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Captain America: The First Avenger 2011 Scifi Military Comic book movie Starring: Chris Evans (What's Your Number?"), Sebastian Stan (Black Swan), Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive), Hugo Weaving (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones), Oscar nom Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), Toby Jones (Frost/Nixon), Neal McDonough ("Desperate Housewives"), Indie Spirit award winner Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher), & Stan Lee. Directed by: Oscar winner Joe Johnston (Raiders of the Lost Ark). Written by: Emmy winner Christopher Markus (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) & Stephen McFeely. Plot: Marvel action-packed origin story which follows Steve Rogers (Evans) as he volunteers for a secret experiment during World War II. Transformed into a superhero named Captain America, Steve goes after the Axis. With his perfect physique and heightened reflexes -- and his sidekick, Bucky (Stan) -- Steve battles the Red Skull (Weaving), a super soldier created by Italian fascists. Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2912787481/ Review: This is probably the only one of these Avenger franchise films that I've actually liked. I like the military aspect of the film because I'm a military wife. I like the story, though a bit simplistic. My only problem is that it's great the first time you watch it, but then you never feel like watching it again. It's not a movie that sits with you. It's not special or original, but it's entertaining. Rating: Stamped out but worth seeing. Watch with: DOA: Dead or Alive & the other Avenger films (Iron Man 1 & 2, Thor, The Hulk, and The Incredible Hulk)
Winnie the Pooh 2011 Family film Voiced by: Oscar nom John Cleese (A Fish Called Wanda) & Emmy nom Craig Ferguson (The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson). Directed by: Stephen J Anderson (Meet the Robinsons) & Don Hall (writer of Princess and the Frog). Written by: the directors & Clio Chiang, Don Dougherty ("Tiny Toon Adventures"), Kendelle Hoyer, Brian Kesinger, Nicole Mitchell, & Jeremy Spears based on the works by A.A. Milne & Ernest Shepard. Plot: Winnie the Pooh and his loyal friends return to the big screen with an updated, hand-drawn adventure in the Hundred Acre Wood: helping an incomplete Eeyore find a new tail that won't be too much of a bother. Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi1431542041/ Review I love Winnie the Pooh. I grew up with the books and cartoons. I can't help it. I love it. BTW one of the best movie trailers I've ever seen. This movie was like hopping into a time machine. I was 7 years old again reading that old worn-out red book. This stayed true to the original adventures without trying to "hip it up" for the new generation. Why mess with a good thing? Even my hubby who joked around with me for watching a kid's movie, watched and enjoyed the end of the movie with me exclaiming that Eeyore has always been his favorite. SOmething that was updated with this movie was the music. Zooey Deschanel not only sang the original theme song, but also wrote and performed new original songs that fit in perfectly with the film. I think I will even buy the soundtrack. I highly recommend this movie for adults and kids alike. BTW be sure to wait til the end of the credits for an extra scene you don't wanna miss. So, who's your favorite character? Rating: Noteworthy. Watch with: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
Faces in the Crowd 2011 Psychological thriller Starring: Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil series),
Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead"), & Julian McMahon (Red). Written & Directed by: Julien Magnat. Plot: A woman (Jovovich) suffers from "face-blindness," the inability to
remember people's faces. With the serial killer who caused her condition still on the loose, the
woman lives in fear of his return. Trailer: http://www.moviestrailer.org/faces-in-the-crowd-movie-trailer.html Review: This is on my instant queue. It looks really interesting, and yes "face blindness" is a real neurological condition called Prosopagnosia. Rating: TBD. Watch with: TBD.
Mardi Gras: Spring Break 2011 late night comedy Starring: Nicholas D'Agosto (Final Destination 5), Arielle Kebbel ("Mercy"), Carmen Electra ("House M.D."), & Regina Hall (Law Abiding Citizen). Directed by: Phil Dornfeld. Written by: Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine). Plot: Three college pals (D'Agosto, Josh Gad & Bret Harrison) disillusioned with their lackluster social lives decide they need a change of venue. So they pack up and head to New Orleans, where they find plenty of alcohol-fueled party action as they try to change their luck with the ladies. Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3994000409/ Review: This is not my type of movie, but any movie that stars my absolute favorite city of New Orleans is a movie I wanna see. I'll let you know how it is though I'm not expecting much. Rating: TBD. Watch with: TBD
Judas Kiss 2011 Indie Fantasy Directed by: J.T. Tepnapa. Written by: the director & Carlos Pedraza. Plot: While judging at his alma mater's film festival, failed director Zach Wells (Charlie David) has a fling with a student contestant. The following day, Zach discovers that the young man is a past version of himself, offering him a chance to improve his own future. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9bvsLKCyXE Review: This film looks interesting. It seems to be a gay film that doesn't focus solely on the fact that the title character's gay. Instead it's a fantasy film about time travel. It's about life and getting the chance to change your past. It's a film that doesn't get lost in translation if you're hetero like me. Looks good. We will see. Rating: TBD. Watch with: TBD.
The Countess 2009 Biopic Starring: Oscar nom Julie Delpy (Before
Sunset) & Oscar winner William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman).
Written & Directed by: Julie Delpy. Plot: Blaming a failed romance
with a younger man (Daniel Bruhl) on her advancing age, 16th-century
Hungarian countess Erzebet Báthory (Delpy) begins murdering local
virgin girls and bathing in their blood, believing that the grim
ritual will restore her youthful beauty. DVD Features: Trailer.
Trailer: http://www.cinemagia.ro/trailer/the-countess-contesa-5442/ Review: Perfect film for Halloween. This looks pretty gruesome, and it's a true story. Her body count is pretty high from what I've read of her in my Encyclopedia of Serial Killers. This film was gruesome. The gore factor wasn't as high as most horror films, but given the fact that this is a period piece, it felt like a horror film. The directing, music, cinematography, and acting were all excellent. This film felt very unique to me: part period piece, part horror. The were some problemswith the film. The multitude of different accents when all the characters were supposed to be Hungarian took me out of the film, and the narration from 2 different characters muddied the films intention. Technically it was a beautiful film with Delpy terrific as usual, and my strange love of maccabre true stories was satisfied. However, this is not a movie for all tastes and even I had some problems with it. Rating: Not the brightest crayon in the box, but sure it pretty. Watch with: The Last King of Scotland.
Father of Invention 2010 Indie Comedy Starring: 2X Oscar winner Kevin Spacey (American
Beauty), Camilla Belle (The Quiet), Indie Spirit nom Heather Graham (Drugstore Cowboy),
Johnny Knoxville (Men in Black II), Emmy nom John Stamos (The Beach Boys: An American
Family), Michael Rosenbaum ("Smallville"), Craig Robinson (Hot Tub Time Machine), & Oscar
nom Virginia Madsen (Sideways). Directed by: Trent Cooper. Written by: the director & Indie
Spirit nom Jonathan D. Krane (The Chocolate War). Plot: Robert Axle (Spacey) is a humble, if
eccentric, genius whose flair for invention catapults him to fame, fortune and insufferable
egomania, until a terrible incident involving one of his creations brings him crashing back to earth
and into prison. Nearly a decade later, Axle is released, and he's determined to rehabilitate his
reputation and rebuild his fortune. First, he has to convince his daughter (Belle) that he's worthy
of a second chance. DVD Features: making-of featurette. Trailer:
http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi269523993/ Review: I love Kevin Spacey, and the premise looked funny. I liked the part where he's trying to invent things that have already been invented, but he's been in prison so he doesn't realize it. Unfortunately, laughs like that were few and far between. Spacey was awesome as usual, but his performance seemed a bit phoned in. THe material wasn't challenging enough for him. Belle is pretty, and I love her sense of style; however, she wasn't great in this film. She wasn't in it enough so I never got to care about her character, and she never got emotional. Madsen is a great actress, but comedy is not her forte. This film suffered from a meandering script that dragged the story and a predictable conclusion. Rating: Stamped out so why bother. Watch instead: The Beaver.