Archive for January, 2010

Skateland

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

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I sat in the packed theater house. Eagerly awaiting this film. Why? Well, I remember 1983 and how it felt. The sights, the sounds, the emotions. It was my age of innocence. And a decadent time for many. And now I was going to visit that time for 90 minutes.

The film takes place in North Eastern Texas town. The year is 1983. Ritchie (Shiloh Fernandez) is a 19 year kid. Not sure where his life is going to go. And quite content working at Skateland for his life. Ritchie’s choices. Only include. Not making a choice. With the closure of Skateland and his parents looming divorce. Ritchie is confronted with the question all 19 year olds hear. “What you going to do with yourself”.

For a directorial debut. Anthony Burns held his own. However, we have all seen this film before. Nothing new here. A John Hughes throwback. Great music with very few great scenes. Ashley Greene of “Twilight” fame also stars in “Skateland”. So, now I have watched 3 films with her that were “Ehhh” Wait for DVD. Or rent “Dazed & Confused”.
WTF

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Exit through the gift shop

Monday, January 25th, 2010

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I knew nothing of this film. When I received a email from the Sundance Institute. Stating a surprise Documentary to be screened at Sundance. I jumped at the opportunity. And what I discovered was brilliant.

Sundance announced the surprise documentary was to be “Exit through the gift shop”. Now I still knew nothing at this point. Then I overheard many conversations about this Bansky fellow. So, I felt the need to find out a bit. Not too much. Wanted to go into this feeling surprised. And I was.

The documentary starts off with Terry Guetta a France native living in L.A. Terry filmed everything. I mean everything. Then on a trip back to France he followed his cousin “Invader” a well known street artist. Terry found the rush of street art addicting. So, once back in L.A. Terry filmed another famous street artist Shepard Fairey. Now Terry was now looking to film the greatest street artist ever. Banksy! After Banksy and Terry finally met. Their friendship blossomed. Allowing Terry to film the mysterious Banksy. As the film progresses Terry’s film making ┬ásubsides. And he has the “Bug” to become a street artist himself. Now as Banksy turns the camera on Terry. The film changes direction and reveals some interesting facts and faults.

I will leave the storyline there. I wouldn’t want to give away the whole documentary. The artwork and the story is engaging. The documentary is thought provoking and honest. A must see for all.

F-YA

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HIGH school

Monday, January 25th, 2010

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Stoners beware! This will be the film you buy and keep next to your bong. In case of a need for laughter emergency.

Sitting in a packed theater. Stars of the film a mere popcorn toss away. I kept thinking to myself. “Why is Oscar winning actor Adrien Brody in a stoner film.” When all was said and done. As the crowd cheered and laughed upon the rolling of credits. It all made perfect sense to me. The script as “neck aching funny.”

A high school valedictorian Henry Burke (Matt Bush). Allows himself a break from his strict studies. Of course he was persuaded by his long lost stoner pal Travis(Sean Marquette). As Henry inhaled his first hit ever. You knew it can only get worse. Announced at school the following day. Principal Gordon(Michael Chiklis) was enacting a mandatory drug test. Where if any student failed. It meant expulsion. After hearing this collegiate(scholarship to M.I.T) death sentence. Travis and Henry decide to get the whole high school high. Brownie bake sale baby.

As Travis and Henry begin such a tall order. They first must score the weed. To pull off such a feat. So, like all good plans. They decide to steal from Travis’s drug dealer. Psycho Ed (Adrien Brody). And like all stoner plans. It gets worse around every turn.

I will leave the storyline there. And I will tell you. It is laugh out loud hilarious. Entertaining from start to finish. With some great acting from the star studded cast. So, look for this in theaters sometime this year. I will leave you with one word “WHUT?”

F-YA

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Sights and sounds

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

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As I approached this Sundance Film Festival. I wanted to view as many films as possible. However, once the opportunity to purchase tickets becomes available. You quickly realize all the screenings you are hoping to attend. Are sold out. With that disappointing realization. You pull up your boot straps. And begin to get dirty. Searching and making an educated guess as to what film will be this years’ “Sleeper”. Now that my hands are dirty. I realize the fight is half the fun of Sundance.

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9

Monday, January 18th, 2010

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“9″ Trailer
An interesting film. I found the length to be perfect. Any longer and I would have lost interest. The art work is back bone of this film. The story has been done over and over again. In some form or another.

A post-apocalyptic time. Where machine has destroyed man. The only remaining human artifact. Is the burlap dolls that man created. 9 is the last doll created. And the fearless doll is there to save the dolls from “Brain”. The large menacing machine. There are other dolls. 1,2,5,6,7,8. Together the represent the last link to man. I think you can gather what takes place. I will not recommend this film. It lacks some depth. Visually entertaining. But, that is where it stops!
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G.I Joe

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

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G.I Joe: The rise of Cobra Trailer
Let’s be fucking honest. The movie should have been titled G.I Blow! Having grown up watching the cartoons. Playing with the action figures. I was looking forward to watching this film. But, as the open scene revealed none of the actors could act. I begin to doubt this film would keep me entertained. And that is what I hoped for. Entertainment! I didn’t expect some Academy award winning script or direction. But, just plain old entertainment. And that my friends. They failed to deliver. I cringed with each passing minute. Not even the looks of Sienna Miller (Baroness) or Rachel Nichols (Scarlett) could keep me engaged. And the portrayal Of “Duke” by this years’ heart-throb Channing Tatum. Left me feeling betrayed. “Duke” was a hardened Marine. Battle scars were souvenirs he brought home to shape and mold “G.I Joe”. Not a lily white “Ambercrombie” model.
I could rattle on about how the C.G.I was mediocre and over played. But, why? Don’t waste your time with this film. Because that is what it is. A waste of good old American childhood memories.
F-NO

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Broken Embraces

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

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Broken Embraces Trailer
Broken hearts and broken legs. 30 pounds of cocaine, great ass and great feet. You think I am talking of another Penelope Cruz film. “Blow” perhaps. No! My friends. This Spanish film has all that. Well, in some form or another.

This film tells several stories. One set in 2008 and another set in 1994. And the supporting stories that tie it all together. In the present time Harry Caine (Luis Homar) is a blind screen writer with a past he and his manager dare not speak of. When a ghost from the past rears his head. The memories from 14 years earlier are revealed. Harry Caine was at that time Mateo Blanco. A famous director and working on a comedy. He casted Lena (Penelope Cruz) to play the lead role. Lena is the mistress of a Ernesto Martel (Jose Luis Gomez). Ernesto is the producer and the financial backer for the film. Ernesto asks his son to document the making of the film. Just to insure Lena is not having an affair with Mateo. But eventually the affair is discovered. And Lena and Mateo leave Madrid and the film behind. But Ernesto releases a horrible version of the film to ruin Mateo’s career. While on their hiatus. Lena and Mateo are in a horrific accident. Mateo loses his sight and his love. Thus sparking Mateo to leave that life behind. And become his alias Harry Caine.

There is so much to this film. It would be impossible for me to write it all down. I can say that I never quite enjoyed Miss Cruz. Nor did I ever find her “all that”. But, this film may have changed my mind. This witty, layered, smart and sad film is worth seeing.

F-YA

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