Posts Tagged ‘2009



23
Feb
09

A Superhero, a Gay Activist, and a “Slumdog”: Recapping the 2009 Oscars

oscar1For those who didn’t watch yes, “Slumdog” majorly won the Academy Awards.

With that out of the way, let’s take a look back at what just happened, shall we?

For the first time in “I don’t know how many” years, a foreign actor hosted the Oscars. Hugh Jackman, the Australian actor known mainly for playing “Wolverine” in the “X-Men” franchise hosted for the first time. Maybe he was selected because he was listed as a “Sexiest Man of the Year.” Maybe it’s because people love “Wolverine.” Either way he did okay, as in “passable.” Instead of inserting himself into the ceremony or making quips, as so many others have done in the past, he got that business out of the way in the opening segment. His joke about “Kate Winslet, a British actress playing a German, Robert Downey, Jr, an American actor playing an Australian actor playing an African-American, and me, an Australian actor playing in Australian in a movie called, ‘Australia’” was inciteful, but that was about it. Jackman ducked-out to let the other presenters hold the stage more than he, and maybe that was the safest route to go. I’m not quite sure that he’ll be asked back or if he would even come back if asked.

There were several themes to this year’s Oscars. The first was to give the audience at home a “stripped down” feeling as to how movies are made. This worked somewhat in the beginning when Jackman was doing a musical number that critiqued the Academy on how they made their decisions while he danced around cardboard set pieces. As the show went on this theme was reiterated but given up by the last hour.

Another theme: the Academy doesn’t like action or superhero films. Nothing is more blatant than when a $1 billion money-making movie’s nominations are centered around film editing, visual effects, and sound. If that wasn’t enough action star Will Smith hosted a segment around this fact even stating that while action movies don’t get the Academy’s attention, they do get the fans.

What’s the deal with musicals? I’ve never been a big fan of them, but apparently Hugh Jackman is. Not only did he do an opening musical number (as mentioned above) but he did another that montaged so many previous movie musicals together. Helping in the song and dance were Vanessa Hudgens, Beyonce Knowles, and members of “High School Musical 3.” After everything was said and done Hugh Jackman thanked everyone on stage. The camera quickly cut to Penelope Cruz who didn’t appear amused one bit. It then cut back to Jackman who proudly proclaimed, “This was created by Baz Luhrmann.” The camera quickly cuts to Baz who’s sitting in his chair with a look on his face that said, “Now I know what it’s like to sell my soul for a paycheck.”

One of the cool things the awards ceremony did was to present the awards for Best and Supporting Actors and Actresses by having five former Best Supporting Actors and Actresses walk onto the stage, each actor or actress lauding a specified nominee. Good job.

I was conflicted on some of the montage segments, especially with the camera zooming in on one moment, then zooming out as if we were watching a TV screen, then finding another screen and zooming in on that scene, then zooming out… etc. It worked for the animation segment, and kudos to Pixar for allowing characters from other animation studios to share space with “Wall*E.” That was cool. However the Judd Apatow Comedy montage segment was not save for Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski joining in with James Franco and Seth Rogen (“Sorry, Mr. Spielberg, business is slow.”)

One other positive note: Steve Martin and Tina Fey announcing the awards for Screenwriting. They were a great duo and one of the better pairs for the awards show.

As for the winners, losers, and upsets, let’s get this out of the way: almost everyone knew “Slumdog Millionaire” would take Best Picture (and then some) and that Heath Ledger would have a posthumous Oscar for “The Dark Knight.” Aside from that, most of the other categories people felt ambivalent about. Kate Winslet won for “The Reader,” which most critics claimed wasn’t as good as her work in “Revolutionary Road.” Whether there was any additional sympathy for “The Dark Knight” is questionable, but Batman did take home Best Sound Editing among its nominations but was upset by “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” which took home Art Direction, Makeup, and Visual Effects. “Milk” won Best Original Screenplay and caused an upset for Mickey Rourke and “The Wrestler,” when Sean Penn took Best Actor instead.

And now, the winners:

Best Picture: “Slumdog Millionaire”

Actor in a Leading Role: Sean Penn, “Milk”

Actress in a Leading Role: Kate Winslet, “The Reader”

Directing: “Slumdog Millionaire”

Foreign Language Film: “Departures”

Music (Song): “Jai Ho,” “Slumdog Millionaire”

Music (Score): “Slumdog Millionaire”

Film Editing: “Slumdog Millionaire”

Sound Mixing: “Slumdog Millionaire”

Sound Editing: “The Dark Knight”

Visual Effects: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

Documentary Short: “Smile Pinki”

Documentary Feature: “Man on a Wire”

Actor in a Supporting Role: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”

Actress in a Supporting Role: Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

Cinematography: “Slumdog Millionaire”

Makeup: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

Costume Design: “The Duchess”

Art Direction: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

Short Film (Live Action): Spielzeugland (Toyland)

Short Film (Animated): “La Maison En Petites Cubes”

Animated Feature Film: “Wall*E”

Writing (Adapted Screenplay): “Slumdog Millionaire”

Writing (Original Screenplay): “Milk”

Source: www.oscars.com

22
Feb
09

My Oscar Picks for 2009

oscarSo, I haven’t had a chance to see every movie nominated for an Oscar. But I’m not alone. From what I’ve had a chance to see, here are my picks for the 2009 Oscars.

Actor in a Leading Role: Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”. Frank Langella may get it for “Frost/Nixon,” but I’m rooting for the Rourke.

Actor in a Supporting Role: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight.” This was tough because I would like to see Robert Downey, Jr. get it for “Tropic Thunder” as well.

Actress in a Leading Role: Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married.” This would be a great upset because Meryl Streep is nominated every-other year, isn’t she?

Actress in a Supporting Role: Penélope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” Just a hunch. Maybe I’m wrong.

Animated Feature Film: “Wall*E.” “Kung Fu Panda” may have a shot and call an upset, but everyone loves Pixar. Does “Bolt” seriously have a chance?

Art Direction: “The Duchess.” It’s a period piece. Do you think any others have a chance?

Cinematography: “Slumdog Millionaire.” Filming in India vs. filming on studio backlots.

Costume Design: “The Duchess.” Again, period pieces nail this category.

Directing: “Frost/Nixon.” I’d like to see it earn an award, but “Slumdog” may have this one.

Documentary Feature: “Man on a Wire.” It’s the only one I heard about this year.

Documentary Short: Dunno.

Film Editing: “The Dark Knight.” Unfortunately aside from Heath Ledger, “TDK” is a blockbuster and they usually nail this category.

Foreign Language Film: “Waltz With Bashir.” Liked the trailer, but the movie never made it to my town. Also, it’s the only FL I’ve heard of this year.

Makeup: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” Aging Brad Pitt will win an Oscar? Why not?

Music (Score): “Slumdog Millionaire.” Just a hunch.

Music (Song): “Down to Earth,” Wall-E. If Phil Collins can get an Oscar, why not Peter Gabriel?

Best Picture: “Slumdog Millionaire.” But I would really like “Frost/Nixon” to win.

Short Film (Animated): “Presto.” I saw that one.

Short Film (Live Action): Dunno.

Sound Editing: “Wall*E.” The blockbuster category.

Sound Mixing: “The Dark Knight.” Blockbuster category.

Visual Effects: “Iron Man.” Blockbuster category.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay): “Frost/Nixon.” I would like this to win something.

Writing (Original Screenplay): “Wall*E.” A safe choice for this one.

Enjoy the show. Hugh Jackman is hosting this year.

30
Jan
09

February Movie Releases

“Coraline” – CG tale of a girl who unlocks a magical door in her home that leads to a parallel dimension where not everything is as it seems. Features the voices of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Keith David, and Ian McShane. Opens February 6, 2009

 

 

 

 “Fanboys” – The “will it be released?” movie of the past two years, if ya haven’t heard of it is about a group of guys storming the Skywalker Ranch before the release of “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.” Looking back, I’m glad I never thought up this idea… Opens February 6, 2009

 

 

 

“He’s Just Not That Into You” – Ginnifer Goodwin, with the help of Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Drew Barrymore and Scarlett Johansson, try to figure guys (Ben Affleck, Justin Long, etc.) out. I just wasn’t that into the trailer… Opens February 6, 2009

 

 

 

“Pink Panther 2” – Steve Martin reprises his role as Inspector Clouseau. This time around, he has to stop a continent-wide crime wave. Opens February 6, 2009

 

 

 

“Push” – Psychic espionage movie (that’s a first) about altered people with extraordinary powers getting revenge on the agency that created them. Stars Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning. Opens February 6, 2009

 

 

 

“Confessions of a Shopaholic” – Isla Fisher is a college financial grad who supports her shopping habit by being a financial journalist and looking for a wealthy entrepreneur. Opens February 13, 2009

 

 

 

“Friday the 13th” – Remake of the classic 80’s movie. Opens February 13, 2009

 

 

 

“The International” – Clive Owen is an Interpol agent spearheading an investigation into financial corruption. Naomi Watts is an attorney who teams up with him to take a bank down. Opens February 13, 2009

 

 

 

“New York, I Love You” – An anthology of twelve short films, all shot in the Big Apple. Stars include Kevin Bacon, Orlando Bloom, Ethan Hawke, James Caan, Eli Wallach. John Hurt, Natalie Portman, etc. Directors include Brett Ratner and Scarlett Johansson. Opens February 13, 2009

 

 

 

“They Came From Upstairs” – Comedy about a family moving into their vacation home, which is currently occupied by CG aliens. Stars Tim Meadows and Kevin Nealon. Opens February 13, 2009

 

 

 

“Under the Sea 3D” – IMAX 3D literally goes under the sea taking place off the coasts of South Australia and New Guinea. Opens February 13, 2009

 

 

 

“Fired Up” – Two popular high school guys ditch football camp for cheerleader camp. Opens February 20, 2009

 

 

 

“Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail” – The Tyler Perry brand name continues with this one. Opens February 20, 2009

 

 

 

“Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience” – Fairly explanatory. Opens February 27, 2009

 

 

 

“Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li” – The Capcom video game comes to the big screen again. Stars Kristin Kreuk, Chris Klein, and Michael Clarke Duncan. Opens February 27, 2009

 

27
Jan
09

Movie News and Views January 27, 2009 Trailer Edition

“All About Steve” – Sandra Bullock is a crossword constructor who finds true love with a CNN cameraman (Thomas Hayden Church) and crisscrosses the country trying to prove it to him. Opens March 6, 2009

“The Horsemen” – Dennis Quaid is a bitter detective investigating a series of murders that may be related to Biblical prophecies. Opens March 13, 2009

“Miss March” – A guy wakes up from a 4-year coma to find out that his “angel is the centerfold.” Opens March 13, 2009

“The Great Buck Howard” – John Malkovich plays a magician whose illusions are becoming more transparent. He takes on an assistant played by Colin Hanks. Watch for Tom Hanks playing Colin Hanks’ father (there’s acting for ya). Opens March 20, 2009

“12 Rounds” – John Cera has a girlfriend who is kidnapped by a man from his past and now he has 12 labors before he can rescue his love. Opens March 27, 2009

“Alien Trespass” – A spaceship crash lands on Earth and escaping from it is a creature called Ghota that wants to destroy the Earth. A friendly alien chases after him and inhabits the body of a local astronomer (Robert Patrick) who teams up with a waitress to find the Ghota. Opens April 3, 2009

“Hannah Montana:The Movie” – Fairly explanatory. Opens April 10, 2009

“Crank 2: High Voltage” – Jason Statham has his heart taken out by a Chinese mobster and replaced with a battery-powered device that needs regular jolts of electricity to work. Opens April 17, 2009

“The Mutant Chronicles” – The world of the future. Corporations have destroyed all the natural resources. The last remaining humans, lead by Thomas Jane, must fight to survive against the Necromutants. Opens April 24, 2009

“My Life in Ruins” – Nia Vardalos (creator of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) works as a travel guide leading some rag-tag tourists around Greece. She begins having epiphanies on her life. Opens May 8, 2009

“Imagine That” – When successful financial exec Eddie Murphy’s career goes down the tube, he finds answers in his daughter’s imaginary world. Opens June 12, 2009

“500 Days of Summer” – Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a greeting card copywriter who loses his girlfriend Zooey Deschanel. He sifts through “500 days” of them being together to find out what went wrong. Opens July 24, 2009

“Planet 51” – When an astronaut lands on a planet that fears alien invasion, he has to avoid capture and reclaim his ship to return to Earth. With the voice of Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Jessica Biel, Gary Oldman, and John Cleese. Opens November 20, 2009

“The Hurt Locker” – When a new sergeant, James, takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat.  As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James’ true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever. Coming soon!

“Slammin’ Salmon” – The Broken Lizard comedy troupe’s newest movie. Michael Clarke Duncan is former boxing champ turned restaurant manager $20,000 in the hole who challenges his waitstaff to come up with the money or else. Coming soon!

26
Jan
09

Movie Review: Frost/Nixon

10290A_UNI_FNX_DOM1sh_Spread_R4The movie based on the Broadway play based on the TV interviews.

 

Starring Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon, Toby Jones, and Oliver Platt. Directed by Ron Howard. Screenplay and play by Peter Morgan.

 

Nota bene: this review is based on the movie. I have not seen the original Broadway play, nor was I alive when this occurred on television.

 

With all that said, I enjoyed this movie.

 

The film takes place in two time periods: the days surrounding the Frost interviews of Nixon and some point in the “future” (sometime in the Eighties). The very beginning shows clips of footage from original news reports of when Nixon resigned from the Oval Office, as well as showing Gerald Ford pardoning Nixon for any transgressions. The American public was outraged and wanted a conviction; wanted Nixon to ‘fess up to allegations of wrongdoing.

 

Fast forward into the future of those involved with the interviews that took place. The characters reflect back upon what happened, how almost impossible it was, etc. But what did happen?

 

Flash back to the Seventies and as I said before, President Richard Nixon (Langella) resigns from office before he could be brought up by a Congressional committee to find out the truth behind Watergate. He has a stroke and lays in a hospital bed while Ford pardons him, which then puts him out of reach from any lawmaker or investigator.

 

Cut to Australia where British-born talk show host David Frost (Michael Sheen) has an idea: get an interview with ex-President Nixon. Frost is the definition of the “Swingin’ Sixties”: women, parties, celebrities, and personal jet planes. He had a show in the U.S. but it was canceled. Moving on to Britain he finally settled in Australia. When he proposes the idea to his producer, the producer has the kind of reaction we would have if in the same situation: why would an entertainment interviewer/performer want to interview Richard Nixon? What would he have to gain? How much would he have to lose?

 

Enter Swifty Lazar (Jones), media rep for Nixon. Swifty has already made book deals and a ’60 Minutes’ interview with Mike Wallace for Nixon. It doesn’t take long to figure out that Swifty is out for the money and coerces Nixon into accepting the interview and extorts $600k out of Frost for it. A meeting is setup with Frost, his producer, and female companion Caroline Cushing (Rebecca Hall). Everything goes well and the TV show is off and running.

 

Unfortunately he hits roadblocks. No American network wants to show an interview with the ex-Prez and a British talk show host and not have any control over it. He cuts deal after deal before finally getting one in which he pays everything up front. This puts him in debt with his friends.

 

To make matters worse people think that Frost is a “puff-piece” pushover. To solve this Frost hires Bob Zelnick (Platt) and author James Reston, Jr. (Rockwell). Reston pushes for Frost to take Nixon to the mat, pleading for him to give Nixon “the trial he never had.”

 

What follows is one of the best “chessmatch” films. Like Frederic March and Burt Lancaster in “Seven Days in May,” or Deniro and Pacino in “Heat,” we are given a bonafide “David v. Goliath” fight. Nixon is calm, cool, and collected, knowing Frost’s background and having a personal spin team and military officer Jack Brennan. He has nothing to prove but why he did what he did and doesn’t have to answer to anyone, much less an “easy going” journalist who is paying for the interview. Frost has everything to prove, not the least of which is the fact that he has to come up with actual hard-hitting questions if he wants to be taken seriously.

 

And therein lies the core of the movie: two guys sitting across from each other in a rented house verbally sparring until there can be only one victor. There are minor victories and setbacks and times when either could win. And in the end one walks away victorious while the other slumps into disgrace.

 

Ron Howard did an excellent job adapting from the original Broadway play, but he also hired the original actors from the Broadway play as well as the playwright. And all involved do a great job. The person to surprise me most was Sam Rockwell, who fit his character better than any other I’ve seen him play. From this movie alone he may get more offers.

 

The overall feeling from this film is light-hearted, somewhat like of “Charlie Wilson’s War.” There are a few somber moments, a good bit of humor, and the editing keeps it interesting. And I swear that for 5 minutes Langella WAS Nixon, if not channeling him from beyond.

 

My grade: A

22
Jan
09

And the Nominees are… 2009 Academy Awards Noms

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Actor in a Leading Role

 

Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”

 

Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”

 

Sean Penn, “Milk”

 

Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”

 

 

Actor in a Supporting Role

 

Josh Brolin, “Milk”

 

Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”

Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”

Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”

 

Michael Shannon, “Revolutionary Road”

 

 

Actress in a Leading Role

 

Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”

 

Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”

 

Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”

 

Meryl Streep, “Doubt”

 

Kate Winslet, “The Reader”

 

 

Actress in a Supporting Role

 

Amy Adams, “Doubt”

 

Penélope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

 

Viola Davis, “Doubt”

 

Taraji P. Henson, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

 

Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”

 

 

Animated Feature Film

 

Bolt

 

Kung Fu Panda

 

Wall-E

 

 

Art Direction

 

Changeling

 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

 

The Dark Knight

 

The Duchess

Revolutionary Road

 

Cinematography

 

Changeling

 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

 

The Dark Knight

 

The Reader

 

Slumdog Millionaire

 

 

Costume Design

 

Australia

 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

 

The Duchess

 

Milk

 

Revolutionary Road

 

 

Directing

 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

 

Frost/Nixon

 

Milk

 

The Reader

 

Slumdog Millionaire

 

 

Documentary Feature

 

The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)

 

Encounters at the End of the World

 

The Garden

 

Man on Wire

 

Trouble the Water

 

 

Documentary Short

 

The Conscience of Nhem En

 

The Final Inch

 

Smile Pinki

 

The Witness –From the Balcony of Room 306

 

Film Editing

 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

 

The Dark Knight

 

Frost/Nixon

 

Milk

 

Slumdog Millionaire

 

 

Foreign Language Film

 

The Baader Meinhof Complex

 

The Class

 

Departures

 

Revanche

 

Waltz With Bashir

 

 

Makeup

 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

 

The Dark Knight

 

Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

 

 

Music (Score)

 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

 

Defiance

 

Milk

 

Slumdog Millionaire

 

Wall-E

 

 

Music (Song)

 

“Down to Earth,” Wall-E

 

“Jai Ho,” Slumdog Millionaire

 

“O Saya,” Slumdog Millionaire

 

 

Best Picture

 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

 

Frost/Nixon

Milk

 

The Reader

 

Slumdog Millionaire

 

 

Short Film (Animated)

 

La Maison en Petits Cubes

 

Lavatory –Lovestory

 

Oktapodi

 

Presto

 

This Way Up

 

 

Short Film (Live Action)

 

Auf Der Strecke (On the Line)

 

Manon on the Asphalt

 

New Boy

 

The Pig

 

Spieltzeugland (Toyland)

 

 

Sound Editing

 

The Dark Knight

 

Iron Man

 

Slumdog Millionaire

 

Wall-E

 

Wanted

 

 

Sound Mixing

 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

 

The Dark Knight

 

Slumdog Millionaire

 

Wall-E

 

Wanted

 

 

Visual Effects

 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

 

The Dark Knight

 

Iron Man

 

 

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

 

Doubt

 

Frost/Nixon

 

The Reader

 

Slumdog Millionaire

 

 

Writing (Original Screenplay)

 

Frozen River

 

Happy-Go-Lucky

 

In Bruges

 

Milk

 

Wall-E

16
Jan
09

2009 Movie Release Schedule: Oct-Dec and TBA

2009posters4The following are movie release schedules with their current projected release dates as of 1/2009. These dates may change as the year progresses. Enjoy, and see you at the movies.

 

October Releases

 

“Shutter Island” – Leo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo are U.S. Marshals called to a remote island to investigate the disappearance of a murderess from the island’s criminally-insane hospital. Opens October 2, 2009

 

“Sorority Row” – When a prank goes wrong, five sorority sisters try to cover it up. Unfortunately, a serial killer is on their trail. Stars Carrie Fisher. Opens October 2, 2009

 

“Toy Story 3D” – Pixar re-releases their 1995 hit in 3D. Opens October 2, 2009

 

“The Stepfather” – A guy returns home from military school to find his mother with a new man. Is he everything he’s cracked up to be? Opens October 16, 2009

 

“Where the Wild Things Are” – Spike Jonze adaptation of the classic kids book. Opens October 16, 2009

 

“Astroboy” – Based off the TV show, a young robot in Metro City wants to be a superhero but faces many trials and tribulations before returning to save the day. Opens October 23, 2009

 

 

November Releases

 

“The Box” – A couple receive a box that, if they push a button, they receive $1 million. Unfortunately someone they don’t care about dies. Based on the Richard Matheson story, “Button, Button.” Opens November 6, 2009

 

“Disney’s ‘A Christmas Carol’” – A 3D adaptation of the Dickens novel with Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, and Colin Firth. Opens November 6, 2009

 

“The Wolfman” – Benecio del Toro is a haunted nobleman who discovers his terrifying destiny. Also stars Anthony Hopkins and Hugo Weaving. Opens November 6, 2009

 

“New Moon” – Sequel to “Twilight.” Opens November 20, 2009

 

“Planet 51” – When an astronaut lands on a planet that fears alien invasion, he has to avoid capture and reclaim his ship to return to Earth. With the voice of Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Jessica Biel, Gary Oldman, and John Cleese. Opens November 20, 2009

 

“Sherlock Holmes” – Guy Ritchie directing a ‘Sherlock Holmes’ movie with Robert Downey, Jr. as the detective. Opens November 20, 2009

 

“Old Dogs” – Robin Williams and John Travolta are best friends whose lives are turned upside-down when they have to take care of six-year-old twins while they’re on the verge of one of the biggest business deals. Opens November 25, 2009

 

 

December Releases

 

“The Lovely Bones” – A murdered girl, now in Heaven, looks down below on her grieving family and her killer. Based on the best-selling book by Alice Sebold. Directed by Peter Jackson. Opens December 11, 2009

 

“The Princess and the Frog” – Disney’s re-imagining of “The Princess and the Frog,” taking place this time in Louisiana. Opens December 25, 2009

 

 

TBA

 

“25/8” – A serial killer returns 16 years after he was murdered to kill 7 children born on the night he died. Directed by Wes Craven. Coming soon!

 

“Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard” – Luc Besson presents the sequel to “Arthur and the Invisibles.” Coming soon!

 

“The Boat That Rocked” – Set in the 60’s. A group of DJ’s give a new meaning to “pirate radio” by broadcasting rock music from a boat in the North Seas while most of the broadcasters in England are still clinging to jazz. Stars Bill Nighy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gemma Arterton, Emma Thompson, and David Frost. Coming soon!

 

“Cirque Du Freak” – A boy named Darren Shan meets a mysterious man who turns out to be a vampire, then takes him on the long road to becoming one. Stars Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Willem Dafoe, and Patrick Fugit. Coming soon!

 

“The Code/ Thick as Thieves” – Morgan Freeman is a retired thief while Antonio Banderas is an up-and-coming one. Together, they plot to steal 2 Faberge eggs. Coming soon!

 

“Couples Retreat” – Couples are on a tropical resort island to work out their marriages. Stars Kristen Bell, Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, and Jean Reno. Coming soon!

 

“The Deal” – William H. Macy is a down-and-out film producer who agrees to do his nephew’s 19-century period piece. But when the action star slated to head-up the cast is kidnapped, he has to get creative. Also stars Meg Ryan, LL Cool J and Elloit Gould. Coming Soon!

 

“From Paris with Love” – John Travolta is a bald, American secret agent who crosses paths with John Rhys-Meyers while in Paris. Coming soon!

 

“The Green Zone” – CIA agents on the hunt for those WMDs with a journalist following. Stars Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, and Amy Ryan. Coming soon!

 

“The Hurt Locker” –

When a new sergeant, James, takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat.  As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James’ true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever. Coming soon!

 

“I Love You Phillip Morris” – Not necessarily about the tobacco industry. Jim Carrey is a guy who has a wife and kids and winds up in an auto accident, waking up and proclaiming that he’s gay. He quickly turns to embezzlement and fraud, which has him thrown into the slammer. There he meets and falls in love with his cellmate Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). Coming soon!

 

“The Last House on the Left” – Remake of the We Craven film about two murderers who find refuge with the parents of their victims. Coming soon!

 

“Ninja Assassin” – A secret assassin breaks free from an organization where he waits to exact revenge on the merciless execution of his friend. Coming soon!

 

“Powder Blue” – 4 troubled people who connect on Christmas Eve. One of the stories is about an ex-con (Ray Liotta) reaching out to his estranged daughter (Jessica Biel). Also stars Forest Whitaker, Patrick Swayze, and Kris Kristofferson. Coming Soon!

 

“She’s Out of My League” – An airport security guy lucks out when a successful and beautiful woman falls for him. Now he must find a way to make the relationship work, much the chagrin of his friends, family, and ex-girlfriend. Coming soon!

 

“Up in the Air” – George Clooney is a corporate hatchet man who spends more time in the air than at home and is close to reaching 5 million frequent flyer miles. Complications arise when he meets the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams and the company is cutting back on his traveling budget. Coming soon!

 

“Veronika Decides to Die” – Sarah Michelle Gellar plays the titular character, a 28-year-old woman who wants to die but finds reasons to live. Based on the bestselling book by Paulo Coelho. March 2009

 

“When in Rome” – Kristen Bell is disillusioned with romance. While on a trip to Rome she plucks a coin from a fountain, suddenly bringing her suitors. But whose love is for real? Coming soon!

 

“Winged Creatures” – A group of survivors and how they survived a random restaurant shooting in LA. Stars Forest Whitaker, Kate Beckinsdale, Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning, and Jeanne Tripplehorn. Coming soon!

 

 

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2009 Movie Release Schedule: Jul-Sep

2009posters3The following are movie release schedules with their current projected release dates as of 1/2009. These dates may change as the year progresses. Enjoy, and see you at the movies.

 

July Releases

 

“Public Enemies” – Johnny Depp plays John Dillinger in this biopic on the gangster. Directed by Michael Mann, also starring Christian Bale. Opens July 1, 2009

 

“2012” – It’s not the year 2525, but it’s just as disastrous… Roland Emmerich is behind this apocalyptic movie staring John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Danny Glover, and Oliver Platt. Opens July 10, 2009

 

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” – No summary; I’ve not bothered watching any of these movies. Opens July 17, 2009

 

“G-Force” – A group of guinea pigs are recruited for covert government ops. Features the voices of Sam Rockwell, Tracy Morgan, Nic Cage, and Penelope Cruz. Opens July 24, 2009

 

“The Taking of Pelham 123” – Remake of the film about armed men hijacking a New York subway. Opens July 24, 2009

 

“Bandslam” – A high school outcast and the popular girl help form a band to win a high school “Battle of the Bands” contest. Stars Lisa Kudrow and Vanessa Hudgens. Opens July 31, 2009

 

“Funny People” – Judd Apatow movie with Adam Sandler as a comedian who has a terminal illness and who takes Seth Rogen under his wing. Opens July 31, 2009

 

 

August Releases

 

“G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” – Stephen Sommers directs this adaptation of the TV cartoon series. Opens August 7, 2009

 

“Julie and Julia” – Based on, “My Life in France,” the memoir of Julia and Paul Child. Opens August 7, 2009

 

“Orphan” – A husband and wife lose their nine-year-old and adopt a not-so-innocent girl. Stars Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard. Opens August 7, 2009

 

“Shorts” – A mysterious, rainbow-colored rock grants wishes for anyone who holds it, and EVERYONE wants to have it. Directed by Robert Rodriguez. Opens August 7, 2009

 

“District 9” – Extraterrestrials become refugees in South Africa. Opens August 14, 2009

 

“Final Destination: Death Trip 3D” – The newest installment of the franchise, in 3D. Opens August 21, 2009

 

“The Goods: The Don Ready Story” – Jeremy Piven is the titular character- a used-car liquidator hired by an auto dealer to make their 4th of July sale profitable. Opens August 21, 2009

 

 

September Releases

 

“9” – In a post-apocalyptic world a being with the name “9” wakes up. Upon looking around he finds others like him and that it’s up to him to save what’s left of the world from the Machines. Stars the voices of Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau and Christopher Plummer. Opens September 9, 2009

 

“Whiteout” – Kate Beckinsale is a U.S. Marshall in Antarctica who must find the killer before the sun disappears for 6 months. Opens September 11, 2009

 

“Armored” – An armored car driver is coerced by coworkers to steal an armored car worth $10 million. Stars Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, Jean Reno, and Skeetb Ulrich. Opens September 18, 2009

 

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” – A scientist plans to conquer global famine in gigantic proportions. With the voices of Anna Farris, James Caan, Bruce Campbell, and Mr. T. Opens September 18, 2009

 

“The Informant” – Matt Damon plays Mark Whitacre, a vie president-turned-informant on the dealings of agri-business. Based on the true story. Opens September 18, 2009

 

“Surrogates” – Bruce Willis and Radha Mitchell are FBI agents investigating a murder regarding a man who creates robotic replicas of people. Opens September 25, 2009

 

 

 

 

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In Passing… Ricardo Montalban (1920-2009)

ricardo_montalbanActor Ricardo Montalban passed away from on January 14th. Born Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalban y Merino in Mexico, Montalban arrived in Hollywood in the 40’s and played in many Westerns, usually as an “Indian” or “Latin lover.” The Studios suggested that he change his name to Ricky Martin, but he refused. He went on to play Japanese characters in film and TV, most notably the role of Nakamura in “Sayonara.” He’s more fondly remembered as Mr. Roarke in the TV series, “Fantasy Island” (1978-1984), the owner of a mysterious island where people can come and live out their fantasies for a price. In 1982 he reprised his role from the original “Star Trek” series in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” as the titular villain left by Capt. James T. Kirk on a planet. He was also known for being the spokesman for the Chrysler Cordoba, praising its “soft, Corinthian leather.” Montalban was 88 at the time of death.

Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

For more information check out his IMDB page at:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001544/

“Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan”

Chrysler Cordoba

“Fantasy Island” opening

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09

In Passing… Patrick McGoohan (1928-2009)

patrick_mcgoohanBritish film and television actor Patrick McGoohan passed away on January 13th. McGoohan’s career dates back to the 50’s with appearances in “You Are There” and “Moby Dick Rehearsed” on TV, as well as films “Passage Home.” As his career took off he was offered the role of James Bond but turned it down, opting to create a spy who uses his wits instead of guns and created “Danger Man” (“Secret Agent Man” in the U.S.). The show ran from 1960-61 and 64-67 and had a good following. Toward the end of “Danger Man,” McGoohan was asked, “What does a spy do after retirement?” This led to the influential cult TV series “The Prisoner.”

McGoohan starred as well as co-wrote and directed a few episodes in this series about a spy who retires and is kidnapped and placed in The Village, a secluded locale that housed retired spies, giving them numbers and taking their names away. He starred as Number Six and each week he had to outwit the Village head Number Two who had a direct mission under Number One to find out why Number Six retired; meanwhile, Number Six struggled to find out who Number One really was. The end of the series was so aggravating that it made the front page of the London Times.

After “The Prisoner” McGoohan continued in film with roles in “Ice Station Zebra,” “Scanners,” “The Phantom,” and “A Tike to Kill,” and in TV with the show, “Rafferty.” He’s also greatly remembered as King Longshanks in Mel Gibson’s “Braveheart.” McGoohan was 80 at the time of death.

Number Six has left the Village. Be seeing you.

Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

For more information check out his IMDB page at:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001526/

Longshanks in “Braveheart”

“The Prisoner” intro