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Swing Vote movie review- date release 1 august 2008

Posted in Movies with tags , , , on July 31, 2008 by funofmovie
Swing Vote movie

Swing Vote movie

Genres: Comedy
Release Date: August 1st, 2008 (wide)
Distributors: Walt Disney Pictures
Starring: Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci
Directed by: Joshua Michael Stern
Produced by: Ted Field, Terry Dougas, Kevin Costner

Ashirley Temple movie camouflaged as political Capra-corn, Swing Vote has one lively satiric idea in its midsection: With a presidential election to be decided by a lone, unbathed New Mexico redneck (Kevin Costner, starting out with a Billy Bob Thornton impression and gradually assuming his familiar persona), the candidates produce TV spots with content dictated solely by the media-besieged drunk’s ill-informed, tentative interviews. The Republican incumbent (Kelsey Grammer) pledges support for gay marriage, surrounded by a gaggle of queer cops, firemen and soldiers; the Democratic challenger (Dennis Hopper), convinced the swing voter is pro-life, walks through a playground as kids disappear in puffs of smoke, vowing to curb abortions. Then the movie goes right back to its timid, colorless approximation of an electoral pageant that serves as mere backdrop to its trailer-home domestic treacle.

Twelve-year old Molly (proficient, automaton-like Madeline Carroll) is caretaker, mother and spouse to Costner’s laid-off, lazy dad Bud Johnson. A civic-minded monomaniac, she warns him on Election Day to vote “or I’m leaving you”; he doesn’t, she tries to cast a ballot in his place, and the subsequent contrivances find her using the 10-day run-up to Bud’s “revote” as a battle to complete his rehabilitation as citizen and father. Partying through the shower of perks (poker on Air Force One, a white-trash banquet featuring his newly-paroled Willie Nelson cover band) lavished on him by rival campaign Machiavellis (Stanley Tucci and Nathan Lane), Bud—whose name is the most shameless of the movie’s product placements—is bound, after 110 minutes of moronic indulgence, to make a sobering reassessment of his failures and fateful choice before a national debate audience in the penultimate scene. Cynics of all stripes crumble before the tears and perorations of all-powerful Molly, including the local news reporter (Paula Patton) whose ambition and sinister tactics will be chucked at the 11th hour.

It’s a hard call as to whether Swing Vote’s mirthlessness is more oppressive than its insulting idea of Costner’s loser as the working-class salt of the earth, or if its dishonesty takes the prize. Bud professes great “respect” for the two whorish pols who’ve been lying to procure his decisive vote; Costner’s Field of Dreams Everyman would’ve told them to fuck off, voted third party and let the House of Representatives decide the election. (Molly has a throwaway line during the opening credits about the major parties’ abandonment of the poor, and that’s the last note hit in that key by Jason Richman and director Joshua Michael Stern’s script.) An inflated, dumbed-down variation on the 1939 John Barrymore vehicle The Great Man Votes, Swing Vote is as tired as its stunt of casting a dozen cable-news blowhards as themselves. Replacing its father-love syrup with genuine election-year vinegar would be change you could believe in, or at least stay awake through.

Baghead movie release 25 July 2008

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

Main Cast       Ross Partridge, Steve Zissis, Jett Garner
Director     Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Screenwriter     Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
Distributor     Sony Pictures Classics
Trailer     Click Here for Trailer
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Imagine something Blair Witch Project-y, but that was also mostly comedic.

Then, sort of, you’d have Baghead. Four struggling writers/actors (played by a bunch of, you guessed it, struggling writers/actors) spend a weekend in a cabin in the woods determined to write their own movie starring themselves. Relationship dynamics are explored via the majority of the dialogue, but things take a turn for the weird when a mysterious person with a paper bag over their head begins to make various appearances during the weekend. Is this a horror/comedy, or a comedy/horror?

Written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass (no, you haven’t heard of anything they’ve done, either), Baghead has been making the festival rounds, premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for limited release by Sony Pictures Classics.


Posted in Movie releases with tags , , on July 21, 2008 by funofmovie

July 22nd, 2008 (Limited)
Starring:     D.B. Sweeney, Ed Harris, Pat Hingle, Mark Moses, Rex Linn, Ned Bellamy, M.C. Gainey
Although life hasn’t turned out the way they once dreamed, life-long buddies Mark, McGriff and Jason are managing to stay above water in their small Pennsylvania hometown. Mark, whose fleeting college football glory has morphed into a dangerous obsession with gambling, is becoming more and more estranged from his wife Sherry and son Hayden. McGriff has never let go of his rock-n-roll aspirations, but somehow he’s not the man he used to be. He’s complacent, though, because of his lovely wife Kate. And then there is Jason, who is still living with his parents and letting them dictate his life. The guys are in for a few surprises. A shady collector forces his way into Marks home to settle a debt, scaring Sherry into leaving with Hayden.

As if that’s not enough, Marks father passes away, leaving him with the unresolved tension in their relationship. Meanwhile, McGriff comes home from work early and finds his wife in a compromising position with another man. (Who ironically is a big fan of McGriffs) What to do when life deals you hard knocks? Jason has the solution: With the College Football Championship Bowl tickets he won in an employee drawing at Office Max, the three friends set out on a road trip from Pennsylvania to the Sunshine State.

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Kabluey movie- Release date 4 July 2008

Posted in Movies with tags , , , on July 3, 2008 by funofmovie

KablueyGenres:     Comedy
Running Time:     1 hr. 26 min.
Release Date:     July 4th 2008 (limited)
Distributors:     Regent Releasing
Starring:       Lisa Kudrow, Scott Prendergast, Teri Garr, Christine Taylor, Chris Parnell
Directed by:     Scott Prendergast
Produced by:     Sarah Feinberg, Nancy Stephens (II), Jeff Balis

Goofball comedies centered on weird characters are a blast when they find the right balance between irony and the bizarre without indulging in self-pity, as current masters of the genre Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums) and Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) can attest. What these directors understand is that in order to make that type of humor work, characters need to have some kind of strength and that overplaying their ridicule might end up killing it.

For his full-length debut, writer/director Scott Prendergast used his own experience as a baby-sitter for his sister-in-law to build a film about a simple guy bordering on autistic who is at odds with some bratty kids. But the real center of the story is without a doubt this big blue mascot suit in which he dresses up for his day job. From giving away flyers on empty roads to awkwardly walking around and getting into fights, this grotesque suit is used as a gimmick to make us laugh, which initially works.

However Kabluey quickly turns into a one-joke movie once the element of surprise has passed, which is often the case when shorts are turned into features. You can’t even fall back on the storyline to make up for it, as male babysitters from hell have become somewhat of a clichй after multiple incarnations including tough guys Arnold and Vin Diesel.

If Kabluey were to pretend to be nothing other than an amateurish indie debut, you could probably cut it some slack. However, the fact that the cast features recognizable faces wasted in poorly written characters — including Lisa Kudrow playing against-type — makes Kabluey a shiny broken toy, a vanity project sunk in dorkiness.

The Wackness – Movie releases July 3 2008

Posted in Movie releases, Movies with tags , , , on July 1, 2008 by funofmovie

Starring: Josh Peck, Ben Kingsley, Method Man
Supporting Cast : Mary Kate Olsen, Olivia Thirlby, Famke Janssen, Aaron Yoo
Director: Jonathan Levine
Screenwriter: Jonathan Levine
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Release date: 3 Jule 2008 (limited)

Sundance Review: ‘The Wackness

Is it too early to declare The Wackness the best film of Sundance 2008? I mean, it’s only day two (or three, if you actually got here on opening day), but I have a hard time imagining a movie I am going to love as completely as I loved this one. To be fair, I’m predisposed to adoring The Wackness – it’s set in New York City in 1994, which was where and when I was living what might turn out to be the best days of my life. But even beyond that, I think the movie is just wonderful and is real, honest, hilarious and even a little bit touching. Let me reiterate: I really loved this movie.

Luke is a pot dealer just about to graduate high school. He’s not a loser, but he’s not one of the cool kids. He only gets invited to the parties when they need more weed. Luke is also in a very strange form of therapy – he’s selling pot to his classmate’s shrink father, who is paying him in the form of sessions. The Wackness takes place over the summer between high school graduation and leaving for college as the lives of Luke and his therapist fall apart in major ways. Continue reading

The Love Guru Movie 20 June 2008

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , on June 14, 2008 by funofmovie

The Love Guru

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake, Mike Myers, Romany Malco, Verne Troyer

Director: Marco Schnabel

Producer: Michael De Luca, Mike Myers

Distributor: Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment

Release Date: June 20, 2008

Writer: Graham Gordy, Mike Myers

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Kit Kittredge: An American Girl – Movie release 20 June 2008(limited)

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , on June 13, 2008 by funofmovie

Director: Patricia Rozema
Writers (WGA): Ann Peacock (written by) Valerie Tripp (Kit Kittredge stories)
Release Date: JUNE 20 2008 (2 July 2008 (USA) )
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Mystery

In the first feature film based on the hugely popular American Girl® book series, Oscar® nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) stars as a resourceful young girl whose bravery, compassion and determination help her solve a mystery that saves her family’s home during the Great… In the first feature film based on the hugely popular American Girl book series, Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) stars as a resourceful young girl whose bravery, compassion and determination help her solve a mystery that saves her family’s home during the Great Depression. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is directed by Patricia Rozema (Mansfield Park) from a screenplay by Ann Peacock (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe). The film’s all-star ensemble cast includes two-time Oscar nominee Joan Cusack (In & Out, Working Girl), Glenne Headly (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Tony Award winner and Golden Globe nominee Jane Krakowski (“Ally McBeal”), Golden Globe nominee Chris O’Donnell (Batman & Robin), Julia Ormond (Legends of the Fall), Wallace Shawn (The Princess Bride) and two-time Golden Globe winner Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada).
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