Andrew Breitbart may no longer be with us, but his film legacy has yet to be written.The Hollywood Reporter says two films featuring Breitbart are currently in production and could allow the late Internet publisher to have the last word on media bias during this critical election year.
The filmmakers of both movies are vague about their distribution and marketing plans, no doubt mindful that their efforts could be perceived as callous attempts to profit from tragedy. Therefore, it’s difficult to predict which movie will hit screens first.
The first one conceived, though, is called “Hating Breitbart,” which began two-and-a-half years ago when a camera crew started shadowing their subject at events like Tea Party rallies, where he’d whip like-minded activists into a frenzy with his fiery oratory, as well as Occupy Wall Street protests, where he’d elicit – appropriately, given the title of the film – tremendously hateful responses to his mere presence.
- Obama ‘assassinated’ Breitbart for this? (charlestoncitypaper.com)
- Where are the OTHER Breitbart Videos? (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- ‘Hating Breitbart’ trailer: The late conservative crusader gets in the last word… ‘War’ (insidemovies.ew.com)
By ticket sales it may not be a banner year for films. Are moviegoers getting sick of Hollywood slick?
Reviewing films has become second nature to me. I picked it up like a bad habit after realiazing that opinion writing on pols and their politics was getting too stressful. I have not regretted that decision and confine my two cents mostly to this blog. When I should have been taking care of myself I was what else seeking out films to watch and review. I can only talk about those I’ve seen. If not I will make a note of it.
Not in order yet just my list
Midnight in Paris
Tree of life
A separation (did not see yet)
A Dangerous Method
War horse. ( did not see)
Crazy, stupid, love
The Iron Lady (not released yet)
- What are the top ten films of 2011? (heloise8.wordpress.com)
The reel short take is about Sarah’s Key. I read the book and listened to the audiobook and now I’ve seen the movie. Heloise wrote a book review if you want to check it out. The movie could have easily been on HBO or a special on TV because it was just not that special.
This film won’t make any best of the year or end of the year movies to see but it was what I expected. The book and the movie are sympathetic to the Jews in the story, no surprise there. There are not many Germans in the film because it was the French who sent the jews to Vel d’Hiv and on to the death camps.
I think the problem with the movie is that it is so simple that it underwhelms. To say plays it safe would not describe what this movie does. It mostly moves from one scene to the other and back and forth between present and past. Finally we get back to the present where we find Kristin Thomas finding the son who did not know he was Jewish. In the book they get married or something but in the movie they do form a bond. There is nothing really emotionally about the progress of the film.
Sarah’s Key is just a basic movie that follows the book along pretty closely but does not move the audience IMO. I give it two out of five stars. It’s watchable.
This is a short review of a long movie. The Descendants stars George Clooney. And he deserves every accolade because he plays a real guy in a bad situation and he runs in the movie to try to solve the problem. That’s part of the trailer I saw when he gets struck by something shocking.
The problem is his wife who lays in a coma the whole movie because she is reckless and got into some kind of ski accident on the water in Hawaii where they live. Where Clooney is a descendant of a Hawaiian prince and owns lots of land that the family has to decide what to do with. That’s where the descendants part comes in at.
But where does the love part between he and his wife come in at? We don’t see that we have to only take it on faith that he loved her and they were happy. But I don’t buy it and it makes buying his anger at the affair more difficult too. It was still well told how a stranger changed his life by sleeping with his wife.
But back to the problem is that he finds his wife was having an affair and he wants to find out who the man was. He finds him and tracks him and his wife down and does not back down.
Everybody sells real estate in the movie because it’s Hawaii I guess and white people know they can make a lot of money selling real estate there, so they do.
It has a lot of light and funny moments and good dialogue and lots of minutes. We thought it was a little too long, but it did not try to do too much. I can give it a solid B. And I can see Clooney getting a nod for best actor. Can’t see the film getting a nod for best film though.
However I think the laughs and the acting will help. Despite its sad premise you don’t feel sorry for the family or their loss or anything. I didn’t see that come across. It was not sad mostly funny and mostly long.
I saw this movie “Like Crazy” with the new Jewish idol who plays the boyfriend turned husband at the Modern film fest. It was okay. I liked it a lot. It’s another movie with a strange ending and you don’t know what happened. But the two in the film get busy. She’s from London and he’s from Santa Monica. They get busy but it is not in your face. They do it in LA and in London and think they can’t live without each other until they do and until they get married to each other.
He cheats like a big greasy dog on her and she cheats on his with her neighbor and they even get engaged. What is the use of saying you love someone and then fucking someone else’s brains out? That’s what this movie is about in a few words but only they keep the explicit sex off the screen. The music was absolutely fabulous though.
I don’t watch films by this Jewish producer Weitz, even though I do go to many movies that are produced by Jewish producers. I mean who can avoid that? It’s hard to avoid it but you can pick and choose. The man that brought the world American Pie with some boys screwing into an apple pie (an American symbol) and a film I did not watch nor did I watch any of his vampire movies. Jews push evil no doubt and when it strikes one of their own, they get miffed, discombobulated, no clue as to why a Jew Aron Levi would kill.
Now Chris Weitz, who said he gots lots of hate mail and online comments. And I have found lots of those same comments whenever I read anything about how illegals are sucking this country dry.
Anyway, has done a new film as he was on Morning Jew today and talked about his film. You know it is totally pro Mexican, pro illegal immigration. We already knew that they were outbirth rating everybody else for want of a nicer word, but we don’t need it in our faces. I would boycott this film, yes, I would. And as some of you may be aware Mexicans and illegals have been especially hateful of blacks in So Central LA where they have terrorized, murdered and run off thousands of black folks who were there long before the illegals, and son of illegals, anchors and sons of anchors got there. Here is a pro film review below so you can see those who are illegals and love what’s happening to our country want to see more films about their kind.
here’s a pro movie review: source: http://immigrationmexicanamerican.blogspot.com/2011/07/movie-review-better-life-is-must-see.html
…the setting for Chris Weitz’s “A Better Life,” about a single father who exists under the radar and dreams the American dream.
Very few American movies have dealt with the experience of illegals – “El Norte” (the best of them), “The Border,” and “The Visitor” are probably the best known. ..Carlos (Demián Bichir), who works as a gardener’s helper, lives with his 14-year-old son Luis (José Julián) in a rundown apartment in East L.A. He sleeps on the couch so that Luis can have a comfortable bed and be fresh for school, even though Luis, a good student when he wants to be, often skips classes to hang out with his other truant friends.
When Blasco (the wonderful Joaquín Cosio), who owns the lawn business, decides to go back to Mexico, he offers to sell Carlos his truck and equipment. Since Carlos has no driver’s license – and because a routine traffic violation could result in deportation for him – he is reluctant at first. Eventually he takes up his sister’s generous offer of a loan and buys the truck. A new world opens up to him, until, on his first day – when his new truck is stolen. As Carlos and Luis comb the barrio and South Central L.A. in search of the stolen truck, they slowly bond. Or rather, Luis bonds with his father. Carlos’s love for his son is never in doubt. His prime motivation for buying the truck and risking everything was simple: He wants to move his son into a better neighborhood and away from the gangs the boy has so far tenuously resisted.
- Are there Jewish Mexicans (wiki.answers.com)
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This looks good. Just saw the trailer for it.
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The Tourist is why I hate Hollywood. This movie is such tripe that not only did I fall asleep on it only ten minutes into it, but when I woke up and watched a few more minutes realized that it was like a wedding cake without the wedding, just window dressing and glam dressup for A-list stars like Johnny Depp who plays a math teacher from the states and Angelina Jolie is a British something or other. I mean I have no particular problem with the acting that went on, or with the two leads. That was not the problem. The problem: it was the lack of any kind of fucking story line! It does not get any worse than this movie.
I thought I would watch it because I plan to relocate to Europe. I wanted to see the sights so to speak. But hell I get more out of and enjoy “International House Hunters” than this Hollywood crap called “The Tourist.” Don’t waste your time. I didn’t. But it did make my list of worse movies of 2010. Yes, it did.
A new British film has arrived on the shores of America, one that I give you “leave” to like. It is good, but not great. The Bank Job, set in the 1970s with its funky garb and anti-everything music, is the perfect backdrop. The villains dig and tunnel beneath the streets of London just as the “free” message of the 1970s tunneled through the clothes, minds, and hearts of young people the world over.
This film sports a fine cast, but someone on the team, however, could have been a little more inventive with the title — perhaps something like “Tunnel Vision.” But there won’t be a “do over” for this title. It runs one hour 55 minutes and is rated a strong R for sex, violence, and language.
The subject of the film is a based on the true story of a well-known 1971 London heist. It is therefore an expected thriller in every sense of the word about a heist gone right. A charming spy, Tim Everett, played by Richard Lintern, orchestrates the way. Martine Love, played by Saffron Burrows, gets caught in airport customs carrying cocaine. Everett approaches her with a deal. Her drug charges will go away if she helps to get nude photos of Princess Margaret from a safe deposit box before they are leaked to the public.
Enter the great British heist.
The Brits pull out all the stops. They must retrieve the photos and keep the connection between espionage and the heist completely separate. No one must know the two are tied. They use female spies and counter-spies to get the job done — this is somewhat fleshed out in the film but confusing at the same time. Martine chooses to team up with old flame, Terry Leather, delivered with aplomb by Jason Statham. Terry runs a wannabe upscale auto repair shop that is in hock up to its rear view mirror, and gets constant visits from window- and leg-breakers because he owes his backers money.
The person behind the photos is one Michael X. the person in the photos is one Princess Margaret. The audience does not learn much about the real Michael X, except that he lives in London part-time and is a biracial black activist from Trinidad who allegedly takes nude photos of Princess Margaret while she is on holiday.
Terry has no knowledge of what is coming his way through Martine and British spies thus the prospect of jewels and cash looms large. He does not know he is being tapped to secure the contents of box 118. She does know but keeps it secret. And when he puts the two together, sparks fly. The director articulates the minutiae involved in planning, preparation, and execution of the heist. This is the meat of the film and also the choicest cut. Terry involves his family and closest friends in his bank robbery scheme.
The good news is that The Bank Job has only a few flaws that could be overcome easily. It resorts at times to low-wattage thrills based on torture, threats, and violence. Since it is really a high-stakes story about saving face for the royal family, it is all about the photos. And I think more time and explanation should have been available about those responsible for the photos in the first place. This is the weakest link in the film — the lesser characters are nearly left out or left on the film editor’s desk.
For example, I wanted to understand the motivation of Michael X and his black activist circle of friends. It begs the question: How did he arrive on British radar as a national threat before he took the photos? Instead, the director focuses on sidelines about infidelity and past grudges. So when we learn everyone’s (true) fate at the end we are not really moved. That is the barometer which is the rubric of any great film — did it transport and move me on an emotional level?
Here the movie reminded me a lot of American Gangster. In fact, I found the two “true” tales a weird mélange, with the same critique I had for American Gangster — not enough about main threads and too much about the distractions of third parties. The Bank Job is a shorter film, which could have benefitted with another ten minutes filling in some blanks. It does not quite rise to the cinematic level of Michael Clayton and does not have the big budget of American Gangster. It could be overlooked at Oscar time, but I think it is worth a look.