Thursday, 29 September 2011

Classic Chops: September 21st

Good news, everyone!  We?re back with an expanded edition of ?Classic Chops? (including selected posts from this week?s Guilty Pleasures Movie Blogathon!)?

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Site Name: Pretty Clever Films
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Site Name: Duke & the Movies
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Classic Chops enthusiastically welcomes any essay or post you?ve composed on a film classic?and even though I originally set the criterion at films released in 1965 and before, I have ?cheated? a little and included films after that date that I don?t think too many people would dispute are ?classics.?  Simply send your submissions to by September 27 at 6:00pm EST?and any questions, comments, suggestions and spare Citizen Kane 70th Anniversary Blu-Ray/DVD sets should be addressed to that same e-mail address as well.

As always?until next time?see you at the movies!


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Angel Locsin, John Lloyd Cruz cover Cosmopolitan Magazine's October 2011 issue

On-screen love team Angel Locsin and John Lloyd Cruz are gracing the covers of the October 2011 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine.
 Cosmopolitan Magazine's October 2011 cover featuring "Imortal's" Angel Locsin and  John Lloyd Cruz
According to Angel Locsin, it is her first fashion shoot after a year.

This double-cover issue will be available in your favorite stands and stores in the coming days.

Meanwhile, Angel Locsin and John Lloyd Cruz, who topbilled the hit ABS-CBN series "Imortal," will be reuniting in an upcoming Star Cinema movie which according to unverified reports will be released in November 2011. The film has no official title yet and is currently in the works. It is being directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina.


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Typhoon Pedring PAGASA Update - September 26, 2011

Typhoon Pedring (Bagyong Pedring) has "slightly intensified as it continues to threaten Isabela-Aurora Area," the PAGASA said Monday afternoon.
Typhoon Pedring (Bagyong Pedring) satellite image as of 5 p.m., September 26, 2011 | Source: PAGASA
According to the 5 p.m. bulletin issued by the state weather bureau, Typhoon Pedring was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 260 km East Southeast of Casiguran, Aurora (15.6�N, 124.8�E) with maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 19 kph.

Public Storm Warning Signals have also been hoisted in the following areas:

Signal Number 3 - Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Northern Quezon, Polillo Island, Aurora, Quirino, and Isabela;

Signal Number 2 - Albay, Burias Island, Sorsogon, Rest of Quezon, Rizal, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Benguet, Mt. Province, Kalinga, Cagayan and Metro Manila;

Signal Number 1 - Ticao Island, Masbate, Marinduque, Batangas, Cavite, Bataan, Pampanga, Zambales, Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Apayao, Calayan, and Babuyan Group of Islands.

The PAGASA also added the following advisories:
Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under Public Storm Warning Signals are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone.

Estimated rainfall amount is from 15 - 25 mm per hour within the 650 km diameter of the typhoon.

Typhoon Pedring is expected to enhance the Southwest Monsoon and will bring scattered to widespread rains over Southern Luzon and Visayas.


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Not Eerie Enough ? The Order (2003) Film Review

2 stars

 "She was like a sunflower. God's beautifulmistake." (Alex)

Writtenand directed by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Brian Helgeland, 'The Order' appearedto be a massive flop. With all frankness, I thought that I will not be amongthose who pan this movie, but you can't deny the truth: it was just not good.

What's the story?
Afterthe head of their order dies, a young priest Alex Bernier (Heath Ledger)travels to Rome. While everybody agrees that it was a suicide, he discoversthat there is a mystery behind this death and ventures to investigate the casefor the deceased was his mentor and friend. He is joined by another churchmanThomas (Mark Addy) and Mara (Shannyn Sossamon), a girl who suffers from mentalproblems.

Was it made look good (by those who work in pre- andpost-production or behind the camera)?
Thefirst issue to stand out a mile is that this so-called mystery thriller is noteerie or gripping at all. It tries so hard to deliver thrills but ultimatelyfails. However, it does include scenes and one-liners that could have make it apleasure to watch but this blend of some good stuff and a lot of very bad stuffseems to be not connectable ? and the atmosphere is gone. The second issue isthat the first half of the film is quite bearable until one point; and thatpoint deserves a few scoffs. While the idea of the movie is rather decent, its interpretationbrings the concept to naught.

What about acting?
Theonly attraction in the film is Heath Ledger but even his acting is eclipsed bythe overall movie's fiasco. Ledger's co-stars from 'A Knight's Tale' (2001) ShannynSossamon and Mark Addy as well as other cast members Peter Weller and BennoF�rmann are not bad but all the characters are uninteresting and lack thedepth. They tried to make Sossamon's heroine less nondescript by giving her anexciting backstory but it doesn't work. At the beginning, they cast VincentCassel for the part of Weller but he stepped out of the project due to somedisagreements, and as time showed, it turned to be even a smarter decision.

What did it make me feel?
I wastotally unimpressed, and it taught me nothing new.

Any chance of re-visiting?
I don'tthink so.

Unfortunately,there is often a rotten apple to be found in a bushel, and Brian Helgeland'spseudo-thriller 'The Order' is indeed a tasteless flick that might have beenbetter if they have added more style to it and diligence, to their work.

Rating:2 stars (see what that means)

Did youlike this film? Any thoughts are welcome.


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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

The Truth about Noah Ringer


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LAMB Acting School 101: Cary Grant

CS, of Big Thoughts From a Small Mind, here with all of the submissions for our Cary Grant edition of LAMB Acting School 101! Huge thanks to all the sites that took the time to send in their posts.

Articles, Podcasts, Artwork, and Lists

Anna, the heart and soul of Defiant Success, ponders which modern actors could play Grant in a biopic?

Brandie from True Classic examines how Cary Grant plays with the boundaries of sexuality and gender in screwball comedy.

Over at The Great Movie Project, Alan highlights a few of Cary Grant?s most memorable films

At Lets Go to the Movies, Caz explains why everyone wants to be Cary Grant.

Lesya from Eternity of Dream lists her favoriteCary Gant and Katherine Hepburn pairings.

Caroline, the brains behind Garbo Laughs, explores the curious friendship between Cary Grant and Richard Scott.

Jill, of the blog Sittin? on a Backyard Fence points out why Cary Grant is a style icon.

Forever Classics? own Meredith highlights the films that Cary Grant made with Alfred Hitchcock.

Brandie also provides a pictorial essay of Grant?s best comedic roles.

Caz list An Affair to Remember?s Terry McKay as a character she would love to be for a day.

Caroline offers up a delightful recording of Cary Grant singing...sort of.

Jill gives the book Good Stuff a read. The book was written by Cary Grant?s daughter, Jennifer, and offers insight into Cary Grant?s personal life.


The Philadelphia Story
Big Thoughts From a Small Mind
Defiant Success
True Classics

Bringing Up Baby
Film Forager
True Classics
Defiant Success
Just Plain Something

North by Northwest
Defiant Success
Spectacular Cinema
True Classics

His Girl Friday
Cinematic Paradox
Defiant Success
Spectacular Cinema

An Affair to Remember
Defiant Success
Spectacular Cinema
True Classic
Let?s Go to the Movies

Eternity of Dream
Blame Mame
Spectacular Cinema
Defiant Success
Lets Go to the Movies
Forever Classics

Operation Petticoat
Defiant Success

Gunga Din
Defiant Success

Arsenic and Old Lace
Cinema Sights
Film Forager
Defiant Success

Spectacular Cinema
True Classics

Film Forager

Sylvia Scarlett
Film Forager

True Classic

None But the Lonely Heart
True Classics

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
True Classics
Let?s Go to the Movies

This is the Night
Hollywood Revue

Blonde Venus
Hollywood Revue

Hot Saturday
Hollywood Revue

Only Angels Have Wings
Cinema Sights
Hollywood Revue
Lindsay?s Movie Musings

She Done Him Wrong
Hollywood Revue

Penny Serenade
Garbo Laughs

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
The Movie Projector

My Favorite Wife
Blame Mame

Next month's LAMB Acting School 101 subject will be Kate Winslet! If you would like to see your favourite actor/actress highlighted in this series, be sure to add their name to the list in the forum section of The LAMB. or email your suggestion to

Past actors/actresses featured in this column can be found in the LAMB Acting School 101 Archives.


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Diablo Cody?s Directorial Debut Will Feature Russell Brand And Julianne Hough

The only thing I know that Diablo Cody has done since her Academy Award winning screenplay for ‘Juno’ is the screenplay for ‘Jennifer’s Body‘. Yeah, that really bad horror film starring ‘the great’ Megan Fox (/sarcasm). Anyways people have decided her past efforts are enough to help fund her directorial d�but and two actors have�supposedly�signed [...]


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Monday, 22 August 2011

Bagyong Mina Updates | PAGASA Weather Forecast

Bagyong Mina (Tropical Depression Mina) updates from the PAGASA will be posted here.
Bagyong Mina satellite image as of 6 a.m., August 22, 2011 | Source: PAGASA

The Low Pressure Area (LPA), which was last spotted at 400 kms ESE of Virac, Catanduanes, has now developed into a tropical depression and now named "Mina," a PAGASA officer told ABS-CBN's "Umagang Kay Ganda" at around 6 a.m. Monday. The PAGASA is yet to publish its first bulletin on Bagyong Mina later today but the officer stipulated that the weather disturbance is still "weak."

On its last "Public Weather Forecast", the weather bureau said that there is also an Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) in the country which will bring scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms in Central and Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Widespread rains are also expected over the Eastern Visayas and Eastern Mindanao which may trigger flashfloods and landslides, the PAGASA added.

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Real Steel: Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots to the 'Xtreme


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MP #10, and Happy Birthday America!

I will remind to those of you who missed the first MP. Our abbreviation stands for Monday Post, which consists of two parts: 1) a set of quotes from a movie (generally, good or great); 2) a recommendation of a fellow film blog.

It is 4th July, and I want to congratulate the American friends with their Independence Day! To celebrate this holiday, let's recall a few lines from one of my most loved films, which is filled with American spirit, 'Forrest Gump' (1994).

Forrest Gump: Hello. My name's Forrest, Forrest Gump. You want a chocolate?

Forrest Gump: What's my destiny, Mama?
Mrs. Gump: You're gonna have to figure that out for yourself.

Forrest Gump: You know it's funny what a young man recollects? 'Cause I don't remember bein' born. I don't recall what I got for my first Christmas and I don't know when I went on my first outdoor picnic. But I do remember the first time I heard the sweetest voice in the wide world.

Jenny: Run, Forrest! Run!

Forrest Gump: Mama says they was magic shoes. They could take me anywhere.

Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Have you found Jesus yet, Gump?
Forrest Gump: I didn't know I was supposed to be looking for him, sir.

Forrest Gump: Her dream had come true. She was a folk singer.

Mrs. Gump: You have to do the best with what God gave you.

Forrest Gump: They said it was a million dollar wound, but the army must keep that money 'cause I still haven't seen a nickel of that million dollars.

Forrest Gump: Mama always said, dying was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn't.

Forrest Gump: I gotta find Bubba!

Bubba: Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That? that's about it.

Jenny: Dear God, make me a bird. So I could fly far. Far, far away from here.

Forrest Gump: I'm not a smart man... but I know what love is.

Forrest Gump: Lieutenant Dan, what are you doing here?
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: I'm here to try out my sea legs.
Forrest Gump: But you ain't got no legs, Lieutenant Dan.
Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Yes... yes, I know that. You wrote me a letter, you idiot!

Forrest Gump: Now you wouldn't believe me if I told you, but I could run like the wind blows. From that day on, if I was ever going somewhere, I was running!

Forrest Gump: My Mama always said you've got to put the past behind you before you can move on.

Forrest Gump: My momma always said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."

Forrest Gump: I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it's both. Maybe both is happening at the same time.

MONDAY RECOMMENDATION: Duke and the Movies, the site I started reading not a very long time ago, but I find its content and Sam's writing skills great.

Once again, Happy 4th July, and have a wonderful week!


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The Truth about Noah Ringer


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Sunday, 21 August 2011

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind perfectly captures the fear and the fascination that the unknown holds for humanity. The film focuses on the utility worker Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss), who's sent out into a remote country area to investigate a rash of mysterious power outages and instead comes into close contact with inexplicable sights that seemingly could only be alien ships. From that point on, Roy becomes obsessed with what he saw and felt, obsessed with getting answers, some explanation for his bizarre experience. The film is about the possibility of alien life coming to Earth, but more than that it's about the larger search for meaning, for understanding, the desire to make some sense of life, the universe and everything.

Spielberg is well-suited to capturing the mingled wonder, fear and confusion that characterize the film's complex mix of emotions and tones. Although Spielberg opens with a scene in which the French scientist Lacombe (Francois Truffaut) tracks the signs of the aliens' arrival on Earth, and returns to Lacombe at intervals throughout the film, the real substance of this movie is the effect of such unusual events on ordinary people. When Roy first encounters the alien ships, he's driving along on a deserted, pitch-black country road, lost and struggling with maps to try to find out where he is. Behind him, a set of lights pulls up in the window behind his head, and he gestures for them to pass by; they do, as a car impatiently goes around his truck. The next time some lights pull up behind him, Roy similarly waves them on and returns to his maps, so that only the audience sees that the lights go up, revealing a distinctly un-car-like shape hovering behind Roy. Spielberg's visual playfulness makes moments like this even more potent: witty, awe-inspiring, surreal and yet also somehow ordinary, the extraordinary seeping into the prosaic without warning, upturning all expectations and altering even one's basic presumptions about the way things work.

Roy's experience is indirect — mailboxes vibrate, all the metal in his truck is pulled momentarily up into the air by an electromagnetic force, and a bright light shines down on him, burning his face as he cranes his neck out of the truck's window to bask in its blistering beauty — but he'll soon see even more startling sights. Spielberg's presentation of the alien spacecraft is just as casually awesome, showing these hovering ships surrounded by halos of light, speeding down highways in convoys, turning whimsical circles in the air, trailed by a small ball of red light that seems to be scurrying to keep up with the larger ships. The imagery is spectacular but also grounded, suggesting that there's some kind of order and purpose to the ships' configurations and actions, even if it's a purpose that's obscure to those who witness these events.

Roy, along with fellow witness Jillian (Melinda Dillon), begins to get visions of a mountain that seems to have some importance to the aliens, but his family, especially his wife Ronnie (Teri Garr), is unsympathetic to his increasing obsession. Roy loses his job and begins spending his nights with fellow obsessives and curiosity-seekers, hoping to see something again, to get some confirmation that he wasn't just crazy. Nevertheless, there's more than a little humor in Spielberg's portrayal of Roy, who totally loses touch with ordinary day-to-day life in the aftermath of his "close encounter." At one point, Roy, finally having a clear vision of the mountain image he's been trying to capture, begins gathering plants and dirt and bricks from his yard, throwing them through the window into his house, as his distraught wife tries to stop him. He's oblivious, so caught up in his own excitement that he can't understand why no one else shares his thirst for answers. Later, after he's constructed a massive sculpture of the mountain in his living room, he looks out the window, his face covered in clay and grime, the mountain towering over his shoulder, and looks around at the beautiful sunny day outside. His wife and kids are gone, and his neighbors are playing and enjoying the day, puttering around in their gardens and playing with their children, and the contrast between inside the house and outside emphasizes the total disconnection that Roy feels. He's seen something he doesn't understand, and now he only wants, or needs, to know more, to make sense of it all.

At other times, Spielberg plays this confrontation between humanity and the aliens as a horror movie, as when the ships surround Jillian's house. She struggles to close everything off, to keep the aliens out, and Spielberg shoots the sequence as horror, emphasizing Jillian's fear, even while her son Barry is as excited and curious as Roy is. The boy opens the front door as his mother desperately struggles to close off the house, and outside the open field around their home has been transformed into a glowing orange landscape, alien and strange, infused with the light of the ships hovering above. In another shot, Spielberg shoots down a chimney as Jillian fumbles around inside, trying to close the flue; the point-of-view shot suggests that an alien is scurrying down the chimney towards her as her hand blindly flails about for the lever. Perhaps the most chilling image, though, is the shot of screws turning themselves, rising out of a floor grating and falling out to loosen the grate.

The film does such a good job of evoking complicated, contradictory emotions about the aliens that the ending, in which Spielberg finally reveals the aliens as a benevolent presence (one even smiles at Lacombe), can only be a disappointment. The film is about the unknown, about mystery and awe and the struggle to understand, and the final confrontation between the humans and the aliens preserves this sense of wonder and uncertainty right up until the moment when the aliens are revealed as the typical large-headed humanoid creatures that we've so often imagined them to be in popular representations. When the humans try to communicate with the aliens by using a musical language — not fully understanding what's being said except that some kind of back-and-forth communication is happening — that's beautiful and mysterious. The aliens, in their rubber costumes, obviously fake even when they're shot through a haze of light obviously intended to maintain some distance and mystery, are a bit of a letdown in comparison to the unsettling, wondrous effects that came before. Still, Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a powerful, deeply affecting film that shares its protagonist's sense of gape-mouthed fascination with the prospect of life beyond Earth.


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OMG, feels so nice: 'Hysteria'

There's a movie about Victorian-era clitoral stimulation. And it stars my boyfriend Hugh Dancy. That's all.


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