  I’m addicted to movie hype.  Today, it’s easier than ever to find information on the movies you can’t wait to see.  Technology has indeed come a long way since I was young.

However, one thought makes me smile more than all of the massive announcements combined: Back then I used to search for articles.  Today, I write my own.  It’s funny how people evolve just like the technology we use to tell our stories.

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5 Awesome Gravity Defying Movie Fights

October 18, 2012 at 8:35 pm

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In honor of Fearless Felix Baumgartner and his ridiculous space jump, here are 5 awesome gravity defying movie fights…  Seriously, I’m still blown away that a human being essentially jumped off the planet earth.



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What ‘The Matrix’ Screenplay Taught Me

October 10, 2012 at 7:19 am

What 'The Matrix' Screenplay Taught Me

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Many years ago, when I first started devouring screenplays, I purchased The Matrix: The Shooting Draft.  A couple hours later, my outlook on screenwriting had changed forever.

What The Matrix Screenplay Taught Me

The Wachowski Brothers’ script literally redefined the way I looked at writing screenplays. Why?

Clarity & Detail

A movie as complicated as The Matrix has to carefully toe the line between originality and confusion.

When you are creating something that no one has ever seen before, you can’t assume that people will know what you are talking about.

I wrote and directed movie a while back that was heavily based on my own sense of humor and inside jokes that only my circle of friends understood.  I wanted to see if they would work on screen and truthfully, while it did work, it was a lot harder to articulate in the script.  Once we were on set, I could do impressions and show the actors what I wanted but it didn’t come across on the page.

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Imagine how challenging it must have been for the Wachowski brothers to describe their mind blowing action film.  Everything had to be clear in their minds and then expressed in writing.  Not an easy task to accomplish.

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On a computer screen; so close it has no boundaries.

A blinking cursor pulses in the electric darkness like a heart coursing with phosphorous light, burning beneath the derma of black neon glass.

Got an image in your mind?

Neo raises his hands and the bullets, like a cloud of obedient bees, slow and come to a stop.  They hang frozen in space, fixed like stainless steel stars.

What The Matrix Screenplay Taught Me

The brothers really did an incredible job describing the world of The Matrix. I truly wish I had the opportunity to read the screenplay before I saw the movie just to see how close my imagination was to their ultimate vision.

Every single line in the film is useful.  Such an imaginative script could have gotten lost in exposition but it’s paced so well.  Each clearly developed idea building on the one before.  Each page showing you more and more.  Above all else, it’s entertaining.  Forget the movie for a second.  The screenplay itself is an entertaining read.

A light bulb went off in my head.  It was time to really think about how I communicate my vision to the reader.  It was time to put more thought into how I describe the worlds I want to see on screen.  Hopefully, it will be entertaining.


You really don’t have a ton of space on the page to get your movie out of your mind.  With so little real estate you need to make the most of it.  Yet there is a balance between minimalism and detail.

True, you can’t spend half a page describing a new location but you do have to carefully select which elements NEED to be included.  The Wachowski’s screenplay does this masterfully.  Each and every detail you need to know about is on the page.  There isn’t a single line of fat to trim.

This is one of the most important skills a screenwriter has to learn.  The more original details you put into your screenplay, the richer the experience for the reader.

This was another eye opener for me.

Once I finished the script I immediately printed out my latest draft and restarted.  I was still new to the screenwriting craft and every lesson I learned was so epic and wonderful that I owed it to myself to apply it.

The Matrix was definitely a turning point in my screenwriting and filmmaking career.  I felt so inspired after reading that amazing script.  It’s a feeling I chase everyday.  It fuels my need to learn and push myself to become a better screenwriter.

Awesome screenplay.

PS: Find out how the film itself changed the way I looked at movies forever.

Movies That Changed Everything: The Complete 12 Part Series

March 30, 2012 at 9:22 am

Movies That Changed Everything: The Complete Series

I’m an aspiring filmmaker and like every filmmaker out there, I have a lengthy list of films that have inspired me along the way.

Movies  That Changed Everything is a twelve part series examining the films that changed the way I looked at movies forever.

The Shawshank Redemption

The Lord Of The Rings

The Matrix

Pulp Fiction

Pan’s Labyrinth

There Will Be Blood


A Few Good Men

The Sixth Sense

The Dark Knight

Good Will Hunting


What films inspired you?

All Time Best: Top 10 Matrix Moments

September 14, 2011 at 10:40 am

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In honor of The Matrix Screenplay being inducted into The Hall of Fame Class of 2011, here are the Top 10 Matrix Movie Moments!

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10. Whoa!

Neo watches Morpheus fly from one skyscraper to another in awe.

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9. Dodge This

Trinity’s big moment before blasting an agent in the head.

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8. The Code

Neo sees the world in a whole new way.

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7. Tank

“Believe it or not you piece of sh#@, you’re still gonna burn!”

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6. The Cartwheel

Neo does a cartwheel while shooting foes with an automatic weapon? Neat.

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5. Wall Running

Trinity shines as she runs along a wall before flipping off it and she does it TWICE.

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4. Morpheus vs Smith

One of the best but unfortunately shortest fights in the film.  Too bad Morpheus was no match.  It was inevitable.

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3. Bullet Time: Neo vs Smith

Watching two characters leap toward each other in slow motion firing guns is bad ass enough.  But rotating the camera around them at regular speeds while they do it raises the bar!

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2. The Dojo Fight

Morpheus is fighting Neo!

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1. ‘THE’ Bullet Time

The most memorable moment of the film is without a doubt the roof top Bullet Time in which Neo dodges bullets in one of the most visually spectacular movie moments ever.

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