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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Review: THOR


            One of the biggest problems with The Hulk movies has been that it is really hard to take a big green dude with purple shorts seriously. Making a movie about a hammer-wielding Norse god who is prone to shouting “I AM THOR! THE THUNDER GOD!” and taking it seriously is perhaps even a bigger challenge. But unlike the Hulk movies, the filmmakers chose to embrace the absurdity of the movie’s premise and play along. The result is a movie filled with Viking pleasing, bashing fun that lacks the raping part of “raping and pillaging” in order to keep it PG-13. In other words, a brilliant kick off for this summer’s line of blockbusters.
 Thor Poster Movie B (11 x 17 Inches - 28cm x 44cm) Natalie Portman Chris Hemsworth Samuel L. Jackson Anthony Hopkins Stellan Skarsg rd

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Weekly Ad Classics: SCORSESE BLUE DE CHANEL

For the third installment of our weekly commercials we have one of Martin Scorsese’s most recent ads, Bleu de Chanel. While not as memorable as the ads previously shown, it does demonstrate the versatility of Scorsese as a master filmmaker. Not that we needed an ad to tell us so, his movies speak for more, but Scorsese was one of the first star filmmakers that gave it a go in directing ads. While directors like Michel Gondry and Gonzales IƱarritu began their careers in advertising and then moved onto film, Scorsese worked the other way around. His Armani commercials are classics, while his American Express ad is a masterpiece in simplicity. As far as doing an ad for a fragrance, well, like the names of such fragrances it doesn’t really have to make sense. So the filmmaker is free to do what he pleases within the theme of Bleu (whatever that means). Enjoy:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Trailer for Tarsem's Immortals

Tarsem boasted that there was no-CGI in The Fall what so ever; there are a few shots where I have my doubts. But overall the film does carry a tangible elegance, like a classic black and white photograph, that is almost unachievable when using has CGI. The Cell was loaded with practical special effects but it was a bit too early a time for heavy use of CGI. Both where visual masterpieces (although if their stories lacked a little punch).
Unfortunately this looks a little bit more like 300 than The Fall. Not only in the use of CGI, but overall in the way it is shot and laid out. I'm still excited to it: Tarsem plus Snyder's producer should still equal awesome. But I am a bit disappointed. What do you guys think?


New Trailer for DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 surfaces.

So, lately we have been posting ads by famous filmmakers with the argument that an ad is basically a short movie with a lot of product placement. And that craft-wise (perhaps even artistically) some deserve to be praised as a filmic achievement on their own. The same goes for movie trailers; it is not even that rare when one ends up being better than the movie. I doubt this will be the case. Nevertheless it is one hell of an epic trailer.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Review: BRIDESMAIDS


            There is a lot I could talk about Bridesmaids. When the trailer first surfaced, I posted my concern that the film looked like a rehash of most of the Apatow-gang “dude flicks” but centered around a female lead instead. My main concern was not about the film simply being a rehash but that judging from the trailer, the Apotow-gang, who for the most part is made up of dudes, did not get women at all. I might have judged a little too early. But, although I am still not entirely convinced they do, Bridesmaids remains a very funny movie.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

A Review: SPRING 2011

            Although officially the summer doesn’t start until mid May, movie wise it has slowly crawled up to late April in order to allow a wider window for summer releases. Next week Fast Five and Dylan Dog: Dead of Night will kick off this year’s batch of summer movies. But I’d like to take a look back and see what the spring of 2011 had to offer.

No Strings AttachedLimitlessSanctumSuper Poster Movie 11 x 17 Inches - 28cm x 44cm Rainn Wilson Ellen Page Liv Tyler Kevin Bacon Gregg HenryCedar Rapids - Movie Poster - 11 x 17Rango

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Weekly Ad Classics: INARRITU WRITE THE FUTURE (NIKE)

            Last week, we started off this weekly commercial with Michel Gondry’s Smirnoff. This week it is a little more recent one: last year’s Nike commercial, directed by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu for the FIFA World Cup, titled Write The Future. Although longer than a regular commercial it is an impressive example of how much information and story can be built in so little time. Like most of his films (with the exception of Biutiful), Write The Future, follows multiple characters, though storylines, across multiple countries. This is, in my opinion, Inarritu’s best work. Enjoy:


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Review: ARTHUR


Before I begin this review let me make it clear that I did not see the original Arthur from 1981. But I plan to see it, mostly because hear it is amazing, and because, Hollywood being Hollywood, it has probably nothing to do with this 2011 remake starring Russell Brand. Arthur (2011) is not a bad movie; it certainly has its moments. But besides Brand’s antics and one-liners it offers very little I did not get from watching Get Him to The Greek, where he plays another incredibly eccentric, incredibly rich, and incredibly lost drunk.
Arthur

Monday, April 18, 2011

Review: EXPORTING RAYMOND


            It is a widely accepted fact that comedy is a very localized phenomenon and as a consequence one of the hardest genres to export. Today most Hollywood movies are made with the international market in mind; it is not unusual for movies to make most of their money outside their country of origin (Hollywood or not). Comedy remains as the exception. However this hasn’t stopped the business from trying to adapt its most successful sitcoms for audiences abroad. Exporting Raymond is the story of Phil Rosenstal, the show runner of Everybody Loves Raymond, traveling to Russia to help a team of Russian writers adapt the sitcom into their own Everybody Loves Kostya. And in the process he makes the attempt to argue that comedy in is most specific form is in fact a universally relatable genre. It is a bold undertaking but Rosenthal makes an incredibly persuasive argument.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Review: ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS


         The biggest problem with On the Shoulders of Giants is that if you heard of The Harlem Rens then its premise of the “greatest team you’ve never heard about” falls apart. The film assumes that you have never heard of the Harlem Rens, the first all black-American basketball team, and that you know very little about the Harlem Renaissance and the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement. However anyone with basic American high school education would have heard of these two movements. Granted the basketball team is more obscure, but anyone interested in this is likely to enjoy basketball, at the very least, and probably be aware of some of its history.
On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Weekly Ad Classics: MICHEL GONDRY SMIRNOFF

            They say a commercial is a movie told in thirty seconds (sometimes up to two minutes). And nowadays it feels some movies are commercials told in ninety minutes (sometimes even longer); yes, we are looking in the general direction of Transformers. So here at The Movie Watch we thought it would be neat to pay homage to some classic commercial by great filmmakers. After all, lots of our favorite filmmakers got their start directing commercials or have later been called to direct one. So don’t think of them as ads, think of them as short movies with a lot of product placement.

            To start of this weekly classic commercial short movie here is Michel Gondry’s Smirnoff ad way back from 1998. Notice the use of bullet time one year before the Matrix hit theaters. The ad was actually quite revolutionary tech-wise back in the 90s. As you can see his visual style permeates from this ad early in his career to his latest work on The Green Hornet. Enjoy:  




Review: SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS


God exists in this movie; he is not the all-loving, huggable God of the contemporary “Jesus loves me” movement. No, the God in Sympathy for Delicious has more in common with the dementedly perverse trickster of the Old Testament. And it is understandable why Dean, a Skid Row resident bound to a wheelchair, still doubts him even when he is given the power to heal. God must have a twisted sense of humor to give Dean the powers to heal others but not himself, when he needs it the most. Or could it be that God if testing Dean? If it is then why does Dean deserve his attention? Most of these questions remain unanswered. My best guess is that it is intended to be part of the mystery of God.
Sympathy for Delicious Poster Movie (11 x 17 Inches - 28cm x 44cm)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Review: HANNA


            Hanna is one of those movies that remind me why I love the craft of filmmaking. Technically it is flawless, but it also an eerie thriller grounded in reality and filled interesting characters, which you as a viewer care about. It proves that action can be an artful genre and it really makes you wonder why anyone ever considered making G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra. At its heart Hanna is a Hollywood action movie, but it is done with such grit and passion for the craft that you might confuse it for some European Art Film.

Hanna

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Review: SUPER



             I can safely say I was not expecting Super to play the way it did. This is a sick, demented movie that could have only been conceived by the man who brought us PG Porn. And like PG Porn, this movie pulls the rug right under your feet in order to create a deranged commentary on the genre it is parodying.  This is not your little brother’s superhero movie, nor your parent’s superhero movie; to be honest this isn’t really a superhero movie. It has more in common with Hitchock’s Psycho than it does with Superman. This could be Batman Begins if Bruce Wayne lived on minimum wage in Arkansas. But could we really call that a superhero movie?

Monday, April 4, 2011

Jaden Smith and Will Smith to Star in Untitled Sci-Fi Adventure for M. Night Shyamalan

JADEN SMITH TO STAR  WITH WILL SMITH IN
AN UNTITLED SCIENCE-FICTION ADVENTURE FOR COLUMBIA PICTURES
AND DIRECTOR M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN

CULVER CITY, Calif., April 4, 2011 – Jaden Smith is set to star opposite his father, Will Smith, for director M. Night Shyamalan in an untitled sci-fi adventure, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures.  Shyamalan and Will Smith will produce with James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith and Ken Stovitz, Smith’s partners at Overbrook Entertainment. The screenplay is by M. Night Shyamalan and Gary Whitta.

Set 1,000 years into the future, a young boy navigates an abandoned and sometimes scary Earth to save himself and his estranged father after their ship crashes.

Commenting on the announcement, Belgrad said, “Night is an outstanding filmmaker who has a tremendous vision for this science-fiction adventure story and we couldn't be more excited to be working again with Jaden after our experiences on The Pursuit of Happyness and The Karate Kid. We’re thrilled to have the two of them together on this project.”

Shyamalan added, "The chance to make a scary, science-fiction film starring Jaden and Will is my dream project."

Tarsem's Immortals Poster Surfaces

For those of you who didn't see Tarsem's The Fall (2006) you are missing one of the most (if not the most) visually stunning films of all time. His next film The Immortals, comes out late this year, here is the poster .

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