Archive for May, 2012

 

“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.

Movie Poster for Boogie Nights starring Mark Walhberg and Heather Graham

Movie Poster for Boogie Nights starring Mark Walhberg and Heather Graham

The movie chronicles the rise and fall of Mark Walhberg’s character “Dirk Diggler” and Heather Graham’s character “Roller Girl”.

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The song that plays during the closing credits of the movie “Battleship” is none other than “Fortunate Son” by Creedance Clearwater Revival.

Movie Poster for Battleship starring Taylor Kitsch

Movie Poster for Battleship starring Taylor Kitsch

… 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”).

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HEADLINE: “The Great Gatsby” Previews Released – Director: Baz Luhrmann – Release Date: Christmas Day, 2012

VIEW TRAILER HERE – Trailer for The Great Gatsby, 2012

 

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey MacGuire in The Great Gatsby

Carey Mulligan in The Great Gatsby

And so concludes the great American novel.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s epic “The Great Gatsby” returns to the silver screen for Christmas 2012.

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“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.

Movie Poster for Get Him to the Greek

Movie Poster for Get Him to the Greek

As you may remember, the character Aldous Snow, played by British comedian Russell Brand, was introduced to us in the comedy, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”.

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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?”

Movie Poster for The Go Getter, a disappointing Indie film

The Go Getter is a disappointing Indie film

Money doesn’t grow on trees… and somebody had to spend money to make that.

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Jessie Eisenberg (of “The Social Network” fame) and Kristen Stewart (of the “Twilight” saga) were in a really great movie together that drew much less attention than their marquee roles: “Adventureland”.

Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg in Adventureland

Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg in Adventureland

“Adventureland” is a nostalgic look at that summer job that most of us had… this particular job was working at a theme park. Of course, it could have been working at a movie theater, or a putt-putt golf course… the common elements are: a nerdy boss, a cute co-worker, and an otherwise boring job made exciting by said co-worker.

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“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.

movie poster for Welcome Home Home Roxy Carmichael - You Only Fall in Love for the First Time Once

Movie Poster for Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael ' "You only fall in love for the fist time once."

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.”

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The movie: Pulp Fiction

The writer: Quentin Tarantino

The actor: Samuel Jackson

movie poster for Pulp Fiction

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.

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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).

Movie Poster for My Cousin Vinny

Movie Poster for My Cousin Vinny

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).

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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.

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Now what?

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:

2012 Electoral College according to my expert prediction:

Romney 269
Obama 269

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Anne Hathaway can be a brilliant actress handling thought-provoking scripts and developing interesting, multidimensional characters.

Movie Poster for Rachel Getting Married

Movie Poster for Rachel Getting Married

Or, she can play typical “Hollywood girl meets boy”, and, eventually, finds happiness, all in 100 minutes of clever banter.

Continue reading ‘“Rachel Getting Married” vs. “One Day” – The Script Choices of Anne Hathaway aka “Cat Woman”’ »

“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?”

Movie Poster for Primary Colors

Movie Poster for Primary Colors

I’ll leave that to speculation. But, if the movie is accurate, there are two things we come to know about Bill Clinton:

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“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.

Movie Poster for Entertaining Angels The Dorothy Day Story starring Moira Kelly

Movie Poster for "Entertaining Angels, The Dorothy Day Story"

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.

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“Never Let Me Go” takes place sometimes in the future in the United Kingdom.

Movie Poster for "Never Let Me Go"

Movie Poster for "Never Let Me Go"

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).

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George Clooney and Catherine Zeta Jones starred in a very funny movie in 2003… the best comedy you have probably never seen… “Intolerable Cruelty”.

“Intolerable Cruelty” is about marriage for the sake of divorce, and, gold-digging raised to an art form.

Clooney plays a high-priced divorce attorney, Miles Massey, whose claim to fame is the “Massey Pre-Nup”. (“They devote a whole semester to it at Harvard Law School.”)

Movie Poster for Intolerable Cruelty starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta Jones

Movie Poster for Intolerable Cruelty starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta Jones

Catherine Zeta Jones plays the gold-digger, Marilyn, whose loyalties only extend to her divorce attorney (not her husbands).

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In a recent post about the wartime classic, Casablanca, I mentioned that Dooley Wilson, who played the jovial piano player Sam, was not even nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

The man at the center of one of the most iconic scenes in American cinema didn’t get a nomination. I decided to do some more investigating.

It gets worse. Much worse.

Dooley Wilson Plays the Piano as Sam in Casablanca

Dooley Wilson Plays the Piano as Sam in Casablanca

In the original closing credits for Casablanca, Dooley Wilson’s name is nowhere to be found. The man who sang “As Time Goes By” had to watch time pass him by until his death in 1953 at the age of 67.

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“Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By’”

And so, those were the words of the lovely Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) as she finds herself in Rick’s in the 1942 classic, Casablanca.

Movie aficionados also know that Rick (Humphrey Bogart) never said “Play it again, Sam.”

He said, “You played it for her. You can play it for me. If she can stand it, I can. Play it.”

Ingrid Bergman - Ilsa in Casablanca (1944 Best Picture)

Ingrid Bergman - Ilsa in Casablanca (1944 Best Picture)

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