Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Random Images)

Gandalf: The world is not in your book and maps. It's out there! 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Casablanca (Random Image)

WIlsa: But what about us?
Rick: We'll always have Paris. We didn't have, we, we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night.
 Opened: January 23, 1943 Runtime: 1 hr. 42 min. Genre: Drama, Romance Rated: PG

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Jungle Book (Random Images)

[first lines]
Bagheera: Many strange legends are told of these jungles of India, but none so strange as the story of a small boy named Mowgli. It all began when the silence of the jungle was broken by an unfamiliar sound.
[Sound of baby crying]
Bagheera: It was a sound like one never heard before in this part of the jungle. It was a man cub! Had I known how deeply I was to be involved, I would've obeyed my first impulse and walked away.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Michael Clarke Duncan: A Tribute

I'm still struggling with the reality of his passing on; as I have always admired Michael Clarke Duncan in all the movies I have seen him. Somehow, no matter how awful the movie may seem, Michael's parts always seem the loveliest; in my opinion says more about the man than the different roles he has graced over the years. I truly would miss him.

Armageddon (1998)

Bear: [sobbing in front of Dr. Banks] I am not crazy! I'm just a little emotional right now, ok? Ya'll throwing all this stuff at me, man! Look, I mean, after this is over, can I like get a hug from you or something?

The Green Mile (1999)

Paul Edgecomb: On the day of my judgment, when I stand before God, and He asks me why did I kill one of his true miracles, what am I gonna say? That it was my job? My job?
John Coffey: You tell God the Father it was a kindness you done. I know you hurtin' and worryin', I can feel it on you, but you oughta quit on it now. Because I want it over and done. I do. I'm tired, boss. Tired of bein' on the road, lonely as a sparrow in the rain. Tired of not ever having me a buddy to be with, or tell me where we's coming from or going to, or why. Mostly I'm tired of people being ugly to each other. I'm tired of all the pain I feel and hear in the world everyday. There's too much of it. It's like pieces of glass in my head all the time. Can you understand?
Paul Edgecomb: Yes, John. I think I can.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Crash (Random Image)

Anthony: No, no, no, take that voodoo-ass thing off of there right now!
Peter: I know you just didn't call St. Christopher voodoo. Man's the patron saint of travelers, dog.
Anthony: You had a conversation with God, huh? What did God say? Go forth, my son, and leave big slobbery suction rings on every dashboard you find? Why the hell do you do that?
Peter: Look at the way your crazy ass drive, then ask me that again!
Opened: May 06, 2005 Runtime: 1 hr. 52 min. Genre: Drama Rated: R

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Movie Etiquette - "How to act at the Movies"

Have you ever been to a theatre/cinema, bought your ticket, proceed to drinks, then to the hall only to find yourself regretting the idea of even going in the first place?

Have you ever got together with a friend (or friends) to watch a movie, DVD's inserted, everyone takes their position on the couch, floor or wherever makes them comfortable, yet the experience is horrible?

Naturally, the answers to both questions would lie in the quality of the movie that's about to be seen, right? Wrong! The other common denominator lies in the company present in both scenarios. Yeah, that's right the people!

No matter how good a movie is, if you watch it with the wrong people I assure you, the experience is going to be, at best, unpleasant. Without further ado, I welcome you to a new series I would like to share with you, it's formally called Movie Etiquette or the more favourable - "How to act at the movies"

Although, the title may seem to concentrate on the first scenario, but after going through the series, you'll find  it applicable to anywhere a movie is being screened.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Cast Away (Random Images)

Chuck Noland: [to Wilson] We might just make it. Did that thought ever cross your brain? Well, regardless, I would rather take my chance out there on the ocean than to stay here and die on this sh*thole island, spending the rest of my life talking...[suddenly yelling]Chuck Noland: ...TO A G*****N VOLLEYBALL!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Beautiful Mind (Random Images)

Helinger: Mathematicians won the war. Mathematicians broke the Japanese codes... and built the A-bomb. Mathematicians... like you. The stated goal of the Soviets is global Communism. In medicine or economics, in technology or space, battle lines are being drawn. To triumph, we need results. Publishable, applicable results. Now who among you will be the next Morse? The next Einstein? Who among you will be the vanguard of democracy, freedom, and discovery? Today, we bequeath America's future into your able hands. Welcome to Princeton, gentlemen.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Rango (Random Images)

Rattlesnake Jake: [after Beans refuses to sign a deed] Sign the damn paper, woman!
Beans: Go to Hell!
Rattlesnake Jake: [wraps Beans in his coils and suspends her upside down] Where do you think I come from?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Dark Knight Rises - The Re(al) - view

Bane: Theatricality and deception are powerful agents to the uninitiated... but we are initiated, aren't we Bruce? Members of the League of Shadows!
Bane: And you betrayed us!
Bruce Wayne: You were excommunicated... by a gang of psychopaths!
Bane: I AM the League of Shadows, and I'm here to fulfill Ra's al Ghul's destiny!
Bane: You fight like a younger man, with nothing held back. Admirable but mistaken.
[Batman uses an EMP device to cut the lights]
Bane: Oh, you think darkness is your ally. But you merely adopted the dark; I was born in it, moulded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but BLINDING!
[grabs Batman from the shadows and continues to beat him]
Bane: The shadows betray you, because they belong to me!

Yes, it's nearly impossible to top The Dark Knight, but Christopher Nolan nearly did with his final installment of the Batman trilogy.

I have to admit that upon seeing the film, I was disgusted with it - yep, that was the feeling. Why? I was expecting an outright sequel to The Dark Knight, but what Chris Nolan (who directed, co-produced and co-wrote the film) did was to make The Dark Knight Rises much more in-tune with Batman Begins (which is the first movie of the trilogy), adding elements from how The Dark Knight ended, the whole Harvey Dent/Two Face debacle. For this, I thank him a lot!

Veronica Guerin (Random Image)

Veronica Guerin: It'll be worse for me, and it'll be worse for journalism or any journalist if they were to be intimidated, then that means they've won, and they're not going to win.

Opened: October 17, 2003 Runtime: 1 hr. 38 min. Genre: Drama, Crime Rated: R

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tony Scott: A Tribute

I remembered after seeing Days of Thunder today; though I'm still in shock why he ended his life that way, I just hope that his family is being comforted.

The Hunger (1983)

Miriam Blaylock: You'll be back. When the hunger knows no reason! And then you'll need to feed, and you'll need me to show you how.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ruby Sparks - The Re(al) - view

Harry: "This is insane! You manifested a woman with your mind!"Calvin: "You can't tell anybody, not mom, not Suzie, no one."Harry: "So we're just going to pretend she's your girlfriend?"Calvin: "She is my girlfriend. Stranger things have happened."Harry: "I don't think so. I think this is pretty much the strangest thing that's ever happened. Ever."

It's sad that this film did not get a wide release, because this movie would make you appreciate simplicity in film-making.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ghostbusters (Random Image)

Dr. Egon Spengler: I'm worried, Ray. It's getting crowded in there and all my data points to something big on the horizon.
Winston Zeddemore: What do you mean, big?
Dr. Egon Spengler: Well, let's say this Twinkie represents the normal amount of psychokinetic energy in the New York area. Based on this morning's sample, it would be a Twinkie... thirty-five feet long, weighing approximately six hundred pounds.
Winston Zeddemore: That's a big Twinkie.

Opened: June 08, 1984 Runtime: 1 hr. 45 min. Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi Rated: PG

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Bond Villains - Part 3

GoldenEye (1995)

Alec Trevelyan: We're both orphans, James. But while your parents had the luxury of dying in a climbing accident, mine survived the British betrayal and Stalin's execution squads. My father couldn't let himself or my mother live with the shame. MI6 figured I was too young to remember. And in one of life's little ironies, the son went to work for the government whose betrayal caused the father to kill himself and his wife.

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Dr. Kaufman: This is very embarrassing. It seems there is a red box they need in your car, only they can't get it open. They want me to get you to tell how to open it. I feel like an idiot, I don't know what to say.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Skyfall - The Re(al) - view

M: Quoting Tennyson's poem Ulysses: Though much is taken, much abides; and though
M: We are not now that strength which in old days
M: Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are...
M: One equal temper of heroic hearts,
M: Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
M: To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Daniel Craig's portrayal of James Bond has been the most practical of the series; though views/opinions have differed on his take of the iconic character; his has been my favourite. Skyfall follows Quantum of Solace and  Casino Royale, in depicting a character that has yet to master the art of espionage, thus there are some telling flaws like depression and the obvious loss of his shooting prowess; yet there's no question to where Bond's loyalty lies (although it would seem like its M rather than Queen & Country).

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Casino Royale (Random Images)

Vesper Lynd: You love me?
James Bond: Enough to travel the world with you until one of us has to take an honest job... which I think is going to have to be you, because I have no idea what an honest job is.

Le Chiffre: You changed your shirt, Mr Bond. I hope our little game isn't causing you to perspire.
James Bond: A little. But I won't consider myself to be in trouble until I start weeping blood.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Die Another Day (Random Image)

James Bond: I'm looking for a North Korean.
Raul: Tourist?
James Bond: Terrorist.
Raul: One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

Opened: November 20, 2002 Runtime: 2 hr. 13 min. Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller Rated: PG-13

Monday, October 22, 2012

GoldenEye (Random Images)

Bill Tanner: Seems your hunch was right, 007. It's too bad the Evil Queen of Numbers wouldn't let you play it...
[M walks in]
M: You were saying?
Bill Tanner: No, no, I was just... just um...
M: Good. Because if I want sarcasm, Mr Tanner, I'll talk to my children, thank you very much.

Alec Trevelyan: So, what's the choice, James? Two targets - time enough for one shot: the girl or the mission?

James Bond: Who is the competition?
Jack Wade: Ah, an ex-KGB guy. Tough mother. Got a limp in his right leg. Name's Zukovsky.
James Bond: Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky?
Jack Wade: Yeah, you know him?
James Bond: I gave him the limp.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Best Bond Villains - Part 2

Live and Let Die (1973)

These guys have style
Mr. Big: [to his men] Is THIS the stupid mother who tailed you uptown? James Bond: There seems to be some mistake. My name is...
Mr. Big: Names is for tombstones, baby! Y'all take this honkey out and WASTE HIM! NOW!

Baron Samedi

Quarrel: My regards to Baron Samedi, man, right between the eyes.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Spy Who Loved Me (Random Image)

[after meeting in a bar and guessing each other's secret identities]
James Bond: The lady will have a... Bacardi on the rocks.
Major Anya Amasova: For the gentleman, vodka martini - shaken, not stirred.
James Bond: Touché.

Opened: July 7, 1977 Runtime: 2 hr. 05 min. Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance Rated: PG

Friday, October 12, 2012

Best Bond Villains - Part 1

These are guys that share one single similarity - WORLD DOMINATION!!!

Dr. No (1962)

Dr. No: The Americans are fools. I offered my services, they refused. So did the East. Now they can both pay for their mistake.

Dr. No

From Russia with Love (1963)

 Rosa Klebb: Training is useful, but there is no substitute for experience.

[pointing a gun at Bond]
Donald "Red" Grant: The first one won't kill you; not the second, not even the third... not till you crawl over here and you KISS MY FOOT!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Goldfinger (Random Images)

Auric Goldfinger: Man has climbed Mount Everest, gone to the bottom of the ocean. He's fired rockets at the Moon, split the atom, achieved miracles in every field of human endeavor... except crime!

Opened: September 17, 1964 Runtime: 1 hr. 50 min. Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller Rated: PG

Friday, October 5, 2012

Dr. No (Random Images)

Exactly today 50 years ago, began the James Bond movie series with ... 

Dr. No

[James Bond's first scene, winning a game of chemin-de-fer]
James Bond: I admire your courage, Miss...?
Sylvia Trench: Trench. Sylvia Trench. I admire your luck, Mr...?
James Bond: Bond. James Bond.

Dr. No: The Americans are fools. I offered my services, they refused. So did the East. Now they can both pay for their mistake.
James Bond: World domination. The same old dream. Our asylums are full of people who think they're Naploeon. Or God.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bond, James Bond - A 50th Anniversary Tribute

Every other day a random image or review shall be posted in recognition of the most successful movie series of all time. That's right, October is all about the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movie series, and this special tribute will expire on the 23rd (October, 2012) when Skyfall comes out. 

Thank You & enjoy!

Skyfall (23)

James Bond: Everyone needs a hobby...
Raoul Silva: So what's yours?
James Bond: Resurrection.

Opens: October 23, 2012 Runtime: 2 hr. 25 min. Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller Rated: PG-13

Friday, September 28, 2012

Real Steel - The Re(al) - view

I have to confess that I never considered this movie till I gave it a chance, last week that is. Reason? Well the story didn't just do it for me ... c'mon robot boxing? That's a plot that equates flop, or so I thought. After two hours, I was astonished by the awesomeness of the movie as a whole.

Of course as I began the movie halfhartedly, I noticed a name - Steven Spielberg - in the opening credits, that kind kicked my enthusiasm for this experience (yeah that's how I like to think of movies); of course I'm a fan of Hugh Jackman, but I've got to confess that it would take a better plot for me to consider how his performance would (positively) affect the movie. The major reason Real Steel cuts across the line with viewers is solely because of the story/plot (in my opinion); some say it's a tacky story baptised in sports movie clichés, others say a weak story backed by thrilling fight scenes and good use of characters that emotionally tap into the underdog complex of the viewer.

I belong to the second group of viewers.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Kung Fu Panda (Random Image)

Po: Maybe I should just quit and go back to making noodles.
Oogway: Quit, don't quit? Noodles, don't noodles? You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the "present."
Opened: June 8, 2008 Runtime: 1 hr. 30 min. Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation Rated: PG

Monday, September 24, 2012

Brave - The Re(al) - view

Brave is a very unique film ... the good kind that is, afterall its a Pixar movie! Yes, its story doesn't have the profoundness of Up, nor as groundbreaking as Ratatouille and The Incredibles; but still Brave is quite a lovley movie and frankly a breath of fresh air from all the conventional Disney princess/love themed movies of past and recent ... Tangled anyone?

After reading a couple of reviews, I've discovered that people often forget that Pixar primarily makes animated movies that appeal to kids, the secondary is that these movies have also been made in a manner that simultaneously captures the attention of adults as well; therefore reading that Brave is too kid-centric is quite sad (Newsflash - so are the other Pixar movies).

Friday, September 21, 2012

Dirty Harry (Random Images)

[after a battered crook has accused Harry of beating him]
Chief: Have you been following that man?
Harry Callahan: Yeah, I've been following him on my own time. And anybody can tell I didn't do that to him.
Chief: How?
Harry Callahan: Cause he looks too damn good, that's how!

The Killer: Freeze cop. Now, left hand, pull out your gun.
[Harry pulls out his .44 Magnum]
The Killer: My, that's a big one.

Doctor: Sure, Harry. We can save the leg.
[takes out some scissors]
Harry Callahan: What are you going to do with those?
Doctor: Going to cut your pants off.
Harry Callahan: No. I'll take them off.

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Good Thief (Random Image)

Bob: We give you Elvis, we give you Dylan, we give you Hendrix, what do you give us? Johnny Hallyday!
Roger: Don't get me started about Johnny Hallyday...

Opened: May 24, 1995 Runtime: 1 hr. 49 min. Genre:  Thriller, Drama, Crime Rated: R

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Very Best of Terry Crews (Random Images)

This list include some of Terry Crews' finest and funniest characters and performances. Enjoy!

Friday After Next as Damon (2002)

Damon: Oh! Tupac, Tupac Tupac, Oh! Damn you fine!!!

White Chicks as Latrell Spencer (2004)

Latrell Spencer: Oh the deception. The betrayal. Man you deceived me.
Marcus Copeland: Look man
Latrell Spencer: Negro please. Didn't any one tell you that this was an all white party, huh? Someone get this jiggaboo away from me.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Expendables 2 - The Re(al) - view

Barney Ross: I heard another rumor that you were bitten by a king cobra.
Booker: Yeah. But after five days of agonizing pain, the cobra died.
When you've got a poster like this, how dare you complain of too much action
You may want to skip this review if you've not seen the movie; and if you have .... welcome!!!

I am sick and tired of people complain that The Expendables (Parts 1 & 2) are too violent, c'mon! that was  it's intended goal, this is a movie that celebrates the era of the "tough guy movies" of the 1970's & 80's - like Rocky, The Terminator, Robocop, Die Hard, Commando, Rambo etc. The common denominator for films like these was a single protagonist taking on a large number of bad guys in very unrealistic manners .. but who cared? It was fun to watch period!

The Expendables is like an all-star classical action movie; hence if you never appreciated these movie in the 70's - 90's, then how can you possibly enjoy the all-star version.

Now to the plot, the Expendables is in this format - A group of mercenaries (The Expendables) are sent on a mission as usual (OK, maybe not as usual) and what was supposed to be a simple pick up in a jungle in Albania, was sabotaged by an international arms dealer (named Jean Vilain); in the process killing the newest & youngest member of the expendables (Billy played by Liam Hemsworth), which was kind of sad, and the rest well ... if you're a classical action movie fan you already know; and if not ... The expendables set out on a revenge mission that is super bloody!

Simply put - a revenge movie.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Nora Ephron: A Tribute.

Here are the few movies Nora Ephron worked on as either producer or director or both! I decided to do this after watching her last movie - Julie & Julia. Goodbye :)

When Harry Met Sally (Producer)

[after Sally fakes orgasm in a deli]
Older Woman Customer: [to waiter] I'll have what she's having.

Cookie (Producer)

Lenore: I raised you all by myself. I was a single mother long before they were talking about it on Oprah Winfrey.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Braveheart (Random Images)

William Wallace: Lower your flags and march straight back to England, stopping at every home you pass by to beg forgiveness for a hundred years of theft, rape, and murder. Do that and your men shall live. Do it not, and every one of you will die today.