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California Typewriter Director Doug Nichol

Too many computers! That’s the sentiment of a growing number of people, young and old. Simplicity vs Technology. The documentary “California Typewriter” might just be the simple answer. True fans of typewriters, TOM HANKS, JOHN MAYER & the late, great SAM SHEPARD each give their specific insights on why they prefer typewriters over computers. Writer Director, Doug Nichol talks about why typewriters coming back isn’t just a fad! In select theaters August 18th.

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Movie Review


“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” What does the title mean? For me, the heart & soul of this movie is young Oskar Schell (Thomas Horn). So I believe the movie’s moniker pertains to Oskar and the events of 9/11. ‘Extremely Loud’ may be him describing huge airplanes slamming the World Trade Center. ‘Incredibly Close’ is really the best way to describe his relationship with his father, Thomas Schell(Tom Hanks).

One day, while looking through his father’s belongings, Oskar finds a key. But what secret could it uncover? Oskar & his dad were all about using deductive skills to solve most any mystery. This key just might unlock something that’ll bring him just a little bit closer to his father whom he misses so very much. And so it goes. This amazing kid, using wit & passion, searches throughout the five boroughs of New York.

The scenes are intense. My favorite parts of the movie were the flashbacks of happier times between Thomas & his son, Oskar. They were very sweet & made you feel good. The downside, those scenes are scant. The material here is very tough to watch. You’re talking about ripping off the scab of 9/11 and it is polarizing. There are people out in the world who feel, it’s good to stir up these emotions & weep about what happened to our country that awful day. I’m not one of those people.

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Larry Crowne Movie Review

Tom Hanks wore a ton of hats for his latest movie, “Larry Crowne.”  He wrote, produced, directed & Tweeted almost every day updates from the film’s production.  This is a story about a guy who spent 20 plus years defending America in the Navy.  He then becomes a victim. A victim of the recession.  His U-Mart job gets liquidated, the clincher: Larry Crowne never went to college.   Now he’s headed back to school.

It’s there where he tries to regain his footing on life in general.  He meets the feisty yet friendly leader of a neighborhood Scooter Gang, Talia  (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). Oh & the teacher, Miss Tainot (Julia Roberts) As you already know, Larry Crowne has aspirations of being his teacher’s pet.  Take that any way you’d like.  The movie pushes through different journeys, and you ultimately do end up caring about thesecharacters.

At the end of the day, Larry Crowne is a sweet movie, that takes it’s time ramping up.  Movie critics are so cynical.  They’re out to destroy good ol’ Larry.  Here’s my take.  This isn’t Tom Hanks or Julia Roberts best movie.  So if you’ve grown tired of animated cars, green lanterns, autobots & bad teachers, Larry Crowne offers up something upbeat.

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Film Freak Oscar Picks & My Favorite Oscar Moment!

Here you go, my 2011 Oscar Picks in major categories.   These are not my picks to win, but the voting academy’s picks.

If it were up to me, “Toy Story 3” would win Best Picture.  Speaking of Woody, The Cowboy Doll….

Also, I wanted to share with you the greatest Oscar moment I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. Tom Hanks’ eloquence gets me every time.  Without a single moment of hesitation, I’d vote for him to be President of the United States.  If you haven’t seen his Best Actor speech for “Philadelphia,” please do check it out.

Have an amazing Oscar Sunday & may your picks all win.

Leo

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Best Picture

Black Swan

The Fighter

Inception

The Kids Are All Right

*The King’s Speech

127 Hours

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter’s Bone

Best Actor

Javier Bardem “Biutiful”

Jeff Bridges “True Grit”

Jesse Eisenberg “The Social Network”

*Colin Firth “The King’s Speech”

James Franco “127 Hours”

Best Actress

Annette Bening “The Kids Are All Right”

Nicole Kidman “Rabbit Hole”

Jennifer Lawrence “Winter’s Bone”

*Natalie Portman “Black Swan”

Michelle Williams “Blue Valentine”

Best Supporting Actor

*Christian Bale “The Fighter”

John Hawkes “Winter’s Bone”

Jeremy Renner “The Town”

Mark Ruffalo “The Kids Are All Right”

Geoffrey Rush “The King’s Speech”

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams “The Fighter”

Helena Bonham Carter “The King’s Speech”

*Melissa Leo “The Fighter”

Hailee Steinfeld “True Grit”

Jacki Weaver “Animal Kingdom”

Best Director

Darren Aronofsky “Black Swan”

David O. Russell “The Fighter”

Tom Hooper “The King’s Speech”

*David Fincher “The Social Network”

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen “True Grit”



“Toy Story 3″ Director LEE UNKRICH interview w/ Leo Quinones

Woody & Buzz are bustin’ out of Sunnyside Day Care & headed straight to the Oscars! “Toy Story 3” is a lock to win Best Animated Feature.  I invite you inside the world of Pixar as I talk with director LEE UNRICH about, the many layers of this amazing film.  You’ll find out: Who’s really supplying the voice of Mattel’s  Woody, The Cowboy Doll?  Hint: It’s NOT Tom Hanks!! Will there be a “Toy Story 4?” I hope you enjoy this in-depth, exclusive interview.  Thanks for listening, Leo

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