Tinsel & Tine (Reel & Dine) is a blog about film and food. Posts include a mainstay of film write-ups, interviews and film festival coverage. With a generous dollop of restaurant reviews, culinary events and whenever possible, highlighting the simpatico of food in film!
While billed as the ultimate revenge flick, this movie - although it delivers in bumps and bruises - takes the dive in the upward storytelling category. All the vigilante action takes place in the last 30 minutes, so this is a movie you can feel free to grab a refill of popcorn or two and get back in time enough to see someone get hit, again.
... The movie should have begun with Langston on the bus on his way to NY which features the Negro spiritual "Sometimes I feel like a Motherless Child". And the reasons for his being shipped off to meet his grandparents (Whitaker/Bassett) could be revealed as the story unfolds.
Not only would this have been less of a stock setup, but also it would be less Jennifer Hudson acting. She's really un-good! I think her role as Effie White and subsequent Oscar was a fluke. Either that, or the pressure to live up to that part and coveted statue has made her too aware of herself as an actress; now she's like Beyonce, kinda wooden, she feels like a singer making a cameo rather than an actress with the talent to sing. READ MORE - http://www.tinseltine.com/2013/11/christmas-in-harlem-black-nativity.html
Got to see this 2nd installment of Thor directed by Alan Taylor and starring the beautiful Chris Hemsworth (see T&T Rush post) on a nice big Imax screen! The first Thor I rented after seeing The Avengers, realizing I needed a back story on Loki (Tom Hiddleston). The original was directed by heavy hitters Kenneth Branaugh and Joss Whedon, yet I wouldn't say Thor was any better served under two such respected directors. This sequel is equal, if not better.
I still have yet to see Captain America, but there is a fun cameo with that Marvel American Hero in Thor: The Dark World, which picks up two years after the first. In those two years between the melee in NY aka The Avengers and the out break of wars on and around Asgard, Thor's been too busy to see his lady love Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). I have a love/hate relationship with Portman (who shares my birthday), sometimes she can be brilliant like in Garden State and Black Swan, but when it comes to her acting in fantasy flicks like Star Wars, V for Vendetta and this Thor franchise, she's just an empty shell...READ MORE http://www.tinseltine.com/2013/11/thor-ing-around-thor-dark-world.html
The Best Man Holiday not only serves these beloved characters in heart and truth and spirit, but is also sure to become an annual Christmas Classic.
The opening montage flashes briefly back to Lance (Morris Chestnut) and Mia's (Monica Calhoun) wedding, while quickly filling the audience in on each character's progression since last we've seen them. It's done in a way that allows us to feel caught up and ready to join their lives present day.
My early Christmas present was not just seeing the preview screening of The Best Man Holiday, but getting a chance to interview the writer/director Malcolm D. Lee at the Four Seasons Hotel. READ MORE - http://www.tinseltine.com/2013/11/a-chat-with-malcolm-d-lee-on-ushering.html
The movie starts out with a frenzy happening in a news room, which others probably would know is The Guardian in the UK, but not having followed the Wikileaks story closely back in 2010, I wasn't aware that Wikileaks and this news outlet developed a somewhat uneasy partnership in revealing this controversial information to the world. The story gets easier to follow when the movie goes back two years, when founder Julian Assange (who reminds me of the Albino Monk in The Da Vinci Code) played by Benedict Cumberbatch is trying to get a slot at a Geekfest/Techno Expo and Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) puts in a good word for him, having been a follower of Julian's site. The two strike up a friendship and Assange enlists Domscheit-Berg's help in verifying the sources coming into the Wikileaks site from whistleblowers at a major banking institute involved in tax fraud. The success of this venture has Daniel hooked and thinking he's part of a big movement/grassroots organization with a network of volunteers. How surprised is he to find out it's only one white haired weirdo/genius behind the whole operation.READ MORE http://www.tinseltine.com/2013/10/cold-grub-for-wikileaks-sidekick-fifth.html
Ray's genius is no match for his ego, as taking this deal in the first place is nothing short of insane and impossible. I won't give away too much about the reasons for the conspiracy to keep Ray imprisoned forever. Or how he and fellow inmate Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger), team up, but I will say these two embark on a very interesting, dramatic, and comedic journey that will have you on the edge of your seat until the credits roll. Although labeled an action thriller, the complimentary and hilarious relationship of Schwarzenegger and Stallone's characters develop into more of an action/comedy. READ MORE http://www.tinseltine.com/2013/10/flood-drummers-beat-focuses-on-escape.html
I like both Timberlake and Affleck in this movie and Costa Rico (shot in Puerto Rico) is a good character as well - one moment a world of lavish, sexy fun and next, gritty, poverty stricken and cut throat. But I think the heat in terms of sex, glitz and violence needed to be turned up a notch for people to really run to Runner Runner. Still, it kept my attention, the intricacies, the danger, the stakes were interesting and plausible.
As you've probably heard: Bullock is in every frame and looks amazingly fit. She says she didn't train as an astronaut, but she did a grueling amount of physical training to prepare herself for the demands of this film. The theme of this movie: is a testament to the human spirit. Here's a woman who after suffering a tragedy has shut down, she's dead inside, the only thing keeping her going is her work; yet when pushed to the ultimate limit finds a survival instinct.
What's pleasing to me: well, we've seen Tom Hanks in Castaway, and Suraj Sharma in Life of Pi, there's Ryan Reynolds in Buried and next Robert Redford in All is Lost, and what's wonderfully surprising about these survival movies is that one person's plight and pluck can hold your attention for the better part of 2 hours. I'm still not sure how I feel about Gravity as a movie on the whole, but I am awed by Cuarón's vision and the mastery of his team.
Spot on character study of an Italian, Jersey guy addicted to porn. He thinks it's normal to wack off 5 or 6 times a day in front of his laptop; but once he falls in love with super hot Scarlett Johansson and she finds it disgusting, he can't shake his addiction, even for her?
There's actually a lot more to the movie then this thin plot, Julianne Moore plays a basket case student in his night school class and and it's their unexpected dealings with one another that create the real emotional center of this Indie-ish-comedy. Gordon-Levitt's use of repetitive scenes and locations, cleverly shows how insular and routine Jon's world is, a world he doesn't want or need to question until these two women enter his life.