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In The Loop: Review

2011-08-10T14:25:57.364-07:00

Sigh if only Malaysian politics could be as retardedly funny as In The Loop. Oh wait yes they are. The retarded part, not the funny part. Just retarded.Yeap! Okay so In The Loop is one of the 5 nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay. The film itself was based on a BBC television series called The Thick of It. The film is a satirical portrayal of the political events between the British and American government that lead to the decrement of the 2003 war in Iraq. In The Loop cent res around a foulmouthed PR adviser for the English Prime Minister, a bumbling British senator and his novice political aide, the scheming US Asst. Secretary of State and a retired US Lieutenant General. So is this a boring political film you ask? Hell naw! It's a mockery really that In The Loop only landed one Oscar nomination. This film is fruckin hilarious. Every bit of this movie is dedicated to insulting the incompetent administration during the Bush and Blair years and how the war in the Middle East which eventually took hundreds of thousands of innocent lives was the product of a small little hiccup of incredibly baseless evidence. Peter Capaldi should have been nominated for a Best Supporting Actor award for his role as Malcolm Tucker. This guy is the funniest thing I have ever seen in British comedy. And I hate British comedy. His character is the one who has to deal with all the shit Tom Hollander's character and the other US politicians put him through. One after another they keep fucking up and what does Malcolm Tucker do? He goes on a F U rampage with some of the most vulgar and imaginative curse words I have ever seen in my life.  This dude spends a good 45 minutes of the film being uncontrollably angry at every single person. And magnificently after foul-mouthing the politicians for screwing up, he miraculously by the wit and greatness of his loins, his character manages to fix everything and save the asses of hundreds of useless politicians who have no idea what their doing. Hahaha this guy should run for President! And just because he is the funniest thing in the film doesn't mean he wasn't the best performance. He was actually. One scene where he found himself really in deep shit because of a backstabbing political aide, his character showed 3 seconds of helplessness on his face and I was like, "Wow!" Tom Hollander was oh so awesome in this to. He plays what I think is a version of Sarah Palin. He is that small time senator that gets pushed into the big pond with other big shot politicians and just fumbles his way through everything. And the greatest thing about it is that he has to much of an ego to realize that he is making an absolute jerk of himself.   Other than those two, In The Loop is packed full with other comedic moments. Be it the one where senators are balancing a budget using a kids calculator, a senator and his aide sharing a room together, not wearing pants and watching animal porn on Discovery Channel (very Anwar like) or Tom Hollander's character giving Sarah Palin answers to every single question he is asked or how he pretends that he is busy doing "work" when the US Secretary of State passes by. Hahahahahaha.I love this movie man. You'll love this especially if you have a personal grudge against lousy politicians that screw up everything they touch but are covered up by brilliant PR people. This film will have you laughing the whole way through knowing that there are politicians like these everywhere, not just in Malaysia. Peter Capaldi for President!RATING: 8/10[...]



BLACK DYNAMITE (2009)

2011-08-10T14:25:57.365-07:00

Entre la parodia y el homenaje hay un pequeño abismo no siempre bien franqueado. En los 70 dos películas desarrollaron ambas vertientes por las cuales el resto de producciones posteriores con propuestas idénticas han ido adoptando con escasas o nulas variaciones. Mel Brooks en El jovencito Frankenstein (1974) realizaba un ejercicio cómico manteniendo las constantes estéticas del cine de terror de la Universal ironizando admirablemente en los diálogos, personajes, gestos y situaciones que habían servido de canon cuatro décadas atrás en la factoría de los terrores. Por su parte el tándem ZAZ en Aterriza como puedas (1980) decontruía el género de catástrofes dinamitando todas sus constantes mediante un humor corrosivo, hilarante y absurdo, provocando la total eliminación del género parodiado. Desde entonces y salvo honrosas excepciones, los patrones fueron imitados, repetidos e incluso parodiados llegando al extremo de la inutilidad con toda la maraña de películas acabadas en el epígrafe movie. Black Dynamite es uno de esos escasos títulos que inesperadamente se salvan de la quema (en otras palabras, lo prometido en el trailer se ve refutado en la película). Black Dynamite es un tipo supercool y superbad, exagente de la CIA, incontrolable máquina sexual, experto en artes marciales que se dedica de manera implacable a proteger a la gente del ghetto de las amenazas externas. Cuando su hermano es brutalmente asesinado Dynamite deberá volver a la acción para descubrir a los asesinos, desenmascarar un complot que pretende eliminar la virilidad del macho negro, detener la red de droga que está provocando adictos en un orfanato de niños y enfrentarse finalmente con el Big Man en la mismísima Casa Blanca. Scott Sanders, Michel Jai White y Byron Minns son los responsables de esta estupenda comedia que parodia y homenajea la época dorada de la blaxploitation con brillantez y sin pretensiones prepotentes. Los justicieros urbanos, el chivato de turno, las putas y sus consabidos lupanares, los mafiosos italianos, los proxenetas, los activistas negros o el chino malvado se dan cita en un guión que hilvana secuencias de acción hiperbólica con momentos francamente hilarantes donde lo escatológico no se convierte en protagonista de la función. Sanders además acierta en recuperar la estética de los años setenta tanto en el vestuario como en los exteriores, con una cuidada fotografía que no usa el truco del celuloide dañado y que incluso llega a integrar en la acción metraje de alguno de los títulos homenajeados. La columna sonora acierta en recuperar los sonidos soul y funk de la época deleitándonos además con algún que otro tema pegadizo. Entre los momentos a destacar cabe reseñar la presentación marcial de Dynamite donde Jai White exhibe sus habilidades, la divertida reunión de pimps, los monólogos sinsentido de impostado dramatismo, la impagable escena en que el grupo de vigilantes descubre las claves del complot, el montaje de las acciones del citado grupo para limpiar el barrio, el episodio en la isla del Dr. Wu (digno de cualquier explotation filipina de la época) o su inenarrable climax final en la que se nos deleita con un combate a muerte entre nuestro héroe negro y el mismísimo presidente de los Estados Unidos. El fim incluso se atreve a exhibir fallos típicos de estas películas: apariciones de micros, fallos de raccord, interpretaciones al borde de lo amateur…. Black Dynamite además no utiliza el fácil recurso de sacar viejas glorias para arrancar guiños cómplices con el personal aunque en su galería de estrafalarios personajes es fácil reconocer a los principales miembros del star system black setentero (Williamson, Roundtree, Brown, Kelly, Grier, Dobson, Fargas….). Sanders cita como principales fuentes de referencia tres títulos: The Mack, Dolemite y Willie Dynamite, aunque no es difícil ocultar los lazos con otras obras del periodo (que cada uno saque sus preferencias). Michael Jay White encarna con convicción y desparpajo al [...]



A Serious Man: Review

2011-08-10T14:25:57.365-07:00

I have always been puzzled by the Coen brothers' films. Sometimes they come out with some great stuff like O Brother, Where Art thou?, Fargo and Burn After Reading. And sometimes they come up with some really weird shit that people mistake for brilliant masterpieces like Raising Arizona and No Country For Old Men. Their latest film A Serious Man is one of the 10 nominees for Best Picture at the Oscars and it is one of the weirdest ones the Coen brothers have done yet. But this time, it's one of the weird ones that I'm actually able to understand. And it is quiet a fantastic movie once you are able to get what they are trying to do. So A Serious Man is about Larry Gopnik, a man who had a relatively good life with his Yiddish family living in America in the 1960's. The film examines his life as it begins a downward spiral almost out of nowhere. Suddenly his wife wants to leave him for his neighbor, he finds out his daughter has been stealing money from him to save for a nose job, his son is a marijuana junkie, his brother who has been living with him is a wanted fugitive, he is being sued for not accepting a bribe from a kiasu Asian student and will be sued if he does accept it, and the Education Board is deciding not to grant him tenure. So basically his quiet charmed life goes from sweet to shit in a matter of days. But Larry perseveres and tried to seek out the council of Rabbi Marshak, a spiritual leader to help him find the answers to all his problems.  The cast of A Serious Man comprises of mostly Braodway actors which was really great to see. Michael Stuhlbarg was fantastic as Larry Gopnick. Most of the time I watched this movie just to see if his character is going to go crazy or explode what with all the shit everyone is putting him through. Yeah I felt sorry for him but at the same time it's kinda cool looking at how much problems a person can take before finally losing it.And my God the entire cast were ugly people. Seriously, these are by far the ugliest group of actors I have ever seen assembled in one film. But in terms of the character development for each of them, the Coen brothers did write a fantastic script that's is really funny but incredibly random for the most part.But there was Amy Landecker who plays Larry's sexy next door neighbor. Damn I could stare into those eyes for hours hahahaha. She played her character in a really one note way with a very monotonous voice. But it was the deep sassy kind of monotonous voice, you know what I mean?The premise around A Serious Man is very complicated. There were a lot of things that was going on that made no sense. For one, the opening 10 minutes of the film had absolutely nothing related the overall story. And I was left guessing a lot what the point of the movie was even after the credits ended. But when I started to think about it.. the Jewish themes, the problems Larry faced throughout the movie.. it finally snapped in me!A Serious Man is a modern adaptation of the story of Job from the Old Testament of The Bible. It tells of a man who had a good life and honored God. But Satan made a bet with God that Job wouldn't appreciate him anymore if he didn't have the good life that he had. So God made job's life hell to prove Satan wrong. All over this film, it had references to various stories from the Bible. Larry Gopnik's shitty life- The trials of Job. The bribe from the Asian student- The temptation of Christ. And there is another scene where Larry watches his neighbor sunbath naked which was a throwback to David and Bathsheba.I'm not spoiling anything about the movie really. Maybe you'll understand it better now that you know what this film was based on. I still have some trouble figuring out the final moment of the film though and how it related to the stories in the Bible. If you've seen it, could you explain it to me please??RATING: 7/10[...]



Two New Teaser Posters from The Last Airbender

2011-08-10T14:25:57.365-07:00

Two new teaser posters of the upcoming M. Night Shyamalan adaptation of the Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender has hit the net! The two posters feature Noah Ringer as Aang and Dev Pate; of Slumdog Millionaire as Prince Zuko. Check it out!
Now I'm still incredibly bummed out that Shyamalan took a great cartoon series where all it's characters were Asian and populated the cast with white kids. And Dev Patel is Indian, his character is a bad ass Bruce Lee Chinese kid.

But I am a big fan of Shyamalan which could be the only reason why this film just might work. The Last Airbender is coming out this July.






The Young Victoria: Review

2011-08-10T14:25:57.366-07:00

In the next series of reviews of Oscar nominated films.. I bring you, The Young Victoria starring Emily Blunt of The Devil Wears Prada, Paul Bettany, Mark Strong, Jim Broadbent  and Miranda Richardson. The film has been nominated for 3 Academy Awards and..... it was just okay. The Young Victoria is a dramatization of the controversial first years in the reign of Queen Victoria. The film explores the plight of a 17 year old Victoria trying to run a nation, balance unrest in the English parliament and finding a romantic relationship in the "charming" Prince Albert.  I'll be honest. This film was not bad. But if you've seen The Duchess or Marie Antoinette, you would have seen this movie. Young Victoria is the typical Tudor age love story centered around boring political dramas between the Duke of Whatsername, the Baron of Bla Bla Land and Archbishop of Coca Cola. I'm really getting sick of these Victorian age royal dispute movies. Didn't the royalties do anything except dispute back in those days? The script was boring. I was barely keeping up with the dialog throughout the film. What with all the Shakespeare language like thee, thy, cometh, bla bla bla. Yeah I get that you're trying to make the film as authentic as possible, but can you do that and not confuse me to death? Maybe these type of films are just too intelligent for me. Heh.  But what was great about Young Victoria was Emily Blunt. Her queen is the character Queen Amidala in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace should have been. A young naive girl who is suddenly thrust into the most powerful position in the country and is forced to deal with all this shit other power hungry assholes are giving her. Emily Blunt was absolute class as Victoria. Forget about Emily from Devil Wears Prada, Queen Victoria is Blunt's greatest role. Though she does look too old to be playing a 17 year old girl, everything on the inside of her resembled that of an adolescent woman. Her usual sassy voice sounded like a sweet 14 year old in the movie. And I love her the way her character carries herself. It's kind of like, "I'm trying to show prestige and class but I still want to remain a rebel" type of portrayal. I really don't see the relationship between Victoria and Prince Albert ever happening. This Albert dude is a straight up sissy. Forget about all the sweet lovely things he whispers in you're ear, this guy has the highest pitched voice ever to come out of a man. And my God was his talking annoying. Usually I like listening to British people talking but Albert was irritating. He was like Michael Cera, who mumbles every line like an insecure timid loser. Oh wait, Prince Albert was German... ohh okay. Like any other Victorian age British film, the costumes and art direction is flawless. But then again.. we've seen these kind of costumes and 1800's type of settings so often in other movies, it doesn't really wow us anymore. While it wasn't bad, it's just the same old period piece film. Queen is young. Queen faces opposition. Queen rises up and beats all odds. Queen becomes the greatest queen to ever rule England. So don't need to go rushing to see this, it ain't gonna add anything to your life.RATING: 5/10[...]



An Education: Review

2011-08-10T14:25:57.366-07:00

An Education! A British comedy film about..... education! Hahahaha okay lameness again. So as we may already know, this little film is one of the 10 contenders for the 82nd Academy Awards. So is this film worthy to be up in the ranks of the likes of Avatar, Precious, Up, District 9 and Up In The Air? Oh yeah!  An Education is a coming of age film about Jenny, played by Carey Mulligan, who's a 17 year old who's life has only revolved around studying and getting into Oxford. Her parents pressure her to death to get good grades. Her friends are boring geeky losers. And her only choice for a boyfriend is a total wimp. By a chance of fate she meets David, a 30 year old luxury thief who gives her a taste of the fantastic glam life. The two fall head over heels with each other and we see Jenny beginning to break free from the boring life she had before. Education was directed by Lone Scherfig who previously did Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself which was hella hella funny. The script for the film is really nicely done. The dialog between characters where fine and their retorts are incredibly British-y smart. I always get this syndrome after watching British films. I just love how the speak hahaha. It just sounds so smart. After watching a Brit film I find myself trying to copy their accent. Hahahaha, don't judge meee!! Oh and I absolutely adore the British costumes of the precocious 1960's fashion. The glam segments had some of the coolest looking suits and dresses. And I really like Peter Sarsgard's car. I want that car muahahaha.  Carey Mulligan is amazingly wonderful playing an adolescent girl who wants to be treated like an adult but at the same time has the fear of being eaten up by the real world. A role I think we kids know too well. She came a long way from Pride & Prejudice where she was so annoying. She's an absolute fine lady in this film, totally deserving of her Oscar nomination. And I love her laugh. It's the cutest giggle I've ever heard!  Rosamund Pike is an absolute goddess in this. She plays some sort of mentor to Carey Mulligan's character. Her character reminds me of Audrey Tautou in Priceless. Her character is the woman every girl wishes they can grow up to be. The glamorous classy socialite who lives a life of riches through the many men she has manipulated. But even with all that glam there's still this lingering fear inside of her at how volatile her lifestyle is. At any moment she could go from rich to a washed up has-been once her man gets bored of her. But my absolute fav was Alfred Molina as Jenny's father. You guys might know him has the octo guy from Spider-man 2 hahaha. My favoritism scene in Education is when his character finds out his daughter has been lying to him about what she's been doing. He balanced anger, disappointment and worry into a very simple subtle monologue of how he still loves his daughter regardless of all the terrible things she's done behind his back. What I wished they would have changed about the film was not be so preachy about how important it is for kids to study till they get 100A's. The ending felt kinda propaganda-ish. Like, see if you have fun, you're life is going to be ruined forever so STUDY! But other than that I was really satisfied with An Education.RATING: 7/10[...]



The Cove: Review

2011-08-10T14:25:57.366-07:00

Documentaries bore me. March of The Penguins was total borefest, Taxi To The Darkside made me sleep. Only Fahrenheit 9/11 was able to hold my interest, mainly because it was a Bush bashing narrated by a crazy fat dude. But damn... I loved The Cove. And when I mean love.. I mean really really really love to the point where I wanna save dolphins now. The Cove follows a group of activists and filmmakers in their attempts to infiltrate a well guarded cove in Taiji, Japan to film and expose the shocking dolphin killing tradition that has been kept secret for many years. It's basically an insight look at the Japanese annual activity of whale and dolphin killing which what was initially said to be a cultural tradition which, through the film, unravels to be a a terrible act of animal violence that hass been happening in this heavily guarded cove in Taiji, which is both unknown to the mass Japanese public and the world and what also could cause a serious health problem all around the world.  What makes The Cove such a kick ass documentary is because of it was made like it was a heist film. They storied the documentary around the premise of a thriller Oceans Eleven kind of movie. Every minute as the filmmakers are trying to break into this well guarded cove in attempts to capture the animal cruelty on film gets you on the edge of you're seat. You keep thinking are they gonna get caught or not? What's gonna happen next? It really keeps you immersed in the whole operation.  The night scenes where the filmmakers dive into dark waters and swimming into the cove to plant cameras are exceptionally terrifying. So kudos to the filmmakers on that for being able to get across a very important message and doing it with high levels of suspense that is really entertaining to watch. The film builds and builds on the suspense towards the big finale and when it happens, the film totally snaps you back into reality. You suddenly realize that you weren't watching a movie at all. This is all real. And it is scary. When the film shows the dolphin killings in the cove you just want to turn the TV off. My God it was so sickening. I'm never eating sushi again. The killing scenes will leave you speechless.One scene in particular that was incredibly horrifying was a shot taken from an underwater camera. At first it shows an underwater view from inside the cove and as time goes by the water begins to turn blood red to the point where you can't see anything but red anymore as dolphin screeching is heard. And you know.. anything sounds scary underwater so imagine how scary it is when 23,000 dolphins are screeching like crazy.I personally found The Cove to be very moving, very heartbreaking and very entertaining. It's a call to arms to do something about this disgusting tradition that is still taking place annually despite worldwide condemnation. What we need now is a version of Inglourios Basterds where a group of soldiers get dropped in Japan and doing one thing.. and one thing only. Killing Japanese fisherman. Muahahahahaha.RATING: 8/10[...]



LA ORGANIZACION (1971)

2011-08-10T14:25:57.366-07:00

Entre la comentada segunda aparición del inspector Tibbs en las pantallas y este tercer, y a la postre último título de la serie, algunas cosas habían sucedido en el panorama cinematográfico norteamericano. En abril de 1971, un pequeño film independiente rodado al margen del sistema había convulsionado a la sociedad bienpensante norteamericana por su fuerte y beligerante contenido sociopolítico. Hablamos, lógicamente del Sweet Sweetback Baaadasss… de Melvin Van Peebles. Sin embargo, el zarpazo definitivo llegó un par de meses después cuando un detective negro llamado John Shaft apareció repentinamente en la boca de metro de la 42 con Broadway para poner las cosas en claro e impartir justicia con destreza, elegancia, chulería y mucho desparpajo, atrayendo masivamente, tanto a la población negra como a la blanca, a los cines. Desde entonces, ya nada fue igual y un género nuevo irrumpió con fuerza en las pantallas cinematográficas. Tibbs ya llevaba unos años pululando por el celuloide policiaco pero la repercusión de los dos citados títulos (junto con Algodón en Harlem de Ossie Davis, realizada un año antes) se dejó notar en esta última aventura del inspector Tibbs.En unas oficinas se produce un sorprendente asalto nocturno en la que es sustraída una importante cantidad de droga. La policía encuentra un cadáver y varias incógnitas que no cuadran en el caso. Tibbs se ocupa de la investigación y pronto entra en contacto con los responsables del robo: un grupo de vigilantes, todos ellos tocados por la tragedia familiar de la droga, que tan solo quieren llamar la atención de la policía para que ataque frontalmente a la red que mueve el narcotráfico a nivel internacional. Pronto, la organización mafiosa se pondrá en marcha y empezarán a rodar cabezas, mientras Tibbs debe de enfrentarse a un peliagudo dilema: ser fiel al cuerpo de policía o encubrir al grupo de insurgentes outlaws en su combate contra el crimen.El inspector Tibbs contra la Organización presenta ya algunos aspectos que serán comunes en los Black thrillers venideros. Por un lado, el fenómeno del vigilantismo, arraigado en gran diversidad de títulos, pero cuyo mejor exponente dentro de la blaxploitation posiblemente sea La guerra de Gordon (1973). Aquí sin embargo, no hay exviets limpiando las calles de droga e indeseables, sino un grupo post-aquarius, multiétnico y no tan preparado como los primeros compases de la narración parece presentar. Por otro lado, está el tema de la corrupción policial, fenómeno que se extiende por todo el policíaco setentero (no solo norteamericano) y que pone de relieve el desencanto de gran parte de la sociedad con las fuerzas de orden. Si bien, en el film que nos ocupa la crítica es leve y es desplazada a un segundo plano por la constante lucha de su protagonista por preservar su integridad personal cuyo código ético es dinamitado por los sucesos que van aconteciendo. Ambos aspectos aparecen bien desarrollados en el guión de James Webb, mucho más afortunado y equilibrado que en They call me Mr. Tibbs! (1970), menos preocupado en esta ocasión por la vida familiar de nuestro protagonista. Aunque haya aspectos de su trama con evidentes paralelismos con The French Connection (1971), ambos films fueron estrenados casi a la par en Octubre de ese mismo año. La gran efectividad del film hay que asignársela a la enérgica dirección de Don Medford, cineasta bregado en el mundo televisivo, que aquí nos regala excelentes secuencias de acción muy bien apoyadas por su dinámico montaje (a cargo del gran Ferris Webster) y el excelente soundtrack del músico de jazz Gil Melle (desafortunadamente, nunca editado). Sirva como ejemplo, la excelente secuencia precréditos, un soberbio tour de force de cerca de diez minutos donde sin diálogos asistimos al espectacular robo que[...]



2010 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEES!

2011-08-10T14:25:57.366-07:00

 Yayy! Oscar season has officially begun! I stayed up all bloody night o that I can be one of the first on the net to get the full list muahaha. So here you guys are, the nomination list of the 82nd Annual Academy Awards! BEST PICTURE•Avatar•The Blind Side•District 9•An Education•The Hurt Locker•Inglourious Basterds •Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire•A Serious Man•Up•Up in the AirBEST DIRECTOR•Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker•James Cameron – Avatar•Lee Daniels - Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire•Jason Reitman - Up in the Air•Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious BasterdsBEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE•Jeff Bridges - Crazy Heart•George Clooney - Up in the Air•Colin Firth - A Single Man•Morgan Freeman - Invictus •Jeremy Renner - The Hurt LockerBEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE•Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side •Helen Mirren - The Last Station•Carey Mulligan - An Education•Gabourey Sidibe - Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire•Meryl Streep - Julie & JuliaBEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE•Matt Damon – Invictus•Woody Harrelson - The Messenger•Christopher Plummer - The Last Station•Stanley Tucci - The Lovely Bones•Christoph Waltz - Inglourious BasterdsBEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE•Penelope Cruz - Nine •Vera Farmiga - Up in the Air•Maggie Gyllenhaal - Crazy Heart•Anna Kendrick - Up in the Air•Mo'Nique - Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by SapphireBEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY•Neill Blomkamp and - District 9•Nick Hornby - An Education•Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche - In the Loop•Geoffrey Fletcher - Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire•Jason Reitman - Up in the AirBEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY•Mark Boal - The Hurt Locker•Quentin Tarantino - Inglourious Basterds•Oren Moverman and Alessandro Camon - The Messenger•Joel and Ethan Coen - A Serious Man•Pete Docter and Bob Peterson – UpBEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM•Ajami•El Secreto de sus Ojos•The Milk of Sorrow•Une Prophéte•The White RibbonBEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM•Coraline•Fantastic Mr. Fox•The Princess and the Frog•The Secret of the Kells•UpBEST ART DIRECTION•Avatar•The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus•Nine•Sherlock Holmes•The Young VictoriaBEST CINEMATOGRAPHY•Avatar•Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince•The Hurt Locker•Inglourious Basterds•The White RibbonBEST COSTUME DESIGN•Bright Star•Coco Before Chanel•The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus•The Young VictoriaBEST FILM EDITING•Avatar•District 9•The Hurt Locker•Inglourious Basterds•Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by SapphireBEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE•Burma VJ•The Cove•Food, Inc.•The Most Dangerous Man in America•Which Way HomeBEST MAKEUP•Il Divo•Star Trek•The Young VictoriaBEST ORIGINAL SCORE•Avatar, James Horner•Fantastic Mr. Fox, Alexandre Desplat•The Hurt Locker, Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders•Sherlock Holmes, Hans Zimmer•Up, Michael GiacchinoBEST ORIGINAL SONG•Almost There from The Princess and the Frog•Down in New Orleans from The Princess and the Frog•Loin de Paname from Paris 36•Take It All from Nine•The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart) from Crazy HeartBEST SOUND MIXING•Avatar•The Hurt Locker•Inglourious Basterds •Star Trek•Transformers: Revenge of the FallenBEST SOUND EDITING•Avatar•The Hurt Locker•Inglourious Basterds•Star Trek•UpBEST VISUAL EFFECTS•Avatar•District 9 •Star TrekBEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT•China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province•The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner•The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant•Music by Prudence•Rabbit à la BerlinBEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM•French Roast•Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty •The Lady and the Reaper •Logorama[...]



New York, I Love You: Review

2011-08-10T14:25:57.367-07:00

OMG OMG OMG OMG. I wanna go New York! I wanna go New York! I wanna go New York! Okay so I'm sure not many of ya'll has heard of this series before. It's called the Cities of Love series. Each movie features 10 short films about love and is set in a world famous city. The series began with Paris, Je Taime which I loved. And now the love story has come to the greatest city in the world, New York. New York, I Love You is a collaborative work of the industry's best directors, writers and actors banding together to make 10 short films of love and romance all taking place within the 5 boroughs of New York. The story weaves a tale of love as diverse as the very fabric of New York City.Now this movie is an independent film so it's really going to be hard to find but my God I tell you will it be worth it when you do. Every short film portrays the beauty of New York City set inside a very cool short love film on it's own. It's funny. It's artistic. It's incredibly random. It's the very essence of New York.  And this film has a very impressive ensemble cast for a indie film. We got Natalie Portman, Julie Christie, Shia LaBeouf, Shu Qi, Ethan Hawke, Maggie Q, Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci, hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Andy Garcia, Bradley Cooper, Blake Lively, Olivia Thirlby, Anton Yelchin, Eli Wallach, Irfan Khan, James Caanand Drea De Matteo.  I love how all the actors were used. Each character has incredible amounts of depth and development in the short screen time their on. And the whole film is brilliantly written in a way that each character intertwines and effects the stories of another character in a different segment of the film. It depicts New Yorkers and how everyone is connected beautifully.But there were some segments I didn't like. One being Shai LaBeouf's short film. There wasn't anything bad about it, it's just that the other 9 films were done as witty romantic comedies and all of a sudden we get one film in the middle of the story that's an incredibly depressing art film. New York, I Love You is just one of those indie films that will never get much recognition and will stay completely unknown to mainstream moviegoers. It's a hidden gem that only true film lovers will appreciate. Hopefully this review will get some of ya'll interested to check it out.RATING: 7/10[...]



Moon: Review

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Wow this was a very disturbing show. Moon kind of reminded me of Requiem For A Dream because right after the movie finished I was kind of depressed. But I liked this movie man. It was a really ballsy sci-fi drama and given the small budget it worked with, this film is almost as good as District 9. The only difference is, D9 was more of an action film.. Moon is more of a psychological drama. Moon is a story of Sam Bell, a solitary man working on the moon for 3 years harvesting solar energy to be packaged and sent to Earth. Though he does have company in the form of GERTY, his robot assistant, the 3 years alone has taken a psychological toll on Sam. When Sam is 2 weeks from completing his working contract, strange things begin to happen that challenges the very fabric of his humanity and soul. Sam Rockwell is fantastic in this movie playing multiple versions of his character who are slowly losing sanity and will to live after discovering terrible facts about his existence. I really wanna say what those facts are because it will make this review much easier to understand but I can't spoil it. It really is a shocker what goes down with his character in the movie and Rockwell is amazing in the role. He practically carries the weight of the film and he does it incredibly well. He should get nominated for an Oscar.I liked Kevin Spacey as GERTY. A really nice homage to HAL 9000. What I thought would play out with his character didn't exactly happen here which was a nice surprise but I think Moon would have had much better suspense and tension if GERTY became like HAL and go all SkyNet on Sam Rockwell. I love love love the art direction in Moon. The set pieces of the moon base is gorgeous, really well done and a great throwback to classic sci-fi films like 2001: A Space Odyssey. The cinematography and visual effects were impressive given the budget of the movie. One thing I didn't like about Moon was that it took a bit too long to build up to the big reveal of the movie. So for a good 45 minutes I'm left thinking what on earth is going on and slightly bored. But damn, when it get's there it just blows you out of your seat. Moon is going to be a cult classic I guarantee. It's just that not many people has seen this yet. It's going to get that same status as The Thing and The Fly which weren't popular movies but gained strong fan following after a few years. It's a very disturbing sci-fi drama with a fantastic performance by Sam Rockwell. Moon's worth checking out ya'll! I got the DVD who wants???RATING: 8/10[...]



The Lovely Bones: Review

2011-08-10T14:25:57.367-07:00

The Lovely Bones! The latest love child from the man who brought us Heavenly Creatures, The LOTR series and King muthafuckin Kong ya'll! To bad this movie was shitty. Wait, WHAT? Peter Jackson made a shitty movie? Yes he did people! Yes he did! Based on the Alice Sebold novel, Lovely Bones is about Susy Salmon, played by Saoirse Ronan  who was brutally murdered by her neighbor and is now trapped in a fantasy world between heaven and Earth. From this wonderland she watches over her family as they grieve and her killer as he attempts to hide all traces of the murder.Interesting story, no? Really the premise is really creative here, so what the hell went wrong? All the stunning visual effects in Susy's fantasy world served no purpose to the story and really threw off the whole focus of the film which is the family drama post-Susy's death. Just when the build up of this story of a family trying to stay together after the death of a loved one and the story of the murderer trying to stay under the radar gets good, the film cuts off to show some effects shot of Saoirse Ronan running around in the fantasy world.  And it would have been nice if the sequences in the fantasy world and the sequences in the real world connected with each other but it didn't. You'd think Susy might try to reach out from the afterlife to try and contact her family like in any other ghost movie but it never happens. Which really begs the question of why we are even seeing the whole fantasy world sequence at all. So great visuals, but ultimately served no purpose whatsoever.  Mark Whalberg who plays the dad should stick to playing foul mouthed characters like in The Departed cause he was really really annoying here. He overplayed his role by a long stretch. It was like he was talking to a baby throughout the whole movie. You know.. what with the goo goo ga ga tone and all. And when the story goes to when his character has a nervous breakdown following his daughters death, he was kinda one note pulling it off. But then again the mediocre script really didn't give him much to work with. I liked Rachel Weisz and damn she's smoking hot. But she disappears through half the movie and almost with no reason at all.  My absolute favorite performance from Lovely Bones was Stanley Tucci as the creepy rapist neighbor. This man plays the very definition of a psychotic serial killer. What sold his performance to me was his eyes. On the outside, his character is incredibly silent and composed but when you look into his eyes it just sends a chill down you're spine. I can't really describe what I saw in them but there's just something off about them. If you saw his character in real life, you'd really feel unsafe around that person, that's how great his acting was. So am I saying that Lovely Bones was a complete mess? No not really. I just wasn't satisfied with it coming from someone as great as Peter Jackson. There were some parts I liked a lot. Susan Sarandon gives great comic relief, parts of the Salmon family beginning to suspect their neighbor as the murderer were very well done and I loved the performances from Stanley Tucci and Saorise Ronan.  I blame it completely on the fantasy world sequence. It took me out of the really interesting parts of Lovely Bones just so that it can show me some nice effects, which are great eye candy but completely unnecessary. I thought they should have just stuck with the story of the family and the murderer with Saoirse Ronan's narration. Overall, nice idea.. poor execution. Please don't fuck up The Hobbit, Peter Jackson.RATING: 4/10[...]



The Spy Next Door: Review

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Uhhh.. I feel kinda stupid. See I had a reunion with the uni mates, haven't seen them in weeks. We decided to see a movie. We missed Legion so we had no choice but to go for The Spy Next Door. And I was like okay lets be fair to the movie, cause mostly anyone who goes to watch this already has a preconceived idea that this movie is going to suck. So I thought I'd give it the benefit of the doubt. Guess what? It still sucked. The movie is about Bob Ho, who is this top spy on loan to the CIA from the Chinese Govt. on a mission to capture this Russian bad guy. In the suburban life, he acts as a pen salesmen who's dating his next door neighbor, a hot blonde chick who has 3 children from hell played by Amber Valletta. So when Amber Valletta gets called away, Bob volunteers to babysit the 3 demon kids as his Russian nemesis tracks him down for revenge. Tedious set up, completely unoriginal, we've seen this a thousand times with other fallen action heros like Vin Diesel, Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Rock bla bla bla. The movie makes no attempt to cover giant plot holes. I almost felt embarrassed sitting in that cinema thinking to myself "How the hell did I wind up paying to watch this horrible movie."  And I really felt urges to slap the people behind me who were constantly laughing at the lamest jokes in the movie. Spy Next Door's only saving grace was Jackie Chan. Which could make watching this turd of a film tolerable you if you like him. So yeah like Su YSW says. "Only watch it if you are a fan of Jackie" However I still want to punch him out cause that accent is really irritating. you know.. the I'm a Chinese trying very hard to speak good English accent.   On a positive side.. I think this is the first American film Jackie has done in a long time that actually has some good fight scenes in them. And when I say good, I mean really good. I missed the old Jackie Chan fight movies that were both intense and creatively funny at the same time and yeah Spy Next Door delivered in that. There were some points in the fight scenes that I found myself actually applauding.  Another thing I will give this movie credit is that it never stooped down to the lowest rung of children comedy. There weren't any fart jokes, poop jokes, pee jokes, baby vomit jokes or pet jokes. There were occasional out of place slapstick but were inoffensive and mostly happens during the fight scenes. But it's still not that funny. And damn the villain lady is hot. Her names Katherine Broecher. She was like in the tightest leather outfit with a push up bra and I was like Ooooooohh... I don't think she should have been in this film. Hello? This is a kids movie! You're too damn hot. Later some 10 year old boy will discover that his thing does more than pee hahaha. And like in any kids movie, I really hated the kid actors in this. They were incredibly annoying and they weren't even acting annoying. They were just legitimately truly annoying. Why can't people get good child actors anymore?Those good fight scenes aside, there's really not much reason why anyone should pay to see this movie.  Still can't believe you paid RM120 to watch this Su hahahaha.RATING: 2/10[...]






VIRGIL TIBBS

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Virgil Tibbs es una creación del escritor norteamericano John Dudley Ball (1911-1988). El creador de Tibbs trabajó como columnista para diversas publicaciones escribiendo artículos científicos y críticas musicales. Su personaje más popular apareció en 1965 en la novela In the heat of the night, y sus aventuras continuaron en otras 6 historias además de varios relatos cortos. Tibbs es un experto en artes marciales (como su creador), tiene conocimientos de diversas especialidades (al igual que Ball) y aunque tuvo diversos romances en el transcurso de sus investigaciones, su autor nunca le hizo pasar por la vicaría. Como miembro de los cuerpos policiales, después de una breve estancia en Filadelfia y San Francisco, se asentó en su natal Pasadena.Tras investigar un controvertido asesinato en una conflictiva localidad sureña en la conocida En el calor de la Noche, Ball le fue asignando un variopinto número de casos: en The Cool Cottontail (1966) investigaba un asesinato en una colonia nudista (el escritor era naturista); en Death for a playmate/Johnny get your gun (1969) Tibbs aparece en medio de todo tipo de conflictos raciales en una Pasadena asolada por motines y actos violentos; Five pieces of Jade (1972), por el contrario, sigue una trama más clásica, y coloca al detective afroamericano tras la pista de los asesinos de un coleccionista de figuras de jade, sospechoso de tráfico de drogas; en The Eyes of Budha (1976) vuelve a situar a Tibbs en Pasadena investigando la muerte de una mujer cuyo cadáver aparece en un parque en avanzado estado de descomposición, en una aventura que le llevara al sudeste asiático; en Then came violence (1980), el policía más popular de Pasadena debe enfrentarse a una serie de violentos robos a joyerías, los asesinatos provocados por un grupo de vigilantes contra conocidos miembros del crimen y proteger a la familia de un político africano a la que el gobierno norteamericano le ha dado asilo; y finalmente en Singapore (1986), una secuela de la novela anterior, intenta ayudar a la esposa del citado político acusada y encarcelada por asesinato, en un caso en el que Tibbs debe trabajar al margen de su gobierno. Las aventuras de Tibbs se completan con tres relatos aparecidos en los 70: “One for Vigil Tibbs” (1976), "Virgil Tibbs and the Cocktail Napkin" (1977) y "Virgil Tibbs and the Fallen Body" (1978). Aparte de las tres películas protagonizadas por Sidney Poitier, Vigil Tibbs pasó a la televisión en una serie de la NBC/CBS titulada como el film dirigido por Norman Jewison, iniciada en 1988 que se mantuvo en antena a lo largo de ocho temporadas y con un total de 150 episodios. Las aventuras transcurrían en Sparta, Mississippi, localidad natal de Tibbs en la serie, a la que volvía tras su paso en la policía de Filadelfia. El popular detective fue encarnado por el actor Howard Rollins Jr. en las 6 primeras temporadas pero finalmente tuvo que abandonar la serie por sus problemas legales con las drogas. Curiosamente, las dos últimas temporadas Virgil Tibbs desaparecía del mapa (apareciendo solo en tres episodios) y era sustituido en su puesto por el inspector Hampton Forbes, encarnado por el popular Carl Weathers. *Fuente empleada: wikipedia.org.[...]



BREAKING NEWS: Avatar Sinks Titanic to Become the Highest Grossing Film of All Time!

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Ladies and gentleman.. it has finally come to pass! James Cameron's visual epic Avatar has officially overtaken the 1997 blockbuster Titanic which was also directed by Cameron to become the highest earning international film in movie history!

The thing why this is such a history making record is because of the numbers. Titanic earned $1,848,813,795 after a run of 10 months. Avatar pocketed that same amount in 31 days. And this bloody film is still going!

Now just take a moment to ponder on how fruckin amazing that figure is. We are witnessing history in the making people. Avatar made it's lowest gross this week which was $36 million, just imagine what it's going to make in the next 4-5 months.

Everyone.. do this with me now. ALL HAIL JAMES CAMERON!






AHORA ME LLAMAN SR. TIBBS (1970)

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La segunda aparición del inspector Virgil Tibbs en las pantallas supone uno de los primeros black thrillers facturados en los 70, aunque el honor de obra seminal de la blaxploitation se lo lleve otra producción realizada el mismo año y ya citada por estos lares: Algodón en Harlem (1970). No obstante, algunos títulos generalmente policíacos de finales de los 60 ya anticipaban lo que iba a venir y hay que reconocer que existe un antes y un después de En el calor de la noche (1967), el estupendo filme de Norman Jewison, galardonado por la academia, que sirvió a Sidney Poitier para encarnar al personaje más reconocible de su trayectoria ante las cámaras. El inspector Tibbs era una creación del escritor blanco John Ball que desarrolló una serie de novelas y relatos cortos en torno al personaje, a los que siempre dotó de elementos importantes en el contexto socio-político de la época.Desarrollada en San Francisco, They call me Mr. Tibbs! narra la investigación policial que el inspector de policía afroamericano y varios de sus hombres llevan a cabo a raíz del sórdido asesinato de una prostituta. Entre los involucrados en el asesinato se encuentra un predicador liberal con aspiraciones políticas, amigo de Tibbs (lo que complica en más de una ocasión su presencia en el caso), y el casero de la víctima, un turbio personaje metido en negocios sucios. El inspector Tibbs tendrá que salir adelante entre dudas, obstáculos y molestos problemas domesticos.A pesar de su llamativo y convincente título, esta primera secuela de las andanzas del inspector negro sigue las pautas básicas del policíaco de la época, en un momento de evidentes cambios ya anticipados por Bullit (1968) y que quedarían definitivamente consolidados con la llegada de Harry el sucio (1971) y The French Connection (1971). Aún así, Ahora me llaman Mr. Tibbs no está ni mucho menos a la altura de los citados títulos y pasa por ser un tibio y correcto policíaco que en más de una ocasión se acerca molestamente a un piloto televisivo. Tampoco la película dirigida por Gordon Douglas muestra la beligerancia reivindicativa ni la suciedad urbana que muchas blaxploitation mostrarían de mejor o peor manera en los años sucesivos. Estamos por lo tanto, ante una obra de transición entre la vieja escuela de los 60 y la nueva ola de thrillers que se impondrían a lo largo de la década de los 70. Por otro lado, hay que reconocer que la presencia de Sidney Poitier impone una imagen ya consolidada en la década anterior por el actor en una serie de vehículos aptos para todo tipo de públicos aunque muchas de sus apariciones integraran un mensaje liberal de marcado contenido crítico siempre del agrado de la bienpensante mayoría WASP.Entre los aspectos destacables de esta nueva aventura, amen de su desarrollo en las siempre agradecidas calles de San Francisco, se encuentra su entonada columna sonora, obra otra vez del gran Quincy Jones, aquí experimentando con sonoridades jazz aderezadas con dinámicos cortes funk, que describen muy bien los entornos nocturnos en los que transcurre la acción de la película. Su conocido main title suele ser una pieza habitual en los recopilatorios de música blaxploitation de los 70. El resto viene a ser lo de siempre: persecuciones, tiroteos, falsas pruebas, deducciones de impostada ductibilidad, variopinta galería de secundarios, visitas a tugurios brillantemente iluminados y expeditivos diálogos con poso de ser más ligeros de lo que realmente pretenden. Tibbs intenta salirse en ocasiones por la tangente pero no deja de [...]



The Blind Side: Review

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How this movie is being loved by so many people is just beyond me. The Blind Side is complete bullshit I kept laughing to myself at how silly this story is.Yes I know the movie is based on a true story but c'mon.. anyone who has a slightest knowledge in racial understanding knows this sort of thing can NEVER happen in real life. Leigh Ann Touhy's case is one in a million, God bless her but this is soooo stupid.The Blind Side tells the story of Michael Oher, an NFL football player. Before he became successful, he was a homeless kid with no direction in life. In come Sandra Bullock's character with her Christian family who saw him wandering in the streets and decided to adopt him. Sandra Bullock feeds him, buys him clothes, buys him a fucking SUV, and makes him play football when he never said he was interested in football.Now let me say it one more time.. yes this is a true story and all this really happen. I'm not going to critic the actual events, I'm going to talk about this in the context of how it was portrayed in the film.Imagine if you were a poor homeless kid and a rich family whom you have never met before suddenly picks you off the streets, be incredibly friendly, buy you everything you ever wanted and suddenly say, "Hey... so we did all these nice things for you.. now we want you to play football for us." Wouldn't you suspect that there is something fishy going on? Wouldn't you think that they are only doing this so that they can use you to be a sports asset for them?Can't any of you see the racial undertones here?? There is one point that made me totally lose interest in the movie. The moment Sandra Bullock bought the black kid a brand new SUV. WTF! The guy doesn't even question why on earth she bought him a car.. he didn't even ask for it. And what do you expect when you let a homeless kid take you're 10 year old son for a ride? He gets into a horrific accident, the kid gets injured and Sandra Bullock just says.. "I forgive you" WTF!That aside, Sandra Bullock plays this impossible role wonderfully. Leigh Anne Touhy is her best role in a long time. She never lost her Southern accent throughout the whole movie and you do have this sickening urge to root for this woman. Did she deserve the Golden Globe? I wished it went to Gaby Sidibe for Precious but Sandra does deserve it. I really dislike Quinton Aaron's performance. Every time you see him, he looks like he's either on the verge oif crying or is constipated. I don't know if it was just poor acting or it was intended that way by the directors. And don't give me this is a true story bullshit. At the end of the movie they showed pics of the real Michael Oher and he was one bad ass tough guy.One point where Blind Side got interesting was when all the racial undertones were finally confronted in what I thought was a very well written scene. It came very late towards the end of the film but better than  never. An NAACP investigation suspects that Sandra Bullock is only doing this so that Michael will play football for her college which she is a part of the administration I guess. So I was like, "Oh finally, their going to answer all the questions I have and this will finally unravel to be a good movie.." But it never happens. The black kid goes "Nooo fuck you! They my family, they never hurt me.. I loves them." And that's the end of the movie. And I was like... sighh. I hate the most is the final message of the film when Sandra Bullock drops off Michael in college and pats herself on the back for rescuing this poor black kid and thinking how much[...]



The 10 Highest Grossing Movies Of All Time

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With Avatar poised to overtake Titanic as the highest earning film in the history of cinema, just thought it would be a good post to "educate" the rakyat on some Film 101. Here's the top ten list of highest earning movies in film history. You can check out the full list here.Movie: Titanic Year: 1997Gross: $1,848,813,795Titanic gave us so many memorable moments, the stupid Celine Dione song. Quotes like, "You jump, I jump." "I'm flyyying!" "I'm King of the Woooorld! "Wearing ONLY this." And personally for me.. it was the first time I saw a naked chick. Thank you Kate Winslett. Thank you!!Movie: Avatar Year:2009Gross: $1,662,429,598  Personally I still feel 500 Days of Summer was the best film of 2009. But Avatar is going to be the film that people will still be talking about 30 years from now. Why? Because it was a global cultural phenomenon. Because it was a breakthrough in cinema experience. It's 2001, it's Star Wars, it's one of those moments that captured the world in awe.Movie: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingYear: 2003Gross: $1,119,110,941Tell me you didn't go wow during the Ride of the Rohirrim. There aren't many 4 hour films that can keep an audience at the edge of their seats throughout the show. Can't wait for the Hobbit to come out.Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestYear: 2006Gross: $1,066,179,725WHAT? This movie beat The Dark Knight?! The only saving graces in Dead Man's Chest was.. Johnny Depp, Bill Nighy and that Kraken scene. Oh and Keira Knightley's sternum.Movie: The Dark Knight Year: 2008Gross: $1,001,921,825Kinda surprised it didn't land on number 2 or something. And I don't really need to comment on this much.. greatest crime and comic book film of all time.Movie: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneYear: 2001Gross: $974,733,550I'm getting...Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndYear: 2007Gross: $960,996,492Really lazy..Movie: Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixYear: 2007Gross: $938,212,738To comment...Movie: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceYear: 2009Gross: $929,359,401On the other.....Movie: The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersYear: 2002Gross: $925,282,504Movies...[...]






Funny People: Review

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Well surprise, surprise. The master of sexploitation comedy Judd Apatow can make a serious movie after all. Funny People opens with George Simmons played by Adam Sandler, a comedian superstar who learns that he is dying from a rare blood disease. Suddenly his life is not so funny anymore. Simmons begin to examine his life which is really sad. He has tonnes of cash but no friends and family. At his last chance to make his life worth while, he takes Ira Wright played by Seth Rogen, a budding comedian under his wing and becomes sort of a mentor to him. Adam Sandler was great in the movie. I like this formula he's got going where he makes one movie that's completely shitty but comes back and stuns with a really fantastic one. Like remember Click and how I'm sure everyone just went "Whoaaaa" at the you-know-what scene? Yeah. This has got to be one of the most deep roles he has ever done and I thought he pulled it off quite nicely. Kudos to Seth Rogen to who proves that he can act after all. His character resonates with Anna Kendrick's character from Up In The Air. Did he do a really good job? Not really. But I was quite surprise at how serious he can be. He and Sandler work really well together, it's always fun watching the movie when their both kinda arguing with each other.Let me be clear right now, this is not a comedy. It's a drama about comedy. It's a look at the lives of people who make a living by being funny and discovering that these people aren't really that happy after all. This is by no means any of the Apatow films you've seen before.There are a lot of side stories in this movie, one being Adam Sandler's old flame, the girl he was suppose to marry but he screwed it up with her. He tries to reconcile things with this lady played by Leslie Mann, who is now married to Eric Bana but they end up falling in love again at the risk of breaking up her entire family.I just gotta say one more time that this is a very very well written script. It's got great depth, it has mad plot and character development and it does have some great humor. I'm really quite shocked that the guy behind exploitation films like Superbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall could do a really god serious drama. I clap for you Judd Apatow!If you're looking for a really funny film to chill with you're friends.. Funny People is not it. It's a 2 and a half hour long film that humanizes comedians as real, broken people. You will enjoy this film but not in the way you enjoy the other Apatow movies. I think Funny People would have been a perfect film if it dropped about 20 minutes from the 3rd act of the movie. But still.. give this a watch ya'll!I predict Oscar nod for Best Original Screenplay.RATING: 7/10[...]



Sherlock Holmes: A Very Late Review

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I attempted to watch Sherlock Holmes 3 times. One time all my friends who I was suppose to see it with ffk'd (bloody bastards haha) The second time, I went to GSC, so excited I am finally gonna watch it and then my friend goes, " Surprise! We're gonna see Paranormal Activity instead!" (bitch) So the third time I finally got to see it, and hell was this movie worth the wait.Sherlock Holmes is the character based on Arthur Conan Doyle's novels. This film however portrays the character as an eccentric. This guy is really weird.. brilliant, but weird. The movie deals with a sorcerer, Lord Blackwood whom Holmes has put behind bars. Blackwood is executed but is mysteriously resurrected from the dead to begin wreaking havoc in London. In comes Sherlock Holmes and his trusted sidekick Dr. Watson, once again to solve the mystery. and catch Blackwood before it's too late. Robert Downey Jr. totally deserves his Golden Globe win for playing Sherlock Holmes. This guy can practically play any character possible. He's done Charlie Chaplin, he's done Tony Stark, Paul Avery, Joe Wershba and now the mastermind himself.. Sherlock Holmes.He is fantastic as the detective. He pulls out each line with incredible humor which brings new light to the usually dark character. I made this comparison after I left the cinema, something I kept noticing while watching the film. And no one agrees with me, hopefully you guys do.. I thought Sherlock Holmes was a lot like Captain Jack Sparrow. Okay let me explain. The way Sherlock acts is so reminiscent of Cpt. Sparrow. The outlandish behavior, the 'makes things up as he goes along' persona. Even their musical themes are sort of the same. You know.. the 'this is a very dangerous situation and you are not taking this seriously!' tone.Right right right? Or probably it's because they are both done by Hans Zimmer. But anyway.. bottom line is Sherlock Holmes is the new Jack Sparrow. So grotesquely in your face yet you can't get enough of him. He's that crazy character everyone loves to watch just cause he is such a juxtaposition.Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. are so great together. You can't hold a straight face watching them give each other shit throughout the whole movie. The film is incredibly hilarious but still maintains the same wit of a British film. I hope they make a Brit sitcom series about Holmes and Watson as roommates. That would be like my fantasy wish, yes.. don't judge me! Rachel McAddams is HOT. Nothing else to add sir.I loved the first 2 parts of the film where it was the classic detective story of Sherlock trying to solve the case.. with retarded humor might I add. It's the 3rd act that really lost me. The detective story suddenly turned into a Jerry Bruckheimer movie. Wow suddenly there's a doomsday machine that they have to disarm, slow motion fights on a suspension bridge, a lot of explosions... I still like Sherlock Holmes, don't get me wrong.. it just turned into a completely different film from the first half hour of the movie. I was going like "Whaaa?"I am definitely looking forward to the Holmes sequel. I hope they stay within the premise of the first film of being first and foremost a detective comedy, and not sell out to become an action film like what happened with the POTC sequels. Loved the film, t just lost me completely at the end, but it's still a very good, smart popcorn flick.RATING: 6/10[...]






THE 67th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS!!

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Award season has started!! Omg Omg Omg, you guys have got to understand, the movie award season is like second to a religious holiday for me muahaha. Yes it's sad I know. So I woke up at 7, drove my sis to college (stupid jam cost me a good 20 minutes) then rushed to my cousin's house cause I ain't got no Astro at home.But anyway,the show was hosted by Ricky Gevais, who was kind of annoying really. He just keeps whining about why his shows aren't nominated and his jokes are sooo offensive,like really offensive.Amazing acceptance speeches by Mo'Nique and Meryl Streep ya'll, really touching.Okay, so here you are, I watched the entire show with my laptop to get the winners list as fast as possible to post it up so here are the full list of winners of the 2010 annual Golden Globe Awards!BEST MOTION PICTURE , DRAMA• Avatar• The Hurt Locker• Inglourious Basterds• Precious• Up in the Air BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA• Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side• Helen Mirren, The Last Station• Carey Mulligan, An Education• Gabourey Sidibe, Precious• Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA• Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart• George Clooney, Up in the Air• Colin Firth, A Single Man• Morgan Freeman, Invictus• Tobey Maguire, BrothersBEST MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL• The Hangover• It's Complicated• Julie & Julia• Nine• (500) Days of Summer BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL• Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia• Sandra Bullock, The Proposal• Marion Cotillard, Nine• Julia Roberts, Duplicity• Meryl Streep, It's Complicated BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL• Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes• Joseph Gordon-Levitt, (500) Days of Summer• Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man• Matt Damon, The Informant!• Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM• Up• Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs• Coraline• Fantastic Mr. Fox• The Princess and the Frog BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM• The White Ribbon (Germany)• Baaria (Italy) • Broken Embraces (Spain)• The Maid (Chile)• A Prophet (France) BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE• Mo'Nique, Precious• Julianne Moore, A Single Man• Penélope Cruz, Nine• Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air• Anna Kendrick, Up in the AirBEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE• Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds• Matt Damon, Invictus • Woody Harrelson, The Messenger• Christopher Plummer, The Last Station• Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones BEST DIRECTOR• James Cameron, Avatar• Clint Eastwood, Invictus• Jason Reitman, Up in the Air• Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds• Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker BEST SCREENPLAY• Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air• Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds• Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, District 9• Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker• Nancy Meyers, It's Complicated BEST ORIGINAL SCORE• Michael Giacchino, Up• Marvin Hamlisch, The Informant!• James Horner, Avatar• Abel Korzeniowski, A Single Man• Karen O and Carter Burwell, Where the Wild Things AreBEST ORIGINAL SONG• "The Weary Kind," Music & Lyrics by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart)• "Winter," Music by U2; Lyrics by Bono (Bro[...]



Where The Wild Things Are: Review

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Question.. Did this movie come out in Malaysia? Cause I don't remember this having any promos here. But anyway let's get on talking about this cool film called Where The Wild Things Are by the ever-so-awesome Spike Jonze.Where The Wild Things Are is based on the Maurice Sendak children's book about a kid, Max who is misunderstood (and when I say misunderstood I mean adults think he's cacat akal) Max runs away from home and gets on this mysterious boat that takes him to an island where the Wild Things of his imaginations exist and he is crowned their king.Once Max reaches the island and meets the Wild Things, the film becomes pure magic. You feel the beauty of a child's imagination. The cinematography is hella gorgeous here.Every fantasy landscape that you ever dreamed as a kid is in this movie I kid you not. The Wild Things are really well done, the special effects are very real, very believable. A treat for any fantasy lovers really.But Wild Things does get a bit boring after awhile. It drags out the second act way too long. Most of the time it seems there wasn't really anything going on in the film. We get this string of montages of Max and the Wild Things having fun while Juno-ish music play in the background. Which really left me wondering what was the point to this whole movie. It's not like I wasn't enjoying myself, far from it, I felt like I was reliving my childhood watching them, I just kept thinking like... where's this story going?And that kid Max Records man... he's is absolutely fantastic. He sold this film for me. This 10 year old practically carries the weight of the entire film. He was like the only human actor for a good 90 minutes of the movie. Records captures the innocence of children but also the destructive nature of their imagination.I gotta admit, I thought the kid was a bit too wild. It's like I was witnessing the origin of a future serial killer or something hahaha. He's like running around screaming like a banshee, he's wrestling the Wild Things and scratching them in the holiest of hollies. The whole time I'm watching him do dangerous stuff with the Wild Things,I'm going like" OMG this kid is gonna get himself killed." Kinda reminds me of myself when I was 7.Wild Things is not a kid's movie. I guarantee you if you take your kids to see this, they will be bored out of their minds. This is more of a kid's movie for adults to be nostalgic of their childhood. It has zero humor that children enjoy (you know.. the fart/burp jokes) but it does have lots of great moments that I think only a mature audience can appreciate.Where The Wild Things Are is a visual opus, every shot is superbly beautiful and the visual effects, dare I say are on par with Avatar. As for the story... oh well. Gorgeous, profound and draggy. It's a film where the little kids will die of boredom, we teens will enjoy watching but will go "WTF?" at the end, and the adults will go "Sighhh.. those were the days"I predict Oscar nods for Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography & Best Art Direction. RATING: 6/10[...]



Up In The Air: Review

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Up In The Air! No it's not the sequel to Up. Hahahaha.. K that was lame. Retarded lameness aside, this movie is really really good. Fans of mature indie flicks like Little Miss Sunshine are gonna dig the hell out of this movie.Okay so the movie is about a guy, Ryan Bingham who is like this downsizing agent. Companies pay him to fire their employers for them. And he's fired so many people that he has become a shallow person. He has no soul at all. He's so hollow that he loves being on the road and up in the air. He loves not having any human relationships or connections. In comes this young girl, Natalie who has this idea of firing people online thus saving the travelling expenses and crushing Binghams whole existence because he is aiming to get 10 million frequent flyer miles by staying up in the air as long as possible. So he decides to bring Natalie along to some of his business trips to try and change her mind.George Clooney is absolutely fantastic here. We get the same charming witty character Clooney's use to playing but with a twist that this charming personality of his is just a mask of hiding the fact that he is really lonely. He has no friends, no close ties with family and no real home to go back to. The only place where he feels whole is when he is riding in an airplane because that's what he's been doing for so long. He's so cut off that the only goal that he has in life is to reach 10 million flyer miles. Which is kinda like a World of Warcraft geek wanting to reach level 10000000 or something.And at the same time we are following this character Natalie as she watches her personal life fall apart as she is slowly turned into George Clooney' character. Not because she wants to but just because of what her job demands of her. Anna Kendrick is really amazing here. I didn't really notice from the start but she's one of Bella's friends from the Twilight series.. You know the really minor sidekick character who magically loves Bella? Yeah that's the one. I love how she starts her character off as the very naive scared first time on the job person which I think we all can identify with to becoming a powerhouse to slowly burning out as the job begins to take a toll on her. And Anna Kendrick pulls off Natalie brilliantly!It really makes me mad looking back at the Twilight series thinking that they had this amazing actress and they just threw her to the side to make way for spoilt "attractive" "actors." Remember in 2008 when all the Twilight freaks were lobbying for Rob Pattinson to get an Oscar nomination for playing Edward Cullen? Justice never seemed so sweet watching Anna Kendrick get nominated for her Golden Globe muahahahha. Suck it Twilight girls. I expect her to get a Best Supporting Actress nod but sorry hun Mo'Nique's gonna win it. At least you'll get nominated.I also gotta salute Vera Farmiga who plays the female version of Clooney. She is smouldering in this movie. You get the sense that she is in control and you better behave if you want any of her cookies (if you get what i mean) She had George Clooney down on his knees throughout the whole movie. And she is hella hot. There's is one scene where she's naked on the bed with Clooney, that ass...... whoooooo hahaha.Up In The Air takes a big stab at the whole elite status concept. Everyone wants elite status am I right? Everyone wants[...]



THE TAKE / DOBLE JUEGO / LA CAPTURA (1974)

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La segunda y última incursión del británico Robert Hartford-Davis en los territorios de la blaxploitation (tras la más popular Polvora Negra) supone cuanto menos una inesperada sorpresa. Y no es por que el filme en cuestión sea de una gran calidad o parezca en su visionado un clásico olvidado a recuperar. Estamos ante una película correctamente dirigida, con algunos momentos interesantes que sigue los patrones básicos del policíaco setentero. No faltan los tiroteos, las peleas, las persecuciones, las poses villanescas, el cuestionamiento de las normas…pero su personaje central es una rara avis dentro del thriller afroamericano.Transcribo el argumento según aparece en la edición en VHS: “Un policía honrado luchando solo contra el imperio de la droga, contra sus propios y corrompidos compañeros. Cuando la extorsión y la violencia son las armas que emplea la injusticia solo un hombre integro puede acabar con ella. Todos contra él, a su captura, y el contra todos. A vida o muerte”.Ante esto lo que se espera es la enésima vindicación del Black Hero, aquí con placa de la ley, en su enfrentamiento contra un sistema corrupto que le explota y le pone en una situación al límite. Sin embargo la realidad va a ser otra muy distinta. Terry Sneed, un policia negro, con una hoja de servicios impecable, llega a Paloma, Nuevo Mexico, una pequeña ciudad con graves problemas con el crimen organizado y el tráfico de drogas. Nada más poner un pie en la urbe, Sneed demuestra sus actitudes desbaratando volentamente un intento de fuga en los juzgados. Sin embargo, pronto su comportamiento resultará no ser tan limpio como parece. En su lucha contra el crimen y manteniendo su imagen de policía ejemplar ante el departamento, Sneed no duda en aceptar los sobornos de los mafiosos, manteniendo así un doble juego del que definitivamente saldrá bien parado.Lejos de los habituales arquetipos que definieron a los Black Action Heroes del periodo, Terry Sneed es un personaje curioso. Es corrupto, combate el crimen a su manera, mantiene diferencias con sus compañeros aunque no es mejor que ellos, es apaleado en más de una ocasión, no consigue llevarse a ninguna hembra, blanca o negra, al catre (la historia sentimental del filme, aunque algo postiza, no es tan gratuita como parece) y acaba venciendo saltándose todas las normas imaginables.Francamente, la integridad personal mostrada en Shaft, Sweetback, Superfly o Trouble Man, por poner algunos ejemplos brilla aquí por su ausencia. No tenemos un personaje ejemplar aunque podamos acogernos a la fórmula que la mejor manera de sobrevivir en el corrupto sistema WASP sea comportarse como ellos, una interpretación personal que parece desprenderse de los últimos diálogos del filme. Una reflexión tratada sin ironías y no muy habitual en este tipo de películas. Billy Dee Williams, no es Jim Brown o Fred Williamson, y ese aspecto débil queda bien reflejado en la película. Solo su astucia y perspicacia le sirven para salir bien parado de sus problemas a ambos lados de la ley. Como dice la frase promocional del film: Meet the brother with a badge... on the take who takes on the mobs and wins both ways!La captura no es un filme tan aburrido como se comenta en algunas publicaciones aunque en ocasiones su desarrollo sea alg[...]



Kenny Ortega To Direct In the Heights Movie, Lin Manuel-Miranda Returns as Usnavi

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Aight finally! Some developments from the production of the film version of Broadway's In The Heights. It's been announced that Kenny Ortega, director of such mediocrities like High School Musical and some pretty good stuff like MJ's This Is It! will be helming the musical film. He is a good director don't get me wrong, I just don't know why I'm not excited about the whole thing with him directing.
 Anyway in more exciting developments, Lin-Manual Miranda, the writer and star of the stage version of In The Heights has signed on to reprise his role of Usnavi in the film version!! Thank you God!!

Speaking of a High School Musical/In The Heights collobo, Corbin Blue of the Disney series will be playing the role of Usnavi on Broadway. What? The guy who barely sang in High School Musical? Yeap.. that's the one. Here's a preview
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Rolling Stones Names The 100 Best Songs of The 2000's

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The new issue of Rolling Stones magazine has listed the 100 Best Songs and the 100 Best Albums of the past decade. I don't really care much about the albums list.. the song list had pretty interesting picks. Like... too much Beyonce, too little Coldplay and Green Day. So here's the list ya'll!BEST SONGS100.Damian Marley - "Welcome To Jamrock"99. Gorillaz - "Feel Good Inc." 98. Amy Winehouse - "Back To Black" 97. Fleet Foxes - "White Winter Hymnal"96. Lady Gaga - "Poker Face"95. Mary J. Blige - "Family Affair"94. Radiohead - "Pyramid Song" 93. Snoop Dogg - "Drop It Like It's Hot"92. Brad Paisley - "Alcohol"91. Bruce Springsteen - "My City Of Ruins"90. Midlake - "Roscoe"89. Bright Eyes - "Lua"88. Jay-Z - "Izzo (H.O.V.A)"87. The Knife - "Heartbeats"86. Aaliyah - "Try Again"85. Dirty Projectors - "Stillness Is The Move"84. Clipse - "Grindin'"83. The Gossip - "Standing In The Way Of Control"82. Jay-Z - "Dirt Off Your Shoulder"81. Pink - "Get The Party Started"80. Phoenix - "1901"79. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - "Gone Gone Gone"78. LCD Soundsystem - "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House"77. Dixie Chicks - "Not Ready To Make Nice"76. Madonna - "Hung Up"75. Arcade Fire - "Rebellion (Lies)"74. TV On The Radio - "Wolf Like Me"73. Queens Of The Stone Age - "No One Knows"72. Kings Of Leon - "Use Somebody"71. Justice - "D.A.N.C.E."70. Arctic Monkeys - "I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor"69. Santigold - "L.E.S. Artistes"68. Coldplay - "Viva La Vida"67. Wilco - "Jesus, Etc."66. Madonna - "Music"65. Green Day - "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams"64. U2 - "Vertigo"63. Lil Wayne - "A Milli"62. Alicia Keys - "Fallin'"61. Jet - "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"60. Beyoncé - "Irreplaceable"59. The Strokes - "Hard To Explain"58. The White Stripes - "Fell In Love With A Girl"57. The Shins - "New Slang"56. Radiohead - "Idioteque"55. OutKast - "Ms. Jackson" 54. Coldplay - "The Scientist"53. The Rapture - "House Of Jealous Lovers"52. Christina Aguilera - "Beautiful"51. D'Angelo - "Untitled (How Does It Feel)"50. Beyoncé - "Single Ladies"49. The Walkmen - "The Rat"48. The Killers - "Mr. Brightside"47. Green Day - "American Idiot"46. MGMT - "Kids"45. Kylie Minogue - "Can't Get You Out Of My Head"44. Britney Spears - "Toxic"43. The Roots - "The Seed (2.0)"42. Arcade Fire - "Wake Up"41. LCD Soundsystem - "All My Friends"40. Kelis - "Milkshake"39. Modest Mouse - "Float On"38. Gorillaz - "Clint Eastwood"37. LCD Soundsystem - "Losing My Edge"36. U2 - "Moment Of Surrender"35. Bruce Springsteen - "The Rising"34. Coldplay - "Yellow"33. Daft Punk - "One More Time"32. Franz Ferdinand - "Take Me Out"31. The Flaming Lips - "Do You Realize??"30. R. Kelly - "Ignition (Remix)"29. Kanye West - "Gold Digger" 28. Randy Newman - "A Few Words In Defense Of Our Country" 27. The Postal Service - "Such Great Heights"26. Coldplay - "Clocks"25. Missy Elliott - "Work It"24. Radiohead - "Everything In Its Right Place"23. Rihanna - "Umbrella"22. Amerie - "1 Thing"21. OutKast - "B.O.B."20. Justin Timberlake - "Cry Me A River"19. Kanye West - "Jesus Walks"18. Kelly Clarkson - "Since U Been Gone"17. Bob Dylan - "Mississippi"16. The Strokes - "Last Nite"15. Johnny Cash - "Hurt"14. Missy Elliott - "Get Ur Freak On"13. 50 Cent - "In Da Club"12. Eminem "Lose Yourself"11. MGMT - "Time [...]



The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: Review

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Heath Ledger's last movie ya'll! The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus by the brilliant Terry Gilliam.The film is set in present day about Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) a 1,000 year old travelling showman who has the power to guide people into a dream world of their imaginations, made a deal with the Devil to exchange his old daughter's soul when she turns 16 for his immortality. As time runs out, Parnassus and his travelling show rushes to find a way to break the deal just as a mysterious stranger (Heath Ledger) appears and offers help for the Imaginarium.The special effects were fantastic as well. The sequences inside the Imaginarium are breathtaking especially Jude Laws ladder running scene, that was really cool. Johnny Depp has a very small appearence in the film and Colin Farrell provides a very surprising twist to Heath Ledger's character. Won't reveal any spoilers.. just watch the film.Verne Troyer finally proves that he can act! Most of Christohper Plummer's best scenes were when he was with Verne Troyer's character who holds as the voice of reason behind the whole crazy exploits of Imaginarium. Verne Troyer? Voice of reason? Yeah unorthodox I know but it worked great for him.On the production side, I really have to give it up to Terry Gilliam and the writers who cleverly edited Imaginarium to work around Heath Ledger's death. As you know, he died in the middle of shooting but the crew utilised his scenes and combined them with Depp, Law and Farrell's scenes quite nicely. Ledger's transformation into the different versions of Tony was really well done & it made sense.So now the big question still remains. Did he go out with a bang? Does this film do Heath Ledger justice?  My opinion... No it doesn't. Not by a long shot.Imaginarium sees Heath Ledger return to the usual romance Casanova role he is used to playing. I couldn't  believe the same person playing Tony in Imaginarium pulled off the greatest cinema villain of the 2000's cause he was quite bland to be honest.He seemed like he was having a lot of fun but everything of his acting here was just.... mediocre. Maybe it was the health state Heath was in at the time of filming or something I guess The Joker was just a one hit wonder for him..Overall, good film, unfortunate mediocre acting by Heath Ledger. Quite a shame really that this had to be his last. He will always be remembered as The Joker in my books.RATING: 6/10[...]



BREAKING NEWS: Spider-Man 4 Scrapped. Sam Raimi & Tobey Maguire & Cast Fired. New Spider-Man Reboot Happening in 2012.

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Here’s one that’s come out of left field. Only hours after we reported that John Malkovich says he will play the Vulture in Spider-Man 4, it looks like a meeting that took place today on the lot of Sony Pictures has changed all that.

According to the website Deadline.com, Sam Raimi told Sony Pictures that he could not meet the summer 2011 release date and has pulled out of the movie. As a result, Sony pictures has decided they are going to move ahead with a new director and a completely new cast along with a script from Jamie Vanderbilt. They will target a Summer of 2012 release date for the franchise reboot.

In the end, this means no Sam Raimi, no Tobey Maguire, no Kirsten Dunst, no John Malkovich and probably no Bruce Campbell.

Here are some excerpts from the official Sony press release:

Peter Parker is going back to high school when the next Spider-Man hits theaters in the summer of 2012. Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios announced today they are moving forward with a film based on a script by James Vanderbilt that focuses on a teenager grappling with both contemporary human problems and amazing super-human crises.

The new chapter in the Spider-Man franchise produced by Columbia, Marvel Studios and Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will have a new cast and filmmaking team.

The studio says it will release more news about the 2012 Spider-Man film in the coming weeks.

Source: EmpireMovies






Fantastic Mr. Fox: Review

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The fantastical fantastic movie by the fantastic director Wes Anderson, starring the fantastical George Clooney and the fantastic Meryl Streep called the Fantastic Mr. Fox!The film is a stop motion adaptation of a Roald Dahl novel. Mr. Fox, after having sweared to his wife he'll leave the dangerous business of chicken stealing reverts back to his old ways, endangering his family and entire neighbourhood when he steals from 3 incredibly ugly and psychopathic farmers.Most people still don't appreciate the amazing technique of stop motion animation, simply cos they don't know what it is. Well you uncultured Malaysian... stop motion is shooting a film frame by frame while physically manipulating set pieces to make them look like their moving on their own. Basically.. it's moving every tiny detail of a set piece one at a time, taking lots and lots of photos and stringing everything together. It's friggin hard so I really salute the makers of Mr. Fox.Some people complain that the stop animation is too sloppy and the set pieces does seem choppy when played in linear but that's what is so great about stop motion in my opinion. Sure you can go all perfectionist like Henry Selick's Coraline to the point where you don't even notice the stop motion but what's the point to that really? The little riffs and slight inperfections in Mr. Fox's animation is a great throw back to what stop motion used to be back in the 80's.George Clooney, The Man, The Almighty God of Acting shines once more as the witty, fast talking, charming Mr. Fox. His stop motion character reminded me of a mash between Danny Ocean and Ulysses Everett McGill. Incredibly fun to watch and hard not to like Mr. Fox even if he is a crappy dad and husband.Michael Gambon was great as Franklin Bean, the leader of the psychotic farmers going after Mr. Fox and family. He gets into so many violent fits of rage, Fantastic Mr. Fox seemed more like an adult movie instead of a kids cartoon most of the time. It was like watching Dumbledore play Lord Voldemort wahaha. Kudos to the scriptwriters who came up with a fantastic script of so much clever humour and just maximum levels of wit and charm. That's all I can use to describe the movie really, wit and charm. It's kind of sad that most Malaysians won't enjoy Mr. Fox's comedy cause their just too dumb to get intelligent satirical jokes. To them, a man in cicak costume is more entertaining.It's also a shame that Fantastic came out the same year as Pixar's Up because I really really really want to see this film win some animation awards which by now are already reserved in Up's honor. But for what it's worth, Fantastic Mr. Fox is an animation gem, woth seeing in the cinema and worth buying the DVD.RATING: 8/10[...]






Move Over Mamma Mia.. American Idiot The Musical Is Here!!

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I'm sure you guys have been hearing this version of 21 Guns on the radio for sometime now.
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First I thought it was a Leona Lewis cover or something.. Noooo.. it's from a brand new musical that's making it's way to Broadway called American Idiot based on songs by Green Day. ZOMG!!!

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The Hurt Locker: Review

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The Hurt Locker ya'll! This movie has been getting a lot of hype for the Oscars and it's been nominated for Best Picture in the Golden Globes. It is a really good movie, don't get me wrong.. but I still don't see what'sso great about it.Hurt Locker is about a bomb defusing team in Iraq. Everyday, these people go to work and risk death on a regular basis. To make matters worst, their new team leader is an incredibly reckless soldier that makes their missions more dangerous.One thing I liked about The Hurt Locker is the use of unknown casts against well established actors. Ralph Fiennes, David Morse and Guy Pearce make appearances in the film for a few minutes before being killed off. Just cause they're famous actors we expect them to be the main characters, so it was a nice surprise there. I like how this shows that in war, anyone is fair game.The editing of the film is really good. It uses the same style as the Bourne movies where like it's all fast paced action, really terrifying sequences and then it slows down for a breather and a moment of lot development an then it throws you right back with more action and suspense. The cinematography of gritty war laden Iraq is actually quite a beauty with it's realism. And the slow motion action sequences is breathtaking.I still don't get what's the deal with Jeremy Renner's apparent stellar performances. I thought he was just OK. I preferred Anthony Mackie as the helpless Sgt. who has to deal with all the shit Renner's character puts their team in.    So with so many good things to say about Hurt Locker, why do I still think it shouldn't deserve top award nominations? Now please don't get me wrong, I really liked this movie but I just can't see what all the buzz about Hurt Locker is about?This just isn't Best Picture material. It's more like Greengrass movies, the kind that will get nominated technical awards like editing and cinematography but not top prizes. Once again I wanna clarify, this is really good war movie worth checking out, it just isn't top award material. RATING: 7/10[...]



HIT MAN (1972): GALLERY

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ARREBATO FINAL

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IVAN ZULUETA (SAN SEBASTIAN 1943 - SAN SEBASTIAN 2009). CINEASTA, DISEÑADOR, ILUSTRADOR, GENIO EN ESTADO PURO.



Movies You Have To See in 2010

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Okay,so 2010 is here and lot of anticipated films are gonna be released soon. Here's my top 10 movies of 2010 I'm really looking forward to see. ALICE IN WONDERLAND Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter... What's not to like?CLASH OF THE TITANSPlease, please, please let it be good.KICK-ASSA movie about nerdy kids dressing up like superheros and getting into more trouble than they asked for. It's kinda like Spider-man but with Zombieland retarded-ness.IRON MAN 2Total geek-gasm I tell you! And Scarlett Johansson in leather? Whoaahh!ROBIN HOODRussel Crowe and Ridley Scott reunites to make another medieval epic. And backed with a stellar cast of Cate Blanchett, Mark Strong and William Hurt.PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIMEWasn't looking forward to it till I saw the trailer. Nice substitute while I wait for Pirates 4.TOY STORY 3I don't really need to justify this right? RAPUNZELThe never ending saga to restore Disney to it's Renaissance days continues!HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1It's kinda sad it's all gonna end.TRON LEGACYYou guys have got to check this trailer out!Here are some other movies ya'll might wanna check out this yearThe Book of Eli                                      Jonah Hex How To Train Your Dragon                               Despicable Me  The Bear And The Bow   The Last Airbender                                 The Expendables     Inception                                        Shutter Island  My Fair Lady                                      In The HeightsThe Three StoogesAnd the 2010 movies you should avoid like plague        Hairspray 2: White Lipstick                   The Twilight Saga: Eclipse         Tooth Fairy                                    The Spy Next Door      Sex And The Cit[...]



Top 50 Films From 2000-2009

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And with that, we say goodbye to a decade of awesome movies. In no particular order, here's a list of my favourite films of the 2000's.DOCUMENTARIES FANTASYINDIESMUSICALSDRAMASEPICSMARTIAL ARTS ANIMATIONCOMIC BOOKSGoodbye 2000's! Let the 2010's be awesome!![...]



World's Greatest Dad: Review

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Heard a lot about this movie earlier this year and I finally found it in a pirated shop. Uhh... I'm not sure how to go about explaining this movie to you guys.. OK let's give it a try.  So the movie is about Lance Clayton, a failed writer and teacher in his late 40's who's son, Kyle is the biggest unappreciative asshole son of a bitch there ever was. Lance's girlfriend dates him on her own convenience and.. pretty much his life sucks. But when his son accidentally dies while masturbating, Lance makes it look like a suicide to protect him and his family from shame and fabricates a suicide note. Little did he know, the suicide note would strike a chord with everyone in his school. Soon, a cult in Kyle's honor emerges with people claiming they liked Kyle and Lance all along. With the success of the suicide note, Lance begins writing a journal in his son's name to continue the beneficial facade.World's Greatest Dad explores how fake people can be. Especially when there's some new trend and people jump on the bandwagon just so they are in the majority. I was actually kinda disturbed watching how far these teens would go to feel included. And we're all victims of this. How many times has a celebrity died and suddenly, a million people started saying how much hey loved him/her, i.e all those fake Micheal Jackson lovers.Robin Williams gives an awesome performance of the father who is tortured with the loss of a son who never cared about him and his guilt of reaping benefits he always wanted from is son's death. I really wanted to say he was funny in the movie (cause he was) but his character is really really messed up to the point where it's uncomfortable to even watch him. I just kept thinking, "How can this guy sleep at night, seriously". And Daryl Sabara who plays is son.. as much as I wanted to give the guy a big slap, I gotta say the dude's come a long way from Spy Kids. His character has gotta be the douche-iest character I've seen all year and I was incredibly entertained watching him bask in all his ass-holiness.The subject matter was really interesting and I wished they played around with it some more instead of going about the usual Robin William jokes. The story did drag a bit too long and added a lot of unnecessary cheap laughs to what was suppose to be a very deep controversial social statement. Overall, great acting by Robin Williams, interesting concept, poor execution.RATING: 6/10[...]



HIT MAN / A MANO ARMADA (1972)

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Gene Corman, el hermano más listo de Roger, produjo en 1972 a través de su compañía Penelope Productions, dos black thrillers (ambos distribuidos por MGM) que desarrollaban sendas versiones de clásicos del cine negro. Si en Cool Breeze/Aire Frio se atrevía con la mítica La Jungla de Asfalto de W. R. Burnett y John Huston, en Hit man /A mano armada optaba por el reciente Get Carter llevado a la pantalla un año antes en un excelente filme protagonizado por Michael Caine y dirigido por Mike Hodges, basado en la novela de Ted Lewis Jack´s return home.Tyrone Tackett, un hampón que reside en Oakland, acude al funeral de su hermano en Los Angeles el cual falleció en extrañas circunstancias. Antes de regresar a casa empieza a investigar el misterioso suceso. Pronto descubre que su sobrina ha estado metida en turbios asuntos relacionados con el porno y empieza a seguir el rastro del negocio de las blue movies que llevó a su hermano a la tumba haciendo caso omiso a las presiones que recibe para que abandone la ciudad. El asesinato de su sobrina desencadenará su despiadada y fría venganza contra todos los involucrados en estos crueles sucesos. Conociendo el referente británico, la película dirigida por George Armitage cobra su identidad propia especialmente por las variantes utilizadas para adaptarlo al escenario angelino y al público afroamericano. Así, las carreras de caballos son sustituidas por virulentas peleas de perros, el porno casero pasa a ser una película exhibida en salas de cine titulada sugerentemente Youngblood, las partidas de cartas en plena campiña británica derivan aquí en partidos de frontón con encontronazos de todo tipo, el hotelucho regentado por una madura ninfómana es sustituido por un motel dirigido por una no menos insaciable dama de color, maleantes con negocios de apuestas regentan aquí sospechosas reservas de animales salvajes, putas traidoras que acababan ahogadas en el fondo del muelle son aquí devoradas por leonas hambrientas…..y la mortal mirilla que ponía punto final a las andanzas de Jack Carter es finalmente virada en un giro argumental muy acorde con Sweetback y los suyos. A mano armada es por lo tanto un remake blaxploiter del citado film británico, pero no por ello debe ser desdeñado o infravalorado. Hit man es un film curioso, directo, simpático, sucio, amoral, funky que modifica algunos elementos de la trama original aunque en líneas generales sigue paso por paso los mejores momentos de la película británica. El nivel de violencia nunca es ocultado ni ensombrecido, y en ocasiones sorprende por su insólita e inesperada contundencia. No faltan las persecuciones de rigor, alguna que otra ejecución y un par de tiroteos que justifican por si solos el visionado de la obra. La banda sonora a cargo de H.B.Barnum opta por sonidos jazz y ocasionales incursiones soul animando en todo momento las imágenes[...]



BLAXPLOITATION EN ALTA FIDELIDAD

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Los días 28, 29 y 30 de Diciembre se desarrolla en Madrid el Festival Alta Fidelidad, un encuentro para analizar y reflexionar sobre las relaciones entre música, literatura y cine. La primera jornada está dedicada a la blaxploitation con proyecciones, charlas y un concierto a cargo de la banda Congo Blue, donde se impondrán los sonidos "soul" y "rhythm & blues".

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A las 17:00 horas se proyecta Las noches rojas de Harlem (1971), el mítico título dirigido por Gordon Parks que consolidó la nueva figura del black heroe y que supuso la obra más (re)conocida del fenómeno.
A las 19:30 Jesus Palacios analizará el fenómeno de la Blaxploitation en todas sus vertientes y la herencia que nos ha dejado en nuestros días.
El Festival tiene lugar en el Matadero de Madrid - Paseo de la Chopera nº 10.
Una buena oportunidad de disfrutar y escuchar acerca de nuestro mundo favorito.



Avatar: Review

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What the hell? I've seen this stunning piece of cinema 3 times and it just occurred to me I have never done my review for it, so here goes.Avatar is the first feature by James Cameron since he did Titanic in the 90's. He has come out boasting that he has been developing this new CGI 3-D technology and the film is going to be a technical breakthrough... and DAMN HE WAS RIGHT!Nothing I write can possibly do justice for Avatar. I'll just say this: "WOOOOOOOW" and "You need to see this in 3-D" This is one of those movies that people 30 years from now will still be talking about. It's right up there in the ranks of the first Star Wars and the first Terminator.Yeah sure Avatar's storyline is unoriginal and predictable. It was a bit of a let down with the movie's dialogue considering it's James Cameron who wrote it. Yes, Avatar is just the same as Pocahontas or Dances With Wolves or The Last Samurai. But frankly I didn't care. I loved James Horner's musical score. The tribal chants and war drums is so beautiful. A personal fav of mine is when Jake Sully has his first flight with his Ikran. Again, WOOOW. The Avatar score takes me back to classic scores like Last of the Mohicans and LOTR. Zoe Saldana gave the best performance in the film. And her character wasn't even fucking real!! There is a scene where humans were destroying the forest, Neytiri's face reaction is so believable and so heartbreaking. You don't even get this kind of acting from real actors.And Stephen Lang was phenomenal. Of all the scary monsters living in Pandora, Stephen Lang is the most badass. Damn this guy was the shit! He oozes evil and carries himself with amazing suave Finaly, the visuals. Let's just say, I can picture Robert Zemeckis and George Lucas watching this and going "Shit." James Cameron has proven that he is the undisputed king of sci-fi and special effects. The effects of Avatar cannot be desrcibed in words. They have set a new standard in special effects that filmmakers in future years will break their backs over to try and replicate. YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS MOVIE!RATING: 10/10[...]



SANTA CLAUS IS A BLACK MAN !

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DR. BLACK, MR. HYDE (1976)

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La Dimension Pictures ha ido adquiriendo con el tiempo un singular status de culto. Creada en 1971 por el veterano productor, distribuidor y exhibidor Lawrence Woolner, tras abandonar la New World Pictures (que había fundado un año antes con Roger Corman), la compañía suministró a los drive-in y grindhouses todo tipo de exploitation movies a lo largo de los 10 años de su existencia. Lógicamente, uno de sus platos fuertes fue el mercado afroamericano al que proporcionó algunos de los hits de la época: Johnny Tough (1974), Dolemite (1975), Boss Nigger (1975), Brother, Can you spare a dime? (1975), Lady Cocoa (1975), Black Shampoo (1976), Ebony, Ivory & Jade (1976), The Muthers (1976), The Human Tornado (1976), Superdude (1976, en realidad se trata del reestreno del último film de Hathaway Hang up), Joey/Deliver us from evil (1977), Smooth Velvet, Raw Silk (1978) o esta libre adaptación de la novela de Robert Louis Stevenson, actualizada y situada en ambientes negros. El Dr. Henry Pride comparte su trabajo en una pequeña clínica del barrio de Watts con sus investigaciones sobre la cirrosis. El medico pretende crear un suero que logre combatir a la terrible enfermedad, que una vez a cabo con su madre. Sin embargo, la formula resultante no traerá los frutos previstos y al experimentarla en si mismo el Dr. Henry Pride se convertirá en un violento ser albino que provocará la muerte y el terror en el barrio angelino. Hay una serie de aspectos que hacen muy agradable el visionado de está insólita incursión en los terrenos de Jekyll & Hyde. Su director, William Crain, evita en todo momento aplicar a la historia un poso romántico lo que la aleja de su seminal Blácula. Además, el claro tono pop de su obra vampírica es sustituido aquí por dosis de realismo y claras connotaciones sociales. Comparte con su anterior film de terror una lógica actualización de los personajes clásicos del fantástico. El evidente mensaje antidroga y sus consecuencias no se oculta en ningún momento aunque tampoco se recalca. Hyde se sigue moviendo por los bajos fondos y sus víctimas pertenecen a un club de alterne de la zona. Aunque muchas de las muertes suceden en off, la sensación de terror urbano es palpable y la inevitable investigación policial no entorpece el desarrollo de la película.Que el campo de acción de la criatura sea la zona de Watts (aspecto nada irrelevante) o que el apellido del médico sea Pride son detalles que tampoco deben pasar desapercidos.Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976) fue en origen una idea del propio Lawrence Woolner posteriormente escrita por el guionista Larry Lebron, que sepamos su único crédito en una película. El filme fue ofrecido en principio a William Crain, que aunque no estaba muy convencido de repetir en el Black H[...]



Extended Toy Story 3 Clip

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Sin Nombre: Review

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The amazing film called Sin Nombre! You know.. I thought this movie would have had a much much bigger impact if Cidade de Deus hadn't come out. It's like there is no other movie about crime gangs can surprise me anymore after Cidade. Still doesn't change the fact that Sin Nombre is oh-so-totally-awesome!Sin Nombre centres around Sayra and her Honduran family as they try to cross the border into America and a chance encounter with Willy, a former hoodlum being pursued by his old gang. Sayra found her chance of freedom through Willy as Willy finds redemption in helping Sayra try to cross into the U.S.Sin Nombre was made for approx. $500,000. That's not much money for a film. But the director made Sin Nombre looked like a $10,000,000 movie. The cinematography of the Sin Nombre's gritty Mexican setting is just epicness and the trainride sequences are just stunning.Paulina Gaitan who plays Sayra isn't that good. Hahaha. I felt she was incredibly stiff and lacking of emotion throughout the whole movie.Her best scenes in Sin Nombre is when she is with Edgar Florres who plays Willy. I liked Edgar thought. He pretty much carries the whole weight of the film.Then again, all my praise goes to Kristyan Ferrer who plays Smiley. Awesome portrayal of a child who is struggling to retain what's left of his innocence as he is trust into a world of violence and crime. You don't even get his kind of acting from adult actors, i.e Jessica Alba.My only complaint for the movie was the score. Because it is an indie movie and it's budget is incredibly thin.. I'm guessing the Sin Nombre producers borrowed the music from other films and just pasted them unto their movie. So it was kind of weird hearing the score of The Fountain and The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford being played in a Mexican film.It's kinda sad that movies like these won't be seen by much people. But for what it's worth.. I'll definitely go back and watch Sin Nombre again a couple more times.RATING: 7/10[...]



Precious Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire: Review

2011-08-10T14:25:57.376-07:00

Precious....... Based on the Novel "Push"..... by Sapphire. This movie has got to have the longest title I have ever seen. I guess they just wanna take up as much space as they can on the advertisement boards or something. So anyway.. Precious ya'll! I love this movie man. It's the very definition of an underdog movie and I gotta say.. I was trully touched by the story.So Precious is about Clarice Precious Jones, a 16 year old, illiterate obese black girl, who is living under the poverty line in 1987's Harlem. Her mother and father abuse her physically and sexually, she is still in Junior High School and she is pregnant with her second child by her father. Odds against Precious is so overwhelming but the message the movie sends is that even in hard conditions, something precious and beautiful can still emerge.Let's talk about the cast first ya'll. Gabourey Sidibe makes an amazing acting debut playing the title role of Precious. Sidibe captures every emotion of pain and helplessness in her performance to the point where I couldn't even bare to watch her cause it's just so depressing.The biggest surprise in Precious is Mo'Nique who plays Precious' crazy abusive mother. I've seen Mo'Nique's stand-ups and comedies before.. let me tell you something.. Mo'Nique was on drugs when she did Precious. There's no other explanation. She was STUNNING. Totally unrecognizable, like... yeah.. unrecognizable. I never knew Mo'Nique could carry a line that didn't have the words 'motherfucker' or 'my nigger' in it. But she really pulled it off. I hated her character so much but at the end scene with her, yeah.. I admit I did have some symphathy. Mo'Nique totally deserves a Supporting Actress nomination, if theres none better she should win.And damn Mariah Carey looks hideous in Precious. It's like if you took Mariah Carey's face and beat it for an hour.. that's how she looked like in the movie. But she was awesome in Precious. She didn't have much scenes but the ones she was in were some of the best in the film.  Jesus Christ......So let's recap.. horrible actors like Mo'Nique and Mariah Carey gave good performances in Precious? All my praise has gotta go to the director Lee Daniels. I salute you sir. Why Tyler Perry has more money than you I just do not know.The main draw of Precious is undoubtedly it's phenomenal cast, I'd just hope that the dialogue would be a little bit better but that's easily forgivable. Love the gospel soundtracks in the movie to. So any of ya'll need a nice Pursuit of Happyness-like movie to get you in the Christmas mood and warm up your Juju Bees, ya'll gotta check out this amazing movie.RATING: 8/10[...]



Brittany Murphy dies at age 32

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Brittany Anne Murphy, star of Clueless, Little Black Book, 8 Mile, Sin City and Happy Feet has died after going into cardiac arrest this morning.

TMZ reported that Murphy went into cardiac arrest and could not be revived. The Los Angeles City Fire Department confirms a 911 call was made at 8 a.m. Sunday morning from the home listed as belonging to Murphy's husband, Simon Monjack.

She was 32.



BLACK PANTHERS (1966-1976): GALLERY

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SUGAR HILL (1974): GALLERY

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SUGAR HILL (1974)

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Ya hemos citado en alguna otra ocasión que la gran suministradora de Black Horror fue la American Internacional Pictures, la compañía de Sam Arkoff que prácticamente respaldó los títulos más conocidos y representativos del periodo: Blacula (1972), The thing with two heads (1972), Scream Blacula, Scream (1973), Abby (1974), Zebra Killer (1974), Sugar Hill (1974) o JD´s Revenge (1976). Sugar Hill (1974) también conocida como The zombies of Sugar Hill y Voodoo Girl, es uno de los títulos más populares y recordados de esos años. Nos encontramos ante una exótica película de venganza en cuya disparatada trama se mezcla vudú, zombis, hampones, policías y una superblack woman de armas tomar. La película fue dirigida por Paul Maslansly, productor relacionado con el cine de terror (Il castello dei morti vivi, La sorella di Satana, La Linea de la Muerte, Carrera con el Diablo…), que se hizo de oro en los ochenta con la serie Loca Academia de Policía, aunque Sugar Hill fue su única incursión tras las cámaras. El esquema utilizado no difiere de las habituales vengeance movies de la década sin embargo en el método de exterminio se introduce una curiosa variante fantástica. Diana “Sugar” Hill hace un pacto con el mítico Barón Samedi para acabar con la vida de los criminales que asesinaron a su novio. El Señor de los Muertos ofrece un ejército de zombis haitianos, que armados con machetes, irán eliminando uno a uno, a los citados criminales. Realmente, estamos ante una película claramente desaprovechada pero con algunos momentos ciertamente reseñables. Como sucede con otras variantes terroríficas en el black cinema setentero, el filme mezcla con desigual fortuna horror y thriller policiaco, quizas desconfiando de su pontencial efectividad como obra terrorífica. Paul Maslansky se conforma con acumular los asesinatos salpicándolos con algún elemento irónico mientras la policía investiga el caso con caras extrañadas y pocos resultados. Los diálogos tienden a la hilaridad y las virtuales apariciones zombies son resueltas con aburrida atonía, perdiendo la oportunidad de desarrollar una auténtica película negra de muertos vivientes. De hecho, la trama policíaca en ningún momento queda bien vertebrada con los aspectos fantásticos del relato.Puestos a disfrutar con algo de este extravagante desaguisado, habría que reseñar a un alucinado Don Pedro Colley como un Barón Samedi pre-Freddy Krugger (más cercano a los habituales pimps que a un auténtico señor de los cementerios), el despliegue de modelitos de la a[...]



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There's Going To Be a 3D Jesus Movie!

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Grizzly Adams Productions are going to make a 3D remaster of “The Fabric of Life,” a docudrama about Jesus Christ.

Using laser technology, a team of Dutch scientists was able to convert two-dimensional photographic negatives of the image on the shroud into an anatomically accurate hologram of the crucified man. The image will be able to be viewed in 3D in the new version of “Fabric,” and is slated for a release in April 2010.

Now I'm not sadistic or a Christian hater (I'm Christian myself) but the crucifixion scene is gonna be awesome! Okay, need to go pray for forgiveness now.



BLACK PANTHERS (1966-1976): GALLERY

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Saw VI: Review

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If you don't know what the Saw movies are about, watch this first before you read the review.Okay so straight up.. I love the Saw series. It's a new genre of psychological horror where the film has a whole lot deeper meaning than just watching torture porn. This isn't just another serial killer series like Friday the 13th where you know people are just gonna die in gruesome ways. Watching the Saw series really makes you think. Cause most of the characters who are being tortured really deserves to be, so one thing I love about Saw is that it examines how far your morality goes when faced with life and death.That being said, the last few Saw series sucked. The lingering disturbing message is still there but the characters were the problem for me. Saw VI finally restored the series to the status the series once had.Saw VI continues on the used to be ridiculous series tying up cliffhangers from the last films and centres it around the effed up American insurance industry. The main character is the head of an insurance company that has taken advantage of people what with the economy meltdown and such. He is put through a series of torturous traps in order to save his life and the life of seemingly random strangers, but are actually connected to him and why he is being tortured in some way.Saw VI ups the gore and the perverse violence to an incredibly sick level this time and the build up to the gory scenes are intense. And it officially has my favourite Saw trap, the carousel trap. Watch it.. so messed up!Saw VI - The Carousel Trap - Click here for more home videosThe film goes back to the formula of the first Saw at being incredibly unpredictable. Just when you think you know how something is going to play out, it comes back and cleverly makes fun at you for thinking the scene would end that way and subsequently end it with some really really terrible stuff.Besides Tobin Bell (who has had more flashbacks than Lost) and the insurance guy (who looks exactly like Peter O'Toole) , the acting in Saw VI is horrible. But to be fair, most of the horrible actors were from the 3rd-5th Saw movies, so they are partly the reason why the series has gone down. I liked the whole idea of the insurance guy going through the traps. I really hated him at first but I couldn't help but symphatize for him at the end which was totally, brilliantly  uncalled for.It's still not as good as the first Saw but it's definitely an improvement f[...]



BLACKENSTEIN (1973)

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Siguiendo con la operación de cambio de color de piel en algunos de los grandes monstruos clásicos de la mitología del fantástico, la A.I.P. de Samuel Arkoff empezó a preparar una adaptación muy libre de los personajes creados por Mary Shelley en su inmortal Frankenstein, con el fin de celebrar su producción número 100. El film, al que se le iba a dotar de un presupuesto ligeramente más alto que el de otros productos de la compañía, abriría una trilogía sobre el afromonstruo que tenía que haberse completado con The Fall of House of Blackenstein y Blackenstein III. Sin embargo, en un momento dado el proyecto fue finalmente desechado y vendido a la desconocida Frisco Productions que a la postre llevo a buen puerto la producción de la película con un presupuesto muy reducido. El resultado fue una de las propuestas más delirantes y zetosas que se recuerdan, nula artísticamente, donde terror y torpeza van encantadoramente unidos, a fuerza de acumular situaciones previsibles y momentos de indudable delirio. La doctora Winifred Walker vuelve a L.A. tras doctorarse y acude a ver a su viejo maestro el Dr. Stein, uno de esos entrañables científicos locos, con el fin de que pueda ayudar a su prometido Eddie, el cual perdió brazos y piernas durante su estancia en Vietnam. Al parecer, el Dr. Stein ha creado una formula especial a base de ADN que permite la reincorporación de miembros aunque estos pertenezcan a diferentes donantes. Sin embargo, Malcolm el asistente del médico celoso por su amor no correspondido por Winnifred saboteará el proyecto, lo que convertirá a Eddie en un monstruo sediento de sangre. Blackenstein es una de esas curiosidades cinematográficas única y exclusivamente disfrutable por los degustadores de los subsuelos cinematográficos. Para hacernos una idea: como si nos encontráramos ante una obra del finado Al Adamson con evidentes elementos sacados de una producción Monogram y de indudable encanto camp. El guión, obra de Frank R. Saletri (productor del simpático embolado) está trufado de momentos gore, escenas pseudorománticas, alegatos antirracistas, speech cómicos, actuaciones musicales, investigación policial, situaciones propias de culebrón, asesinatos a ritmo tortuga, algún que otro experimento fallido, y afortunadamente mucho humor involuntario. Espejo del despropósito es su innenarrable banda sonora donde excelentes temas blues a c[...]



Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Sneak Peek

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The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince DVD included a 56-second sneak peek of the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The film will be released 19 November next year.



HASTA SIEMPRE, PAUL

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JACINTO MOLINA (1934 - 2009): Actor, Director, Escritor, Productor. International Spanish Monster.



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Iron Man 2 Poster!

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Yahoo! Movies has debuted this first poster for Marvel Studios' Iron Man 2, which Paramount Pictures will release in theaters on May 7. The poster gives you a first official look at War Machine! Directed by Jon Favreau, the anticipated sequel stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Garry Shandling, John Slattery, Kate Mara, Clark Gregg and Olivia Munn.



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EL ULTIMO DRAGON (1985)

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“Bruce” LeRoy Green aspira a conseguir el último dragón, etapa final en su aprendizaje para ser considerado un maestro de las artes marciales. En su ardua búsqueda (es un decir), se topará con la incomprensión de su familia, el desprecio de su hermano, una cantante que ejerce de presentadora en un programa musical de TV, un irrisorio villano que se dedica a manipular y controlar todo lo que se le pone por delante, matones del tres al cuarto, chinos ennegrecidos….y de propina Sho´nuff, el shogum de Harlem (samurai en el doblaje español) un inenarrable némesis que provoca la hilaridad en cada una de sus apariciones. Al final todo se arreglará como es debido para que el público más infantil se vaya tranquilamente a su casa con una sonrisa de oreja a oreja.A Berry Gordy se le ocurrió mezclar en la coctelera artes marciales, pop-funk 80´s, romance y humor a la estela del éxito de Karate Kid. El resultado fue un auténtico despropósito, que inexplicablemente con el tiempo como muchas cosas en esta vida han ido adquiriendo su condición de culto. Gordy con su buen olfato para los negocios se sacó un film 100% comercial, nulo artísticamente pero que rentabilizo al máximo tanto en taquilla como en el mercado musical.Que la película estaba condenada desde sus orígenes lo sabían sus máximos hacedores. Negros comportándose como chinos y viceversa no puede deparar nada bueno.Un Michael Schultz en horas muy bajas filma con desgana un libreto que tuvo que reescribir e incluso arrancar páginas para poder ajustarse a un presupuesto que fue decreciendo a medida que avanzaba la producción. El resultado tuvo que ser algo desastroso cuando se tuvo que recurrir a los siempre complicados remontajes acreditados. Entre canción y canción en un ambiente propio de “Tocata” se suceden los chistes baratos, las peleas más bien escasas, situaciones propias de sitcom televisiva, algo de romance para contentar al espectro femenino de la audiencia, mucho neón iluminado, camisas con hombreras, pelucones coloreados y un largo etc. Larga como ella sola (109 minutos) tan solo queda entretenerse en algunos aspectos anecdóticos: encontrarse con un William H. Macy rubio de indumentaria ad hoc, descubrir entre los secundar[...]



(500) Days of Summer: Review

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In contrast to the last review, I. Love. This. Movie. 500 Days is my current favorite of 2009, that is until Avatar comes out of course. This film is just another reason why I love indie films so much. It hits everything with perfect charm and wit and they do it all with little to no budgets.The film is a story about an offbeat romance of boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. But girl doesn't.They spend 500 days together and girl leaves boy heartbroken after that. He begins to tell the story of their 500 days in non-linear order to find out what went wrong.Okay so first I gotta talk about the two leads of the movie. Zooey Deschanel really surprised me with her acting. Summer kinds reminds me of Annie Hall for some reason, not to mention she is mad beautiful. Though some parts through the movie I just wanted to hate her, I couldn't. Shes that girl that we guys just can't hate no matter what.Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a character every guy can relate to. A nice boy just trying his best to impress the girl way out of his league and the frustration he feels when the feelings aren't mutual. I like Joseph Gordon-Levitt man. I root for this guy. You want him to get the girl. There was a scene where his character finally got Summer and he breaks into a fantasy dance sequence (which I bet all us guys feel like doing when they get the girl of their dreams) BTW, don't ya'll think he's the spitting image of Heath Ledger?!If you liked the humour from indie gems like Little Miss Sunshine and Juno, 500 is perfect for you. It a sweet mix for warm comedy and drama. Prepare for lots of clever, witty one-liners and retorts. And wow, the supporting cast was phenomenal. The method the story is told is incredibly genius to. The editing is incredibly innovative. There is one amazing scene where Gordon-Levitts character is going to a party in Summers place and the screen gets split in two. On the left side it shows how his character hopes thier date would turn out and the right side shows his cold brutal reality. Flawlessly beautiful. Something I bet we can all relate to.Best damn show I've seen this year. I will announce that once more. You guys have got to check this out. It just leaves you with a big grin on your [...]



The Twilight Saga- New Moon: Review

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Sigh.........And come to think I was looking forward to this after seeing the trailer. Sigh..... Why? Why would they do this? They had everything. An Oscar nominated director, a 50 million dollar budget, the greatness of Michael Sheen and a sex goddess named Taylor Lautner and they still managed to fuck it up.No seriously girls.. you'd rather have the one on the left?? New Moon is kinda like Twilight only with werewolves this time. Edward (AHHHHHHHHHHH) decides he wants to leave Bella and Bella gets depressed. Bella hooks up with her bestfriend Jacob (AHHHHHHHHH) and then leaves him cause Edward wants to kill himself. End of movie.Let me just start by saying that I officially hate Bella Swan. She is one of the most self centered, cock tease of a bitch I have ever had the misfortune to witness on a cinema screen. How is it that so many girls love her? In the real world, we call her type the psycho clingy girlfriend type. I mean she screams and cries, moaps and whines for a quarter of a year just cause she can't get what she wants. And just when there is someone who is stupid enough to like her, she goes and toy with his abs, rubs him, kisses him, tells him she loves him then leaves him for a 109 year old shiny vampire. God! Jesus Christ! And I love Kristen Stewart, she did some pretty nice movies pre-Twilight, but man she is really one note playing Bella. One a more positive side.... er.. the production aspect of New Moon was nice. The effects and overall technical side of the movie were a huge improvement from the first movie. I loved the werewolves and the chase sequences in the film and the Vultori scene, but they were kinda brief. Chris Weitz did a nice job with the directing. But all that couldn't save this film.I still can't see how Bella and Edward (AHHHH) like each other. Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson have absolutely no chemistry together.Now Taylor Lautner on the other hand.. Hello, hunny you are one fine piece of wolf. The Bella/Jacob relationship is so much more believeable than with Cullen and it's safe for me to say that Lautner was the best performance in the movie aside from Billy Burke, Michael Sheen and Peter Facinelli. (That was not a complement okay, [...]



BLACK CINEMA EN EL HARLEM MESETARIO

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No son muchas las oportunidades de poder ver por estos lares ciclos o proyecciones dedicados a cineastas afroamericanos. Sin embargo, a veces salta la liebre inesperadamente. Los CJC de Valladolid organizan un videoforum proyectando la película "Panther" (1995), tercera película como director de Mario Van Peebles entorno al origen y desarrollo de la organización revolucionaria negra. La película es una adaptación de una novela escrita por su padre, el gran Melvin Van Peebles, elegido en su momento por los propios activistas del movimiento como el principal estandarte de los cineastas afroamericanos. El film siendo generoso es una obra discreta, un Oliver Stone descafeinado, carente de la necesaria profundidad aunque interesante por el tema tratado. No hay muchos films que se ocupen de retratar el origen, desarrollo y caida de organizaciones negras como los panteras negras y solo por ello, merece al menos un visionado.Como en anteriores videoforums, tras la proyección de la película se hará un pequeño debate entre los asistentes sobre el tema de la misma, en este caso, tanto la represión de los aparatos estatales y su intervención para destruir movimientos que se enfrenten al capitalismo, como el racismo y la inmigración.Despues habrá una fiesta contra el racismo y el fascismo, con bebidas a precios populares y sorteo (camisetas, banderas, chapas...).La proyección es este viernes 27 en Valladolid, a las 19:30 h. en la C/ Asunción nº 3 (local izquierda). Junto al túnel de Labradores (túnel de las Delicias).[...]



First Photos From Shrek 4!

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ComingSoon has published the first images of the 4th and final Shrek movie, Shrek Forever After! Director Mike Mitchell told the newspaper that Shrek is feeling over-domesticated in the fourth installment. "He has lost his roar. It used to send villagers running away in terror. Now they run to him and ask him to sign their pitchforks and torches."

To regain his ogre mojo, he strikes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin, who is voiced by Walt Dohrn, the film's head of story. The pact goes awry and Shrek must confront what life would be like in Far Far Away if he had never existed. That translates into Donkey being forced into cart-pulling duty, fat and lazy Puss in Boots trading his sword for a pink bow and the underhanded Rumpelstiltskin ruling the kingdom.
Comedians Kathy Griffin and Kristin Schaal ("Flight of the Conchords") are joining the voice cast as witches who hunt ogres. On the side of good is an underground resistance group led by Jon Hamm of "Mad Men," who plays "the best-looking ogre you've ever seen," Mitchell says.

The first trailer for the film will be shown during the premiere of James Cameron's Avatar in December



3 New Posters of Nine

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All I can say is... Penelope Cruz Helloooowwww!

Nine is an adaptation of the Broadway musical directed by Rob Marshall from Chicago. The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cottilard, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson and Fergie. That Daniel Day-Lewis is one lucky asshole man... Nine premieres 18 Dec 2009



Introducing The Villain of Toy Story 3

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Guys... meet Mr. Picklepants. It's a lederhosen-wearing hedgehog that will be voiced by Timothy Dalton. He played James Bond in the 80's. Toy Story 3 premieres on June 18 2009.



ROGER CORMAN: OSCAR HONORIFICO

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(image) Felicidades Maestro.
Nunca un premio fue tan merecido.
Hollywood definitivamente ha muerto.
¡Larga Vida al Nuevo Mundo!



The Boat That Rocked: Review

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This film makes me wish I was born in the 1960's even more. Innit be cool? Being born during the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Hendrix, Beach Boys, The Who, Kinks time. It be even better if there was Internet then to.The story of the film is that in the 1960's, when rock music was in it's renaissance, mainstream British radio refused to play any rock or pop songs. But there was this pirate radio station, broadcasting from a ship in the middle of the ocean (so that they weren't bound to any laws) played rock music 24/7. So just like our Malaysian govt, the British didn't like it and tries to shut them down.It's nice to finally see Philip Seymour Hoffman play a happy character for once. All he ever plays are depressed, angry or crazy characters.Doubt- Angry pedophileSynecdoche, New York- CrazyBefore The Devil Knows You're Dead- Angry The Savages- DepressedCopote- Depressed and crazyHe plays The Count and OMG this guy has gotta be the greatest man to ever walk this earth. I don't know why. I just ate up every single thing he said and loved it.One of my biggest complaints is that besides Philip Seymour Hoffman, the other characters were really one note. They have one thing that they do and that's what they stick to through the whole movie. It'd be nice to get the back stories to the other characters besides Philip Seymour Hoffman's. And I didn't like the progress the film made cause it developed really slow, it developed with lots of comedy and great music but it was still slow.That being said, the characters are cliche'd but I just can't help but love them. There are films that have really complex characters but after the show ends, I can't even remember their names. The characters in The Boat That Rocked were hilarious and memorable.There is no plot or character development for the film, sure. The film drags on too long, sure. But that's not what The Boat That Rocked is suppose to be. It's about rock n roll. It's about youth. It's about rebellion. It's about fun. It's all about capturing the spirit of the 1960's and The Boat[...]



DRACULA NEGRO (1972)

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Retrocedamos en el tiempo. Como no podría ser de otra forma, el terror también infectó el cine afroamericano de los 70, ya sea extrapolando nombres básicos del género (Drácula, Frankenstein, Jekyll & Hyde…) o desarrollando temas clásicos del mismo (zombies, posesiones, monstruos mutantes…). Los resultados (ya lo hemos comentado en alguna otra ocasión) no fueron precisamente muy satisfactorios, aunque siempre hubo las lógicas excepciones y algunos delirios a retener. Títulos como Blackenstein, Sugar Hill o Abby son buen ejemplo de una época en que la sangre tuvo color negro.La aparición de Blacula (1972) es interesante por varios motivos. Por un lado, la A.I.P. ofrecia una variante a los habituales films policiacos con que la blaxploitation se estaba consolidando. Por otro lado, y como han señalado diversos estudios y documentales, Dracula Negro (1972) ayudó a desviar la atención sobre una serie de producciones que empezaban a tener problemas a nivel público. En pleno debate sobre las vicisitudes raciales y críticas que títulos como Sweet Sweetback Baadassss Song (1971) o Superfly (1972) estaban desencadenando, la historia de un vampiro negro enamorado ayudó a encauzar el auténtico sentido comercial de todas estas producciones.Frente a un proxeneta escapado de la justicia y perseguido por todos, un camello negro de armas tomar o un detective de color impartiendo justicia de manera implacable, nos encontramos aquí con el principe Mamuwalde, vampirizado por el mismísimo Conde Drácula (de actitudes racistas nada sospechosas), maldito a su pesar que resucita en nuestros días vagando por las calles en busca de sangre y de su amor perdido. Blacula sigue las pautas clásicas del típico film de vampiros: chupasangre revivido por la imprudencia de dos anticuarios gays, encuentro fortuito con su antagonista (el doctor Gordon Thomas, negro para más señas) y la aparición en escena de la supuesta reencarnación de su amada Luva. El previsible love-never-dies n[...]



BLACK DEVIL DOLL: GALLERY

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Top Ten Greatest End Credits of All Time

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So the top ten thing seems to be getting good response.. So now that I've gotten opening scenes out, here's my top ten favorite movie end credits of all time!10. ArmageddonBeautiful end to the only good movie Michael Bay will ever makeWhy the hell did Steve Tyler leave Aerosmith??!!9. The Blues BrothersIf you said you didn't tap your toes... you're lying. Greatest musical ensemble ever gathered on screen!8. Tropic ThunderWho doesn't like Tom Cruise dancing in a fat suit? The freeze frames of the actors are uber cool to7. The Lord Of the Rings: Return of the KingCan't find the real credits online.LOTR ends with sketches of all the characters and landscapes of Middle Earth while Into the West (the most beautiful movie soundtrack ever) plays in the background6. The Spiderwick ChroniclesAwesome cool visual effects and score!5. Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., A Bugs Life & Cars I always loved the blooper scenes at the end of Pixar movies! It's so cool that Pixar ends their movies by poking fun at their old films and stuff. Particularly the Cars one. So damn freakin cute!4. Silent HillWow. Credits that are actually scarier than the actual movie. Does anyone know what's the song?3. WALL·EThe credits kinda gave a continuing story of WALL-E after they land on Earth and the process of rebuilding the world told through beautiful art pieces ranging from caveman drawings to Victorian paintings. The Down To Earth still gives me chills2. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate EventsI saw Lemony Snicket's in the cinema and I remembered most of the audience were still sitting in their seats admiring the gorgeous graphics in the end credits. The credits alone was worth the admission price!1. Slumdog MillionaireThe only thing better than having a happy ending to an amazing movie is to have a really cool dance and song sequence as the end credits. Jai Ho literally sums up everything beautiful about life and love. The dancing's kinda cliche'd but it'[...]



BLACK DEVIL DOLL (2008)

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La psicotronía del mes. Uno de esos títulos que se beneficia claramente de la fiebre post-grindhouse y lo hace de la forma más irreverente y provocadora posible. Una película perfecta para cualquier sesión golfa que se precie aunque posiblemente provoque deserciones y bostezos varios. Los más viejos del lugar posiblemente recuerden un clásico zetoso de los 80 titulado Black Devil Doll From Hell, facturado o así, por el desconocido Chester Novell Turner, con clara textura amateur y saltándose a la torera cualquier norma cinematográfica que se precie. El film narraba las aventuras de un muñeco asesino, bastante chingón en todos los sentidos, y que realizaba todo tipo de barbaridades (bueno, no tantas) a lo largo de su no demasiado abultado metraje. Los hermanos Lewis, aunque no traten de ocultarlo se fijan claramente en este precedente y se sacan de la manga este peculiar rip-off donde homenajean a la insigne obra del citado Turner. Su trama sonroja a cualquier guionista poco espabilado. Una joven despampanante y bastante aburrida libera a través de su ouija el espíritu de un activista negro, ejecutado en la silla eléctrica por violar y asesinar a 15 mujeres blancas. El militante de nombre Mubia Abuj Jama acaba reencarnado en un muñeco al que metamorfosea en pigmentación de piel y en pelambreras afro. En su nueva vida, el muñeco asesino se lía con la encantadora joven y posteriormente, monta una orgía de sangre y sexo con las amigas de esta. El desenlace dejará a más de uno con la boca abierta. Está insolita vindicación del cine zetoso más ochentero se acerca más a los títulos filmados por Olen Ray y Wynorski al servicio de conocidas scream queens, que a los films que llenaron las grindhouse de antaño. Abunda el gore, los desnudos gratuitos, los chistes sin gracia, las provocaciones de todo tipo y alguna que otra salida escatológica que deja perplejo al personal. Una ob[...]



Top Ten Greatest Movie Opening Scenes of All Time

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Not much movie news lately and I have no time to watch any new shows in the cinema... So I just had this idea of doing a series of top tens on whatever categories of films. Here's the list of my favorite movie openings of all time.10. West Side StorySnap... Snap... Snap... Snap...The Capulets and Montagues Broadway style!!9. Lord of WarThis opening is pretty cool. It's called The Life of a Bullet. It's kinda like the POV of a bullet8. The Nightmare Before ChristmasTim Burton and Danny Elfman at their best7. Star Wars: A New HopeThe ship just went on and on and on and on and on 6. 2001: A Space Odyssey The movie made no sense to me but I always felt this was epicness5. The Good, The Bad & The UglyGreatest movie ever made. Amazing soundtrack to.4. Pulp FictionJust a normal conversation in a diner and then BOOM "Any of you fucking pricks move, and I'll execute every motherfucking last one of you!"3. The Lion KingGives me chills every time the sun rises and Rafiki goes " Naaaaaaaaaaaaants ingonyama bagithi baba!"2. The MatrixI remember seeing this in the cinema and going "Whoaaaaaaahh!"1. WatchmenCan't embed the good one from youtube..This is a sucky versionNo contest this is the greatest opening credits of all time. Beautiful summary of the world, our wars and history. Backed with the powerful Bob Dylan "Times They Are A Changing"So whaddya think? Whats your fav movie opening sequences?[...]



Clash of the Titans Remake Trailer

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Zombieland: Review

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Whoo! ZOMBIELAND! The land of zombies, guns and AWESOME! Damn this movie is soooooo stupidly dumb and I freakin love it!The show is kinda like an American version of Shaun of the Dead. It's about Columbus, a college nerd trying to get back to his home in Ohio. Along the way he meets Tallahassee, a zombie killing machine who's gunning down all of America in search for a Twinkie. The two form an unlikely bond together with a pair of con sisters as they travel the world that is ZOMBIELAND!Okay you think I'm being sarcastic about the plot right? Hell naw.. that's really the plot of the movie. Stupid right? This film is so hellishly funny and stupid, you can't help but enjoy yourself to death. Zombieland breaks all the usual zombie movie stereotypes. I'd even dare say Zombieland is more of a parody than an actual zombie movie.And damn Emma Stone is fine! And the movie cleverly plays off her hotness like "What are the odds, everyones dead and I come across a really hot girl. Time for some love making" Suck on that I Am Legend. Woody Harrelson people! This guy was freakin badass in the movie. Kinda like Clint Eastwood badass but with retardedness. Are Twinkies that nice?The first 2/3 of the movie was great. The dialogue was funny and the characters had really good chemistry but things kinda fell apart when it came to the climax and ending which I thought was really really stupid. Not funny stupid, like stupid stupid. But it doesn't effect Zombieland's awesomeness.So if you're looking for some awesome gore with lots of laughs and idiotness, watch this bloody movie. Satisfaction, crunchy and nice... no compromise!RATING: 8/10[...]



First look at Jessica Alba in Machete!

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ComingSoon has released a poster of Jessica Alba as Sartana in the forthcoming Robert Rodriguez movie Machete."Machete" is based on the "fake" trailer in Rodriguez's 2007 Grindhouse. The feature version of the trailer finds Machete (Danny Trejo) a renegade former Mexican Federale, roaming the streets of Texas after a shakedown from drug lord Torrez (Steven Seagal). Reluctantly, Machete takes an offer from spin doctor Benz (Jeff Fahey) to assassinate McLaughlin (Robert De Niro) a corrupt Senator. Double crossed and on the run Machete braves the odds with the help of Luz (Michelle Rodriguez), a saucy taco slinger, Padre (Cheech Marin) his "holy" brother, and April (Lindsay Lohan) a socialite with a penchant for guns. All while being tracked by Sartana (Alba), a sexy ICE agent with a special interest in the blade slinger.Here's the original Machete trailer is you wanna see. [...]



Paranormal Activity: Review

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So I was visiting the pirated DVD seller guy and he had the original version of Paranormal Activity, not the theatrical one showing in cinemas now, the original cut back in 2007 one. So like an idiot, I, someone who is freakishly afraid of any horror movie involving ghosts, watched Paranormal Activity, at 2a.m, alone and in the dark. Ok not alone la, Samantha Chow was bothering me every 10 minutes. But anyway... this show is freakin phenomenal!Paranormal Activity is about a couple, Micah and Katie, who suspects that there's some kind of demonic presence in their house. Micah buys a video camera in the hopes of capturing paranormal activity on film. Each night, Micah leaves the video camera on a tripod in their bedroom to record whatever might be occurring while he and Katie sleep. OMG, this was the freakiest part of the whole showIt's probably just my pussy-ness, but I was literally shaking after the movie ended. It was so scary. As the movie progressed, I just got more and more tensed, my heart was beating so fast, I think if I watched it in a theater, I would have just walked out. The show is very original. It totally blows The Blair Witch Project away.That's all I can say.My big complaints are that the night scenes were too short. Most of the movie happens during the day when Micah and Katie are just talking shit. The fun stuff only happens at night. So the film does drag a bit too long. But when it was scary, it was really scary. Another thing is I felt that the ending was a bit anti-climatic. (note this is the original ending, there's a new ending done by Steven Spielberg which I heard is really freaky)So.. who wants to borrow the movie?RATING: 7/10[...]



XX SEMANA DE CINE FANTASTICO Y DE TERROR DE SAN SEBASTIAN

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Desde hoy hasta el próximo día 6 de Noviembre, las calles de Donosti se tiñen de rojo sangre para acoger a uno de los festivales más divertidos del panorama nacional. Este año disfrutaremos de zombies nazis, bichos gigantes, Romero en 3-D, el regreso de Tetsuo, gore japonés, autopsias al cine patrio, bebes mutantes, misterios en las Bermudas, el mundo de H.R. Giger, salvajadas francesas, actividades paranormales, samurais innominados, misteriosas naves espaciales, el imprescindible 2000 maniacos, los Monty Python y sus locos seguidores, asesinos de vampiras lesbianas, un homenaje a la genial revista Metal Hurlant.....y alguna otra sorpresa. Si os acercais por allí estaremos.



Anthony Hopkins Joining Thor as Odin!

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Anthony Hopkins has been cast as Norse god Odin in Marvel Studios' Thor, to be directed by Kenneth Branagh starting January.

Odin is the father of Thor and Loki, to be played by Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, respectively. Natalie Portman is playing Thor's love interest, Naomi.

In the movie, written by Mark Protosevich and Zack Stentz, the powerful but arrogant warrior Thor's reckless actions re-ignite an ancient war. As punishment, Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans. Once here, he learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends dark forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

Paramount Pictures will release the film on May 20, 2011.



BONES (2001)

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La relación de Snopp Dogg con el cine ha sido variada aunque escasamente interesante. Un buen ejemplo de ello es Bones (2001), un film de terror completamente acondicionado a su persona donde salta a la vista su escasa prestancia actoral. A priori, la película era interesante: retomar el género terrorífico desde una perspectiva netamente racial e incorporarle algunos elementos contemporáneos para actualizar la propuesta. Jugamos en terreno conocido. Un intento de urban ghost story de evidente sabor afro y con la intención de crear una franquicia que vistos los resultados comerciales se quedó en las estanterías de la New Line Cinema.La historia del filme gira entorno a Jimmy Bones, una mezcla de pimp y protector de un ghetto que en los años 70 fue asesinado al negarse a introducir una nueva droga en el barrio. Un cuarto de siglo después, un grupo de jóvenes vinculados con algunos de los implicados en su muerte, vuelven al lugar de los hechos con la idea de abrir una discoteca en el viejo cubil donde residió y murió Bones. Los errores de siempre provocarán la habitual venganza de ultratumba, bañada de generosas dosis de sangre.Los principales responsables de este desaguisado son Adam Simon y Tim Metcalfe, participes de un guión repleto de lugares comunes, vacuas citas cinéfilas, chistes sin gracia, soluciones gratuitas con que resolver las idas y venidas del personal, y uso de argot callejero para conectar con el público juvenil. Lo más preocupante de la función es el vago retrato que hacen del propio Bones, cuya fuerza y motivación se va perdiendo a lo largo del metraje. La idea de crear una imagen mítica y legendaria naufraga de manera estrepitosa.El director Ernest Dic[...]



Michael Jackson's This Is It: Review

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Man.. I really miss MJ after watching this. Aww man now I'm getting all emotional *sniff*This Is It! is basically a collection of rehearsal footage's of MJ preparing for is This Is It tour which will never come to be cause the guy had to fucking die. The film showcases him rehearsing all his popular songs and with some interviews with his band mates and dancers.Watching MJ dance and sing here really makes me miss him all over again. I still can't let him go cause the man's just awesome and he's done so much impact in my life personally. It's great seeing him dance again after such a long time. And yeah since this was just rehearsals, MJ wasn't exactly going all out, I think he gave it mostly 80% for the most parts but 80 is still kick ass tome.And he's gotta be one of the most well dressed people in the history of rehearsal. In every video he's in, the dues like wearing coats and glasses. MJ got style yo! The only person I found more interesting to watch than MJ was one of his back up dancers. This girl. Who is this girl? People..I gotta find out who she is! I gotta find out whats her name and where this girl lives so I can o there and ask he to marry me. Damn this girl is fine as hell and she's a great dancer to!All the performances in This Is It are great. But the ones that I liked best were Thriller, which had some awesome 3D and zombie shit.. Smooth Criminal, which had me having a geekgasm when they had Humphrey Bogart and Rita Hayworth put into the opening video with MJ. I loved The Way You Make Me Feel which is one of my favorite live MJ song and Shake You're Body Down To The Ground which was just some good ole funk and dancing.But of all the great performanc[...]



Brand New Photo's From Disney's Rapunzel

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The updated cast includes Mandy Moore as Rapunzel and Zachary Levi as the Prince. The film is being directed by Nathan Greno, the story artist of The Princess and the Frog, Bolt and Mulan.The film will be done classic Disney musical style, featuring songs by Alan Menken. He's the dude that wrote Colors of the Wind, Under the Sea, A Whole New World, Beauty and the Beast, Go The Distance and many many more great music from the Disney Renaissance.Rapunzel will be out in theatres in 2010. ZOMG CAN'T WAIT![...]



BLADE TRINITY (2004)

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David S. Goyer tomó las riendas de esta nueva secuela ante la negativa de Guillermo del Toro de volver a dirigir el nuevo título de la franquicia. No obstante, el nombre del cineasta mexicano aparece en los agradecimientos del film. En su doble faceta de director y guionista, Goyer opta por la continuidad de la fórmula que tan buenos resultados comerciales había dado en las dos anteriores películas. Las variaciones son escasas, la estructura básicamente es la misma y los añadidos o novedades tan previsibles como inanes. No se puede achacar completamente a la inexperiencia de Goyer tras las cámaras el decepcionante resultado de esta tercera parte. Simplemente su falta de personalidad como cineasta refuerza los defectos que ya tenían las anteriores obras y anula los aciertos visuales y ocasionales destellos de genio que aparecían de vez en cuando en las dos primeras películas. No olvidemos que estamos ante películas de producción donde las decisiones de un cineasta novel cuentan más bien poco aunque se trate del guionista en jefe de la franquicia. El guión de Goyer vuelve a recoger aspectos y personajes de la mitología del personaje para utilizarlos de la manera más interesada posible. Blade cae en una trampa urdida por los vampiros y es detenido por las fuerzas de la ley, tras una movida refriega en la que muere Whistler. Los upiros por su parte han resucitado a Drake/Drácula el primer vampiro con el fin de obtener el suero definitivo que les haga caminar sobre la tierra día y noche. Un misterioso grupo rescatará a Blade de las garras de la policía e intentará hacer frente a la nueva a[...]



This Is It Clips: Michael Jackson Dance Break

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A new clip from Michael Jackson's film 'This Is It' has been released to CinemaBlend. Check it out. Now that's what I call walking with style!!

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New Iron Man 2 Concept Art

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The Imagninarium of Dr. Parnassus UK Poster

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Am I the only one who thinks this is really hot? Still no word if it's going to be premiered in Malaysia.



Tim Burton's Frankenweenie Coming in 3-D Black & White

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ComingSoon interviewed Allison Abate, the one who did Corpse Bride and the upcoming stop motion animation Fantastic Mr. Fox about Tim Burton's remake of his 1984 short film, Frankenweenie.According to Abbate, it is possible that the film could well be in black and white, as well as in 3D. Certainly neither option has been ruled out, giving the slimmest of hopes that the film will look like some sort of 'like a 50s B-movie.She did, however, confirm that the film will take around two years to complete, and will be shot in London.Do check out the original Frankenweenie short. It's really......... strange[...]



New Toy Story 3 Poster. Mr. Potato Head!

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Photos of Clash of the Titans Remake

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 Have you seen Clash of the Titans? Of course not. Damn you uncultured Malaysians!Clash of the Titans is all about Greek Gods making this dude named Perseus' life hell as he tries to bang a really hot chick named Andromeda. Basically a lot of Greek mythology and fantasy. Think Troy+Hercules.So anyway, here are some stills from the upcoming remake of Clash of the Titans starring Sam Warthington from Terminator Salvation, Liam Neeson and Gemma Arterton from Quantom of Solace.Remember those 3 ladies with 1 eye cutting strings in Hercules? Tadaaaaa!Sam Warthington as Perseus. This dude is awesome man, I  LOVE HIM!Liam Neeson as ZeusHere's a volcano scene shot at the Harriet hole in Dinorwic Slate Quarry in WalesGemma Arterton playing Io Heard she's got a seduction scene with Liam Neeson. Ew. Imagine being seduced by Oskar Schindler.Clash of the Titans opens in cinemas on March 26 2010. Psyched?[...]



More Toy Story 3 Updates

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So check it out, CinemaBlend has been stalking Lee Unkrich, the director of Toy Story 3 on Twitter and have gotten some updates on the third Toy Story.1. The Toy Story/Toy Story 2 3-D Double Feature made $22 million dollars in the box office this week and it's run, initially intended for 2 weeks has been extended. Why the hell don't we have the 3-D Double Feature here in Malaysia? Damn you government! 2. Disney has released a new character poster featuring Slinky Dog.3. Blake Clark, a comedian known for random roles in Adam Sandler movies, will be taking over as the voice of Slinky Dog, cause the original voice actor Jim Varney died of lung cancer after Toy Story 2 was completed4. John Morris, the original voice of Andy in the first 2 Toy Story movies will be returning to voice the grown up version of Andy in the 3rd movie. I LOVE PIXAR![...]



Megan Fox May Be Killed Off In Transformers 3

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And you know what? I actually don't care hahahah!

Michael Bay and his crew who have had lots of issues with Megan Fox have been rumoured to be thinking of a way to kill off her character in the next Transformers movie.

This will be good for her. Once she's out of a job, she'll finally turn to porn like she should have in the first place. GO MEGAN!!



Disney Releases 5 New Toy Story 3 Posters

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