Thursday, January 17, 2008

Stars on Vacation Trip

You have so much of expectation from this trip, four stars no infact five stars - Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy, Ray Liotta, Marisa Tomei. You will expect a great comedy adventure movie and with such stars throwing their weight around.

Well, that’s where the whole problems start – expectation. If you assume these stars, these very stars when the script demands, can outwit their own personal style and create something legendary, they are so capable for doing it. I am sure, you will agree with me, but if you watch Wild Hogs, you will wonder as if they have taken a vacation of sorts in this film. The script came along when they were about the start their bikes, they looked at each other and said, "Let’s do it, we are driving anyway in that direction"

Can’t blame the actors can we? They just wanted a good long ride mired with excitement and adventure. Ray Liota also hoped in with his unbelievable tattoo. But I must add, to the lackluster script, these stars on vacation put on a lot of effortless effort and this film is still enjoyable. Amazing!! Really ludicrous after how much water the script holds. There are some sequences which are particularly funny and enchanting. Marisa Tomei is one attraction in the film for sure, even at 42; she is quite a hottie.

The film as lots of moral lessons to deliver, but if you on a vacation and want to carry a DVD, but you are very choosy about the stars acting in it, take my advice take this DVD. As the stars did it too, gave it a try as they were anyway going on vacation.
Now you enjoy your vacation too…
My rating: 5/10

The "Wild Hogs" is a motorcycle gang comprised of four middle-aged suburban men: dentist Doug Madsen (Tim Allen), unemployed Woody Stevens (John Travolta), emergency sewage engineer Bobby Davis (Martin Lawrence), and computer engineer Dudley Frank (William H. Macy). When the tedium of everyday life gets them down, they decide to jump on their bikes and take a road trip, leaving behind bills, jobs, and families in favor of a week on the open road. Unfortunately, along the way, the run afoul of a real motorcycle gang - the "Del Fuegos", led by a nasty piece of work named Jack (Ray Liotta). The Hogs escape from the encounter with all but their dignity intact and end up in the small New Mexico town of Madrid. There, as Dudley woos Maggie (Marisa Tomei), the owner of a diner, and the other three engage in a game of "slap the bull," stormclouds gather. It seems the Del Fuegos know where their quarry is hiding out, and they scent blood.

Cast: Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy, Ray Liotta, Marisa Tomei, Stephen Tobolowsky
Director: Walt Becker
Screenplay: Brad Copeland
Cinematography: Robbie Greenberg
Music: Teddy Catellucci

DVD Parlor - the wait is over

I often shuffle them like shuffling cards, totaling the 'I don’t' care attitude', this common attitude belts out with such idioms:
"Will this be predictable",
"I already know the ending looking at the cover",
"Will the actors overact",
"Looks like a find of the century, what was this movie doing in the dust of the shelf",
"This will definitely have a hot scene",
"Let’s see, this only is going to cost me 10 dirham"

Well, that is how I picked up 'Vacancy', well; a combination of two of the above expressions shines its amour. Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale was of course the selling point, never heard of director Nimrol Atal but was excited to see cinematographer Andrzej Sekula (Pulp Fiction) on the DVD cover. Now what is it?

Vacancy plays on your everyday fears and tries to makes the everyday scary. Pretty scary huh! Keeping in mind, the start looks pretty ordinary, but surely after first 20 min. you are serious doubt, if any one of the two is going to make it alive. At the same time, you tell yourself this is no 'saw' movie. No, tearing flesh or blood bath on the pool, what is it going to be - the everyday thriller??

The movie plays on common human fears: loud noises in the night, a ringing phone with no one at the other end, claustrophobia, rats and roaches, and a sense of profound isolation. Every shot is carefully composed to enhance the suspense. The pieces are put together beautifully and by the end, you can sit back for a surprising ending.

But if you can hate the movie also after the Hitchcock psycho inspired title sequence of the film. Start thinking an ode to the master. But don't raise your expectations, it is a everyday thriller movie but worked really hard upon to make it scary, that is the Achilles heel of the film.
Mistaken for something amazing can be a blooper. Just watch the film to thrill yourself, if you are some sick blood gory film fan, this is not for you. If you drive down the highway often and often see creepy motel holding your brakes in...Jump in for the thrills
My rating: 6/10

While on a road trip with his soon-to-be-ex-wife, Amy (Kate Beckinsale), David tries to avoid a raccoon in the road and ends up damaging his car. After the vehicle conks out, the quarrelsome couple must hike more than a mile to arrive at a lonely roadside motel that would make the Bates establishment seem welcoming. The attendant (Frank Whaley) is creepy, but meeting him is only the start of a very bad night. The TV in thei room can't get an over-the-air signal but there are some video tapes. Instead of providing David with his hoped-for porn, they show home-made snuff films. With a start, David recognizes that they were made in the room he and Amy are in. That's when the banging on the walls begins and the frightening guys in masks show up outside.
Nimród Antal
Writer (WGA):Mark L. Smith (written by)
Kate Beckinsale ... Amy Fox
Luke Wilson ... David Fox
Frank Whaley ... Mason
Ethan Embry ... Mechanic
Scott G. Anderson ... Killer

Sex is good but incest is best

A spy movie, cross territory espionage and four horrid murder leaving in a pool of blood, but where does the above stated title comes in. Well, it all comes in "Quelques jours en septembre" ala "A few days in September". Cinematographer having great fun with focus puller, script writer inspired by homer or some critic easily blaming it all by calling it a French Art Film, this film is all there to be misunderstood.

What is there for you as a viewer is an experimental look into the genre of spy thriller. Breaks all rules on the book in film making and yes editing in the film is a high point. John Turturoo takes up the role of a maniacal killer blabbing out poetry between every murder and still careful not stepping into his victim’s blood and it fills the room. A verbal duet between American brother and French half sister and they finally sleeping together, Juliette Binoche, passing off again so organically into her role of a turtle rearing spy, who even after leaving the trade is so good with cleaning her pistol.

The narrative so unwieldy and always relying on the forthcoming event, ‘a few days in September’ is a relief from other ordinary films where murder and spies are treated like heroes made out of villains.

I particularly loved the pillow fight sequence and the verbal duet between the siblings on what makes an American. Only at the end of the film, you realize the story hinges on the event of September 11 attack, but the film is absolutely non-political. Each character is beautifully crafted and the editing is really a treat in the film.

I like the prominence of the cinematic language so obvious from the film, where the viewer is keep on the tenterhooks on to what are these few days in September holding on to.
A must watch film simply because such films are such a rarity. A cinematic experience and particularly watch out for the last shooting sequence between Juliette Binoche and John Turturoo. Another lesson on film editing. Thank you Santiago Amigorena for that.
My rating: 8/10

Irene (Juliette Binoche), a French Secret Service vet, hasn't heard from former espionage colleague Elliot (Nick Nolte) for 10 years when he contacts her out of the blue to fetch his daughter Orlando (Sara Forestier) for him. Lass was only 12 when her dad was summoned back to the U.S. for an identity change after his French wife's death. U.S.-hating Orlando, who raises geese in a small French town, sullenly accompanies Irene to a Paris hotel room where the dad she hasn't seen for a decade has promised to meet them. The real fun starts when one William Pound (John Turturro) asks for the room. Turturro narrowly avoids self-parody as an unhinged multi-lingual U.S. government agent who spouts poetry between lethal hits.
Santiago Amigorena
Writer:Santiago Amigorena
Juliette Binoche ... Irène Montano
John Turturro ... William Pound
Sara Forestier ... Orlando
Tom Riley ... David
Nick Nolte ... Elliott

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