Comincio a pensare che la mia recente colica renale non sia del tutto scollegata all'ultima serie di film trash che mi sono sorbito...
Ad ogni modo, ho visto il Film Definitivo®.
Sul serio: volevo cavarmi gli occhi dopo averlo visto, tanto era bello!
Si intitola Atomik Circus e la prima peculiarità è che non c'è alcunché di atomik e - se è per questo - non c'è neppure il circus (ok, giusto in senso lato...)
Il sottotitolo recita Le retour de James Bataille; tale James Bataille in effetti se ne era andato, ma non è che il suo ritorno sia poi questa notiziona...
Come avrete intuito, il film è francese (produzione franco-tedesca-portoghese, per la precisione) e già questo è garanzia di qualità. Per cacare cotanto capolavoro sono stati necessari 5 sceneggiatori/scrittori e 2 fratelli alla regia, tutti poi scarnificati in sacrificio al dio del cinema, per placarne l'ira.
Si tratta di un horror-fantascientifico, commedia grottesca, musical d'avventura, romantico con una certa attenzione alle tematiche sociali. Wow! Non è già stup(r)endo?
E non avete ancora sentito la trama! Un tale James Bataille arriva in un paesino messicano (ommioddio!) dove un branco di stolti bifolchi non hanno di meglio da fare che tirare a campare divertendosi col becero spettacolo del P. T. Barnum locale. Il buon James si invaghisce di sua figlia, niente meno che Vanessa Paradis (Joe le taxi, duuu duuu...) e per starle accanto si fa assumere nello spettacolo del padre. Ahilui durante il suo numero con la moto qualcosa va storto ed accoppa parte del pubblico, venendo condannato a 133 anni di galera da scontarsi in una prigione di minima sicurezza (il sistema massicano funziona! ), dalla quale ovviamente evade.
Dimentichiamoci pure di questo pirla, perché non lo rivedremo fino a poco prima della fine; nella allegra cittadina arrivano due sgradite presenze: un impresario che sostiene d'essere in cerca di nuovi talenti (ma l'infido mariuolo vuole solo infilarsi nelle mutande di Vanessa) e gli alieni.
Sì, gli alieni. Qualche problema?!?!
Per la precisione sono un mix tra gli ufoni di La Guerra dei Mondi e dei colibrì sovrappeso. Va detto che non è che siano esattamente temibili, muovendosi come bradipi...
Ora mi fermo perché non voglio rovinare il finale a nessuno; sappiate solo che prima che il film (o il vostro fegato) sia finito James Bataille sarà tornato, avremo assistito a molte mutilazioni, a sevizie su animali di pezza, all'uso di armi fantascientifiche, ed uno sciamano pazzo si rivelerà essere ben altro!
Per tacere del fatto che ogni tanto Vanessa Paradis ci delizierà con la sua ugola d'oro... argh!
Film imbarazzante per chi l'ha fatto e chi gli ha dato voti diversi da 1.
Voto: 1 (ma un sonoro 10 sul trashometro!)
Prossimamente: la recensione di un altro film dalla stessa distribuzione (e quasi altrettanto bello).
martedì 29 novembre 2005
Comincio a pensare che la mia recente colica renale non sia del tutto scollegata all'ultima serie di film trash che mi sono sorbito...
lunedì 28 novembre 2005
Verso un lacrimuccia per il povero Pat Morita, grande mito.
Le altre lacrimucce invece le tengo per me, visto che una colica renale non è esattamente una festa.
Prossimamente, la recensione del Film Definitivo®.
Nome di battesimo: Morita, Noriyuki
Data di nascita: 28 June 1932
Data di morte: 24 November 2005
Altezza: 5' 3" (1.60 m)
Coniuge: Evelyn Guerrero::(1993 - 24 November 2005) (his death), Yuki::(? - ?) (divorced) 2 children
- American Fusion (2006) .... Lao Dong [attore]
- Angst (2006) .... Tom [attore]
- Princess (2006) .... Guard [attore]
- Down and Derby (2005) .... Ono Yakimoto [attore]
- Genghis Khan (2005) .... Emperor Wei Wong [attore]
- The Number One Girl (2005) (V) .... Mr. Sakata [attore]
- 18 Fingers of Death! (2004) .... Mr. Lee [attore]
- Elvis Has Left the Building (2004) .... Man in Turban [attore]
- The Karate Dog (2004) .... Chin Li [attore]
- Miss Cast Away (2004) .... Mr. Yogi [attore]
Abundantly busy, and much loved Asian-American actor who became an on-screen hero to millions of adults and kids alike as the wise and wonderful "Mr. Miyagi" in The Karate Kid (1984). Sparkling Morita was back again dishing out Eastern philosophy & martial arts lessons for The Karate Kid, Part II (1986) and The Karate Kid, Part III (1989) and even for The Next Karate Kid (1994).However, putting all that karate aside, the diminutive Morita actually first started out as a stand up comedian known as "The Hip Nip" in nightclubs and bars, and made his first onscreen appearance in Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967). He quickly adapted to the screen and showed up in small parts comedies including alongside Don Knotts in The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968), and supporting John Astin in Evil Roy Slade (1972) (TV), plus he was popular on TV Shows including "Sanford and Son" (1972) and "M*A*S*H" (1972).Morita got his next break playing the often perplexed restaurant owner "Arnold" in two stints on the hugely popular "Happy Days" (1974) between 1975-76 and again between 1982-83. Morita was quite in demand on the small screen and also scored the lead in his own cop show "Ohara" (1987), plus he has guest-starred on other high profile TV shows including "Magnum, P.I." (1980), "Murder, She Wrote" (1984), "Baywatch" (1989) & "The Hughleys" (1998).Although, most often used as a minor character actor, he remained consistently busy and additionally lent his vocal talents to animated features such as Mulan (1998), however his real strengths lie in portraying slighty oddball or unusual characters in offbeat films. He died of natural causes at his home in Las Vegas in November 2005, at the age of 73.
Trivia random: Owned a Japanese-style restaurant called "Miyagi's" on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood.
giovedì 24 novembre 2005
Stasera, su rai 2, Tomb Raider 2.
Film assolutamente imperdibile per tutti gli amanti del trash! Memorabili il combattimento con lo squalo all'inizio, la setta di ladri più in mal arnese di tutta la Cina e almeno un paio di sparatorie con proiettili da buono e proiettili da cattivo.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)
Regista: Jan de Bont
Scrittore: Steven E. de Souza, James V. Hart
Genere: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
Valutazione: 5.2/10 (10827 voti)
Durata: 117 min
Paese: USA, Germany, Japan, UK, Netherlands
- Angelina Jolie .... Lara Croft
- Gerard Butler .... Terry Sheridan
- Ciarán Hinds .... Jonathan Reiss
- Chris Barrie .... Hillary (as Christopher Barrie)
- Noah Taylor .... Bryce
- Djimon Hounsou .... Kosa
- Til Schweiger .... Sean
- Simon Yam .... Chen Lo
- Terence Yin .... Xien
- Daniel Caltagirone .... Nicholas Petraki
Intrepid British archaeologist Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) has made perhaps the most important archaeological discovery in history: an orb that leads to the mythical Pandora's Box. Unfortunately, the orb falls into the hands of Jonathan Reiss (Ciarán Hinds), an evil scientist who deals in killer viruses and hopes to sell the secrets of the box as the ultimate weapon. Recruited by British Intelligence to get the orb back from Reiss, Lara recruits Terry Sheridan (Gerard Butler), a British marine turned mercenary (and her former love interest) to help. The two embark on an adventure that spans continents in an attempt to regain the orb...
Trivia random: In the previous film, Angelina Jolie had to wear bra padding in order for her bust size to measure up to the videogame character's. Jolie wears considerably less (and possibly no) padding in this film, as the decision was made to give Lara more realistic dimensions.
mercoledì 23 novembre 2005
Sono rimasto piacevolmente sorpreso da Ray; mi aspettavo una biografia celebrativa del personaggio, ed invece si tratta di un ritratto molto duro di Ray Charles come persona, insistendo in particolare sui suoi rapporti con la droga ed il sesso.
Come ovvio la parte musicale è grandiosa; la regia discreta ma senza particolari guizzi, buone le interpretazioni (eccezionale la giovane madre).
Forse è stato un po' sopravvalutato da critica e pubblico, anche in virtù della uscita a ridosso della sua morte, ma resta una buona biografia di un grandissimo della musica.
Charles, Ray (I)
Nome di battesimo: Robinson, Ray Charles
Data di nascita: 23 September 1930
Data di morte: 10 June 2004
Altezza: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Coniuge: Della Beatrice Howard::(5 April 1955 - 1977) (divorced) 3 children, Eileen Williams::(31 July 1951 - 1952) (divorced)
- "Celebridade" (2003) .... [misc]
- My House in Umbria (2003) (TV) .... (singer: "If I Give You My Love") [misc]
- Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) .... (singer: "Lonely Avenue") [misc]
- Showtime (2002) .... (singer: "What'd I Say") [misc]
- Metoroporisu (2001) .... (singer: "I Can't Stop Loving You") [misc]
- Blue's Big Musical Movie (2000) (V) .... G-Clef (voice) [attore]
- The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave (2000) (V) .... Ray Charles [attore]
- Eve's Bayou (1997) .... (singer: "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying") [misc]
- Bound (1996) .... (singer: "Hallelujah I Love Her So") [misc]
- Spy Hard (1996) .... Bus Driver [attore]
Maybe or maybe not, a tragic fate may have given this visionary a heightened sensitivity, perception, awareness, even expansion to his obvious musical gifts that he may have never touched upon had he not suffered from his physical affliction. Whatever it was, Ray Charles revolutionized American music and was catapulted to legendary status by the time he died in Beverly Hills at age 73. Born to Aretha and Baily Robinson, Ray came from an impoverished Albany, Georgia family who moved to Greenville, Florida while he was still an infant. It was not a cause for joy and celebration. His father soon abandoned the family and his baby brother, George Robinson, drowned in a freak washtub accident. Ray himself developed glaucoma at the age of 5 and within two years had lost his sight completely. A boy singer in a Baptist choir, he developed a love and feel for rhythms and studied music at the State School for Deaf and Blind Children, showing an earnest talent and ear for playing various instruments, including the piano and clarinet. An orphan by his early teens, Ray joined a country band at age 16 called The Florida Playboys. He moved to Seattle in 1948 where he and Southern guitarist Gossady McGee formed the McSon Trio. With an emphasis on easy-styled jazz, Ray also played in bebop sessions on the sly. He departed from the McSon Trio and signed with Los Angeles-based Swing Time Records, becoming the pianist for rhythm and blues great Lowell Fulson and his Band. Atlantic Records eventually picked him up. Along the road he would add composer, writer and arranger to his formidable list of talents.Ray's first R hit was "Confession Blues" in Los Angeles in 1949. In 1951 he had his first solo chart buster with "Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand." His amazing versatility and raw, soulful delivery caught on with audiences quickly and helped put Atlantic on the map. Hits like "Mess Around," "Things I Used to Do," "A Fool for You," "I've Got a Woman," "Drown in My Own Tears" and especially "What'd I Say" in 1959 pushed gospel and R to a wider crossover audience. He made an unheard of move into the country music arena in the 1960s doing soulful spins on Hank Williams and Eddy Arnold tunes. In 1960, he left Atlantic and signed with ABC-Paramount. Under ABC-Paramount, hits poured out during this peak time with "I Can't Stop Loving You," "Hit the Road Jack," "Busted" and his beloved signature song "Georgia On My Mind."His landmark 1962 album "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" brought a new swinging style to country music. From there he traveled a mainstream route -- from interpreting Beatles' songs ("Eleanor Rigby") to appearing on "Diet Pepsi" ads ("You Got the Right One, Baby, Uh-huh!"). He also showed up sporadically in films, playing himself in the movie _Ballad in Blue (1966)_ [aka "Blues for Lovers"] and guest starring in The Blues Brothers (1980) with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. A TV musical variety favorite with his trademark dark glasses and dry humor, he worked alongside other illumines such as Ella Fitzgerald and Barbra Streisand on their very special evenings of song.It is hard to believe with everything he accomplished, Ray also had to deal with a longstanding heroin problem. In the mid-60s he was arrested for possession of heroin and marijuana and revealed that he'd been addicted for nearly two decades. By 1965 he had completely recovered. The man who lived life on the edge was divorced twice and had 12 children both in and outside his marriages. At the time of his death from liver disease in 2004, he was working on a recording project of duets with such performers as Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Elton John and Norah Jones. This collaboration entitled "Genius Loves Company" led to an incisive win at the Grammy awards--8 posthumous trophies including "Album of the Year" and "Record of the Year."
Trivia random: He inspired many blind musicians to pursue careers such as Ronnie Milsap and Terri Gibbs.
Citazione random: "I never considered myself part of rock 'n' roll. My stuff was more adult. It was more difficult for teenagers to relate to; my stuff was filled with more despair than anything you'd associate with rock 'n' roll. Since I couldn't see people dancing, I didn't write jitterbugs or twists. I wrote rhythms that moved me. My style required pure heart singing."
Regista: Taylor Hackford
Scrittore: Taylor Hackford, James L. White
Genere: Biography, Drama, Music
Valutazione: 7.9/10 (15356 voti)
Durata: 152 min
- Jamie Foxx .... Ray Charles
- Kerry Washington .... Della Bea Robinson
- Regina King .... Margie Hendricks
- Clifton Powell .... Jeff Brown
- Harry J. Lennix .... Joe Adams (as Harry Lennix)
- Bokeem Woodbine .... Fathead Newman
- Aunjanue Ellis .... Mary Ann Fisher
- Sharon Warren .... Aretha Robinson
- C.J. Sanders .... Young Ray Robinson
- Curtis Armstrong .... Ahmet Ertegun
Soul singer Ray Charles' life transpires on-screen, from his humble beginnings in Georgia, where he went blind at the age of seven, to his pre-fame life touring the South, and on to his career as one of the most enduring, inimitable performers in modern music.
Trivia random: Director Taylor Hackford secured the rights to Ray Charles's life story in 1987 but couldn't find a studio to finance the film.
sabato 19 novembre 2005
Sembrava giusto dare una mazzata mortale al mio periodo meta-cinematografico con uno dei meta-film per eccellenza: I Protagonisti di Robert Altman.
Un revisore di sceneggiature viene perseguitato da lettere minatorie inviate da un anonimo scritto cui ha rifiutato una sceneggiatura. Credendo di averlo individuato, cerca di convincerlo a desistere offrendogli un contratto che viene però rifiutato. Ne segue una collutazione nella quale, incidentalmente, lo scrittore fallito viene ucciso; l'alto dirigente della società cinematografica sembra poter farla franca, nonostante la polizia gli stia addosso e lui inizi una ambigua relazione con la fidanzata dello scrittore morto. A complicare le cose l'arrivo di nuove leve nella società, che sembrano potergli soffiare il posto.
Film su hollywood o meglio film su un certo modo di vedere hollywood, conta un numero allucinante di comparsate di vere star che interpretano loro stesse; commoventi per il cinefilo le citazioni ed i riferimenti (il memorabile dialogo iniziale!)
Il tutto prendendosi anche in giro, basti vedere come viene effettivamente realizzato il film-nel-film (dal finale amaro e senza star, solo nelle intenzioni); finale che ricalca quello "vero" del film stesso.
Player, The (1992)
Regista: Robert Altman
Scrittore: Michael Tolkin, Michael Tolkin
Genere: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Valutazione: 7.7/10 (14504 voti)
Durata: 124 min
- Tim Robbins .... Griffin Mill
- Greta Scacchi .... June Gudmundsdottir
- Fred Ward .... Walter Stuckel
- Whoopi Goldberg .... Detective Susan Avery
- Peter Gallagher .... Larry Levy
- Brion James .... Joel Levison
- Cynthia Stevenson .... Bonnie Sherow
- Vincent D'Onofrio .... David Kahane
- Dean Stockwell .... Andy Civella
- Richard E. Grant .... Tom Oakley
A studio script screener gets on the bad side of a writer by not accepting his script. The writer is sending him threatening postcards. The screener tries to identify the writer in order to pay him off so he'll be left alone, and then in a case of mistaken identity gone awry, he accidentally gives the writer solid ammunition for blackmail. This plot is written on a backdrop of sleazy Hollywood deals and several subplots involving the politics of the industry.
Trivia random: It is estimated that if all the celebrities who did cameos were to charge their normal asking prices, the budget for the film would be in excess of $100 million on salaries alone.
Altman, Robert (I)
Nome di battesimo: Altman, Robert Bernard
Data di nascita: 20 February 1925
Altezza: 6' (1.83 m)
Coniuge: Kathryn Reed::(1959 - present) 2 children, Lotus Corelli::(1954 - 195?) (divorced) 2 children, LaVonne Elmer::(1947 - 19??) (divorced) 1 child
- A Prairie Home Companion (2006) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Paint (2005) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Tanner on Tanner (2004) (TV) .... [regista]
- The Company (2003) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Gosford Park (2001) .... (producer) [produttore]
- The Making of 'Gosford Park' (2001) (TV) .... (special thanks) [misc]
- Roads and Bridges (2001) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- Dr T and the Women (2000) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Panic (2000) .... (special thanks) [misc]
- Trixie (2000) .... (producer) [produttore]
On February 20th, 1925 in Kansas City, Missouri, Robert Altman was born to B.C. (an insurance salesman) and Helen Altman. He entered St. Peters Catholic school at the age six, and spent a short time at a Catholic high school. From there he went to Rockhurst high school. It was then that he started exploring the art of exploring sound with the cheap tape recorders available at the time. He was then sent to Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri where he attended through Junior College. In 1945, he enlisted in the Air Force and became a copilot of a B-24. After his discharge from the military, he went to work for the Calvin Co. It was here (while working on documentaries, employee training films, industrial and educational films, and advertisements) that he learned much about film making. He broke into the feature film while still at Calvin with Delinquents, The (1957), and by 1965 he had left the Calvin Co., traveling to Hollywood to direct Alfred Hitchcock's TV show. From here he went on to direct a large number of television shows, until he was offered the script for MASH (1970) in 1969. He was hardly the producer's first choice - more than fifteen other directors had already turned it down. This wasn't his first movie, but it was his first success. Since then a lot of his movies have been successful, although he has also directed his share of unsuccessful movies since then as well.
Trivia random: Stepdaughter, Konni Corriere (with Reed), born 1946.
Citazione random: "Retirement? You're talking about death, right?"
giovedì 17 novembre 2005
Rivisto dopo tanti anni Omicidio a Luci Rosse; devo dire che mi aveva colpito di più all'epoca, anche se si adatta bene al mio periodo meta-cinematografico (poche settimane fa ho rivisto l'ottimo Ed Wood)
Niente riassunto, dato che l'hanno visto davvero tutti. Voto: 7.
Brian De Palma è stato spesso considerato, sia dalla critica e dal pubblico (specie se americani), poco più di un mestierante del cinema. E' vero che da Mission to Mars (compreso) in poi la qualità dei suoi lavori è calata paurosamente (anche se non ho visto Femme Fatale), ma troppi suoi film precedenti sono da storia del cinema, per poterlo considerare un regista qualunque.
De Palma, Brian
Nome di battesimo: De Palma, Brian Russell
Data di nascita: 11 September 1940
Altezza: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Coniuge: Darnell Gregorio-De Palma::(11 October 1995 - 18 April 1997) (divorced) 1 child, Gale Anne Hurd::(20 July 1991 - ?) (divorced) 1 child, Nancy Allen::(12 January 1979 - 1983) (divorced)
- The Black Dahlia (2006) .... [regista]
- The Untouchables: Capone Rising (2006) .... [regista]
- Toyer (2005) .... (screenplay) [scrittore]
- The Making of 'Carlito's Way' (2003) (V) .... (special thanks) [misc]
- Femme Fatale (2002) .... (written by) [scrittore]
- Bruce Springsteen: The Complete Video Anthology 1978-2000 (2001) (V) .... (video "Dancing in the Dark") [regista]
- Mission to Mars (2000) .... [regista]
- Stir of Echoes (1999) .... (special thanks) [misc]
- Snake Eyes (1998) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Mr. Jealousy (1997) .... (special thanks) (as Brian DePalma) [misc]
Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters (1973) and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the script writers Paul Schrader, John Farris and 'Oliver Stone' . He also filmed a novel of Stephen King: Carrie (1976). Another important film was The Untouchables (1987) with a script by David Mamet adapted from the TV series.
Trivia random: Uncle of actor Cameron De Palma
Citazione random: (On why he would not add rap songs to the soundtrack to "Scarface") "They said it would help promotion, presenting the film in a different way, but Giorgio's music was true to the period, I argued -- and no one changes the scores on movies by Marty Scorsese, John Ford, David Lean. If this is the `masterpiece' you say, leave it alone. I fought them tooth and nail and was the odd man out, not an unusual place for me. I have final cut, so that stopped them dead."
Ed Wood (1994)
Regista: Tim Burton
Scrittore: Rudolph Grey, Scott Alexander
Genere: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Valutazione: 8.0/10 (26452 voti) [#182 nella top250]
Durata: 127 min
- Johnny Depp .... Ed Wood
- Martin Landau .... Bela Lugosi
- Sarah Jessica Parker .... Dolores Fuller
- Patricia Arquette .... Kathy O'Hara
- Jeffrey Jones .... Criswell
- G.D. Spradlin .... Reverend Lemon
- Vincent D'Onofrio .... Orson Welles
- Bill Murray .... Bunny Breckinridge
- Mike Starr .... Georgie Weiss
- Max Casella .... Paul Marco
The life of Edward D. Wood,Jr, hailed as the worst director (of 'Plan 9 From Outer Space', 'Glen or Glenda?' and 'Bride of the Monster') of all time.
Trivia random: Johnny Depp has said that his characterization of Edward D. Wood Jr. was a mixture of "the blind optimism of Ronald Reagan, the enthusiasm of the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Casey Kasem."
Body Double (1984)
Regista: Brian De Palma
Scrittore: Brian De Palma, Robert J. Avrech
Genere: Drama, Thriller
Valutazione: 6.4/10 (3911 voti)
Durata: 114 min
- Craig Wasson .... Jake Scully
- Melanie Griffith .... Holly
- Gregg Henry .... Sam
- Deborah Shelton .... Gloria
- Guy Boyd .... Jim McLean
- Dennis Franz .... Rubin
- David Haskell .... Drama teacher
- Rebecca Stanley .... Kimberly
- Al Israel .... Corso
- Douglas Warhit .... Video salesman
Jake comes home to find his girlfriend with another man and has to find a new place. In between his acting workshops and his job in a vampire B-movie, he scans the paper looking for anything. He happens to meet a fellow actor who needs a house sitter. Both are pleased with the arrangement that will have Jake staying in the house and for a sweetener, Frank shows him his 'favorite neighbor', a well built woman who strips with her window open each night. Jake becomes obsessed with meeting her and is able to help recover her purse from a thief, but shows his own phobia, he is incapacitated by claustrophobia when the thief runs through a tunnel. When Jake witnesses a murder, he finds out that the police love to pin crimes on peeping Toms. Jake discovers that here are just too many coincidences but must hunt them down himself without the police.
Trivia random: 'Brian de Palma' originally planned for this to be the first Hollywood film to boast unsimulated sex scenes. The studio thought differently.
Mission to Mars (2000)
Regista: Brian De Palma
Scrittore: Lowell Cannon, Jim Thomas
Genere: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Adventure
Valutazione: 4.9/10 (16321 voti)
Durata: 114 min
- Gary Sinise .... Jim McConnell
- Tim Robbins .... Woodrow 'Woody' Blake
- Don Cheadle .... Luke Graham
- Connie Nielsen .... Terri Fisher
- Jerry O'Connell .... Phil Ohlmyer
- Peter Outerbridge .... Sergei Kirov
- Kavan Smith .... Nicholas Willis
- Jill Teed .... Reneé Coté
- Elise Neal .... Debra Graham
- Kim Delaney .... Maggie McConnell
When a mysterious storm kills all but one crew member of the first manned mission to mars, a rescue mission is launched. Once on the red planet, the crew finds the sole survivor of the first mission who informs them that this was no ordinary storm. It was meant to protect something. But what?
Trivia random: Only a few months after the release of this movie, NASA received new images from Mars, which have a much higher resolution than previous images. The new images of the "human face" on the Martian surface show that this geological feature actually bears little resemblance to a human face, thus invalidating the main plot point of the film.
Femme Fatale (2002)
Regista: Brian De Palma
Scrittore: Brian De Palma
Genere: Thriller, Crime, Fantasy
Valutazione: 6.4/10 (6933 voti)
Durata: 114 min
Lingua: English, French
- Rebecca Romijn .... Laure Ash/Lily (as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos)
- Antonio Banderas .... Nicolas Bardo
- Peter Coyote .... Bruce Watts
- Eriq Ebouaney .... Black Tie
- Edouard Montoute .... Racine
- Rie Rasmussen .... Veronica
- Thierry Frémont .... Serra (as Thierry Fremont)
- Gregg Henry .... Leonard Shiff
- Fiona Curzon .... Stanfield Phillips
- Daniel Milgram .... Pierre/Bartender
International con artist/thief Laure Ash helps pull off a diamond robbery in Cannes during the annual film festival. She double-crosses her partners-in-crime and makes off with the diamonds to Paris where she accidently assumes the identy of a distraught woman who commits suicide and then leaves the country. Seven years later, Laure (now called Lily Watts) re-surfaces as the wife of the new American ambassador to France where a certain Nicolas Barto, a Spanish photographer, takes her picture which sets the stage for a motion of events as the evil Laure resorts to low, underhanded means to protect her former identity by emotionally and financially destroying Nicolas while evading her former partners-in-crime still looking for her to reclaim the stolen diamonds.
Trivia random: Uma Thurman was originally cast as Laure Ash, but cancelled when she became pregnant.
sabato 12 novembre 2005
Edward Furlong, David Boreanaz, Tara Reid, Marcus Chong, Danny Trejo (mitico caratterista indiano!) oltre alle comparsate di Macy Gray e di uno spaesato Dennis Hopper. Chi ha fatto il casting deve essere un genio. Sul serio: se mi avessero chiesto di selezionare gli attori per il peggior film della storia, non avrei saputo scegliere di meglio.
Non c'è neppure bisogno di dire che con simili nomi il capolavoro è assicurato; il risultato infatti è The Cult, titolo italiano per The Crow: Wicked Prayer, quarto capitolo della serie.
Quattro fessi si ispirano ai cavalieri dell'apocalisse e si uniscono ad una fessa (Tara) con il mai chiarito intento di avere vendetta di qualcosa/qualcuno e/o evocare il diavolo e/o andare al diavolo. La trama è un po' confusa sulle questioni di vendette incrociate e sulla storia del casinò/miniera/whatever indiano sul terreno sacro o quel che è; e poi, diamine, eravamo tutti colti da sindrome di Stendal di fronte a tanta magnificenza...
Ad ogni modo, i cinque accoppano Furlong (bastardi! volevo farlo io!) e la sua fidanzata (ragazza di buon gusto...); neanche a dirlo il nostro eroe ritorna corvizzato dall'oltretomba perché sì e si fa giustizia. Nel mezzo la strana storia del più stupido consiglio delle tribù che i nativi d'America ricordino.
Poetiche le prove attoriali di tutti, very very trendy la regia e il montaggio, dialoghi brillanti neanche fossero stati scritti da Borghezio, dolorose citazioni cinematografiche e letterarie (mi dicono che Poe rivuole indietro la sua dignità), patetiche scene di lotta ed un buon numero di momenti da storia del trash (Guerra che combatte ricoperto di candelotti di dinamite, Pestilenza che se la prende con l'edilizia pubblica, i festaioli che non se ne vanno neanche quando comincia la sparatoria, la democratica squadra armata della riserva perennemente indecisa e che arriva sempre dopo la puzza...)
Bello, bello, bello.
Voto: 2 (un buon 7 sul trashometro - ne vogliamo ancora!)
Nome di battesimo: McIntyre, Natalie
Data di nascita: 6 September 1970
Altezza: 5' 11½" (1.82 m)
Coniuge: Tracy Hinds::(1996 - 1998) (divorced) 2 children
- Idlewild (2006) .... [attrice]
- The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005) .... Cara Mia [attrice]
- Domino (2005) .... Lashandra Davis [attrice]
- Lackawanna Blues (2005) (TV) .... Pauline [attrice]
- Shadowboxer (2005) .... Neisha [attrice]
- Around the World in 80 Days (2004) .... Sleeping French Woman [attrice]
- Purple Rain: Backstage Pass (2004) (V) .... (special thanks) [misc]
- Straight from the Projects: Rappers That Live the Lyrics - 3rd Ward, New Orleans (2004) (V) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- Gang of Roses (2003) .... Black Haired Woman [attrice]
- Macy Gray: Custom Concert (2003) (TV) .... Performer [attrice]
Trivia random: Fan of 'Benicio del Toro'
Crow: Wicked Prayer, The (2005)
Regista: Lance Mungia
Scrittore: Norman Partridge, James O'Barr
Genere: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Valutazione: 3.7/10 (833 voti)
Durata: 99 min
- Yuji Okumoto .... Pestilence
- Marcus Chong .... War
- Tito Ortiz .... Famine
- Tara Reid .... Lola Byrne
- David Boreanaz .... Luc Crash/Death/Satan
- Rosemberg Salgado .... The Priest
- Edward Furlong .... Jimmy Cuervo/The Crow
- Emmanuelle Chriqui .... Lilly
- Danny Trejo .... Harold
- Dave Ortiz .... Tanner (as Dave L. Ortiz)
Set in the Southwest, "Prayer" tells the story of ex-con Jimmy Cuervo (Furlong) and his girlfriend, Lily (Chriqui), who are murdered by Luc Crash (Boreanaz) and his satanic gang Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as part of a ritual for Crash to become an immortal demon.
Trivia random: Dimension gave this film a token one week release on one screen before being released on DVD.
Data di nascita: 8 July 1967
- The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005) .... War [attore]
- The Matrix (1999) .... Tank [attore]
- High Freakquency (1998) .... Jordan Barnes [attore]
- Pure Danger (1996) .... Freethrow [attore]
- Panther (1995) .... Huey Newton [attore]
- Vanishing Son (1994) (TV) .... Fu Qua Johnson (as Marcus S. Chong) [attore]
- Vanishing Son II (1994) (TV) .... Fu Qua [attore]
- Vanishing Son IV (1994) (TV) .... Fu Qua (as Marcus S. Chong) [attore]
- American Heart (1992) .... Terry Cosmos [attore]
- Flight of Black Angel (1991) (TV) .... Dragonfly [attore]
Trivia random: Much like how Crispin Glover didn't appear in Back to the Future Part II due to salary disputes, he also refused to do The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. The studio offered him $250,000 but he demanded $500,000. His characer Tank was killed off between The Matrix and The Matrix Reloaded, and Harold Perrineau took the part of the operator.
Data di nascita: 8 November 1975
Altezza: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
- Land of Canaan (2006) .... Amy [attrice]
- Alone in the Dark (2005) .... Aline Cedrac [attrice]
- The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005) .... Lola Byrne [attrice]
- Incubus (2005) .... [attrice]
- Silent Partner (2005) .... Dina [attrice]
- Knots (2004) .... Emily [attrice]
- Devil's Pond (2003) .... Julianne Olsen [attrice]
- My Boss's Daughter (2003) .... Lisa Taylor [attrice]
- Van Wilder (2002) .... Gwen Pearson [attrice]
- American Pie 2 (2001) .... Vicky Lathum [attrice]
Born in Wyckoff, New Jersey, USA on November 8, 1975. She got her career start at six, when she appeared on a children's game show called "Child's Play" (1982). Later, she appeared in commercials for Jell-O, McDonald's, and Crayola. She attended the Professional Children's School in New York City. Her classmates included Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jerry O'Connell, Macaulay Culkin, and Ben Taylor. After several career moves, she became known after her role as Bunny, in The Big Lebowski (1998).
Trivia random: Was once considered as Hollywood's ultimate Party girl.
Citazione random: "It would be the ultimate dream for me to win an Academy Award, be in love and have kids. Then I would say, 'Life is great! I have done everything I wanted.' I keep trying to get closer to that. I also think when that happens, people will finally leave me alone."
Nome di battesimo: Boreanaz, David Patrick
Data di nascita: 16 May 1969
Altezza: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Coniuge: Jaime Bergman::(24 November 2001 - present) 1 child, Ingrid Quinn::(June 1997 - 1999) (divorced)
- "Bones" (2005) .... Special Agent Seeley Booth [attore]
- The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005) .... Luc Crash/Death/Satan [attore]
- The Hard Easy (2005) .... Roger Hargitay [attore]
- Kingdom Hearts II (2005) (VG) .... Squall Leonhart (voice) [attore]
- Mr. Fix It (2005) .... Lance Valenteen [attore]
- These Girls (2005) .... Keith Clark [attore]
- I'm with Lucy (2002) .... Luke [attore]
- Kingdom Hearts (2002) (VG) .... Squall Leonhart (Leon) (voice) [attore]
- Valentine (2001) .... Adam Carr [attore]
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2000) (VG) .... Angel (voice) [attore]
David was born in Buffalo, New York and grew up in Philadelphia. At the young age of seven he decide to be an actor which eventually led him to study acting at Ithaca College in New York. After graduating from college David moved to Los Angeles in order to pursue a career in the movies. After some uncredited roles he received his first important role as Kelly's boyfriend in the series "Married... with Children" (1987). After three seasons of playing Angel in the hit series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997), he received his own spin-off show titled "Angel" (1999/I).
Trivia random: Was discovered while walking his dog.
Citazione random: [When told that Amy Acker told a reporter that he sometimes flashes his fellow stars:] "Yeah, I pull my trousers down in the middle of a serious take to see if they can keep a straight face. I need to lighten the moment, I guess."
Data di nascita: 16 May 1944
Altezza: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Coniuge: Debbie Trejo::(? - present) 2 children
- Hood of Horror (2006) .... Derelict [attore]
- Jack's Law (2006) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Living the Dream (2006) .... Chuck [attore]
- Nice Guys (2006) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Richard III (2006) .... [attore]
- TV: The Movie (2006) .... [attore]
- Valley of Angels (2006) .... Hector [attore]
- All Souls Day: Dia de los Muertos (2005) .... Vargas Diaz [attore]
- El Camino del diablo (2005/II) .... El Negro [attore]
- Chasing Ghosts (2005) .... Carlos Santiago [attore]
A child drug addict and criminal, Danny Trejo was in and out of jail for 11 years. While serving time in San Quentin, he won the lightweight and welterweight boxing titles. Imprisoned for armed robbery and drug offenses, he successfully completed a 12-step rehabilitation program that changed his life. While speaking at a Cocaine Anonymous meeting in 1985, Trejo met a young man who later called him for support. Trejo went to meet him at what turned out to be the set of Runaway Train (1985). Trejo was immediately offered a role as a convict extra, probably because of his tough tattooed appearance. Also on the set was a screenwriter who did time with Trejo in San Quentin. Remembering Trejo's boxing skills, the screenwriter offered him $350 per day to train the actors for a boxing match. Director Andrei Konchalovsky saw Trejo training Eric Roberts and immediately offered him a featured role as Roberts' opponent in the film. Trejo has subsequently appeared in many other films, usually as a tough criminal or villain.
Trivia random: Cousin of director Robert Rodriguez.
Citazione random: [of on-set competition between actors] "I've watched so many of those kinds of things turn bad, and the last thing you want to do is compete with somebody, 'cause he might be a sore loser."
Nome di battesimo: Furlong, Edward Walter
Data di nascita: 2 August 1977
Altezza: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
- Canes (2006) .... [attore]
- Living & Dying (2006) .... Sam [attore]
- Nice Guys (2006) .... Tye [attore]
- The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005) .... Jimmy Cuervo/The Crow [attore]
- Cruel World (2005) .... Philip Markham [attore]
- Intermedio (2005) .... Malik [attore]
- Jimmy and Judy (2005) .... Jimmy Wright [attore]
- Venice Underground (2005) .... Gary [attore]
- The Visitation (2005) .... Brandon Nichols [attore]
- 3 Blind Mice (2003) .... Thomas Cross [attore]
Born in Glendale, California, Furlong had no acting ambitions until he was approached by casting agent Mali Finn, who was looking for a young actor to play the role of John Conner in the box office hit Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Finn instantly recognized his ability, and suggested him for the part, feeling that he could hold his own playing opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.For his career starting role, Furlong earned an MTV movie award for best breakthrough role, and a saturn Sci-Fi award for best young actor. From there, Furlong took an unconventional route through Hollywood, which led to his working with some of the top people in the business, both studio and independent films. His work has included starring opposite Jeff Bridges in American Heart (1992) for which he was nominated for an IFP Spirit award for best supporting actor. He has also starred in A Home of Our Own (1993) with Kathy Bates, Little Odessa (1994) with Tim Roth, The Grass Harp (1995) with Walter Matthau and Barbet Schroder's Before and After (1996).He also starred opposite Edward Norton in Tony Kaye's controversial and gripping drama American History X (1998) and in the hit comedy Pecker (1998). More recently, Furlong has been opposite Willem Dafoe in the prison drama Animal Factory (2000), directed by Steve Buscemi. He recently starred in Pupi Avati's 11th century tale, Cavalieri che fecero l'impresa, I (2001) ("The Knights of the Quest").
Trivia random: He reprised his Terminator 2 character, John Connor, for the theme park attraction T2-3D, a short film filmed in a new 3-D process that makes the film really appear to jump out at you.
Citazione random: "I enjoy playing people that are totally different than me. It's a challenge to get inside these people's heads and wonder why they would have these beliefs."
Data di nascita: 17 May 1936
Altezza: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Coniuge: Victoria Duffy::(13 April 1996 - present) 1 child, Katherine La Nasa::(17 June 1989 - April 1992) (divorced) 1 child, Daria Halprin::(1972 - 1976) (divorced) 1 child, Michelle Phillips::(31 October 1970 - 8 November 1970) (divorced), Brooke Hayward::(1961 - 1969) (divorced) 1 child
- 10th & Wolf (2006) .... Matello [attore]
- America (2006) .... [attore]
- Americano (2005) .... Riccardo [attore]
- The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005) .... El Niño [attore]
- "E-Ring" (2005) .... Col. Eli McNulty [attore]
- Hoboken Hollow (2005) .... Sheriff Greer [attore]
- House of 9 (2005) .... Father Duffy [attore]
- Land of the Dead (2005) .... Kaufman [attore]
- Mem-o-re (2005) .... Max Lichtenstein [attore]
- Bad Boy's 10th Anniversary... The Hits (2004) (V) .... (segment "Victory") [attore]
Multi-talented and unconventional actor / director regarded by many as one of the true "enfant terribles" of Hollywood who has led an amazing cinematic career for more than five decades, Dennis Hopper was born on May 17, 1936, in Dodge City, Kansas. The young Hopper expressed interest in acting from a young age and first appeared in a slew of 1950s TV shows, including "Medic" (1954), "Cheyenne" (1955) and "Sugarfoot" (1957). His first film role was in Johnny Guitar (1954), which was quickly followed by roles in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Giant (1956) and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957). Hopper actually became good friends with James Dean and was shattered when Dean was killed in a car crash in September, 1955.Hopper portrayed a young Napoleon Bonaparte (!) in the star-spangled The Story of Mankind (1957) and regularly appeared on screen throughout the 1960s, often in rather undemanding parts, usually as a villain in westerns such as True Grit (1969) and Hang 'Em High (1968). However, in early 1969 Hopper, fellow actor Peter Fonda and writer Terry Southern wrote a counterculture road movie script and managed to scrape together $400,000 in financial backing. Hopper directed the low-budget film, titled Easy Rider (1969), starring Fonda, Hopper and a young Jack Nicholson. The film was a phenomenal box-office success, appealing to the anti-establishment youth culture of the times. It changed the Hollywood landscape almost overnight and major studios all jumped onto the anti-establishment bandwagon, pumping out low-budget films about rebellious hippies, bikers, draft dodgers and pot smokers. However, Hopper's next directorial effort, The Last Movie (1971), was a critical and financial failure, and he has admitted that during the 1970s he was seriously abusing various substances, both legal and illegal, which led to a downturn in the quality of his work. He appeared in a sparse collection of European-produced films over the next eight years, before cropping up in a memorable performance as a pot-smoking photographer alongside Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen in Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now (1979). He also received acclaim for his work in both acting and direction for Out of the Blue (1980).With these two notable efforts, the beginning of the 1980s saw a renaissance of interest by Hollywood in the talents of Dennis Hopper, and exorcising the demons of drugs and alcohol via a rehabilitation program meant a return to invigorating and provoking performances. He was superb in Rumble Fish (1983), co-starred in the tepid spy thriller The Osterman Weekend (1983), played a groovy school teacher in My Science Project (1985), was a despicable and deranged drug dealer in River's Edge (1986) and, most memorably, electrified audiences as foul-mouthed Frank Booth in the eerie and erotic David Lynch film Blue Velvet (1986). Interestingly, the offbeat Hopper was selected in the early 1980s to provide the voice of "The StoryTeller" in the animated series of "Rabbit Ears" children's films based upon the works of Hans Christian Andersen!Hopper returned to film direction in the late 1980s and was at the helm of the controversial gang film Colors (1988), which was well received by both critics and audiences. He was back in front of the cameras for roles in Super Mario Bros. (1993), got on the wrong side of gangster Christopher Walken in True Romance (1993), led police officer Keanu Reeves and bus passenger Sandra Bullock on a deadly ride in Speed (1994) and challenged gill-man Kevin Costner for world supremacy in Waterworld (1995). The enigmatic Hopper has continued to remain busy through the 1990s and into the new century with performances in The Night We Called It a Day (2003), The Keeper (2004) and Land of the Dead (2005).As well as his acting / directing talents, Hopper is a skilled photographer and painter, having had his works displayed in galleries in both the US and overseas. He is additionally a dedicated and knowledgeable collector of modern art and has one of the most extensive collections in the US.
Trivia random: Provided the narration for the Gorillaz song 'Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey's Head'.
Citazione random: "I've been sober now for 18 years. With all the drugs, psychedelics and narcotics I did, I was [really] an alcoholic. Honestly, I only used to do cocaine so I could sober up and drink more. My last five years of drinking was a nightmare. I was drinking a half-gallon of rum with a fifth of rum on the side, in case I ran out, 28 beers a day, and three grams of cocaine just to keep me moving around. And I thought I was doing fine because I wasn't crawling around drunk on the floor." - Quote from 2001.
venerdì 11 novembre 2005
Ora, Paul Verhoeven di sicuro non resterà nella storia come il più grande regista di tutti i tempi, però quando si tratta di narrare crudeltà e nefandezze sa(peva) il fatto suo.
Un paio d'anni prima di RoboCop scrisse e diresse un film d'ambientazione storica: L'Amore E Il Sangue. Anno 1501, da qualche parte in Europa: un gruppo di mercenari aiutano un signorotto a riconquistare il proprio castello, col risultato netto di finire fregati dal proprio capitano, in conbutta col simpatico castellano.
Scacciati senza paga dopo la vittoria, i reietti si fanno guidare da Rutger Hauer (non lo seguireste in capo al mondo?!?! ) che, dopo un bizzarro ritrovamento, pare venir protetto da una statua di San Martino.
Riusciranno ad ottenere una temporanea vendetta, rapinando il sovrano traditore e rapendo la promessa sposa di suo figlio.
Dopo un primo tempo un po' sguaiato, il gruppo riesce a conquistare un castello, dove si barricano cercando di resistere agli attacchi del loro vecchio datore di lavoro, che - sorpresa-sorpresa - non ha gradito rapina+rapimento. A questo punto entra in scena la cara vecchia peste e fioccano le barbarie da ambo le parti.
Forse si eccede un po' coi MacGyver-ismi del giovane innamorato, ma viene tutto compensato dalla superba crudeltà della ragazza, una ottima e giovanissima Jennifer Jason Leigh, che concede anche qualche breve scena di nudo (integrale incluso, anche se a campo largo).
Voto: 8 (o quasi).
Regista: Paul Verhoeven
Scrittore: Edward Neumeier, Michael Miner
Genere: Sci-Fi, Action, Crime
Valutazione: 7.1/10 (17871 voti)
Durata: 102 min
- Peter Weller .... Officer Alex J. Murphy/RoboCop
- Nancy Allen .... Officer Anne Lewis
- Dan O'Herlihy .... The Old Man (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
- Ronny Cox .... Dick Jones
- Kurtwood Smith .... Clarence Boddicker
- Miguel Ferrer .... Bob Morton
- Robert DoQui .... Sergeant Warren Reed
- Ray Wise .... Leon Nash
- Felton Perry .... Johnson
- Paul McCrane .... Emil Antonowsky
Detroit - in the future - is crime ridden, and run by a massive company. The company have developed a huge crime fighting robot, which unfortunately develops a rather dangerous glitch. The company sees a way to get back in favour with the public when a cop called Alex Murphy is killed by a street gang. Murphys body is reconstructed within a steel shell and named Robocop. The Robocop is very successful against criminals, and becomes a target of supervillian Boddicker.
Trivia random: Director Cameo: ['Paul Verhoeven' ] dancing in the disco, looking into the camera, when Leon is arrested.
Leigh, Jennifer Jason
Nome di battesimo: Morrow, Jennifer Lee
Data di nascita: 5 February 1962
Altezza: 5' 3" (1.60 m)
Coniuge: Noah Baumbach::(3 September 2005 - present)
- America (2006) .... [attrice]
- Easter Sunday (2005) .... Mother [attrice]
- The Jacket (2005) .... Dr. Lorenson [attrice]
- Lymelife (2005) .... Brenda Bartlett [attrice]
- The Machinist: Breaking the Rules (2005) (V) .... (special thanks) [misc]
- Rag Tale (2005) .... Mary Josephine 'MJ' Morton [attrice]
- Childstar (2004) .... Suzanne Burns [attrice]
- El Maquinista (2004) .... Stevie [attrice]
- Palindromes (2004) .... 'Mark' Aviva Victor [attrice]
- In the Cut (2003) .... Pauline [attrice]
Born in Los Angeles, California, USA, Jennifer worked in her first film at the age of 9, in a nonspeaking role for the film Death Of A Stranger (Tod eines Fremden (1973)). At 14, she attended summer acting workshops given by Lee Strasberg and landed a role in the Disney TV movie The Young Runaways (1978) (TV), and received her Screen Actors Guild membership in a Baretta episode at 16. Jennifer performed in several TV-movies and dropped out of Pacific Palisades High School six weeks short of graduation for her major role in the film Eyes of a Stranger (1981). Her first major success came as the female lead in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982).
Trivia random: In 1997, she appeared in Faith No More's music video of "Last Cup of Sorrow," the plot of which was a modification of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958).
Citazione random: "I like the comparison to Depp because with him, the way he transforms himself from role to role, he's just this miraculous changeling and people really get behind it. But with me, people sometimes have a problem."
Flesh & Blood (1985)
Regista: Paul Verhoeven
Scrittore: Gerard Soeteman, Paul Verhoeven
Genere: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Valutazione: 6.4/10 (2337 voti)
Durata: 126 min
Paese: Spain, USA, Netherlands
- Rutger Hauer .... Martin
- Jennifer Jason Leigh .... Agnes
- Tom Burlinson .... Steven
- Jack Thompson .... Hawkwood
- Fernando Hilbeck .... Arnolfini
- Susan Tyrrell .... Celine
- Ronald Lacey .... Cardinal
- Brion James .... Karsthans
- John Dennis Johnston .... Summer
- Simón Andreu .... Miel
A band of medieval mercenaries take revenge on a noble lord who decides not to pay them by kidnapping the betrothed of the noble's son. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction throughout the land, the mercenaries hole up in a castle and await their fate.
Trivia random: Director Trademark: [Paul Verhoeven] [religious imagery] Martin's group idolize the statue of a saint, which "points" them the way forward. In one shot, Martin appears to have a halo over his head.
Verhoeven, Paul (I)
Data di nascita: 18 July 1938
Coniuge: Martine Verhoeven::(7 April 1967 - present) 3 children
- Beast of Bataan (2006) .... [regista]
- Zwartboek (2006) .... [scrittore]
- Starship Troopers (2005) (VG) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (2004) (V) .... (special thanks) [misc]
- Broadcast (2002) .... (special thanks) [misc]
- Hollow Man (2000) .... [regista]
- "Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles" (1999) .... [produttore]
- Starship Troopers (1997) .... [regista]
- Showgirls (1995) .... (also as Jan Jansen: edited television version) [regista]
- Basic Instinct (1992) .... [regista]
Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969 he directed the popular Dutch TV series "Floris", about a medieval knight. This featured actor Rutger Hauer who has appeared in many of Verhoeven's later films. Verhoeven's first feature, "Wat Zien Ik?" (trans. "What do I See?"), was released in 1971. However it was his second, "Turks Fruit", with its combination of raw sexuality and a poignant story line, that gained him great popularity in the Netherlands, especially with male audiences. When his films, especially "Soldaat van Oranje" and "De Vierde Man", received international recognition, Verhoeven moved to the US. His first US film was "Flesh + Blood", 1985, but it was "Robocop" and especially "Total Recall" that made him a big box office success. Sometimes accused of portraying excessive violence in his films, Verhoeven replies that he is only recording the violence of society. Verhoeven has co-scripted two of his films: "Soldaat van Oranje" and "Flesh + Blood". He also directed an episode of the HBO "Hitchhiker" TV series. Several of his films have been photographed by Jost Vacano including the hit cult film "Starship Troopers" starring Casper Van Dien.
Trivia random: Became the first person in history to actually show up at the Razzie Awards. Where he personally accepted his Worst Director "award" for Showgirls (1995).
Citazione random: "As a director, my goal is to be completely open. Just look at how I portray sex in my films. They're considered shocking and obscene because I like to carefully examine human sexuality. It has to be realistic. I really like documentaries, therefore, reality is important to me when I do fiction. It is often related to my own life, my Dutch background. The art scene in Holland has always attempted to be realistic. The Dutch painters of four hundred years ago were meticulously realistic. The example I always like to use is a marvelous painting by Hieronymus Bosch titled 'The Prodigal Son'. It is a painting of a brothel, and in the corner is a man pissing against a wall. You would never, never find something like that in an Italian, French, or English painting of that epoch. The Dutch have always been more scientific, interested in detail; certainly less idealistic and more realistic. The sex scenes in 'The Fourth Man' and 'Turkish Delight' were based on real experiences I had or a friend had. It's very personal. Of course, I must admit that I love to shock audiences."
Nome di battesimo: Hauer, Rutger Oelsen
Data di nascita: 23 January 1944
Altezza: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
Coniuge: Inece Tencate::(22 November 1985 - present) 1 child, ?::(? - ?) (divorced) 1 child
- 7eventy 5ive (2006) .... Detective Criton [attore]
- Mentor (2006) .... Sanford Pollard [attore]
- Tonight at Noon (2006) .... [attore]
- Batman Begins (2005) .... Earle [attore]
- Dracula III: Legacy (2005) (V) .... Dracula [attore]
- The Hunt for Eagle One (2005) (V) .... Gen. Frank Lewis [attore]
- Minotaur (2005) .... Cyrnan [attore]
- Moving McAllister (2005) .... McAllister [attore]
- The Poseidon Adventure (2005) (TV) .... Bishop Schmidt [attore]
- Sin City (2005) .... Cardinal Roark [attore]
Blonde, blue-eyed, tall and handsome Dutch actor Rutger Hauer has an international reputation for playing everything from romantic leads to action heroes to sinister villains. The son of actors, Hauer was born in Breukelen Holland. Because his parents were often touring, Hauer and his three sisters were raised by a nanny. A bit of a rebel during his childhood, he chafed at the rules and rigors of school and was often getting into mischief. His grandfather had been the captain of a schooner, and at age 15, Hauer ran away to work on a freighter for a year. Like his great-grandfather, Hauer is color-blind, which prevented him from furthering his career as a sailor. Upon his return, he attended night school and started working in the construction industry. When he again bombed at school, his parents enrolled him in drama classes. Fancying himself a poet, Hauer spent most of his time writing poetry and hanging out in Amsterdam coffee houses instead of studying. He got expelled for poor attendance and afterward spent a brief time in the Dutch Navy. Deciding he didn't like military life, Hauer convinced his superiors that he was mentally unfit and was sent to a special home for psych patients. It was an unpleasant place, but Hauer remained there until he convinced his ranking officers that the military really did not need him.
Trivia random: Both his first and last name end with the letters "er". He has appeared in 13 movies/TV-series whose title or alternative title end with "er" or "ers". He has played 8 characters whose names end with "er".
Citazione random: "I don't know what the appeal is. I can see I've got blue eyes and I don't look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame but I can't understand the fuss."
sabato 5 novembre 2005
Oltre alla SARS e all'influenza aviaria ogni tanto dall'oriente arrivano anche film d'azione pescati, più o meno a caso dai grandi distributori occidentali, tra l'enorme produzione locale.
Mercato particolarmente florido è quello di Hong Kong che io, ultimo baluardo difensore dell'Impero di Sua Maestà la Regina, mi rifiuto di riconoscere come territorio cinese.
Qualche giorno fa ho rivisto So Close, che fa parte del filone tecno-maraglio/sci-fi con un bel po' di fan service (altrimenti perché selezionare attrici carine?)
Personalmente ho un rapporto di amore-odio verso il genere: trovo difficilmente digeribile le classica figura dell'uber-hacker che in 5 minuti - usando un programma che è un salvaschermo - scova password, viola sistemi, prende il controllo di porte, cancelli e teiere. Mi fa un po' specie anche l'uso di gadget troppo maragli come tacchi con l'arpione o occhiali con gas nervino, ma posso passarci sopra; discorso analogo per certe scelte stilistiche quali il vento nei capelli (al chiuso) per sottolineare la figaggine del protagonista di turno.
Ok, sospensione dell'incredulità - massima potenza: restando sul vago per non spoilerare troppo, il film segue la storia di due sorelle (Qi Shu è davvero molto bella e anche Vicki Zhao - quella dei pandolci in Shaolin Soccer - non è male), assassine a pagamento, che si ritrovano invischiate nello scontro di potere interno ad una grande compagnia informatica. Nella vicenda si inserisce anche la polizia, che indaga sull'omicidio di un importante dirigente.
Sullo sfondo, anche le loro storie sentimentali, l'omicidio dei genitori e la loro rivalità personale.
Una trama non banale, con alcuni momenti fuori dagli schemi, che fa da contorno ad un buon numero di scontri a colpi di arti marziali coreografati ed eseguiti da dio; memorabili i combattimenti nel parcheggio sotterraneo con doppio ostaggio e quello finale con spade e bambù. Certi registi che si riducono a fare polpettoni sentimental-guerreschi con pessime scene di lotta per venire incontro ai presunti gusti occidentali (vedi il fetente e sconclusionato Le Sette Spade), dovrebbero prendere appunti.
Voto 8 (oddio, forse 7.5 era più giusto, ma IMDb non ammette mezzi voti ed io ormai ne sono succube )
Da vedere; magari anche solo a noleggio, visto che in giro l'ho visto in vendita alla folle cifra di 30 euro, ma da vedere.
Nome di battesimo: Wei, Zhao
Data di nascita: 12 March 1976
Altezza: 5' 5¼" (1.66 m)
- The Aunt's Postmodern Life (2006) .... [attrice]
- Tekken (2006) .... Ling Xiaoyu [attrice]
- "Jing hua yan yun" (2005) .... Yao Mulan [attrice]
- Qing ren jie (2005) .... Qu Ran [attrice]
- Lü cha (2003) .... Wu Fang/Langlang [attrice]
- Pao zhi nu peng you (2003) .... Cheung Ling [attrice]
- Tian di ying xiong (2003) .... Wen Zhu [attrice]
- Yu guanyin (2003) .... An Xin [attrice]
- Chik yeung tin sai (2002) .... Sue (as Zhao Wei) [attrice]
- Tian xia wu shuang (2002) .... Phoenix [attrice]
In 1999, Vicki Zhao won Golden Eagle Awards "Best Actress Award" which is China highest TV drama award. In 2001, she won Best Actress Award and People's Choice Award in Taiwan Online voting. In 2002, she won two "Best Supporting Actress nominations" in Taiwan Golden Horse Award and Asia Pacific Film Festival. In 2004, she won "Best Actress nomination" and "People's Choice Award (Actress)" in the 11th Beijing College Student Film Festival. She won "Best Actress nomination" and "People's Choice Award (Actress)" in the 4th Chinese Media Film Awards; and "Best Actress Nomintaion" in Hundred Flowers Awards. In 2005,Zhao Wei won the 8th Shanghai International Film Festival "Best Actress Award."Then she won the 10th China Movie Academic Society Prize(aka Golden Phoenix Award)--"Committee Award" in August.Then Zhao Wei won the 11th China highest government award-China Movie Awards(aka Huabiao Awards) "Best Actress Award"(shared with Ziyi Zhang).Today, Zhao Wei is one of Chinese directors' favorite actresses. For instance, He Ping, Ann Hui, Wong Kar-wai and Jiang Wen.She also is a pop singer. In 1999-2001, her 4 albums sold more than 3,700,000 records in Aisa, but critics thought those record were just so so. In November 2004, her newest album "Piao(Afloat)" sold more than 300,000 only in 10 days (China mainland), and most of the critics praised her. In2005, she won Peshi Chart Music Awards "Most Popular Female Singer (mainland)", Sprite Music Awards "Most Versatile Entertainmenter Award"and Music Radio China's Top Chart Awards "Most Popular Mainland Female Singer".Was ranked 2nd of the 100 Sexiest Women by FHM Singapore (2002). Was ranked 15th of the 100 Sexiest Women by FHM Singapore (2003). Was ranked 2nd of the 100 Sexiest Women by FHM Singapore (2004). Was ranked 10th of the 100 Sexiest Women by FHM Thailand (2003). Was ranked 3rd of the 100 Sexiest Women by FHM Thailand (2004).Was ranked 50th of the 100 Sexiest Women by FHM Malaysia (2005).Forbes magazine's China edition recently ranked her the third most popular celebrity after NBA player Yao Ming and actress Ziyi Zhang.  Forbes magazine's China edition recently ranked her the forth most popular celebrity after Yao Ming, Ziyi Zhang, Liu Xiang. 
Trivia random: Was banned (and ostracized) in China after being photographed wearing a dress made from a Japanese Battleflag.
Citazione random: "Life is made up of a large tragedy and many tiny moments of joy. What I can do is slowly accumulate these tiny moments of joy, and use them to face tragedy." - on the pressures placed on her being in the entertainment industry.
Qi jian (2005)
Regista: Hark Tsui
Scrittore: Chi-Sing Cheung, Chun Tin-Nam
Valutazione: 6.1/10 (552 voti)
Durata: Canada:150 (Toronto International Film Festival) min
Paese: SouthKorea, HongKong, China
Lingua: Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean
- Leon Lai .... Yang Yun Chong
- Charlie Yeung .... Wu Yuan Yin
- Donnie Yen .... Chu Zhao Nan
- Liwu Dai .... Xin Long Zi
- So-yeon Kim .... Luzhu
- Duncan Lai .... Mulang (as Duncan Chow)
- Chia-Liang Liu .... Fu Qing Ju
- Yi Lu .... Han Zhi Ban
- Jingwu Ma .... Master Shadow-Glow
- Jason Pai Piao .... Liu Jingyi
In the early 1600's, the Manchurians have taken over sovereignty of China and established the Ching Dynasty. While many nationalist revolts still brew within the martial artists' community, the newly set-up government immediately imposes a Martial Arts Ban, forbidding the practice of martial arts altogether in order to gain control and order. Wind Fire (Sun Hong-Lei), a surrendered military official from the previous dynasty, sees this as an opportunity to make a fortune for himself by helping to execute the new law. Greedy, cruel, and immoral, Wind Fire ravages the North-western China, and his next goal is to attack the final frontier, Martial Village. Fu Qingzhu, a retired executioner from the previous dynasty, feels the need to put a stop to this brutality and sets out to save Bowei Fortress. He brings Wu Yuanyin and Han Zhiban from the village with him to Mount Heaven to seek help from Master Shadow-Glow, a hermit who is a master of swords and leads a group of disciples of great swordsmanship. Master Shadow-Glow agrees to help, and orders four of his best disciples to go. Together with Chu Zhaonan, Yang Yunchong, Mulong, and Xin Longzi, the SEVEN SWORDS is formed and their heroic journey begins. As they lead the entire village to the road of a safer place, they begin to encounter mysterious confusion. Food and water is poisoned, and trails of escape are marked with signs leading the enemy to them. They soon realize that there is an undercover spy, and the SEVEN SWORDS must identify him/her before Wind Fire's army gets to them. Between this narrow gap of life and death, the situation is further complicated by the blossoms of love.
Trivia random: The opening film of the 2005 Venice Film Festival.
Siu lam juk kau (2001)
Regista: Stephen Chow
Scrittore: Stephen Chow, Kan-Cheung Tsang
Genere: Action, Comedy, Sport
Valutazione: 7.3/10 (8386 voti)
Durata: 113 min
Paese: HongKong, China
- Stephen Chow .... Mighty Steel Leg Sing
- Man Tat Ng .... Golden Leg Fung (as Ng Man Tat)
- Vicki Zhao .... Mui
- Yin Tse .... Team Evil Coach Hung (as Patrick Tse Yin)
- Hui Li .... Banana Peel Girl
- Cecilia Cheung .... Team Moustache Player 1
- Karen Mok .... Team Moustache Player 2
- Vincent Kok .... Team Puma Leader
- Kai Man Tin .... Iron Shirt Tin (Third Brother)
- Wong Kai Yue .... Iron Head (First Brother)
After a fateful mistake costing his career, an ex-soccer player bum meets a shaolin kung fu student trying to spread the word of kung fu. The ex-soccer player helps reconcile with his five brothers, and teaches them soccer, adding shaolin kung fu as a twist.
Trivia random: Banned in mainland China because it did not await certification before being released in Hong Kong.
Chik yeung tin sai (2002)
Regista: Corey Yuen
Scrittore: Jeff Lau
Genere: Action, Comedy, Romance, Thriller
Valutazione: 6.8/10 (1277 voti)
Durata: UK:110 min
Lingua: Cantonese, English
- Qi Shu .... Lynn
- Vicki Zhao .... Sue (as Zhao Wei)
- Karen Mok .... Hong Yat Hong
- Seung-heon Song .... Yen (as Song Seung Hun)
- Yasuaki Kurata .... Master
- Derek Wan .... Master
- Michael Wai .... Ma Siu Ma
- Siu-Lun Wan .... Chow Nunn
- Shek Sau .... Chow Lui
- Ki Yan Lam .... Alice
The brothers Chow Nunn and Chow Lui's giant computer company is facing a tense crisis - a powerful computer virus is rapidly wiping out their computer network. At the last minute a cyber-friend arrives to join the battle. The mysterious 'Angel.com' battles the virus and saves the company. Invited by Chow Lui for a visit in person, Angel.com arrives in the form of the beautiful Lynn (Shu Qi). But it turns out Lynn is a professional assassin with amazing high-tech and kung fu skills. She kills Chow Lui with cyanide hidden in a pair of sunglasses. She's aided by her sister Sue (Zhao Wei), who operates the pair's World Panorama surveillance system, which allows them to tap into any video security system in the world. Young cop Kong Yat Hong (Karen Mok) and her partner Mark are put on the case. Hong has a brilliant mind and immediately senses she's dealing with a killer with very special skills. Realizing they are facing a tough adversary, Lynn and Sue become fascinated with Hong as well. Lynn runs into Yan, the cousin of an old friend who died. Lynn and Yan shared an unspoken love in the past which is now rekindled in the open, and Lynn begins to question whether she wants to continue to be an assassin. Chow Nunn was behind his older brother's death. He hired Angel.com to kill Lui because Lui opposed Nunn's business plans, and also because Nunn is carrying on a secret affair with Lui's wife. But when Hong's investigation starts to point to Nunn, Nunn becomes worried and decides to hire Angel.com for another hit ^Ö only so he can double-cross them, wipe them out and prevent them from leading the police back to him. Yan tells Lynn he loves her and wants to marry her. After battling an attack by robbers with her amazing martial arts skills, she tells Yan her family's history. Her father invented the World Panorama for use by the authorities, but was turned down. Suspiciously, word of the device got out to the underworld and both parents were brutally killed in front of the girls' eyes by criminals eager to get their hands on the invention. Bereft at the loss of their parents and disillusioned with the law, the sisters turned professional assassins, killing criminals for other criminals. Lynn tells Sue she wants to stop their criminal life and get married ^Ö she won't accept Chow Nunn's order for the second killing. But Sue, angry and feeling abandoned by Lynn, decides to carry out the killing herself. Lynn realizes what's happening and rushes to save Sue, who doesn't have the skills to carry out the hit. They are attacked by Chow's men but escape. Now the assassin and the cop must join forces - so Sue can avenge her sister's death and Hong can prove her innocence in a spectacular confrontation at Chow Nunn's headquarters...
Nome di battesimo: Lin, Li-Hui
Data di nascita: 16 April 1976
Altezza: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
- Gwai muk (2005) .... May [attrice]
- Han cheng gong lüe (2005) .... J.J. [attrice]
- Zui hao de shi guang (2005) .... May/Jing [attrice]
- Jian gui 2 (2004) .... Joey Cheng [attrice]
- Kei fung dik sau (2003) .... Grace [attrice]
- Mei ren cao (2003) .... Ye Xingyu [attrice]
- Chik yeung tin sai (2002) .... Lynn [attrice]
- Dong laam yan bin shing lui yan (2002) .... Messenger of Hell [attrice]
- Office yauh gwai (2002) .... Shan [attrice]
- The Transporter (2002) .... Lai (as Shu Qi) [attrice]
Was born in Taiwan and is of Taiwanese nationality. Has a "manic" acting style, which (unfortunately) has won her detractors. However she has proved her acting credibility by winning the prestigous Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan (regarded as the "Asian Oscars") for Best Supporting Actress. She has also received a nomination for Best Actress from the Golden Horse Awards. Is currently going out with Canto-pop singer and actor Leon Lai. Appeared with Jackie Chan in the wonderful romantic-comedy Bor lei jun (1999) ('Gorgeous'). Her name is spelled in a variety of ways, including: Hsu Qi, Hsu Chi, Qi Shu, Shu Kei and there are quite a few other variations on her name on foreign VCDs, DVDs and Internet sites.