"Iris" A Swan Song for Two

 

If you’ve ever seen a pair of eyeglasses with frames like saucers, a necklace with big enough beads to be used in the World Series, or a feather boa digesting a large rodent, chances are the inspiration for the design came from one woman. Name: Iris Apfel. Profession: interior decorator extraordinaire, thrift store miner, Harlem world…

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Tomorrowland's journey to inspiration is mostly stagnant

 

Synopsis: Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.

 

 

Tomorrowland was a bit of a mystery up until the final weeks before opening….

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"Human Centipede 3" Makes Me Happy to Announce How Terrible It Is

The tremendously disgusting things gushing like from a volcano out of Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) are not what ruin the movie. The fun of gross-out cinema is to be grossed out. And having our boundaries pushed is important if for no other reason than to check ourselves. Human Centipede 3 (which I will refer to as HC: 3 going forward) tri…

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Two Short Films by Fabian Martorell: "The Coin" and "Unbelief"

 

French filmmaker Fabian Martorell turned in two short films to The Movie Blog to be reviewed. The Coin and Unbelief are two conceptual shorts blowing as much hot air as possible in their fleeting timespans. These two share a theme (faith) and play off of each other nicely. Both tackle the idea of faith in different ways—one looking to the…

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Mad Max: Fury Road Review

In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland.

 

 

For me, Mad Max: Fury Road unofficially kicks off summer blockbuster season. The Avenger…

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Pitch Perfect 2 excelled in music but slightly lacked in plot

 

Synopsis: After a humiliating command performance at Lincoln Center, the Barden Bellas enter an international competition that no American group has ever won in order to regain their status and right to perform.
 

 

When I saw that a Pitch Perfect sequel was being made, I got excited. The first film was enjoyable …

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Director Amy Berg Talks About Making Every Secret Thing

 

With her upcoming movie Every Secret Thing releasing on May 15th in theaters, VOD, and iTunes, I got a chance to speak with Director Amy Berg about the film.

 

Jim: Hey Amy, how’s it going?

 
Amy: I’m doing very well Jim.
 

Jim: Obviously you have a documentary background, but how did you come up with this…

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Short Film "The Cobblestone Corridor" Exercising its Right to Drool

 

 

            The Cobblestone Corridor, a short film written, directed and starred in by Erik C. Bloomquist, is a neo-noir about a newspaperman doubling as detective to uncover the truth behind the ousting of a popular teacher at his preparatory school. Bloomquist plays Allen Archer, the editor-in-chief and lead journalist for…

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Danish Short "The Harvest" Not to be Confused with Anything Else

The Harvest, a short, Danish production by directing duo Kim Sønderholm and Martin Sonntag, is not to be confused with the recently released Jon McNaughton film of the same name (reviewed by The Movie Blog’s Jim Alexander here). This is a special effects nightmare—I mean this in a good and bad way. The twenty nasty little minutes that comprise …

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"Woodfalls" Falls Flat and Hard

 

Woodfalls has one thing going for it—Michelle Crane. Crane plays Rebecca, who, along with her brother, Billy (Matthew Ferdenzi), and their helpless mother, moves into a trailer sitting lonely in a field in the town of Woodfalls. Crane, as the bible clinging, inexperienced, softhearted Rebecca is natural and competent in a way no other…

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October 8, 2004
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Johnny Depp Doing Something Cool… Imagine That

— Posted by Rodney

You just gotta respect Johnny Depp. The guy is a huge talent, carries a style unmatched by most, and honestly carries a swagger that almost resembles humility more than arrogance….

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October 7, 2004
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Should Actors Be Paid More If A Movie Does Well?

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In a recent post about Sean Astin, it was pointed out that he only made $250,000 (U.S. Dollars) for all three Lord of the Rings movies combined… which obviously works…

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October 7, 2004
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Blasphemy!!! New Toy Story Projects to be done Without Pixar

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It was like the tolling of the bell. When word came down the pipe that Pixar was ditching Disney, everyone knew that the Empire of the Mouse was going to…

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October 7, 2004
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Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash may still be alive

— Posted by Rodney

Rumours have been flying for MONTHS now about the possibility of a Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash movie. Love the idea or hate it… you KNOW you’d go see it…

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October 7, 2004
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Five Fingers

— Posted by Rodney

So what do you do when the biggest success of your career, The Matrix, is now over? Produce your own movie I guess. That’s exactly what Laurence Fishburne has decided…

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October 5, 2004
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DVD Review: The Alamo

— Posted by Rodney

I love it when I come across a DVD in the Video Store that I wanted to see in the theaters… then forgot all about it… and now here it…

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October 5, 2004
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Lucky Number Sleven Snags Ben Kingsley

— Posted by Rodney

Even I’m starting to wonder. There has been a bunch of discussion on The Movie Blog about Ben Kingsley lately and if he’s gone totally off his rocker with the…

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October 5, 2004
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Wolverine Spin Off Movie Still Inching Forward

— Posted by Rodney

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the Wolverine character from the X-Men flicks… but I love the bigger scope of the X-Men more. So while I’m excited to hear of…

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October 5, 2004
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Believe it or Not – The Movie

— Posted by Rodney

Paramount looks like they’ve got designs on making a film about the true life (and not so true life) adventures of Robert Ripley. Film Force gives us this: As Alphaville’s…

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October 5, 2004
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War of the Worlds Adding an Oscar Winner

— Posted by Rodney

As if having Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg wasn’t enough, now War of the Worlds looks like it’s added Oscar winner (and all round killer actor) Tim Robbins (who I…

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October 4, 2004
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John Woo is Bringing Us He-Man!

— Posted by Rodney

He-man was one of those cartoons that I loved as a kid. Oh yeah… looking back on it now it was pretty lame… and the new cartoon version sucks pretty…

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October 4, 2004
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I will never under estimate William Shatner again

— Posted by Rodney

Ok, I know this is a little off topic because it revolves around a TV show, but William Shatner is a Movie Star too so it counts. I caught an…

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October 4, 2004
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Ocean’s 12 – First Glimpse at the Egg

— Posted by Rodney

I actually loved Ocean’s 11 (the re-make). Unlike a lot of people (I say that a lot) I thought Brad Pitt and George Clooney worked really well together. I’m also…

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October 3, 2004
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Gay Sex Scene Axed From Alexander

— Posted by Rodney

There’s been a bunch of discussion on The Movie Blog about the sexual orientation of Alexander the Great, none of which I will go into now. But it looks like…

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October 3, 2004
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Anyone Want An Oscar? Angelina Jolie is Selling Hers

— Posted by Rodney

I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s a grab for some attention. Maybe it’s her way of trying to get Billy Bob Thornton back. Perhaps it’s all legit. Digital…

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October 3, 2004
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“There and Back Again” – Life on the Set of Lord Of The Rings by Sean Austin

— Posted by Rodney

So put this on my Christmas list. Sean Astin (Aka Samwise in the Lord of the Rings films), has writen a book, entitled There and Back Again : An Actor’s…

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October 3, 2004
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Miami Vice The Movie

— Posted by Rodney

Nuts. Just after I throw out my white cotton pants, pink t-shirt and white jacket, word hits the street that there is going to be a Miami Vice movie. I’m…

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October 3, 2004
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Roberto Benigni to Direct War In Iraq Comedy

— Posted by Rodney

On my list of top 5 movies of all time is an Italian subtitled film by director Roberto Benigni called Life Is Beautiful, a film set against the background of…

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“Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So, I figured that if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn't be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason."

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