Movies to look forward to

May 20, 2007 at 9:50 pm | Posted in All, Films/Theatre | 4 Comments

The following are just a few of the movies that are coming out soon or in the next few months. Movie-List has a comprehensive listing of most if not all Hollywood movies. Trailers can also be viewed in different formats.

1. Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End

  • Release Date: May 25, 2007
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, Chow Yun-Fat, Stellan Skarsgård, Jack Davenport, Kevin R. McNally, Lee Arenberg, Mackenzie Crook, Andy Beckwith, Reggie Lee
  • Plot: Captain Barbossa, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann must sail off the edge of the map, navigate treachery and betrayal, and make their final alliances for one last decisive battle.
  • Genre: Action / Adventure / Comedy / Fantasy

2. Ocean’s 13

  • Release Date : 8th June 2007
  • Plot: The continuing criminal exploits of Danny Ocean and his crew of crooks.
  • Cast: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner, Elliott Gould, Ellen Barkin, Al Pacino, David Paymer

3. The Bourne Ultimatum

  • Release Date: August 3, 2007
  • Cast: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Joan Allen, David Strathairn, Paddy Considine, Edgar Ramirez
  • Plot: Bourne races to discover the final mysteries of his past while a government agent tries to track him down after a shootout in Moscow.
  • Genre: Action / Adventure / Drama / Mystery / Thriller

4. Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix

  • Release Date: July 13, 2007
  • Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Imelda Staunton, George Harris, Helen McCrory, Natalia Tena, Kathryn Hunter, Evanna Lynch, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman
  • Plot: With their warning about Lord Voldemort’s return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts.
  • Genre: Adventure / Drama / Family / Fantasy

5. Rush Hour 3

  • Release Date: August 10, 2007
  • Cast: Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan, Hiroyuki Sanada, Youki Kudoh, Max Von Sydow, Noemie Lenoir, Vinnie Jones, Yvan Attel, Roselyn Sanchez, Roman Polanski
  • Plot: While in Paris, Lee and Carter inadvertently get mixed up with the Chinese Triad crew.
  • Genre: Action / Comedy / Crime / Thriller

6. Fantastic Four : Rise of the Silver Surfer

  • Release Date: June 15, 2007
  • Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon, Kerry Washington, Andre Braugher
  • Plot: The Fantastic Four learn that they aren’t the only super-powered beings in the universe when they square off against the power Silver Surfer and the planet-eating Galactus.
  • Genre: Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi

7. Resident Evil : Extinction

  • Release Date: September 21, 2007
  • Cast: Milla Jovovich, Oded Fehr, Ali Larter, Iain Glen, Ashanti, Chris Egan, Spencer Locke, Jason O’Mara, Mike Epps
  • Plot: Survivors of the Raccoon City catastrophe travel across the Nevada desert, hoping to make it to Alaska. Alice joins the caravan and their fight against the evil Umbrella Corp.
  • Genre: Action / Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller

8. The Simpsons Movie

  • Release Date: July 27, 2007
  • Cast: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer, Hank Azaria, Pamela Hayden, Tress MacNeille, Maggie Roswell, Russi Taylor, Marcia Wallace
  • Plot: When Homer accidentally pollutes the river with toxic waste from the nuclear power plant, he gets fired from his job, and everyone has to evacuate Springfield, possibly forever.
  • Genre: Animation / Comedy

9. Live Free or Die Hard

  • Release Date: June 27, 2007
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Justin Long, Maggie Q, Timothy Olyphant, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
  • Plot: When a criminal plot is in place to take down the entire computer and technological structure that supports the economy of the United States (and the world), it’s up to a decidedly “old school” hero, police detective John McClane, to take down the conspiracy, aided by a young hacker.
  • Genre: Action / Adventure / Thriller

 

 

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Lucky You – the movie

May 19, 2007 at 5:39 pm | Posted in All, Australia, Films/Theatre, Games | 1 Comment

Read: a bit of spoiler here.

Being a poker enthusiast, I didn’t pass up on seeing the movie, Lucky You, starring Aussie Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore and Robert Duvall.

Huck Cheever (Bana) is an exceptionally skilled pro poker player but his emotions at the tableluckyyou_l200608171433.jpg undermines his skills when he is heads-up with his father L.C. Cheever (Duvall) who is a poker legend and has won the World Series of Poker two times. Billie Offer (Barrymore) is a young singer and aVegas newbie who has more heart than talent. Huck and Billie appears to have a knack for reading people, only they use it differently. Huck uses his gift on his opponents in poker and to avoid emotional commitments in his personla life while Billie’s intuitions make her see the emotional truth of the people around her and sympathise with them.

The story was really just about Huck trying to get the $10,000 entry fee for the WSOP tournament, thrown in with a bit of romance and conflicts with family. It was a bit long for a very simpe plot. Nevertheless, I have enjoyed watching it. I liked how the makers of this movie did not embellish the poker game with very good hands. It seemed more real when Huck won with a pair of deuces against an ace high and when he won with pocket 10’s against pocket 8’s but was then called a misdeal because the dealer who was stammering did not burn a card before the flop. The river was an 8 so Huck’s pocket 10’s lost to trip 8’s. The presence of a lot of real life professional poker players helped a bit too, methinks.

As the movie is centered around poker, it can a bit boring especially to those who are not interested and do not understand the game and its language.

Robert Duvall’s performance is worth mentioning. I’ll give him the bullets (pocket Aces in poker).

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Harry Hotter or Hunky Potter?

February 6, 2007 at 11:05 pm | Posted in All, Films/Theatre | Leave a comment

Daniel Radcliffe is Harry Potter no more. He has grown up and what a young man he is now. He has transformed himself from a cute little wiz we all love into a hotty hunk we can all drool. I’m sure his legions of fans will grow up too and embrace this new change.

 

He has changed from this….
to this…

and this…

Night at the Museum – the movie

January 10, 2007 at 5:46 am | Posted in All, Films/Theatre | 4 Comments

We went to see the movie Night at the Museum with no great expectations at all. I know this movie is for kids. But as it turned out, we enjoyed it. The movie was funny.My favorite line in the movie is when Ben Stiller was asked about his “snapper” invention. He said, “Yeah, I’m just waiting for the technology to catch up with the idea.” I thought it’s clever.

Night at the Museum is an adaptation from a children’s book of the same title by Milan Trenc.

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