Thursday, December 1, 2011
The made-for-TV-movie "Game of Your Life" shot some scenes on the campus.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Georgia Gwinnett College is ready for its close up! The campus is featured in the made-for-TV-movie Game of Your Life, which airs Friday at 8pm on NBC. Movie camera crews came to the campus to shoot some scenes there earlier this year. The movie stars actors Lea Thompson and Nathan Kress in a story about a student who lands a scholarship to an exclusive video game design program. Kress' character, Zach, must survive a freshman project that will eliminate half the class. But when he learns his father is in financial trouble, he must make a decision that will affect his future and the lives of everyone around him. GGC itself will soon be introducing a video gaming concentration as part of its information technology major. “GGC was a great …
Friday, November 18, 2011
The latest Twilight film features the most anticipated wedding in years (minus, of course, the one with Will and Kate -- and that Kardashian mess).
It has been three years since the first movie and the wait is finally over for fans of "The Twilight Saga." Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) tie the knot at last in the highly anticipated "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1." The film is the fourth in a supernatural soap opera franchise that has already raked in nearly $2 billion worldwide. If you are one of the only people on the planet who do not know about this series, here is all you need to know: Vampire Edward Cullen and human Bella Swan (who happens to be a virgin) are getting married and their werewolf friend Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) is not very happy about it. There are really no spoilers here. Your teenage daughter can tell you exactly what happens. …
Friday, November 11, 2011
Leonardo DiCaprio portrays the man who led the FBI for decades.
He ruled the Federal Bureau of Investigation for decades, nosing around in the private lives of his enemies and friends. Leonardo DiCaprio stars in a Clint Eastwood directed film about the secret life of one of the most powerful men in the United States in the last century -- J. Edgar Hoover "J. Edgar" focuses on those closest to Hoover: mother Annie Hoover (Judi Dench), secretary Helen Gandy (Naomi Watts) and FBI associate director and Hoover companion Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer). DiCaprio as an aging Hoover was a stretch at times. I had a hard time buying the 37-year-old DiCaprio as the old J. Edgar. That aside, the movie does a great job revealing the top cop's obsession with commies and radicals. The movie also portrays Hoover as a man…
Friday, October 28, 2011
That swashbuckling cat from the Shrek movies brings his suave swagger to a 3D animated film the entire family should enjoy.
This "Shrek" spin-off is actually a prequel that tells the story of Puss in Boots, a adventurous kitty voiced with great charisma by Antonio Banderas. Our favorite cat teams up with the lively Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) on a dangerous search for Jack and Jill's "magic beans." They get help in their quest from Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) as they climb the beanstalk to a castle in the clouds to nab the golden goose in order to repay their debts back home. There are more cat jokes and fairy-tale references in this story than I have time to mention. The Puss in Boots character was one of the best parts of the "Shrek" movies, but a little of him goes a long way. The feline has some trouble maintaining his shtick for 90 minutes, so the …
Friday, October 14, 2011
The movie that made kids dance in the 80s is back with a new cast and new moves, but basically the same storyline.
A remake of the original from 1984, "Footloose" pits old farts who hate rock and roll against wild, young, dancing teens who want to shake their groove thing all night long. The story remains basically the same. Some teens, including the son of a local reverend, are killed in a car accident after a night of dancing and partying. The reverend (Dennis Quaid) then leads the drive to pass an ordinance forbidding public dancing. Fast forward a few years. Now the reverend's daughter Ariel, played by Julianne Hough, starts to stir up controversy by participating in some forbidden, underground dancing. Plus the new kid in town, Ren McCormack (Kenny Wormald) stirs up even more controversy in the role originally played by Kevin Bacon. McCormack, …
Friday, October 7, 2011
Clooney brings doom and gloom as the bad guy in this political thriller.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Hollywood superstar George Clooney stars in and directs "The Ides of March," a political thriller that reveals a dark underbelly of our ever-changing democracy. Clooney plays Democratic presidential candidate Mike Morris, a man who isn't what he appears to be in this political thriller. The movie also features rising star Ryan Gosling. Gosling plays Clooney's hot-shot media strategist Stephen Myers. Gosling's character butts heads with the campaign manager (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and the opposition's campaign manager (Paul Giamatti). Marisa Tomei stars as the New York Times reporter who plunges them all down the slippery slope of tragedy and sleaze. Without giving too much away, the story does loosely follows a Bill Clinton/Monica …
Friday, September 30, 2011
Let's face it, having cancer is no fun. Now there is a movie that offers up a cure, of sorts -- one that many say is the best medicine.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Adam, a 27-year-old man who has his whole life ahead of him until he discovers he has a rare form of cancer and only a 50/50 chance of survival. The people in Adam's life react differently to the news. His girlfriend, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, pledges to stand by him, then dumps him. His mother, Anjelica Huston, goes into smothering mode and his best friend, Kyle, played by Seth Rogen, tries to keep his spirits up by turning his life into a non-stop party. Rogen co-produces "50/50," a movie based loosely in part on the life of Rogen's good friend Will Reiser. Reiser, a screenwriter, beat cancer a few years back. "50/50" is a comedy, but it is never disrespectful. The fact of the matter is we are all dying. …
Friday, September 16, 2011
One of the hottest young actors in Hollywood will put you in the driver's seat for this crime thriller and dark comedy combined with a love story.
"Driver," played by Ryan Gosling, is a solitary stunt driver who works on movie sets by day and drives getaway cars at night in the movie "Drive." Driver falls for his apartment neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan), a mom with a small son whose father is an ex-con. The ex-con drags Driver into a robbery that goes wrong and threatens both Irene and her child. Albert Brooks plays a crime lord with a thing for forks, Ron Perlman is the Jewish gangster who does business in a pizza parlor, and Bryan Cranston plays Driver's best buddy, giving this film plenty of acting horsepower. "Drive" is a gritty, yet glamourous film bursting with action. European director Nicolas Refn does a wonderful job with this ultra-violent, ultra-stylish flick in which the…
Friday, September 9, 2011
Two brothers face MMA combat in one of the best sports movies I have seen in years. If you're not careful, you may take a punch to the heart in this emotional film that will surely get some Oscar consideration.
Two brothers slug out their emotional baggage in the moving, melodramatic sports movie "Warrior." Joel Edgerton plays Brendan, a family man who earns a living as a daytime teacher and extra cash moonlighting as a fighter. His brother Tommy, played by Tom Hardy, is a brooding war veteran who has returned home under mysterious circumstance. Their father Paddy (played by Nick Nolte) is a once violent alcoholic who is now sober. The brothers have grown apart and dislike each other. The only thing they have in common is the hatred they share for their father and all his years of abuse. Through a series of MMA or mixed martial arts fights, the two brothers face off in a winner-take-all cage match. Brendan needs the money to save his home and …
Friday, August 26, 2011
A clueless hippie with no real goals in life drives his family crazy, but ends up providing some real life lessons man.
Paul Rudd looks all hippie dippy as "Ned," an immature man-child who drives his family crazy in the film "Our Idiot Brother." Rudd spends most of the movie crashing on one sofa after another in a series of unfortunate events. Ned first lands at his sister Liz's house. Liz, played by Emily Mortimer, is an insecure Brooklyn mom married to Dylan (Steve Coogan). Ned quickly wears out his welcome and moves in with his sister Miranda, played by Elizabeth Banks, a writer for Vanity Fair. Finally he joins his artsy, bisexual bohemian sister Natalie, played by Zooey Deschanel. Ned has a knack for always saying or doing the wrong thing. He means well, but his sisters aren't putting up with it. Rudd's character works in this film because his easy, …