May 12, 2013
Box office roundup
42, Baz Luhrmann, Iron Man 3, Leonardo DiCaprio, The Great Gatsby
Film Frame/Walt Disney Pictures
Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) in “Iron Man 3.”
1. Iron Man 3 - $72.1 million [2nd week; $232 million] After having the second highest grossing opening ever, it would have been shocking for this not to retain its top spot.
And while it was closer than anticipated, “IM3″ led the box office for a 2nd consecutive weekend and it went over $800 million worldwide as it gets ever closer to $1 billion. Currently it’s at $949 million. More
May 10, 2013
Drama, Movie Reviews
Baz Luhrmann, Carey Mulligan, Elizabeth Debicki, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton, Leonardo DiCaprio, The Great Gatsby, Tobey Maguire
Warner Bros. Pictures
Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) entertains Daisy (Carey Mulligan), Nick (Tobey Maguire) and Tom (Joel Edgerton) in “The Great Gatsby.”
Baz Luhrmann doesn’t so much make films as he does experiences and he’s done it again with “The Great Gatsby,” a luxuriously engaging extravaganza that all but renders another adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic unnecessary. More
May 8, 2013
Baz Luhrmann, Carey Mulligan, Elizabeth Debicki, Joel Edgerton, Leonardo DiCaprio, The Great Gatsby, Tobey Maguire
Warner Bros. Pictures
Daisy (Carey Mulligan) catches up with Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio).
If you’re out of high school, chances are good you had to read “The Great Gatsby” and if you had a cool English teacher like me, you got to watch the 1974 movie starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, but nothing will prepare you for Baz Luhrmann’s take on the classic novel starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Debicki and Joel Edgerton. More
May 1, 2013
Cinema Convo, Drama
Baz Luhrmann, Carey Mulligan, F.Scott Fitzgerald, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Redford, The Great Gatsby, Tobey Maguire
Photo Credit: AFI
I’m still not used to considering the summer movie season starting in May. Anyhow, one of my most anticipated films this season is the sure to be spectacular Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.
The 1974 film with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow didn’t do much for me, but I think Luhrmann is going to make this the definitive version of the story much like he did with his amazing “Romeo + Juliet.” More
January 16, 2013
Action/Adventure, Drama, Film Flashbacks, Movie Reviews
Body of Lies, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Strong, Russell Crowe
Filled with a “who do you trust?” web of deceit and double-dealing, the perfect balance of action and drama and masterful performances from Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, “Body of Lies” is a compelling, nail-biting spy thriller.
DiCaprio and Crowe originally teamed in “The Quick and the Dead” and this marks Crowe’s reunion with his “Gladiator” director Ridley Scott. Few movies this year have such an impressive pedigree and fortunately it’s not just on paper.
Scott steers the film in a manner you’re never quite sure what’s about to happen next and his talented cast handles the rest. More
December 30, 2012
Box office roundup
Django Unchained, Hugh Jackman, Jack Reacher, Jamie Foxx, Jean Valjean, Leonardo DiCaprio, Les Misérables, Parental Guidance, Quentin Tarantino, Russell Crowe, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Tom Cruise
Todd Eyre/Warner Bros. Pictures
Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) with his sword, Sting, finds a small ring in Gollum’s cave in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”
1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – $32.9 million [$222.7 million; 3rd week] Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth saga has now brought in $642 million worldwide and managed to stave off two very strong competitors. More
December 25, 2012
Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Movie Reviews
Calvin Candie, Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained, Don Johnson, Inglourious Basterds, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Leonardo DiCaprio, Quentin Tarantino, Samuel L. Jackson, Scandal
Andrew Cooper/ The Weinstein Company
King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) and Django (Jamie Foxx) in “Django Unchained.”
“Django Unchained” ranges from being brilliant, controversial, chaotic, overly talky, mind-numbingly long and cartoonishly violent. Basically it’s Director/Writer Quentin Tarantino at his best and worse.
When he’s on, Tarantino’s southern western epic about a former slave, Django (Jamie Foxx), partnering with a German bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) is awesome. It’s original, lively and wickedly funny. The script is snappy and shot in that winking to the audience manner that only Tarantino can provide like the scene ripping a lynch-mob with their Ku Klux Klan style masks. But when he’s off — like in the film’s tedious middle act — “Django” is almost begging Tarantino to cut loose and get back to making the over-the-top cinematic experience we’ve come to expect from him. More
December 21, 2012
Broomhilda, Calvin Candie, Christoph Waltz, director quentin tarantino, Django Unchained, Dutch Schultz, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, NECA, Quentin Tarantino, Samuel L. Jackson, Sideshow Collectibles
NECA just released images of their 8″ figures based on Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson.
From NECA’s site:
From the highly anticipated new film from prolific director Quentin Tarantino comes this collection of poseable 8″ figures with tailored fabric clothing similar to the retro toy lines that helped define the licensed action figure market in the 1970s. More
December 13, 2012
Christoph Waltz, Django, Django Unchained, Franco Nero, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Quentin Tarantino, Sergio Corbucci
Clearly, I read too many comic books.
I love the passion Quentin Tarantino brings to his movies. He’s a movie fanboy made good and he never seems to lack in enthusiasm for his work. Even when I don’t love all of his movies, the joy he has in crafting his films is apparent.
Andrew Cooper, SMPSP / The Weinstein Company
Quentin Tarantino on the set of “Django Unchained.”
I also dig that he loves giving shout outs to the films that inspired him, a tradition he continues with his latest, “Django Unchained.”
“Django Unchained” is about a former slave (Jamie Foxx) who partners with a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to free his wife, Broomhilda, (Kerry Washington) from the vile plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).
Tarantino has often declared his love for spaghetti westerns (those written/produced by Italian directors most notably with Sergio Leone’s “A Fistful of Dollars,” “A Few Dollars More” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” starring Clint Eastwood) with a major influence on “Django Unchained” being the 1966 spaghetti western “Django,” directed by Sergio Corbucci and starring Franco Nero. More
August 27, 2012
Drama, Film Flashbacks, Movie Reviews, Science Fiction
Christopher Nolan, Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Inception, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy
One of the more exciting parts of this gig, besides seeing modern-day classics like “Macgruber” and “Marmaduke” of course, is seeing a brilliant film for the first time. Nothing can quite top that sense of awe and wonder about what’s going to happen next. While it won’t be the exact same, I imagine that in watching ‘Inception’ very little of that awe and wonder will diminish from one of the most groundbreaking and original films I’ve seen in the last decade.
Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures
This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone since ‘Inception’ was written and directed by Christopher Nolan, the genius behind “Memento,” “The Prestige” and the second highest grossing movie of all time “The Dark Knight.” [2012 FF: Stupid "Avatar!"] “Inception” is Nolan’s sixth full-length film, and marks the last indicator that he’s operating on a totally different level than his peers. He doesn’t need 3D or any other here today, gone tomorrow fad to sell movie tickets. His gimmick? Exemplary storytelling that draws you in and keeps you thinking about what you’ve just witnessed long after the final credits. More