Thursday, May 23, 2013
Barbara Streisand, who I have been a fan of for decades, not only her singing but her acting and when I got word she would be starting in a film with Seth Rogan, I shrugged it off, feeling a bit disappointed. But last night, I rented the film Guilt Trip, cleverly titled and I have to say I was utterly amused and entertained, silly as the film may be.
Although, writing credit goes to Dan Fogleman, I feel like Streisand and Rogen’s characters ad-libbed or improvised the entire dialogue. See these are the little things I focus on in the film. The fact the dialogue sounded so natural it was almost improvised and maybe it was. We will never know unless we speak to the actors and writer himself.
The best thing about a film with Streisand is, no matter what, you find yourself laughing. Maybe because of her high pitched voice, or silliness or facial expressions, but any way you turn you laugh. The only other thing I couldn’t get over is, how much Jennifer Aniston looks like Barbara Streisand.
Anyway, aside from all the frivolous details, the story is about an overly nurturing mother and her son, bonding over the course of a week spent driving across America, while the son pitches his invention to impressionable companies nearly running this country (US). In terms of consumer goods and what we should and shouldn’t buy. During the week, we learn how similar mother and son are and what sets them apart. The conversation touches up on love, family, tradition, and most of all nostalgia. It’s a cute story and given the fact, Streisand seems to have made a comeback, I’d see anything she makes.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Jack Reacher, a film which I am sure has received mixed reviews and criticism, is actually a cool movie to see. But only if you happen to be a Dragnet or any old school detective shows on television or even Sin City.
The film, smartly written, meaning the dialogue is pretty ‘antique’ compared to today’s modern language, keeps you on your toes. If you don’t follow the dialogue, it’s hard to get the just of the movie and that is perhaps the reason, it didn’t take off as much say the Mission Impossible films for Tom Cruise.
The story, very simple, is about a military man accused of going on a shooting rampage. The twists and turns leading to properly investigate whether or not he is guilty is definitely eye opening and full of suspense, although I was able to figure out the plot on more than one occasion. I guess that’s because I intrepert films differently than most viewers. Anyway, rent it since the film went quickly to DVD and Netflx. I am very sure, you won’t be disappointed and remember, unlike most movies of today, this one requires that you actually pay attention to the conversation rather than the action.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Summit Entertainment is getting ready for Red 3, just in case, Red 2, due for release in August 2013 is a hit. This statement about sums up what is known as being pro-active in the real world. Although some critics are pessimistic about the whole idea of considering No 3 before No 2 is out, I say, why not? (In this case that is).
Red - the first film with Bruce Willis, Helen Miren, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman and more was one film I truly enjoyed and appreciated. It's a wonderful twist on action films past the age of 60. There isn't much to think about the film, nor analyze it, just sit back and enjoy and I can foresee (only if the action is creative) No 2 being a hit, hence a need for No 3.
Have I confused you so far? If so, go rent Red (The first one) and see it, then in August see No 2 and let me know what you think? Should Summit plan for No 3 or retire the entire cast.
Friday, May 17, 2013
I guess in any career, a person looks for a challenge after years of doing the same thing and in the case of Hollywood, if you are tired of being in front of the screen, then behind it is the next step up. Two stars who have announced their recent directorial debut are Scarlett Johansson and John Slattery (Roger Sterling in Mad Man).
Johansson is due to direct Summer Crossing, a novel by Truman Capote, which was apparently lost until 2005 and published thereafter.
Slattery, who'd been directing various episodes of Mad Men, will make his debut with the film God's Pocket (Peter Dexter Novel).
I am actually glad to hear this bit of news, because having seen both actors in films and shows, I see the potential. Well maybe more so Slattery then Johansson. But who knows, I may be wrong.
This reminds me, did anyone see the film In The Land of Blood And Honey, Angelia Jolie's first directorial film? If so, I have two questions for you: Is it better to see Jolie in front of the camera or behind it? How do you think the film was, based on the fact, it was her first directorial debut?
Just curious to see which actor stands out best behind the camera in the next generation of want to be directors.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
You know, this is the only news I like hearing about Tom Cruise. The fact, he will be involved with MI-5. Even at almost 51, the man does his own stunts and more. Pretty impressive and for sure one of the best investments an actor has made during his career, both behind and in front of the screen.
Not too much has been decided, so by the time the script is written and a director is tied to the project, Tom would have aged another year or so. I have to say I applaud his gusto. Stay tuned if you are a fan and we can learn a few more things together (in the near future) concerning the Mission Impossible franchise.
Friday, May 10, 2013
This weekend, being that it's mother's day, is ideal for the opening of the film The Great Gatsby. The much anticipated remake, with fresh new actors, portraying classic characters of decades gone by. I cannot believe all the articles written about the film, mostly great and some skeptical. Either way the film sounds exciting and one that was chosen for the Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony.
Let's hope the film delivers all expectations or maybe, we have to not compare, to appreciate the remake. Watch the trailer and let me know what you think? Will you see the film or not?
Friday, May 3, 2013
1. So glad to hear Bradley Cooper has pulled out of Jane Got A Gun. I said it weeks ago, that wasn't the right role for him, conflicting work schedules or not, glad he removed himself from the cast.
2. Christopher Nolan - sci fi project - Interstelllar now has Jessica Chastain tide to it, along with Matthew McConaughy and Anne Hathaway. Anytime a cast such as this has signed on to play in sci fi films, I can't help but reflect on Nothing Hill - Julia Robert's film roles as a celeb in the movie. Not a fan, even tho I do have the utmost respect for Christopher Nolan.
5. Reese Witherspoon, oh how I love her, will star in a sci fi along with Keenu Reeves (why so many sci fi?) not my favorite genre, I'm sorry. This story is about a single passenger (Reeves) who wakes from his cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone everybody else and since he is faced with the odds of growing old and dying alone, h wakes up a woman (Witherspoon) to spend time with him. Ugh.
And there you have it. Not too much to report and just like any other shortage of jobs in any other field, actors are becoming desperate for any role.