Thursday, February 28, 2013

Top 10 Grossing Actors List

1. Tom Hanks
    $4,073.3 Million

2. Eddie Murphy
$3,810.4 Million

3. Samuel L. Jackson
$3,595.5 Million

4. Harrison Ford
$3,561.6 Million

5. Morgan Freeman
$3,404.1 Million

6. Tom Cruise
    $3,202.3 Million

7. Robin Williams
$3,026.6 Million

8. Bruce Willis
    $2,983.9 Million

9. Johnny Depp
$2,981.0 Million

10. Michael Caine
    $2,822.3 Million

Monday, December 10, 2012

Angry Video Game Nerd Movie Well On Its Way

Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie is an upcoming independent comedy film based on the Cinemassacre Productions web series The Angry Video Game Nerd created by and starring James Rolfe. Filming for the movie started April 1, 2012 and wrapped on May 11, 2012 in California and additional scenes were filmed later on the East coast. The film is expected to be released sometime in 2013 and Rolfe anticipates that the film's release will be through touring film festivals, before being released on DVD.

A special screening of the trailer along with behind the scenes footage from the film premiered on November 9 at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, which is the same theatre where The Blob (1958) was filmed. You can find the official trailer for the movie below. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Top Five Ben Stiller Performances

Ben Stiller is one of the most widely respected comedic actors working in Hollywood today. He has achieved prolonged success by playing many fun and wacky characters wonderfully throughout the years and has also helped his own cause by directing, writing, and producing an impressive number of films as well. Listed below are what I believe to be Stiller's top five performances to date. Which ones are your favorites?

Heavy Weights (1995)
Tony Perkins

Zoolander (2001)
 Derek Zoolander

Meet the Parents (2000)
Greg Focker

Tropic Thunder (2008)
Tugg Speedman

There's Something About Mary (1998)

Top Five Bill Murray Movies

Bill Murray is widely considered to be one of the greatest entertainers in Hollywood. He first gained national exposure on Saturday Night Live, in which he earned an Emmy Award and later went on to star in a number of critically and commercially successful films including Lost in Translation in 2003,  which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Listed below are what I believe to be Murray's top five films to date. What are your favorites?

 Groundhog Day (1993)

Lost in Translation (2003)

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Ghostbusters (1984) 

Stripes (1981)

Friday, June 1, 2012

Carlito's Way Review

Carlito's Way is a 1993 crime film directed by Brian De Palma and based on the novels "Carlito's Way" and "After Hours" by Judge Edwin Torres. The film stars Al Pacino as gangster Carlito Brigante and Sean Penn as his sleazy lawyer and best friend, David Kleinfeld. It is a relatively strong gangster film that is sometimes under-looked because of how it received mixed responses from critics after its initial release. The story just catches you right off the bat and doesn't release you until the credits start to roll. It's an engaging flick that had a very underrated and magnificent script that was written by the talented screenwriter, David Koepp.

While it's true that Carlito's Way may not be the strongest gangster film out there, it is still a very solid one that deserves recognition for what its worth. It's an extremely honest and captivating film that gives moviegoers a chance to escape from their normal everyday lives for a couple of hours. De Palma did an incredible job at making a movie that is very easy to enjoy by everyone.

The film is carried by notably strong performances by Al Pacino and Sean Penn. Pacino is strong and charismatic as he is in just about every one of his movies, but it was Penn who won me over in this one. His performance is so superb and effective. His character comes across as repulsive and very dislikeable, but yet it's impossible to look away from him. It is truly great acting from Penn who provided a very Oscar worthy performance. Overall, Carlito's Way is a gangster flick that is enjoyable to watch and just seems to be getting better with age.

Overall Rating: 3.5/5

Dog Day Afternoon Review

Dog Day Afternoon is a powerful 1975 crime drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino in the leading role as Sonny Wortzik. The film is inspired by P.F. Kluge's Life article "The Boys in the Bank", which tells the story of the robbery of a Brooklyn bank by John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturile on August 22, 1972. It went on to receive much critical acclaim and garnered six Academy Academy Award nominations as well as seven Golden Globe nominations.

One of the most amazing aspects of this film is the mesmerizing performance by Al Pacino. In my opinion it is one of the greatest acting performances in film history. It's just incredible how great and memorable it really is. You can tell that director Sidney Lumet let Pacino run wild with the character and had no boundaries for him at all. Another very excellent performance in the film is John Cazale as Salvatore  Naturile, Sonny's partner in the robbery. He has almost a childlike innocence throughout and provides much comic relief in what is one of the many memorable roles in the film.

 A lot of credit needs to go to Sidney Lumet for making this exceptional film. You could easily go on and on about how wonderful it is in so many ways. Whether you want to talk about the superb acting by the entire cast, the masterful cinematography and directing, or the transcendent script that is very viewer engaging. Dog Day Afternoon is a classic movie that every film lover needs to see at least once in their life.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Zulu Review

Zulu is a 1964 historical war film depicting the Battle of Rorke's Drift between the British Army and the Zulus during the Anglo-Zulu War. The battle was fought between approximately 4,000 Zulu warriors against 150 British and colonial troops. The film was directed by Cy Endfield and stars Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins and Michael Caine in addition to being narrated by Richard Burton. It is an amazing film and one of my personal favorite war films of all-time.

This is just simply an incredible film that will always live on in history as an undisputed masterpiece. It's visually mesmerizing and features some of the most top-notch cinematography and directing in film history as far as I'm concerned. It is nearly impossible to look away during the film's 139 minute run-time. The landscapes are beautiful, the settings are isolated, and the fighting is shown in realistic bloody detail. It's one of the most captivating films of all time.

It's difficult to write a review for this masterful film and have no mention of the astonishing musical score by the talented English composer John Barry. It's both majestic and menacing as it helps to set the tone of the battle scenes so well. There are very few films out there as well-balanced and exciting as Zulu is. It truly is an astounding film. 

Overall Rating: 5/5