Friday, March 30, 2012

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead (2009)

Julian Marsh is unemployed and living in his dad's office. Until his father suggests going to a theater where they're looking for a director for an off-Broadway production of Hamlet. However it's very a different take on the Shakespeare play, involving undead vampires, written by Theo who also just happens to be one. Despite the weirdness of it all Julian takes on the job as director, while pining for his ex-girlfriend Anna who's dating Bobby Bianchi, who thinks he's a mobster. Bloody hilarious and fiendishly good fun. Starring Jake Hoffman, Devon Aoki, Chip Zien, John Ventimiglia, Kris Lemche, Geneva Carr, Ralph Macchio, Jeremy Sisto 6/10

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Top Ten Films of Tim Roth

1. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
2. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1990)
3. Pulp Fiction (1994)
4. Made in Britain (1982)
5. Rob Roy (1995)
6. Vincent and Theo (1989)
7. Gridlock'd (1997)
8. Hoodlum (1997)
9. Youth Without Youth (2007)
10. Funny Games (2008) 

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Flowers of War (2011)

The time is December 1937. Nanjing, China is bombed by Japan. An American mortician named John Miller is sent to Winchester Cathedral, a convent for Catholic girls to bury their head priest Father Ingleman. While there, prostitutes from the red-light district come to seek refuge inside the church, where the leader Yu Mo asks John to help them escape out of Nanjing. So John poses as a priest to protect them and the girls of the convent from the Japanese soldiers, while fixing up an old truck so they can leave China. Brutally violent, emotionally heartbreaking and powerful, Flowers of War is one film that will stay with you long after it's over. Christan Bale gives a sensational performance. Starring Christan Bale, Ni Ni, Zhang Xinyi, Tong Dawei, Atsuro Watabe, Shigeo Kobayashi and Cao Kefan  8/10 Rated R

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Character Spotlight: Harry Potter

Harry Potter, also known as The Chosen One and The Boy Who Lived, was a very special person since he was a little boy. Born to James and Lily Potter, Harry had the unfortunate luck of losing both parents at a young age, and was adopted by his Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia. But his uncle and aunt, along with their son Dudley treat him rotten despite their relations. Years later at Harry's eleventh birthday, he finds out that he's a famous wizard who defeated the most evil of wizards, Lord Voldemort, aka He Who must Not Be Named and that he's been invited to attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy, where young girls and boys are taught to be pristine witches and wizards. Played by Daniel Radcliffe in eight films based upon the best-selling adventure series by J.K. Rowling, Harry will no doubt become one of the most beloved characters in children's literature.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Water for Elephants (2011)

Jacob is a handsome and promising young veterinary student with bright dreams. But when a tragic accident leaves him without any money or a place to live, he decides to leaves school and hop aboard a freight train, which just so happens to be the traveling Benzini Brothers Circus. Not long after he starts to work there with the animals and is drawn to Marlena, a beautiful performer who works with horses and just so happens to be the wife of August, the circus owner and animal trainer. However, when one of the horses can't perform anymore, August brings in a smart elephant named Rosie for the newest act. With their common interest on Rosie, Marlena and Jacob become friends and fall in love, but the romance is threatened by August and his violent temper. A wonderfully moving and romantic story, based on the novel by Sara Gruen. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz, Hal Holbrook 8/10 Rated PG-13

Monday, March 19, 2012

Character Spotlight: Loretta Castorini

Loretta Castorini is an accountant living in Brooklyn, New York with her Italian family. She has been a widow for seven years after her husband died in a tragic bus accident. Now currently she's engaged to Johnny Cammareri, who knew her husband. When he leaves to tend to his dying mother, Loretta is asked to contact his younger brother Johnny and invite him to their wedding. However on meeting Ronnie, who has had his share of misfortune and heartbreak, she finds herself making a connection with him. Portrayed by Cher (in an Oscar-winning role) in the 1987 film Moonstruck, Loretta Castorini is a strong character who believes that when it comes to love, life hasn't been too lucky for her, until an unlikely man comes into her life to change everything.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Closer (2004)

Dan is an obituary writer who meets Alice, a stripper when she's hit by a car. A year later, Dan writes a book about Alice and he's photographed by Anna Cameron, whom he's immediately attracted to. Meanwhile, Dan converses with a dermatologist named Larry Gray in a chat room and pretends he's Anna, saying he wants to meet her, but Larry has no idea he's the victim of a joke. Soon after the opening of Anna's exhibition, Dan confesses that he's having an affair with Anna. At the same time, Anna confesses to Larry that she's been with Dan. Far from a romantic date movie by any means, this is a story of four selfish people who lie, betray, and cheat on each other. All four of the stars in the film are terrific. Based on the 1997 play by Patrick Marber. Starring Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Clive Owen 7/10 Rated R

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Top Ten Films of Colin Firth

1. The King's Speech - 2010
2. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - 2011
3. Valmont - 1989
4. The Girl with a Pearl Earring - 2003
5.Dorian Gray - 2009
6. Mamma Mia! -2008
7. A Summer in Genoa - 2008
8. The Last Legion - 2007
9. Love Actually - 2003
10. Camille - 1984

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Blow Out (1981)

Travolta plays Jack Terry, a sounds effects guy who one night while out recording sounds for a movie, hear a shot, a blow out and sees a car drive over a bridge and crash into the water. He ends up saving the girls that is in the car, but later discovers that a governor who was also inside the car, was not so lucky. After finding this out however, Jack believes that it wasn't an accidental blow out, that someone deliberately shot at the car in order to kill the governor. An interesting and gripping film, easily one of Travolta's best performances. Starring John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz 7/10 Rated R

Friday, March 9, 2012

Top Films about UFO's

Alien - 1979
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial - 1982
Close Encounters of the Third Kind - 1977
Independence Day - 1997
War of the Worlds - 1953
The Day the Earth Stood Still - 1951
Invasion of the Body Snatchers - 1956
The Thing from Another World - 1951
Men in Black - 1997

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Most Annoying Movie Cliches

1. When someone asks a secret and the other person replies, "If I told you, I'd have to kill you."
2. The villain usually has an outrageously elaborate plan to take over the world
3. The villain makes a long and boring speech before trying to kill the good guy instead of just doing it right away
4. The black guy saying, "That's what I'm talkin' about"
5. The dumbest person in the movie almost always plays the annoying sidekick
6. Someone hides in the house instead of running out of the front door
7. The good guy/hero never runs out of bullets or needs reloading
8. When running from a serial killer/psycho/villain, the victim runs and trips but the killer walks really slow
9. The cops almost always show up to the scene of the crime after the whole thing is over
10. The Nine Lives Effect: The killer is presumed dead, but still gets up at least two or three more times
11. When someone wants to get away in a car, it almost always doesn't start
12. The best friend/neighbor/wife sneaks up on the someone
13. The hero and villain stand on opposite sides and run really fast toward one another
14. The victim in a horror movie sits sprawled on the floor waiting for the killer to murder them instead of running away
15. The Cry-Wolf Effect: When someone sees a monster and tries to show it to other people it's never there
16. The girl and guy hate each other's guts and by the end of the film they're in love
17. The best friend always sleeps with their friends' girlfriend/boyfriend
18. Explosions are always in slow motion
19. The car never runs out of gas
20. In every horror film it's either dark or raining or lightning/thundering outside

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Black Swan (2010)

Portman plays Nina, an obsessive, self-conscious yet immensely talented ballet dancer who wants to become a big star. So when her theater company plans to do a new and different version of Swan Lake, Nina is extremely determined to be part of it. Until another young dancer named Lily arrives, whom Nina is convinced after she lands the lead of the Swan Queen that Lily is trying to take her place. A mind-bending, psychological thrill ride that pulls you in and will not let go; Natalie Portman is absolutely extraordinary. Starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder 8/10 Rated R

Friday, March 2, 2012

Character Spotlight: Carlito Brigante

After spending five years in prison for a thirty year sentence, Puerto Rican drug dealer Carlito Brigante is let out, largely thanks to a legal technicality found by his friend and lawyer David Kleinfeld. However, life outside of prison isn't an easy one, especially when he reunites with his old gangster pals and they want to pull him back into a life of drugs and crime. But Carlito vows to go straight, and has his own dream of retiring to the Caribbean where he plans to open a car rental place. The character of Carlito was originally introduced in two novels written by Edwin Torres: After Hours the first and Carlito's Way the sequel. In actuality, the story of Carlito is somewhat based on the neighborhood barrio Torres grew up in, and is what inspired him to tell the story of Carlito. The sequel Carlito's Way was later made into a 1993 film, starring Al Pacino.