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No String Attached (by Elizabeth Smit)

Posted: August 30, 2011 in Random

This is the 3rd entry into Film Cocaine Idol!

A date? So I can wear make up and act perfect all night?

No Strings Attached was recently released on DVD and, as a Natalie Portman fan, I was intrigued. I warmed up to Ashton Kutcher after this film. I think it is that juvenile face he pulled in Dude Where’s My Car, That 70’s Show, prank TV show Punk’d… heck, everything I’ve ever seen him in, that ruined my view of him as an actor. As the DVD’s cover illustrates, this is one of those movies about a guy and a girl who decide to have no strings attached sex. It looks like their enjoying laughing at each other’s faces too. But how is this different from so many other casual-sex-turns-to-serious-feelings romantic comedies? Well, it isn’t. Sorry, even Natalie Portman can’t change that. In her defense, my friend thinks her character Emma is the perfect woman in her imperfectness. So no, it’s not original, but it is one of the better romcoms. It is drunk Emma hollering at girls that they are pumpkins. It is her roommates confusing the hell out of Adam (that’s Kutcher’s character) when he wakes up from a very inebriated night. And it is that moment in the end, the one after he tells her to wipe the doughnut off her face…try not to get tears in your eyes, I dare you!

 

I might have been a little too into the romcom genre this weekend, so if you like the kind of film that makes your inside go “No! It’s too far-fetched!” and “Why is it so real?!” at the same time, you will enjoy this gem in a rather bland genre. I’d give it a 7 out of ten.

 

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So you were expecting a review?  Well today there won’t be one.  I would however like to introduce this column properly and outline some plans for the future.

The aim of Flashback:

When I was asked what I would like to write about for this column my answer was simple.  I wanted Carte Blanche when it came to my subject matter. However my main focus would be on some of the older gems and the classics that aren’t as well known by todays younger or “modern” audiences.   I want to highlight the good films of the past that now due to their age, or rather the age of the current audience, have slipped into obscurity.  Just because I refer to classics don’t think it means stuffy old films no one really cares about.  As my “Blade Runner” review indicates a classic can be a relatively recent* movie.

What I hope to achieve with Flashback:

Very simply, I want to inform, entertain, and educate our readers about films, genres and even actors and directors they may otherwise have passed by.

What can you, the reader, expect to see in this column?

The main focus as I’ve already said is to review the old classics.  Something I’m planning on doing is occasionally dedicating a months’ worth of reviews to a specific genre or director or even actor.

From time to time I may also write background pieces of upcoming movies or retrospectives about classic films as well as posting my own lists.

I also plan on occasionally posing our readers a question about film or starting an opinion poll.  The reason for this being that while we have a large and ever growing number of readers I see very little feedback or interaction on the site comments.  I hope that with these questions or polls I can get our readers more actively involved with all of us at film cocaine and each other.  I also welcome feedback and suggestions from all of our readers.

I hope that you will find this column worthwhile and that I achieve the aforementioned goals.

Thanks for reading,

“The Movie Guy”

*Yes I realise that for some of our readers 1982 is way before they were born but its recent considering the 117 years of film history to date.

 

 

Welcome To Our First Columnist!

Posted: August 25, 2011 in Random

 

Film Cocaine is honoured to introduce our first weekly columnist!

More info on him – https://filmcocaine.wordpress.com/columnists/

Below read his first column which will be published each Monday and will be titled “FLASHBACK” where he will review all the awesome classics which have been forgotten by the general viewing public.

A massive welcome to Clifford The-Movie-Guy Ekron, one of the best film writers I have ever come across.

He sent his first review into Film Cocaine a while ago and it was love at first sight. He understands films and he has a gigantic general knowledge on all things related to both theater, literature and cinema. It is an absolute honour to have him take his place at Film Cocaine.

The winner of Film Cocaine Idol will become the second columnist and their work will be featured on Thursdays.

Thank you to all of the loyal readers for wanting more and more from Film Cocaine. I cannot express the gratitude for each and every comment/email/Facebook message I receive and knowing that the loyal fan base do appreciate everything that is being done.

Film Cocaine is hard work, yes, but it is also one of the most gratifying passions I have ever pursued.

And with that, enjoy Clifford’s introductory column!

 

BLADE RUNNER REVIEW

Early in the 21st Century, THE TYRELL

CORPORATION advanced Robot evolution

into the NEXUS phase — a being virtually

identical to a human — known as a replicant.

The NEXUS 6 Replicants were superior

in strength and agility, and at least equal

in intelligence, to the genetic engineers

who created them.

Replicants were used Off-world as

slave labor, in the hazardous exploration and

colonization of other planets.

After a bloody mutiny by a NEXUS 6

combat team in an Off-world colony,

Replicants were declared illegal

on earth — under penalty of death.

Special police squads — BLADE RUNNER

UNITS — had orders to shoot to kill, upon

detection, any trespassing Replicants.

 

This was not called execution.

It was called retirement.

 

The opening crawl of Ridley Scott’s 1982 Sci-fi/Film Noir masterpiece BLADE RUNNER gives one a very clear feel for what you are about to see for the next 112 minutes of your life.

Inspired by the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? ,by Philip K. Dick, and with a suitably melancholy soundtrack provided by Vangelis, Blade Runner is set in the now not too distant year 2019 and takes us to a gritty dystopian Los Angeles  where we meet Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a burnt out Blade Runner, who gets asked to come back one last time to do what he does best, find and “retire” a group of rogue Replicants.


The Los Angeles skyline sets the dystopian mood for the film.

During the course of his investigation Deckard learns that replicants are implanted with memories and remember entire lives they’ve never lived.  The reason is simple, to prevent them from knowing what they are and to hide the fact that they are built in with a limited lifespan which once reached results in the body shutting down bit by bit. During a meeting with Dr. Tyrell, the man behind the creation of the replicants, this gets explained to Deckard and he is left with the motto “more human than human”. Deckard is then faced with the possibility that not only the woman he falls in love with but he himself may or may be a replicant, a question that never gets answered in the movie, leaving one to make your own decision.

Blade Runner was the first of the classic sci-fi films to play with the idea of reality and perception,  a well-known example being The Matrix. But while Blade Runner focuses on some serious philosophical concepts and questions it is not a film exclusive to those who wish to be mentally stimulated.   Deckard’s wit, delivered in Harrison Ford’s trademark dry manner, as well as the action scenes drive the story as much as the moral and philosophical conundrums that most of the characters face by the end of the film.


Original poster

While you can easily find the “Directors Cut” version in most video shops or DVD stores, I would advise rather looking for the original or the “Final Cut” versions as they still contain Deckard’s voice overs which help to guide the plot (and you as viewer) through Deckard’s own musings, provides several of Deckard’s more memorable and humorous lines, and overall seems to help make the film make slightly more sense when watching it for the first time.

An audio-visual masterpiece.
Plot 5/5
Visuals 5/5
Music 5/5
Varying versions leading to confusion 3/5

BY CLIFFORD THE-MOVIE-GUY EKRON

 

 

 

A Change Is Comin’!

Posted: August 24, 2011 in Random

The regular readers of Film Cocaine will know that the entire blog is randomized. The idea behind Film Cocaine began so that both film connoisseurs and the average film watcher will be able to interact and read about movies, theater and the entertainment world.

The problem with a randomized blog is that some topics seem to have bigger hits than others. The lists have been extremely popular and received over 300 hits per day. The loyal readers of Film Cocaine have given feedback and they demand more lists and more niche sub-genres.

Film Cocaine has went from being a passionate blog to becoming a full-time child and due to time constraints and the excessive situation with having a life outside of writing 24 hours a day, I have implemented the columnist competition called Film Cocaine Idol.

I have also decided to go with an extra columnist to write more on the classic cinematic masterpieces. His reviews will feature once a week (for the time being) and he will inform the general readership about all the amazing classic films which no-one knows about anymore! More on this, a bit later.

The winner of Film Cocaine Idol will also be implemented in this manner and will also write once a week for a regular column.

I will still write on a daily basis and be assured readers, Film Cocaine will ALWAYS tell you the truth about cinema! We are the most efficient at being film snobs! Film addicts unite, always!

Much love,

Renier

How The Votes Will Be Calculated

Posted: August 24, 2011 in Random

The votes for Film Cocaine Idol will be calculated at the time on the next day after your submission has been posted.

Say it is posted at 11:00 AM on the Thursday, every vote will be counted up until 11:00 AM on the next day, the Friday.

Good luck to all of the contestants!

Rules for Film Cocaine Idol!

Posted: August 22, 2011 in Random

Film Cocaine has been growing exponentially in the past month and I decided that now would be the perfect opportunity for something like this.

This is how the Film Cocaine Idol will work:

  • You send in anything to do with film, theater or the entertainment world.
  • Three prelim rounds take place over three weeks, where the top 10 guest writers are chosen.
  • The top 10 writers will go into the final round and will receive specific challenges to complete.
  • You will campaign for yourself in the final round.
  • There will be a daily vote, where the person with the least amount of votes will be eliminated.
  • The winner will be announced in the final 2 “week”.
Prizes? Say WHAT?
The winner of the Film Cocaine Idol competition will become a regular columnist on Film Cocaine. He/She will be able to write on a weekly basis about their film, theater and/or entertainment experience!
PLEASE NOTE! VERY IMPORTANT FINE PRINT!
There will be NO financial remuneration given to the winner and no financial remuneration will be demanded. This is purely a fun little competition for those interested. If you do not wish to continue in the competition due to this, please let me know ASAP as there is a massive amount of interest and someone else would be more than willing to take your spot!
Let’s go guys!

Guest Writer Submissions!

Posted: August 21, 2011 in Random
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A quick reminder, if you wish to enter your work as a guest writer, please do so before Wednesday!

Film Cocaine has received an overwhelming amount of applications and the first posts will be going up from Wednesday. Film Cocaine will also be closing the first round of applications on this day.

There will be three rounds for the first three weeks.

If you have a blog which you wish to advertise on your musings as a guest writer, you’re welcome to send the link along! I will gladly add your link to the bottom of the page, but I do ask that you do the same for Film Cocaine.

This a competition people, so please write a great post! I will not be accepting work with lazy grammar and/or syntax!

See your submissions soon!