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Star-studded Valentine’s Day!

Posted in Movies with tags on September 21, 2009 by funofmovie

Valentine’s Day, directed by Pretty Woman helmer Garry Marshall, is a real star-studded premiere. From to , from Twilight hottie to and (reportedly) Joe Jonas from , this is gonna be a hot February 12 premiere, guys!

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Valentine’s Day is a compilation of 10 slightly interconnected stories of make-up and break-up on Valentine’ s Day and how people handle the burden and pressure the holiday brings along.

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Mamma Mia! Breaks Titanic Record

Posted in Movies with tags , , on December 18, 2008 by funofmovie

Move over Titanic, the dancing queens from Mamma Mia! are taking over. Mamma Mia! has officially become the biggest box office hit in the UK, heating out Leo and Kate’s hit movie ‘Titanic’.

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The movie, starring Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried, has taken in 69.05 million pounds ($106.75 million) since its premiere on July 18. Titanic previously held the record with 69.03 million pounds, or $106.66 million.

Universal Pictures International president David Kosse explains to the Telegraph why the musical was such a success,

“‘Mamma Mia!’ is pure escapism, proving a fun and inexpensive way to forget about the state of the economy for a couple of hours.”

For Mamma Mia! to make history in this way and beat Titanic, which has held the record in the U.K. since 1998, is truly phenomenal. This film has exceeded our expectations and delighted audiences around the world since it opened in July.”

Trailer for ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ Released

Posted in Cartoon news, Movies with tags , on November 5, 2008 by funofmovie

Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Kiefer Sutherland and Stephen Colbert all provided their voices to DreamWorks Animation’s new 3D flick, Monsters vs. Aliens, and now the trailer is available online.

monstersvsaliensMonsters vs. Aliens hits theatres on March 27, 2009.

DreamWorks Animation hit gold this past summer with Kung Fu Panda, which grossed a staggering $633 million worldwide.

Balast movie by Lance Hammer

Posted in Movies with tags , on October 1, 2008 by funofmovie

Indie film’s ultra-realist overdose

Director: Lance Hammer
Writer: Lance Hammer
Genre: Drama

Starring:      Johnny McPhail

Running Time:     1 hr. 36 min.
Release Date:     October 1st, 2008 (limited)
Distributors:     Alluvial Film Company
Lance Hammer’s film “Ballast,” a critical favorite earlier this year at Sundance, begins with a remarkable shot, one of those shots that stick with you long after the rest of the movie has become a jumbled memory. A boy or young man in a down coat, seen from the rear, walks through the weeds into a flat, horizontal field, probably one where corn or cotton or soybeans are grown. From the coat and the light and the empty field, it appears to be winter, although part of the seductive power of “Ballast” is that elemental questions like where and when go unanswered. As the boy advances, a flock of scavenging birds — likely a murder of crows — explodes out of the field, and this almost painterly composition abruptly becomes a chaotic whirlwind.
It’s a heavily symbolic, “auteurist” image, one that seeks to present the film’s story in a single allegorical vision and also to suggest that the film’s characters have a close relationship to the natural landscape. (Closer, that is, than you and I.) “Ballast” was shot on 35 mm film using only natural light, specifically the winter light of the rural American South, a courageous and unlikely thing for a low-budget debut director to do in the age of hand-held video. Hammer and cinematographer Lol Crawley get breathtaking wide-screen results, in this opening scene and many others. But when I say that I’m never sure what “Ballast” is about, from beginning to end, I mean that I suspect that the film’s ambitious form and style are its true subject, and that its poor, African-American characters are themselves elements of that form, or colorful accessories to it.

Let’s back up for a second here, before I get involved in issuing some complicated indictment I may regret. My job in this column (as I see it) is to call attention to movies you might otherwise miss, worthwhile and provocative works likely to get minimal publicity and minimal distribution. “Ballast” is clearly one of the signal accomplishments of American independent film in 2008, and Hammer (previously a visual-effects designer on Hollywood films, including, amazingly enough, the execrable “Batman & Robin”) has embarked on a noble if quixotic mission to self-distribute it after retrieving the rights from IFC. As he correctly observed, his peculiar little film was likely to get lost amid that company’s crowded roster of Amerindies and imports. So now he’s trying to persuade strangers to see an unsummarizable, slow-moving picture about poor black people in the middle of the worst recession anyone can remember. It’s a haunting and beautiful experience and if you get the chance you shouldn’t miss it; whether you like “Ballast” or not, it’ll make an impression on you. Have we cleared that up?

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Finally, some good movies!

Posted in Movies with tags on September 28, 2008 by funofmovie

That’s amazing how life can turn everything its own way. Just like in these two movies opening today. Both of them tell us about two people who find themselves in new circumstances. They both have their own stories and their own reasons to escape, but life or destiny, whatever you call it, brings them together and helps them find answers. The only term to follow is they must stick together to change their lives for good. And find what they’re looking for, of course.

Eagle Eye starring , , , and is a thriller about two strangers thrown together by a strange call from a woman they have never met. Jerry Shaw (LaBeouf) has just lost his twin brother and Rachel Holloman (Monaghan) is a single mom, so they suddenly find out they’re fitted up as terrorists, and are threatened into becoming members of a group aiming to assassinate a politician. They must stick together to find out what’s really happening and why they’re involved.

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‘Solace’ Gets New Release Date

Posted in Movies with tags on August 21, 2008 by funofmovie

In an official news release sent out this afternoon, Columbia Pictures and MGM revealed that the North American release date for the 22nd James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, is being moved back one week to November 14.

Quantum of Solace is a seamless continuation of the storyline that began with the last film. We believe November 14th is a great date that allows us to play straight through Thanksgiving and right into Christmas. The Bond films have a long history of entertaining audiences in this holiday corridor going back to Goldeneye in 1995. The studio enjoyed tremendous success opening Casino Royale in North America on November 17, 2006, and we believe this decision will give the public a wider opportunity to see the film over the holiday,” said Jeff Blake, Chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for the Columbia Tristar Motion Picture Group, in the release.

The latest installment of the Bond franchise is directed by Marc Forster, whose varied career includes Monster’s Ball, Stay and Stranger Than Fiction.

While Amy Winehouse was attached at one point to sing a new theme song for the film, she was ultimately replaced by the duo of Jack White and Alicia Keys.

This will be the second time that Daniel Craig fills Bond’s shoes. The actor took over for Pierce Brosnan in 2006’s Casino Royale, which grossed a staggering $588 million worldwide.

As confirmed by the release, moving Solace is a response to the decision Warner Bros. recently made to move Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from November 21st to July 2009. Two other films, Disney’s Bolt and Summit’s Twilight, jumped into the position left open by Half-Blood Prince.

Second Opinion: Batman Begins (2004)

Posted in Movies with tags on July 19, 2008 by funofmovie

Spoilers below for Batman Begins and The Prestige.

For some reason, seeing Batman Begins after a couple of go-rounds with The Prestige — which actually works as a sort of companion piece — made a huge difference in how I read it. For one thing, the complexity and intensity of the characters in The Prestige, and that film’s signature idea of recursive psychological torture and physical self-sacrifice, worked as a new angle for my approach to the earlier movie. The Prestige reaches its climax only after magician Robert Angier’s quest for vengeance — which would come, for him, in the guise of a perfect illusion — culminates in the creation of a potentially endless series of doubles, each of which is drowned, night upon night, in a chilling act of self-flagellation. Once the first, magical, bifurcation occurs, it becomes impossible to say in a meaningful or definitive way which version of Angier is real, and which one is the copy — if, after the first duplicate has been made, that distinction has any meaning at all. Angier reaches the terminus of his journey, and finally works some real magic. But only at heinous cost.

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