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The people over at SubmarineChannel love good opening movie titles sequences. They like it so much they’ve created a project dedicated to gathering an online collection of the most stunning and original main title sequences for films. Check out their site as they have gathered some of the coolest clips available to watch on their site as well as additional updates to their collection every month.

[Submarine Channel]

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Ocean’s 13 – Teaser

December 21, 2006

I always enjoyed the ‘Ocean’s’ movies whether it was with the coolest of the cool, Frank Sinatra, and his Rat Pack friends in the 1960s version of Ocean’s 11 or with the George Clooney and his friends in the 2001 remake of Ocean’s 11 and Ocean’s 12. I thought the remake of Ocean’s 11 was terrific. It was very stylish, the dialogue was witty, the soundtrack was superb and the characters of the movie were memorable. To round it all up, the plot was pretty good as well. Although I did not enjoy Ocean’s 12 as much as the others and thought it wasn’t particularly necessary to come up with a sequel, I still thought it looked great on screen (visually) and overall, it was fairly entertaining.

Well, it looks like Daniel Ocean and the rest of the Ocean’s crew are back in Ocean’s 13 (what other name did you expect?), the final installment of the ‘Ocean’s’ trilogy. Although Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones will not be returning in this film, I can’t wait to see this. With its great cast, the directorial style of Steven Soderbergh, the casting additions of Ellen Barkin and the legendary Al Pacino, you can’t help but to look forward to this. What I love most about the ‘Ocean’s’ films is that its about the entertainment and its style. They’re not about trying to make cinematic history or looking to sweep the Oscars, its just a crew of great actors having fun and putting on a show for its audience. You can definitely say it stays true to the philosophy of what the Rat Pack did back in the 1960s version.

[Ocean’s 13]

– Jon

Horem pádem (Up and Down)

December 21, 2006

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As Christmas holidays kicked off into full swing, I had the opportunity to pick up a couple of movies to watch. One of these was a 2004 Czech film Horem pádem, which was translated simply as Up and Down in English. Director Jan Hrebejk masterfully portrays the everyday lives of Czechs from different social backgrounds. The overall movie I’d say would fall into the Drama category, with an abundance of comic relief. The beauty of this film is how it seamlessly integrates the storylines of three groups of individual. The movie kicks off when smugglers of immigrants discover a baby in the back of their truck. Rather than heartlessly leaving the baby to die, they bring him to a pawn shop where he is to be put for sale. In another scene, a soccer hooligan’s wife desperate wants a baby but is unable to have one. They are also unable to adopt due to the husband’s criminal record stemming from soccer. And then there’s the story of a dying professor whose dying wish is to divorce his separated wife so that he can marry his girlfriend. These three stories inevitably coincide with one another throughout the movie. If ever you get the chance, this is one movie you should check out.

-phil

The Vice Guide To Travel

December 11, 2006

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When VICE decided to produce a travel guide, you had to have a slight hunch it wasn’t going to have the same content you’d expect in your typical Fodor’s or Lonely Planet. Known for its controversial content, VICE often provides an ironic pose on today’s world and society. So instead of visiting Disneyland or Rome, VICE decided to visit the most fucked up locations on this planet. Places you don’t hear about. The idea turned into The VICE Guide To Travel, which features 7 short documentaries of the best places NOT to visit.

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The new movie 10 Items or Less starring Morgan Freeman, will be available online in broadband two weeks after it opens in theaters on December 1st. And no, it will not be online due to piracy. Freeman’s production company, Revelations Entertainment is working with computer processor giant Intel to sell the movie online and it will be available through ClickStar. This is by far one of the most unique and daring approaches that I have seen a company take to market a movie. I’m quite curious to see how this will turn out. More info on the movie here.

-phil

Curse of the Golden Flower

December 2, 2006

A much anticipated movie from Zhang Yimou, who created Hero and House of Flying Daggers, Curse of the Golden Flower is an epic film that displays a deep plot and heavy artistic elements. By far this film is Yimou’s most expensive productions with a total cost of $45 million dollars; which makes it China’s most expensive film production to date. Throughout the trailer, Yimou’s style of colour co-ordinating scenes and massive epic battles can be easily seen. ‘The plot concerns the volatile balance of power between the King (Chow Yun Fat) and the Queen (Gong Li) and his three sons, which entails betrayal, deceit and passion, pitting King against Queen and father against sons.’ Set to open in New York and Los Angeles on Dec 22nd, the film has already been released to for critics with mixed reviews. Although grande and epic, many feel the film lacks substantial martial arts action and the story is too much focused on drama. Regardless the trailer is a must see and it readily compares to Frank Miller’s film 300.

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Smokin’ Aces – When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel (Piven)decides to turn state’s evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he’s no longer breathing. – [IMDB]

This is the fastest movie preview I’ve ever seen. I ain’t lying. In this 1 minute teaser for Joe Carnahan’s latest movie, Smokin’ Aces, I don’t think I had enough time to comp-rend everything in the clip because its extremely fast paced. Next thing you know its over. I believe I saw Jeremy Piven (AKA Ari Gold from Entourage), Ryan Reynolds, Ray Liotta, Andy Garcia, Ben Affleck…ah..Alicia Keys and Common all in the same movie? If all goes well, Joe Carnahan (which directed Narc) can bring the diverse cast and make what looks to be a really good action movie. Based on the teaser, it looks pretty damn cool if you ask me. It looks like something Guy Richie would direct. Hopefuly, it won’t turn out like “Revolver”.

– Jon

300: The Movie

October 23, 2006

Warner Brothers have just launched the website for 300: The Movie, a historic film based on ‘Spartans’ and adapted from critcally acclaimed and award-winning writer Frank Miller’s graphic novel. Miller also wrote Sin City (with Sin City 2 to be released in the upcoming year as well). Release date for this movie is set in 2007. Expect it to be BIG. Check the trailer. The use of ‘colour themed’ scenes, shown in the trailer, make this to be one of the most anticipated movies in the upcoming year.

300: The Movie Official Website
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