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Sunday, April 29, 2007

May 2nd, 2007 Releases






Alpha Dog



Kate Says: I went into this film not expecting a whole lot, but was pleasantly surprised. I think one of the main deterrents for people is the fact that Justin Timberlake is in it: hey, as it turns out the guy is a pretty good actor. For some reason he seemed to be over-acting in the first few scenes, but as the film goes on it turns out he's actually quite good, and the initial acting seems to be due moreso to his character than his acting ability. The entire cast does a pretty solid job; Ben Foster is particularly excellent as Jake Mazursky. The ending is actually very surprising (unless you are familiar with the story, which I was not). The follow-up ending was pretty choppy and disjointed, but since it was based on actual events and each of the several characters' stories come to an end at varying intervals of time, I understand that the ending couldn't really go fluidly while staying true to the actual timeline. "Alpha Dog" is based, fairly accurately, on a bizarre, actual kidnapping that happened a few years back. The names have been changed, but if you're interested in the real story look up "Jesse James Hollywood," although I would very much advise doing so after watching this film, as to not ruin the ending.
Leo Says: I was very pleased with this film I felt the acting was very accurate, the characters reactions to situations were almost spot on and even mister Timberlake was good, though dude who played the skin/crackhead was definitely the best. 8 out of 10.






Dreamgirls









Little Children









The Hitcher



Kate Says: I thoroughly enjoyed "The Hitcher." It's not going to win any Oscars, but it was a great thriller/horror film. Sean Bean is quite convincing as the deranged psycho, and the entire cast was fairly strong. This film had adequate suspense, good startling scenes and a healthy amount of violence/gore. As far as Hollywood horror flicks go, I'd give this one an 8.5/10
Leo Says: I agree with Kate. Also I have really been enjoying the latest slough of horror films. This one was well played and had plenty of fast paced and suspenseful violence that made me chuckle like an evil baby.






Topo, El



Kate Says: Brutal. Eerie. Disturbing. Spiritual. Beautiful.








The Holy Mountain


Leo Says: So, take one wacky and twisted artist and tell him to make a film about Jesus seeking gold and power in the world of big business through crazy spiritual rituals, add a bunch of naked people a giant hook a midget with no arms or legs a few bottles of booze a couple a joints and then mash it together and film it. Now what would you get? Apparently you get the holy mountain and it is neeto.
I have been looking for this film for over 12 years and even with 12years of waiting and building up anticipation and all that jazz I was very pleased and can not wait to see the rest of his films. 10 out of 10.






Fando y Lis









Archangel



Kate Says: I was quite impressed with this film. "Archangel" is an action/drama/thriller revolving around Josef Stalin, and a fictional mysterious personal notebook of his. Daniel Craig plays a historian who finds himself in the middle of a dangerous cover up by the government. The acting is quite well done, there is substantial suspense and it doesn't try to pass itself off as a historical-docu-drama. Honestly, I didn't like the ending - it seemed very abrupt-, although the overall enjoyment of the film was not tarnished by this. A decent thriller, I'd give "Archangel" a 7/10.







Bluthochzeit, Die (The Wedding Party)



Kate Says: "The Wedding Party" is a very odd, intense somewhat creepy film rich with dark, sardonic humour. A wedding day begins quite normally, but takes a turn for the worse when the father of the bride refuses to pay the bill for the wedding dinner due to a disagreement with the restaurant owner; a standoff begins when the owner takes the bride and her mother-in-law hostage and things just get weirder from there. A quirky, dark and ultimately entertaining movie, "The Wedding Party" is a German film and definitely has a European feel to it; for those who do not watch a lot of foreign films or enjoy them, the humour may be lost. This is definitely not the type of film you would find in Hollywood; it is definitely worth a watch.






Who the Fuck Is Jackson Pollock?










Griffin & Phoenix









Moustache, La


Country:France
Language:French / English / Cantonese








Illegal Aliens



Cast: Anna Nicole Smith, Joanie Laurer
Trivia: Anna Nicole Smith's last film. more






10 Items or Less










Têtes interverties, Les (la cravate)("The Severed Head" or "The Transposed Heads"


Kate Says: "La Cravate" is Alejandro Jodorowsky's directorial debut. This film, a 1953 remake of Thomas Mann's 'The Transposed Heads,' was lost for 50 years, only to be found in an attic in Germany in 2006. Although it is quite short, it is very interesting; choreographed beautifully, it is about a girl who sells heads which you can exchange for you own. The message was summed up nicely by Jodorowsky himself: "You are not a body who has a spirit, you are a spirit who has a body." A unique little piece of art.








Peindre ou faire l'amour (To Paint of Make Love)

Saturday, April 21, 2007

April 24 2007 Releases







The Queen









"Planet Earth"




Episodes inc: 14, One hour episodes.
1: FROM POLE TO POLE. A look at the planet as a whole that considers the key factors that have shaped its natural history.
2: MOUNTAINS. A tour of our mightiest mountain ranges and some of the most reclusive creatures on the planet and how they survive.
3: FRESH WATER. Water falls, canyons, frozen lakes, wetlands, mountain streams and great rivers (many of which were previously unexplored) showcasing the unique and dramatic wildlife found within.
4: CAVES. Astonishing Crystals, cave angel fish, 5million bats, and plenty of creatures many of which never see the light of the outside world.
5: DESERTS. 30% of the worlds land surface, our worlds most varied ecosystem "Who would-av-thunk it eh?
6: ICE WORLDS. Polar bears, penguins + many others and the harsh world the inhabit.
7: GREAT PLAINS. From the baking Savannahs of Africa to the frozen tundra of the arctic we get the worlds greatest gatherings of wildlife on earth + predators.
8: JUNGLES. The most productive places on earth shot from the dark forest floor, up through the layers of vegetation and across the canopy, Amazing stuff.
9: SHALLOW SEAS. From tropical coral paradises to storm-ravaged icy polar seas they reveal seas of great contrast and surprise.
10: SEASONAL FORESTS. From the evergreen forests of the frozen north to the deciduous dry forests of the tropics these are the tallest, largest and oldest organisms on the planet as well as a fascinating range of wildlife.
11: OCEAN DEEP. The most unexplored part of the planet reveals some of its most amazing to watch creatures, so very unique.
The Future:
1: SAVING SPECIES. Asks the experts if there really is a problem, looks at the reasons behind the declining numbers of particular animals and questions how we choose which species we want to conserve.
2: INTO THE WILDERNESS. Pollution, climate change and the growing humane population are all putting pressure on the earth's wilderness including the Bialowieza forest, the Gobi desert and such. So how much of the planet is still wilderness? and why should we care? this episode explores why these uninhabited expanses are important for our survival as well as that of all creatures on the planet.
3: LIVING TOGETHER: How can conservation fit into this new world driven by economics and development?

Leo Says: Amazing, Stunning BBC at there absolute best 10 out of 10 what more needs to be said.








Deja Vu



Leo Says: Very entertaining, this is a good solid well made piece of entertainment I really enjoyed it. 7 out of 10








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Night at the Museum











The Lost Tomb of Jesus












Caffeine











UFC 61: Bitter Rivals




Leo Says: If you like this sort of thing it's great fun.







UFC: Ultimate Knockouts 4

April 17 2007 releases

April 10 2007 releases

Sunday, April 01, 2007

April 3, 2007 Releases






The Good Shepherd



Leo Says: One of my 2 favourite films of 2006. One of the best spy movies ever. Early days of the CIA and their war of disinformation, fought against the KGB to try and gain control of countries and resources. Superbly directed by Robert De Niro, backed by an amazingly well written script by Eric Roth and all of the acting was flawless. The only reason I will not give this a 10/10 is because of the slight lack of clarity in the unfolding of the story's timeline. 9.5 out of 10.






Volver




Kate Says: I really enjoyed this movie. Penelope Cruz gives what I believe to be her best performance and the entire cast does a wonderful job. Essentially, "Volver" is a comedy-drama about four women living in Spain. It centers around their trouble with men, friendship, survival and dignity. While this may sound incredibly cheesy and cliche, it is anything but. For one thing, a main theme is death, murder and supersititions regarding the dead, although this is symbolic of life and what each character values, rather than simply macabre. "Volver" is a glimpse into the lives of four Spanish women. It is quirky, touching and highly character driven. I very much reccomend this film, and it is one that can be enjoyed regardless of genre preference.

Leo Says: Superbly subtly twisted. This is the newest film by Pedro Almodóvar (we have several of his others) and the first that I have watched and I can tell you that I will be watching more from him soon as I have the time. 9 out of 10.






Charlotte's Web



Kate Says: Unlike the majority of kids' movies that have come out lately, "Charlotte's Web" is not really a comedy, although it has it's amusing moments/lines and I even laughed out loud several times. Considering E.B White's classic novel, "Charlotte's Web," was not a comedy, this makes sense. I loved this book as a child, and I haven't read it for many years but from what I can recall the movie stays true to the book. The absolutely adorable piglet playing 'Wilbur' is cause enough to watch this film; "Charlotte's Web" is a very sweet, touching and amusing film featuring the voices of great actors such as Robert Redford, Julia Roberts, Kathy Bates and John Cleese. This is a film that your child (or your inner-child) will certainly enjoy.

Leo Says: Not my favourite family film but I can't argue with the quality, I would have loved it if I had kids and had watched it with them. Well acted decent directing and a fair adaptation of the book. I kinda felt that they tried to add elements of animal farm into the story and they did not fit. Kids will love it and parents will aprove. 6 out of 10




A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash




Leo Says: Very few Documentaries are this good. This film tells the story of oil, it gives a good history lesson, it makes the viewer aware of how oil is used and how it has been used and gives us a few ideas as to how the future as far as energy may play out. I know most people are afraid to rent doc's because they are afraid that all they will see is a doom and gloom look at our future this is not the case here. This film presents a lot of facts about our past and present as well as many options for our future and they are positive about it.




"Twin Peaks" - Season 2








Ils (Them)



Kate Says: The first thing to note is that the first scene is in French, with no options for English dubbing/subtitles. I do not know why this is; however the remainder of the movie is English dubbed. Fortunately, you can tell what's going on in the first scene even if you don't speak French, and while it does obviously play a role in the movie, the characters are not mentioned/in the rest of the movie; this scene is just set up to give the audience a scare and a sense of what is to come. To summarize, "Them" is based on a true account of a couple who awake in the middle of the night because the woman hears something outside; they are then terrorized by the unseen "them" and the movie progresses from there. This movie had a genuinely creepy feel to it; because you don't see who or what "they" are until the very last scene, the eerieness is intesified. While this is a slower paced movie - certainly not an action packed horror- it was surprisingly good; I particularly enjoyed the way it was filmed, the lighting etc. A good, creepy movie based on true events.








Opal Dream








Copying Beethoven








Jump In!








The King Maker








Chestnut: Hero of Central Park










Große Stille, Die (Into Great Silence)




2 lados de la cama, Los (The 2 Sides of the Bed)








The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief