Monday, August 18, 2008



The X-Files

Directed by Chris Carter

After so many years of rumours and anticipation we finally get another X-FILES MOVIE. How disappointed I was!!! I mean not one alien,not one explosion or cgi effect. I went with a group of friends and when the movie was ove,r we all laughed and thought this was some bad joke. I turned to my friend and said "you mean that was it????" I surfed the net found these reviews on this pathetic piece of filmmaking.

When Gillian Anderson first reunites with her "X-Files" co-star David Duchovny in this, the second spinoff movie from the sci-fi TV series, she finds him much as she did in the pilot episode 15 years ago: with his back to her, crouched over a crowded desk. On the wall is the same fuzzily photographed poster of a flying saucer that hovered above that desk for nine seasons, emblazoned with the now-iconic credo, "I Want to Believe."

This nostalgic opening gesture is quickly replaced by a rude awakening. Duchovny wheels around to reveal that his character, Fox Mulder, tireless tracker of inexplicable phenomena for the FBI and perennial thorn in the bureau's side, is looking, well, tired. His firebrand insolence is still in there somewhere, behind an unkempt beard, but it has been subdued by one too many years of fighting uphill battles.

Chris Carter, the director of "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" and father of the cultish Fox Network show, wants to assure us from the outset that nothing, and everything, has changed. This was Carter's M.O. throughout the winding trajectory of his series, which was forever morphing in personality while keeping Duchovny's Mulder and Anderson's agent Dana Scully locked in a state of philosophical (and sexual) tension. He was the believer, she the skeptic; he softened her with alien abduction theory, she blinded him with science.
Even at its stride, "The X-Files" was a load of malarkey. But it was thoughtful malarkey and compulsively watchable. One could say the same about the first two-thirds of "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" before it spins out of control and into a delirious plane of awfulness.

In his efforts to resurrect some of the spooky-ooky chill of the series, Carter has sacrificed the self-kidding regard toward his FBI protagonists that it took the better part of nine years to cultivate.

"The X-Files: I Want to Believe" evokes the gloom and earnestness of many of the early episodes as it finds its once-feisty duo in the more reflective mode of middle years and at a self-protective distance from their former occupations.

As in countless aging-investigator thrillers, Mulder is summoned out of retirement by the very agency that sent him packing. It seems a female FBI agent is among the women being kidnapped in a wintry patch of rural West Virginia, where bodies and body parts are turning up under the ice and snow. The divining rod for these ghoulish discoveries is Father Joe ( Billy Connolly), a defrocked priest with a history of sexual abuse and a facility for psychic visions.

Scully, who now works as a surgeon at a Catholic hospital (Our Lady of Sorrows, nudge nudge), was always a wrestling act for Anderson, who had to fight against the character's morose, doubting-Thomas side, not to mention prosaic literary tendencies. Anderson loses the match here: Scully has ossified into one of the most humorless characters to suck the life out of a summer movie.

Perhaps the grimness comes from her frustrating professional life. As she fights to save the life of a boy with brain cancer, Scully learns a lesson that Mulder gleaned from his years as the FBI's house pariah: No paranormal phenomenon is half as crazy-making as a boss who stands in the way, in this case, Father Ybarra (Adam Godley), the hospital head who thwarts Scully's experimental surgery.

Between Father Ybarra's obfuscation and Father Joe's pederastic past, one might suspect the filmmakers of an anti-Catholic Church bias. Despite its title, however, "I Want to Believe" is not so much interested in setting up a dialectic between clashing belief systems as it is in delivering a socko FBI procedural. In both instances, it falls woefully short.

By the time Carter and co-writer Frank Spotnitz throw in cartoon Russian villains and a risible plot point involving same-sex marriage, it's hard to figure where they, or their movie, is coming from.

Courtesy of the L.A. times

Other Reviews

E! Online -

“This plodding supernatural thriller wouldn’t even make a top-10-episodes list… muddled, dreary story with little resonance, no impact and… [an] absolutely limp resolution…Don’t expect any leftover mysteries from the series to even be mentioned, much less solved.”

Variety -

“…Wouldn’t qualify as a better-than-average episode of the series…There’s something to be said for returning to basics. The execution, though, is another matter…The problem is that the mystery isn’t as compelling or satisfying as it should be… As for [Duchovny and Anderson’s] chemistry, history has exacted something of a toll… Composer Mark Snow’s score goes a long way… the warming glow of nostalgia only goes so far…”

Time -

“For X-Philes only. …Mulder and Scully are back, but so much has changed that they seem like the aliens… for the uninitiated, The X Files: I Want to Believe may seem as musty and forbidding as one of those dank secrets that Mulder and Scully were forever digging up from some backyard…”

Will there be an X-FILES 3? Aliens only know!!! I know a great film is out there!!!!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Righteous Kill Al Pacino & Robert Di Nero

Directed by Jon Avnet

Cinematography by Denis Lenoire

Film fans had to wait decades to see Robert De Niro and Al Pacino share scenes in 1995's Heat. Their second act -- next year's Righteous Kill -- is coming together much more quickly than the first, and ComingSoon has news on new additions to the cast.

The police drama -- in which De Niro and Pacino play a pair of detectives searching for a vigilante killer -- already boasted the participation of the two heavyweights, not to mention Carla Gugino, Donnie Wahlberg, and, um, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. Now, ComingSoon reports, the production has added John Leguizamo, Dan Futterman, Trilby Glover, and Rob Dyrdek -- and Brian Dennehy is in talks to join them. From the article:

Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge) plays a cop in the NYPD who butts heads with Pacino and De Niro as they search for a serial killer. Dennehy (Showtime's "Death of a Salesman," Assault on Precinct 13) takes on the role of their captain. Futterman (A Mighty Heart) and Glover (The Starter Wife) both play attorneys, and Dyrdek (MTV's "Rob and Big") a delinquent, who crosses paths with the detectives during their investigations.

Righteous Kill is being directed by Jon Avnet, from a script by Russell Gewirtz, and is scheduled to begin, actually. How about that?

Courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes
Jeff Giles

Hope it's better than Heat!!!!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Jodie Foster is the Brave #1 for the Weekend


Philippe Rousselot
This guy is busy!!

The Jodie Foster crime-thriller The Brave One (Warner Bros), directed by Neil Jordan, topped the box office with an estimated $14 million in 2,755 theaters, making it Foster's lowest-opening wide released movie since 1999's Anna and the King. Still, it held a respectable margin over the rest of the Top 10, which saw a number of tight races for a variety of spots, including 2nd place, which was very close between last week's #1, the Lionsgate Western 3:10 to Yuma and the New Line comedy Mr. Woodcock, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Sean William Scott.

Erica Bain (Jodie Foster) is a successful NYC radio host with a loving fiancé. But her world is shattered when she is brutally beaten and the love of her life is killed. When the police are unable to help her, Erica goes on a vigilante hunt on the city streets to track down and get revenge against the men who ruined her life.

I don't know about you ,but I think Jody Foster is really Hot!!! Sorry but the teenage part of me peaks out once in awhile!!!! even though I'm 40.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

LIONS FOR LAMBS (Cruise,Redford,Streep)


CINEMATOGRAPHY BY Philippe Rousselot

Lions for Lambs begins after two determined students at a West Coast University, Arian (Derek Luke) and Ernest (Michael Pena), follow the inspiration of their idealistic professor, Dr. Malley (Robert Redford), and attempt to do something important with their lives. But when the two make the bold decision to join the battle in Afghanistan, Malley is both moved and distraught. Now, as Arian and Ernest fight for survival in the field, they become the string that binds together two disparate stories on opposite sides of America. In California, an anguished Dr. Malley attempts to reach a privileged but disaffected student (Andrew Garfield) who is the very opposite of Arian and Ernest. Meanwhile, in Washington D.C. the charismatic Presidential hopeful, Senator Jasper Irving (Tom Cruise), is about to give a bombshell story to a probing TV journalist (Meryl Streep) that may affect Arian and Ernest's fates.

Courtesy of

Looks like a winner!!!

Sunday, September 9, 2007




Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is an in-house "fixer" at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. A former criminal prosecutor, Clayton takes care of Kenner, Bach & Ledeen's dirtiest work at the behest of the firm's co-founder Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack). Though burned out and hardly content with his job as a fixer, his divorce, a failed business venture and mounting debt have left Clayton inextricably tied to the firm. At U/North, meanwhile, the career of litigator Karen Crowder (Tilda Swinton) rests on the multi-million dollar settlement of a class action suit that Clayton's firm is leading to a seemingly successful conclusion. But when Kenner Bach's brilliant and guilt-ridden attorney Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson) sabotages the U/North case, Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career and his life.

Courtesy of Warner Brothers

Thursday, September 6, 2007


The world pays tribute to Pavarotti,

the tenor with a voice touched by the divine.

He was famed for popularising opera, exploding its appeal beyond the concert halls and on to the streets. And he did so with one of the most formidable voices in the world.

Early yesterday, that voice fell silent and the world mourned the loss of Luciano Pavarotti, who finally succumbed to the pancreatic cancer that had plagued him for the past year. He died in his home town of Modena, Italy, in the early hours of the morning.

Tributes poured in from statesmen, sportsmen and pop stars alike, in homage to the man whose magnificent voice was known on the football terraces and in the pop charts as well as in the world's opera houses.

His partners in the Three Tenors, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras, led the tributes to a great artist and a wonder-ful man. "I always admired the God-given glory of his voice – that unmistakable special timbre from the bottom up to the very top of the tenor range," said Domingo. "The best memories are the ones in intimacy ... We have to remember him as the great artist he was, a man with such a wonderful charismatic personality," added Carreras.

The rock singer Bono described the opera star as "a great volcano of a man who sang fire but spilt over with a love of life in all its complexity."

Pavarotti was born in 1935 on the outskirts of Modena to a poor family: his mother, Adele, was a factory worker and his father, Fernando, a baker who, accord-ing to Luciano, should have had a singing career but was too nervous.

It was not an affliction suffered by his son. Since his operatic debut in 1961 the bearded, bear of a man was to become one of the most recognised and most respected classical musicians in the world. Before that, Pavarotti had worked as an insurance salesman and a teacher. His break came at London's Royal Opera House, when in his twenties 1963 he stood in after another singer dropped out of a performance of La Boheme.

But the tenor's fame soared internationally during the 1990 football World Cup in Italy, the theme tune for which was Pavarotti's rendition of " Nessun Dorma", roughly translated as "none shall sleep" and described by Gordon brown yesterday as "the soundtrack of that summer" .

As many of his millions of fans waited anxiously for news into Wednesday night, it eventually became clear the operatic hero was to fall to the cancer which had forced him to cancel the re-maining dates of his 2006 farewell opera tour.

Pavarotti had given his final performance at the Royal Opera House in January 2002, when he sang Tosca in spite of the death of his mother during the final stages of rehearsals. Antonio Pappano, musical director of the ROH, said: "The applause on those evenings was probably the most moving and heartfelt in the history of the Royal Opera."

Pavarotti returned many times to Britain, and a poignant trib-ute also came from the Welsh town of Llangollen, where Pavarotti had travelled in 1955 to compete in the international eisteddfod with his local choir. He was 19 at the time, and train-ing to be a teacher, but after his choir won the festival's choral competition, he decided to be-come a professional singer.

Years later, reflecting on that seminal moment in his early life, he said: " Britain is one of the most important countries for me. This is where the international career really began."

The British soprano Lesley Garrett said he had the "most beautiful voice in the world" and described him as "an absolute giant as an opera singer and as a human being".

The respected soprano Yao Hong, who performed with Pavarotti in Beijing, said: "People may not know opera well but they know who Pavarotti is."


Tuesday, September 4, 2007

STAR TREK (2008)


Set before "The Original Series" Kirk and Spock are newly graduated Cadets fresh from Starfleet Academy and are sent on their first space mission.

I'm sorry but a lot of the information on the new Star Trek movie is still sketchy but this is what I
found out.

J.J. Abrams and his creative team for the new Star Trek movie wowed the audience at Comic-Con in San Diego as they revealed a casting coup: Heroes star Zachary Quinto will be playing Spock! And, to the delight of all 6,500 in the capacity crowd, Leonard Nimoy joined Quinto on stage as Abrams confirmed the elder Spock's involvement in the new film. We've been waiting for over a year now since the next Star Trek movie was originally announced, but there hasn't been any real hard news other than who is writing and directing.No news about William Shatner being in the movie.