Ready to take a trip inside Hell’s Kitchen? Of course you are. The World’s # 1 Hell’s Kitchen After Show brings you another exclusive HK insider. Contestant, Scott Commings talks about earning his Black Jacket & getting right up in Gordon’s face! For more After Shows, head to www.AfterBuzzTV.com. Follow Leo Quinones on Twitter @MovieInterview and follow Chef Scott Commings @Fork2Mouth.
The must-see music documentary of 2013 is ‘Muscle Shoals.’ Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier has assembled the biggest names in music to testify about the magical aspects of recording music way down in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The beats will grab you right where there supposed to! I loved this movie & you will too! Follow me on Twitter @MovieInterview.
John Debney stops by The Movie Interview to talk about how the late Steve Jobs inspired him to create a musical backdrop for the biopic. Follow Leo Quinones on Twitter @MovieInterview & on Instagram at TheMovieInterview
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
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
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
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
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.
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.