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Friday, May 28, 2010

Harry Brown

The film director Daniel Barber is all over the place in terms of tone, rhythm and style. But there is Caine at its center, blasting away. Not because he wants to, yes, but because he believes he has to. Sick, lonely, so lonely, Caine plays Harry as a decent man forced to do things indecent. Whether that justifies killing people, acting as judge, jury and executioner, is not something that obviously concerned Barber to deepen, rather than relying on someone as innately Caine root for, even when he's pulling the trigger.

Harry lives alone in a housing estate, his wife dying in the hospital. young thugs roam the area. In the opening scene amplified-up, Hairdresser's still a rite of passage: shooting a young mother who stands by your baby's car. Harry's best friend, Leonard (David Bradley), who is with him every night for a pint in the pub, is becoming more fearful of violence and must carry a knife.

Big mistake. Leonard suddenly is dead, and Harry is threatened to be. But Harry served in Northern Ireland and will not go quietly.

A first meeting leads to a trip to a gun dealer seedy, a nightmarish scene that includes hit out watching porn addicts, an unconscious woman drooling on the couch with a needle protruding from his arm. Barber does not spare you the details, giving the scene a bad side, take home roughly how sordid this particular world.

Soon Harry is cleaning the neighborhood. A scene in which a violent punk walk through a tunnel with a chain around his neck, Harry uses it as a belt is ridiculous, on top, and yet some kind of fantastic.

Emily Mortimer plays a detective who suspects what's going on, but can not convince his superiors, or anyone else for that matter. Harry treats her well enough, but is not too concerned with what you know or what you plan to do with that knowledge. He does not care about anything, really, other than to finish what he started.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Johnny Depp makes the "Pirates of the Caribbean" a lot of fun, and based on a trip to Disneyland. Try anything, you never know what can happen. Even "The Godfather" that most sacred of the movies is based on a novel which can be charitably said that most rare of things: The movie is (much) better.

Oh, just sit and watch Jake Gyllenhaal muscular boundaries from one scene to another, sending evil and betrayal in the way, each episode of falling after the next as another layer of, well, a video game. It is intended to be fun, not work, but the plot is so loosely constructed that it takes a great effort to connect the dots. Best just to wait for Jake to reap more bad guys and return stroke.

But let's start at the beginning, something "Prince of Persia" does, twice. In ancient Persia, the king Sharam (Ronald Pickup) notes that there is a scruffy, brave, athletic boy named dastan in the market and adopts him. Jake Gyllenhaal grows, or at least a prince adopted worked for him. It is raised like a brother to Your (Richard Coyle) Garsiv and (Toby Kebbell). The king's brother, Nizam (Ben Kingsley), takes his nephews to attack the city of Alamut after convincing them that weapons are hidden there (yes, that's a reference to exactly what it sounds). Once in Alamut, dastan into possession of a magic dagger that can turn back time. Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton), of course, wants it back.

There is an old timey feel to some of the stunts and fights, but there are plenty of computer-generated effects to go around, too. Gyllenhaal is a capable, if somewhat mopey hero. (And for all those working in the gym, he keeps his shirt in a pile. Hey, if you have it, flaunt it. ) Kingsley has a grand old time, chewing stage as if he were starving.

Arterton best prices. He has put in time as a Bond girl in "Quantum of Solace" and appeared in such films as "The Boat That Rocked" and "Clash of the Titans" and each, as here, is more interesting than playing the part . She deserves something bigger and better because it has endured, if nothing else.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)

In a apple ravaged by a virus infection, axis its victims into the Undead, Alice (Milla Jovovich), continues on her adventure to acquisition survivors and advance them to safety. Her baleful action with the Umbrella Corporation alcove new heights, but Alice gets some abrupt advice from an old friend. A new advance that promises a safe anchorage from the Undead takes them to Los Angeles, but back they access the burghal is beat by bags of Undead - and Alice and her assembly are about to footfall into a baleful trap

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

'Sex and the City 2'

What is the only conceivable justification for "Sex and the City 2," a valentine with conspicuous spending that is as banal as it is swollen. Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha are all back in the aftermath of the first film, based on the popular HBO series.

However, "Sex and the City 2" is not a movie just as much as porn consumers. The public is asked to relate to the characters, or at least what we remember of them, as well as their shoes, their bags, their apartments, if your sewing stuff.

Yes, I am a boy, and what is more of a man whose idea of fashion is a pair of Levi's and a shirt. High fashion? One of these shirts without a label on the back. So maybe "Sex and the City 2" will still be of interest to hardcore fans, you're thinking. Well, I was a fan, at least in the early seasons of the series. But I have my doubts about how many fans will be left, not the writer and director Michael Patrick King Carrie become one of the shrew movie of all time, living the perfect life she dreamed of and fought for, only to become disillusioned with her when her husband does not want to eat every night.

It's been two years since Carrie (Sarah Jessica Park) and Big (Chris Noth) finally married. And despite not one but two grand apartments of New York, good friends and a husband who clearly loves her, Carrie is worried about getting stale. Hawaii's biggest sin? Buying her a flat screen TV for their anniversary. Nice? Yes, but she wanted jewelry. What do you say what you need to know about where you are.

Charlotte (Kristin Davis) is still married to Harry's (Evan Handler), and have two daughters. But motherhood is harder than imagined, despite the help of a nanny who lives with (who had an inclination for not wearing a bra Charlotte has worried). Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Steve (David Eigenberg) are quite happy, but Miranda miserable at work, where a pig is a leader of the evil. Samantha (Kim Cattrall) is, well, still Samantha, man-hungry, but in a twist, doing everything possible to prevent menopause, a joke that runs on almost all 146 minutes of the film.

Through development of the plot no more ridiculous than any other, Samantha lands the girls a trip with all expenses paid - why not? - Abu Dhabi, a place that can teach most people a thing or two about conspicuous consumption. Ah, but our gang, who manage to appear in new equipment and fabulous every five minutes, stopping the king's chamber in each garment that flows or in the case of Samantha in most cases, the lack of it. Here, 6,700 miles from home in the company's dime, they are able to meet its excesses. Although there are nods to the way they are enabled in Arab women compared with about them, especially the Middle East serves as backdrop for the beautiful clothes. Honestly, the time when riding a camel, is "Ishtar" in designer dresses.

Monday, May 24, 2010

'Shrek Forever After' tops box office with $71.3M

"Shrek Forever After," bellowed his way to the top of the box office, making $ 71,300,000 in its first weekend.

But the fourth film in the franchise monster debut DreamWorks Animation had the weakest of all "Shrek" sequels, according to studio estimates Sunday. "Shrek 2" from 2004, opened with $ 108 million. "Shrek the Third, from 2007, made $ 121,600,000 in its first weekend.

And the last delivery was available for the first time in 3-D and IMAX 3-D, which are higher ticket prices - up to $ 19 in Manhattan. "Shrek" made just under $ 5 million on IMAX screens, or 7 percent of weekend movie gross.

This time, Shrek - expressed as always by Mike Myers - is experiencing a midlife crisis, so it makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin to live as a fearsome ogre again for a day. Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas return to the voice cast.

"We are obviously delighted to be the No. 1 movie, we had anticipated," said Anne Globe, head of worldwide marketing for DreamWorks Animation.

"It's a little lower than we expected but it's still No. 4 among all the animated openings of all time, behind the first two sequels of Shrek and The Simpsons (the movie) '," which opened with $ 74 million in 2007.

To explain the comparatively smaller debut for "Shrek Forever After," the Globe: "Part of it is a very high standard has set the franchise Shrek himself. With the fourth movie, we're in kind of uncharted territory - has never been room (one animated) series - and not in the beginning, is where it ends.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Casino Jack and the United States of Money

Not exactly the news that money buys power and influence in government.

But that does not diminish the impact of "Casino Jack and the United States money," Alex Gibney chronic disgraced super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff film. What is striking here is the extent of greed, corruption, arrogance and cynicism, especially in the screen, not only in relation to the system of government but the people serving openly.

Want to throw your hands up in disgust by what Abramoff and his friends pulled, but that's just another exercise in frustration. Abramoff is still in prison, ending a period of four years after pleading guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials. But is there anyone so naive as to believe that Abramoff away for a few years to solve all the problems he took and even helped to create?

Gibney, who also made "Enron: The smartest Guys in the Room" and the Oscar-winning "Taxi to the Dark Side," once again takes a fun approach to break extraordinary complex issues easy to consume. It begins with an e-mail to Abramoff, who worked briefly as a film producer, asking why he is making a documentary. "Nobody watches documentaries," he writes. "You must do an action film."

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cave Creek, Scottsdale setting for Western movie shoot

pursued Western-style in Cave Creek and Scottsdale will be the scene in an upcoming movie called "Queens of Country" starring Lizzy Caplan and actors Ron Livingston.

The comedy, directed by Ryan Page Arizona and Christopher Pomerenke, chronicles the adventures of a young country line dance champion on a mission to find his soul mate.

Kyndall Holstead, production coordinator, said the filmmakers "wanted something that took place in an Arizona cowboy town."

Cave Creek, with its rodeos, Hitchin 'posts and taverns of the Old West, of course, was an ideal place.

The scenes were filmed at the Cave Creek Coffee Company, Buffalo Chip Saloon in Cave Creek, Reata Pass Steakhouse, Greasewood Flat in Scottsdale, and private homes in Cave Creek.

Holstead said filming will continue until June 9.

Buffalo Chip Saloon, where the crew of a scene shot line dance competition will be presented by name, said Mark Bowman, CEO.

The room, known for its charm and Western bullriding competitions, has benefited from advertising.

Sales rose in the bar outside the restaurant during the filming, said Bowman.

"We're definitely getting a lot of word of mouth. People come by and calling about it," Bowman said. "The filmmakers () are very good at trying to keep businesses in Arizona and Cave Creek."

Reata Pass, a stagecoach stop in 1880 North Scottsdale, has been in other films, including 1972's "Cancel My Reservation", starring Bob Hope, and 1987 "Raising Arizona" starring Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter .

According to the website Reata Pass, Hope and a young Michael Landon often frequented the restaurant near Alma School Parkway and Pinnacle Vista Drive. They built a church for an early Western film called "Peace and the gunman."