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[Posted by: Martin Keller]

Profile:  As I sat down to write this article I realized I really like Bruce Willis.  I didn’t know why, but it deeply disturbed me.  Thus, deep soul searching was begun to uncover the core of this fondness for one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars.  The results of my search disturbed me more.  I perused his IMDB credits and mentally checked off what I’d seen.  I read a short bio on Wikipedia and watched some fan videos on YouTube.  I polled friends and realized that along with the rest of the country, and perhaps world, almost everyone I know likes Bruce Willis.  Even thinking back to the Willis movies I hated, Armageddon springs to mind immediately, I didn’t hate him, it was stupid Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler.  I realized that even after so much fluff I still liked him; he’s an actor that I am invariably attracted to, regardless of the quality of his work.  (more…)

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[Posted by: Martin Keller]

Over the Top: Profiles in Action Movie History
 
Leaving my local multiplex the other night after seeing Dinner for Schmucks, review found here, I saw an almost life-size display for Sylvester Stallone’s upcoming cavalcade of action stars, The Expendables.  It got me thinking back to simpler times when my friends and I would go down to the video store and rent the bloodiest, most shootinest action flicks we could find.  Growing up in the 80s and 90s was the prime time for watching the peaking action careers of Willis, Schwarzenegger, JCVD, Stallone and many others.  Ahh, the blood and carnage take me right back.  So due to my undying love for a genre that is rife with plot inconsistencies, bad acting and things blowing up for no better reason than that they should, I will be profiling some of film’s best action stars.  I will chart their highs and lows, where they came from, where they are now, and why we love them so much.  So strap yourself in and don’t forget, “If it bleeds, we can kill it.”
 
For the first installment I’ll be profiling one of the big three, Arnold Schwarzenegger. (more…)

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Just a heads up to readers in the NYC metropolitan area: there are multiple festivals showing at Symphony Space on the upper west side.  For those unfamiliar with Symphony Space, it hosts artistic events in the music, literature, dance, theater and film fields.  Their programs cater to all kinds of people, be you high art connoisseur or layman there is something for you.  Also they run programs designed for the whole family including flicks that are youth appropriate, kid-oriented bands and conversations with authors of children’s literature.  I highly recommend this place to everyone. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Martin Keller]

"I'm having a hard time describing what I'm seeing right now."

With this look at the new Steve Carell comedy that is making big bucks at the box office, we welcome brand new contributor Martin Keller!

Quirky is funny. Perhaps that’s the message of the film. Or maybe: It’s funny because it’s different. Aside from the best (and only) stuffed mouse dioramas I’ve ever seen (such as the Mousa Lisa), some funny one-liners from Steve Carell, and some quick banter between Carell, Paul Rudd, and Zach Galifianakis, this film subsists on weirdness for laughs. Rudd plays a financial analyst climbing the ladder to the proverbial and literal seventh floor of executives, in hopes that his girlfriend will accept his proposal of marriage. Rudd positions himself to reach the next floor with an exceptional pitch to the boss, but must first pass one test. His boss hosts a monthly ‘dinner for exceptional people,’ in which each guest must bring an eccentric moron to be mocked. The most ‘exceptional’ by the end of the night wins. Enter Paul Rudd’s ambition, his girlfriend’s disapproval, and Carell – the schmuck. (more…)