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  V For Vendetta Visualized
Posted by: Mike on Jan 31st, 2009 Leave a Comment »

Everyone knows that the “speech” from the beginning of V For Vendetta is awesome. If you don’t, you should stop reading this, because everyone hates you.

Christopher Silich is a pretty cool guy.  Who is he? Glad you asked.  He’s the guy responsible for creating this awesome typographic representation of the speech.  It’s pretty well done, and reminds me of the commercials that air at the end of NBC sitcoms.  Check it out below.

  2009 Snobbies Start at Midnight!
Posted by: Mike on Jan 31st, 2009 Leave a Comment »

The Snobbies are officially under way!  They were launched at 12:01AM EST this morning, and have had great response thus far.  Be sure to cast your vote today!

I’ve been feverishly typing away all morning, making sure all the nominees are entered right, and the voting code is working.  As of now, it seems to be a-okay, but only time will tell.

At 12:01AM, we’ll be opening up the voting for this year’s Snobbies.  This year’s prizes are bigger than ever (thanks to some of our awesome sponsors), and we hope someone wins every last thing!

This year’s prize list:

Grand Prize: Free movies, large popcorn, and large soda for a year. (One movie per week) – Retail Value: $936
First Prize: Sony PlayStation 3 and 6 Blu-ray movies of choice. Retail Value: $580
Second Prize: 16GB Apple iPhone. Service, taxes, and other fees not included. Only the phone. Retail Value: $299
Third Prize: 3 DVDs of your choice. Retail Value: $60

Rules can be read once you start your vote, if you’re curious as to how the whole she-bang works.  Be sure to cast your vote.  Voting closes March 31st, 2009 at 11:59PM EST, so be sure to vote.  In today’s tough economy, who wouldn’t want to go to the movies for free, for a whole year? And have someone buy them popcorn and soda? That’s an unbeatable deal!

If you’ve got any questions, feel free to e-mail us before casting your vote.  [email protected]

  Pineapple Express
Posted by: Christine on Jan 31st, 2009 Leave a Comment »

Pineapple Express Review

Pineapple Express

I was a reluctant fan of the Apatow franchise. I avoided seeing The 40 Year Old Virgin for as long as I could, but couldn’t resist the juvenile charms of Superbad. I also finally managed to watch “Freaks and Geeks” on DVD, and became a big fan of Seth Rogen pre-Knocked Up. Despite having a general dislike of stoner movies, I knew I had to check out The Pineapple Express. I like Seth Rogen and James Franco and the scene from the trailer with Franco insisting they stay and hide because he was already in the dumpster had me sold.

I missed it in theaters, but caught it on Blu-ray last night. It was funny, but not overwhelmingly hilarious like Superbad.It had its funny moments, like the dumpster scene, but wasn’t a laugh out loud comedy.

Rogen was his usual oddly charming self. Franco played the role well. It’s hard to really like either one of them when they spend the entire movie getting high, talking about getting high, or sleeping off the results of their high.

Would I recommend it to a friend? Maybe. It depends on their feelings towards the actors and stoner movies in general. Not being a fan of them myself, I wouldn’t recommend it. If you really like Dazed and Confused, however, and sometimes wonder what. It would look like crossed with a crime caper, then you’ll enjoy this.

Bottom line: I didn’t love it, but I also didn’t hate it.

  Happy Birthday Christian Bale
Posted by: Mike on Jan 30th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

For those regular visitors to MovieSnobs, you know we’re huge fans of Christian Bale. And really, who isn’t?

We want to wish Christian a happy 35th birthday today.

  The Green Hornet not Dead – says Rogen
Posted by: Mike on Jan 28th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

Seth Rogen responded to claims that The Green Hornet had run out of money, and the studio had run out of patience.

Rogen says

The Green Hornet’ has many people working for it, including production designers, costume designers and many conceptual artists, office staff, etc.,” he said during our e-mail exchange back and forth. “[The studio heads] have every intention on making it, and assuming we’re able to hire a new director in the upcoming weeks, which seems like a distinct possibilty, it should still hit the release date.

Personally, without having read the scripts, I’m betting I would have liked Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet movie better, but that’s just me.

  On DVD This Week – 01/27/2009
Posted by: Mike on Jan 27th, 2009 Leave a Comment »


  Slumdog Millionaire
Posted by: Mike on Jan 27th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

Slumdog Millionaire Review

Slumdog Millionaire

A good friend of mine said Slumdog Millionaire was “the best movie I’ve seen in the last five years,” and since movie recommendations don’t come lightly from him, I decided to give the flick a chance.

I didn’t know much about it, aside from that it takes place in India, so I went in with a pretty open mind. I tried to block out the fact that it got more Oscar nominations than another other film this year, and not let that affect me in any way.

I’m glad I watched it. Slumdog Millionaire is absolutely fantastic. I wouldn’t say it’s the best movie I’ve seen in the last five years, or even in the last year, for that matter, but it certainly is amazing. Danny Boyle (director) is brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

The movie itself is complemented extremely well by the fantastic soundtrack that accompanies it. While the music isn’t something I’d listen to “in real life,” it fits perfectly with the movie, emphasizing scenes, characters, and events. Without the soundtrack doing its part, this movie wouldn’t be nearly as perfect as it is.

The story, in case you don’t know, is of a poor young man from a slum in Mumbai (India), who gets on the Indian version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”, and does extremely well. The people who run the show think he’s cheating, so they have the police interrogate him, to find out. In the interrogation (which is most of the movie), Jamal (Dev Patel) recounts his horrific childhood and its experiences that lead him to know the answers to these questions. Each question gets asked, and we’re taken (via a beautifully done flashback) to a story from Jamal’s childhood.

That may seem like a boring movie, right? Throw in an amazing fairy tale love story, about a boy who knows he’s in love with a girl from the moment they meet, but destiny keeps pulling them apart. Jamal’s struggle to find Latika (Freida Pinto) across a country of billions of people is heartwarming.

Slumdog Millionaire tells a story of young man stuck in poverty, who has a chance to change his life, and the lives of those he loves. Over the course of two hours, you fall in love with Jamal and his fight to survive.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually loved this movie. I fully expected to hate it, based on my previous experience with how awards shows work. But I didn’t, I absolutely loved it. It was warming, endearing, touching, and real. Danny Boyle is an amazing director, who was lucky enough to have a great cast, and wonderful story to work with. You should check this movie out, before it leaves theaters. You won’t regret it.

  2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Winners
Posted by: Mike on Jan 26th, 2009 Leave a Comment »

The SAG awards were last night. If you missed it (or didn’t care to watch it live), here’s a list of the winners.

  • Angelina Jolie, Changeling
  • Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
  • Meryl Streep, Doubt
  • Melissa Leo, Frozen River
  • Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actress
Ensemble Cast
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Doubt
  • Milk
  • Frost/Nixon
  • Slumdog Millionaire
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
  • THE DARK KNIGHT (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY (Universal Pictures)
  • IRON MAN (Paramount Pictures)
  • WANTED (Universal Pictures)
Actor in a Telefilm or Miniseries
  • RALPH FIENNES / Bernard Lafferty – “Bernard and Doris” (HBO)
  • PAUL GIAMATTI / John Adams – “John Adams” (HBO)
  • KEVIN SPACEY / Ron Klain – “Recount” (HBO)
  • KIEFER SUTHERLAND / Jack Bauer – “24: Redemption” (FOX)
  • TOM WILKINSON / Benjamin Franklin – “John Adams” (HBO)
Actress in a Telefilm or Miniseries
  • LAURA DERN / Katherine Harris – “Recount” (HBO)
  • LAURA LINNEY / Abigail Adams – “John Adams” (HBO)
  • SHIRLEY MacLAINE / Coco Chanel – “Coco Chanel” (Lifetime)
  • PHYLICIA RASHAD / Lena Younger – “A Raisin In The Sun” (Lifetime)
  • SUSAN SARANDON / Doris Duke – “Bernard and Doris”
Actress in a Drama Series
  • SALLY FIELD / Nora Walker – “Brothers & Sisters(ABC)
  • MARISKA HARGITAY / Det. Olivia Benson – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”(NBC)
  • HOLLY HUNTER / Grace Hanadarko – “Saving Grace”(TNT)
  • ELISABETH MOSS / Peggy Olson – “Mad Men”(AMC)
  • KYRA SEDGWICK / Dep. Chief Brenda Johnson – “The Closer” (TNT)
Actor in a Drama Series
  • MICHAEL C. HALL / Dexter Morgan – “Dexter” (Showtime)
  • JON HAMM / Don Draper – “Mad Men”(AMC)
  • HUGH LAURIE / Gregory House – “House” (FOX)
  • WILLIAM SHATNER / Denny Crane – “Boston Legal” (ABC)
  • JAMES SPADER / Alan Shore – “Boston Legal” (ABC)
Actor in a Comedy Series
  • ALEC BALDWIN / Jack Donaghy – “30 Rock” (NBC)
  • STEVE CARELL / Michael Scott – “The Office” (NBC)
  • DAVID DUCHOVNY / Hank Moody – “Californication” (Showtime)
  • JEREMY PIVEN / Ari Gold – “Entourage” (HBO)
  • TONY SHALHOUB / Adrian Monk – “Monk” (USA)
Actress in a Comedy Series
  • CHRISTINA APPLEGATE / Samantha Newly – “Samantha Who?” (ABC)
  • AMERICA FERRERA / Betty Suarez – “Ugly Betty” (ABC)
  • TINA FEY / Liz Lemon – “30 Rock” (NBC)
  • MARY-LOUISE PARKER / Nancy Botwin – “Weeds” (Showtime)
  • TRACEY ULLMAN / Various Characters – “Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union” (Showtime)
Drama Ensemble
  • “Boston Legal” (ABC)
  • “Dexter” (Showtime)
  • “House” (Fox)
  • “Mad Men” (AMC)
  • “The Closer” (TNT)
Comedy Ensemble
  • “30 Rock” (NBC)
  • “Desperate Housewives” (ABC)
  • “Entourage” (HBO)
  • “The Office” (NBC)
  • “Weeds” (Showtime)
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
  • “Friday Night Lights” (NBC)
  • “Heroes” (NBC)
  • “Prison Break” (FOX)
  • “The Unit”(CBS)
  • “The Closer” (TNT)
Lifetime Achievement Award

James Earl Jones

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