Friday, December 14, 2012

National Lampoon's Animal House


1978 Comedy Film

Director: John Landis

Writer: Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney & Chris Miller

Cinematography: Charles Correll

Running time: 109 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: Relive the best 7 years of your college education.

Cast:
John Belushi as John "Bluto" Blutarsky
Tim Matheson as Eric "Otter" Stratton
Peter Riegert as Donald "Boon" Schoenstein
Thomas Hulce as Lawrence "Pinto" Kroger
Stephen Furst as Kent "Flounder" Dorfman
Bruce McGill as Daniel Simpson Day, "D-Day"
James Widdoes as Robert Hoover
Douglas Kenney as "Stork"
James Daughton as Gregory "Greg" Marmalard
Mark Metcalf as Douglas C. Neidermeyer
Kevin Bacon as Chip Diller
John Vernon as Dean Vernon Wormer
Verna Bloom as Marion Wormer
Donald Sutherland as Professor Dave Jennings
Karen Allen as Katy
Sarah Holcomb as Clorette DePasto
DeWayne Jessie as Otis Day
Mary Louise Weller as Mandy Pepperidge
Martha Smith as Barbara Sue "Babs" Jansen
Cesare Danova as Mayor Carmine DePasto
Sean McCartin as "Lucky Boy"

Plot
At a 1962 College, Dean Vernon Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, but those troublemakers have other plans for him.

Awards:
  1. National Film Registry-National Film Preservation Board, USA
  2. People's Choice Award-Favorite Non-Musical Motion Picture-People's Choice Awards, USA
Trivia
All of John Belushi's behavior in the cafeteria was improvised. He was not told to pile all the food on his tray and when he did director John Landis urged the camera operator to "stay with him." The infamous "zit scene" was also improvised. The reaction from the cast is genuine. 

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Friday, December 7, 2012

The Machinist


2004 Psychological Thriller Film

Director: Brad Anderson

Writer: Scott Kosar

Cinematography: Xavi Giménez

Running time: 102 minutes

Country: Spain

Tagline: How do you wake up from a nightmare, if you're not asleep?

Cast:
Christian Bale as Trevor Reznik
Jennifer Jason Leigh as Stevie
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón as Marie
John Sharian as Ivan
Michael Ironside as Miller
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as Jackson
Reg E. Cathey as Jones

Plot
An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity.

Awards:
  1. Barcelona Film Award-Best Actress-Aitana Sánchez-Gijón-Barcelona Film Awards
  2. Barcelona Film Award-Best Cinematography-Xavi Giménez-Barcelona Film Awards
  3. Barcelona Film Award-Best Film Editing-Luis de la Madrid-Barcelona Film Awards
  4. Narcisse Award-Best Fantastic Feature Film-Brad Anderson-Neuchâtel International Fantasy Film Festival
  5. Silver Méliès Award-Best European Fantastic Feature Film-Brad Anderson- Neuchâtel International Fantasy Film Festival
  6. Sitges-Best Actor-Christian Bale-Sitges/Catalonian International Film Festival
  7. Sitges-Best Cinematography-Xavi Giménez-Sitges/Catalonian International Film Festival

Trivia
The Machinist's writer, Scott Kossar, loves "Nine Inch Nails" and his original script had a quote from their lyrics on the first page. He always wanted the soundtrack to be written by NIN, but the director didn't want the movie to go in that direction. Nine Inch Nails' only official member is Trent Reznor, thus the name of Christian Bale's Character, Trevor Reznik. 

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