Sunday, August 7, 2011

Short Film Review: Yo Soy Un Hombre Loco (I Am a Crazy Man)

Over the past six months or so, I’ve realized that one of the few perks of having your own blog is that people occasionally send you some really cool stuff.  A few days ago I received an e-mail from Emmanuel Manzanares.  Mr. Manzanres heads up an independent martial arts stunt team in Chicago known as LBP Stunts Chicago.  His team made the short film Yo Soy Un Hombre Loco (I Am a Crazy Man) in conjunction with writer/director Vlad Rimburg.  Mr. Manzares asked for my opinion of this work, and I obliged.  I’m glad I did, because I found this 10 minute oddity to be quite an experience.

Television Series Review: ‘Black Dynamite: The Animated Series’ - Pilot Episode

The CIA sets out to stop the nefarious plans of T.F. Kurtis, the star of a popular children’s puppet show.  Once one of the most outstanding educators America has ever produced, Kurtis has now gone rogue.  He plans on using his power and influence to corrupt America’s youth.  Only one thing stands in his way, that bad motherfucker known as Black Dynamite!  

Movie Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) is on the verge of a breakthrough that will change the course of human history.  He has been developing a genetically engineered retrovirus that may one day cure Alzheimer’s disease.  He has been using chimpanzees as his test subjects, one of whose offspring becomes the true beneficiary of the experimentation.  Will smuggles the baby chimp out of the facility and brings it home to closely observe his progress.  He names it Caesar (Andy Serkis) and treats it almost like a family member.  Caesar’s mental capacity expands at an exponential rate, as does his understanding of human behavior and his place in the earth’s pecking order.  When a violent mishap lands Caesar in a controlled environment where he is quarantined with other primates, the mutated chimp learns his true place in the world.  He will be the one who will places his kind at the top of earth’s food chain.