Gabriel von Grünbaum


The Cabin in the Woods - The Safe-to-Read Review!

Posted by Gabriel von Grünbaum Thursday, April 19th

Don't watch the trailers.  Don't read any reviews (except this one).  If you're a fan of horror movies, or if you're not but a some good natured gore doesn't bother you terribly - and if you enjoy being delighted (my audience was squealing, giggling and applauding) - drop any expectations or preconcieved notions, good or bad, and go sit in a dark theater for this little cinematic adventure.  Moral of this review?  An endorsement.  My heartfelt thanks to Joss and company.  I must say no more! Read more

The Hunger Games - Don't Eat a Big Meal Beforehand

Posted by Gabriel von Grünbaum Tuesday, April 3rd

Thanks for the headache, jerks.  I was pretty sure that the near dystopian future would not only be plagued by evil reality television show producers (is there another kind?) and a sadistic government (ditto?), but who knew that it would also suffer from perpetual earthquakes.  Poor Katniss Everdeen, the camera shakes as she battles baddies, the camera shakes as she runs through the woods and the camera shakes as she combs her hair.  Was the camera crew that frightened of her?  My friend saw it before me and warned me, but he really is kind of a wuss when it comes. Read more

Gabriel von Grünbaum commented on The Trailer Park, No.004 – The Green Hornet

Wednesday, January 19th
Welp... I was right. And I liked it!

What Could Inception’s Success Mean for Hollywood?

Posted by Gabriel von Grünbaum Friday, July 23rd

Inception made $62.8 million domestically on opening weekend.  Not bad at all.  But as time marches on, we could find that that weekend will end up marking a turning point in Hollywood; fingers crossed.  What?  How?  Why?  Let’s start at the beginning of this experience. My favorite trailers give me a hint of the broad concept of a movie – “Your Mind is the Scene of the Crime.”  They’ll lay out the setting – maybe a dream world where you’ll fly about through the halls of a building, like a sock in dryer, with the remarkably talented and well dressed Joseph. Read more

The Trailer Park, No.004 – The Green Hornet

Posted by Gabriel von Grünbaum Sunday, June 27th

Hey!  Whoa!  Very first The Green Hornet trailer has just come out.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but to me it seemed to suddenly jump from “forgotten in development turn-around” to “coming soon” right outta nowhere.  Of course “coming soon” means January 2011. So what’s the story here?  What’s going on with this thing?  Should we be getting excited?  What do we have to look forward to? Uh… it’s written by Seth Rogen.  This is a very silly man – very. We may part ways here.  I’ve noticed people often have a strong reaction to Seth.  Some find him instantly. Read more

Movie Review – A for The A-Team

Posted by Gabriel von Grünbaum Thursday, June 17th

Okay, so maybe you enjoyed Shrek in three dimensions with the kids, but getting dragged to Sex and the City 2?!  (Once wasn’t enough!?)  Or (hopefully not, and) were you dragged to either of this year’s newly minted most-specific-movie-genre-ever flicks?  Hopefully you have no idea what I’m talking about.  The new genre is romance about the postal service and Amanda Seyfried – Dear John, Letters to Juliet.  Let’s see, there’s rom-com and dramady… what do we call this one?  Rom-post-fried?  Amanticpostal?  Frankly, Amanda, I think we were all happier when your boobs could tell us that there was a 30%. Read more

The Trailer Park, No.003 – Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Posted by Gabriel von Grünbaum Monday, May 24th

Okay, this trailer is all flash bang boom.  Me likey.  Looks like high octane almost summer fun.  No, really.  Popcorn adventure in a cool dark cavernous room while the sun starts sizzling outside the theater?  Marvelous.  Sign me up and take my money.  If you like staring at Mr. Donnie Darko himself, Jake Gyllenhaal, this may be your best chance yet as the brooding emo man-meat is all sweaty biceps in the sand here.  My absolutely favorite part of James Bond’s Quantum of Solace?  The done-away-with far too soon, Strawberry Fields.  Well, actress Gemma Arterton is back and now as. Read more

The Trailer Park, No.002 – Robin Hood

Posted by Gabriel von Grünbaum Friday, May 14th

Robin Hood.  Nope.  No thanks.  I’m good.  I’ve seen it in black white.  I’ve seen it as a cartoon.  I’ve seen it played by an American.  I’ve seen it parodied.  I think I’m good.  This is nothing against director Ridley Scott – love the man.  Love Alien (giddy about his just announced prequels!), Blade Runner and Legend… oh yeah, Thelma & Louise – when he’s on his game he’s creating a whole world for you to explore!  Blade Runner rocked my world and is still inspiring me to this day.  Even when he’s half-assing it you still get a Gladiator or. Read more

Sexy Geek is the New Black: Adventures at Comic Con

Posted by Gabriel von Grünbaum Monday, May 3rd

The Wizard World Comic Con at the Anaheim Convention Center was just held the other weekend, April 16th through the 18th – same weekend as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was taking place deep in the California desert.  What an interesting contrast for weekend event planning.  It’s the geeks versus the stoners, while the jocks headed to the Staples Center to watch the Lakers defend their standing on the way to the NBA finals against the Okalahoma City Thunder (87-79, Lakers. – suck it, Thunder).  Looks like you can take the people out of high school, but you. Read more

The Trailer Park, No.001 - TRON Legacy

Posted by Gabriel von Grünbaum Wednesday, April 7th

Okay, this TRON Legacy teaser trailer is some cool shit.  I’m totally stoked and nothing’s going to keep me from standing in line on opening day (unless one of you hooks me up with a private screening – in which case you’ll have earned yourself a love slave or a Dr. Pepper). The first teaser (the VFX Concept Test) that came out July 29th, 2009, where a lightcycle rider is trying to escape another rider who amazingly turns out to be a young Jeff Bridges as (I could only assume it to be) Clu, bred some fears I’m happy to say. Read more