matt damon

Whatever you do, don’t tell the actor you don’t support World Toilet Day.

Matt Damon Goes On Strike!

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Following the Oscars Jimmy Kimmel premeired the trailer for “the biggest, most star-studded film in the history of American cinema.”

Movie: The Movie

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You Bought a WHAT?

by mr sparkle on December 23, 2011

in Film,Media Rack

There are several reasons that We Bought a Zoo should be a good movie. They include but are not limited to:

– It’s directed by Cameron Crowe, who’s pretty good with sentimentality.
– It’s got Grade-A Human Being Matt Damon in it.
– It’s scored by Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi, featuring music from his excellent 2010 album, Go.
– Scarlett Johansson is hot.
– It is, more often than not, a nice movie.

And yet I find it difficult not to loathe We Bought a Zoo. It is hardly the worst movie of the year, but the intensity of my intolerance for it suggests otherwise.

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The latest from writer/director Cameron Crowe stars Matt Damon as a single dad who moves his family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo. Scarlett JohanssonElle FanningCarla GalloThomas Haden ChurchPatrick Fugit, and John Michael Higgins also star. The movie is based on the book by Benjamin Mee. We Bought a Zoo opens in theaters on December 23rd.


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The Adjustment Bureau

by Cap'n Carrot on March 4, 2011

in Film

Is your life your own? Does fate need an extra push? Is there a grand plan? Is someone watching? Loosely based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, The Adjustment Bureau attempts to answer these questions when one man looks under a curtain he wasn’t even supposed to know existed.

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When Invictus was released last Oscar season my reaction was positive, but mixed. Although I thought it was a well-made film, with strong performances all around, I felt the focus of the film wasn’t as clear as I would have liked.

Was this a message film about an important moment in history (the 1995 Rugby World Cup) and it’s social and political ramifications, which happened to be a sports film? Was it a film about the relationship between two unlikely friends, one a newly elected President (Morgan Freeman) and the other a Rugby captain (Matt Damon)? Or was it a sports film first, which also incorporated the character study and important message?

At times Invictus is all of these. So although I thought it was a very good film, I wouldn’t be one to argue for its spot in the “great” category. Re-watching it on Blu-ray (it hits stands tomorrow) I found many nagging issues I had originally still held, but the presentation here was superior than in the theater. This is the perfect way to watch the film.

The Blu-ray comes with a picture-in-picture commentary from varied perspectives including producers, screenwriter Anthony Peckman, author John Carlin, director Clint Eastwood, many of the actual participants the story is based on, and several of the film’s stars – many of whom are South African. This is by far the best extra of the entire set and adds more detail and perspective to the events. Those, like me, who would have preferred a documentary to Eastwood’s more theatrical take, get the best of both worlds. It also gives you an option of something else to listen to in the film’s final half-hour besides a Rugby match.

Also included are behind-the-scenes features on the making of the film, Morgan Freeman meeting Nelson Mendela, and Matt Damon learning how to play Rugby. 22 minutes of the upcoming “The Eastwood Factor” documentary, looking back at Eastwood’s career with Richard Shickle walking around on the Warner Bros. back lot, a trailer, and BD-Live extras are included as well.

Invictus is a worthy rent, especially with the commentary, and, for those who enjoyed the film in theaters more than I, it may be worth considering adding to your collection. A final note: For those looking to invest in Blu-ray, but haven’t shelled out the cash for a player yet, this edition also comes with a copy of the regular DVD.

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