Film blogs have proliferated on the internet. It’s a testament to the popularity of film and of people’s love for cinema. Name the genre of film that you love and you’re sure to find a blog that caters specifically to it. For example, there are a great number of blogs that focus on horror movies – and they can get very specific. You’ll get blogs that exclusively cover zombie movies, Asian horror movies, European horror movies or slasher films. There’s just so many blogs out there that choosing one can be quite daunting. This gets doubly problematic if you’re the one who’s operating a film blog. [Read more…]
Las Vegas has served as the backdrop for dozens of films, some fabulous, some flops. Whether the city appears in a starring role or merely as a supporting player, one thing is certain: Las Vegas always steals the show.
1. Viva Las Vegas (1964)
The chemistry between Elvis and Ann-Margaret is even hotter than the Nevada desert. This popcorn musical gave Vegas its signature theme song and it gives us a view of a Vegas that’s gone – but not forgotten.
Anyone who has lived through the 80s will definitely remember Orion Pictures. The stylized Orion logo is an image that is indelibly marked on film buffs and those who grew up during the studio’s heyday. Even though Orion eventually fizzled out amidst money problems and mismanagement, it will always be remembered as a studio that released some very influential movies that are now part of filmmaking canon.
Oliver Stone’s amazingly shot and visceral take on the Vietnam War reignited the American’s fascination of a chapter in the country’s history that a lot of people tried to forget. Charlie Sheen showed a bravura performance and can still be used to prove to the world that before he went nuts, he was a very promising actor. And who can forget the now famous shot of Willem Dafoe being gunned down and his mistimed jerking that actually made the scene more electric? [Read more…]
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie flew in on a red eye. George Clooney arrived to show off his new flick, The Ides of March, and his new girlfriend, lady wrestler Stacy Keibler. Sarah Palin was roundly booed. But nothing as outrageous as Sacha Baron Cohen’s 2006 appearance, when the actor turned up on the red carpet in character as Borat, inside a cart pulled by four women in Kazakhstanian peasant garb, occurred at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival, preserving intact TIFF’s reputation as one of the world’s most civilized film showcases.
Two hundred and sixty eight feature-length films and 68 shorts will be shown this year. What have been the standouts so far?
Moneyball: While the movie itself may not sound like a must-see unless you’re an Oakland As fan or own every season of the West Wing on DVD, Brad Pitt’s performance in Moneyball as baseball general manager Billy Beane has generated considerable buzz. Some TIFF insiders are lobbying hard for a Best Movie nod. Directed by Bennett “Capote” Miller and scripted by the indomitable Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball – which also stars Capote’s Philip Seymour Hoffman and Get Him To the Greek’s Jonah Hill – goes into wide release on September 23 at many theaters near you. [Read more…]
Vacations are over and now we have to find weekend entertainment to replace the beach and the barbecues. Luckily, Hollywood knows this and is always ready with a bold new lineup of films for the special month when we all start heading back to the movie theaters.
There are some interesting new concepts, but of course, we always have to have the tried and true themes that producers and directors know will draw the crowds. Here is a partial list of the interesting lineup: [Read more…]