Posted in U.S. Film

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE (2016)

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A film by Dan Trachtenberg

Cast: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr.

A young woman named Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is in a  car accident, but survives. She awakes to find herself a prisoner in an underground bunker inhabited by a paranoid man with a short temper named Howard (John Goodman) and a slacker named Emmett (John Gallagher Jr). Dude that is a winning team. Michelle is informed by Howard that the entire world went to hell and they are the only sole survivors. Trust me when I say she is going to drink a lot of wine to process that.

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Now remember Cloverfield (2008) it has little in common with it. Is its own entity and it’s  for the best. So here it is an unbelievable film here that got very little advertising I almost forgot about when I looked on my App for the schedule of the new film that is coming out I saw that on so I went for it. Just think if you were tied up on the bed and a man comes in and tell you that no one is left on this earth because of an attack. Something like an attack nuclear or chemical. Try to process that. You are going to go in panic mode and is this guy crazy? The performance of Goodman here is outstanding here as well as the other cast members. Dan Trachtenberg makes you fell what it is to be in a cramped spaces that will  send you this wave of claustrophobia shivering up your spine. Bear McCreary’s score adds another layer of tension throughout the film. However there was one  time when the music seems too loud for its own good. That is the only glitch in the film. It is an intense and exhilarating film that will keep you on the edge of your seat, you become accustomed to fearing Howard’s next move, rooting for Michelle’s escape, and relating to Emmet. The thing is that I said to myself they are going this way with it but caught myself and said they are going to go the other way (something gave it away). I should of known better. Well you have it ,make sure you see it on the big screen.

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Posted in U.S. Film

RED STATE (2011)

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A film by Kevin Smith

Cast: Michael Parks, Melissa Leo, John Goodman

Three horny teenage boys answer an online ad for a prostitute who promises a four-way at a discounted price. Dam man a discount price where are those prostitute? They meet the woman at her trailer. Blinded by a raging hormones the 3 teenagers fail to see that it is a trap yeah! a hooker with a discount price right!  However, after drinking a few beers with her, they pass out. When they come to, they find themselves in the middle of the Five Points Church lock up in a cage ready to be dealt by a certain Abin Cooper and his followers. Surprise! surprise!

Here is a film that came with a lot of flock from religious people trying to banned the film, but I am not going to go there, however I am going to talk about this great film. First great performance from Michael Parks seriously a terrific actor there with some great line with a great speech. There is some heavy issues there second amendments, homophobia, the questioning of authority, religious extremism and general morality. But when the ATF turn out the film makes a huge turn. You what is going to go down we have seen it in the news like the one in Waco. It does not end well and that is the horror to it. When it came out it was label a horror film it is in the way but you won’t be jumping off your seats that’s for sure. Kevin does not miss a beat the film looks grippy kind a shades of gray witch work there beautifully well. Goodman gives the other great performance of the film as the ATF agent, we see him toward the end of the film where chaos is going to struck. Melissa Leo as well as Kevin Pollack has done a terrific performances here. When you watched the film pay attention to dialogue it is well written by Kevin Smith in an interview with Ebert Kevin said one time I am a great writer but an okay director. No I think he is a great director to me anyway. Over all a cool film that most people might have missed.

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Posted in U.S. Film

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (2013)

 

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A  film by : Ethan CoenJoel Coen

Cast : Oscar IsaacCarey MulliganJohn Goodman.

Llewyn Davis a folks song singer a talented one at that but we ca not imagine LLewyn happy. It is a diabolic film writing by the Cohen brothers and a terrific one at that. There is no happy ending and it is sad and funny at the same time. Little joke like that one when LLewyn goes in the bathroom seats on the stall and read an inscription on the side that says ” what are you doing”. Sad as the singer has no place to live and goes around from apartment from a friend to his sister to his brother.  He wants to get out he has enough of this shit but the shit keeps coming back to him, he goes around in circle.  Troy Nelson (Stark Sands) is in the army, he sings where LLewyn sings in this little tavern. Troy after singing invites Jean and Jim to sing with him they do a nice version of “Five Hundred Miles.” LLewyn does somewhat enjoy them. But when the audience join them LLewyn raises his eyes brows a little looks around he does not understand, the place he thought he was part of, is becoming foreign to him. And he doesn’t understand why. The cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel is terrific. An other Brilliant film by the coen brothers.

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Posted in U.S. Film

ARGO (2012)

A film by Ben Affleck.
Cast: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman

In 1979, the American embassy in Iran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries and several Americans were taken hostage. However, six managed to escape to the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador and the CIA was eventually ordered to get them out of the country. But How they were trying to get a plan to get them out. They call Tony Mendez to see if they can brainstorm a plan to get them out. With few options, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez devised a daring plan: to create a phony Canadian film project looking to shoot in Iran and smuggle the Americans out as its production crew. with the help of hollywood contacts Mendez create the plan and proceeds as an associate producer. However time is running out with the Iranians security officers who are tying to find out if they were more people at the embassy. But the CIA orders Mendez to cancel the operation because they will be a rescue mission that is going to take place. Luckily Mendez does not listen to his superior and go on with the plan.This awesome scheme is based on fact. Yes, it is. Countless movies are “inspired by real events,” but this one truly took place. is a matter of fact President Carter approved the plan to extract the six people. Of course they are some funny moment in this film. Great film by Ben Affleck. Besides being the title of the “movie” being filmed in the movie, “Argo” is from Greek mythology. It was the ship Jason and the Argonauts sailed in to retrieve the Golden Fleece. In order to make the movie feel like the 1970s, Ben Affleck shot it on regular film, cut the frames in half, and blew those images up 200% to increase their graininess. He also copied camera movements and bustling office scenes from All the President’s Men for sequences depicting CIA headquarters; for L.A. exteriors, he borrowed from The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. It is stated that both British and New Zealand embassies turned away the six, leaving the Canadian as their only refuge. In fact the British embassy did shelter them for a few days but it was agreed by everyone that the Canadian embassy was the most secure and suitable so they moved. A New Zealand official transported them and the British embassy helped other Americans trapped in the country at the time. Director Ben Affleck acknowledged that he intentionally deviated from the real events in order to quicken the pace and build up the tension. First movie in 7 years to win the Oscar for Best Motion Picture without winning the Oscar for Best Director (the previous movie was Crash). It is also the first movie in 23 years to win the Oscar for Best Motion Picture without being nominated for Best Director (the previous one was Driving Miss Daisy). Ben Affleck met former CIA operative Tony Mendez for the first time in March 2011 to discuss his role. The meeting took place at Washington D.C.’s famed Chadwicks Bar (on K Street) where infamous spy Aldrich Ames, to name one, had passed classified American documents to the KGB. In the movie, however, the initial meeting place where the pivotal scheme was hatched was staged at the Smoke House restaurant in Burbank, a regular real-life haunt for many movie celebrities. George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s company, SmokeHouse Productions, is named after this premises. Family members of the real Tony Mendez appear as bus passenger extras heading towards the airport.


Posted in French film

L’ ARTIST(2011)

A film by Michel Hazanavicius.

Cast: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman

Outside a movie premiere, enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into the hero of the silent film, George Valentin. The star reacts graciously and Peppy plants a kiss on his cheek as they are surrounded by photographers. The headlines demand: “Who’s That Girl?” and Peppy is inspired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. However as Peppy slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking-pictures turns Valentin’s world upside-down. Here is a terrific movie doing a homage to silent movie and it is impossible to forget. this film. I remember a friend of mine saying that a few people walk out of the theater because they thought it was not a silent film and they did not like silent film and it is the most entertaining film Of all time and the best film of 2011.
“The Artist” knows you’re aware it’s silent and kids you about it. Not that it’s entirely silent, of course; like all silent films were, it’s accompanied by music. One of its inspirations was probably “Singin’ in the Rain,” a classic about a silent actress whose squeaky voice didn’t work in talkies and about the perky little unknown actress who made it big because hers did. the heroine (Debbie Reynolds) fell in love with an silent star. but a nice one, you know? Played by Gene Kelly in 1952 and by Jean Dujardin now, he has one of those dazzling smiles you suspect dazzles no one more than himself. Jean Dujardin Became the first French actor to win the Best Actor in a Leading Role Academy Award for his performance in The Artist (2011) on February 26, 2012 and has such a command of comic timing and body language that he might have been — well, a silent star. As Norma Desmond, the proud silent star in “Sunset Boulevard,” hisses: “We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces!”
As was often the case in those days, the cast of “The Artist” includes actors with many different native tongues, because what difference did it make? John Goodman makes a bombastic studio head, and such familiar faces as James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle and Ed Lauter turn up. I love blac an white movies It give them style and it is more concern with essence than details. It has depth to it and attitude.
A must see as zoo as possible.

Posted in Cult film

THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998)

Now there is this movie by the Coen brothers The Big Lebowski which became a great cult movie by 1998 and one of my favorite movie of all time. When “The Dude” Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, two thugs urinate on his rug to coerce him into paying a debt he knows nothing about. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. He enlists the help of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude. A true comedy classic with so many memorable lines and characters, but it’s the movie’s atmosphere which is so truly joyous, a wonderful celebration of basically doing nothing. In a version that was edited for television broadcasts, the famous line “This is what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass!” was changed to “This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps!”, which is regularly cited as one of the most “creative” edits made for a film to be aired on TV. The screenplay was written with Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Sam Elliott in mind. The bowling alley scenes were filmed at the former Holly Star Lanes near Santa Monica and the 101 Freeway exit ramp. The bowling alley has since been torn down and a new elementary school stands in its place. The house in which the dude meets with Jackie Treehorn was designed by architect John Lautner. The movie makes it look as though it sits on the beach, in actuality it sits on the side of a hill overlooking the city of Los Angeles. A lot of the Dude’s clothes in the movie were Jeff Bridges’s own clothes, including his Jellies sandals. Almost all the music on the soundtrack is revealed to be playing on a radio at some point. Examples: “The Man in Me” in the first dream sequence fades out after The Dude wakes up, but we still hear it, tinny and distant on his Walkman. “Hotel California” plays through out the entire scene with Jesus at the bowling alley, and even during the brief flashback, apparently as a song playing on the alley’s PA system. The big band music that plays as The Dude leaves his house fades and is heard playing on Da Fino’s car radio as they talk. Additionally, at the beginning of the film, the opening song, “Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds”, fades into a muzak version of itself as the Dude shops for his creamer in the grocery store; when it cuts to the Dude outside the store, the song has faded back into its original version. Nearly all of the visible symbols in The Dude’s second dream sequence are taken from earlier scenes: – the black and white tile is seen earlier in the Big Lebowski’s entry way when The Dude walks with Brandt and again at the end – the tool belt and workman outfit The Dude is seen wearing is identical to the one worn by Karl Hungus in Logjammin’ – Saddam Hussein is mentioned briefly by Walter in the car outside the bowling alley; in the opening credits, we see a man looking a bit similar to Saddam spraying the bowling shoes at the alley – Maude’s gold bowling ball bra cups are taken from bowling balls seen on the rack behind Walter in an earlier scene at the bowling alley – the scissors wielded by the red-clad Nihilists are seen in a painting with a red background on Maude’s wall – the red-on-black bowling ball is the same as the one in the earlier dream sequence and is also visible on the rack behind Walter and The Dude at the bowling alley. – The initial scene of The Dude’s exaggerated walking in while casting a big shadow is similar to his landlord’s shadow dance to “Pictures at an Exhibition.” – Maude Lebowski’s trident is from a statue at The Big Lebowski’s home. The fast-food restaurant In & Out Burger is referred to during the movie, for which John Goodman once did a commercial. Share this The private detective that’s following Lebowski says that Bunny’s family is from a farm “outside Moorhead, Minnesota”. Moorhead is the home town of Jeff Bridges’ wife and is located directly across the state line from Fargo. (Fargo was the title of the Coen brothers’ previous film). Bunny’s high school cheer-leading photo shows her wearing orange and black, the real school colors of Moorhead. The word “dude” is used around 161 times in the movie. 160 spoken and once in text in the credits for “Gutterballs” the second dream sequence. The F-word or a variation of the F-word is used 292 times. The Dude says “man” 147 times in the movie, nearly 1.5 times a minute. Premiere voted this movie as one of “The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time” in 2006. he Dude drinks nine White Russians during the course of the movie. (He drops one of them at Jackie Treehorn’s mansion.) Charlize Theron was considered for the role of Bunny Lebowski. The Dude’s car is a 4-door 1973 Ford Torino. Two vehicles were used in filming: one was destroyed during the filming, the other was destroyed in the filming of The X-Files: Of all the different personalized bowling shirts Donny wears throughout the film, none of them bears his name. Recipe for making a White Russian: 2 parts vodka, 1 part coffee liqueur (such as Kahlúa) and 1 part cream. Served with ice in a low ball glass. The Dude is in every scene of the movie, with the exception of the scene where the Nihilists are ordering pancakes. This is in keeping with the traditional film-noir, in which the protagonist is the narrator and acts as the audience’s guide throughout the film. The man shown bowling in the picture on The Dude’s wall is President Richard Nixon. Nixon was an avid bowler; the picture in the movie is a well-publicized shot of Nixon in the bowling alley underneath the White House. The $0.69 check the Dude writes at Ralph’s for half and half is dated September 11, 1991, exactly ten years before the 9/11 attacks. While he is writing the check, George Bush can be heard on the television railing against Saddam Hussein.