There’s usually a problem with movies that feature comedians in dramatic roles. The problem is the marketing. In order to fill up the seats, marketers convince movie goers that the film is a comedy. Movie goers feel deceived; and, the movie goes under-rated.
Diamonds in the Rough –
Adam Sandler in “Punch Drunk Love”
Matthew Broderick in “Cable Guy”
Conversely, some comedians have made the transition to dramatic roles. And the audience accepts the transition. Most notably, Bill Murray in “Lost in Translation”, plays a washed up actor in Japan to film a commercial. No one is expecting “Caddyshack”, and, the movie does not suffer from false marketing.
I have just returned from dinner with some friends. The movie “Sideways” came up when we were toasting with wine.
Remember the scene in “Sideways” when the main character, played by Paul Giamatti, drinks mind-numbing amounts of wine in a McDonald’s?
The trailer for the new Hunger Games installment is up on the internet.
“Catching Fire”, starring Jennifer Lawrence, is due out in the Fall of 2013.
I’ve been getting ready for the new Hunger Games installment. The movie “Catching Fire” is due out in Fall, 2013. I picked up a copy of the book at a local bookstore. It’s wonderful. Can’t wait for the movie.
(No spoilers here).
In the book “Catching Fire”, Katniss explains, “What is a mockingjay?”
Here are pictures of my favorite actresses (boys will be boys):
“Leaving Las Vegas” is not a movie, it’s a film.
The movie stars Nicholas Cage as an alcoholic who has, quite literally, moved to Las Vegas to drink himself to death.
Elisabeth Shue stars as a prostitute who lives in Las Vegas on the good graces and cruelty of the men she meets.
I was flipping through channels last weekend; and, I stumbled across “Say Anything”.
Some romantic comedies age well. They are just as funny and romantic as they were when first released. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is an example.
Some romantic comedies just get stale with time. Some early Tom Hanks movies come to mind.
But, “Say Anything” is somewhere in the middle. It was better twenty years ago. But, still, today, it’s not so bad.
EDITOR’S NOTE: After the posting of this article, it was announced that The Great Gatsby will not open Christmas Day, but rather sometimes in the first half of 2013.
My family tries to get together for a movie on the day after Christmas.
This December 26th, we’re going to see “The Great Gatsby” starring Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio.
The newest version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic will start on December 25. But, we’ll probably be sleeping soundly that afternoon.
In an effort to make the internet more appealing to users (and increase sales), programmers have written software to highlight related stories, or, related products.
I’m sure you have seen on shopping sites, software points out similar products for the one you are viewing.
But, I give up – How are Humphrey Bogart and Laika related?
I saw “Magic Mike” tonight. In fact, I saw alot of Magic Mike tonight. And I mean alot.
And so did the ladies. The theater was filled with about 99 percent women.
And there were audible sighs when Magic Mike appears naked in the first scene of the movie. (from behind, no frontal nudity…)
Laika, the first dog in space, died aboard Sputnik 2 in 1957.
The Soviet Union officially claimed at the time that Laika was euthanized on Day 6 of the flight, just prior to oxygen depletion.
Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio will be starring in the Christmas Day, 2012 release of the remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”
Here are some more studio stills from this much anticipated movie.
It’s being reported today that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are getting a divorce.
This will wrap up the third marriage for Tom Cruise – all ending when the wife was 33 years of age.
In the battle for sexiness, it’s Keira Knightley vs. Keira Knightley.
By coincidence (or, are there any coincidences?), both Keira Knightley’s feet and her face with mouth agap have been featured on Just Movies in the past week.
So, which is sexier?
Well, it’s all about personal preference. Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder. The first picture is of Keira Knightley turning to the side, mouth wide open.
I placed that particular picture of Keira Knightley on the website with the article about her new movie, “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.”
I’m still thinking about various aspects of Citizen Kane.
In a previous post, I discussed the use of camera angles by Orson Welles.
I also mentioned a YouTube video that I had found explaining the use of low camera angles in order to give Charles Foster Kane an imposing profile.
You know how it is. I went on YouTube to see the video about the low camera angle technique used by Orson Welles.
(By putting the camera below the floor, and, looking up at Charles Foster Kane, Welles was able to present Kane as an intimidating, authoritative pose.)
Most Americans are at least aware that India has a thriving movie business. These “Bollywood” movies are typically filmed in Mumbai in the language of “Hindi”.
My first introduction to Bollywood was about 15 years ago with the movie, “Monsoon Wedding” which received a fair amount of attention in American cinemas.
A couple of years ago, I saw a wonderful Bollywood comedy called “3 Idiots” (or Three Idiots). In addition to wonderful comedic timing, “3 Idiots” was complete with sweeping dance numbers with the dancers in beautiful outfits.
I know you were wondering, too. Has the world exhausted topics for new websites?
I can confirm that the answer is “Yes”. There is a website dedicated to pictures of the feet of celebrities.
I found the website by accident… that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Steve Carell and Keira Knightley are two of my favorite performers. Steve Carell because he is so funny.
Keira Knightley because she is so incredibly cute. And that’s not totally fair to Keira Knightley, because she is also very talented.
My two favorite movies starring Keira Knightley are “Atonement” and “Never Let Me Go.”
It’s good to be Snow White. And it’s profitable. Kristen Stewart of The Twilight Saga and Snow White and the Huntsman is the highest paid actress according to Forbes Magazine.
Mail Online reports that Ms. Stewart earned over $30 million in the past year. Cameron Diaz and Sandra Bullock were also in that lofty company.
It’s a great movie when you’re still thinking about it a week later. Last week, I saw “Citizen Kane” on the big screen. And, I’m still thinking about the characters and themes.
The theme of the movie, it seems to me, was that Kane started out idealistic; but, over the passage of time, became increasingly self-focused.
Is it just me?
I was listening to some old tunes on Youtube. I found a video of Jewel’s. My thought: Jewel looks a lot like Jennifer Lawrence.
So, here are some pictures:
Orson Welles’ Oscar for Best Screenplay for “Citizen Kane” was auctioned off for almost $900,000.
The new version of “The Great Gatsby” is due in theaters on Christmas Day, 2012.
There’s already a lot of excitement about this new production of the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. If you haven’t seen the trailer for “The Great Gatsby” yet, you can view it here.
I am receiving many emails and comments about casting. The cast is full of headliners, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and, Tobey Maguire in the three lead roles. But, you may disagree with the casting selections!
I was lucky enough tonight to see the movie, “Citizen Kane” at a one-time showing at a local theater.
After the movie, I was asking myself the question, “How old was Orson Welles when he did Citizen Kane?” And by “did”, I mean, he co-wrote, directed, and, played the lead.
“Shame” is the most intense work so far by young actress Carey Mulligan. It’s true that Carey Mulligan gets totally naked in the shower. It’s true that the film “Shame” (rated NC-17) is a sexually charged movie.
But, Carey Mulligan does great work as the insecure sister of a sex-addicted brother. Mulligan’s character seems emotionally exhausted. The character of her brother is emotionally sealed off.
“Boogie Nights”, starring Burt Reynolds, Mark Walhberg, Julianne Moore, and Heather Graham, is a 1997 movie set in the 1970′s golden age of porn.
As shown in the film, before the days of VHS tapes, porn was less accessible and, thus, more valuable.
The movie chronicles the rise and fall of Mark Walhberg’s character “Dirk Diggler” and Heather Graham’s character “Roller Girl”.
The song that plays during the closing credits of the movie “Battleship” is none other than “Fortunate Son” by Creedance Clearwater Revival.
… which, let’s face it, is kinda strange because, if you listen to the lyrics, “Fortunate Son” is a war protest song.
Let me start at the beginning..
Tonight, I went to see the movie, “Battleship” (2012) starring Taylor Kitsch (Tim Riggins, if you are a fan of “Friday Night Lights”).
HEADLINE: “The Great Gatsby” Previews Released – Director: Baz Luhrmann – Release Date: Christmas Day, 2012
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
And so concludes the great American novel.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s epic “The Great Gatsby” returns to the silver screen for Christmas 2012.
“Get Him to the Greek”, in its simplest form, is a comedy that continues the character of Aldous Snow, this time as a washed up rock star who will make his comeback at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.
The responsibility to deliver the wayward rock star to his assigned appointment falls on Aaron Green, a junior music producer played by Jonah Hill.
As you may remember, the character Aldous Snow, played by British comedian Russell Brand, was introduced to us in the comedy, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”.
The decision to go ahead with a movie is called giving the project the “green light”.
But, have you ever walked out of a movie theater with but one question on your mind, “How did that movie ever get made?”
Money doesn’t grow on trees… and somebody had to spend money to make that.
“Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael”, a 1990 comedy/drama starring Winona Ryder, Jeff Daniels, and, Laila Robins, used to have a firm place on my list of Top 101 Movies.
While the movie about the anticipated return of Roxy Carmichael to her small home town has been nudged from the Top 101 list, it’s still a very good movie.
In fact, one of my favorite lines from any movie is spoken by Jeff Daniels, whose character was the boyhood sweetheart of the now superstar Roxy Carmichael.
As Jeff Daniels’ character reflects on his past, and, Winona Rider’s character’s present, he reflects, “You only fall in love for the first time once.”
The movie: Pulp Fiction
The writer: Quentin Tarantino
The actor: Samuel Jackson
The situation: When Samuel Jackson’s character and John Travolta’s character show up at an apartment to collect some money, Brad (or Brett) answers a trivia question correctly.
I have to admit a bias: I hate movies that make fun of the South. My take is this: Movies (and television shows) are produced on the East Coast (New York) and the West coast (Los Angeles).
Since most people don’t find pleasure in making fun of themselves, the East Coast and West Coast collectively look for someone else for their comic relief. The South is an easy target. (So is the Midwest, but I don’t live in the Midwest… so those are kinda funny). (joke).
Avalon is on my “101 Favorite Movies” list. Avalon is also a great movie to watch on Thanksgiving Day.
The story of immigrants making their way in America, this generational drama shows the struggles and hopes of the new Americans of the early twentieth century. From large Thanksgiving celebrations, to the tight knit fabric of family, from starting a business to moving to the suburbs, this sweeping, ambitious movie tells the story of one immigrant family.
Besides movies, another hobby of mine is politics.
I just logged on to RealClearPolitics, and, looked at the Electoral College Map for 2012. They even have a map you can fill in yourself.
So, I did.
Amazingly, when I was done (this one for Romney, that one for Obama…), the final tally was: Romney 269
2012 Electoral College according to my expert prediction:
Anne Hathaway can be a brilliant actress handling thought-provoking scripts and developing interesting, multidimensional characters.
Or, she can play typical “Hollywood girl meets boy”, and, eventually, finds happiness, all in 100 minutes of clever banter.
“Primary Colors” is a veiled look at Bill Clinton’s 1992 pursuit of the Democratic nomination for President. At least, that’s what the press says.
So, the next question becomes, “Is all that really true?”
I’ll leave that to speculation. But, if the movie is accurate, there are two things we come to know about Bill Clinton:
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:2
Dorothy Day was a populist activist in the 1930′s. She tirelessly worked for the poor and disenfranchised, and, was called a “socialist” by her critics.
The movie “Entertaining Angels – The Dorothy Day Story” does not so much dwell on Dorothy Day’s political leanings. The focus of the movie is her compassion for the less fortunate.
“Never Let Me Go” takes place sometimes in the future in the United Kingdom.
The movie begins with what looks to be a gathering at a strict British boarding school. At the time, neither the audience nor the children realize that this is not an ordinary boarding school.
We are introduced to the movie’s three central characters as children: Ruth, Kathy and Tommy.
Most of the movie takes place during the main characters’ young adult lives (late teens and early twenties).