October 2008

Kevin Smith Makes a Porno

by Alan Rapp on October 31, 2008

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Zack and Miri Make a Porno
  • IMDB: link

“Sometimes you need someone else to show you the things you can’t see.”

The latest from writer/director Kevin Smith focuses on two lifelong friends and roommates who find themselves under a mountain of debt with no money to pay off rising expenses.

Out of other, more conventional, options Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) decide to make a porno together in hopes of raising enough money to get their water and heat turned back on.

Those familiar with Smith’s films will feel right at home here with the vulgar humor tinged with some sweetness.  There’s also some Star Wars references thrown in, and I would like to know what George Lucas thought of Zack and Miri’s first porno idea.

You’ll also notice some staples of the View Askew universe in small roles including Jason Mewes, Jennifer Schwalbach, and Jeff Anderson as those who chip in to help on the film.

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Changeling

by Alan Rapp on October 31, 2008

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Changeling
  • IMDB: link

“Miss Collins, if that’s your son I’ll eat my yardstick.”

Based on a true story the film, set in Los Angeles of the 1920’s, tells the tale of Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) and her missing son.

When the police reunite her with who they believe to be her son Collins quickly finds plenty of evidence to support her own feelings that this boy is not Walter.  Attempts to get the police to acknowledge their mistakes fall on deaf ears and eventually Collins is thrown into an asylum for her “irrational” behavior.  Cue the inevitable electro-shock scene.

Director Clint Eastwood gives us a terrific looking picture filled with crazy and bizarre events.  However the film’s mood is never quite right and many of the disturbing events, such as the inane explanations in the change of Walter by the officer in charge (Jeffrey Donovan) and a doctor (Peter Gerety), come off silly rather than menacing.

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RocknRolla

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2008

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: RocknRolla
  • IMDB: link

There is no honor among thieves.

The latest from writer/director Guy Ritchie is a bit of a convoluted tale of real-estate scams in London.  Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson) runs an under the table service of getting property rights quickly passed through red tape for an exorbitant fee.  Anyone needing business done quickly has no other option than to go through Cole.

After bilking two tough guys (Gerard Bulter, Idris Elba) out of their dream, and getting them to owe him money, Cole moves onto business with a Russian (Karel Roden).  Here’s where things get complicated.

In need of some fast cash One Two (Butler) and Mumbles (Elba) take a job from an associate (Thandie Newton) to rob a large supply of money coming into London.  Unknown to the pair the money is the payoff the Russian is bringing to Cole, and its theft jeopardizes the business deal.

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AMC Introduces New Theater Experience

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2008

in Announcements 

Movie watchers close to Olathe, KS may want to mosey on down to AMC Studio 30 for the unveling of their new theater experience.  The Grand Opening begins tomorrow and involves a giveaways, a silent auction, live music, and more!  I recently toured the newly refurbished wing and I’ll tell you all about it inside.

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RF’s Top 10 Ladies of CBS

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2008

in Essays 

It doesn’t seem that long ago that the CBS was the senior citizen network.  Taking a gander at today’s CBS made me notice a wider variety of shows (well, those that aren’t CSI spin-offs) and a healthy supply of beautiful leading and supporting actresses.  Today we’ll count down ten of the lovely ladies of CBS .

Just a few facts about the list itself before we get started.  All the ladies below are starring in shows currently airing on CBS.  To whittle down the list, and for some diversity, I also chose no more than one woman from a particular show.  And I chose only actresses; you won’t find “reality”-TV or gameshow contestants on the list.  Honorable mentions who didn’t make the list include Alyson Hannigan, Poppy Montgomery, Rachel Boston and Elizabeth Reaser.  Now on with the show!

10.

Pauley Perrette
“And you wonder why you’re still single.”

Current show – NCIS

Best known for her current role, you might also know her from The Ring, Almost Famous, and guest-roles on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Dawson’s Creek, and JAG.  She was also the lead singer for the former girl-band Lo-Ball.  For more check out Pauley Perette Online and Absolute Pauley Perette.

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