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[Reviewed by: Danny Moltrasi]

“We gotta do somethin'. I can't tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it after we're done, and we're gonna hurt some people.”

Bank heist film, The Town, written, starring and directed byBen Affleck, is a very confidently made movie, with someone who is clearly better director than actor at its helm. Despite an overall well-paced film, and confidence enough to take the foot off the pedal at times to just tell the story, the action sequences do drag the film down. Watching cars fly about and bullets skim police officers just doesn’t cut it when compared to the rest of The Town, which in general, is a good film. (more…)

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[Posted by: Alex Miller]

According to Deadline, Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code, Apollo 13, Willow) will be directing the first of 3 film adaptations of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower series, as well as the first season for a television show. This had been rumoured for a while but now the deal is closed with Universal/NBC taking the project on. The series is 7 books strong so there is plenty of material to be used. I actually found this story while looking into reading it, as it has been compared to Clint Eastwood meets The Lord of the Rings. I don’t know about you but that sounds awesome.

What makes me less excited about this project is that Akiva Goldsman is set to write the first film and first TV season. His most recent work was producing Jonah Hex . A movie so bad I couldn’t even review it since my mom always taught me – if I couldn’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all. Well there was definitely nothing nice to say at all and I actually think the Producer was one of the biggest culprits. But to be fair he’s writing this project, not producing. However, he’s ruined his fair share of book adaptations too. He turned Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi masterpiece I, Robot into a silly Will Smith vehicle. He then did almost the exact same thing with Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend. He’s worked with Ron Howard in the past, writing A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man a long with piss-poor adaptations of The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. To me, his writing-style is boring and Ron Howard is the very definition of ‘hit or miss’. Let’s hope they decide now is the time to make their masterpiece and we all get something even close to the level of The Lord of the Rings to which this project obviously aspires to be.

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[Posted by: Martin Keller]

Profile: Sylvester Stallone has an impressive resume: he has acting credits in over fifty films and television shows, starring in and immortalizing two major movie franchises, Rocky and Rambo; he has over twenty writing credentials, having written the screenplay to the original Rocky (1976), he’s directed eight films and even has a few soundtrack credits from Rhinestone (1984) and Paradise Alley (1978) So, say what you will about the lack of substance in his work or strength of his acting, but Stallone is a man bent on success and has followed its trajectory all his career. When he first pitched the screenplay for Rocky to producers, they loved it and thought it a vehicle for another, already established, major star. But Stallone envisioned himself as the lead and didn’t want it any other way. As they say, the rest is history. The film was critically and commercially successful, winning the Best Picture Oscar, inspiring generations to come and has even spawned a video game. (more…)

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[Posted by: Justin Wagner]

Our Toronto International Film Festival Preview series features the best films that will be shown at the prestigious film event to be held Sept 9-19th. Our first edition highlighted the Japanese film Norwegian Wood. Today Justin Wagner takes a look at the highly anticipated new Woody Allen film, “You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger”.

Four decades strong and 40 films deep, Woody Allen has one of the most immense and impressive filmographies of any director.  To add more to his résumé, Allen has the most screenwriting nominations at the Academy Awards (all of which are “Best Original Screenplay”), his screenplay for Hannah and Her Sisters was the first ever screenplay to be considered for a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and he is one of the three directors to ever receive the Palme des Palmes.  In recent years,though, Woody Allen has been making some of his least interesting work.  Known for taking the best bits from classic films, condensing them, and making them just as good, if not better, than what he is taking from, Woody has for the last ten years or so just been making rehashes of his old New York inspired films.  On Allen’s 41st film, he retreats back to his recent muse, Europe, but with a script that seems to be “classic” Woody Allen. (more…)

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[Reviewed by: Danny Moltrasi]

Stranger Than Fiction has a very interesting idea at the heart of it. What if you suddenly noticed that inside your head, your life was being narrated? And even worse, what if the narrator warned of your “imminent death”? It is a really good idea, but sadly, Stranger Than Fiction doesn’t follow through with an interesting opening, and slips into a rather average movie, when it could have been so much more. (more…)

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Trailer Review:
[Reviewed by: Alex Miller]

So apparently all you have to do is make a raunchy youtube style video 90mins long, and Will Ferrell/Adam McKay will drop by and Produce it. At least that’s what this trailer leads me to believe. This looks like Superbad mixed with Borat. It makes a big deal about things that aren’t a big deal (Superbad) and it acts like it’s a documentary when everything seems pretty staged (Borat). I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole damn thing were scripted, which is fine, but then why give it this unscripted feel? It just seems fake. It could also be easily mistaken for another episode of MTV’s True Life: I’m a Virgin (which is also scripted). Actually the only reason I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 was the line “I am going to do to your virginity, what Alfred Hitchcock did to birds.” Now that’s funny. The rest of it, not so much. I’m not ruling out watching this movie at some point but the chances, ironically like its production values, don’t look good. But watch it and make up your own mind. Let us know what you think in the comments!

On a total side note I’ve made all the youtube embeds on the site bigger so enjoy!

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[Author: Alex Miller]

"Sometimes the most important fights are the ones you avoid."

“Another remake of a classic movie from my childhood? Damn you Hollywood!” That’s what I was thinking too, before I saw this movie.  Yes, it’s a remake. No, it’s not as good as the original.  But honestly could any movie compete with nostalgia?  (more…)