Month: September 2009

Back To The Future (1985)

What do you get when you combine stolen plutonium, a skateboarding kid named Marty, a wild haired Doc, a DeLorean car? That’s right the classic 1985 movies called Back To The Future, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and  Crispin Glover. Marty (Michael J Fox) is pretty much you’re typical skateboarding, guitar playing, girlfriend having, teenage kid from the 80’s. After a day of school and dinner with his family. Marty heads off to help his friend Dr. Emmit Brown (Christopher Lloyd). who is a little out there, ‘Doc’, to Marty’s surprise has invented a time machine out of a DeLorean sports car. Which by the way is powered by plutonium, Doc got the plutonium from Libyan Nationalist who wanted Doc to build them a bomb, he doesn’t. After a successful test run with Doc’s dog, he is all set to travel to the future. When all of a sudden the libyans appear to get revenge for the fake bomb he delivered to them, tragically Doc gets shot. Marty on the other hand escapes by jumping into the delorean where he accidentally travels back in time to the year 1955. When he gets there he meets his father George McFly ( Crispin Glover). Marty thinks he saves his father’s life when he pushes him out of the way of a car, but in-fact he just jeopardized...

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The Assassination of Jesse James By the coward Robert Ford

The Asassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford Starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck in the eponymous roles, Andrew Dominik’s film examines the last days of America’s most renowned outlaw. Sam Sheppard, Mary-Louise Parker, Paul Schneider and Sam Rockwell (in particular) add their weight to an intresting supporting cast. Set in 1881, the picture finds Jesse James as he is confronted by a young, down – troden devotee by the name of Rober Ford (Affleck) who wishes to follow in the foot steps of his hero. James has a reached a state of circumspection – estranged from his brother and his disbanded gang, he’s a contemplative figure, fearful of betrayal at the hands of those few men still close to him. Lauded as a hero by the nation, mythologised in nickel books, and vicious in turns, James is wanted by the authorities. He seeks to weed out those he can’t trust from the group of petty thieves who know his identity, by a process of obscure but potent interrogations, before Robert Ford engineers his demise. The overall tone of Andrew Dominik’s Film is one of meditation – whether it be the feeling of heightened sensitivity in the visuals, or the many scenes depicting characters heavily involved in introspection, or the miasmatic voice over – it’s clear that the notion of drawn out contemplation is central to the Assasination...

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Halloween 2 (1981)

Three years after director John Carpenter’s low-budget horror film “Halloween” debuted in theaters, taking both Hollywood and audiences by surprise; the masked killer, Michael Myers, was back and ready to take another stab at the one that got away. “Halloween 2” picks up immediately where the first film ended. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has just lived through one of the most traumatic nights of her life and believes herself to be safe from any further harm. Sometimes though, appearances can be deceiving. For even though Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) shot Laurie’s would-be killer Michael Myers numerous times; somehow, the masked lunatic survived and managed to evade capture by the authorities. Now, as Laurie is taken to the local hospital, her seemingly unstoppable predator patiently bides his time, just waiting for the perfect moment to strike. With only Dr. Loomis and a handful of police officers and hospital workers standing between Michael and his quarry, Laurie’s night of terror may have only just begun. I’ve heard it said many times in regards to the plethora of horror franchises, “This series (insert horror franchise of choice) would have been better off if it would have ended after number one.” Generally speaking this statement is fairly accurate. In fact, we could look at numerous horror franchises, and even some from other genres, to which this would apply. However, I will spare...

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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, a Mr. E Movie Review

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, a Mr. E Movie Review (Run time: 100 min. – Directed by: Mark Waters – Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Michael Douglas) Mathew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner star in the romantic comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is a romantic re-telling of the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol and Director Mark Waters does a great job bringing us through this warm hearted love story. Connor Meade is the hottest photographer in town. He’s also the hottest lover in town! All the woman he comes in contact with seem to be throwing themselves at his feet. So much so that he has to break it off with three of his latest girlfriends, all at once, and…on a conference call with each other! Connor’s views on life and love continue to be revealed after he arrives at his brothers wedding, where he’s the best man. Jenny, played by Jennifer Garner, is the bride’s maid of honor and happens to be Connor’s first love. She’s the one that got away. During the rehearsal dinner Connor refuses to give the traditional toast or to be the wedding photographer and in addition proclaims for all to hear that love and marriage are a myth. Then, after a series of unfortunate events Connor starts to cause riff’s in the wedding’s plans that might not be repairable. Once alone,...

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Hero

      I have yet to see a recent Asian martial arts film that surpasses this one in shear beauty and magnitude of purpose. Jet Li and the other stars of this film deliver spectacular performances. The cinematography, movement, and color of the film satiate the eye with beauty as we observe this celluloid delight. To avoid anal verbosity I’ll say that this film has to do with the fight for china; to establish a single omnipotent power, and as a result- the retaliation of the nations residing in China. King Quin has become a devouring force, sucking up what is left of these powers existing autonomous; free from his grasp. In offense of the insidious tide towards one sovereign power a group of elite assassins plans to usurp his power. Those assassins being: Flying Snow (Maggie Cheung), Broken Sword (Tony Leung ChiuWai) and Long Sky (Donnie Yen). In order to procure the overthrow of King Quin’s supreme power they enlist the services of a nameless assassin (Jet Li), who possesses a special move with which he could, with deft precision overpower the King. Will there plan work… As I mention at the outset of this article, it is hard to ignore the art that went into the design of this film. You can’t look at this movie as merely another martial arts flick, this movie really possesses an artistic...

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