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Film Review: ‘Arrival’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 24th, 2016

Hi everyone, Bryan here…

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Not to be confused with ‘The Arrival‘ with a young Charlie Sheen, although both of these films involve visitors from another planet, the simply titled ‘Arrival‘ takes the alien invasion genre into paths that we’ve never traveled down before. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Enemy, Prisoners, Sicario), instead of giant cities falling to the ground and millions of people disintegrating into thin air by a laser beam, ‘Arrival‘ follows the path of two people who want to find a way to communicate with the new aliens that have seemed to land at twelve different locations on planet Earth. Set in present day, multiple giant alien spacecrafts land on Earth, where the governments around the globe put their best and brightest on the job to try and communicate with the new visitors.

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I’m Prepared for the ‘Arrival’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 17th, 2016

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Well here’s an alien invasion film that seems to be fresh and original -FINALLY! The trailer for ‘Arrival‘ looks excellent on all levels, from the cast (Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Renner), to the direction of Denis Villeneuve (‘Sicario‘ and ‘Prisoners‘). It all looks amazing. I just hope it is when it releases on November 11th of this year. This is not to be confused and is not a remake of the 1996 Charlie Sheen vehicle ‘The Arrival‘. This is something entirely different.

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We have the first trailer for the upcoming ‘Star Wars‘ film that is slated to come out in December. This looks like a movie based on stealing the plans for the original Death Star, which of course takes place before ‘A New Hope‘. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards who gave us ‘Monsters‘ and  the recent ‘Godzilla‘ film. The film stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, and Diego Luna. Judging by this short trailer alone, we can expect great things from this. It looks amazing already.

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Big Casting News For ‘Roots’ Remake!!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Sep 17th, 2015

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The remake business has been booming for quite a few years and A&E has made some big progress with their new rendition of the seminal classic, ‘Roots‘. The classic story by Alex Haley telling the story of Kunta Kinte. Kinte is a Gambian ancestor of Haley’s who was brought to America via the Atlantic slave trade and his experience in America and that of his ancestors. Although the author claims his account is true, there have been many who have disputed Haley’s connection to Kinte.

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Film Review: ‘Southpaw’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 21st, 2015

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When it comes to the world of boxing, there have been many films and documentaries that have been released on the violent sport. Some of the movies have done so well both financially and critically, that they have taken home more than one Oscar, and dare I say it, this new boxing film, ‘Southpaw‘ is the best boxing movie since Sylvester Stallone put on boxing gloves in 1976 and put on one hell of a show against Carl Weathers in ‘Rocky‘. Despite its minor flaws, ‘Southpaw‘ is an amazing film from top to bottom. Director Antoine Fuqua (‘Training Day‘) has perfectly transformed Jake Gyllenhaal into a scary, muscular, bloodied monster of a fighter, who you would never want to step into the ring with.

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Kumite! Kumite! Kumite! I can’t believe it’s been 27 years since the iconic actor Jean Claude Van Damme kicked his way on screen in ‘Bloodsport‘, which was the story of Frank Dux when he entered a full contact underground fight competition. I remember watching this movie at age seven in my Tae Kwon Do class and just thinking this film was the coolest. Well as we all know, this film launched Van Damme to super stardom and went on to star in a ton of action films.

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Jake Gyllenhaal’s Startling ‘Southpaw’ Makeover

This year’s Oscar race was a tough one to call as there were so many deserving and absolutely fantastic movies that made the ballot and hundreds more that didn’t, the films coming out now are offering up performances just as stunning. One of the best examples of great acting comes from Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘Southpaw‘.

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Film Review: ‘Ernest and Celestine’!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 27th, 2014

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Ernest and Celestine” is an Academy Award nominated (Best Animated Feature) film, from the creators the “Triplets of Belleville” and “The Secret of Kells”, about the unlikely friendship between a bear and mouse. I watched this film in its original French language with subtitles, but it is also available in a dubbed English format, with a voice cast including some slackers you’ve probably never heard of like Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, William H. Macy, and Paul Giamatti. Though the French cast is not packed with name droppers (for Americans anyway), they are perfection, especially Pauline Brunner who voiced the darling little mouse Celestine, and Lambert Wilson as the grumpy bear Ernest.

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Film Review: ‘Out of The Furnace’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 5th, 2013

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Scott Cooper’s second film ‘Out of The Furnace‘ has a lot going for it. The script and especially its amazing A-List cast might draw out a decent crowd, but a sour taste might be left in your mouth after the end credits start to roll. Cooper’s first film was ‘Crazy Heart‘ and had some similar somber tones to it as this film does, but it’s nowhere near how brutal ‘Out of the Furnace‘ truly is. But what makes this blue-collar flick ultimately suffer is the amount of filler that has nothing to do with actual premise of the movie and keep the film from moving forward at a steady pace.

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Film Review: ‘The Butler’!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 16th, 2013

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Much like how ‘Forest Gump‘ was a feather in the wind, observing and interacting with major historic events through a few decades, Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’ uses a similar plot device as we see black man who worked in the cotton fields in the south and then ended up as a White House butler for seven U.S. presidents from Eisenhower through Reagan. With an all-star cast including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and Cuba Gooding Jr. amongst many others, and the subject matter of this fantastic film, I expect high returns at the box office.

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Film Review: ‘Fruitvale Station’!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 19th, 2013

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What a rough movie to get through. After the credits rolled and the lights came up in the theater, there was not a dry eye in the house. Instead of a documentary, we have a narrative account on the real life murder of Oscar Grant, an incident that occurred on New Years Night in 2009 that sparked large protests and riots in Oakland and around the country. In his first feature film effort, director Ryan Coogler takes us through the life of Grant in the hours leading up to his untimely murder. Major Hollywood figures have been involved in this case with Forest Whitaker serving as producer on the film and Octavia Spencer playing the role of Grant’s mother. This film needs to be seen by everyone and I wish I could buy everyone a ticket to see ‘Fruitvale Station’.

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Pawn’

by Gumbercules9000 on May 6th, 2013

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I had a lot of fun with ‘Pawn’. This is one of those instances where you are perusing movies online or at your local video rental place where you come across a film you’ve never heard of, but see tons of A-list actors on the front cover. And when we decide to purchase or rent based only on the cover, we usually have a 50/50 shot of really enjoying the flick. Most of the time, these particular films have a low budget and suffer from a wide range of problems. Sometimes the budget is too small to create a decent story and locations, and other times it’s bad filming. With ‘Pawn’, everything tends to work here and is a fun film that deserved a bigger audience.

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Official Press Release: The Dallas Film Society announced today the first 10 films chosen to screen at the 7th edition of the Dallas International Film Festival, presented by AutoNation Volkswagen Dealers on April 4 – 14, 2013. Overall, approximately 180 films from all over the world will be screened during the 11-day Festival. These first 10 films not only represent works from America, and Texas in particular, but also films from the United Kingdom, Canada, Africa and France — truly an international offering.

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Film Review: ‘The Last Stand’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 17th, 2013

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Arnold Schwarzenegger once promised us he’d be back.  Well, he completely delivered on that promise.  It’s been over 9 years since Arnold has headlined an action film, the last being ‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines‘.  And now, Arnold is back with top billing in an action film.  The question is, does he still have same chops and draw that he did a decade ago? With its paint-by -the-number plot line and a 65 year old Schwarzenegger, you might think the worst.  However, the ‘R’ rated film, while a bit slow in the beginning, takes off with huge action beats and a plethora of violence, mixed with a bit of comedy, making it a lot of fun to watch and a decent welcome back party for Schwarzenegger.

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‘The Last Stand’ stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jaimie Alexander, Forest Whitaker, Luis Guzman, Peter Stormare, Johnny Knoxville, Rodrigo Santoro, and Genesis Rodriguez.  Pretty impressive cast, I know.  The film is directed by South Korea’s Jee-woon Kim, which is fucking awesome.

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