Showing posts from August, 2011

Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor's "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance"

Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor take over the Ghost Rider franchise from Mark Steven Johnson's dismal 2007 attempt.  Does the new trailer promise a better film?  You decide!

Check it out here!

Psycho (1960)

1960, Paramount Pictures

Principal Cast:  Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Janet Leigh, Martin Balsam
Director:  Alfred Hitchcock
Producer:  Alfred Hitchcock
Screenplay:  Joseph Stefano
Cinematography:  John L. Russell
Plot:  A young woman steals $40,000 from her employer's client, and subsequently encounters a young motel proprietor too long under the domination of his mother.  (Courtesy: IMDB)

Awards & Nominations

Academy Awards
Best Actress in a Supporting Role:  Janet Leigh - Nominee
Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (Black & White):  Joseph Hurley, Robert Clatworthy, George Milo - Nominee
Best Cinematography:  John L. Russell - Nominee
Best Director: Alfred Hitchcock- Nominee

American Film Institute

#14 of the 100 Greatest Films#1 of the 100 Most Thrilling Movies#2 of the 50 Greatest Villains (Norman Bates)#56 of the 100 Greatest Quotes ("A boy's best friend is his mother.")#4 of the 25 Greatest Film Scores

Director's Guild of America
Outstanding Direc…

Roman Polanski's "Carnage"

The trailer for Roman Polanski's new film "Carnage" has been released.  Check it out!

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep.3 – Revenge of the Apes!

There’s a whole lot of revoltin’ going on as SportsGuy515 and Adolfo discuss Cowboys & Aliens and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. And in this week’s TOP 5 List, the duo countdown the best “REVOLUTION” films.


Samurai Rebellion (1967)

Samurai Rebellion 1967, Toho
Principal Cast:  Toshirō Mifune, Yoko Tsukasa, Tatsuyoshi Ehara, Etsuko Ichihara, Isao Yamagata, Tatsuya Nakadai, Shigeru Koyama, Michiko Otsuka Director:  Masaki Kobayashi Producers:Toshirō Mifune, Tomoyuki Tanaka Screenplay by:  Shinobu Hashimoto, based on a novel by Yasuhiko Takiguchi Cinematography:  Kazuo Yamada Plot:  The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord.  The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back. (Courtesy: IMDB)
Awards & Nominations
British Film Institute Sutherland Trophy
Venice Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize  
Samurai cinema is often overlooked by some as violent, bloody action movies.  While some certainly fall into the category, it's a certainly a crime to paint them all with the same brush.  The samurai films of the 50s and 60s were certainly much more than blood splattered sword fests.  Yes, they are exciting to watch and …

American Psycho (2000)

American Psycho
2000, Lions Gate

Principal Cast:  Christian Bale, Chloe Sevigny, Reese Witherspoon, Jared Leto, Willem Dafoe
Director:  Mary Harron
Producers:  Christian Halsey Solomon, Chris Hanley, Edward R. Pressman
Screenwriters:  Mary Harron & Guinevere Turner based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis
Cinematography:  Andrzej Sekula

American Psycho is a character study on Patrick Bateman.  Bateman is your average Wall Street, 1980s era yuppie that places a high value on material possessions.  Oh yeah, he also likes to kill people.

I want to stab you to death, and then play around with your blood. 
Full disclosure:  This film is ambiguous.  It does not have a clear cut, wrapped in a ribbon, answers every question kind of ending.  In fact, it raises some contradictions that some might consider plot holes (they're not) and never addresses them.  Herein lies the brilliance of this film.
Most people think this is about a serial killer that goes around killing people.  It's not.  That …

Francis Ford Coppola's "TWIXT"