Where’s Jimmy Hoffa?

I just watched Danny DeVito’s Hoffa on TV, an okay movie with a young(er) Jack Nicholson as James R. ‘Jimmy’ Hoffa. It might not be the best of movies, but it triggered my interest to read up a bit on Hoffa – as his story is one hell of a story. Especially the disappearence in 1975.

While checking Wikipedia/Jimmy Hoffa I came across some interesting facts that I had no idea about. It seems the FBI as late as 2006 was still looking for Hoffa’s remains! Not only once, but actually more than five times only in 2006 did the FBI follow up on various tip related to the whereabouts of Hoffa’s remains, at one point more than 40 agents actively engaged in digging outside some farm in Michigan, wtf? Funny.

Another thing that is worth noticing and that doesn’t really come as a surprise is this: “In April 2006, news reports surfaced that hitman Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski had confessed to author Philip Carlo that he was part of a group of five men who had kidnapped and murdered Hoffa. The claim’s credibility is questionable, as Kuklinski has become somewhat notorious for repeatedly claiming to have killed people — including Roy DeMeo — that concrete evidence has proved he could not have killed. The story forms part of the book The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer, which was released on July 1, 2006.”

I thought I had written about “The Iceman” before, I remember watching the interview which is quite scary. It can be found here on Google Video.

Quantum of Solace

Is appearently the name of the new Bond movie. It seems I completely missed this information, useless. Just as in the last one, we’ll see Daniel Craig as 007. Quantum of Solace will pick up an hour after Casino Royale’s conclusion, when a wounded Mr. White is shot and captured by Bond at Lake Como.

It hits theatres on the 8th of November 2008. Check out the Apple Trailer site for some more info and trailer. I guess we should all book a ticket for this action showdown straight away ey?!

Top 100 films in under 2 minutes!

Wow, this is certainly a good way for the busy man to watch his movies! Some guy put together his list of the top 100 movies in a clip which only runs for 1 minute 55 seconds. Good job, really.

Cloverfield, Matt Reeves is a genius!

I just watched Cloverfield, after all I’ve read you can say my expectations were off the roof, and I’d have to say that I completely agree with people saying it was a breath of fresh air to the movie industry! Even though these kind of “documentary” style movies have been existing for a while (having been jump started by The Blairwitch Project) it’s good to see one with a slightly different budget than the other cheap stories we’ve seen in the same area.

Even though I’m not completely sure what the budget was, you’d have to give the guys working on the marketing an extra pad on the shoulder for the fantastic viral campaign they pretty much launched without even knowing so.

Not great, but cool.

Movie mania

Been watching quite some movies the latest week, saw Jerry Seinfeld’s Bee Movie yesterday and I’ll have to say it was somewhat disappointing, I’d expect it to be up there with Toy Story, but it definately didn’t reach up there. I saw Beowulf the other week and that was, as IMDB rightly shows – just marginaly better! I’m not sure what to think of those semi-animated films, but it sometimes feels like a way to save something that wouldn’t have been so good without some originality. I also saw The Darjeeling Limited which stars Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman as three brothers on a recreational find yourself tour across India, amusing at times, great at times – but not all the way. Definately worth a watch though. Michael Clayton is the new Tony Gilroy (who did the Bourne trilogy) and George Clooney film which gave Tilda Swinton an Oscar for best supporting actress, I think it was also nominated for a couple of more Oscars, including best motion picture and best director. Oh, it also stars Sydney Pollack – a great actor according to me! Michael Clayton is definately worth to look at as well, it might be your “standard-true-story-conspiracy-drama-thriller” at first glance at the thriller, but there’s really more to it.

I don’t know if I mentioned Into the Wild before, but that’s a keeper for the collection. The new Sean Penn movie stars Emile Hirsch as Christopher McCandless (with truly SPOOKY resemblance), a collage graduate that wants to live in the wild in Alaska. Based on a true story (of course), Sean Penn really knows how to deliver a top performance. However, I have no idea how Hal Holbrook was nominated for an Oscar as best supporting actor, while the film was overlooked in the best motion picture category. Shame.