Words and Pictures plays Scrabble with a palette of emotions

Words and Pictures
Clive-Owen & Juliette-Binoche (photo by Doane Gregory)
Clive-Owen & Juliette-Binoche (photo by Doane Gregory)

Clive Owen’s Jack Marcus is a published poet long on laurels and currently short on inspiration. He’s settled for cocooning his creativity in teaching English at Croydon, at an elite New England prep school. Helping to further douse his creative juices is his penchant for imbibing and becoming an embarrassing drunk. Yet we see his creative inner child bubble to the surface in word games he plays with his fellow teachers.

Juliette-Binoche (photo by Doane Gregory)
Juliette-Binoche (photo by Doane Gregory)

Helping to shift Jack’s creative life out of idle is Dina Delsanto (Juliette Binoche). Strong willed, opinionated and independent, she makes an unconventional entrance as an Italian-born figurative abstract painter and Croyden’s newest faculty member. Suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, “the Icicle,” as she is known by her past colleagues, initially lives up to her name as she chides her students and Jack with the same standoffish wit.

The intellectual sparing between Jack and Dina is fun to watch as they battle over the supremacy of words vs. pictures. The battle takes on mega proportions as the two teachers enlist their respective students to take part in a school competition for the winning medium. When Jack’s boozing threatens to cost him his job, and he damages Dina’s abstract painting in a drunken stupor, the movie’s big downer has us wondering if Jack is truly finished.

Clive-Owen & Juliette-Binoche (photo by Doane Gregory)
Clive-Owen & Juliette-Binoche (photo by Doane Gregory)

There is one moment where Words and Pictures takes on the familiar Dead Poet’s Society mantra of molding students—but it’s not one of Jack’s students, but Dina’s. Through a bit of tough-love guidance, Dina forces her protégé (Valerie Tian) to elevate her talent to a new level.

Words and Pictures succeeds in drawing us in with its lead performers, but the story could have more fully exploited their talents by delving deeper into the lives of these two flawed characters.

 

Monsters University Comes to DVD in October

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Monsters University DVD
Monsters University DVD

After a great success in theaters, Monsters University will soon be coming to DVD and Blu-ray this October. These furry crazies will crack up your home screen and monitors as you watch for the first time – or the second or third – all their crazy antics in the comfort of your own home.

The digital HD and digital HD 3D versions will be available for purchase October 8. The On-Demand version, DVD/Blu-ray DVD combo packs and the 3D DVD Blu-ray combo pack will be available on October 29.  Read more

Back to School event at Cobb Grove 16 theatre and Cinebistro

The Cobb theatre in Wesley Chapel, Florida will be holding a special event for Back to School with free school supplies, games, face painting, medical screenings, tutoring information, healthy eating suggestions, dental hygiene tips, child safety kits and yes even hair-cuts and more. The special event that is in its 5th year running will be held Saturday, August 3rd from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the theatre located at 6333 Wesley Grove Boulevard, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544.
For directions you can call the theatre at (813) 948-5444 Read more

5th Season of TV’s “Combat” Being Released on DVD

 

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One of television’s most watched series in the 1960’s Combat will be releasing the 5th season on DVD on August 13th.  The 5th season that ran from September ’66 to March ’67 featured 25 episodes of stories about World War II.  The show was a ground breaker for television showing a more startling vision that had been ordinarily  reserved for movie theaters.  Combat stars Vic Morrow and Ric Jason as soldiers who lead men into battles that tell the stories of American’s struggle on most all fronts. The DVD set will include all 25 episodes with commentaries and bonus features.

“Adele Blanc-Sec” coming to Blu-ray August 13

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Let your imagination run free this summer. Journey into a world of action fantasy with popular French comics heroine Adèle Blanc-Sec as she leaps from the pages to the screen! Families and the young-at-heart across America will be captivated by Luc Besson’s The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, which unleashes on DVD and on two-disc Blu-ray combo pack on August 13, 2013.

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The Tomorrow People on the CW this Fall

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Have you ever wanted to teleport yourself from school or work to a place you’d rather be? How about read people’s minds, speak without saying anything at all or move objects without ever touching them? The Tomorrow People on the CW can do just that and more. Enter Stephen Jameson (Robbie Amell). He’s caught up in his adolescent transformation — pimples, hormonal fluctuation … the ability to wake up in strange places seemingly without ever leaving his room …

His family has been plagued with what seems to be a genetic psychological disorder, schizophrenia. His father had it. Now it seems like he is suffering the same fate — hearing voices … having visual delusions. It isn’t until later that he finds out he is not crazy after all. There are others out there that went through the same “awakening”. They live hidden in plain sight. Beneath the shadows they huddle together avoiding a group of scientists who seem to be hunting them all down. The difference is, Stephen is stronger and has powers that the others don’t. Read more

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Teaser Trailer

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Check out the teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!  It won’t be too long before it comes out in theaters now … just roughly six more months, one day, one hour, 45 minutes and 37 seconds until December 13 …

This is the second in a trilogy of films adapting the ever-popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien,The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and 13 Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

The 100 Launches into Orbit on CW this Fall

The 100 on the CW

The 100 is a new series coming out on the CW this fall. It is based on the upcoming book series by Kass Morgan that depicts a society of humans after a nuclear holocaust has occurred on Earth — and the only survivors were located on orbiting space stations (400 people to be exact).

After 97 years, there are well over 4,000 inhabitants living in space. Those who run the connected space stations discover a flaw in the engineering, and must try to repopulate the Earth once more, even though it may be too soon after the nuclear fallout.

This new “space existence” is full of hard rules and even more stringent consequences. Anyone over 18 is put to death for any crime … even the crime of disagreeing with those higher up …

To find out whether people can survive on the planet once more, 100 juvenile prisoners (under 18) are sent down to the surface to determine the condition of the radiation-ridden planet.

There they find strange wild life, beautiful abnormalities and a scary realization that they are not “alone”.

After screening the first episode of The 100, I have to say it definitely grabbed my attention. I was not expecting much to be honest, but I was pleasantly surprised. Now I wish I could see the next episode to see what happens next!

The 100 stars newcomer Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco (Damages), Kelly Hu (X-men United), Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy), Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), and many more.

Check it out this fall on the CW. I know I will!

Journey of the Universe: Conversations, Now on DVD

“JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE: CONVERSATIONS”

This is the companion piece to the documentary film “Journey of the Universe” is now available on DVD.

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Hosted by Mary Evelyn Tucker, this 10 hour / 20-part / 4-disc series integrates the perspectives of the sciences and the humanities into a retelling of our 14 billion year story. “Conversations” with scientists, historians, and environmentalists explores the unfolding story of Earth, the universe and the role of humans in responding to our present challenges. Read more

Doctors Of The Dark Side to Release on DVD May 7th

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Emmy Award winner The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib told the horrific story of abuse and torture at Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison. Academy award-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty generated controversy for its portrayal of alleged torture of detainees in order to gain information important to the U.S regarding the location of Osama bin Laden.  Now comes a new part of the story you may not have heard before, the role American doctors had in the facilitation of detainee interrogations. Read more

Stephenie Meyer Attends Book Signing of The Host in Miami

Miami, FL February 19, 2013-  The renown Stephenie Meyer most noted for her “The Twilight Saga” attended a signing of her latest novel “The Host” at the Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida.  A crowd of over 600 surrounded the bookstore.  Also in attendance were a couple of the stars of the upcoming movie being release by Open Road Films on March 29, 2013,

Max Irons, Stephenie Meyer and Jake Abel
Max Irons, Stephenie Meyer and Jake Abel

 

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The Host: What if everything you love was taken from you in the blink of an eye? When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie Stryder will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about – Jared, Ian, her brother Jamie and her Uncle Jeb, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.

 

New Trailer for “Seven Psychopaths” on Blu-ray

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS released on home video

Check out the trailer right here

 

Culver City, CA – Golden Globe(R) winner Colin Farrell (2009, Best Actor – Comedy, In Bruges) leads an all-star cast in the comedy Seven Psychopaths, available now on Blu-ray(TM) and DVD with UltraViolet(TM) from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and CBS Films. Directed by Academy Award(R)-winning writer/director Martin McDonagh (2009, Best Writing – Original Screenplay, In Bruges), the film follows a Hollywood screenwriter and his oddball friends, who all end up embroiled in an outrageous kidnapping scheme gone wrong. The acclaimed cast includes Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2), Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games), Academy Award(R) winner Christopher Walken (1978, The Deer Hunter, Best Actor in a Supporting Role), Tom Waits (The Book of Eli), and Abbie Cornish (Limitless).