A New York schoolboy Dave behinds of excursion and gets into the mysterious shop, which manages a good magician and one of the few disciples of the Merlin - Balthazar (Nicolas Cage). Dave lets from the trap to the will of a long-standing opponent Baltasar Maxim Howarth (Alfred Molina). Following the bout, both the magician are incarcerated in a magical urn for ten years, and young Dave gets the impression, and not weak due to accidentally spilled on the pants of the liquid is in an awkward position to find himself near the same shop and searched his class. Ten years later, Dave (Jay Barushel) - antisocial neurotic and future physicist with the beginnings of genius. And then the familiar sorcerer's breaks free then positive Baltasar begins to teach Dave different magic tricks. Indeed, the past meeting was a non-random: the guy - a possible descendent of the Merlin, the only one able to destroy the evil sorceress Morgan.
A more traditional blockbuster fights with movie no less ambitious, but more original (Inception). And if the project has caused considerable interest Nolan before the release of its eccentricity, the movie of Terteltaub - this is almost a kind of tribute to the pack blockbusters of recent years. However, he does not look as depressing as it might seem. Critics initially reacted to the film is very irritating, but after the rigors, and ratings of the "Sorcerer's apprentice" went up and grown up to quite an acceptable level.
Jerry Bruckheimer, and a star of Terteltaub project Nicolas Cage did not work quite so carelessly. And their third joint after Novels "National Treasure" project has been quite a viable picture (to the same based on a very reputable source - the episode of the Disney "Fantasia" and encouraged him Goethe's poem) salvable largely thanks to its humor and great visual effects. "Sorcerer's apprentice" is not quite so giving childish and quite comfortable for an older audience, which, prospectively, the film also focuses.
Heroes are a joke regardless of the consequences (including concentrated Cage character, not to mention the horrific Alfred Molina). In the end, Bruckheimer and Cage comes up with another summer family blockbuster.
"Sorcerer's apprentice"- a product of a bad script, lifeless play-acting and predictable action-scenes. Besides Jay Barushel already played such a character twice this year"- Kevin McCarthy, BDK Reviews.
"Cage did not disappoint in the role of Balthazar. He is quite mad, so that the character does not become too predictable. It's a pity when such a pro, as his hero, gives so much screen time to his young protege"- Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post.
"It is quite bad, so it can be described as "quite good"- Eric Dee Snider, EricDSnider.com.
"The coolest trick of the sorcerer will be the disappearance of the audience"- Steve Biodrovski, Cinefantastique.
"Dynamic, funny, entertaining" - David M. Kimmel, New England Movies Weekly.
"On a hot summer's day family walk to the cinema could become just the usual holding time or its natural waste. That's "Sorcerer's apprentice" belongs to this category,"- Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine.
"One cannot rely on memory. And it's true. Memory is unreliable and not worth a penny. Ask the police, the witnesses differ. The cops did not catch the murderers, sitting at home and remembering the signs, they gather facts, conduct records, and come to conclusions. Facts are not memories. It is under investigation. I know I was doing. Can't remember the shape of a room or confuse the color of the car. Memory is deceptive, it interprets, and does not fix. And it is not necessary if you have the facts. "
This quote is from Christopher Nolan thriller "Memento", about which we are going to speak in this post.
"Memento" - one of the strangest and at the same time ingenious thrillers, especially when considered in the Hollywood cinema. With more than a modest budget and no stars, director Christopher Nolan has put so much thought out and interesting history, that even its recent expensive work seem to be just high-quality commercial projects for a mass audience. He has every movie feels a special atmosphere of something mysterious and intriguing, and most importantly - always different. This film is supposedly a kind of emptiness that as the story is filled with those same memories of the protagonist.
The most interesting building plot - Leonard Shelby gradually, though the puzzle, lays out the pieces of his memory, thus projecting a way forward, to a solution, to find out who killed his wife. He did not really remember anything that had a few minutes ago, but each new memory leads to unexpected discoveries and implications. Fascinating look likes the scene where he already began to do something, but realizes it is only in the process. Perhaps in this way try to treat amnesia in reality, appears to be consulted on rare form of the disease.
"Memento" is so well figured out in terms of feeding events that at first view may be missing a few key moments in the investigation of Leonard. And even so interesting to watch until the very end. That and a good movie, it can be reviewed many times, each time there is something that previously remained unnoticed. For the rest there and not find fault - his plan does not require any scale, special effects, and to the actors, soundtrack and interesting places filming here is not to find fault. "Memento" - an example not only of how should look like a quality crime thriller, but what a great an interesting movie can do with cost ten times lower than disposable crafts, which we constantly see in theaters.
In my opinion - a very high quality, intelligent crime thriller, very strange and interesting work by Christopher Nolan.
Finally we have waited! Cautious talks about upcoming filming of the new series across BSG universe come true. Thank the gods! And now, we have a first season.
First of all, it should be noted that this series is positioned as "science fiction family saga. What does this mean? This means that there is no such great variety of shots as in BSG, no space ships and the action takes place mostly in a few locations. In general, as in the case of Bloody Mary, I mean a drink - more Mary, less blood. What absolutely does not spoil the impression!
So, why should you watch it, if there is a little action, a lot of talks, mysticism and religion based on the plot? And then, to find out about the Earth and its inhabitants.
Religion - the confrontation of polytheism and monotheism, the intervention of divine powers, mysticism - all this is, and as in BSG plays the role of non-ultimate.
From a technical point of view, all (or almost all) made rather good. The sequence without criticism, especially in the depiction of the virtual world called New Caprica - monochrome world, entourage 30-es, airships in all their glory. Need to watch!
Some may be confused with the discrepancy level of technology in "Caprica" and BSG, and yet the action "Caprica" takes place fifty years before BSG. But an attentive viewer remembers that after the first Cylon War, people covered technophobia abandoned many advances in science and technology, which dropped them many years ago.
The atmosphere of the series differs from the BSG, less dramatic, is not that gloomy, but we see there the other times, which are called the Golden Age of the 12 colonies, when the power of human reason has prevailed over all, when a person is creating an artificial life felt like a God, for which he pays as a result.
I can recommend this series to those who saw the BSG is not only space-shooter, and more, those who are not confined to just watching BSG, but looked and read a lot of additional films and materials on this universe, those who are interested in how it all began because what it was over, we already know.
The cast is picked up well, everything in its place, all of which cause - the emotion from positive to extremely negative. Characters are alive.
Music - Bear McCreery, and it says everything!
To the plans of the director of the film "Tron: The Legacy" by Joseph Kosinski was added another fantastic project. Studio New Regency invited him to shot one more movie "Archangels", which will be produced by Tony Scott and Ridley Scott.
The action develops in the near future, and the project is described as a thriller in the style of "Born", but with aliens. The protagonist is a member of an elite unit that monitors the stranger manages to get on the ground, beating it defense. From the side it also looks like "Men in Black".
The script was written by Andrew Will. Despite the fact that Will - a newcomer in Hollywood, he has already got the support of a major agency CAA. His track record is a 30-minute short film Homelanders, as well as script writing for the online episodes of the upcoming video game Dragon Age.
As for Joseph Kosinski, the director of the sequel "Tron" is in the close attention of the producers. Heritage has not yet appeared on the screens, but the studio was pleased with what he saw material. So Kosinski regularly receives invitations curious. His name was directed remake of "Logan" but ultimately declined. Now in his plans is a remake of the fantastic film "Black Hole". Next week, Kosinski come to represent "Tron: The Legacy" at Comic-Con, where at the same time tell them about one more project - a graphic novel, Oblivion, written on his idea.
It is possible that, if successful sequel "Tron", Kosinski may be asked to remove the third part.
For Joseph Kosinski "Tron: Legacy" - debut feature film. Prior to that, director intensively studied computer graphics and filmed advertisements.
Paramount Studio has launched the fourth of the franchise "Mission Impossible". But will Tom Cruise play a major role in the film, still a big question. Producers are waiting for the result of foreign fees of "Knight and Day".
Immediately after the low start "Knight and Day" in the American box office in the margins of rumors about the possible replacement of the actor in "Mission: Impossible 4". Say, Cruz was no longer the cash does not, and takes a lot. Rumors arise, and then disappear, and the last Tuesday, the vice-president of Paramount Rob Moore decided:
"We are very excited at the prospect of cooperation with Tom Cruise and going to shoot a movie with him."
However, with this studio monitors box-office "Knight and Day". Thriller with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz earned 62.7 million U.S. dollars for a three-week release, which by the standards of Cruise's rather modest sum. Outside the country until the charges are not final, but the movie has a chance. This weekend premiere will be held in Australia, Brazil and Spain - on these countries Fox also has high hopes. In front of a number of European countries and Japan.
For evil tongues have ceased to prophesy the end of the career of Cruise, the film must not only cross 200 million mark, but also to collect the amount, as close to 300 million dollars.
According to some experts in the industry, if the "Knight and Day" does not collect the necessary funds abroad, we'll not see Tom in "Mission 4". Moreover, already talk that Paramount secretly ordered to rewrite the script in the light of another male role, which they can take cash actor.
"Mission Impossible" - a brand from the outset is not associated with Tom Cruise"- says one of the largest, but the former high-ranking studio. Indeed, the same may be changed every four James Bond films. In the end, even Spider-Man suffered restart with a new actor.
Meanwhile, Tom Cruise is looking for a new project. On Tuesday morning, he came to the reading of the script of the film "Paper Wings". Together with Tom were noted Will Smith (his company Overbrook Entertainment is producing the film), Anna Kendrick, Milo Ventimiglia, Tom Arnold, Eric Dane, Jenna Elfmen and Johnny Galeki.
Paramount plans to shoot fourth "Mission" for about $ 140 million, but no more. Cruz is no longer relying on a fee of $ 20 million or large percentages of fees. The director of the film appeared as a descendant of studio Pixar, Brad Bird, and it is hoped that he would succeed. Like Tom Cruise.
Project of two years ago with Jim Carrey once again made itself felt. Comedy "Pierre, Pierre", originally intended for director Jason Reitman, was in the hands of Larry Charles, director of "Borat" and "Bruno".
In 2008, the script of debutantes Edwina Kannistrachi and Frederick Seton was purchased by the studio Fox Atomic for one million dollars. The film's protagonist, a French nihilist and adventurer, transports a stolen painting from Paris to London. It was planned that the movie will be filmed for more than a modest sum of 13 million dollars.
Two years later, the situation has changed. Fox Atomic is already out of work. Reitman dropped out of the project, which in turn, was put up for sale. "Pierre" has selected the company Escape Artists. Producers agreed with Larry Charles of staging comedies and will now offer its major label.
By the way, budget are planned to keep humble. Not 13 million dollars and 20.
In filmography of Jim Carrey there are several long-term projects.
For example, a picture "Ripley's Believe It or Not", which should be removed by Chris Columbus.
The picture is in development since 2007 and cannot get to the shooting area. In addition, Carrey was assigned to the Farrelly brothers' comedy "The Three Stooges". The project has been stalled at the development stage of the departure of Sean Penn, and also because of financial difficulties of MGM studio.
Last tape with Jim, adventurous comedy "I Love You Phillip Morris" has not yet appeared on the screens even at home.
Before Larry Charles has made Adventures of Kazakh journalist Borat in a feature film, he had worked on the series.
He was writer, director and producer of "Seinfeld". Comedy "Pierre, Pierre", originally intended for director Jason Reitman, was in the hands of Larry Charles, director of "Borat" and "Mad About You," "Curb Your enthusiasm" and "Entourage".
To get the perfect series, like well popular today "Lie to me" you need to prepare excellent cocktail of different ingredients. To do this can only talented chefs - most importantly, never overdo.
First, there is selected a good team - two girls would be clever to magically get the necessary information. And what about the beautiful Buddy, speaking only the truth? (Can you imagine how nice will then see how his style of life that will crumble. And I'm sure he will!)
Secondly, it takes a complex plot. Each series - is a small full-length movie. And even though that guy from a religious family did not commit suicide, I was able to foresee, to predict who is really a killer in the beginning it was impossible!
Third, body language and psychology of people (especially when it comes to crime or gender relations) attracts a huge number of people of different ages. And the fact that you can study it in the form of a thrilling 60-minute movie, not sitting at the heavy dusty tomes, is a big plus!
And fourth, why the series is a valuable and beloved, is the last but not least, the ingredients of a cocktail - the main hero.
The point here is not cost an ordinary looking. Need a really terrific actor. To him alone in the frame have been enough. Whatever he did, whatever he says - you'll look at him without stopping. As he led his eyebrow, with some emotion to someone looked - simple words in his performance make you feel a storm of emotions!
Dr. Lightman is been studying people face micro emotions for 20 years. His style of work - watch, provoke, expose. He captures every emotion and easily determines a person is lying or telling the truth. Nevertheless, he is the chief liar in the series!
The series needs the actor from God. For House MD it was Hugh Laurie, for Lie to me (what a gentle name!) - Tim Roth. Tim is now a little older than Hugh (when he began filming in House), but it is not very important. Such men may bring to mind anyone else! This age for them - the apex of male beauty and sexual attractiveness. Magic eyes, perfect figure, and the speech! Women are just melting.
Pilot with you. I believe that would justify the continuation of those words that I said to the "Lie to me". My compliments, Tim!
When, in 2001 Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks produced "Band of Brothers", it seemed that the theme of the Second World War on the small screen is closed forever: it was almost impossible to imagine that anyone will be able to beat the miniseries as the artistic and technical terms. After nine years, Spielberg and Hanks returned to the military theme, making even bigger spectacle.
Although the authors themselves, almost in every interview claimed that the "The Pacific" and "Band of Brothers" are rather different projects, both movies can't escape from numerous comparisons.
Broadly speaking, this series is something between "Saving Private Ryan" and "Thin red line". "The Pacific" contains and anti-war motives, and perfectly set battle scenes. What episode is only the landing marines on Peliliy or subsequent battle for Iwozima (although what else could be expected from Spielberg and Hanks?). Camera work is great. The last time this level of special effects has seen in the "38th parallel". Attention to detail is also worthy of respect. And the stories of veterans and documentary video before each series - another small plus. I'm glad almost complete absence of pathos and jingoistic patriotism. There are several strong scenes where the audience involuntarily begins to empathize with the Japanese. Jarhead did not build himself as a savior of the world, not philosophize about the higher things - they go to the bathroom, cursing, joking, trying to somehow brighten the soldiers' everyday lives.
To be honest, this mini-series is impressive.
First of all its dimensions: it's clear on what spent their money Spielberg and Hanks. Scenery, visual effects, costumes, etc. - all are very realistic. About the special effects in general stands alone to say - a head taller than any other series (see immediately that each frame in at least 2 times more processed than other projects). Also camera work is more "cine" than serial one.
I like the fact that each series leaves a strange feeling after watching. It feels like you are living most of the life with the Marines, who, incidentally, were very realistic. I guess the whole secret of the fact that the script was written on war veterans' memoirs.
What about actors play, so here are no complaints. All at great too! Of course, there are a couple of pompous purely American scenes, but it does not spoil the impression from the series as a whole, but only makes the drama and tragedy to the history of the three Marines. Love and sentimentality are just as much as needed for quality military drama, in order not to slide to the level of "Pearl Harbor".
The entire series - a solid contrast: a peaceful life in the United States alternates with bloody battles in the Pacific, beautiful scenery from the deck of a ship moving at beaches littered with mutilated bodies, jazz in the restaurant replaces the roar of exploding shells. That is, in my view, should look like an epic war canvas!
Being a child I dreamed of becoming an astronaut in the future, I think that many people dreamed about it, and when I saw the "Titan: A. E." I was in seventh heaven, by the fact that before this I did not see cartoons about space and space ships.
"Titan: A.E." - hand-drawn animation and computer graphics in some places, with the ideal complement each other. I liked colors, can be seen that the artists were trying not to repeat. The plot also not let us down, not annoying and you look at one breath.
In the distant future of humanity, deprived of the Earth, forced to settle on the outskirts of the universe and to endure the harassment from other intelligent races. The only thing that can save our descendants from the gradual extinction - "Titan", the space Noah's Ark, able to create re-create the Earth and all its inhabitants. The catch is that nobody knows the exact location of "Titan". No one, except Kayl, who has a map, and a whole pack of enemies trying to get to the Titan before earthlings.
"Titan" - a dynamic, well-cut story, charming characters and excellent musical accompaniment. And, of course, beautiful animation - and now, and many years later, the picture will become just as lively and colorful, for the classic is not affected by time. Of course, there is a positive protagonist, a little naive, but the bold and adventurous, there are villains, and no one (in fact on the Ark of the pair), but this cartoon, unlike many of its brethren, is not straightforward, and the spiral of intrigue, twisted in several exciting turns.
In this story a little of everything: love, universal values, the craving for adventure and noble deeds, loyalty and sacrifice. And in a sense, "Titan" - the eternal theme of the confrontation of children and fathers, where the role of the latter was not malicious Dredge, and Corso and above all they represent a real threat to Kayl and his team.
There is no popular now parodied moments, no stupid fun and farcical ease, concomitant modern Hollywood media animation. But there is an interesting story about the death of mankind and the search of the lost spaceship, which can save people there are living heroes, there are lyrical episodes, and finally there is a beautiful painted picture. A chase scene of ships among the ice meteorites is in general beyond praise, I even admired. In general, a worthy representative of drawn animation!
"Titan" does not pose any intimate knowledge and opens new horizons, but it's a snug, attractive cartoon, and watch it is for the sake of the beautiful hand-drawn pictures, especially the part that unfolds in the Andal ice ring, dark and surprisingly lovely at one time.
I have rather critical attitude to the modern American films and TV serials. But "Dead like me" - one of the few TV series, the first season of which was viewed in one breath and included in my list of "Favorite things for repeated viewing".
The movie cast is great.
Mandy Petinkin - has a very impressive track record, which contains such famous series as "Law and Order," "Criminal Minds", movies "The Princess Bride," "Dick Tracy", "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", etc. In "Dead" he plays a hateful coach, a parent who, when necessary will chew, and praise, and read notation. Strictly speaking, for the main character, he is a kind of "kicker ass".
Ellen Muf - with a very special and unusual appearance, which is somewhat contrary to the "Hollywood" standards. All the main characters are beautiful. And if it happens "mishaps appearance", then only when it's necessary to remove weepy movie about ugly, which makes her way to the top of luck to all silicone babes. In the movie Ellen Muf looks pretty ordinary "girl next door", which at first do not care about what is happening around. But she soon realizes - "there is life after death"! Let not quite plain, with its shortcomings, problems, but this life is damn interesting. Especially when you have such a wonderful and useful hobby as souls collecting.
Jasmine Guy - plays the role of callous jockey, which will issue a receipt in the next instant, after the end of the paid time. She is not particularly mince words and able to precipitate any jerk. However, it turns out that this lady, who died in the already distant 80th, has her own weaknesses and some good feelings.
Laura Harris got the role of the former actress (Daisy), which, if you believe her stories, slept almost all the men in Hollywood. She loves money, and therefore, beautiful and expensive things. Not worrying about how to achieve her goals, and involves everybody into her scams. However, it seems that American political correctness has reached up to feelings - "blondes may not be a bitch all the time!" - proudly declare creators and eventually make from Daisy a lonely and vulnerable person.
Of course, the movie has a lot of other actors - Mom, Dad, younger sister, Georgie, her boss, the secretary in the office ... Characters were very different, interesting and multifaceted. From time to time there are some patterns, but they quickly break down - the characters put into situations where they have to move away from their normal behavior and to show what is usually hidden from prying eyes.
A wonderful TV series with a dose of black humor!