Ed Wood (1994) – Review

Ed Wood is a true story about Edward D. Wood Jr., a notorious Hollywood film director known for making what are believed to be Hollywood’s most awful productions. Most notably, the film explores his first picture, Glen or Glenda, a film about a cross-dressing male whom, like Wood himself, has an affection for doing so, and yet, is too afraid to tell his fiancée as well as Plan 9 from Outer Space, a film about alien’s that resurrect the dead and endeavor to cease human-kind from producing some sort of solar-powered bomb.

Burton’s Ed Wood does as well highlight Mr. Wood as not only a director and dreamer, but a wonderful friend.

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Moon (2009) – Review

Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) and his robotic assistant, GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey) are the only occupants of a moon-base facility that collects resources from lunar soil to help provide clean energy on Earth. As his contract is coming to an end, Sam is anxiously waiting to return home to his loving wife whom for the past few years his only contact with has been through the exchange of video emails. However, at the start of his last two weeks, he grows ill-fated and begins to hallucinate images of a teenage girl on the ship. During a routine pickup of ready resources from a harvesting machine, the same girl is briefly seen standing on the moon’s surface. Distracted, Sam crashes his rover and loses consciousness only to awaken later in his ship’s infirmary where, upon awaking, GERTY tells him that he is recovering from his injuries and forbids him to leave the ship. After sneaking out to investigate the scene of his accident, Sam discovers his body still inside the wrecked rover, alive and unconscious. After carrying his other self back to the ship, Sam and his doppelganger struggle to deal with each others existence as they try to unravel the mystery behind one other.

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What To Expect – Januray’s Agenda

Week of January 3rd:

  • REVIEW: The American (2010)
  • REVIEW: Ed Wood (1994)
  • REVIEW: The Fighter (2010)
  • REVIEW: Inception (2010)
  • Favorite Films of The Decade 2000-2010 Part 1

Week of January 10th:

  • Favorites of 2010, Part 1
  • Favorite Films of The Decade 2000-2010 Part 2
  • REVIEW: True Grit (2010)
  • REVIEW: Black Swan (2010)
  • Favorites of 2010, Part 2
  • 2010: A Year in Review
  • Most anticipated of 2011

Week of January 23rd:

  • REVIEW: North By Northwest (1959)

Anything else is unexpected.

The American (2010) – Review

The American is based on Martin Booth’s A Very Private Gentleman; a story about an assassin who handles in the making and distribution of custom arms and the days of his last job. Residing, then, in the beautiful city of Castlevecchio, Jack (George Clooney), spends his time there living out a nervous existence with the desire of discovering himself, affection, and perhaps even absolution.

While in Castlevercchio, Jack guised as an American photographer known simply as Edward, befriends, upon incident, the city’s priest, Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli)—a man who like Jack shares a horrific secret that he himself has since transcended from and wishes for Jack to pursue divinity just the same as he—and a prostitute, Clara (Violante Placido).

Jack’s paranoia, isolation, and increasing affection in Clara, all together during his stay in Italy combined with the nature of his job, creates a quiet suspense character study that is captivating till the end.

The American, is however, not for everyone.

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Alice in Wonderland (2010) – Review

In the act of escaping a potential marriage, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) follows a familiar white rabbit through her garden’s labyrinth and once again, upon mistake, tumbles down the rabbit hole, returning her to the magical world of Wonderland in Tim Burton’s latest film.

Finding herself in the place of her childhood nightmares, Alice encounters a variety of characters filling the world from rivaled queens to talking animals.

After acquainting herself with the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) and hearing his tale, Alice is soon to realize she has returned to Wonderland for a reason—to conquer the reigning evil and set the crown atop the head of the proper queen.

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Brick (2005) – Review

Without giving too much away in Rian Johnson’s low-budget, noir-rooted independent film, Brick tells of Brendon Fry (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a high school student who receives a mysterious note in his locker followed by a brief phone call from his ex-girlfriend, Emily, (Emilie de Ravin). Her voice is anxious and frightened as she pleas for Brendon’s help. Her words are rapid—nigh incoherent—as she mentions “brick”, “pin”, and “tug”. After an abrupt hang-up, with the help from his friend known simply as “The Brain” (Matt O’Leary), Brendon must uncover the meaning to each of those three words if he is to cast a light upon the shadows of Emily’s fears and save her from what could become of them.

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Five Wonderful Opening Credits

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let us be honest and all together agree that opening credits are often a bore. I for one much prefer a film to start without them, having the only credit sequence be after the film’s end. Nevertheless opening credits do exist; here are five that do it well. (YouTube videos) Read more of this post

Adam (2009) – Review

Adam is so dry and unimaginative that even Hugh Dancy’s portrayal of the film’s title character doesn’t save it from terrible direction. The matter of Adam’s condition is one that has always captivated me. There was a certain air the trailer carried—one that led me to believe the film was something else entirely. Instead, what I saw before me was something of a trite mess overlaying a missed opportunity for something excellent.

Dancy does a fine job in his role as Adam, a gifted young male with an unmatched mind in space, theater, and electronics. He also has Asperger’s syndrome. Adam falls for Beth (Rose Byrne), a school teacher at the local kindergarten as well as his neighbor. Her story is far less interesting, and unfortunately for us, saturates the latter half of the film.

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Five Young, Underrated Actors

James Franco – Arguably my favorite on this list, Franco has an undeniable passion for the theatrics. In each of his roles he carries himself with a sensibility so unlike many other actor and unlike a great handful of actors, he is versatile.

Films to Watch: 127 Hours, Howl, Milk, Good Time Max

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