Saturday, May 22, 2010

MOVIES NEWS … Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps


Wall Street:

Money Never Sleeps

poster Plot: As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two-tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader's mentor.

Genre Drama

Starring Charlie Sheen, Josh Brolin, Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon

Director Oliver Stone

Producer Edward R. Pressman, Eric Kopeloff, Oliver Stone

Distributor 20th Century Fox

US Release Date September 24, 2010

Writer Allan Loeb, Oliver Stone




poster Whatever can be said about Michael Caine he's certainly a varied performer. Shifting between genres with ease, his experience has lent prestige to some less than memorable offerings.  Harry Brown finds itself in the mid-range of his career ladder as it heavily relies on his considerable talents.  First time director Daniel Barber certainly puts him through his paces as an urban vigilante dedicated to eradicating the streets of unruly parasites.

Recently widowed war veteran Harry Brown (Michael Caine) lives a quiet life on an English housing estate.  Spending his days playing chess with best friend Len (David Bradley), he attempts to ignore the growing violence around him.  When Len is killed by a local gang, Harry's emotional mindset is shattered as he seeks answers to his death.  Using the language of violence as a response to the thug's actions, Harry's exploits are noted by local cop DI Frampton (Emily Mortimer).  Racing to stop him before events spiral out of control, she can not fathom the level of vengeance gripping Harry's troubled soul.

Harry Brown can be looked on in two ways - either as a stirring indictment on the justice system or as a revenge fantasy in the Death Wish vein.  Whilst it does veer into the latter with brutal force, it mostly succeeds when focussing on the former.  As a grief stricken Harry parlays his anger through bullets, his reason is a response to a micro managed police force where limited resources overlook areas controlled by gangs.  This in turn affects Frampton's abilities as an officer as the financially strapped unit focuses on what they can contain leaving other areas in the hands of lawless groups.


This exploration in the chain of command from the police to the residents and gangs provides the film's most interesting aspects.  In more experienced hands this would have made for a great film, however Barber's directorial touches stumble in delivering its themes.  There isn't much subtlety in Harry's actions and the gang-members themselves come across as caricatures more than real people.  This flies in the face of its gritty photography and Caine's role which he portrays with genuine believability.  Its script could have done with more polish although the intent is certainly noticeable even if its execution falters.

harry_brown18 Harry Brown is often harrowing to watch as unfortunately the situations it covers seem all too real.  Barber's story-telling skills could do more work although the conviction of the performances overcomes any missteps in detailing its tale on the price of justice.


Movie Review Rating 6 / 10

Movie Review by Patrick Moore

Harry Brown released in Australia on Thursday 20 May 2010.

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posterThe Elm Street series was a classic 80's horror franchise initially directed  by spook maestro Wes Craven and starring Robert Englund as child killer Freddy. It spawned six sequels, a TV series and an Elm St/Friday the 13th teaming. The first was the best although the others had their moments with its imaginative concept spinning ever more wildly with each successive film.  Now is the inevitable remake with its roots firmly planted in the first film's moody darkness.


In the quiet suburb of Springwood, its teenagers are having nightmares.  Among them are Elm Street resident Nancy (Rooney Mara) and Quentin (Kyle Gallner).  Dreaming of a sinister fedora wearing killer named Freddy Krueger (Jackie Earle Haley), their visions become a horrid reality.  Tormenting their friends with his evil ways, it's up to Nancy to discover the hidden secret past of the residents of Springwood.  Attempting to prove she has what it takes to defeat the 'son of a thousand maniacs', she enters the insidious dream master's realm and potentially her mortal doom.

A Nightmare On Elm Street 
Fans may probably look upon this remake as cinematic blasphemy.  Of the hundreds of modern horror films, Nightmare on Elm Street has been one of the most popular with laughs and thrills effectively combined. Thankfully it doesn't disgrace its legacy too much as the film-makers closely adhere to the strong concept.  Craven's original idea of people's fear of nightmares and the lack of control in having them is good and is given some fresh twists here.  Especially noticeable is the imaginative flair so crucial in the original is intact, giving a creative licence to sketch some inventive scenarios.

A Nightmare On Elm Street 
Whilst it's initially very strange seeing someone other than Englund portray Freddy, Jackie Earle Haley makes a worthy replacement.  More bitter and sinister than before, Haley's Freddy kills his victims with menacing ferocity.  His performance is the highlight in a film sadly lacking overall punch with a 'watered down' feel to its violence and lack of characters.  Although what's on display is good, it's missing any genuine scares to give it the energy which made the others so memorable.

Even if it would have been better to have seen an original horror film, A Nightmare On Elm Street is one of the more passable remakes.  If not utilising the concept to its fullest, it does have a great lead in Haley and has potential to build upon for the inevitable sequel.  Whether it will define a new decade of horror is another question, although the original versions will always be there to keep a watchful eye on further wicked happenings.

A Nightmare On Elm Street
Movie Review Rating 6 / 10

Movie Review by Patrick Moore

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Pee-wee Herman, the ageless man-boy in the ill-fitting plaid suit played to hyperkinetic perfection by Paul Reubens, is set to conquer Broadway in a limited engagement of The Pee-wee Herman Show. The show will open at New York’s Stephen Sondheim Theatre for a limited six-week, 48-performance engagement beginning October 26.

The show completed a very successful run in Los Angeles in February. Part of the show’s appeal for audiences is Herman’s flouting of society’s conventions. In Pee-wee's Playhouse, his hit TV series that ran on Saturday mornings throughout the late 1980s, Herman famously got married to a bowl of fruit salad.




Sunflowers – 1887


Irises – 1889


Portrait of Dr Gachet – 1890


Portrait of Pere Tangui – 1887

pere tanguy

The Potato  Eaters – 1885


Starry Night – 1889


Wheat Field with Cypresses – 1889

wheat field with cypresses

Thistles – 1888


Haystacks near a Farm in Provence – 1888


Basket of Apples – 1887






  • Think of five or six names of boys or girls you might marry, As you twist the stem of an apple, recite the names until the stem comes off. You will marry the person whose name you were saying when the stem fell off.


  • An apple a day
    Keeps the doctor away.


  • If you cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside, you will also know how many children you will have.





The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.

Alfred Hitchcock

Top 10 … Most Iconic Dresses Of The Past Fifty Years

Top 10 …

Most Iconic Dresses

Of The Past Fifty Years

Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961)

diamants sur canapé One of the most iconic images in modern cinema is Audrey Hepburn wearing this stunning black dress by Givenchy. It may just be the most famous dress on Earth. Nearly 50 years later, women still rely on their “little black dress” for formal occasions.

Marilyn Monroe’s Jean Louis dress (1962)

1212a4a9b1474b3eb3218ca This is the famous silk and rhinestone gown Marilyn Monroe wore when she sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden. Monroe wore nothing under the dress, and it was so tight she had to be sewn into it. The dress recently set a new record for auction prices at Christie's New York sale of Monroe's personal property bringing in $1.26 million.

Madonna’s wedding dress at the MTV Video Music Awards (1984)


As if Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” song wasn’t controversial enough, the pop star performed the song at the first MTV VMAs wearing a wedding dress, veil, and “Boy Toy” belt buckle. After suggestively writhing around on the ground in her gown, this show-stopping performance catapulted Madonna into a mega-star and international fashion icon.

Jennifer Lopez in Versace at the Grammy Awards (2000)


This silk chiffon dress was so translucent it came with a built-in pair of crystal studded panties. With Jennifer Lopez’s stunning body being revealed from every possibly direction, this gown remains one of the most talked about gowns that has ever walked the red carpet. Donatella Versace says the dress “was an unexpected success."

Diane von Furstenberg in her iconic wrap dress (advertisement circa 1973)


In 1973, Diane von Furstenberg made her mark on fashion with her famous wrap dress, that is still sold and worn today. "Feel like a woman. Wear a dress," she said, and promptly sold 5 million of the knitted jersey dresses. In 1976 she graced the cover of Newsweek and was dubbed a new women’s liberation leader and the most marketable designer since Coco Chanel.

Jacqueline Kennedy in Oleg Cassini at the Inaugural Gala (1961)

jacqueline kennedy

Jacqueline Kennedy enlisted designer and family friend Oleg Cassini to create a wardrobe for her as first lady. Although she wore European designers like Chanel, Givenchy, Dior, and Hermes, many of Jackie’s iconic gowns by Cassini, including this satin dress, remain the most memorable. Not even Michelle Obama can rival her legacy as the most fashionable first lady ever.

Cher in Bob Mackie at the Academy Awards (1986)


In the world of Cher and costumer Bob Mackie, this constitutes a dress, and a quite famous ensemble at that. When Cher took the stage to present at the Oscars she said, "As you can see, I did receive my Academy booklet on how to dress like a serious actress."

Bianca Jagger in Halston at Studio 54 (1977)


A week after the now legendary Studio 54 opened, Bianca Jagger held a private birthday party at the nightclub on a Monday night. The then-wife of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger made a grand entrance wearing an off-the-shoulder Halston dress on a white horse. After that night, Studio 54 became the preferred club for celebrities and New York’s elite.

Edie Sedgwick (1965)


This actress/model/socialite introduced the mod look stateside. As Andy Warhol’s muse, Sedgwick was dubbed an “It Girl” and became known for her black leotards and micro mini dresses.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph Lauren at the Academy Awards (1999)


This pink taffeta princess dress was very atypical for red carpet attire at the time, and some critics complained that the top looked ill-fitting. We think the "Shakespeare in Love" best actress wore one of the prettiest Oscar dresses ever.

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Jake Gyllenhaal plans to star as a baseball fan who makes a pact with the devil to become a superstar slugger in his first musical, a remake of Damn Yankees. The actor, who received an Academy Award nomination as a closeted gay cowboy in 2005’s Brokeback Mountain, is no stranger to making music, and tells E! Online’s Marc Malkin, "Of course, I sing. I've been singing since I was a little child.” Out producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the duo responsible for award-winning film musicals Chicago and Hairspray, are still in the early stages of developing the film adaptation of the 1955 Broadway hit, and Jim Carrey is attached to make his musical debut as the devil.





Award-winning actress Jessica Lange will don the bolero jacket and riding breeches that helped make Barbara Stanwyck a lesbian icon when she stars in the film adaptation of The Big Valley. Lange will play Victoria Barkley, the widowed matriarch of a 19th-century ranching family, the role originated by Stanwyck in the long-running Western TV series that premiered in 1965. In March actor Ryan Phillippe announced that he has also been cast. Filming is scheduled to begin in July in Baton Rouge, La. Lange won Academy Awards for her performances in Tootsie and Blue Sky and an Emmy for her performance in HBO’s Grey Gardens.





Liza Minnelli Covers Beyoncé's "Single Ladies"

For those who don't know, this is from the Sex and the City 2 soundtrack which leaked this morning.





James Franco is set to star as a scientist caught in a war between humans and apes in Rise of the Apes. The film, a prequel to Planet of the Apes, which was previously filmed in 1968 and 2001, will begin shooting in San Francisco in July and is expected to be released in June 2011. Franco, 32, is arguably the busiest young actor in Hollywood and is compiling a diverse resume. The Feast of Stephen, the short film filled with male nudity and based on the gay poem of the same name, he directed received a Teddy Award at the Berlin Film Festival in February. Next month, he will also return to General Hospital, the daytime drama on which he made more than 20 appearances between November and February.

Franco is perhaps best-regarded for his acclaimed performances in the biopics James Dean, in which he played the legendary actor, and Milk, as the estranged lover to slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk. Franco’s next film, Eat Pray Love, will open in August followed by Howl, in which he plays gay Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, will be released in September.




This list differs from others in that it contains things which may not be stunning to behold, but are unique for their size, location, or natural impact.

The Door To Hell

The Door to Hell, as local residents at the nearby town of Darvaza have dubbed it, is a 70 meter wide crater in Turkmenistan that has been burning continuously for 35 years. In 1971, geologists drilling for gas deposits uncovered a huge underground cavern, which caused the ground over it to collapse, taking down all their equipment and their camp with it. Since the cavern was filled poisonous gas, they dared not go down to retrieve their equipment, and to prevent the gas escaping they ignited it, hoping it would burn itself out in a couple of days. Unfortunately, there was a slight miscalculation as to the amount of gas that was trapped, and the crater continues to burn to this day.

Mount Roraima
Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana

Mount Roraima

Mount Roraima is a pretty remarkable place. It is a tabletop mountain with sheer 400-metre high cliffs on all sides. There is only one ‘easy’ way up, on a natural staircase-like ramp on the Venezuelan side – to get up any other way takes and experienced rock climber. On the top of the mountain it rains almost every day, washing away most of the nutrients for plants to grow and creating a unique landscape on the bare sandstone surface. This also creates some of the highest waterfalls in the world over the sides (Angel falls is located on a similar tabletop mountain some 130 miles away). Though there are only a few marshes on the mountain where vegetation can grow properly, these contain many species unique to the mountain, including a species of carnivorous pitcher plant.

Meteor Crater

Meteor Crater
Meteor Crater is a meteorite impact crater located approximately 43 miles (69 km) east of Flagstaff, near Winslow in the northern Arizona desert of the United States. Because the US Department of the Interior Division of Names commonly recognizes names of natural features derived from the nearest post office, the feature acquired the name of “Meteor Crater” from the nearby post office named Meteor. The crater was created about 50,000 years ago during the Pleistocene epoch when the local climate on the Colorado Plateau was much cooler and damper. At the time, the area was an open grassland dotted with woodlands inhabited by woolly mammoths, giant ground sloths, and camels. It was probably not inhabited by humans; the earliest confirmed record of human habitation in the Americas dates from long after this impact. The object that excavated the crater was a nickel-iron meteorite about 50 meters (54 yards) across, which impacted the plain at a speed of several kilometers per second.

The Great Dune of Pyla

Great Dune of Pyla

Since Europe has no deserts, you’d think the title of “Europe’s largest sand dune” would go to something that wasn’t particularly impressive. But you’d be wrong. The Great Dune of Pyla is 3km long, 500m wide and 100m high, and for reasons I will probably never understand, it seems to have formed in a forest. The dune is very steep on the side facing the forest and is famous for being a paragliding site. At the top it also provides spectacular views out to sea and over the forest (since the dune is far higher than any of the trees surrounding it).

Republic of Yemen


Socotra has been described as one of the most alien-looking place on Earth, and it’s not hard to see why. It is very isolated with a harsh, dry climate and as a result a third of its plant-life is found nowhere else, including the famous Dragon’s Blood Tree, a very-unnatural looking umbrella-shaped tree which produces red sap. There are also a large number of birds, spiders and other animals native to the island, and coral reefs around it which similarly have a large number of endemic (i.e. only found there) species. Socotra is considered the most biodiverse place in the Arabian sea, and is a World Heritage Site.


83 42

This is more of a curiosity and not visually impressive, but 83-42 is believed to be the northernmost permanent point of land on earth. It is tiny, only 35m by 15m and 4m high, but is about 400 miles from the north pole. It beat the previous record holder, ATOW1996, when it was discovered in 1998, and lichens were found growing on it, suggesting it was not just one of the temporary gravel bars that are found in that region, which are regularly pushed around by the rough seas. The picture above features what is currently the northernmost point on land, one of the temporary gravel bars, photographed in 2007, as I could find no photos of 83-42 (For some reason, nobody feels the need to produce a photograph of a tiny rock in the middle of nowhere, which only five people have ever stepped foot on).

New Zealand


Rotorua is a city on the southern shores of the lake of the same name, in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. The city is known for its geothermal activity, with a number of geysers, notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa, and boiling mud pools (pictured above) located in the city. This thermal activity owes itself to the Rotorua caldera on which the city lies. Rotorua is also a top adventure destination and is New Zealand’s Maori cultural heartland. Rotorua city is renowned for its unique “rotten eggs” aroma, which is caused by the geothermal activity releasing sulphur compounds into the atmosphere. If you are ever visiting New Zealand – this is a city you must see. It was once home to the famed Pink and White Terraces and you can visit thermal wonderlands with sights that are truly astounding.

Don Juan Pond


With a salinity of over 40%, Don Juan Pond is the saltiest body of water in the world. It is named after the two pilots who first investigated the pond in 1961, Lt Don Roe and Lt John Hickey. It is a small lake, only 100m by 300m, and on average 0.1m deep, but it is so salty that even in the Antarctic, where the temperature at the pond regularly drops to as low as -30 degrees Celsius, it never freezes. It is 18 times saltier than sea water, compared to the Dead Sea which is only 8 times saltier than sea water.

Iceberg B-15


Iceberg B-15 was the largest ever recorded iceberg. It had an area of 3,100 km², making it larger than the island of Jamaica, and was created when part of the Ross Ice Shelf broke off in March 2000. In 2003, it broke apart, and one of the larger pieces (called B-15a) drifted north, eventually smashing into a glacier in 2005, breaking off an 8-km² section and forcing many antarctic maps to be rewritten. It drifted along the coast and eventually ran aground, breaking up once again. In 2006, a storm in Alaska (that’s right, Alaska) caused an ocean swell that travelled 13,500km, over 6 days, to Antarctica and broke up the largest remaining part even more. Almost a decade on, parts of the iceberg have still not melted, with the largest remaining part, still called B-15a, having an area of 1,700 km². The picture above shows B-15a (top left) in 2005, after drifting west into the Drygalski Glacier (bottom), breaking the end off into several pieces.

Guaíra Falls
Brazil-Paraguay border

guaira falls

Located on the Parana river the Guaíra Falls were, in terms of total volume, the largest waterfall on earth. 1,750,000 cubic feet of water fell over this waterfall each second on average, compared to just 70,000 cubic feet per second for Niagra Falls. However, the falls were flooded in 1982 when a dam was created to take advantage of this massive flow rate. The Itaipu Dam is now the second most powerful hydroelectric dam in the world, after the Three Gorges Dam. The Itaipu Dam supplies 90% of the power consumed by Paraguay, and 19% of the power consumed by Brazil, including Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.