Archive for August, 2008

Goodbye Solo

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

All Genres:
Drama

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: USA:91 min | Canada:91 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Argentina:91 min

Languages: English | French | Wolof | Spanish

Director:

Tagline:

 

Writers: Bahareh Azimi (screenplay) Ramin Bahrani (screenplay)

 

Cast: Souleymane Sy Savane … Solo
Red West … William
Diana Franco Galindo … Alex
Lane 'Roc' Williams … Roc
Mamadou Lam … Mamadou
Carmen Leyva … Quiera rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter N. Anyieth … DVD Seller
Jim Babel … Airline Interviewer
Sarah S. Brooks … Passenger with Hat
Lasheka Brown … Crack Passenger
Alexandra Dimopoulos … Nurse
Neill Fleeman … Airline Interviewer
Jamill 'Peaches' Fowler … Pork Chop
Evelia Garcia … Bar Owner
Chris Greene … Thug
Viktor Hernandez … Quiera's Cousin
Wel Mayom Jok … DVD Seller
J. Malaak Juuk … Motel Janitor
Damian Jewan Lee … Passenger
Linda Lindsly … Airline Interviewer
Djibril Lo … Bank Cab Driver
Ken Lugen … Taxi Cab Employee
Angus MacLachlan … Crack Passenger
Trevor Metscher … Ticket Attendant
Caleb Paul … Solo's Baby
Christian Prince … Thug
Greg Prince … Thug
Jeff Prince … Thug
Navani Reyes … Navani
Catherine Sewell … Hospital Receptionist
Norman L. Sloan … Pharmacist
Virgilio Tix … Quiera's Cousin
Donald Wardlow … Sleeping Passenger
Pat West … Diner Hostess

 

Plot: Two men form an unlikely friendship that will change both of their lives forever.

 

Awards: 1 win & 5 nominations

Slumdog Millionaire

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

All Genres:
Crime, Drama, Romance

Release Year: 2008

Country: UK

Runtime: 120 min

Languages: English | Hindi | French

Director: Danny Boyle

Loveleen Tandan (co-director: India)

Tagline: Love and money… You have mixed them both.

 

Writers: Simon Beaufoy (screenplay) Vikas Swarup (novel)

 

Cast: Dev Patel … Jamal K. Malik
Saurabh Shukla … Sergeant Srinivas
Anil Kapoor … Prem Kapur
Rajendranath Zutshi … Director (as Raj Zutshi)
Jeneva Talwar … Vision Mixer
Freida Pinto … Latika
Irrfan Khan … Police Inspector
Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail … Youngest Salim
Ayush Mahesh Khedekar … Youngest Jamal
Jira Banjara … Airport Security Guard (as Hira Banjara)
Sheikh Wali … Airport Security Guard
Mahesh Manjrekar … Javed
Sanchita Choudhary … Jamal's Mother
Himanshu Tyagi … Mr Nanda
Sharib Hashmi … Prakash

 

Plot: A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.

 

Awards: Won 8 Oscars. Another 98 wins & 47 nominations

American Violet

Friday, August 29th, 2008

All Genres:
Drama

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: USA:103 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline:

 

Cast: Nicole Beharie … Dee Roberts
Will Patton … Sam Conroy
Alfre Woodard … Alma Roberts
Michael O'Keefe … Calvin Beckett
Tim Blake Nelson … David Cohen
Scott A. Martin … Jerry Arnold rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Malcolm Barrett … Byron Hill
Jackson Beals … Officer Carter
Michael Beasley … Tony Flair
Samantha Beaulieu … Mrs. Lloyd
Tody Bernard … Judge Pryor
Allen Boudreaux … Lawyer
Jeanne Bourgeois … Reporter #1
Andrew Buchler … Deposition Videographer
Kesha Bullard … Angry Woman
J. Omar Castro … Cisco
John Will Clay … Henry Franklin
Portia Cue … Laquathia
Daurice Cummings … Pedestrian
Charles S. Dutton … Reverend Sanders
Roslyn D. Evans … Magnolia
Jon Eyez … Bar Owner
Rodney Hebert … Cisco's Diner Patron
Louis Herthum … Officer Smith
Elton LeBlanc … Restaurant patron
Jerry Leggio … Norman
Jessie Blake Lough … Reporter #3
Anthony Mackie … Eddie Porter
Christopher McCann … Joe Fisher
Hunter McGregor … Reporter
Lance E. Nichols … Mr. Moss
Zardis Nichols … Gayzeen
Henry Pelitire … Texas State Trooper
Lyssa Prine … Deposition Stenographer
Ryan Reinike … Audio Dude
Tarra Riggs … Lavosha
Glenn Robin … Court Bailiff
Sue Rock … Elizabeth Beckett
C. Stuart Rome … Bailiff
Michael Scialabba … Thomas Willis
Janet Shea … Helen
Chaz Smith … Still photographer
Terry Lee Smith … SWAT
Lindsay Soileau … Julie Beckett
Antoine Spillers … Mr. Roberts
Defecio Stoglin … Brian Green
Paul David Story … David Higgins
Deneen Tyler … Suzzannha
Jearl Vinot … County Sheriff
Tim Ware … Mark Shelby
David Warshofsky … Robert Foster
Karimah Westbrook … Claudia Johnson
Michael Wozniak … Bailiff
Xzibit … Darrell Hughes
Richard Zeringue … Store Manager

 

Plot: A single African-American mother struggles to clear her name after being wrongly accused and arrested for dealing drugs in an impoverished town in Texas. add synopsis

 

Awards: 8 nominations

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

All Genres:
Drama, Thriller, War

Release Year: 2008

Country: UK | USA

Runtime: 94 min | Israel:93 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: A timeless story of innocence lost and humanity found.

 

Writers: John Boyne (novel) Mark Herman (screenplay)

 

Cast: Asa Butterfield … Bruno
Zac Mattoon O'Brien … Leon (as Zac Mattoon-O'Brien)
Domonkos Németh … Martin
Henry Kingsmill … Karl
Vera Farmiga … Elsa – Mother
Cara Horgan … Maria
Zsuzsa Holl … Berlin Cook
Amber Beattie … Gretel
László Áron … Lars
David Thewlis … Father
Richard Johnson … Grandpa
Sheila Hancock … Grandma
Charlie Baker … Palm Court Singer
Iván Verebély … Meinberg
Béla Fesztbaum … Schultz

 

Plot: Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.

 

Awards: 2 wins & 5 nominations

Burn After Reading

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

All Genres:
Comedy, Crime, Drama

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA | UK | France

Runtime: 96 min

Languages: English

Director: Ethan Coen

Joel Coen

Tagline: Intelligence is relative.

 

Cast: George Clooney … Harry Pfarrer
Frances McDormand … Linda Litzke
Brad Pitt … Chad Feldheimer
John Malkovich … Osbourne Cox
Tilda Swinton … Katie Cox
Richard Jenkins … Ted Treffon
Elizabeth Marvel … Sandy Pfarrer
David Rasche … Palmer DeBakey Smith, CIA Officer
J.K. Simmons … CIA Superior
Olek Krupa … Krapotkin
Michael Countryman … Alan
Kevin Sussman … Tuchman Marsh Man
J.R. Horne … Divorce Lawyer
Hamilton Clancy … Peck
Armand Schultz … Olson

 

Plot: A disk containing the memoirs of a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous gym employees who attempt to sell it.

 

Awards: Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 10 nominations

Okuribito

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

All Genres:
Drama, Music

Release Year: 2008

Country: Japan

Runtime: 130 min

Languages: Japanese

Director:

Tagline: The gift of last memories

 

Cast: Masahiro Motoki … Daigo Kobayashi
Tsutomu Yamazaki … Ikuei Sasaki
Ryoko Hirosue … Mika Kobayashi
Kazuko Yoshiyuki … Tsuyako Yamashita
Kimiko Yo … Yuriko Kamimura
Takashi Sasano … Shokichi Hirata
Tetta Sugimoto … Yamashita
Tôru Minegishi … Yoshiki Kobayashi
Tatsuo Yamada … Togashi
Yukari Tachibana
Tarô Ishida … Sonezaki
Sanae Miyata … Naomi Togashi
Ryôsuke Ohtani … Tomeo's father
Mitsuyo Hoshino … Kazuko Kobayashi
Tatsuhito Okuda

 

Plot: A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. add synopsis

 

Awards: Won Oscar. Another 32 wins & 3 nominations

Bangkok Dangerous

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

All Genres:
Action, Crime, Thriller

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 99 min

Languages: English | Thai

Director: Oxide Pang Chun

Danny Pang

Tagline: The hitman has become the target

 

Cast: Nicolas Cage … Joe
Shahkrit Yamnarm … Kong
Charlie Yeung … Fon (as Charlie Young)
Panward Hemmanee … Aom
Nirattisai Kaljaruek … Surat
Dom Hetrakul … Aran
Tuck Napaskorn … Kong's Brother
Steve Baldocchi … Michigan
Chris Heebink … USC
James With … Chicago
Peter Shadrin … Anton
Arthajid Puengvicha … Official
Duangjai Srisawang … Man in Arena
Veerasak Boonchard … Winai
Joe Sakol Palvanichkul … Tuk Tuk Driver (as Sakol Palvanichkul)

 

Plot: A hitman who’s in Bangkok to pull off a series of jobs falls for a local woman and bonds with his errand boy.

 

Awards: 1 nomination

Death Race

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

All Genres:
Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA | Germany | UK

Runtime: USA:111 min (unrated version) | 98 min (theatrical version)

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Get ready for a killer ride.

 

Cast: Jason Statham … Jensen Ames
Joan Allen … Warden Hennessey
Ian McShane … Coach
Tyrese Gibson … Machine Gun Joe Mason
Natalie Martinez … Elizabeth Case
Max Ryan … Pachenko
Jacob Vargas … Gunner
Jason Clarke … Guard Ulrich
Frederick Koehler … Lists
Justin Mader … Travis Colt
Robert LaSardo … Hector Grimm
Robin Shou … 14K
Benz Antoine … Joe's Navigator #1
Danny Blanco … Joe's Navigator #2 (as Danny Blanco Hall)
Christian Paul … Joe's Navigator #3

 

Plot: Ex-con Jensen Ames is forced by the warden of a notorious prison to compete in our post-industrial world’s most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory.

 

Awards: 1 win & 2 nominations

College

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

All Genres:
Comedy

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: USA:94 min

Languages: English

Director:

Tagline: Best. Weekend. Ever.

 

Cast: Drake Bell … Kevin Brewer
Andrew Caldwell … Carter Scott
Andree Moss … Ashley
Carolyn Moss … Riley
Wendy Talley … Kevin's Mom
Kevin Covais … Morris Hooper
Alona Tal … Gina
Ryan Pinkston … Fletcher
Brandi Coleman … College Girl #1
Jessica Heap … College Girl #2
Finch Nissen … Sweaty Guy
Camille Mana … Heather
Haley Bennett … Kendall
Nathalie Walker … Amy
Nick Zano … Teague

 

Plot: A wild weekend is in store for three high school seniors who visit a local college campus as prospective freshmen.

Traitor

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

All Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Release Year: 2008

Country: USA

Runtime: 114 min

Languages: English | Arabic

Director:

Tagline: The truth is complicated.

 

Cast: Don Cheadle … Samir Horn
Guy Pearce … Roy Clayton
Saïd Taghmaoui … Omar
Neal McDonough … Max Archer
Alyy Khan … Fareed
Archie Panjabi … Chandra Dawkin
Raad Rawi … Nathir
Hassam Ghancy … Bashir
Mozhan Marnò … Leyla (as Mozhan Marno)
Adeel Akhtar … Hamzi
Jeff Daniels … Carter
Lorena Gale … Dierdre Horn
Scali Delpeyrat … Inspector Gilles
Mehdi Ortelsberg … Ali (as Medhi Ortelsberg)
Aizoun Abdelkader … Ahmed

 

Plot: When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn.

 

Awards: 5 nominations