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The Movie Interview EXCLUSIVE: Vanessa Hudgens of The Frozen Ground

The Movie Interview presents Vanessa Hudgens of The Frozen Ground.  Leo Quinones sits down with Vanessa Hudges to talk about the true story of The Frozen Ground.  Follow Leo Quinones on Twitter @MovieInterview and on Instagram at TheMovieInterview

The Frozen Ground interview with Vanessa Hudgens from Leo Quinones on Vimeo.

The Movie Interview: Damion Echols West of Memphis DVD

Stuck In Love Movie Review

Y’gotta love a movie with tons of heart.  “Stuck In Love” is just such a movie. It cleverly ties all things together into a gorgeous bow in the shape of a Hollywood ending.  Bill Borgens (Greg Kinnear) is a very successful writer & pretty pathetic at love.  His ex-wife, Erica (Jennifer Connelly) was driven into the arms of another man.  Then there’s Bill’s free-spirited daughter, Samantha (Lilly Collins.) When it comes to having sex, she’s a Point A straight to Point B person. She’s not a dabbler.  Bill’s son, Rusty (Nat Wolf) is engulfed in his awkward teenage phase.

Bill gets by, sexually speaking, thanks to his frisky neighbor, Tricia (Kristen Bell.) She often stops by to drop off a package, herself. It’s quick, easy & tearing Bill apart inside.  Enter Lou (Logan Lerman.) He’s just a nice guy who meets Samantha & sets out to be her friend.  It’s great to watch the ice thaw on Samantha over the course of the film.  This is a well-written movie & a well-acted movie. It reminds me of ‘Love Actually” & that’s one of my favorites. I highly recommend it.  Rated R.  Follow me on Twitter @leoquinones. You can also hear me every Saturday host The Film Freak Movie Talk Show every Saturday at 4p PST on KFWB NewsTalk 980 AM Los Angeles or online at www.kfwbam.com

The Way Way Back Movie Review

Steve Carell is hands down one of the nicest people in show business.  That’s why it’s such a shocker seeing him play Trent in ‘The Way Way Back.’ Audiences will gasp at his sheer & utter douchey-ness.  It’s perfect.  He’s a bully & his target is Duncan (Liam James.) He’s just a kid who happens to be the son of Pam (Toni Collette), Trent’s girlfriend for the summer.  It’s no secret, kid’s have been taking crap from adults since the beginning of time. What makes this movie so memorable is you feel like you’re the one getting dumped on, hard.  It’s an amazing feeling when you start to flinging it back into adult’s faces.

Duncan escapes daily verbal beat downs from Trent by taking a part-time job at Water Wizz.  It’s there where he meets the water park’s fast-talking, fratboy owner, Owen (Sam Rockwell.) These two just hit it off & from there on out, Rockwell steals the movie.  Trent’s mission: To make Duncan’s summer vacation miserable. Owen’s Mission: Be the best Wing-Man, have a blast & make Duncan a man.  Along the way, we see first crushes, parents who can’t handle their liquor, obnoxious neighbors who live to gossip & a lazy-eyed kid who lights up the screen!  Written & Directed by Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, throw on a swimsuit & don’t miss ‘The Way Way Back.’ Rated PG-13.  You can Follow me on Twitter @leoquinones. You can also hear me host America’s Longest Running Movie Talk Show, The Film Freak Movie Talk Show every Saturday at 4p PST on KFWB NewsTalk 980 AM Los Angeles. www.kfwbam.com


Interview: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio Writers of Despicable Me 2

Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio are the writing engine the drives animated movies like, “Despicable Me,” “Horton Hears A Who,” “The Lorax” & now “Despicable Me 2.” They’re two guys who love what they do. The movie is funny. I sat in a theater full of kids &they cracked up the entire time.  By the way, The Minions are coming & they are getting there own movie.  You’ll find out all you need to know about the world of ‘Despicable Me’ right here.  I hope you enjoy the interview. Just like Gru, you can Follow me on Twitter @leoquinones. NO MINIONS WERE HARMED DURING THE COURSE OF THIS INTERVIEW!


To capture the Zombie-Essence, musically speaking, composer MARCO BELTRAMI went to extraordinary lengths to create music that complimented a Zombie apocalypse.  Listen to find out what instruments he used that weren’t really instruments at all. You’ll be amazed.  I’ll give you 3 hints: Teeth, bones & skulls.  It’s awesome.  Enjoy the interview.  If you want your movie stuff served without all the BS, follow Leo Quinones on Twitter @leoquinones.  Gerry Lane, a former United Nations Investigator & world saver does.

THE ICEMAN Movie Review

“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.

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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.


HOT ON DVD Josh Brolin stars in “Gangster Squad.” A true story of how the Mob tried to overtake the City of Los Angeles in 1949.  Follow on Twitter @leoquinones if y’know what’s good for you see?


OK, I was late to this party. When you have 30-minutes, I urge you to watch “Batman: City of Scars.”  I enjoyed this Fan Film more than “The Dark Knight Rises.”  It grabs you from the first scene. Dig it Batfans!

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