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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



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



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!

 



DJANGO UNCHAINED MOVIE REVIEW

Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” takes us back to the year, 1858, two years before the Civil War.  I appreciate any attempt to bring back Westerns. It’s a genre ripe for a resurgence.  The setting works:  A bounty hunter (Christof Waltz) teams up with a slave, Django (Jamie Foxx) to capture criminals & ultimately help find & free Django’s slave wife. (Kerry Washington)

There are excellent scenes within the film. You’ll enjoy textbook Tarantino dialogue exchanges. Leonardo DiCaprio turns in an excellent performance as a savvy & sinister slave owner, the callus Calvin Candie.

As a whole however, this wasn’t one of my favorite Tarantino films.  Going back a few years, ‘Inglourious Basterds’ was utterly brilliant.  The Hans Landa character played by Christof Waltz, in my opinion, should have remained inside the world of ‘Inglourious Basterds.’ Instead, I kept seeing Hans resurface in ‘Django Unchained.’  I know everyone else did too, but won’t admit it.  Let’s compare.  In ‘Basterds’ he was dubbed ‘The Jew Hunter.’ Here he’s The Bounty Hunter. For some reason I can’t explain, he also hails from Germany.  Oh, & he speaks at least (3) languages, just like Hans Landa.

This is just nit-picking now.  Why do certain directors always feel compelled to hurl themselves into their own movie? It stymies me. Why does Quentin do this?  My first thought every time I see him onscreen in one of his own films is: What is Quentin doing?  It catapults me out of the movie! No one in Hollywood will admit this. They all want to work on one of his movies. I’m not an actor. So again I ask Quentin, Why insist? Why?

Final note, “Django Unchained” is still better than 85% of what’s out in theaters.  It’s worth watching. You can follow me on Twitter @leoquinones

 

 

 



End of Watch Movie Review

As Mel Gibson’s character Porter grumbled in “Payback,” “Dirty Cops. Do they come any other way?”  Cop movies most always thrive on Bad Cop Syndrome.  They’re either on the take through organized crime or confiscating cash to send their kids to college, ripping off drug dealers or at the very least hiding behind badges as bullies. Those are the reasons why ‘End of Watch’ is such a fresh look at the cop movie genre.  The story’s about two partners in the Los Angeles Police Department.  Officers Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) & Mike Zavala (Michael Peña) get up every day & do the job.  What I loved about the movie is, these guys weren’t looking to score a huge payday & retire. It was quite the opposite.  Their idea of ‘hitting it big’ is always in the form of a big bust.  These LAPD officers are the good guys.

What I also enjoyed was the balance between action on the streets & verbal action between buddies in the squad car.  Spending endless hours on patrol, Brian & Mike talk about virtually anything from sex to Starbucks.  These scenes just tick away until the moment something happens.  When they get the call, it’s on.  NO SPOILERS.  I live in Southern California. What happens in Downtown Los Angeles seems a million miles away.  It is dark, desolate & dangerous.  The actors playing gang members are a constant reminder: Make sure your GPS works, respect their space & stay out of alleys.

On the first night of prep for this film, Jake was on an LAPD ride-along.  It’s there where he witnessed a shoot-out between gang members and one person was murdered right in front of his eyes.  Gyllenhaal did express experiencing intense moments of fear out in the field.  How could you not? The point of exposing yourself to such violence & potential life peril, is to simply funnel all that energy into a performance, which he most certainly did.  When they do go out an those calls, I had to remind myself to breathe.

Finally, a cop movie where you’re rooting for cops. The only problem: The bad guys are just too well-funded, too many in numbers, too armed & way too murderous. “End of Watch’ is rated ‘R.’          You can follow me on Twitter @leoquinones

CAUTION: This is the RED BAND Trailer for “End of Watch”

 



The Master Movie Review

After the horrors of World War II, I’ve got to believe people everywhere were asking questions.  Maybe questions like, ‘How do we get back on track after such a massive loss of life?’ Or, ‘How can we maximize our own lives?’  When people listen intently for life’s answers, sometimes strange voices grow louder.  Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is the very personification of such a voice.  His family & followers refer to him as ‘Master.’  The year: 1950. The world seemed aching to move forward.  Sensing to fill a void in John Q. Public’s soul, Dodd manifests his teachings in the form of his first self-help book, “The Cause.” Once the book is ‘out there,’ it’s up for debate amongst scholars & skeptics.  I believe, Lancaster Dodd’s only tangible power comes from his ability to hold court anywhere, anytime.  On a yacht, in a desert & especially during his intense ‘Thought Processing’ therapy sessions.  This is the crux of The Cause’ movement.   These one-on-one sessions include, past life regression, childhood traumatic events, recounts of incest & lovers lost.  Why do so many followers engage?  They seek answers.

Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) is a World War II Veteran who now, in the time of peace, has become an aimless drifter.  Phoenix is the engine that drives ‘The Master.’  His physicality, dedication & execution of the role rivals that of Daniel Day Lewis, respectively.  You simply cannot take your eyes off Freddie. It’s a million little things like his peculiar arm position in his unique stance.  His gravely voice, twisted facial expressions & far away stare.  Is it all a dream?  Is his real?  Is everything he’s ever felt & known real or blurred forever by the teachings of The Master?

I enjoyed watching “The Master.” Writer/Director Paul Thomas Anderson makes bold choices.  The story does however bob and weave into the strangest places.  I would gladly trade some structure fluidity for incredible scenes.  There are too many to count. Notably, every scene between Lancaster and his devoted wife Peggy. (Amy Adams)  For me, the heart of the movie are the conversations between Freddie & The Master.  What’s their dynamic?  Why are they compelled to forge forward in their odd relationship?  What is Lancaster Dodd after? What’s Freddie agenda?  The answers are all there, but you get the opportunity to answer them yourself.  “The Master” is rated ‘R.’

Creators of certain suspicious religions want you to follow them to the four corners of the Earth. Not me. Just follow me on Twitter @leoquinones



VIDEO: Film Freak Box Office Update Week of 7.06.12

Time to talk movies!  This week, you’ll see “The Amazing Spiderman’s” ANDREW GARFIELD talks about the Spidey psychy.  KATY PERRY argues with her parents in a scene from her documentary, “Katy Perry: Part of Me” 3D. Also, BLAKE LIVELY steps out onto the red carpet to talk, “Savages.” Click on the link to watch!

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