Tagged ‘Drama‘

Movie Trailer: Kick-Ass

Are you sick of comic book flicks? I’m not. And Kick-Ass aims to turn them all on their heads.

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Movie Trailer: The Road

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FINALLY. We have the first trailer for John Hillcoat’s The Road. They’re playing up the action and intensity here. Don’t be fooled by the tone on display here, I’m sure this still is going to be faithful to Cormac McCarthy’s bleak and deliberately paced novel.

Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other. [Excerpt from Cormac McCarthy’s Novel, The Road]

Plot Synopsis:

The Road tells the story of a man (Viggo Mortensen) and his young son (Kodi Smit McPhee) traveling through a desperate, post-apocalyptic world. The film co-stars Robert Duvall and Charlize Theron, and Guy Pearce.

Watch the trailer in High Definition on Yahoo. The Road will hit theaters on October 16th, 2009.

[Source: First Showing, SlashFilm]

Movie Review: JCVC



Rating: ★★★★½ 

Directed By: Mabrouk El Mechri

Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme

Plot Synopsis:

Between his tax problems and his legal battle with his wife for the custody of his daughter, these are hard times for the action movie star who finds that even Steven Seagal has pinched a role from him! In JCVD, Jean-Claude Van Damme returns to the country of his birth to seek the peace and tranquility he can no longer enjoy in the United States.


Can a movie change your perception of an aging actor? Bruce Campbell gave us fans an homage movie with My Name Is Bruce.  Stallone brought back Rambo and Rocky Balboa.  Mickey Rourke turned in a heart felt and amazing performance with The Wrestler.  Who’s next? Schwartzenegger? Seagal? Nope.  It’s Jean-Claude Van Damme.  And he’s turned in the performance of a lifetime with JCVD.

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LucasFilm’s Red Tails Has a Director and Cast


George Lucas‘ much discussed project Red Tails finally has a director and cast.  The LucasFilm produced movie about the Tuskegee Airmen (the first all-black, elite corps of fighter pilotes that flew for the US Air Corps in WWII).

The film will be directed by Anthony Hemingway (known so far for directing episodes of True Blood, Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, The Wire) and will star Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard and Bryan Cranston.

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Movie Trailer: Powder Blue

Powder Blue: Feature Trailer
music by Didier Lean Rachou

Powder Blue: Teaser Trailer
music by The Soul’s Release (Dripping Whispers)

[UPDATED] Credits for the music used in each trailer added.  This film’s going to have a great soundtrack (Thanks to post commentators James McKee and serpico).

There were rumblings that Powder Blue was the “Jessica Biel plays a stripper and gets naked” movie.  However, looking at the trailer, it looks like there’s something more substantial here.

Plot Synopsis after the jump (it’s a bit of a read):

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Movie Review: The Fall

The Fall

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Directed By: Tarsem Singh

Starring: Catinca Untaru, Lee Pace

Plot Synopsis:

Los Angeles, circa 1920‘s, a little immigrant girl (Catinca Untaru) finds herself in a hospital recovering from a fall. She strikes up a friendship with a bedridden man (Lee Pace) who captivates her with a whimsical story that removes her far from the hospital doldrums into the exotic landscapes of her imagination.

Making sure he keeps the girl interested in the story he interweaves her family and people she likes from the hospital into his tale. Produced and directed by Tarsem with a screenplay by Dan Gilroy, Nico Soultanakis and Tarsem. Starring Lee Pace and Catina Untaru.


I have never seen anything like Tarsem‘s The Fall.  His last movie, The Cell, was visually stunning, but lacked a compelling story.  The Fall combines incredible visuals with an extremely moving and memorable story.  I can honestly say this was the most beautiful film experience I’ve ever had.

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Movie Trailer: Public Enemies

Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in the Michael Mann directed Depression Era gangster flick, Public Enemies.  I’m there.

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Movie Review: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Directed By: Peter Sollett

Starring: Michael Cera, Kat Dennings

Plot Synopsis:

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is a comedy about two people thrust together for one hilarious, sleepless night of adventure in a world of mix tapes, late-night living, and, live, loud music. Nick (Michael Cera) frequents New York’s indie rock scene nursing a broken heart and a vague ability to play the bass.

Norah (Kat Dennings) is questioning pretty much all of her assumptions about the world. Though they have nothing in common except for their taste in music, their chance encounter leads to an all-night quest to find a legendary band’s secret show and ends up becoming the first date in a romance that could change both their lives.(Amazon)


Teen comedies are really hit or miss for me these days.  Some are smart and funny (Superbad) while others leave me scratching my head with how out of touch with reality they are (High School Musical).  Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist does a great job of being mostly rooted in reality with a believable (enough) love story.  What it does right is make me miss the days when I used to go to shows and stay out all night with no real responsibilities.  Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is a smart, funny and sweet little movie.

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Movie Review: Slumdog Millionare

Slumdog Millionaire

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Directed By: Danny Boyle

Starring: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor

Plot Synopsis:

Slumdog Millionaire is the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”

But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show’s questions.

Intrigued by Jamal’s story, the jaded Police Inspector begins to wonder what a young man with no apparent desire for riches is really doing on this game show?

When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out… (Trailer Addict)


It’s not every day a movie with no stars and small budget has the success that Danny Boyle’s newest movie Slumdog Millionaire has had.  This film came out of nowhere, with very little marketing and is now winner of the coveted Best Picture Oscar (along with numerous more Oscars including Best Director for Danny Boyle).  Slumdog Millionare is one of the most memorable, beautiful and affecting movies I’ve seen in a long time.

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