Thursday, November 09, 2006

Casino Royale

In the novel, the villain Le Chiffre goes to the Casino Royale located in the fictional town of Royale-les-Eaux in northern France in an attempt to recover SMERSH's money he lost in a bad investment. There, however, he was prevented from obtaining this goal by James Bond who beat and bankrupted him in a series of games in baccarat. Due to Le Chiffre's inability to pay back the money he had lost, he was subsequently killed by SMERSH.

Although the film deviates from time to time from the source, their plots are similar. In the film, the villain Le Chiffre is a treasurer for terrorists and similar to the novel has lost his client's money, although not purely because of a bad investment, but because of Bond's intervention in a terrorist plot that makes the investment go bad. Because of this, Le Chiffre goes to the Casino Royale in Montenegro where he attempts to win back the money he lost. The centerpiece card game was changed from Chemin de Fer (Baccarat) to no-limit Texas hold 'em poker.

The writers, as well as Michael G. Wilson and Martin Campbell, have confirmed that a good portion of the film (the latter half) will be a faithful adaptation of Fleming's novel including the infamous violent torture scene.

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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Man of The Year

Man of the Year is a comedy movie starring Robin Williams and directed by Barry Levinson. In addition to Williams, the film features Christopher Walken and Lewis Black.

In the film, Williams portrays Tom Dobbs, the host of a comedy/political talk show, based loosely on the real-life personas of Jon Stewart and Bill Maher. As a public relations stunt, Dobbs decides to campaign for President. He unexpectedly wins the election, and must now handle the office of the president.

The film premiered on October 13, 2006.

Plot

The story opens with Tom Dobbs (Robin Williams) as a comedic talk show host who is able to tap into people's frustrations with the sharply divided, special-interest driven political climate. During his warm-up act, an audience member suggests that he run for President. At first, Dobbs laughs off the idea, but following a popular groundswell of support, later announces on the air that he will stand as a candidate. Through his efforts, he gets on the ballot in 13 states and participates in one of the national debates with the Democratic and Republican candidates.

A parallel plot follows Eleanor (played by Laura Linney), who works at a voting machine company called Delacroy. (The many connections between the troubled Delacroy and some accusations against real-world Diebold Election Systems are difficult to miss.) According to a television commercial in the movie, the entire United States will be using Delacroy voting machines for the presidential election. Shortly before the elections, Eleanor notices an error in the voting system, but the head of the company purposefully ignores her warnings.

On election night, the results show that Tom Dobbs has won the race for president, beating out both other candidates. While Dobbs and his crew move from shock to celebration, Eleanor remains unconvinced. She considers revealing the computer error to the public, but is attacked in her home (presumably by Delacroy agents) and injected with a cocktail of drugs. Upon going to work, her behavior is erratic in the extreme, and the company fires her. Upon recovering in the hospital, she realizes that very few people would believe her story, but decides that if nothing else, she must tell Dobbs.

Though still suffering from the aftereffects of the drugs in her system, Eleanor eventually makes her way to Tom Dobbs' victory party. There, she unconvincingly impersonates an FBI agent but manages to catch Dobbs' eye, the two dance through the evening, and Dobbs gives her his telephone number. Eleanor cannot bring herself to tell Dobbs that he should not be the president-elect. Later, Dobbs tries to get back in contact with Eleanor by calling Delacroy. This immediately raises the suspicions of the Delacroy leaders, and they redouble their efforts to silence Eleanor. Eleanor calls Dobbs and he whisks her off to a paintball fight, followed by Thanksgiving dinner. At dinner, she finally gets him alone to tell him that the elections were a fraud, then leaves.

Dobbs wrestles with the idea that he should not have been elected as President and finally decides to break Eleanor's news to the public in a major speech. However, Delacroy pre-empts his announcement with one of their own, stating that Eleanor was caught attempting to throw the election for Dobbs, but that her efforts had no impact on the polls. Eleanor becomes increasingly paranoid, a feeling that is soon justified as agents break into the hotel room where she is staying to confiscate her computer, the only evidence she had.

Desperate, Eleanor first flees to a mall, where she is found by a Delacroy agent but escapes. She then drives to find a pay phone so that she can call Dobbs for help. She manages to reach him but is not able to communicate anything before the Delacroy agent's truck crashes into the phone booth, cutting off the call and injuring her. Dobbs goes to the scene, and though he cannot understand what she is trying to say, he is convinced that she was telling the truth about the election. During the Weekend Update section of the sketch comedy tv show Saturday Night Live, he finally announces to the public that the elections were flawed and that he should not be President-elect.

From this point, the country presumably holds another election, which the incumbent president wins. Dobbs returns to his career as a talk-show host, but now with Eleanor at his side.

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Friday, October 20, 2006

Flags of Our Fathers

Flags of Our Fathers is a 2006 film directed by Clint Easwood and written by William Broyles, Jr & Paul Haggis. It is based on the book of the same name written by ames Bradley and Ron Powers about the Battle of Iwo Jima and Raising the flag on Iwo Jima. Flags of our Fathers is the 26th feature film that Eastwood has directed since his directorial debut, Play Misty for Me, in 1971. It stars Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford, Adam Beach, Jamie Bell, John Slattery, Paul Walker, Barry Pepper, Robert Patrick, Joseph Cross, Stark Sands, Neal McDonough, Tom Verica, Benjamin Walker and Melanie Lynskey. Filming took place in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C and in Sandvík, Iceland.

Eastwood is also directing a complementary film on the battle from the Japanese viewpoint about the Battle of Iwo Jima. Titled Letters from Iwo Jima, it is currently in post-production and is set to be released sometime in December, approximately two months after the release of Flags of Our Fathers. Flags of Our Fathers was released on October 20, 2006.

Plot

The film recounts the ultimately tragic tale of five young United States Marines, and one United States Navy corpsman photographed raising an American flag atop Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945, in the midst of the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.

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Monday, October 16, 2006

The Marine

The Marine is a 2006 film directed by John Bonito, written by Michelle Gallagher and Alan B. McElroy, produced by Joel Simon, and starring WWE professional wrestler John Cena. The film was produced by WWE Films and released by 20th Century Fox on October 13, 2006. The filming was done in Queensland, Australia.

The MPAA has rated this movie PG-13 for intense sequences of violent action, sensuality and language.

Plot

John Triton (Cena) is a former Marine who returns home after being discharged against his will from the Iraq War. Stateside, he finds himself back in action, when his wife Kate (Kelly Carlson) is kidnapped by a murderous gang of pro-criminals led by the merciless Mr. Rome (Robert Patrick). With everything on the line, the Marine will stop at nothing to carry out his toughest and most important mission.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Iron Man

New Line Cinema indicated it was producing an Iron Man film originally scheduled for release November 2005, then rescheduled to 2006 and then to 2007. The studio's rights eventually expired and reverted to Marvel. Nick Cassavetes would have directed the film.

Marvel Studios announced in April 2006 that it is producing the Iron Man movie in-house with director Jon Favreau and a script by Arthur Marcum and Matt Holloway with a planned release date of May 2, 2008. The title role will be played by Robert Downey Jr. Favreau has begun a MySpace group, entitled " Iron Man Movie Group ",in order to hear from fans about their preferences. The film will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.

On July 22, 2006 at the San Diego Comic-Con, Favreau confirmed that the villain for the upcoming film would be the Mandarin. He also announced that, "The suit will be more like a weapons platform than a flying suit – more of a War Machine-feel to it."

Later, On September 28, 2006 Ain't It Cool News announced that Iron Man would be played by Robert Downey Jr.

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Sunday, October 01, 2006

DOA: Dead or Alive

DOA: Dead or Alive is a 2006 martial arts film based on the Tecmo/Team Ninja fighting game series Dead or Alive. The film is directed by Corey Yuen and was released on September 7, 2006 in Australia and December 8, 2006 in North America. The film has various appearances from characters of the game series, such include: Tina Armstrong (Jaime Pressly), Christie Allen (Holly Valance), Kasumi (Devon Aoki), Ayane (Natassia Malthe) and Helena Douglas (Sarah Carter).

A number of fighters are invited to DOA, an invitational martial arts contest. They travel to the tournament island by plane, until they have to jump out mid-flight with parachutes, and then have until sundown to reach the main island to be entered into the tournament. Fighters are then pooled against one another in a knock-out style tournament, with the loser of a battle sent home, and the winner progressing to the subsequent round. The plot revolves around four female fighters who begin as rivals, but subsequently find themselves teaming up against another force.

Plot

The film opens at Kasumi's Temple, where she is arguing with Hayabusa about her brother's death. She understands that if she leaves to seek out his brother, her army will kill her. Ayane confronts her before she flees, jumping the temple wall. A shuriken is thrown at her when she is falling - an invitation to DOA. Out at sea, Tina is arguing with her father about professional wrestling on her yacht. A gang of pirates underestimate her, and try to take her boat. Tina comprehensively defeats them, and a DOA shuriken pierces the side of her boat. In a hotel, Christie is being investigated by a number of policemen. Only in a towel, she manages to disarm and defeat all of them, and then leaves the building, driving off on a motorcycle, receiving her own shuriken.

The three girls are amongst a number of invited fighters on a plane going to DOA island. Maximillian Marsh, who left Christie at the hotel is also on the plane, as is Hayabusa, as well as Tina's father (Bass) and Zack, who is hitting on Tina. On an in-flight screen, Helena welcomes them all, telling them they now must parachute the rest of the way, and whoever fails to make to the main area by sundown will be disqualified. Tina, Christie and Kasumi all land well off target, and after realising they may not make it in time, combine their efforts to climb up. The fighters go onto meet Donovan, who explains that their bracelets will alert them as to who they are fighting and when.

Each fighter is analyzed in a lab to show their strength, and are all injected with nanobots which record their abilities. Weatherby, who operates all the technical equipment, oversees all this. The fights soon begin, and Tina, Christie, Leon, Hayabusa, Helena, Bayman, Max, Zack and Tina's father all progress to round two. One of the next fights is between Kasumi and Leon, who apparently was the last fighter that her brother faced. A volleyball tournament goes down on the beach, Kasumi and Tina against Helena and Christie. However the game abruptly ends when the ball is struck down, and Kasumi runs off to find Ayane. They fight each other in the bamboo treetops, but Ayane flees when the other girls catch up to Kasumi.

Max is found out to be a fraud by Weatherby, and is set up against Bayman, and actually defeats him. Tina defeats her father out on the rafts in the lake. Christie then defeats Helena on the rain-soaked beach. Tina then defeats Zack. Christie and Max start to plot a robbery, once they decode Helena's tattoo. Kasumi is supposed to fight Hayabusa, but he has gone missing. Tina, Christie and Kasumi go looking for him, finding him in the DOA building, but then get themselves locked in. It turns out that Donovan is planning a terrible scheme, to which Weatherby does not agree with. Weatherby tells Helena the truth about it all, including what happened to her father. Tina, Christie, Kasumi and Hayabusa are all trapped in pods, while Helena and Weatherby work to get them out before Donovan's plan comes to fruition.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Alien vs. Predator

Alien vs. Predator (a.k.a. AVP) is a motion picture released in 2004 by 20th Century Fox and directed by Paul W.S Anderson. It is based both on several series of Alien vs. Predator comic books published by Dark Horse Comics and on the Alien and Predator films which spawned the original characters. The release of the film marks the two species' first shared appearance in a motion picture.

Tagline: Whoever wins...we lose.

Storyline
Set in 2004, the film centers at first on billionaire Charles Bishop Weyland, owner of multinational communications giant Weyland Corporation (which eventually becomes the Weyland- Yuani Corporation of the Alien films). Weyland is dying of an unnamed disease and is concerned that he has not done a sufficient job of securing a legacy by which he will be remembered. An opportunity for him to do so seems to present itself when one of the corporation's satellites detects a sudden, never-before-seen heat source emanating from below the surface of an ice-covered island next to Antartica. In a desperate bid to secure the source of the heat bloom in the name of the corporation, Weyland hastily assembles a team of scientists, paleontologists, archaeologists, linguistic experts, weapons experts and a "rough and tumble" female guide with a reputation for leading groups into unfriendly terrain in the hopes of mounting a quick discovery and retrieval campaign.

Once on site, the team discovers an incredibly advanced, self-powered pyramid with the capability to turn itself on and off based on input from a semimechanical, Aztec-style calendar. Believing that within the pyramid lies the proof of an empire predating written history, the group goes in, but finds much more than ancient sarcophagii and hieroglyphics. Dismembered human skeletons and the fossilised remains of unknown aliens that appear to have violently burst out of the humans' chests are found in a sacrificial chamber, while hieroglyphs inside the structure seem to indicate that the events are all part of an ancient ritual. Matters only get worse when three Predators ( Yautja ) arrive, apparently to take part in a gruesome rite of passage wherein young Predators must travel to Earth and kill the Aliens (xenomorphs) or die in the process.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Renaissance

Renaissance is a French-language animated cyberpunk/science fiction detective film, co-produced in France, United Kingdom and Luxembourg, directed by Christian Volckman and released on March 15 2005 in France and September 22, 2006 in USA by Miramax Films. The movie uses the motion capture technique to create a 3D universe, its quirkyness coming from the fact it is entirely black and white (except some few elements in color at the end of the movie). It shares some resemblance with the Sin City comic books and movie.

Synopsis

The action takes place in Paris in 2054. The expressways along the Seine river are enclosed in glass tunnels and huge lofts seem to float in the night. Ilona Tasuiev, a young scientist and employee of the powerful Avalon conglomerate, is kidnapped for reasons unknown. Inspector Karas is leading the search.. from wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3 is the third film in the Spider-Man film series based on the fictional Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man. Sam Raimi, who directed the previous two Spider-Man films, takes up the helm again with a returning cast that includes Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, and J.K Simmons. The film also stars series newcomers Topher Grace and Thomas Haden Church. Spider-Man 3 is scheduled to be released in both conventional and IMAX theaters on May 4, 2007. The release date for the film was set before Spider-Man 2 was even released. Plot Peter Parker basks in the spotlight with his public success as his superhero alter ego, Spider-Man. Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy pursue Parker for his affections, and Parker begins to grow overconfident, neglecting those who care for him. As Spider-Man, he battles Sandman and his former friend Harry Osborn. During this time, an unusual Symbiote bonds with Spider-Man, influencing his behavior for the worse. As a result, Spider-Man has to fight the villain within, until he finally tears the symbiote from his body. After losing Spider-Man, the symbiote finds a new host in Eddie Brock, Jr, who becomes Venom. In addition to Spider-Man facing the symbiote, Sandman has an unclear role in his contact with Peter's uncle Ben, before Ben's death in the first film. from wikipedia,the free encyclopedia

Monday, September 25, 2006

The Science of Sleep

The Science of Sleep, known natively as La Science des rêves, is a 2006 fantasy film, written and directed by Michel Gondry. The film stars Gael García Bernal and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Plot summary The film tells the story of the shy Stéphane (Bernal) who is coaxed back to his childhood home in France after his mother offers him a job. The job turns out to be very mundane, which sharply contrasts with his vivid imagination. He also finds that his dream life is increasingly encroaching upon his waking life. Stéphane is quickly drawn to his neighbor, Stéphanie (Gainsbourg), whose imagination easily matches his own. Trivia * The characters in the film are constantly switching the language they're speaking in (from French to English or English to French) because Stéphane's French is terrible. * The film's trailer and website heavily feature the song "After Hours" by The Velvet Underground (from their eponymous third album). The trailer also features the songs "Fear of Sleep" by The Strokes and "Your Heart is an Empty Room" by Death Cab for Cutie. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia