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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.”

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.

Bradley Cooper

March 4, 2010 Leave a comment

His star is quickly rising in the Hollywood circle as a possible headline actor in many films since his appearance as the handsome groomsman Phil in last year’s The Hangover. Bradley was even considered for the role of Hal Jordan in the Warner Bros. adaptation of DC Comic’s Green Lantern. That part ended up going to Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal, Van Wilder). This summer he will be headlining, along with Liam Neeson (Great Expectations, Rob Roy), in the film adaptation of the 80’s television show The A-Team. He’ll be playing the role of Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck and co-starring with Jessica Biel (Rules of Attraction, London), Sharlot Copley (District 9) & UFC’s Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.

I first came across Bradley Cooper on the ABC television show ‘Alias’ starring Jennifer Garner (13 Going on 30). He played the role of Will Tippin, the unaware boyfriend of Jennifer Garner’s character Sydney Bristow. I didn’t start watching this show until I bought the 1st season on DVD during it’s 4 year on the air. I have to say I didn’t like his character until he became aware of who his girlfriend really was and he lightened up more and even helped her out on a couple of her plights before leaving the show in the 3rd season. He would appear once more during the show’s final season. While playing catch up on this show I saw him play the role of the asshole husband-to-be in the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson RomCom Wedding Crashers. He played the unlikable role well and would be seen in small supporting roles in the following years, such as The Comebacks & The Rocker, as well as starring in the short-lived tv series ‘Kitchen Confidential’.

He followed up Wedding Crashers with the Matthew McCounaghey (Sahara, Frailty) & Sarah Jessica Parker (L.A. Story) romantic comedy Failure to Launch as Demo, one of McCounaghey’s best friends. His future Hangover co-star, Justin Bartha (National Treasure), would also star alongside as ironically a best friend. Bradley would once again play a friend to the lead role in Jim Carrey’s Yes Man, while being on screen again with his Failure to Launch co-star Zooey Deschanel (500 Days of Summer, Almost Famous).

His first venture into the horror genre would be in 2008’s Midnight Meat Train directed by horror master Clive Barker (Candyman, Hellraiser). Bradley would be the headline to this direct-to-dvd feature co-starring with Vinnie Jones (Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels) as the villain and Leslie Bibb (Iron Man, Law Abiding Citizen) as his girlfriend. I took advantage of Comcast’s On-Demand Free Movies feature and caught this over Halloween and I enjoyed it. The film was well done for a direct-to-dvd feature and the fear factor was there although overall not that scary. Worth a watch though and Vinnie Jones plays his role well although the ending is kinda cheap. His second horror film, and only other one to date,  would see him co-star with Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain) in 2009’s Case 39.

Mr. Cooper would appear in an episode, on and off again, for a couple years on FX’s ‘Nip Tuck’ and we would soon become witness to the start of his “15 Minutes of Fame” in 2009. First starring in the anthology film New York, I Love You that gives us 10 different segments of love stories. In his segment, he co-starred with Drea de Matteo (Assault on Precinct 13, tv’s ‘Sopranos’). Followed by starring in the adaptation of He’s Just Not That Into You, based off the novel written by Greg Behrendt & Liz Tucillo, that followed a group with interconnecting story arcs. His story being that he’s married to the character played by Jennifer Connelly (Blood Diamond, A Beautiful Mind) and would fall in love with Scarlett Johansson’s (Eight Legged Freaks, Iron Man 2) character. Not a bad situation to be in at all. But then his face became nationally recognized when he starred as Phil in the acclaimed Comedy of The Year The Hangover. He had a little let down to finish the year when he headlined the movie All About Steve, playing the character of Steve, with co-star Sandra Bullock (Speed), a hiccup for her as well in an otherwise successful comeback year.

Currently he is starring in Valentine’s Day, out in theaters now. Then appearing this summer in the before mentioned A-Team movie. Bradley has three projects on his slate as of now which includes headling the thriller Dark Fields with co-star Robert DeNiro (Heat) who came on board the project today. It tells the story of a New York writer who comes into possession of a drug that gives him newfound intelligence and successes. DeNiro plays a financial mogul on the pursuit of his character. A sequel to The Hangover is also in the works as well but I don’t know why this is happening. I could only see this being plausible if Ed Helm’s character got married to Heather Graham’s character and a bachelor party is rightfully thrown. It would also have to take place somewhere exotic, probably Paris, to avoid any redundancy of Las Vegas….. hmmmm

Keep an eye out, we’ll be seeing him on movie posters at the local theaters for a few years to come at least.