Read More »from FILM REVIEW on ''VENGEANCE VALLEY'' (1951)
"Desperate Courage" director Richard Thorpe's adult-themed western "Vengeance Valley" (*** out ****) concerns life on a cattle ranch and the conflict between two men. This isn't a trigger-happy gunslinger shoot'em up. Virtually every character in this tautly-made 83-minute melodrama is involved in either the cattle business or clashes with the cowboys themselves. The characters in Irving Ravetch's screenplay, based on Luke Short's novel, emerge as either completely good or really evil. Meanwhile, Thorpe stages this steer opera against striking, snow-swept scenery, and Robert Walker's villain is a truly treacherous dastard. He is prepared to swindle his father out of money and land and kill the man who has shown him everything that he knows about ranching. Furthermore, he has no qualms about having unshielded sex with single women. In his first and only MGM production, Burt Lancaster delivers a strong performance as the stalwart hero. "Vengeance Valley" was Lancaster's first time in
Read More »from FILM REVIEW on ''VENGEANCE VALLEY'' (1951)
Hollywood has all but forsaken westerns. Typically, the sagebrushers that are produced turn out lame. "Recoil" director Terry Miles and "Knockout" scenarists Eric Jacobs and Joseph Nasser prove the exception to the rule with their above-average remake of the vintage John Wayne B-movie western "The Dawn Rider." The Wayne oater was a remake of director Lloyd Nosler's oater "Galloping Thru" (1931) with Tom Tyler. As it turns out, "Dawn Rider" (*** out of ****) is the second time that "The Dawn Rider" has been remade; director George Waggner's"Western Trails" (1938) preceded it as the first remake of "The Dawn Rider." In their remake, Miles and his scribes have opened up the action considerably and supplemented the narrative with greater depth as well as length. The original ran a scant 53 minutes compared with the second remake at 94 minutes. Mind you, Christian Slater couldn't fill John Wayne's boots, but he makes a credible western hero in his own right. Donald Sutherland co-stars as
"Hairspray" director Adam Shankman's cinematic adaptation of the 2006 Broadway juke box musical "Rock of Ages" (*** OUT OF ****) qualifies as a predictable but entertaining tear-jerker enhanced by an oldies soundtrack of Top-40 hits. Watching this agile musical comedy romance is like attending a concert, except instead of Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison and Europe warbling their own songs, we get Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Russell Brand singing them. Lip-synching or not, the cast performs the lyrics well enough to make you want to tap your toes, clap your hands, and perhaps join in on the vocalizations. Of course, the old-fashioned, boy-gets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-wins-girl back love story that brings everything together is sheer hokum.
Although Tom Cruise is billed last in the opening credits, the "Mission Impossible" superstar steals "Rock of Ages" from young, star-crossed lovers Diego Boneta and Juliana Hough.
Freshman director Fouad Mikati's "Operation Endgame" is a contrived actioneer about two rival teams of top secret government assassins who try to wipe out each other with office products. Okay, this mildly funny 81-minute thriller never scrapes the bottom of the barrel, but it squanders a good cast. Ellen Barkin, Maggie Q, Zach Galifianakis, Ving Rhames, Rob Corddry, and Jeffrey Tabor struggle to make the best of a second-rate situation. Some of the close quarters combat scenes conclude with a surprise or two. Corddry spouts the best lines of dialogue laced with profanity. Mikati and "Bandits" scenarist Sam Levinson spend the first twenty minutes providing hopelessly loquacious exposition about the Factory as well as the agents and their reputations. They do an adequate job of sketching at least one dimension into a gallery of oddball characters, but they emerge a little more than caricatures. Mikati alternates the action between the personnel in the underground facility and two men
Adam Sandler can turn anything into a joke. Whether you laugh at the former "Saturday Night Live" comic's degenerate sense of humor is an entirely different matter. Typically, juvenile delinquent fantasies fuel Sandler's gross out antics. "Sex Drive" director Sean Anders and "Happy Endings" television series scribe David Caspe have ramped up Sandler's impudent humor far beyond anything the lowbrow comedian has attempted. "That's My Boy" (*** out of ****) casts Sandler as a shrill, low-life, irresponsible, adult-adolescent who neglected to mature. Imagine the protagonists of either "Billy Madison" or "The Waterboy" as unrepentant hemorrhoids, and you'll have a good idea what to expect from "That's My Boy." Actually, from premise to performance, "That's My Boy" qualifies as Sandler at his raunchiest. At the same time, "That's My Boy" may challenge even the staunchest Sandler's fans. Mind you, we're not talking the caliber of crude and rude that Sasha Baron Cohen doled out in either
- Delpha Varshney | Author Blog Posts – Tue, Jul 10, 2012 2:52 AM EDT
Italian composer Angelo Francesco Lavagnino furnished "Hercules Against the Moon Men" director Giacomo Gentilomo with a flavorful, atmospheric score for his above-average but formulaic spear and sandal saga "Goliath and the Vampires," starring muscle-bound Gordon Scott as the legendary champion. Like the Reg Park outing "Hercules in the Haunted World," Goliath clashes with a supernatural adversary named Kobrak. "Goliath and the Vampires" doesn't take itself seriously so it is a lot of fun with the usual damsels-in-distress, palace intrigue, and a heroic protagonist whose triumph occurs only in a matter of time. Gentilomo and scenarists Sergio Corbucci of "The Mercenary" and Duccio Tessari of "Duck You Sucker" have contrived one of the more imaginative peplums, with several elaborately staged combat scenes. Indeed, a couple of counterfeit looking little monsters cheese up a scene or two, but the filmmakers dispense with these goofy bugs quickly enough after exploiting their shock value.Read More »from FILM REVIEW of ''GOLIATH and the VAMPIRES" (ITALIAN-1961)
In a New York Times interview, "Blade Runner" director Ridley Scott described his third science fiction film "Prometheus" as "'2001' on steroids." This comparison is entirely appropriate, particularly if you've seen the enigmatic but thought-provoking Stanley Kubrick epic about the evolution of mankind since the dawn of time. Scott's first 3-D spectacle ("Prometheus" is fun to watch once in 3-D) has elicited a wide variety of commentary since it arrived in theaters. Essentially, "Prometheus" (**1/2 out of ****) chronicles mankind's search for its origins. Two archeologists convince a wealthy corporate sponsor to create a spaceship that will transport them to the far reaches of the galaxy where they believe that they will find the answers to questions that the ancient etched in caves long ago. Of course, what they find is not what they wanted. Nevertheless, they do learn something not only about themselves but also their creators that will keep audiences arguing about the meaning ofRead More »from FILM REVIEW of ''PROMETHEUS" (2012)
- Raina Gismondi | Author Blog Posts – Tue, Jul 10, 2012 2:45 AM EDT
Rarely does the cinematic adaptation of a novel surpass its literary source. Happily, "Wanted" director Timur Bekmambetov's movie "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter" proves the exception to the rule. Author Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote the epistolary bestseller, also penned the imaginative screenplay. Incidentally, Grahame-Smith forged the monster-mash-up literary genre. In 2009, he spliced elements of a zombie story into a revised version of Jane Austin's classic masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." The result was the "New York Times" bestseller "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." Afterward, he wrote "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter" and added vampire slaying to Lincoln's list of accomplishments. Compared with Grahame-Smith's 2010 bestseller, the celluloid version of "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter"(**** out of ****) is ten times better. Primarily, Bekmambetov's chiller dispenses with all the plodding biographical parts of Grahame-Smith's bestseller and pits the eponymous hero against
Two consecutive years, Yamaha Mio has won Brand Choice Award from Kartini Magazine. Yamaha Mio Motor Matic Injeksi Irit Harga Murah has been selected as the most wanted-and-loved by the women of Indonesia. Yamaha Motor Indonesia is delightful and proud of this best achievement. Yamaha Mio is light, nimble, easy to control and body design was beautiful, so winsome whoever is driving will be more graceful and charming. Currently, almost more than 33% of women who ride motorcycles in daily activities - the day that was originally in 2003 when the first Yamaha Mio launched only about 13% of women on motorcycles in Indonesia.Read More »from Woman Choice Brand Award 2012
Now, Motor Matic Injeksi Irit Harga Murah Yamaha Mio are designed specifically for women to make it easy to drive, footrests fit, agile and light to be controlled in accordance with the physical body of Indonesia women. Indonesian people were familiar with cooperative sponsorship Yamaha Mio in a series of visits in the Miss Universe in Indonesia. Included
This past month was a music filled month. EYE SPY was invited to all venues in the Los Angeles area like Viper Room, Roxy, Hotel Cafe and Troubadour to check out some of the hottest acts breaking it into the scene. Lets just cut to the chase - we had a specific list of criteria to go by for our featured artist.Read More »from EYE SPY FEATURED MUSIC ARTIST: MARK LANE
Here is what we came up with as a team:
2. Did not matter how many people were there, as long as audience was fully engaged.
3. Fresh and New sound
6. Good Looking
7. Multi- Talented
9. EPIC - Timeless
10. "The Voice"
Eye Spy's Featured Artist, Mark LaneEYE SPY'S FEATURED MUSIC ARTIST is talented singer and songwriter MARK LANE, who performed at our favorite music venue The Hotel Cafe. We were first introduced to Mark Lane years ago with his album "Golden State of Mind" in 2003. If you haven't downloaded this album, it is brilliant. It is available on iTunes.
We were thrilled to hear he
- 10 Self-Help Books for the New GenerationMon, Feb 4, 2013 6:38 PM EST
- Do You Have the Most Vivid Memories from Your Life from Age 15 to 25?Tue, Feb 5, 2013 11:35 AM EST
- Is Your Gym Making You Sick?Tue, Feb 5, 2013 10:10 AM EST
- Better Together: 4 Reasons Why I'm Glad My Kids Share a RoomTue, Feb 5, 2013 2:51 PM EST
- Is Lisa Ling's Father a Pothead?Tue, Feb 5, 2013 3:29 PM EST
- Nerding Out in Nature: One Smart Phone. Two Kids. Tons of FunTue, Feb 5, 2013 3:07 PM EST
- PHOTOS: The Best Chevron Wedding DetailsTue, Feb 5, 2013 1:42 PM EST
- Roadblocks to Intimacy--and How to Get Around ThemMon, Feb 4, 2013 6:50 PM EST
- How to Conquer Your 10 Biggest Marriage FearsFri, Feb 22, 2013 3:23 PM EST
- Curtis Stone's Top Recipes for a Stress-Free Holiday PartyTue, Dec 3, 2013 1:51 PM EST
- This is Our New Favorite Roast ChickenTue, Dec 3, 2013 3:26 PM EST
- Wait, What? According to New Study Most Extra Virgin Olive Oils Are Fa …Tue, Dec 3, 2013 5:43 PM EST