Director J.J. Abrams knows how to slap together a fun movie. “Star Trek Into Darkness” has most everything. Sometimes I enjoy simplicity. The movie has a beginning, a middle & an end. Less interpretation, more up on the screen. I will say, in this installment, character development was scrapped over more action sequences. But hey, I’m OK with that. It’s time for a summer popcorn movie & it’s not Oscar Season. The heartbeat of the movie is the complex friendship between The Human: Kirk & The Vulcan: Spock. Chris Pine & Zachary Quinto provide the spark that ignites the entire movie.
The Crew of the Starship: Enterprise, headed by Captain James T. Kirk has been given their latest mission. But it’s really less of a mission and more of a Black OP. NO SPOILERS HERE. Trekkies will absolutely love subtle and notso subtle references to the original 1960′s TV series. Maybe they should call him James T. KINK. He just goes for it, every single time & I dig that. I advise you to seek passage aboard the Enterprise & strap in for it’s 5-year mission. I had a complete blast. Just like Scotty, Bones & Ohura you can certainly follow me on Twitter @leoquinones. Q-Out.
Here’s the latest episode of Velvet Red TV’s “What’s Hot In Hollywood.” Hosted by Leo Quinones & Crystal Marie Denha. Movies covered, “Iron Man 3,” “Love Is All You Need” & “The Iceman.” Follow Leo Quinones on Twitter @leoquinones
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS: The Film Freak Movie Talk Show brings you everyone that matters. Iron Man 3 – ROBERT DOWNEY JR., SIR BEN KINGSLEY & Writer/Director, SHANE BLACK . Then we go heavy-indie. LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED is a heartfelt love story. Leo Quinones sits down to chat with the film’s stars PIERCEBROSNAN & TRINE DYRHOLM. After that, Leo goes behind the scenes of “The Iceman,’ with the film’s director, ARIEL VROMEN. It’s the true story of Richard Klukinski, a contract killer for the mob. This dudewhacked over 100 people. So naturally, Leo interviews MICHAEL SHANNON & asks how he got inside the head of this serial killer. Read the full review & watch Michael Shannon’s original Screen Test atwww.filmfreak.com. Leo also asks WINONA RYDER what she thinks about movie critics.
Finally, “Silver Linings Playbook” is out on Blu-ray DVD Combo Pack. To celebrate, Leo goes Mano-a-Mano-a-Mano with BRADLEY COOPER & Writer/Director DAVID O. RUSSELL. How would you like to win a ‘Silver Linings’ Blu-ray DVD Combo Pack? All you have to do is take the Film Freak Trivia Challenge. In ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ the Solotano Family is obsessed with what NFL team? Think you know? Email me the correct answer to email@example.com. Good luck!
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Velvet Red TV’s “What’s Hot In Hollywood” For the Week of April 27th, 2013. We’re talking to Dwayne The Rock Johnson & Mark Wahlberg about “Pain & Gain.” Plus, Heather Graham stars in the indie film, “At Any Price.” Time to lock & load from the heart of Hollywood.
What’s the Funniest Movie of All-Time? That’s such a loaded question. Join me as we Count It Down & find out on @TVGN this Monday night at 9/8c. Just like, Ted Stroehmann from “There’s Something About Mary,” you can Follow me on Twitter @leoquinones
“The Iceman,” Richard Klukinski (Michael Shannon) was a contract killer for the mob. Legend has it, he’s whacked over 100 people. Based on a true story is the statement that drives this film. New Jersey: 1964. Richard Klukinski is a man living the American reality. He’s just another guy trying to get by on a modest salary. His paths cross with mid-level mobster Roy Demeo (Ray Liotta) & suddenly he’s got a new job & a new title: Hitman. This thing turns into Diners & Deathbeds, in a hurry.
Michael Shannon was born to play this guy. When he’s up onscreen, you really can get hypnotized by his intensity. His acting is on point, hitting every single tone. Klukinski’s wife Deborah (Winona Ryder) for the most part accepts the fact the her husband is a good man, who happens to work a white collar job on Wall Street. Ryder adds in layers of doubt about her husband’s career, but never really calls him out on what he’s really up to. I think it’s the best thing Winona Ryder has ever done. Other supporting players include rival assassin, Mr. Freezy (Chris Evans) & low level enforcer, Josh Rosenthal (David Schwimmer).
This movie is an absolute must-see. In lots of period films, I can see beyond the frame & envision set people off to the side holding Starbucks, awkward light rigs, bulky cameras & everything else you’ve seen on a movie set. Director, Ariel Vromen & his production team wove every detail into the fabric of the films. You can see details down to the the lamps, the cars, the wardrobe, the lighting. It’s all right there & never lets the audience think, ‘oh, this is just a movie.’
About two years ago, the young director convinced Michael Shannon to participate in a 1-day screen test. This screen test, unlike many others would be a fully-produced scene. The idea was to film an intense scene & use it as bait to attract money to back the film. Anyone can provide a clip from “The Iceman.” What I’ve got for you is so much better. It’s the actual screen test with Michael Shannon & Michael Wincott. (The Crow, Hitchcock) You’ll know this great actor when you see him in the clip. Let me set it up. Wincott is playing Mr. Freezy, the other hitman that Chris Evans plays in the movie. The pressure of cops & killing is getting to these guys. They are desperate. The dialogue is pretty much word-for-word as you’ll see in “The Iceman.” Wincott & Shannon nail it. Makes me wonder, why didn’t they keep Wincott in the film. “The Iceman” is Rated R. Go see it.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS: The Film Freak Movie Talk Show is KUH-rammed. First up, from the modern day farming drama, “AT ANY PRICE,” Leo Quinones sits down with DENNIS QUAID, Director RAMIN BAHRANI & co-star HEATHER GRAHAM. Then, Leo takes you out to the ballgame with “42″ Music Composer, MARK ISHAM. Finally, Leo talks with DANTE ARIOLA. He’s directored a very sexy road trip movie called “ARTHUR NEWMAN,” starring COLIN FIRTH & EMILY BLUNT.
Follow @LeoQuinones on Twitter, just like Morpheus, Trinity & Neo. The Film Freak Movie Talk Show is brought to you in part by the Warner Brothers VIP Studio Tour. It‘s open to the public. Tahe the tour. I promise, you‘ll rule the WB backlot. For more info, go to www.wbstudiotour.com.
HOT ON DVD: In “GANGSTER SQUAD,” RYAN GOSLING plays Sergeant Jerry Wooters of the LAPD in 1949. He talks about the way Wooters at first tried to avert danger & it’s pretty funny. Follow @leoquinones on Twitter.