First, Warner Brother has imposed a 56-day wait on rental companies like Blockbuster and Netflix because they allow those companies to start renting out their films. This way new release dvds his retail shelves almost a full two months before customers can rent them. The rental companies do have the option of purchasing the new release dvds at full retail price, but it’s likely to increase their overhead and be passed on to the customers in the form of significantly higher rental fees.
After months of reading how awesome The Artist is, I finally got to see it over the weekend. Yes, my tiny town got it (that in itself is "awesome"). Even with all of the hype, all of the Oscar nominations and all of the Globe and SAG wins, I was still a bit skeptical. It's a silent movie. It's in black and white. Oh, and it's French! But trust me when I tell you it's wonderful and not at all what you'd expect.
Joe and Gus are getting ready to embark on another fishing trip. They have won a free fishing trip to the Florida Everglades in a contest. Their wives are worried, since they both know that things always seem to go wrong on Joe and Gus’s fishing trips.
You know going into the movie that there was no chance of them surviving. It's part of history, it's not like they can suddenly change it all and go “and he killed 100,000 Persians and had lots of little babies.”
There are several things that sets 300 apart from other movies of this type. It was made with a completely computer generated background like Sin City. This made for a darker movie and while it looked good, it still didn't quite look real enough.
Ryan Gosling has always played the young swaggering upstart with a tangible believability, and this movie is no different. As a young but unflappable campaign manager (Stephen Meyers), he nonetheless flirts with at a deal with the devil, meeting with a rival campaign manager to discuss his honor. Though he seemingly does the right thing (reveals the breach of trust to his own director), it nonetheless plays him in a tailspin of events that has all the literary of substance of a good tragedy. Caught in the middle is the young, beautiful intern (I know, it sounds cliché) who is the truest victim in this story. Played by Evan Rachel Wood, Molly Stearns gets caught up in the moral failings of both the governor and Meyers, becoming an unwitting pawn in both men’s ambitions.
I finally got to see Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close last night. I enjoyed Jonathan Safran Foer’s 2005 book of the same name, and I had high hopes for the film adaptation with Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and newcomer Thomas Horn in the lead roles. I was quite disappointed. It wasn’t that the movie was unwatchable; rather that it was so obviously calibrated for awards season that you could almost see the screenwriter and director’s hands moving the characters around, all the while hoping for that elusive golden trophy. It never reached sentimental relevance; it only mimicked it.
Did your favorite films of 2011 make the cut?
It followed the exploits of the amnesiac Alice as she and a group of military personnel try to find out what happened to a secret underground Umbrella Corporation laboratory. Scientists were developing a virus that could heal and end disease, but also ended up reanimating dead flesh. When the virus escaped into the environment, the computer system called “The Red Queen” sealed off the compound killing everyone inside.
The group enters the facility and battles zombies, zombie dogs and other monsters made famous by the video games. This was the first of five movies based on the Resident Evil games. The only character that reoccurs through each one is Alice, which is funny considering she's is not in any of the video games.
I’m looking forward to seeing “Red Tails”. From what I’ve seen in the previews, it looks like a great movie. However, it looks like I’m going to have to wait awhile. It’s not showing at our local four-screen theater. The only new movie showing there this week is “Underworld: Awakening”, which I have no desire to see.
“Red Tails” is about the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American men who became one of the greatest fighter pilot units in World War II. These men, part of the Tuskegee pilot training program, have spent the first part of the war eliminating ground-based targets. It is widely believed, at the time, that men of color lack the intelligence needed to pursue moving targets. Nevertheless, the Tuskegee Airmen take on every assignment offered to them, no matter how small or unimportant it may seem.
“Space Cowboys” is a fun movie. It stars Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner. While I enjoy “Space Cowboys”, watching it makes me feel old. I remember watching all four of its stars back in their heydays when they, and I, were much younger.
Eastwood is electrical engineer Frank Corvin, Jones is pilot Hawk Hawkins, Sutherland is designer Jerry O’Neill and Garner is navigator Tank Sutherland. In 1958, the four men were test pilots who were destined to be the first men sent into space. However, Eugene Davis, played by William Devane, was determined to keep the men out of the fledging space organization, NASA, and labeled them as non-team players.
The Lorax was always my favorite children’s book when I was a kid. The 1971-written story of environmental decay and human blindness was a little darker than the rest of Seuss' work, a little creepier.