Directed by: Randall Miller
Starring: Alan Rickman, Malin Akerman, Stana Katic, Johnny Galecki, Ashley Greene, Rupert Grint, Justin Bartha, Ahna O’Reilly, Freddy Rodriguez, Richard de Klerk
By: Nevra Azerkan
If you thought that the movie CBGB was about the iconic New York club that Hilly Kristal opened back in 1973, you would be correct. The film stars an incredible cast including the phenomenal Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal.
Kristal is shown as having difficulty maintaining a business and having to file for bankruptcy multiple times. After securing a loan from his mother, Bertha (Estelle Harris), he opens a club on the Bowery that will play Country, Bluegrass and Blues (CBGB) music. Clearly, things didn’t go as planned and instead CBGB’s became the place where underground rock and punk acts began playing before reaching super-stardom. Hilly saw something in each of the bands that he booked and his only stipulation was that they were not allowed to play any cover songs, only originals. Some of the acts that played there and that are shown in the film are: The Police, Dead Boys, The Ramones, Talking Heads, Television and Blondie. Due to the popularity of these acts, Hilly Kristal was deemed the Godfather of Punk. Continue Reading
Here comes, Beautiful Creatures, another young adult supernatural romance film adapted from the first novel in the best-selling series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. This will get the obvious Twilight comparisons in many ways, but it’s not a rip off. Casting seems to be done in the same way though with two relatively unknown actors in lead roles. Even the lead actor was originally British (Jack O’Connell) until he was replaced right before filming began with Alden Ehrenreich. This was probably a good idea. The storyline follows Ethan (Ehrenreich), who is tired of living in the small southern town of Gatlin until new girl, Lena (Alice Englert) moves into town. They both are drawn to each other and soon discover dark secrets about the town and their own families. Considering the success of many paranormal romance books brought to film and television (Twilight, Vampire Diaries, True Blood, etc.), I’d say this will probably do well. The film also stars Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, Viola Davis and Emmy Rossum. Set to release on February 13, 2013.