Saturday, December 31, 2011

Sexiest Sex Scenes

Body Heat - 1981
Don't Look Now - 1973
Last Tango in Paris - 1972
9 1/2 Weeks - 1986
Risky Business - 1983
Fatal Attraction - 1987
The Scarlet Letter - 1995
Unfaithful - 2002
Basic Instinct - 1992
Desperado - 1995
Poison Ivy - 1992
Original Sin - 2001
Wild Orchid - 1989

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Don't Look Now (1973)

After the tragic accidental drowning of their daughter Christine, John Baxter and his wife Laura travel to Venice because the bishop requests John to restore and old church. While dining in a restaurant, Laura has an encounter with two elderly sisters, one of whom is blind and claims she's psychic, telling Laura that she saw her daughter. Convinced that the old lady really did see her daughter, she meets the two women again and they perform a seance to try and contact her. Afterward, she tells John that Christine has warned them that he is in danger and to leave Venice, but John doesn't believe in any of it. Morning after they receive a phone call that their son was injured in an accident, which prompts Laura to return while John stays to finish his restoration project. A strange and haunting film, most famous because of the explicit sex scene between Christie and Sutherland that was quite controversial at the time it was released. Starring Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason, Clelia Matania 7/10

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Character Spotlight: Hannibal Lecter

Nicknamed "Hannibal the Cannibal", Hannibal Lecter is a brilliant psychiatrist whose very particular about what he likes to eat. FBI special agent Will Graham had discovered Lecter's sick and gruesome murders in which he killed, then literally cooked and ate his victims. Committed to a mental institution, Lecter is sought out to help out FBI Agent trainee Clarice Starling to catch another serial killer. First introduced in Thomas Harris' novel "Red Dragon" and later played by Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins in "The Silence of the Lambs", Lecter is one of the most frightening character villains in cinema.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Best Christmas Movies

It's a Wonderful Life - 1946
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - 1989
A Christmas Story - 1983
Scrooge - 1951
Miracle on 34th Street - 1947
Die Hard - 1988
Disney's A Christmas Carol - 2009
Scrooged - 1988
A Muppet Christmas Carol - 1992

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

Three single women; Jane, Sukie and Alexandra are all friends living in a boring little town called Eastwick, New England. They haven't had much luck with men and one night discuss their ideal man, not realizing of course that all of them are witches and conjure him up. Enter Daryl Van Horne, a mysterious man who arrives in Eastwick rather suddenly and ends up buying the town's landmark, The Lennox Estate. Alex is the first to meet him, and finds herself utterly repulsed by him but ends up sleeping with him anyway. Soon after he seduces Jane and Sukie as well, but the three women find that Daryl isn't as perfect as they begin to realize. Nicholson plays the usual eccentric character, while Cher, Pfeiffer and Sarandon are all wonderful and have great chemistry. Starring Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer 7/10

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mean Creek (2004)

Shy and small Sam tells his older brother Rocky about the school bully, a fat dyslexic kid named George beating him up. So Rocky and his friends Clyde and Marty devise a plan to get some revenge on George. They invite him on a boating trip, to give Sam a supposed "birthday party". Sam also brings along his girlfriend Millie, but doesn't tell her about the plan or that George is coming along with them to the river. She demands to know what's going on, so Sam tells her that they're going to dare George, then making him run home naked. But Millie makes Sam promise not to do anything to him. Sam talks to Rocky, but he thinks that George deserves it for being a bully. However what starts out being a harmless prank turns into a tragic and shocking accident. An interesting and thought-provoking tale about bullying and teen adolescence. Starring Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan, Josh Peck, Carly Schroeder 7/10

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Character Spotlight: Jack Torrance

Jack Torrance, a recovering alcoholic trying to be a good husband and family man despite his violent temper, is a school teacher looking for some peace and quiet to write his novel. The perfect opportunity comes up when he's offered the job to look after The Overlook Hotel, a gigantic resort hotel in breathtaking Colorado for the winter. So he, along with his wife Wendy and son Danny drive up to the hotel to stay. However Jack develops a serious case of writer's block, and as he stays at the hotel, he is seemingly possessed by dark forces haunting the hotel. First introduced in Stephen King's novel "The Shining", Jack was portrayed later on by the incomparable Jack Nicholson in the film directed by Stanley Kubrick. Jack Torrance is like a ticking time bomb waiting to explode and is by far one of the most psychotic characters to ever grace the silver screen.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Best Coming-of-Age Movies

The Professional - 1994
The Breakfast Club - 1985
The Graduate - 1967
Stand by Me - 1986
The Outsiders - 1983
American Graffiti - 1973
Sixteen Candles - 1984
The Virgin Suicides - 1999
Almost Famous - 2000
The Basketball Diaries - 1995
Thirteen - 2003
The Goonies - 1985
The Sandlot - 1993
My Girl - 1991

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince (2009)

It is Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; former potions professor Horace Slughorn has come back, and the danger of the dark lord is greater than ever. Harry finds a book on Advanced Potion Making, which he discovers was owned by someone named "The Half-Blood Prince". Harry suspects Draco Malfoy maybe a Death Eater, one of Voldemort's followers. Harry finds out more about Tom Riddle (aka Lord Voldemort) and sees what he was like when he was a student at Hogwarts, and discovers what can destroy him. Meanwhile he begins to fall for Ginny, Ron's sister. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Jim Broadbent, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis, Julie Walters 7/10

Monday, December 12, 2011

Best Movies about Musicians & Composers

Amadeus - 1984
Immortal Beloved - 1994
Sid and Nancy - 1986
The Pianist - 2002
Walk the Line - 2005
I'm Not There - 2007
The Runaways - 2010
Across the Universe - 2007
Beyond the Sea - 2004
La Bamba - 1987
The Buddy Holly Story - 1978
The Doors - 1991
A Hard Day's Night - 1964
Selena - 1997

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Character Spotlight: Norma Desmond

A once young and promising silent-film star, Norma Desmond is now an old and forgotten has-been living in an era that has long since passed her by. Residing in a lavish mansion on Sunset Boulevard with her butler and former director Max von Mayerling, Norma dreams of being in pictures again for Paramount Studios under the direction of Cecil B. DeMille. Brilliantly played by Gloria Swanson (who ironically had a similar career slump but which was resurrected by director Billy Wilder), Desmond is an iconic character that despite her eccentric nature is sympathetic. She has since been played by Glenn Close in the Broadway musical production of Sunset Boulevard and spoofed in an hilarious comedy skit by Carol Burnett.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Summer in Genoa (2008)

After his wife is killed in a tragic car accident, British professor Joe moves for a year with his two daughters Kelly and Mary to Genoa, Italy. While there they meet Barbara, an old friend of Joe's from Harvard. He teaches at the university, while older daughter Kelly gets sexually involved with a young Italian man, younger daughter Mary sees her dead mother from time to time and feels increasingly responsible for her death. Terrific performances in an emotional film; as well as wonderful look at the beautiful Italian landscape. Starring Colin Firth, Catherine Keener, Hope Davis, Willa Holland, Perla Haney-Jardine 7/10

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Best Political Movies

The Manchurian Candidate - 1962
The Contender - 2000
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington - 1939
All the President's Men - 1976
Nixon - 1995
Election - 1999
Dick - 1999

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Character Spotlight: Norman Bates

Tall, slender, and seemingly normal, your first impression of Norman is that he's a charming but introverted guy, with a boy-next-door personality. However underneath the surface there is more than meets the eye, something dark and disturbing inside him. After his mother died, Norman inherited his mother's house and ran the family motel in Fairvale, California. But unbeknownst to anyone, Norman kept his mother's corpse preserved in the fruit cellar and started to act like her, even talking in her voice and dressing up in her clothes to make the illusion of his mother being alive seem real. Because after all, as Norman states, "A boy's best friend is his mother." Brilliantly played by Anthony Perkins, the character of Bates was partly based on real-life serial killer Ed Gein.

Friday, December 2, 2011

A Good Year (2006)

Max Skinner is a merciless bonds trader who loves to make money and believes that winning isn't everything, it's the only thing. So when he finds out that his uncle Henry, whom he lost touch with has passed away and left him his chateau and vineyard in France, Max thinks that once it's fixed up would be a great place to sell and make a profit from. But when he returns to the beautiful Napa Valley, his memory takes him back to his childhood and the wonderful summers he spent there with Henry. He also meets a beautiful cafe owner Fanny Chenal, and a young girl named Christie Roberts who claims she's Henry's long lost daughter. An enjoyable film with a lovely backdrop of the French countryside. Starring Russell Crowe, Albert Finney, Marion Cotillard, Abbie Cornish, Tom Hollander, Freddie Highmore 7/10