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Posted in Movies with tags , on May 23, 2008 by funofmovie



Starring: Heather Graham, Tom Ellis, Mia Kirshner, Jeremy Sheffield and Will Mellor.
Directed by: Eric Styles.

I know screen stars are taking time out from their charmed lives in droves lately for twin births, like the fertility pills responsible for them are about to be phased out. But can we knock it off already with the mandatory mommy movies?
Following on the heels of the odious Knocked Up, And Then Came Love and now Baby Mama, where successful career women settle for jerks or sperm banks just to have babies to die for, is Eric Styles’ Miss Conception, which hysterically (as in hysteric) mulls all of those fertility options above, and more. C’mon you romantic comedy guy filmmakers, it’s just not funny. Or particularly romantic.
Heather Graham is Georgina, a giddy when not nervous wreck thirtysomething Brit with her very own construction company, but no babies, alas. When her longtime filmmaker boyfriend Zak (Tom Ellis) freaks at the thought of fatherhood and refuses to stop wearing condoms to bed (condoms, for live-in lovebirds?), she balks and he departs.
With lots of emotional support from best girlfriend lawyer and self-styled anti-motherhood advocate Klem (Mia Kirshner), Georgina visits a fertility clinic. To her dismay, she learns that hereditary premature menopause has left her with a single unfertilized egg of her own, and she has a mere matter of days to get the deed done. So that frantic expedition is on for a prospective baby daddy – gay, anonymous or otherwise – with Georgina seemingly exhausting the London telephone directory.
You know a movie’s in trouble when there’s a whole lot more chemistry and emotional depth between those girlfriends, than with Georgina and her uncooperative mate or any or all of those potential suitor studs. Not to mention Heather excessively and a bit creepily hamming it up like a kid on a sugar spree, whenever she anticipates that she’s about to be serendipitously laid. And will anyone who ever heard of a fertility clinic that can determine the presence of a single remaining egg – unless that clinic is run by an ex-nuthouse inmate posing as a doctor – please raise your hand.
There’s also a really tasteless depiction of a dumb as heck workingclass guy – one of upper class Georgina’s mulled prospects – that speaks volumes about the intimated class bias of the movie. Miss Conception, an ideal title to describe this thoroughly wrongheaded storyline. (review

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The Promotion

Posted in Movies with tags , on May 23, 2008 by funofmovie

The promotion MovieAlso Known As: Quebec
Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Running Time: 1 hr. 25 min.
Release Date: June 6th, 2008 (limited)
MPAA Rating: R for language including sexual references, and some drug use.
Distributors: Dimension Films
Studios: Dimension Films
Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Produced in: United States

A comedy-drama written and directed by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, Wrestling Ernest Hemingway), The Promotion gently satirizes the insular world of grocery chains, consumerism, and, of course, the American Dream of success through hard work, hard effort, and fair play. Depending less on the broad, low-brow comedy generally associated with actor Seann William Scott (Mr. Woodcock, Road Trip, American Pie I and II), here co-starring with John C. Reilly (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Talladega Nights), The Promotion mixes smart, literate, character-based humor with raunchy, ribald comedy into a highly watchable, surprisingly entertaining film.
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Top Box Office – May

Posted in Movies with tags , on May 23, 2008 by funofmovie

No. Movie Title Current       Total

1 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian $55.0M $55.0M
2 Iron Man $31.8M $223.1M
3 What Happens in Vegas $13.9M $40.3M
4 Speed Racer $8.1M $30.3M
5 Made of Honor $4.7M $33.9M
6 Baby Mama $4.7M $47.3M
7 Forgetting Sarah Marshall $2.8M $55.3M
8 Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay $2.0M $34.1M
9 The Forbidden Kingdom $1.1M $50.4M
10 The Visitor $0.7M $3.4M


Posted in Movies with tags , , on May 22, 2008 by funofmovie

For competition on Wednesday, May 21st

LA MUJER SIN CABEZA (1h27) Directed by Lucrecia Martel

Argentina, Spain, France

A woman is driving on the highway. She becomes distracted and runs over something. On the days following this incident, she fails to recognize the feelings that bond her to things and people. She just lets herself be taken by the events of her social life. One night she tells her husband that she killed someone on the highway. They go back to the road only to find a dead dog. Friends close to the police confirm that there were no accident reports. Everything returns to normal and the bad moment seems to be over until the news of a gruesome discovery again worries everyone.

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Cannes 2008: Tony Manero Review

Posted in Movie events with tags , , on May 20, 2008 by funofmovie

UK, May 20, 2008 Tony Manero is a film about a fifty-something man obsessed with John Travolta’s character in Saturday Night Fever, mimicking his mannerisms, his strut and, of course, his hip-swivelling dance moves. Far from being a gentle screwball comedy however, the subject matter could not be more serious. Set in Santiago de Chile, against the backdrop of General Pinochet’s dictatorship, the film is a gripping account of a society at its lowest ebb.
Raul Peralta is the disco dancing central character, a malevolent, monosyllabic man who believes he can escape the hopelessness of his situation by aping an American anti-hero. His every waking hour is dedicated to Tony Manero, working towards Saturday night when he hits the dancefloor of the local town hall to unleash his (none-too-impressive) moves.

“Tony Manero” gives it his best John Travolta.

As the film kicks off, Peralta encounters a dream opportunity – to perform as his hero in a televised contest to find the country’s greatest Manero impersonator. His efforts to succeed in the contest lead the film into extremely dark territory however, as Peralta cheats and thieves his way around town as he tries to perfect his act. ‘Tony’ is capable of the most horrendous acts of violence, yet the people around him have become so desensitised to violence that barely anyone bats an eye-lid.
It’s relentlessly depressing stuff, yet gripping all the same, and that’s largely due to Alfredo Castro’s hugely impressive performance in the lead role. Present throughout proceedings yet barely saying a word, Castro creates a brutal, spiteful, disgusting movie monster, yet one can’t help but be mesmerised by his quest to succeed. Around him the cast is also uniformly fine; the fear, sadness and pain of the times etched on the faces of dance partners and friends.

Peralta takes flight across the rooftops of Chile.

These same people are obviously involved in some kind of underground activity against the dictatorship, but this is only hinted at throughout the film, the point being that no matter what they did, it was impossible to escape the shadow if Pinochet’s regime.
At the same time Peralta’s obsession with American culture foreshadows what’s to come for Chile, the culture of violence continuing, only to then be swallowed up by the globalist interests of Uncle Sam, bringing with him McDonalds, Starbucks, Coca-Cola and the like. The result is an uncompromising film that’s difficult to watch, but sure to live long in the memory.


Best movie mistakes of all time

Posted in Movies with tags on May 17, 2008 by funofmovie

1) Star Wars When the stormtroopers break into the control room, the stormtrooper on the right of the screen hits his head on the door frame. On the DVD release they’ve added a thump when he hits it.

2) Commando
After chasing down Sully, the yellow Porsche is totally wrecked on the left side, until Arnie drives it away, and it’s fine.

3) The Rocky Horror Picture Show The criminologist describes the events of the movie as taking place “on a late November evening”. In the very next scene, Brad and Janet are driving in Brad’s car, and President Richard Nixon’s resignation speech is playing on the radio. Nixon resigned in August of 1974

4) Charlie’s Angels When the Angels are fighting the “Creepy Thin Man,” right before Drew Barrymore lifts up Lucy Liu to spin her around and kick the thin man, to get Lucy’s attention, Drew hollers out “Lucy!” even though Lucy Liu’s character’s name is “Alex.”

5) Gladiator In the “Battle of Carthage” in the Colosseum, one of the chariots is turned over. Once the dust settles you can see a gas cylinder in the back of the chariot.

Cannes Film Festival 2008 preview

Posted in Movie events with tags , , on May 16, 2008 by funofmovie

Only two weeks ago, a sense of panic hung over this year’s Cannes Film Festival. A delay in announcing those films competing for the Palme d’Or triggered fears that the line-up would be hopelessly weak.
This nervousness proved unfounded. Both in the main competition and in other sections, there’s a feast of work by proven auteurs and interesting newcomers.
As always when no British film is competing for the Palme d’Or, there’s been hand-wringing. But Cannes is a venue for great cinema, whatever its origin. Most of the films unveiled when the festival opens next Wednesday have never been seen anywhere, so any speculation about favourites to win prizes is premature.

1 The Changeling

Clint Eastwood’s directing career continues to flower in his late seventies, and this period piece, set in 1920s Los Angeles, looks promising. Angelina Jolie plays a mother whose son is kidnapped then returned to her. But she realises that the rescued child is not her own. John Malkovich plays a supportive priest.

2 Che

Steven Soderbergh first emerged as a world-class director in Cannes with sex, lies and videotape. He’s a restless talent who likes to stray outside his own comfort zone, and he’s done it again with this two-part film about Che Guevara, starring Benicio del Toro, with a total running time of more than four hours.

3 Linha de Passe

There’s a strong South American contingent in Cannes this year, so it’s appropriate that the continent’s leading filmmaker, the charismatic Walter Salles (Central Station, The Motorcycle Diaries), should have a Palme d’Or contender. Co-directed with Daniela Thomas, it’s a story about four brothers, set in the teeming urban jungle of São Paulo.

4 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Inevitably, this will generate more column inches than any other film in Cannes. It’s the fourth in the series (and the first in almost two decades), and it remains to be seen if director Steven Spielberg can still infuse the franchise with the same magic and charm. Look for teen star Shia LaBeouf to assume the mantle of Indy from 65-year-old Harrison Ford (pictured).

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