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Sunday
Mar042012

Ben Affleck’s ‘The Town’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and DVD Release, Complete with Tattoos #charlestown #boston #movies

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An Ultimate Collector’s Edition of the crime drama, “The Town” starring Ben Affleck is set to be released this Tuesday, March 6th. In February, Warner Bros. and the city of Boston were so excited for the new release of “The Town” on Blu-ray and DVD that they came together and renamed the corner of an intersection after this movie. Avery street became “The Town Take 2 Place,” right where it crosses Tremont street, for a few days.

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A Charlestown district chief city councilwoman said that it was the first time a Boston street has been renamed temporarily. While the signage probably annoyed some travelers or locals who believe it is unnecessary, Ben Affleck fans and the general movie going public probably didn’t mind the change at all, especially since it’s right outside the AMC Loews Boston Common movie theater.

What’s so special about “The Town” Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray or DVD, you ask?

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Well, this edition includes a 153-minute extended version and a more gritty alternate ending. The extended version delves more into the life of Ben Affleck’s character, Doug MacRay, including a “beefier” romance between him and Claire. Thanks to USA Today, here are some of the accompanying extras that “The Town” Box set contains.

- 4 Featurettes
- Commentary on 3 different versions of “The Town.”
- 48-page filmmaking photo book
- rub-on tattoos
- Mug shot cards
- 15-page FBI Report that was used in the film.
- A map of Charlestown, with details on crime scenes from the movie.
- A 30-minute documentary, called “The Town: A Director's Journey.”

Oh, and it also has a 3rd disc containing the original 125-minute theatrical version of “The Town,” but it would be silly for a box set to not include the one that audiences have come to know, right? Or else, the whole ‘Ultimate’ claim is just a ploy to give the Blu-ray and DVD more attention. I’m just sayin’.

Now, is it just me, or are those rub-on tattoos in this box set a little inappropriate or at the very least, strange given that “The Town” is an R-rated movie? Unless someone is hosting or attending a themed party, why is anyone over the age of 17 walking around with rub-on tattoos? Just a curiosity. Maybe I’m out of the loop.

The release of an Ultimate Collector’s Edition for “The Town” comes at a great time, since Ben Affleck, who also co-wrote and directed this movie, is our new King Dong for the month of March 2012. Hats off to him!

What are some of the best special features that YOU’ve seen on DVDs in your movie collection? Are there any special features that YOU wish were never included on any DVD, whether it is collector’s edition, or not?

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Thursday
Mar012012

A Farewell to Denzel: Positive Influences Mean Everything! #bgca #rolemodel #inspiration

A Farewell to Denzel, From Dalboz17 on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dalboz17/3824350662/

"It's one thing to make money. It's another thing to know how to count it. -- They talk about role models, and you see me or LeBron James or somebody on TV bouncing a basketball. But your real role models are those people that are in your club, those people that are in your environment that affect you either positively or negatively.” - Denzel Washington

Join me in saying farewell to Denzel Washington, a man whose talent and wisdom knows no bounds.

It’s been a pleasure to watch him rule as King Dong of February 2012, for which we learned a lot, this time around.

From the importance of preserving the magic of cinema to never being afraid to fail,

Mr. Washington sure knows how to reach his full potential while still maintaining a relatively simplified life, which is probably why he does so well.

Yet, this “Safe House” star refuses to take all the credit for his successful acting career.

For, it is the positive influence of a late mentor as well as encouraging words from a childhood Boys and Girls Club worker that Washington holds near and dear.

Today, the talented actor uses his own success and influence to create a positive impact in the lives of children, by supporting causes that are close to his heart.

Just last Fall, he established the Denzel Washington Endowed Scholarship for undergraduate students majoring in theatere at Fordham University, so the first lucky recipient gets $250,000 to study at the same place where the guy who played Coach Boone in “Remember the Titans” got his start.

The Boys and Girls Club of America, however, is where the 57 year-old Oscar winner for Best Actor continues to teach his biggest lesson...

Even the smallest positive gesture can mean the world to children and he’s a prime example, after never forgetting a Boys and Girls Club worker telling him “Young man, with the smarts you have, You can do anything you want to do,” which left quite an impression.

Denzel Washington serves as a spokesperson for The Boys and Girls Club of America, an organization that helped him become all that he could be and more.

As he takes on new roles in upcoming films while stressing education and surrounding kids with good role models, let’s look forward to what else he has in store!

“The most dangerous time for children are between 3 and 6 o'clock, when they're out of school. They're going to join some club. They're going to line up with the athletes, the jocks, or the jerks, or the nerds, or the goths, or the druggies. They're going to do something. They're going to be negatively influenced, unless they're positively influenced. And that is our responsibility as adults." - Denzel Washington

I read that Denzel Washington has interest in maybe becoming a Pastor someday. Do YOU think he would make a good one? Would YOU attend his church?

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Monday
Feb272012

Oscar-Worthy Speeches in Films #monday #meme #moviequotes

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Let’s hope you all kept your thinking caps on after Dale at Smurfin’ the Web took us to school during last week’s Monday Movie Meme. Although I was unable to watch the Oscars last night, I’m using my turn as Meme host to offer a topic based on the biggest movie event of the year.

The entire broadcast of the Academy Awards can be quite boring to watch but we may still take home fond memories of over-the-top or inspiring speeches given by the Oscar winners, before taking their golden statues home -- Who can forget the curly fro-sporting Luke Matheny, who started his Academy Award speech with “I should have gotten a haircut” before plugging iTunes sales of his short film “God of Love” and those of fellow Best Live Action Short Film nominees, and then wrapping up by thanking his mother, who provided craft services for the film. It was a light mix of humor and shameless self-promotion that made the Oscar broadcast more memorable and more entertaining.

So, this week’s theme is: Talk that talk!

Share on your blog or in the comments section, movies that feature your most favorite speeches or your most memorable speeches to date. Also, visit the blogs of other meme participants to read and comment on their list. Here are my selections for this week’s Talk that talk! movie meme.

Oscar Worthy Speeches in Film

Any Given Sunday
Tony D’Amato, played by Al Pacino, delivers several notable takeaways as a football coach in this movie. Since I’ll be featuring one of them in a later post on this blog, during the 2012 A to Z Challenge and have already highlighted parts of it in my guest post at Far Away in the Sunshine back in May 2011, I won’t get into it much here.

Instead, I’ll just mention that D’Amato’s pregame lesson where he explains -- “Either we heal as a team, or we crumble, inch by inch, play by play, until we’re finished. We’re in hell right now and we can stay here, get the shit kicked out of us or we can fight our way back, into the light. We can climb out of hell -- one inch at a time. Now, I can’t do it for you.” -- can be about so much more than winning a football game, depending on how it is perceived.

Pacino’s performance as D’Amato gives audiences a timeless piece that brings almost anyone out of the darkest of places, if you let it.

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Boiler Room
Jim Young, played by Ben Affleck, is fearless as he leads a group of young investment brokers in understanding the importance of tenacity and getting results. He starts his speech off strong with what appears to be the immediate firing of two people, in front of everyone, as his meeting begins. “That’s it! Pack your shit, skippy, and let’s go!” -- but that is not what makes the scene memorable. Affleck’s firm and brutal delivery in motivating his brokers-in-training gets him, at the very least, an Oscar nomination for “Best Speech,” in my book.

I’ve only watched “Boiler Room” once or twice, maybe, but cannot forget this meeting scene, where he says “Whoever tells you money is the root of all evil doesn’t have any. They say money doesn’t buy happiness, look at the fucking smile on my face -- ear to ear, baby!” before going on to let the broker wannabes know what is expected of them at his firm, with “You are required to work your fucking ass off at this firm! We want winners here, not pikers. A piker walks at the bell. A piker asks how much vacation time you get in a year -- we’re not here to make friends -- you want vacation time? Go teach third grade, public school!”

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Remember the Titans
It seems as though football movies have the best speeches of all time with “Remember the Titans” being among the sports flicks with lessons that can be applied in everyday situations.

Coach Herman Boone, played by Denzel Washington, took his team to the field where the Battle of Gettysburg took place, which served as the foundation for one of his most memorable speeches from this movie -- “This green field right here is painted red, bubbling with the blood of young boys, smoke and hot lead pouring right through their bodies. Listen to their souls -- ‘I killed my brother with malice in my heart. Hatred destroyed my family.’

Listen and take a lesson from the dead. If we don’t come together right here on this hollow ground, we too will be destroyed, just like they were. I don’t care if you like each other or not, but you WILL respect each other and I don’t know, maybe, we’ll learn to play this game like men.”

What are some of Your most favorite or most memorable movie speeches?

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