Monday, April 30, 2012

Cadillac Records


2008 Musical Biographical Film

Director: Darnell Martin

Writer: Darnell Martin

Cinematography: Anastas Michos

Running time: 109 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: If you take the ride, you must pay the price.

Cast:
Adrien Brody as Leonard Chess
Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters
Cedric the Entertainer as Willie Dixon
Gabrielle Union as Geneva Wade
Columbus Short as Little Walter
Emmanuelle Chriqui as Revetta Chess
Eamonn Walker as Howlin' Wolf
Mos Def as Chuck Berry
Beyoncé Knowles as Etta James
Shiloh Fernandez as Phil Chess
Jay O. Sanders as Mr. Feder
Eric Bogosian as Alan Freed
Vincent D'Onofrio (uncredited) as disk jockey

Plot
Leonard Chess, a Polish immigrant of Jewish descent, becomes the founder of a record label, which opens the doors for African-American people to record music. This leads to Chuck Berry, Little Walter, Etta James, and Muddy Waters.

Awards:
  1. Black Reel-Best Ensemble Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Eamonn Walker
    Cedric the Entertainer, Mos Def, Gabrielle Union, Beyoncé Knowles &
    Columbus Short-
    Black Reel Awards
  2. Black Reel-Best Film Andrew Lack, Sofia Sondervan & Beyoncé Knowles-Black Reel Awards
  3. Black Reel-Best Supporting Actor Jeffrey Wright-Black Reel Awards
  4. Image Award-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Columbus Short
Trivia
Arranger Riley Hampton, who orchestrated all of Etta's Chess hits, including "At Last," is not mentioned anywhere in the film. 

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5 star out of 5 stars


Friday, April 27, 2012

Backdraft


1991 Action Thriller Film

Director: Ron Howard

Writer: Gregory Widen

Cinematography: Mikael Salomon

Running time: 132 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: In that instant it can create a hero... or cover a secret.

Cast:
Kurt Russell as Lt. Stephen "Bull" McCaffrey/Dennis McCaffery
William Baldwin as Brian McCaffery
Scott Glenn as John "Axe" Adcox
Jennifer Jason Leigh as Jennifer Vaitkus
Rebecca De Mornay as Helen McCaffrey
Donald Sutherland as Ronald Bartel
Robert De Niro as Donald "Shadow" Rimgale
Jason Gedrick as Tim Krizminski
J. T. Walsh as Alderman Martin Swayzak
Anthony Mockus, Sr. as Chief John Fitzgerald
Cedric Young as Grindle
Juan Ramirez as Ray Santos
Kevin Casey as Nightingale
Jack McGee as Schmidt
Mark Wheeler as Pengelly

Plot
Two Chicago firefighter brothers who don't get along have to work together while a dangerous arsonist is on the loose.

Awards:
  1. BMI Film Music Award-Hans Zimmer-BMI Film & TV Awards
Trivia
In an interesting twist of fate, Brad Pitt lost out on the role of Brian McCaffrey in Backdraft to William Baldwin, who then had to be released from his contract to play the small part of J. D. in Thelma & Louise that was re-cast with Brad Pitt. 

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5 star out of 5 stars


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls


1995 Comedy Film

Director: Steve Oedekerk

Writer: Steve Oedekerk

Cinematography: Donald E. Thorin

Running time: 90 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: The great plains of Africa, the cradle of civilization. A place where there exists a balance between nature and man. So ancient, so sacred, no man would dare to disturb it. No man but Ace Ventura.

Cast:
Jim Carrey as Ace Ventura
Ian McNeice as Fulton Greenwall
Simon Callow as Vincent Cadby
Maynard Eziashi as Ouda
Bob Gunton as Burton Quinn
Alan Calder as Shikaka Tribe Leader
Sophie Okonedo as the Wachati Princess
Arsenio "Sonny" Trinidad as Ashram Monk
Danny D. Daniels as Wachootoo Witch Doctor
Andrew Steel as Mick Katie
Bruce Spence as Gahjii
Tom Grunke as Derrick McCane
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Hitu
Dev Kennedy as Dad Tourist
Tommy Davidson as the Tiny Warrior
Patti Tippo as Mom Tourist
Michael Reid Mackay as Skinny Husband

Plot
Pet detective Ace Ventura comes out of retirement to investigate the disappearance of a rare white bat, the symbol of an African tribe.

Awards:
  1. ASCAP Award-Top Box Office Films Robert Folk-ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards
  2. Blimp Award-Favorite Movie-Kids' Choice Awards, USA
  3. Blimp Award-Favorite Movie Actor Jim Carrey-Kids' Choice Awards, USA
  4. MTV Movie Award-Best Comedic Performance Jim Carrey-MTV Movie Awards
  5. MTV Movie Award-Best Male Performance Jim Carrey- MTV Movie Awards

Trivia
When listing other words that start with "-sh" after hearing of the Shikaka, Ace includes "Shawshank Redemption". Bob Gunton, who plays Burton Quinn, also starred in The Shawshank Redemption. 

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective


1994 Comedy Film

Director: Tom Shadyac

Writer: Jack Bernstein, Tom Shadyac & Jim Carrey

Cinematography: Julio Macat

Running time: 86 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: He's the best there is! (Actually, he's the only one there is.)

Cast:
Jim Carrey as Ace Ventura
Courteney Cox as Melissa Robinson
Sean Young as Lt. Lois Einhorn/Ray Finkle
Tone Lōc as Emilio
Dan Marino as Himself
Noble Willingham as Riddle
Troy Evans as Roger Podacter
Raynor Scheine as Woodstock
Udo Kier as Ronald Camp
Frank Adonis as Vinnie
Tiny Ron as Roc
David Margulies as Doctor
John Capodice as Aguado
Judy Clayton as Martha Mertz
Bill Zuckert as Mr. Finkle
Alice Drummond as Mrs. Finkle
Rebecca Ferratti as Sexy Woman
Mark Margolis as Mr. Shickadance
Don Shula as Himself
Scott Mitchell as Miami Dolphins Player
Cannibal Corpse as themselves
Nosey (Miami Seaquarium, Florida) as Snowflake the dolphin

Plot
A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of a missing dolphin mascot of a football team.

Awards:
  1. ASCAP Award-Top Box Office Films Ira Newborn-ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards
  2. Blockbuster Entertainment Award-Favorite Actor - Comedy, On Video
    Jim Carrey-Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
  3. Blockbuster Entertainment Award-Favorite Male Newcomer, On Video
    Jim Carrey-Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
  4. Blimp Award-Favorite Movie Actor Jim Carrey-Kids' Choice Awards, USA
  5. ALFS Award-Newcomer of the Year Jim Carrey-London Critics Circle Film Awards

      Trivia
The voice of Ace Ventura and the manner, in which he speaks, was added by Carrey only after several read through of the script. The voice was something Carrey used in his stand up routine. The "All righty then" was the catch phrase of one of his stand up characters and after the lines from the script weren't feeling right, he added it to the script and read through it again using that voice for all the lines. It was such an improvement that it became the main Ace Ventura personality trait. 


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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

12 Monkeys


1995 Science Fiction Film

Director: Terry Gilliam

Writer: David Peoples & Janet Peoples

Cinematography: Roger Pratt

Running time: 127 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: The future is history.

Cast:
Bruce Willis as James Cole
Madeleine Stowe as Kathryn Railly
Brad Pitt as Jeffrey Goines
Christopher Plummer as Dr. Goines
Jon Seda as Jose
Christopher Meloni as Lt. Halperin
David Morse as Dr. Peters
Frank Gorshin as Dr. Fletcher
Vernon Campbell as Tiny
Lisa Gay Hamilton as Teddy
Bob Adrian as Geologist
Simon Jones as Zoologist
Carol Florence as Astrophysicist/Jones
Bill Raymond as Microbiologist
Thomas Roy as a street preacher

Plot
In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.


Awards:
  1. ASCAP Award-Top Box Office Films Paul Buckmaster-ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards
  2. Saturn Award-Best Costumes Julie Weiss-Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  3. Saturn Award-Best Science Fiction Film-Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  4. Saturn Award-Best Supporting Actor Brad Pitt-Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  5. Blockbuster Entertainment Award-Favorite Supporting Actor - Science Fiction
    Brad Pitt-Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
  6. Empire Award-Best Director Terry Gilliam-Empire Awards, UK
  7. Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Brad Pitt-Golden Globes, USA
  8. Universe Reader's Choice Award-Best Actress in a Genre Motion Picture
    Madeleine Stowe-Sci-Fi Universe Magazine, USA
  9. Universe Reader's Choice Award-Best Supporting Actor in a Genre Motion Picture Brad Pitt- Sci-Fi Universe Magazine, USA

Trivia
The Army of the Twelve Monkeys is inspired by a passage in L. Frank Baum's novel, "The Magic of Oz", in which the Nome King and Kiki Aru convince twelve monkeys they will have an endless supply of food if they become human soldiers for them. 

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5 star out of 5 stars

Monday, April 23, 2012

Dead Moon Rising


2007 Horror Comedy Film

Director: Mark E. Poole

Writer: Mark E. Poole

Cinematography: Mark E. Poole

Running time: 93 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: Girls, Ghouls & Guns... What Else Do You Need For A Good Time?

Cast:
Jason Crowe as Jim
Mike Seely as Nick
Erica Goldsmith as April
Gary Williams as Dick
Tucky Williams as Vix
Kiki Wallace as Myrtle
Derek Miller as Albert
Jennifer Shank as Sarah
Chris Albro as Bruce
Jeff Mitchell as Scar
Cory J. Grace as Bob
Gracie Maddox as Vicky Mays
Dillon Owen as Young Jim
Warren Maddox as Young Bruce
Autumn Barefoot as Mornin Y'all Host
Josh Stopfel as Weather Dude / Ninja Terrorist
Kevin Temple as Hazmat Doctor / Clumsy Ninja Terrorist

Plot
A mysterious disease overtakes the world, and the infected develop a hankering for human flesh. Jim and his fellow Cheapskate Car Rental clerks are oblivious to the changes going on right outside their door, until it literally gets right in their faces. Jim struggles with disgruntled customers, hordes of cannibals, the barely legal April, his certifiable ex-girlfriend Vix (the sexy "Terminatrix"), and reconciling issues with his brother, an aversion to guns, and the "pants thing." Can Jim pull it together and rally Louisville's remaining bike gangs and defeat the infected hordes? Maybe with the help of 1000 rounds a minute mini-gun...

Awards: None

Trivia
When character Vix makes her first appearance in the film she uses her sword to slice and dice a number of zombies but her sword had not a drop of blood on it and is extremely clean.

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1 star out of 5 stars



Friday, April 20, 2012

Tainted


1998 Comedy Thriller Film

Director: Brian Evans

Writer: Sean Farley

Cinematography: Brian Evans

Running time: 108 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: Dead End Jobs, A Drunk Ex-girlfriend, Psychotic Vampires: ONE HELL OF A NIGHT!

Cast:
Dean Chekvala as Alex
Sean Farley as J.T
Caryn Hottle as Vampire Woman
Eric Jaan as Clyde
Greg James as Ryan
Tina Kapousis as Adia
Tony Lucchi as Tommy
Stephany Slongo as Karen
Trish Stroh as Trish
Ronnie Walsh as Irwin

Plot
A sarcastic comedy thriller about a vampire who sets out to infect the blood of a hospital and the twenty-something slackers set out to stop him.

Awards: None

Trivia
Sean Farley's character says "Wake up, time to die." This line was made famous by James Brion in Blade Runner, and in Crimewave (1985/I) James throws Farley out of an elevator. 

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2 stars out of 5 stars

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Scrapbook


2000 Horror Film

Director: Eric Stanze

Writer: Tommy Biondo

Cinematography: Eric Stanze

Running time: 95 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: True horror is simply what one human being can do to another.

Cast:
Emily Haack as Clara
Tommy Biondo as Leonard
Todd Tevlin as Biffle Morris
Elizabeth Hammock as Young Leonard's Sister
Sam Maiden Jr. as Young Leonard's Brother
Angelia Sanderson as the Victim in the Van

Plot
A young woman named Clara is captured by a serial killer named Leonard who records his "life story" by keeping a scrapbook of his many victims. In addition to adhering Polaroid’s, scraps of clothing, and other small trophies to the pages, Leonard has forced his victims to personally write in the scrapbook about their individual ordeals. Clara is beaten, raped, starved, and locked up like an animal, filthy and naked. She is forced to write in the scrapbook, adding her agony to the pages. She soon realizes that her only hope for survival is to manipulate Leonard through her writings in his cherished scrapbook.

Awards:
  1. B-Movie Award-Best B-Movie Eric Stanze-B-Movie Film Festival
  2. B-Movie Award-Best Director Eric Stanze-B-Movie Film Festival
  3. B-Movie Award-Best Screenplay Tommy Biondo-B-Movie Film Festival 
  4. B-Movie Award-Best Villian Tommy Biondo-B-Movie Film Festival 

Trivia
The movie is based on actual events, researched by Tommy Biondo over a five year period. 

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2 stars out of 5 stars

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Rockabilly Vampire


1996 Comedy Horror Film

Director: Lee Bennett Sobel

Writer: Paul Gambino & Lee Bennett Sobel

Cinematography: John Cooper

Running time: 90 minutes

Country: United States

Cast:
Stephen Blackehart as Wrecks Vincent
Paul Stevenson as Eddie Vincent
Margaret Lancaster as Iris Dougherty
Valentine Miele as Greasy
Dennis Davies as Benny Lawalski
Wendy Walker as Emma Cross
Jeremy Klavens as Beatle Boy
Philip Carroll as Mr. Lawalski
James Breen as T-Bone
David van Leesten as Juju the Voodoo Guru
Alex Tufel as Lowlife
Jerry Meko as Mamma Jerry
Eliot Gartley as Wino #1
James M. Gordon as Wino #2

Plot
A woman obsessed with Elvis Presley is having problems with her job, her landlord and her landlord's scummy son. One day she meets a man who looks and dresses just like Elvis. She immediately falls in love, but there's one thing she doesn't realize--"Elvis" is a vampire. 

Awards: None

Trivia
This film was actually shot in late 1995, immediately after 'Tromeo and Juliet (1996)', though not released on DVD until 2001. 

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2 stars out of 5 stars

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Quick and the Undead


2006 Zombie Horror Film

Director: Gerald Nott

Writer: Gerald Nott

Cinematography: Scott Peck

Running time: 90 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: If you're not quick, you're the Undead

Cast:
Clint Glenn as Ryn Baskin
Erin McCarthy as Hunter Leah
Dion Day as Jackson
Nicola Giacobbe as Hans Tubman
Parrish Randall as Blythe Remington
Jeff Swarthout as Walters
Derik Van Derbeken as Dr. Ambroseo
Toar Campbell as Toar Zombie
Kim Solow as Little Girl Zombie

Plot
Eighty-two years ago a viral outbreak turned three quarters of the world population into the walking dead. Now, Bounty Hunters are humanity's only salvation.

Awards: None

Trivia
The main character is based on Clint Eastwood and the characters he plays in westerns. Everything from the way he talks and the cigars he smokes. He even does the half mouth snarl. 

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2 stars out of 5 stars




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