Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Can't Get Enough Leo?

Of course he's always been on my radar - you couldn't escape the guy in 1997. However, it wasn't until The Aviator hit theaters in 2004 that made me think "Wow, this guy can actually act." But it was his mind blowing performance in The Departed that turned me from a semi fan into a huge, I love this guy fan. Leonardo DiCaprio is one of my all time favorite actors and my love for him will continue to grow. He has definitely come into his own and it's his time to shine. With each role, he always does an amazing job, giving it his all, 110% all the way. As an actor, I will say it's sad how extremely underrated he is. How many times has this amazing actor been nominated for an Oscar and lost even though he deserved to win? (shakes head) TOO MANY TIMES! I think this actor has so much talent it's insane. If you don't believe me take a look at these two trailers below.

Paramount debuted the official trailer a while ago for Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams, Max von Sydow, and Jackie Earle Haley. What an amazing cast to say the least. This movie looks pretty intense not to mention incredible. The performances all seem exceptional, DiCaprio especially. Could this be the role that wins him his long overdue Oscar? Look for this movie early next year, February 19, 2010.

The story of two U.S. marshals, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), who are summoned to a remote and barren island off the cost of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from the island's fortress-like mental hospital for the criminally insane.

Will you be seeing this movie in theaters?

After showing in theaters this past weekend in front of Inglourious Basterds, Warner Brothers has debuted the official teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's Inception. Even though this teaser isn't long it's still looks pretty awesome. I love teasers that give you just enough to where you're begging for more. Not only does this movie have a great director and an amazing cast, but it hasn't even finished shooting yet, they're still working in Paris. Even the bit of Hans Zimmer's score we hear sounds pretty rad. Look for this movie next summer, July 16, 2010.

A thriller set within the architecture of the mind about a CEO who is involved in a blackmailing scandal.


Friday, August 7, 2009

G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra Review

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is exactly like a live-action version of this cartoon. It’s noisy, fast-paced and stuffed with semi-cheesy special effects. However the screenplay is another story. You’ve got to be kidding me! The dialogue is significantly cringe-worthy with some of the most stiff-like acting I’ve seen since Twilight. When the actors delivered their lines, it was almost as if I was watching a junior high play. I just think with a budget as HUGE as this movie got there really shouldn't be any excuse for bad writing, directing not to mention semi-weak CGI.

The film is very similar in tone and character to the Fantastic Four movies, only with a bit more military violence. Most, but not all, of the kills are relatively bloodless, and it’s loaded with mayhem, shoot-em-up action throughout.

The story follows two Army soldiers named Duke (Channing Tatum) and Ripcord (Marlon Wayans) who are ordered to protect a package of mass-destructive warheads that can be used to consume entire cities. A mysterious terrorist organization coincidentally sends Duke’s ex-girlfriend Ana/Baroness (Sienna Miller) to steal the weapon, but they are interrupted by an elite group of soldiers known as G.I. Joe. Soon, Duke and Ripcord are recruited into G.I. Joe to fight the terrorists and save the world from these weapons.

I will say I was extremely surprised to read this movie received better reviews th
an Transformers 2. It actually blows my mind really. I’m not saying T2 is the best movie ever, but worse than G.I Joe?! I strongly disagree… big time! I wouldn’t recommend spending full price to see this movie and would hesitate to say it’s worth a matinee, but it’s definitely worth renting. Having said that, the film does have its fun moments, it moves along at a cracking pace and has some of the best one-liners ever. My friends and I were laughing quite a bit.

In the end I’ll have forgotten most of G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra by Labor Day, but to be honest I was never bored – it’s complete nonsense but absolutely fun nonsense to say the least. If you put yourself in the mind-set of a ten year old boy watching this on a Saturday morning with a big bowl of your favorite cereal you’ll have a good time.


Let's hear your reviews... what did you think?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

~Vampires Are Forever~

No matter where you go these days you're bound to run into a vampire - True Blood, Vampire Diaries, Twilight, Thirst etc. Vampires are all the craze it seems and this blood-sucking phase isn't going to die anytime soon either. Personally I have always been extremely facinated with vampires - they're sleek and sexy, dark and mysterious, oh and they have a touch of "evil" to them. In my "extensive" vampire movie watching research (haha) I've learned very, very few vampire movies actually make the good list - most are ridiculously stupid to the point of laughable, i.e. Dracula 3000 (rolls eyes). But every so often a great vampire movie comes along that blows your mind, i.e. Let The Right One In (exellent movie btw), and my all time vamp favorite, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles. I'm hoping the two featured films below do the same. These stories have potential to be vamp-tastic. We'll just have to wait and see.

Lionsgate debuted the first trailer a couple weeks ago for the new vampire flick Daybreakers that stars Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, and Sam Neill. No need to explain the plot as the trailer does an excellent job of introducing exactly what it's about. This concept is pretty cool and pretty original. I'm definitely excited to see this movie upon its release date January 8, 2010.

In the year 2019, a plague has transformed most every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.
Daybreakers is written and directed by Australian brothers Michael & Peter Spierig, who previously directed a 2003 sci-fi horror film titled Undead. This was shot in Australia in late 2007 and has been in post-production since.

Oh no, even more vampires! Like I said they're everywhere. Cinematical has debuted the teaser poster and trailer for The Vampire's Assistant, previously known as Cirque du Freak, the movie based on the book series of the same name. I must say the title to this movie is a little weak, but after reading more on this film it looks intriguing to say the least, so I can over look it.

This is a fantasy about a teenager who unknowingly breaks a 200-year-old truce between two factions of vampires. Pulled into a fantastic life of misunderstood sideshow freaks and grotesque creatures of the night, one teen will vanish from the safety of a boring existence and fulfill his destiny in a place drawn from nightmares. The cast includes John C. Reilly, Josh Hutcherson, Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek, Orlando Jones, and Ken Watanabe.

The Vampire's Assistant is directed by Paul Weitz (American Pie, About a Boy, In Good Company). The screenplay was co-written by Weitz and Brian Helgeland (Mystic River, Man on Fire, The Taking of Pelham 123). This is based on Darren Shan's book series titled "Cirque du Freak". Universal is bringing The Vampire's Assistant to theaters
October 23, 2009.

Looks like Dafoe can't seem to get enough of these blood-sucking creatures. I am excited to see these movies. Are you?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Top 10 Favorite Film Scores of All-Time

Movies are definitely one of the best entertaining past times there is. This is an industry that will continue to thrive for years and years. I love how film can pull so much emotion out of you – they have the ability to make you laugh, cry, scream, contemplate, shock etc. Not only is what you see during a movie powerful, but it’s what you hear that really moves your emotions and at times can give you goosebumps. Without music, movies would be rather dull and plain. Film wouldn’t have as much pull and draw on you without it. Would Jaws be as scary without its terrifying theme music? Would Star Wars or Superman have such a patriotic and emotional draw? Music is essential in film and probably one of the most important key elements there is.

I decided to make a list of some of my all-time favorite film scores and by doing so, I realized right away just how difficult this was. How does one choose only ten? It’s like trying to order at Taco Bell when you’re starving. There’s just too much goodness out there. However, I think I did a pretty good job. I picked film scores that have emotionally moved me in such a way that I will never forget the melody as long as I live. With that being said, here are my top 10 favorite film scores of all-time (and in no particular order).

Dances with Wolves (1990)

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Gladiator (2000)

Jurassic Park (1993)

Legends of the Fall (1994)

The Last of the Mohicans (1992)


The Lion King (1994)

DragonHeart (1996)

Titanic (1997)

What are some of your favorite film scores?...

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