Monday, August 20, 2012

Top 10 Best Birthday Movie Moments

Since today is my birthday I thought I'd make a list of the Top 10 Best Birthday Moments from all different types of movies with some brilliant ideas of what to do and what not to do on your birthday. So sit back and enjoy some of the funniest, creepiest, scariest, and most adorable birthday moments in film!

Honorable mentions:
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

10. Kick-Ass (2010)

Ha! Getting what you really want on your birthday, regardless of age, is priceless.


9. Dumbo (1941)

Watching baby Dumbo get delivered by the stork to his mother is just plain adorable!


8. The Birds (1963)

When you think of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, The Birds, you may not remember this bloody birthday moment.


7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

Harry's birthday goes from sad to extremely happy in a matter of minutes.


6. Good Will Hunting (1997)

Celebrating your birthday with friends is a must! If your smart when a "Michael Bolton clone" annoys you that's even better!


5. Liar Liar (1997)

"Great gift, dad!" Never underestimate the power of a birthday wish. (P.S. Clowns are creepy)


4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Having a wizard as a good friend is definitely a bonus - wizard fireworks are the best!


3. Uncle Buck (1989)

Gotta give him props, man. Waking up to a short stack like this would definitely be the best birthday breakfast ever.


2.
Sixteen Candles (1984)

This final scene is definitely a girls most memorable, not to mention the most romantic. It's hard to feel sorry for Sam in the end.


While the aforementioned birthday moments are truly amazing, nothing quite tops my #1...


1. Old School (2003)

While the entire movie is hilarious, this birthday/tranquilizer gun scene takes the cake (pun intended).



Share with me some of your favorite
birthday movie moments.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bourne Legacy Review

The Bourne Legacy - aka the new Bourne movie sans Matt Damon - is actually a pretty decent continuation on the action packed thriller that made Damon a house-hold name.

Without the main hero headlining the sequel it might be construed as a huge Hollywood cash-grab. And to all who think so... you're absolutely right. Hollywood reminds us once again that you can never have too much of a "good thing."

What I liked about Legacy is the story is mingled in with the Bourne Ultimatum story-line, where Jason Bourne finally exposes the shadowy figures behind Blackbrier and Treadstone - the secret military programs that turned him from a simple soldier into a killing machine.

Director
Tony Gilroy, one of the writers for the previous three Bournes, does a sound job here. I actually enjoyed the film. It doesn't plunge headlong into action, but instead takes its time to introduce its newest hero, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner). Runner and doctor/scientist (played by Rachel Weisz), make a great team as two hunted souls who initially need each other for utilitarian reasons. While this movie isn't nearly as good as the first three films (duh) - there wasn't any cool "ah-ha" moments like Legacy's predecessors - the story still moves at a fast paste, the locations are stylishly shot and the action sequences are well executed, sans the finale motorbike chase scene on the streets of Manila. What was that?! That scene could have easily been cut in half or scraped altogether.

I'm sure they will continue the story a few years from now, and when they do I hope they bring back its star player. I could easily see Cross and Bourne teaming up.
Wouldn't that be something?!
RATING: C-

What did you make of it?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Seven Psychopaths Trailer

Source: IMDb

"It's their blood, it's his puke."
I've been waiting for this trailer for a while now. I'm glad it's finally here! Check out the first trailer for Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths. The comedy from the In Bruges writer and director reunites himself with actor Colin Farrell who plays a struggling screenwriter who inadvertently gets entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his two oddball friends (Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken) kidnap a gangster's (Woody Harrelson) beloved Shih Tzu. This looks like a fantastically fun, dark, hilarious comedy with great work from the entire cast. I definitively can't wait to see this one. Enjoy!

Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, great movie btw) wrote and directed this dark comedy. Along with the cast previously listed, the film also includes, Gabourey Sidibe, Abbie Cornish and Olga Kurylenko. CBS Films will release Seven Psychopaths in theaters this fall, October 12, 2012.

Worth seeing?

Friday, August 3, 2012

Total Recall Review

Total Recall equals this summer's totally unnecessary remake. Sure, this Sci-fi thriller has a few shining moments - neat visual effects, backed by one sexy cast, definitely an upgrade from the original. But when all is said and done, it’s totally forgettable. The action sequences, though cool at times, tried too hard to resemble the Bourne series. At times, I felt like I was watching a B-rate video game in slow-mo. There were too many action sequences and not enough mind games to balance them out.

Director
Len Wiseman, who is married to Kate Beckinsale, made her an action star via the Underworld movies, and he continues that trend here. She is a total badass, Colin Farrell definitely needs a lot of help to keep his “wife” from completing her mission to destroy him.


While I was able to follow along (it's not rocket science), a little more clarity in regards to the plot-line would have been nice. Also, character development was lacking a bit. Sure, I wanted to good guys to prevail, but honestly, since I really couldn’t get attached to the characters, I really didn’t care what happen to any of them in the end.

Generally remakes are lazy, cynical attempts to cash in on nostalgia of past years and are usually irredeemably lame. This remake wasn't “lame” per se, but the fact that these movie producers and directors get paid millions on someone else’s idea is kind of annoying. Overall, I did enjoy this movie (it met my semi-low expectations), so it wasn’t a total waste of time, but it is a total renter at best.
RATING: C-

Thoughts?

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Johnny Depp holds the record for the largest paycheck for a single movie

Source: OMG-Facts.com & Forbes

In 2011, the talented and charming actor earned more than $53 million to reprise his iconic role as Capt. Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. This number is incredibly high, not to mention more than what most people will see in their lifetime much less for one single movie.

Previously the highest paycheck for a single movie had gone to Tom Hanks who received $50 million for his part in the Da Vinci Code. Clearly producers thought Depp was worth the steep price they paid for his quirky and unforgettable performance.

Considering the success of Pirates 4 it was a cost that certainly paid off at the box office - which has already grossed over $1 billion worldwide. Let's be honest, no one can imagine Pirates of the Caribbean without the slightly mad, but endlessly entertaining Capt. Jack Sparrow.

Depp's $53 million is, no doubt, extremely impressive, but another big player in film salaries is Tom Cruise. He may not be able to match Depp’s huge paycheck for a single movie, but according to Forbes 2012, he is the highest-paid actor. With all the movies he is in, Tom Cruise averages $75 million a year - not too shabby. Just below him is one of my favorite actors, Leonard DiCaprio, who pulls in an impressive $37 million a year. Depp comes in 6th place making $30 million a year. For the full list click here.

We definitely haven't see the last of Capt. Jack Sparrow.
Pirates 5 will most likely be released in 2014. I wonder how big his paycheck will be this time around.


powered by: