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Five Clips from ‘The Warrior’s Way’

— by CHRIS HYATT — Before I start, I just want to say that the extraordinary filming, and the novel way to reinterpret two classically overdone plots aside, this movie had me at “Ninjas? Damn…” For the first time this year, I can safely say this movie looks good enough [...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ (Teaser Version)

— by CHRIS HYATT — Thanks to the underdog success of “District 9,” and Michael Bay’s talent of sacrificing quality for CGI, the alien invasion sub-genre of sci-fi is back in business. On the heels of “Skyline,” comes “Battle: Los Angeles” from fi[...]

Trekkies Breathe a Sigh of Relief

— by CHRIS HYATT — Ordinarily, I wouldn’t participate in rumor-mongering or gossiping, but when it comes to my favorite sci-fi franchise of all time, “Star Trek,” I will bend the rules a little bit. Scripting for the highly-anticipated sequel to “Star Trek” [...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Nerdcore Rising’

— by CHRIS HYATT — I am a geek and a nerd and I’m proud to say it. In the current state of our culture, or lack thereof, it means I’m (probably) smarter than you and have a (relatively) better taste in media. Yeah, that’s incredibly cocky of me to say, but that is how [[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Faster’

— by CHRIS HYATT — “Faster” has a decent trailer. I certainly wouldn’t pay $9 to see it in theatres — $6 is even pushing it — but I don’t know if I would bother to go to see it in theatres. When it comes to cable, likely on TNT, since they’ve pla[...]

15 Clips from ‘RED’

— by CHRIS HYATT — Every time I watch “Burn Notice,” I wonder to myself, what would this look like when these guys are old, washed up and retired … voluntarily, that is. When I saw these clips from “Red,” I was forced to change the question. Now I wonder if [...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Altitude’

— by CHRIS HYATT — Attention all higher-order nerds, you’ll want to bookmark this particular review — I’m about to make and your day! What’s the downside, you say? In order to do it, I’m so going to have to take the jelly out of your doughnut. How am I going[...]

The Top 5 ‘Star Wars’ Scenes We Need to See in 3D

— by CHRIS HYATT — George Lucas has announced that he’s re-releasing all six “Star Wars” films in 3D. Financially, it is an excellent idea to take advantage of the 3D craze. Artistically, it’s a wash in my opinion. To be completely honest, I’m not a Lucas fa[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Skyline’

— by CHRIS HYATT — I find that when reviewing a new movie, comparing it to an old one is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the sins of the older movie don’t necessarily translate to the newer. Conversely, the sins of the newer movie could be MUCH greater than the ones of the [[...]

The Final Day of the Akron Film Festival

— by CHRIS HYATT — The third and final day of the Akron Film festival brought lighthearted fun in the form of a program of shorts, including Denis Villanueve’s “Next Floor” (the story of opulent diners making ritualistic carnage out of sophisticated food), Andrew[...]

Day Two of the Akron Film Festival

— by CHRIS HYATT — Day Two of the Akron Film Festival was the day about which I was the most excited. The “themes” for yesterday were exceeding expectations — for better or worse — and really, really good soundtracks. “Rhythmic Uprising,” a documentary[...]

Day One of the Akron Film Festival

— by CHRIS HYATT — The first day of the Akron Film Festival belonged to the hometown crowd. “The Real Bold Badmen” and “Sincerely, P.V. Reese” were the first movies screened at the third annual festival, and it was only fitting that they were shot locally in the A[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Air Doll’

— by CHRIS HYATT — You knew it was coming. Ever since the first nerd saw the Disney movie, you knew this day was coming. A modern day Pinocchio … with a blow up doll instead of a puppet. Contrary to the way I built it up, this is not the movie you think[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘New Low’

— by CHRIS HYATT — I don’t watch a whole lot of low budget (underground, independent, arthouse, whichever term you’d care to use) movies for three main reasons. One reason is because here in Akron, they are shown in theaters few and far between, unless you are willing to[...]