Category: Movie Reviews

On Location: Eqypt in California

On Location: Eqypt in California


“Location, location, location!”

If the place where the story is set is important, then the movie version of that story should be shot in that place or at least somewhere that looks like that place.

For The Ten Commandments, the final film of his career, legendary Hollywood director Cecile B. DeMille took his cameras, cast and crew off to Egypt, Mount Sinai and the Sinai Peninsula.

Here’s the 1956 film’s trailer:

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 But shooting “on location” can be expensive and so movie makers often end up filming at place that stands-in for the “real place,” just as stunt doubles do for film stars.

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The Hobbit Battles Back (While Reminding You To Fasten Your Seatbelt)!

The Hobbit Battles Back (While Reminding You To Fasten Your Seatbelt)!

There are times when I wonder if movie director Peter Jackson ever read more than these two books in his entire life: Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, both written by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Jackson’s “Lord” trilogy of films, released from 2001-2003, were a box office bonanza and also dramatically increased tourist travel to New Zealand where the films were shot.

A decade later, he produced another three-part cinematic saga based on The Hobbit.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released in 2012, and was followed the next year by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The final chapter will be told in December when The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters. Here’s the trailer.

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More Good vs. Evil, more weird looking not-quite-human creatures, more epic battles.

But Jackson’s latest movie may not be as entertaining a take on the Tolkien stories as another short film.

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“Omar” – A Pack of Liars

“Omar” – A Pack of Liars

Depending on how you calculate it, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has simmered along, occasionally boiling over, for almost 30 years, or since before the mid-mark of the 20th century.

So it figures that a  movie whose story is set on both sides of the “Israeli West Bank barrier,” a 25-foot-plus high “security” wall, would focus on the region’s volatile politics.

And while the conflict serves as the backdrop for Omar, the official submission of Palestine to the 2014 Oscars in the best foreign language film category, it involves universal themes: Friendship, love, trust, and betrayal.

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