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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Mike Hinshaw - Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The latest movie from the highly successful Harry Potter series, which has lasted over a decade, is a bit unusual. Harry Potter, the Deathly Hallows, stars Daniel Radcliffe (from all the Harry Potter movies), Rupert Grint and Emma Watson (as before), Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club, Alice in Wonderland), Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient,Schlinder’s List), Bill Nighy (Underworld, Love Actually), Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Die Hard with a Vengeance), RhysIfans (Notting Hill, Vanity Fair), John Hurt (Alien, V for Vendetta) and a bunch of others too numerous to mention. But that is not what is unusual. More

Secretariat

Mike Hinshaw - Thursday, November 11, 2010

A good movie, not a great movie: Secretariat, starting Diane Lane (Nights in Rodanthe, Untraceable), Dylan Walsh (The Stepfather, The Lake House), John Malkovich (Changeling, Red), Dylan Baker (Spider-Man 3, Road to Perdition), James Cromwell (Spider-Man 3, Surrogates), and Fred Thompson (Die Hard 2, In Line Of Fire).  More

Mega-Mind

Mike Hinshaw - Thursday, November 11, 2010

Now for something completely different, we saw Mega-Mind, voiced by Will Ferrell (Anchorman, The Other Guys), Brad Pitt (Oceans Thirteen, Mr and Mrs Smith), Tina Fey (30 Rock-TV, Date Nite), Jonah Hill (Superbad, Knocked Up), David Cross (Kung Fu Panda, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and J.K. Simmonds (Juno, All Spider-Man movies). It is animated, but a good movie for young and old alike. More

The Social Network

Mike Hinshaw - Monday, November 01, 2010

Saw a great movie, The Social Network, starring Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland, Solitary Man), Rooney Mara (Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 version, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo-2011), Andrew Garfield (Doctor Who-TV, Untitled Spider-Man reboot 2012), Armie Hammer (plays both Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss Twins, using his face on another body to play Tyler), Josh Pence (his body is Tyler, the face is Armie’s done by computer), Rashida Jones (The Office-TV, Cop Out), John Getz (Zodiac, Grey’s Anatomy-TV), Justin Timberlake (Get Smart, CSI NY/SNL-TV). Do you see a pattern here, lots of TV people moving into movies. More

Red

Mike Hinshaw - Monday, November 01, 2010

Mike and I just saw a great movie, Red, starring Bruce Willis (Live Free-Die Hard, Whole Ten Yards), Morgan Freeman (Shawshank Redemption, Dark Knight), John Malkovich (Con Air, Burn After Reading), Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds, West Wing), Helen Mirren (The Queen, National Treasure Book of Secrets), and Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws, American Graffiti), Karl Urban (Bourne Supremacy, Lord of the Rings) and even Ernest Borgnine (the Dirty Dozen, Escape From New York). Just as a side note, Ernest was born in 1917! Makes him the senior member of the cast at 93, and he still has it! More

The Town

Mike Hinshaw - Friday, October 15, 2010

My son Mike and I went to see a fine film, The Town, starring Ben Afflick (Good Will Hunting, Daredevil), Jeremy Renner (Hurt Locker, S.W.A.T.), John Hamm (Mad Men, The Day The Earth Stood Still), Rebecca Hull (The Prestige, Vicky Christina Barcelona), Blake Lively (Sisterhood of Traveling Pants 2, Accepted), Titus Welliver (Gone Baby Gone, Twisted). Ben shows us that he has his act together, he both produced and starred in this one.  More

The American

Mike Hinshaw - Friday, October 15, 2010

Just saw a disappointment; The American starring George Clooney (Ocean’s Eleven, twelve, etc.), and a bunch of actors you have never heard of. George is the main man. He is also a hired killer, just finished up an assignment, looking for the next gig. I call my seminars gigs, not sure if that is appropriate to call George’s meetings gigs or not, but you get my drift. George is relaxing with a beautiful young woman at the beginning of the movie, and we see that the hunter is now the hunted. A couple of guys are on his tail, ready to make him an ex-George. He makes a get-away, calls his handler (his agent, procurement guy, whatever) for the next assignment. The boss tells him to get to a small Italian village, wait for further directions. The further directions come from another beautiful woman, she wants a special weapon made. More

The Karate Kid

Mike Hinshaw - Monday, September 13, 2010

Saw The Karate Kid, starring Jaden smith (will smith's son, already an accomplished actor: the Pursuit of Happyness) and Jackie Chan (Rush Hour 1, 2, 3, and Shanghai Knights) both put together a great movie. Jaden, a precocious 12 year old, and his mom move to China due to a job transfer. He is not happy about the move at all, in fact he is downright miserable. More

Eat Pray Love

Mike Hinshaw - Monday, September 13, 2010

Eat pray love, starring Julia Roberts (Charlie Wilson’s War, The Pelican Brief), Javier Bardeem (No Country For Old Men, Collateral), Billy Crudup (The Watchmen, The Good Sheppard), Viloa Davis (Law Abiding Citizen, Knight and Day), James Franco (Date Night, Spiderman 1, 2, 3), Richard Jenkins (Burn After Reading, Step Brothers), and a ton of others. More

The Expendables

Mike Hinshaw - Monday, September 13, 2010

Just saw the wonderful movie, The Expendables, starring Sylvester Stallone (Rambo, Rocky), Jason Stratham (Transporter 1, 2, 3), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, Iron Man 2), Terry Crews (Terminator Salvation, Get Smart), Jet Li (Fearless, Cradle 2 the Grave), Dolph Lundgren (Universal Soldier, The Punisher), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator 1, 2, 3, and the Governator of Ca.), Steve Austin (WWE wrestling legend, Longest Yard), Randy Couture (WWE, Cradle 2 the Grave), Bruce Willis (Sixth Sense, Die Hard 1-5), and Eric Roberts (L.A. Confidential, The Dark Knight) . Whew! More