Screen Junkies » skyline http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Mon, 08 Sep 2014 22:15:31 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 In Honor Of The Neti Pot: The 7 Best Brain-Eating Scenes In Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-the-neti-pot-7-best-brain-eating-scenes-in-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/in-honor-of-the-neti-pot-7-best-brain-eating-scenes-in-film/#comments Tue, 20 Dec 2011 15:18:29 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=240062 Recall the best instances of brain eating in film before the neti pot amoebas devour those memories.

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We always knew it was gross, but now we have a legitimate reason to fear the neti pot. That thing is a killer!

Two neti pot users in Louisiana died after improper handling and maintenance of the sinus-clearing nasal kettle. No, they didn’t drown or stuff them up their butts. Rather, they died in the worst possible way — by falling victim to brain-eating amoeba. AAARRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!! Stay away from my grandmother, Neti Pot!!!

What better way to move past this tragedy than by laughing at it? Well, stop putting Louisiana tap water in your brain would be a good start. Other than that, we should take a walk down memory lane to recall the best instances of brain eating in film before the neti pot amoebas devour those memories.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Ricardo Montalban has the coolest stuff. Not only does he have his own midget, but in Star Trek II he uses Ceti eels to overthrow his enemies. The burrowing desert animal crawls into its victim’s ear and wraps around the cerebral cortex, leaving their host very susceptible to outside suggestion. As the eel grows, their host begins to suffer from madness before their eventual death. Is it any coincidence that ‘ceti’ rhymes with ‘neti’? I think not.

Skyline

In Skyline, aliens descend upon Los Angeles in order to feed upon sweet, sweet douchebag brains. The story centers on survivors trapped inside of a high-rise condominium as aliens continuously invade and suck the brains out of their victims — thus providing them with the energy they need to take over the planet. Fun fact: sitting through this movie in its entirety made me feel my brain had also been removed.

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Blu-Ray Review: Skyline http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/blu-ray-review-skyline/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/dvd/blu-ray-review-skyline/#comments Tue, 22 Mar 2011 16:41:16 +0000 B Hunt http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202946 Not a bad audio commentary with the directors, if you're into that sort of thing.

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Hey everyone! It’s your favorite part-time writer back with the review you’ve all been waiting for: the Blu-ray of Skyline, the science-fiction film (emphasis on the “fiction” part) that had aliens destroying L.A. almost a full four months before Battle: Los Angeles. In Skyline, two BFFs 4ever reunite in Los Angeles and party like young bros do before being RUDELY woken up by an alien invasion. 95% of the movie takes place in the same location (condo, pool, condo, roof, condo, pool, condo, roof), which gives it a really boring, uninspired feel. With a better script and better cast this could have been a cool indie film, but instead it’s just a brainless, derivative vanity project from some of the worst directors in the world, with the only original twist coming in the very last minutes of the movie. Had this “twist” happened at the halfway point instead of being saved for a sequel you might have had a better movie.

I mentioned Battle: LA in my opening. Both movies suck in their own unique way. Skyline has the indie thing going for it (though it’s shot well enough that you think it’s just a crappy studio movie with a really bad script and bad cast), while Battle: LA has an awesome premise, decent cast, and horrible execution. Neither is bad enough to be fun.

But I suppose by now you know what the critics thought (16% on Rotten Tomatoes as I write this) or heard from your friends, so who cares what I think of the movie itself? What’s important is the Blu-ray and whether or not you should buy or even rent it. In short, no. But there is a caveat: The audio commentary from the Strause Brothers—excuse me—Th Brothers Strause is actually pretty interesting if you’re into the details of making a movie. They go into the Red system and how it saved them truckloads of money, how they cut corners by using music their friends did (if you hate name droppers, skip this commentary), and why so much of it was filmed in one location (one of the brothers’ newly renovated condos, and might I say, it’s a really nice condo).

Aside from two commentary tracks (the other one is from the writers and producer), there are a couple of deleted scenes which offer nothing new, a couple “alternate” scenes which offer nothing new, and two pre-vis sequences, one of which is insanely long and insanely boring. That’s it. For a passion project I find it weird that there isn’t any on-set featurettes or interviews or anything. Here are full Blu-ray contents:

Deleted scenes with optional commentary
Alternate scenes with optional commentary
Previsualization with optional commentary
Teaser/Theatrical trailers with optional commentary
Feature commentary with Liam O’Donnell and Joshua Cordes
Feature commentary with Greg and Colin Strause
My Scenes bookmark feature
D-Box Motion Code enabled
Pocket BLU App

There’s no way you should buy this Blu-ray unless you have already seen and enjoy the movie, everyone else skip it entirely or rent if you’re in film school and interested in making a sci-fi film on the cheap. And if you do, please, PLEASE make it better than this one.

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Scottie Thompson http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/scottie-thompson/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/scottie-thompson/#comments Mon, 15 Nov 2010 19:00:22 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=8151 This past weekend, the world watched Scottie Thompson run for her life. For, like, an hour and a half. That was pretty much the gist of Skyline.

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This past weekend, the world watched Scottie Thompson run for her life. For, like, an hour and a half. That was pretty much the gist of Skyline. Oh and she developed really bad cataracts at one point. Either that or she turned into Storm from X-Men. It was pretty hard to tell.

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Crystal Reed http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/crystal-reed/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/crystal-reed/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:58:33 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=7446 Based on her short list of acting credits, it would appear that Crystal Reed has only been active for roughly the past year. Apparently that didn’t stop her from nabbing a starring role in Skyline.

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Based on her short list of acting credits, it would appear that Crystal Reed has only been active for roughly the past year. Apparently that didn’t stop her from nabbing a starring role in Skyline, Universal Pictures’ upcoming science fiction thrill flick about a small group of hungover people battling a horde of extraterrestrial vacuum cleaners. This will mark Reed’s first appearance in a major motion picture.

 

A word from Crystal: “Being that it was my first film, this is the best case scenario.”

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9 Aliens Not to Eff Around With http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/9-aliens-not-to-eff-around-with/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/9-aliens-not-to-eff-around-with/#comments Tue, 02 Nov 2010 15:40:09 +0000 Defy Media Not all aliens are created equal. If worse came to worse, I’m pretty sure I could take E.T. in fight. The same goes for that bitch Mac, from Mac and Me. On the other hand, if you put me in the ring with a Predator, he’d be using my skull as trophy in five seconds flat. Because the threat posed by extraterrestrials can vary so greatly, we’ve compiled this list of nine aliens you don’t want to eff with. After all, throwing water on the alien from Signs is a fun way to spend an afternoon, while doing the same thing to a Xenomorph is a really bad idea. Superman (Superman)

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Not all aliens are created equal. If worse came to worse, I’m pretty sure I could take E.T. in fight. The same goes for that bitch Mac, from Mac and Me. On the other hand, if you put me in the ring with a Predator, he’d be using my skull as trophy in five seconds flat.

Because the threat posed by extraterrestrials can vary so greatly, we’ve compiled this list of nine aliens you don’t want to eff with. After all, throwing water on the alien from Signs is a fun way to spend an afternoon, while doing the same thing to a Xenomorph is a really bad idea.

Superman (Superman)

Because the Man of Steal likes to wrap himself in the flag, people forget that he’s not from the good ol’ U.S. of A. In fact, he’s not even from Earth. Regardless, this son of Krypton is nearly invincible, which makes him one of the last aliens you should mess with.

Alien Abductors (Fire In the Sky)

Fire in the Sky isn’t a great movie. Considering the film is about an alie abduction, there is a notable lack of alien abduction. But when the film finally deals with the topic, it makes for some terrifying scenes. The aliens look more like grotesque humans than creatures from another world, which makes them uniquely frightening. And the fact that they have no qualms about performing medical experiments without anesthesia seals the deal.

ID4 Aliens (Independence Day)

On the one hand, the aliens from Independence Day are pretty lame. After all, one punch from Will Smith will knock them out. But considering their technology allowed them to destroy every major city on the planet, we’re classifying them as “not to be messed with.”

Klingons (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

I’ve never trusted Klingons, and I never will. I can never forgive them for the death of Kirk’s boy. These physically imposing warriors like to kick ass and take names. Take Worf, for example. Does he look like someone you should mess with? I thought not.

Optimus Prime (Transformers)

Few things are more badass than a big rig. Optimus Prime, a giant robot from another planet who disguises himself as a big rig, is defiantly one of them. While the Transformers movies might suck, this iconic character does not. Bumblebee, on the other hand, does.

The Bugs (Starship Troopers)

Nobody likes bugs. Well, almost nobody. Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs liked those moths, but I digress. In Starship Troopers, the film’s heroes are forced to deal with bugs from another planet. Oh, and they’re humongous. A can of Raid isn’t going to cut it.

The Thing (The Thing)

How do you mess with an alien if you don’t even know it’s there? This is the problem posed by the Thing, a parasitic creature that takes on the appearance of its victims. The other problem: it’s capable of assimilating the entire planet in three years, should it ever reach civilization. Best not to mess with this thing.

The Predator (Predator)

Chances are you’ll never even get the opportunity to mess with a Predator. The best you can hope for is that the Predator will choose not to mess with you. A large humanoid creature from a warrior culture Predators are known not only for their physical prowess, but also their advanced weaponry. Unless you’re a trained commando or Danny Glover, you don’t stand much of a chance against these creatures. But if you do manage to fight hard enough, you might just win their respect.

The Xenomorph
(Alien)

Was there any doubt that the Xenomorph from the Alien franchise would be at the top of the list? Even the Predators have a hard time dealing with these remorseless killing machines. They’re quick, fearless, and in the right conditions, they breed like cockroaches. Unfortunately, your body could end up as part of the breeding process. Oh, and by the way, if you do manage to cut or shoot one of these things, you’ll have to worry about the acid runing through its veins. Good luck with that.

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Watch a Guy with a Handgun Fight a Ten-Story Tall Alien in ‘Skyline’ (Video) http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-a-guy-with-a-handgun-fight-a-ten-story-tall-alien-in-skyline-video/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-a-guy-with-a-handgun-fight-a-ten-story-tall-alien-in-skyline-video/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 I'm not exactly a weapons expert, nor do I know the first thing about armed combat. To make matters worse, I know next to nothing when it comes to protecting myself during an alien invasion. But what I do know is that if a creature that's as big as my apartment complex wants to pick a fight, I'm probably not going to stick around and throw down, especially if my only weapon is a handgun. But that sort of logic won't get your very far in this new Skyline clip, and it's probably for the best since the scene still looks pretty badass. (Dread Central) Watch some dude shoot spit-wads at a giant alien after the jump...

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I’m not exactly a weapons expert, nor do I know the first thing about armed combat. To make matters worse, I know next to nothing when it comes to protecting myself during an alien invasion. But what I do know is that if a creature that’s as big as my apartment complex wants to pick a fight, I’m probably not going to stick around and throw down, especially if my onl weapon is a handgun. But that sort of logic won’t get your very far in this new Skyline clip, and it’s probably for the best since the scene still looks pretty badass. (Dread Central)

Watch some dude shoot spit-wads at a giant alien after the jump…

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‘Skyline’ Trailer Rips Los Angeles a New A-hole http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/skyline-trailer-rips-los-angeles-a-new-a-hole/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/skyline-trailer-rips-los-angeles-a-new-a-hole/#comments Wed, 29 Sep 2010 18:29:13 +0000 Reza F. All of our Ferraris are doomed! Universal has dropped the brand spankin’ new trailer for Skyline. Getting down to brass tacks, aliens invade Los Angeles at 4:27AM. Eric Balfour, Britney...

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All of our Ferraris are doomed!

Universal has dropped the brand spankin’ new trailer for Skyline. Getting down to brass tacks, aliens invade Los Angeles at 4:27AM. Eric Balfour, Britney Daniel, and Donald Faison try to stop them. Nothing revolutionary, except that the break into our atmosphere before the buttcrack of dawn. These extraterrestrials are bigger inconsiderate pricks than most.

The film is directed by The Brothers Strausse, who know their way around special effects. I’ll give the film that. The effects look impressive. And I’m all for the vacuu abduction process. At least the abductees will be with friends during the alien sexual abuse.

Check out the trailer after the jump…


New’Skyline‘ Trailer Rips Los Angeles A New A-Hole! – Watch more horror

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‘Skyline’ Teaser Trailer Redefines Abduction http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/skyline-teaser-trailer-redefines-abduction/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/skyline-teaser-trailer-redefines-abduction/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 These new aliens are really efficient. Universal has released the trailer for Skyline. It stars Donald Faison from "Scrubs," Eric Balfour from "24," and Brittany Daniel from Club Dread. The film is about aliens abducting Los Angelenos, not unlike almost every other alien movie before it. However, I do enjoy the mass human collection, even if it makes zero sense logically. The aliens are just going to have a bunch of concussed people stumbling around their ship throwing up in the hallways. Skyline invades theaters November 12, 2010. Check out the trailer after the jump...

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These new aliens are really efficient.

Universal has released the trailer for Skyline. It stars Donald Faison from "Scrubs," Eric Balfour from "24," and Brittany Daniel from Club Dread. The film is about aliens abducting Los Angelenos, not unlike almost every other alien movie before it. However, I do enjoy the mass human collection, even if it makes zero sense logically. The aliens are just going to have a bunch of concussed people stumbling around their ship throwing up in the hallways.

Skyline invades theaters November 12, 2010.

Check out the trailer after the jump…

 

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First Teaser for Universal’s Sci-fi Thriller ‘Skyline’!! – Watch more horror

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