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Ten Ten Movie Shootouts


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Untouchablest_posterThere are few plot inclusions more exhilarating than an honest to goodness barn-burning shootout. Whether they take place on urban city streets or in the Old West, these deadly firefights always make our hearts beat just a little bit faster.  From Brian DePalma to Sam Peckinpah, some of the best directors in the business have taken on the challenge of orchestrating  a symphony of gun play.  At times the result has been a beautifying production of mayhem and death. Although the list is debatable to be sure, after much discussion around the office, here is RELATIVTY OnLine’s top movie shootouts of all time.

  • 1. Heat – robbery scene
  • 2. The Untouchables – train station scene
  • 3. Hard Boiled  – opening sequence
  • 4. The Matrix – lobby sequence
  • 5. Open Range – final showdown
  • 6. The Wild Bunch – final scene
  • 7. The Killer – apartment sequence
  • 8. Scarface – final shootout
  • 9. Tombstone – gunfight at the OK Corral
  • 10.  The Professional – final shootout


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Top Ten Clint Eastwood Movies


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joseyjuly08There are thousands of movies made every year, with ten of thousands of actors playing out roles to the best of their ability. In every generation, there are a few actors who stand above the rest. Once every few generations, a cultural icon of international proportions is born. Actors like Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe became larger than life, legends that live on long after they’re gone.  Clint Eastwood already walks among them. An alpha male of enormous magnitude, for decades he has powerfully conveyed a no-nonsense, rugged individualism and made us feel safe in his presence. This almost regal masculinity provides him the ability to turn even the most mundane of dialogue into an intense exchange, making everything he does ooze with importance and purpose.  Eastwood’s steely gaze and squinting blue eyes are not that of a man, but an icon.  The fact that last year’s Gran Torino included some of the best work of his career, both as an actor and a film maker is a testament to this lofty status.  We grew up watching him, our father’s grew up watching him, and our grandfather’s grew up along with him as his peer. It will be long time before we see the likes of Clint Eastwood again.




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Mooz-Lum: An American Story


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Writer-director Qasim Basir is nothing less than compelling in his feature film debut, “Mooz-lum.”  In it he attacks Islamist extremism while giving moviegoers a rare and enlightening portrayal of life as a Muslim in America. There’s an indisputable strength to the raw melodrama of “Mooz-lum,” a tale from the heart indie that expresses itself in primary colors. A coming of age story of a Muslim-American college student in the midst of an identity crisis on the eve of 9/11, the plot will engender debate and curiosity once audiences leave the theater. The stellar acting from the very accomplished ensemble only adds to the list of reasons this film is worth seeing.

The LA Times says, “Having created rich roles for his actors, Basir elicits from them inspired portrayals. Well-crafted in all aspects, “Mooz-lum” is not only rich in nuance, but also an engrossing entertainment made with skill and passion.

We say, don’t miss it.

 

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Top Ten Hollywood Pick-Up Lines


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So you’re out at a club with your friends and you see the a girl across the bar. You get the nerve to go over to her and say, “Is your dad a theif?…because he stole the stars out of the sky and put them into your eyes.”

So then what happens? Does she laugh, bat her eyes or throw the rest of her beer in your face? It all depends on the circumstances. Movies have long been the source of some of the funniest and most memorable pick-up lines and here at RELATIVITY Online we thought to put together a some of our favorites. Enjoy, but we don’t recommend using any of them!

  • 1. “You know how they say we only use 10 percent of our brains, I think we only use 10 percent of our hearts.” – Owen Wilson, “The Wedding Crashers” (credit: New Line Cinema)
  • 2. “I don’t exactly know what I am required to say in order for you to have intercourse with me. But could we assume that I said all that. I mean essentially we are talking about fluid exchange right? So could we go just straight to the sex?” – Russell Crowe, “A Beautiful Mind” (credit: Universal Pictures
  • 3.“I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal.” – Will Ferrell, “Anchorman” (credit: DreamWorks)
  • 4.“What color are your eyes?”
  • “Um – they’re blue.”
  • I’d like to invite you both to come with me to Oviedo. For the weekend. We leave in an hour.” – Javier Bardem, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (credit: The Weinstein Company)
  • 5.“God, you’re a real live outlaw!”
  • “I may be the outlaw, but you’re the one stealing my heart.” – Brad Pitt, “Thelma and Louise” (credit: MGM)
  • 6.“Are you stalking me? Because that would be super.” – Ryan Reynolds, “Van Wilder” (credit: Artisan Entertainment)
  • 7.“Marry me, and I’ll never look at another horse.” – Groucho Marx, “A Day at the Races” (credit: MGM)
  • 8.“I couldn’t help but notice that you look a lot like my next girlfriend.” – “Hitch” (credit: Sony Pictures Classics)
  • 9.“Do you have a cell phone I could use?”
  • “Why?”
  • “Someone has to call God and tell him that one of his angels is missing.” – Vince Vaughn, “Couples Retreat” (credit: Universal Pictures)
  • 10.“There’s something I want to say that’s always been very difficult for me to say. ‘I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit.’ There. I’ve never been relaxed enough around anyone to say that. “ – Steve Martin, “The Jerk” (credit: Universal Pictures)
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Top Ten Most Expensive Animated Movies


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Big budget Hollywood block-blusters have long set records for their astronomical production costs, but we don’t often think of animated films as being expensive. With animation being re-born under the hand of entire films being computer generated however, budgets have gone up and up. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) established a then record $1.49 million production cost, with Pinocchio (1940) at $2.6 million and Sleeping Beauty (1959) at $6 million setting new marks as the years passed. In 1999, Tarzan became the first to pass $100 million, in 2004 Shrek 2 was the first to pass $150 million and the 2009 A Christmas Carol set current all-time mark at $200 million. Below is the list of the 10 most expensive animated films of all time.

Movie Budget Worldwide Gross
1. A Christmas Carol (2009) $200 million $ 324 million
2. WALL-E (2008) $180 million $ 535 million
3. Up (2009) $175 million $ 723 million
4. The Polar Express (2004) $170 million $ 304 million
5. Shrek the Third (2007) $160 million $ 800 million
6. Bee Movie (2007) $155 million $ 288 million
7. Beowulf (2007) $150 million $ 197 million
8. Bolt (2008) $150 million $ 309 million
9. Madagascar 2 (2008) $150 million $ 603 million
10. Ratatouille (2007) $145 million $ 624 million
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City of God


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RELATIVITY OnLine’s latest foreign film recommendation is the Brazilian City of God. Plunging the viewer into the slum gangs of Rio de Janeiro, the film churns with breathtaking energy. The movie depicts the desperation and indifference of Brazil’s disenfranchised youth, which in turn drives them towards crime, drugs and outrageous acts of violence. Told with brutality and humor, the whiz-bang camera work by young director Fernando Meirelles is visually alive with whirling movments and vivid use of color. The story is grounded by it’s true life origins and amazing performances of unknown, non-professional actors. Shocking, funny, terrifying, and exhilarating – City of God is a marvelous shot of film adrenaline that should not be missed.

 

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The Art of Film Etiquette


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LamaFrom Lama J…

The first movie I ever watched in the cinema was an Arabic movie called “Ice Cream Fe Glim.” It was a romantic love story and I liked it so much. I went with my sisters and a few other friends and I enjoyed watching it far away from home and far from my father’s cynical comments about romance in movies. The cinema has been my great escape ever since.

I always find the cinema a great way to get away from everything; a good story that keeps you occupied for couple of hours, even when you’re lonely or have nothing to do. I do my best to see my favorite actors and actresses on the big screen. It’s like I feel kind of disconnected from the whole world and I’m living in my plane of existence other than my own. I’ve always liked Hollywood movies, but also enjoy watching Arabic and Bollywood films as well. I also enjoy documentaries about other countries and cultures.

I live in Dubai and since moving here I’ve witnessed behavior inside a cinema I’d never seen anywhere else.  Cinemas in Dubai are often like small chat rooms, a place where people gather to talk and to make silly comments about every single part of the movie. If you go on the weekend to City Centre or Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, you feel you are inside a café shop full with kids, or a grocery store with many buyers. Some people even show up in the middle of the movie and leave 30 minutes before the movie ends. Some people continue their business by answering their phone calls and calling people to tell them about the movie. When there is a romantic scene, teenagers make stupid jokes and can’t stop making noises. There have been times when I wished I could yell into a mike and scream at everyone to be quiet. I pay eight dollars, but my snacks and settle in only to be annoyed – what’s the point. It seems people in Dubai, more often than not, simply don’t respect other people

I watched a documentary film from a Lebanese director about maids who are brought into Beirut from India and Sri Lanka. The film’s was about how horrible the living circumstances are for these maids, leaving their families and children behind  for years, for little money and often enduring physical and sexual abuse. It really broke my heart, but I sat there and listened to people laugh. When I saw a documentary about Palestine with some fellow Palestinians I felt so sad and cried about what is happening to my people. At the same time, my other Palestinian friends didn’t seem to care less.

My dream now is to watch a movie in a quiet environment. I even try my best to go to a cinema that few people go to. I don’t even like to take anyone with me except for my husband, as we both like watching movies. There was a time when I was with my husband and a Chinese man, who couldn’t speak English, and a friend of his were sitting right next to us. His friend was translating every single sentence of the movie and was driving us both crazy. This was absolutely not acceptable anywhere but in Dubai. Of course my husband couldn’t handle it. In the middle of the movie, he stood up and shined his phone light in the Chinese man’s face.  Standing there with is big arms covered in tattoos her yelled, Hey! You’re not in your living room! If you want to talk all the way through a movie, watch one at home!”

He never made sound for the rest of the movie.

The food you can buy at the cinemas here in Dubai is also kind of strange. All the regular goodies like popcorn, soda and candies are there, but there’s also stuff like chocolate, cheese or mushroom crêpes and cheese and cups or hot corn niblets. Last but not least, almost all cinemas have VIP sections where prices are doubles. One thing my husband likes about the cinemas in Dubai is that when you buy your tickets you choose your seats, something he says they don’t have back in Canada.

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Top Ten Mickey Rourke Movies


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sin-city-mickey-rourkeActor and former boxer Mickey Rourke burst onto the film landscape in the early eighties, with a look, a style and tremendous ability to act that made all stand up and take notice. After head turning performances in “Diner” and “Rumble Fish”, many began calling him the next James Dean; some even compared him to Marlon Brando. By the end of the 1980s Rourke had successfully squandered away his career thanks to a combative nature and a refusal to take the business he was in seriously. By the time he starred opposite Robert Deniro in “Angel Heart” in 1987, what should have been a career pinnacle was in fact the beginning of the end. Rourke disrespected both the legendary actor and Director Alan Parker with various antics on set and he continued this pattern throughout his next several movies. He combined his on set attitude problems with the bad boy party lifestyle and soon enough, Rourke was all but finished in Hollywood. Eventually, no studio would hire him and Rourke, one of the very best actors in the business and perhaps the finest of his generation, disappeared into obscurity – with no one to blame but himself. With no real acting career anymore, Rourke renewed his pursuit of boxing, fighting several times and remaining undefeated over a three year period. For more than a decade, he continued doing bit parts and cameo roles in low budget B movies, over which time he began to realize the error of his ways. With a renewed vigor and respect for his craft, Rourke reapplied himself emerging in several small, but prominent turns. His work in films like “The Rainmaker”, “Animal Factory”, “Get Carter” and “The Pledge”, once again made studios take notice and reminded everyone what a truly gifted actor Rourke really is. His unforgettable role as Marv in “Sin City” (2005) paved the way for his 2008 award-winning tour de force performance in “The Wrestler.” With multiple awards, including the Golden Globe for best actor and an Academy award nomination, Rourke is set to star in five big budget studio films in 2010 – his full-fledged comeback from obscurity now complete.

  • 1. The Wreslter – 2008
  • 2. The Pope of Greenwich Village – 1984
  • 3. Angel Heart – 1987
  • 4. Year of the Dragon – 1985
  • 5. Sin City – 2005
  • 6. Diner – 1982
  • 7. Rumble Fish – 1983
  • 8. Barfly – 1987
  • 9. Johnny Handsome – 1989
  • 10. Heaven’s Gate – 1980

*Honorable Mention – The Pledge (2001)


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Mickey Rourke’s Unforgettable Cameo in “The Pledge”


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Mickey Rourke’s cameo in “The Pledge” is what a cameo is all about; a small scene which is unforgettable, but doesn’t take the focus of the film  away from the story at hand. Rourke manages to convey an entire tragic tale in just a few lines. Emanating a plethora of emotions in only seconds, the viewer is left mesmerized. For a man who has often said he’s never really liked acting, Rourke demonstrates all the markings of a true artist.

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Top Ten Bankable Actors


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pulp-fictionA good movie will take us to another time or era with an interesing story, eternal characters, or orginal plot .  It could be happy, sad, romantic; an action packed summer blockbuster or an off-season indy.  People from every concievable corner of the planet come to adore the actors who star in these stories. Many relate to certain characters and the individual actors themsleves, while others imagine themselves living out what they see on the screen.  In the history of cinema, billions upon billions of dollars have been made.  Certain actors have made their mark on the industry, becoming the all-time most successful actors at the box office. The actors below have done just that. Next to each name is the gross total of all their films combined.

  • 1. Samuel Jackson – $8.65 billion
  • 2. Tom Hanks – $8.01 billion
  • 3. Harrison Ford – $6.67 billion
  • 4. Tom Cruise – $6.65 billion
  • 5. Orlando Bloom – $6.63 billion
  • 6. Bruce Willis – $6.41 billion
  • 7. Eddie Murphy – $6.21 billion
  • 8. Morgan Freeman – $5.85 billion
  • 9. Will Smith – $5.77 billion
  • 10. Robin Williams – $5.74 billion
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