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The Film Freak Movie Talk Show 2.25.12

Leo Quinones talks #OSCARS! BILLY CRYSTALSACHA BARON COHEN #Predictions. REESE WITHERSPOON chats with Leo about shooting TOM HARDY square in the nuts with a paintball gun while filming, THIS MEANS WAR. Ouch! Watch it on www.VelvetRedTV.com Episode 2.18.12.

More #OSCARS as Leo interviews (2)  stars from “The Artist,” JAMES CROMWELL & PENELOPE ANN MILLER. #FILM FREAK Movie News, DIE HARD 5, 007 goes IMAX?!? JOHNNY DEPP – EDGAR WRIGHT announce an exciting new project!  Follow on Twitter @leoquinones

Here’s This Means War director, McG & star Tom Hardy showing they’re good sports by getting shot, point blank, in the ass(es) with paint guns.  CAUTION: THERE’S A COUPLE OF F-BOMBS.


This Means War Movie Review

“This Means War” goes straight for the hearts of women, yet tries to reel in males with decent action.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foster AKA FDR (Chris Pine) is the closest thing to a “007” spy stereotype.  He’s all about flash, style & bachelorhood.  FDR  has a best friend who also works for the C.I.A,  Tuck (Tom Hardy).   Tuck is a more the gritty, rough and tumble type spy.   On their respective downtime, they begin online dating.  Of course, they fall for the profile of the same person, Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon.)

Things heat up when these two spies attempt to seize the heart of the same woman.  While the boys try to dazzle the girl, Lauren consults her sexually frustrated best friend, who’s married with three kids, Trish (Chelsea Handler.)   Obviously, director McG utilized Chelsea as the film’s comic relief.  McG went to war with the MPAA, the group that decides film ratings.  The result, a watered-down PG-13 comedy.  They should have just went for the “R”.   The same thing happened to “Couples Retreat.”  It was set up for adults, but a PG-13 rating prevailed & it was a yawner.

McG says there will be a director’s cut of the film.  He admitted, Handler’s wit was way much to quick & way too raunchy to garner a PG-13 rating.  I think women will love how these guys attempt to WOO the girl, the dating is nothing short of spectacular.  Trapeze jumps, racing cars & paint-balling.  These courting adventures were almost as thrilling as one dream-date on “The Bachelor.”

In regards to the “Paintball” date, Reese Witherspoon’s character accidentally shoots Tom Hardy square in the nuts. I mean, square in the nuts.  I asked Tom Hardy, ‘How was that?’ He answered dryly, “I got shot in the nuts, what do you think.”  I also asked Witherspoon, “Since you’re an Oscar Winner, did you want to get the scene right with multiple takes?  She said, she shot Tom five or six times, mostly because she was laughing so much.

Be on the lookout for the “This Means War” DVD.  There’s going to be an alternative ending.  In this unused ending, Tuck & FDR end up falling in love.  Again, that would have been refreshing to see two guys getting together, leaving the girl at the curb.  At the end of the day, you have to go with this movie as a straight action romance comedy fantasy.  The situations are quite unbelievable.  The misappropriation of C.I.A resources is out and out staggering. They have dedicated teams of agents executing 24-hour surveillance on  Lauren Scott.  Wait. Aren’t there bad guys out there?

I think women will be into “This Means War” for the eye candy dudes and the hot pursuit.  Are you kidding me?  My mom will flip out watching Chris Pine & Tom Hardy. In my opinion, they shoulda went for the “R” rating.

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Watch The Film Freak Movie Report 2.15.2012

Leo Quinones gives you the edge on this week’s movie releases. Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy & Chris Pine star in, THIS MEANS WAR. Nic Cage hops back on his demon chopper in GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE & Disney’s THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY.





Water For Elephants Film Freak Movie Review

“Water For Elephants” is a period piece dating back to 1931.  Right off the bat, something good happens: Hal Holbrook. He provides the bookend intro/outro.  He’s always so believable.  So the story goes….The Benzini Brothers Traveling Circus Train is always chasing Ringling Brothers Circus.  This is the backdrop to a love triangle between veterinary student Jankowski (Rob Pattinson) star performer, Marlena (Reese Witherspoon) & husband Ringmaster, August (Christof Waltz ‘Inglourious Basterds’)

Jacob loves animals. August utilizes cruelty to get results training his animal performers.  This obvious rub is the friction that drives the story forward.   August recognizes Jacob could be his dedicated circus vet and soon begins inviting him into his premium boxcar for fine dining & booze (all happening during prohibition.)  Of course, Marlena is there dressed to the nines, flirting within every moment.

On the brink of bankruptcy, needing to fill the seats, August acquires Rosie the Elephant.  This gamble turns to be a huge bust.  August unleashes pain upon Rosie beyond belief. Anyone who cares about animals in the slightest, would be unsettled.  Of course, this behavior catapults Jacob, who innately loves & cares for animals, into a vengeful rage.

Turns out Rosie is uber smart, for reasons I cannot give away.   If you listen closely to Hal Holbrook’s intro, you’ll already know what happens.  Water For Elephants is a popular book by Sara Gruen.  When I was leaving the theater, I couldn’t help but think there wasn’t a whole lot of sexual chemistry between Witherspoon & Pattinson.  That’s exactly what this type of fall-in-love story requires.  Since the Golden Age of cinema, all we really need are two stars who sizzle onscreen to make us swoon for romance & whirlwind love.  Without the spark, the end game falls flat.

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