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Saturday, April 08, 2006

R.V.


Starring: Jeff Daniels, JoJo, Robin Williams, Kristin Chenoweth, Cheryl Hines






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Synopsis: A white-collar workaholic deceptively persuades his family to forgo their much-anticipated Hawaiian vacation for a cross-country road trip in a fully loaded RV, during which they discover the true meaning of family bonding, in Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld's family-friendly road comedy starring Robin Williams, Jeff Daniels, and Cheryl Hines. Bob Munro (Williams) is overworked and overstressed, and though his proposal to hit the road with his wife and two children at first sounds like a heartfelt bid to get better acquainted with his increasingly dysfunctional family, it soon becomes obvious that he had more career-oriented goals in mind when planning the trip. The Munros have always managed to get by in the past, though, and as they slowly become immersed in RV culture with a little help from a full-time troupe of Winnebago warriors, they might just make it to the Rocky Mountains without driving each other totally insane.



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Thursday, April 06, 2006

The Benchwarmers


Cast & Crew: David Spade, Jon Heder, Rob Schneider, Jon Lovitz, Tim Meadows directed by Dennis Dugan


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Synopsis: Gus and his nerdy buddies, Richie and Clark, are scouted by a millionaire nerd, Mel, who wants to form a baseball team and compete with the meanest Little League teams in the state. A stellar ballplayer, Gus becomes a role model for nerds and outcasts everywhere. But when his fans learn that Gus, himself, was once a school bully, they feel outraged and betrayed, until Gus takes extraordinary steps to win back their admiration and trust.


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Review: The Benchwarmers is the kind of movie that is made to make people laugh and feel good. There isn't some big message going on in this film, it's not going to bring about World Peace and it probably will be forgotten a few months after it opens theatrically. That said, it isn't a bad movie. There are many laughs, many moments where you will throw up your hands and just not know what to think and also a few moments of calculated realness. By that I mean, moments where we can see that our stars in the movie aren't really as moronic or inept as they appear to be. In short, The Benchwarmers is a good, fun ride for all those who wish to take it.

The story is a simple one. Gus (Rob Schneider), Richie (David Spade) and Clark (Jon Heder) defend Nelson (Max Prado) when he is being picked on at a local baseball field. Nelson just happens to the son of Mel (Jon Lovitz), a billionaire who decides to sponsor a baseball team consisting of Gus, Richie and Clark. Their goal is "to exact revenge against the bullies of the world" when they play other children's teams in a tournament. Whichever team wins will get to own "the greatest stadium ever built." And so we see three men, who were "benchwarmers" when they kids, become a symbol and "inspiration to benchwarmers everywhere."


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This film walks a real tight rope between being a kids film and an adult movie. There is just enough levity and family values that one could pass this off as a kid's movie. However, there are a lot references and innuendoes that will certainly sit well (or not) with adult members of the audience. This movie does have a PG-13 rating "for crude and suggestive humor, and for language," so it isn't like parents haven't been warned. Honestly, I really found The Benchwarmers to be a movie whose heart is in the right place. It insults everyone equally and at the same time it does have some genuinely funny moments. In fact, I even found there to be a Scary Movie aspect to this film, as far as the comedy is concerned.

The cast all do good work here. David Spade walks that tightrope very well of being a dork, but also being quick with the quips and other comments. Jon Heder seems to be doing a happier version of the character he perfected in Napoleon Dynamite. Jon Lovitz as Mel is the rich man who makes everything seem possible. Personally, I always think that Lovitz is good and based on what he's said in a recent news article on this site, I look forward to seeing his work in Richard Kelly's Southland Tales. Lastly, it was really interesting seeing Rob Schneider play normal as Gus in this film. Granted, The Benchwarmers version of normal is probably a bit different than the rest of the world's, but I think you get the point I am making.

There is something very fresh and positive about this movie. I honestly think it is going to do well theatrically and on home video. I think that this film taps into that whole little league, after school sports mentality and who knows, this film could have a long life as a movie that kids watch on Saturday night after their Saturday baseball games? I know that it is not cool to take a Rob Schneider movie seriously, but with all the other options out there (both studio and independent), one could do a whole lot worse than taking their family (or a group of friends) to watch The Benchwarmers.

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Poseidon


When a rogue wave capsizes a luxury cruise ship in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, a small group of survivors find themselves unlikely allies in a battle for their lives. Preferring to test the odds alone, career gambler John Dylan ignores captain's orders to wait below for possible rescue and sets out to find his own way to safety.


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What begins as a solo mission soon draws others, as Dylan is followed by a desperate father searching for his daughter and her fiancee--a young couple who hours before couldn't summon the courage to tell him they were engaged and now face much graver challenges. Along the way they are joined by a single mother and her wise-beyond-his-years son, an anxious stowaway and a despondent fellow passenger who boarded the ship not sure he wanted to live but now knows he doesn't want to die. Determined to fight their way to the surface, the group sets off through the disorienting maze of twisted steel in the upside-down wreckage.

As the unstable vessel rapidly fills with water each must draw on skills and strengths they didn't even know they possessed, fighting against time for their own survival and for each other.

Preview: Warner Bros' announcement in early February, 2005 that this remake of a movie about a ship struck by a disastrous tsunami had received a greenlight for a 2006 release could have been perceived as capitalistic cynicism, coming barely a month after the December 26th tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed hundreds of thousands (feeling charitable?).


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However, the truth/reality is that this project actually got its start almost exactly a year earlier in February, 2004, long before that real life disaster struck, and all indications are that the project was always on the fast track, and that the timing of any announcements in the months following the tsunami are merely sadly coincidental. Speaking of timing, in the fall of 2004, Hallmark Entertainment began production of its own TV adaptation of the novel, which will air on NBC sometime before the release of this movie, featuring a cast made up almost entirely of actors whose best days were back in the 1980s (Steve Guttenberg, C. Thomas Howell, etc.).


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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Brokeback Mountain on DVD Today


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Brokeback Mountain (Alliance Atlantis) - The biggest surprise, perhaps, of this so-called "gay western" is that the deep and tender relationship between Ennis (Heath Ledger) and Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal) plays so heartbreakingly true.

DVD extras include making-of features and interviews with writers Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana.

The cinematography - locales in and around the Alberta Rockies - is gorgeous. Supporting cast members, including Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams and Randy Quaid, make a valuable contribution even if their talent tends to get overshadowed by the impressive chemistry between Ledger and Gyllenhaal.


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In other Brokeback news...

Matthew Kennedy of Pincher Creek Alberta, Canada, has just sold his truck that was used in the blockbuster movie, for $70,000.00. He put the truck on eBay, hoping that the interest in the Oscar-Winning film would find a buyer. He was right. Kennedy plans on using the money for post-secondary education after he is finished high school.

Matthew Kennedy said he bought the black, 1950 GMC truck last year at an auction of vehicles used in the movie because he liked its looks, and only decided to sell when he realized the amount of attention the film was garnering.



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"The movie was getting a lot bigger and I thought I could sell it and put away the money for school," he said.

Kennedy's eBay description of the vehicle says it was driven by Jack Twist, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, when he meets Ennis Del Mar, played by Heath Ledger, at the start of the film.

The movie, centering on the furtive love affair between two cowboys, was shot in the Alberta foothills, south of Calgary.

"The only thing I knew about the movie was that it was being filmed in my area and it was a cowboy movie," he said.

Murray Ord, executive producer at Alberta Film Entertainment, said it's standard procedure to sell film gear post-production. "Whether it be furniture, props, anything we purchased, we try to recoup the cost," he said.

Murray Pomerance, a sociologist and author of several books about cinema compared the pickup truck with items such as Dorothy's shoes from "The Wizard of Oz" and prosthetic masks from "Star Trek."

"With certain films that are distinctive in one way or another...this desire to imbed oneself in the context of the film is huge," he said.

"We're actually taking the truck and marketing it. Young people want to play at being characters ... they're going to want to drive that truck ... it's the ultimate way to play the game."

 

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