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Pride and Glory review

Posted in Movies with tags , , , on October 24, 2008 by funofmovie

Pride and Glory: Action drama. Starring Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight and Noah Emmerich. Directed by Gavin O’Connor. (R. 125 minutes. At Bay Area theaters.)

Derivative, ugly and stupid. Sappy, sentimental and maudlin. Long, convoluted and opaque. Badly photographed, pompous and fake. “Pride and Glory” is more than just lousy; it’s an amalgam of every bad tendency of the current cinema, stitched together into a single 125-minute monstrosity of a cop movie.

Intended as a hard-hitting crime drama about a family of Irish American policemen, the film has no truth in it. The screenplay, by Joe Carnahan and director Gavin O’Connor, tries to hide its schmaltziness under a cascade of f-words. Can’t be done. The writing is phony, mushy and goofy, and having guys curse three times every sentence doesn’t disguise it. Nor does the f-word avalanche make the story any more realistic when, at its foundation, it’s bogus goods, a product of movie-watching, not genuine observation.

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Max Payne movie

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2008 by funofmovie
Max Payne movie

Max Payne movie

Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Duration: 1 hr. 39 min.

Starring: Beau Bridges, Chris ODonnell, Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Olga Kurylenko,

Director: John Moore

Producer: Julie Silverman, Scott Faye

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Release Date: October 17, 2008

Writer: Beau Thorne based on the characters in the same game title by Sam Lake

There are guns blazing, mysterious winged creatures, a symbolic tattoo, an elusive blue elixir, an unresolved murder and big stunts, yet Max Payne is surprisingly lacklustre. Based on a video game, there’s plenty happening on screen, but it’s hard to feel much for any of the characters, even Mark Wahlberg’s brooding Max, who is obsessed to avenge the senseless murder of his wife and child.

The storytelling is secondary to the action with adverse results as director John Moore battles to create a credible world couched between reality and fantasy.

To me, the most striking element is the production design in which perpetual snow falls, gusts whirl over a snowy backdrop and torrential rain teems down soaking volatile characters at vulnerable moments.

When we first meet Wahlberg’s Max, he is freefalling in an ocean filled with dead bodies. In voice over, we hear that it is not heaven, in which he believes, but pain, fear and death. We quickly understand the world in which Max lives: one that involves loneliness, regret and hate. We watch in superficial fascination as Natasha (the stunningly beautiful Olga Kurylenko) tries to seduce Max, wearing a flimsy, ultra short red silk dress with thigh-high black boots, but he is only interested in her tattoo.

Then there’s Natasha’s hard-nosed sister Mona (Mila Kunis, unrecognisable from her likeable character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Chris O’Donnell as a drug company executive and Beau Bridges as BB Hensley, head of security. Frankly it’s hard to believe any of them. Amaury Nolasco however, is terrifying as Jack Lupino, whose handsome features are decorated by two large facial tattoos and whose demons come alive all too often.

There’s no shortage of firepower (Max shoots everyone in sight) and even if you ignore some of the plot’s unanswered questions, we are left with a cavalcade of bullets, noise and chaos.

The sum of the parts is more impressive than the whole and more’s the pity.

movie review by: Louise Keller

Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008) movie

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2008 by funofmovie

Also Known As:     South of the Border

Production Status:     In Production/Awaiting Release

Logline:     Mitzi, a pampered Beverly Hills Chihuahua accustomed to riding in a purse goes to a spa vacation in Mexico with her owner, but when she gets lost she is forced to find her way back home.

Genres:     Action/Adventure and Comedy

Release Date:     October 3rd, 2008 (wide)

MPAA Rating:     PG for some mild thematic elements.

Distributors:     Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

Production Co.:     Mandeville Films/TV, Smart Entertainment

Studios:     Walt Disney Pictures

Filming Locations:     Mexico

Produced in:     United States

Starring:      Drew Barrymore, George Lopez, Andy Garcia, Piper Perabo, Manolo Cardona

Directed by:     Raja Gosnell

Produced by:     Steven Nicolaides, John L. Jacobs, David Hoberman

GO  BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA Undersized lapdogs make me grumpy even when they don’t talk, wear pink booties and shop Rodeo Drive.

So I came to Beverly Hills Chihuahua with poison pen at the ready — only to be won over by the exuberant charms of Raja Gosnell’s comedy about a snobby, privileged Chihuahua named Chloe (voiced by Drew Barrymore) and her similarly spoiled-rotten 90210 dog ­sitter (Piper Perabo). The twosome grow some backbone when they get lost in the bowels of Baja, where the pooch must be rescued from the clutches of Mexican dogfight wranglers.

If the studios are finally going to make their mark on Latino audiences, they could do a lot worse than this wicked satire on Beverly Hills pet excess, with its sharp script, a fun performance by Jamie Lee Curtis as Chloe’s overindulgent owner, and a mostly Spanish-speaking cast that includes Andy Garcia as a clapped-out police dog, Cheech Marin as a cunning rat who’s after Chloe’s Harry Winston collar, and George Lopez as a Chihuahua from the wrong side of the tracks who loves Chloe. This being Disney, wholesome character-building messages abound, but for once they’re freshly spun as cautions against stereotyping both ethnic and canine.

And if, having seen Beverly Hills Chihuahua, your children grow up without the desire to turn their pets into idiot fashion accessories or extensions of their own shopaholic fantasies, so much the better. (Citywide) (Ella Taylor)

Bangkok Dangerous movie

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , on September 4, 2008 by funofmovie
Bangkok Dangerous movie 2008

Bangkok Dangerous movie 2008

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Charlie Young, Chakrit Yamnarm, Dom Hetrakul

Directed by: Oxide Pang, Danny Pang

Produced by: Denis O’Sullivan, Andrew Pfeffer, William Sherak

Genres: Action/Adventure, Thriller and Remake

Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.

Release Date: September 5th, 2008

MPAA Rating: R for violence, language and some sexuality.

Distributors: Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, Lionsgate

Bangkok Dangerous review:

Deaf since childhood (a home movie-style flashback shows how he lost his hearing in a fight), Kong still suffers acute migraines, only partly alleviated by his job as a hitman in Bangkok. Between hits he shyly dates the girl from the drugstore who sells him painkillers – taking her, of course, to see a silent movie. By the time she discovers what he does, he’s begun to realise that not all his victims are bad guys. A largely generic script gets a phenomenal treatment. There’s an amazing level of visual invention, garnished with creative CGI effects, and entire reels go by without dialogue. The twin brother directors (HK Chinese, but Oxide works in Bangkok) have come up with at least two potential genre classic sequences: a hit on a HK subway train, and another in a Japanese restaurant in Bangkok, where Kong is accompanied by the ghost of his late colleague. Seriously impressive.

Pineapple Express movie- Date release 6 August 2008

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on August 2, 2008 by funofmovie
The Pineapple Express

The Pineapple Express

Genres: Action/Adventure and Comedy
Release Date: August 6th, 2008 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, drug use, sexual references and violence.
Distributors: Sony Pictures Releasing

Directed by David Gordon Green.

Starring: Gary Cole, Rosie Perez, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny R. McBride, Amber Heard.

I won’t get into the precise reasons, but my friends always seem to think I’m going to LOVE the next big “pot comedy.” They chuckle and assume such silly things despite the fact that the only real pothead comedies that I truly enjoy are Up in Smoke, Next Movie, and a large portion of the Harold & Kumar misadventures. Frankly I’m of the opinion that most pot comedies feel like they were written by someone very stoned, and let’s just say that writers don’t always do their best work when they’re extra-baked. (They might THINK their stuff is hilarious, but usually it’s not. That’s just the weed talking.) Oh, you’ll definitely find a few cannabis-caked giggles in Half-Baked, Grandma’s Boy, and Smiley Face — just not enough to sustain a whole movie, if it’s me you’re asking.

So it is with much pleasure, enthusiasm, and recently-applied Visine that I offer you Pineapple Express, which just may be the Casablanca of Pot Comedies. Or perhaps it’s more like When Ultra-High Harry Met Super-Stoned Sally, but either way Pineapple Express showcases some of the funniest “weed culture” insights since the arrival of Richard Linklater’s fantastic Dazed & Confused — which I wouldn’t call a full-bore “pot comedy,” but it sure isn’t shy about passing those joints around. Best of all, while Pineapple Express will absolutely appeal to both the casual and committed pot-smokers, it’s also just a very funny buddy comedy / action flick parody that comes bearing the very unique stamp of director David Gordon Green.

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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Movie Review

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , on July 31, 2008 by funofmovie
Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Also Known As:
The Curse of the Dragon
The Mummy 3
The Mummy III
The Mummy Returns seque
Production Status:     In Production/Awaiting Release
Genres:     Action/Adventure and Sequel
Release Date:     August 1st, 2008 (wide)
MPAA Rating:     PG-13 for adventure action and violence.
Distributors:     Universal Pictures Distribution
Production Co.:     The Sean Daniel Company, Sommers Company
Studios: Universal Pictures,

Filming Locations:  China, Montreal, Quebec Canada
Produced in:     United States

Actors  Brendan Fraser Rick O’Connell
Jet Li Emperor Han
Maria Bello Evelyn Carnahan O’Connell
Michelle Yeoh Zijuan
John Hannah Jonathan Carnahan
Luke Ford Alex O’Connell
Liam Cunningham Mad Dog Maguire
Isabella Leong Lin

Rick O’Connell was essentially a bland version of Indiana Jones for the turn of the millennium. Back then, the lack of a Spielberg/Lucas movie for ten years and big-budget CGI were its main attractions – it was easy to sell a popular imitation when the real thing was not forthcoming. This year we are being treated to both, and the third helping of The Mummy franchise looks to be lacking the careful consideration of Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’s lengthy pre-production schedule, probably in the hope it can piggyback off its more illustrious predecessor on the way to box office glory late in the summer. Should we retain some of our appetite for adventuring tomb raiders for August? It’s quite hard to tell…

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Posted in Movies with tags , , on July 8, 2008 by funofmovie


Release Date: July 11, 2008
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Screenwriter: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Luke Goss, Seth MacFarlane, Anna Walton, Brian Steele, Roy Dotrice, John Hurt
Genre: Action, Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Official Website: | Production Site

With a signature blend of action, humor and character-based spectacle, the saga of the world’s toughest, kitten-loving hero from Hell continues to unfold in “Hellboy 2: The Golden Army.” Bigger muscle, badder weapons and more ungodly villains arrive in an epic vision of imagination from Oscar®-nominated director Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Hellboy”).
After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it’s up to the planet’s toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders. He may be red. He may be horned. He may be misunderstood. But when you need the job done right, it’s time to call in Hellboy (Ron Perlman).

Along with his expanding team in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Development–pyrokinetic girlfriend Liz (Selma Blair), aquatic empath Abe (Doug Jones) and protoplasmic mystic Johann–the BPRD will travel between the surface strata and the unseen magical one, where creatures of fantasy become corporeal. And Hellboy, a creature of two worlds who’s accepted by neither, must choose between the life he knows and an unknown destiny that beckons him.

Hancock- Movie releases July 2 2008

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , on June 30, 2008 by funofmovie

HancockA Sony Pictures Entertainment release of a Columbia Pictures presentation in association with Relativity Media of a Blue Light/Weed Road Pictures/Overbrook Entertainment production. Produced by Akiva Goldsman, Michael Mann, Will Smith, James Lassiter. Executive producers, Ian Bryce, Jonathan Mostow, Richard Saperstein. Co-producer, Allegra Clegg. Directed by Peter Berg. Screenplay, Vy Vincent Ngo, Vince Gilligan.

release date: 2 july 2008

John Hancock – Will Smith
Mary – Charlize Theron
Ray Embrey – Jason Bateman
Red – Eddie Marsan
Jeremy – Johnny Galecki
Mike – Thomas Lennon
Aaron – Jae Head

An intriguing high concept is undermined by low-grade dramaturgy in “Hancock.” This misguided attempt to wring a novel twist on the superhero genre has a certain whiff of “The Last Action Hero” about it, with Will Smith playing an indestructible crime-buster in a pointedly real-world context. Although it will inevitably open very large, this odd and perplexing aspiring tentpole will provide a real test of Smith’s box office invincibility.
The central idea of Vy Vincent Ngo and Vince Gilligan’s script — of Smith’s John Hancock being an ornery, unwilling hero who escapes from his ordained role in life via booze and general cantankerousness — is amusing and plausible enough to sustain the first section of the film. What the writers and director Peter Berg do with the concept in the end, however, is nowhere near sufficiently thought out, and narrative illogic and missed opportunities plague the film increasingly as it cartwheels through its surprisingly brief running time.

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