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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Skyfall Movie Review

Skyfall starts off in vintage Bond style, with a doozy of a fight/chase. It's long, fairly bloody, gleefully inventive, and at the end of it, Bond is in the perfect position to vanish off the face of the earth forever. And really, why wouldn't you? The poor sod has been thrashed, bashed, shot, stabbed, bitten, and widowed for England for half a century now. He has been sacked, racked, and hacked about. He has even had to endure the vast indignation of being played by an Australian. Small wonder then, that Skyfall finds Bond in a pensive frame of mind, and genuinely wondering whether it's all been worth the bloody effort.

Which makes as fine a place from which to re-launch and re-invigorate the series as I could imagine.

Bond, of course, snaps out of his ennui the moment he realises his beloved M (Judi Dench) is in peril. What ensues, across a pleasing array of locations, is a classic Bond yarn, with all the sillinesses that implies. There are gunfights, deaths by giant lizard, beauteous women and hideous henchmen at every stop along the way, just as there should be. And in Javier Bardem, with a haircut he's nicked from an old Patrick Swayze movie, and an accent that can only be described as the world's first menacing lisp, Skyfall has found one of the truly great Bond villains.

Skyfall is a film that has a lot of fun with it's own heritage, and which does everything it needs to be remembered fondly as one of the good'uns. And then it does one thing more. Via a very extended third act (you could easily argue that this is actually a four act film) Skyfall takes us somewhere we have never been before: into Bond's childhood and upbringing. For half an hour or so, we are on Bond's turangawaewae. Secrets are revealed, an old acquaintance is remade, and a suitably epic battle is waged by Bond and co against Bardem's criminally insane and utterly implacable old queen. It makes for a fine way to salute everything that has gone before, and to usher in a whole new generation of films.

Whether it's the ''best'' Bond movie is a question of taste. Personally, I think Casino Royale offered still more thrills and spectacle, while Thunderball will always be my sentimental favourite. But Skyfall is perfect proof that this series has grown up proper, and is in as good a shape as ever.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Transformers 2011 Breaks Records

LOS ANGELES - "Transformers" robots have lost some of their money-making power but still have delivered the biggest opening weekend domestically so far this year.

Distributor Paramount Pictures said Sunday that "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" took in $97.4 million domestically in its first weekend. That beat the $90.2 million debut of Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."

But the domestic haul for the sci-fi sequel was down from the $127.9 million first weekend for 2009's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

Since opening Tuesday night, the new "Transformers" pulled in $162 million through Sunday, a drop from $200.1 million for "Revenge of the Fallen" in its first five days.

Paramount estimates "Dark of the Moon" will hit $180.9 million domestically by the end of the long Fourth of July weekend Monday.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Doomsday synopsis

hree decades after a major country is quarantined in hopes of containing a lethal and highly contagious virus nicknamed "Reaper," signs that the super-bug has resurfaced in a major city prompt desperate specialists to race back into the infected zone to find a cure in director Neil Marshall's (The Descent) miasmic speculative sci-fi thriller. Few could have foreseen the terror that the microorganism known as "Reaper" would unleash upon the unsuspecting population, and when terrified authorities quarantined the entire country in hopes of saving the human race, the streets immediately descended into chaos. Thirty years later, the inhabitants of planet Earth think that they've seen the last of the merciless killer disease, but they couldn't be more wrong. When "Reaper" reappears more powerful than ever in a major city, an elite group of professionals led by Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra) are forced to travel back into the sealed-off country where the virus first broke out in order to create a cure and save humankind from certain doom. Now, as the rest of the world anxiously awaits word of their ultimate fate, Eden and her brave team are about to find out that there is indeed a hell, and they are about to journey directly into its black, envenomed heart. Also in the cast are Bob Hoskins and Malcolm McDowell, as well as a host of veterans from Marshall's past productions, including Sean Pertwee, MyAnna Buring, Craig Conway, and Nora-Jane Noone. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Hollywood Bumps

Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is about to become a father for the first time at the age of 51, his spokeswoman said on Monday.

The "Summer of '69" musician is expecting the baby in May with his personal assistant, a long-time employee who helps run his charitable efforts.

"Alicia Grimaldi and I are expecting a baby," Adams said in a statement. "She helped me start my foundation years ago and it looks like she'll be running the family now."

His spokeswoman declined to describe the nature of their personal relationship. Adams maintains strict secrecy about his private life. Britain's Sunday Telegraph, which broke the news, quoted an unidentified source as saying many of Adams' friends did not know he was in a relationship.

Grimaldi, a Briton, helped set up the Bryan Adams Foundation in 2004, three years after graduating from Cambridge University, according to Adams' Web site.

Adams, famed for such rock songs as "Summer of '69," "Cuts Like a Knife," and "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)," is in the middle of a U.S. theater tour.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Eagle Movie

n 140 AD, two men -- master and slave -- venture beyond the edge of the known world on a dangerous and obsessive quest that will push them beyond the boundaries of loyalty and betrayal, friendship and hatred, deceit and heroism...The Roman epic adventure 'The Eagle' stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell and is directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald.

20 years earlier, Rome's 5,000-strong Ninth Legion, under the command of Flavius Aquila, marched north carrying their treasured golden Eagle emblem. They never returned; Legion and Eagle simply vanished into the mists.

Hearing a rumor that the Eagle has been seen in a tribal temple in the far north, Flavius' son Marcus (Tatum), determined to restore the tarnished reputation of his father, is galvanized into action. Accompanied only by his slave Esca (Bell), Marcus sets out into the vast and dangerous highlands of Scotland -- to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father's memory, and retrieve the hallowed Eagle. Along the way Marcus realizes that the mystery of his father's disappearance may well be linked to the secret of his own slave's identity and loyalty -- a secret all the more pressing when the two come face-to-face with the warriors of the fearsome Seal Prince (Tahar Rahim).
Genre(s):
Drama - Epic and Historical
Runtime:
114 min.
MPAA Rating:
PG-13 (for battle sequences and some disturbing images.)
Theatrical Release Date:
02/11/2011
Status:
In Theaters
Distributor(s):
Film4, Focus Features
Director(s):
Kevin Macdonald
Starring:
Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Mark Strong, Tahar Rahim, Donald Sutherland
Production Co.:
Toledo Productions
Themes:
Obsessive Quests, Heroic Mission, Missing Persons
Tone:
Gritty, Menacing, Sweeping, Tense
Keywords:
Britain, eagle, legion, missing-person, mystery [unexplained phenomenon], quest, savage, tribe
Country of Origin:
USA (02-11-2011)
Language:
English

Monday, January 31, 2011

The Living Dead Superstar

Here we come
Here we are
The living dead superstar

It's time, it's time to join us
We are going on a noise cursed
Lets get together baby,
Walk trought the city to invade
Every body, every single head
Spread the noise
Feel the dead
Lets get together spread feel to the city,
Lests invade!
Everybody, every single head spread the noise
feel the dead.
Lets get together baby
Walk trought the city to invade!(to invade)

Here we come
Here we are
The living dead superstar(repeat until fade)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Farrah — aka Miss May


Pity the wolf that runs into Farrah Abraham in the woods.

Check out the 19-year-old Teen Mom alum posing for J. Anthony Digital Photography's "Mastering the Art of American Motorcycles" calendar in which Farrah—aka Miss May—wears a medieval-chic outfit she designed herself that's meant to invoke Red Riding Hood.

Red Riding Hood after she's skinned the Big Bad Wolf and made a minidress out of his hide, that is.

"I encouraged all of the models to be involved in brainstorming about their shoots and thought we'd come up with a more creative outcomes that way," photographer Jaye Ott told Starcasm.net. "In looking at the way Farrah's shoot developed, it was as if Red Riding Hood skinned the wolf and was wearing him."

Farrah was in turn inspired by the red "wolf" Big Dog bike she's posing in front (and on top) of.

Ott said that Farrah, who in addition to heralding May flowers also graces the cover of his 2012 calendar, is already being considered for his 2013 homage to classic cars and hot rods.