French Cinema – A Short Introduction

A short introduction to the Cinema of France. Here you can read about how it all started to where it is now. From French directors to French movies.

Movie Agent Vinod: Gripping Espionage Thriller!

Indian movie hero Saif Ali Khan’s most ambitious movie ‘Agent Vinod’-the title borrowed from the spy flick made in 1977– got released all over on March 23, 2012. The movie till its second week was not declared a hit and its business was not overwhelming. It had earned quite a few bad reviews and caustic comments from Indian movie goers.

Your House Could Star in a Movie

Could your house be used in a movie? Production teams might feature your house in the filming of a movie or TV show. Then they’ll return your house to its original condition. Make your house a star!

Top Ten Kung Fu Movies Of All Time – What Do You Think?

This is a list of the top ten kung fu movies of all time. This top ten kung fu movie list includes karate, and martial arts, from Bruce Lee, Jet Li, and Jackie Chan to Billy Jack and the Karate Kid. Each of these films has a special place in martial arts history. Fearless, with Jet Li is considered one of the best representations of classic Kung Fu. What are your top ten kung fu movies?

Comic Book Review – Has Hollywood Destroyed Comics or Brought Them New Life?

Over the past decade (if not longer) we have seen so many of our most favourite comic book characters come to the big screen. But what have they done to improve them? In the begging the most loved DC and Marvel characters were ruined (for most anyway). But what about now; with the long awaited Avengers out in Cinema’s later this year are we excited on the new arrival of comic heroes to centre stage or are we placing our heads into our hands at the fact another beloved character has been destroyed.

Worthy to Stand – Classic LDS Film

The film Worthy to Stand will be remembered by LDS church members, who watched it back in the 1980s, as the film that had Mike Farrell from the hit television series MASH. Mike Farrell despite popular rumors within the LDS faith, is not a member of the LDS church. Mike Farrell played an elder quorum president who is trying to help a well meaning home teacher in his district to see the value of his home teaching. This home teacher is a lawyer and has very little time for anything but his work, he feels like his efforts to visit the families are worthless and so he decides to ask for a release as a home teacher.

Movie Review of The Hunger Games

Unless you’ve been living on the remote outskirts of civilization, you’ve undoubtedly been seeing and/or hearing coverage about the latest best-selling book turned movie, “The Hunger Games”. As someone who, on the advice of a good friend, read the entire trilogy and who looked forward with some hesitation to the film adaptation, allow me to tell you if they made a successful jump from page to screen.

Interesting Little Known Steadicam Shots in Film History

When filmmakers, film students and film fans talk about famous and memorable steadicam shots, there is a narrow list of shots that always come up, like for example the Copacabana shot in “Goodfellas”, the chase sequence of “Carlito’s Way” or the title fight shot of “Raging Bull”. But now the steadicam has been used in movies for more than 30 years and directors have been getting better in incorporating it as a storytelling tool in a more subtle and artistic way. Here we take a look at 10 less talked about steadicam shots that are however very interesting either for…

Movie Review – Wrath of the Titans (2012) (PG-13)

I think what I appreciated most about Wrath of the Titans is that, unlike its 2010 predecessor, I wasn’t forced into making comparisons between versions. Clash of the Titans was, of course, a remake of the 1981 film of the same name. Many people thought I was insane for liking that film. Many more were angry that I had the gall to say the remake was better than the original. As much as I don’t like to fan flames, there’s really no getting around this: It was better. It utilized actors capable of real acting, thereby giving performances that were decent. Its plot, while silly, was vastly more entertaining. And there’s absolutely no convincing me that Ray Harryhausen’s crude, amateurish claymation effects can even remotely hold a candle to the slick, smooth CGI available to us today. The 1981 film was thirty years too early.

Movie Review – Mirror Mirror (2012) (PG)

Mirror Mirror reinterprets the Snow White legend as a whimsical, lighthearted comedy appropriate for the whole family. Some will inevitably be turned off by this approach, but I found it to be quite pleasant and entertaining. It certainly is easy on the eyes; directed by Tarsem Singh, known for his beautifully offbeat visuals, the film is a triumph of art direction, set decoration, and costume design. The latter is especially prominent. All of the characters are adorned in bold and colorful garments, some flowing and beautiful, others unique and eccentric, all strangely and unexplainably organic-looking. Costume designer Eiko Ishioka, who died in January at the age of seventy-three, may be deserving of a posthumous Academy Award nomination for her efforts.

This Dumb Thug Is a Really Nice Guy

There is nothing innately entertaining to me about two men beating each other to bloody pulps in a hockey rink. Although Goon contains numerous scenes depicting icy carnage, violence is not what it’s really about, and for that, I’m extremely grateful. If you want to break it down into essentials, it’s a quirky, darkly funny story about finding your place in the world and the value of fidelity. That this comes through in a film where the actors use foul language and obscene gestures as if being paid by the minute is nothing short of miraculous. And I don’t think too many filmmakers would have the nerve to highlight scenes of blood spraying and teeth flying with passages from “Nessun Dorma.” Of course, the aria is about the prospect of victory, which is appropriate for this story.

Movie Review – Intruders (2012) (R)

The perpetually frightening atmosphere of Intruders is continuously challenged and ultimately defeated by a confusing structure, gaps in logic, and a twist ending that raises more questions than it answers. Before we know the real secret of the film, we must blindly work our way through a plot that repeatedly blurs the line between reality, dreamscape, and pure fantasy. When the secret is revealed, we’re somewhat disillusioned, as it forces us to reprocess the entire film and come to the conclusion that it could not have unfolded the way it did. That’s assuming, of course, that I didn’t miss something along the way, which is certainly possible given the difficulty I had sorting through facts, characters, and events. What really eats away at me is that, short of me issuing a spoiler warning, I can’t be any more specific than that.