Thursday, September 25, 2014

Gone Girl - Ben Affleck

Does a film clip inspire you enough to see a film? Dumb question perhaps, but I figure it would be the best question to ask for Gone Girl. Will the clip below get you to go to the movies and see the film. I know the ads have been taunting, but I don't know if it's enough for me. Don't get me wrong. I do appreciate Ben Affleck and with him, acting I mean, it's a hit or miss. Some movies he is great and others not so much and I fear the worst for him for this one. I could very well be wrong. But that hasn't happened much in the past (in film review that is). Gone Girl opens October 3rd. See the clip below and let me know what you think?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Begin Again - Kira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo, and Adam Levine

A solid cast I'd have to say, brought together to tap into the music business, lightly or realistically, it matters not as long as Mark Ruffalo and Kira Knightly are co-starring in the film. A down on his luck music-business executive (Ruffalo) meets a girl (Kira Knightly) who'd been dumped by her boyfriend (Adam Levine), attempting to become a famous rock-star. They meet at the worst hour of their life in a bar, one drinking his life away, while the other is singing to make a few dollars, and then everything changes.



*Just some interesting Trivia: Actors Toby Jones, who played Hitchcock, and Christian McKay who portrayed Orson Welles - both having done a fine job in my opinion in those films (click on the links to see the films), are portraying mediocre roles in Serena - not using their full potential.




Thursday, September 11, 2014

Jennifer Aniston - Cake and the Toronto Film Festival

I've been away for a while mostly because I've been travelling to promote my books. Just as the celebrity travel to promote their films. There is much to report from the TIFF (Toronto Film Festival) and I promise to roll up my sleeves and get right to it - detailing my views on films and such for the next coming year.

Cake, a film I followed from the original announcement until it's debut at the TIFF. The film stars Jennifer Aniston of course and one I actually cringed when I heard she'd be making. I guess we have typecast the A-lister to play nothing but funny and often times have a hard time seeing her in sad films. I read a review written here about the film and felt a little sad by the harsh comments and critique of Aniston's work. I get it, she may not have been able to deliver the role as expected but then again, this is something we are not used to seeing from Aniston. We expect her to be happy and golden all the time, fully in make-up with perfect hair and a body to die for. Well, I have to say I admire her efforts to step away from the expected and do something so out-of-character for 'forever Rachel.' It's gutsy, it's a grown-up effort to say -get over it- I feel comfortable doing this film.

I did see Aniston in Derailed a while back (2005) - very excited for the match up with her being my favorite female actor  and Clive Owen for being my favorite male actor. I have to admit I didn't like her in the role of Lucinda, but at the time she was going through troubles in her personal life, so the bleak images of her somewhat fit. This time around I am not sure about Claire in Cake. I'd have to wait and see when the film opens nationwide to make my fair assessment. Until then I leave you with this



Thursday, September 4, 2014

Magic In The Moonlight - A Woody Allen Film


It's funny - some films are promoted and advertised with the actors attached ot the movie - to get the buzz going. Woody Allen films are not as such. I think if you say its a Woody Allen film - it matters not who the actors are - it's a Woody Allen Film. Which by the way I've seen them all.

Here's the latest - I knew they were making a while back and followed the progress for months on end and to our delight the film was released July 25th in the US. I think I need to copy and paste the synopis here from the actual film site because to reword all this is crazy in my opinion, when the description below will do just fin.

"Chinese conjuror Wei Ling Soo is the most celebrated magician of his age, but few know that he is the stage persona of Stanley Crawford , a grouchy and arrogant Englishman with a sky-high opinion of himself and an aversion to phony spiritualists' claims that they can perform real magic. Persuaded byMore his life-long friend, Howard Burkan, Stanley goes on a mission to the Côte d'Azur mansion of the Catledge family: mother Grace, son Brice, and daughter Caroline. He presents himself as a businessman named Stanley Taplinger in order to debunk the alluring young clairvoyant Sophie Baker who is staying there with her mother. Sophie arrived at the Catledge villa at the invitation of Grace, who is convinced that Sophie can help her contact her late husband, and once there, attracted the attention of Brice, who has fallen for her head over heels. From his very first meeting with Sophie, Stanley dismisses her as an insignificant pip-squeak who he can unmask in no time, scoffing at the family's gullibility. To his great surprise and discomfort, however, Sophie accomplishes numerous feats of mind-reading and other supernatural deeds that defy all rational explanation, leaving him dumbfounded. Before long, Stanley confesses to his beloved Aunt Vanessa that he has begun to wonder whether Sophie's powers could actually be real. If they were to be true, Stanley realizes that anything might be possible, even good, and his entire belief system would come crashing down. What follows is a series of events that are magical in every sense of the word and send the characters reeling. In the end, the biggest trick this film plays is the one that fools us all."

The film which I haven't seen has rated from 3-4 star, I think a norm for Woody Allen films these days, but that's not why we need to see the movie. We need to see it because its Woody Allen. :) and a period film with wonderful costumes and set.

Anyway, in the US a film opens in one month and the next month it's on DVD-rental so since Magic In The Moonlight was released July 25th - I am certain its on DVD - so I will wait and make my final analysis then. Let me know if you've seen it and what do you think?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pierce Brosnan - November Man

Pierce Brosnan

You know it is a bad thing to be typcast, but then again for some actors, its a good thing - they do it so perfectly when cast in the same type of role over and over again. Pierce Brosnan is one of those actors and to me the second best Bond - after Sean Connery of course.

So, Brosnan has November Man coming out in a few weeks or so, with a sequel (yeah!) and another thriller project titled I.T. - not too much action, but along those lines. 

What do you think? Are you excited?