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The Hundred-Foot Journey

Andrew Quinn —  August 8, 2014
100 Foot Journey


A Review by Andrew Quinn

“Save dinner for after the movie though. You’re going to be hungry”

I don’t know if I’ll go back for seconds but I highly enjoyed this film. What a nice surprise it was too. The relaxed but thoughtful nature of director Lasse Hallström’s (whom you’ll remember from Chocolat and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) film making is in full swing. The stylish Steven Knight (Eastern Promises and Amazing Grace) is a welcome addition as adapter of the source material. Together Knight and Hallström set up quite the show with enough surprises and laughter to keep even the most cold hearted of people entertained. Having Helen Mirren signed on never hurt anyone’s prospects either.

The cast is wonderful and expertly cast. The Indian family led by Papa played by Om Puri is relatable and well fleshed out. They are the human element that by chance or divine providence meet Madame Mallory’s (Helen Mirren) cold and calculated world. The dynamic between these characters is phenomenally set up. It’s what cements the story and really keeps you watching. Hassan Haji, the aspiring chef played by Manish Dayal, keeps the focus of the film relatable and good natured. The characters gentle spirit and clever nature quickly gain the viewer’s interest and Dayal’s performance was solid.

The real treasure here has to be Mirren. She adds a surprising amount of depth to what could have been a one shtick character. She and the rest of the cast bring a healthy amount of laughs and depth to the picture. I can’t think of one performance that was stale or one character that doesn’t round out and grow through the course of the film. So go see the film for Helen Mirren but stay for the rest because you won’t be disappointed. Save dinner for after the movie though. You’re going to be hungry.





THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY is rated PG and arrives in theaters everywhere on August 8th.


Andrew Quinn is a film production student based out of Brooklyn NY.

He knows everything about film because he’s “seen over 240 of them.” 

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Review by Andrew Quinn

I’m hooked on the Guardians, I’m high on Marvel and I’m pretty sure my wife now has a huge crush on “Star Lord.”

*Lets go ahead and get this out of the way: the movie is visually stunning and it has a rocking sound track (the opening credits will be all you need to get hooked.) Surprisingly it’s one of the first films I’ve seen since Avatar where I felt the 3D visuals were justified and not annoying or cumbersome. Ok onto the good stuff.*


The Marvel world just got a lot bigger. The big draw for Guardians of the Galaxy is surely Chris Pratt playing Peter Quill aka “Star Lord.” Rightfully so, Pratt brings just the right amount of tongue in cheek humor and is a welcome addition to the Marvel Universe. What people will leave the theater remembering though is a bit bigger than Pratt. The rag tag team assembled throughout the movie is one of the most fun I’ve seen in recent history. I’m reminded of Joss Whedon’s ability to direct the groups from Firefly and The Avengers. Every character from Rocket the raccoon to a seemingly all powerful tree root named Groot are excellently cast and not one distracts from the other.

They’re all solid characters that support one another. Their bantering as they grow as a team is irresistible and surprisingly funny. The film doesn’t just have humor going for it though. There’s a deep understanding of the characters conditions and where they’re coming from. Peter Quill’s origin story is one of my favorites. It’s heartfelt and you become just as attached to his Walkman tape player as he is. The rest of the cast does a great job filling out with interesting motives and ideals. The Rocket and Groot relationship was especially great to watch unfold.

The depth and amount of new Marvel characters that join the Marvel Universe this time around is impressive for the first film in its series. The film does an excellent job of tying itself into the rest of the world (please Marvel take note we really want to see Peter Quill run into Tony Stark at some point.) Thankfully we can already look forward to the announced sequel and after the first film I’ve got all the trust that writer/director James Gunn and the cast will be entertaining us again. I can’t think of a better film to round out the summer blockbusters for this year and I’ll be going back to see it again (I missed a few minor lines of dialogue in my theater from all the laughter and cheering.)


Genre: Action-Adventure Rating: PG-13

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY opens in theaters everywhere on August 1st.


Andrew Quinn is a film production student based out of Brooklyn NY.

He knows everything about film because he’s “seen over 240 of them.” 

I just heard about this movie and I think the concept is hilarious! What do you think? I am thinking date night for this one!

The “Official Word”

“Friends With Kids is a daring and poignant ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends at that moment in life when children arrive and everything changes. The last two singles in the group observe the effect that kids have had on their friends’ relationships and wonder if there’s a better way.  They decide to have a kid together – and date other people.

There are big laughs and unexpected emotional truths as this unconventional ‘experiment’ leads everyone in the group to question the nature of friendship, family and, finally, true love.

Friends With Kids stars Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”), Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox and Edward Burns. Jennifer Westfeldt wrote, directed, and stars in the romantic comedy Friends with Kids.

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions will release Friends With Kids on March 9, 2012. Official Website:

I can’t wait to check this one out!

Rated G, Opens in theaters Feb. 17!

In this animated adventure, Arrietty is an adorable, teeny, courageous 14-year-old “Borrower” living with her mother and father under the floorboards of a quiet home. A sweet and solid family life is portrayed as the borrowers go about their miniature daily lives. Adventure ensues when 12-year-old Shawn is sent to stay in the home and sees the mythical Arrietty, changing her life and perhaps his own, forever.

I entered the theater on a snowy D.C. morning, yet, as the film began, I felt transported to a warm Summer day. The hues and lighting of the scenes and the detail in the characters are so marvelous!  And that was just the beginning of the magic of the film. The exquisite animation and tender storyline make for a truly uplifting movie experience.

I did expect a lot from the film.

I love the 1903 book, “The Borrowers” and I have enjoyed many other films from Studio Gibli. Who isn’t awed by the delicate animation by screenwriter and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, in such films as “Ponyo” and “Spirited Away” and one of my favorites, “Totoro”?

Miyazaki first noticed “The Borrowers” 40 years ago. At the time he wished to make a movie version, but the timing was not yet right. Yet, Miyazaki revisited his idea, and in 2010, “The Secret World of Arrietty” was released in Japan, becoming the highest grossing film at the box office that year. The film was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and produced by Toshio Suzuki.

Today, the timing seems perfect, as the film echos with themes of the fragility of our ecosystem and the need to be brave and resourceful.

The English language version of “The Secret World of Arrietty” brings some delightful talent to the animated film, with a voice cast of Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, David Henrie, and Moises Arias. I particularly enjoyed Will Arnett, as the firm but softhearted father of Arrietty.

I really recommend this family friendly movie. Our whole family was delighted with it, from the six-year-old to the 17-year-old…to me. In fact, the theater was packed with young children for this screening, yet they were all so quiet! I think they really were in awe of the movie. There was some clapping, but no fussing!

See more, visit and ‘Like’ The Secret World of Arrietty on Facebook at:!/SecretWorldofArrietty

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