December 31st, 2007

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Grace Under Fire Awards

Grace under Fire Awards;

Christine Fanta and Arriann Denison
Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders

It is tough to cheer when you face a season like the Miami Dolphins did this year.

Harley Jane Kozak

Pictured with writer Heather Graham,
Harley revealed the spirit of Rocky Balboa.
She took some hits this year, but wrote and toured her excellent book, "Dead Ex." Yet her priority remained her kids.

Elaine Viets

"The back from the Dead Tour ?!?"
This was a dark joke from the Waldenbooks manager. Elaine is a recent stroke survivor who has made a remarkable recovery. In fact, she is ready to start work on her next "Dead End" novel which is set in South Beach.

Elaine's husband, Don Crinklaw is a journalist of merit.

Kim Brown
built a house, raised some fine kids and became a grandmother this year.

I've not trophies nor certificates to give out, but these individuals earned my respect this year.
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Class Acts Awards

The following individuals were extremely nice and supportive when being interviewed. These Class Acts were;

Sergio Sanchez

Juan Antonio B

Cindy Morgan

Malcolm McDowell

Robert Davi
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Angels behind the Scenes

Having been a Production Assistant;
one respects people who work behind the scenes.

The sad thing about Backstage Angels,
if they perform their jobs correctly;
no one should notice.

The following have earned a ticket to heaven for their work in 2007;

Terri Neil and Associates
Hal Axler
Nancy Murray
Katy Mullon
Jan Mitchell and Associates.

Meet Jan Mitchell's new associate, Max, Checkie's little brother!
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2007: State of the Union with regards to the Motion Picture Industry

2007 broke box office records, yet it was from the
strength of a few movies in which a climatic trilogy
was concluded. In fact this year featured at least 13
movies that were the 3rd part of a trilogy.

Overall the motion picture industry lost money, with
"Grindhouse" being one of the biggest box office losers of
the year. The Quentin Taratino/Robert Rodriquez double
featured earned 25 million dollars at the box office,
but cost the fledgling Weinstein Studios an estimated
53 million dollars to produce.

It is a hard sale to motivate people to see big budgeted homages to films
that were considered trailer trash from the 1970s time of exploitation.
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Into the Future.....

Disney Studios had a successful run of motion pictures
in 2007, by releasing fewer motion pictures, but of
better quality. 2008 looks promising for the studio that was started with a mouse and a dream.

"Miracle at St. Anna" chronicles the story of four
black American soldiers who are stationed in Tuscany,
Italy during World War II. Directed by Spike Lee.

Walt Disney will continue C.S. Lewis' "Chronicles of
Narnia" with "Prince Caspian." This Christian
Allegory opens eight days before the new "Indiana Jones" adventure.

The partnership of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and
Harrison Ford seemed primed to reclaim lost glory with
"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,"
which features the welcome return of Karen Allen as
Indiana Jones real love interest.

What was once seen as a box office joke, has now proven to be box office gold.
In 2006, Sylvester Stallone showed how to
resurrect a favorite, but aged character with "Rocky
Balboa." Bruce Willis followed up with a welcome
return for John McClain in "Live Free or Die Hard."
Next month, Stallone plans to revive "Rambo" which looks at
the plight of the people of Burma.

Baby boomers and video game fanatics are salivating
over the new "Speed Racer" trailer, which features
John Goodman and Christine Ricci as Trixie. Comic book
heroes are getting the big studio treatment this
summer, "Iron Man," "The Incredible Hulk" "The
Dark Knight" at IMAX, while Great Britain plans a
duel between "Harry Potter and the Half Blood
Prince" and James Bond in "Riscio."

Next Christmas
will feature "Star Trek 11: Captain Kirk and Mr.
Spock drink from the Fountain of Youth."

Robert Rodriquez can redeem himself a the box office
with "Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For" while Peter
Jackson puts away the computer pyrotechnics to produce
Alice Sebold's intimate novel "The Lovely Bones."
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2007 Honorable mention

While these films are not perfect, there were moments and imagery that haunted me this New Year's Eve. What they may lack in plot and character, these flicks make up for with memorable moments. Potential Cult Favorites!

Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Starting Out in the Evening
The Queen
Pirates of the Caribbean At World's End
The Illusionist
Black Snake Moan
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Films in Review 2007 - the Top Ten List

Happy New Year and thank you for reading.
I really do appreciate your interest in my website, opinion and reviews.

2007 started good and faded by May.
The John Wayne Centennial reminded people of better movies
that involved storyline, character development and impressive visuals.
One free screening of "The Searchers" easily outclassed "Shrek the Third," "Spider-Man 3" and "Pirates of the Caribbean At World's End."

Hollywood procrastinated and I missed most of the award nominated releases from recent days. If the film is real good, I might mention it next year. This is why "Pan's Labyrinth" is on this 2007 list of best films. Read my future book in which I make timely corrections.

3:10 to Yuma
Pan's Labyrinth
The Orphanage
Live Free or Die Hard
In the Shadow of the Moon
Amazing Grace