Director: Joe Wright
Writers: Christopher Hampton (screenplay) & Ian McEwan (novel)
Cinematographer: Seamus McGarvey
Production Designer: Sarah Greenwood
Costume Designer: Jacqueline Durran
Editor: Paul Tothill
Principal Cast: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Saoirse Ronan, Brenda Blethyn
Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister’s lover of a crime he did not commit. Based on the British romance novel by Ian McEwan.
❤ 99% – I could go on and on about this movie because I loved so many things about it, but I’ll try to keep it brief and short. First off, the cinematography is breathtaking. I can’t forget to mention the best scene in the entire movie, which of course is that huge set up for the Dunkirk beach scene – shot in one single take with the duration of about five minutes. How can you not drool over that? So many great steadicam shots in general, this technique was surely used to the best of its ability. Lastly, Joe Wright has always been one of my favorite directors. I love how he utilizes his keen sense of rhythm and sound of real objects and actions that ties in really well with the editing, therefore making him the remarkable and distinctive director that he is.
(watched September 19, 2011)
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Director: Mike Gunther
Writers: Mike Behrman & Mike Gunther
Cinematographer: Steve Gainer
Production Designer: Bruton Jones
Costume Designer: Mia Maddox
Cast: Bruce Willis, 50 Cent, Ryan Phillippe, Jenna Dewan-Tatum
A group of friends become involved in a potentially deadly diamond heist.
❤ 10% – Apparently there’s no key editor in the making of this film? There obviously is one, I wonder why his/her name isn’t listed. Setup is a good example of a movie where you don’t want to let the names fool you. One will wonder how the hell this entire production went as far as it did. The script alone was bad enough, but of course they were able to use Bruce Willis as their primary bait. Even then I don’t think that was good enough to save the movie one bit.
(watched September 18, 2011)
Director: Gil Kenan
Writers: Dan Harmon (story & screenplay), Rob Schrab (story & screenplay), Pamela Pettler (screenplay)
Cinematographer: Xavier Pérez Grobet
Production Designer: Ed Verreaux
Costume Designer: Ruth Myers
Editors: Fabienne Rawley & Adam P. Scott
Cast: Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Ryan Newman, Steve Buscemi, Catherine O’Hara, Fred Willard, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Lee, Kevin James, Nick Cannon, Jon Heder
Three teens discover that their neighbor’s house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.
❤ 95% – There’s really nothing to complain about this animation. Not only do you have a great set of actors to voice the fun characters, there was actually a decent, spooky story to follow through till the end. Plus it’s not one of those family movies where only kids can enjoy. In fact, I almost think adults will enjoy it more than the kids.
(watched September 16, 2011)
Director: Paul Feig
Writers: Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo
Cinematographer: Robert D. Yeoman
Production Designer: Jefferson Sage
Costume Designers: Leesa Evans & Christine Wada
Editors: William Kerr & Michael L. Sale
Cast: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Terry Crews, Rebel Wilson, Chris O’Dowd, Jon Hamm
Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride’s best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.
❤ 90% – I’ll be honest, it didn’t deliver as many laughs as I hoped and expected, but that’s only based off everyone constantly raving about it at the time. Without all that hype, I have a feeling going into it neutral would have made a different impact. I might actually watch it again since it’s on Netflix. But regardless of all that, I still had plenty of laughs and I really do think Kristen Wiig is one of the funniest female comedians out there. Teaming her up with Maya Rudolph makes it even better because those two are hilarious together and you know there’s going to be some improvising.
(watched September 15, 2011)
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Director: Brian De Palma
Writers: Bruce Geller (television series), David Koepp (story & screenplay), Steven Zaillian (story), Robert Towne (screenplay)
Cinematographer: Stephen H. Burum
Production Designer: Norman Reynolds
Costume Designer: Penny Rose
Editor: Paul Hirsch
Cast: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Henry Czerny, Jean Reno, Ving Rhames, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vanessa Redgrave
An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.
❤ 96% – Revisited. I thought the first installment of Mission: Impossible was a great introduction to the series. Can’t really go wrong when you have Brian De Palma directing it. I can’t choose a favorite to be honest, because each one of them was directed by somebody different with totally different styles. You’ve got Brian De Palma for the first, John Woo for second, J.J. Abrams on third, and then a completely random director to fall into this genre for the fourth – Brad Bird. Who’s next? Is there even going to be a next? …just checked and there is indeed a Mission: Impossible 5 coming out in 2015. Looks like Tom Cruise is locked in, while the rest of the gang is rumored. As for director, it’ll be Christopher McQuarrie who’s mostly known as a writer for The Usual Suspects (1995) and Valkyrie (2008). But he’s only directed 2 total films: The Way of the Gun (2000) and Jack Reacher (2012). I’m sure the relationship between him and Tom Cruise will be fine and dandy, but I’m still a little skeptical about it overall.. we’ll just have to see.
(watched September 13, 2011)
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Director: Troy Nixey
Writers: Guillermo del Toro (screenplay), Matthew Robbins (screenplay), Nigel McKeand (1973 teleplay)
Cinematographer: Oliver Stapleton
Production Designer: Roger Ford
Costume Designer: Wendy Chuck
Editor: Jill Bilcock
Principal Cast: Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison, Jack Thompson
A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own.
❤ 30% – I could hardly consider this a horror genre in my mind, because the little monsters looked too much like CGI monkey/monster mutants, making it more comedic and very cheesy. If you’re not familiar with the original version, then you might’ve been deceived by the trailer like it did for me. I had no clue there would be little tiny creatures involved. But I do have a feeling the 1973 original is going to have the creepy factor I’m looking for, especially because horror back in those days were much better and known to be terrifying for its time.
(watched September 09, 2011)
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Director: Spencer Susser
Writers: Spencer Susser (screenplay), David Michôd (screenplay), Brian Charles Frank (story)
Cinematographer: Morgan Susser
Production Designer: Laura Fox
Costume Designer: April Napier
Editors: Michael McCusker & Spencer Susser
Principal Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Devin Brochu, Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson
A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic.
❤ 86% – All the characters were genuinely likable and amusing to watch. The cast only made it even better. Joseph Gordon-Levitt could have easily made his character Hesher, dull and lifeless, but he was able to make it interesting. Spencer Susser did a nice job blending in humor and sadness into one. You can tell he cares about his film when he gets an editor’s credit on top of being director and writer.
(watched September 09, 2011)
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Director: Steven Quale
Writers: Eric Heisserer (screenplay) & Jeffrey Reddick (characters)
Cinematographer: Brian Pearson
Production Designer: David Sandefur
Costume Designer: Jori Woodman
Editor: Eric A. Sears
Cast: Nicholas D’Agosto, Emma Bell, Arlen Escarpeta, Miles Fisher, Ellen Wroe, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, P.J. Byrne, David Koechner, Courtney B. Vance, Tony Todd
Survivors of a suspension-bridge collapse learn there’s no way you can cheat Death.
❤ 80% – I enjoy the Final Destination series like I enjoy the Saw series. Doesn’t matter how many more they come out with, I find each one entertaining. Sure it’s the same story over and over again, but there’s always a new, inventive way to die. Plus, I get to see what it’d be like if Vancouver’s very own Lions Gate Bridge went crashing down during the major accident scene that starts the death chain.
(watched September 07, 2011)
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