My 30 Most Anticipated Films of the Fall and Winter 2015 Pt. 2

15;Trumbo

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In 1947, successful screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) and other Hollywood figures get blacklisted for their political beliefs.

14:Creed

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Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died before Adonis was born. However, boxing is in his blood, so he seeks out Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and asks the retired champ to be his trainer. Rocky sees much of Apollo in Adonis, and agrees to mentor him, even as he battles an opponent deadlier than any in the ring. With Rocky’s help, Adonis soon gets a title shot, but whether he has the true heart of a fighter remains to be seen.

13:Bridge of Spies

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During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), recruited by a CIA operative (Scott Shepherd) to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man’s freedom through a prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get convicted spy Rudolf Abel, who Donovan defended in court years earlier.

12:Suffragette

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In late 19th and early 20th century, the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal state in the quest for equal rights.

11;Joy

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A story of a family across four generations, centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Facing betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, Joy becomes a true boss of family and enterprise in a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces.

10:The Walk

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In 1974, French high-wire artist Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) attempts to walk on a tightrope attached to the north and south towers of the World Trade Center.

9:The Martian

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When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.

8:The Danish Girl

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Artist Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) undergoes a sex-change operation in the early 1900s.

7:The Hunger Games:Mocking Jay Pt 2

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Realizing the stakes are no longer just for survival, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) teams up with her closest friends, including Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and Finnick for the ultimate mission. Together, they leave District 13 to liberate the citizens of war-torn Panem and assassinate President Snow, who’s obsessed with destroying Katniss. What lies ahead are mortal traps, dangerous enemies and moral choices that will ultimately determine the future of millions.

6:Sicario

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After rising through the ranks of her male-dominated profession, idealistic FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) receives a top assignment. Recruited by mysterious government official Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), Kate joins a task force for the escalating war against drugs. Led by the intense and shadowy Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), the team travels back-and-forth across the U.S.-Mexican border, using one cartel boss (Bernardo Saracino) to flush out a bigger one (Julio Cesar Cedillo).

5:Black Mass

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While his brother Bill (Benedict Cumberbatch) remains a powerful leader in the Massachusetts Senate, Irish hoodlum James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) continues to pursue a life of crime in 1970s Boston. Approached by FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton), the lawman convinces Whitey to help the agency fight the Italian mob. As their unholy alliance spirals out of control, Bulger increases his power and evades capture to become one of the most dangerous gangsters in U.S. history.

4:The Revenant

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In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling. (Leonardo DiCaprio) Hugh Glass, (Tom Hardy) John Fitzgerald,(Domhnall Gleeson) Andrew Henry

3:The Hateful Eight

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While racing toward the town of Red Rock in post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) encounter another bounty hunter (Samuel L. Jackson) and a man (Walton Goggins) who claims to be a sheriff. Hoping to find shelter from a blizzard, the group travels to a stagecoach stopover located on a mountain pass. After encountering four strangers, they may not make it to their destination.

2: Spectre

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A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) to Mexico City and Rome, where he meets the beautiful widow (Monica Bellucci) of an infamous criminal. After infiltrating a secret meeting, 007 uncovers the existence of the sinister organization SPECTRE. Needing the help of the daughter of an old nemesis, he embarks on a mission to find her. As Bond ventures toward the heart of SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between himself and the enemy (Christoph Waltz) he seeks.

1:Star Wars: A Force Awakens

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The further adventures of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher). (Daisy Ridly Rey,(John Boyaga) Finn,(Oscar Issac) Poe Dameron, (Adam Driver) Kylo Ren, (Gwendline Christie) Captain Phasma,(Domhnall Gleeson) General Hux.

These are the 30 Films I am most looking forward to in the next for months. A few films I left off of my list I am still interested in seeing are Youth, Bye the Sea,Room,Our Brand is Crisis,33,Legend and Truth. I hope everyone finds this list informative and enlightening. There area lot of great films coming out in the near future so go to the theater and watch.

Dan Skip Allen

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Who doesn’t love western’s?

Ever since I was a kid I watched westerns on TV38 in Boston. It was a local channel that had movies on Saturday mornings. One week it would be gangster movies and another week it would be monster movies. On holidays such as Halloween or Christmas they would have Halloween movies or Christmas movies. Every couple of month though they would go back to the western genre. Going back to when I was a kid the big western star of the time was Clint Eastwood. Sure he had the occasional comedy or action movie but,  it was the western that reminded me what a great actor he was. Films such as Pale Rider, High Plains Drifter and the Outlaw Josey Wales were the staples of the genre and made me wanna watch a lot more westerns. Clint was senonimus with the spaghetti western in the 60’s and early 70’s. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Trilogy was the most popular of these kinds of films.  Clint acted in 15 westerns in his career. Of those were also Two Mules for Sister Sarah, A Fistful of Dollars, For a few Dollars More, Joe Kid and Hang’Em High. My favorite though is his last and latest western Unforgiven, Unforgiven won for Oscars including one for Best Picture, Director for Clint Eastwood, Best Supporting Actor for Gene Hackman and Editing. Unforgiven is everything I have ever wanted in a great western. A flip in the iconic roles was a great pleasant surprise. The idea Clint would use a western with quite the amount of violence as a means to teach about gun violence and violence in general was very rewarding to me as a viewer.

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Western were one of the biggest influences in me being a film pundit and huge film fan. Once I started watching the Clint Eastwood  westerns I wanted to  find other to watch. Films such as High Noon with Gary Cooper, How the West was Won and Once Upon A Time in the West and The Magnificent Seven with there great cast of actors like Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart and Yul Brynner were great films. True Grit,The Cowboys ,The Searchers and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance were staples for John Wayne during the 50’s and 60’s. Another great western star was Kevin Costner. Silverado, Dances with Wolves and Wyatt Earp were a couple of his early films. Later he would go back to the western with Open Range and the TV mini-series The Hattfields & McCoy’s. Paul Newman and Robert Redford would star in a classic in the 70’s called Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid.

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Over the years we would see a western here or there but, there hasn’t been that many out the last few decades. Films like Tombstone, the new 3:10 To Yuma and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford were the last of the great westerns. They had great performances by Val Kilmerand Kurt Russell, Russell Crowe and Christain Bale and Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck. The next year we have four new westerns out. The Homesman, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Jane Got a Gun and The Magnificent Death by Shattered Hand are the westerns that hope to revive the lost genre of film. I hope they do because I love watching this bygone genre of film.

Dan Skip Allen

 

 

The 10 Best Car Chase Movies

This week I saw a screening of Need for Speed based on the video game of the same name. Aaron Paul plays (Toby Marshall) a body shop owner who races cars on the side. After a race goes bad and one of his friends gets killed he takes his anger out on and old rival. Dominic Cooper  plays (Dino Brewster) a rich kid who has everything  and races expensive cars. Micheal Keaton plays (Monarch) a man who sets up a big underground race called the De-Leon and he invites both Toby and Dino into the race. Imogen Poots, Kid Cudi and Rami Malek round out the cast as friends Finn and Julia Maddon a romantic interest of Toby. With the idea of fast cars and racing in my mind I thought what are my favorite car chase movies. Need for Speed has got to be on that list in my opinion. so here are 10 of my other favorite car chases in movie history.

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10. I would have to say if you don’t have the Fast and Furious franchise as some of your best car chases in movie history your just not very in formative about movies. Vin Diesel plays (Dominic Toretto) and Paul Walker plays (Brian O’Conner) as two members of a group of crooks and car thieves. Others in the cast are Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludicris Bridges and Dwayne The Rock Johnson. There have been 6 Fast and Furious movies with a 7th on the way.

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9.The Italian Job has had two movies. One back in 1969 starring Michael Caine and another one in 2003 starring Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, and Jason Statham and Seth Green. Mini Coopers were driving everywhere in these tow heist movies.

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8.Once again we have a movie that has been remade and that is Gone In 60 Seconds. The first one came out back in 1974. The second one came out back in 2000 and stars Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Robert Duvall and Giovanni Ribisi,

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7.Burt Reynolds was in two of my favorite car chase movies back in the seventies and eighties. The first was Cannonball Run. About a long distance race across the country. The was Smokey and the Bandit about a local town wise guys who run afowl of the law and the lawman. The lawman was played brilliantly by Jackie Gleason.

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6.Spy movies usually have great special effects and part of that goes amazing car chases. One of those great spy movie franchises is The Bourne Franchise. Matt Damon portrays (Jason Bourne) in The Bourne Identity,The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum. Jerremy Renner portrays Arron Cross in The Bourne Lagacy.

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5. Quentin Tarantino and Nicolas Winding Refn direct two modern car chase movies. Death Proof is a throwback to the seventies car chase movies starring Kurt Russell. Drive starring Ryan Gosling is a slick, brilliant, exciting  modern day car chase movie.

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4.The Blues Brothers is a classic in every sense of the word. Jake and Elwood Blues are the two bothers played brilliantly by Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. They go on a mission and in that they have one of the best car chases in movie history through the streets of Chicago.

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3. Ronin has a great cast. Robert DeNiro, Jean Reno, Sean Bean, Stellan Skarsgard star in this thriller that never stops surprising because of the twists and turns. That is a literal statement because the car chase in this movie goes through all kinds of twists and turns in the streets of Russia.

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2. Steve McQueen is one of the great acter of his time but, the movie that defines his career is Bullitt. It is a fast paced thrill ride with great car chases.

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1. My favorite car chase movie is an Oscar winner for great character actor Gene Hackman as (Popeye Doyle) as well as Best Picture for the movie. Also starring Roy Schneider as Popeye’s partner in this thriller. Filmed on the streets of New York City, The French Connection has some thrilling car chases in this movie based on a true story.

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Car chase movie are some of the most exciting and thrilling films to date. You can tell when you have such good actors attached to these types of films. One thing I can say , when you want action and non stop thrill rides you will always find them in movies with great car chases.

Dan Skip Allen