Saturday, June 21, 2008

Endless Summer

Author: Pat
Location: New York

"Endless Summer"

Directed By Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Written By Guillermo Arriaga and Paul Haggis
Music By James Newton Hall
Produced By Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Paul Haggis, Oliver Stone

Principal Cast:

Tom Arnold (Eddie Morgan)
Lucas Black (Sam Garmun)
Nicolas Cage (Vinnie Reeder)
Jamie Foxx (Damien)
Topher Grace (Louis Kozlowski)
Dule Hill (Richie)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Freddie Mitchell)
Ernie Hudson (Officer Dansfield)
Michael Imperioli (Jon Mattzeratti)
Michael Keaton (Ted Johnson)
Catherine Keener (Felicia Burns)
Kristin Kreuk (Ana Johnson)
Ryan Merriman (Aaron Westmore)
Kim Raver (Sara Mitchell)
Sam Rockwell (Wally Smith)
Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Danielle Bernarna)
Evan Rachel Wood (Caroline Reeder)

Tagline: "When the sun shines bright and the trees are green you wish you had an endless summer"

Synopsis: From the acclaimed team that brought "21 Grams", "Amores Perros", and "The Thre Burials Of Melquiades Estrada" comes a new ensemble drama with a massive cast of fantastic actors. The story centers on 17 individuals living in intertwining lives that are suddenly thrown together in a deadly traffic accident on a highway in Southern Florida. Eddie Morgan (Tom Arnold) is a truck driver who is under investigation for suppossedly transporting illegal immigrants to Northern states. Sam Garmun (Lucas Black) is a young college baseball player who is dating Ana (Kristin Kreuk) while falling for the beauty of a stripper (Jamie-Lynn Sigler). Vinnie Reeder (Nicolas Cage) is the CEO of a multi-million dollar business that has seen better days and is trying to reconnect with his daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) after the sudden death of his wife at the hands of a drug dealer. Damien (Jamie Foxx) and Richie (Dule Hill) are two brothers who are trying to break into the house of a wealthy lawyer (Michael Keaton) so they can find something to blackmail him into representing them in an upcoming court case. Louis Kozlowski (Topher Grace) is the jealous friend of Sam Garmun's who claims that Sam ruined his chances of playing baseball in a ATV accident in high school. Freddie (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is an unfaithful husband to his wife Sara (Kim Raver) and wants to divorce her but does not want to lose custody of their two children. Officer Dansfield (Ernie Hudson) is an aging traffic cop who is harassed by other officers because he is getting too old to do his job. Jon Mattzeratti (Michael Imperioli) is a car dealer who is trying to compete with his rival, Felicia Burns (Catherine Keener), when the demand for his cars begins to fade. Aaron Westmore (Ryan Merriman) is stripper Danielle's ex-boyfriend who does not want to let her go. Wally Smith (Sam Rockwell) is a high school teacher who is accused of having sex with one of his students. All of these lives will come together in one spectacular and tragic moment where people live and people die on one beautiful summer day.

What the press would say:

"Endless Summer" is an epic, masterful drama that grips the viewer's heart and captures their minds. Inarritu has made the best movie of his career with the help of the always exceptional Guillermo Arriaga. In the film, 17 seemingly unrelated characters are brought together by a huge pileup on a Floridian highway where some characters die, some are injured, and some are miraculously unharmed. If there was an award at the Oscar for best ensemble then these actors would have absolutely no problem winning that one. Every actor seems worthy of individual recognition, although there are some standouts. Tom Arnold is surprisingly good in a very dramatic role as a hick truck driver who is hiding a lot from the police. Jamie Foxx is amazing as a thief and blackmailer who has a short temper and a lot to say. Ernie Hudson is phenomenal as the tragic victim of degrading pranks from the people he thought were his friends. Kim Raver deserves best-in-show kudos as a housewife who learns that her husband is cheating on her and becomes very adament about not letting him have contact with their children. All in all, "Endless Summer" is perfect from the acting to the writing to the music. It will blow you away with its sheer emotion and power.

Best Picture
Best Director-Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Best Original Screenplay
Best Supporting Actor-Tom Arnold
Best Supporting Actor-Lucas Black
Best Supporting Actor-Philip Seyour Hoffman
Best Supporting Actor-Ernie Hudson
Best Supporting Actress-Catherine Keener
Best Supporting Actress-Kim Raver
Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing
Best Original Score
Best Sound
Best Sound Editing

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