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The Movie Interview: “JOBS” Musical Composer John Debney

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

 



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!



THE EAST MOVIE REVIEW

Published by in Movies on June 2nd, 2013 | No Comments »

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

CAUTION: This video contains spoilers.

 



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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Brave Movie Review

Disney Pixar jumps into the summer box office fray with “Brave.”  It’s the story of Princess Merida, a spirited lass from the Highlands of Scotland.  Animators first journeyed to Scotland way back in 2006.  They then returned in 2007 to immerse within Scottish culture.  Their research included taking in stories steeped in the Scots culinary habits, foggy weather, wildlife, trees & rich ancestry.  These steps are what make the animation is as good as what you’d expect from Pixar.

Merida’s journey revolves around a universal theme of most teenagers throughout the ages, ‘Let me live my own life!’  The conflict comes from within the family must be resolved with family.  The story involves witches, potions, ferries & thundering horseback rides.  Young girls all over the world will absolutely love watching ‘Brave.’  The movie is being pushed as 3D, but you can save a few bucks per tickets by watching it in 2D.  It’s just as fun.

I think Brave is a wee bit scary for kids under the age 6.  There’s classic Disney villains & there’s things nightmares are made of.  Hit a bullseye like Merida & Follow Leo on Twitter @leoquinones.  The Film Freak iPhone App is %100 FREE. Just search Film Freak.



Film Freak Movie Talk Show Podcast 6.9.12

The Film Freak Movie Talk Show shines the light on the biggest movies again this week! Still going strong “Marvel’s The Avengers” continues it’s epic run in the Top 10. Mark Ruffalo AKA Bruce Banner gives over awesome info about becoming the big green machine, The Hulk! Leo also forks over awesome audio from the android himself “David”, Michael Fassbender, not found in this weekends’ “Prometheus”. Also stars from Wes Anderson’s awesome movie “Moonrise Kingdom” stop by and have a chat with Leo. Finally, the most rocking out loud movie coming out this summer “Rock of Ages”, gets it’s epic soundtrack dissected by Leo!! Plus, Leo gets the Gotham City Gossip from Bill of BATMAN ON FILM. Follow Leo Quinones on Twitter @leoquinones everyone’s doing it, even the epic rocker Stacee Jaxx!!



Film Freak Movie Report 5.17.2012

Leo heads down to the Four Seasons to talk about the latest in movies!



Movie Review: Dark Shadows

As a kid, I barely remember the TV soap opera, “Dark Shadows.”  The eerie theme song is forever seared in my memory.   Tim Burton, Michelle Pfieffer & Johnny Depp were also Children of the Corn-y soap.  Leave it to Tim & Johnny to pick ‘Shadows’ as their vampire vehicle.

I can’t really compare the two, meaning the movie & the TV series.  I did not go back & revisit the old material.  It’s widely known, that, for better or worse, this is now Tim Burton’s vision.  As seen in the trailers, Barnabas Collins is a vampire buried alive for almost 200 years & released in the year 1972.  This juxtaposition is supposed to the springboard for comedy situations.

But I found the film to be much darker than funny.  You know that old saying, ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned?’   Angelique (Eva Green) plays a servant who loves Barnabas Collins. (Johnny Depp) When the relationship goes south, things are compounded by the fact that she’s a witch.  Hence the evil curse she places, which transforms Barnabas into a vampire, doomed for eternal damnation.  She’s gives him the extended dirt nap too.

That’s the central theme at play here.  This rivalry is the films’ beginning, middle & end. The bulk of the humor stems from the way Barnabas reacts to the tackiness of the times.  Johnny Depp is indeed very interesting to watch on screen.  He’s playing alot of this through his extended fingers & eyes.  His  makeup application was very extreme. A bit too much I’m afraid.

I always like to go over Vampire Rules.  Barnabas casts no reflection in the mirror, (1) Point.  Resistance to silver. (1) point. He seeks darkness, (1) point.  Sunlight sizzles his skin & fingertips, (1) point.  Original coffin brought in for slumber, (1) point.  His ability to walk around in broad daylight, MINUS (5) points!   It’s a bloody wash, folks.

Hardcore fans of the ‘Dark Shadows’ TV show have been left for scrap.  It is what it is.  This is signature Tim Burton: Weird & creepy right down the line.   I liked this world, I just wish there were more laughs.  Either it’s a dark vampire movie or it’s an out-and-out comedy. Tone is so tough.  As you’ll see, it’s just about impossible to combine the two. Dark Shadows is rated PG-13.

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