Posts Tagged ‘seven pounds

05
Jul
09

i love cheap movies and flickchart.

I love Blockbuster’s model for getting rid of previously viewed DVD’s! To walk in and lovingly peruse the tables of 3 for $20 and 4 for $20 is a wonderful thing. Since our plan is to eventually upgrade to BluRay (Emily has been surprisingly interested lately in a PlayStation 3) we have stopped buying new DVDs, but when you can grab a few previously viewed flicks for $5-$7 each, it is too good to pass up. Today, our haul consisted of The Dark Knight, The Wrestler, Role Models, Seven Pounds, Quantum of Solace, and JCVD. To add films like TDK and The Wrestler to our collection so affordably is a wonderful thing, thanks Blockbuster!

Also, speaking of movies, I am addicted to flickchart.com. It’s a site that ranks movies, showing you a list of your favorite movies, as well as a cumulative ranking based on the favorites of everyone who uses flickchart. What they do is simply display two movies at a time, and you pick which one you like the most, then repeat the process again and again. The more times you pick, the more accurate your list becomes. The site is still Beta, so there are definite weaknesses, two examples are the fact that many movies are still missing and the fact that it is difficult to find other users you might know on the site since there is no search feature for users. However, those are easy to fix, and I am sure it will happen in due time. At the moment, you have to get an invite to join… that is unless you go here and click on the link at the bottom of the story to bypass said invitation process. The site is a total timesink, and I love it!

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28
Oct
08

trailer park tuesday. 10.28.08

Yesterday I was recovering from FF&J (which was awesome by the way) and working on my Greek midterm instead of blogging. Thus, I need to get a post in today and tomorrow to make up for it. In addition to making the extra post, I will also include some extra trailers this week as an little added restitution. That being said, that might mean that the trailers might not be as new, and/or good. We’ll see.

Seven Pounds:

“It’s time.”

Who’s In It?: Will Smith, Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, Barry Pepper, Michael Ealy

What is it?: A man who made a tragic mistake in the past resolves to change the lives of seven strangers.  

Why I’m Interested: I’ve already seen this one in an advanced screening, and already mentioned it in a previous five things. I loved the movie, so I am glad the trailer is finally available to share here on trailer park tuesday.

Watchmen: (newest trailer) **this is not the older trailer from over the summer, it’s new**

“God help us all.”

Who’s In It?: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Billy Crudup and Matthew Goode

What is it?: Without any hyperbole, the most acclaimed, most influential graphic novel of all time gets the movie treatment.

Why I’m Interested: Holy shit, I can’t wait for this movie.

To watch with the necessary quality, you have to click this link.

Let The Right One In:

“Will you be my girlfriend?”

Who’s In It?: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson

What is it?: A lonely young boy befriends a young girl who just so happens to be a vampire, adolescent romance and horrifying carnage ensue.

Why I’m Interested: The trailer looks like a sigur rós video gone horribly, horribly, horribly wrong. This figures to be a deeply disturbing film.

The trailers for Twilight look to me like that film will be a lackluster adaptation of, from what I hear, are actually good books. Let The Right One In looks like it will engage fairly similar ground, the relationship between a vampire and a human, albeit a higher quality engagement of a very different tone to be sure.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button:

“We’re almost the same age. We’re meeting in the middle.”

Who’s In It?: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond,

What is it?: Brad Pitt is Benjamin Button, born an old man, and aging backwards throughout his life. 

Why I’m Interested: A strong cast, the potential for some good storytelling, and what looks to be wonderful amount of imagination is enough to get me to the theater. We’ll have to see whether or not they deliver on the potential.

JCVD:

“Steven Seagal?!?”

“He promised he’d cut off his ponytail.”

Who’s In It?: Jean-Claude Van Damme (yes, you read that right)

What is it?: Jean-Claude Van Damme plays himself, down on his luck, and thus deciding to take hostages at a bank.

Why I’m Interested: Early buzz from those who’ve seen it is that it is actually really good. That leaves me pretty damn curious about the prospect of a guy who was always really more of a joke legitimizing himself by playing himself as, well, a joke.

Gran Torino:

“What was it like to kill a man.”

“You don’t want to know.”

Who’s In It?: Clint Eastwood

What is it?: Clint Eastwood stars as an old man who turns into a vigilante to protect two teens. The result is him going all Dirty Harry on an local gang. 

Why I’m Interested: To be honest, a large part of why I’m curious is because I don’t know what the hell to do with this trailer. Clint Eastwood is a brilliant filmmaker, as looks to be evidenced in his most recent directorial effort, currently in theaters, The Changeling. So, I don’t know how to wrap my brain around what looks like his move into a fairly formulaic vigilante film. Perhaps the trailer doesn’t do a very good job of indicating that this will perhaps engage vigilante films the way Unforgiven engaged westerns. I’m not really excited, and with Clint Eastwood involved, that confuses me.




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