Friday, July 29, 2011

Cowboys & Aliens Mash-up Smash!

The Verdict
GO SEE!

REVIEW:
Yes, cowboys and aliens are in the same movie as well as James Bond and Indiana Jones!

Cowboys and Aliens (based on a graphic novel) is easily the coolest movie of the summer.
Daniel Craig (the newest 007: 2006-present, this is his Steve McQueen cowboy moment (who he eerily resembles). Gone of course is his British accent, replaced with an American one. It's weird to hear but pretty decent sounding.) is meant to play silent but tough cowboy Jake Lonergan who wakes up in an Old West town with no memory and an alien device on his arm that lights up and can blast stuff. Co-star, or maybe the real star, the great Harrison Ford (The Fugitive, Indiana Jones series) is the gruff, no-nonsense Colonel Dolarhyde whose son is abducted by the aliens (referred to as "demons" and "monsters" by the townsfolk) when they take half of the town one night. Longeran and Dolarhyde clash at first but team up together to get their people back from the aliens. 
The aliens (made from great CGI!) are very cool--- they're not the stereotypical "little green men"--- they are slimy, tall, muscular, mean as hell and have two sets of arms! 
There's also a great twist near the ending involving Olivia Wilde's  (Tron: Legacy) mysterious Ella character.
Cowboys & Aliens looks authentically Western with a saloon, Indians, stagecoach robbers and lots of desert and authentically alien with the alien's cool dragonfly-esque looking space ships that zoom down like lightning to take people and the huge mother ship where they house humans to be dissected. 
Cowboys and aliens within the same movie may sound preposterous and silly but it's anything but--- and nothing but fun!
Here's to a Cowboys & Aliens sequel (the ending leaves the perfect set up for one), Craig starring in more cowboy flicks and maybe another cool movie genre mash-up. 
Samurai and Zombies anyone?



Trailer:


*Fun Film Facts*

~Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes series) was the original actor wanted for the Jake Lonergan character Daniel Craig plays.





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Deranged Devil's Double

The Verdict:  
GO SEE!

REVIEW: 
Dominic Cooper's (Mamma Mia!, The History Boys) wonderfully deranged performance as Uday Hussein in The Devil's Double has Oscar-worthy written all over it!
Cooper invokes the evil spirit of Saddam Hussein's brutal son who picks up and rapes school girls, rapes brides on their wedding day and kills anyone who disagrees with him.
Cooper's depiction of Uday Hussein is so real, it feels like you are watching the horrors once acted out by the real life Hussein! 
Cooper is so brilliant he is able to to portray another character within the same film--- Latif Yahia--- the man Hussein forces to be his body double. In playing Latif, Cooper invokes a sensitive yet strong and rational character. It's very amazing to watch him switch on the crazy Hussein then switch on the calm Latif. At some points I thought there were two separate actors playing them because it was just too unbelievable to see Cooper's dual role.
This disturbing based-on-a-true-story film and Dominic Cooper's intense, dazzling performance will  stick with you long after you leave the theatre--- whether you like it or not!




 
 
 
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New Movies Playing!


Cowboys & Aliens
What's It About?
Cowboys--- led by one who wears a strange device on his arm--- and aliens battling it out.
 

Trailer:

PREDICTION:
"Cowboys + Aliens in the same movie?!? Super cool and fun plot! It looks like non-stop action! Newest Bond Daniel Craig is perfect playing an old school cowboy and the always great Harrison Ford is just as perfect as his co-star. This is the movie of the summer!"



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The Devil's Double


What's It About?
Based on the true story of the man who was the body double for Hussein Saddam's oldest son.
 

Trailer:

PREDICTION:
"It looks very good--- very reminiscent of Scarface in the money, power and women aspect--- but with terrorism in the mix."






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Good Neighbors

What's It About?
A killer is on the loose in a neighborhood causing suspicions to arise among neighbors who the killer is.
 

Trailer:

PREDICTION:
"Very creepy plot. Even though it looks straight-to-dvd with the B list actors, it looks surprisingly good."




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The Future
What's It About?
When a couple adopts a hurt cat--- who can talk--- their lives are turned upside down.
 

Trailer:

PREDICTION:
"It looks very very very quirky. A talking cat?!? Should be interesting and fun!"








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Crazy, Stupid, Love
What's It About?
A divorced 40 something year old man gets relationship advice from a ladies' man 20 something year old man on how to win his wife back.
 

Trailer:

PREDICTION:
"It looks fun enough. The cast is great! Steve Carell playing a loser is nothing new but it should be very fun to watch Ryan Gosling play a stud."






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The Guard
What's It About?
An unlikely pairing of an Irish police officer and a black FBI agent--- join forces to stop drug smuggling in Ireland.
 

Trailer:

PREDICTION:
"The plot is very uninteresting but it looks pretty funny."






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The Smurfs
What's It About?
Those blue creatures called Smurfs--- come to life on the silver screen.
 

Trailer:

PREDICTION:
"The Smufs CGI-ed are very cute but having them lost in New York City takes away from their story."




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Attack the Block
What's It About?
Hooligan teens in London fight against invading aliens.
 

Trailer:

PREDICTION:
"Super bad plot! And it doesn't even look a little bit fun or funny."







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The Myth of the
American Teenager
What's It About?
Adventures of a group of teens before their new school year begins.
 

Trailer:

PREDICTION:
"It looks sweet but nothing new from this coming-of-age teen movie."










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Best New Movie Poster(s) of the Week

(Official movie poster for upcoming movie  
Cowboys & Aliens.)




WHY THIS POSTER IS GREAT!:

*Daniel Craig's character's back to the viewer with the mysterious contraption on his wrist in focus. Sans the device, Craig's character's stance is reminiscent of a contemporary Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven movie poster (http://www.impawards.com/1992/unforgiven_ver1.html).





(Alternate movie poster for upcoming movie  
Cowboys & Aliens.)




WHY THIS POSTER IS GREAT!:

*Craig's character in a blue smoky shadow--- highlighting the blue device on his arm.








(Alternate movie poster for upcoming movie  
Cowboys & Aliens.)




WHY THIS POSTER IS GREAT!:

*Craig and Harrison Ford's characters side-by-side in ready-to-fight stances.







(Alternate movie poster for upcoming movie  
Cowboys & Aliens.)




WHY THIS POSTER IS GREAT!:

*Craig's cowboy character standing underneath the alien spaceship.


*The tagline.



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(Official movie poster for upcoming movie  
The Devil's Double.)




WHY THIS POSTER IS GREAT!:

*Dominic Cooper's character and everything else within the poster, is drenched in gold. The look and stance of Cooper's character is very reminiscent of Al Pacino's Tony Montana in Scarface (http://www.hollywoodsouvenirs.com/index.php?main_page=popup_image&pID=1265).




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Monday, July 25, 2011

Phil the Devil



Meet 

the 

Devil:



(Bradley Cooper's ladies man character Phil Wenneck from 2009's The Hangover.)




Phil/Bradley Cooper will play Lucifer in the upcoming movie, Paradise Lost, based on John Milton's epic poem of the same title:


Talk  about bad casting!

 Of all of Hollywood's wonderful actors, so-so Cooper is cast to take on the role of Lucifer?

His good looks seemingly don't even fit into the picture as he supposedly looks  a la:

(Concept art of Bradley Cooper as Lucifer in the upcoming movie Paradise Lost.)



It's mind-boggling why a seasoned, legendary actor wasn't cast for Lucifer--- especially since Milton's poem is so classic.


I wish any of these old pros were playing Milton's devil:





Al Pacino would be my top pick. 

He already mastered playing the Devil in 1997's The Devil's Advocate (ironically his devil's name was: John Milton).



Anthony Hopkins would be wonderful as the Devil. 

He didn't officially play the Devil in any roles but he played a devil: the infamous cannibal Hannibal Lecter in 1991's Silence of the Lambs.




Jack Nicholson would make another great Lucifer without a doubt. 

He too as Pacino, played the so well Devil already: in 1987's The Witches of Eastwick.




 Roberto De Niro would have made a very good Lucifer too. 

He played the Devil in 1987's Angel Heart.





Christopher Walken would have been another great choice for Lucifer.

He knows how to play bad, as he played one Lucifer's bad angels in 1995's The Prophecy.



A younger actor than those above, but more experienced (and even better looking) than Cooper, could be his perfect replacement:




Brad Pitt played "Death" in 1998's Meet Joe Black, not the Devil but close enough.


I just cannot see nor do I want to see, hangover loving Phil Wenneck/Bradley Cooper playing Lucifer.


Is there time for a recast?!?





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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Captain Cool





The Verdict
GO SEE!

REVIEW:

Captain America is one of the coolest new additions in the superhero movie genre!
America (played perfectly by the perfectly cast Chris Evans, Fantastic Four, The Losers) hands down has one of the best superhero costumes brought to life from comic to film ever!
The great thing about Captain America is it so finely made, if you took out America and his nemesis Red Skull (Hugo Weaving, V for Vendetta, Lord of the Rings), the movie would be a great 1940's drama/war film involving Nazis and pre-Captain America aka Steve Rogers' quest to be admitted to the army to fight them.  There isn't tons of action, like in some of the other superhero summer movies of 2011, Thor and X-Men: First Class, but that's what makes Captain America so classy. But when the action hits, it's worthwhile!
The ending is so cool and maybe one of the best superhero movie endings I've seen in awhile! There's a post-credits scene that had the audience at my showing hooting and hollering at the epic-ness of the continuation. A Captain America sequel is definitely in the works--- as it should be!



Trailer:




*Fun Film Facts*

~Some actors who were contenders to play Captain America include: Ryan Phillippe, Channing Tatum, Chris Pine and Garrett Hedlund.
~To achieve the ultra skinny Steve Rogers pre-Captain America, Chris Evans' body was shrunk digitally.

 

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

New Movies Playing!




Captain America:
The First Avenger
What's It About?
   The origin of the superhero Captain America.
 

Trailer:


PREDICTION:
"Chris Evans makes a very great looking Captain America! His costume is definitely the coolest of the superheros that have come to life on the silver screen this year. The shield is especially cool! The origin story of Captain America doesn't look the most exciting but good never-the-less."



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Another Earth
What's It About?
   A young woman wonders about her other self when a mirror planet of Earth is discovered.
 

Trailer:


PREDICTION:
 "The plot is so very one-of-a-kind. This looks interesting and wonderful!"




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A Little Help
What's It About?
   The comic journey of a newly widowed woman.
 

Trailer:


PREDICTION:
"This looks darkly hilarious! It's always great to see an actress starring in a comedy and successfully being funny."



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Sarah's Key
What's It About?
   A journalist investigating a young Jewish girl's story during the Nazi invasion into France.
 

Trailer:


PREDICTION:
"This looks good--- dramatic and powerful."


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Friends with Benefits
What's It About?
   A girl and guy best friends who decide to seek sex with each other instead of love and become--- friends with benefits.
 

Trailer:


PREDICTION:
"Didn't this already come out earlier this year? But under the title of: No Strings Attached and starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman? Co-starring with the cute Mila Kunis, sometimes singer, sometimes actor Justin Timberlake and her make a cute pair. This looks so-so funny and definitely not anything new. It does look more fun than it's boring looking counterpart, No Strings Attached."






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Best New Movie Poster of the Week

(Official movie poster for upcoming movie  
Another Earth.)




WHY THIS POSTER IS GREAT!:

*The up-close shot of one Earth and a far-away shot of another Earth.

*The up-close image of one of the movie's character's.  


*The word "Another" in the movie's title with the "O" written doubled.




(Alternate movie poster for upcoming movie  
Another Earth.)




WHY THIS POSTER IS GREAT!:


*The other Earth's perfect alignment with the lost-in-thought character.


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Worst New Movie Poster of the Week

(Official movie poster for upcoming movie Friends with Benefits.)


WHY THIS POSTER SUCKS!:

*The weak images of Timberlake and Kunis' characters doesn't correlate well to the movie's title and the plot.

**A better poster would be them in one split side, innocently walking together or  laughing. The other would show them in bed unclothed/semi-unclothed.


**Or, simply the movie's title split up--- The Friends side, would list all the things friends do like: talk, laugh, dinner, movies, etc. The Benefits side, would list all the benefits that a FWB entails: Sex, Sex, Sex and more Sex.




(Alternate poster for upcoming movie Friends with Benefits.)


WHY THIS POSTER SUCKS!:

*The hand motions Timberlake and Kunis' characters are making to imply sex, doesn't work good because of their boring looking facial expressions.

**A better poster would have just the image of the hand motions for sex with Timberlake and Knuis' name under each respective implied body part.



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Sunday, July 17, 2011

M.I.A. M.T.E. (Movie Theatre Etiquette)




If only everyone knew how to be  c-o-u-r-t-e-o-u-s to each other at the movies, going to the movies would be a completely better experience than it usually is.

I can't remember the last time I had a perfect movie going experience or if I ever really had one.

The perfect movie going experience would be seeing a movie 100% solo--- or with as little as people possible--- which is why I love going to earlier showings.

I find myself during and after the movie annoyed for some reason due to another moviegoer being well, annoying (although I can think of a dozen other worst names to call them!). Instead of being calm and enjoying myself, my blood pressure often rises when I'm at the movies.

I've experienced it all--- from someone talking throughout the whole movie (in English and other languages) to someone kicking my chair throughout the whole movie, to someone screaming throughout the whole movie, to someone (and another) seemingly having sex throughout some of the movie--- all while sitting directly behind me. I've witnessed fights, missed some of the movie playing because some latecomer blocked my view trying to find seats--- and the weirdest thing--- one guy walking up and down each empty row until he seemingly got bored.

With all this irritating behavior from too many moviegoers--- there should be a new kind of police appointed--- The Movies Police. You can bet there would be a whole lot less talking, lateness, bickering, etc. when at the movies.


 Top annoying moviegoer offenses in my experience are:


1) THE ANNOYING MOVIEGOER WHO LIKES TO KICK/PROP THEIR FEET UP ON CHAIRS.
(I really don't understand this annoying moviegoer probably the most. This extremely annoying moviegoer has to be looking for a fight. Why else would you kick a chair that you know is occupied with a person?!? The only annoying moviegoer that can get away with chair kicking is literally a child--- under 13. Unless the chair in front of you is empty--- don't kick it or prop your feet up on it!)

2) THE ANNOYING MOVIEGOER WHO ADDS THEIR THOUGHTS ALOUD TO THE MOVIE.
(Another mind-boggling annoying moviegoer. Keep your thoughts to yourself! Sure it is okay to react to the movie, but not throughout the entire movie! The only dialogue that should be heard is from the characters on the screen, not a moviegoer!)

3) THE ANNOYING MOVIEGOER WHO TALKS--- ON THEIR PHONE/TO ANOTHER PERSON WHILE THE MOVIE IS PLAYING.
(This annoying moviegoer is usually considered the the most annoying because talking during a movie is ridiculous! How can you tell what's going on in the movie if you're talking through it??? A little bit of whispering is okay--- full fledged talking, NEVER, and answering a cell phone to have a conversation doesn't make any sense--- there's a lobby for that!)


4) THE ANNOYING MOVIEGOER WHO IS VERY LATE TO THE MOVIES.
(This annoying moviegoer is especially annoying because they come in usually talking if they're with someone on where they think an empty seat is/they block the playing movie for some moviegoers as they enter the aisle. Being early to your movie showing is ideal but if you are late--- don't make a big show--- find an empty seat as fast as possible.)


5) THE ANNOYING MOVIEGOER WHO SNEAKS INTO A MOVIE.
( I don't know what's more annoying, seeing this faux moviegoer sneak free into a movie I rightly paid for--- or that they usually sneak in very late into the movie disrupting real moviegoer's concentration on the movie. It makes no sense at all to sneak into a movie at the halfway mark or the end. This annoying fake moviegoer is the reason why The Movies Police really should exist!)


6) THE ANNOYING MOVIEGOER WHO KEEPS GETTING UP TO USE THE BATHROOM/STEP OUTSIDE.
(This annoying moviegoer is almost as worst as the annoying latecomer moviegoer. If you have a bladder problem or for whatever other reason have to keep leaving the theatre auditorium--- pick a seat at the end of a row so you don't have to disturb the people in your row by squeezing past them every 5 minutes.) 


7) THE ANNOYING MOVIEGOER WHO BRINGS BABIES/KIDS TO THE MOVIES.
(Yes, babies and kids can be annoying moviegoers too when taken to the wrong movie--- but the adult who took them to the wrong movie is the real annoying moviegoer. Babies and kids should be taken only to movies that are meant for children: read G-Rated. There shouldn't ever be any little ones admitted to an R-Rated movie! If the movie is PG-13, children should be brought at an earlier time where they won't disturb too many people in case they start to "act up".)


8) THE ANNOYING MOVIEGOERS WHO MAKE OUT AND GO BEYOND AT MOVIES.
(These annoying moviegoers are super annoying because no one wants to see/hear a couple's sex life on display behind/besides/in front of them while trying to watch a movie. Unless you sit in a very empty last row/auditorium to take care of business--- go home/to a ho-motel for any sexual activity--- us other moviegoers didn't pay to see a peep show!)


9) THE ANNOYING MOVIEGOER WHO LITTERS AT THE MOVIES.
(This annoying moviegoer leaves evidence of popcorn, soda, etc. on the floor or empty containers in the cup holder for the next moviegoer who sits in their seat. There's something called a trash can that your trash belongs in.)


There's many more offenses but I can't keep going on forever.

Going to the movies should be a fun experience.
But since a large number of moviegoers don't know how to behave during the simplest task of sitting in a seat and watching a screen, moviegoing often becomes off-putting, especially with the rising ticket prices. Who wants to pay to be more aggravated than entertained?


In the perfect movie going experience, The Movies Police would be on hand for all those annoying moviegoers out there.

In the world of imperfect moviegoing experiences, frank signs like this one plastered on the auditorium entrance and flashing before a movie starts, may help a bit:



To have good movie theatre etiquette simply:

-Don't kick other people's chairs,
-Don't think your thoughts aloud, 
-Don't talk to your companion(s) or on your phone,
-Don't come super late,
-Don't keep getting up out your seat,
-Don't bring children to a non-children film,
-Don't engage in sexual activity,
 Don't litter.

The movies would be a better place if everyone would just:







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