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GoneGirlPosterGillian Flynn’s wildly popular novel, Gone Girl, has been adapted by the author herself into a screenplay that will be making its way to theaters October 3rd.  David Fincher, the man responsible for directing the movie starring Ben Affleck, Rosemund Pike, Tyler Perry, and Neil Patrick Harris tells the story of a young married man who faces public scrutiny when his wife disappears from their home unexpectedly.

Nine Inch Nails front man, Trent Reznor, and Atticus Ross were responsible for creating the score used throughout the movie.  Inspiration for the duo was “really terrible music you hear in massage parlors,” according to Pitchfork.  The score was recorded while Reznor toured with Nine Inch Nails.

A small preview of “The Way He Looks at Me” was released to the public this week.  To sum it up in one word, it’s eerie, and precisely the type of score you would expect from Reznor and a movie like “Gone Girl.”  Anyone wanting a taste of what they’ll hear in the theaters in a couple of weeks can visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ3IYyv-lIg.  The comments left on YouTube praise Reznor’s work and call it Oscar-worthy.GoneGirlPinterest

“Gone Girl” is getting a lot of hype.  Fans of the book can feel the suspense mounting as new photos and teasers are released to the movie’s social media accounts.  There’s even a Pinterest account for the fictional “Amazing Amy” for people to view.  Each pinned item allows fans to get to know “Gone Girl” Amy Dunne more.  There’s even a board titled For Nick that contains miscellaneous items including scotch, whiskey stones, and Mr. and Mrs. Burlap throw pillows.  Everything on the boards alludes to a happy marriage, but looks can be deceiving as viewers later find out by watching the film.

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If a 1,100 mile hike up the Pacific Crest Trail isn’t enough to “clear your head,” nothing will.  Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, knows this firsthand.  After a series of disastrous events including a divorce, the death of her mother, and a brief stint on the streets, the twenty-something made the long journey from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State alone and without any experience or training.  Her book, a New York Times Bestseller and Oprah 2.0 Book Club selection, was voted Best Nonfiction Book of 2012 by The Boston Globe and Entertainment Weekly.

Director Jean-Marc Vallee of “Dallas Buyers Club” fame joined forces with Reese Witherspoon to bring Strayed’s story to the big screen.  Witherspoon plays the lead and co-produced the film.  To prepare for the role, she spent time getting to know Strayed intimately.  The two were together at the film’s premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.  Witherspoon was quoted by Deadline.com as saying, ““I don’t know which one of us cried more watching this.”

“Wild” takes its toll on the emotions.  Written with a female audience in mind, it pulls at the heartstrings.  Witherspoon, an accomplished actress, is said to have given her best onscreen performance since “Walk the Line.”  An Oscar nod is thought to be headed her way.  Mixed reviews, however, question the film’s need to revisit the past.  It is said the reason behind the journey is significantly less important than the journey itself.  The hike and what it had to teach Strayed is what’s important.  Only time will tell how others will view the film as it makes its way to Vancouver next.

“Wild” opens in theaters nationwide on December 5th.

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Review: The Flowers of War

9 Jun

Author: guestblog | Filed under: Box Office, Foreign, Reviews

If there’s one highly acclaimed movie about the Second World War, it has to be The Flowers of War. Inspired by a novel based on a personal account of the wartime events, the film delves on the experiences of women when China was invaded by the Japanese and how the Nanking massacre occurred.

Directed by Zhang Yimou, the movie featured English actor Christian Bale on the lead role playing the character of a mortician named John Miller who found refuge in a group of women including school girls and prostitues and helped them escape from the Japanese soldiers. Filming took place right in Nanjing, China and lasted for six months.

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Geling Yan, the author of the novel that inspired the film, is a Chinese-American who happened to read a personal account of the war by an American missionary named Minnie Vautrin. The missionary was managing a college in Nanjing at that time. Yan, for her part, said she was so inspired by the account prompting her to write a novel based on the perspective of a 13-year-old girl. Read the rest of this entry »

Best Blogs on Movie Reviews

24 Feb

Author: guestblog | Filed under: Reviews

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Movies are produced around the world on a regular basis. Some are backed by major film networks while the others are done independently by small groups or individuals with minimal budgets. Regardless, they make the movie industry alive and entertain people of all ages.

Statistics from the popular Internet Movie Database (IMDB) shows that among countries active in film productions, India tops the list. The U.S., Japan, China and France follow in the top 5.

Movie fans always look forward to the next film releases whether in their own country or abroad. Fortunately with the internet, they can now easily keep track of upcoming movies via reviews by professional bloggers and critics. Here are some blogs worth following if you want honest reviews without much celebrity worship. Read the rest of this entry »

Social media has indeed made wonders to many people whether in writing or in taking photos. Today, there are a growing number of people active on social networking sites who have become so creative while using Instagram.

If there’s one unique and well though of project on this famous photo sharing site, it has to be that of a French artist named Thomas Jullien. Thomas created a short film that featured 852 Instagram photos not of his own but from the site’s users. The photos covered several important cities including Berlin, Paris, New York and Sydney making the short film into a world tour.

According to Thomas Jullien, his goal was to “create structure out of chaos” and he did achieve that with his crowd source film. He believes that Instagram is a great resource for all types of photos but just lacks structure.

The short stop-motion kind of film was amazingly done and displayed photos of similar tourist spots in four international cities in split seconds such that it brings the viewer to different places around the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Geeks love movies whether it’s about a high-tech production, one that’s based on a comic hero, an action or adventure film with a futuristic setting or even one with a horror twist. They go for films that let their imaginations work, those that allow them to create their own worlds although not necessarily in the sense of encouraging them to make it a reality.

There have been movies in the past that provided a lot of inspiration to geeks. But then again, there are also many new and upcoming films that have great potential in attracting this set of movie fans who love technology.

The Classics

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The Matrix, a science fiction action film, was a big hit in 1999. Starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne, the movie that took place in a dystopian future boasts of rapid twists and turns that were created through a visual effect called “bullet time.” Read the rest of this entry »

7 Ways to Break Into the TV Business

14 Aug

Author: Polly | Filed under: Features

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Do you dream of working in television, whether it’s as an actor, writer, producer, or even network owner? It might seem like an impossible dream, but thousands of people in the television industry show there’s a solid need for professionals.

Some well-trodden paths could lead you to a TV career, as well as some unorthodox approaches that just might work. Here are seven ways you could break into the TV business. Read the rest of this entry »

The Top Rising Stars of 2013

14 Aug

Author: Jacob | Filed under: Casting

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As a nation, we are pretty obsessed with pop culture and Hollywood stars. So many of us are always on the watch for who is “up and coming,” the “breakout star,” the new kids on Rodeo Drive.

And while some of these stars win fame for just one or two roles, more have been in the game for quite awhile. It’s just taken us this long to notice them. Read the rest of this entry »

Three British Film Institute-Backed Films Shown in Cannes

3 May

Author: guestblog | Filed under: News

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British talent is getting some much needed attention at this year’s Cannes Film Festival as three films backed by the British Film Institute (BFI) will be shown in various Cannes-related events.

The three films got BFI backing through a lottery funding conducted by the BFI itself. Read the rest of this entry »

As rare and ridiculous as it seems in today’s frenzied dog-eat-dog world, we’ve all been in that situation where we end up with a free night with nothing to do and nowhere to go. With no other alternatives presenting themselves, we end up ordering some take-out and dropping by the video store or something.

 

At the video store, however, your options suddenly take a turn for the seemingly endless, with rows and rows of films you haven’t seen yet. Your first instinct would be to reach out for the latest film you missed on the big screen, but why not give those straight-to-video flicks a chance? Not everything on the big screen is gold, y’know.  And not everything that goes straight to video is crap. Here are some examples:

 

DC Animated Films

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If you’re a comicbook fan, you already know how awesome Warner/DC’s animated video offerings are. From the Batman titles like Under the Red Hood, Year One, Gotham Knight, and The Dark Knight Returns to the other heroes such as Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and of course Superman, DC’s animated offerings are some of the best direct to video titles around.

 

 

The Boondock Saints

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An action-packed tale of two brothers who take it to themselves to rid their city of the mafia, The Boondock Saints is without a doubt one of the best straight to video films on the market spawning a cult following, a seque,l and a ton of movie merchandise. The film stars Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Norman Reedus.

 

 

Interstate 60

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A trippy adventure of self-discovery and much metaphysical existential awareness. With superb casting (James Marsden, Amy Smart, Gary Oldman, Christopher Lloyd, Kurt Russell, Michael J. Fox) and a clever storyline, Interstate 60 is sure to amuse.

 

As it is, the quality of films that make it to the silver screen and those that go straight to video still remain greatly varied – with hits and misses from both sides. If you’re not going to be watching on the big screen anyway, you might as well give straight-to-video a shot – or even hook up with TV service providers such as GetDirectTV.org.

 

About the guest author:

Matt is a real homebody who thrives in front of the couch and is an advocate of the equal treatment of film reels and DVDs.



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