The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Directed by: John Turtletaub

Synopsis: Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can’t do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It’ll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Release Date: July 14, 2010

The race for the Oscar for Best Visual Effects is on, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has put it into full gear by releasing the list of films that will comprise the final 15 contenders. As you might remember from previous years, this only the first cut. Over the next few weeks, the Academy’s visual effects branch will narrow the list down to seven films, then watch 15-minute clip reels and bring it down to five nominees for a January 25th announcement. Which leaves us the never-difficult task of picking through the list and deciding two things: which films we think deserve the 5 nominations, and which five films will actually get the nominations. First, lets take a look at the list.

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This Week in DVD

This week sees a first in the history of the column… at least I think it’s a first. Not only are there no new DVDs worth buying this week, but there are also none worth avoiding. It’s an all rental week here at the West Coast offices of FSR! That may be because this is a fairly light week of releases in general which is odd considering the proximity to Christmas, but just because the pickings are slim doesn’t mean they’re not worth watching. The DVD pick of the week is the surprisingly funny, dirty, and sweet romantic comedy Going the Distance. You shamefully missed in theaters… but now have a second chance to watch in the comfort of your own home and in the arms of someone you love to play with naked. Also out this week? Part three of the emotionally vacant Twilight series, Eclipse! Nicolas Cage playing with his wand in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice! Tom Cruise in Knight and Day, the better than expected action comedy with worse than expected CGI! Two documentaries about Walt Disney that both avoid the subject of cryogenics! And more!

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This Week in Blu-ray

As we gather for our first post-Black Friday, post-Cyber Monday, post-Turkducken day edition of This Week in Blu-ray, it isn’t very hard to see that most studios decided to take a bye week. Universal saw fit to release two Ben Stiller comedies, and not very well. Disney is bringing Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel to the party, as willy wizards surrounded by some of the more interesting effects work we’ve seen all year. They also took time to bring a truly beautiful animated musical (or two) to Blu-ray for the first time. Also, Rob Hunter stops by to recommend a movie with “kill” in the title, which is never a bad thing. All things considered, it may not be the most robust week of Blu-ray releases, but there are certainly some interesting twists and turns.

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Support Our Sponsor: Conception – The new film from Chris Nolan that will Get. You. Pregnant. This week, on a very special Reject Radio, we have more guests than ever before! In preparation for our trip to Comic-Con, Vic from Screen Rant, Danny from the Totally Rad Show, and our very own Robert Fure tell me what to pack and what they’ll be looking forward to when the huge media melee begins. Buy your tickets now for the Squat Thrust Off. We also find some time to review The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Inception.

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The Reject Report

Dear faithful movie goer.  I want you to do something.  Stand up, reach way around behind yourself, and give yourself a nice solid pat on the back.  That is if you’re one of about seven million people who went out and watched Inception this weekend.  You’ve succeeded in contributing to a grand success for a film that truly deserves it.  Sometimes the planets align just right and instead of getting super volcanoes and tectonic plates shifting (Sorry, I just watched 2012 again), you get a film like Inception which finds success both critically and financially.

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The Week That Was

Every Saturday, I abuse my power as Publisher of this website to pick and choose the best content from the past week. This week, it’s all about Inception. With Christopher Nolan’s latest in theaters, the halls of FSR were buzzing with coverage from the junket, chats with the composer and a milestone: our first A+ grade of the year. But wait! There’s more to the story this week. As we go around the horn, we check in with Rob Hunter’s fetish for the weirdest films of the world, we get ready for Comic-Con and we’re not exactly sold on David Fincher’s Facebook movie. This and more in The Week That Was…

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr celebrates the summer tent pole season with Christopher Nolan’s Inception, eager to watch the movie again and fall asleep just to see what happens. He also takes his kids to see The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and shows some love for Disney’s family adventures, even if they are a bit silly.

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This week sees the release of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which has absolutely nothing to do with Mickey Mouse tooling around with his wizard master’s magic spells to create a flood inside their home office caused by anthropomorphic brooms. Actually, it has partially something to do with that (for a few minutes) and the phrase “wizard master” sounds like Mickey is in the KKK. For that, I apologize. However, when I made fun of the idea of taking something like a short from Fantasia and changing it so egregiously in order to make a live-action, feature length film, Rob Hunter scoffed at my lack of vision and asked me if I could do better. I explained to him that I didn’t want to, because it was the bastardization that seemed lacking in creativity, but he was drunk on vegan rum, didn’t understand what I was saying, and wouldn’t stop hitting me with his Mac and Me DVD until I agreed to take on the challenge. What challenge? To take other Fantasia shorts and turn them into feature length films. If it sounds like a bad idea, that’s because it is.

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The Reject Report

There are few directors who elicit the type of hype based solely on their work, even fewer who do it with only five feature films under their belt.  Christopher Nolan though, is one such director. And the long wait for his latest film is finally over.  Inception hits theaters this Friday. Based on the buzz surrounding this film, I would say it’s a pretty safe venture to guess it’s going to imagine itself up a couple of million this weekend.  It’ll have the latest Jon Turteltaub/Nicolas Cage endeavor to contend with.  I’m not betting against Nolan.

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You’d think that the combination of awesome that is Nic Cage, Alfred Molina, and plasma orb throwing would make The Sorcerer’s Apprentice a sure bet. Sadly, this was not the case. While Jon Turteltaub brings us a reasonably entertaining romp through New York with plenty of magic, wizardry, and Cage one-liners — the viewer isn’t left with a lot of heart, or much reason to get emotionally invested in the characters. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is based on a 1797 poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, about a…well, a sorcerer and his apprentice. Most people know the story based on Disney’s Fantasia, the part of the apprentice played by the iconic Mickey Mouse. In the current iteration, a lot of story and background have been created to make this a full length film. The apprentice is Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a physics major at NYU with a past he’d like to forget.

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Nicolas Cage making The Sorcerer

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to participate in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice press junket in Los Angeles. The film follows Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage), a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can’t do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. Participating in the junket were stars Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel along with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Jon Turtletaub. Below the jump are notes from the conference, straight from my trusty tape recorder to you.

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With The Last Airbender and Twilight: Eclipse behind us, it’s becoming more and more easy to call this summer a relative bust. All that stands between Summer 2010 now and the bowels of history is Christopher Nolan’s Inception, or so you might think. Over the past few weeks I’ve become increasingly interested in the Jerry Bruckheimer produced magic-a-thon The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. And it has nothing to do with Nicolas Cage’s funky hair-do.

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There sure is a lot of damned treasure stashed around this country. Thankfully we’re going to keep on finding it.

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Wondercon: The Sorcerer

I’d be lying if I said I had previously been looking forward to this summer’s Nicolas Cage flick, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Early teasers haven’t done much to dampen my disinterest, but a couple of new scenes from the movie may have succeeded where those teasers failed.

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WonderCon

WonderCon 2010 hits San Francisco this weekend, and once again I’ll be there soaking in the movie previews, hot cosplay ladies, and eclectic merchant booths. And unlike last year I’m determined to enjoy it all goddammit.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we change the entire face of the internet film podcast world by doing the show in photo-realistic 3D.

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Just when Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans almost had us convinced that the man hadn’t forgotten how to act, and the prospect of him teaching a teen girl to kill in Kick-Ass had us wondering about a Nic Cage resurgence, he goes and does a movie like this.

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You don’t need to know anything other than that inside this post are hot pictures of Monica Bellucci.

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The folks at Disney know that in order to get intelligent guys to go out and see another Nic Cage movie, it is going to take some heat. Enter Monica Bellucci.

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A real rocknrolla in Disney

Toby Kebbell will face off against Nicolas Cage and Nicolas Cage’s Magic Hair Piece for supremacy in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

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