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Movie Review – Rush: An Intense and Thrilling Race to the Finish Line

Rush is an exhilarating look at the real life rivalry and camaraderie between Formula One race drivers Austrian Nikki Lauda and Britain’s James Hunt leading up to the year of 1976 when they challenged each other directly for the World Championship title. One might think that a movie about Formula One racers may not be very appealing, what is ed especially given that race car driving is not exactly a popular sport here in the United States. With the story in the hands of Ron Howard however, try Rush becomes accessible as he compares and contrasts the two personalities by giving the audience a look on each sides as they compete with each other throughout the year. Without really knowing the history of the Lauda and Hunt, it is difficult to say how accurate the film is. People who are fans of the sport will probably find inaccuracies, but as one who knows next to nothing, Ron Howard allows audiences to get caught up with the intense and thrilling drive of competition and speed between Lauda and Hunt. Rush is well crafted with the interweaving viewpoints switching back and forth between Lauda and his life during his rise to success […]

Movie Review: RED (October 15, 2010)

Director: Robert Schwentke Screenplay: Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber Release Date: October 15, side effects 2010 Actors: Bruce Willis, approved Morgan Freeman, cough Helen Mirren, Mary Louise Parker, Karl Urban, John Malkovich, Richard Dreyfuss, Ernest Borgnine Based on the graphic novel of the same name Like action movies? Like funny movies? What about funny action movies? Then RED is the perfect movie, even for a pick-me-upper. Though movies such as The A-Team, or The Losers were somewhat funny action movies, in comparison, RED is a movie that a family might be able to enjoy. And though there clearly is some violence, it is nothing as harsh as what The A-Team or The Losers had to offer. Those movies were directed more towards those who enjoy action movies, whereas I think RED is a movie for everyone (just not for those young’uns). What makes RED different? Well, Helen Mirren, for one. We’re typically used to seeing Helen Mirren in classic, period, or serious dramatic roles. Or at least, none that included Helen Mirren carrying some heavy duty machinery. Here we see Helen Mirren as a lady with a lot of class… but who kills. The combination is enough to bring a […]

Movie Review: Remember Me (March, 2010)

Director: Allen Coulter Release Date: March 12, pharmacy 2010 Screenplay: Will Fetters Actors: Robert Pattinson, cardiologist Emilie de Ravin, Ruby Jerins, Chris Cooper, Pierce Brosnan, Lena Olin The DVD release for Remember Me comes out on the 22nd of June, and having missed the screening of it earlier in the year, I was happy to be able to watch this, since I heard a few good things from people who had seen it. Let’s make this clear. I am not a Twilight fan (anyone who knows me can confirm this to the third degree). I am not a Robert Pattinson fan of any shape or form (though I did like his Cedric Diggory in the fourth and fifth movies of the Harry Potter films.) Having watched the first Twilight film and part of the second one, I find it now disappointing that Pattinson may be seen for a while, as “Twilight’s Edward”, because truthfully, he is much better than that. Remember Me follows the life of Tyler Hawkins (played by Pattinson), but starts off introducing Ally Craig (Lost‘s Emilie de Ravin) and the tragedy she experiences when she is young. Tyler is practically estranged from his dad (Pierce Brosnan) and […]

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 […]

The Rite: Run, don’t walk… away

Director: Mikael Håfström Screenplay: Michael Petroni Release Date: January 28, cialis 40mg 2011 Actors: Anthony Hopkins, visit web Colin O’Donoghue, Ciaran Hindis, Alice Braga, Toby Jones Inspired by a “true” story Exorcist films seems to be a plenty these days in Hollywood, with the last one The Last Exorcism clearly in my mind (and not very good in my opinion.) The last one that really creeped me out was the Exorcism of Emily Rose, which starred Jennifer Carpenter. Because of that movie, every time I now see a picture of Jennifer Carpenter, I think of Emily Rose possessed. Probably not the best connection to be consistently making with an actress. Trailers for The Rite made it seem like it could be interesting, and I had high hopes going into the film that it might surprise or even engage me, but unfortunately it let me down considerably. The film starts off with the introduction of Michael Kovak, played by Colin O’Donoghue (a relative unknown from Ireland). Michael’s family has either raised priests or morticians. Due to his trauma of seeing his father prepare his mother when she passed, he decides to attend school to become a priest. After four years of […]