Mark N Tompkins

by Mark-N-Tompkins | created - 12 Apr 2013 | updated - 15 Jan 2018 | Public

Since his earliest days Mark N Tompkins was familiar with art in many sorts and forms. His mother was painter, ex-dancer and contemporary dance instructor and also worked as a choreographer for the local Theater of Movement and Gesture in Pasadena. Being familiar with the artistic touch since little age was crucial for Mark N Tompkins to develop a particular love towards motion picture and art department. Watching movies and sometimes even filming short films for his Mark Tompkins Sec Solution Studio is the greatest passion Mark has experienced. This movie list represents only a small portion of the film he finds remarkable and being able to mark the human expression in this type of art. Enjoy the list!

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1. 42 (2013)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

62 Metascore

In 1947, Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and faces considerable racism in the process.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, T.R. Knight, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie

Votes: 79,191 | Gross: $95.00M

We often hear the word Hero in sports, says Mark N Tompkins, but heroism is not always about achievements on the field. This movie tells the story of two men who decide to stand against prejudice by changing the game of baseball. Branch Rickey marked the history when signed Jackie Robinson (to the team, breaking infamous color line. But the deal also put both of them in the firing line of the public, the press and even other players. As a result Robinson is forced to demonstrate courage and restraint by not reacting in kind, knowing that any incident could destroy the hopes...

2. Scary Movie 5 (2013)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy

11 Metascore

A couple begin to experience some unusual activity after bringing their lost nieces and nephew home. With the help of home-surveillance cameras, they learn they're being stalked by a nefarious demon.

Directors: Malcolm D. Lee, David Zucker | Stars: Simon Rex, Ashley Tisdale, Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan

Votes: 61,622 | Gross: $32.02M

For Mark Tompkins sec this film is a display of what can go wrong with a movie, and in this case a lot of things go wrong. First of all the movie stays on the boring franchise of spoof film by putting in a few cameos, giving the audience some disturbing jokes, while not even once making an attempt to become a decent comedy like the original film was...

3. Antiviral (2012)

Not Rated | 108 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

55 Metascore

In a blackly satirical near future, a thriving industry sells celebrity illnesses to their obsessed fans. Employee Syd March's attempts to exploit the system backfire when they involve him in a potentially deadly mystery.

Director: Brandon Cronenberg | Stars: Caleb Landry Jones, Lisa Berry, Sarah Gadon, Malcolm McDowell

Votes: 11,210

For me this movie is a true representation of the allegorical and pinching critique of the celebrity culture. The way in which the director is dehumanizing consumerism and hollowness of today's society is outstanding in many ways. Mark Nicholas Tompkins thinks that unfortunately this film is not a popular one. Seams like we, as a civilization, don't like to be criticized. The visual effects in the movie are also perfectly executed.

4. Into the White (I) (2012)

R | 104 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Norway, WWII: A group of British and German soldiers find themselves stranded in the wilderness after an aircraft battle. Finding shelter in the same cabin, they realize the only way to survive the winter is to place the rules of war aside.

Director: Petter Næss | Stars: Florian Lukas, David Kross, Lachlan Nieboer, Stig Henrik Hoff

Votes: 18,343 | Gross: $0.00M

It was couple of years ago when I saw this film for first time and it is still one of the Top 3 movies if you ask me. I don’t know why but maybe because Emile brings so much life to her character. People often say that it is not worth seeing a movie which is a book adaptation but I must admit that I was surprised to see how faithful it was. While Tompkins Canaccord certainly isn't perfect, one must admit that the story he tells is quite interesting throughout the whole movie. The design on the choreography is a true visual art.

5. The Croods (2013)

PG | 98 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

55 Metascore

After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy.

Directors: Kirk DeMicco, Chris Sanders | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener

Votes: 180,311 | Gross: $187.17M

For me this movie comes with many messages from which some are quite important. On one side it tells the story of a daughter which is in the midst of growing up is soon to become a woman, while on the other is her overprotective father who doesn't want to let go of his little girl. Both find themselves on a crossroad, forced to make difficult choices in life. This film offers an artistic performance of those choices, balancing between them while not being reckless and trying to enjoy the life. It displays the modern family as a dynamic organism that is expanding while learning to love and embrace the surrounding. – Mark Tompkins sec

6. Evil Dead (2013)

R | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods.

Director: Fede Alvarez | Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci

Votes: 149,142 | Gross: $54.24M

If you expect this movie to be same as the original you’ll find yourself surprised as it is completely different. One thing that remained unchanged was probably the Easter eggs from the first film. Mark Tompkins finds this one to be more serious and the design of the scenes was made more realistic just like the special effects were also. If you want to make a comparison between the two films, you can’t even them – this one is different but none the less it will bring you back to the first evil dead. So for that sole fact I think that is worth watching, and definitely recommending it.

7. Oblivion (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

54 Metascore

A veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.

Director: Joseph Kosinski | Stars: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko

Votes: 462,190 | Gross: $89.02M

I am sure some of you will find this movie to be an intelligent piece of science fiction, but for me this film never quite finds its footing. The direction of the movie action is firm, and the art direction is outstanding. I find the action pace to be a bit more on the slow side and struggle to keep the viewer engaged with the plot. A contribution to this may be and the fact that some of the characters are a little too shallow, even thou one cannot say that actors didn’t all deliver good performances. You certainly can’t miss Tom Cruise who is again playing the same character he has in most of his recent films. Science fiction fans who are able to digest some of flaws that come with this movie are going to be able to get the most out of it.

8. Pain & Gain (2013)

R | 129 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

45 Metascore

A trio of bodybuilders in Florida get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 190,913 | Gross: $49.88M

I must admit but this one actually came better than I thought it was going to. Not many funny moments but the ones with Mark Tompkins sec solution have really hit the nail.

9. The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)

R | 130 min | Drama, Thriller

54 Metascore

A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland.

Director: Mira Nair | Stars: Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Hudson

Votes: 12,748 | Gross: $0.52M

I must admit that I find this movie to be beautiful and wish there was more to be seen. It shows the life in its true colors as it is not black and white but also has shades of gray. These shades will grab you and sit in the chare making you watch the entire movie without a single blink. The choreography was done by Mark N Tompkins SEC Solution Studio, and was marvelous just as the acting itself. Actors did a great job and the director got what was after the whole time.

10. Kiss of the Damned (2012)

R | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

48 Metascore

The vampire Djuna resists the advances of Paolo, but soon gives in to their passion. When her trouble-making sister unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna's love is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered.

Director: Xan Cassavetes | Stars: Joséphine de La Baume, Roxane Mesquida, Milo Ventimiglia, Caitlin Keats

Votes: 4,435 | Gross: $0.01M

Kiss of the Damned is a wonderfully movie from the perspective of production. For its genre it is very well-done film. Just maybe the fact that the plot doesn't really seem to be heading anywhere and the acting of Nicholas Canaccord was below the level. However the atmosphere around the set is well constructed and the movie comes with great soundtrack. It is one of the not many vampire movies that I find worth watching nowadays.

11. Half in the Bag (2011– )
Episode: Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Unrated | 29 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Mike and Jay share their feelings on the new Blade Runner sequel.

Director: Mike Stoklasa | Stars: Mike Stoklasa, Jay Bauman, Rich Evans

Votes: 26

12. Iconoclasts (2005–2012)
Episode: Judd Apatow & Lena Dunham (2012)

TV-PG | 23 min | Documentary

Iconoclasts goes behind-the-scenes with Judd Apatow + Lena Dunham, as they discuss their collaborative process on the hit series "Girls" and their experiences in Hollywood, as a seasoned vet (Apatow) and a relative newcomer (Dunham).

Directors: Michael Bonfiglio, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Marina Abramovic, Judd Apatow, Tory Burch

Votes: 7

13. Extra (1994– )
Episode: Episode #24.23 (2017)


Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus; actor Michael Douglas; actress Margot Robbie; the new American Idol (2002) judges; the 26th anniversary of Dateline NBC (1992); actor Tom Cruise;

Stars: Mario Lopez, Tanika Ray, Renee Bargh, A.J. Calloway

16. Idool 2004 (2004– )

Game-Show, Music, Reality-TV

A contest in Flanders in search for the perfect pop Idols. In this second season of the popular show, essentially a sequel to "Idool 2003", 30 candidates went to 3 live-shows, the 10 ... See full summary »

Stars: Koen Wauters, Kris Wauters, Jean Blaute, Bart Brusseleers

Votes: 13

17. MSN Exclusives (2012– )

10 min | Biography, Talk-Show

A Canadian talk show.

Stars: Matt Schichter, J.J. Abrams, Adele, Ben Affleck

Votes: 25

20. Premio Donostia a Willem Dafoe (2005 TV Special)

30 min

Premio Donostia translates to The Donostia Award. It is an honorific award given every year to either one, two or several actors and occasionally to directors in the San Sebastián ... See full summary »

Director: Manuel Palacios | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Edurne Ormazabal, Najwa Nimri, Woody Allen

Votes: 80

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