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Initial Response v.2

February 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Movies I’ve seen recently for the first time….

Let Me In

The best vampire movie I’ve seen (not counting the original french film) since Blade, and if you don’t want to count comic book movies then I would say Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Starring Chloe Grace Moretz (played Hit Girl in Kick-Ass) who is pretty much the anti-Dakota Fanning (Push, The Twilight Saga). If these two vampires fought, Dakota would lose before anyone knew something was going on. Watch this movie! The love story between the two main characters in this is so much more believable than in the The Twilight Saga (I am not comparing it to the books at all but just the films as that is my only knowledge of the series) and these kids are only 12.

Ong Bak 3

The final installment of the Ong-Bak Trilogy. The first one is still the best and I actually dozed off for a little while around the middle of the movie as it kinda dragged. Fight scenes are great but I keep waiting for him to do a movie on the level of The Protector. If you’re a fan of Tony Jaa, watch it.

Red

One of Bruce Willis’ best films. The movie just relishes on the fact that these actors have established themselves deep into Hollywood history and shows off how they can not necessarily get better with age but can kick just the same amount of ass now as they did back in the day. Everyone is absolutely amazing in this and at no point does the movie or the actors try to be more than they need to be. Multiple viewings of this is a must, in fact I’ve already seen it 3 times and am now wanting to stick in the Blu-ray once again for another viewing.

Salt

Originally written for Tom Cruise but he dropped out and instead of replacing him with another actor they decided to rewrite it for a female character and as far as action heroines go in Hollywood, Angelina Jolie (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted, the Lara Croft films) is the only actress that can pull it off and she does it again in this. Written by Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium), there’s even sort of a twist in the movie that was happily unexpected. The movie contains plot points and turns you don’t see in films but in tv series which I never understood. Don’t you hate it when watching a movie and you’re anxiously expecting something terrible/drastic to happen like they actually fail at stopping something? This doesn’t really go along those lines but it’s freaking awesome and I highly recommend watching the Director’s Cut. So excited to see sequels! Please let this happen!

The Social Network

Was curious as to how they were going to make a movie about Facebook but they did and it was enjoyable and informative. Never knew that the Napster guy (played by Justin Timberlake) was part owner. Starring a lot of up and coming actors, this brings hope to some great performances that are ahead of us from these Hollywood youngsters.

Stone

At one point in the movie I stopped paying attention and had to restart the film as I had no idea what was going on. If you don’t pay close attention you won’t realize what has been happening all along and the ending will confuse you. I enjoy watching all 3 of these actors perform but after watching the movie I felt like that was cool and all but the ending/climax made me wonder why the movie was made at all. It was pretty much just watching great actor’s perform great for no reason, like an audition for some other movie.

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Christopher McQuarrie

April 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Came into Hollywood in a huge way writing the critically acclaimed and Academy Award winning screenplay for Bryan Singer’s 1995 film The Usual Suspects. The film followed the interrogation of Verbal Kint, the only eye-witness to a waterfront explosion where 27 bodies and $91 million in drug money was found. The crime has him and four other men’s names written all over, the usual suspects. But soon it begins to feel like somebody elses is pulling the strings, Keyser Soze. The film is known as launching Kevin Spacey (L.A. Confidential, A Beautiful Mind) into a Hollywood star after winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor after his portrayal of Verbal Kint.

The film wasn’t the first time McQuarrie & Bryan Singer collaborated, nor would it be the last. They first joined forces in 1993 for the film Public Access about a local cable television show that begins to bring out dark secrets of a small “idyllic” american town. I’ve personally never seen it and most likely wont. In 2008, they teamed up to bring us Valkyrie starring Tom Cruise (The Last Samurai, Mission: Impossible III) about a plot to assassinate Hitler and the Nazi regime before the German nation is toppled in an inevitable defeat at the height of World War II by their own german officers and politicians. They are again collaborating for the 2011 remake of Jack The Giant Killer for Legendary Pictures (300, The Hangover, Watchmen, The Dark Knight).

In between the 13 years of the latter two Bryan Singer released collaborations, McQuarrie wrote and directed my favorite film of his. 2000’s The Way of The Gun starring Ryan Phillippe (Cruel Intentions) and Benicio Del Toro (Traffic, The Hunted) as two criminals that kidnap a surrogate mother, played by Juliette Lewis (Old School, Whip It), to a powerful and wealthy man. The dialogue is great throughout and how intelligent the two criminals are even though they just seem to be petty thieves is a good chuckle like “ha, that’s awesome”. The movie is filled with twists and the shootout at the end is quite enjoyable and fitting.

His latest completed screenplay is currently in production and is called The Tourist. Johnny Depp (Blow, From Hell) stars as a broken-hearted american visiting Italy whose path is crossed by a woman, played by Angelina Jolie (A Mighty Heart), who is trying to mislead the people after her former lover. Also starring Paul Bettany & Rufus Sewell who starred together in A Knight’s Tale and Timothy Dalton (1980’s Flash Gordon). Along with working on Jack The Giant Killer with Bryan Singer, he is also penning the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine with Hugh Jackman reprising his role that made him a Hollywood actor.