8 items from 2012
These films were actually shot all at once but ultimately released as two separate films telling one long story. As the musketeer with a dark past, Oliver Reed provides a lot of the heart and soul in these very entertaining and well-made films. Technically, since we have to isolate one film for our fantasy nomination, it would be The Four Musketeers as his role is more prominent in that film. Reed’s reunion scene with Faye Dunaway’s Milady is superb as is Reed’s intense swordplay with an array of opponents including Christopher Lee. An underrated actor whose career was damaged by well-documented alcohol problems and notorious off-screen behavior, Reed still logged in some truly incredible acting performances over the course of his career. His portrayal of Athos is definitely one of them.
- Terek Puckett
This week: George Clooney plays a Hawaiian landowner who must reconnect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a terrible accident in "The Descendants," the drama by writer-director Alexander Payne that just won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Also new is Steven Spielberg's motion-capture 3-D animated film "The Adventures of Tintin," the maudlin Lars von Trier drama "Melancholia," Michelle Williams' turn as Marilyn Monroe in "My Week With Marilyn" and the Blu-ray debut of Martin Scorsese's controversial "The Last Temptation of Christ."
Box Office: $81 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 89% Fresh
Storyline: Matt King (George Clooney) is a Honolulu lawyer who tries to connect with his two daughters when his wife slips into a coma after a boating accident. As his family comes to terms with his wife's secret life, Matt wrestles with the decision to sell 25,000 acres of pristine Kauai land in this »
- Robert DeSalvo
The theatrical re-release of the first in the new trilogy of Star Wars films has been revealed with a trailer set to debut before The Three Musketeers on October 21st. The release date for Episode I in 3D is February 10th, 2012. Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) is a young apprentice Jedi knight under the tutelage of Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson); Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd), who will later father Luke Skywalker and become known as Darth Vader, is just a nine-year-old boy. When the Trade Federation cuts off all routes to the planet Naboo, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are assigned to settle the matter, but when they arrive on Naboo they are brought to Amidala (Natalie Portman), the Naboo queen, by a friendly but opportunistic Gungan named Jar Jar. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan plan to escort Amidala to a »
- Pietro Filipponi
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Moneyball I've watched it twice and can safely say this is great movie and one I would say is worth the purchase. I haven't seen it on Blu-ray, but I would expect the rich blacks and lush greens look excellent in high definition, but above all else this is simply a great movie. You can read my review from the Toronto International Film Festival right here.
Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First Season I am now five episodes into this series and I will say it's good, but not great. One thing I particularly take away from so many of the outdoor scenes is how much it looks like they are shooting on a set. Everything about some of these scenes just feels wrong and plastic. Don't get me wrong, I can't wait to throw in disc three and »
- Brad Brevet
'Swordmaster' and stunt double who fenced with Errol Flynn and swung the lightsaber for Darth Vader
As a stunt double, Bob Anderson, who has died aged 89, was among the many unsung, unknown, uncredited and partially unseen performers of motion pictures whose purpose is to remain anonymous while making the star look athletic, acrobatic, courageous or devil-may-care. For those in the business, Anderson reigned supreme in the fencing department, earning the title of "swordmaster". Given the partly Japanese genesis of the Star Wars franchise, it was an apt description of the man who wielded the lightsaber for Darth Vader in his duels in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).
In 1983 Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, blew Anderson's cover in an interview: "Bob Anderson was the man who actually did Vader's fighting. It was always supposed to be a secret, but I finally told George [Lucas, the creator] I didn't think it was fair any more. »
- Ronald Bergan
Want a prediction for 2012 at the movies? It’s going to look a lot like 2011. An awful lot.
It’s going to be a case of, If ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, actually, the creative machinery in Hollywood is broke, but, as the numbers show, not broken enough to warrant fixing.
So. Next year, you’re going to see a lot of sequels, prequels, spin-offs, ham-handed clones of hits, remakes, ginormous action fests aimed at the Comic-Con crowd… All in all, you’re gonna get that Yogi Berra sense of, “It’s déjà vu all over again!” And most of it will happen in the summer with some kind of big, noisy something steam rolling its way onto thousands of screens carried on a wave of wall-to-wall hype.
- Bill Mesce
In sadder news for the start of 2012, the world has lost a talented swordsman. Olympic fencer Bob Anderson passed away this week at the age of 89. While you may not recognize his name right away, there's a good chance you're familiar with his work, especially if you've seen the original Star Wars, the Lord of the Rings trilogy or Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl . Entertainment Weekly posted the unfortunate news, listing the British Academy of Fencing as the source, stating that Anderson died on New Year.s Day at a hospital in England. The English fencer.s achievements not only include representing Great Britain in the 1952 Olympics, but going on to lend his expertise to the movie industry by staging some extremely memorable sword-fighting scenes, including Star Wars, The Princess Bride and the 1993 version of The Three Musketeers. And among the slightly »
It has been confirmed that Bob Anderson passed away peacefully yesterday in hospital The British Academy of Fencing reports. He was 89. He's best known for his work as a sword master or trainer on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the original Star Wars movies, Highlander, The Three Musketeers, The Legend of Zorro, Die Another Day and many, many more (including The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey). Digital Spy point out a 1983 interview with Mark Hamill in which he revealed that it was Anderson who was in the Darth Vader costume during A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi's lightsabre battles, not David Prowse. "Bob Anderson was the man who actually did Vader's fighting. It was always supposed to be a secret, but I finally told [George Lucas] I didn't think it was fair anymore. Bob worked so bloody hard that he deserves some recognition. »
8 items from 2012
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