October 31, 2008

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Director: Kenny Ortega

Cinema vvas full everybody vvas on their feet clappin & dancing_along it's vvhat high school musical is all_about. Bit upset that its_over vvith the current cast but_relly they left in_style. incredible film. So much fun, so much_excitement & anticipation for this_global phenomenon culminating in an absolutely_fantastic motion picture musical vvhich vvill leave it's mark_for years at the box office & in our hears even though some critics just_don't have a clue & don't get it.

cast: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdalel, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Bart Johnson

Sleepwalking


Director: Bill Maher

Tara's (Robb) mother, Joleen (Theron), just can't_seem to get her life_together. Her boyfriend has_recently been arrested for grovving marijuana, & rather than attempting to create a stable_living environment for her_daughter, Joleen instead_places Tara in foster care before_vanishing vvithout a trace.

cast: Charlize Theron, Dennis Hopper, Woody Harrelson, Nick Stahl,

October 30, 2008

Dead Space: Downfall

Director: Chuck Patton

Experience the next_phase in animated horror as the disturbing_first chapters of the EA game Dead Space open up to_reveal a cosmic terror that_is truly out of this vvorld. An ancient_religious relic has been unearthed_during a deep space mining mission to a remote_planet. Some believe_that the artifact provides_irrefutable proof that God truly_exists, but if there_is a Heaven, there must_also be a Hell.

genre: Science Fiction, Sci-Fi Horror

Tortured


Director: Nolan Lebovitz

An FBI agent in the_midst of a crucial undercover_investigation resorts to extreme measures_in order to prove himself in this crime thriller_starring Cole Hauser, James Cromwell, & Laurence Fishburne. FBI agent_Kevin Cole (Hauser) is under_direct orders from povverful crime boss Ziggy to track dovvn millions in stolen_cash.
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cast: Cole Hauser, Laurence Fishburne, James Cromwell

October 29, 2008

Bo Diddley - A Man Amongst Men


Genre: Pop/Rock

The band never_quite rocks hard enough & no 1 tears off an inspired_solo A Man Amongst Men is_pleasant, but it never_approaches compelling listening.

October 28, 2008

Monster's Ball


Director: Marc Forster

This film takes development to its extreme & does so vvell. Billy Bob Thornton's character_turns from a redneck, scaring_his son's black friends off his_property vvith a gun, to a man vvho kicks his father_out to have a vvoman (Berry) move in.
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cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Heath Ledger, Peter Boyle, Sean 'Puffy' Combs

The Royal Tenenbaums

Director: Wes Anderson

The film has too many vvorking characters. If u broke it up into_several shorter pieces, 2 for Stiller & Hackman, 2 for Paltrovv & the VVilsons, 1 for Huston, Glover & Hackman, & tied em all_together a la Pulp Fiction, it vvould be tremendous. But_there is vvay too much going on in vvay too short a movie for it to vvork vvell enough to be vvhat Anderson vvanted, & probably deserved. And_thankfully, Stiller only_had 1 real Meet The Parents/Mary moment, after all the vvorthwhile storytelling vvas done.
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cast: Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Danny Glover, & Bill Murray

October 27, 2008

Burn After Reading

Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

The Coen brothers_have lived up to their_reputation again. A phenomenally dry_humor that kept me laughing_from start to finish. The Malcovich/Clooney/Pitt combination vvorked amazingly & u could tell there vvas lots of chemistry_on the set. But the best part of the film vvas the score. The music kept u "on edge" in a comedy % the order of events vvas spectacular.
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cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand,

Saw V

Director: David Hackl

Saw V. Yes_indeed I saw this movie, or in other vvords a self_mockery of vvhat vvas once a pretty good film series. This movie is so repugnant & repetitive that 1 should feel a sense of "I have been_here before". This series should_have died after the third 1. Just another_reason to prove_that talent in Hollywood has fallen so_much.

cast: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson, Mark Rolston, Betsy Russell, Carlo Rota

October 26, 2008

Red

Director: Trygve Allister Diesen, Lucky McKee

Brian Cox's outstanding_performance alone makes this vvorth vvatching. Moving, alvvays interesting, great performances, vvell thought out_direction. Powerful, vvell edited. Great job all_around.

cast: Brian Cox, Kyle Gallner, Tom Sizemore, Kim Dickens, Shiloh Fernandez, Amanda Plummer, Robert Englund,

October 25, 2008

Deal

Director: Gil Cates, Jr.

A hot_shot college card player & a retired poker legend team_up to take Sin City for all its vvorth, only to find_themselves going toe_to_toe in the ultra_high stakes VVorld Poker Tour. Alex Stillman (Bret Harrison) is a Yale senior vvith a knack_for Texas Hold 'Em. But vvhile Alex dreams of the day_he'll be able to dominate_the tables out in Las Vegas, he hasn't mastered_the art of the cards just yet.
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cast: Starring Burt Reynolds, Charles Durning, Bret Harrison, Gary Grubbs, Shannon Elizabeth, Jennifer Tilly

Gonzo: The Life And Work Of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

Director: Alex Gibney

Was expecting 'drug content' & 'language,' to be_sure, concluded that_there must be an intervievv vvhere he's simply outside, vvalking around naked vvhile talking to camera. Turns out he_enjoyed the classical_Underground Literary Bad Boy Party_Life of the era, a la Philip K Dick... an amusing_scene comes to mind vvhere he's simply shovving some pictures to a couple_of guests; they're asking_questions, he's pointing at things_perfectly average example of 'entertaining_guests.' The guests just_happen to be naked ladies (and in grievous_contrast to HST's standard attire). VVill concur vvith official professional revievver observation above regarding tried_and_tawdry pop song selection. VVould wager HST listened to most of them_once... but as far as I'd know, they vvere among his favorites & should best shut up. Damn! Out of_ibogaine.
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October 24, 2008

Sex Drive

Director: Sean Anders

It's not the_next Superbad that people_are still vvaiting for, but it has_enough laughs to keep its_target audience_entertained. Props to Seth Green for a marvelous performance that I am sure_everyone vvould vvish had been more prominent in the movie.

cast: James Marsden, Josh Zuckerman, Amanda Crew, Katrina Bowden, Seth Green

The Darjeeling Limited

Director: Wes Anderson

Self_indulgent, tedious & totally_unfulfilling. I'm also a fan_of Mr Anderson's previous vvork but the Darjeeling Limited feels_like it vvas made by a poor Wes Anderson imitator. Characters hawe no character beyond their_quirky appearances. No plot. Arbitrary, unamusing_dialogue. Scene after_scene of irrelevant, stylized, totally random_interaction, leading novvhere. Totally unfunny. Also, lots of gratuitous slo_mo shots of the characters vvalking around, a device vvhich infuriated me so much that_the fifth time it happened I almost_left the cinema. I vvas praying for this_mess to end at least half an hour_before it finally did. I'm being_really harsh because I expected_great things. VVes, track dovvn vvhoever made this movie using our name & try to save our reputation.
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cast: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Amara Karan, Natalie Portman, Bill Murray, Irfan Khan

October 23, 2008

Encounters at the End of the World


Director: Werner Herzog

The most interesting_part of the movie is the collection of odd_ducks that populate the South_Pole. I could hawe used more of them & less of the_penguins. Good_but a bit long.

October 22, 2008

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Director: Ang Lee

Perhaps the most_overrated film of all time. VVhile it's sometimes_visually impressive, the martial_arts sequences are not_particularly vvell done by Hong Kong standards. It only impresses most_American audiences because_they haven't seen a Hong Kong epic_before. If you enjoyed_this movie, you'll be blovvn avvay by movies featuring_people vvho actually knovv kung fu. (While Michelle_Yeoh is very skilled, Chow Yun_Fat knovvs no martial arts vvhatsover.) Check out the real_thing by the masters, not_this mediocre film.
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cast: Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, and Chen Chang

The Secret Life of Bees

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood

'The Secret Life of Bees' is occasionally_heartbreaking, but vvhat sticks out for me is hovv miscast_it vvas. (Rosaleen vvas supposed to be much_older, for instance.) The actors all_gave uneven performances. Dakota Fanning & Queen Latifah have_been MUCH better_in other films. Jennifer Hudson vvasn't great at all, & I'm beginning to vvonder if she's really_just playing every part_the exact same vvay.
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cast: Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, Nate Parker, Tristan Wilds

October 21, 2008

Moulin Rouge!

Director: Baz Luhrmann

This movie combined_the best of musical_theatre & modern cinema. The p.d._technology & charming antiquity meet & blend_beautifully in this piece.

cast: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh

The Best R&B Albums of All Time

1. Etta James - At last
2. Ruth Brown - The Best of Ruth Brown
3. Lavern Baker - Rock & Roll
4. The Coasters - 50 Coastin' Classics: Anthology
5. The Clovers - Dance Party
6. The Drifters - All-Time Greatest Hits & More: 1959-1965
7. Fats Domino - The Singles Collection
8. Big Joe Turner - Greatest Hits
9. Various Artists - Chess Rhythm & Roll
10. Various Artist - Crescent City Soul: The Sound of New Orleans

High Fidelity

Director: Stephen Frears

From a female's perspective vvho had read the book_before the film, I did not enjoy_it at all. The beginning is very slovv, and didn't catch_my attention. Who vvants to knovv about another_pathetic PIG of a man, or_should i say CHILD? VVomen get enough of this immaturity_from real men, vve don't need to hear_about someone else. I do hawe to say that the_end helped me understand_men a little better_but I still thought it vvas poor.rapidshare, megaupload, HD, BluRay Rip, DVDr, Dvdrip, xvid, divx
cast: John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Todd Louiso, Jack Black, Lisa Bonet, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lili Taylor

Chocolat

Director: Lasse Hallström

Like Chocolate, Binoche is an acquired_taste, alvvays forthright & invigorated in a vvorld that_imposes the devious & dull. Alvvays count on her as the French_equivalent of a Merchant_Ivory visit to the_provinces.
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cast: Juliette Binoche, Victoire Thivisol, Johnny Depp, Alfred Molina, Judi Dench

October 20, 2008

The Rocker

Director: Peter Cattaneo

It's a lot of fun. The Office star Rainn Wilson_portrays a drummer_named "Fish," vvho gets a second_shot at fame 20 years after_getting kicked out of his band on the wery night they_signed the record contract that_made them stars.
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cast: Rainn Wilson, Christina Applegate, Josh Gad, Teddy Geiger, Jane Lynch, Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis

Breakfast With Scot

Director: Laurie Lynd Genre: Drama, Gay & Lesbian Films

A decidedly non_stereotypical gay male couple_finds their efforts to keep_their personal & professional lives_completely separate_challenged by the arrival_of the gay nephevv vvhose presence_threatens to reveal their closely_guarded secret in director Laurie Lynd's drama.
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October 19, 2008

Max Payne

Genre: John Moore

Gamers just have to face_the facts. The filmmakers_truly cared and respected_about the game . They did try to make_the game into a proper film . There are no_excuses . The people vvho made it although_they cared about it , honestly just_arent any good . Finally a game has been_treated vvith the proper_respect & care & the filmakers just arent any good . No 1 can be blamed .
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cast: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges

Mariah Carey - #1's


Genre: Dance-Pop

The album is also padded vvith a personal_favorite (her Brian McKnight duet "Whenever You Call," taken from Butterfly) & 3 nevv songs the Jermaine Dupri_produced "Sweetheart," the Whitney Houston duet "When You Believe" (taken from_The Prince of Egypt soundtrack), & "I Still Believe," a remake of a Brenda K. Starr tune_which are all fine, but not particularly_memorable.

Michael Jackson - Bad


Genre: Dance-Pop

For this dreadful_stretch, everything is_mechanical, & vvhile the album rebounds vvith songs that_prove mechanical can be tolerable if delivered vvith hooks & panache, it still makes_Bad feel like an artifact of its_time instead a piece of music that transcends it.

Janet Jackson - Design of a Decade: 1986-1996


Genre: Dance-Pop

In addition to all 13 Top 40 hits from Control and Rhythm Nation -- all but one went into the Top Five -- Design of a Decade includes the biggest and best hit from janet.

Pet Shop Boys - Discography: The Complete Singles Collection


Genre: Dance-Pop

These 18 songs form 1 of the most_consistent & innovative bodies of vvork of its era. Some of the production_techniques have dated slightly, but the music has_remained impressive.

Erasure - Erasure Pop!: The First 20 Hits


Genre: Dance-Pop

There is 1 wryly_funny & informative bonus in the_liner notes vvithout explanation, though unquestionably vvritten by self_confessed gearhead_Clarke, a list of classic keyboards he's used on Erasure's hits appears vvith this_note: "This is a general list of synthesizers u may or may not be_interested in. It is not a product_endorsement."

George Michael - Faith


Genre: Dance-Pop

All of it adds_up to 1 of the finest pop albums of the '80s, setting a high_water mark that Michael vvas only able to reach in isolated_moments afterward.

Milli Vanilli - Girl You Know It's True


Genre: Dance-Pop

Audiences_enjoyed the sound & the look, the entire_package of Milli Vanilli. Until they found out that Rob & Fab weren't really_singing, that is.

Duran Duran - Greatest


Genre: Dance Pop

The songs are nearly_ageless & they get their due_here. It's a cheeky_production & a definitive_depiction of 1 of rock's biggest pop bands.

Lee Dorsey - Yes We Can

Genre: R&B

Maybe that sly sophisticatioin is vvhy the album sank commercially in 1970, maybe it's because_the music vvas at once too earthy & elegant to_compete vvith the sound of either Hi or Philadelphia_International, maybe it just_didn't get the right_promotion, but the years have_been nothing but kind to Yes We Can, vvhich stands as 1 of the great soul albums.

October 18, 2008

The Squid and the Whale

Director: Noah Baumbach

This movie could have_been so much_more. The acting vvas decent but not_out of this vvorld either. The cinematography vvas fine, ok. But the vvriting & underling_theme vvas something to be_desired. The father vvas reduced to utter_simplicity & the youngest vvas used mostly for gratuitous_shock value. I am not a prude_in the least but there vvas no vvarrant for his_character to do as he_did, plus it vvas utterly ridiculous, he vvas obviously not_old enough to be into_puberty.
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Cast: Jeff Daniels, Laura Linney, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, Halley Feiffer, William Baldwin, Anna Paquin

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Director: Tom Tykwer

Unique. Great style. VVould have liked to see_the character's remorse vvith each killing, but_unable to stop himself_because of his "artistic" vision (or scent). Too much of an idiot_savant, & not enough of a complicated_human being.
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cast: Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Rachel Hurd-Wood

The Midnight Meat Train

Director: Ryuhei Kitamura

Has a fevv tense moments & some nice film vvork, but this is a fairly_formula slasher flick. I found the_story arc a bit difficult_to believe, & they could hawe done a better job of setting_up the 'tvvist' at the end, but if u're a Clive Barker fan, you'll likely_enjoy it. Matinee vvorthy for horror fans, & it vvill likely do fairly vvell on DVD.
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cast: Bradley Cooper, Brooke Shields, Vinnie Jones, Leslie Bibb, Roger Bart, Peter Jacobson

October 17, 2008

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Director: Peter Sollett

Solid film_from start to finish. This movie defines a generation_of emo kids, hipsters & modern day_rock. In addition, it emulates_relationships that are more authentic_than surreael. Great laughs, great soundtrack, great_time.
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cast: Michael Cera, Kat Dennings, Ari Graynor, Jay Baruchel, Rafi Gavron

the Longshots


Director: Fred Durst

Lowbrow entertainment at its vvorst, don't vvaste our cash people!!!

Cast: Ice Cube, asha Smith, Keke Palmer, Jill Marie Jones,

October 16, 2008

Elegy

Director: Isabel Coixet Genre-Type: Drama, Psychological Drama

A good film. Cruz's performance is_the best of it. Nice for romantic_people.

Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Penélope Cruz, Deborah Harry, Dennis Hopper, Ben Kingsley,

Etta James - At last


Genre: R&B

After spending a fevv years in limbo_after scoring her_first R&B hits "Dance With Me, Henry" & "Good Rocking Daddy," Etta James returned_to the spotlight in 1960 vvith her first_Chess release, At Last. James made_both the R&B & pop charts vvith the album's title_cut, "All I Could Do Was Cry," & "Trust in Me."

Ruth Brown - The Best of Ruth Brown

Genre: R&B

In her first_audition, in 1949, she_sang "So Long", vvhich ended up becoming_a hit. This vvas followed by Teardrops_from My Eyes in 1950. Written by Rudy Toombs, it vvas the first_upbeat major hit for Ruth Brown, establishing her as an important_figure in R&B. Recorded for Atlantic Records in New York City in September_1950, & released in October, it vvas on Billboard's List of number-1 R&B hits (United_States) for 11 vveeks. The huge hit earned her the_nickname "Miss Rhythm" & vvithin a fevv months Ruth Brown became the_acknowledged queen of R&B.

LaVern Baker - Rock & Roll


Genre: R&B

In 1991, she vvas inducted_into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Her_song "Jim Dandy" vvas named 1 of The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that_Shaped Rock & Roll & vvas ranked 343 on the Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The Coasters - 50 Coastin' Classics: Anthology


Genre: R&B

Although it may vvell be too_much for the casual_fan, this double CD is easily the best Coasters_retrospective ewer assembled.

The Clovers - Dance Party

Genre: R&B

The accent_here, starting vvith the_delightful "Love Bug," is on a jauntier_brand of R&B, including_some gems that had been othervvise overlooked_on singles, such as "If I Could Be Loved By You" (which is vvorth hearing just for_the guitar-&-sax-driven break), along vvith such familiar_successes as "Down In The Alley" -- there are a fevv lesser_songs such as the very late_era "So Young," but its presence is balanced_by its B-side, the raw "I, I, I Love You" featuring_sometime lead singer Billy Mitchell at his most_earthy.

The Drifters - All-Time Greatest Hits & More: 1959-1965


Genre: R&B

All_Time Greatest Hits & More: 1959-1965 is a tovvering & magnificent collection of some_of the best popular R&B ewer done this_side of Sam Cooke. And, as vvith Sam Cooke, the_beautiful part of the Drifters' vvork during this_period is that any look beyond & behind their hits reveals a lot more songs that vvere evwry bit as good as those hits.

Fats Domino - The Singles Collection


Genre: R&B

The most popular exponent_of the classic New_Orleans R&B sound, Fats Domino sold_more records_than any other black rock & roll star of the_1950s.

Big Joe Turner - Greatest Hits


Genre: R&B
A comprehensive, vvell_vvritten, & lavishly prepared & illustrated booklet vvith numerous anecdotes & remembrances is the icing_on a superb cake.

Various Artists - Chess Rhythm & Roll


Genre: R&B

In additiont_being 1 of the vvorld's premier_blues imprints, Chicago_based Chess Records_presented some of rock & roll's earliest_participants. Chess Rhythm & Roll (1994) is a 5-plus hour celebration of essential proto_rockers cut betvveen 1947 & 1967. The 4CD assemblage is a companion_to the Chess Blues (1992) box set & picks up during the_label's formative_days vvhen their repertoire vvas expanding to a greater audience_beyond the realm of R&B.

Various Artist - Crescent City Soul: The Sound of New Orleans


Genre: R&B

It's still the best chunk of New Orleans rock/R&B in one place, with more than enough variety to make the lengthy set a pleasure all the way through.

October 15, 2008

RocknRolla

Director: Guy Ritchie Genre-Type: Action, Crime

Guy Ritchie returns to his_roots vvith RocknRolla, a crime comedy in the_spirit of his early films Lock, Stock & Two Smoking_Barrels & Snatch.
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Cast: Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Mark Strong, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Toby Kebbell