Archive for October, 2012

Columbia Pictures, Hyde Park Entertainment, Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ,

Nicolas Cage, Ciarán Hinds, Violante Placido, Johnny Whitworth, Christopher Lambert, Fergus Riordan, Idris Elba

Johnny Blaze (Nicholas Cage) is back, because the devil, Roarke (Ciaran Hinds) is looking to take human form and only Johnny, firey ghostly skeleton motorcycle rider, can stop him in this sequel to the original 2007 Ghost Rider film. Johnny wants to be free of the curse and a guru tells him of a way to rid of it by helping a young boy whom Roarke is after to help him in the transformation to human form. Johnny sets out to help the boy at whatever the cost to himself.

This is another one, just like the other one. If you enjoy a fast paced motorcycle chase action film, and you loved the first one, then this one is just the same. The problem for me is simply that it’s just the same. The original film was somewhat original. It was something entirely new. This one is so much the same, that I really found myself getting bored. I tried to get into this movie, but found my thoughts wandering time and time again. I just really didn’t get into it at all. I thought this was so much weaker than the original one. I didn’t care for it very much, and would have been happy to skip this film. No different story, no different action, almost the same views, just the same. I’d say, skip it.

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Movie Rentals Releasing Tuesday October 30, 2012

  • The Campaign
  • Safety Not Guaranteed
  • Ruby Sparks
  • First Position
  • Polisse

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Joe’s Daughter, Astral Media, The Harold Greenberg Fund,

Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, Sarah Silverman

While on a flight back from a writing assignment, Margot (Michelle Willams) meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), and immediately takes a liking to him. Surprisingly to both of them, he lives across the street from Margot and her husband Lou (Seth Rogan). The urge to secretly meet up with him is strong, yet she cannot seem to resist him, even though she is supposedly happily married to Lou. So, is the fresh exciting new guy better than the old tired boring relationship that was supposed to last forever? That’s the subject of this film.

This is a very simple story. Filmed in Toronto, there is very little put into the sets and scenes. Likewise the people are simple as well. This is a stark story of a crisis in a marriage. As such, it’s done very, very well. Rated R for a couple sequences, this is a very adult subject. It’s one that gets to the point quite directly, and is sure to be one you’ll think about for a long time to come. Especially for anyone who’s been through a similar dilemma. Often the forbidden looks so sweet, the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence. Sometimes it works out well. Sometimes it doesn’t turn out like you expect. One of the shining stars in this film is Geraldine, played brilliantly by Sarah Silverman, is a very small part, but poignant. I must admit that I’m not much of a Silverman fan. She a crude, rude, loudmouth most of the time, but in this film, she actually played a recovering alcoholic with a message. All in all this is a nice little story that carries a lot of power in the simple way it’s told. There are a lot of ways to hate this film because of the subject matter, but don’t get hooked up on whether you agree or disagree with the premise. Just look at it as a morality play, and enjoy the real life story this film tells. It’s got a number of great moments.

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Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures, DiNovi Pictures,

Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Sharon Morris, Jay R. Ferguson, Riley Thomas Stewart, Joe Chrest, Robert Hayes, Jillian Batherson, Adam LeFevre, Russ Comegys

A Marine Veteran Logan (Zac Efron) while involved in a horrible battle, found a photograph of a young lady. He considered the photo a lucky charm and claimed it was what kept him alive. After returning home, he began searching for the lady in the photo and found the woman living with her Mom, in North Carolina, and tried to explain about the photo, but things spiraled out of his control and he ended up working for her. Naturally Mom takes a liking to him, but the town cop, who is her ex-boyfriend does not, and lots of complications and trouble ensue in this romantic comedy/drama about chance, fate, and love.

I once rented a Christmas film from Netflix called “The Christmas Card” [Click here for Ed’s Review]. This 2006 film is nearly the exact same movie as this 2006 Christmas movie. (I don’t know if you’ve been reading long enough to know about Ed’s Christmas Movie on TV project every year, but it’s one of those Christmas films that now ends up on TV every year. The Christmas Card nailed this story. This film pales in comparison. Since Christmas is coming, (I even saw this film is coming on Hallmark already and it’s still October) I’d suggest catching The Christmas Card instead of this inferior copy. They took out all the snow and lights and Christmas music and traditions, and it left an all-seasons film. Zac does his best, and it’s good to see him tackling the adult roles now, and he’s left the High School Musical stuff behind, but he is just not as good by comparison. So if you’re a Zac Efron fan, and I’ll admit he is a good looking guy, and you are a chick who loves chick flicks, then this could do it. It’s not a bad story, and the love story part is pretty good. But after seeing the other film, there’s just no comparison, so I can’t get excited about this movie. It was such a rip off. So that’s where I am on this movie. If I had never seen the other film, then maybe I would be more gung ho about it, but I’m serious. At this time of the year, go check out the other one!

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Davis-Films, Konami, Silent Hill 2 DCP,

Carrie-Anne Moss, Deborah Kara Unger, Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Malcolm McDowell, Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, Martin Donovan

Heather/Sharon (Adelaide Clemens) finds herself starting her first day at a new school in a new town. All her life she has been running, new names, new towns, new schools. She and her Dad are running from something she doesn’t understand, but it’s in her nightmares. It’s Silent Hill. When her Dad disappears and she finds a cryptic message telling her to “Come to Silent Hill” she knows she must. There are chilling secrets from her real past that she has to work out before it’s too late for everybody. This is a truly frightening sequel to the original 2009 Silent Hill film both based on the video game by Konami.

The original Silent Hill was one horrific movie. It really scared the crap out of me, more than any film I had ever seen. I was not aware of the video game, nor the plot of the game, so I had no idea what was going on. But I was looking forward to this sequel, and I was not disappointed. It did not have the confusion for me that the first one did, as I know who Rose and Sharon are from the first movie, but it still has a lot going for it in the horror and terror department. I saw this in the ETX theater with fabulous sound, big clear digital picture, and in 3D which was awesome, and all that technology really helped me enjoy the film. The sound is really crisp and LOUD and is enough to make you jump out of your seat time after time. But the true suspense of this strange and evil town, especially the carnival, are enough to give you nightmares for weeks. The actors were good, and the special effects and monsters are awesome. There are some scenes that will make you marvel at how technology has grown in these times. All in all Silent Hill: Revelation is true to the original, very creepy and downright terrifying sometimes, and it has a well wrapped up ending with a chance to do another sequel should it need to be made, but complete enough in itself that it’s not mandatory to end the story. All in all, it was an enjoyable night out at the cinema, just before Halloween, and a good film I won’t forget right away. I had a blast with this.

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