8 items from 2012
2012 wasn’t a bad year for movies. It was actually a great year. The problem is, the movies we were most anticipating, specifically the Hollywood blockbusters like Prometheus and The Hobbit, didn’t live up to our expectations. With that said I still managed to make a list of 50 films I loved. Maybe I just have bad taste or maybe I just love movies but the most time consuming factor when making this list was sitting down and deciding what makes the cut and what doesn’t. Even with 50 films listed below, I found it hard to not include movies like Frankenweenie, The Loneliest Planet, Footnote, Compliance, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, and Searching For Sugar Man. Come to think of it, every film featured on our list of best documentaries could have easily snuck into this list. I haven’t seen everything of course. Below is »
I didn’t see Magic Mike when it opened in theaters last June. I meant to, I swear. After all, even if the movie looked a little like equal parts 54 and Showgirls, it’s a Steven Soderbergh film: think Traffic, Out of Sight, Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven. Plus, I knew it featured a gonzo Matthew McConaughey playing the bongos, which would normally be enough for me to see any movie even if Steve Buscemi had Channing Tatum’s sexy stripper role. But for some insecurity reason, I never made it to the theater to see it on the big screen. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
In a seemingly further attempt at throwing random ideas at a movie screen until something sticks, Steven Soderbergh follows the by the numbers experiment in kinetic setups, Haywire, with a flashily choreographed but ultimately, emotionally flat look at the world of male strippers.
Still, for the first half of Magic Mike you’d be forgiven for thinking that emotions aren’t really the prime focus for Mike and his crew, as cash is stuffed in waistbands, women scream and throw themselves at them with abandon, and the nightlife is filled with neon drinking, clubbing and so many more women that the first time we meet the eponymous Mike (Channing Tatum) he’s waking in the company of a pair of them, and being completely clueless as to whom one of them even is. Though to be fair, the one he’s at least familiar with (Olivia Munn »
- Mark Clark
2012 promises to be a fantastic year in cinema ,(although halfway through the year it has been somewhat of a letdown). Not too long ago, we posted a list of thirty of our most anticipated films of 2012, and so I decided I would keep track of my favourite films released each month. Here are my favorite films released in June.
Directed by Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott’s ambitious quasi-prequel to Alien may not answer all of its big questions (or any for that matter), but it’s redeemed by its sheer visual spectacle, technical wizardry and emphasis on tone and atmosphere. Prometheus is not without problems – just ask the fine folks over at Red Letter Media – but director Ridley Scott takes chances and while some of his choices don’t always work, Prometheus is at least never boring. While weighing heavily on familiar science fiction conceits, »
“Someone asked me recently, ‘How important are clothes to a movie about stripping?’ And all I could say was, ‘Without the clothes, you really don’t have an act as a stripper. You’ve got to have something to take off,’” says Magic Mike costume designer Christopher Peterson. Fair enough. An Emmy nominee last year for his work on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Peterson did some quick research for the film by visiting several male revues on both coasts. What he learned immediately: “A guy walks out onstage, tears his pants off, it’s guaranteed to get a reaction every single time. »
- Mandi Bierly
There's wild weather in the forecast this June 29th, because Magic Mike will be raining men at the Cineplex as it opens across the country! Set in the world of male strippers, this dramatic comedy stars Channing Tatum in a role tailor made for his biceps and abs. The film follows Mike as he takes a young dancer called The Kid (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money. Now some of you excitable audience members can take part of the magic home with our sexy Magic Mike giveaway. Relive some of the steamy action by pulling on, and then ripping off a branded T-shirt, or simply don a cool military cap in completing that topless ensemble you've climbed into to tease the ladies. Girls, you can show your support with a sultry little tank top number »
A dramatic comedy set in the world of male strippers, .Magic Mike. is directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Soderbergh (.Traffic.) and stars Channing Tatum in the title role. The film follows Mike as he takes a young dancer called The Kid (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing and schools him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.
“Magic Mike,” starring Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Cody Horn, Olivia Munn, Matt Bomer, Riley Keough, Joe Manganiello, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodriguez and Gabriel Iglesias, will be in theaters Friday, June 29.
What could be better than a girls night out with martinis and manis? Martinis, manis, and the men of “Magic Mike” of course! Warner Bros. Pictures and Wamg invite you to enter for your chance to win passes to the advance screening of Magic Mike in St. Louis on June 25th.
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- Movie Geeks
(photo: WB/Glen Wilson)
Every actor more than likely has a bucket list of roles they’d like to play in their career. For Adam Rodriguez he can cross off music video hottie (Jennifer Lopez’s If You Had My Love video), TV crime scene investigator (CSI: Miami, which just ended it’s ten-year run on CBS), Tyler Perry movie (I Can Do Bad All By Myself) and comedy (Ugly Betty). But did the sexy New York native ever think male stripper would be on that list?
Magic Mike has been on our radar for months now and the June 29th release date is quickly approaching so AfterElton grabbed some time with the gregarious Rodriguez to talk about his experience taking it off in front of the camera with hot actors like Channing Tatum, »
8 items from 2012
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