Thursday, February 24, 2011

New Movies Playing!


Drive Angry 3D
What's It About?
A man in hell breaks out of it to avenge the death of his daughter.


Trailer:


PREDICTION:  
"It looks like loads of fun! I think Nicholas Cage will redeem himself from his last awful movie, Season of the Witch with this." 






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Hall Pass
What's It About?
Two men's wives give them a week off from marriage.


Trailer:


PREDICTION: 
" It looks like a knock-off of The Hangover, but funny nevertheless."








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Of Gods & Men
What's It About?
True story of a group of French Christian monks decide to fight when they are threatened by Muslim extremists.


Trailer:


PREDICTION: 
"The plot seems slow and not too interesting--- but it actually looks interesting and exciting even."








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Worst New Movie Poster of the Week

(Official movie poster for upcoming movie Hall Pass.)

WHY THIS POSTER SUCKS!:
*Everything seems misplaced--- from the two main characters, the cheap looking hall pass, and the "life's a beach" background where the two men are.

**A better poster would be just a big hall pass with more cleverness written on it--- or the men's wives skeptically giving their excited husbands a hall pass.






(Alternate Hall Pass poster.)

WHY THIS POSTER SUCKS!:
 *The third out of place guy ruins this slightly better, but still bad poster.





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Thursday, February 17, 2011

New Movies Playing!


Unknown
What's It About?
A man wakes up in a hospital finding out he's been in a car accident, his wife doesn't recognize him and his identity has been stolen.


Trailer:


PREDICTION: 
 "It looks just great! Great plot with great lead actor Liam Neeson will no doubt deliver! It may just be The Fugitive of the 00's!"




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I Am Number 4
What's It About?
An alien teenager known as Number Four, hides out on earth after his planet is destroyed by a threatening species--- but is located by them and is hunted down.


Trailer:


PREDICTION: 
 "It looks very exciting with a cool plot! Should be good!"



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Vanishing on 7th Street
What's It About?
All around the world, millions start to vanish without a trace--- leaving a small group of people to figure out how to survive.


Trailer:



PREDICTION: 
"Great apocalyptic plot! with a good cast. Hopefully it will be good!"





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Brotherhood
What's It About?
When a college pledge has to rob a store and his friend and fellow pledge get shot in the process--- he must go against the fraternity to save his friend.


Trailer:


PREDICTION: 
"It looks really thrilling! even though it reads like a t.v. movie."




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Big Mommas
Like Father, Like Son
What's It About?
Big Momma is back with her step-son undercover as a woman too.

Trailer:

PREDICTION:
"It looks funny but not so funny at the same time and a little corny."






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Immigration Tango
What's It About?
A couple who are both immigrants have to marry their friend's partners to remain with in the U.S.


Trailer:
PREDICTION:
"It looks very fun, funny and cute."





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Even the Rain
What's It About?
Two filmmakers in Bolivia making a movie about Christopher Colombus, get caught up in Bolivian protests about the water crisis. 


Trailer:


PREDICTION:  
"It looks slightly exciting yet slightly boring."







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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Best New Movie Poster of the Week

(Official movie poster for upcoming movie Unknown.)


WHY THIS POSTER IS GREAT!:
*The stirring tagline.
*Liam Neeson's unflinching stance and stare.
*The gun Neeson holds down by his side.




(Alternate Unknown poster.)



WHY THIS POSTER IS GREAT!:
*The wonderful tagline is large and in charge.
*Neeson is taking action/chasing someone with a gun in hand.





(Another alternate Unknown poster.)



WHY THIS POSTER IS GREAT!:
*Neeson's up-close determined and lethal stare.
*The tagline is big and bold.



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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Awww! The Most Romantic Love Stories, Couples in Film

(Photo of doomed lovers Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) from 1997's epic romance Titanic).




Unlike a lot of women I am not in love with romantic movies (in my teenage years was another story however!)

I usually cringe instead of coo when I see a trailer for a romantic movie because most love stories in movies today are unoriginal or ultra corny.

I'm not even sure if romantic movies really exists presently.

Romantic comedies and borderline romantic movies are running amuck but good old-fashioned romantic movies are lacking today in film.

The last really good love story I saw in a movie was a few months ago in the film White Palace (starring James Spader and Susan Sarandon)--- and that was made in 1990!

I am a sucker for a good love story. 

I find the best love stories are where opposites attract--- whether by personality, class, race and even age.

Cinemanista's top romantic love stories and couples that will make you go "Awww!" because of their swoon-worthiness are:




Titanic
The Couple:
Jack & Rose

The Love Story:
Jack, a poor young artist and Rose, a rich, already engaged woman--- fall in love on the ship Titanic as he stops her from committing suicide.

Trailer:



 

Autumn In New York
The Couple:
Will & Charlotte

The Love Story:
Will, a popular restaurant owner known for his womanizing ways and Charlotte, a free spirit with a sad secret and years younger than him--- fall in love at her birthday party at his restaurant.

Trailer:




Bed of Roses
The Couple:
Lewis & Lisa

The Love Story:
Lewis, a romantic flower shop owner and Lisa, an emotional detached businesswoman--- fall in love after Lewis sends Lisa an anonymous bouquet of flowers after seeing her crying in her window at home one night he was walking in her neighborhood.


Trailer:




A Walk to Remember
The Couple:
Landon & Jamie

The Love Story:
Landon, a bad boy and Jamie, a good girl, pastor's daughter hiding a sad secret--- fall in love after Landon saves her from his bully friends.

Trailer:





Corinna, Corinna
The Couple:
Manny & Corrina 
 
The Love Story:
Manny, a widower and dedicated father of a small daughter during the 50's, falls in love with--- Corrina, the unconventional African American nanny/housekeeper he hires and who his daughter takes to.

Trailer:




Dream For An Insomniac
The Couple:
Frankie & David

The Love Story:
Frankie, an idealist when in comes to love, falls in love with David, with "eyes like Sinatra" who out of the blue walks into the cafe she works.


 
Only You
The Couple:
Faith & Peter


The Love Story:
Faith, a romantic still convinced the fortune teller who told her as a girl, the name of her future soulmate (Damon Bradley), falls in love with the charming Peter, who pretends to have the name Damon Bradley, even though she is already engaged to be married to another man.

Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pblcodi0ZfA



Tristan & Isolde
The Couple:
Tristan & Isolde

The Love Story:
Tristan, a knight, falls in love with Isolde, a beautiful princess who is promised to another man.

Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HTYyB3Sc9w



Twilight
The Couple:
Bella & Edward

The Love Story:
Bella, a high school mortal, falls in love with Edward, a vampire after he is drawn to her.

Trailer: 





King Kong
The Couple:
Ann & King Kong

The Love Story:
Ann, a struggling actress during the Great Depression, takes work with a questionable director that lands her on an island where she falls in love with King Kong--- the gigantic gorilla who takes her prisoner after she is sacrificed to him by island natives.


Trailer:




Children of a Lesser God
The Couple:
James and Sarah

The Love Story:
James, a charismatic speech teacher at a school for deaf students, falls in love with Sarah, a stubborn deaf woman who is a janitor at the school.




Feast of July
The Couple:
Bella & Con

The Love Story:
Bella, a weary woman seeking revenge on her the lover who betrayed her, is taken in by a family, where Con--- the quietest of the three brothers within--- falls in love with her.





Benny & Joon
The Couple:
Joon & Sam 

The Love Story:
Joon, a mentally underdeveloped young woman--- falls in love with Sam--- the quirky newcomer in town, cousin of a friend of Joon's brother Benny.

Trailer:






Pretty Woman
The Couple:
Edward & Vivian

The Love Story:
Edward, a successful businessman, falls in love with Vivian, a prostitute, after asking her for car directions one night while she's out working.

Trailer:




Last of the Mohicans
The Couple:
Hawkeye & Cora

The Love Story:
Hawkeye, a brave adopted Mohican, falls in love with Cora, the daughter of a general, who he is to escort back to him.

Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMZtQhhS14w




Legends of the Fall
The Couple:
Tristan & Susannah
Tristan & Isabel

The Love Story:
Tristan, an American soldier, falls in love with Susannah, his brother's wife.
Tristan later falls in love with Isabel, an Indian woman.

Trailer: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR5E7Kuty3o



Brooklyn Babylon
The Couple:
Solomon & Sara

The Love Story:
Solomon, a Rastafarian and Sara, a Jewish girl, fall in love after they meet during the aftermath of a car accident.

Trailer:



White Palace
The Couple:
Max & Nora

The Love Story:
A successful 20-something ad executive falls in love with a 40-something poor waitress he meets exchanging while complaining about a wrong order of food she put in for him.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

New Movies Playing!



The Eagle
What's It About?
A Roman goes on a quest to find his father's missing legion.


Trailer:


PREDICTION: 
"It looks like a solidly good historical epic--- Channing Tatum fits the role well as a Roman in AD times."






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Cedar Rapids


What's It About?
A nerdy insurance agent lets loose at a convention.


Trailer:


PREDICTION: 
"Despite the so-so plot, it looks surprisingly hilarious!"




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Just Go With It
What's It About?
A man who fakes being married to pick up women, finds the woman of his dreams--- and she finds his fake wedding ring and wants to meet his "wife."


Trailer:

PREDICTION: 
"It looks funny enough thanks to Adam Sandler of course."






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Carancho
What's It About?
A doctor and injury lawyer in Argentina cross paths and fall for one another.


Trailer:

PREDICTION: 
"The plot doesn't sound too exciting but it looks thrilling and sexy!"




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Gnomeo & Juliet
What's It About?
Two gnomes from opposite lawn ends fall in love.


Trailer:


PREDICTION: 
"It looks completely dumb! Why was this even made?!"






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Vidal SassoonThe Movie
What's It About?
Documentary on legendary hair dresser Vidal Sassoon.


Trailer:


PREDICTION: 
"It looks interesting but uninteresting at the same time."




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Justin Bieber: 
Never Say Never
What's It About?
The story of pop sensation Justin Bieber.


Trailer:


PREDICTION: 
"It looks like the most brilliant movie ever to be made... if you're a Justin Bieber fan! Otherwise, it looks the opposite."








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Monday, February 7, 2011

The Romantic/Unromantic Notebook

(Photo of the infamous "kiss in the rain scene" between Noah (Ryan Gosling) and Allie (Rachel McAdams) in 2004's love story, The Notebook.)


Seven years after it was released, I finally decided to watch the film many people (mainly women) swoon over, just at the mention of the title--- The Notebook.

After having seeing it, the mention of the title makes me do the exact opposite--- grimace.

From most of the rave reviews the movie got, half of me figured it would be even more of a sweeping romance story than 1997's Titanic--- but the other half of me figured it wouldn't be since it did take me seven years to watch it since when it was first released--- the story just didn't pull me in enough to want to see it then.

After seeing The Notebook, I wish I would have waited another seven years to see it!

I found it:
-Practically never ending (it could have ended a lot earlier than when it actually did end)
-Corny in a non-cute way where corniness can be cute (my eyes just wouldn't stop rolling)
 -Complete with unreal dialogue for the 40's (young Noah says to young Allie, "You tell me when I am being an arrogant son-of-a-bitch and I tell you when you are a pain in the ass. Which you are, 99% of the time... You have like a 2 second rebound rate, then you're back doing the next pain-in-the-ass thing." I doubt in the 40's the expressions "99% of the time" or "2 second rebound rate" was actually used.) 
-And oddly comical (which caused the only tears to spill from eyes) being it wasn't a romantic comedy

Most of all--- The Notebook is grossly unromantic by the end. 

Creepy by the end is more like it.

The romance The Notebook does have (I admit, Noah is charming and Allie is adorable and how their love blossoms is sweet) all ends with the scene of old Noah inadvertently freaking out his wife, old Allie who has dementia, while she screams, "I don't know you! Get away!"

There's nothing romantic about that.

How can the ending where they both end up implausibly dying in their sleep together be considered romantic???

The ending is just disturbing.

A romantic ending would have been if old Allie remembered old Noah and after they kiss and embrace, the scene cut to the end.

Not two people lying in a bed dead. Even if they are lying in a romantic embrace.

In the novel The Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks, upon which the film is based on, the ending is different and a little more romantic. In the novel ending, old Noah and Allie are sleeping together and she dies in his arms. It's still sad but not as eerie or disturbing as both of them dying together.

Well!  
At least now I can say I've seen the overrated half romantic, half unromantic The Notebook.
  
But I really really wish I'd waited even longer to see it or better yet--- never saw it at all!