Thursday, September 2, 2010

One Bullet Straight Through The Eye

Day 2 Sharp Shooter:Leon: The Professional (1994)
Remember if going to a gun fight bring EVERRRRRRRYONNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!
If watching this movie make sure that it is the Luc Besson's original cut Leon. When it it was released in the states back in 1994, some guy at Sony had the bright idea of cutting out 25 minutes of this movie and release it as an action packed movie with no character development, Besson's version is a masterpiece of violence and Lolita like love story, quite possibly the best action love story ever told?

Tomorrow's Killer Instinct:
Enemy At The Gates (2002)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

One Bullet Straight Through The Eye

Day 1 Sharp Shooter:

The Killer (1989)

John Woo's operatic bullet ballet that Jerry Bruckheimer has knocked ever since. This film no only introduced us to unlimited gun play and white doves but Chow-Yun Fat as the badass point man of the 90s. From the dragon boat race to the hell n fury climatic church battle, this one does not disappoint.

Tomorrow's Killer Instinct:
Leon: The Professional (1994)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

OVERKILL Time With Machete

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Raging Demons and Burning Crosses

Day 4 Soul Possessor:

The Exorcist (1973)

Lasted Halloween, I watched this film in a dusty old country movie theater with my Dad and it great to see a 50 year old stance Libertarian freak out over, the flashing demonic images and masturbating crucifix scene. Since the film's it not as intense as people may remember it (the R rating is due to language, well mainly) but sure packs one hell of cinematic punch. From f/x designer Dick Smith's phenomenal makeup work to director William Friedkin's left hook surprises, this is probably the best acted and produced industry horror movie ever made.

Next Week's Twisted Look Back Into Film Past Series:
One Bullet Straight Through The Eye

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Raging Demons and Burning Crosses

Day 3 Soul Possessor:

The Evil Dead (1981)

The original deadly batch of cabin in the woods horror and macabre humor, introducing us to the world's best leading man Bruce 'Don't Call Me Ash' Campbell and iconic filmmaker Sam Raimi. While we don't get the chainsaw arm here, we get plenty of pudding gore and tree violating moments. So grab your Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, chainsaw, and start swinging away.

Tomorrow's Satanic Slayer:
The Exorcist (1973)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Ranging Demons and Burning Crosses

Day 2 Soul Possessor:
Child's Play (1987)
The iconic franchise that told you not to play with dolls, the demonic toy Chucky voiced by Brad Dourif maybe one the best voice performances in the history of filmmaker. But please don't kill me for saying it now.

Tomorrow's Satanic Slayer:
The Evil Dead

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Raging Demons and Burning Crosses

Day 1 Soul Possessor:
Demons (1985)
Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava's demonic slaying melee movie with the amazing pop techno score of Goblin to boot. BRING ON THE ITALIAN HORROR!!!!

Tomorrow's Satanic Slayings:
Child's Play (1987)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Best Of The Batch In A Very Lackluster Summer

We all know and love Inception and Toy Story 3, they'll being wining awards and praises for years to come, so let's here it for the other guys that made it through this horrible summer of half-baked remakes, sequels, and creaky old spy movies.

1. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

2. The Killer Inside Me

3. The Kids Are All Right
4. Valhalla Rising

5. Piranha 3D

6. The Other Guys

7. The Good, The Bad, The Weird

8. Tales Of Earthsea

9. Centurion

10.The Last Exorcism

Creatures On The Attack!

Day 4 Mutilator:

Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

Tomorrow's Mutant Attack:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Creatures on the Attack!

Day 3 Mutilator:

Orca (1977)

Tomorrow's Mutant Attack:
Lake Placid

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Creatures On The Attack!

Day 2 Mutilator:

L'Ultimo Squalo aka The Last Shark aka Great White (1982)

Tomorrow's Mutant Attack:

Monday, August 16, 2010

Creatures On The Attack!

Day 1 Mutilator:
Deep Rising (1998)

Tomorrow's Mutant Attack:
The Last Shark

Friday, August 13, 2010

Countdown To 'The Expendables'

Pumped Up and Fully Loaded

Day 5 Live Round:
First Blood (1982)

Now Go Out and Be A Man The Expendables Opens Today

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Countdown To 'The Expendables'

Pumped Up and Fully Loaded

Day 4 Live Round:

Over The Top (1987)

It's funny to say this but this the personally connecting movie to me starring Sly Stallone, maybe it has to do with my Pops being a truck driver and the 2nd chance shot for a parent. But then its pure honky tonk drama for Stallone's ridiculously plotted movies- In order to win back his young son's respect he must win the World Championship Arm Wrestling Competition in Las Vegas. Enough grunting, red necks and sweaty biceps to wrap itself around the globe of ultimate testosterone. The end arm wrestling battle is absolutely a must see for all things Stallone and his drooping lower lip.

Tomorrow's Final Round:
First Blood

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Countdown To 'The Expendables'

Pumped Up and Fully Loaded:

Day 3 Live Round

Nighthawks (1981)
Before Sly became Rambo and Rutger Hauer became a Replicant, they starred along with Billy Dee 'Colt .45' Williams in this action packed NYC cops vs. terrorists thriller. Sly who looks like he was going for his Serpico look here, sporting a beard and dark sunglasses takes on European bomber Hauer. A lost classic in terms of the 80s action thriller, originally was to be the third French Connection movie starring Gene Hackman and Richard Pryor. Great twists, train chases, and disco techs galore, Sly even talks in full articulate sentences! While Hauer gives us another one of his great ice cold killer performances, and Billy Dee does his thang. Enjoy this with an cold brew on the side.

Tomorrow's Fist Pump:
Over The Top

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Countdown To 'The Expendables'

Pumped Up and Fully Loaded

Day 2 Live Round:

Tango & Cash (1989)
Where to begin on this epic action buddy team up? First of all several stunts where inspired by Jackie Chan's Police Story movies, Stallone was starting his change from muscle grunt to slick wall street type, Kurt Russell steals the show phoning in as Jack Burton from the classic Big Trouble In Little China, Brion 'Leon' James has one horrible cockney accent, and Jack Palance with James 'Lo Pan' Wong make up as the ultimate 80s bad guys. So many wisecracks, over the top explosions, and Teri Hatcher drumming on beat pads. The more notorious story is how poor director Andrei Konchalovskiy of the underrated 80s classic Runaway Train and cinematographer Barry Sonnerfield where fired in the middl of shooting. Remember always shoot Stallone's good side and never be too serious on set. Have no fear though this movie will get you testosterone flowing except when Russell shows up in drag.

Tomorrow's Fully Loaded Movie:

Monday, August 9, 2010

Countdown To 'The Expendables'

Pumped Up and Fully Loaded:
A Week Long Countdown To 'The Expendables'

Day 1 Live Round:

Cobra (1986)

Crime is a disease. Meet The Cure. Sly Stallone's version of what could of been Beverly Hills Cop had it not taken the funny guy route-though one love to 80s Eddie Motherfuckin Murphy. Stallone at his most 80s action sleaze full of sweat, guns, big scary knifes, and a whole lot of Bridgette Nealson saving. I think Stallone regrets making this for several reasons but here at Movie Hopping we thank him for making one of the most unapologetic 80s action movies ever. Bring The Pain!

Tomorrow's fully loaded movie:
Tango & Cash

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Courtesy of Slashfilm, we're now allowed to see the first glimpses of MV director Mark Romanek's follow up to One Hour Photo. A weird subverbial period piece, that has a lot in common with The Island (2005), hope I didn't give too much away. Script writer of 28 Days Later & Sunshine, Alex Garland adapts Kazuo Ishiguro's popular novel, while young Brits Knighely, Garfield, and Mulligan fill the screen up with their disenchanted sexual tension.

For trailer click (here)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Me and Mr. Romero

Best Thursday Morning Ever!!!!
Article and Review will be up next week.

Super 8 (Trailer)

WHAT IS IT, JJ Abrams?!!!!!!!!!!

We have to wait till next year to find out but I think it might have to do with Spielberg's abandon sci-fi project Dark Skies aka Watch the Skies.

Check out the trailer (here)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

SFIFF 53: Wake in Fright
"Just have a beer with me" scene from Wake in Fright (here)

Wake in Fright, Ted Kotcheff's lost Aussie classic was back on the BIG Screen tonight at Sundance Kabuki Theater. This is one rough and tumble ride through the primal nature of Australia back country. Amazing brute performance by Donald "Dr. Loomis" Pleasence as the quite not right character Doc. Tydon. Something to search out on the Netflix queue for all of its beer guzzling, kangaroo fighting, and extensional mayhem. You'll never look at a kangaroo or a glass quite the same again.

Friday, April 30, 2010

SFIFF53: Winter's Bone
Click here to see a trailer and intro by director Debra Granik

Today has been a search into the Ozarks of Missouri as it was a Winter's Bone interviews with writer/director Debra Granik and Actress Jennifer Lawerence.
Then ran off to a 6pm screening of Winter's Bone at Sundance Kabuki, where I wanted to see this incredible Southern Drama once again on the big screen. The music, the bleakness, and the performances that reminds one of Terrence Maliack's Badlands and the immortal characters in the writings of Sam Shepard.
Winter's Bone joints a shortlist of recent raw Southern cinema that includes David Gordan Green's Undertow and Shotgun Stories.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

SFIFF 53 Walter Salles (ON THE ROAD)

Last Evening at SFIFF was a very special night for me, as I found myself in a cinema and beatnik swirl at the Sundance Kabuki Theater

First of all the Q&A with Walter Salles and Alejandro Inarritu was off the motherfucking chain!
Inarritu opened up with this to say, " A Mexican and a Braziallian sharing the stage together is very dangerous thing, so let's put down our guns now and talk about your Walter's sex life and Gael Garcia Bernel."
With this started a hurricane of comments and questions about Salle's career as filmmaker, for one being a Brazillian filmmaker and two a cinephile at heart.

The night continued to treat, with two short films from Salles
  • A personal short that he made for his young son about introducing the relationship of cinema to him. It was so surreal to see Salles and Intritu siting close to the screen on the stage staring up at the images Salles has created, looking like to kids in a candy store when images from Chaplin and Wenders pop up on screen.
  • Salles then put together a 60 min reel of his unfinished documentary project, In the Search of being On the Road, a grand magnium opus of filmmakers, poets, and super 8 home video footage about his dedication and frustration on his never ending search to getting Jack Kerouac's On the Road up on the big screen.

With his documentary On the Road, the image of it is all in the individual mind of all its readers that it has come touch since its 1957 publication. If can be done the best way is to make it like a Cassavettes's film Shadows or Faces, b&w and improvisation to its film setting core.

Salles also shared clips of an unknown 1961 beatesque film titled "The Exiles" about Native American youth living in LA. Something to put on the top of your Netflix queue

Sunday, April 25, 2010

SFIFF53 (The Violent Kind)

The Violent Kind

From the new teeth kicking horror film from Bay Area Horror filmmakers, The Butcher Brothers

This one was not disappoint as The Butch Brothers bring their skull smashing style of story, wicked humor, and brutal violence together in a film that pays tribute to David Lynch, Hershell Gordan Lewis, Biker flicks and 50s sci-fi movies.
The Butcher Brothers take list in short list of modern horror filmmakers: Ti West, Eli Roth, and Edgar Wright.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

SFIFF53 (Son of Bablyon and Nymph update)

  • Nymph
From Thai filmmaker Pen-Ek Ratanrunag (Director of Last Life in the Universe)

Nymph is full of Pen-Ek signature style of aw-inspiring shots and weary characters searching for life's unanswered questions.
Check out the trailer (here)

Plays one more time @ SFIFF 53
-Wednesday April 28 @ 4:45PM in Sundance Kabuki

  • Son of Babylon
Sundance Favorite Kurdish drama from filmmaker Mohamed Al-Daradji

    Son of Babylon is the type of film that festivals are made for tough, heartbreaking performances, and beautiful shots of the sun baked desesrts of Iraq.

    Check out the Trailer (here)

    Plays two more times @ SFIFF 53
    -Tuesday April 27th @ 12:45pm in Sundance Kabuki
    -Saturday May 1st @ 6:30pm in Berkeley PFA

    SFIFF53 (Short Film collection update)

    Pirate Utopia (A collections of abrasive mix mediums)

    • The Little White Cloud that Cried
    Festival Favorite and every one's favorite Canadian filmmaker, Guy Maddin, unleashes his short dedicated to Kuchar brothers. Signature style of student filmmaking and taboo breaking of transsexuals stimulating falleo.

    • Embrace of the Irrational
    A Christopher Guest mocumentary style short, shot in Oakland offers some nice touches to the idiosyncratic problems that arise on a low-budget nature show.

    • Zef Side
    Something that music video artist Jonas Askland would be proud of, as white trash rappers and leg-less backup dancers are incorporated into a glossy music video.

    Talkin about My Generation

    A mix of Youtube inspired videos from young filmmakers, some are pretty annoying but the Lego James Bond is quite fun to watch.

    Friday, April 23, 2010

    SFIFF53 (April 22rd thru May 6th)
    Fatih Akin's Soul Kitchen is a fun slice of Hipster cool

    Screening at SFIFF 53:
    • Monday April 26th @ 6:45pm in Sundance Kabuki
    • Wednesday April 28th @ 9:30 in Sundance Kabuki

    Wednesday, April 14, 2010

    A Failed Bad-Ass (RIP Mister McLaren)

    Roger Ebert looks back at the time of the Sex Pistol movie that never was, Who Killed Bambi?

    Tuesday, April 6, 2010

    The Violent Kind & All About Evil (Coming to SFIFF53)

    OH THERE WILL BE BLOOD!!!! at this year's festival

    SFIFF53 Late Night Forum presents:

    (the new film from The Butcher Brothers)

    Looks to be a rollicking bloody good time at the movies
    Check out the trailer here

    SFIFF Screenings:
    April 24th @ 11pm in Sundance Kabuki Theatre
    April 30th @ 9:45pm in Sundance Kabuki Theatre

    (From SF ICON Josh Grannell aka Peaches Christ)

    It's great to see Nastasha Lyonne back on the BIG Screen.

    A throw back to the good ol'e days of camp horror cinema
    Check out the website here

    SFIFF Screenings:
    May 1st @ 10:45pm in Castro Theatre

    Friday, April 2, 2010

    Splice (June 4th)

    This looks like to be fun little horror movie, great two character cast.
    Check out the trailer here

    Sunday, March 28, 2010

    Scott Piligram Vs. the World

    I have no clue about the graphic novel but man does it look like Eternal Sunshine of the Mortal Kombat Youth in Juno Revolt Mind.

    Check the trailer here
    Did anyone else here a K.O. in the trailer?

    Tuesday, March 23, 2010

    Kurosawa 100th B-Day (3/23/1910)

    Time to bust out your Seven Samurai or Yojimbo copy and honor the Zen master of World Cinema TODAY!

    Friday, March 19, 2010

    Predators Trailer

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    Wednesday, March 10, 2010


    CHECK OUT: 28th SFIAAFF this weekend
    Highlights included

    The Housemaid (1960)
    @ Castro Theatre on Saturday March 13th

    The Forbidden Door

    City of Life and Death

    (NEW) Tron Legacy Trailer

    (NEW) Tron Legacy Trailer

    The new Tron Legacy trailer has been put up and it looks awesome. Black light suits, The Dude, and Daft Punk, Christmas can't come any sooner.

    Props to Disney for making it not look like, well a Disney movie, and for now making it look true to the origin.

    Check Out original Classic:

    (Original) Tron trailer

    To Shush or Not to Shush at The Movies

    Two recent articles from NPR and Los Angles Times tells you about when to talk and when to not talk during the movies:

    Something you should communicate with the movie:

    Just grin and bare the asshole on the cell phone:,0,7045869.story

    The Brothers Bloom (Script to Screen)

    This is something very interesting to check out on how you may write something different from what the final movie shows.

    Sunday, March 7, 2010

    Kathryn Bigelow, Action Director Baaadasss and now record breaking Academy Award Winner
    on the set of The Hurt Locker.

    From the deserts of Jordan to the awards season of 2010, The Hurt Locker was just the movie to clean up the Oscars as it broke records for the first Best Female Director and a total of 6 academy awards, making the short list next to Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Chicago, and Slumdog Millionaire in single most collector of little gold men of the decade.
    The difference is that The Hurt Locker was not a big scaled project like the other, it was little project that could.