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Friday, July 22, 2011

The 6 Worst Endings of Steven Spielberg


Steven Spielberg is among only a handful of directors who successfully jackknifed their careers through several film genres, posting a classic in each one. However, genre and intentions aside, Spielberg again and again and again shows himself as a man with no end game. From his worst to his best, far too many films come to a screeching halt, make a cut that’d knock the cleats off Barry Sanders and dive into the warm embrace of absurdity. Fair warning, there will be several spoilers in this post, but the movies are all popular enough that I feel even modest film aficionados will be safe.


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Review: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2



Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 was certainly the best Harry Potter movie up to this point. The only Harry Potter movie that could be called a good movie actually, and it wasn’t even an entire movie, just the first half. Now, after a six-month wait, we get to see Part 2; and, thankfully, it doesn’t disappoint. This is, perhaps, the best two-and-a-half hour third act of any movie I have seen. Generally third acts of movies like Harry Potter and other summer blockbusters, tend to be simplistic, action-packed, low on development, and rushed. That this movie happens to be just a third act, and a full movie at the same time, says a lot about the talent, from J.K. Rowling, author of the books, to screenwriter, Steve Kloves and director David Yates, to the plucky trio of lead actors: Radcliff, Watson, and Grint (sounds like the name of an accounting firm doesn’t it).
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 [Blu-ray]

Friday, July 15, 2011

Review: GREEN LANTERN


Green Lantern is a simplistic Saturday morning cartoon with a 200 million dollar budget and lots… I mean lots... of flashy CGI. I enjoyed it for all its silliness; it is the perfect movie to go shut down your brain at for about two hours. But you really, really have to try and shut it down fully, because Green Latern has the weakest, most hole riddled, plot of any movie I have seen this summer, including Transformers Dark or The Moon. Otherwise you might end up comparing the Green Lantern Corps to some fascist paramilitary organization.
Green Lantern

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Weekly Ad Classics: MICHAEL MANN, MERCEDES-BENZ LUCKY STAR


       Lucky Star was a campaign commissioned by Mercedes-Benz to promote their SL500 in 2002 that seriously tried to break the barrier between film and advertising. It was presented in the form of a trailer for a feature film with actors Benicio del Toro and Ana Cristina in it. Supposedly Director Michael Mann imagined the piece as if it were a complete motion picture; the production staff of his previous films Heat and The Insider all worked on it. The “film” aired in cinemas across the UK, as if it were indeed a trailer for an upcoming movie, using the moviegoers’ suspencion of disbelief to promote the product. As part of the deal with Mercedez-Benz, Michael Mann actually retained the rights to make a real Lucky Star movie in the future. In case you were wondering, Lucky Star is the name of the three-pointed star that makes up the Benz logo. Hey, if they have made movies based on toy lines, why can’t they make one based on a car line?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Trailer for Spielberg's Next Classic

It is good to see that Spielberg is involved in something more than "executive producing" the Transformers series, in which he had little involvement beyond convincing Michael Bay to do them. And hopefully those are over so the world can move on back to filmmaking.

War Horse seems to be an amalgamation of Spielberg's best a movie about a kid (and his horse) and a movie about a war (although not WWII this time). Hopefully we get to see more of this old Spielberg style before the world plunges into mo-cap and Bayahem for eternity.

In the mean time enjoy:


About the ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Movie...

Or: "Why a Fan Does Not Want an 'Arrested Development' Movie"



A few weeks ago, actor Jason Bateman was promoting the movie “Horrible Bosses” and once again got the attention of the internet-savvy by letting some MTV writer speculate, without provocation, on a Jennifer Aniston cameo in the impossible/inevitable “Arrested Development” movie. Bateman said absolutely nothing about the un-produced movie continuation of the cult TV show cancelled nigh on five years ago. In fact, nobody from the original cast or crew has offered anything but bland optimism for months or years now. Yet rumors are propped up by the unrelenting and vocal support of misplaced ambitions. Indeed, this very website has a link (down and to the left) for a fan-made “Arrested Development” documentary project. No outsider changes the minds of a group and so “true fans” of the former series wave off any discouragement from people unfamiliar with the show or--worse--who have moved on, as if British citizenship was renounced by anybody jumping off the Titanic. No, I’m a fan of the show and won’t even say a film adaptation won’t happen, but rather I want to say that there is room for a fan to not want a movie.
Arrested Development - The Complete Series (Seasons 1, 2, 3)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Review: TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON


Transformers: Dark of the Moon might appeal to those who enjoyed Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen. But then again if you are one of them, you might be really annoyed at how much alike they are. In one short sentence: Transformers 3 is a Xerox copy Transformers 2 in 3D and without Megan Fox. One could see this as an improvement on Transformers 2, but then what isn’t? Or, one could see this as the removal of the only good quality Transformer 2 had: its 2D.

Either way this is not good movie, regardless on your appreciation of Bayhem.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

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