Monday, August 30, 2010

An Evening with Bill & Ted

The New Beverly Cinema is labeled as the premier revival movie theater in Los Angeles and it deservesngly earns that title as it continues to host special events like they did on August 29th with a double bill of Bill & Ted's. Not only did the quaint theater host a double feature of "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" and "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey," but Bill S. Preston Esquire himself, Mr. Alex Winter was in attendance to introduce both films and do a Q&A in between the double bill. Read the full rundown below...

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Review - Machete

Hired to assassinate a State Senator, an Ex-Federale known as Machete is later double crossed and left for dead by his conspirators. Machete then launches a relentless and blood drenched warpath to take down anyone connected with his former employer.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Trailer: I'm Still Here

Remember back to 2008 if you will, when Joaquin Phoenix announced he was retiring from acting to pursue a career in Hip-Hop. No one knew if it was a hoax or not. One thing that did come out was that Phoenix was filming a documentary directed by Casey Affleck that would follow this transition. Recently the first trailer has been released and I have it here for you below. After the viewing the trailer, I'm still not quite sure if this is a gag or not, but I certainly want to see it. Take a look for yourself after the jump...

Friday, August 27, 2010

Trailer: 127 Hours

The first trailer to Danny Boyle's latest film titled "127 Hours" has finally hit the net! "127 Hours" follows the true story of Aron Ralston, a mountain climber who gets caught beneath a boulder while rock climbing in Utah. James Franco portrays Ralston in the adventure and if the trailer is anything to go by, this movie looks to be really good. Take a look at the trailer after the break...

'Drive' Fills Up with Talent

Nicolas Winding Refn is quickly becoming one of my new favorite directors. His previous work on the Pusher trilogy and Bronson are immaculate and this year's "Valhalla Rising" is currently in my Top 20 of 2010. His latest film is an adaptation of James Sallis book titled, "Drive." The film was originally setup with Neil Marshall directing and Hugh Jackman set to star, since then a whole new group of actors have joined along with a better director that really make me stop and take notice. Take a look at the full cast breakdown after the jump...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Review - Piranha 3D

The town of Lake Victoria was expecting a dangerous week because Spring Break was under way, but when a earthquake opens a underwater cavern, a whole new level of danger swims into the mix. The towns folk and guest quickly find themselves under a feeding frenzy attack of prehistoric piranha.

Review - Step Up 3D

Moose is a freshman at NYU majoring in engineering that by chance runs into a close knit group of dancers that desperately want him to be apart of their crew. Known as the Pirates, the group convinces him to join and begin training for the biggest dance battle of the year. A battle that will give their crew the financial freedom to continue living in their dance studio.

Review - The Expendables

A team of mercenaries plan and carry out a mission to over throw a brutal dictator in a South American country.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Savage Steve Holland Night

Last weekend at a local Los Angeles revival theater called The Cinefamily located at the Silent Movie Theater hosted a memorable and meaningful experience with director Savage Steve Holland. If you're wondering who Savage Steve Holland is, first off shame on you, but secondly he directed three outstanding coming age teen comedies in the late 1980's. Cinefamily showed a sold out crowd a double feature of Savage Steve's first two films "Better Off Dead" and "One Crazy Summer" both of which starred John Cusack and Curtis Armstrong. Take a look below at my full breakdown of the evening...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Review - Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Scott Pilgrim is a 23 year-old bass player in a small indie band called Sex Bob-Omb. When Scott begins to see a girl in his dreams and then later meets her, he instantly becomes infatuated with the girl named Ramona Flowers. Soon after asking Ramona on a date, Scott is faced with the test of defeating her seven evil exes in order to find his true happiness and keep the girl of his dreams.

Review - The Killer Inside Me

Set in the 1950s, a small town deputy sheriff in West Texas seems to be the perfect gentleman. Beneath the surface however, Lou Ford is a totally different person, he is a sociopath. With suspicion and evidence stacking up around Lou it is only a matter of time before he is unmasked as the psychotic killer he really is.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Review - The Runaways

A biopic that outlines the all-girl 1970's rock band called The Runaways, but focuses primarily on the meteoric rise of Cherie Curry and Joan Jett. Two teenage girls, one picked out of a club and turned into a superstar in the matter of a couple months and the other was something no one had ever heard of, a girl with a guitar and a dream.

Review - The Other Guys

Two mismatched New York City detectives decide to take on a case that no other cops want to touch. When the case quickly turns into one of the biggest crimes, Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz take every opportunity in order to seize the limelight. Problem is their entire department are not so sure Gamble and Hoitz have what it takes to get the job done right.

Review - Charlie St. Cloud

When two brothers are caught in an unfortunate car accident and only one survives, the other must learn to cope with the loss of his little brother. Unable to move forward with his own life, Charlie finds himself stuck leading out a promise he made to his brother before his death. Years later when Charlie meets an old High School girl his promise is tested by wether he should spend his life living out the past or moving forward.

Review - Despicable Me

Gru is a mastermind criminal whose reputation is on the line after a new criminal named Vector steps on to the scene. In traditional Spy vs. Spy fashion the two criminals try to out do the other. Trying to gain an upper leg on his rival, Gru uses three orphan girls as pawns in one of his diabolical plans. Something he never expected however happens, he finds himself becoming attached to the little girls.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Review - Centurion

A band of Roman soldiers are caught behind enemy lines after they suffer terrible defeat. The group must quickly work together in order to survive as the tribal warriors hunt the rest of the 9th Legion down and kill them.

Review - [Rec] 2

Following the events of the 2007 original film [Rec], [Rec] 2 returns to the quarantined building in Spain. This time a medical officer along with a SWAT team are outfitted with cameras and sent into the building to assess and control the situation.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Rolling Roadshow Reflections

Last night was the kick off to the Alamo Drafthouse's Rolling Roadshow 2010 traveling tour dubbed "We Are All Workers." The tour is set up to screen 12 movies in 9 locations across the United States where the specific movies were actually filmed. Last night was Quentin Tarantino's 1997 love song to the South Bay, "Jackie Brown" and it was screened at the Proud Bird restaurant adjacent to LAX. Being a huge fan of Tarantino's work and hearing nothing but amazing things about the Alamo Drafthouse and their Rolling Roadshow experiences I just had to attend. Checkout my thoughts below on the outstanding evening put on by Tim League and the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

R.R. Negotiating Deadpool

For a few weeks now rumors have been flying around that director Robert Rodriguez was in talks to helm "Deadpool" for 20th Century Fox. Word previous flew that R.R. had received Zombieland writer's Rheet Reese and Paul Wernick's script during Comic Con but now new word is surfacing that Fox and Rodriguez are in real negotiations. Read the full details after the jump...