Monday, January 9, 2012

In the Land of Blood and Honey Live Q&A event

We are helping host this event, please go to the site and submit a question to the film maker. One lucky comment contributor will get a free movie poster.

About the film
In the Land of Blood and Honey has been nominated for a Golden Globe® for Best Foreign Language Film. Set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War that tore the Balkan region apart in the 1990s, the film tells the story of Danijel (Goran Kostić) and Ajla (pronounced Ayla) (Zana Marjanović), two Bosnians from different sides of a brutal ethnic conflict. Danijel, a Bosnian Serb police officer, and Ajla, a Bosnian Muslim artist, are together before the war, but their relationship is changed as violence engulfs the country. Months later, Danijel is serving under his father, General Nebojsa Vukojevich (Rade Šerbedžija), as an officer in the Bosnian Serb Army. He and Ajla come face to face again when she is taken from the apartment she shares with her sister, Lejla (Vanesa Glodjo), and Lejla’s infant child by troops under Danijel’s command. As the conflict takes hold of their lives, their relationship changes, their motives and connection to one another become ambiguous and their allegiances grow uncertain. In the Land of Blood and Honey portrays the incredible emotional, moral and physical toll that the war takes on individuals as well as the consequences that stem from the lack of political will to intervene in a society stricken with conflict.

Please comment with your questions for the film maker here, they will be forwarded on to the event. One lucky reader will receive a movie poster, comment to enter. See you then….

Saturday, January 7, 2012

2011 Red Light films

This is a list of the red light films that I have had the misfortune in seeing. I know that when I go to the movie it’s a crap shoot I never know what I am going to be seeing. Here are some Haikus about the bad movies I have seen.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 

The audience
transforms into vampires
oh life sucking film

The Three Musketeers

Steam punk and sword play
A classic story falls prey
Dumas should sue them

Paranormal Activity 3

So original
some security footage
a long walk, for what

The Thing

Not allowed to copy
let him do a prequel then
maybe he should not

The Hangover Part II

A one trick pony
it was a good Idea once
only works once not again

Your Highness

This movie did not work
perhaps the title was key
I need to be stoned

The Roommate

This Roommate is bad
I mean the film not the girl
can they shoot me too


The spelunking film
National Geographic
wants their nature back

The Mechanic

A remake, kind of
this film does not pay omage
wake me when it’s done

Little Fockers

The Little Fockers
how much can they milk this cat
can it go away

Monday, January 2, 2012

2011 Green Light Films

This is a list of the green light films I reviewed this past year. It has been a quick year, I plan to add more reviews in the next year and also include some Netflix films. I am going to do a post of some movies I did see and enjoyed but did not write a review of, because they did not fall into the rules of what is showing next. This is just a recap of 2011.

Hugo - I enjoyed this film from a filmmaker’s standpoint; it made the 3D work for it and didn’t use it as a gimmick.

Real Steel - I was impressed with how well the rock’em sock’em robots moved was. It did not rely on the effects to sell itself, it was a good story.

The Way - Wonderful, wonderful , wonderful.

The Debt - A great movie that shows the choices you make dictate the life you live. Sometimes bad choices come back to haunt you.

Colombiana - I enjoyed the ride of this film. It was penned by my favorite movie maker Luc Besson.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - This film was a great end to a movie dynasty. It was much better than the first part, but the second part of the book was better as well.

Captain America: The First Avenger - This is what a hero film should be. Marvel is leading the pack in Hero films. It’s action packed, and funny and touching. It reminds us what we love about these kinds of stories.

X-Men: First class - I was leery about this, prequels sometimes don’t work. This one did.

Super 8 - This is ET with teeth. It was great film making. Bad Robot Is showing us what story telling is about.

Rio - As a 3D animated show it was really nice to see the jungle with such life like environments, the acting was great. Yes a kid’s film but fun for the adults.

Source Code - I really enjoyed this film and the conversation it spurred after the film. It had all of the elements of really great science fiction. It reminded me of Quantum leap.

Limitless - I loved the camera work in the first opening scenes of this film. We have some drug use mixed messages but overall it was fun.

The Adjustment Bureau - I hated the hat, but I came to understand and look past it. The story was great. True love wins over all powers in the universe.

The Eagle - It is this year’s 13th Warrior, it was a great sword play movie that made the buddy picture work. I love movies set in this period.

Black Swan - A great focus on a deeply broken character, and the pressures that life can put on people. Your dream is sometimes dangerous.

The king’s Speech - This is a great bio picture, I was not looking for this film, but I am glad it found me. Geoffrey Rush can do no wrong IMHO.

I am also going to work on a list of films that I liked but did not review. That is coming soon…..