Monday, October 29, 2012

Go See: Argo

I must say that I finally feel ahead of the game.  I've seen more movies in the past two weeks that I feel refreshed and like a living human being again.  Director and Actor Ben Affleck is at it again with making an incredibly powerful and emotional film, "Argo".  You do recall when he directed "The Town" and "Gone Baby Gone" which garnered a few Oscar nominations, right?  Is it curious that his wife Jennifer Garner isn't in any of his films?  Hmmmm....just kidding. That's how rumours get started. 

With an amazing cast, there's no way that this wouldn't be a hit.  Plus, if you live and work in LA in the film biz, you will understand so many of the insider jokes between Ben Affleck's character and his two film cronies (in the film) played by Alan Arkin and John Goodman.  I'd like to make two comments - one is if you're an Alan Arkin fan, you must see the psychological thriller, "Wait Until Dark" that he's in with Audrey Hepburn.  And second - John Goodman - is just GOOD!  I just saw him in the Denzel Washington flick, "Flight" and he was amazeballs, but I'll get to that soon.  I digress, I love films that are based on real, historical events as it gets my interested peaked, in well, history. 

What also piqued my interest were the lot of actors who played the fugitive American diplomats who needed Ben Affleck's character to help them escape Iran.  The six were played by Clea Duvall (we know who she is), Tate Donovan ("The O.C."), Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochran, Christopher Denham and Kerry Bishe.  All of whom have at least twenty imdb credits, so excuse me!?!  This was a very well cast film with Bryan Cranston as "Jack O'Donnell", Victor Garber who plays the Canadian Consulate, Chris Messina ("Vicki Cristina Barcelona" and "The Giant Mechanical Man") and "Friday Night Light's Kyle Chandler.  Whew, doesn't get any better than that.  It's really well done and I wouldn't be surprised if there weren't a few nominations that arise from this flick. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Can't Wait: Nobody Walks

Wow, I'm usually pretty up on the indie scene but I hadn't heard about this little flick called "Nobody Walks" which was written by the incredibly talented "Girls" creator, Lena Dunham (my new idol!).  It stars Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie Dewitt, John Krasinski, Dylan McDermott and "Weeds" Justin Kirk. An amazing cast and directed by Ry Russo-Young, who is an up-and-coming young director breaking out on the scene.  This film already has gained many accolades having won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance and a great review from Time's Richard Corliss...

"Plenty of movies have turned their off-camera drama into gossip, with stories about sex on the set; this may be the first film about promiscuity in post-production. But the true subject here isn’t moviemaking; it’s the ardor that old romantic films used to stoke — as gorgeous stars in 50-foot closeups celebrated their oneness with a cigarette, two glasses of champagne and some Max Steiner violins — and which the little people watching these rapturous fantasies rashly applied to their own lives. Nobody Walks updates that grand and foolish impulse by acknowledging the seductive musk of attractive people in close proximity, in an age when fidelity is just the longest f-word."

But you can decide for yourself.  This film opens today!  Enjoy!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Iconic 80's Item: White Leather Fringe Jacket

I'm currently watching "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" on cable and walking down memory lane remembering how much I coveted this hot, fresh white fringe leather jacket that Simone wore.  I mean, seriously!  How hot was this jacket? 

But wait, there's more.  Another iconic film from this era was a film that I can quote every single line from - "Can't Buy Me Love" with Patrick Dempsey and a very young Seth Green.  Do you remember the hot, hot, hot leather fringe outfit that Amanda Peterson wears to the party in one of the opening scenes and it gets wine thrown on it by accident?  I would have DIED for that outfit.  Remember this?  Good times, good times...!

"Horror House" - My Screening Today

I had the best time today attending my first red carpet premiere for the horror film called "Horror House", directed by Evan Marlowe and written by Kerry Marlowe.  It's a compilation of five short films in the vein of "Creep Show" and I was in a scene with the lead guy in the "Hot Stuff" vignette, playing the friend with benefit girl, "Abbi".  I'm not sure when the film will be released yet but please support the cause and "like" it on Facebook.  Check out some pics of me on the red carpet and watch the trailer!


Friday, October 12, 2012

My Latest Reel

Shameless Self-Promotion Time!!!  It's been nearly a year and I finally have my reel updated with a few more spots such as The General Auto Insurance and The Wushu Shaolin Kung Fu School and red carpet interviews with the likes of Kevin Wu (aka KevJumba) and Director Daniel Hsia ("Shanghai Calling").  Enjoy! 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

A Must See: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

By far this year, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is one of the best films that I have seen yet.  I didn't expect it to be this amazing as I thought it was just going to be some cutesy high school indie flick.  It packed way more than a punch and had some pretty talented acting by the main bloke - Logan Lerman.  Now, who's this guy?  Apparently he's been in quite a few films for instance, the "Percy Jackson" films playing the lead character, Percy; "The Three Musketeers" and he played Bobby in the TV Show, "Jack and Bobby".  Ms. Hermoine Grainger aka Emma Watson played a cute, American senior girl with her BF gay step-bro played by the amazing Ezra Miller.  Again, who is this dude?  Well, he was in the Tilda Swinton flick, "We Need To Talk About Kevin", the show "Royal Pains" and is expected to be in the upcoming film, "Madame Bovary".  Ummm, I really want him to be my new best gay boyfriend!  Such a great cast with other supporting characters played by Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh, Nina Dobrev ("The Vampire Diaries"), Melanie Linskey, Mae Whitman, Nicholas Braun and Joan Cusack.  Whew!  Now, have I got your attention or what? 

This is such a touching film that I think nearly anyone can relate to one of the characters in the film who are tormented in high school, trying to figure out themselves and where they fit in and it was set in the 90's.  One of my favorite lines from the film was a poignant moment for the character Charlie and he defines that moment (I won't give it away as you know I don't believe in spoiler alerts!) as - "Right now we are alive and in this moment I swear we are infinite."

It's just - wow!  Go see it!