Friday, October 29, 2010

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Rating the trilogy

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 6:54 AM

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Directed by Neils Arden Oplev The Grade: B+ (on DVD) The Girl Who Played With Fire – Directed by Daniel Alfredson The Grade: A- (on DVD) The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Directed by Daniel Alfredson The Grade: C+ (in theaters)...

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

'Inception' theme goes with every trailer in the universe!

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Back when I was in school, one of my video editing projects was to combine a pre-existing movie trailer with a different soundtrack, to give the trailer a different effect. Mine turned out OK, but I'd knock that project out of the park if I knew what I knew...

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Ed Norton on Detroit: "It's so feral."

Posted By on Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Moviepone just published an interview with Ed “eternally anonymous” Norton about his cornrow-headed roll as arsonist Gerald “Stone” Creeson in the new John J. Curran–helmed flick Stone, which was shot last year in and around Detroit, and at the old Jackson prison. In the brief Q&A, the always articulate...

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Get Yer Pom-Poms Out: Demi Moore Likes to Walk Her Dog Near Local Water!

Posted By on Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Let’s all get on bended knee for the movie stars making movies in the Mitten and getting cribs in our lovely city (er, metro area). ... As if Demi Moore would ever live in the 313. Hugh Jackman? Please. And if Michigan wasn’t forking over a portion of star expenses,...

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Never Let Me Go

Occasionally moments of heartbreaking emotionally honesty bring this science fiction clone film to life

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro’s respected 2005 novel, the film follows the melancholy lives of some children raised outside the view of polite society, carefully tended by the state, and prepared from birth for a singularly unpleasant destiny. What they don’t know, and we don’t find out until the end of the first act (spoiler alert!), is that these beautiful, healthy youths are in fact clones, created to serve as organ donors when they reach early adulthood. Never Let Me Go is a powerful piece, with intense performances and subtle, sophisticated direction, which is sadly all in service of an utterly unconvincing premise. Like most good science fiction, it works best as a metaphor, though one that requires extraordinary acts of forgiveness to accept as credible.

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Behind the Burly Q

Revealing doc tells all about the sassy gals of the vaudeville stage

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Burlesque is about the tease, but this fast-moving yet bittersweet documentary about the golden age of peek-a-boo gets right down to the business of uncovering the trade’s dirty secrets. The quaintly bawdy art form, which thrived from the 1920s to the mid-’60s, was a traveling hybrid entertainment revue, which one talking head calls vaudeville “with bare bosoms and chorus girls.”

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Hatchet II

Not even a gnarly beheading can rescue this chop job

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 12:00 AM

The “plot” picks up right where the 2006 original left off, with Marybeth (Danielle Harris) as the lone survivor of a massacred boatload of bayou tourists, who ran afoul of a hulking, deformed madman named Victor Crowley. Our intrepid gal barely manages to escape dismemberment, hightailing it back to New Orleans, where, despite her abundant cuts, bruises and dead friends, everyone insists that Crowley is but a folk tale, told to scare the gullible. Apparently the legend is working, because no one wants to venture back into the swap, which is killing the tour boat business of huckster preacher “Revrend Zombie” (Candyman’s Tony Todd). Ever the entrepreneur, Zombie offers up a cash bounty for anyone brave enough to form a posse and go monster-hunting, though his hidden agenda is to bring along Marybeth and her uncle, who was one of the kids who set fire to Victor’s farm in the first pla… awww, who cares?

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Jack Goes Boating

A fine cast salvages an indie-drama boilerplate

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 12:00 AM

This overly talky, claustrophobically indulgent display of actor’s workshop masturbation is made watchable because most actors here are incredibly easy to watch. The plot is indie-drama boilerplate; a sad, cut-off fortysomething loser learns to appreciate the world again through the love of an equally quirky woman. Hoffman plays the title schmuck, a painfully shy New York limo driver with a bulky body but a kind soul, who feels trapped inside his own head. He’s so bottled-up and closed-off that his only hint of a personality — silly, half-hearted dreads and a passion for reggae — comes off as a jarring gimmick. Jack has one true friend, his fellow driver Clyde (John Ortiz), who coddles the big oaf, with the help of his patient wife Lucy (Daphne Rubin Vega). In an effort to jump-start his stalled life, Lucy arranges a date between Jack and her timid co-worker Connie, played by Hollywood’s idea of a frump, Amy Ryan. These two bruised souls find a sort of comfort in each other, and Jack begins a regimen of swimming lessons and cooking classes, well in advance of their big Central Park Lagoon boat ride and picnic date. While the two oddball introverts are inching toward each other, the established couple is falling apart, which all culminates in a disastrous dinner party meltdown.

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Let Me In

Could teen torment ever be this moody?

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Set in suburban New Mexico in the early 1980s, we meet the fragile and sullen-eyed Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a 12-year-old loner who’s bullied at school and whose newly single mom is a religious nut. One cold, snowy night in the courtyard outside his apartment he meets Abby (Kick-Ass’ Chloe Grace Moretz), a barefooted neighbor who smells funny, sometimes looks more like a boy than a girl, and seems strangely immune to the cold. Tentatively, the two connect and slowly become friends. But Abby is a vampire, tended to by a possessive middle-aged man (Richard Jenkins) who murders local residents to provide her with blood. Unfortunately, his attacks have grown sloppier and sloppier, gaining the attention of a local police officer (Elias Koteas).

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Feeding frenzy

Or the portrait of a Facebook's billionaire asshole as a younger man

Posted By on Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Based on questionable accounts in Ben Mezrich’s The Accidental Billionaires, and told mostly in flashback, breathlessly sprints from one exhilarating exchange to another as we witness the freshly dumped Zuckerberg get drunk, disparage his ex in an online journal, then create a website that compares the relative attractiveness of female Harvard students. The stunt crashes the school’s servers and gains him the attention of WASP twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (gamely played by Armie Hammer), who want him to create a MySpace site for Harvard elites but aren’t willing to let him into their exclusive social club. This becomes the seed idea for Facebook, a project Zuckerberg pursues with fanatical zeal, recruiting his best friend Eduardo Saverin (soon-to-be Spider-Man Andrew Garfield) as a financial wellspring and partner. From there The Social Network heads into Citizen Kane territory, with ex-girlfriend Albright standing in for Rosebud, and Napster inventor Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) becoming the ruthless devil whispering in Zuckerberg’s ear. Cross-cutting between past events and present lawsuits, the film chronicles Facebook’s meteoric rise, its creator’s betrayal of his friends, and the relentless ambition that made Zuckerberg the youngest billionaire in history.

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