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

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


1996 Crime Thriller
Director: Ron Howard
Writer: Richard Price & Alexander Ignon
Cinematography: Piotr Sobocinski
Running time: 121 minutes
Country: United States
Tagline: Someone is going to pay.
Mel Gibson as Tom Mullen
Rene Russo as Kate Mullen
Brawley Nolte as Sean Mullen
Gary Sinise as Det. James "Jimmy" Shaker
Delroy Lindo as Special Agent Lonnie Hawkins
Lili Taylor as Maris Conner
Liev Schreiber as Clark Barnes
Donnie Wahlberg as Cubby Barnes
Evan Handler as Miles Roberts
Paul Guilfoyle as FBI Director Stan Wallace
José Zúñiga as David Torres
Dan Hedaya as Jackie Brown
Tom Mullen is a wealthy corporate executive used to mediating tough business deals, and doing things his own way. But when the thing he cherishes most--his young son--is abducted by desperate criminals and held for ransom, Tom's world of affluence and privilege comes crashing down.
ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards- Top Box Office Film
Liev Schreiber (Clark Barnes) performed his death scene at least 10 times because he kept on flinching in each take.


5 star out of 5 stars

Monday, June 3, 2013

Passenger 57

1992 Action Film

Director: Kevin Hooks

Writer: David Loughery & Dan Gordon

Cinematography: Mark Irwin

Running time: 84 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: He's an ex-cop with a bad mouth, a bad attitude, and a bad seat.

Wesley Snipes as John Cutter
Bruce Payne as Charles Rane
Tom Sizemore as Sly Delvecchio
Alex Datcher as Marti Slayton
Bruce Greenwood as Stuart Ramsey
Robert Hooks as Dwight Henderson
Elizabeth Hurley as Sabrina Ritchie
Michael Horse as Forget
Marc Macaulay as Vincent
Ernie Lively as Chief Biggs
Duchess Tomasello as Mrs. Edwards
William Edward Roberts as Matthew
James Short as Allen
Joel Fogel as Dr. Bauman
Jane McPherson as Nurse
Scotty Coyote as stunt double for Bruce Payne

An airline security expert must take action when he finds himself trapped on a passenger jet when terrorists seize control of it.

Awards: None

Passenger 57 was scheduled to air on a Starz Entertainment Group channel the night of 9/11. What with the themes of terrorism on an airplane, the broadcast was obviously cancelled. 



5 star out of 5 stars

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Omega Man

1971 Science Fiction Film

Director: Boris Sagal

Writer: John William Corrington & Joyce H. Corrington

Cinematography: Russell Metty

Running time: 98 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: Pray for the last man alive. Because he's not alone.

Charlton Heston as Neville
Anthony Zerbe as Matthias
Paul Koslo as Dutch
Rosalind Cash as Lisa
Eric Laneuville as Richie

Army doctor Robert Neville struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race.

Awards: None

Charlton Heston had read the original novel on an airplane coming back to California, and was very interested in a modern adaptation of the book; he was totally unaware of the fact it had already been made into a film long before - The Last Man on Earth starring Vincent. 



5 star out of 5 stars

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