Archive for September, 2012

Insurge Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Perry Productions,

Katy Perry

This documentary covers a lot of background information about Katy and her family and her background growing up in Santa Barbara, California, and also shows the performances of her Part of Me tour. During the time this documentary was filmed, Katy went from her marriage to Russell Brand through the failure of the marriage and the deep depression and sorry that followed. This is an excellent look into the life and times of a true pop star, and the cost of fame and fortune in real life.

I enjoyed this film a lot. Unfortunately most, of not all, of these concert films have failed to gather any traction in the box office. From the Jonas Brothers, to Justin Bieber, to Miley Cyrus and more, one after another of these “concert films” have failed. What is different about this film is the real view into the depression that followed the breakup with Russell Brand. When she married him, the whole world issued a sigh of “What are you thinking, girl?”, but it appears Katy really, really loved him a lot. She was doing everything she could to make it work, flying to Europe after her concerts to try to spend a weekend with him. But when it failed, Katy was at the peak of her popularity, and on a world tour which meant she was so hurt and destroyed inside, but had to put on a smile and go out on stage to give her best happy performance. Not only are all the great Katy Perry songs performed in the film, but we get to see what her life was like in the despair she felt and how “the show must go on” is really true.

What I got most from this film, besides the enjoyment of the talent she really has, was the close up look at her life and the good and the bad side by side. Katy is a true talent, and I gained so much appreciation for the hard work involved in making it all happen. There is no way most of us could ever make it. If you want to know what it really takes, watch this film.

Perhaps not a great $13.00 film in the theater, this thing really shines on the DVD, and is worth the watch if you are at all into Katy Perry and the music she brought to all of us. This is a nice look into her life and times.

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Relativity Media, Yucaipa Films, Goldmann Pictures,

Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, Mare Winningham, Michael Lerner, Sean Bean, Danny Woodburn, Martin Klebba, Sebastian Saraceno, Jordan Prentice, Mark Povinelli, Joe Gnoffo, Ronald Lee Clark, Robert Emms

Another retelling of the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tale of a girl who is left with her stepmother, the queen, after her father dies. The queen (Julia Roberts) is very jealous of Snow (Lily Collins) because of her beauty. This dark tale, closer to the story than the Disney version, tells of Snow’s adventures to try to gain back the throne which is rightfully hers. The seven dwarfs are seedy little guys, but agree to help Snow to return to the throne.

There were two Snow White films that came out this summer. The other was “Snow White and the Huntsman”. Of the two, I really feel the other one was better, and Chalize Theron really did the wicked queen to the hilt! But Julia Roberts gives it a good try in this version, but it’s a lot harder to forget that she’s Julia Roberts after all, and not an evil queen. Still the special effects are pretty good, and it’s not a bad film at all. It’s too bad that it gets compared all the time to the other film, as it would have done really well had it been the only one. But it’s not a story that we haven’t seen before, and that turns off a lot of people, so it didn’t get great treading in the Box Office department. Still, not that the other film is out of our minds, and this one is available on DVD, why not give it a chance. It’s a bit scary for little kids, but for anyone above about 10, it’s going to be a pretty decent family adventure. It’s nice that Show White is not “that girl from Twilight” and it gives us a chance to get to know her at Snow White and not some famous actor in the role. At the same time she is very good at it.

All in all this is a nice family rental, and a good evening at home movie night film. I really did enjoy myself watching this.

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New in theaters this weekend Friday September 28, 2012

  • Looper
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Bringing Up Bobby
  • The Hole
  • The Other Dream Team
  • Pitch Perfect
  • Solomon Kane
  • Trade of Innocents
  • The Waiting Room
  • Won’t Back Down
  • “Hotel Transylvania” opens this week. This is a fun monster themed cartoon feature with voices like Adam Sandler, Miley Cyrus, Cee-lo Green, David Spade, and tons of others, and it looks like lots of fun! “Looper” stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt sci-fi story about time travel, and a hired assassin who is responsible for killing people sent back from the future who need to be taken out by the mob. But when he’s hired to kill his future self, everything breaks down. “Bringing up Bobby” Milla Jojovich is European woman who, in order to escape her past and make a better for her and her young son, moves to Oklahoma, but runs into all sorts of challenges. What would the last days of September be without a new horror film to try to scare us. “The Hole” fits the bill. After moving into a new home, they find a huge hole in the basement that seems to have no bottom. Hence we get to watch them try to figure out why it’s there, what it means, and who lived in this house before them. “The Other Dream Team” is a documentary about a couple of athletes from Lithuania who lead the USSR to gold medal at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. It documents their life since, especially after the fall of the USSR and the challenges of living behind the iron curtain. “Pitch Perfect” with Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow is a Glee-like film about a college choir trying to bring the trophy home with a lot of music mixed in with the usual teen angst of mean girls and other problems. “Solomon Kane” is an action film of a vicious mercenary who takes on the forces of hell to save his soul. “Trade of Innocents” with Mira Sorvino is about a woman trying to fight the sex slave business in southeast Asia. “THe Waiting Room” is a documentary looking at the care of uninsured patients at a public hospital. Based mostly in the ER, it shows what life is like for people with no insurance. Finally “Won’t Back Down” is the story of a mother who is fed up with the quality of education in kids school, so she puts together a team of teachers and parents to start their own school, and is based somewhat on a true story.

Last Weeks top Box Office:

1 – End of Watch
2 – House at the End of the Street
3 – Trouble with the Curve
4 – Finding Nemo 3D
5 – Resident Evil: Retribution


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Europa Corp., Canal+, Ciné+,

Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Vincent Regan, Joseph Gilgun, Lennie James, Peter Stomare, Jacky Ido, Tim Plester

A former government agent, Snow (Guy Pearce) who has been falsely convicted of a crime has been offered his freedom in return for heading into space to a prison colony on a secret mission. It seems the president’s daughter has been abducted by the rebel prisoners, and is being held as a prisoner. Snow has to go fight this most deadly enemy and get her back safely.

Think “Rambo in Space”. This film didn’t ring my chimes. It didn’t seem to server any great purpose. Prisoner’s revolt, government is too scared to deal with them, so they take some guy who was falsely arrested and send him out to do their dirty work. He is a bad-ass and kicks a lot of but, burns a lot of bullets, and does the hero thing. Ho-hum. This has been done over and over again. There just isn’t anything new or interesting at all in this film. It could be an incredibly violent and bloody battle movie, but to get the PG-13 they cleaned all that up quite a bit. As a result, it’s just not very interesting at all. Mostly it’s just hero Rambo-like stuff for scene after scene after scene. Guy Pearce, although he seems like a pretty decent guy, does not have the charisma to carry this off, and this film just sat there and smoldered for an hour and a half with not flame. I just didn’t get into it. I’ve read reviews of people who liked it, so it might be up someone’s alley, but not mine. I felt it was a waste of my time, and I didn’t really get into it at all.

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Xanthus Pictures, Yale Productions, David Frigerio Films,

Aaron Paul, Scoot McNairy, Mike Erwin, Cameron Richardson, Kelly Kruger, Ruthanne Gibson

Four friends are driving along a lonely road when their car breaks down. There is no one around for miles, and an abandoned junkyard is just down the road, so they decided to head off there to find a fan belt that will fit their car. But there’s something strange about this old junkyard, not to mention an escaped convict in the area. This could end up being a long, long night.

This is your standard horror film, but it’s actually a pretty good one, as they go. The suspense is real and non-stop. The funny sheriff buddies are here, as well as a slew of possible killers. Until the very end, you’re not sure who the real bad guy is. The action is non-stop and the blood and guts factor is pretty good. This is a decent horror film. Nothing more, nothing less. Just straight to the juggler. The junkyard setting is perfect, and the chills are throughout. This is a good film that you’ve probably not seen for scare season, and not a bad job for a real B movie. This is late night chiller theater stuff, for sure. Nice job guys!

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