Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Interview with Clint Eastwood

Love Clint Eastwood and his movies. I found this interview very interesting and hope you will enjoy watching it also.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Avatar: The Movie (New Extended HD Trailer)

Avatar: The Movie (New Extended HD Trailer)

I saw the movie Avatar in 3D the other day. It was my first 3D movie, and all I can say is wow. You really have to see this movie in 3D that is the only way to see it.

I thought the story and plot were very well done, it has many parallels to today's situations with war and global warming and the loss of resources in the real world.

The new technologies developed my James Cameron truly are amazing, I went into the movie thinking that there is no way this can live up to the hipe, but in my opinion it does.

Great movie, I give it my strongest recommendation.

Friday, January 9, 2009

How to Read a Film: The World of Movies, Media, Multimedia

How to Read a Film:
The World of Movies, Media, Multimedia:
Language, History, Theory
How to Read a Film: The World of Movies, Media, Multimedia: Language, History, Theory
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According to Samson Raphaelson, Film Comment
"This book is a compliment to the reader....Monaco's spirit is gracious; he has a gift for making accumulations of detail relevant and uncluttered. His manner is modest and undidactic, and he is painstakingly scrupulous."

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Movie Elf

Elf [Blu-ray]
Elf [Blu-ray]
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You know, Elf was another Christmas movie that I enjoyed more than I thought I would. I really liked the music in that movie. And just thinking about that scene with the angry Elf makes me crack up.

According to Bret Fetzer
Elf is genuinely good. Not just Saturday Night Live-movie good, when the movie has some funny bits but is basically an insult to humanity; Elf is a smartly written, skillfully directed, and deftly acted story of a human being adopted by Christmas elves who returns to the human world to find his father. And because the writing, directing, and acting are all genuinely good, Elf is also genuinely funny. Will Ferrell, as Buddy the adopted elf, is hysterically sincere. James Caan, as his rediscovered father, executes his surly dumbfoundedness with perfect aplomb. Zooey Deschanel, as a department store worker with whom Buddy falls in love, is adorably sardonic. Director Jon Favreau (Swingers) shepherds the movie through all the obligatory Christmas cliches and focuses on material that's sometimes subtle and consistently surprising. Frankly, Elf feels miraculous. Also featuring Mary Steenburgen, Bob Newhart, Peter Dinklage, and Ed Asner as Santa Claus.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A Review of Cadillac Records

Cadillac Records
27x41 Original Movie Poster
Cadillac Records 27x41 Original Movie Poster Beyonce

Movie Review

I saw Cadillac Records yesterday. It is a musical biopic that is now showing in theaters, it was written and directed by Darnell Martin. The film explores blues music starting in the early 1940s to the late 1960s. It chronicles the life of the influential Chicago-based record-company founder Leonard Chess, and some of the musicians who created and recorded Chicago blues music.


Adrien Brody as Leonard Chess
Beyoncé Knowles as Etta James
Emmanuelle Chriqui as Revetta Chess
Mos Def as Chuck Berry
Gabrielle Union as Geneva Waters
Columbus Short as Little Walter
Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters
Cedric the Entertainer as Willie Dixon
Eamonn Walker as Howlin' Wolf

I thought it was a good movie, all things considered. The performances for the most part were well done and you can see that the actors wanted to put in a good performances. And some of them really shined.

Adrien Brody and Jeffrey Wright both did good jobs acting. But I could not totally suspend disbelief when it came to Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters. I think this maybe because I am such a big fan of Muddy Waters. I really like Jeffrey Wright as an actor, but here it was a hard sell. Having said that I can not think of anyone who could have done a better job, but Muddy Waters is such a strong character to play.

I thought as a whole that the movie packed too may threads into the same movie. Any one of the musicians depicted in this movie could have a movie made about their lives (and I hope someone makes those movies too). But too many threads caused the movie to play fast and lose with the facts, which again was kind of annoying to me, and again that may be because I'm such a big fan of the musicians depicted in this movie.

I was pleasantly surprised by Beyoncé Knowles as Etta James. I think she brought a lot of emotion to the part and of course her singing came across very well and is probably the high point of the movie.

Another highlight was Mos Def as Chuck Berry. I thought he really played the role well and he puts you in the mind of Mr. Berry. His mannerisms were perfect. I also really liked the part of Howlin' Wolf as played by Eamonn Walker. And because I enjoyed the way he played the part, it made me think that I would love to see a movie about Wolf's life played by Eamonn Walker.

Columbus Short as Little Walter was very well acted and he played the part in a way that portrays much of the volatility and sadness of Little Walter's life. And both Gabrielle Union as Geneva Waters and Cedric the Entertainer as Willie Dixon put in notable performances.

The movie was very enjoyable, and while I have some criticisms of the film they are minor. This movie is a great introduction to blues music for young music fans. It has many popular young actors who may be able to attract young people to the blues pioneers and to be inspired by them.

Bad Santa (The Unrated Version and Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]

I did not realize that Bad Santa had come out on Blu-ray. Which is cool because while I love watching It's a Wonderful Life and other Christmas movies that have a more wholesome subject matter, Bad Santa is a movie that I enjoyed a lot more than I expected to. Which is a good thing in a movie. And it has become one of those movies that I like to watch during the holiday season. Christmas has a dark side to it too and this movie is a great dark comedy.

Bad Santa
(The Unrated Version and Director's Cut)
Bad Santa (The Unrated Version and Director's Cut) [Blu-ray]
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Jeff Shannon sums it up quite well when he said;
Instantly qualifying as a perennial cult favorite, Bad Santa is as nasty as it wants to be, and there's something to be said for comedy without compromise. The Coen brothers conceived the basic idea and served as executive producers, but it's director Terry Zwigoff (Crumb, Ghost World) who brings his unique affinity for losers and outcasts to the twisted tale of Willie T. Stokes (Billy Bob Thornton), a hard-drinking, chain-smoking, foul-mouthed sexaholic safe-cracker who targets a different department store every holiday season, playing Santa while he cases the joint with his dwarf elf-partner Marcus (Tony Cox). With comedic support from Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham, Cloris Leachman, and John Ritter in his final film, Thornton milks the lowbrow laughs with a slovenly lack of sentiment, warming Bad Santa's pickled heart just enough to please a chubby misfit (Brett Kelly, hilariously deadpan) who may or may not be mentally challenged. As dry as an arid martini and blacker than morning-after coffee, Bad Santa is an instant cure for yuletide schmaltz, and if you think this appropriately R-rated comedy is suitable for kids, your parenting skills are no better than Willie's.

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