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Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2

How_to_Train_Your_Dragon_2_Poster“How to Train Your Dragon 2” is kind of like going to a pet store and being swarmed by puppies; you won’t want to leave and when you have to, you’ll want to take them all home with you.

It’s been five years since Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) met Toothless and changed the way the people of Berk viewed dragons. Now, just about everyone has one, even Hiccup’s father, Stoick (Gerard Butler). When a notorious dragon hunter named Drago (Djimon Hounsou) threatens to steal Berk’s dragons, Stoick insists there’s nothing they can do about it, but lay low and keep out of his way. Hiccup, on the other hand, is convinced that reasoning with him could make a difference, so he flies out to do what he thinks is best in an effort to keep the dragons and his village safe.

It’s been over four years since the first “How to Train Your Dragon,” but it’s effortless to fall right back in step with Hiccup, Toothless and the rest of the gang. Any pet owner could relate to Hiccup and Toothless’ connection in the first film and this time around we’ve got an entire village full of people with man’s best friend-type relationships with dragons. There’s dragon racing, a cat lady-like character covered in baby dragons and an abundance of unconditional love all over the place. Within minutes, “How to Train Your Dragon 2” sells Berk as a village well worth saving, almost instantly making you invested in the mission to protect it from Drago and his crew.

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Review: Pompeii

Pompeii_Poster1If you were hoping “Pompeii” would ditch the lava in exchange for nonsensical political and romantic melodrama, Paul W.S. Anderson’s latest is for you – and probably only you.

“Pompeii” opens with a baby Jon Snow – er, Milo. He thinks he’s all safe and sound, but upon emerging from his hut, finds his town and his parents being massacred at the hands of the Romans lead by Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland). Little Milo manages to escape, but ultimately is thrown into slavery and raised as a gladiator. Seventeen years later, Milo (Kit Harington) is a top fighter and chosen to wow the crowd in Pompeii in a one-on-one battle with their leading contender, Atticus (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), while Mount Vesuvius threatens to boil over right behind them.

When you pay to see a movie directed by Paul W.S. Anderson called “Pompeii,” you expect carnage, lava, explosions, nonstop action and devastating destruction. Sadly, you’ll have to settle for two of the five. “Pompeii” certainly adheres to that PG-13 rating because it’s absolutely impossible to overlook the lack of blood when Anderson has his characters slitting throats left and right. And the lava? You’d think there’d be some in a movie about a volcano eruption, but not here. There’s an abundance of ash and flying fireballs milking the extra dimension for all it’s worth, but lava didn’t make the cut. Fireball overload results in one explosion after the next as Anderson decimates his idyllic representation of 79 A.D. Pompeii, so sadly that means the other missing component is the non-stop action and that makes for an absolutely devastating flaw.

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Review: Silent Hill: Revelation 3D

A shirtless guy gets shot, he falls to the ground, the main character presumes him dead yet he’s clearly still breathing. No, he doesn’t get up for that cliché one last scare, the film just moves on. And that’s one of the lesser ways in which “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” asks the viewer to suspend his or her belief.

Six years after the events of the first film, Sharon is all grown up and goes by the name Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens). She and her dad, Harry (Sean Bean), have been on the run ever since escaping Silent Hill, but with no memory of her past, Heather is unaware of what she’s truly running from. However, on the eve of her 18th birthday, Heather comes home to find Harry missing and the message “Come to Silent Hill” written on the wall in a bloody scrawl. With the help of a guy from school named Vincent (Kit Harington), Heather heeds the call and returns to the town of ash, creepy nurses, mannequin monsters and bloody bunnies.

“Silent Hill: Revelation” didn’t sound all that bad until that last sentence, did it? The 2006 film wasn’t the worst of the worst, but most certainly didn’t warrant a sequel, yet “Revelation” still had potential. Silent Hill is a cinematic town, packed with tons of curious creatures and vivid design elements as well as an ever-falling ash that’s ideal for 3D. But sadly, whether you’re a fan of the source material or not, the “Silent Hill: Revelation” narrative is so expositional and nonsensical, it drags all other portions of the production down with it.

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Interview: Silent Hill: Revelation 3D Writer-Director Michael J. Bassett

Expectations are always sky high when making a feature film, but the pressure is on more so than ever when you’re adapting material with a strong fan base, and so is the case with writer-director Michael J. Bassett and “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.”

The film has roots in the third game of the franchise, focusing on an 18-year-old Sharon, now going by the name Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens). Ever since her escape from Silent Hill, she and her father, Harry (Sean Bean), have been on the run, but because Heather remembers nothing from her time in the town of evil creatures and falling ash, she doesn’t even know what she’s up against. When her father is abducted and a bloody message instructs her to “Come to Silent Hill,” Heather’s got no choice, but to re-enter her worst nightmare.

And Heather’s worst nightmare is more like Bassett’s dream come true. An avid fan of the games and the 2006 film, Bassett’s “Silent Hill” is oozing with grisly imagery, vicious creatures and nods to the game, making the landscape a “Silent Hill” and horror fan’s playground. With “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” due in theaters on October 26th, Bassett took the time to sit down and explain how he put this new nightmare together from picking up where Christophe Gans left off to slipping in Robbie the Rabbit and more. Check out all the details in the interview below and beware, Alessa doesn’t appreciate disturbances.

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Interview: Silent Hill: Revelation 3D’s Kit Harington

Imagine a romantic stroll through a twisted amusement park where you can win bloody rabbit prizes and ride a carousel powered by the Pyramid Head. That’s the date you’re in for should you get together with Kit Harington’s “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D” character, Vincent. Only slightly more appealing than hanging out in the freezing cold surrounded by White Walkers, right?

As the new kid in class, Vincent is friendless so reaches out to Heather (Adelaide Clemens) hoping the newcomers can band together. Constantly on the run with her father (Sean Bean), Heather isn’t in friend-making mode, assuming she’ll pick up and leave again soon enough anyway. However, Vincent is persistent, walks her home and right into her nightmare. Heather’s father has been taken and his captors demand that she come to Silent Hill. The gentleman he is, Vincent insists on escorting her.

With the big return to Silent Hill just days away, Harington took the time to sit down and talk about his progression from “Game of Thrones” to “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.” We discuss the pressure of managing his character’s backstory, his duty to appease the fans, his love of the horror genre, his hope to finally get to work somewhere warm and more.

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SDCC 2012: Perri And Melissa’s San Diego Comic Con Plans For Shockya.com!

We’re in the midst of yet another summer movie season and you know what that means; San Diego Comic Con is here to raise big screen anticipation even further, teasing fans with all the incredible action, stories and stars we’ve got to look forward to.

This time last year I was scrambling to put together a solo schedule for an event I’d never experience before, but this time around, not only am I heading to San Diego as a Comic Con veteran, but I won’t be going alone. Shockya.com will feature SDCC 2012 from both myself and Melissa Molina. Not only am I thrilled to have such a talented teammate, but we’re both very excited to bring you more coverage than ever!

What do you have to look forward to between the two of us? Here’s a brief breakdown of our plans …

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SDCC 2011: All Good Things Must Come To An End … With A Giveaway!

I can’t believe it, but this is officially it; my coverage of San Diego Comic Con 2011 has come to a close. For five incredibly long days, the experience went by in a flash. The action was non-stop from the moment I touched down in San Diego and while it was extremely exhausting and probably one of the most trying working experiences I’ve ever gone through, it was beyond worth it.

So, what’d you think? Did you like my coverage choices? Were the formats I chose to report in effective? Do let me know because I’m thrilled to say, it looks as though I’ll be returning to Comic Con next year!

I do know I learned quite a few things for myself while out west. First off, I need to pack more food than a box of granola bars, or at least make time to pick up some items at a local supermarket. Between running around collecting coverage and then writing it up, there’s little to no time to grab a bite. Second, if I want to cover a panel, I’ve either got to get on line at about 5am or hunt down a press pass. I arrived for The Walking Dead panel over three hours early and the line to get into Ballroom 20 was already about 10,000 people long!

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