Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

 

Sin City A Dame to Kill For poster

Sin City A Dame to Kill For poster

The highly stylized noir graphic novel is getting a second shot at the box office. The original 2005 ‘Sin City’ was stunning in its jump from page to screen; Frank Miller’s source material never looked better. For the sequel he and Robert Rodriguez bring us back to Basin City and crank up everything. The look is just as stunning. Here’s all they are saying so far about this one:

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Sabotage

I see the title for this movie and the first thing that pops into my head is this:  (more…)

RoboCop

 

Teaser poster for the new 'RoboCop'

Teaser poster for the new ‘RoboCop’

The Hollywood reimaging/remaking machine just keeps rolling on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on an… sorry I was suck in a loop. I needed a reboot. Which is a term that should be reserved mostly for computers not movies. There is/are the rare exception(s). This may be one of them.  (more…)

Runner Runner

Runner Runner Poster

Runner Runner Poster

 

Ben is playing a badass… and from what I can see it looks like he is doing a damn fine job. Why is he a badass? Here is the official telling of what is going on in 20th Century Fox’s ‘Runner Runner’.

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Trance

By Scuzz

 

Trance Poster

Trance Poster

Art auction galleries have lots of rules and security measures. Best way to get a piece of valuable art? Inside job!

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The Wolf of Wall Street

 

'The Wolf of Wall Street' book cover

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ book cover

This movie is based on the real life of Jordan Belfort. Mr. Belfort was the founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont in the early 90’s where sex, drugs and other people’s money was used and abused. The man was indicted and charged with securities fraud and money laundering in 1998 and served just under two years for some of his crimes.

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Prisoners

 

Prisoners Poster

Prisoners Poster

During the 80’s child abductions were a major part of the nightly news. ‘Stranger Danger’ PSA’s and similar materials were being shown in schools and taught to kids. People were terrified of losing their children.  I remember going to Kmart when I was in 3rd grade to get an ID made. It was a program sponsored by the local police department where I was fingerprinted, had my picture taken, my vital statistics collected and all of that was put onto a replica driver’s license for my parents to keep just in case something happened to me. (more…)

Maniac

 

Elijah Wood in 'Maniac'

Elijah Wood in ‘Maniac’

Two of my favorite young actors out there right now are Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Elijah Wood. I talked a little about JGL in my look at his new movie ‘Don Jon’. Now with Elijah’s new movie I get to gush over his talent for a minute.

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The Bling Ring

 

Emma Watson in 'The Bling Ring'

Emma Watson in ‘The Bling Ring’

This movie is based on the ‘Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch’. This was a group of mainly teenagers, who from ’08-’09 pilfered rich and famous people in and around the Hollywood Hills area to the tune of over $3 million. The crew repeatedly broke in and robbed Paris Hilton, with the majority of the cash and swag they retrieved, they stole from her.

In the fictional representation of these real life events, we get to see the combination of two very talented people; Emma Watson and Sofia Coppola. Emma’s career is smoking hot right now with her fantastic performance in the wonderful movie (which I own) ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’. Plus a big Biblical epic staring her and Russell Crowe due out next year ‘Noah’, her star is firmly ensconced high in the Hollywood sky. Sofia is a fantastic writer and a very talented director. From ‘The Virgin Suicides’ to ‘Marie Antoinette’ to the phenomenal ‘Lost in Translation’ she has the skill and the eye.

Emma Watson & Sofia Coppola

Emma Watson & Sofia Coppola

Sofia has as a way of pulling out these exceptional performances which has me very excited to see what she has done with Emma and everyone else in this one. Have to wait till mid-June to see.

 

 

 

 

 

Pusher

By Scuzz

 

Richard Coyle in Pusher

Richard Coyle in Pusher

A small time drug dealer in London sets up a larger score and things fall apart. They fall apart bad.

When I saw the trailer for this movie I was immediately sold because of the lead actor, Richard Coyle. This man is amazing! I first came across him in a BBC series called Coupling. He plays Jeff the weird friend we know we all have. He’s had a decent movie career that I am slowly trying to catch up on. If you have a chance go watch an episode of Coupling.

The cast of BBC's 'Coupling'

The cast of BBC’s ‘Coupling’

(TAMN here: I recommend watching Coupling season 2 episode 1 ‘The Man with Two Legs’ or season 1 episode 5 ‘The Girl with Two Breasts’. Both showcase Richard’s character Jeff as well as how brilliant the show was. He also had a great 7 episode arc on the USA show ‘Covert Affairs’ that is worth watching.)

But I digress back to the movie. With Richard taking up the main actor duties the rest of the cast really doesn’t leave much too any slack in their performances. Let’s get to the brass tacks though before I wander too far off topic; between the acting, the story and the really good electro soundtrack, done by the amazing duo Orbital, this movie paints a wonderfully dark picture that is a joy to watch.

Final Verdict: This movie is a renter. (I plan on purchasing it when I have the chance.)

Pusher is available now on most rental services (like Amazon Instant Video) and on DVD from UK sellers.

 

 

 

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