Monday, February 28, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis wrote the script, but Bill Murray gets all the best lines and moments in this 1984 comedy directed by Ivan Reitman (Meatballs). The three comics, plus Ernie Hudson, play the New York City-based team that provides supernatural pest control, and Sigourney Weaver is the love interest possessed by an ancient demon. Reitman and company are full of original ideas about hobgoblins--who knew they could "slime" people with green plasma goo?--but hovering above the plot is Murray's patented ironic view of all the action. Still a lot of fun, and an obvious model for sci-fi comedies such as Men in Black. (synopsis provided by Amazon.com)
Monday, February 21, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
All right – before we all get too excited – I’m probably the least qualified person to come up with a Top 5 list for the past year – thus why I waited so long to post it. Out of the 10 Academy Award nominees for best picture – I’ve seen 5 – don’t even ask about the other categories. So, until I thaw out and get to the theater or some of these films get released and I get them through Netflix – this will be the list. That's not to say I don't stand behind these films - they are all 5-star films - but they happen to be the only 5-star films I've seen of 2010 (as second viewings have not done kindness to other films I considered 5-stars).
Boy meets girl.
Villain tries to stop boy from being with girl.
Boy has to fight and grow as a character to be with the girl.
It’s a universal plot from Greek Myths to video games – the hero and the epic journey is ingrained into storytelling – but it’s all about how you address it. Edgar Wright uses the source material from Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comic books blends video game elements/comic books and uses it as an action/romantic/musical/comedy to make my film of the year. Not only is this film a visual feast (without it being jimmy-rigged into the film to make the elements fit), the music and sound editing was brilliant, the direction is fast paced, the cinematography is everything I hope for in a film (interesting shot in every frame) – but each character is so well defined and well crafted and fully realized in their performance by an apt cast. I’ve watched this film more than a half-dozen times already – and I laugh and get that tingle up my spine every time - certainly one of my most favorite films of all time.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
My new stance is – if Georgie doesn’t want to release the original-original trilogy on Blu-Ray – good for him. I don’t care. My days of being a Star Wars worshiper are over. My wallet will stay closed for all future Star Wars fun. Georgie released a perfunctory print of the original-original on DVD a few years ago to shut up the fans – and that’s as much I will be shat on by him anymore. But a thought did cross my mind...
If he’s so unhappy with how the original three came out that he felt he needed to constantly “fix” them – why doesn’t he just remake them? Someone will one day – they are remaking Lethal Weapon, Mad Max, Suspira, Wizard of Oz, Arthur – right now! Hell, just about any foreign film that has any merit these days gets remade almost immediately! Why not beat everyone to the punch – create your complete vision – it’s your destiny.
Another thing – this whole Admiral Ackbar “It’s a trap!” joke has gone too far – sick of it – get over it – it’s not that funny.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Considered by many to be Dario Argento's first masterpiece, Deep Red recalls his first hit, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage. British star David Hemmings (Blow-Up) plays an American jazz pianist who witnesses a brutal, bloody murder from afar and turns detective to find the killer. Kooky Italian journalist Daria Nicolodi (Argento's wife and cowriter onSuspiria) joins him as comic relief and tepid romantic interest, but the real costar is Argento's high style: gliding camera, razor-sharp editing, and gorgeous but gruesome set pieces. The story is convoluted, to say the least--plotting was never Argento's strong suit and the unnecessary exposition often drags the film down--but his vivid, horrific imagery is perfect for a thriller driven by haunting memories. Deep Red was originally released in the U.S. in a severely cut version retitled The Hatchet Murders (odd since the killer uses a butcher's knife). Producer Bill Lustig has restored the film to its original two-hour-plus running time, though some scenes exist only with Italian-language soundtracks (which are subtitled). It's a bit jarring at first (it makes for an unintended joke when a man suddenly checks his hearing aid after a language switch), but it's the only way to see Argento's original cut. There's also a brief 25th anniversary documentary with Argento and cowriter Bernardino Zapponi, and the DVD offers a choice of English and Italian language versions. (synopsis provided by Amazon.com)