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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 Lone Ranger Movie Review

I had so wanted for this particular movie to transport me back to the Old West. Didn’t happen. How can The Lone Ranger possibly utter the phrase,”Let’s do this”?  In the past 2 years, just about every woman heading into the gym has used that exact same phrase, “Let’s do this” as their pre-workout status update.  What’s next? Tonto finds his way using Google Maps?

Two things I thoroughly enjoyed. One, Director Gore Verbinksi’s exotic shooting locales.   There are some beautiful shots in this movie. Two. The bad guy. Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner). The make-up application was 2 1/2 hours every day of shooting.

My personal take: I know when CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) takes over the screen. These days, most audiences know too.  So why on earth would you saturate it with so much CGI into a movie set in 1869? To make it more exciting? What’s more exciting than just plain Cowboys & Indians?  What’s more exciting than the thunderous roar of running horses?  What’s more exciting than a good old-fashioned Western? It just doesn’t work.  Tonally, this movie was all over the map.  Serious Western? Revenge Film? Buddy Comedy?  The Lone Ranger will work for boys between the ages of 9 and 14. But even then, the film goes on forever at 2 hours 29 minutes.

The Lone Ranger is a runaway train from the beginning. Too bad it’s headed in the wrong direction.  I’m sorry for the bummer news.  I love movies.  Follow me on Twitter @leoquinones.  You can also hear me every Saturday at 4p PST hosting America’s Longest Running Movie Talk Show, The Film Freak Movie Talk Show on KFWB NewsTalk 980 AM Los Angeles. Listen online at 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!



Interview: Hollitson TV Show Creator Adam Green

ADAM GREEN’s fast becoming one of the premiere names in the horror movie genre. I sat down with Adam to take about the 2nd season of “Holliston.’ We also dive into “Hatchet 3” & his very particular taste in movie-blood.  What a great guy. I hope you enjoy the interview. For more interviews, follow me on Twitter @leoquinones



INTERVIEW: World War Z Composer MARCO BELTRAMI

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.



WORLD WAR Z MOVIE REVIEW

I loved World War Z. It’s got everything I want in a Zombie film, without all the slow-paced dread. As in every Zombie epic, when you get bit, you’re baked. Pretty Standard. Gerry Lane (BRAD PITT) is an EX-United Nations Investigator.  When the UN-explainable outbreak goes global, Gerry’s ex-boss offers his family safe harbor aboard an aircraft carrier miles out at sea.  It’s then when Gerry sets out to trace this virus all the way back to the identity of Patient Zero.

The locales were not as they seemed. The Philadelphia outbreak sequences were actually shot in Glasgow, Scotland.  All the signs, billboards & automobiles were switched out to American. In the center of the city, an abandoned bank, which was about 50,000 square feet, doubled as Zombie Headquarters.  This abandoned, Old Bank of Scotland was gutted & transformed into 4-floors of film crew catering, rotting wardrobe & intense Zombie make up applications.  Another huge sequence in Jerusalem was actually shot in Malta.

What’s interesting to me is the the way each zombie had it’s own story.  Mayes Rubeo, the costume designer says, “If you look at every zombie we have, every one of them has a specific design, including the aging of wardrobe, the condition of their clothes & the amount of blood.  We wanted to portray each one as an individual in a certain stage of the epidemic.” I kid you not, there’s even a zombie inspired by the very creepy & cold movements of  Anton Chigurh, the villain from “No Country For Old Men.”

The next challenge was applying mass behavioral traits to this strain of zombies.  Director MARC FORSTER employed a ‘Swarm Theory,’ which is basically a pattern of movement seen in nature…..Forster added, “It’s the way flocks of birds, (schools of) fish or (Armies of) ants move together. There’s almost a swarm intelligence to it. I thought it would be interesting to see these zombies, who have no intellect since they are the walking dead, react in this swarm mentality. ….as a whole, there is an unconscious conscience.”  There are scenes that will have you gasping for air & jumping right out of your seat. Perfect Summer Popcorn fare.

“World War Z” is really not that gory at all. In fact, it’s rated PG-13.  Brad Pitt said, he did the film so his young sons could enjoy it.  Follow Leo on Twitter @leoquinones.  It is truly the best way to prepare for a zombie apocalypse.

 



Interview: Cary Elwes Visits The Film Freak Movie Talk Show

CARY ELWES joins Leo in-studio to talk in-depth about his new indie feature film. “She Loves Me Not.”  Enjoy the interview!  You can also follow Leo on Twitter @leoquinones  Why not?!?  The Dread Pirate Roberts did!



Man of Steel Interviews: HENRY CAVILL & Director ZACK SNYDER

Man of Steel crushed everything in its wake.  HENRY CAVILL talks about landing the role of a lifetime, sizing up the super-suit & what kind of mentor did RUSSELL CROWE turn out to be? Director, ZACK SNYDER talks about his new take on Superman!  The Film Freak Movie Talk Show is brought to you in part by the Warner Brothers VIP Studio Tour! It’s the official movie tour of The Film Freak Movie Talk Show.  Right now, on display at the WB Museum is Christian Bale’s Batsuit from “The Dark Knight Rises,” and HENRY CAVILL’s suit from “Man of Steel.” If you’re a fan of movies, you’ve got to experience the WB VIP Tour. It’s amazing. www.wbstudiotour.com Follow Leo on Twitter @leoquinones. Of course, Lois Lane wants to know everything about movies, so she follows Leo!

 



MAN OF STEEL REVIEW

With Marvel’s global success of ‘The Avengers,’ Warner Brothers & DC Comics have so much riding on ‘Man of Steel.’  The filmmakers simply must deliver the goods. I feel that they have. You’ve got all the epic fight sequences, action, special effects, science fiction & pyrotechnics. But you’ve also got an origin story from which you can now build.  Let me put it in simpler terms.  If you take one step back, you realize, that “Man of Steel’ is the greatest pro-adoption film since 1959’s “Ben Hur. ”

Finally, the credit is given where it is due, to the Kryptonian & human parents of Kal-el/Clark Kent (Henry Cavill). Jor-El (Russell Crowe) provided a chance for his son to prosper with a life on another world.  The parenting bond was then handed to earthlings Martha Kent (Diane Lane) & Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) & then finally back to Jor-El.  These are the people most responsible for birth of Superman. Flaws are what makes characters more interesting, and it is Clark Kent’s fight within himself that drives this version forward. Lois Lane (Amy Adams) plays the modern day reporter to perfection.  Her character’s actions tied everything together is a way that made perfect sense.

As for me, I believe “Man of Steel” is the reason why we go to see movies.  It’s another world.  It’s OK to fell like a kid again. Give it a shot. I had a complete blast.  You will too. One more thing. This could be really dark for younger children.  FYI, at the very end of the film, there’s no scene of Superman meeting Batman for hero sandwich, there’s nothing. Hey, one could always hope right?  Follow me on Twitter @leoquinones, Lois Lane does!

 



STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS MOVIE REVIEW

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.