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EXODUS: GODS & KINGS

Christian Bale & 20th Century Fox presented select scenes (w/ temporary music & unfinished visual effects) from “Exodus: Gods & Kings,” which opens in theaters December.  Bale admitted his knowledge of organized religion was limited at best.  Being an avid researcher, he dove head first into reading up on all types of religious literature.  His ‘Go To’ religious film back in the day was, Charlton Heston in “Ten Commandments”

When director Ridley Scott first told Bale about this project, Christian asked, “Swords & Sandals?” To which Ridley replied, “Yeah, straight up.”  To my surprise, Bale admitted part of his research included watching two classic period comedies, Monty Python’s “Life of Brian,” and Mel Brooks, “History of the World Part 1.”  Do be serious, you have to be aware of humor. Bale needed to gauge what was funny & what wasn’t for Exodus God & Kings. In fact, when things were very heavy on the set, he’d think about those funny movies to lighten the mood.  Those films were used as a guide.  The cast includes: Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver, Sir Ben Kingsley, John Tuturro & Aaron Paul.

The footage I saw was outstanding.  The entire theater rumbled as the horse-drawn chariots raced along the desert floor.  It’s all there: The Burning Bush, parting of the Red Sea, 10 plagues terrorizing Egypt, 400 slaves in bondage.  When it’s all said & done, EXODUS will contain over 1,500 visual special effects shots. In Hollywood terms, it’s hard to fathom that this epic was shot in a mere 74 days. This is what movie making is all about & I for one, can’t wait.  Here’s a new trailer & a behind-the-scenes peek at Ridley Scott & his crew.

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Paul Film Freak Movie Review

When Simon Pegg fixates his crosshairs on a specific movie genre, the guy’s dead on target.  He went after Zombies movies & gave us the friggin’ hilarious, “Shaun of the Dead.”  “Hot Fuzz” was an actual cop movie with an actual brain.  This time, Simon Pegg & his buddy Nick Frost are moving at lightspeed with their foul-mouthed alien comedy, “Paul.”

Based on looks only, “Paul” is your typical, average everyday variety alien.  We’ve all see it before, big eyes, bigger head, skinny body with extremely long fingers.  Inside, Paul belts out the voice of burly Seth Rogen. It doesn’t just work, it works perfectly.  Credit to Rogen.

In the alien world, it seems if only in film, that their motto is, ”No Extra Terrestrial gets left behind.”  Enter two British pals, post Comic Con, criss-crossing America visiting any place rumored to have been touched by Alien life forms.  When they have a close encounter Paul, it’s too much for their earthly brains to process.  This is the Mothership Motherlode, blokes!

There’s always a heavy even in a comedy.  Leave that to Jason Bateman who plays it as  The Terminator dressed like one of the “Men In Black.”  No spoilers here.  As always, in their writing style, Pegg & Frost layer in subtle, amazing references to movies we love, like  “Back to the Future,” “Aliens,” “Indiana Jones” (at least twice,) “E.T.,” “Star Wars” and of course, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

Tasteless as it me be, I love Creative Cursing.  “Paul” & his human co-hearts cuss their way across the fruited plain.  Not just mere “F” Bombs, but well written smut providing a clear cut edge this type of comedy requires. Some will argue, it’s a less creative way to express yourself.  Maybe this is true.  Anyone offended by funny cursing in an “R” rated comedy will never be invited over to my house for late night obnoxious Karaoke & tequila shots.

“Paul” is the best Science Fiction Comedy since “Galaxy Quest.”  That’s a huge statement, but I have balls the size of Barrilium Spheres to prove it!

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