Went to the advance screening of After Earth this past Wednesday. Tough to gauge crowd response, as it was pretty quiet throughout (being a sci-fi movie) and there wasn't much discussion afterward. The movie is being widely panned of late, and director M. Night Shyamalan has been receiving mixed reviews of his films for many years now (for most projects post-The Sixth Sense, which was better received overall). The movie is more of a vehicle to continue build Will Smith's son Jaden's star power (as he pursues his movie & music careers). Will himself plays a secondary character. Both sport semi-Southern accents in the film (which many moviegoers and critics are mentioning this past week) and this writer didn't feel as though the story was well enough developed. Give us more back story ... make us care about the people involved. That said ... hard to recommend it, as I don't closely follow the sci-fi genre & find it confusing more often than not.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/After_Earthhttp://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/after_earth/http://www.metacritic.com/movie/after-earthhttp://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=1000ae.htmhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1815862/
Went to see the advance screening of The Heat in late-May. It was quite the advance screening as the movie is pegged to be released in late-June of this year (over a month later). Most screenings take place the week of, but occasionally studios will do them 3 - 5 weeks early, or have a handful of release dates (for screenings) in various provinces, states, cities, etc.
Security was pretty tight at the event, and it was a full house. We enjoyed it more than expected, and it had just the right amount of buddy comedy flick, police work, and edgy humour (especially from Melissa McCarthy of "Mike and Molly" tv series fame, and The Bridesmaids in recent years). Also, fun to watch Sandra Bullock in comedies as she can hold her own pretty well as the straight-laced one while her peers are up to antics, etc. There were plenty of notable names in the movie too ... so keep an eye out for talent from Saturday Night Live, MadTV, In Living Colour, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Weeds. If you like fun(ny) and silly movies with an appropriate amount of profanity, you'll probably like this one. Like I said ... we enjoyed it more than expected, and it did have the crowd laughing.
Wikipedia - "The Heat
is an upcoming 2013 crime comedy film directed by Paul Feig
, and starring Sandra Bullock
and Melissa McCarthy
. It is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 28, 2013.
The film takes place in Boston
. FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock
) and Detective Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy
) must take down a Russian
Watched this acclaimed movie on dvd recently. Excellent performances across the board, especially from co-leads Q. Wallis and Dwight Henry. The film was unique and heartfelt, and there was plenty to absorb throughout. Sadness, desperation, triumph, poverty, mysticism, optimism, community, love, hope and more.
Quite an intense father-daughter bond (especially considering the lead initially auditioned at age 5) and a movie I'll watch again in the months or years to come. Definitely recommend it and a strong 8.5 - 9 / 10 in my opinion, Savers.http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/beasts_of_the_southern_wild/reviews/http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/beasts_of_the_southern_wild/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LA6FFnjvvmghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beasts_of_the_Southern_Wildhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt2125435/http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/How-Benh-Zeitlin-Made-Beasts-of-the-Southern-Wild-179986201.htmlhttp://trailers.apple.com/trailers/fox_searchlight/beastsofthesouthernwild/
Wikipedia - "Beasts of the Southern Wild
is a 2012 American fantasy drama film
directed by Benh Zeitlin
and adapted by Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar from Alibar's one-act play Juicy and Delicious
. After playing at film festivals
, it was released on June 27, 2012, in New York and Los Angeles, and later expanded wider. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards
at the 85th Academy Awards
, in the categories Best Picture
, Best Director
), Best Adapted Screenplay
(Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin), and Best Actress
). At age 9, Wallis became the youngest
Best Actress nominee in history.
As a storm approaches a southern Louisiana bayou
community called the "Bathtub" (a community cut off from the rest of the world by a levee
), five-year-old Hushpuppy and her unhealthy, hot-tempered father, Wink, are optimistic about their life and their future. The children in school are being taught by Miss Bathsheba about nature and the release of prehistoric creatures called "Aurochs
" from the melting ice caps. At home, Hushpuppy fends for herself while her father is missing. When he returns, he is wearing a hospital gown and bracelet. They argue and Hushpuppy sets her house on fire. A chase ensues between the two, and she ends up getting slapped by Wink. When she retaliates by punching him in the chest, Wink collapses. Hushpuppy, realizing the damage she has caused, runs for help only to find her father missing when she returns."
Watched the movie Snitch on dvd this past weekend. Enjoyed it as it was one of the better roles in recent years from Dwayne Johnson (aka - "The Rock" of WWE fame). Good amount of tense moments ... a nice supporting cast in Susan Sarandon, Barry Pepper, Michael K. Williams, and Benjamin Bratt, etc. I'd give it a 6.5/10.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snitch_%28film%29http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0882977/http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/snitch_2013/
Wikipedia - "John Matthews (Dwayne Johnson
), owner of a construction
company, receives a call from his ex-wife Sylvie Collins. His estranged son Jason (Rafi Gavron
) is being charged for distribution of narcotics
; while Jason is not actually a dealer
, his friend set him up in a sting operation
to reduce his own sentence after being caught. Jason's charges carry a minimum
of 10 years in prison
. John feels responsible because he was not there for his son, and he becomes desperate as he realizes that Jason may be killed before he finishes his prison sentence."
Bought this product at Superstore in late-April and tried the muffins out this past week. They were tasty. The package apparently makes 12 muffins, although they were smaller in size once baked. In the future if I do purchase them, I'll probably aim to make 6 - 8 muffins of larger size instead. Tasty though & I would buy the product again (given all the good experiences with PC Blue Menu items over the years). Either that or try out some of the other varieties as well. It was priced around $2.47 or so. 500g package.http://www.presidentschoice.ca/LCLOnline/products.jsp?type=details&keywords=muffin&productId=prod490115
Made with whole grain whole wheat flour, wheat bran and oat hull fibre.
500 g- (UPC 6038398698)
Per 1/12 package (42 g), 1 muffin prepared
%DV PV %PDV Calories 160 Cal
170 Fat 1.5 g 2
4 Saturates 1 g
Trans 0 g
Saturates + Trans g 5
5 Polyunsaturates 0.3 g
Omega-6 Polyunsaturates 0.3 g
Omega-3 Polyunsaturates 0 g
Monounsaturates 0.4 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 280 mg 12
12 Carbohydrate 33 g 11
11 Fibre 6 g 24
24 Soluble Fibre 1 g
Insoluble Fibre 5 g
Sugars 14 g
Protein 4 g
Vitamin A 0
0 Vitamin C 0
0 Calcium 4
4 Iron 20
20 Key %DV = % Daily Value PV = Prepared Value %PDV = % Prepared Daily Value
Watched Project X on dvd this past week. The movie is geared towards teens and young adults given the subject matter, language, general debauchery & soundtrack. Pretty wild on the whole ... especially given all the chaos & property destruction, etc. Basically the neighbourhood & block gets taken over ... especially the backyard & front street. It was produced by Todd Philllips (Savelanders may know him from the Hangover franchise in recent years). See the linkage for additional information, if interested. Thanks.http://www.doblu.com/2012/06/30/project-x-review/
Wikipedia - "Project X
is a 2012 comedy film
directed by Nima Nourizadeh
in his feature film debut, written by Michael Bacall
and Matt Drake based on a story by Bacall, and produced by director Todd Phillips
. The plot follows Thomas (Thomas Mann
), Costa (Oliver Cooper
) and J.B. (Jonathan Daniel Brown), three friends who plan to gain popularity by throwing a party, a plan which quickly escalates out of their control.
The title Project X was initially a placeholder for a final title, but interest generated by the secretive title kept it in place. A nationwide open casting call was employed to find fresh faces. The majority of the cast were sourced from this casting call, but a few with prior acting credits, such as Mann, were accepted after multiple auditions. Filming took place on sets in Los Angeles, California over five weeks on a US$12 million budget. The film is presented as a home video from the perspective of an attendee using a camera to document the night's events.
Project X was released in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom on March 2, 2012, and grossed over $100 million worldwide during its theatrical run. Criticism focused on the "loathsome" behavior of the lead characters, the perceived misogyny and the disregard for the effects of drug use. Other reviews considered it funny and thrilling, and equated it to a modern incarnation of the 1978 comedy Animal House. Following release, incidents of large scale parties referenced or blamed the film as an inspiration. A sequel was announced shortly after release, with Bacall returning to write the script."
Quite the documentary. I had heard and read peoples' reviews of the film in recent years, and had a chance to check it out a few weeks back. Quite eye-opening on the whole, and it put things in perspective as far as our food convenience(s) here in N. America, and how much harm we're doing to our bodies over time. I would recommend the documentary, and rate it a good 7.5 - 8/10. I'd say one of the best compliments I can pay the doc' is that it's made me a smarter grocery shopper as to what I'm placing in my cart or basket. More food(s) in their natural state, etc.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv3vEXy_EwU
Wikipedia - "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
is a 2010 American documentary film which follows the 60-day journey of Australian Joe Cross across the United States as he follows a juice fast
to regain his health under the care of Dr. Joel Fuhrman
, Nutrition Research Foundation's Director of Research.
Cross and Robert Mac, co-creators of the film, both serve on the Nutrition Research Foundation's Advisory Board.
Following his fast and the adoption of a plant-based diet
, Cross lost 100 pounds and discontinued all medications.
During his road-trip Cross meets Phil Staples, a morbidly obese truck driver from Sheldon, Iowa, in a truck stop in Arizona and inspires him to try juice fasting. The film has been credited with doubling the sales of Breville juicers since the documentary launched on Netflix in the US in July 2011. "
Quite the film. We saw it back in the day on dvd after it was released to the big screen in late-2001 / early-2002. It was good to see it again in early-spring 2013 on dvd
, and I'd forgotten how intense it all was. The film runs just over 2 hours, 20 minutes and has quite the ensemble cast. Many notable names. It is a film adaptation of a book of the same name, and certainly is a film recommendation if any of our Savers are interested and/or unfamiliar. I've included assorted relevant links & more info per norm, for those who may be interested in following up further.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUJ6cxWdZwAhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Hawk_Down_%28film%29http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0265086/http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/blackhawkdown/http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/black_hawk_down/http://www.sonypictures.com/
Wikipedia - "Black Hawk Down
is a 2001 American war film
directed by Ridley Scott
. It is an adaptation of the 1999 book of the same name
by Mark Bowden
, which chronicles the events of the Battle of Mogadishu
, a raid integral to the United States' effort to capture Somali
warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid
The film features a large ensemble cast, including Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, William Fichtner and Sam Shepard. The film won two Oscars for Best Film Editing and Best Sound at the 74th Academy Awards. The film was received positively by American film critics, but was strongly criticized by Somalis.
In 1993, famine and civil war have gripped Somalia, resulting in over 300,000 civilian deaths and a major United Nations peacekeeping operation. With the bulk of the peacekeepers withdrawn, the Somali militia loyal to the warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid have declared war on the remaining U.N. personnel. In response, U.S. Army Rangers, Delta Force soldiers, and 160th SOAR aviators are deployed to Somalia to capture Aidid, who has proclaimed himself president of the country. To cement his power and subdue the population of Somalia, Aidid and his militia seize Red Cross food shipments, coercing the cooperation of the people, while the U.N. forces are powerless to directly intervene. Outside Mogadishu, Rangers and Delta Force operators capture Osman Ali Atto, a warlord selling arms to Aidid's militia. Shortly thereafter, a mission is planned to capture Omar Salad Elmi and Abdi Hassan Awale Qeybdiid, two of Aidid's top advisers. The U.S. forces include experienced men as well as new recruits, including Private First Class Todd Blackburn and a desk clerk going on his first mission. When his Lieutenant is removed from duty after having an epileptic seizure, Staff Sergeant Matthew Eversmann is placed in command of Ranger Chalk Four, his first command.
The operation is launched and Delta Force operators successfully capture Aidid's advisers inside the target building, but the Rangers and helicopters escorting the ground-extraction convoy take heavy fire, while SGT Eversmann's Chalk Four is dropped a block away by mistake. Blackburn is severely injured after falling from one of the Black Hawk helicopters, so three Humvees led by Sergeant Jeff Struecker are detached from the convoy to return Blackburn to the U.N.-held Mogadishu Airport. SGT Dominick Pilla is shot and killed just as Struecker's column gets underway, and shortly thereafter Black Hawk Super-Six One, piloted by CWO Clifton "Elvis" Wolcott, is shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) and crashes deep within the city. Both pilots are killed, the two crew chiefs are wounded, and one Delta Force sniper on board escapes in another helo that makes it back to base. The ground forces are rerouted to converge on the crash site, but the Somali militia throws up roadblocks, causing LTC Danny McKnight's Humvee column to lose its way, while sustaining heavy casualties. Meanwhile, two Ranger Chalks, including Eversmann's unit, reach Super-Six One's crash site and set up a defensive perimeter to await evacuation with the two wounded men and the fallen pilots. In the interim, Super-Six Four, piloted by CWO Michael Durant, is also shot down by an RPG and crashes several blocks away.
With CPT Mike Steele's Rangers pinned down and sustaining heavy casualties, no ground forces can reach Super Six Four's crash site nor reinforce the Rangers defending Super Six One. Two Delta Force snipers, SFC Randy Shughart and MSG Gary Gordon are inserted by helicopter to Super Six Four's crash site, where they find Durant still alive. The crash site is eventually overrun, Gordon and Shughart are killed, and Durant is captured and taken to Aidid. McKnight's column gives up the attempt to reach Six-One's crash site and returns to base with their prisoners and the casualties. The men prepare to go back to extract the pinned down Rangers and the fallen pilots and MG Garrison sends LTC Joe Cribbs to ask for reinforcements from the 10th Mountain Division, including Malaysian and armored Pakistani forces, to mobilize as a relief column.
As night falls the Somali militia launch a sustained assault on the trapped Americans at Super Six One's crash site. The militia is held off throughout the night by strafing runs and rocket attacks from AH-6J Little Bird helicopter gunships of the Nightstalkers, until the 10th Mountain Division's relief column is able to reach the site. The wounded and casualties are evacuated in the vehicles, but a handful of remaining Rangers and Delta Force soldiers are forced to run from the crash site back to the stadium, in the UN Safe Zone.
The closing credits detail the results of the raid: 19 American soldiers were killed, with over 1,000 Somalis dead. Durant was released after 11 days of captivity. Delta Force snipers Gordon and Shughart were the first soldiers to be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. On August 2, 1996, Aidid was killed in a battle with a rival clan. General Garrison retired the following day."
Had a chance to watch this 2011 documentary on dvd in March 2013. Quite the film given the severe nature of bullying in general, and how much media attention has been given in recent years to the many stories, cases & events that have taken place in schools all over (especially in N. America). The consequences, hurt, tragedies, and ongoing severity of everything. The documentary focuses on young individuals and their families located in the United States. It's a challenging topic to cover (given how global / international bullying is at various age levels and all) in a mere 90+ minutes or so, but that said - I would recommend it.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bully_%282011_film%29http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1g9RV9OKhghttp://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bully_2012/http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1682181/
Wikipedia - "Bully
(originally titled The Bully Project
) is a 2011 documentary film about bullying in U.S. schools
. Directed by Lee Hirsch
, the film follows the lives of five students who face bullying
on a daily basis. Bully
premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival
It was also screened at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
and the LA Film Festival
Bully had its global premiere at Italy's Ischia Film Festival on July 17, 2011. Bully was acquired by The Weinstein Company immediately after its premiere at Tribeca Film Festival. The film was released in United States theaters on March 30, 2012.
On the official website the filmmakers are promoting Bully as an important advocacy tool against bullying and in facilitating an anti-bullying movement. Contrary to the filmmakers' goals, the film suffered from a lack of accessibility in theatres and from an extended downtime between theatre and home release. The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 12, 2013, on Amazon.com.
The documentary follows students from public schools in Georgia
during the 2009–10 school year; it also follows the students' families. The film's particular focus is on the deaths of Tyler Long and Ty Smalley, victims of bullying who took their own lives. The film describes in great detail how the average American school kid cannot defend himself or herself against ridicule.
Won passes to an advance screening of The Host in Burnaby, B.C. in recent weeks in March 2013. We enjoyed the film and had a clear perspective coming in being unfamiliar with the book it was based upon. The audience response seemed positive, with a mixture of ages at the screening. We'd rate the film a 6.5 or so out of 10 with good sci-fi & visuals/effects. It was just over 2 hours in running time / length.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1517260/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Host_%282013_film%29http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/thehost/http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_host_2013/Rotten Tomatoes - "What if everything you love was taken from you in the blink of an eye? "The Host" is the next epic love story from the creator of the "Twilight Saga," worldwide bestselling author, Stephenie Meyer. When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about - Jared (Max Irons), Ian (Jake Abel), her brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury) and her Uncle Jeb (William Hurt) , proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world."
Won advance screening passes to the 20th anniversary of Jurassic Park in 3D Imax format in late-March (with the film debuting in early-April). We quite enjoyed it and it was great to see it 20 years after seeing the original in regular big screen format back in 1993. Still remember checking it out with family and friends of family back in the day at the Dolphin Cinemas in North Burnaby, and then us all crossing the street to the former McDonald's located there and snacking on the then-popular mini pizzas they offered.
As for Jurassic Park ... the franchise has proven very popular over the years, with the 4th film in the series pegged for a release next year in June 2014 (also in 3D), per Wikipedia.
For those unfamiliar with Jurassic Park as a franchise ... here's some data per the good folks @ the aforementioned Wiki.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jurassic_Park_%28film%29http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UbRrlzsZwQhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107290/http://popwatch.ew.com/2013/04/07/movies-big-screen-jurassic-park-back-to-the-future/
"Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, and is based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton. It stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Ariana Richards, Joseph Mazzello, Martin Ferrero and Bob Peck. The film centers on the fictional Isla Nublar near Costa Rica's Pacific Coast, where a billionaire philanthropist and a small team of genetic scientists have created a wildlife park of cloned dinosaurs.
Before Crichton's book was even published, many studios had already begun bidding to acquire the picture rights. Spielberg, with the backing of Universal Studios, acquired the rights before publication in 1990, and Crichton was hired for an additional $500,000 to adapt the novel for the screen. David Koepp wrote the final draft, which left out much of the novel's exposition and violence, and made numerous changes to the characters. Filming took place in California and Hawaii.
Jurassic Park is regarded as a landmark in the use of computer-generated imagery, and received positive reviews from most critics. The film grossed over $900 million worldwide, surpassing another Spielberg film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, to become the highest-grossing film released up to that time (it was surpassed four years later by Titanic). It currently ranks as the 25th-highest-grossing film worldwide, and 20th-highest-grossing film in North America, adjusted for inflation. It is the highest-grossing film produced by Universal and directed by Spielberg. Jurassic Park won the Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Visual Effects.
The film's success led to two sequels being made: The Lost World: Jurassic Park also directed by Spielberg, which was released on May 23, 1997, and Jurassic Park III, directed by Joe Johnston, which was released on July 18, 2001. A 3D re-release was released on April 5, 2013, to commemorate the movie's 20th Anniversary. Jurassic Park 4 is slated to be released on June 13, 2014 in 3D. "
Picked up a 384ml bottle of this Garnier Fructis Pure Clean product in recent months (Normal Hair). I haven't bought much in the way of Garnier products over the years, having stuck with other brands, but it was good selection. Using a coupon ... got it for less than $2 and it has held up well. I like the fact that it doesn't seem to leave much in the way of residue or film as some other hair products tend to do. I will buy this product again. Preferably on sale though
considering it's not the largest of sizes at the aforementioned 384ml quantity.
As per the packaging ...
- Fortifying shampoo & conditioner
- 92% biodegradable
- No silicone / no paraben / no dye / with acerola berry antioxidant
- Conditioned, strong, healthy looking hairhttp://www.garnier.ca/_en/_ca/haircare/hc-fructis-pure-clean/shampoo-pure-clean.htm
Had free tickets to the movie theatre recently, and saw Silver Linings Playbook with a friend and we enjoyed it. Working in the field of mental health ourselves, we felt as though the film did a good job not overdoing it (or mocking / making light) of mental illness on the whole. Some movies tread a fine line in touching upon serious subject matter(s), but the director and cast did a good job here. It would have been interesting to see more scenes involving psychiatry and medicine / psychotropic medication, but the plot and storyline(s) had other directions they needed to tackle as well. Very nice to see all the main 4 talents get nominated at this past Sunday's Academy Awards on February 24th, 2013 as well. Congratulations to Jennifer Lawrence on her win
for Best Actress. For those who aren't familiar with her work, she was also nominated
for an Academy Award for Winter's Bone a few years ago as well. Also, nice to see the relationship and family dynamics at play in this film as well. It had a proper balance of emotion(s), heart, and humour is how I can put it best, Savelanders.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Linings_Playbook
Wikipedia - "Silver Linings Playbook
is an American romantic comedy-drama film
directed by David O. Russell
from a screenplay by Russell, adapted from the novel of the same name
by Matthew Quick
. The film stars Bradley Cooper
and Jennifer Lawrence
, with Robert De Niro
, Jacki Weaver
, Chris Tucker
, Anupam Kher
and Julia Stiles
in supporting roles.
Silver Linings Playbook premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2012 and was released in the United States on November 16, 2012. The film opened to major critical success and earned numerous accolades. It received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and won the Academy Award for Best Actress. It also achieved the rare feat of being nominated in all four acting categories, the first time since Reds in 1981, and also being nominated for the Big Five, the first time since Million Dollar Baby in 2004; four Golden Globe Award nominations, with Lawrence winning Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture; three BAFTA nominations, with Russell winning for Best Adapted Screenplay; four Screen Actors Guild nominations, with Lawrence winning Best Actress; and five Independent Spirit Award nominations."
Had a chance to check out this movie on dvd this past week and enjoyed it. We'd meant to check it out in recent months, so it was nice to finally get around to it. Definitely not for everyone's tastes, but we enjoyed it on the whole given the talent involved cast-wise. Always been a fan of Rockwell, Walken, Harrelson, Farrell, Waits, and more. The movie was edgy ... out there ... and it was good to see Farrell working with director Martin McDonagh again as they did a fine job with the award-winning In Bruges a handful of years back. I would definitely recommend that film as well. Just be weary of language & violence here given the subject matter. We enjoyed Tom Waits and Colin Farrell most in their roles here.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Psychopaths
Wikipedia - "Seven Psychopaths is a 2012 British black comedy film written, co-produced and directed by Martin McDonagh. It stars Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken. The film marks the second collaboration between McDonagh and Farrell, following 2008's In Bruges.
Seven Psychopaths had its world premiere on 7 September 2012 at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was released in the United States and Canada on 12 October 2012, and it was released in the United Kingdom on 7 December 2012.
The film received positive reviews from the film critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 82% based on 194 reviews, with an average rating of 7/10. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film holds an average score of 66%, based on 43 reviews, which indicates "generally favourable reviews."
Eric Kohn of IndieWire gave the film a positive review and a "A-" grade, praising McDonagh's writing, stating that it "hits a unique pitch between dark, bloody satire and interpersonal conflicts that makes his finest work play like a combination of Quentin Tarantino and Aaron Sorkin." About the film itself, he wrote: "A less controlled and slapdash character piece than In Bruges, McDonagh's new movie benefits greatly from a plethora of one-liners that toy with crime movie clichés in the unlikely context of writerly obsessions." Claudia Puig of USA Today also gave the film a positive review, writing that "men in movies are often just overgrown boys, and Seven Psychopaths is out to prove it — in the most twisted, hilarious way possible." Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three-and-a-half stars out of four, he praised the performances of main cast members and McDonagh's writing, he stating that "Walken sometimes leans toward self-parody, but here his performance has a delicate, contained strangeness. All of the actors are good, and Farrell wisely allows the showier performances to circle around him. Like any screenwriter — like Tarantino, for example, who is possibly McDonagh's inspiration here — he brings these people into being and stands back in amazement." About the film, he added: "This is a delightfully goofy, self-aware movie that knows it is a movie." Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a "B+" grade, stating: "An energetically demented psycho-killer comedy set in faux-noir L.A., Seven Psychopaths rollicks along to the unique narrative beat and language stylings of Anglo-Irish writer-director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), channeling Quentin Tarantino."
David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter praised the performances of the main cast members, he stated: "As creatively bankrupt Marty, Farrell is in subdued mode here, his performance largely defined by the endless expressivity of his eyebrows. He serves as an excellent foil for Rockwell, whose line readings continually dance between knowingness and idiocy, and Walken, who ventures as far into deadpan as you can go while remaining conscious. And Harrelson has fun contrasting his devotion to Bonny with his contempt for humanity." He wrote about the film that "while it's way behind the Pulp Fiction curve, Seven Psychopaths can be terrifically entertaining." Catherine Shoard of The Guardian gave the film four stars out of five, indicating a positive review, she wrote: "There are scenes of complete brilliance, Walken is better than he's been in years, cute plot loops and grace notes." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film three stars out of four, stating: "Blood splatters, heads explode, and McDonagh takes sassy, self-mocking shots at the very notion of being literary in Hollywood. It's crazy-killer fun." Ty Burr of Boston Globe also gave the film three stars out of four, stating that the film is "absurdly entertaining even after it disappears up its own hindquarters in the last act, and it gives some of our weirder actors ample room to play."
Michael Phillips of Chicago Tribune gave the film three stars out of four, writing that "the result is a clever, violent daydream. But McDonagh's skill behind the camera has grown considerably since In Bruges. And the way he writes, he's able to attract the ideal actors into his garden of psychopathology." Dana Stevens of Slate magazine gave the film a positive review, stating: "It's at once a gangster movie, a buddy comedy, and a meta-fictional exploration of the limits of both genres - and if that sounds impossible to pull off, well, McDonagh doesn't, quite. But the pure sick brio of Seven Psychopaths takes it a long way." Richard Corliss of Time magazine also gave the film a positive review, writing that "small in stature but consistently entertaining, Seven Psychopaths is a vacation from consequence for the Tony- and Oscar-winning author, and an unsupervised play date for his cast of screw-loose stars." James Berardinelli of ReelViews gave the film two-and-a-half stars out of four, stating: "On balance, one could argue that Seven Psychopaths warrants a better rating than a mediocre **1/2, but the aftertaste is so bitter that it diminishes the sweetness that started off the meal."
Peter Debruge of Variety magazine, gave the film a mixed review, stating that "the film's overall tone is so cartoony, it's easy to imagine someone spinning off a macabre animated series of the same name....." and that "compared to McDonagh's best work for stage (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) and screen (In Bruges), Seven Psychopaths feels like either an older script knocking around the bottom of a drawer or a new one hastily tossed off between more ambitious projects." Kevin Jagernauth of The Playlist also gave the film a mixed review, stating that while "somewhat spastic and overcooked, Seven Psychopaths might have a few too many.""
Had a chance to check out this movie recently on dvd. This was the 2012 remake, as opposed to the 1984 original (which I still need to check out). I didn't care for this movie much. Good cast with some notable names, but overall quite implausible and far-fetched. At times in action and sci-fi movies ... you wonder if there's any actual police presence whatsoever out there in the streets. Seems like people get away with shooting and blowing pretty much everything up, whether they're technically "good guys" or "bad guys".http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1234719/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Dawn_%282012_film%29http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/red_dawn_2012/Wikipedia - "Red Dawn is a 2012 American war film directed by Dan Bradley and written by Jeremy Passmore and Carl Ellsworth, based on the 1984 film of the same name. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The film centers on a group of young people who defend their hometown from a North Korean invasion.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer announced its intention to remake Red Dawn in May 2008 and subsequently hired Bradley and Ellsworth. The principal characters were cast the following year and the film went into production in September 2009 in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Originally scheduled to be released on November 24, 2010, the film was shelved due to MGM's financial troubles. While in post-production, the invading army was changed from Chinese to North Korean in order to maintain access to China's box office. FilmDistrict bought the U.S. distribution rights in September 2011 and the film was released in the United States on November 21, 2012."
Big fan of the healthier variety of crackers and crispbreads out there from brands like Wasa, Ryvita, and others. Usually waiting for sales pricing (or a coupon) before picking them up. There's currently a tearsheet coupon for the Wasa variety of crackers (good expiration window in 2013) at RC Superstore, so picked up a package a few days ago during grocery shopping, and will certainly pick up more in the future. Healthy and tasty on their own, or with a slice of cheese or dipped into hummus.
Price was right too ... $2.79 with a $1 off coupon, so $1.79 per package.
Haven't seen the Ryvita coupons in some time, so I'll probably aim to pick up more Wasa in the near future √If interested in nutritional information for their brand of crackers / crispbreads, please see the first 2 links I've provided below. Thank you.
Saw the film recently at the theatre - friend's treat. It was released in late-December 2012 and has performed well at the box office. Serious subject matter, as everyone is well aware, and had a spaghetti western feel to it and was based in the late 1850s. Very solid cast in Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Leonardo Dicaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Don Johnson, Bruce Dern, and more. The movie runs approximately 2 hours, 45 minutes and would be a tough one to recommend given the subject matter as previously noted (racism and slavery in the United States), the language and violence, and the running time. Quentin Tarantino knows what he's doing though, and he does get people talking (as with all of his projects the past 20 or so years). Solid acting performances from everyone (especially Foxx, Waltz, DiCaprio & Jackson), and kudos to the full cast in general.
There's even a cameo appearance of a few minutes from Tarantino himself in the final 20 - 25 mins of the film.
Wikipedia - "Django Unchained
is a 2012 American epic western film
written and directed by Quentin Tarantino
. The film stars Jamie Foxx
, Christoph Waltz
, Leonardo DiCaprio
, Kerry Washington
, and Samuel L. Jackson
and was released on December 25, 2012 in North America.
Set in the antebellum era of the Deep South and Old West, the film follows a freed slave (Foxx) who treks across the United States with a bounty hunter (Waltz) on a mission to rescue his wife (Washington) from a cruel and charismatic plantation owner (DiCaprio).
The film received acclaim from critics and was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Waltz) and Best Original Screenplay (Tarantino). At the 70th Golden Globe Awards, Christoph Waltz won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and Quentin Tarantino won the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay."
A fun little action/popcorn flick starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville and others. Won passes to the screening in Burnaby, B.C. last Wednesday evening and the crowd turnout was strong with people coming in knowing what to expect. A mindless comedy with one of the biggest action stars of the past 30+ years. Fast cars, shootouts, 1-liners, and plenty of cliched material. Funniest roles in the film were played by Luis Guzman & the aforementioned Knoxville. Schwarzenegger himself was better in this particular role, than he was in current The Expendables franchise of recent years. For those who like car chases, action, and explosions ... it's worth a dvd watch in the future. Modest amount of adult language, some good shots of Las Vegas at night, no nudity. My personal fave scenes were those of the small town police station (some laughs) and the high-end black Corvette & red Mustang. Both put to good use (i.e. - driven hard).
Wikipedia - "The Last Stand is a 2013 action film written by Andrew Knauer and directed by Kim Ji-woon. The film is Arnold Schwarzenegger's first leading role since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines in 2003. This is the first American production for Kim Ji-woon and cinematographer Kim Ji-yong as well as composer Mowg."
2 of my fave series on the HGTV network. I've followed them for about 5+ years or so, and it's always cool to see the real estate market in various parts of Canada, North America, and internationally. Property Virgins tends to focus on N. American homebuyers, whereas House Hunters and House Hunters: International tend to be more often than not U.S.-based and internationally-focused. What I find most fascinating about the shows is how much the markets can vary from country to country. Some of the properties internationally are remarkable ... many of the Canadian ones tend to be quite pricy (as many of us are well aware), and the American ones seem affordable in comparison at a fraction of the price(s). Also interesting is seeing peoples' wants and wishlists, comparable properties, and what type of mortgages and rates people are locking in.