Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Summary: Daniel Craig plays a mid-level cocaine dealer living in London who is going into early retirement. However, he is asked to do two jobs by his boss before he sets out to live the quiet life. As a result, he is taken on a whirlwind of chain events leaving him with 1 million tablets of stolen ecstasy to sell. All of sudden he's now caught in the crossfire…
Plot (B+): The film was based on the novel written by J.J. Connolly who also wrote the screenplay. You always have to be a bit careful when a book turns into a movie because a lot is changed most of the time. I don’t know in this case because I didn’t read the book but since Connolly wrote the screenplay I’m more than sure he kept it as true to his novel as possible. To get a general understanding of the film I would say Layer Cake is the Ocean’s 11 of drug movies where there’s one guy out of a group who is the brains of the operation. The story is very interesting but somewhat confusing due to all the names and subplots going on. If you were to see this movie a second time it would be easier to follow. Much like a typical Guy Ritchie film everything comes together in the stunning and unexpected ending. I highly suggest seeing this film. It's funny, entertaining, and original.
Action (B+): As in any drug movie there is always violence. What you see in Layer Cake is not drastically different but still very good. Gun shoot outs, bullets in the head, brutal beatings etc etc. My favorite part was when one of Craig’s friends beat the fucking shit out of a guy. It appealed to me because of the way it was filmed. Rather than filming it in the traditional manner, this time the viewers see through the eyes of the victim during the course of the beating. We experience what he experiences such as hearing his bones break and the lack of sound due to dizziness and spells of unconsciousness. I thought that was very original and not often seen in movies.
Acting & Dialogue (B+): Daniel Craig is exceptionally smooth in this movie. He has a strong command over his role much like his character has over the situations he is put in. Just like George Clooney’s Daniel Ocean in the Ocean series, Craig is always three steps ahead of every other character in the story. He has the ability to look at all the different angles of a situation/problem and find a solution. In essence, he’s a clever businessman and a damn good one. Craig narrates throughout the film which allows for viewers to form a closer bond with his character. Such a connection is immediately made right from the beginning as Craig describes his job and his rules for playing and surviving the game. If you have noticed I haven’t provided the name to Craig’s character. I am not doing this intentionally it’s just never spoken throughout the story. Any quote you are to find by Craig from this film would simply be labeled as XXXX. Sienna Miller (G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra) has a relatively small part in this film but I felt that she really stood out. Her English accent was spot on and not overly accentuated like Jake Gyllenhaal’s in the Prince of Persia, which sounded like nails on a chalkboard. As for the other actors in the film they too did a great job. I’m not going to name them because they are not mainstream actors but their contribution to the film shouldn’t go unnoticed.
Sex Appeal (7): Seeing Sienna Miller’s side boob when she’s changing into a seductive lingerie outfit was exceptionally pleasing to my eyes.
Director: This was Matthew Vaughn’s first film he ever directed. Before the film was released in 2004, I don’t think he knew he just directed a movie of such high quality. Vaughn did an excellent job with this film and I would be very proud if I were him. He was exceptionally creative and added a distinctive style to the film by meshing two scenes together. For example, as you are watching one thing happen there are quick cuts to a different in descriptive scene that is about to come up. Vaughn also incorporated a good soundtrack, which flowed nicely with the story. A quality soundtrack is always an added bonus to any film. Recently, Vaughn directed Kick-Ass and if you can remember that review I spoke highly of him then. Vaughn’s next project will be X-Men: First Class, which is expected out in 2011. After that, he will direct the sequel to Kick-Ass. I thoroughly look forward to these future projects.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Lautner: "You like what you see?"
Pattinson: "I do. Someone is going to make me gape later on tonight."
Pattinson: "Super indeed!"
Saturday, June 19, 2010
In the trailer section you'll find a new addition to the list. The movie is called Conviction and it stars Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2) and Hilary Swank. This is a true story of a loving sister who decided to go to law school and represent her brother who was accused, arrested, and sentenced to life in prison for a murder.
This film looks very good. Rockwell is actor whose talent cannot be measured. For the majority of people he flies under the radar, which is a crying shame. As everyone knows, Swank is also dynamite with two Oscars to her name. The combination of their talent and presence will be interesting. Juliette Lewis is also in the film. Lewis is a versatile actress with a wide amount of experience in comedies, dramas, and thrillers. As I said, this film looks very interesting. Release date is October 15 and directed by Tony Goldwyn (the guy from Ghost who betrayed Patrick Swayze's character).
Friday, June 18, 2010
A few weeks ago, James McAvoy (Wanted), right picture, signed on to play a young Professor Charles Xavier for the new movie X-Men: First Class. Now the Michael Fassbender (300, Inglourious Basterds) has signed on and will play a young Erick Lehnsherr/Magneto. Fassbender had the choice to play either Magneto or The Lizard in the new Spider-Man reboot. I am very happy he chose the role of Magneto because there are more options to come out of it in the future. X-Men: First Class will focus on Xavier and Lehnsherr as young mutants who dream of a better tomorrow for mutants and humans but ultimately split ways. An official plot hasn't been released but you should probably expect the original X-Men class to show up at some point in the film.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
The 1987 cult classic The Monster Squad is being remade by Paramount Pictures. Paramount has just signed cousin screenwriters Mark and Brian Gunn to head the project. This new film will be directed by Rob Cohen (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Daylight, XXX) who also produced the original. Therefore, this remake is in good hands if you are worrying. My only hope is that Cohen doesn't go crazy with the CGI. I would prefer to see very little CGI for that matter. What made the original so great was its simplicity and its dedication to traditional horror movie characters in terms of how they were depicted. I do not want to see a CGI Wolfman or Frankenstein. I want people to actually play these characters. Let us hope that this remake will do justice to our beloved original. Finally, let us also remember one important thing...Wolfman has nards!!!!!!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Acting & Dialogue (B+): For me, this is where the movie really shinned. Each actor accurately portrayed their character and it was such a pleasure to see. As I mentioned above, the chemistry between each of these actors really showed and it added to films overall fun level. By far, the star of the film was Sharlto Copley (District 9). He played the whacky/crazy Murdock. Copley’s dialogue with everyone, but especially with B.A., was very funny and extremely refreshing. I look forward to anything he does in the future. Liam Neeson played Hannibal with same confidant swagger as George Peppard did in the TV show. Neeson was a proper choice for this role because he plays the role of elderly Colonel with style and authority. Bradley Cooper played Face and I felt that he added a little more arrogance to the character more so than Dirk Benedict did in the 80’s but it worked very well. As usual, Face is the pretty boy in the group who can’t help himself from fucking any good looking woman with a pulse. Let us not forget Quinton “Rampage” Jackson who played B.A. Baracus. Although he played a good B.A. who exhibited all of the traditional traits Mr. T brought (except the excess of gold chains and a feather earring) I did feel that Jackson toned down the character a bit. I always remembered B.A. as a person who was in everyone’s face and that wasn’t there so much in the movie. Don’t get me wrong Jackson did a good job but I felt he didn’t let it all hang out. Maybe this is because Jackson said that “acting makes you gay” and didn’t want to put himself entirely into the role (that’s not a joke he actually said that). Lastly, there was Jessica Biel who truly provided nothing to this film other than her pretty face. She served as a former love interest to Face who was tracking down the A-Team. Watching her try to be all tough and macho really fell flat and was not believable at all.
Sex Appeal: N/A
Director (B+): Joe Carnahan has not directed that many films in his day. In fact, he’s only directed six (The A-Team included). However, this should not suggest he doesn’t know what he’s doing. I’ve only seen two of his other films, Narc (2002) and Smokin’ Aces (2006), both of which are good especially Narc. Carnahan seems to like to take on projects where there are twists to the story and I have to say I really like that about him. He knows how to handle such twists in the story. As a result, it keeps viewers on their toes forcing them to think about what has happened even after the credits roll. While The A-Team does fall into that category Narc and Smokin’ Aces accurately represent his style.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
"Irreverent as ever, Larry The Cable Guy plays a big city health inspector who's happy with his usual beat of greasy spoon diners and low-rent ethnic restaurants. His easygoing life is turned upside-down when he's saddled with a straight-arrow rookie partner (Iris Bahr) and assigned the biggest case of his career: investigating an outbreak of mysterious food poisonings at the city's swankiest restaurants. Infuriating restaurateurs with his bad manners, Larry still manages to charm a sweet, shy waitress (Megyn Price) into a budding romance. But when his unorthodox methods cost him his job, Larry has to go undercover to bring the conspirators to justice and 'Git-R-Done!"
Do you know what this movie really is…besides shit? It’s a miss-mosh of poorly written scenes acted out by people who have C-List status if that. There’s no meaning or true direction to the film and therefore it serves no purpose. Look, I’ve seen my fair share of films that are crappy and found enjoyment from them but this is a different type of film. I wonder if the producers/studio made their money back…probably not. This movie and it’s so called “star” is a dingle berry on a dogs asshole!
Overall: F (and the F also stands for fucking pathetic)
Monday, June 7, 2010
Plot (A): What I’ve always loved and respected about Clerks is its simplicity and rawness. Not every movie has to have A-list stars with a huge budget and elaborate special effects. Clerks is a movie which proves that a well written story supported by edgy actors/character is more than enough. There are several connections people can make to this movie but there is one which we ALL share. It’s safe to say that the majority of people in this world hate their job in one form or another. Whether it’s the stress, the hours, or the lack of money everyone bitches about it. However, I don’t think there a person who hates their job more than Dante. While his life isn’t really that terrible he believes no one has worse luck than him and he has no problem letting everyone know about it. With the blunt philosophic advice and comments of his best friend Randall Dante feels even more trapped in his life. As a viewer, it’s crucial to understand that Randall’s skewed view of the world may sound extreme and weird at first but after much thought there is a deeper meaning in what he says. It’s like, in some bizarre way, he’s the person you would want to talk to if you had problems in your life. He’ll make you feel like shit but you’ll learn something about yourself from him. This is just one element that signifies the greatness of the Clerks plotline and the character of Randall. I would go as far to say that Randall was the unaccredited voice for the movie and the generation it influenced.
Action (N/A): Does roller blade hockey on top of a roof count for anything? Or how about fighting with your best friend in the convenience store?
Acting & Dialogue (A): “My love for you is like a truck, BERZERKER! Would you like some making fuck, BERZERKER!” “Did he just say “making fuck”? There are countless quotes such as this which makes Clerks an amazingly funny and highly creative film. As I said above, this film did not star any well known actor. Each person was as green as the weed Jay and Silent Bob sold in front of the store but they all provided one of the best performances of their careers. Speaking of Jay and Silent Bob who could ever forget their performances, granted Kevin Smith had only one line. However, it was really Jason Mewes’ Jay whose vulgarity and random bursts of nonsense who elevated this film to another level. If you don’t know what I mean take a look at these two separate quotes of Jay:
“I feel good today, Silent Bob, we're gonna make some money, then you know what we're going to do? We're gonna go to that party, we're gonna get some pussy, and I'm gonna fuck this bitch, I'ma fuck this bitch, I'll fuck ANYTHING THAT MOVES! Yo, what the fuck you lookin' at, I'll kick your fuckin' ass! Shit yeah. Doesn't that fucker owe me 10 bucks? You know, fuckin' tonight, we're gonna rip off this fucker's head, and take out his fuckin' soul. Remind me if he tries to buy something, I'm gonna shit in the motherfucker's bag. Hey, what's up baby? What's up, sluts?”
“Yeah. Silent Bob, you’re a rude motherfucker, you know that? But you're cute as hell. I could go down on you, suck you, line up three other guys, make like a circus seal. Ewww, you fucking faggot, I hate guys. I LOVE WOMEN!”
See what I mean. Underneath the clever and comedic commentary lies the genius writing of Kevin Smith. I don’t know what was adlibbed and what was actually wrote but it all made sense. The dialogue in Clerks is the most integral part of the film. For the most part, the story focuses on Dante and Randall. We see how they engage in deep conversations about a variety of things but they’re all interesting. Whether its Dante’s personal life, Star Wars, or work everything is connected.
Sex Appeal (N/A): “37! My girlfriend sucked 37 dicks!”
Director (A): Clerks was Kevin Smith’s first real directing gig. It was and still is his baby. With barely any money (almost $50,000, more than half was spent on gaining the rights to the songs) Smith made a ground breaking, cult classic which influenced other writers and directors of his time. Smith would go on to create other classics such as Chasing Amy, Mallrats, and Dogma. However, none of them could top the legendary status Clerks immediately attained. A huge fan of movies himself Kevin Smith knew what he was doing from beginning to end and it is clearly visible in his work. In 2006, Smith made Clerks II. Initially, many thought that was a very risky move and would never live up to the first film. While it definitely wasn’t better Clerks II was a worthy sequel which stayed true to the essence and tone of the first film. It brought the characters full circle and Smith was graciously able to put to rest the story that him famous.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
I thoroughly look forward to anything Paul Rudd does in the future. You can always expect him to be different, fresh, but most important funny. I would like to leave off by quoting Rudd's character, Chuck, from Forgetting Sarah Marshall. These words of wisdom can help anyone in need or those who are lost in life, "When life throws you a bag of lemons just say 'Fuck the lemons' and bail." Therefore, for my month of my birth, I award Paul Rudd the Actor of the Month!
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Not that either the MTV Video Music or Movie Awards mean anything check out this commercial for their Movie Awards. This was good thinking on their part I'll admit that. Les Grossman from Tropic Thunder is balls to the wall crazy. He's so vulgar and I love it!
Since the release of The Dark Knight people have been wondering if the Joker would return for the third Batman film. In a interview Nolan gave to Empire Magazine on his upcoming film Inception he was asked that question and he firmly stated "No." Rather than elaborating his reasons for not bringing the character back he stated, "I just don't feel comfortable about it." In my opinion, this isn't surprising in the least. Even if Heath Ledger didn't die I doubt Nolan would have brought him back for the third movie anyway. Nolan refuses to be a type of director that gets pigeonholed into certain things thus taking away the essence of the story. I believe Nolan has always had an overall vision for the Batman story and the Joker was just one part of it. As for which villain the Nolan brothers will bring in next has still yet to be determined but you expect the Clown Prince of Gotham not to show up in Batman 3.
Friday, June 4, 2010
My issues with this movie stem mainly from the cheesy dialogue combined with the poor English accent of Gyllenhaal which irritated me like a dry handjob. I don’t understand why there is a need for the characters to speak in an English accent. The setting is in fucking Persia not England. No one in the Persian Empire spoke like that so I don’t understand why English is the go to accent. (In reality they didn’t speak English but that’s neither here nor there) For some reason that is the direction the writers and director decided to go in, so whatever. I would have had less of problem with this movie if Gyllenhaal spoke regularly. As I was watching his performance it was difficult not to focus on his overly accentuated tone. I don’t know why the director didn’t say to him after the first scene, “You know what? Fuck the accent. All the vocal lessons in the world couldn’t help you. Speak in your regular voice and let your acting stand out.” Kevin Costner saw no need for an English accent when he was in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. While it was slightly awkward that his character spoke differently than everyone else it worked and it allowed audiences to enjoy the film. As for the rest of the cast in the Prince of Persia, they were all from the United Kingdom so at least they weren’t a problem. However, the cheesy dialogue was. I shouldn’t really have expected anything different since this film is coming from Disney. Like a majority of Disney films everything was wholesome and finely tuned and lacked elements of rawness. I can at least say that the first two Pirates of Caribbean do not fall into that category. Those movies were done with style. I hated the third one.
In summation, the movie could have been better. Personally, I would have done things differently especially the ending. There are two more parts to the story so sequels are possible. If so, you should expect darker films, especially the second one, which will be filled with uncertainty, peril, and death. I hope they don’t fuck that up.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Last week, a short video was released of Heidi Montag. She made an audition tape specifically for Michael Bay for a role in Transformers 3. I found a clip on the George Lopez Show which shows both. This is too funny! I hate you Heidi Montag and your creepy flesh colored beard husband.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Even though Myers has had small roles in non kid films such as, A View From the Top and Inglorious Basterds, he hasn’t truly delivered and they are few and far between. Is it appropriate to call him a sell out? Five to seven years ago I would have said no. Today, yes. Myers has followed in the footsteps of another SNL star who once had the comedic golden touch but lost it. Eddie Murphy was a revolutionary comedian. His films were funny and his stand up was raw. Then all of sudden, he consistently starts to take on these kids movies thus disowning his heritage. Now I’m not saying all of his non-kid films are something to rave about certainly Vampire in Brooklyn is a shining example of pure shit. However, The Nutty Professor was smashing success and that wasn’t targeted for kids necessarily. Look, don’t get me wrong. I understand why people like Murphy and Myers agree to do kiddy movies. It’s less risky and a guaranteed paycheck. However, what is the risk of going back to your roots and giving the people what they really want? Is that too much to ask? I don’t think so.
When I think of these two actors I can’t help but think of a quote from Conan the Barbarian. (Yes, I’m going to make a connection to Conan right now) There’s a scene where King Osric says to Conan, “There comes a time, thief, when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its luster, when the throne room becomes a prison, and all that is left is a father's love for his child.” Forget the last part about the fathers love for his child, but focus on the beginning. At this point in their careers when is it enough? Money can’t buy happiness or laughter. Granted some parts of Shrek are funny, but not as funny Beverly Hills Cop or Wayne’s World. After a while of doing the same stuff it all becomes recycled bullshit and a prison they are encased in.