Sunday, December 30, 2012
Les Misérables, adapted from one of the most popular musicals ever created, is a movie that fans will adore as all of the appropriate notes are hit (pun intended) by Oscar winning director Tom Hooper and a cast filled with superstar talent. The original story comes from the Victor Hugo novel of the same name which was written in 1862 and is widely considered one of the greatest novels of its time.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Following the outrageous success of his revenge fantasy, Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino now gives us another tale of redemption starring Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained. I will admit, I was a late comer to the Tarantino bandwagon compared to most other people that follow his work. Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed Pulp Fiction the first time I saw it, but it wasn't until Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2 that I really became a fan of his unique way of creating movies that simultaneously honor cinema's rich history while pushing the boundaries of what is creatively possible.
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Monday, December 24, 2012
Zombies have been around for a long time now, at least in the movies anyway, yet I'm pretty sure you've never seen them portrayed quite like this before. Warm Bodies looks to combine the classic tale of the undead with action and teen romance all while showing how our favorite walking corpses may not be the mindless brain munching monstrosities we've always known them to be.
This is 40 is known as "The Sort-of Sequel to Knocked Up" but turns out to be only sort of what writer/director Judd Apatow set out to create. Taking two of the characters from his previous hit film and giving them their own movie may have seemed like a good idea, but you still have to deliver a quality story with characters you are compelled to watch. Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann attempt to fill that promise by reprising their roles as married couple coming to terms with hitting the big four-zero.
Friday, December 14, 2012
The Fast and Furious franchise is one that I have never been overly fond of. The first one was decent, but all others that followed were just not very good at all in my opinion. Fast Five takes the whole idea of what these movies are all about and turns them on their head with lots of big time action and less of a focus on the import car culture and racing.
So, there's this little movie that you may have heard of called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It is set to arrive in theaters with modest expectations built off of director Peter Jackson's previous works, all of which involve adaptations of some author named Tolkien. Whatever your expectations are of this movie, I would honestly encourage you to check them at the theater door and just be prepared to let Mr. Jackson and company take you along on their little adventure.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Killing Them Softly is a movie adapted from a novel written by George V. Higgins under the direction of Andrew Dominik. The film stars Brad Pitt as a hit man brought in to clean up a mess made by a group of guys who had no business messing with a mob controlled card game.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Columbia Pictures seemed to be taking a chance by using a young, unproven director in Jonathan Liebesman to create a movie that would tell a very unique science fiction story without the help of any big name, box office stars. Utilizing a raw, documentary-like film making style to show how a single military squad would perform during an alien invasion, Battle Los Angeles attempts to take viewers right in to the middle of dramatic moments and intense battle scenes.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Have you ever wished political cartoons would come to life and be more than one or two small animated panels in your favorite newspaper? Well, actress and writer America Young (fitting name, right?) decided to write a short film that will take you on a metaphorical journey in to this past year's Presidential election and turn your wishes in to reality.
After watching the official announcement trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness multiple times, I realized that it deserved a careful and detailed analysis which you will find below the video itself. This will give you, my faithful readers, a chance to view the clip for yourself before reading what I have to say about the trailer for the trailer (I know, right?!) for what is sure to be one of next year's biggest blockbuster movies.
With a resumé that includes movies like Seven Pounds and The Pursuit of Happyness, both of which featured the one and only Will Smith, Gabriele Muccino seemed like a good choice to direct a cast filled with several big name stars in screenwriter Robbie Fox's Playing for Keeps. The tag line for the film asks "What do you really want?" and my answer to that is just to see a movie that doesn't suck.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
As the holiday season kicks in to high gear, so does the video release schedule for all your favorite movies from the past several months. To help you make an informed decision on what to buy, rent , or pass on, I am providing you with my reviews for this week's biggest releases.
2012 has been a very interesting year for animated features as Pixar has lost a little bit of its luster as the dominant studio and competition like Dreamworks and 20th Century Fox have risen to a much more respectable level. You can now throw Laika Entertainment in to the ring as well with a surprisingly entertaining stop motion animated effort from the people that previously brought Coraline to movie-going audiences.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
For Marvel Studios, Thor is a very important movie and a critical piece of a puzzle that, when fully assembled, will culminate with The Avengers joining forces on screen in what could be the biggest super hero movie of all time. To help stack the deck, they have brought in a load of top notch talent including Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, and Stellan Skarsgård along with rising star Chris Hemsworth who is tasked with bringing the God of Thunder to life.
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Friday, November 23, 2012
Yes, this is a remake of the 1984 movie of the same name which starred the likes of Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, and Lea Thompson. The original took advantage of lingering fears over the Cold War and how American citizens might react to a Soviet invasion. This time around, the story is reshaped to fit more modern times using North Korea as the villainous invaders and a new crop of young talent including Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, and Adrianne Palicki.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
If you have read the book this movie is based on, you are well aware of just how good a theatrical version can be and I'm sure you are desperately hoping they don't mess it up. If you have not read the book, then you are like me and have no idea what this story is about. Everyone knows how good of a director Ang Lee is based on a diverse resume that includes Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, and Sense and Sensibility (We're all trying to forget his Hulk movie, right?) so Life of Pi should be in more than capable hands.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
You most likely fall into one of two camps when it comes to the Paranormal Activity series. You either can't stand them and wonder why they exist, or you just can't get enough of the franchise that currently reigns as king of the found footage sub-genre of horror films. As for me, I enjoy the series and have been looking forward to what directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman have in store for us now.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The Man with the Iron Fists is the debut directorial effort of The Rza who is also a founding member and producer of iconic hip hop group The Wu Tang Clan. The group's musical style has always been heavily influenced by old school kung fu flicks and their eclectic soundtracks so this seems like a natural transition for the man who also composed the musical score for Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill movies.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Star Wars Episode VII now has a connection with two Oscar winning movies including Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine. The official Star Wars blog has announced that award winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay for the new Star Wars film.
This is exciting news as it adds an immediate level of quality to a production that will come with extremely high expectations.
What do you think about this announcement? Are you excited for more Star Wars movies? What type of stories would you like to see from Disney and Lucasfilm as they continue to expand the universe that George Lucas created back in the late 70's.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
After too long of a wait (MGM bankruptcy issues), Bond is back and quite possibly better than ever! With Skyfall, Daniel Craig continues his successful run as 007 along with Judy Dench as MI6 leader "M" in a movie that turns the spy game inside out. Lots of new characters are introduced, both good and bad, and Sam Mendes has now taken over the directing duties for the longest running franchise in movie history.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Disney's animation department has seen its share of ups and downs over the years with Pixar taking the spotlight away from what was once considered the gold standard and basically the only game in town. Now you also have Dreamworks and 20th Century Fox raising the level of competition to even greater heights to the point where Walt Disney Animation Studios has lost some of its former luster, but hopes to regain that former glory with an all new hero in Wreck-It Ralph.
For those of you that are debating exactly which movie theater will give you the most bang for your hard earned buck when you are ready to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I have put together some information that I hope will help you make the right choice.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
In the hands of a director as highly regarded as Steven Spielberg, you know that a movie about the 16th President of the United States of America would be in more than capable hands. When you add the always amazing Daniel Day Lewis in the role of Mr. Lincoln to the equation, then you are bound to get something truly special.
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Monday, November 5, 2012
Thursday, November 1, 2012
As the poster above advertises, The Sessions has been a big hit at film festivals around the world. Writer and director Ben Lewin has adapted an amazing true story for the big screen and filled it with actors that can deliver performances that fit the material perfectly. If that's not enough then you should also know that Helen Hunt gets all kinds of naked!!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Hey kids! This post is a compilation of all the reviews for movies that would fit in to the horror genre that have been released this year. They should all either be available on video, streaming, or in theaters now so if you need something to watch for tonight, then look no further.
We've got your Halloween movie viewing covered!
We've got your Halloween movie viewing covered!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
I would hope that writing a review of Cloud Atlas would be nowhere near as daunting of a task as actually making the movie, but I can't help feel like I wouldn't be able to do it justice by just typing a few words.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Six years after the first installment of the Silent Hill series, Revelation looks to raise the stakes with bigger effects, more scares, and some in-your-face 3D that will have audiences jumping out of their seats. Based on the popular video game franchise, these movies have a distinct visual style unlike anything else ever put into a movie and writer/director Michael J. Bassett does his best to provide a story that matches the creepiness of what you are seeing on the screen.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
FAR is short film directed by Brian Crewe and was written by Marion Kerr who also stars in the movie alongside Andre Hall. The movie was an official selection of the Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival and has won many awards at film festivals around the country.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
You'll notice, I did say "should".
Monday, October 22, 2012
I've been waiting for both Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence to take on roles that would really allow them to show off their acting abilities since, up until now, we've mainly seen them in big time blockbuster movies playing the type of characters that don't really allow actors to go all in with their performances. While they have both done solid work to this point, I could always tell there was something more they both could give if they had the right characters to play. Silver Linings Playbook just happens to throw them both together into a story that is as oddly original as it is charmingly entertaining.
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