July 2010

Here is Eric’s review of “Dinner For Schmucks” for ABC KTKA-49. You can catch his reviews every Friday night on the 6pm news. Even though the new comedy “Dinner For Schmucks” is based on a positively rude French farce, director Jay Roach plays this American remake pretty safe. In fact, the tone never quite seems [...]

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Chow Yun Fat and John Woo at their best. “Hard Boiled” is a band apart from other action movies.

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Elvis Costello already had six great albums in five years under his belt by the time he took a complete left turn into baroque pop territory with 1982′s “Imperial Bedroom.” “Beyond Belief” is the first song from that record—his best—and right away, the listener can tell something is different. The production, handled by Beatles engineer [...]

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For 1 Year, 100 Movies, contributor/filmmaker Trey Hock is watching all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year. His reactions to each film are recorded here twice a week until the year (and list) is up! So I have started this entry a couple of times, and am still [...]

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Yesterday would have been Stanley Kubrick’s 82nd birthday. Though his films were often met with mixed critical reception at the time of their release, he is today rightfully viewed as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. While still in high school, Kubrick became a professional photographer, and the seemingly innate talent he displayed [...]

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August 5, AMC Town Center, 7:30 PM. That’s where its at, baby. Director Edgar Wright‘s follow-up to “Hot Fuzz” and “Shaun of the Dead” is an adaptation of the popular comic book “Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World,” starring Michael Cera and a host of other people. If you want to see it early and free, [...]

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For 1 Year, 100 Movies, contributor/filmmaker Trey Hock is watching all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year. His reactions to each film are recorded here twice a week until the year (and list) is up! Dr. David Huxley (Cary Grant), an awkward, yet honest paleontologist, has almost finished [...]

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“You wanna do the world a real service? Tell funnier jokes.” More than anything else, it’s the breadth of Woody Allen‘s craft as a filmmaker that has never been fully recognized or appreciated. With a body of work varied enough to include “Love and Death,” “Interiors,” “Husbands and Wives,” and “Everyone Says I Love You,” [...]

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We have 50 passes to see an advance screening of “The Disappearance of Alice Creed,” a thriller about the kidnapping of a young woman by two ex-convicts and starring Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan, and Martin Compston. The screening is Thursday, August 5 at the Fine Arts Leawood (3707 W. 95th St.) at 7:30pm. All you [...]

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For 1 Year, 100 Movies, contributor/filmmaker Trey Hock is watching all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year. His reactions to each film are recorded here twice a week until the year (and list) is up! “The Sixth Sense?” Really? Hmm, I’m not so sure about this one. This [...]

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I hate it when people complain that a movie isn’t believable enough. My brother complained to me that he had a hard time buying the fact that in Inception, people could just enter dreams so easily. But sometimes movies just require to you to make a leap of faith into the story and if they [...]

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After an admittedly subpar return, I tackle John Landis’s awesome “An American Werewolf In London.”

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Well, I didn’t have to think too hard about adding the first thrash metal song to this series of classic rock n’ roll tunes. I’ve been listening to a custom-built 1-minute edit of this track for the last four months as I prepare for my shot at the 2010 U.S. Air Guitar National title. The [...]

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Top 10 Fight Scenes

by Eric Melin on July 20, 2010

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Today’s Top 10 comes from L.A.-based Wayne Swab, who is an on-set technical guy in Hollywood about 12 to 16 hours a day. He’s one of our regulars here at Scene-Stealers, and we’re happy he took the time out of his busy schedule. In his words: I figure since this is my favorite website (next [...]

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I wasn’t ashamed in the slightest when I called “Jennifer’s Body” one of my favorite movies of last year. You read that right. I put it right up there with “A Single Man” and “The Road”. Surprised? So was I. But so much of “Jennifer’s Body” worked for me, dare I say all of it, [...]

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