Rock of Ages (2012)

The year was 1987, the cost of gas was .89 per gallon, The Cosby Show and Family Ties ruled television, and Rock’n Roll music was extremely popular. Rock of Ages appeals to the lover of late ‘80’s Rock on so many levels. The cast and crew do a truly amazing job at bringing the ‘80s back to life. The hair, clothes, and even the twelve pound cell phones, complete with antennae and phone bag, were true to the era.

Rock of Ages tells the story of Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough), a small town girl who hopped a midnight train going anywhere; okay, actually it was a bus on its way to LA. The movie follows Sherrie on her quest to stardom beginning with her arrival in LA, where she meets Drew Boley (Diego Boneta), an aspiring singer and bar back at a Rock’ n Roll bar called the Bourbon Room. As luck would have it, the bar is in need of a waitress and Sherrie is in need of a job. The Bourbon Room, owned and operated by Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin) with help from business partner and friend Lonny (Russell Brand), is floundering badly. To make matters worse there is a politically motivated protest, led by Patricia Whitmore (Catherine Zeta-Jones) being held outside the bar deeming Rock ‘n Roll detrimental to society, all in trying to get her husband Mike (Bryan Cranston) elected Mayor of Los Angeles. In a quest to save the bar, Stacee Jax (Tom Cruise) a famous, drunken rock star managed by money hungry Paul Gill (Paul Giamatti), is booked; however, it may be a case of too little, too late.
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Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012)

It’s been seven years since Marty (Chris Rock) escaped his comfortable confines, followed by Alex (Ben Stiller), Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Melman (David Schwimmer) in Madagascar. Unfortunately, a zebra (Marty), lion (Alex), hippopotamus (Gloria), and giraffe (Melman) running loose in the Big Apple isn’t easily accepted. Once captured, the four life-long friends are put in animal containers and shipped to Africa; and end up in Madagascar, found by King Julian (Sacha Baron Cohen) and his tribe of lemurs. In Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa, the group end up in  *SPOILER* Africa, and now in Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, the wayward animals are stranded in Africa, trying to make their way back to New York’s Central Park Zoo.

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Argo Official Trailer (10/12/2012 release date)

I’ve been a fan of Ben Affleck for as far back as I can remember. I’ve defended him many times for his performance in Daredevil, Pearl Harbor and Gigli…okay, maybe not Gigli so much. I thought he was very good as Jack Ryan in The Sum of All Fears, and perfectly cast as Jim Young in Boiler Room. I was happy for him when his directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, was received so well and thought he was robbed when The Town was skipped over for an Academy Award nomination; Ben had transformed himself from a talented and under appreciated actor into a successful and sought after director.

In Argo, based on a “declassified” true story, Ben looks to be channeling his inner Oliver Stone and appears to be doing a damn fine job. A political thriller set during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, Argo stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and a host of others.



Drive (2011)

It’s a rare event when one goes to a movie, expecting to see an action movie besieged with mayhem and violence, only to be subjected to an artistic achievement in directing. Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive is not only artsy, but is also one of the most gritty and violently graphic films I’ve ever seen; and I loved every minute of it!
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