Go a whole hour without make a sound. You can’t sit still; you have to go about your daily life, but you can’t make a sound. If you do, you die. That simple sonic twist is the bread and butter on which John Krasinski (who both stars in and artfully directs the film) bases A Quiet Place. Alien invasions have been done to death. Post-apocalyptic is so last decade. Everything in A Quiet Place is something that’s been done before, but never, to my knowledge, with sound as the difference between life and death.
Back to you, trying to be quiet, what are you doing? Reading? Did you drop your book? You died. Laughed at something clever in the writing? Dead. Now, what if you had to live in a barren world with those kind of stakes, gather food, raise your family, communicate, protect yourself, just simply walk…..with no noise or you die. A Quiet Place is a familiar thing done in an original way and the result is and extraordinarily tense, well-acted, unforgettable film.
Continue reading Movie Review: A Quiet Place (2018) *Sound = Fury*
The Office was a phenomenon, first in the UK, and then again in the US, because it tapped into the modern workplace’s almost Orwellian kindergarten atmosphere and just blew it up into an absurdity to which everyone could relate. The first season of the show was a six-episode experiment, and it wasn’t really until season two that it firmly found its legs and took off as one of the decade’s best sitcoms. One of the elements that was established right from the pilot, and remained my favorite part of The Office, was Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) torturing Dwight (Rainn Wilson).
Encasing Dwight’s office supplies in Jell-O in the pilot was good, but the brilliance of the prank war Jim and Pam would wage on Dwight’s paranoia first took off in the series fourth episode: “The Alliance”. When rumors of downsizing hit the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, Dwight approaches Jim to form “an alliance”. Jim has no idea what this means, but immediately seizes on it as possibly the greatest gift anyone could have ever given him. It’s not as good as when Jim arranges for Dwight to receive daily cryptic faxes from his future self, but without the alliance, there could be no “Future Dwight”.
Nine. “Aloha” is only said nine times in Aloha, which-when you think about it-is pretty amazing restraint. However, the fact that I was disinterested enough in what was going on with the plot to keep a running “Aloha” tally, doesn’t bespeak well of the whole endeavor. Continue reading Movie Review: Aloha (2015) *And Aloha to Cameron Crowe*
So the big question with Aloha is: which Cameron Crowe is going to show up? The phenom who wrote and directed Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous, the super weird guy who adapted Vanilla Sky or the guy on a downward career spiral that spat out Elizabethtown and We Built a Zoo. I like this trailer. A lot. I think it has potential and, as always in a Crowe film, a stellar ensemble cast that includes Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel, Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski.
The film opens May 29, 2015 and the official synopsis is below:
A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.
Pixar loves to throw little nods to past projects into their films and have going back to old short film references in the original Toy Story. If you’ve seen Monsters University, did you catch these?
This number refers to the classroom where John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter, and Andrew Stanton studied at CalArts.
Pizza Planet Delivery Truck
The delivery truck in the drive away is the same one that carried Buzz and Woody to the now iconic pizza restaurant.
The ball with a star on it made it’s first appearance in a groundbreaking short produced in the early days of the studio.