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Inspired by true events, “When The Game Stands Tall” is the story of the De La Salle High School (Concord, Calif.) football team posting the longest winning streak in football history. The film neatly illustrates the De La Salle Spartans 12-year rule on the gridiron and how “the streak” ending comes almost as shocking to the world as a Harlem Globetrotter loss in basketball. The problems the coaches, players and community have in confronting their rare defeat and moving on in life gave the film so much potential. Unfortunately, the remarkable real-life story that helped propel De La Salle to triumph once again on and off of the football field fails to inspire film-goers the same way on the big-screen.
Though the final announcements for the ever-coveted Academy Award for Best Picture will not be made until March 2, the rather customary cacophony of public response has already spread across all media outlets. Nine films have been elected for contention for Hollywood’s most desired award: “American Hustle”, “Captain Phillips”, “Dallas Buyer’s Club”, “Gravity”, “Her”, “Nebraska”, “Philomena”, “12 Years a Slave”, and “The Wolf of Wall Street”.
The Oscar season is customarily kicked off by the Academy president and a random star solemnly announcing the nominees in a drab ceremony. The Academy decided to shake up tradition this year, however, in one of the most cheerful Oscar mornings we’ve ever had. Seth MacFarlane, director of “Ted” and this year’s Oscar host, announced the nominees Thursday morning alongside the invaluable Emma Stone, who had the funniest bit at last year’s Oscar ceremony. MacFarlane and Stone made for an outstanding duo, engaging in playful banter about each of the categories. Even when one of their jokes didn’t quite hit the mark, MacFarlane and Stone still looked like they were having a genuine ball on stage. That’s more than can be said about Anne Hathaway and James Franco when they hosted the Oscars two years ago.
If one were to look at a list of director’s whose films influenced my childhood, such names as Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, and Sam Peckinpah would be toward the top of the list.
The good thing about Pay-per-View is that once in awhile you can get a sneak peak of little-known movies that have yet to be released on the big screen. “Freelancers” is one of those, and will be released in theaters on Sept. 13.
“Two for ‘The Vow’,” said a couple ahead of my girlfriend and me in the ticket line. As if the male victim could feel my sympathetic stare, he turned to me and gave me the “she won this one” shrug. I nodded my condolences, stepped up to the window, and said, “Two for ‘Safe House’.”
Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds star in “Safe House.”
Denzel Washington is widely known as one of the best actors in Hollywood. I agree; however, not all of his movies can be amazing. His latest movie, "The Book of Eli," is anything but amazing.
courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures, Denzel Washington as Eli in "The Book of Eli."
Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures, Denzel Washington stars as Lieutenant Zachary Garber in ‘The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3”
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