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DVD Review of The Hangover

DVD Review of “The Hangover”

Well we have all been there! Got so drunk that remembering the night before is like trying to put the pieces of a puzzle together. But can that concept make a great movie?

The answer is definitely, Yes!

This solid comedy shows there is no need for superstar actors or crazy special effects to make a great film. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis are the main stars of this film and are hardly household names just yet. However, the execution of the film can definitely see this film go down in the “classic” direction.

This film almost takes me back to the era of the eighties where the most simple storylines made some all time classic movies.

The essence of the plot is simply a stag night in Vegas which went a bit too far. The fact that the story centres around a bunch of drunk guys gives the writers the license to throw some of the most random storylines together and make it funny. A tiger in my bathroom?

There are a few jokes in the film which fall a bit flat and the audiences in the UK clearly didn’t get, however the rest of the film completely makes up for it and you will spend most of the time laughing as you watch The Hangover.

The DVD picture quality is just fine. Remember this is a film that doesn’t have any major special effects or graphics so nothing to worry about there. The extras leave a little to be desired. A few behind the scenes clips and a music video aren’t enough on the extras side. A “making of” or some bloopers would definitely increase the rewatchability of this DVD.

For an easy to watch, guaranteed laugh a minute flick “The Hangover” gets a big recommendation! Because of the lack of extras though, this film is definitely more of a rent then buy.…

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How Does One Become a Part of History?

How Does One Become a Part of History?

Every time I watch a movie and sit through the credits, I am in awe at the number of people who took part in its production. I don’t know any one of them but I do know that every time that movie plays and people watch the credits that the people’s whose names in listed are seen all over the world by others. Even movies that are a quarter of a Century old and older still have the names of everyone who took part listed at the end of the movie to be seen for generation and generations to come.

There have been times that I wished I could take part in a movie production so I can get my name in the credits. Who knows maybe that day will come. Although I am an author and every time I have a new book published my name is on the front cover, I still hope one day my name will be up on the big screen for others to see.

I have thought also about how people who are part of the publication process of a book are usually left out of being credited with their names in the books. Except for the Author, the Publisher and the printers, you usually don’t see who else took part. Sometimes you might see who edited the book but there are probably other people who helped but are not part of the printed version of the book.

All of that seems to be changing though. Authors, publishers and others are starting to recognize that people like to receive recognition for their part in this process. The door is opening for people to share having their names put up in lights as it were to say. And when people who have their names shared in the credits of books and other productions be it a movie or whatever, they then become a part of history as those movies, books and other productions all become historical documents. People for generations to come will see the names of everyone and maybe they will wonder, “who were those people and how lucky they were to be part of making something that is seen by so many people world wide?”

Like I said, maybe one day I can help make a movie and have my name show up every time that movie plays on big screens and on TV’s in homes everywhere around the world. For now, I am content to write my books and see my name on those covers.…

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3 Ways To Promote Discussion In The Classroom When Showing Movies

3 Ways To Promote Discussion In The Classroom When Showing Movies

Facilitating strong student-to-student and student-to-instructor communication creates the foundation of a good classroom experience. Open lines of communication allow students to develop and hone their speaking and listening skills while reflecting upon and respecting the ideas of others. When this teaching method is directed by specific learning goals, such as the analysis of screened productions (movies), students learn to think dynamically and analyze a given topic from a differing point of view. Few activities spark a student’s interest in an issue like a quality film.

The following three activities illustrate ways to promote lively and enlightening discussions when showing a movie in the classroom:

1) Pre-Film Introduction

Before the film begins, establish a foundation by framing the topic and relating it to the current lesson. Encourage students to share opinions and voice expectations prior to showing the movie. Provide students with any facts or background that they will need to appreciate the film. Also, it is highly recommended that you hand out a “movie worksheet” so that the students will have an additional reason to follow along closely with the film. Each question in the worksheet should relate to the overall lesson plan rather than simply asking students questions about what happened in the story. Review the questions on the worksheet with the class. Tell students that they will be able to make notes on the worksheet at breaks in showing the film and that they should not make entries in the worksheet while the film is running.

2) Mid-Film Breaks

Choose key scenes at which to pause the film. Allow students to make notes on their movie worksheet and, if appropriate, lead a discussion session about what is being shown on-screen.

3) Post-Film Discussion

Immediately upon completion of the movie, lead the class in a discussion about the movie related to the curriculum goals for the class. You can focus on questions from the movie worksheet. Allow students to express their opinions on the topics covered in the film.

In conclusion, movies possess a strong visual appeal that can lead to a deeper understanding of a given topic. The vast majority of students today respond with much greater enthusiasm to screened productions than to written texts. Student enthusiasm translates into spirited discussions that can help students focus on the curriculum, voice their opinions, and respectfully examine the opinions of others. While analysis of written work remains at the core of all ELA classes, these traditional activities can be supplemented by showing a few carefully selected films per semester. Engaging students in pre-film, mid-film and post-film discussion will enhance the benefits that can be derived from using a film in class.…

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The Best Hindi Songs You’ve Never Heard Before

The Best Hindi Songs You’ve Never Heard Before

Goal or also known as Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal (in English: Get Set Goal) is a Hindi movie shown last 2007. The soundtrack of the film is composed by Pritam, while the lyricist is Javed Akhtar. This modern film revolves on football.

General Plot:

A rabble team of losers called Southall United Football Club from the British Asian community faces a difficult task. In order to survive, they have to pounce on every opponent to win the Combined Counties Football League in England. Loyalty to the team was tested. In the end, they were able to conquer the title and protect their football stadium.

Of course, all contemporary movies have soundtracks. These songs depict the general emotions of the film, which help convey what the actors are trying to portray. As this film is included in the action genre, it’s no surprise that the songs are racey. And for most films, these soundtracks often leave a strong imprint on the hearts of the viewers.

So here are the inspiring and action-packed Goal Hindi movie songs you would want to listen and jive to:

1. Billo Rani

It talks about a lover who remembers not his name, but his lover’s. This has a surprisingly fun and lively beat. The voices blended well and the result is a perfect duet that will surely entertain any listener.

2. Ishq Ka Kalma

If you want to rock the night with your special someone, then this song is certainly for you. You can be frog that awaits your princess’ kiss. The tune is very upbeat and makes you want to dance!

3. Hey Dude

It speaks on not messing up with someone. It is sang authoritatively that you certainly don’t want to mess around with this guy.

4. Halla Bol

The song is very festive and seems to be an anthem. The beat is fast and bouncy, meant to inspire football players.

5. Tara Ru

Among the movie’s soundtrack, this seems to be the only song with a moderate tempo and sang dramatically.…

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Space Jam Inspired Shoes

Space Jam Inspired Shoes

The perfect amalgamation of technology and fantasy came to the forefront in the blockbuster movie, Space Jam. Produced by Warner Bros. in 1996 the movie grossed over $300 million worldwide. The star cast was led by Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny while it introduced Lola Bunny, the love of Bugs Bunny for the first time. The famed Billy West provided the voice dubbing for the Looney Tunes.

The theme of triumph of the good over evil was the underlying plot and it cut across all ages in popularity. The immense interest generated by Space Jam led to a sudden spike in the movie memorabilia with Sega coding a pinball game and Acclaim launching a video game based on the movie characters.

The basic plot of the movie revolves around intergalactic aliens who are commanded by Mr. Swackhammer and have to capture the Looney Tunes characters to increase the attraction at the intergalactic theme park, ‘Moron Mountain’. Due to poor business the amusement park was going into bankruptcy and Mr. Swackhammer comes up with a plan to get the Tunes on display. They had to hunt the Looney Tunes who had their home beneath the Earth’s surface.

But the Looney Tunes come to know of the plan and challenge them to a basketball game, seeing that the aliens are very short in height. The two teams’ one led by the aliens, Nerdlucks and the other captained by Bugs Bunny, play a game of basketball. But the Nerdlucks steal the basketball powers of the top NBA players and become huge Monstars. They give a routing game and now the Looney Tunes are in need of help. They go to Michael Jordan and ask him to join their team. Even with him on their side, the Looney Tunes have tough luck with Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Daffy Ducks and Michael Jordan is left. To help them out Bill Murray enters to play on the side of the Tunes. The super extendable arm of Michael Jordan gives them the winning goal. Looney Tunes goes back home and leave Jordan back on Earth.

The movie made waves in the world. The technological advancements and combination of cartoons and real characters was a super hit combination. This super exciting live action animation movie, Space Jam’s popularity gave rise to innumerable memorabilia and Jordan Space Jam shoes similar to those that Michael Jordan wore. From key chains to stickers and soft toys, Space Jam revolutionized the movie memorabilia market.…

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Harry Potter 7 Released – But Who Cares? They Ruined Its Essence Anyways

Harry Potter 7 Released – But Who Cares? They Ruined Its Essence Anyways

Harry potter 7 was released a few days back but the question remains why love it anymore They’re are several reasons I hate the movies. They ruined the sensation of the book The old Dumbledore was much suitable and ideal for the film but I heard he died OK so they needed a new Dumbledore Fine!

But at least they didn’t have to make him so charismatic and energetic He should be portrayed as an old humble man not some power ranger! Next Harry Potter is supposed to have long hair Not get his head shaved every two to three movies! And if he does his hair should grow back They just missed it!

One other horrible thing they did with the movie was that they started changing the location of shooting One movie its in a vast lush plain The next (Fire of goblet) Its in a series of snowy peaks with deep valleys I mean cant they keep still! One other thing I loathe about the movies is that in the first and second movies they keep the hall snug and with plenty of light In the rest of the movies I think they changed the lightning made a mess out of that one Moving on the atmosphere of the whole movie starts to become gloomy The movie had many things which the book didn’t have and they’re were many things in the books which the movies didn’t have I mean J.K Rowling should have had been the co-director or something

I understand you cant squeeze a six hundred paged novel into a two hour movie but come on They missed some really good parts and the reality is that the movies have failed to deliver the essence of the book! I am so sorry for them…I don’t understand how J.K Rowling let them get away with it I was one of those who read the entire series like mad since I was a kid but I stopped watching harry Potter films since the goblet of fire! Because of the above mentioned reasons Maybe if I get the time I’ll watch the rest but the trailers ain’t up to my mark or at least up to mark of the book. Then I’ll tell you all about you don’t agree make me right by giving comments below!…

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Promoting Your Movie Via the Media

Promoting Your Movie Via the Media

You see your job as director or producer (or both) but not as marketer. Well, if you want to maximize your chances of getting your film out there, it’s time to get comfortable with this new role. Whether you promote and PR your film on your own or hire a firm to do it for you, you can effectively create a buzz for your film and you will maximize your chances of building your audience and fan base.

By actively promoting your film, you’ll maximize your chances of:

Building awareness for your film within the industry

Increasing your audience and fan base.

Securing a distribution deal.

Establishing yourself as a director, producer or writer within the industry.

Generating interest for upcoming projects.

Securing financing for future projects.

Using PR and media relations to establish your film and/or production company is the most validating and legitimizing route. By appearing in the media you establish yourself as a presence and a player in the industry. You gain the validation of be covered by and featured in the news. I’ve written other articles on how to launch an effective public relations campaign, which would be worth reviewing. Your best bet is to bring a company or consultant on board that has experience and can work with you to launch an effective campaign. If that’s not possible, do some homework, learn the process and give it a stab on your own.

Along with launching a PR and media relations outreach consider adding the following:

First and foremost create a compelling website or a blog with a compelling design and an easy to read layout. This doesn’t have to be a bells and whistles affair. Make it clean, easy to read and simple to navigate.

Utilize Social Media including Facebook and Twitter.

If you have a small budget for it, consider running Facebook and Google ads; consider forum marketing.

Edit some compelling, short videos to use as teasers for your film

Tag your videos. Be sure to use keywords that effectively describe your videos in the associated tags for effective SEO.

Submit your video to directories and social bookmarking sites to help up your Google ranking

There is quite a lot you can do to help market, publicize and promote your film. I believe that the most effective approach is to combine blogging and social media marketing with traditional PR and media relations. As a filmmaker, this is an exciting time. Now more than ever you can take steps that can help ensure the success of your projects and your careers. Be bold. Go for it.

See you at the movies.

Copyright A� Anthony Mora 2011…

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I Movie Review

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I Movie Review

With the imminent end looming large the clueless trio of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger are running through the woods mostly trying to figure things out and maybe the second part would be better and extravagant but Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I isn’t all that great unless you are a Potter maniac. So if someone told you that the first installment of the Harry Potter finale is strictly for fans do believe them and even steer clear of the film if possible for you might not get most of it.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part I Story

Harry Potter’s looking for all the Horcruxes and wants to destroy them before Lord Voldermort’s secret to immortality is out. For someone who hasn’t read a single Harry Potter book or seen a single Harry Potter film this isn’t the film to fall in love with the bespectacled boy wizard. After all it’s only fair for the filmmakers not to pander to someone who waltzes in the seventh installment of a franchise and expects to be blown away. In that context Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I surely lacks the punch that a second last film of a seven part series should possess. This isn’t Rambo or Rocky or even Police Academy that loses its sheen somewhere between part III and IV; on the contrary JK Rowling’s successful series has it all figured out.

Apparently even those Potter maniacs who might not dress up as wizards while watching the film agree that this version stands very true to the book. But if looked from a different point of view the entire tension of Harry and Hermione walking around in the woods trying to decipher how to stop the Dark Lord largely consists of scenes that look cyclic. Harry, Hermione and Ron don’t look really sad even when they get to learn of the deaths of people close to them. Rather they seem to mature up in a jiffy and move on to some more rambling in the dark.

Final Words on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part I

Does it really make sense to have a full film that acts like a half-hearted and almost soulless prelude to the climax? Maybe it does to be loyal to the spirit book. Could the two Deathly Hallows installments actually be one tight power-packed film? Perhaps yes. But the meditative tension of the book that has been translated on to the screen might just work very well with Potter freaks and set things up for penultimate finale. So what’s the pay off for the first time viewers or the greatest of non-believers of Potter? The fantastic animation sequence about the secret of the Deathly Hallows stands out and is brilliant to say the least. Also the sequence of Rupert Grint’s Ron finally confronting his worst fears of losing Hermione to his best friend and Dobby’s death are good.

With all the talking and the seeking Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I ends on a great note of promise and after spending a better half of their lives playing the leads Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson look set for the final episode.

For someone who remains largely unaffected by Potter mania, this reviewer finds it rather difficult to rate this film.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part I Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Robbie Coltrane

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part I Screenplay by: Steve Kloves based on the book by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part I Directed by: David Yates…

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Read DON 2 Movie Review

Read DON 2 Movie Review

The main Cast of Don 2 includes

• Shahrukh Khan

• Lara Dutta

• Priyanka Chopra,

• Om Puri,

• Boman Irani,

• Kunal Kapoor

• The movie has been directed by Farhan Akhtar

• Shahrukh Khan, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar are producing the film.

• Shankar Ehsaan Loy directing the music and the lyrics are by Javed Akhtar

The chase of cat and mouse has always been exiting and thrilling for people and they love watching things that excite them and keep them curious about who is going to win the race in the end. Back in year 2006, Farhan Akhtar considered remaking the DON made in year 1978 and came up with ‘Don – The Chase Begins Again’. Later on he decided to make the story ahead and then made the sequel by taking the story to a next level by adding an amazing potential storyline and exceptional action work that turned out to be useful in impressing the audiences and doing something that is more than original.

Don 2 – The Chase Continues happens to be a creative and modern concept as DON will be appearing in several different forms that have never been shown ever before. Furthermore, the movie is going to be available in both 2D as well as 3D formats and other than Hindi it will be available in languages such as Tamil and Telugu.

In the prior version, DON has been dealing with the underworld gangs and goons of underworld in Malaysia. On the other hand, in the sequel, now DON has moved ahead and considering taking over the entire European Mafia. For this reason, he decides to take over the European bosses and gang-lords to get through his mission and then rule the entire European underworld mafia and simultaneously escaping the law enforcement agencies. The film has been comprehensively shot in the region of Switzerland and Germany.

Farhan Akhtar considered making the sequel while was remaking the initial version and he announced it already. Nevertheless, both Shahrukh and Farhan have been occupied with their other commitments and for this reason the project was delayed. Shahrukh Khan has also been working on his physique as he had to look like a DON and thus he has been able to develop six pack abs. The very first trailer of DON 2 was decisively released on YouTube and it was able to receive quite a positive response with more than 2 million hits in less than 3 weeks timeline.

Let’s wait and watch how the movie turns out to be. As people around the globe are excited to watch the sequel and hopefully they are going to admire it!…

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Movie Review: John Carter (2012)

Movie Review: John Carter (2012)

Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel A Princess of Mars (and its numerous sequels) has been an inspiration for several decades to everyone from other notable science fiction authors (Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Michael Crichton) to renowned filmmakers (James Cameron, George Lucas). It’s ironic then that Disney’s 2012 movie adaptation, John Carter, feels heavily recycled in both its storytelling techniques and its visual effects. Mars and its inhabitants appear as outcasts from hundreds of other films thrown together to fight a war fought countless times before. Yet for its faults in narrative and lack of fresh visuals, John Carter does accomplish a real sense of adventure and an accompanying journey of epic proportion. There may not be a valid reason propelling the monumental conflict between races, worlds, and gods, but the grand spectacle of action might almost convince you otherwise.

While escaping from a band of Apaches in the Arizona desert, former cavalryman John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) is mysteriously transported to Mars. Once there, he discovers the difference in gravity allows him vastly increased strength and agility. Taken in by the Tharks, a nomadic tribe of violent, four-armed green aliens who wish to exploit Carter’s superhuman abilities, the soldier begins to learn of the conflicts engulfing the planet while simultaneously befriending mighty warrior Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe). When the princess of a humanoid race of red Martians, Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins), is captured by the Tharks, John Carter becomes entwined in the war between the city of Helium, the invading warlord of Zodanga, and an even more ominous foe intent on seeing Mars in ruins.

Although the source novel (originally called Under the Moons of Mars) was written in the early 1900s, its first theatrical adaptation arrives over 100 years later. Author Burroughs (of Tarzan fame) is attributed with influencing many great 20th century science-fiction writers, artists and filmmakers with this grand, pulpy, planetary romance. Because of its date of creation, its fair to assume that many of the unifying motifs and designs explored arose independently of anything else. Yet nearly every element is presented visually as thoroughly derivative – from masterpieces such as Star Wars or The Time Machine, or reworked from contemporary flicks as recent as Thor, Cowboys & Aliens, Clash of the Titans and Captain America. Even if Burroughs’ concepts were the basis for subsequent science-fiction productions, Disney’s John Carter makes it look like assorted, cloned and stitched-together fantasy surfeit. It’s all too late and old news – too bad for the great Burroughs to be represented so poorly here.

The dialogue is generic, every action movie stunt clich?� imaginable is thrown in, and the themes of taking a stand, choosing sides, and coming to terms with the past have never felt so plain. At least there’s an abundance of makeup, costumes and computer graphics. But the character designs aren’t particularly inspired, the mythology is clumsily defined, jargon overruns typical ancient lore, and rituals muck up the seriousness of warfare and arranged marriage. Despite its numerous shortcomings, John Carter’s biggest offense is the realization of the villains (a rushed mishmash of the book sequel The Gods of Mars), which are given almost no definition, ground rules, boundaries, relationship to other characters, or real purpose. A 1000-year-old conflict between historic enemies fueled by political turmoil and a quest to protect a conveniently humanoid princess is clearly not enough strife for our hero – apparently he needs shape-shifting, teleporting, immortal, sorcerer-like monks, hellbent on playing games over oblivious warring factions, to spice up existence on the dying desert landscape of Mars.

– The Massie Twins ()…