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The Tempest

October 5, 2010 Leave a comment

This is going to be one sick adaptation of the last William Shakespeare story The Tempest (<- Trailer). The gender of Prospero has been switched to Prospera.

Directed by Julie Taymor (Across The Universe, Frida, Titus)

Starring:
Helen Mirren (The Queen, Red, State of Play) as Prospera
Russell Brand (Get Him to The Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, 2011’s remake of Arthur) as Trinculo
Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2, Boogie Nights, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) as Stephano
Chris Cooper (American Beauty, Adaptation., Jarhead) as Antonio
Alan Cumming (X-Men 2, Burlesque, The Smurfs) as Sebastian
Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Never Back Down, Push) as Caliban
David Strathairn (The Bourne Ultimatum, My Blueberry Nights, Fracture) as Alonso
Ben Whishaw (The International, Layer Cake, I’m Not There) as Ariel
Felicity Jones (Brideshead Revisited, Cemetery Junction) as Miranda
Reeve Carney (Spread, Snow Falling on Cedars) as Ferdinand
Tom Conti as Gonzalo

Initial Response v.1

September 26, 2010 Leave a comment

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

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Thought it was as good as the first one. Shia LaBeouf was actually bearable in this one and Michael Douglas is perfect again bringing back Gordon Gekko to the big screen. There’s even a surprise cameo that works great.

The Invention of Lying

Ricky Gervais is hilarious, no other way to put it. The first scene we get with Jennifer Garner (Catch & Release) was hysterical. The second half of the movie kind of dragged though.

The Blind Side

It’s a feel good sports movie and it does just that. Sandra Bullock (The Proposal) is still a very attractive woman who always seems to find a way back into the spotlight when her star begins to fade. Great performances all around. The nominations all make sense now.

Robin Hood

Russell Crowe & Ridley Scott team up again to the point where I actually have to think to recall all the films they’ve done together. It was alright, nowhere near the quality of say Gladiator or American Gangster but gives us a different perspective of the legend we are all aware of. Actually hope they do a sequel.

Killers

Ashton Kutcher should only stick to playing idiots like in ‘That 70s Show’ & Dude, Where’s My Car? Horrible movie and Katherine Heigl (Under Siege 2) keeps playing the same character in everything recently.

Defiance

Good movie about jewish brothers who help their kinsmen during the Holocaust. Daniel Craig (Casino Royale) is at the top of his game in this film.

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

Funny movie from the guys behind Talladega Nights & Stepbrothers. A better film then the latter with a great cameo by Will Ferrell.

Imagine That

Eddie Murphy (Beverly Hills Cop) needs to return to his R-rated comedies immediately.

Star Wars II – Attack of The Clones

February 28, 2010 Leave a comment

The movie that brought us Hayden Christensen which just goes to show that looks can get you places in Hollywood since he is just straight up horrible at acting in not just this film but everything else he has done. They always have to make sure there’s something in the movie to draw the teenage girls. (Jumper may be the only exception but nothing was expected out of that film on an acting level and it was handled wrong as it should have been longer and not treated like a test to see if they could expand it into a franchise.) Granted he does portray Anakin in his teenage years and he does give that adolescence feel to his character. But he just comes off as a weakling. He’s suppose to be Darth Vader! Now when we watch the gloriousness that is the original Star Wars Trilogy we are going to have it etched in our mines that he is a pussy.

Movie takes place 10 years later where Obi-Wan and the now apprentice Anakin Skywalker are assigned to the protection of now Senator Amidala, portrayed again by Natalie Portman. Keira Knightley’s character is not carried over into this story and is now replaced by a character named Dormé played by Rose Byrne (Troy, Wicker Park). She’s killed in the opening scene before you even see her face. This is when we get to see the origin of the stormtroopers and the ultimate bounty hunter Boba Fett. That’s the one thing that can be taken from this trilogy, the things we were curious about or wanted to see more of are answered in these films.

The rolling around in the grass scene is ridiculous but Natalie Portman sure is beautiful. Though it seems like she borrowed some of her wardrobe from Britney Spears. There’s a scene on Mos Eisley where the two go to find Anakin’s mother and the mid-riff dress she wears is quite nice and it’s nice to know that even in the future on different planets, Rubbermaid is still around. This scene leads up to our first glimpse of Anakin’s transition to the Dark Side and his path to becoming Darth Vader but of course we don’t see too much of it because bad ass Darth Vader doesn’t exist in this trilogy.

Christopher Lee’s (The Lord of The Rings) performance as Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus is one of the few highlights of this installment. Can’t help but recall another brilliant performance of his as Saruman in the The Lord of The Rings. He gets to have the distinct honor of being in one of the most memorable light saber battles in the Star Wars world when he goes up against Master Yoda himself, the first time you ever see him pull out his light saber. I’ve also got to give credit for them having Ian McDiarmid reprise his role as Palpatine who becomes and is better known as the powerful Emperor in the original trilogy.

The visual effects annoy me quite a few times in this as there are long segments throughout the film where everything you see on-screen is CGI. Jar Jar Binks was calmed down in this one after his way over-the-top performance in the first one. Watching this movie right now makes me realize I don’t really remember this movie at all. On a sidenote, I don’t actually own these movies. I’m borrowing them from my roommates collection which is the only reason why I am viewing them now. I’m not going to lie though, the visual effects are a big draw to these films and they are masterfully done by Industrial Light & Magic.

The fight scene that takes place in the coliseum makes me just want to watch Gladiator and see something more believable. I can’t think of any movie or time in my life where seeing a scene made me want to watch one of these movies. But this is when we get to see Mace Windu (Samuel L Jackson, The Negotiator) do his thing for the first time, along with the aid of various other Jedi Knights, as he is the one who kills Jango Fett before the eyes of Boba Fett. This fight sequence is pretty lame and the choreography of the Jedi are pretty weak for the massive force they are up against.

Yoda looks a lot better in this film but I think they got carried away with how he talks. Example: “A perimeter around them, we create”. But I love how Yoda knows Anakin is a douche after sensing his stupidity when he is ordering the ship to be put down to help Amidala instead of helping in ending the war at hand. Thankfully Obi-Wan is there to put him in his place. Now we get  to see a couple one-on-one light saber battles involving Count Dooku, Obi-Wan & Anakin where Anakin loses his left arm before we get to the epic showdown of Yoda vs Dooku. But like a lot of things in this trilogy, it’s cut short so we can see extended scenes of things that don’t matter.

Overall, I believe this is the weakest movie in the prequel trilogy.  Rating 4/10