Monthly Archives: April 2012

IMDB Top 250: Snatch (2000)

Director: Guy Ritchie

Cast: Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Vinnie Jones, Dennis Farina, Alan Ford, Benicio Del Toro

Year: 2000

Current rank on IMDT Top 250 list: # 118

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After his first venture into film-making with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Guy Ritchie continued his run of success when he directed Snatch, an over-the-top British gangster comedy with a rather impressive cast that included the likes of Jason Statham, Benicio Del Toro and Brad Pitt.

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Not a positive review of “The Cabin in the Woods”

Director: Drew Goddard

Cast: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Fran Kranz

Year: 2012

Having seen the blog world respond in such an overwhelmingly positive way to The Cabin in the Woods, I simply could not stay away from the discussion any longer.
As it is clear by the title of my post, I did not love the film, far from it actually. I cannot say I disliked it either, but in the midst of its atypical delivery and structure, I could not help but feel like something did not work for me.

To begin with, I believe much of the critical acclaim the film has received does not even stem from the film itself. I believe some credit must be given to a very smart promotional campaign, which emphasized the film’s unusual horror qualities, thus suggesting we would find originality and unpredictability in it. To me, the question we should ask is not whether the film is atypical or original if we compare it to most horror features (which it is) but whether it is a well-crafted piece that should not be analyzed or defined through the always limiting genre filter.

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Top 10 films of a Ten Year Old

Inspired by Dan from Top 10 Films, I decided to basically steal his post and contribute to the conversation by providing a list of the ten films I enjoyed the most when I was younger, approximately at age 10, circa 1995.

I think you will notice a ten year old trying to watch films that are deemed inappropriate for someone that age, often going around the watchful eyes of his parents to watch a horror film, or catch a glimpse of the latest monster or the latest adventure. The list is practically made entirely of blockbusters that were either a product of the 1980s and early 1990s.
With the exception of Child’s Play and Rocky IV, all of these films still remain close to my heart and I consider them extremely entertaining and well done to this day.

Here is my list:

10. Child’s Play (1988)

I was introduced to the famed franchise by my uncle who, after a day of looking after me, probably decided to take a breather and distract me with a movie, albeit not one that kids should watch. Child’s Play was probably one of the first R-rated films I watched. I especially remember how upset my mom was when she found out I had seen it, afraid it would give me nightmares.

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Film Review: Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

Director: Mike Figgis

Cast: Nicholas Cage, Elisabeth Shue

Year: 1995

Before Nicholas Cage married, divorced and spent vast amounts of money that forced him to take every part that came his way not to fall into bankruptcy, he was once a sought-after actor with a natural gift and the mainstream appeal to bring box office revenue to any project.

Sometime in the mid-nineties, right before he turned into an action-movie star with films like “The Rock” and “Con-Air”, Nicholas Cage took the role of Ben, a freshly divorced Hollywood agent in the last stages of alcoholism who, after being fired from his job, decides to move to Las Vegas to drink himself to death.

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The Annual “Architecture & Design Film Festival” (part 1)

It is April in Chicago and with it come the flowers, the warmer temperatures and the seasonal allergies that makes tissue-makers a fortune.

April in The Windy City also means it is time for the return of the Architecture & Design Film Festival, an annual event that brings together the two arts with a collection of 33 films, ranging from short documentaries to full-length features of great diversity and covering many different topics.

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