Happy Birthday Today: Dianne Wiest

diannewiestHappy Birthday actor Dianne Wiest

Born: March 28, 1948 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA

See reviews of their best work:

Hannah and her SistersHannah and her Sisters
1986
dir. Woody Allen
starring
Wiest
Michael Caine

THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIROThe Purple Rose of Cairo
1985
dir. Woody Allen
Starring
Jeff Daniels
Mia Farrow

The Lost BoysThe Lost Boys
1987
dir. Joel Schumacher
Starring
Jason Patric

EDWARD SCISSORHANDSEdward Scissorhands
1990
dir. Burton
Starring
Johnny Depp
Winona Ryder

PRACTICAL MAGICPractical Magic
1998
dir. Griffin Dunne
Starring
Sandra Bullock
Nicole Kidman

A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTSA Guide to Recognizing your Saints
2006
dir. Dino Montiel
starring
Wiest
Robert Downey Jr.

Dan in Real Life
2007
Directed by Peter Hedges
Starring
Steve Carell
Juliette Binoche
Dane Cook

synecdoche_new_yorkSynecdoche, New York
2008
dir. Charlie Kaufman
Starring
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Samantha Morton

Rabbit HoleRabbit Hole
dir. John Cameron Mitchell
Stars:
Nicole Kidman
Aaron Eckhart

MOVIE POSTERBULLETS OVER BROADWAY
1994
dir. Woody Allen
Starring:
John Cusack
Dianne Wiest

MOVIE POSTERTHE BIG YEAR
dir. David Frankel
Stars:
Owen Wilson
Jack Black

MOVIE POSTERTHE SCOUT
1994
dir. Michael Ritchie
Stars:
Albert Brooks
Brendan Fraser

MOVIE POSTERTHE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN
dir. Peter Hedges
Stars:
Jennifer Garner
Joel Edgerton

Happy Birthday Today: Vince Vaughn

vincevaughnHappy Birthday Actor Vince Vaughn

Born: Vincent Anthony Vaughn
March 28, 1970 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

See reviews of their best work:

STARSKY AND HUTCHStarsky and Hutch
2004
dir. Todd Philliper
Starring
Ben Stiller
Owen Wilson

ZOOLANDERZoolander
2004
dir. Ben Stiller
Starring
Christine Taylor
Owen Wilson

THUMBSUCKERThumbsucker
2005
dir. Mike Mills
Starring
Keanu Reeves
Tilda Swinton

INTO THE WILDInto the Wild
2007
dir. Penn
starring
Emile Hirsch
Hal Holbrook

Fred Clause
Directed by David Dobkin
Starring
Vaughn
Paul Giamati
Kathy Bates

Four ChristmasesFour Christmases
dir. Seth Gordon
Starring
Vaughn
Reece Witherspoon

COUPLES RETREAT Movie PosterCouples Retreat
dir. Peter Billingsley
Starring
Jon Favreau
Vaughn

The DilemmaThe Dilemma
dir. Ron Howard
Stars:
Vince Vaughn
Kevin James
MOVIE POSTERWEDDING CRASHERS
2005
dir. David Dobkin
Stars:
Owen Wilson
Vince Vaughn

MOVIE POSTERTHE BREAK-UP
2006
dir. Peyton Reed
Stars:
Jennifer Aniston
Vince Vaughn

Happy Birthday Today: Julia Stiles

juliastiles.jpgHappy Birthday Actor Julia Stiles

Born: Julia O’Hara Stiles
March 28, 1981 in New York City, New York, USA

See reviews of their best work:

10 Things I Hate About You10 Things I Hate About You
1999
dir. Gil Junger
Starring
Heath Ledger
Stiles

THE BOURNE IDENTITYThe Bourne Identity
2002
dir. Doug Liman
Starring
Matt Damon
Franka Potente

The Bourne SupremacyThe Bourne Supremacy
2004
dir. Paul Greengrass
Cast
Matt Damon
Brian Cox

MOVIE POSTERTHE OMEN
2006
dir. John Moore
Stars:
Liev Schreiber
Julia Stiles

THE BOURNE ULTIMATUMThe Bourne Ultimatum
2007
dir. Paul Greengrass
Starring
Damon
Stiles

MOVIE POSTERTHE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
dir. David O. Russell

Stars:
Bradley Cooper
Julia Stiles

Interview with Cinematographer Adam Kimmel (Capote, Lars and the Real Girl)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

It was a great honor to sit down with the very talented DP Adam Kimmel. His career has spanned almost 30 years, starting out as a teenager being an apprentice for Cinematographer Michael Chapman.

His Cinematographer credits include: “The Ref”, “Beautiful Girls”, “Almost Heroes”, “Jesus’ Son”, “Capote”, “Lars and the Real Girl”, & “Never Let Me Go”.

adamkimmellInterview with Adam Kimmel:

Matthew Toffolo: One of your first jobs was as a Camera Apprentice on the film “RAGING BULL”. How was were your experiences working on the iconic film? Were you like a sponge at the time, taking in everything around you?

Adam Kimmel: I was 18 when I trained on Raging Bull and it was my second film in that capacity so my experience and perspective were still pretty limited. So yes, of course I knew the work of both Martin Scorsese and Robert Deniro at that point, but also…

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I SAW THE LIGHT, Movie Review

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isawthelightI SAW THE LIGHT (USA 2015) **
Directed by Marc Abraham

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Maddie Hasson

Review by Gilbert Seah

The biopic of hank Williams I SAW THE LIGHT begins with Williams saying that he is impervious of what people think and that he does what he likes. The first scene then shows Williams sucking up to his marriage judge on how he loves his newly bride when the judge tells Williams how he gets up early and la-de-da-de-dah. The conflict of what is perceived and what is revealed on screen is the start of the problem of the film. The script says one thing and the film says another.

Running at over two hours, the film shows more of the bad and uncontrollable character of Hank Williams than his genius. His hard drinking, his disregard for tolerance of his loving wife overshadows his genius and talent. And it is this genius ad talent that is what audiences who come to see this film want to see.

Hank Williams had a short life. He died at the young age of 29 of heart failure due as the film informs to his hard drinking. The film shows and emphasizes much of the drinking with Williams always holding a bottle of beer, particularly in the early hours of the morning. He does not say much, but downs his beer.
Though his life was short, the film dos not reveal much of the singer’s musical background or work. The film appears more determined to show his personal life. His song writing, rehearsing and performances take second fiddle to his problems with his marriage and drinking. The film traces the difficulty of Williams getting into the grand old Opry, which is an important part in the singer’s life.

The film spend some time with interviews of Williams’ publisher Fred Rose (played by Bradley Whitford) though not much information is disseminated during these segments, that are shot in black and white.

Director Marc Abraham has made better films like the unforgettable CHILDREN OF Men and the remake DAWN OF THE DEAD. He is clearly good at demonstrating drama and this is evident in I SAW THE LIGHT.

It is an odd choice to pick British actor Tim Hiddleston to play an American country singer. One can only imagine the hard work Hiddelston and to undergo to speak with a southern western accent less to imitate Williams’ mannerisms and behaviour.

It is rare that the film shows Williams and his wife, Audrey (Elizabeth Olsen) performing. The segment (at the film’ s start) shows the reason both are an item together and how they bond despite marital problems. Again, the fight that ensues is paid more importance than the band’s performance.

The western atmosphere of the film is effectively created as are the sets and performances. But the film is a tad boring and no one really wants to spend two hours learning of Williams faults.

The title ironically called I SAY THE LIGHT fails to reveal Williams’ work and genius. The film only takes off when his songs are played, particularly during the end credits.

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Happy Birthday Today: Nathan Fillion

nathonfillion.jpgHappy Birthday actor Nathon Fillion

Born: Nathan Craig Fillion
March 27, 1971 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

See reviews of his best work:

movie posterGREEN LANTERN: EMERALD KNIGHTS
2011
dir. Chris Berkeley
Lauren Montgomery
Jay Oliva

BLAST FROM THE PAST MOVIE POSTERBlast from the Past
1999
dir. Hugh Wilson
Starring
Brendan Fraser
Alicia Silverstone

SerenitySerenity
2005
dir. Josh Whedon
starring
Nathon Fillion
Gina Torres

movie posterTRUCKER
2008
dir. James Mottern
Starring:
Michelle Monaghan
Nathan Fillion
SerenityWAITRESS
2007
dir. Adrienne Shelly
Starring
Keri Russell
Nathan Fillion

MOVIE POSTERWHITE NOISE 2 THE LIGHT
2007
dir. Patrick Lussier
Starring:
Nathan Fillion
Katee Sackhoff

SUPERSUPER
dir. James Gunn
Stars:
Rainn Wilson
Ellen Page

MOVIE POSTERMUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
2013
dir. Joss Whedon
Stars:
Alexis Denisof
Amy Acker

Happy Birthday Today: Quentin Tarantino (March 27th)

quentinHappy Birthday Quentin Tarantino

See reviews of his best films:

RESERVOIR DOGSReservoir Dogs
1992
dir. Quentin Tarantino
Starring
Harvey Keitel
Tim Roth
Steve Buscemi

PulpFictionPulp Fiction
1994
dir. Tarantino
starring
John Travolta
Samuel L. Jackson

DESPERADODesperado
1995
dir. Robert Rodriguez
Starring
Antonio Bandarss
Salma Hayek

From Dusk Till DawnFrom Dusk Till Dawn
1996
dir. by Robert Rodriguez
starring
George Clooney
Tarantino

MOVIE POSTERDJANGO UNCHAINED
dir. Quentin Tarantino

Stars:
Jamie Foxx
Don Johnson

KILL BILL VOLUME 1Kill Bill: Volume 1
2003
dir. Tarantino
starring
Uma Thurmon
Lucy Lui
Vivica A Fox

KILL BILL VOLUME 2Kill Bill: Volume 2
2004
dir. Tarantino
starring
Uma Thurman
David Carradine
GRINDHOUSEGrindhouse
2007
dir. Tarantino
Robert Rodriguez
Starring
Cheech Marin
Kurt Russell

2012 Movie PosterInglourious Basterds
2009
dir. Tarantino
Starring
Brad Pitt
Mike Myers

Happy Birthday: Alan Arkin (March 26th)

alanarkinHappy Birthday Oscar Winner Alan Arkin

See the best reviews of the actor:

THE RUSSIANS ARE COMINGThe Russians are Coming The Russians are Coming
1966
dir. Norman Jewison
starring
Frank Sinatra
Carl Reiner

WAIT UNTIL DARKWait Until Dark
1967
dir. Terence Young
Cast
Audrey Hepburn
Arkin

The In-Laws
1979
dir. Arthur Hiller
starring
Peter Falk
Arkin

THE LAST UNICORNThe Last Unicorn
1982
dir. Jules Bass
Arthur Rankin Jr.
Voices by
Alan Arkin
Jeff Bridges

Glengarry Glen RossGlengarry Glen Ross
1992
dir. James Foley
Starring
Al Pacino
Jack Lemmon

GROSSE POINT BLANKGrosse Point Blank
1997
dir. George Armitage
Starring
John Cusack
Joan Cusack

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINELittle Miss Sunshine
2006
dir. Jonathan Dayton
Valerie Faris
Starring
Abigail Breslin
Greg Kinnear

Marley and MeMarley and Me
2008
dir. David Frankel
Starring
Owen Wilson
Jennifer Aniston

Happy Birthday: James Caan (March 26th)

jamescaan.jpgHappy Birthday James Caan!

See reviews of the best of the actor!

SleuthThe Godfather
1972
dir.Francis Ford Coppola
starring
Marlon Brando
Al Pacino

THIEFThief
1981
dir. Michael Mann
starring
Caan
Tuesday Weld

MISERYMisery
1990
dir. Rob Reiner
Starring
Kathy Bates
James Caan

Dick TracyDick Tracy
1990
dir. by Warren Beatty
starring
Warren Beatty
Madonna
Al Pacino
THE DARK BACKWARDThe Dark Backward
1991
dir. Adam Rifkin
Starring
Judd Nelson
Bill Paxton

Bottle RocketBottle Rocket
1996
dir. Wes Anderson
starring
Luke Wilson
Owen Wilson

Get SmartGet Smart
2008
Directed by Peter Segal
Starring
Steve Carell
Hathaway

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS Movie PosterCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
2009
dir. Phil Lord
Chris Miller
Starring
Anna Faris
Bill Hader

Happy Birthday: Amy Smart (March 26th)

amysmart.jpgHappy Birthday to actress Amy Smart.

See reviews of her best films:

CRANK 2 Movie PosterCrank 2: High Voltage
dir. Mark Neveldine
Brian Taylor
Starring
Jason Statham

MOVIE POSTERCRANK
2006
dir. Mark Neveldine
Brian Taylor
Stars:
Jason Statham
Amy Smart



VARSITY BLUESVarsity Blues
1999
dir. Brian Robbins
Starring
James Van Der Beek
Jon Voight

STARSKY AND HUTCHStarsky and Hutch
2004
dir. Todd Phillips
Starring
Ben Stiller
Owen Wilson