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Quentin Tarantino’s Impression on ‘Top Gun’

August 25, 2010 Leave a comment

This made me laugh a lot since the movie is a classic and I’m still a fan but this does bring new light to the film.

“You’ve got Maverick, all right, and he’s on the edge, man,” Tarantino recounts in language both more fanboyish and evocative than I could provide. “He’s right on the f*cking line, all right? And you’ve got Iceman, and all his crew. They’re gay, they represent the gay man, all right? And they’re saying, go, go the gay way, go the gay way.”

“He could go both ways,” QT continues. “Kelly McGillis, she’s heterosexuality. She’s saying: no, no, no, no, no, no, go the normal way, play by the rules, go the normal way.”

“He goes to her house, all right?” explains Tarantino. “It looks like they’re going to have sex, you know, they’re just kind of sitting back, he’s takin’ a shower and everything. They don’t have sex. He gets on the motorcycle, drives away. She’s like, ‘What the f*ck is going on here?’”

“Next scene you see her,” the former video store clerk and perennial film fanatic continues, “she’s in the elevator, she is dressed like a guy. She’s got the cap on, she’s got the aviator glasses, she’s wearing the same jacket that the Iceman wears. She is, okay, this is how I gotta get this guy, this guy’s going towards the gay way, I gotta bring him back, I gotta bring him back from the gay way, so I’ll do that through subterfuge. I’m gonna dress like a man.”

“The real ending of the movie is when they fight the MIGs at the end, because he has passed over into the gay way,” Quentin maintains. “And they’re beating the Russians, the gays are beating the Russians. And it’s over, and they f*cking landing, and Iceman’s been trying to get Maverick the entire time, and finally, he’s got him, all right?”

“And what is the last f*cking line that they have together?” Tarantino asks rhetorically. “Ice comes up to Maverick and says, ‘Man, you can ride my tail anytime!’ And what does Maverick say? ‘You can ride mine!’”

Action Film Weekend

August 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Max Payne

“The Devil is building his army. Max Payne is looking for something that God wants to stay hidden. That is what makes him more dangerous.”

Shoot ‘Em Up

“Does anyone know what a Jimmy Cagney love scene is? It’s when Cagney lets the good guy live.”

Smokin’ Aces

“You see… this is one of the rare moments, where your ass gets to be completely honest… and if i’m asking you what you said to Mecklen, assume the shit is rhetorical, assume I already know.”

Once Upon A Time in Mexico

“El, you really must try this because it’s puerco pibil. It’s a slow-roasted pork, nothing fancy. It just happens to be my favorite, and I order it with a tequila and lime in every dive I go to in this country. And honestly, that is the best it’s ever been anywhere. In fact, it’s too good. It’s so good that when I’m finished, I’ll pay my check, walk straight into the kitchen and shoot the cook. Because that’s what I do. I restore the balance to this country. And that is what I would like from you right now. Help keep the balance by pulling the trigger.”

Mission:Impossible II

“Every search for a hero must begin with something which every hero requires, a villain.”

Ronin

 ” To make a point. I don’t know her, but I was ready to splatter her brains all over the playground. But you… I don’t particularly like you. Just imagine what I’ll do to you if you try anything. Now give me my money!”

The Rundown

“Rage, rage… against the dying of the light… for there shall be no mercy… for any force that stands… blocking this path of his righteousness! BOOM-SHAKA-LAKA-TA-DA!”

Hancock

“Whatever we are, we were built in twos, okay? We were drawn to each other. No matter how far I run, he’s always there. He finds me. It’s physics.”

Live Free or Die Hard

“You know what you get for being a hero? Nothin’. You get shot at. You get a little pat on the back, blah, blah, blah, attaboy. You get divorced. Your wife can’t remember your last name. Your kids don’t want to talk to you. You get to eat a lot of meals by yourself. Trust me, kid, nobody wants to be that guy.”

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

“The unknown future rolls toward us. I face it, for the first time, with a sense of hope. Because if a machine, a Terminator, can learn the value of human life, maybe we can too.”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Sings “Natural Woman”

August 19, 2010 Leave a comment

He started a project 5 years ago which now has grown in a collective of artists sharing their work and collaborating with others. You can check out his work at www.hitRECord.org

The Past 4 Days Have Consisted of….

August 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Inception

“You’re waiting for a train; a train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you can’t be sure. But it doesn’t matter – because we’ll be together.”

Invader Zim

“No, GIR, the earth sun sets in the west. Staring at it should give me our relative position. Now watch me amaze you. Wait a minute … I’M BLIND!!!!  They’ve booby-trapped their sun somehow!!”

Miami Vice

“I’m gonna tell you what’s gonna happen. People are gonna come in here, and you know what they gonna say? They gonna look around and go ‘Ola Hijo. That’s some crazy motherfucking wallpaper, what is that? Jackson Pollock?”

Stomp LIVE

“stomp….stomp….stomp….stompstompstompstompstompstomp…. stomp” (There was a lot of stomping)

Michael Jackson’s This Is It

“It’s an adventure. It’s a great adventure. We want to take them places that they’ve never been before. We want to show them talent like they’ve never seen before.”

Surrogates

“Honey, I don’t know what you are. I mean, for all I know, you could be some big, fat dude sitting in his stim chair with his dick hanging out.”

Star Trek

“Don’t pander to me, kid. One tiny crack in the hull and our blood boils in thirteen seconds. Solar flare might crop up, cook us in our seats. And wait till you’re sitting pretty with a case of Andorian shingles, see if you’re so relaxed when your eyeballs are bleeding. Space is disease and danger wrapped in darkness and silence.”

The Hangover

“What do tigers dream of when they take their little tiger snooze? Do they dream of mauling zebras, or Halle Berry in her Catwoman suit? Don’t you worry your pretty striped head, we’re gonna get you back to Tyson and your cozy tiger bed. And then we’re gonna find our best friend Doug, and then we’re gonna give him a best friend hug. Doug, Doug, oh, Doug, Dougie, Dougie, Doug, Doug! But if he’s been murdered by crystal meth tweakers….well then we’re shit out of luck.”

Shutter Island

“Baby, I love this because you gave it to me, but it is one fucking ugly tie.”

Clash of The Titans

I believe that you were brought here for a reason, and that it’s going to take you far away from here… but not tonight!”

Superman: Doomsday

“My rumpus room also comes equipped with red solar lamps and, of course, kryptonite. Red and green, the colors of Christmas. And you are on the naughty list!”

Repo Men

“Jake Freivald kicked my ass in the fourth grade. It wasn’t exactly fair, since he was in the fourth grade for the third time.”

Miami Vice

August 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Being a film written & directed by Michael Mann (Public Enemies, The Insider, Ali) makes it an automatic watch for me with him being behind the camera of two of my favorite films (The Last of The Mohicans & Heat). His style of direction changed with his previous film Collateral which worked but my initial viewing of this 4 years ago when it was released did not work for me too much. He reused it again on last year’s film Public Enemies starring Christian Bale (Reign of Fire, The Machinist, The Prestige) & Johnny Depp (Benny & Joon, The Astronaut’s Wife, The Ninth Gate) and I liked how he handled it with that film and thought I’d give Miami Vice another chance. One thing I also remembered from my first viewing was that I thought the chemistry between the two leading actors was horrible and non-existent. Nonpoint’s cover of ‘In The Air Tonight’ was a plus though.

The opening scene gives us a small taste of the Miami nightlife but turns out to be rather pointless to the story other than showing us our main characters; Sonny Crockett, originally portrayed by Don Johnson on the 80s television series and now being played by Colin Farrell (American Outlaws, The New World, In Bruges). Ricardo Tubbs, originally portrayed by Philip Michael Thomas and now being played Jamie Foxx (Bait, Any Given Sunday, The Soloist) in his second film with director Michael Mann after starring in 2004’s Collateral with Tom Cruise (Tropic Thunder) & Jada Pinkett-Smith (Reign Over Me). We also get introduced to their team; Naomie Harris (28 Days Later…, Pirates of The Caribbean: At World’s End, Ninja Assassin) as Trudy Joplin, love interest to Rico as well as being on the team. Justin Theroux (Zoolander, Mulholland Dr., American Pyscho) who recently turned into screenwriting and has two films under his belt (Tropic Thunder & Iron Man 2) as Larry Zito. Elizabeth Rodriguez (Blow, Dead Presidents) as Gina Calabrese who has possibly the best line in the movie when face to face with a hostage taker. The team is closed up by Domenick Lombardozzi (Find Me Guilty, Phone BoothS.W.A.T.) as Stan Switek who would later star in another Michael Mann film, Public Enemies.

But then the scene is interrupted by the actual story of the film when he receives a frantic phone call from a former informant, Alonzo Stevens, played by John Hawkes (American Gangster, Identity, The Perfect Storm). Tubbs joins Sonny outside and they begin their case first calling the FBI and getting in contact with Agent Fujima, played by Ciaran Hinds (The Phantom of The Opera (2004), Margot at The Wedding, Munich) and fear that his men’s cover, currently in the process of making a deal, have been blown. Tubbs tries calling Lucianna, Alonzo’s wife, with no luck and we get a scene of a tattoo-covered man looking through the fridge.

We are then given our first action scene with the undercover agents completing the process of the deal but come to the realization that their cover is blown when dealer in charge asks “How long have you been working for the FBI?”. Their escape is stopped quickly as two hidden snipers obliterate them and their SUV in a rather sweet looking visual.

Sonny & Tubbs meet with their superior, played by Barry Shabaka (Four Brothers, Rush Hour) in his third Michael Mann film, & Agent Fujima where they become tasked with the undercover operation to infiltrate and bring down the Aryan Brotherhood, led by Jesus Montaya (Luis Tosar). The FBI can no longer trust any agency currently involved on the case and therefore they enlist Miami Vice and Sonny & Tubbs are temporarily deputized as FBI agents. They quickly begin by getting in contact with an old informant to set up a meeting with the cartel and they get their new identities created. This is when we also come to find the romantic relationship between Tubbs & Trudy.

We get a pretty intense change of words when Sonny & Tubbs meet with Yero (John Ortiz; American Gangster, Fast & Furious, Pride and Glory) who ends up, unknowingly to Sonny & Tubbs at first, not being the head of the cartel but the leader’s counter intelligence here to make sure of the two “drug dealers”. The banker for the cartel is present as well, Isabella (Gong Li; Hannibal Rising). After hours of waiting they finally are taken to meet Jesus Montaya and come to find they are very hi-tech as their cell phones are being jammed at the place of meet. Montaya agrees to use them as transporters but expects results and makes an indirect threat to their respectful families. Upon the cartel’s departure, Tubbs desperately tries to get a hold of Trudy and finally the jamming signal on his phone goes away. Quickly they find out that they are already being watched as flowers were successfully delivered to her, first assuming that Tubbs had sent her the flowers.

The movie runs rather slowly throughout and I still don’t feel the chemistry between our two leading characters and it kinda feels like they are in their own movies but on-screen at the same time. We get some scenes of distrust between the cartel and the stars of the movie to add tension and build-up to the final showdown. Along with a romantic development that spawns from a staring contest between Sonny & Isabella which of course will eventually bring us a scene in which her lover finds out. In this case it’s the leader of the Aryan Brotherhood and Yero shows him a video feed of the two together in a non-casual manner.

A rescue scene involving the Miami Vice team tracking down and retrieving Trudy sets us up for the final scene. This is when the best line in the movie comes to be and is spoken by Elizabeth Rodriguez’s character, Gina Calabrese.

“That’s not what happens. What will happen is… what will happen is I will put a round at twenty-seven hundred feet per second into the medulla at the base of your brain. And you will be dead from the neck down before your body knows it. Your finger won’t even twitch. Only you get dead. So tell me, sport, do you believe that?”

Queue Nonpoint’s cover of ‘In The Air Tonight’. The song, originally performed by Phil Collins, was featured prominently in the TV series. I really enjoy the sound during this final shootout since it’s realistic and doesn’t have the added booming sound effects you typically get in action movies. You actually feel like the other shooter is at a distance rather than next to your face. Which I’m not saying is a bad thing and I do enjoy it but I just liked that fact in this situation and it keeps along with how the rest of the movie is directed.

I enjoyed the film better with this second viewing and Michael Mann’s current style of directing looks pretty good on Blu-Ray. This style is one that I don’t think can be appreciated rightfully on a standard DVD viewing and probably hurt its appeal. Rating: 5/10

Colin Farrell & John Ortiz also appeared in the film Pride and Glory with Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk) & Jon Voight (Anaconda)
John Ortiz & John Hawkes appeared in Ridley Scott’s (Kingdom of Heaven) American Gangster starring Denzel Washington (Glory) & Russell Crowe (Cinderella Man)

A Life Less Ordinary – Karaoke Scene

August 1, 2010 Leave a comment

“Do you think that I’d talk to a dog? Do you think I’d ask a dog whether you’re good or evil? What do you think I am? Some kind of crazy backwoods lunatic with a barn full of human skulls and a scythe that I sharpen every day in readiness for Armageddon?”
“No, no, not at all, I’m sure you’re just a regular kind of guy.”
“Right, I’m regular, I am a regular man. I want… but that’s not the point! The point is, who are YOU? WHO ARE YOU?”

Directed by: Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later…, The Beach)

Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge!, Trainspotting, The Island)
Cameron Diaz (The Mask, Vanilla Sky, There’s Something About Mary)
Holly Hunter (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Raising Arizona, The Piano)
Delroy Lindo (Romeo Must Die, Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), Domino)
Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones, The Devil Wears Prada, Lucky Number Slevin)
Ian Holm (The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, Alien, The Day After Tomorrow)
Tony Shaloub (M.I.B., The Siege, Galaxy Quest)

and the late Maury Chaykin (July 27, 1949 – July 27, 2010) who starred in Dances With Wolves, Mousehunt, The Mask of Zorro, My Cousin Vinny.

Pitch Black (aka Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black)

August 1, 2010 Leave a comment

The film that launched Vin Diesal from being an unknown starring in Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan into an action star. Also this film helped actress Radha Mitchell (Man on Fire, Silent Hill) get her ticket into the Hollywood limelight. The ‘Chronicles of Riddick’ was added to the title after the release of its sequel in 2004 titled The Chronicles of Riddick with the intention of a trilogy. A 3rd film is currently in the works bringing back the collaboration of David Twohy & Vin Diesal. A video game was released that acted as a connecting storyline between the first two films.

Written & Directed by David Twohy (Director of both Riddick films & 2009’s A Perfect Getaway). Wrote the films The Fugitive, G.I. Jane & Waterworld. Cole Hauser (Good Will Hunting, Tears of The Sun) stars as Johns, a bounty hunter tasked with transporting Riddick to prison. Radha Mitchell stars as Carolyn Fry, the surviving member of the flight crew who is wrongfully praised for their survival of crashing onto the planet. Keith David (Armageddon, Crash) stars as Abu ‘Imam’ al-Walid, a priest and father of three children.

A transport vessel crashes onto a desert planet after being struck by a meteor storm. They believe they are always in the light as the planet is orbited by 3 suns and quickly realize the need to find a water source. Soon, the 10 remaining survivors come across a mining colony where they find food and water. One of them is brutally killed and Riddick is captured and blamed for the murder. But they soon find out that the prior inhabitants never left but were killed by whatever killed their comrade. They soon come across these creatures as one of the children is killed and learn that they only stick to the night/dark. Therefore, if they stay in the light they would be fine. But of course this is a movie and it’s not that easy. They win the award for bad timing as an eclipse that only happens ever 22 years is about to occur.

“You’re not afraid of the dark are you?”

Now it’s a race against time to get the needed power cells they came across at the mining colony to their shuttle before darkness falls. Of course that doesn’t happen and the survivors are now at the mercy of relying on Riddick and, after a surgical operation in prison, his ability to see in the night. Will they make it off the planet alive with tensions mounting, trust dwindling and people dying?

The film mixes horror and action well without trying to be more of one rather than the other. With films like this, the character development is something that is usually forgotten in screenplay but not in this case. Not every character gets this treatment but the need isn’t there either. Plus after the sequel came out, this movie itself can be considered as development of the returning characters.

If you’re a fan of Vin Diesal than I highly recommend this movie. Also, with other viewings, this film will bring back that feeling of potential that we got our next big muscular action hero as his following films have been duds (The Pacifier) or cheesy attempts on action franchises (XXX). Plus we get some good one-liners that every action hero has to be remembered by and quoted on for years to come such as “Did not know whom he was fucking with!” The film itself isn’t even scary at all and doesn’t seem like it tries to be. It has more of that science-fiction/action feel to it and the sequel is undoubtedly placed in that category.