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Friday showtime

Posted in Movies with tags , on July 25, 2008 by funofmovie

A recluse, two lazy middle-aged step-brothers, and a couple of special agents will be a great company for the July 25 Friday night. These are main heroes of Friday big movie premieres. Pick the one you like most and get ready for the show time!

The truth is still out there though it’s been 6 years since we saw Mulder and Scully last. The X-Files: I Want to Believe is the second full-length movie about FBI special agents fighting against the governmental conspiracy and the world of paranormal activity around.

Besides Gillian Anderson and , the sequel includes Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, and rapper as an FBI agent. The main plot secret is whether Mulder and Scully are finally together. There are mysteries that cannot be solved…

The rest of the flicks are not that spooky.

Henry Poole is Here is a comedic drama about a disillusioned man who goes hiding in placid suburbia only to discover he cannot escape the forces of hope.

Henry Poole () returns to the middleclass neighborhood where he grew up to live in indulgent isolation. But his neighbors don’t leave him along, and the whole thing gets even worse when his stucco wall is seen to have miraculous powers.

The flick looks into the unexpected wonders of the everyday: faithless man finds hope, a hopeless man finds love.

Step Brothers shows us equally lazy and spoiled, rich feuding middle-aged step-siblings (Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly) in this summer comedy about how these guys don’t get along after their parents tie the knot.

They’re forced to live under the same roof and share each other’s lives, and eventually they tear the family apart. Now it’s up to these immature, overgrown boys to bring their parents back together again.

American Teen (2008) – release 25 July 2008

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

Starring: Hannah Bailey, Megan Krizmanich, Jake Tusing, Colin Clemens, Mitch Reinholt
Director: Nanette Burstein
Studio: Paramount Vantage
Rating: PG-13 (For some strong language, sexual material, some drinking and brief smoking-all involving teens.)
Genre: Documentary
Release Date: July 25, 2008 (Limited)

AMERICAN TEEN is the touching and hilarious Sundance hit that follows the lives of four teenagers – a jock, the popular girl, the artsy girl and the geek – in one small town in Indiana through their senior year of high school. We see the insecurities, the cliques, the jealousies, the first loves and heartbreaks, and the struggle to make profound decisions about the future.

Filming daily for ten months, filmmaker Nanette Burstein (ON THE ROPES, THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE) developed a deep understanding of her subjects. The result is a film that goes beyond the enduring stereotypes of high school to render complex young people trying to find their way into adulthood.

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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
Official Site

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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Main summer blockbuster

Posted in Movie releases, Movies with tags , on July 17, 2008 by funofmovie

The Dark Knight is a long awaited and a pretty sad premier. The follow-up to 2005’s hit Batman Begins, The Dark Knight is said to prove to be one of 2008’s highest grossing summer blockbusters. The Dark Knight is on starting July 18.

returns to take on the Joker and Two-Face, two of the comic’s most brutal and unpredictable villains. The film is worth watching because of several reasons and one of them is that it’s the last film (The Joker) starred in before he prematurely died in January this year.

Sadly, Heath is not with us any longer. But he will asways remain in our hearts.

Among other July 18th big movie premieres there are:

Mamma Mia! is a stage musical based comedy with a really all-star cast. Meryl Streep is the mama, and , Colin Firth or Stellan Skarsgard might be the daddies in this movie about a bride’s search for her real dad. The film is set to ABBA music. But that’s not the main reason I wanna see it. The real worthwhile reason is Maryl Streep’s acrobatic feats. She’s 59, I wish I’ll be able to do such things when I’m 59.

The film seems like fun. At least the play has always been a success.

Space Chimps is a talking-monkey comedy about Ham III who comes from a proud lineage of chimp astronauts, and who is the prime candidate for a special mission for an opportunity-seeking Senator. His mission involves taking down an evil overlord of a far-away planet.

The comedy features the voices of Patrick Warburton, Cheryl Hines, and Kristen Chenoweth.

Meet Dave – Movie release 11 July 2008

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

Meet Dave

Genres:     Comedy and Science Fiction/Fantasy
Release Date:     July 11th, 2008 (wide)
MPAA Rating:     PG
Distributors:     20th Century Fox Distribution
Starring:      Eddie Murphy, Gabrielle Union, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Banks, Judah Friedlander
Directed by:     Brian Robbins
Produced by:     Marc Turtletaub, David Friendly (II), Todd Komarnicki

Dave Ming Chang (Eddie Murphy), newly arrived in New York City, may be the ultimate fish out of water. There’s something about him that’s not quite right – for starters, he seems remarkably out of place and uncomfortable in his own body. And for good reason: “Dave” is not a man at all, but a ship made in the image of its miniature-sized captain. It’s little Eddie in the BIG family comedy MEET DAVE.

So let’s meet Dave. He’s forty-something, pleasant looking and nattily dressed, even if his attire – an all-white suit, black tie and a neat black handkerchief tucked in his pocket – harkens back to the disco-centric ’70s. But beyond his odd apparel, there’s something not quite right about Dave. He’s definitely not from the neighborhood…not even close. Even the way he walks is….odd; as he makes his way through the streets of New York, one of his legs shoots out way too far with each step, like he’s not comfortable in his own body.

And for good reason: inside “Dave” is a crew of well-trained miniature people – a world within a world – that feverishly attempts to direct Dave’s every action and conversation. In each section of Dave’s “body,” a skilled crewperson (average height: one and three-quarters inches), sporting an insignia depicting a specific part of Dave’s anatomy, mans a high tech console controlling Dave’s movements.

But Dave’s crew, under the direction of the Captain from whom Dave takes his appearance – is experiencing a steep learning curve. When Dave attempts his first-ever sip of water, a tremendous wave of water rushes down, drenching everyone inside. When Dave tries on some clothing, a shirt becomes a cotton beast bent on smothering him. When he goes in for a simple medical exam, the metallic Dave must battle formidable magnetic forces from an MRI. And a banquet of processed meat tubes he learns are called “hot dogs,” leads to an explosive situation inside a men’s room.

As Dave – that is, those inside Dave – slowly navigates his way through these physical challenges, they begin to experience something with even more profound effects. A glimmer of emotion sweeps over the crew, which hails from a place that discourages emotion and individuality. Dave is changing – from the inside-out, and from the outside-in.

July 9 2008 – Movie releases – Full Battle Rattle

Posted in Movie releases, Movies with tags , , on July 7, 2008 by funofmovie
full battle rattle movie

Full Battle Rattle Movie

Genre: Education/General Interest, Documentary
Director: Jesse Moss, Tony Gerber
Producer: Tony Gerber, Jesse Moss
Composer: Paul Brill

Release Date: July 9, 2008 (NY)

Production Companies :
Mile End Films
Market Road Films
Tapwater Media
Pop’s Paper Route

If you still haven’t watched any of the million documentaries about the Iraq War because you’re still not quite ready for that kind of subject matter, you might want to check out Full Battle Rattle. It is a documentary, and it is related to the Iraq War, but you may consider it more like a simulation of a documentary about the Iraq War than an actual example. Think of it as like a practice piece until you can handle the real deal.

How is Full Battle Rattle different from the rest, you ask? Well, it’s not set in Iraq or even in the Middle East. It takes place in America, in California’s Mojave Desert, to be exact. It’s there that the U.S. military has built a bunch of fake Iraqi towns, complete with fake Iraqi people, some of whom are played by actual Iraqi immigrants, others of whom are played by soldiers preparing for combat before being deployed overseas.

And then there are the other thousands of soldiers who basically play themselves on the unscripted side of partially scripted training exercises designed to simulate possible scenarios that they’ll be faced with once they’re shipped out to Iraq. In a way, watching the simulations documented in the film is like watching Civil War reenactments, except that in this case it’s more like pre-enactments.

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