Synopsis: Three sisters form a successful singing group and must deal with the fallout of fame and drugs.
Release Date: August 17, 2012
Thoughts: Go ahead and make those Dreamgirls comparisons…but keep in mind that this is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name…way before the stage version of Dreamgirls got up and running. I saw the original so long ago I don’t really remember it but I do remember it having a pretty hard edge. No doubt this one will be a bit lighter in tone…if only to make up for the fact that it co-stars the late (great) Whitney Houston. I’ll be very interested to see what her contributions are like here. While admittedly not the best actress, Houston fared far better than most crossover singers in her theatrical outings. This doesn’t look like anything special to me…I think I’m more interested in it just because it’s Houston’s last time on the big screen.
Synopsis: As the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy, a factory worker begins to suspect that he’s a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he’s on.
Release Date: August 3, 2012
Thoughts: I still remain a huge fan of Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 take on Total Recall. His pairing with Schwarzenegger was a blockbuster boasting some good effects, a great score, and a well assembled cast of players. When I heard a remake was underway I was perplexed because the original wasn’t exactly a dud or disaster. Under the eye of Len Weisman (Underworld) this looks to be a fairly faithful re-imagining of the source material with Colin Farrell stepping in for Arnold. I’m also interested to see Weisman’s wife Kate Beckinsale take on the role that helped put Sharon Stone on the map. Futuristic sci-fi has a special place in my heart and from this trailer I get the feeling I’ll be happy with the Total Recall for a new millennium.
Synopsis: A documentary on an underdog football team who look to reverse their fortunes with coach Bill Courtney.
Stars: Bill Courtney, O.C. Brown, Montrail ‘Money’ Brown
Directors: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin
Running Length: 113 minutes
Random Crew Highlight: Percussion – Darren Garvey
TMMM Score: (6.5/10)
Review: It’s always interesting to see an Oscar winning film after it’s won the Oscar…you can’t help but go into it with a built in “show me what you got” attitude. So if I wasn’t totally bowled over by this year’s Best Documentary Undefeated, one could possibly attribute my lukewarm reaction to Oscar backlash. By all accounts a fairly ordinary storyline, the documentary starts off slow but then pulls a fast one on you in the final 15 minutes.
Chronicling a year in the life of the Manassas, TN football team, we meet a tough-love coach and various members of his team and staff that bring their own baggage/wisdom to the field. All of the bases seemed to be covered here from students with broken homes to the coach that gets some perspective when he realizes he is putting the team before his family. There’s value to the time that the documentarians spend with the Tigers and an atmosphere of tension is created as we await scholarship decisions and test score results that could change the course of many lives.
Both on the field and off we are along for the ride so by the time the film moves into unexpectedly emotional territory it has more than earned its right to tug at our heartstrings a little more earnestly that it probably should. It’s not a revolutionary subject or an overly strong technical film but there’s something that sticks with you after the final touchdown.