Tuesday, July 27, 2010
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Thursday, July 22, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
After reading countless reviews and hearing positive word of mouth responses, I couldn't wait to see this film. Well, were they all right? Was Inception Chris Nolan's best project to date? I thought it was good, but I don't think its his best to date. Personally, The Prestige and The Dark Knight rank higher than Inception. Even though it was only good, I still found Inception mind blowing in special effects, acting and screenwriting.
The cast is wonderful. I was impressed with Joseph Gordon-Levitt because all I could think about was the little kid from 3rd Rock from the Sun. He's turned into a great actor. Also Ellen Page won me over. No Juno girl here as she plays such a positive role throughout the film. Leo nails the lead role as always.
The special effects are original. Each dream sequence is carefully crafted so well that it looks real. The hall scene is absolutely amazing.
The story is original, yet it does have a Matrix feel to it. Please be prepared to think throughout the film as the answers are not given to us directly. The basic scenario is Cobb (DiCaprio) has the ability to steal ideas from people when they are in the dream state its called "extraction." Well, in order to get his life back, Cobb must plant an idea which is called "inception." The film is extremely ambiguous and also quite long. Warning, you may leave the theatre overwhelmed with theories and thoughts.
Overall, its a good film and original, which is nice to see for a change.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is by far the best in the series so far. In my opinion, its the best book in Stephenie Meyers' saga. Here are my top five reasons to go see Eclipse.
5) The action is way better. It's probably the most action we will see in any of the Twilight films. David Slade keeps the suspense going, which allows more action scenes and less "dragging out."
4) The adaptation is perfect. The screenwriter keeps the important moments from the book and brings them to life on the screen. We also get to see Alice's visions, back stories for Jasper and Rosalie and Victoria and Riley's plot for revenge.
3) Bryce Dallas Howard is the perfect Victoria. Last year when the news broke that Rachelle Lefevre would not return as Victoria, fans were upset. Well, I think Howard had the "musical" tone in her voice that is described so well in the books.
2) Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart impressed me. In the past two films, I found them cheesy, but this time around their characters were move believable and I could feel what each of them were going through.
1) The final choice Bella makes. It's not about two men, but its ultimately about life. I believe the film captures Meyer's theme about making important decisions in life and how to life with them.
I'm trying really hard to accept that there will be a new Spider-Man, but Tobey Maguire will always be my Spidey. Sony Pictures announced today that Andrew Garfield will be the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man. The film is schedule to open July 3, 2012. What do you think? Does he have what it takes to be Spider-Man? Here's the official press release:
After a comprehensive worldwide casting search, Andrew Garfield has been chosen to portray Peter Parker when Spider-Man swings back onto the screen in 3D on July 3, 2012. The new film will begin production in early December directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt. Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad will produce the film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.
Today's confirmation culminates what has been one of the most eagerly anticipated casting announcements in recent memory. Bloggers, pop culture speculators, and everyday fans have pored over and analyzed every conceivable online rumor in an attempt to discover the identity of the next actor to play Peter Parker. Garfield will immediately begin preparing for the coveted role.
The Spider-Man franchise is one of the most successful in film history and the three previous motion pictures have collectively grossed more than $2.5 billion in worldwide box office.
On selecting Garfield, director Marc Webb said, "Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor's work understand his extraordinary talents. He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker."
Commenting on the announcement, Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, President of Columbia Pictures said, "Spider-Man is a classic superhero -- a young man who balances his responsibility to serve humanity and crush evil with the shyness and normalcy of someone struggling to find himself. The role demands an extraordinary actor. You need someone who can magically transform himself from Peter Parker into Spider-Man. An actor who will depict the vulnerability of youth and the strength and confidence of a legendary figure at the same moment. We have found that actor in Andrew Garfield. From the first time we saw him in the upcoming film The Social Network, to his glorious screen test, which floored all of us, we knew that we had found our new Peter Parker."
Producer Avi Arad added, "I'm incredibly excited about Andrew Garfield. In the Spider-Man tradition, we were looking for a smart, sensitive, and cool new Peter Parker who can inspire us and make us laugh, cry, and cheer. We believe we have found the perfect choice to take on this role and lead us into the future."
Producer Laura Ziskin said, "We are thrilled to have Andrew Garfield for this new incarnation of Spider-Man under Marc Webb’s direction. We were fortunate enough to meet with a group of fantastically talented young men. In the end, we all agreed that in addition to being an extraordinary actor, Andrew had the right mix of humor, youth, and pathos, along with an underlying sense of strength and power necessary to bring Peter Parker and Spider-Man to life on screen."
The selection of Garfield was revealed at a press event in Cancun, Mexico for international journalists attending a media tour promoting upcoming films from Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Garfield is fast becoming one of the most respected and sought-after young actors working in the industry today. In a short career, spanning only five years, he has already been directed by, and starred alongside, some of the greatest names and received a BAFTA for a role that won him international praise.
Garfield most recently worked with director David Fincher on the upcoming film The Social Network. He previously starred for Spike Jonze on his robot love story I'm Here, which premiered at Sundance this year. He plays the lead male opposite Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan in Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go, due for release later this year.
Other notable screen credits include Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus playing opposite Christopher Plummer, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law and the late Heath Ledger, Robert Redford’s Lions For Lambs, where he starred alongside Redford, Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep; Revolution Films' "Red Riding Trilogy – 1974" directed by Julian Jarrold, where he lead a stellar cast including Rebecca Hall and David Morrissey, and his unforgettable portrayal of a young ex-con in John Crowley's "Boy A," for which he earned the best actor BAFTA in 2008.
Garfield’s career began in theatre and in 2006 his performances in "Beautiful Thing" (Sound Space/Kit Productions), "The Overwhelming," and Burn / Chatroom / Citizenship" (Royal National Theatre) won him the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard awards and the Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer at the Critics Circle Theatre Awards. Other notable theatre credits include "Romeo and Juliet" (Manchester Royal Exchange) and "Kes" (Manchester Royal Exchange), for which he received the Most Promising Newcomer Award at the Manchester Evening News Awards 2004.