Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever


2009 Horror Comedy Film

Director: Ti West

Writer: Joshua Malkin

Cinematography: Eliot Rockett

Running time: 86 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: This time it's spreading

Cast:
Noah Segan as John
Rusty Kelley as Alex
Alexi Wasser as Cassie
Giuseppe Andrews as Winston
Regan Deal as Liz Grillington
Marc Senter as Marc
Michael Bowen as Principal Sinclair
Lindsey Axelsson as Sandy
Angela Oberer as Ms. Hawker
Amanda Jelks as Frederica
Judah Friedlander as Toby
Alexander Isaiah Thomas as Dane
Patrick Durham as Banker Lucas
Mark Borchardt as Herman
Larry Fessenden as Bill
Lisa H. Sackerman as Sores Girl/Prom Goer
Rider Strong as Paul (cameo)

Plot
A high school prom faces a deadly threat: a flesh-eating virus that spreads via a popular brand of bottled water.
Awards: None

Trivia
After extensive re-editing and re-shooting by the producers, writer/director West requested to have his name removed from the film and replaced with the popular pseudonym Alan Smithee. Since he was not a member of the DGA his request was denied by the producers and he remains credited as the film's director. West has since disowned the final product claiming that it is more a product of the producers and executives than that of his own. It is unknown if there will ever be a "directors cut" released featuring West's original vision. 

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4 stars out of 5 stars

Monday, January 30, 2012

Cabin Fever


2002 Horror Comedy Film

Director: Eli Roth

Writer: Eli Roth & Randy Pearlstein

Cinematography: Scott Kevan

Running time: 92 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: Cabin Fever... catch it.

Cast:
Rider Strong as Paul
James DeBello as Bert
Jordan Ladd as Karen
Cerina Vincent as Marcy
Joey Kern as Jeff
Arie Verveen as Henry "The Hermit"
Giuseppe Andrews as Deputy Winston Olsen
Matthew Helms as Dennis
Eli Roth as Justin "Grim"
Hal Courtney as Tommy
Robert Harris as Old Man Cadwell
Richard Boone as Fenster
Tim Parati as Andy
Brandon Johnson as Ray Shawn

Plot
A group of five college graduates rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals.


Awards:
  1. Best Make-Up- Howard Berger, Robert Kurtzman & Gregory Nicotero- Sitges  Catalonian International Film Festival 

Trivia
Director Eli Roth originally got the idea for this movie while working in Iceland on a horse farm. He got such a bad skin infection from the rotting hay in the barn that his face broke out in sores, bled and peeled off when he shaved. 

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4 stars out of 5 stars







Friday, January 27, 2012

Babel


2006 International Drama Film

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Writer: Guillermo Arriaga & Alejandro González Iñárritu

Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto

Running time: 143 minutes

Country: United States, Mexico & France

Tagline: If you want to be understood...Listen

Cast:
Brad Pitt as Richard Jones
Cate Blanchett as Susan Jones
Mohamed Akhzam as Anwar
Peter Wight as Tom
Harriet Walter as Lilly
Michael Maloney as James
Driss Roukhe as Alarid
Boubker Ait El Caid as Yussef
Said Tarchani as Ahmed
Mustapha Rachidi as Abdullah
Abdelkader Bara as Hassan
Wahiba Sahmi as Zohra
Robert Fyfe as Tourist Number 14
Adriana Barraza as Amelia
Gael García Bernal as Santiago
Elle Fanning as Debbie Jones
Nathan Gamble as Mike Jones
Clifton Collins Jr. as Police Officer at Mexican border
Michael Pena as Officer John
Rinko Kikuchi as Chieko Wataya
Kōji Yakusho as Yasujiro Wataya
Satoshi Nikaido as Detective Kenji Mamiya
Yuko Murata as Mitsu
Shigemitsu Ogi as Dentist Chieko attempts to seduce

Plot
Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.

Awards:
  1. ACCEC Award- Best Foreign Film (Millor película estrangera) Alejandro González Iñárritu- ACCEC Awards
  2. AFI Film Award- AFI Movie of the Year Jon Kilik, Steve Golin & Alejandro González Iñárritu- ALMA Awards
  3. ALMA Award- Outstanding Actress - Motion Picture Adriana BarrazaALMA Awards
  4. ALMA Award- Outstanding Director - Motion Picture Alejandro González Iñárritu ALMA Awards
  5. ALMA Award- Outstanding Motion Picture- ALMA Awards
  6. ALMA Award- Outstanding Screenplay - Motion Picture Guillermo Arriaga-ALMA Awards 
  7. Oscar-Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
    Gustavo Santaolalla- Academy Awards, USA
  8. Eddie-Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic Stephen Mirrione & Douglas Crise-American Cinema Editors, USA
  9. Austin Film Critics Award-Best Supporting Actress Rinko Kikuchi-Austin Film Critics Association 
  10. Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music-Gustavo Santaolalla-BAFTA Awards
  11. Bodil-Best American Film (Bedste amerikanske film) Alejandro González Iñárritu- Bodil Awards
  12. Best Director-Alejandro González Iñárritu- Cannes Film Festival
  13. Prize of the Ecumenical Jury-Alejandro González Iñárritu-Cannes Film Festival
  14. Technical Grand Prize-Stephen Mirrione-Cannes Film Festival
  15. Capri Exploit Award-Rinko Kikuchi- Capri, Hollywood
  16. CFCA Award-Best Supporting Actress Rinko Kikuchi- Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
  17. David-Best Foreign Film (Miglior Film Straniero) Alejandro González Iñárritu-David di Donatello Awards
  18. Fotogramas de Plata-Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera) Alejandro González IñárrituFotogramas de Plata
  19. Golden Globe-Best Motion Picture – Drama-Golden Globes, USA
  20. Best Ensemble Cast-Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal, Kôji Yakusho, Adriana Barraza, Rinko Kikuchi, Said Tarchani & Boubker Ait El Caid-Gotham Awards
  21. Breakthrough Award-Rinko Kikuchi-Gotham Awards
  22. NBR Award-Breakthrough Performance – Female Rinko Kikuchi-National Board of Review, USA
  23. NBR Award-Top Ten Films-National Board of Review, USA
  24. Director of the Year Award-Alejandro González Iñárritu-Palm Springs International Film Festival
  25. Ensemble Cast Award-Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Adriana Barraza, Rinko Kikuchi, Gael García Bernal, Kôji Yakusho, Said Tarchani & Boubker Ait El Caid-Palm Springs International Film Festival
  26. Robert-Best American Film (Årets amerikanske film) Alejandro González Iñárritu-Robert Festival
  27. SDFCS Award-Best Ensemble Performance- Rinko Kikuchi, Cate Blanchett, 
    Brad Pitt, Kôji Yakusho, Gael García Bernal & Adriana Barraza-
    San Diego Film Critics Society Awards
  28. SDFCS Award-Best Score Gustavo Santaolalla-San Diego Film Critics Society Awards
  29. SFFCC Award-Best Supporting Actress Adriana Barraza-San Francisco Film Critics Circle 
  30. Audience Award-Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera) Alejandro González Iñárritu-Sant Jordi Awards
  31. Satellite Award-Best Original Score Gustavo Santaolalla-Satellite Awards 

Trivia
The scene where Chieko (Rinko Kikuchi) and her father are in the car together was shot without filming permission from the city due to slow Japanese bureaucratic procedures. The crew created "man-made" busy traffic, and began shooting the scene. Later the police started chasing them while still shooting the scene. 

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4 stars out of 5 stars

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Above the Law

1988 Action Film

Director: Andrew Davis

Writer: Steven Pressfield, Ronald Shusett & Andrew Davis

Cinematography: Robert Steadman

Running time: 99 minutes

Country: United States & Hong Kong

Tagline: He's a cop who believes no one is above the law.

Cast:
Steven Seagal as Det. Sgt. Nico Toscani
Sharon Stone as Sara Toscani
Pam Grier as Det. Delores “Jacks” Jackson
Henry Silva as Kurt Zagon
Ron Dean as Det. Lukich
Daniel Faraldo as Tony Salvano
Miguel Nino as Chi Chi Ramon
Nicholas Kusenko as FBI Agent Neeley
Joe Greco as Father Joseph Gennaro (as Joe V. Greco)
Chelcie Ross as Nelson Fox
Michael Rooker as Man in Bar #1
Dale Payne as Man in Bar #2
Joe D. Lauck as Senator Ernest Harrison
Henry Godinez as Father Tomasino

Plot
Nico Toscani, an ex-CIA policeman now working for the local police department, while doing an investigation discovers the existence of a big weapon trade. Nico finally reaches Zagon and Salvano, two corrupted American secret service members.


Awards: None

Trivia
Steven Seagal personally selected every weapon seen in the film.

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4 stars out of 5 stars

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

1963 Italian Fantasy Film

Director: Federico Fellini

Writer: Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli & Brunello Rondi

Cinematography: Gianni Di Venanzo

Running time: 138 minutes

Country: Italy

Tagline: A picture that goes beyond what men think about - because no man ever thought about it in quite this way!

Cast:
Marcello Mastroianni as Guido Anselmi, a film director
Anouk Aimée as Luisa Anselmi, Guido's wife
Rossella Falk as Rossella, Luisa's best friend and Guido's confidante
Sandra Milo as Carla, Guido's mistress
Claudia Cardinale as Claudia, a movie star Guido casts as his Ideal Woman
Guido Alberti as Pace, a film producer
Mario Conocchia as Mario Conocchia, Guido's production assistant
Bruno Agostini as Bruno Agostini, the production director
Cesarino Miceli Picardi as Cesarino, the production supervisor
Jean Rougeul as Carini Daumier, a film critic
Mario Pisu as Mario Mezzabotta, Guido's friend
Barbara Steele as Gloria Morin, Mezzabotta's new young girlfriend
Madeleine LeBeau as Madeleine, a French actress
Caterina Boratto as a mysterious lady in the hotel
Eddra Gale as La Saraghina, a prostitute
Eugene Walter as an American journalist

Plot
A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.

Awards:
  1. Oscar- Best Costume Design, Black-and-White Piero Gherardi- Academy Awards, USA
  2. Oscar- Best Foreign Language Film Italy- Academy Awards, USA
  3. Bodil- Best European Film (Bedste europæiske film) Federico Fellini (director)-Bodil Awards
  4. Silver Ribbon- Best Cinematography, B/W (Migliore Fotografia in Bianco e Nero) Gianni Di Venanzo-Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists
  5. Silver Ribbon- Best Director (Regista del Miglior Film) Federico Fellini-Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists
  6. Silver Ribbon- Best Original Story (Migliore Soggetto Originale) Federico Fellini & Ennio Flaiano-Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists
  7. Silver Ribbon- Best Producer (Migliore Produttore) Angelo Rizzoli-Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists
  8. Silver Ribbon- Best Score (Migliore Musica) Nino Rota- Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists
  9. Silver Ribbon- Best Screenplay (Migliore Sceneggiatura) Federico Fellini,
    Brunello Rondi, Tullio Pinelli & Ennio Flaiano-
    Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists
  10. Silver Ribbon- Best Supporting Actress (Migliore Attrice Non Protagonista)Sandra Milo- Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists
  11. Kinema Junpo Award-Best Foreign Language Film Federico Fellini-Kinema Junpo Awards
  12. Kinema Junpo Award- Best Foreign Language Film Director Federico Fellini-Kinema Junpo Awards
  13. Grand Prix-Federico Fellini-Moscow International Film Festival
  14. NBR Award-Best Foreign Language Film Italy-National Board of Review, USA
  15. NYFCC Award- Best Foreign Language Film Italy- New York Film
    Critics Circle
    Awards

Trivia
In 2002, named by "Positif" (France) as one of the 50 best films of the last 50 years (critics' choice: #3)

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4 stars out of 5 stars

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Zack and Miri Make a Porno

2008 Romantic Comedy Film

Director: Kevin Smith

Writer: Kevin Smith

Cinematography: Dave Klein

Running time: 101 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: What would you do to get out of debt?

Cast:
Seth Rogen as Zack Brown
Elizabeth Banks as Miriam "Miri" Linky
Craig Robinson as Delaney
Jason Mewes as Lester
Traci Lords as Bubbles
Jeff Anderson as Deacon
Katie Morgan as Stacey
Ricky Mabe as Barry
Justin Long as Brandon St. Randy
Brandon Routh as Bobby Long
Tyler Labine as Drunk Customer
Tisha Campbell-Martin as Delaney's wife
Tom Savini as Jenkins
Jennifer Schwalbach as Betsy
Gerry Bednob as Mr. Surya
Kenny Hotz as Zack II

Plot
Lifelong platonic friends Zack and Miri look to solve their respective cash-flow problems by making an adult film together. As the cameras roll, however, the duo begins to sense that they may have more feelings for each other than they previously thought.

Awards: None

Trivia
A portion of the plot is based on director Kevin Smith's experience making Clerks: a very low budget, working only with friends, using a hockey stick as a boom microphone pole, and shooting the movie at his job (the Quick Stop/RST Video in Clerks, and the Bean 'N' Gone coffee shop in this film).

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5 stars out of 5 stars

Monday, January 23, 2012

Young Guns II

1990 Action Western Film

Director: Geoff Murphy

Writer: John Fusco

Cinematography: Dean Semler

Running time: 104 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: Yoo-Hoo, I'll make ya famous!
Cast:
Emilio Estevez as William H. "Billy the Kid" Bonney
Kiefer Sutherland as Josiah Gordon "Doc" Scurlock
Lou Diamond Phillips as Jose Chavez y Chavez
Christian Slater as "Arkansas" Dave Rudabaugh
William Petersen as Patrick Floyd "Pat" Garrett
Alan Ruck as Hendry William French
R. D. Call as D.A. Rynerson
James Coburn as John Chisum
Balthazar Getty as Tom O'Folliard
Jack Kehoe as Ashmun Upson
Robert Knepper as Deputy Carlyle
Tom Kurlander as J. W. Bell
Viggo Mortensen as John W. Poe
Leon Rippy as Robert "Bob" Ollinger
Tracey Walter as Beever Smith
Bradley Whitford as Charles Phalen
Scott Wilson as Governor Lew Wallace
Jenny Wright as Jane Greathouse
John Hammil as Pendleton
Howie Young as Poe Posse
Mike Diamente as Brunello
Jerry Gardner as Sheriff Kimbel

Plot
Billy "The Kid" and his gang are wanted by the law, and when "Doc" Scurlock and Chavez are captured, Billy has to save them. They escape and set south for Mexico. "Let's hire a thief to catch one", John S. Chisum said, so he paid Pat Garrett, one of Billy's former partners, $1000 for the killing of William H. Bonney aka Billy "The Kid".

Awards:
  1. ASCAP Award- Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures
    Jon Bon Jovi (For the song "Blaze of Glory".)- ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards
  2. Golden Globe- Best Original Song - Motion Picture Jon Bon Jovi (For the song "Blaze of Glory".)- Golden Globes, USA

Trivia
Emilio Estevez originally approached Jon Bon Jovi to ask him for permission to include the song "Wanted Dead or Alive" on the soundtrack. Bon Jovi didn't feel the songs lyrics were appropriate; however, he was inspired by the project and resolved to write a new song for the film that would be more in keeping with the period and setting. He quickly wrote the song "Blaze of Glory", and performed it on acoustic guitar in the New Mexico desert for Estevez and John Fusco.

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5 stars out of 5 stars

Friday, January 20, 2012

Young Guns

1988 Action Western Film

Director: Christopher Cain

Writer: John Fusco

Cinematography: Dean Semler

Running time: 107 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: Don't count the odds, count the bodies.

Cast:
Emilio Estevez as Billy the Kid
Kiefer Sutherland as Doc Scurlock
Lou Diamond Phillips as Jose Chavez y Chavez
Charlie Sheen as Richard "Dick" Brewer
Dermot Mulroney as "Dirty Steve" Stephens
Casey Siemaszko as Charlie Bowdre
Terence Stamp as John Tunstall
Jack Palance as Lawrence G. Murphy
Terry O'Quinn as Alexander McSween
Sharon Thomas as Susan McSween
Geoffrey Blake as J. McCloskey
Brian Keith as Buckshot Roberts
Patrick Wayne as Pat Garrett

Plot
A group of young gunmen led by Billy the Kid, become deputies to avenge the murder of the rancher who became their benefactor. But when Billy takes their authority too far, they become the hunted.


Awards:
1.      Bronze Wrangler- Theatrical Motion Picture John Fusco (producer), Christopher Cain (producer), Lou Diamond Phillips (actor), Charlie Sheen (actor), Emilio Estevez (actor) & Kiefer Sutherland (actor)- Western Heritage Awards

Trivia
Charlie Sheen was reportedly a terrible horse rider. Throughout the shoot he couldn't keep his balance on the horse and fell off several times. After the shoot out with Henry Hill, his horse took off and he had no clue how to make it stop.

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5 stars out of 5 stars

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The X-Files: I Want to Believe

2008 Science Fiction-Thriller Film

Director: Chris Carter

Writer: Frank Spotnitz & Chris Carter

Cinematography: Bill Roe

Running time: 104 minutes

Country: Canada & United States

Tagline: Believe Again

Cast:
David Duchovny as Fox Mulder
Gillian Anderson as Dr. Dana Scully
Billy Connolly as Joseph "Father Joe" Crissman
Amanda Peet as Agent Dakota Whitney
Alvin "Xzibit" Joiner as Agent Mosley Drummy
Mitch Pileggi as Director Walter Skinner
Callum Keith Rennie as Janke Dacyshyn
Adam Godley as Father Ybarra
Xantha Radley as Agent Monica Bannan
Fagin Woodcock as Franz Tomczeszyn
Nicki Aycox as Cheryl Cunningham
Alex Diakun as Gaunt Man

Plot
Mulder and Scully are called back to duty by the FBI when a former priest claims to be receiving psychic visions pertaining to a kidnapped agent.

Awards: None

Trivia
When Mulder and Scully first walk back into the FBI offices right before they walk into the bullpen, a female agent walks by that catches Mulder's attention and he watches her walk away. The woman is Vanessa Morley, who throughout the series played the young Samantha Mulder, and is the same Samantha in the photo Mulder has taped to the back of his home office door.

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5 stars out of 5 stars

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

W.

2008 American Film

Director: Oliver Stone

Writer: Stanley Weiser

Cinematography: Phedon Papamichael Jr.

Running time: 129 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: A life misunderestimated.

Cast:
Josh Brolin as George W. Bush
Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush
James Cromwell as George H. W. Bush
Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush
Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney
Jeffrey Wright as U.S. Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell
Scott Glenn as U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
Thandie Newton as U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice
Toby Jones as Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove
Bruce McGill as Central Intelligence Agency Director George Tenet
Ioan Gruffudd as British Prime Minister Tony Blair
Noah Wyle as U.S. Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans
Rob Corddry as White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer
Dennis Boutsikaris as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz
Randall Newsome as Paul Bremer, head of the Coalition Provisional Authority
Jason Ritter as Jeb Bush
Michael Gaston as General Tommy Franks
Tom Kemp as David Kay
Paul Rae as Congressman Kent Hance
Stacy Keach as Earle Hudd, Bush's pastor and spiritual advisor
Jesse Bradford as Thatcher, Bush's college buddy
Marley Shelton as Fran, one of Bush's girlfriends
Anne Pressly as Anchorwoman
Sayed Badreya as Saddam Hussein, President of Iraq
William Chan as Hospital Doctor
Teresa Cheung as Miss China
Colin Hanks as David Frum
Bryan Massey as Skeeter

Plot
A chronicle on the life and presidency of George W. Bush

Awards:
1.      Hollywood Film Award- Actor of the Year Josh Brolin- Hollywood Film Festival

Trivia
When W. tells his father about the Yale football game over the phone, he mentions "Hill" and "Dowling." These are Yale football running back Calvin Hill and quarterback Brian Dowling, who were the stars of the undefeated 1968 Yale team. Hill, a fraternity brother of Bush's, went on to a career in professional football and now consults with several NFL teams; he married Janet Hill, who had been Hillary Rodham Clinton's college roommate. Their son, Grant Hill, is an NBA player. Dowling also had a stint in the NFL, albeit a briefer one than Hill's. Dowling is now best known as the inspiration for the "Doonesbury" comic strip character B.D., which cartoonist Garry Trudeau started while he, Dowling, and Bush were all Yale students.

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5 stars out of 5 stars

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