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Robert Reed: The Cull

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Hollywood News

Showtime renews ‘Big C,’ ‘Weeds’

Great news. I love “Weeds“.  I have to admit that my interest was re-energized in season 4, when Albert Brooks entered the show for a few episodes. Also the change of scenery helped this show a lot. Haven’t watched new season yet, but I DVRd it already.

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Legend of the Guardians movie trailer on Youtube

Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning to star in J.J. Abrams’ ‘Super 8’

Super 8 trailer on Youtube

You know Kyle Chandler from these great shows:

J.J. Abrams directed the reboot of “Star Trek“.

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Lone Star tv show review

New York Magazine review

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Weekend box office 09/17/2010-09/19/2010

 1

 

 

  The Town

 

 

  $ 23,800,000

 

 

  Warner Bros.

 

 

 I really want to see this film. Somehow this one reminds me of “Point Break“. Maybe it’s just the costumes of bank robbers? Anyway this is a hit for Ben Afflect, who made a smart move of directing his own movie and casting himself in the lead. Blake Lively from “Gossip Girl” is also interesting, as well as great Jon Hamm from “Mad Men“.

2

 Easy A

 

 

  18,200,000

 

 

  Sony

Emma Stone starrer. New teen movie queen is born.

 

 

 3

 

 

  Devil

 

 

  12,584,000

 

 

  Universal

Read my review below. Lowest box office for a movie associated with Mr M. Night S.

 

 

  4

 

 

  Resident Evil: Afterlife

 

 

  10,100,000

 

 

  43,991,000

 

 

  Sony

So far running below other  3 movies in the series  in attendance, but huge overseas.

 

 

 5

 

 

  Alpha and Omega

 

 

  9,200,000

 

 

  Lionsgate

Lionsgate is not know for great cartoon movies. A flop. Was mostly attended by moms and their daughters. Will be on DVD soon. 

 

 

 6

 

 

  Takers

 

 

  3,000,000

 

 

  52,346,000

 

 

  Sony

Doing OK. I have no interest in seeing the movie with this cast. Yawn…

 

 

  7

 

 

  The American

 

 

  2,756,000

 

 

 32,856,000

 

 

  Focus

Great movie. Another semi-flop for George Clooney. Too bad. This one will probably do OK overseas. Someone called this film “a foreign movie with George Clooney”. Wish this film was a bigger box office success here.

 

 

 8

 

 

  Inception

 

 

  2,015,000

 

 

  Warner Bros.

Huge hit. No more comments.

 

 

  8

 

 

  The Other Guys

 

 

  2,000,000

 

 

  115,431,000

 

 

  Sony

Mark Wahlberg in a comedy. Smart choice after many disappointments at the box office, including “Max Payne“, which incidentally was a great sci-fi movie.

10

 

 

  Eat Pray Love

 

 

  1,700,000

 

 

  77,686,000

 

 

  Sony

Saw this one with my wife. Preachy semi-fun travelogue. Julia Robert did not look too good, but a semi-hit for her resume.

10

 

 

  Machete

 

 

  1,700,000

 

 

  24,336,000

 

 

  Fox

You will forget this film was ever made in about 2 weeks. Will do OK on DVD.

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George Clooney: His Career so far

George Clooney Pictures

George Clooney is a big star right now. Everyone knows who he is. He won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the Syriana (2005).

At the same time while he is able to open a movie to reasonable box office results, his movies rarely reach $100 mil at the box office and frequently make a lot less, unless he is teamed up with another big star like Brad Pitt, as in “Ocean’s Eleven” remake.

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His very liberal political views have been mentioned as one of the reasons why he is not even a bigger star. Some filmgoers refuse to see his movies, since they dislike his political views.

I am a big fan of George Clooney and have been following his career for a while now.

Here is my list of his best movies and some clunkers as well. Please be patient with me as I work on this blog entry.

From Dusk Till Dawn” (1996).

George Clooney received MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance for this film. I like this movie. It is an interesting blend of road movie, vampire hunter movie, rogue criminals kidnapping a family movie, and of course Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis and George Clooney movie. Clooney as Seth Gecko looks very young, brash and energetic. His peformance is not very polished yet. He walks and talks fast, but already sports his trademark Clooney stare. Salma Heyek is a sexy head of vampire run brothel and has some very good chemistry with Clooney.

When the film turns into bloodbath with brothel customers and kidnapped family of Harvey Keitel’s priest with them, agains a horde of bloodthirsty stripper vampires, it get a little repetitive with a “break the chair against vampire’s head, watch them walk away unharmed and then drive a stake into their heart” bits, but overall the film is a lot of fun. Highly recommended!

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“Devil” movie review

This is an early review for the movie “Devil” released by Universal Pictures on Sept 17th 2010.

Devil

  

http://www.universalpictures.com/devil/

The story for the movie is written by currently much reviled film director M. Night Shyamalan. The movie is starring Chris Messina, Geoffrey Arend, Logan Marshall and Matt Craven and is about a group of people trapped in a high-rise elevator with the Devil himself.

First of all let me start with Mr. M. Night Shyamalan. I like this director. From the moment I saw “Sixth Sense” and was blown away by its clever reversal of everything the movie seemed to be about, I was very curious about this director. I was disappointed by “Unbreakable”, even though I am a big fan of Bruce Willis. The beginning during the train crash setting up Bruce Willis’s superhuman character was amazing. Samuel L. Jackson brittle as glass character was interesting as well. I was just expecting some payoff from the film that never came. “The Sixth Sense” made about $290 mil in the US and “Unbreakable” made about $95 mil in the US.

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“Unbreakable” did not dissaude me from watching the director’s other movies.  His next movie was “Signs” with Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix. The movie was a perfect alien invasion story with little shown on screen, but what remained was a sense of dread and impending doom for its protagonists. When the actual alien finally shows up, it didn’t matter any longer. The director managed to create perfect science fiction film virtually without any CGI. Considering that most of the film is set inside a house or under the house all the needed special effects were provided by my own mind. “Signs” made about $228 mil in the US.

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I even liked the “Village” ($114 mil in the US) with its striking trailer, interesting first half and ridiculous revelation about the origins of the village. As is often the case in popular culture, some writers or filmmakers are able to hint at something and make us expect some amazing revelation, but they cannot go beyond the conventional explanation at the end. Popular Fox TV show “Fringe” is an example with its interesting setup about various unexplained and horrible crimes appearing to be linked to some world encompassing conspiracy, before devolving into monster of the week plots obviously meant to prolong the suspense. Now with the parallel world storyline, the original idea of world wide conspiracy seems to be forgotten. Why were all these crimes committed? For what purpose? I don’t think we’ll see an answer to these questions soon.

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I hated “Lady in the Water” (just $42 mil in the US), but in case you are interested check it out on Amazon.com  by clicking this link.

I have nothing positive to say about this urban fantasy creation. At the movie theatre showing this movie, people in the audience were actually laughing in the most inappropriate places. The movie was really really bad.

“The Happening” did better financially than “Lady in the Water” bringing over $64 mil in the US. Some people ridiculed the idea of the movie, but I liked the unseen menace and the apocalyptic feel of the film. Mark Wahlberg was excellent in his usual stoic role. Who else by M. Night would think up of Nature as the villain in the story? The guy is certainly inventive. 

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I did not watch “The Last Airbender”. Its story has no appeal for me. I know that this was one of the worst reviewed films in 2010.

For the proof of this claim read the article titled “Is Last Airbender the Worst Movie Ever?“.

Now back to the reason for this post.

“Devil” is a great movie. Originally I did not know how I would feel about watching 80min movie set entirely inside the elevator. However the director John Erick Dowdle widened the scope of the story by focusing on the troubled cop, played by Chris Messina, investigating a possible suicide in the same high-rise building. So what we get is the storyline with people trapped inside the elevator and cop’s investigation into the suicide. Two storylines quickly converge. The film was pleasantly dark with rainy bleak weather providing a nice counterpoint to the bleakness of the story. Each of the characters was well developed and I kept wondering which one is the Devil, looking from face to face. There were plenty of red herrings provided in the script to make me wonder until then end. I thought the ending was a bit predictable, but I did not see it coming. I only recognized a few of the actors featured in the movie. For me it featured the cast of mostly unknowns.

Matt Craven at the LA screening of Universal's The Life of David Gale

Matt Craven was the only actor I saw in more than one film before. He was in “A Few Good Men” as Lt Dave Spradling. 

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He also had a small part in “Public Enemies” starring Johnny Depp.

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Overall I give “Devil” film 4 out of 5 stars. It was enjoyable, suspensful and scary at times.

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