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Sucker Punch: A Visual Feast for the Eyes

Director: Zack Snyder Screenplay: Zack Snyder, health Steve Shibuya Release Date: March 25, 2011 Actors: Emily Browning, Jena Malone, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Oscar Isaacs, Carla Gugino, Gerard Plunkett Ever wonder what it’s like to watch a visual art piece created on the screen? “Sucker Punch” is as close as it gets. From director Zack Snyder, most well known for his creative use of visuals in films such as “300” and “Watchmen”, comes his new film “Sucker Punch” that pushes his visual creativity in film even further. “300” brought a whole new level of ‘beauty’ to the screen, combining violence with an odd sense of aesthetics, slowing down the movement right before making a kill or a slash and then speeding up the motion once the kill is made. In addition, a brown-hue like filter was added, with an impressionist-air brushed quality that made you feel as though you were watching a water color painting depicting war come alive. “Sucker Punch” delivers on similar visual traits, this time with a blueish-brown filter and slow motion action. “Sucker Punch” centers around Baby Doll (Emily Browning) who finds herself in a hospital for the mentally ill after recently losing her […]

Limitless: Be All That You Can Be

Director: Neil Burger Screenplay: Leslie Dixon Release Date: March 18, information pills 2011 Actors: Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert de Niro, Anna Friel, Andrew Howard, Johnny Whitworth, Tomas Arana, Robert John Burke Based on the book by the same name by Alan Glynn If you could use 100% of your brain 100% of the time, what would you do? “Limitless” explores these exact questions with leading actor Bradley Cooper, who plays Eddie Morra in this fun and entertaining science-fiction thriller, which is based on the book “Dark Fields” by Irish writer Alan Glynn, which has now been reissued and retitled “Limitless: A Novel”. Eddie is a washed up writer who drinks too much and has difficulty putting his ideas together. One day, by chance, he runs into his ex-wife’s brother whose former job used to be in dealing drugs. His brother-in-law claims that he’s gone legal now, working in Pharmaceuticals, and he’s got this top-secret drug named NZT that the FDA just approved and is about to go on the market. The drug, he claims, will allow all the synapses of one’s brain to continuously fire, essentially allowing Eddie to use 100% of his brain 100% of the time. Deciding […]

Paul: A Road Trip Not Forgotten

Director: Greg Mottola Screenplay: Simon Pegg, order Nick Frost Release Date: March 18, 2011 Actors: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kristin Wiig, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Signourey Weaver, Bill Hader, Joe Lo Truglio, Jane Lynch, David Koechner, Jesse Plemons, Jane Lynch, Blythe Danner Have you ever had a dream to befriend an alien? You haven’t? Okay, so maybe this dream is only for nerds, or perhaps it was sprouted from E.T.’s first appearance on the big screen, but was much too creepy for this chick. Paul would either be your new annoying pal or your new best friend. He will outdo you in everything though, including turning invisible and having the tiny gift for healing animals and human ailments. He however, can’t drive worth a lick. If this doesn’t give you a quick idea of what kind of comedy Paul is, here’s a quick summmary. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play best buddies Graeme and Clive from London, England who have made the long flight over to San Diego to attend the Comic-Con convention. (And for this Comic-con goer, it was a lot of fun seeing these scenes of them at the Gaslamp Quarter, crossing the road to the convention center!) […]

Win Win: A Winning Combination

Director: Thomas McCarthy Screenplay: Thomas McCarthy Release Date: March 18, buy more about 2011 Actors: Paul Giamatti, malady Alex Shaffer, Amy Ryan, Melanie Lynskey, Bobby Canavale, Jeffrey Tambor As opposed to the earlier Fox Searchlight comedy “Cedar Rapids”, “Win Win” is a breath of fresh air. Starring Paul Giamatti, and newcomer Alex Shaffer, “Win Win” is a story about struggling attorney Mike Flaherty, who is trying to take care of his family who also coaches the high school wrestling team. Due to his inner struggle and stress as a result of his lack of clients and needing more financial help, he ends up appointing himself as his client Leo Poplar’s guardian, with less than moral decisions. Mike ends up running into Leo’s grandson, Kyle, who has left his mom and wants to get to know his grandfather. With bleached blond hair, a quiet straight faced demeanor, and a surprising interest in the people around him, Mike and the rest of his family quickly grow fond of Kyle, after allowing him to stay in their home. Complications arise when Kyle’s mom (Melanie Lynskey, “Two and a Half Men”) comes around looking for Kyle and her father. I was really impressed by […]

Battle: Los Angeles: Ooh-Rah

Director: Jonathan Liebesman Screenplay: Chris Bertolini Release Date:: March 11, drug 2011 Actors: Aaron Eckhart, physician Ramon Rodriguez, cost Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Michael Pena, Cory Hardrict, Adetokumboh M’Cormack, Will Rothhaar, Gino Anthony Pesi, Ne-Yo, James Hiroyuki Liao, Neil Brown Jr., Taylor Handley The last time we saw Los Angeles being invaded they were done by huge tentacle-like aliens who had blue lights that detected human being activity. They did this by detecting light and their goal was to collect the brains of humans. Remember? Oh yeah, that was a different movie, called Skyline. That was out last November when Los Angeles was last invaded. I guess we were safe then, but I think Los Angeles is in trouble again. In “Battle: Los Angeles”, the invasion occurs yet again, but instead of following a group of partying civilians stuck in a fancy apartment building, we’re introduced a group of Marines. We’re shown a bit of their backgrounds and have a chance to get to know them, however briefly, in the very beginning. Their mission is to find the civilians in a police dept and bring them back to the safe zone before Santa Monica is leveled to the ground. Straight […]

Red Riding Hood: Twilight Meets Twisted Fairytale

Director: Catherine Hardwicke Screenplay: David Johnson Release Date: March 11, population health 2011 Actors: Amanda Seyfried, store Gary Oldman, viagra 60mg Julie Christie, Virgina Madsen, Lukas Haas, Max Irons, Shiloh Fernandez, Michael Hogan, Adrian Holmes “Grandma, what big eyes you have.” “The better to see you with, my dear.” “Grandma, what big ears you have.” “The better to hear you with, my dear.” “Grandma, what big teeth you have.” “The better to eat you with, my dear.” Most people who are familiar with the story of Little Red Riding Hood are most likely to remember the exchange above the most from their memory of this classic fairytale originally written by Charles Perrault. When it appeared in “Red Riding Hood”, the audience chuckled at its use. In fact, throughout the entire movie, “Red Riding Hood” had underlying comedy mixed in with the dark tone of the film. It also suffered a bit with the Twilight-like direction, especially in those scenes that involved romance. The talented and young actress Amanda Seyfried portrays Valerie, who grows up in a medieval village that has been threatened by werewolves for centuries. She’s engaged to Henry (Max Irons), the son of a wealthy family, but her […]

Oscars 2011, My Ballot

Though I follow the Oscars every year, pharm this is the first year I’ve decided to blog about the race leading up to the event which is this Sunday, doctor February 27, 2011. I’ve italicized who or what I want to win, and bold for what I think will win. Best Picture Black Swan The Fighter Inception The Kids Are All Right The King’s Speech 127 Hours The Social Network Toy Story 3 True Grit Winter’s Bone Comments: Honestly, I’d be happy if The King’s Speech won too, as my favorites out of the list of top ten nominees here are Inception, The King’s Speech, and Black Swan. Best Director Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan David O. Russell, The Fighter Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech David Fincher, The Social Network Joel and Ethan Coen, True Grit I think with The King’s Speech winning so many of the awards as of late, that the best director will still go to David Fincher for The Social Network, since the Academy will see him as deserving. Though I appreciate Tom Hooper’s direction for The King’s Speech, I would have to say him and David O. Russell are the weaker of the group. I’m a […]

Just Go With It: Surprisingly Funny

Director: Dennis Dugan Screenplay: Allan Loeb, cardiology Timothy Dowling Release Date: February 11, 2011 Actors: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Brooklyn Decker, Nick Swardson, Bailee Madison, Griffin Gluck, Nicole Kidman, Dave Matthews Based on the play ‘Cactus Flower’ Jennifer Aniston has had some hits and misses in the past year, notably her last film with Gerard Butler and The Switch. She’s a competent actress, but she does not invoke confidence when seemingly cast for another romantic comedy. I’ve been fairly impartial to Adam Sandler’s movies – I’ve liked some, I’ve hated a few, and thought some were okay. Plastic surgeon Danny (Adam Sandler), after leaving his fiancee at the altar, discovers the power of a wedding ring: it attracts girls. So Danny continues wearing a fake wedding ring when it suits him. One evening, he meets and hooks up with the girl of his dreams (Brooklyn Decker). Unfortunately, Palmer discovers his fake wedding ring, believing of course, that it is real and is furious with him, refusing to have any further contact with him. Danny decides to tell her that he is divorced to save himself, but comes to a road block when Palmer says she wants to meet her. Danny […]

The Adjustment Bureau: Choose your own destiny

Director: George Nolfi Screenplay: George Nolfi Release Date: March 4, healing 2011 Actors: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Terence Stamp, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Michael Kelly Based on the short story ‘The Adjustment Team’ by Philip K. Dick Do you ever wonder about fate? Do you believe in destiny and the idea of free will? These are all questions that you will ask yourself while watching ‘The Adjustment Bureau’. David Norris (Matt Damon) is the youngest man to run for Senator in the state of New York. As his popularity quickly rises, he thinks he is invincible, despite his impulsive behaviour and young age. However, he discovers that as quickly as popularity rises, it can quickly fall too, with the leak of a photo of himself mooning his friends in college on the eve of his election. Despite his lead prior to the election, he ends up losing, crushed by his competitor. While struggling to come up with his speech in the men’s bathroom of his hotel, he meets a sassy, captivating yet elusive woman and share an unexpected kiss. The experience leaves him finding inspiration and delivering an unexpectedly well-received speech, leaving an impression on his supporters for the following […]

Gnomeo & Juliet: The strength are in the voices

Director: Kelly Asbury Release Date: February 11, public health 2011 Screenplay: Kelly Asbury, Mark Burton, Kevin Cecil, Emily Cook, Kathy Greenberg, Steve Hamilton Shaw, John R. Smith, Rob Sprackling Cast: Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Maggie Smith, Michael Caine, Ashley Jensen, Jason Statham, Matt Lucas, Jim Cummings, Ozzy Osbourne, Stephen Merchant, Julie Walters Based on the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare I thought Gnomeo and Juliet would either be a hit or a miss, but definitely better than the dreadful Sanctum earlier in the week. Gnomeo & Juliet is the same story written by William Shakespeare – the famous Romeo and Juliet story of course, without, as one might expect, a tragic ending. There is a feud that exists between the red and the blue gnomes, who tend to the gardens of the human beings whose last names are that of Montague and Capulet. No one knows how the feud began, but one exists anyhow. Tybalt (Jason Statham), a red gnome, loves to wreak havoc on the blue gnomes, but especially Gnomeo, due to their passion in racing each other on lawnmowers down the alleyway. However, no one really likes Tybalt, including his own as they simply just fear […]