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.
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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
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!
NO SPOILERS: “The East” is one movie you don’t want to miss. It’s about a group of young people that are sick & tired of corporate raiders getaway with the Earth’s destruction Scott Free! Sarah, (BRIT MARLING) stars as an operative tasked with infiltrating an Eco-terrorist outfit called, The East. Benji (Alexander Skaarsgard) plays the hypnotic leader of the group. He comes across like a powerful prophet hell-bent on tearing down companies that harm people or the planet. No corporate fat cat is safe. The East is a tight thriller with a beginning, a middle & a great ending. I highly recommend it. You can also follow me on Twitter @leoquinones
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.
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
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
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!