Movie Trailer: Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick "Everlasting Moments"

Given that this is a film that celebrates photography, it better be a well shot flick. From what I can pull from the trailer, this certainly looks like a character heavy story which means that much of the success of the film will ride on the performance of Maria Heiskanen in the lead role. She's won some awards for the performance so that it a good sign. Hopefully this doesn't descend into some tired old Feminist tirade and concentrates on the power of creativity.


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Screenwriter: Niklas Rådström (True Moments)
Jan Troell (Visions of Europe)
Actors: Maria Heiskanen (Lights in the Dusk), Mikael Persbrandt (Heaven's Heart) and Jesper Christensen (Quantum of Solace)

Movie Trailer: Brothers at War

It strikes me that even though this shows actual soldiers speaking for themselves, I still remain skeptical. This isn't because I don't trust the soldiers or even the filmmaker directly, its because there have been so many, so many, anti-U.S. military movies made over the course of my lifetime that I have to assume its a hit job and be proven otherwise, despite what my eyes tell me. I've been burned before. I hope this is as honest as it looks.

We'll see.


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Director: Jake Rademacher
Actors: Mahmoud Hamid Ali, Zack Corke and Edward Allier

Movie Quote: Clue (1985)

Mrs. White
Are you a cop?

Mr. Green
No, I'm a plant.

Miss Scarlet
A plant? I thought men like you were usually called a fruit.

Movie Trailer: Sin Nombre

"A psychic once told me that you'd make it to America, not in the hands of God but in the hands of the devil."

Well, that's probably because someone doing divination is aligned with the devil so that makes sense.

This does look like it could be good. Then again, it could just be another haughty agenda flick too.


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Screenwriter: Cary Fukunaga
Cary Fukunaga
Actors: Karl Braun (Che: Part II), Kristian Ferrer and Edgar Flores

Movie Trailer: Mermaid

This looks very interesting. I've heard some very good things about the film. The ad's connecting it to Amelie is smart. It certainly seems that even though his is Russian and Amelie is French, the two productions are cut from the same cloth.

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Screenwriter: Anna Melikyan
Anna Melikyan (Mars)
Actors: Mariya Shalayeva and Yevgeni Tsyganov

Movie Watching Tip: Pick Some Film Critics

My reviews aren't for everyone. Some don't like my loose grammar others despise my Christian perspectives while still others loathe my politically conservative viewpoint. Some people just don't like that I don't buy into the hype that most of what comes out of Hollywood is worth seeing. 90% of it is utter crap that's not worth your time.

Even if you're not a fan of my stuff, you should find a couple of critics that you do like and stick with them. In our media saturated culture it is not possible for people to keep track of everything that is spewing out of the entertainment industry. Finding a couple of critics you can trust will help you sort through the pile of nonsense that comes at you every day. If you can identify a couple of critics who share your worldview and tastes you can track their writings to get an idea if something will be worth your effort.

Picking critics is easy. Find someone that catches your attention. Most sites will have a directory of films that are reviewed. Think of some titles you like and have clear opinions on. Find those titles in the directory and read what the critic has to say. If you concur with their opinion and they write it in a way that you enjoy, you've found someone you can use. Do this a few times so you have at least three critics. When a movie hits the market, check these folks out and see if a majority of them recommend the film. If so, you have something you will want to see.

I know this all sounds obvious but many people don't bother with even this slight amount of work and waste an untold amount of time watching stuff they have no shot at liking.

The Sea Inside (2004)

Should I see it?

Short Review: A brilliant film advertising the lowest of ideas.

The Sea Inside

The culture of death gets yet another movie made supporting it. Here’s the message coming from the international entertainment community: Abortions and “mercy killings” are grand. Sure, abortions have a long history of being racially applied by eugenicists and mercy killers tend to forget their Nazi forefathers but what the heck, leftists say its okay. Leftists only want what’s good for us.

Javier Bardem offers a masterful performance as Ramón Sampedro, a quadriplegic at the end of a decades long fight to “die with dignity”. This film is worthy of the Oscar it received because it is to be honest a great film. Then again, Triumph of The Will is a damn good flick as well.

Obviously, life as a quadriplegic is very hard. But it is still a life and life, despite what leftists want us to believe, is worth living. It is a gift even in its lowest times.

The term often used is “die with dignity”. This is great. Ask yourself, who is going to decide what “dignity” means? Who will decide when this “dignity” is lost? I know many will say, “Well duh, I WILL!” What about the mentally retarded woman down the street? What about the autistic boy across town? Will they choose? Do they live with enough dignity? At what point do their lives demand for them to “die with dignity”? This is where the lawyers come in…that means the state. This is called the slippery slope. Life is precious, too precious to be put into the hands of self-serving fools who have the vision of a bat in an echo chamber. Yes, some people live with horrible circumstances and it may seem merciful to put them down. But what of those left behind? Ramón Sampedro found his reward but what has he left behind? A world where it is just that much easier to kill without consequence. A world where the amoral argue that killing the ill is "reasonable".

The Nazis began The Holocaust by killing the handicapped with a little remembered piece of human depravity known as the T-4 Euthanasia Program. Deemed to be a drag on society, the systematic murder of the retarded began. This accepted killing led naturally to more. Here is a clue for all of your right-to-die morons, once a society sets up a criterion for innocent people to be killed; it doesn’t take much for said criteria to expand. This is a lesson from history.

Simply, if we allow people to start killing themselves to “die with dignity” then we have to allow for people to kill others for the same reason. The ball rolls from there. It sickens me that this has to be explained by a dimwit such as myself. It sickens me that we have films made supporting the ideals of the Nazi party nearly seventy years later.

This film is a great but it is, in all honesty, evil.

Check out the book listed below if you have no idea what I’m talking about.

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Content Thieves

One of the constant annoyances that comes with publishing online is content thieves. Short individual serving reviews like the ones I write for this site are perfect pickings for low lives who siphon RSS feeds. Even with my incredible disregard for basic grammar and spelling, my feed is being repurposed by at least three thieves at the time of this writing. Basically what these jerks do is take the content of my feed and repost it on their own sites without giving me credit. These thieves generally are hard to track down and even if found, it takes a DMCA suit. In most cases, these people are temporary and will quit their sites after a few months. So by the time the suit would be getting anywhere they would be gone anyway.

I've come to the conclusion that this kind of thing simply comes with the territory like comment trolls (I'm looking at you Greg). What sticks in my craw however is that at least two of these guys are actually getting huge traffic off my stuff right now. In one case he's getting ten times my traffic. Its like he stole my bike and then used it to win a race. On one hand I'm frustrated and on the other, hey the guy at least has the dignity to use my stuff properly.

Its gotten to the point where I need to start stamping my posts. I don't want to do it since it clutters things up but its probably the only way to cut into their traffic and direct back here.

If anyone has any suggestions on how to deal with content pirates or can tell me how the heck this guy can take the same content here, repost it with no frills and trounce me in traffic, let me know. Thanks

View from the Top (2003)

Should I see it?

Short Review: This may be one of the only films where more people worked on the film than have actually watched it.

View from the Top

This film was originally slated for release in late 2001. After the 9/11 attacks the movie was shelved because it supposedly makes fun of sky waitresses..err, flight attendants. Not to mock the 9/11 connection, I don't see why this film was ever released at all. If this bomb doesn't make the cut for some form of domestic terrorism, what does?

This monstrous wreck defies any granule of logic as to why it was ever made. To think that at sometime, someone pitched this idea to another human being and that human being nodded their head in agreement. It makes me weep for our species.

The highlight of the movie is Mike Myers. Granted, he is horrible in this movie, he's just stinks the least. The rest of the cast is completely asleep. I swear I saw Kelly Preston checking her watch at one point as she waited for her screen time to end.

I've been contemplating beginning an online petition to force Gwyneth Paltrow to publicly apologize for this movie. The problem, of course, is that such a petition would assume that others have actually seen this thing.

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Movie Quote: The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

A good cop - needlessly cut down by some cowardly hoodlums.

That's no way for a man to die.

No... you're right, Ed. A parachute not opening... that's a way to die. Getting caught in the gears of a combine... having your nuts bit off by a Laplander, that's the way I wanna go!

Wilma Nordberg
Oh... Frank. This is terrible!

Don't you worry, Wilma. Your husband is going to be alright. Don't you worry about anything. Just think positive. Never let a doubt enter your mind.

He's right, Wilma. But I wouldn't wait until the last minute to fill out those organ donor cards.

[Wilma cries again]

What I'm trying to say is that, Wilma, as soon as Nordberg is better, he's welcome back at Police Squad.

...Unless he's a drooling vegetable. But I think that's only common sense.

[Wilma cries again]

Movie Recommendations: World War II Movies

There's plenty of good films about World War II, here are some of the best.

Der Untergang "Downfall" (2004)

This film gives us a glimpse of what it was like inside Hitler’s bunker in the final days of World War II through the eyes of his stenographer Tradul Junge. This film is based on Junge’s book of the same name and is stunning in the portrayal of the human side of this evil regime.

Many people believe that Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan should be required viewing in high schools. I would claim that this is the film kids should see. After having The Third Reich explained, the students should watch this film and see how blind faith in a man-made god leads to destruction.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Spielberg’s World War II epic is not perfect, but close enough. This film has changed how war movies are made. Its original look and feel will echo for decades in the industry.

While this is at its heart a "pick-off" film (a "pick-off" is a film that presents an ensemble of characters only to bump them off one by one,) it is still an great piece of cinema. If you haven’t already seen it, the now famous opening half-hour showing the invasion of Normandy is one of the most important pieces of mainstream cinema.

This is a very violent and unrelenting film, in particular the D-Day invasion. None of the violence is out of place and unnecessary. This is a perfect example to reference when speaking about the proper use of violence in the movies.

The Longest Day (1962)

Although it is a little dated it still packs a punch. The wide scope of this project is jaw dropping. With a monstrous cast and full-scale reenactments of D-Day, a film like this will not come around again. The directors managed to take a very complicated series of events (D-Day) from both the Allies and the Axis perspectives and lay them out in an easy to digest film.

The acts of providence that made D-Day a success are shown over and over in this film. The seemingly random events of that day are shown in their historical perspective and reveal how "directed" the actual day(s) were.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)

Should I see it?

Click on the link below and watch the trailer and then come back. No seriously, go on.

Welcome back.

The whole production from inception to execution can be summed up in one element: Abominable Snowmen.

There is a point where film makers seem they’re just putting crap in to see how much an audience can take. Why not throw in some pirates and a giant bunny that spits lava? No, how about a fifty foot Chinese baby with a flaming skull for a head that can shoot nuclear warheads from its fingertips? That’ll be cool! This film actually sparks an interesting conflict. Is it reasonable for an audience member to expect anything from a movie like this? Is it fair to expect the filmmakers to actually give a crap? Content-free films like this are the cultural equivalent of a small kid who spins around in circles until they’re dizzy. There’s no greater goal involved in seeing this film other than achieving a few fleeting moments of being so distracted. And just like getting intentionally dizzy, it ends with the possibility of someone puking.

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Movie Trailer: The Taking of Pelham 123

Finally, a movie with terrorists as they're like in real life - well groomed white guys who are specifically NOT MUSLIM...

Actually, if it were realistic and the terrorists were Muslim they'd be bombing children.

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Screenwriters: John Godey
Tony Scott (Domino)
Actors: Denzel Washington (Deja Vu), Johan Travolta (Swordfish), Luis Guzmán (Boogie Nights), John Tuturro (The Big Lebowski), James Gandolfini (8mm) and Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire)

Movie Trailer: Eleven Minutes

I'm probably not even going to make it one minute. I don't think I could listen to this guy's voice for a full eleven.

A documentary on the New York fashion industry would be interesting. One following some up-and-comer who prattles on about himself? Not so much. This ad does little to sell the production. Then again, it is entirely likely there's not that much to sell in the first place.


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Directors: Michael Selditch and Robert Tate
Actors: Jay McCarroll and Kelly Cutrone

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Movie Watching Tip: The 180 Degree Rule

It is a basic rule of film that when you're capturing a conversation it has to be shot from only one one side. This will keep a consistent left/right relationship with the camera and therefore the audience. Frank is talking to Estelle. The camera always stays on Frank's left and Estelle's right. If the camera crossing this imaginary line, breaking the 180 degree rule, the audience will become confused. It will appear as if the actors swapped sides or are both facing the same direction.

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War of the Worlds (2005)

Should I see it?

Short Review: This film demonstrates that just because you can do something doesn’t necessarily mean you should go through with it.

War of the Worlds

Spielberg is one of the masters of film, but this is an embarrassment. I have my expectations of Spielberg - extremely high expectations. This is a man who is literally one of the most powerful people in human history. Think of the power he has access to. He IS Hollywood. Everyone who thinks of working in the industry references him directly. He has the industry at his feet and can make nearly any movie he wishes. He has the resources available to him to satisfy any creative itch he needs to scratch. When he does produce something it is a global event. His voice is heard across the Earth each time he clears his throat.

If, as a world, we are willing to allow Spielberg to breathe this rarefied air then we must hold him to the highest standard. With his position, resources and most of all talent, he should be making Schindler’s List level films without fail. Each production stemming from this man’s decisions should be nearly perfect. Is this too high of a standard? No. We should be getting John Ford, Hitchcock or David Lean and we’re getting Michael Bay.

This film shouldn’t have been made. There is no purpose to it. We know the story and Spielberg has nothing new to add except that HE’S DOING IT. The whole production stinks of hubris. It says something about a man who would be in the opening of Austin Powers in Goldmember, holding up his Oscar as a means of showing his importance. Yeah, it’s a joke but can you honestly see yourself doing the same thing?

Here is the whole film: Tom “Sure I’m Straight, Why Does Everyone Keep Asking Me?” Cruise and the rest of the cast spend their time running from unimpressive alien machines while patching up their dysfunctional family. They run some more, they in-fight some more. People get killed then Cruise and family runs some more. Did I mention they run? The story is an exercise in transparency. You know how each scene will play out and you know how the film will end. The fate of the ship in Titanic held more surprises than this sad film. To worsen matters, the internal logic of the whole piece falls apart upon the slightest touch. The rules of the movie are set up in one scene only to be contradicted in the next. The only consistent thing about this film is young actress Dakota Fanning. Fanning is the single bright spot in the film - and I say this as someone who doesn't like Dakota Fanning - she usually irritates me to no end. Other than her convincing performance, we are left with a grand disaster of a film.

Steer clear of Cruise and Steven Spielberg’s self-congratulatory “Me” fest. They’ve made this film for themselves, let them watch it, you don’t have to.

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What Women Want (2000)

Should I see it?

A good comfort movie about Nick, a womanizing ad executive who, following a freak accident, mysteriously gains the ability to hear women’s secret thoughts. A very simple premise expertly executed. The script by the writing team of Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa (13 Going on 30) is sharp and lean. The duo have a talent for infusing silly concept movies with charm and wit. Combined with the inspired casting of Mel Gibson in the lead opposite Helen Hunt as Nick’s professional nemesis/new boss Darcy the dialog and situational comedy provide some good payoffs. This is not a perfect film however, the inclusion of a side-love interest played by Marisa Tomei distracts from the main drive of the story and consumes too much time on screen without giving much back.

Taken as a whole, this is worth seeing. It’s a fun movie and plays the gender battles for laughs but isn’t without it thoughtful moments. To put it simply, if you enjoyed 13 Going on 30 then you will most likely enjoy this film. Note, since the main character is a womanizer and sexual activity is a key component of his life, sexuality is often at the forefront of the story. Viewers sensitive to sexual language and nudity may want to employ some caution.

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Movie Quote: Fight Club (1999)

I am Jack's raging bile duct.

Catch Me if You Can (2002)

Should I see it?
Probably not

I know of a good number of people who really like this movie. I don't share their appreciation. I found this to be a plodding, unimpressive bore. Leonardo DiCaprio portrays Frank Abagnale Jr, a brilliant con man who has knack for impersonation. As his stunts increase he gets the attention of the FBI and Agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks). Directed by Spielberg, this is the third in the line of less than stellar efforts he has put out since the turn of the century.

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Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Should I see it?

As a rule I loathe films with Jack Black. I know the man has his fans, I ain’t one of em’. If I want to see an out of shape, unwashed guy act kooky I’ll ask my brother-in-law about politics. I don't think there is a film with Jack Black that I have enjoyed, until now.

Along with my rule about films with Jack Black, I have another regarding non-Pixar animated movies – in short, they stink. Pixar revolutionized big budget animated movies and have established the measure for the genre. Animated movies now fit into two categories, 1) Pixar movies forgettable animated crap. This is the first animated film (except Wallace & Gromit) made in the last twenty that has made it into the first group from the second. The story centers around a bumbling Chinese panda named Po. Po dreams of fighting alongside his heroes Furious Five -- Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. Predictably enough, he gets his chance when he is accidentally chosen to join their ranks and do battle with the villainous snow leopard Tai Lung. The plot isn’t brilliant; actually it is rather paint-by-the-numbers. The film works because of the clever dialog and animation. The script by former King of the Hill writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger is lighthearted yet smart. The cast, which includes Black along with Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Ian McShane and Seth Rogen is given plenty of space to perform and they each deliver. I have to admit that even Jack Black gives an impressive performance as Po. As much as I hate to admit it, he was the best choice for the role.

A majority of animated films, despite that they are made to be viewed by small children, are loaded down with sexual innuendos, political agendas and scatological jokes. This film avoids those traps and delivers a solid, family friendly film worthy of your consideration.

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Oscar Wire: This Just In

NEWSFLASH: The 81st Annual Academy Awards are still nothing more than a ridiculous trade show.

We'll keep you posted if anything changes.

Movie Trailer: Team America: World Police

Filthy puppets and dead-on sharp social commentary makes for a strange but enjoyable movie. I can't recommend the movie based on the loads of unnecessary invective, but creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker perfectly skewer their targets with accuracy that I have to admire. The bits about Kim Jong Il and the portrayal of Matt Damon are worth the price of entry. If you're interested in this, it is very funny but it is completely, utterly filthy in its langauge and content. Stone and Parker are not known for their restraint. Those concerned about content are strongly urged to avoid this one.

Screenwriter: Trey Parker, Matt Stone (Orgazmo) and Pam Brady (Hot Rod)
Director: Trey Parker (Cannibal! The Musical)
Actors: Trey Parker (BASEketball) and Matt Stone

Movie Trailer: Psycho (1960)

One of the best films of all time.

You have to love the jaunty music and light tone of the opening considering what the subject matter of the film is all about.

Screenwriters: Joseph Stefano (The Black Orchid)
Alfred Hitchcock (The Birds)
Actors: Anthony Perkins (Tin Star) and Janet Leigh (Touch of Evil)

Non-FIlm Realted Post of the Day: Chicago Tea Party

This ought to make a music teacher I know roll his eyes.

We now return you back to your regularly scheduled poor grammar and movie trailers.

HT SondraK

Movie Trailer: Beyond the Mat

This documentary doesn't really expose much about professional wrestling that isn't already known. The participants injure themselves, live hard lives and are in a great deal of pain, so in that respect its a lot like being a teacher.

The movie isn't just a commercial for professional wrestling, it does put all of it in a pretty bad light. Where the movie becomes worthwhile is in some surprisingly human moments that Mick "Mankind" Foley provides. This isn't a horrible pick, but it's not worth going out of your way to find.

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Director: Barry W. Blaustein (The Ringer)
Actors: Vince McMahon, Mick Foley, Dwayne Johnson, Jesse Ventura, Chyna and Mark Calaway

Pride and Glory (2008)

Should I see it?

There's a thin line between being a cop and being a criminal - yeah, yeah, yeah, got it, heard it before. The whole production has a derivative vibe that it never shakes. The film kept reminding me of We Own the Night for some reason. It could be because of how the film was shot. It could be because its yet another East Coast cop drama. Could be because they both are dank, poorly written messes.

The film tells the tale of a police family that hits rough times when Ray Tierney (Edward Norton) uncovers a corruption scandal that fingers his brother-in-law Jimmy (Colin Farrell). This is a pretty good plot hook but the resulting script penned by Gavin O'Connor and Joe Carnahan never finds its footing. The piece is structured well but there's nothing unique, there's no dramatic draw. It is not too much to ask that a piece of drama should pull the audience into the story.

There are better cop dramas out there. I advise finding them.

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