Posts Tagged ‘Flashdance’

Don’t You Want Me Baby

February 12, 2011 Leave a comment

A cover song by Atomic Tom, done for the upcoming film “Take Me Home Tonight” starring Topher Grace & Anna Faris …. Instead of a dance off the cast instead re-enacts numerous memorable scenes from the 80s.


These were all the films/references that I caught:

Say Anything
Dirty Dancing
Weird Science
16 Candles
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
The Karate Kid
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
When Harry Met Sally
Top Gun
Teen Wolf
Back to the Future
Risky Business
Indiana Jones
The Shining
Weekend at Bernie’s
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Friday the 13th
The Terminator
Little Shop of Horrors
The Blues Brothers
The Breakfast Club
Fatal Attraction
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off


Book of Eli

July 5, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m sorry, but that was sick how he killed that cat. I take that back, I hate cats, that was awesome. I figured out there was going to be a twist and what the twist was from the trailers leading up to the film’s release. It was acknowledged by my brother when I typed it down on the Sticky Notes App for Windows 7 and he nodded and asked how I figured it out. Everybody has told me this is a film I’m going to like and I wasn’t going to let that little tidbit stop me from watching the movie anyway.

Denzel Washington (Crimson Tide, Fallen) is always a great actor to watch in any film he does. Plays every role top-notch and you know he’s having fun with it. He plays the lead character once again named Eli. Definitely a change of pace from his typical government official role.  Kind of curious though as with this film being post-apocalyptic that his mp3 player is still playing. Ha, disregard that last sentence. As far as this first action sequence goes…Wow, I thought he was a badass in Man on Fire, that was nice.

I am really liking how the film is directed by The Hughes Brothers (Dead Presidents, From Hell). That was awesome, he just paid to recharge his mp3 player with a lighter and KFC wetnaps. Now we see the films villain, Carnegie, played by Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, Air Force One) and his #1, Redridge, played by Ray Stevenson (Punisher: War Zone, King Arthur). Haven’t seen Jennifer Beals (Flashdance, Runaway Jury) in a film lately, looks like she’s playing either a girlfriend or prostitute who was blinded at birth named Claudia. Then Mila Kunis (Max Payne, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), playing the daughter of Claudia named Solara,  shows up and it looks like in the span of 5 minutes of Eli getting into town we get the entire cast of main characters shown to us. Action Sequence #2 = Awesome.

Carnegie is in search for a particular book for the past 30 years since “the flash” knowing the powers it holds. All books are being burnt in hope that this book will never be allowed to be used for its intentions. Eli has been on a journey across America for the past thirty years after being guided by a higher power to this sought after book and given the task of protecting it.. Eli has been reading this everyday, believing this is the future of humanity and will protect it by any means necessary, which is making for some pretty sweet action sequences. Count is at 3 now….4

Backtracking a bit….Eli is forced to spend the night, given some hospitality (food & water)  and is accompanied by Solara. She comes to notice the book and wants to see it though nobody born after “the flash” actually knows how to read. Eli has Solara join him in prayer before dinner and the next morning she repeats it with her mom prior to breakfast. Carnegie overhears and knows that the book he has been in search for all these years is now currently staying the night in his place. This leads up to action sequence 3. A line that is said between Eli & Solara ought to make you think when Solara asks what he remembers before the war.

“People had more than they needed. We had no idea what was precious and what wasn’t. We threw away things people kill each other for now.”

Solara joins Eli in his journey as she begins to believe in his purpose but doesn’t understand it. Asking questions after questions we as viewers may have questions answered ourselves. Their trek takes them to a cannibal husband-and-wife couple who have a sofa loaded with weapons which means action sequence.

The twist starts to unfold after this last action sequence and if you’ve been paying attention close enough you may have picked up on it. Or you should start being able to figure it as you may question the actions of the characters. The film has a very strong christian message that is not trying to be hidden by the directors. While also reminding us to not take literacy for granted. The film is decent, not anything that’s going to hit home or have an impact on your life. But it may make you think about some of the messages that are spoken in various scenes. I don’t think Washington & Oldman were used to their best abilities but they were still fun to watch. There has been a slew of post-apocalyptic movies coming out in theaters or straight-to-DVD and I’d put this somewhere in the top 50%. Hollywood is definitely trying to take advantage of people talking about the end of the world coming in 2012.

“Dear Lord, Thank you for giving me the strength and the conviction to complete the task you entrusted to me. Thank you for guiding me straight and true through the many obstacles in my path. And for keeping me resolute when all around seemed lost. Thank you for your protection and your many signs along the way. Thank you for any good that I may have done, I’m so sorry about the bad. Thank you for the friend I made. Please watch over her as you watched over me. Thank you for finally allowing me to rest. I’m so very tired, but I go now to my rest at peace. I fought the good fight, I finished the race, I kept the faith.”