WARNING: The only way to experience the full effect of Some Velvet Morning, is to walk into the film knowing nothing at all. You have been warned.
After putting colossal productions like Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on their resumes, Alice Eve and Stanley Tucci opted to do a complete 180 with Neil LaBute’s Some Velvet Morning. Eve and Tucci are the only two actors in the film, the entire narrative plays out in a single location and in real time, over the course of 83 minutes. Hit the jump for more.
Tucci is Fred, a man who opts to ditch his wife for his mistress, Eve’s Velvet. After years apart, Fred shows up at Velvet’s door, confident she’ll be thrilled that he’s finally all hers. However, in the process of trying to tap back into their romance, tempers flare, passion ignites and hopes are crushed in a back-and-forth that slowly exposes the layers of their unusual relationship.
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WARNING: The only way to experience the full effect of Some Velvet Morning, is to walk into the film knowing nothing at all.
Now that you’ve been warned, not only did Neil LaBute give himself the challenge of working with just one location and two actors for his latest feature, Some Velvet Morning, but he also tested his ability to support one heck of a grand finale twist while also ensuring that the film in its entirety is engaging and authentic. Four years after indulging in a steamy affair, Fred (Stanley Tucci) shows up at Velvet’s (Alice Eve) door to tell her that he finally left his wife and now they can live happily ever after. In real time, LaBute peels back the layers of their relationship, unveils their darkest secrets and highlights the foundation of their lust as Fred and Velvet rekindle their romance and try to figure out if it’s possible to sustain it in the future.
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“Star Trek Into Darkness” isn’t as effective as the first film overall, but there are so many exceptional set pieces within the whole that it packs more than enough momentum to pull through and deliver a riveting experience.
The film begins mid-mission with the crew of the Enterprise trying to keep a volcano from exploding, destroying an alien planet, and killing its inhabitants. When things go awry, Kirk (Chris Pine) makes some brash decisions and even though he gets his ship and crew out in one piece, Starfleet isn’t pleased that he disobeyed orders and Kirk is demoted. However, when a bomb is detonated in London and the Starfleet headquarters are attacked, Admiral Marcus (Peter Weller) opts to reinstate Kirk so he can eradicate the enemy – John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch).
The film kicks off exceptionally well. The chase scene on Planet Nibiru is downright mesmerizing courtesy of the planet’s lush red plant life and eerily fascinating looking natives, and also because it involves an engaging and clear-cut mission. While there are loads more easy-to-follow, gorgeously shot mini tasks to come, there’s just so long the cycle can continue before you’ve had enough.
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Slasher flicks can get away with murder, no pun intended. They can reuse kills, tiptoe around logicality, have over-the-top performances and maybe even have a killer reveal his entire plan during the grand finale, and you accept it because that’s just what happens in these types of films. But still, what makes this use and reuse technique work time and time again, is a little originality mixed with some solid reasoning. The novelty is obviously there, but ATM’s got zero purpose and therefore, zero satisfaction.
David’s (Brian Geraghty) had a rough day at work, but his co-worker and good buddy Corey (Josh Peck) insists he come to the office Christmas party for just one drink – and to hit on his longtime crush, Emily (Alice Eve). David uses the fact that Emily’s about to leave their company for a new job as motivation, finally approaches her and winds up driving her home. However, their magical evening together is somewhat ruined when Corey hops in the car and insists they go get some food.
On the way, they make a pit stop at an ATM booth in the middle of a vacant parking lot. Corey heads inside to get some cash, but insists his card isn’t working and calls David for help. After a few minutes alone in the car, Emily decides to join them and all three wind up in the booth. Just as they’re all about to head back to the car, they spot a man standing outside the door, not just a man coming to use the ATM, but one who looks like he doesn’t want them to leave.
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“She’s Out Of My League” asks a question not about how you get the perfect girl, but what wackadoodle lengths you might go to keep her. In his first starring role in a Hollywood film after a string of scene-stealing supporting parts in flicks like “Knocked Up” and “Tropic Thunder,” Jay Baruchel stars as Kirk, a Transportation Security Administration lackey who becomes the object of affection of Molly (Alice Eve), a so-called “perfect 10” with a winning personality to match her killer figure.
So what happens when a not-so-hottie hooks a gal who wouldn’t be out of place on the Maxim Hot 100? You’ll have to hit the theater to find out. Before you do, here are five things you need to know about “She’s Out of My League,” out Friday (March 12).
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Is it wrong to judge something with the purpose of demolishing critical assumptions? Oh well; there’s no choice in this matter. If the She’s Out of My League market campaign calls Jay Baruchel a five, we’ll start there. Subtract a point for unoriginal wisecracks, but return a half a point for hilarious recoveries. The film earns another point thanks to the chemistry between the cast members and an additional half for a mild yet appropriate lasting effect. According to the moral of this story that grand total is meaningless, but we’re talking about the movie industry here. There’s no escaping being branded with a rating and in this case, that rating’s a six.
She’s Out of My League is a standard young adult romantic comedy. Think She’s All That, but the girl being the one to date someone higher up on the hotness scale and minus the whole turn-the-loser-into-prom-queen-thing. Nearly every plot progression is predictable and every character just a standard piece of the puzzle. Kirk (Baruchel) is the quintessential unattractive geek. He’s an average guy, literally; he’s a five. He works at airport security, has no ambitions, is a little on the nerdy side and was recently dumped by his girlfriend Marnie (Lindsay Sloane). He’s distraught over the loss, but his buddies see his new ex-status as a blessing. But, of course, Kirk will never be able to see the bright side of the situation. Well, not until something better falls into his lap. Thanks to a security mishap, Kirk is the lucky man to return a lost cell phone to a young woman named Molly (Alice Eve). But this is no typical young woman. As Stainer (TJ Miller) poetically puts it, ‘she’s a hard ten.’
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