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‘Prometheus’ DVD/Blu-ray Deleted Scenes Revealed

August 15th, 2012 No comments

The ‘Prometheus’ DVD/Blu-ray will contain 40 minutes of deleted scenes, which we now have titles for. Will they reveal anything interesting that was missing from the theatrical cut?

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‘Prometheus’ DVD/Blu-ray Deleted Scenes Revealed

COWBOYS & ALIENS review by John and Marisa

July 29th, 2011 No comments

COWBOYS & ALIENS A Mixed Bag for John and Marisa

 

 

Cast: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano, Noah Ringer, Abigail Spencer and Walton Goggins

Directed by: Jon Favreau

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence some partial nudity and a brief crude reference

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi Thriller,Western, Comic Book

Running Time: 1hr 58min

Opening Date: July 29th, 2011

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

 

 

 

By John Delia and Marisa Ings

 

Strap your six-gun to your waist, tie the string around your leg and ride over to see the movie Cowboys & Aliens a rip snorting account of a space  invasion.  Seriously now, there will be no guns allowed in the movie theatre, not even toy type.  If you want some action with great special effects that make a film come alive with awesome space creatures then check this one out.

Jake (Craig) and The Colonel (Ford) bring down a space fighter

Based on a comic book the story centers on Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig), a badass cowboy who awakens with memory loss.  With a weird bracelet attached to his wrist he rides into a small 1870’s town where he gets caught in the middle of an incident where Percy Dolarhyde (Paul Dano) the son of a domineering rancher gets arrested.  Shortly thereafter Percy’s dad, Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford) comes to town to get him released. But, just when the Colonel and Percy think they can ride out of town the place gets invaded by space ships snatching people off the streets, including Percy.  When Jake finds he can use the bracelet to shoot down a couple of fighters, the Colonel enlists him to go after his son.

Jake awakens with an alien bracelet attached to his arm

 

Marisa Says: The combination of Science Fiction and Old West adventure is a great concept but that’s about all Cowboys & Aliens offers. With 8 writers and 16 producers (award winners included), one would think this film is the all around best to debut in summer 2011 but Cowboys & Aliens falls flat. The film does start with a buzz but by the end, my interest flat lined. I left the theater with questions and having to process what my eyes had just witnessed.

 

John Says: The acting here is very good with Daniel Craig doing his best western accent, Harrison Ford working his serious face and Olivia Wilde showing her, well you’ll have to see that for yourself.  Although the story’s a little campy and sometimes ridiculous, the actors are so much fun to watch in this ‘Gun Fight at the OK Corral’ facing the ugliest aliens in recent film history.  If you really want to enjoy this movie, leave your serious face at home.

Olivia Wilde as Ella doing her best 'Annie Oakley"

 

Marisa Says: Acting is not the issue in Cowboys & Aliens. Given the circumstances of depicting both cliché western and alien invasion genres, the actors performed well. In the beginning of the movie, Daniel Craig captures attention as outlaw Jake Lonergan.  The solitary Lonegran immediately proves to be a force to be reckoned with by beating anyone who stands in his way into submission. Besides being awkward and borderline stalker initially, Olivia Wilde is not given the opportunity to offer much to the film as Ella Swenson. Yet, Harrison Ford’s portrayal as a grumbling war colonial is well received and also brings a few laughs to the table.

 

Daniel Craig working with Director Jon Favreau on the set

John Says: The direction here by Jon Favreau (Iron Man) fits well with his style of science fiction fantasy, especially working with a huge popular cast.  He gets into the action quickly and keeps it coming so there isn’t any time for your mind to wander.  I like the way he introduces Jake Lonergan lying face down in the dust, slowly getting up and with a lost look on his face.  It’s classic western and he shows his audience that they are in for an unusual ride.

 

John Says: If there is a downside to the film, it’s the resiliency of the characters and fast recovery from mayhem, but it is a movie however and much like other Favreau work we are dealing with fantasy.  Also if I were a town’s person in the 1870’s and saw a metal airship come flying out of the sky shooting at the ground, I would be terror stricken, and a lot of them acted a little dumbfounded, yet ready for action. With flaws like this however, it’s really something easily overlooked if you are a true science fiction fan.

 

Marisa Says: I am a young woman who enjoys action-packed films but Cowboys & Aliens did not deliver on all the hype that is promised. The plot is just too simple for unique concept and does not bring anything new to the film scene nor does it offer any surprises. In 2060 when our predecessors encounter our “blockbuster” films they will see Cowboys & Aliens and say, “I can’t believe they watched stuff like this.”

Cowboy’s & Aliens has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference, but nothing your X-Box users haven’t already seen.

 

John Says: FINAL ANALYSIS: A fun Sci-Fi action film with a lot of whimsical exaggeration. (B)

 

Marisa Says: Final Grade (D+) The greatest thing about this film is its title

 

 

 

MORNING GLORY review by John Delia

November 9th, 2010 No comments

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“COMEDY SMART AND CHARMING”

Starring: Harrison Ford, Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum and Patrick Wilson

Directed by: Roger Michell

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue.

Genre: Comedy

Running Time: 1hr 42min

Release Date: November 10, 2010

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

By John Delia

If Rachel McAdams ever needed uplift in her career, Morning Glory does the trick.  The very funny well-acted script puts McAdams in the thick of things and she shines.  The chemistry among the star-studded cast keeps the laughs coming all the way to its touching ending.  It may be a bit predictable, but most comedies are these days.

Rachel McAdams

Rachael McAdams as TV Producer Becky Fuller

The film finds small town TV producer Becky Fuller (McAdams) out of a job mainly because she’s a little too aggressive doing local news.  By chance she stumbles on a possible TV producing job in a larger market, but it’s not a dream position as this morning news show “Daybreak” is in last place and fading fast. Becky convinces station boss Jerry Barnes (Jeff Goldblum) that she can turn the show around and bring up the ratings.

After a mishmash of offbeat tries at change, Becky comes up with an idea to revitalize the morning show by bringing on as co-host legendary news TV

Becky tries to bring some peace between Coleen and Mike

Becky tries to bring some peace between Coleen and Mike

anchor Mike Pomeroy (Ford).  Unfortunately Pomeroy has his mind on retirement, not a show about gossip, weather and fashion.  To add to Becky’s problems current co-host, Colleen Peck (Keaton), doesn’t want to be upstaged by the popular Pomeroy.  Thus begins a hilarious clash of personalities, job reform and a fight for higher ratings in a quest to save the show.

McAdams, Ford and Keaton are a stitch together.  Their characters are so real you could compare them with some of today’s Daytime show hosts.  The fun is finding the three in situations created from their characters personalities, crazy ideas and competitive nature.  Morning Glory certainly proves itself as a well worth seeing adult film that succeeds with a mix of smart comedy and charm.

Becky tries to coerce Mike in an elevator

Becky tries to coerce Mike in an elevator

Strong direction by Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Changing Lanes) keeps the A-list stars from over acting their parts.  He crafts Ford as a conceited curmudgeon putting Becky in a pickle and Colleen laughing inside at Pomeroy’s possible fall from dignify.  It’s this conflicting personality triangle constructed by Michell that spins the laughter from character to character enabling a fun filled hour and 42 minutes of situation comedy.

Morning Glory is rated PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue.  Please take this into consideration when deciding whether to bring immature children to a showing.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  A smart lovable film with charming characters.

EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES written review

February 4th, 2010 No comments

“A MOVIE MIRACLE”

extraordinarymeasures_smallposter2Starring: Brendan Fraser, Harrison Ford, Keri Russell, Meredith Droeger, Jared Harris and Alan Ruck

Directed by: Tom Vaughan

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic material, language, and a mild suggestive moment.

Genre: Drama, Adaptation and Biopic

Release Date: January 2010

By John Delia

I like the true story Extraordinary Measures for the message it sends and the hope that it gives to people with debilitating illnesses, but the film lacks heart.  For the most part the acting is listless and direction just adequate.  For those who are agonizing over wanting to see a true story involving medical discoveries, then this film should be a cure.

Fraser and Ford in a scene as Crowley and Stonehill

Fraser and Ford in a scene as Crowley and Stonehill

John Crowley (Fraser) is just a hard working sales executive who climbing the ladder to success.  His family however, has had a rough time surviving the plight of two of their adolescent children Megan and Patrick that have been diagnosed with a fatal disease that could take their lives at any time. His wife Aileen (Russell) has been diligent but has not been able to see a favorable end for her children.  Pressed for time, John seeks out Dr. Robert Stonehill (Ford) a brilliant scientist who feels that his formula for a life saving drug is the one to cure Megan and Patrick and those who are cursed with the disease. When they team up to form a biotech company however, a progressive competitor gets in their way.

Keri Russell as Aileen Crowley and Diego Velazquez as Patrick

Keri Russell as Aileen Crowley and Diego Velazquez as Patrick

The movie has a lot going for it in the way of discovery and relationships providing a message to drug producers that need to involve their scientists in getting workable medicines to the public.  Extraordinary Measures is just that, exerting what it takes to achieve a means to successful end.

The acting in the film, although reasonably good, unfortunately provides a production that looks like a daytime soap opera.  I could not grasp any heartfelt love between John and Aileen in order to connect with

A daytime soap? Maybe.

A daytime soap? Maybe.

them in their struggle.  And Ford’s character was not compassionate enough in his task to come up with the serum for me to like him.  This I blame on direction as the A-list actors certainly have the ability to follow Tom Vaughan’s lead and deliver the needed performances.

The film is rated PG for thematic material, language, and a mild suggestive moment none of which should bother any youngsters that may have to accompany an adult.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  An above average med film but lacks heart. (3.5 of 5 Palm Trees)