I'm Loving "Frozen River" 


So last weekend, I played catch-up at the movies! Having seen all blockbuster films, I opted to celebrate the smaller flicks, often the ones with emotionally-laden stories.

I saw "Vicky Christina Barcelona" and "Frozen River" back to back.

"Vicky Christina Barcelona," directed by Woody Allen, was just okay, it's a travelogue exercise that showcased the strong, strong performance by Penelope Cruz as Maria Elena.

Forget Vicky (Rebecca Hall), forget Christina (Scarlett Johannson), but don't forget Maria Elena!

BUT THE MOVIE THAT WAS GOOD IN ITS ENTIRETY FROM THE CAST TO THE STORY IS "FROZEN RIVER."


I enjoyed this film! It won the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival, and deservingly so!

'Twas days before Christmas in the life of Ray (Melissa Leo) who decided to start smuggling illegal immigrants between Quebec and New York State using the frozen river, and with help from Mohawk Lila (Misty Upham).

IT'S THRILLING, INTRICATE, AND THE IMAGES WILL STAY WITH YOU!

MELISSA LEO DESERVES A BEST ACTRESS OSCAR NOD!


Go watch this film right now!

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"Pharaoh" Will Smith 


Will Smith has long wanted to play the pharaoh Taharqa -- he battled Assyrian invaders in ancient Egypt.

So Smith brought "Braveheart" scriptwriter Randall Wallace the Taharqa story, and now, the scribe will write the script with a working title, "The Last Pharaoh."

Oooooh, Smith is now officially morphing into a god!

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Slowest Box-Office Weekend in Years! 


"Bangkok Dangerous" just needed $7.8 million bucks to take the top spot at the box-office!

According to Media by Numbers:

The total weekend box office gross was expected to reach just $66 million, the lowest figure since the $59.5 million reported for the weekend of Sept. 21, 2001


The No. 2 movie was "Tropic Thunder" which earned $7.5 million, reaching its cumulative total of $96.8 million.

Anna Farris' "The House Bunny" took in $5.9 million, placing the film to the No. 3 slot.

Click read more to see the Top 10 films of the box-office weekend of Sept. 5: Read More...

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"The Wrestler" Wins Top Honors at Venice Film Festival 


Darren Aronofsky bounced back from the failure known as "The Fountain" to nab the Golden Lion at this year's Venice Film Festival.

"The Wrestler" stars Mickey Rourke as Randy "the Ram" Robinson, a former pro-wrestler looking for a comeback.

I'm a big Aronofsky fan, I loved "Pi" and "Requiem for a Dream," heck I even found tiny bits of hope with "The Fountain," so I'm very glad that "The Wrestler" is creating buzz in the awards circuit!

Rourke's comment on Aronofsky's triumph? "I am glad he had the balls to come back." Well said Mickey!!!

To see the complete list of winners at the Venice Film Festival, click Read More...

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"Bangkok Dangerous" Movie Review 
Should you watch it or eat Thai food instead? Take a look!



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