#REVIEW: “PROMISED LAND”
Amidst the shuffle of Oscars Season, several great Films inevitably will be overlooked. One of them just might be Promised Land, the latest from auteur Director Gus van Sant. The Drama centers around a Salesman from a Natural Gas Company named Steve (Matt Damon) and his more seasoned Partner in Sue (Frances McDormand), who both are sent to a small town to convince Locals with generous monetary compensation, to allow his corporation the right to drill into their properties to access the ...
#REVIEW: “THIS IS 40”
Never mind that in classic Judd Apatow fashion it clocks-in at almost three hours, This is 40 is pure comedic gold. Gaining most of its laughs through expletives, exaggerated threats of violence and bursts of temper, the brilliant Writer/Director takes us on a tour-de-force journey of what it means for a successful Couple to terms with their age, in this sorta Sequel to 2007's Knocked Up.
Utilizing the talents of his Wife Leslie Mann, reprising the memorable role of Debbie and his ...
#REVIEW: “DJANGO UNCHAINED”
Review by: Jonathan Godrey for Mr. Will Wong
Rest in peace Sally Menke: Though Django Unchained excelled despite your absence, it was nevertheless noticed. Long time collaborator Fred Raskin did a great job filling your shoes, as did the entire cast and crew of this exceptional Western.
For fans of the genre Django is a familiar name. One associated with excessive violence and allusions to the grave. These gags are still present in Tarantino’s take on the Tale. However, there is no question ...
#REVIEW: “LES MISÉRABLES”
Taking one of the most beloved Novels of the 19th Century, above that a TONY Award-winning Musical, and adapting it into a Film properly is by all means a daunting task. Academy Award-winning Director Tom Hooper succeeds largely in giving due justice to the timeless story that is Les Misérables , without a doubt stamping itself as a legitimate Best Picture Contender. In any other year, the Musical might have been more definitively in the running, however one cannot deny that 2012 has ...
#REVIEW: “THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY”
Reviewer: Jonathan Godfrey for Mr. Will Wong
A Movie that like its literary roots, struggled to grow. Yet it climbed from the soil and up the metaphorical mountain; slayed the dragon and spread the wealth the beast protected. Nevertheless some complain it’s not enough.
Peter Jackson like his pen-wielding predecessor (J.R.R. Tolkien) is a world builder. Capable of incredible feats there’s little wonder why he’s so misunderstood. With his first trek through Middle-Earth the masses smiled ...
#REVIEW: “SPARKLE” (DVD)
Like a humble Cousin to Dreamgirls, Sparkle tells the Story of three Sisters who form a Group and on the verge of making it to the bigtime. Along with the Fame however come the pitfalls of the Spotlight - primarily drugs, bad choices and hubris - and the closer they get to that illusive record deal, the more they see their bond crumble. Starring former American Idol Winner Jordin Sparks in the titular role and having the distinction of showcasing Whitney Houston's final performance, this ...
For those of you expecting a Biopic about Alfred Hitchcock, you just might be slightly disappointed. Those of you who have paid mind to the Trailer for Hitchcock or read its Synopsis for that matter,will know fully what you're walking into. Perhaps a Disclaimer as such could have silenced criticisms against 2011 Films which I actually adored like The Iron Lady and My Week with Marilyn?
Based upon the Book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello, Director/Screenwriter ...
#REVIEW: KELLY CLARKSON – “GREATEST HITS – CHAPTER 1”
This is quite possibly the best idea in quite some time. After a v. successful 10 years in the Industry since her ascension to fame back in 2002, the original American Idol -Kelly Clarkson - has proven herself a real Megastar and her longevity is undeniable. Sony Music Canada releases her Greatest Hits - Chapter 1, in stores now, and I cannot stress again just how wonderful it really is. With 17 Tracks featuring her best work, you'll find yourself fumbling for the "repeat" button as the listen ...
Just how do you single out a great performance in a Film where every performance is just as solid as the other? In Lincoln, revered Director Steven Spielberg brings to the Big Screen the final months in the life of one of America's most beloved Presidents, Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis). The Film focuses on his tireless Fight for the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment, which in effect put an end to Slavery in the United States and also a Union Victory in the Civil War.
In addition to ...
#REVIEW: CHRISTINA AGUILERA – “LOTUS”
By far her most cohesive Album, Christina Aguilera proves that seventh time's the charm on Lotus, her latest offering after a two-year absence following 2010's patch Bionic. Drawing on the inspiration which came from her Divorce from Music Marketer Jordan Bratman, her experiences as a Mother, the disappointment surrounding that last lowest-selling Disc and also her big Stint on NBC's The Voice, Aguilera definitely has lots of ground to cover here.
Co-writing seven of the Disc's twelve ...