April 13, 2007

Thanks for Reading!

Well we hope enjoyed with what we had to say even if you disagreed with it.  We enjoyed expressing our opinions and sharing our recommendations (or not recommendations) with you.  Some of the films that we would recommend but did not have time to are, Eternal Sunshine, Bad Boys 1 & 2, Snatch, Van Wilder, Pulp Fiction, Boondock Saints, A Beautiful Mind, Kids, and many more.  Some of the films that we would absolutely not recommend are The Reaping, Four Brothers, and Napoleon Dynamite.  These are just short lists of how we feel.  We hope that you were able to watch valuable movies from reading our blog and it was a pleasure making our recommendations to you.

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Movies: The Godfathers I, II, & III



The Godfathers I, II, & III
Directed by Francis Ford Copolla
Screenplay by Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Copolla
Starring Marlon Brando (I), Al Pacino (I-III), Robert DeNiro (II), Robert Duvall (I-II), Diane Keaton (I-III), James Caan (I)

You can view the trailer here: Trailer

I wanted to end my blog with the greatest movies of all time, The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, and you guessed it, The Godfather: Part III.  This trilogy is truly the epitome of filmmaking.  With The Godfathers, Francis Ford Copolla proves that he is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, filmmaker of all time.  The Godfather is about the rise and fall of the Italian mob family, The Corleones.  With such a simple plot, Copolla is able to create a masterful trilogy.  The trilogy begins with the Don Vito Corleone (Brando) as the “Godfather,â€? the head of the Italian mob.   Part I establishes the dangerous life of a mob family and the importance of family ties.  It shows the respect and power of the Godfather along with his compassion.  Part II moves along to the next Godfather of the Corleone family, Michael Corleone (Pacino).  Michael initially unwillingly accepts the role of Godfather, but eventually realizes he is perfect for this role and must do so in reverence of his family name.  Part II also shows a series of flashbacks of a young Don Vito Corleone (DeNiro).  From this, we understand how the Coreleone’s came to be such a powerful and well respected family. Part III concludes this well established trilogy by truly showing the will and sternness it takes to be the Godfather.  A much older Michael Coreleone struggles to do what his father did so well, maintain the respect of his family, friends, and enemies.  Part III is not the downfall of the Corleones which is what many people perceive it to be but is actually the beginning of a new chapter that takes the cold-heartedness of a mob family to the next level.

Of course my one paragraph synopsis of all three films does not do any justice to the trilogy but the cast and director speak for themselves.  On top of having one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Copolla, the main cast consists of all Academy Award nominees, and many even winners.  The Godfather, established these actors’ careers and made them who they are today, especially DeNiro and Pacino.  There is yet to be a trilogy that can be compared to the likes of the Godfather.  Trilogies today, and even back then, were glamorized by the use of special effects, such as Star Wars, Matrix, and The Lord of the Rings.  Don’t get me wrong, I like those movies, but those movies are popularized for their special effects.  The Godfathers contains no such use of special effects.  It is considered a classic because it relies on the actors, the filmmaker, and well written story, nothing more, not flying spacecrafts, slow motion martial arts, or talking Orks.  Audiences can take the Godfather as it is and not have to be wooed by the use of today’s special effects. 

The Godfather trilogy is ten plus hours long, but I will guarantee you that it will be the ten best hours that you have ever spent watching a film.  This blog does no justice to the films so you need to just go out and see it for yourselves.

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April 12, 2007

Movies: Boiler Room

Boiler Room
Directed by Ben Younger
Screenplay by Ben Younger
Starring Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Jamie Kennedy, Ben Affleck

The trailer can be viewed here: Trailer

Boiler Room is about a college drop out who starts a casino in his house to make money.  After being tired of doing illegal business, he joins an investment firm.  This firm pumps out rich brokers so Seth Davis, Giovanni Ribisi, is very hopeful for success. He soon realizes though, that the firm is not what it seems and is ripping off their investors.

This movie is a great movie. The plot is deep and thought out. Seth deals with acceptance issues from his father the entire movie.  As Seth tries to please his father by making an honest living, he only continues to disappoint his father.  The acting is also great in this movie since the audience's mood is exactly what Seth is feeling.

Giovanni Ribisi makes this movie great. You will find yourself repeating mutliple lines and loving how these white collar criminals rip off the average investor. This is one of my favorite movies and I recommend that everyone sees it at least once.

 

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April 08, 2007

Movies: The Last King of Scotland



The Last King of Scotland
Directed by Kevin Macdonald
Screenplay by Jeremy Brock, Giles Foden, and Peter Morgan
Starring Forrest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington, David Oyelowo, Simon McBurney

You can view the trailer here: Trailer

The Last King of Scotland is about President of Ugandu General Idi Amin Dada (Whitaker), and the ways in which he hopes to stay in power.  He is followed by a Scottish man Doctor James Garigan (McAvoy) who randomly treated him one day for a sprained wrist.  The President for some reasons takes an immediate likely to Garigan and decides to make this Scottish man the closest advisor for the leader of an African country.  McAvoy is initially thrilled by this position and enjoys the glamour which the position entails but his success causes for him to be blind sighted of the evil demeanors of the President.  Eventually Garrigan learns of the president’s genocide but at this point he is already in too deep.  Because the president does any means necessary to have his “closest advisorâ€? from leaving, Garrigan must exploit the evil president to save Uganda, even if it means assassinating the president.

I love this film for two reasons: 1) it educates the audience about an unknown event in history and 2) the cast is spectacular.  The film intends to not only entertain its audience but it also manages to educate its audience about the genocide of hundreds of thousands of Ugandanians in Africa of which the world knew nothing about.  Such a tragic event in history is unknown to most of the world but this film brings light to this topic, a topic which deserves much attention.  It’s a wake up call to the more fortunate countries to lend a helping hand to third world countries such as those in Africa and to not just turn away from their problems. 

Now, that I have made my political statement, back to the film itself.  The cast is phenomenal.  At first, I was very upset that Dicaprio lost the Oscar to Whitaker but I judged before I saw The Last King of Scotland.  Dicaprio in The Departed was excellent, but Whitaker was amazing.  He deserves the Oscar, hands down.  In the film he switches his roles back and forth from a charismatic lovable president to a psychotic overly paranoid dictator.  His “schizophreniaâ€? is easily conveyed on screen.  His supporting cast also deserves mentioning especially McAvoy.  With the two reasons mentioned above I would most definitely recommend The Last King of Scotland.      

 

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April 07, 2007

Movies: Gone In Sixty Seconds



Gone in Sixty Seconds
Directed by Dominic Sena
Screenplay by Scott Rosenberg
Starring Nicolas Cage, Giovanni Ribisi, Angelina Jolie

You can view the trailer here: Trailer

Gone in Sixty Seconds is a movie that is more than about stealing cars, it is about a brothers love.  When Kip Raines, Giovanni Ribisi, takes a job for 50 top end cars and fumbles it, older brother Randall Raines, Nicolas Cage, must take the job to save his brothers life.

This movie is one of my favorites for many reasons.  First, any car lover should definitely see this movie since they race and steal many exotic and top end cars.  Secondly, this movie stands way apart from other car movies like 2Fast2Furious, etc. I should actually not even compare these two movies.  This movie actually has a deep plot and great acting.  The writing of this movie is great and shows compassion, thrill, and even some humor at times.  Lastly, this movie starts off a little slow, but once you watch how easily they break in and steal all of these cars, you will be hooked with action.

I recommend this movie for any car enthusiast or individuals who love Nicolas Cage and Giovanni Ribisi.

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April 01, 2007

Movies: Super Troopers



Super Troopers
Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar
Screenplay by Jay Chandrasekhar Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Erik Stolhanske, Paul Soter
Starring Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Erik Stolhanske, Paul Soter, Brian Cox

You can view the trailer here: Trailer

Super Troopers is a comedy about the “excitingâ€? lives of Vermont State Troopers.  Yes, I know what your thinking, the lives of state troopers, especially in an uneventful state such as Vermont, seems like an incredibly boring occupation.  And don’t get me wrong.  I completely agree but somehow Super Troopers makes this lackluster job of a highway patrol officer seem exciting, fun, and even desirable.  The four state troopers Rabbit (Stolhanske), Ramathorn (Chandrasekhar), Womack (Lemme), and Foster (Soter) pull hilarious pranks on one another and also the helpless victims that they pull over on their highway.  This humor is accompanied by the idiocy of Officer Farva (Heffernan) who could possibly one of the dumbest yet most entertaining characters created in cinema.  The shenanigans that the officers frequently pull, however, also come with consequences and eventually their jobs are in jeopardy of being lost to the local police officers.  Besides the hilarious pranks, the movie is also about the state troopers trying to maintain their jobs with the guidance of their hard-ass father-like captain, John O’Haggan (Cox).  Can the fun loving super troopers step up their game to not be replaced by the local cops?  I can’t tell you but I can assure you that you’ll have fun finding out.

The writers of Super Troopers are also known as “Broken Lizardâ€? the name of their production company.  These five guys are simply friends who enjoy having a good time and understand humor.  They managed to make the lackluster life of a state trooper seem full of excitement and fun.  This is thanks to the cleverness in their pranks and the dialogue.  Unfortunately, however, their talented writing is not portrayed on the screen.  All of the writers with the exception of Kevin Hefferman are just average if not below average actors.  They should stick to the writing and find better talented actors to do the acting. 

Hefferman, however, should continue whatever it is that he is doing.  He plays a character comparably to the likes of Will Ferrell in Old School and Vince Vaughn in Wedding Crashers.  If Super Troopers had more actors like Hefferman, I would consider it a comedic classic but because the writers chose to star in their own film I can’t give them this recognition but I will most definitely recommend this comedy for its uncontrollable laughs throughout.

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March 31, 2007

Movies: The Lookout



The Lookout
Directed by Scott Frank
Screenplay by Scott Frank
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels

You can view the trailer here: Trailer

The Lookout is about a star high school athlete, Chris Pratt, who's life changed after a tragic car accident. This accident changes his personality and upsets his memory of his past life. He is now a different person to friends and family. For money, he works as a janitor at a bank, but strives to be a bank teller. Unfortunately he gets mixed in with a group of people who want to rob the bank, which starts the trouble in this movie.

This movie was sub-par to say the least.  The acting was great and really portrayed the characters well, but the plot was very predictable after seeing the trailer.  I also did not like that the trailer left out the fact a key part of the plot, that Chris Pratt was now mentally challenged.  As the movie progressed, character's motives and personalities were easily predictable since all they were all designed in a simple manor. 

All in all the movie was alright, but not something you would want to see unless you were bored and it was on television. It was not anything special and made me feel like I wasted two hours of my time and ten dollars.

 

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March 25, 2007

Movies: Wedding Crashers



Wedding Crashers
Directed by David Dobkin
Screenplay by Steve Faber and Bob Pisher
Starring Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher

You can view the trailer here: Trailer

 Wedding Crashersis a comedy filled with fun, excitement, and laughter mainly because of the stellar performances by Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.  Their on-screen chemistry is uncanny and unmatched by any another other comedic duo in Hollywood.  There could not have been better casting for the roles of Jeremy Gray (Vaughn) and John Beckwith (Wilson).  Although Christopher Walken and a famous cameo actor have their moments, Vaughn and Wilson easily steal the spotlight.        

As successful lawyers, Jeremy and John crash weddings in order to score with beautiful vulnerable woman.  By using ridiculous identities that woman fall for (such as charter member of the Oprah Book Club) they are easily able to sweep these women off their feet.  Although their abilities to woo women are implausible and somewhat pathetic, their tactics are comedic and deserve recognition. 

Although this film is a romantic comedy, the main emphasis should be placed on the comedic element.  The love story between John and Clair is underdeveloped and their chemistry cannot hold a candle to that of John and Jeremy.  The love between John and Clair is not as apparent as the unquestionable brotherly friendship between John and Jeremy.  Without trying to sound too clichĂ©, John and Jeremy’s relationship literally come off the screen.  Vaughn and Wilson however, cannot take all the credit for their performances.  The clever writing by Steve Faber and Bob Fisher make possible hilarious interactions and childish arguments of the comedic duo.  This is immediately established in the opening scene of the movie where John and Jeremy cooperate and use their sharp rhetoric to settle an angry divorce between a couple arguing over miniscule frequent flyer miles. 

The movie, however, does have a few loop holes and loose ends.  Some scenes are absolutely ridiculously and have very little substance other than for humor.  But if you can look past the unrealistic elements and walk in to the film ready to laugh, then you will certainly be in for a treat.  Expect anything more than humor and you may be disappointed.  But what most definitely won’t disappoint you is the on-screen chemistry of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.  

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March 24, 2007

Movies: Executive Decision



Executive Decision
Directed by Stuart Baird
Screenplay by Jim Thomas and John Thomas
Starring Kurt Russell, Steven Seagal, Halle Barry, John Leguizamo

You can view the trailer here: Trailer

Executive Decision is a great Action, Adventure, Thriller that most people have never seen or overlooked. The movie is about terrorists who take over a 747 that is traveling from Athens to Washington, D.C. In order to control the terrorists, the US Military decides to attach to the bottom of the plane, allowing a team of experts to regain control of the airplane.  After having issues boarding the plane mid-flight and discovering an onboard nerve gas bomb, the team signed up more than they can handle.

In my mind whenever I hear this movie, I compare it instantly to the Harrison Ford classic Air Force One, that came out a year later than this movie. Most people have probably seen Air Force One, so let me tell you.... these movies are no comparison. Executive Decision blows it out of the water.

This thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat as you worry about the passengers, the hidden team, and the issues surrounding the US government.  If you are in the mood for an action movie or want to see Air Force One again, save it and rent this one instead.

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March 17, 2007

Movies: City of God



City of God
Directed by Fernando Meirelles Screenplay Bráulio Mantovani
Starring Alexandre Rodrigues,Leandro Firmino, Phellipe Haagensen, Douglas Silva, Seu Jorge     

You can view the trailer here: Trailer

City of God is an awesome film.  It is easily considered one of my favorite films of all time.  The film is about the lives of several individuals and the corruption in a city in Brazil, Cidade de Deus (City of God).  The narrator of the film, Rocket (Rodrigues), introduces the Cidade de Deus as a poor place where people struggled to get by.  The city was initially filled with friendly type gangs that stole to help the poor but eventually as time went on the gangs became territorial and eventually dominated the city within twenty years.  Rocket is faced with a dilemma because he is not a gangster and nor does he want to be, but is somehow caught up with the gangsters because of his notorious older brother.  Everything is corrupt in Cidade de Deus including the children, the drug lords, the police, and the government.  With no one legally involved to help Cidade de Deus it is only a matter of time before everyone in the city is living in fear for their lives. 

I love this film because of the character development.  The film follows many different individuals whose lives are intertwined in one way or another.  You are never second guessing the credibility of the characters, whether is the gangster tendencies of drug lord Li’l Ze (Firmino), the suaveness of Benny (Haagensen), or the timidity of Rocket.  Because the film follows many of the main characters from the time when they were children to twenty years later, we get a true understanding of who the characters are and where they come from.  We also understand the reasons for the corruption in the Cidade de Deus and of how it almost seemed inevitable.  The thrill of the film is anticipating how something that is inevitable is going to be overturned. 

When I initially saw the film I did not know that it was based on a true story, but when I found out that it was, I loved the film even more.  City of God leads you into the intricate lives of several individuals along with the intricacies of a corrupt city.  The film never has you questioning anything that you are not suppose to be questioning.  Although the story seems surreal and unrealistic, the filmmakers do an excellent job of bringing Cidade de Deus to life.  As unrealistic and trivial the plot may seem, the film is believable and that’s probably because it is a true story.         

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March 11, 2007

Movies: Heat

Heat
Directed by Michael Mann
Screenplay by Michael Mann
Sarring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight

The trailer for this movie can be viewed here: Trailer

Heat is suppose to be an action packed bank heist thriller but is far from these expectations.  The film is about Detective Vincent Hanna (Pacino) attempt of capturing expert thief Neil McCauley (De Niro) for the robbery of an armored truck that resulted in the death of a police officer due to one of McCauley’s trigger happy crew men.  Hanna jeopardizes his relationship with his wife due to his obsession with capturing McCauley. McCauley, knowing that he is being monitored, plans one last retirement heist to get him out of the game. 

Throughout the film there are several “close-callsâ€? between Hanna and McCauley but none of which are as exciting as they should have been.  Hanna almost captures McCauley several times but often in an anticlimactic fashion.  After all of the hype, drama, and tension, the two finally face off in an incredibly disappointing manner.  After all the build up, the final encounter between the two is just lame.  The scene lacks suspense and just happens without any real excitement.  Another gripe I have with this movie is the lack of character development.  Although we see McCauley pull off the only exciting and impressive heist in the beginning of the film, his credibility as a master thief diminishes as the film goes on.  The same can be said for Hanna.  Hanna is supposedly a distinguished detective but none of which is really apparent in the film.

If there was one thing good in this film, it was the acting.  Pacino and De Niro met my expectations but my last and biggest problem with this film is the lack of screen time that they shared.  This film was hyped because Pacino and De Niro, two acting greats, were going to finally be on screen with one another, especially since they did not have any screen time in The Godfather II. In Heat they were only on screen together for a couple of minutes and that scene quite frankly sucked.  Filmmakers deceived us into believing that Pacino and De Niro were actually going to face off but they barely did.  My final comment about Heat is “Don’t believe the hype.â€?

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March 10, 2007

Movies: The Butterfly Effect



The Butterfly Effect
Directed by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber
Screenplay by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber
Starring Ashton Kutcher, Melora Walters, Amy Smart, William Lee Scott

Here is the trailer: Trailer

The Butterfly Effect is a great Drama/Fantasy movie that will open your mind the life of Evan Treborn, played by Ashton Kutcher.  Throughout the movie Evan has random blackouts, where he cannot remember what occurred during a past moment. Since the movie is through the eyes of Evan, as the audience, we cannot see what occurred during these lost memories.  As the movie continues, Evan learns how to access these lost memories and change them.  This allows him to wake up in an altered state of reality since he has changed his past.

I believe everyone should see this movie since it allows you to see how changing your past can change your entire life. The movie also shows how each character is effected by individual decisions one makes and how you cannot always change your past.

Even though this is Ashton Kutcher's first serious acting role, I think he did a great job.  He showed emotion and portrayed his role very well.  He keeps you on the edge of your seat and allows you to empathies with his emotions throughout the movie. If your bored one weekend, go get this movie.

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March 04, 2007

Movies: Half Baked

Half Baked
Directed by Tamra Davis
Screenplay by Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan
Starring Dave Chappelle, Harland Williams, Guillermo Diaz, and Jim Breuer

The trailer can be seen here: Trailer

Half Baked is considered a cult classic among American stoners.  It is the story about three pothead friends Thurgood (Dave Chappelle), Scarface (Guillermo Diaz) and Brian (Jim Breuer) trying raise money to get their friend Kenny (Harland Williams) out of jail.  Kenny ends up jail while getting munchies for his buddies and decides to feed a police horse out of the kindness of his heart.  It turns out however that the horse is a diabetic and Kenny ends up being a “cop killerâ€? which lands him in jail.  Kenny however is obviously not “receiving the respect that a cop killer deservesâ€? and therefore Thurgood, Scarface, Brian must begin selling marijuana to raise money for their kind-hearted friend Kenny’s bail.

I’ll be the first to admit that the plot is ridiculous but that is what makes this film funny.  The lack of brain cells that the characters have due to their excessive pot smoking is convincingly portrayed on the screen (maybe even too much.) The three close-knit friends do not think like normal people and are always, I guess you could say, thinking outside of the box.  Their logic and mannerisms are simply hilarious and make you both envy the lifestyle of a pothead while also never wanting to smoke pot in fear of looking that dumb.    Also what is great about this film is that we are able to see Dave Chappelle before he was popular, before his Chappelle Show days.  Half Bake represents what Dave Chappelle and Neal Brennan (co-writer of Chappelle Show) were prior to their hit show on Comedy Central. 

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Movies: Office Space



Office Space
Directed by Mike Judge
Screenplay by Mike Judge
Starring Ron Livingston Jennifer Aniston, David Herman, Ajay Naidu

You can view the trailer here: Trailer

Office space is a classic comedy with funny lines and endless corny office humor. Ron Livingston (Peter Gibbons), David Herman (Michael Bolton), and Ajay Naidu (Samir Nagheenanajar) make this movie amazing since they all play their roles to perfection.  After watching this movie, you will agree that no one could play their roles as perfect.

These three characters have jobs at a boring software company Innotech. When a bunch of consultants come in to improve productivity and lay off workers, everyone becomes worried about their jobs, except Peter. He has decided that he does not want to work anymore.

If you have not already seen this movie, I suggest you ask any of your friends about it. If they don't respond to your question with "What, you haven't seen this movie?" or "Lets go watch this now," they aren't true fans of this movie.  After watching this movie you will find yourself repeating lines constantly and adding it to your new favorite movie.  I can watch this movie so many times without it ever getting old. If you haven't seen it, rent it, buy it, or get it from a friend NOW.

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February 25, 2007

Movies: American History X

American History X
Directed by Tony Kaye
Screenplay by David McKenna
Starring Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Avery Brooks, and Stacey Keach

You can view the trailer here: Trailer 

American History X is a film that exploits the problem of racism in America.   In the film we follow Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton) and see his reasons for becoming a neo-nazi skinhead along with his reasons for changing paths. This however is not done in chronological order and through a series of flashbacks we eventually see why Derek chose his white supremacist ways.  He eventually reaches an epiphany while in jail for a grotesque hate crime that he commits.  Unfortunately, however, his younger brother Danny Vinyard (Edward Furlong) has already been influenced by Derek’s ways and is too on the way of becoming a white supremacist.  After Danny is released from jail a new man, he attempts to change his younger brother and depart with his neo-nazi beliefs before it is too late. 

The best thing about this film is Edward Norton.  He delivers his best performance yet and flawlessly personifies a white supremacist.  His performance is so believable that you actually begin to hate his character and his racist ideologies.  This however is extremely ironic because the whole point of the film is try and deter society from hate and instead move towards rational and tolerance.  Although it may seem infeasible that a hardcore white supremacist can easily turn over a new leaf, Edward Norton makes it possible.  His performance is real, believable, and could not have been done better. 

American History X is not just an excellent film because of the cinematic qualities but also because it addresses an extremely important issue in American society: racism.  It is so powerful that it can truly change ones’ opinions and beliefs about racism.  It is influential and has the potential of changing American society for the better by stopping groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and by instilling a sense of tolerance for other races for anyone who watches the film. 

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February 24, 2007

Movies: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Directed by Adam McKay
Screenplay by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay
Starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell

The trailer can been seen here: Trailer

Anchorman is another one of Will Ferrell's classic comedy movies. Will Ferrell plays Ron Burgundy, the top rated newsman in San Diego. His dominance as a male news anchor is soon threatened by Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). 

This movie is extremely funny and has so many seasons that will leave you laughing off your seats. Of course it wouldnt be a Will Ferrell comedy without guest appearances from Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Ben Stiller.  Ron's cockiness throughout the entire movie surrounds most of the comedy. This movie has some plot which basically just drives the comedy. This sexist comedy has a stupid plot that will keep you laughing.  Definently a must see comedy.

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February 18, 2007

Movies: Old School

Old School
Director: Todd Philips
Screenplay: Todd Philips and Scott Armstrong

You can view the trailer here: Trailer

Old School is one of the few comedies today that will have you laughing from start to finish. Will Ferrell delivers his best comedic acting since leaving Saturday Night Live but barely outshines his co-stars Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson. 

In order to help their best friend Mitch (Luke Wilson) recover from his recent and painful divorce, Bernie (Vince Vaughn) and Frank (Will Ferrell) develop the genius idea of exploiting Mitch’s location near a college campus by starting a fraternity.  The thirty-something year old men recruit unexpected and awkward pledges, such as a ninety year old former Navy Seal and a scrawny foreign exchange student from India, for their uncanny fraternity.  They party like re-born frat boys and all is well until Gordan Prichard (Jeremy Priven), a former, bullied classmate, who is now dean of the university, attempts to shut down their fraternity.   

Old School does not miss any comedic opportunity.  Whether it is Frank’s awkward wedding, the ridiculous assignment of the pledges, or the extreme tactics pulled to keep the fraternity alive, virtually every scene is filled with laughter, excitement, and fun.  The montage of the fraternity brothers performing ridiculous exercises, such as debating against world renown CNN commentator James “Ragin’ Cajunâ€? Carville, cheerleading, and female gymnastics, to pass the university’s requirement of maintaining the fraternity house on campus is simply hilarious.   

Although only playing a supporting role, Will Ferrell is the leading comedic essence of the film.  He goes to the extreme for the amusement of the audience. Whether it is streaking down a city block or wearing tights in a gymnastic dance routine, Will Ferrell never fails to deliver.  He does the unthinkable and even manages to bring humor to a funeral scene.  While Will Ferrell provides the more extreme laugh-out-loud humor of the film, Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson deliver a more subtle humor with their witty remarks and sharp rhetoric made possible by the writing of Todd Phillips and Scot Armstrong.  

Today, films are rarely able to make us laugh from start to finish.  Very few films from the 1990s have made the list of the all-time top one-hundred comedy films.  Old School, however, is bound to eventually make that list. Will Ferrell’s performance is just that good to go unnoticed.  After this film, you are bound to imitate the many funny phrases made in the film including “earmuffsâ€? and my personal favorite “Frank the Tank!â€?  See Will Ferrell and you will be sure to put Old School on your list of top one-hundred comedy classics.  

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February 17, 2007

Movies: The Departed

The Departed
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Screenplay by William Monahan
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Martin Sheen

The trailer can be viewed here: Trailer

The Departed is a spectacular film that brings a new meaning to the word betrayal. The movie takes place in Boston and is about two undercover in the Massachusetts police and Irish mafia.  Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson), the Irish mob boss, works with Colin Sullivan (Matt Demon), his rat in the Massachusetts police, to keep himself alive and out of jail.  Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio), a police academy drop out, is the police's undercover in the Irish mob.  These two characters throughout the movie attempt to find each other before the other one exposes their secret mission.

This movie has amazing lines and acting along with an intricate plot.  Be ready to pay attention to every line in this movie, otherwise you will miss key plot references. Matt Demon, Jack Nicholson, and Leonardo DiCaprio all play their roles perfectly to portray exactly how William Monahan wrote the story. This movie is an instant classic and easily one of my top ten favorite movies. If you are in the mood for a thriller and a drama, this is a perfect match for you. 

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February 11, 2007

Movies: Blow

Blow
Directed by Ted Demme
Screenplay by David McKenna
Starring Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Franka Potente

The trailer can be viewed here: Trailer

Blow is great movie based on the life of George Jung, one of the biggest cocaine importers during the 1960s.  The movie takes place over George's entire life showing his best and worst times in the game.  His intentions are to make money to support his family, something his father failed at when he was younger.  His plans to smuggle cocaine, however, do not always go to plan and he is in and out of jail throughout the movie.

 

Johnny Depp is the perfect actor for George. He portrays a compassionate man who unfortunately chose a life of crime, which eventually ruins his life. Throughout the movie you understand exactly what Jung is feeling and going through.  Slowly as the movie progresses you notice how Jung's self esteem and drive is slowly eaten away, as he is tired from running from the police and his constant arrests.

This movie runs around three hours so I recommend only watching it when you can dedicate enough time to watch it start to finish.  This movie is a hit that no one should pass up seeing.

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February 10, 2007

Movies: Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Screenplay by Hubert Selby Jr.
Starring Ellen Burnstyn, Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, and Marlon Wayans

You can view the trailer here: Trailer

Let me just start out by saying that I love this movie.  Requiem for a Dream is a film about the realities of drug abuse, from speed pills to heroine.  It is about four characters’, Sara (Ellen Burnstyn), her son Harry (Jared Leto), his girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly), along with Harry’s loyal friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans), path to drug addiction along with their downfall.  Each of these characters have reachable dreams and aspirations but are all stopped in their tracks due to their dependence on drugs.  The film takes place in Coney Island, Brooklyn and there could not have been a better place for this film.  Coney Island serves as the perfect backdrop for this drama by acting as enabler for each of the character’s addiction.  The streets of Coney Island are slowly waning along with the lives of the characters. 

Furthermore, the cast is outstanding.  Yes, Marlon Wayans is not known for his serious roles, but in this film he delivers.  It is by far his best performance that I have seen him yet.  And the rest of the cast’s reputations speak for themselves, including two Oscar award winners (Burnstyn and Connelly).  The direction by Arnofsky in this film is nothing like I have ever seen in a film.  It is weird, it is crazy, but it works.  He successfully captures both the blissfulness of the characters when they are high and also more importantly the struggles of their next fix.         

However, the main reason why I love this film is not the stellar cast, the unique and distinct directing of Darren Aronofsky, or the setting, but the blunt and very “in your faceâ€? message that the film conveys about drugs.  The filmmakers are very raw and hold nothing back in portraying the struggles, temptations, and obsessions of the character’s drug addiction.  I have yet to see a film with such a blunt message about drugs.  Other filmmakers will tend to steer away from such grotesque topics but Arnofsky and Selby Jr. do not shy away one bit.  They keep it real and I love it.       

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February 03, 2007

Movies: The Negotiator

The Negotiator
Directed by F. Gary Gray
Screenplay by James DeMonaco and Kevin Fox
Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Spacey, David Morse

You can view the trailer here: Trailer

The Negotiator is a great action-drama movie that everyone should see at least once.  Danny Roman, Samuel L. Jackson, is a police negotiator who is framed for his best friend's murder and stealing from the police retirement fund.  Roman is guilty in everyone's eyes, even his close police friends, so he takes an FBI building hostage to attempt to prove his innocence. Chris Sabian, who is played by Kevin Spacey, is a hostage negotiator from another precinct who then attempts to talk down Roman, while also combating who is telling the truth in Roman's own precinct.

The plot to this movie is extremely intricate and suspenseful.  Throughout the movie you are constantly questioning who set up Roman in his own department.  As the movie unfolds small details are revealed, leading to a climactic ending when the true "bad guys" are revealed. Samuel L. Jackson makes this movie amazing through his acting, depicting Roman as a desperate man willing to do anything to clear his name.  After watching this movie you may find yourself repeating many of Danny Romans lines from the movie.  If your ever bored on a Saturday night, I defiantly recommend renting this movie. 

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February 01, 2007

Welcome to Our Blog

Welcome to our blog!  Each week we will be talking about some of our favorite movies and even some of the movies that we just hate.  Any movie that has been made is open for our opinion, from classic dramas to new age comedies.  We will be discussing our opinions of both old films that we have seen in the past and also films that we have seen recently.  We hope that you enjoy what we have to say and please feel free to post positive and negative comments.  Enjoy!

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