Friday, 30 September 2011
Thursday, 29 September 2011
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Some films really get on to ones nerves.. So did the film that I watched yesterday: directed by Gavin O’Connor, who also wrote the script (Joe Carnahan did some of the writing, too..) and whose twin brother Greg O’Connor produced the film:
PRIDE AND GLORY (2008)
In an nutshell:
New York, late December: Four police officers were killed – together with some gang members.
Officer Ray Tierney (Edward Norton) is – after some pushing by his father Deputy Chief Francis Tierney (John Voight) - going to find out who is responsible for that.
His brother Francis “Franny” Tierney, jr. (Noah Emmerich) was the superior of the dead cops and Jimmy Egan (Colin Farrell) - who is married to Franny's and Ray's sister Megan (Lake Bell) - is a fellow officer of them..
~ Officers Sandy and Jimmy - not on a Sunday afternoon walk.. ~
The more Ray investigates the more he finds out about corruption in and beyond the New York Police Department – even reaching into the Tierney family..
- John Ortiz as Ruben "Sandy" Santiago.
- Manny Perez as Coco Dominguez.
- Rick Gonzalez - yeah, the guy from REAPER (2007-2009).. - as Eladio Casado.
- Jennifer Ehle - she plays Abby the wife of Franny - you may know her from another "PRIDE": she was Elizabeth Bennett in the 1995 BBC-version of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE... (.."the accurate one"..)
- Not really a task to watch out for her - because you can hardly ignore her: Lake Bell as Jimmy's wife Megan.
~ Don't tell me you didn't notice her.. ~
- The film was planned in 2001 and the filming was about to start in February 2002 but after the events of September 11, 2001 it was cancelled – it seemed to be very disrespectful to the actual New York Police Department to make a film about corruption. The filming was done in 2006 - but the film wasn't released till 2008..
- Hugh Jackman and Mark Wahlberg were supposed to star in this film when it was first planned in 2001.
- Nick Nolte was supposed to play Francis Tierney, sr. – but after three days of filming he left the production because of a chronic knee injury - so his part was given to Jon Voight.
- The German title is DAS GESETZ DER EHRE = The Law of Honor.
- Gary and Greg O’Connor are sons of a New York police officer.
Let’s face the music:
The score was delivered by Mark Isham.
No real glory:
The film is dedicated to Eric Hernandez.
24year old Hernandez was a New York cop and supposed to play in a bit part in the beginning scene of this movie (in which the police team does a football game).
In the night of January 28, 2006 he got in trouble with a group of others in front of a fast food restaurant. Hernandez who was out of duty at that time felt threatened so he pulled out his (service) firearm. In that moment another officer arrived – and shot the person who was armed..
Eric Hernandez died a week later due to the gunshot wounds.
- violence - there is some blood shed in this film..
- harsh language. I was about to count all those "f-words" but after two minutes I had to give in because I lost track.. - I was at ca. nine "f...'s" ..
- corrupt cops
- cancer - though it is no main part of the story - Abby obviously is not as healthy as one would wish for her to be..
~ Jennifer Ehle is doing some very fine and quiet acting in this film. ~
Thank you very much for listening,
yours (very well and) truly
- who prefers her world filled with butterflies and starshine.. or like they would say it in this film: F'##' butterflies and starshine..
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Monday, 26 September 2011
Sunday, 25 September 2011
Hey friends and followers of And then they start to sparkle!!
Monty (who as you all know writes for this blog, too) keeps interviewing guests at his blog - and not being interviewed himself..
That's unfair, isn't it? Especially because he is a great person - and one of my best friends..
Now you'll have the chance to learn more about him and his opinions and thoughts about films and blogging about them.
Instead of doing just one short interview I am going to do a long running series here – which means: Every Sunday you’ll have the chance to meet Monty here where he will be answering some questions (at least one a post) I have thought of.
So.. Let's start right now with my first questions:
Monty, why do you blog - and why especially about films?
"Oooooohhh..good question. Well I love movies. That is my number one passion.
Ever since I was a kid, I was always watching a movie or TV. Most other kids were outside playing, I was inside watch something. Even thru my high school years I was considered a social butterfly because I didn't go to parties and such. Rather stayed home and watched movies. So when blogging came along, that was the perfect way for me to express my feelings.
During my military days I kept a notebook of reviews and stuff written about movies and I still have it to this day.
~ seems like Monty's favourite star Cary Grant believes in notebooks, too.. ~
I may start posting some of those ideas. What do you think?"
Monty, I would love to read your first ideas! I own similar notebooks - I filled them since I was teenager with thoughts about all those films I watched and stars I liked or disliked.. So I am pretty excited to find out you have some "hidden treasures".. I am sure there are some people out there who would like to read them, too..
I think it would be interesting to find out what changed during the years - your opinions and feelings towards some films and persons.. the whole "becoming Monty"-story..
"Cool..I'm glad I saved all my journals and such. They are from about 20 years ago so that will be quite different from now...well, maybe. I'll see.
Anyway blogging is cool and I've met similarly liked people such as you. Because most of my friends and co-workers don't have a clue if I starting quoting classic movies and stars. For example if I said Maggie the Cat, they would have no idea I would be talking about Elizabeth Taylor, which is just sad.
~ Elizabeth Taylor as Maggie the Cat in one of my (=Irene's) favourite films .. ~
So by blogging I came share my thoughts and feelings on my favorite love and meet other people who have the same taste as me. It's awesome."
Monty, I am sure most film bloggers have made alike experinces..
Why did you call your blogs the way you did?
"How did I name my blogs?
Ok let me start with Screwball Cinema which was kind of easy. My favorite genre being screwball comedies I was surprised no one had a blog named Screwball Cinema. So I grabbed it and used it for my own.
Hero Worship came about after a second attempt. My first was called Welcome To Risa, which is a reference to a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode. But unless you're a Trek fan, you wouldn't know that. So I decided to be broad with a title and since so many people worship super heroes and movie heroes so much..I thought why not call it Hero Worship. It stuck and I'm glad I made the change. Welcome To Risa just didn't have that much of an appeal.
~ To be honest: I was about to post kind of a spoof picture - but I once made a joke about Wolverine - and I won't go through a situation like that with Monty again.. *ouch* ~
And lastly, my main blog All Good Things is in reference to the English proverb All Good Things Must Come To An End. I also know it from another Star Trek episode. I dropped the last part which was way too depressing and such and kept All Good Things..meaning all good things about classic movies and stars.
So there you go Irene..the way I came up with all my titles to my blogs. Excellent question btw."
Thank you very much, Monty!! I wouldn't have known about that Risa.. - the name "HERO WORSHIP" also seems to give you more freedom to post about things not connected to STAR TREK, doesn't it?
Glad you skipped the end of the All Good Things proverb - you have here one of the most positive blog names I saw yet..
I am going to leave the topic blogging for now - so I want to say:
Thank you for doing so much around here in blogland. I always like to visit your blogs - and I hope that you will go on with all this work you do. I really appreaciate that - and apparently many others do, too.
Please visit again for next week when Monty will answer the following question
(before I come back to his favourite genre..) :
What does Monty like most about films?
In the meantime - please visit the blogs written by Monty and talked about here:
Thank you all for listening
Yours (very well and) truly
Saturday, 24 September 2011
A dynamite movie involving three screen legends: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, and Mary Astor. Gable is Denny Carson, who runs a rubber plantation in Indo-China with a tight fist. Along comes Lily Vantine (Ms. Harlow) who just lights up the screen with her explosive persona. Lily explains she had to leave the states because of certain complex issues. All Denny sees is her trampish looks and the two become attached fairly quickly. But that relationship is put under pressure when Gary Willis arrives with his wife Babs (the terrific Astor) to begin work on the plantation. Denny is immediately attracted to Babs and thus a love triangle is formed. Babs husband is totally unaware of what's going on and to be fair he is under the weather with a fever when they first arrive there.
Red Dust is one heck of a movie. I know some people complain of the racial overtones but this movie is set in 1932 so just keep that in mind when watching it. As far as performances go, all three leads are sensational. Gable is definetly a man's man in this one. Holding the screen with all the macho swagger he can muster. Jean Harlow is funny all the way through. She shoots out lines with rapid fire regularity. And Mary Astor brings a little class to the proceedings. And believe it or not she has one scene where she manages to out-sex Ms. Harlow. After being caught in an unexpected rainstorm, she gets soaked and is carried back to the house by Gable. In that one instant she gives off so much sexual energy, you can feel it coming off the screen. Red Dust is a solid film that delivers action, humor, passion, and some great acting.
Vantine: You can check the wings and halo at the desk.
Dennis Morgan: I'll be right up.
Look at the photos below and you can just see all that sexual chemistry flowing off the screen...