Friday, June 19, 2015


2005 American comedy film

Director: Rob McKittrick
Writer: Rob McKittrick
Cinematography: Matthew Irving
Running time: 94 minutes
Country: United States

Tagline: What happens in the kitchen ends up on the plate.
Ryan Reynolds as Monty
Justin Long as Dean
Anna Faris as Serena
David Koechner as Dan
Luis Guzmán as Raddimus
Chi McBride as Bishop
John Francis Daley as Mitch
Kaitlin Doubleday as Amy
Robert Patrick Benedict as Calvin
Alanna Ubach as Naomi
Vanessa Lengies as Natasha
Max Kasch as T-Dog
Andy Milonakis as Nick
Dane Cook as Floyd
Jordan Ladd as Danielle
Emmanuelle Chriqui as Tyla the Bartender
Wendie Malick as Monty's Mom

Young employees at Shenaniganz restaurant collectively stave off boredom and adulthood with their antics.

Awards: None

As an April Fools' Day joke, director Rob McKittrick and actor Luis Guzmán staged a "diva fight" on set. During the filming of the scene where Calvin imagines his co-workers cheering him on at the urinal, Guzmán pretended to ditch a line from the script in favor of his own line. The fight was so realistic that the other actors on set became very uncomfortable and quiet when Guzmán "stormed" out.



5 stars out of 5 stars

Friday, May 15, 2015


2008 American-German historical thriller film

Director: Bryan Singer

Writer: Christopher McQuarrie & Nathan Alexander

Cinematography: Newton Thomas Sigel

Running time: 124 minutes

Country: United States & Germany

Tagline: Many saw evil. They dared to stop it.

Tom Cruise as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg
Kenneth Branagh as Major General Henning von Tresckow
Bill Nighy as General of Infantry Friedrich Olbricht
Terence Stamp as Colonel General Ludwig Beck
Tom Wilkinson as Colonel General Friedrich Fromm
Carice van Houten as Nina Schenk Gräfin von Stauffenberg
Kevin McNally as Dr. Carl Friedrich Goerdeler
David Schofield as General Field Marshal Erwin von Witzleben
Christian Berkel as Colonel Albrecht Ritter Mertz von Quirnheim
Jamie Parker as Lieutenant Werner von Haeften
Eddie Izzard as General of signal corps Erich Fellgiebel
David Bamber as Adolf Hitler
Thomas Kretschmann as Major Otto Ernst Remer
Harvey Friedman as Dr. Joseph Goebbels
Kenneth Cranham portrays General Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel
Matthias Freihof as Heinrich Himmler
Waldemar Kobus as Wolf-Heinrich Graf von Helldorf
Halina Reijn as Margarethe von Oven
Werner Daehn as Major Ernst John von Freyend
Tom Hollander as Colonel Heinz Brandt
Bernard Hill as a General working with Stauffenberg in Tunisia
Ian McNeice as the composite "Pompous General"
Gerhard Haase-Hindenberg as Hermann Göring
Anton Algrang as Albert Speer
Helmut Stauss as Dr. Roland Freisler
Matthew Burton as Lieutenant General Adolf Heusinger
Philipp von Schulthess as Major General Henning von Tresckow's aide


Assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Hitler during World War II.

BMI Film & TV Awards- BMI Film Music Award- John Ottman
Bambi Awards- Courage-Tom Cruise

The film's opening prologue is a quotation of a Nazi mandatory loyalty service oath for Soldiers of the German Armed Forces. It states: "I swear by God this sacred oath: That I shall render unconditional obedience to Adolf Hitler[,] Führer of the German Reich and people, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, And that I shall at all times be ready, as a brave soldier, to give my life for this oath . . . "






5 stars out of 5 stars

Saturday, December 13, 2014

U.S. Marshals

1998 Crime Thriller

Director: Stuart Baird

Writer: Roy Huggins and John Pogue

Cinematography: Andrzej Bartkowiak

Running time: 131 minutes

Country: United States

The Cop who won't stop is back. But this time he's chasing down a lot more than a fugitive.


Tommy Lee Jones as Supervising Deputy U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard

Wesley Snipes as Mark J. Sheridan/Mark Roberts/Mark Warren
Robert Downey, Jr. as Special Agent John Royce
Joe Pantoliano as Deputy U.S. Marshal Cosmo Renfro
Daniel Roebuck as Deputy U.S. Marshal Bob Biggs
Tom Wood as Deputy U.S. Marshal Noah Newman
LaTanya Richardson as Deputy U.S. Marshal Savannah Cooper     
Irène Jacob as Marie Bineaux
Kate Nelligan as U.S. Marshal Catherine Walsh
Patrick Malahide as Director Bertram Lamb
Rick Snyder as Special Agent Frank Barrows
Michael Paul Chan as Xiang Chen
When a prisoner transport plane carrying Deputy Sam Gerard as an escort crashes, one prisoner, Mark Sheridan helps him rescue some trapped prisoners and then escapes himself. Gerard and his crack team of U.S. Marshals start their pursuit, but the simple fugitive situation soon gets more complicated when Gerard learns that Sheridan is no mere criminal and the story behind his incrimination becomes more and more suspicious. At the same time, Mark Sheridan is out to find out the truth himself while keeping one step ahead of Gerard - Written by Kenneth Chisholm
Awards: None

In the original script, Sam Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) was introduced dressed up as a priest. Director Stuart Baird and costume designer Louise Frogley didn't find this interesting enough, so they came up with the idea of the chicken outfit




5 stars out of 5 stars

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Talented Mr. Ripley

1999 Psychological Thriller

Director: Anthony Minghella

Writer: Anthony Minghella

Cinematography: John Seale

Running time: 139 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: Everybody should have one talent... what's yours? 

Matt Damon as Tom Ripley
Gwyneth Paltrow as Marge Sherwood
Jude Law as Dickie Greenleaf 
Cate Blanchett as Meredith Logue
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Freddie Miles
Jack Davenport as Peter Smith-Kingsley
James Rebhorn as Herbert Greenleaf
Sergio Rubini as Inspector Roverini
Philip Baker Hall as Alvin MacCarron
Celia Weston as Aunt Joan 

The 1950s. Manhattan lavatory attendant, Tom Ripley, borrows a Princeton jacket to play piano
at a garden party. When the wealthy father of a recent Princeton grad chats Tom up, Tom
pretends to know the son and is soon offered $1,000 to go to Italy to convince Dickie Greenleaf
to return home. In Itay, Tom attaches himself to Dickie and to Marge, Dickie's cultured financee,
pretending to love jazz and harboring homoerotic hopes as he soaks in luxury. Besides lying,
Tom's talents include impressions and forgery, so when the handsome and confident Dickie tires
of Tom, dismissing him as a bore, Tom goes to extreme lengths to make Greenleaf's privileges
his own. Written by <>


Academy Awards-Best Actor in a Supporting Role-Jude Law

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards-Best Composer-Gabriel Yared

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards-Best Supporting Actor-Philip Seymour Hoffman

MTV Movie Awards-Best Director-Anthony Minghella

National Board of Review Awards-Best Supporting Actor-Philip Seymour Hoffman
Is based on the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith. There are an additional four
novels which follow "The Talented Mr.Ripley", they are " Ripley Underground", "Ripley's Game",
" The Boy Who Followed Ripley", and "Ripley Under Water.


5 Stars out of 5 Stars

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Saving Private Ryan

1998 Epic War Film

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Robert Rodat

Cinematography: Janusz Kamiński

Running time: 169 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: The mission is a man.

Tom Hanks as Captain John H. Miller

Tom Sizemore as Technical Sergeant Mike Horvath

Edward Burns as Private First Class Richard Reiben

Barry Pepper as Private Daniel Jackson

Adam Goldberg as Private Stanley "Fish" Mellish

Vin Diesel as Private First Class Adrian Caparzo

Giovanni Ribisi as Technician Fourth Grade Irwin Wade

Jeremy Davies as Technician Fifth Grade Timothy E. Upham

Matt Damon as Private First Class James Francis Ryan

Harrison Young as James Francis Ryan, present day

Kathleen Byron as Mrs. Ryan, present day

Ted Danson as Captain Fred Hamill

Paul Giamatti as Staff Sergeant William Hill

Dennis Farina as Lieutenant Colonel Walter Anderson

Harve Presnell as General George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff of the United States Army

Leland Orser as Second Lieutenant DeWindt

Bryan Cranston as Colonel I.W. Bryce

Nathan Fillion as Private James Frederick Ryan

Max Martini as Corporal Fred Henderson

Demetri Goritsas as Private Parker

Joerg Stadler as "Steamboat Willie", a German soldier

Dale Dye as an officer at the War Department
After learning that Private Ryan’s three brothers have all died in the war, the government attempts to locate him to send him home. The problem is they don't know if he is dead or alive behind enemy lines.

1.Academy Awards
- Best Director- Steven Spielberg
2.Academy Awards- Best Cinematography- Janusz Kaminski
3.Academy Awards- Best Sound- Gary Rydstrom, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson Ron Judkins
4.Academy Awards- Best Film Editing- Michael Kahn
5.Academy Awards- Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing-Gary Rydstrom & Richard Hymns
6.Golden Globes-Best Motion Picture  Drama
7.Golden Globes- Best Director - Motion Picture Steven Spielberg
8.BAFTA Awards- Best Sound Gary Rydstrom, Ron Judkins,Gary Summers, Andy Nelson Richard Hymns
9.BAFTA Awards- Best Special Effects Stefen Fangmeier,Roger Guyett Neil Corbould
10.Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films- Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film
11.American Cinema Editors- Best Edited Feature FilmMichael Kahn
12.BMI Film & TV Awards- John Williams
13.Blockbuster Entertainment Awards- Favorite Actor Drama Tom Hanks
14.Bogey Awards, Germany- Bogey Award in Silver
15.Boston Society of Film Critics Awards- Best Cinematography Janusz Kaminski
16.Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards- Best Picture
17.Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards- Best DirectorSteven Spielberg
18.Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards- Best ScoreJohn Williams
19.Casting Society of America- Best Casting for Feature Film, Drama Denise Chamian
20.Chicago Film Critics Association Awards- Best Picture
21.Cinema Audio Society- Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Feature Film Gary Rydstrom (re-recording mixer), Gary Summers (re-recording mixer), Andy Nelson (re-recording mixer) Ron Judkins (production mixer)
22.Czech Lions- Best Foreign Language Film (Nejlepsízahranicní film) Steven Spielberg
23.Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards- Best Picture
24.Directors Guild of America- Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures
Steven Spielberg, Mark Huffam (production manager) (plaque)Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (first assistant director) (plaque)Adam Goodman (second assistant director) (plaque) &
Karen Richards (second second assistant director) (plaque)
25.Empire Awards- Best Director Steven Spielberg
26.Empire Awards- Best Actor Tom Hanks
27.Florida Film Critics Circle Awards- Best CinematographyJanusz Kaminski
28.Golden Screen- Golden Screen
29.Grammy Awards- Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television John Williams
30.Harry Awards- Harry Award
31.Huabiao Film Awards- Outstanding Translated Foreign Film
32.Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists- Best Foreign Director (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero) Steven Spielberg
33.Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards- Best Film
34.Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards- Best Supporting Actor Jeremy Davies
35.Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards- Best DirectorSteven Spielberg
36.Key Art Awards- Best of Show – Audiovisual For the trailer.
37.Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards- Best Picture
38.Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards- Best DirectorSteven Spielberg
39.Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards- Best Cinematography Janusz Kaminski
40.London Critics Circle Film Awards- Film of the Year
41.Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards- Best Picture
42.Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards- Best Director Steven Spielberg
43.Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards- Best Cinematography Janusz Kaminski
44.Motion Picture Sound Editors- Best Sound Editing - Sound Effects & Foley Gary Rydstrom (supervising sound editor/sound designer), Richard Hymns (supervising sound editor), Sandina Bailo-Lape (supervising foley editor),Ethan Van der Ryn (sound effects editor), Teresa Eckton(sound effects editor), Frank E. Eulner (sound effects editor), Karen G. Wilson (sound effects editor), LarryOatfield (sound effects editor) Bruce Lacey (foley editor)
45.Best Sound Editing - Dialogue & ADR Richard Hymns (supervising sound editor), Gary Rydstrom (supervising sound editor), Gwendolyn Yates Whittle (supervising dialogue editor), Larry Singer (supervising adr editor), EwaSztompke (dialogue editor), Sara Bolder (dialogue editor),Denise Whiting (adr editor), Thomas Whiting (adr editor)
46.National Board of Review- Top Ten Films
47.New York Film Critics Circle Awards- Best Film
48.Online Film Critics Society Awards- Best Film
49.Online Film Critics Society Awards- Best Director Steven Spielberg
50.Online Film Critics Society Awards- Best Ensemble Cast Performance Edward Burns,
Matt Damon, Jeremy Davies, Vin Diesel, Adam Goldberg,Tom Hanks, Barry Pepper,
Giovanni Ribisi & Tom Sizemore
51.Online Film Critics Society Awards- Best CinematographyJanusz Kaminski
52.Online Film Critics Society Awards- Best Film EditingMichael Kahn
53.PGA Awards- Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures Steven Spielberg,
Allison Lyon Segan, Bonnie Curtis, Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon Gary Levinsohn
54.Satellite Awards- Best Motion Picture Film EditingMichael Kahn
55.Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards- Best Picture
56.Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards- Best Director Steven Spielberg
57.Toronto Film Critics Association Awards- Best Picture
58.Toronto Film Critics Association Awards- Best DirectorSteven Spielberg
Many veterans of D-Day have congratulated director Steven Spielberg for the film's authenticity, including actor JamesDoohan, best known as Scotty from "Star Trek". Doohan lost the middle finger of his right hand and was wounded in the leg during the war. Also, he participated in the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, at Juno Beach, where the 3rd Canadian infantry division led the attack. He commended Spielberg for not leaving out any gory details.

5 star out of 5 stars

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