Friday, January 25, 2013

Queen of the Damned

2002 Vampire Horror Film

Director: Michael Rymer

Writer: Scott Abbott & Michael Petroni

Cinematography: Ian Baker

Running time: 101 minutes

Country: United States & Australia

Tagline: The Mother of All Vampires

Aaliyah as Queen Akasha
Stuart Townsend as Lestat de Lioncourt
Marguerite Moreau as Jesse Reeves
Richael Tanner as young Jesse
Vincent Perez as Marius de Romanus
Paul McGann as David Talbot
Lena Olin as Maharet
Christian Manon as Mael
Claudia Black as Pandora
Bruce Spence as Khayman
Matthew Newton as Armand
Tiriel Mora as Roger
Megan Dorman as Maudy
Johnathan Devoy as James
Robert Farnham as Alex
Conrad Standish as T.C
Andrew L. Urban as Himself
Jonathan Davis as Ticket scalper

The vampire Lestat becomes a rock star whose music wakes up the queen of all vampires.

Awards: None

The singing voice of Lestat was supplied by Jonathan Davis of Korn. However due to contractual difficulties, Davis could not sing on the soundtrack album release. The five songs written by he and Richard Gibbs for the movie were then performed on the album by Marilyn Manson, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, David Draiman of Disturbed,Wayne Static of Static-X and Jay Gordon of Orgy. Davis was still allowed to play several instruments on the album. 



5 star out of 5 stars

Friday, January 18, 2013

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

1994 Drama Horror Film

Director: Neil Jordan

Writer: Anne Rice

Cinematography: Philippe Rousselot

Running time: 122 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: Drink From Me and Live Forever

Brad Pitt as Louis de Pointe du Lac
Tom Cruise as Lestat de Lioncourt
Kirsten Dunst as Claudia
Antonio Banderas as Armand
Christian Slater as Daniel Molloy
Stephen Rea as Santiago
Domiziana Giordano as Madeleine
Virginia McCollam as Whore on Waterfront
John McConnell as Gambler
Mike Seelig as Pimp
Bellina Logan as Tavern Girl
Lyla Hay Owen as Widow St Clair
Lee Emery as Widow's Lover
Thandie Newton as Yvette
Indra Ové as New Orleans Whore
Helen McCrory as 2nd Whore
Monte Montague as Plague Victim Bearer
Nathalie Bloch as Maid
Jeanette Kontomitras as Woman in Square
Roger Lloyd Pack as Piano Teacher
George Kelly as Dollmaker
Nicole DuBois as Creole Woman
Micha Bergese as Paris Vampire
Rory Edwards as Paris Vampire
Marcel Iureş as Paris Vampire
Susan Lynch as Paris Vampire
Louise Salter as Paris Vampire
Matthew Sim as Paris Vampire
Francois Testory as Paris Vampire
Andrew Tiernan as Paris Vampire
Simon Tyrrell as Paris Vampire
George Yiasoumi as Paris Vampire
Sara Stockbridge as Estelle
Laure Marsac as Mortal Woman on Stage
Katia Caballero as Woman in Audience
Louis Lewis-Smith as Mortal Boy

A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger.

  1. ASCAP Award-Top Box Office Films-Elliot Goldenthal-ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards
  2. Saturn Award-Best Costumes-Sandy Powell-Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  3. Saturn Award-Best Horror Film-Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  4. Saturn Award-Best Make-Up-Rick Baker & Ve Neill-Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  5. Saturn Award-Best Performance by a Younger Actor-Kirsten Dunst- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  6. BAFTA Film Award-Best Cinematography-Philippe Rousselot-BAFTA Awards
  7. BAFTA Film Award-Best Production Design-Dante Ferretti-BAFTA Awards
  8. BSFC Award-Best Supporting Actress-Kirsten Dunst-Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
  9. Best Cinematography Award-Philippe Rousselot-British Society of Cinematographers
  10. CFCA Award-Most Promising Actress-Kirsten Dunst-Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
  11. IHG Award-Best Movie-International Horror Guild
  12. Silver Ribbon-Best Production Design-Dante Ferretti-Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists
  13. MTV Movie Award-Best Breakthrough Performance-Kirsten Dunst-MTV Movie Awards
  14. MTV Movie Award-Best Male Performance-Brad Pitt-MTV Movie Awards
  15. MTV Movie Award-Most Desirable Male-Brad Pitt-MTV Movie Awards
  16. Razzie Award-Worst Screen Couple-Tom Cruise & Brad Pitt-Razzie Awards
  17. Universe Reader's Choice Award-Best Horror Film-Sci-Fi Universe Magazine, USA
  18. YoungStar Award-Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama Film- Kirsten Dunst-YoungStar Awards

Author Anne Rice wrote the original part of Lestat for the 1976 novel with Rutger Hauerin mind. The rights to the novel were optioned by Paramount for $150,000 before the book was first published. John Travolta was then earmarked to play Lestat but Dracula, Nosferatu the Vampyre, and Love at First Bite put the project into turnaround. By the time a movie was to be filmed, Hauer and Travolta had become too old to portray the ever-young vampire. Upon learning that Tom Cruise had been cast, she was quite disappointed and expressed concern that Cruise could not carry the part. After attending a screening, Rice wrote a letter of apology, quite pleased with Cruise's portrayal. 



5 star out of 5 stars

Friday, January 11, 2013


1973 Prison Film

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner

Writer: Dalton Trumbo & Lorenzo Semple Jr.

Cinematography: Fred J. Koenekamp

Running time: 150 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: For Papillon survival was not enough.... he had to be free

Steve McQueen as Henri 'Papillon' Charrière
Dustin Hoffman as Louis Dega
Victor Jory as Indian chief
Don Gordon as Julot
Anthony Zerbe as Toussaint Leper colony chief
Robert Deman as André Maturette
Woodrow Parfrey as Clusiot
Bill Mumy as Lariot
George Coulouris as Dr. Chatal
Ratna Assan as Zoraima
William Smithers as Warden Barrot
Val Avery as Pascal
Vic Tayback as Sergeant

A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.

  1. Golden Screen with 1 Star-Golden Screen, Germany
  2. Golden Screen- Golden Screen, Germany
Dustin Hoffman based his character on the movie's screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, particularly his withdrawn and shy mannerisms which had inspired Hoffman when meeting Trumbo for the first time. Hoffman once said of Trumbo: "He's a real feisty man and he's got a combination of toughness and sophistication and integrity that I felt were right for Dega....So I said, why didn't he write the character of himself, so to speak?” 



5 star out of 5 stars

Friday, January 4, 2013

Office Space

1999 Comedy Film

Director: Mike Judge

Writer: Mike Judge

Cinematography: Tim Suhrstedt

Running time: 89 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: Work Sucks.

Ron Livingston as Peter Gibbons
Jennifer Aniston as Joanna
Stephen Root as Milton Waddams
Gary Cole as Bill Lumbergh
David Herman as Michael Bolton
Ajay Naidu as Samir Nagheenanajar
Diedrich Bader as Lawrence
John C. McGinley as Bob Slydell
Joe Bays as Dom Portwood
Alexandra Wentworth as Anne
Richard Riehle as Tom Smykowski
Paul Willson as Bob Porter
Kinna McInroe as Nina
Todd Duffey as Brian
Greg Pitts as Drew
Mike McShane as Dr. Swanson
Orlando Jones as Steve
Mike Judge as Stan
Jack Betts as a judge 

When layoffs affect his two best friends at work, mad-as-hell Peter Gibbons conspires to plant a computer virus in the company's system that will embezzle corporate funds into a secret account.

Awards: None

The iconic red stapler coveted by Milton was created for the film by the prop department. They needed a bright enough color to be seen on film and chose red. After the film was released, Swingline began to receive requests from customers for red staplers. Having stopped offering red a number of years before, they made the decision to start offering the color once more. 



5 star out of 5 stars

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