‘Dear John’ Knocks ‘Avatar’ Out Of Top Spot

February 7, 2010

Who would’ve seen this coming? After a record SEVEN WEEKS as the #1 film at the box office, ‘Avatar’ was knocked down to the #2 spot by ‘Dear John.’ This is all the more surprising because movies geared towards women are thought to be poor box office performers.
So Avatar was done in by a chick flick no less! Despite the monster winter storm on the East Coast, Relativity’s sappy military-themed love story Dear John headed to a much bigger than Read more

Avatar–Film Review

February 7, 2010

Bottom Line: A titanic entertainment– movie magic is back!
A dozen years later, James Cameron has proven his point: He is king of the world.
As commander-in-chief of an army of visual-effects technicians, creature designers, motion-capture mavens, stunt performers, dancers, actors and music and sound magicians, he brings science-fiction movies into the 21st century with the jaw-dropping wonder that is “Avatar.” And he did it almost from scratch.
There is no underlying novel or myth to generate his story. He Read more

Review Of The Year – Blockbusters

December 28, 2009

From FemaleFirst
As this year in cinema draws to a close, FemaleFirst takes a look back over the years films. This time out, it’s the turn of blockbusters.
This summer saw the launch of more blockbusters than ever seen before, filling the summer months with gorgeous touch guys, mind blowing special effects and more explosions than you can shake a stick at. And they say we’re in a recession….
Not all those films lived up to their promise, with trailers deceiving and Read more

Paranormal Activity–Film Review

October 25, 2009

Bottom Line: Effective jolts await in this ultra-low-budget haunted-house tale, but audiences will need extraordinary patience.
Hoping to catch lightning in a bottle (or the ghost in the machine), Paramount Pictures has been treading carefully with its release of “Paranormal Activity,” a pickup from Slamdance 2008 whose ridiculously low budget of $15,000 and cinema-verite approach to the supernatural evoke that ultimate sleeper success, “The Blair Witch Project.” The movie’s utter lack of Read more

Angels & Demons Review

May 18, 2009

Cast: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgaard
Dir: Ron Howard

Angels & Demons comes just three years after the box office success of The Da Vinci Code that, despite not being a hit with the critics, was one of the biggest grossing movies of 2006.
Tom Hanks is back to have another crack in the role of Robert Langdon and Ron Howard returns to the director’s chair for Brown’s lesser known novel.
What terrifying discovery would make the Vatican turn to Robert Langdon, the man who cracked history’s most controversial code?
When Langdon discovers evidence of the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati “the most powerful underground organization in Read more

Review: ‘Ghosts of Girlfriends Past’

May 2, 2009

Matthew McConaughey’s latest romantic comedy hauls out all the clichés and dumb dialogue for a predictable end.
Just in case you can’t get enough of the romantic comedy oeuvre of Matthew McConaughey, Mark Waters’s “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” is here to remind you that, yes, some films of his are even worse than “Failure to Launch,” “Surfer, Dude,” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” It’s not McConaughey’s fault, exactly. He’s an OK actor and he’s amiable enough. In the Golden Age of Hollywood he probably would have had a high old time performing in swashbucklers or war movies or westerns. The famed glamour photographer Read more

Movie Mentors

February 25, 2009

Movies are living proof that even the weakest, ugliest and most stupid of us can be transformed into swans who reach their potential or beat off the bad guys.
But to achieve this said potential you are going to need a helping hand along the way and some of cinema’s best characters have been mentors who have guided their young prodigies along.
FemaleFirst takes a look at some of the best.
1. Yoda
Lets face it it had to be a Jedi master that tops our chart and no Jedi master comes wiser than the little green dude known as Yoda who put Star Wars’ hero Luke Skywalker through his paces.
Yoda has the all the best traits that are required in a high calibre he is wise and capable of performing tasks that are seemingly impossible and with little effort. He also has previous training Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Mace Windu.
It was his role in The Empire Strikes Back that really does cement him as the top dog and the blueprint for any other mentor that has come along Read more

Influential Movies: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

February 2, 2009

Recent years have brought film lovers some truly wonderful cinema from shameless crowd pleasers to serious masterpieces, big budget, high action movies to ground breaking animation.
This handful of movies set a standard that changed the different genres, as well as influencing movies that have followed them.
FemaleFirst takes a look at some of the those films starting with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
For die hard fans of martial arts movies Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was a great big fat I told you so to those who thought that this genre of film was an outdated and dying breed.
For those who were not familiar with Asian cinema 2000’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which was directed by Ang Lee, was a beautiful and majestic revelation that put Asian cinema well and truly in the world stage.
Despite Ang Lee not showing any evidence of being able to produce a martial arts classic, most famous at the time for his adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, working with Read more

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