Category Archives: Movies

Non-Stop reviewed

RU Instant Reaction Review reviews Non-Stop, Liam Neeson’s latest action vehicle.

The critics say that the movie “was really in a lot of ways a throwback to movies from the ’40s, which are awesome… it’s all about the suspense, not knowing who anyone could be, like Strangers on a Train.” They also say that “the bad guy’s own internal problems were interesting, I thought that was kind of a cool twist to put on it,” but also call other parts of the movie “completely boring.”

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Joshua Oppenheimer, director of The Act of Killing

Cinema Royale talks to Joshua Oppenheimer, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary The Act of Killing. The documentary follows Oppenheimer as he talks to members of Indonesian death squads, asking them to reenact their crimes as though they were in a Hollywood film. The film has garnered critical claim and attention from such famous filmmakers as Werner Herzog, who executive produced it.

Oppenheimer “began making the film in collaboration with a community of survivors,” who, rather than be interviewed themselves, advised him to approach the death squad leaders. He found that “every single one of them was boastful, every single one of them would recount the killing often with smiles on their faces… I had this awful feeling that I had walked into Germany forty years after the Holocaust only to find the Nazis still in power.”

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The Most Anticipated Films of 2014

FilmGordon Radio gives their most anticipated movies of 2014.

They discuss The Monument Men, starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, and John Goodman. The pushed-back release is reminiscent of “a couple years ago when Shutter Island got bumped out of the awards ceremony and moved to February.” They say that they are “really excited” for the film, and that the late release “may be a blessing in disguise, because a lot of those Oscar expectations are gone now and it can just be an entertaining film.” They also praise “everything George Clooney has done behind the camera.”

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The World’s End’s Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, and Edgar Wright

FilmGordon Radio talks to Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, stars of sci-fi comedy The World’s End, as well as its director, Edgar Wright. The three have previously worked together on Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead, as well as the TV sitcom Spaced.

Wright talks about his inspirations behind The World’s End, saying that he wanted to position the villain as “unavoidable change… all of the bars starting to look the same… commercialization of the culture.” Pegg discusses their choice to work in sci-fi, saying that “genre cinema is always a good metaphor… it’s a language we understand, what we grew up consuming”

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Director Lee Daniels

Making History Happen talks to Lee Daniels, director of such films as The Butler and Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire.

Daniels talks about working with producer Laura Ziskin on The Butler, known as the producer of Pretty Woman. The Butler was Ziskin’s last film. Daniels says that she “felt that there weren’t enough African-American films of substance, and that she wanted to make this her legacy.” “a phenomenal amount of research… I worked with Will Haygood, who wrote the article in the Washington Post about the butler’s family.”

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Ride Along reviewed

RU Instant Reaction Review reviews the new comedy Ride Along, starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart.

The hosts call it “kind of a tricky movie… I don’t know that I convinced myself that it’s really endearing.” They say that “there are some things about the movie that I kind of liked about the movie,” but they “hated it overall,” saying that “nothing funny happened” comparing the plot to “about ten Scooby Doo movies and cut-and-pasted.” In the end, they call it “not actually funny, just silly and ridiculous.”

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Actor Andy Garcia

Actor Andy Garcia stops by Milling About to talk about his upcoming projects. His Daughter, Daniella, co-stars in the film At Middleton with him. Garcia says that she needed to audition herself, and that he could do no more that “put in a good word.” His other daughter is studying film as well.

He also talks about his work directing the upcoming Hemingway & Fuentes, for which he hired a professional boatbuilder to build a replica of Hemingway’s boat as well as “a Cuban fishing skiff from the 1940s and 50s.” He calls it a “beautiful boat” and says that they “actually needed to make it look worse than it is.”

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Grammys recap

Hampton Blu Radio talks about this year’s Grammy awards.

Host Stacey Brewer talks about how “many believe the Grammys are not hip to what’s going on today and are a little behind with certain things.” She talks about Beyonce’s performance of “Drunk In Love,” calling the performance “hot” but says that “reviews have still been mixed,” including accusations that Beyonce may have been lip-syncing. There have also been complaints from parents about the “sexiness” of the performance. She also addresses the controversy of rapper Macklemore beating critical favorite Kendrick Lamar in four categories.

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