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April 30, 2008 by Joe · 2 Comments 

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Top 5 Reasons I don’t want you at My Theatre!

April 20, 2008 by Joe · Leave a Comment 

Blargh! I know that being in the movie industry (well, movie theatre industry) means that you should be doing everything you can to get people to the movies. Well, I have to admit that there are certain people I don’t want at the movies. I’m not talking about just the ones that are disruptive during movies (though that’s really annoying as well), I’m talking about plain ol’ don’t come to the movies! Here are my top 5. Read more

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Random Thoughts :-)

April 18, 2008 by Joe · Leave a Comment 

Hi all.. I’m back again this week! I know, it’s a shock. I don’t really have anything to say about the movies for right now, but some of the stuff I’ve been up to lately. How about that? Well… even if you don’t want to hear it, you’re going to because I’m going to write it here anyway. Read more

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Movies This Weekend! 4/18/08

April 16, 2008 by Joe · 1 Comment 

Ack! Once again, it’s been one week since I’ve posted. I’ve been working hard on a redesign for this site, and moving it to Wordpress. Hopefully, the site will be much more appealing, and much more fun to visit in the coming month or so. I want the new look to be perfect before I release it, and I still need to get photoshop to design some stuff, so stay on the lookout for that. While you’re here, would anyone be interested in predicting the box office every weekend? Nothing too detailed, just the top 5 movies… and I’ll give away a prize to the best guesser every month? Let me know!

Anyway, onto the movies….

88 Minutes - Dr. Jack Gramm is a college professor who spends his nights moonlighting as a forensic psychiatrist for the FBI. When he receives a death threat stating that he only has 88 minutes to live, he must use all of his skill to narrow down the suspects, and find the way to save himself.

How’s it gonna do - I don’t know about this one. I’m usually a fan of Pacino movies, but this one doesn’t seem like the others. It has potential to be interesting, but I have a feeling that this one will fall flat. The first hint is that it hasn’t scored well on the tomatometer in initial screening. That and the movie is 106 minutes long, not 88 minutes! What kind of crap is that?! Not as advertised. I’m gonna pass on this one, but it’ll hit the top 5 this weekend. 3 at the max, I think.

The Forbidden Kingdom - An American teenager who has been obsessed with Asian cinema and Kung fu movies makes an incredible discovery in a Chinese pawn shop: the weapon of the Monkey King. With this relic, he finds himself traveling back in time to join a crew of martial arts warriors in their quest to free the captured Monkey King. Based on the traditional Legend of the Monkey King.

How’s it gonna do - I think that this one will do pretty well. Movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero, and House of Flying Daggers have all been impressive. Not necessarily the same genre as those, I still think Forbidden Kingdom will draw some viewers as its the first pairing of Jet Li and Jackie Chan ever. Being an Asian, it’s almost required that I see this one :-). I’ll let you know how it is, but I think it’s in the #2 spot this weekend!

Forgetting Sarah Marshall - From the guys who brought you Knocked Up and The 40-Year Old Virgin. Peter Bretter is a struggling musician who has spent the past 6 years idolizing his girlfriend, television star Sarah Marshall. When she dumps him, he thinks his world just might be over. To try to help with this, he takes an impulsive trip to Oahu, where he confronts his worst nightmare. Sarah and her new British rock star boyfriend are sharing the same hotel as him! As her presence there torments him more and more, he finds solace in a beautiful hotel employee, Rachel, who attempts to bring him back into the real world.

How’s it gonna do? Definitely the #1 movie this weekend. A comedy for both the guys and the girls. The Penultimate date movie. Ok, so maybe I’m exaggerating, but I still think this one has all the components you need to do very well in theatres. Young stars in a comedy by Apatow. What more do you need to succeed? This will be the other movie I try to see this weekend, and hopefully review for you guys!

That’s it for the movies this weekend… is there anything you want to see? Images to come later!

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Movies this Weekend! 4/11/08

April 8, 2008 by Joe · 1 Comment 

I really can’t believe how fast the weeks go by. I remember when I was able to post once a day. This blog really did that much better then when I was able to focus on marketing it, and creating quality posts. I still try to do that, but I find myself a lot busier than I was then, especially with the new house, and having a lot of actual work at the day job. Throw in the late nights, and an inability to stay up afterwards, and you have the posting frequency of this blog. I’m also sad that I don’t get to comment on as many blogs now, if I do at all, but I still try to keep in touch! I have a ton of blogs on my Newsfire feed reader. That’s free now, if you’re interested!

I can honestly say that I’ve missed getting comments on the blog. I do wish there were more, but I can only do so much right now. Still trying to get back into a rhythm. But enough about that, on to what you came here for, the movies this weekend!

Prom Night - Prom is supposed to be one of the best nights of your life, and Donna was ready for just that. She has overcome the horrible tragedy that plagued her, and has managed to enjoy much of her senior year. Unfortunately for her, the night becomes deadly, as the man she thought would be locked up forever has escaped. Donna and her friends must do everything they can to escape from him, and get him locked up again. Will they be able to do it… or will this be their last night?

How’s it gonna do - I think this one is supposed to be the big movie for the weekend, but I just don’t see it. The movie just seems dumb to me. It does have a slightly redeeming factor in that this type of horror movie could actually happen, and actually has happened recently, with a serial rapist escaping (and being recaptured) right around where I live. Sorry, no killers though . Still, this is the type of movie that will do really well even though it doesn’t deserve to… #1 this weekend, unfortunately

Smart People - Lawrence Weatherfold is a widowed and self absorbed literature professor. He has alienated his son, and turned his daughter into an overachiever, albeit with no friends. However, when he falls for one of his students, things begin to change. Add to the picture the arrival of his brother, and Weatherfold realizes that he needs to change himself and get back in touch with his family before he can become more involved with his new love interest.

How’s it gonna do - I’m actually fairly excited about this one. First off, it has my new crush in it, Ellen Page. I don’t know what it is about the girl, but I find her really cute. I’m not saying that this is going to be a blockbuster or anything, I’m just hoping that it’s a pleasant surprise like Juno was. Second of all, I think that the story seems decent, something that I could relate to, I think. I predict that Page and the fairly well known cast will draw to #2 this weekend!

Street Kings - Tom Ludlow is a veteran on the LAPD. He sets out on a quest to find the killers of his former partner, Detective Terrance Washington. Forest Whitaker plays Captain Wander, who must do his best to keep Ludlow in line as he realizes the passion with which Ludlow is pursing the killers. Ludlow ends up partnering with a young Homicide detective, and their determination pays off, as they track down and confront Washington’s killer in an attempt to bring them to justice.

How’s it gonna do - Judging from just the trailer, I think this movie seems like it could be pretty intense, and looked pretty interesting actually. However, I think that the trailer might be all that this one can deliver though, as I don’t see how it could develop much more than it does in said trailer. I could be wrong, but Keanu Reeves without The Matrix just doesn’t seem like a good combination for me. That being said, Hugh Laurie is in the film, which could be a redeeming factor.

There you go, the major releases for this week. Not a terrible week, but I still think we’re looking for that film that just wows you in 2008. C’mon Hollywood, let’s give us something to get excited about!!

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Joe’s Review: 21

April 8, 2008 by Joe · 2 Comments 

I wish I had time to get to this review earlier, because I really enjoyed 21. I think part of the reason why the movie appealed so much to me is because it’s something I wish I could’ve done. Not to mention, the story was based in the Boston area, where I’m from… and a majority of the scenes that take place at the school were filmed at my alma mater, Boston University! Go Terriers :-). I know that there’s at least one person who will appreciate that comment, I won’t mention any names though. ;-) Read more

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The Carnival of Cinema!

April 4, 2008 by Joe · 2 Comments 

Welcome to this week’s Carnival of Cinema! I’d like to thank Scott Nehring for giving me the opportunity to host this, it’s a really exciting opportunity for me! For anyone who doesn’t know, the Carnival is an opportunity to get your articles posted, and gain lots of great opinions, reviews and news about cinema. Be sure to check it out every week, you can check Scott’s blog for more details (or just email me).

First off, Manny from Manny The Movie Guy presents a special interview with the cast of Leatherheads. You can check out his post, A SPECIAL GEORGE CLOONEY INTERVIEW FOR “LEATHERHEADS” He learns some great secrets behind the film! Read more

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Movies This Weekend! 4/4/08

April 4, 2008 by Joe · Leave a Comment 

Hi everyon, sorry this post is so late this week, I know that you were looking forward to it, but I’ve been dealing with some really stressful stuff at home… especially yesterday, and I wasn’t able to post. Anyway, I still have a review of 21 that I’d like to get out this week, and I’ll try to if I can. Remember, the Carnival of Cinema will be posted here this week, so get your entries in if you’d like to take part! I’m actually going to be reading most of the submissions tonight, can’t wait to do that.

But on to the meat of this post, the movies this weekend. As usual, I’m going to focus on the wide releases, but for those of you interested in the other openings, please check out Rotten Tomatoes!

Leatherheads - Set in the 1920s, Leatherheads explores the growth of American football. Dodge Connolly (George Clooney) is a brash, football hero who is trying to lead his team out of barfights and into packed stadiums. To try to boost the popularity of the growing sport, he convinces a hotshot college star to join his team. Carter Rutherford joins the team, a war hero with dashing good looks. The rise of the team brings Lexie Littleton (Renee Zellweger), who thinks Rutherford is too good to be true. This may be the case, and as she delves further and further into Rutherford’s past, Connolly and Rutherford become rivals, vying for her affections.

How’s it gonna do? For this one, I really have no idea. The concept is interesting, and all guys like football for the most part. This one… is a romantic comedy, which usually screams girls dragging guys to it. If I had to make a prediction (and I’m going to), I say that the ladies win out, and the guys aren’t too disappointed because it has football. It might be trying too hard to please everyone, but I think it’s a bit of a sleeper hit. Look for this to top the box office this weekend!

Nim’s Island - Nim’s island is a magical place, ruled by the imagination of a young girl. She bases it on the world of her favorite literary character, Alex Rover, one of the world’s greatest adventurers. However, what she doesn’t know is that the author of her favorite adventurer lives a reclusive life in the big city. When her father goes missing, she finds herself joined up with the author of Alex Rover. Together, they must call upon their imaginations and the courage of their favorite hero to try to bring her father back.

How’s it Gonna do? A kids movie! I think that this one will do fairly well, as most kids movies tend to do. It’s really hard to find films that are considered “appropriate” for kids these days, and this might fit the bill. I know some parents don’t care, but I personally would, and if I had to pick between this or one of those horror movies that comes out, I would pick this one. Parents won’t mind coming to this one with their kids, which will boost it’s showing. Still… it’s no Horton hears a Who, so I only expect a modest showing. Maybe my opinion will change if I see it.

The Ruins - A Steve B. Smith adaptation of his own novel. A group of vacationeers travels to a ruined site in search of a missing man. However, they are not prepared for what they find, which is much more dangerous than they ever could have imagined….

How’s it gonna do? Thank the good Lord this one is rated R. I’m tired of all the little teenyboppers and their friends talking on their cell phones, texting, and running in and out of theatres. At least this will eliminate some of that. That being said, the rating will hurt it at the box office, as many of the people who would come out to see this one are going to be left out of the theatre. The story and preview seem interesting, but not good enough to draw a huge crowd…

That’s it for the movies this week. Any opinions on these??

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Joe’s Review: Stop Loss

April 1, 2008 by Joe · 5 Comments 

I’m going to admit, I wasn’t a huge fan of this movie coming into it. In fact, one of the only reasons why I saw it was because my lovely girlfriend wanted to see it. Having not seen Boys Don’t Cry, I didn’t really know what to expect from director Kimberly Peirce. (Weird spelling of Peirce, I keep thinking it’s wrong, but that’s what the bible, IMDB has.) Anyway, after having seen Stop Loss, I can honestly say that I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was a pretty moving story, obviously conveying a strong message.

For those who have no idea what this movie is about, a little background for you. Stop Loss is the story of 4 friends from Texas who have enlisted in the army to defend our country against the insurgents in Iraq. Brandon King (played by the surprisingly impressive Ryan Phillipe), is their leader, the one who always keeps em in check. Also starring Joseph Gordon-Leavitt, Channing Tatum, and Rob Brown.

The movie opens with the crew in Iraq, performing their duties at a military checkpoint. As they examine the cars that head to their post, they are suddenly attacked by a car full of insurgents. Quickly taking action, they pursue them, unknowingly being led into an ambush. After the losss of several of his men, Brandon has to go in and save his best friend Steve (Channing Tatum), who has gone in too far for his own good. The battle leaves one of his men permanently disabled, but many of them escape. It turns out to be a day that King will never forget after he returns home.

The four friends return home to a Hero’s welcome in Texas, earning their honors and the respect of everyone in their town. They celebrate their return, but the good times are short lived. The war has taken it’s toll on the boys, as they face night terrors and the re-adjustment to a more normal life. It’s something they welcome though, as Steve and Brandon are on their way out of the military for good, they have served their time.

Brandon soon finds that this is not the case, as he has been “Stop Lossed”. While he is expecting to be released, the Army has other plans for him, and set him to be shipped out at the end of the month. King is not pleased at all, knowing that going back to Iraq is something he just doesn’t want to do again. He has served his time, and doesn’t feel that he needs to go back. He goes AWOL, and travels to Washington to try to call on a favor of a state senator he hopes will be able to stop his order to head back to Iraq.

You’ll have to watch the movie to find out what happens, but I can say that there are quite a few more things that happen in the movie. It really explores every character fairly well. You can sympathize with them as they experience the difficulties of going to war, and in some cases, heading back to war. The impact that it has on their families is incredible, giving it an extra “real” feel. I definitely recommend this movie whether you support the war or not. It’s a really good story.

A 7.8 out of 10 for this one, only because it has some plot holes that could have been filled up (but it’s ok that they didn’t). If you’ve seen it (or plan to see or not see it), please comment! If you’ve got a review you’d like me to link to, please feel free to leave it in a comment and I’ll update the post with it!

Also a reminder again that Hell’s Kitchen is tomorrow! My DVR is already all set to record all the episodes this season… I can’t wait!!!!

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