Screen Junkies » jennifer connelly http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 05 Dec 2014 19:25:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘The Rocketeer: 20th Anniversary Edition’ On Blu-ray http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-rocketeer-20th-anniversary-edition-on-blu-ray/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-rocketeer-20th-anniversary-edition-on-blu-ray/#comments Wed, 04 Jan 2012 02:39:08 +0000 Archibald Bayou III http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=241637 Not bad, but could have used more special features.

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The Rocketeer is now available on Blu-ray. Based on a comic book series by the late Dave Stevens, the film tells the story of a young pilot who gets ahold of a top secret jet pack and uses it to fight Nazi‘s and rescue Jennifer Connelly. So basically a mixture of every dream I had at age 12.

The film is directed by Joe Johnston, better known for last summer’s Captain America: The First Avenger. That film’s success probably had more to do with this Blu-ray release than the “20th Anniversary” milestone quoted on the cover. But however it happened, it’s nice to finally get The Rocketeer in high definition.

How does it look? Good, if not great. Certainly the picture is miles above the previous DVD release, but it is still a bit washed out compared to other Blu-ray transfers from the early 90′s. But the sound is excellent; as good as I’ve ever heard the film.

The only real disappointment with this release is that it contains the film, a trailer, and nothing else. I know The Rocketeer wasn’t a huge hit for Disney, but certainly they could have sweetened the package a bit for the die hard fans. Any behind the scenes clips or deleted scenes would have helped make it a better value than the previous DVD, which also featured zero special features. To call it the “20th Anniversary” edition and feature just the trailer is kind of a cruel tease.

Still, how does the film hold up after all these years? It’s still slightly corny, but a lot of fun. By making the movie an earnest slice of pre-WW II nostalgia, Johnston gave it a timeless feel, respectful of it’s comic book roots and engaging to audiences of any age. Hopefully, this release will help expand The Rocketeer’s devoted fan base, and by the time the 30th Anniversary rolls around, we’ll get some extras we can celebrate. The Rocketeer is available in stores now, with a SRP of $26.50.

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Jennifer Connelly http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/jennifer-connelly/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/jennifer-connelly/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2011 17:17:06 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=219814 Jennifer Connelly appears in the comedy-thriller 'Salvation Boulevard.'

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Jennifer Connelly appears in the comedy-thriller Salvation Boulevard. Connelly, who has been going strong since she first captured the world’s attention in David Bowie’s Labyrinth in 1986, plays Gwen Vanderveer, a woman somehow involved with the seedy world of mega-churches.

A word from Jennifer: “I so much enjoy being able to completely allow myself to be consumed by a role, and really grow in the process,once you’ve done that, it’s hard to go back working on things you don’t care about.”

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Review: The Dilemma http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-dilemma/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-dilemma/#comments Fri, 14 Jan 2011 17:04:38 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=16740 From Academy Award winning director Ron Howard comes a January movie. The Dilemma is about a dilemma that’s very real, but it’s not funny.

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From Academy Award winning director Ron Howard comes a January movie. The Dilemma is about a dilemma that’s very real, but it’s not funny. So they fill the movie with contrived B.S. that’s also not funny.

Ronny (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Kevin James) are couple friends. They’re best friends but they always hang out with their significant others too — Ronny’s wife Geneva (Winona Ryder) and Nick’s girlfriend Beth (Jennifer Connelly). They talk about what it takes to really know someone, and they dance because you liked Kevin James dancing in Hitch.

Nick and Ronny have a car idea for GM. That’s the big job they work on in between relationship issues. I always wonder who comes up with the jobs people do in movies when they don’t actually matter. Did screenwriter Allan Loeb really think, “I really want to tell the story of electric engine designers in crisis?” Or did he say, “Let Ron Howard figure out what they do for a living.”

While scouting a location for his own proposal, Ronny catches Geneva making out with a dude we’ll later learn is Zip (Channing Tatum). Does he tell his best friend? Would it be more human to wait until all the pressure of the GM deal is over? Well, it’s a movie so any mature decision Ronny could make is off the table.

Remember when Vince Vaughn used to keep it real? No gimmicks, just breaking the tension of real relationships with comedy. To fill out two hours in The Dilemma, he has to fall into some poison plants that make his pee hurt, argue over the audience trick shot at a hockey game, and climb trees to spy on Zip.

Vaughn is out of things to riff about, so he does the speech from Miracle. Ronny makes up lies about what trouble he’s been in because he can’t tell Beth he’s planning a proposal and he can’t tell Nick what he knows. Dropping a wad of cash (intended for a ring) and keeping secrets make it look like Ronny’s gambling again. Misunderstanding circumstances is not the same as a joke.

The women give some powerhouse performances though. Geneva shows Ronny how she can turn on the tears if she has to claim Ronny made a pass at her to cover her ass. It’s pretty evil, but evil is not funny. Beth is the most amazing girlfriend ever. In the face of ridiculous behavior, she wants to be supportive and Ronny’s the ass to refuse. Queen Latifah talks about her lady wood in an embarrassing bit part, and it’s so funny that she says it twice. But Connelly and Ryder make something out of this nonsense.

There is some good drama in the resolution, but this ain’t the drama version. They had their chance to make a drama and they made the wrong choice.

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The Dilemma http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-dilemma/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-dilemma/#comments Mon, 03 Jan 2011 17:03:26 +0000 Reza F. Director: Ron Howard Cast: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Kevin James, Channing Tatum Synopsis: A man discovers that his best friend’s wife is having an affair. Release Date: January...

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Director: Ron Howard

Cast: Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Kevin James, Channing Tatum

Synopsis: A man discovers that his best friend’s wife is having an affair.

Release Date: January 14, 2010

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Vince Vaughn Is Challenged In Trailer For ‘The Dilemma’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/vince-vaughn-is-challenged-in-trailer-for-the-dilemma/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/vince-vaughn-is-challenged-in-trailer-for-the-dilemma/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 From Academy Award-Winning Director Ron Howard comes... a movie where Vince Vaughn gets poison ivy on his schlong. And Channing Tatum probably gets worse when he puts his in Winona Ryder. Despite the Farrelly-esque setups, The Dilemma looks funny. Hate on Vince Vaughn all you want but the man flawlessly delivers the line, "Ladies and gentlemen, electric cars... are gay." Back to schlongs, Queen Latifah mentions that she's sporting "ladywood." Cute, but I'd have called it a "HERection." I'm not an Academy Award winner though, so what do I know? Check out the trailer after the jump...

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From Academy Award-Winning Director Ron Howard comes… a movie where Vince Vaughn gets poison ivy on his schlong. And Channing Tatum probably gets worse when he puts his in Winona Ryder. Despite the Farrelly-esque setups, The Dilemma looks funny. Hate on Vince Vaughn all you want but the man flawlessly delivers the line, "Ladies and gentlemen, electric cars… are gay."

Back to schlongs, Queen Latifah mentions that she’s sporting "ladywood." Cute, but I’d have called it a "HERection." I’m not an Academy Award winner though, so what do I know?

Check out the trailer after the jump…


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First Look at Ron Howard’s ‘The Dilemma’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/first-look-at-ron-howards-the-dilemma/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/first-look-at-ron-howards-the-dilemma/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 USAToday has a first look at Ron Howard's new film, The Dilemma. It stars Vince Vaughn as a guy who discovers that his best friend's (Kevin James) wife (Winona Ryder) is cheating on him with Channing Tatum. Not the real Channing Tatum, but the character he plays. In case you're confused as to where this movie came from, it used to be called Cheaters. It's great to see Ron Howard taking on a comedy again. I've grown weary of his religious projects with Tom Hanks in long, stringy hair. Hopefully The Dilemma will be more Parenthood than EdTV. I'd also like to mention that the above scene takes place at Chicago's famous hot dog joint, Weiner Circle. A more dangerous place to bring Vaughn and James I cannot think of.

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USAToday has a first look at Ron Howard’s new film, The Dilemma. It stars Vince Vaughn as a guy who discovers that his best friend’s (Kevin James) wife (Winona Ryder) is cheating on him with Channing Tatum. Not the real Channing Tatum, but the character he plays. In case you’re confused as to where this movie came from, it used to be called Cheaters.

It’s great to see Ron Howard taking on a comedy again. I’ve grown weary of his religious projects with Tom Hanks in long, stringy hair. Hopefully The Dilemma will be more Parenthood than EdTV. I’d also like to mention that the above scene takes place at Chicago’s famous hot dog joint, Weiner Circle. A more dangerous place to bring Vaughn and James I cannot think of.

 

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‘Creation’ Actress Jennifer Connelly http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/creation-actress-jennifer-connelly/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/creation-actress-jennifer-connelly/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2010 19:06:52 +0000 Defy Media Your obsession with Jennifer Connelly began back when she starred alongside a creepy (normal) David Bowie in Labyrinth. Since then it has grown with each passing film, and even though the quality of Jennifer's work has gone downhill since she won her Oscar for A Beautiful Mind, you still love her unconditionally. By the way, I project my infatuations. A word from Jennifer: "It's just funny looking back at yourself walking and talking at age 14."Someone's a late bloomer, Jennifer... I was already hearing about this thing people were doing called "sex" by 14.  Check out more pics of Jennifer's blooming after the jump.

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Your obsession with Jennifer Connelly began back when she starred alongside a creepy (normal) David Bowie in Labyrinth. Since then it has grown with each passing film, and even though the quality of Jennifer’s work has gone downhill since she won her Oscar for A Beautiful Mind, you still love her unconditionally. By the way, I project my infatuations.

A word from Jennifer: “It’s just funny looking back at yourself walking and talking at age 14.”

Someone’s a late bloomer, Jennifer… I was already hearing about this thing people were doing called “sex” by 14. 

Check out more pics of Jennifer’s blooming after the jump.

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