Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Horrible Bosses (2011)

Nick, Kurt and Dale are three friends with one thing in common; they all completely hate their bosses and are making their lives a living hell. But quitting is not an option for the guys, so they contemplate, hypothetically what if they were to get rid of them? What if they were to hire a hit-man to kill them? At first hesitant but then thinking about how happier their lives would be without them around, they meet an ex-con who helps them, suggesting to the trio to do the others crimes and make it look like an accident. However being amateurs in planning a caper, it is a lot more complicated then the men soon realize. Totally funny dark comedy; a crazy, non-stop laugh riot with a lot of raunchy humor. Starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland, Jamie Foxx 7/10 Rated R

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Character Spotlight: Eric Draven

Eric is a rock musician who's engaged to be married on Halloween, to his girlfriend Shelly Webster. However his life is tragically cut short when he is shot and stabbed the night before their wedding, and his girlfriend is brutally beaten and raped by a gang of lowly thugs. A year later on the same day, Eric is resurrected back from the dead and led by a black crow, to avenge his and Shelly's murder. Painting his eyes black and face white to look like a porcelain harlequin mask, Eric is ready to face his killers. He is played by Brandon Lee in the 1994 American Gothic film The Crow.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Iron Lady (2011)

This is the story of Margaret Thatcher, formerly Margaret Roberts who was a grocer's daughter growing up in Britain. As seen through flashbacks Margaret meets businessman and future husband Denis, is voted on to become a member of Parliament, and despite being in a political world of men runs in the race for British Prime Minister, the first female to ever do so. As shown in the present day, she is haunted by the ghost of her deceased husband. Streep is absolutely incredible, and plays Thatcher with such strong-will and conviction, as a woman who just wanted to make a difference in the world. Starring Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Iain Glen, Richard E. Grant, Anthony Head, Michael Maloney, Susan Brown, Nick Dunning, Alexandra Roach 8/10 Rated PG-13

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Character Spotlight: Mary Katherine Gallagher

Mary Katherine Gallagher resides in the little town of Besamee Heights, where she goes to Catholic School and because her parents had died, lives with her grandmother. She is the rewind girl at her local video store, and ever since she was a little girl she'd dream of becoming a superstar so she could get kissed. So when she finds out that her school is having a talent contest, she is most eager to enter it, despite her grandmother's refusal. Played by the hysterically funny comedienne Molly Shannon, Mary Katherine Gallagher was first seen on the sketch comedy and variety show Saturday Night Live and later made her film debut in the 1999 comedy Superstar. In spite of her accident-prone personality, Mary Katherine is an inspirational character, who believes in her dreams so strongly, no matter who or what puts her down which is very admirable.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

Cal Weaver and his wife Emily are getting a divorce after twenty-five years of marriage. Shocked and humiliated by this, Cal resorts to drinking in bars and going on and on about his wife cheating on him with another man. Until Cal meets Jacob Palmer, a smooth womanizer who transforms him into a confident ladies man. Meanwhile Cal's son Robbie is smitten with the babysitter Jessica but she's in love with Cal. And Hannah, a young law student who's almost sure her boyfriend is planning to propose to her ends up catching Jacob's eye. A crazy, hilarious screwball movie; the acting is great, the story is realistic and not the typically sweet chick-flick. Starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Marisa Tomei, Kevin Bacon 7/10 Rated PG-13


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Character Spotlight: Jack Dawson

A poor young man whose parents had died, Jack is quite the talented sketch artist, traveling to Paris and drawing portraits for ten cents a piece. He thinks he's the luckiest guy in the world when he wins a ticket on Titanic when playing poker. While aboard the ship meets rich debutante Rose Dewitt-Bukater when rescuing her from nearly falling off the luxury liner. He ends up falling in love with her, but their places in society are worlds apart and conflict with their ever- growing affections for each other. Played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1997 James Cameron film Titanic, Jack Dawson is a down-on-his luck character who is given a twist of fate, but at the ultimate price.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Top Ten Films About Horses

10. Wild Hearts Can't be Broken - 1991
9. A Day at the Races - 1937
8. Dreamer - 2005
7.  Flicka - 2006
6. Seabiscuit 2003
5. The Horse Whisperer - 1998
4. Black Beauty - 1971
3. Secretariat - 2010
2. War Horse - 2011
1. National Velvet - 1944

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)

It is Paris, 1792, during the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution. A mysterious figure is at large called The Scarlet Pimpernel (named after the red flower used as his insignia) who is helping to  prevent the people of France from being sent to the guillotine. Sir Percy Blakeney is a debonair aristocrat who meets and falls in love with a beautiful theater actress named Marguerite St. Just after he rescues her brother Armand. However Paul Chauvelin, a Frenchman who is also vying for Marguerite, plans to stop The Scarlet Pimpernel, afraid he'll try to restore the monarchy. Anthony Andrews is utterly charming in this interesting television movie, based on the novels The Scarlet Pimpernel and Eldorado by Baroness Orczy. Starring Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour, Ian McKellen, James Villiers, Malcolm Jamieson 7/10

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Character Spotlight: Martin Brody

Originally from the violent streets of New York City, Martin Brody is a police chief that is relocated to a small coastal island town called Amity. And despite having a terrible case of aqua-phobia, has a house near the water where he lives with his wife Ellen and sons Michael and Sean. So when a killer shark terrorizes the islanders of Amity on Fourth of July weekend, it is Martin's job as chief of police to deal with the situation and solve the problem, even if that means facing his worst fear. Played by Roy Scheider in the 1975 blockbuster hit Jaws, Martin Brody is a good cop and family man, but also gutsy and tough when he needs to be.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Toughest Female Characters in Film

It's not just the men who can get down and dirty when it is necessary. These female characters are all strong-willed, tough-as-nails and when they need to, they can kick some serious butt. Girl Power! That's why they're on my list of the toughest female characters in film.

10: Alabama Whitman
Played by: Patricia Arquette
In the Film: True Romance

9: Marge Gunderson
Played by: Frances McDormand
In the Film: Fargo 

8: Leeloo
Played by: Milla Jovovich
In the Film: The Fifth Element

7. Danielle De Barbarac
Played by: Drew Barrymore
In the Film: Ever After

6. Erin Brockovich
Played by: Julia Roberts
In the Film: Erin Brockovich

5. Valeria
Played by: Sandahl Bergman
In the Film: Conan the Barbarian

4. Guinevere 
Played by: Keira Knightley
In the Film: King Arthur

3. The Bride
Played by: Uma Thurman
In the Film: Kill Bill Volume 1

2. Ellen Ripley
Payed by: Sigourney Weaver
In the Film: Alien

1. Sarah Connor
Played by: Linda Hamilton
In the Film(s): The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day