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Shutter Island Movie Review: Something Borrowed, Something New

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I love a good mystery/thriller… that’s why I just had to catch Shutter Island, a new Scorsese film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and based on the novel of the same title by crime/mystery writer, Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River). DiCaprio and Scorsese are quickly becoming a Hollywood staple as Shutter Island marks the fourth DiCaprio/Scorsese pairing after Oscar contenders, Gangs of New York, The Aviator and The Departed.

The Shutter Island trailer teased us into thinking this was going to be Martin Scorsese’s first horror outing (Cape Fear doesn’t count), but it was just a clever marketing ploy to make us think he’d gone off the rails after his long-awaited Oscar. Lehane’s novels (all three of them) translate into fine films and Shutter Island could easily have been a Stephen King adaptation in the realm of The Green Mile. Scorsese’s film is still firmly planted in the crime genre, but there’s more than meets the eye in this absorbing, entertaining and unpredictable thriller.

We’re cast in the deep end as ex-WWII soldier and FBI agent, Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) investigates the case of a missing patient on Shutter Island. The federal mental health facility is hidden from the public eye and Daniels and his partner, are sent to investigate and track down a violent escapee...continued.

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New Rental Releases This Week (08/03/10)

New DVD rental releases at DVBee this week:

Law Abiding Citizen, Surrogates and Blood: The Last Vampire!



Law Abiding Citizen Movie PosterLAW ABIDING CITIZEN (2009)
Director: F. Gary Gray
Starring: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Age Restriction: 16VL

This unconventional Hollywood thriller packs a punch as a man loses his family and plans the ultimate revenge against the justice system that thwarted him. Two solid lead performances, complex characters, a captivating revenge story and ultra-violent action make this thrill ride worth seeing, although you'll have to leave your own sense of reason at the door as the body count stacks up.

Surrogates Movie PosterSURROGATES (2009)
Director: Jonathan Mostow
Starring: Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Age Restriction: 13PG V

Surrogates blends several sci-fi subplots from The Matrix, Strange Days, Terminator and I, Robot quite seamlessly to create an original and intriguing premise. The plastic performances from the solid ensemble are almost as convincing as the real thing as this stylish thriller kicks into overdrive. Bruce Willis takes command, unfortunately the drama and complexity of the film remain skin deep with rapid pacing as it cruises in at 80 minutes.

Blood: The Last Vampire Movie PosterBLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE (2009)
Director: Chris Nahon
Starring: Gianna Jun, Allison Miller
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Age Restriction: 13 LV

Blood: The Last Vampire is based on an anime horror/thriller in the vein of Vampire Hunter D, making a live-action adaptation similar to Dragonball and Speed Racer. Unfortunately, this blood-thirsty adaptation loses some bite in the transition to the silver screen... remaining visually dynamic with action choreography, yet mediocre to disappointing in all other departments.

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Gerard Butler

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82nd Annual Academy Award Winners 2010

The 82nd Academy Awards Ceremony was hosted by an okay tag team in Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, stars of It's Complicated. The new format made things run more efficiently with long-winded thank you speeches saved for a special backstage Thank You Cam. The big match up of the night was between James Cameron's 'Avatar' and Kathryn Bigelow's 'The Hurt Locker', resulting in a 4-5 win for 'The Hurt Locker' taking Best Picture and Best Director.

Some highlights of the night included: a first female Best Director award for Kathryn Bigelow, Ben Stiller presenting Best Makeup as a Na'vi tribesman, a horror tribute reel, animated feature Up in the Best Picture category, a tearful acceptance speech from Sandra Bullock and special acknowledgment for Roger Corman. Out of leftfield came a bizarre hip-hop dance routine to Oscar-nominated soundtrack overtures from the spunky, energetic and out-of-place Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, George Clooney taking the piss with repeat close-ups and an in memoriam spot for Hollywood's Michael Jackson?

On a more controversial note, there was a 'Kanye moment' when Williams and Burkett, two film-makers behind Music by Prudence shared an awkward microphone show down (after creative differences and legal proceedings over the film), The Cove's Ric O'Barry produced an SMS Dolphin Text Hot line number scroll on-stage, Mo'Nique declared that the Oscars were placing performance over politics in her acceptance speech and Oscar night legend, Jack Nicholson was nowhere to be seen.

Multiple nominees Up in the Air, District 9, Nine and The Last Station, were unfortunate enough to go home empty-handed. Overall, a well-rounded awards ceremony with one or two "upsets". Academy award winners list below...


Actor in a Leading Role
* Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart”

Actor in a Supporting Role
* Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds”

Actress in a Leading Role
* Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side”

Actress in a Supporting Role 
* Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Animated Feature Film
* “Up” Pete Docter

Art Direction
“Avatar” Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair 

* “Avatar” Mauro Fiore

* “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow

Documentary (Feature)
* “The Cove” Louie Psihoyos and Fisher Stevens

Documentary (Short Subject)
* “Music by Prudence” Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett

Film Editing
* “Avatar” Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron

Foreign Language Film
* “El Secreto de Sus Ojos” Argentina

* “Star Trek” Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow

Music (Original Score)
* “Up” Michael Giacchino

Music (Original Song)
* “The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Best Picture
* “The Hurt Locker” Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier and Greg Shapiro

Short Film (Animated)
* “Logorama” Nicolas Schmerkin

Short Film (Live Action)
* “The New Tenants” Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Sound Editing
* “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson

Sound Mixing
* “The Hurt Locker” Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett

Visual Effects
* “Avatar” Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
* “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher

Writing (Original Screenplay)
* “The Hurt Locker” Written by Mark Boal

View Acceptance Speeches and Thank You Cam Videos

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