Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Can't Wait: "Freakonomics" - Releases Oct. 1st

Documentaries are rarely on the top of my "to watch" movie list but once I start watching one, I wish I would think to watch them more frequently. Now, I just watched the trailer to "Freakonomics" and it definitely caught my eye. I had always heard about this book and I was intrigued because the word alone is alarming. I know what a "freak" is and I know what "economics" are but trying to combine this word, well, now that just doesn't make sense. So the duo author team of Stephen J. Dubner (NY author and journalist) and Steven D. Levitt (professor of economics at the University of Chicago) combined their intellect and wrote this book where to me (based on the amazon.com review) says that everything has a reason and structure behind why it is what it is. But they just describe it more nerdy and scientifically.

This little doc-y flick has quite a star-studded filmmaker roster. It has perhaps more directors than producers. Ha, ha! I worked in indie film so I have grounds and proof to say that! I digress, now here's the rolling credits list - six directors collaborated on this film and they are the following...Alex Gibney - among a laundry list of films he produced, he notiably produced "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" and is working on an upcoming "Untitled Lance Armstrong Documentary"; Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady - known for "Jesus Camp"; Seth Gordon - who directed the ro-co (romantic comedy) "Four Christmases"; Eugene Jarecki - "Why We Fight"; and Morgan Spurlock - "Super Size Me". Whew, now that really is quite an impressive list. With all those heavy hitters behind this film, it is a win-win situation.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Seriously Can't Wait: Avatar Back in the Theaters

For a long time, I thought I was really the last person on this planet, in this universe to have not seen "Avatar". It wasn't until about a month ago, at my boyfriend's who had already seen it, that I watched it in 2D. And yet, I still thought it was amazing. I have been told that 3D really does this film justice, especially all of the flying and action scenes.

So, I would like to share that it has been announced that "Avatar" is being re-released back into theaters starting August 26th, which is tomorrow for us folks on the west coast. I'm actually really excited as I feel that the universe has given me a second chance on being a true filmgoer. It also helps James Cameron and the studios bank a lot more money for this film. Enjoy, er, again!

Can't Wait: The Social Network

If you aren't on it, then what is your freaking problem? I'm talking about Facebook people. Geesh, get your minds out of the gutter. With over 300 million active users (and that was a statistic from last year!), Facebook is so popular that they've made a film out of it. Surprise, surprise. Allow me to introduce you to "The Social Network" starring newcomer Jesse Eisenberg, brit newcomer Andrew Garfield, Rashida Jones, Brenda Song and Justin Timberlake. Oh yeah, awesome cast!

This film was directed by David Fincher. Sound familiar? He directed the oscar-nominated film, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons" and will be directing the swedish-now-US film, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo".

I can not wait until this film releases on October 1st.

Go See: Eat, Pray, Love

Well, well, well, where have I been, you say? It seems I decided to take the summer off. And there's really no excuse for that! I have been catching up with a few films and am very excited about the films coming out this fall. It's always the good ones that get released before the end of the year, in hopes to snap those Oscar nominations. Let me just start off by saying that I finally saw the much-anticipated, "Eat, Pray, Love".

I devoured the book a couple of years ago and knew it was just a matter of time before I knew that they would make a film out of this wonderful memoir. Oh Elizabeth Gilbert, you amaze us with your words.

I don't need to say much more except that Julia Roberts, Richard Jenkins, Javier Bardem and a newcomer Swede, Tuva Novotny. Please, if for no other reason, watch this film because of the food in Italy. It looks so delectable that you will crave pasta after watching. Food Stylist Susan Spungen makes it look so easy. Find out a little more about her and her movie food secrets.

I am off to read Ms. Gilbert's follow-up, "Committed". I hope there's a sequel film to be made.