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Big Miracle Movie Review

24 years ago, three California grey whales were trapped under the ice in Barrow Alaska.  Now, this amazing true story is hitting the big screen aptly titled, “Big Miracle.”  This international rescue effort is based on the 1989 book Freeing the Whales by Tom Rose.

Rachel Kramer (Drew Barrymore) works for Greenpeace and is the film’s conscience. Adam Carlson (John Krasinski) is an aspiring reporter in Alaska who first broke story about the trapped whales.  When the plight of the whales catches the eyes & hearts of the world, a media blitz ensues. Soon, the sleepy ice town of Barrow Alaska is crawling with 150 of fish-out-of-water reporters and their crews. One of which was L.A.’s own, Jill Jerard (Kristen Bell).

The thing I liked most about Big Miracle is, the filmmakers kept the movie grounded in reality.  Original ‘whale watch’ updates were plentiful.  So who’s reporting the news here, the likes of Dan Rather & Tom Brokaw.  Original rescue footage was also mixed into to newly shot footage.

The effort to saves these California Greys was extraordinary.  The only way to free the whales was to cut individual holes in the thick ice every 50 feet for five miles to the open ocean.  The local Inuit natives were unlikely allies as they are whalers by trade.  Big Oil also supplied cash and resources as well as the American military. Finally, the Russians also joined the fight for the whales freedom & were a key component in the rescue.

At the end of the day, you’ve got a true story told with original news footage & a sound environmental message.  What’s not to like!?!  Big Miracle is good family entertainment.

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SCREAM 4 Film Freak Movie Review

In my opinion, slasher films are generational.  I dove in with John Carpenter’s original “Halloween” in the early 80’s when I was a teenager. It resonated. 15 years ago, slasher films were so abundant, Scream entered the fray.  It broke down the fourth wall & exposed the rules of slasher films.  It completely captured that generation.

Instead of re-booting this famed horror series, all the original survivors return.  This time, Woodboro’s worst nightmare, Ghostface puts the speed dial on MURDER by marring the tell-all book release of his favorite victim, Sidney Prescott. (Neve Campbell)  The books’ title: “Out of Darkness: A True Story of Survival.”  The newest player in this story is technology.  The characters rely heavily on flashy cell phones, high speed internet connections & real time webcasting.  Plus, there’s tons of blogging & vlogging.

No spoilers here.  I will say, there were things I didn’t like in the film.  Law enforcement officers, David Arquette & Marley Shelton looked so out of place in sheriff uniforms.  There are actors who take their job very seriously in the form of preparation.  They go to police precincts, they do ride-a-longs with cops. Here, I get the feeling Arquette & Shelton were sent to the wardrobe truck, donned a couple of uniforms & simply walked on set.  As officers of the law, they fumble around with zero believability.  Hey, I’m over thinking this.  It’s a Scream movie.

Oh yeah, there’s some really bad acting on the killer’s part.  Wanna know who it is?  Not a chance.  I think the original Scream fans will enjoy seeing their favorite characters terrorized yet again.  As for the rest of us, it was just OK.

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Scream 4 Official Movie Prop Auction Saturday April 16th, 2011

Scream Fans!  Don’t miss Hollywood Live Auctions Official “Scream 4” Movie Prop Auction.  I will be hosting & it’s a blast!  Saturday April 16th, 2011. The auction starts at 11am PST & goes all day into the night! Bloody machetes, bloody hospital gowns, screen used cell phones, screen word hero wardrobe.  It’s all there!!   You do have to pre-register at www.hollywoodliveauctions.com or call (888) 761-PROP.  Be there or Beware!

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