Sunday, November 30, 2008

THE BOYS IN THE BAND (1970)


Directed By: William Friedkin
Written By: Matt Crowley
Cinematography By: Arthur J. Ornitz
Production Designer: John Robert Lloyd
Set Decoration: Phillip Smith
Costume Design By: W. Robert La Vine
Editor: Gerald B. Greenberg &  Carl Lerner

Cast: Cliff Gorman, Kenneth Nelson, Peter White, Rueben Greene, Frederick Combs, Keith Prentice, Robert La Tourneaux, Laurence Luckinbill,


Monday, November 24, 2008

DONKEY PUNCH (2008)

Director: Oliver Blackburn 
Written By: Oliver Blackburn & David Bloom 
Cinematography By: Nanu Segal 
Editor: Kate Evans 


Cast: Sian Breckin,Nichola Burley, Tom Burke, Jamie Winstone, Julian Morris

Friday, November 21, 2008

PRICELESS (2006)






Cast: Audrey Tatou, Gad Elmaleh, Marie-Christine Adam

Directed By: Pierre Salvadori
Written By: Benoit Graffin & Pierre Salvadori
Cinematography By: Gilles Henry
Edited By: Isabelle Devinck

Saturday, November 15, 2008

BE KIND REWIND (2008)




Written & Directed By: Michel Gondry
Cinematography By: Ellen Kuras
Editor: Jeff Buchanan
Production Designer: Dan Leigh
Art Direction: James Donahue

Cast: Jack Black, Mos Def, Melonie Diaz, Danny Glover, Mia Farrow, Paul Dinello, Sigourney Weaver, Arjay Smith, Marcus Carl Franklin

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

THE FILMS OF WOODY ALLEN

My favorites from Top to bottom

IF IT IS IN ( )IT MEANS I SAW IT IN THEATERS

1. (ANNIE HALL)

2. BROADWAY DANNY ROSE

3. TAKE THE MONEY & RUN

4. WHAT'S UP TIGER LILY (ASSOCIATED WITH HIM BUT HE ONLY WROTE SOME JOKES TO GO WITH
A ORIGINAL FOREIGN FILM THAT WAS BOUGHT BY THE STUIDO TO BE RELEASED BUT WAS SO BAD THEY CONVINCED MR. ALLEN TO WRITE JOKES)

5. (SWEET & LOWDOWN)

6. BANANAS

7. SLEEPER

8. STARDUST MEMORIES

9. (HUSBANDS & WIVES) (IT WAS THE FIRST WOODY ALLEN MOVIE I SAW IN THEATERS)

10. ZELIG

11. LOVE & DEATH

12. CRIMES & MISDEMEANORS

13. MATCH POINT

14. (EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU)

15. RADIO DAYS (MY FIRST WOODY ALLEN MOVIE SEEN!!!)

16. HANNAH & HER SISTERS

17. PLAY IT AGAIN SAM (WRITTEN BY ONLY)

18. BULLETS OVER BROADWAY

19. MIGHTY APHRODITE

20. MANHATTAN

21. DECONSTRUCTING HARRY

22. SMALL TIME CROOKS

23. CELEBRITY

24. EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK

25. MELINDA & MELINDA

26. (HOLLYWOOD ENDING)

27. SCOOP

28. SHADOWS & FOG

keep in mind i still haven't seen
ALICE, THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO, INTERIORS, ANYTHING ELSE, CASSANDRA'S DREAM
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SEX COMEDY, THE CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION, ANOTHER WOMAN, SEPTEMBER, MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY

SIMON SEZ (1999)

Cast: Dennis Rodman, Dane Cook, Natalia Cigliuti, John Pinette, Ricky Harris

Directed By: Kevin Elders
Written By: Moshe Diamont & Rudy Cohen (Story);Andrew Miller & Andrew Lowery
Cinematography By: Avi Karpack
Editor: Alain Jakubowicz

I have avioded this movie for a while when i was working at a movie theater we were one of the few ones showing this a movie that obiously should have gone to Dvd but through some surely machavelian business deal didn't. now working at a movie theater you can go see films free through that i watched alot of crap but even i the movie lover refused to spend anytime watching it. now one day in extreme boredom i decided to watch this because you just can't bad mouth something properly from what you have heard you hae to see it for yourself so you can go into exact detail about what was wrong with it

While this isn't the worst thing that is on dane cook's resume. it's bad when he's the comic relief and he's not the only thing in this movie that is unintentionally funny. he is made to pay for being in this film through all the pratfalls you can even feel his embarassment as he acts in this movie. but exposure is exposure and it's a check.

it's hard to believe there is a man who works in the security industry who is black over six feet tall skinny with tons of piercings tatoo's and bleach blonde hair. but is not suppoded to be noticed een though he wears brightly colored leather outfits. that's not all the hard to believe details.

You have a villian after stolen software who even has a computer program avatar modeled after him. i don't know if the character is supposed to be crazy or gay. but he sings showtunes and has a fierce childish attitude about everything which made me wonder how would he gain so much power to be a villian he obiously would have never made ith through military training. he doesn't come from money and doubt that if he made money the old fashioned way no business would take him seriously. i understand a villian is supposed to be over the top but this is ridiculous.

Another thing with this movie is the henchmen who seem to wear masks and make-up and dress in euro-trash fashion. was there a dresscode to join this gang? plus another detail that this film and mant other action films hae why do henchmen who are shooting and fighting wear shades doesn't that hamper your vision, aiming and reactions? thus making them not very effective.

why does it seem like every character in this film under 25 and not named dane cook knows martain-arts? how stupid is cliare the character dane & Dennis are looking after apparently very because everything revolves around her and her romance. they couldn't be trying to sae her from assassians no it must be her father not wanting her to be happy in love. How does this film hae 4 writers 2 for the story line and 2 for the actual script and it still turn out this bad did they each have a different movie in there mind and brought it all together and the result is this? you could hae made 4 good movies with this budget instead of one really bad one. Hae i mentioned how bad this movie is enough yet?

This film is horrible cliched squared. it's like a kids action film with adult themes and when i say kids i mean 5-12 year old's who are the only one's who would find this film interesting. definately skip or watch with the help of chemicals where after watching you won't believe what you saw it had to be the influence but if you watch it again sober you realize no it was that stupid

GRADE: F

MAMA'S BOY (2007)

Cast: Jon heder, Daine Keaton, Jeff Daniels, Anna Faris, Eli Wallach, Sarah Chalke, Dorian Missick, Mary Kay Place, Laura Kighlinger

Directed By: Tim Hamilton
Written By: Hank Nelken
Cinematography By: Jonathan Brown
Editor: Amy E. duddleston
Original Music By: Mark Mothersbaugh
Casting By: Jeanne McCarthy
Art Direction: David Eckert

This film is one of those could have been movies. The film is played with low energy which is nice in a time when most comedies are way over the top but since it is so low energy it doesn't exactly translate any excitement for the audience to watch or find in the story. It's not too long but it more is a movie that brings chuckles more then laughs. I could see this as more of a family film. As most of the jokes that would seem dirty have a clean quality to them.

I can partly identify with parts of this movie as things that have either happened to me or i have experience with. Not as overblown anr comedic though. That is probably what held my interest in this film.

The Plot is that Jon heder's character is 30 and still lives at home with his mother and devotes on her. He has no ral friends except for a few people who also still lie at home with there mother's. he has a job at used bookstore. His mother ends up falling in love with a motivational speaker. Who immediately moves in with the family. Who at first tries to be decent and a friend to jon' character then finds out he is trying to get him out of the house so it becomes a competition between the two to make the mother choose which one she loves more. Along the way jon meets a girl who actually likes him she works in a coffee shop but aspires to be a anti-corporate rock singer. At one point after upsetting his mother he realizes that he must grow up.

Jon heder still plays the same type of character that he always does but at least here he tries to do a small variation on the character by making him dark and angry brooding and anti-social. That is one of the problems with this film is that you are more rooting for jeff daniels character then jon heder's and jon heder is our protagonist how we spend most of the movie with he's supposed to be the one we are sympathetic to our guide into the world of the movie. He's very Unlikable.

Any scene with eli wallach is a joy bringing the laughs. He brings integrity to a movie that at times doesn't deserve it. Diane Keaton looks at least like she is having fun the movie doesn't demand a lot form here she could sleepwalk though this film if she felt like it. Anna faris is cute in her role she is more then capable of bringing laughs while similarly bringing out a real character that you could fall in love with and she is not over the top for once with this subtle performance.

This film could have been better but in a small way I am impressed that it is interested more in making a quaint clean little comedy that doesn't totally disrespect the characters for the purpose of cheap or gross laughs.

I would suggest renting this but only if you couldn't find anything better. then you should give this movie a chance but don't get your hopes up.

GRADE: C

HOW TO ROB A BANK (2007)


Written & Directed By: Andrew Jenkins
Director Of Photography: Joe Meade
Editors: Dennis M. Hill & M. Scott Smith

Cast: Nick Stahl, Erika Christensen, Gavin Rossdale, Terry Crews, Leo Fitzpatrick, David Carradine