Christian Bale is a very angry man…
February 3, 2009, 7:23 pm
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He’s kinda scary actually. 

Perez Hilton has the audio of Christian Bale having a serious freak out at the Director of Photography on the set of Terminator Salvation. He is seriously, seriously unprofessional.

Bruce Franklin, the film’s assistant director,  has defended Bale according to the Daily Mail, but I don’t buy it. You just don’t speak to people like that.

Not. impressed. one. bit.

Can you smell carrots?
February 2, 2009, 11:10 am
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Snow. SNOW! Yaaaaaaaay!

I don’t know why snow makes me so ridiculously excited but it does. I probably haven’t seen proper snow since the 90’s and it makes me feel like I’m nine years old again. A nine year old with a desk job however.

It’s a nice start to the week though, especially after such a fun-packed weekend. Went to see the Bodies Exhibition on Saturday which was very interesting indeed. I couldn’t quite take in that I was looking at actual corpses – they looked almost plastic to me – but it was fascitinating stuff really. The place was a bit too jammed for my liking though so by the end my inner grump won out so I left and headed up to the coffee area ‘up inside upstairs’ (seriously, the sign says that on one of the main doors – how Irish is that?!). Mr Darragh Doyle has a great post on it here with a lot more detail. The exhibition that is, not the weird coffee sign.

Yesterday morning, myself and himself watched Michael McIntyre: Live at the Apollo. The man is a legend. An absolute legend. I have never laughed so much so early on a Sunday morning. Well apart from Christmas Mass (dodgy folk group ‘singing’).

Lookee here – it’s so true!

Finally, yesterday evening, we managed to get tickets to Slumdog Millionaire in Dundrum. It’s been sold out there every night for aaaages. Unless you got up at four in the morning to book them, you’d be seated practically in the screen but yesterday, we managed to get the last two decent seats. And it was so worth the wait. What a gorgeous, gorgeous film. I am unashamedly jumping on the Slumdog fan bandwagon – I loved it. It’s not perfect of course, but nothing beats walking out of a film with a smile on your face like that.

Right, I’m off to make snow angels. I wish!

My Christmas List
December 24, 2008, 7:34 pm
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  • Wrapping the last of the presents – Done
  • Scoffing Chipsticks and Heroes washed down with Miller – Done
  • Hiding my food baby under a cosy wooly jumper – Done (I hope)
  • Wishing everyone in the Blogosphere a very, very Merry Christmas – Now done
  • Traditional Christmas Eve drinks with friends in the local – Next
  • CHRISTMAS – One more sleep!

Have an absolutely lovely day tomorrow, everyone. You rock.

Movie Taglines
October 21, 2008, 1:12 pm
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Ok, the snob in me wants to title this post “film taglines” but it just doesn’t sound right…

Anywhoo, I googled The Day After Tomorrow after watching it for the nth time last night (I love Jake Gyllenhaal, he’s a right cutie) just to see what rating it had on IMDB (6.3 in case you’re interested) and came across it’s tagline:

To be read in deep growly voice“This year, a sweater won’t do” .

This year a sweater won’t do….. Seriously?!

Inspired by it’s naffness, I’ve gone on the hunt for other bad taglines and came across a few particularily dodgy ones:

“Prepare 4 the fantastic.” – Fantastic 4
“The Monster demands a Mate!” – Bride of Frankenstein (ewwww)
“How did they ever make a movie of Lolita?” – Lolita
“You’ll Believe A Man Can Fly!” – Superman
“Back when you had to beat it before you could eat it…” – The Caveman
“On May 6th… see Paris die!” – House of Wax (or is that a good thing…)

And… some of my personal faves:
“Does for rock ‘n’ roll what The Sound of Music did for hills.” – This is Spinal Tap
“Chucky Gets Lucky.” – Bride of Chucky
“In space no one can hear you scream.” – Alien (classic)
“Nobody Does Him Better” – Octopussy
“A tale of murder, lust, greed, revenge, and seafood.” – A Fish Called Wanda
“Vampires. No Interviews.” – From Dusk til Dawn
“Escape or Die Frying.” – Chicken Run

Here’s a listy type site of movie taglines in chronological order 🙂

October 20, 2008, 10:54 am
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I have to see this film:

Great trailer song choice.

The Wackness
October 3, 2008, 1:32 pm
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I went to see The Wackness recently. It’s a… nice film I suppose. I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate it, which is almost worse than hating it really.

The Wackness tells the story of a young kid turning 18 in the summer of 1994 and falling in love for the first time. Luke (played by Josh Peck – as one IMDB commenter called him ”The fat kid from cable” who’s now not so fat) is a weed dealer and subsequently meets some interesting characters along the way. One of these characters is the step father of his young love (Ben Kingsley) who completely stole my heart away as the stoned psychiatrist giving life advice in exchange for weed. Elizabeth Thrilby (the best friend from Juno) is suitably adorable and mischievous as a first love should be.

The Wackness has all the right ingredients to be something special but it just doesn’t quite hit the mark. As a stoner movie, it’s laid back with a quirky sense of humour, but perhaps it’s too laid back. For me anyways, it needed a little more punch.

However, if you are bored and want to see an Olsen twin frenching someone three times her age, then this is the film for you! It woke me up for a minute anyways.

September 24, 2008, 10:21 am
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Is it just me or do the shots above look like promotional stills from The Dark Knight?

They’re actually photos of the new* Joker action figure – creepily realistic methinks.

More pics anseo.


*I say new but it’s out a few weeks I think.

Dane Cook = Funny bastard
August 13, 2008, 2:14 pm
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Expect to see this on Photoshop Disasters soon.

Dane Cook, the dude in the middle, has blogged on his MySpace about how much he hates this promotional movie poster. Funny, funny stuff:

Before the downpour, let me just say that my new movie, My Best Friends Girl, is the best / funniest film I’ve done yet. It’s got a terrific cast. Kate Hudson, Alec Baldwin, Jason Biggs, and myself really kicked the funny around. This movie showcases our talents accordingly as it expands on them. It’s a fun R-rated flick. An edgy comedy with a dash of romance.

That being said, let me address the fact that although I’m not a marketing major, I have a bit of a trusted reputation after 18 years self promoting. I’d like to inform you I had no say in this marketing campaign, but if I did, things would be different since it is obvious that this poster is boring / odd and has zero to do with the movie I performed in.

Here are a few things that truly blow about my upcoming movie poster to promote the release of the film opening on 19 September:

1. Graphics:
Whoever Photoshopped our poster must have done so at taser point with 3 minutes to fulfill their hostage takers deranged obligations. They should have called Donnie Hoyle and had him give a tutorial using “You Suck at Photoshop” templates. This is so glossy it makes Entertainment Weekly look wooden.

2. My head:
The left side of my face seems to be melting off of my skull. I guess I am looking directly into the Ark of the Covenant? Are they going for the bells palsy thing here? My left side looks like Britney Spears’ vagina.

3. The Stare:
My character apparently has fallen in love with a strand of Kate Hudsons hair. Kate’s mannequin is desperately in love with the inside of my right ear while Jason is half stunned, half corsage.

4. Lips:
It looks like I’m wearing Maybelline Water Shine Diamonds Liquid Lipstick. My characters name is now Winter Solstice and I’m a hooker with a heart of gold. Jason is my floral carrying pimp, while Kate is my first trick!

5. Fashion:
My character is sporting a very high collar I mean damn they should be snow capped at that altitude. It’s going for the vampire lurking in the castle basement vibe. An Olympic pole vaulter would have a tough go clearing that collar. I’m also able to turn my head comfortably 180 degrees, because I was raised in an abandoned barn by a family of owls.

6. Flesh:
It’s no secret that I’m more rugged facially due to a drunken visit by the teen acne fairy, but according to this poster I’ve got perfect porcelain flesh. I look like the fuckin’ bathroom floor at Caesars Palace. One of Marie Osmond’s dolls would look at me and say “Shit… that guys got flawless skin!”

7. Hair:
It’s actually a close up shot of Tom Sellecks Magnum P.I. mustache they photo-slapped on my noggin’.

8. The set:
Pick one. This entire film takes place:
A. on Gattaca
B. at the Fortress of Solitude
C. inside a crystal wind chime

9. The cast:
Alec Baldwin is so fucking funny in this movie! Is he on the poster? I think so. He plays the wise-talking plant Jason is clutching.

10. Final thoughts:
I set out to make a movie like the contemporary men and women, that you and I respect, are making. My generation of comedians, actors, directors and producers that I wish to collaborate with as I build a solid body of work.

Granted, one poster stinking up the joint isn’t the end of the world. Yet it sends the wrong message about our movie and I just wanted you to know, that I feel the pain. I really love the film and I know from past missteps marketing wise that the wrong poster sends the wrong audience into the theater.

PS – “Its funny what love can make you do.” I just threw up all over this awful poster. Wow, wait … it looks better.

Hey … I love my new movie. Jeez … it IS funny what love can make you do.

What the internet doesn’t need…
August 12, 2008, 11:33 am
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… is yet another post about The Dark Knight. But it’s going to get one anyways.

I finally went to see it last night after many failed attempts. Technically, I did see the first half an hour in Tralee, but had to leave due to illness (read hangover).

I liked it. A lot. BUT – I didn’t love it. Well maybe a little, but nothing compared to how much I thought I would, or perhaps should. It reminded me of how much I hate reading too much about films beforehand as they almost never live up to the hype. Especially in this case when I continously read that it actually does live up to expectations.

Whilst the film does boast some amazing shots (The Joker tasting the breeze with his head out the window of a careening cop car being one), and some very talented acting from most of the cast; I think I was expecting it to be perfect, which of course, it wasn’t (what films are?). In my humblest of opinions, I think the films main flaw was its slightly jumbled plot. It was scene after scene filled with relentless action so that to me, the final climatic scenes, weren’t climatic at all. I thought Rachel Dawes character was let down greatly by Maggie Gyllenhall an actress I normally adore. Or more likely, Maggie Gyllenhall was let down by Rachel Dawes who seemed to me to be not much more than a plot device. Not to say that Katie Holmes was amazing either, but I didn’t feel any chemistry between Maggie or her leading males.

Now, after saying all that, I did enjoy it and I’m probably only being so critical because of the constant ‘it’s the best movie EVAR’ comments I’ve heard from friends. It is one of the best films I’ve seen this year and I’m probably rendering this slightly negative review pointless but I just had to share.

P.S. Heath Ledger’s performance is simply amazing and most definitely not over-hyped.

July 28, 2008, 12:52 pm
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I’m so behind the times these days.

Whilst everyone was packing into the cinemas yesterday to see The Dark Knight, I finally got off my bum to see Wall-E. And how glad was I? Even the short film Presto at the start was delightful.

I’ve had a good run in the cinema lately, walking out grinning from ear to ear from Mamma Mia and now Wall-E. I doubt the Dark Knight will inspire such a cheesy grin but hopefully, and most likely, I’ll be raving about it just as much as the others.