Sunday, December 23, 2012


Written & Directed By: David Ayer Cinematography By: Roman Vasyanov Editor: Dody Dorn Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Natalie Martinez, Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera, Cody Horn, Frank Grillo, David Harbour, Kristy Wu

CHLOE (2009)

Directed By: Atom Egoyan Written By: Erica Cressida Wilson Based on The Original Screenplay NATHALIE By: Anne Fontaine Cinematography By: Paul Sarossy Editor: Susan Shipton Cast: Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Max Thierot, Nina Dobrev


Directed By: Jason Moore Written By: Kay Cannon Based On the Book By: Mickey Rapkin Cinematography By: Julio Macat Editor: Lisa Zeno Churgin Cast: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Skylar Astin, Ester Dean, Hana Mae Lee, Donald Fasion, Joe Lo Truglio


Directed By: Bill Duke Written By: James Orr, Jim Cruickshank & Judi Ann Mason Based On Characters created By: Joseph Howard Cinematography By: Oliver Wood Editor: Stuart Pappe, Pem Harring & John Carter Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith, Wendy Makkena, Kathy Najimy, Mary Wickes, Barnard Hughes, James Coburn, Michael Jeter, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lauryn Hill, Robert Pastorelli, Alanna Ubach, Ryan Toby, Jenifer Lewis


Directed By: Kathryn Bigelow Written By: Mark Boal Cinematography By: Grieg Fraser Editor: Dylan Tiechnor & William Goldenberg Cast: Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Ehle, Jason Clarke, Mark Strong, Joel Edgerton, Nash Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Harold Perrneieu, Kyle Chandler, Jeremy Strong, Scott Adkins, Edgar Ramirez, James Gandolfini, Mark Duplass, Stephen Dillane, Frank Grillo

Monday, December 17, 2012


Written & Directed By: Brian De Palma 
Cinematography By: ‘Thierry Arbogast 
Editor: Bill Pankow 

 Cast: Rebecca Romijn, Antonio Banderas, Peter Coyote, Rie Rasmussen, Gregg Henry, Eriq Ebouaney


Directed By: Oliver Stone Written By: Allen Loeb & Stephen Schiff Based on Characters by: Stanley Meiser & Oliver Stone Cinematography By: Rodrigo Prieto Editor: David Brenner & Julie Monroe Cast: Shia LeBouf, Michael Douglas, Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan, Suasn Sarandon, Austin Pendleton, Vanessa Ferlito, Frank Langella, Jason Clarke, Eli Wallach


Directed By: Joseph Rueben Wriiten By: Greg DiPego Cinematography By: Anastas N. Michos Editor: Richard Francis-Bruce Cast: Julianne Moore, Anthony Edwards, Gary Sinise, Alfre Woodard, Linus Roache, Dominic West, Jessica Hecht, Robert Wisdom

HARD RAIN (1998)

Directed By: Mikael Soloman Written By: Graham Yost Cinematography By: Peter Menzies Jr. Editor: Amnon David, Paul Hirsch & Gillian L. Hutshing CAST: Christian Slater, Morgan Freeman, Minnie Driver, Randy Quaid, Edward Asner, Ricky Harris, Michael A. Goorjian, Betty White, Richard Dysart.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

LIFE OF PI (2012)

Directed By: Ang Lee Written By: David Magee Based on the book by: Yann Martel Cinematography By: Claudio Miranda Editor: Tim Squyres Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Ayush Tendon, Gautam Belur, Tabu, Rafe Spall, Gerard Depardieu

8MM (2012)

Directed By: Joel Schumacher Written By: Andrew Kevin Walker Cinematography By: Robert Elswit Editor: Mark Stevens Cast: Nicholas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stomare, Anthony Heald, Chris Bauer, Norman Reedus, Catherine Keener Private investigator Tom Welles is hired by the recently widowed Mrs. Christian who has found a startling pornographic film in her late husband's possessions. In the film a teenage girl is apparently killed and Welles is pretty sure it's a genuine snuff film. He takes the case, first going through records of runaways finally identifying the girl and learning that she may have run off to California. There he enters the seedy underworld of pornography with the help of Max California, a porn store clerk. His principal clue is the masked man who killed the girl as he has a unique tattoo on his hand. He soon finds the culprits but there is little satisfaction in resolving the mystery. There is a really good film in here. The script is good I delves into the darkness that Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker (SEVEN) usually likes to explore. Though it feels like it needs a little more defined characters and refinement. It might nor actually be the fault of the writer more the Director’s interpretation of his original screenplay and not fully understanding or feeling the material. Not communicating his ideas in the way they should be to fully interpret the material. The film feels like it would be more powerful in the right hands, like David Fincher who turned down the film. The actual script by Andrew Kevin Walker was reworked by Joel Schumacher and Nicholas Kazan after Walker left the project in disagreement with the director. The film's production encountered concerns regarding the dark subject matter, and the studio asked Andrew Kevin Walker to lighten the film's tone. With Joel Schumacher as director, Walker felt a rewrite would no longer be needed. But as it turned out, Schumacher supported the studio and made changes of his own, leading to a much-publicized fallout between the two, with Walker virtually disowning the film and walking away from the set. He refused to even watch the film. The enema porno film seen at the porn swap meet is a genuine S&M film that was heavily edited for inclusion in the main movie. This is a dark detective story that I feel just fell into the wrong hands to bring it to the screen. Joel Schumacher is a good popcorn movie director. I am in the minority of film fans out there that doesn’t hate him. None of his films are begging to be put as a social change film or any greatest film list. He makes popcorn entertainment plain and simple. His films follow and jump genres and are meant to entertain that’s it.Sorry he messed up the batman series of films. He’s not a deep director nor would any person who made ST ELMO’S FIRE, But he has a stylistic eye as a former Interior Decorator. This was not the type of film for him. The plot is extremely similar to that of Hardcore in which a man (George C. Scott) hires a private detective to track down his daughter after she runs away and he sees her in a 8MM porno movie. The plot is also very similar to a book called "The Cutting Room" by Louise Welsh in which an estate auctioneer finds disturbing photos among a client's porno collection and endeavors to find out if the girl in the pictures was actually killed. This is a well structured film that involves a seedy underground world and characters. This film needed to be more mid-range budgeted and have a director who is used to material like this. Here the film tries, but comes off a little too polished and the underground here looks too mainstream. Like what a person in the suburbs would picture it with designer clothing, Especially Peter Stomare. Nicholas Cage should being his element in a film like this, but he looks constipated and bored. He gives a similar flat performance. Joaquin Phoenix in a role first offered to Mark Wahlberg seems to be at least having fun with his role, but… SPOILER When he dies. So does most of the films good graces and credibility. END SPOILER The film has some good stand alone scenes. Like the battle of Nicholas Cage Vs. The Machine. I was even intrigued by the character of the machine, but for the most part the film felt off. In full disclosure. I did read the script before seeing the film. So maybe I am bias of having a picture in my head that didn’t match what I saw on screen. The film has so much potential that you can see trying to bust out. It seems to be a matter of wasted talent. I wish someone could come along and remake it. The film is not horrible it may even be a satisfying rental for you, but to me it is a very flawed piece of work. I saw this in the movie theater for free and still felt disappointed as the film kept going. I just sank deeper and deeper in my seat. GRADE: C+


Written & Directed By: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen Cinematography By: Roger Deakins Editor: Joel Coen & Etahn Coen (As Roderick Jaynes) Cast: Tom Hanks, Irma P. Hall, Marlon Wayans, J.K. Simmons, Tzi Ma, Ryan Hurst, Diane Delano, Jason Weaver, Stephen Root, Greg Grunberg

SPARKLE (Remake) (2012)

One of the first video reviews i did. Since it was recently released on DVD i dedided the time was right for a update review. I will also say that Derek luke seems a little too old to play the role here. In general he is stuck playing love interests who are saintly. The film was originally Set to star Aaliyah. Directed By: Salim Akil Written By: Mara Brock Akil Based On The Original Screenplay by: Joel Schumacher & Howard Roseman Cinematography By: Anastas Michos Editor: Terilyn A. Shropshine Cast: Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo, Mike Epps, Derek Luke, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Ceelo Green, Curtis Armstrong, Michael Beach