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la confidentialThe real title of the book is called 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and I finally had the chance to see a film that I had always wanted to see, but never did. L.A. Confidential is a film that always intrigued me because of the amount of star power that was in the film at the time. I mean the film features the likes of Kevin Spacey (American Beauty), Guy Pearce (Memento), Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Kim Basinger (The Getaway), and so many more in this neo-noir classic. The film is about three cops: a by the book (Pearce), a brute (Crowe), and the sleaze (Spacey) who investigate a murder that involves a call girl, drugs, and an ex-cop. All three men have different agendas and different ways of going about their business, but once some of begin to not add up, they all begin to work together to solve the mystery. The film also stars Danny Devito (One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest) as Sid Hudgens, David Strathairn (Good Night, And Good Luck) as Pierce Patchett, Ron Rifken (The Majestic) as D.A. Ellis Loew, Matt McCoy (The Hand That Rocks The Cradle) as Brett Chase, James Cromwell (The Artist) as Dudley Smith, Simon Baker (The Devil Wears Prada) as Matt Reynolds, and the film was directed by Curtis Hanson (8 Mile).

la c 3First of all I want to say I have no idea why it took me from 1997 until now to view this film because it is absolutely amazing and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. There is not one actor in this film that I can say I like better than the other because all three men (Pearce, Spacey, and Crowe) all did a terrific job playing their characters to a T. Pearce’s character is one that you start off hating , but by the end of the film you gain a little respect for him. Russell Crowe’s character is easily the fan favorite pick because he’s the guy that hates seeing women get beat by men and he’s the muscle, but by the end of the film you see him change. Kevin Spacey’s character lands right into the middle of the equation because you’re not sure whether you like him or hate him, but you know he’s a jaded cop. The film has some great character studies, but that also comes from great writing and that is what you get with this film. The film brings us back to a time when we enjoyed watching films like Chinatown or even The Maltese Falcon which both are actually also apart of the list of 1001 films, but also because Film Noir is amazing to watch for the who dunnit factor. The film is amazing and everyone does a terrific job on the film that its hard to find any real flaws and I can see why it’s on the list for sure. I am going to give the film an A for a final grade because of great acting, writing, cinematography, and Kim Basinger.

man of steel titleFor this week’s Super Sunday, we are heading back into the DC Universe for one of the comics that basically made them who they are today. For a lot of us comic book fans that grew up in the 80’s and 90’s, Christopher Reeve was the man known as Superman in all of our eyes. In 2006, Warner Brothers and DC Comics decided to bring back Superman to the big screen considering things were hot for Marvel at the time with Spider-Man and X-men. The only problem is their 2006 film Superman Returns was a huge flop and disappointment in the eyes of many fans. It would take seven years and for Christopher Nolan to dominate with his edgy and dark take on the Batman series with The Dark Knight Trilogy for DC and Warner to finally realize what they had to do with the Superman series and now we have 2013’s Man Of Steel. Henry Cavill (Immortals) stars as Clark Kent, Kal-El, or Superman as the film explores his origins of how he made it to Earth. Although in this film, we learn that General Zod (Michael Shannon) and the fact that Krypton was about to end was the reason for him travelling to Earth. Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and Lara (Ayelet Zurer) had to sacrifice their lives so that Kal could live on a new planet. That doesn’t stop Zod and his outlawed and banished team from trying to find Kal so that they can recover something that is key to their planet. The film stars Diane Lane (Chaplin) as Marta Kent, Kevin Costner (Dances With Wolves) as Jonathan Kent, Amy Adams (American Hustle) as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) as Perry White, Antje Traue (5 Days Of War) as Faora-Ul, Richard Cetrone (Watchmen) as Tor-An, and the film was directed by Zack Snyder (300).

superman Visually, I think this film is out of this world and that expression, “This film is visually stunning” is 100% accurate about Man Of Steel. Where Superman Returns failed, this film made up for it in every category. There is a reason why this film won the superhero movie of the year award last year in the 3RD Annual Monster Entertainment Awards with 50% of the vote and it was because it was that badass. I can’t pinpoint one performance that wasn’t better than any other performance because the cast was superb and Michael Shannon played an excellent villain. The special effects were great and the cinematography was on point. The only thing is that I wasn’t used to the idea of the film having Superman meet Lois Lane before he starts to work at The Daily Planet. This was definitely one of my favorite films from 2013 and unfortunately we have to wait until 2016 to get the second film in the series Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. which stars Ben Affleck as the new Batman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. I am going to give this film an A for a final grade. If you want to get involved in the voting process for the 4TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards which features everything from Superhero film of the year, Horror, Action, comedy, and music categories as well, then click here.

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