Friday, April 16, 2010

Last Year's Recession takes the Multiplex International

In the year 2009, the world went through an economic upheaval that we are still feeling the effects of today and as a result of that many Hollywood film productions got either postponed or cancelled all together. But what of the many screens that need filling? Of course the success of such 3D films like Avatar, How To Train Your Dragon & Clash Of The Titans are filling that gap, and the balance of those openings seem to be going to foreign cinema.

Today I took in the excellent "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" with a star in the making Ms. Noomi Rapace(See Pic). Don't let the 152 min run time turn you off, this is a tight thriller that just flies by and is my early favorite for film of this year 2010.

Even if it is out of necessity for the multiplexes around North America to start taking in more foreign films, I as a movie goer applaud this move and hope audiences will follow suit and enjoy a wider palette of great cinema.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Amanda Seyfried: Hot Young Starlet Burning Out Too Fast?

Went to see the film "Chloe" last night, and while it certainly had it's problems, I can appreciate that it was an interesting twist on the whole "Fatal Attraction" vibe and had some good moments, for a quick rating I would have to say 2.5 stars out of 5...It's a renter.

However, in perhaps her first "serious" role the title role of this film went to upcoming starlet Amanda Seyfried of "Mamma Mia" & "Big Love" fame.

I can see why she is becoming popular, a beautiful 25 year old that people want to put on there movie posters in order to sell whatever they need too, however we have one small problem.


Now granted this skill may be developed overtime, the perfect example of this would Scarlett Johannson, who by no means is the female second coming of Laurence Oliver, but has developed some skills. Ms. Seyfried playing a sociopathic high end prostitute was completely out of her realm...and it showed

I implore that producers, please put her in roles where she can show strenghts and develop into the kind of actress that can take some risks with a role like this.

You've got to walk before you can run Ms. Seyfried, time to slow down before your budding film career turns into a supporting role on a CBS primetime drama.