Thursday, May 21, 2009

Top films/performances worthy of mention so far as of 5-21-09


State Of Play
Star Trek
Sunshine Cleaning


Russell Crowe- State Of Play
Robert Downey Jr.- The Soloist
Jesse Eisenberg- Adventureland
Clive Owen- Duplicity
Brendan Fraser- Inkheart


Amy Adams- Sunshine Cleaning
Elle Fanning- Phoebe In Wonderland
Ziyi Zhang- The Horesman
Helen Mirren- State Of Play

Supporting Actor

Clifton Collins Jr.- Sunshine Cleaning
Jason Bateman- State Of Play
Paul Giamatti- Duplicity
Karl Urban- Star Trek
Jackie Earle Haley- Watchman

Supporting Actress

Emily Blunt- Sunshine Cleaning
Patricia Clarkson- Phoebe In Wonderland
Rachel McAdams- State Of Play
Rashinda Jones- I Love You, Man
Kristen Stewert- Adventureland


JJ Abrams- Star Trek ( killer job bro ! )
Kevin Macdonald- State Of Play
Christine Jeffs- Sunshine Cleaning
Zack Snyder- Watchman
Tony Gilroy- Duplicity

Public Enemies Preview/Synopsis

Public Enemies July 1

Directed by Michael Mann ( Last Of The Mochicans, Heat ) Starring Johhny Depp ( John Dillinger ) Christian Bale ( Melvin Purvis ) Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup ( J. Edgar Hoover ) Channing Tatum ( Pretty Boy Floyd ) Stephen Graham ( Baby Face Nelson ) Giovani Ribisi ( Alvin Karpis ) David Wenham ( Pete Pierpont ) Stephen Dorff ( Homer Van Meter ) Lily Taylor ( Sheriff Lillian Holley ) Shawn Hatosy ( John Madala ) with Rory Cochran, James Russo, Stephen Lang, John Ortiz, Leelee Sobieski, Spencer Garrett, Carey Mulligan. Written by Mann, Ronan Barrett and Ann Binderman ( Primal Fear ) Cinematography by Oscar nominee Dante Spinotti ( The Insider, LA Confidential ) Editng by Jeffrey Ford ( Breach, One Hour Photo ) Original Music by Oscar winner Elliot Goldenthal ( Frida, Interview With The Vampire )

Story goes back to the depression era early 1930's, when head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, assembled a band of renegade agent's to capture Pulic Enemy # 1 ( which were bank robbers Dillinger, Nelson and Floyd ) and the rest of their cronies.

Rated R for gangster violence and language. 143 min.

Oscar chances ? Looks like it could be a Oscar type of movie with all assembled, but I'm feeling more of a summer popcorn movie. Many who have screened it say Cotillard's performance is electric and the best of the whole film. If it did stand any chances for Oscar attention, I'd say you can never count Johnny Depp out. Possibles for Art Direction, Editing and Cinematography. If Billy Crudup really engulfs himself as Hoover, he could be a possibility in Supporting Actor.

Cheri Preview/Synopsis

Cheri June 26

Directed by Oscar nominee Stephen Frears ( The Queen, Dangerous Liasons ) Starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Kathy Bates, Felicity Jones, Anita Pallenberg, Narrarated by Frears. Written by by Oscar winner Christopher Hampton ( Atonement, Dangerous Liasons ) Cinematography by Oscar nominee Darius Khonji ( Evita, Seven ) Editing by Luccia Zucchetti ( The Queen ) Original Music by Oscar nominee Alexandre Desplat ( Benjamin Button, The Queen )

A romantic drama set in Paris the 1920's, tells the story of Cheri, a young flamboyant man, who spills into a psychological fantasy world- after he is forced to end a six year affair with a much older and retired courtesan.

Rated R for sexual content and brief drug use. 100 min.

Oscar chances ? Actress, Supporting Actress, Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Original Music.
Film recieved mix reviews at the Berlin Film Festival, but many are predicting Oscar nominations for Pfeiffer and Bates, and say it's Pfeiffer's best work in a decade.

The Hurt Locker Preview/Synopsis

The Hurt Locker June 26

Directed by Katheryn Bigelow ( Point Break, K-9 Widowmaker ) Starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Guy Pearce, Brian Geraghty, David Morse, Ralph Fiennes. Written by Mark Boal ( In The Valley Of Elah ) Cinematography by Barry Ackroyd ( United 93 ) Editing by Chris Innis ( The Boy With X-Ray Eyes ) and Bob Murawski ( Spider Man, The Gift ) Original Music by Oscar nominee Marco Baltrami ( 3:10 To Yuma )

Premise surrounds a U.S. Army Explosive Ordanance Disposal ( EOD ) unit set in Iraq in the middle of the war, forced to perform dangerous acts in the chaos of war, in a city where anybody could be your enemy and any object could be an explosive device, that go about defusing bombs on a daily basis, and the psychological and emotional strain it inflics upon them.

Rated R for war violence and language. 131 min.

Oscar chances ? Supporting actor, screenplay, cinematography, editing, sound, original music. Word of mouth over time has been that Locker is the most realistic of all Iraq war films. Said by many EOD personnel that have seen the film.

Whatever Works Preview/Synopsis

Whatever Works June 19th

Directed by Woody Allen, Starring Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson, Michael McKean, Kristen Johnson, Ed Begley Jr. Written by Allen, Cinematography by Harris Savides ( Milk, American Gangster ) Editing by Alisa Lepsetter ( Small Time Crooks, Sweet and Lowdown )

Woody Allen's return to New York, in this dark comedy tale about a scrooge like, eccentric man ( David ) from Greenwich Village, who gets caught up in a series of love stories, which get him tangled up with a young woman from the south ( Wood ) and her parents.

PG-13 for sexual situations, including dialogue, brief nude images, and themes. 92 min.

Oscart chances ? Screenplay, supporting actress and cinematography.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Year One Preview/Synopsis

Year One June 19

Directed by Harold Ramis ( Caddyshack, Vacation, Ghostbusters ) Starring Jack Black, Michael Cera, Hank Azaria, Oliver Platt, David Cross, Olivia De Wilde, Christopher Minz- Plasse, Vinnie Jones, Horatio Sanz. Written by Ramis and Gene Stupinsky ( THe Office ) Cinematography by Alar Kivilo ( Hart's War, Frequency ) Editing by Craig Herring ( Bedazzled ) and Steve Welsh ( Walk Hard ) Original Music by Theodore Shapiro ( Marley and Me, The Devil Wears Prada )

The comedy, Year One's premise, is about a duo of hunter/gatherers ( Black & Cera ) during biblical times, that are ostracized by their own tribe and then set about it themselves to make it on their own and create their own tribe. On their way and during their travels they come across Cain and Abel, Adam and Eve and Abraham.

PG-13 for crude and sexual humor throughout, brief strong language and comic violence.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

My Life In Ruins Preview/Synopsis

My Life In Ruins June 5

Directed by Donald Petrie ( Grumpy Old Men, Miss Congeniality ) Starring Nia Vardolas, Richard Dreyfuss, Rachel Dratch, Alexsis Georgoulis, Harland Williams. Wriiten by Mike Reiss ( The Simpsons Movie, Garry Shandling Show ) Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine ( Volver, Bad Education ) Editing by Patrick J. Don Vito ( Semi-Pro, Welcome To Mooseport ) Original Music by Oscar nominee David Newman ( Anastasia, The Cat In The Hat )

Premise in this rom-com, that is set in the ruins of ancient Greece, about a Greek-American tour guide, who's job it is to lead a tour of Greece with tourist's, which in this story happen to be misfit tourist's, who seem to care more about t-shirts than the history. Things seem to be only getting worse, when an older traveller played by Dreyfuss, that takes it upon himself to show her how to have fun again, and to take a look at a handsome bus driver, the last person who she thinks would fall in the love with.

PG-13 for sexual content 98 min.

Oscar chances ? Possible for screenplay, cinematography and supporting actor.

Also appearing in ...

Night At The Museum II- May 21- Should do very well, with kids, parents and teens. Looks like harmless fun.

Up- May 29- Getting pretty good reviews and some of the so called experts predicting an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Film.

Drag Me To Hell Preview/Synopsis

Drag Me To Hell May 29

Directed by Sam Raimi ( Spider Man series, A Simple Plan ) Starring Alison Lohman, Justin Long, David Paymer, Lorna Rayner, Adriana Barraza. Written by Raimi and brother Ivan, Cinematograpgy by Peter Deming ( Mulholland Dr, I Heart Huckabees ) Editing by Bob Murawski ( The Gift, The Hurt Locker ) Original Music by Christopher Young ( The Shipping News, Runaway Jury )

Drag Me To Hell is a horror/thriller and Raimi's return to the genre that put him on the map. Plot of the film is about loan officer Christine Brown ( Lohman ) who denies an elderly Slavic woman an extention on her mortgage. In a desperate response and in front of everybody in the bank, the woman begs on her hands and knees for Christine and the bank to reconsider. Christine harshly rejects the plea and sends the woman off in embarrassment and humiliation. The elderly woman's pride now crushed and extremely angered, places a curse on Christine in revenge. In a past coincidence, Christine is told by a psychic that she is to be visited by a demon, tortured for 3 days and dragged to hell to burn in eternity.
Movie can't be too gruesome or shocking, as it's only rated PG-13. More suspense than gore.

Rated PG-13 for horror violence, terror, disturbing images and language. 99 min.

Oscar chances ? This will definitely make the horror movie award lists.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Terminator:Salvation preview/synopsis

Terminator: Salvation May 21

Directed by McG ( We Are Marshall, Charlie Angels ) Starring Chrisitan Bale, Sam Worthington, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anton Yelchin, Moon Bloodgood, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Ironside, Jane Alexander, Common, Terry Crews. Narration by Linda Hamilton. Written by John D. Brancato ( The Game ) and Michael Farris, Cinematography by Shane Hurlbut ( We Are Marshall, Swing Vote ) Editing by Oscar winner Conrad Buff ( Titantic, Terminator 2 ) Original Score by Oscar nominee Danny Elfman ( Milk, Goodwill Hunting )

Salvation is the 4th movie installment in the Terminator series. The film is actually a prequel and a sequel, that focuses on the war between humanity and Skynet. This time John Connor is played By Christian Bale. Previous John Connor portrayals were done by Nick Stahl and Edward Furlong.

Rated PG-13 for intense action sequences of sci-fi violence and language.

Oscar chances- Possibles for Visuals Effects, Sound Mixing, Editing and Original Score.

Angles and Demons Preview/Synopsis

Angels and Demons May 15

Directed by Ron Howard. Starring Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Syelet Zurer, Stellen Skarsgard, Armin Mueller Stahl. Written by Oscar winnner Akiva Goldsman ( A Beautiful Mind ) Cinematography by Salvatore Totino ( Cinderella Man, Changing Lanes ) Editing by Daniel Handley and Mike Hill ( Frost/Nixon ) Original Music by Oscar winner Hans Zimmer ( Gladiator )

A&D picks up where symbiologist Robert Langdon goes deep into a case of a murder and trying to obviously solve it and at the same time trying to stop a potential terrorist act on the Vatican.

Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and disturbing images and thematic material.
138 min.

Oscar chances ? Possible for screenplay.

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Started to really pay attention to film ( movies ) what was going on in front of the camera, but more interestingly, behind it as well at about as far back as age 10. Motion pictures ( when good ) are a fascinating medium. All the work and prep that goes into filmmaking. It's an amazing process !