Friday, August 31, 2012

(42) Are you ready for new horror story? + links

By Sati. Friday, August 31, 2012 34 Comments
  • The marketing campaign for American Horror Story: Asylum really got going this week - first four creepy posters got released, then brand new teasers - which now I believe are 10 in total - and finally character photos including the first look at Jessica Lange, James Cromwell, Chloe Sevigny, Evan Peters and Joseph Fiennes. Also I hear Franka Potente is going to appear as guest star in two episodes. I really can't wait for the new season to start, the asylum run by nuns in some creepy ass forest...that's just fantastic. The series premiers on October 17. Also - check out these awesome behind the scenes photos that reveal this season's villain - Bloody Face. That is one scary make up right there.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Soundtrack Wednesday - Batman Returns

By Sati. Wednesday, August 29, 2012 , , 8 Comments
Track: Selina Transforms, part 2
Artist: Danny Elfman
Movie: Batman Returns

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Wanderlust

By Sati. Tuesday, August 28, 2012 , , , , , , 18 Comments
Darlin', we shall shit in the woods!

If there is a movie out there that 1. was a flop at the box office 2. didn't get great reviews 3. stars Jennifer Aniston, I'm probably not going to see it. But if there is a movie out there that while happened to be a flop, didn't get greatest reviews and has Lauren Ambrose you bet your ass I'm going to see it. I loved her in Six Feet Under and she is one of my favorite redheads and actresses that still wait for their big break and truly deserve it. She appeared in a number of tiny indie movies that are hard to find, but each time seeing those was worth it because she was in it. Wanderlust is one of such films, that is worth seeing it. Because it's neither really indie and definetly not subtle.

The film follows married couple of New Yorkers - George and Linda (played by Paul Rudd and Aniston) who recently purchased a "micro loft" which is apparently college talk for tiny, narrow shithole of an apartment. After Linda's documentary about penguins with testicular cancer doesn't get picked up by HBO (not surprising since there is no nudity and no "sexy" violence) and George's company goes under, the two find themselves with a necessity to leave big city and seek help from George's douchebag brother. On their way they stay at B&B called Elysium which is also the home of hippies who believe in freedom, nature and free love. The two leave and after spending some time in crazy town that is George's brother house they decide to relocate to Elysium and join the commune.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Scene of the Week - Se7en

By Sati. Monday, August 27, 2012 , , 18 Comments
Searching for clues
directed by David Fincher


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Rising Stars: Juno Temple

By Sati. Sunday, August 26, 2012 38 Comments
Chances are that even if you don't realize that, you know who Juno Temple is - the girl from Atonement with red curly hair, Selina Kyle's sidekick in The Dark Knight Rises and Cate Blanchett's daughter in Notes on a Scandal. Temple, with her wild hair, innocent face and natural charisma can be in the movie for barely few minutes and you will remember her after the film is over.

Temple was born on July 21, 1989 and she owes her name to butte of Cape Final known as Juno Temple, where her parents went when her mother was pregnant. She is the daughter of a producer Amanda Temple and director Julien Temple.

Born in England, she decided she wanted to be an actress at the age of 4. Her father cast her in his film Vigo but ended up cutting her out of the film. Two years later, age 11, her father cast her in another of his films, Pandaemonium. When she was 15 she won an audition for Notes on a Scandal. That led to her role in Atonement, which went on to win Golden Globe for Best Drama, where Juno played Lola, a girl involved in incident that will change the lives of main characters forever. She also appeared as Anne Boleyn's brother's wife Jane in The Other Boleyn Girl and as Anna in terrific and criminally under seen Mr. Nobody. She is also known for her role in St. Trinian and its sequel and indie movie Dirty Girl.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

(41) Remake flood + links

By Sati. Saturday, August 25, 2012 32 Comments
  • I have good news, bad news and awful news.
  • The awful news is that the pictures from Carrie remake are online and as predicted - it looks like a spoof. Julianne Moore - who is frequently (frequently not always) a guarantee for good performance looks good, though she looks too much like she always does - at that point you can see the picture of her face from any movie and you wouldn't be able to say which movie it is. She should at least wear a wig once a while. And Moretz? Wow. Are people in the studio such money grabbing whores that they would hire her just because she is well known? Why am I even asking - of course they are. Can you imagine how good this movie would be with a talent like Saoirse Ronan as Carrie? But no. Also it doesn't look like anything new and Moretz will probably try to play the part like Spacek, oh my that will be something - take a look at the first pictures.
  • The bad news is that Carrie is not the only disgraceful remake in the making. They are remaking Videodrome. Yep. Videodrome. You can't remake films by Cronenberg or Lynch - they have unique styles nobody can copy.
  • The good news is that The Girl who Played with Fire is still happening with Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig and the script is being written as I'm typing this. Fincher is still interested in directing it, too.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Movie Questionnaire

By Sati. Wednesday, August 22, 2012 36 Comments
Cinemaniac Reviews is hosting a blogathon questionnaire. Here are the questions and my answers:

1. What’s your favorite movie?
Black Swan

2. Least favorite movie?
Kick Ass.

3. Name one movie you loved upon initial viewing but eventually grew to hate (or vice-versa).

I initially hated No Country for old Men. It was slow, it lacked any sympathetic characters and I didn't know what the hell was up with that movie. But upon second viewing I actually liked it.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Why I love Brad Pitt

By Sati. Tuesday, August 21, 2012 , 45 Comments
Brad Pitt. Though I never list this guy among my favorites, he really is and I should start doing that. I claimed for years now that this is a man whose 90% of films are fantastic. He is almost never wrong when choosing films and even if he is (The Mexican, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Troy) he always gives 100% of his talent.

He is one of those actors who do both well in drama and comedy. He was mesmerizing in last year's Moneyball, fascinating in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and heartbreaking in Babel. But it's his comedy efforts that are the closest to my heart - from Mickey through compulsively eating Rusty to Chad, Pitt never ever failed to make me laugh.


Scene of the Week - The Dark Knight

By Sati. , 25 Comments
Hit me! 
directed by Christopher Nolan


Monday, August 20, 2012

Amy Adams Appreciation

By Sati. Monday, August 20, 2012 34 Comments
Amy Lou Adams
in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy)


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Saturday TV Special - Breaking Bad

By Sati. Saturday, August 18, 2012 , 16 Comments
Plot: The series follows Walter White, quiet family man and underachieving chemistry teacher. Walt is brilliant and knows chemistry but he never made a fortune out of it and he is struggling with money problems along with his pregnant wife Skyler and their disabled son Walt Jr. And worst of all - one day Walt gets news that he has stage four terminal lung cancer and at best he has few months to live. Desperate and determined to provide enough money for his family so they could live comfortably after he is gone, Walter decides to use his skills to cook methamphetamine with his former student Jesse Pinkman. Because of Walt's brilliance their meth is the purest product on the market, which soon brings with it not only a lot of money but also a lot of trouble.
Structure: Each episode picks up where the last one ended and we get a little glimpses of the future and the past in the form of clever, teasing scenes that will form the full picture by the time each season is over.
Verdict: The show is absolutely superb, that is disregarding the decline in quality visible in season 5. Not only is it flawlessly acted out - especially by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul - but it manages to be both entertaining and bleak at the same time. The situations the characters are facing are often impossible but there are still many great moments of humour in the show. It's like Pulp Fiction and Se7en mixed together and a fascinating look at a man who had good intentions but those intentions only brought pain, suffering and crossing over to the dark side with them. The progression of Walter's character and his slow descent into darkness is just riveting to watch as with each episode, each season we see him being more and more manipulative and dangerous.

Friday, August 17, 2012

(40) Lily of the Valley + links

By Sati. Friday, August 17, 2012 32 Comments
You brought a meth lab to the airport? Walt to Jesse, season 2 
You brought a bomb to the hospital? Jesse to Walt, season 4
  • Author page is up. Reviews index will be too, shortly. I'm on letter P so it's almost done.
  • Breaking Bad. My God. First 4 seasons of it are tremendous, even better than The Sopranos and The Wire, hard to say about Boardwalk Empire since it only has 2 seasons. Season 4 has been absolutely mesmerizing from start to finish and it was the first season Skyler didn't make me pray someone will smack her any moment now. Also the final shot was absolutely amazing, such chilling and brilliant moment. Season 4 of Breaking Bad is probably the most glued to the screen I ever was, maybe even on the level of first season of Boardwalk Empire - just non stop greatness. I absolutely cannot believe that this show not only doesn't have Golden Globe wins it doesn't have a single nomination for Best dramatic series! It truly is a show of ingenious moments - what happened to Jane and the circumstances of it, the origin of the Teddy Bear, "Run" and my favorite - the final scene of 4x10 Crawl Space with Walt laughing manically and Skyler slowly approaching the phone, shocked. I think it's one of the finest scenes I've seen in TV show.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Changeling

By Sati. Thursday, August 16, 2012 , , , , , , , , 24 Comments
Woman's whisper, mother's cry

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Soundtrack Wednesday - Michael Clayton

By Sati. Wednesday, August 15, 2012 , , 6 Comments
Track: I'm Not the Guy You Kill
Artist: James Newton Howard
Movie: Michael Clayton

Monday, August 13, 2012

Carrie

By Sati. Monday, August 13, 2012 , , , , , , , 23 Comments
Fire walk with me


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Visual Parallels: Drive + Taxi Driver

By Sati. Sunday, August 12, 2012 56 Comments
Back when Drive was first released in theathres and I was reading the reviews for it I noticed that not many people wrote about the obvious similarities it has to Taxi Driver - enigmatic character who drives his car, frequently during night, has deep issues and is prone to violence, lusts after beautiful blonde and meets a hooker who is in trouble. Both films are not only similar in terms of the story and the protagonist, but they also have many very similar shots and both end in the eruption of violence followed by quiet and memorable ending.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

(39) Harlequinade + links

By Sati. Saturday, August 11, 2012 34 Comments
  • I've been watching a lot of Batman: The Animated Series lately and it's really such a shame Harley didn't make it into Nolanverse. I absolutely adore her, especially when she is hugging everyone around her without warning. And she tricked Batman on many occasions!
  • I've reached season 3 of Breaking Bad and the season 2 finale was absolutely heartbreaking. It was almost like Butterfly Effect when one death can have such a profound effect on people and actually bring in hundreds more deaths. To be quite honest, I think Walter White is a great character but after seeing him just walking around without much remorse after this whole thing I can't say I feel any sympathy for the guy. And Skyler is still a bitch. Taking a newborn away from her father who is your husband, who is incidentally sick with cancer because he found a way to pay for his own treatment is such a shit thing to do. I really don't understand why Walter won't kick her bitchy ass out on the street. Also that fucking Teddy Bear. It was one of the most disturbing things I've seen, so creepy! Read this article - just fascinating. Also as a huge fan of TV on the Radio I love the way they used DLZ on the show. Such a fantastic moment.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Triangle

By Sati. Thursday, August 9, 2012 , , , , , , , , 19 Comments
Over and over again
(this review contains spoilers)


Soundtrack Wednesday - Black Swan (2)

By Sati. , , 8 Comments
Track: Opposites Attract
Artist: Clint Mansell
Movie: Black Swan

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Charlize Theron Appreciation

By Sati. Tuesday, August 7, 2012 38 Comments

Charlize Theron
7 August 1975 (Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa)

"I think that’s a good way to view the quality of life, to realise how valuable and how short it is for all of us. And it doesn’t matter what your occupation is, it’s your choice to live your life well, and make time for the things that are important to you.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Vera Farmiga Appreciation

By Sati. Monday, August 6, 2012 26 Comments

Vera Ann Farmiga 
 (6 August 1973, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA)


Sunday, August 5, 2012

Screaming Sunday - The Astronaut's Wife

By Sati. Sunday, August 5, 2012 , 8 Comments
Sati's movie rating - 71/100
Plot:  Jillian and Spencer Armacost are perfect marriage - two loving people, always supporting each other, best friends really. Jillian is sweet kindergarten teacher and Spencer is an astronaut. Everything is fine, until during his last mission, Spencer and another astronaut lose contact with the base. When they come back Jillian starts to suspect something took over her beloved husband. When she gets pregnant her paranoia and fear start to grow rapidly, as she tries to find out if Spencer is still the man she loves or something else entirely.

Friday, August 3, 2012

(38) Apocalypse Now, the Yorkie Edition + links

By Sati. Friday, August 3, 2012 40 Comments
  • Killing Them Softly - can we just talk about how great the first trailer for the movie is? The visuals look a lot like Drive, it's always great to see Richard Jenkins and James Gandolfini on screen and Brad Pitt looks seriously hot. Also the film is directed by Andrew Dominik whose last movie is fabulous The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford. And using Johnny Cash's songs in trailers is always a great move.
  • Bizarre first trailer for The Paperboy was released this week. I'm saying bizarre because it looks very poorly put together and amateurish, but since it was made by Lee Daniels who was behind quite well made Precious I hope this will not be the case with the actual movie. Also I'm pretty sure Nicole Kidman is a lock for best actress nomination, she looks like absolute trash in it but also appears to be quite charming and adorably naive.

    Thursday, August 2, 2012

    Movie of the Month - August - Earrings

    By Sati. Thursday, August 2, 2012 , , , 20 Comments
    Alex Withrow who runs one of my favorite - if not my favorite blog - And so it Begins - recently released his debut short film entitled Earrings. Because it's really good and I want as many people as possible to see it it's the movie of the month for August on my blog. Here is my review for the film:

    75/100 (2012, 31 min)
    Plot: A young woman dives into increasingly destructive behavior after witnessing a traumatic event.
    Director: Alex Withrow
    Writer: Alex Withrow
    Stars: Catherine Warner, Martin McSweeney and Andrew Kirkley

    Earrings is directorial debut from Alex Withrow, very good writer and passionate movie fan. You can see many influences here, in his haunting short film, but one that particularly stands out is the influence by Steve McQueen's Shame - we observe a character having a breakdown, the reasons for which are for most part unknown to us. We see their daily routine, we see the camera follow them and ultimately we see them being consumed by despair.And we want to know - why? What could have possibly happened to make them live - or either stay alive without the desire to live - like this?

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

    Blog Award!

    By Sati. Wednesday, August 1, 2012 36 Comments
    Sofia from FilmFlare, Vern from Vern's videovangaurd and Mettel Ray
    have awarded me with the Liebster Blog Award.
    If you got one here is what you need  to do:

    1. Tell us 11 things about yourself
    2. Answer 11 questions the blogger who awarded you asked
    3. Pass the award to 11 people
    4. Give them 11 questions.
    5. Tell them about the award
                                    6. Don't award people who are recipients already