Which summer blockbuster are you looking forward to seeing the most?!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Video Essay: The Art of Slow Motion in Film

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 "We have no control of time." 
Check out this excellent video essay by Julian Palmer.  He breaks it down for us while examining the wonderful world of slow motion in cinema. We get films spanning from Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries (1957) to many of Scorsese's films, all the way to recent films like David Fincher's Panic Room (2002), Zack Snyder's Watchmen (2009), Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive (2011) and Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). And of course there's a scene from The Matrix, because 'duh'. There's plenty to admire and plenty to learn in this video essay on slow motion, so check it out and enjoy!
"Slow Motion is one of the oldest (and best!) tricks in the filmmaker’s playbook. Showing the action at half speed can add gravitas, drama, or old-fashioned epic-ness to any shot." 
I couldn't agree more.  In fact I feel by adding a little slow-mo to any movie provides a little fun nuance, thus throwing all our attention to the act at hand just a little longer. There are so many instances to be had, but some of my all time fav slow-mo scenes include 127 hours, Drive, X-Men and Mission Impossible. These kinds of fascinating video essays are what inspire filmmakers and movie goes alike. For the full list of films featured in Julian Palmer's video essay, click "Show More" on the YouTube page.  

What's your favorite slow-mo scene?

TV Spot for Suicide Squad

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"What was that?... I should kill everyone and escape?!" 

Worst heroes ever! Man, Warner Bros sure knows how to cut trailers! I mean, c'mon! Their latest TV spot for what is bound to be a 'dope' comic-book, action-packed blockbuster still has me hooked! Suicide Squad packs one powerful (villainous) punch! And with this gorgeous, star-studded cast we're most-deff in for some wild & crazy fun! We got Will Smith, Margot Robbie (BABE), Cara Delevingne (LOVE), Jared Leto (DROOL), Joel Kinnaman (SWOON), Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, Common, Jay Hernandez, Karen Fukuhara, among others. This TV spot is basically a condensed version from previous trailers, but it still looks awesome and I cannot wait to see it! I just hope this flick is as cool as it seems.  Enjoy!
 
Suicide Squad is a DC Comics movie from Warner Bros, directed by David Ayer (End of Watch, Sabotage, Fury) from a script by based on the comic books. Will Smith is Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman is Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie is Harley Quinn, Jared Leto is Joker, Jai Courtney plays Boomerang, Viola Davis plays Amanda Waller, Cara Delevingne is Enchantress, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is supposedly playing Killer Croc. All of these characters are part of a super villain team recruited by the government for secret missions. It's rumored that Ike Barinholtz is playing Dr. Hugo Strange, Adam Beach is possibly Ravan and Jim Parrack is playing Deathstroke. You don't want to miss this blockbuster when it hits theaters everywhere August 5, 2016. 

You ready to go dark?...
 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Summer Blockbuster HOTTIES - 2016

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Summer movies return to the blockbuster scene this season with no shortage of hotties at the helm. I'm pretty sure there's more to life than being really really 'really' ridiculously good looking, but not here, no-sir-ee. Here, you will see Hollywood serving up some sizzling HOT realness of outrageous proportions. And with these fine babes of toy-land infiltrating our movie theaters this summer it's going to be hard to stay away. Caution: May cause third degree burns.

*Lip-Smacking Man-Candy* 

Liam Hemsworth
This tall, dark and 'extremely' handsome surfer-boy has the ability to render females helpless in a matter of seconds with just one smile - not a feat a lot of men can claim. There's 'nothing' more refreshing than an attractive man who has no idea how attractive he really is. Watch him kick a little alien butt in this summer's blockbuster sequel Independence Day: Resurgence, out June 24th.

Up Next: The Duel is about a Texas Ranger who investigates a series of unexplained deaths in a town called Helena.

Joel Kinnaman 
What's Swedish for "daaayum, you fine!"?... Perhaps he isn’t a name you recognize at first glance, but this 6' 2" stone-fox of a man has star-quality written all over him.  He's hot, talented, a little geeky, into sports... need I go on?! It's easy to see why he made the cut. You don't want to miss him bring Rick Flag to the silver screen in this summer's highly anticipated flick, Suicide Squad, out August 5th. #cantwait

Up Next:  Edge of Winter tells a story of two brothers are stranded by a brutal winter storm with an unpredictable father they barely know, the boys begin to suspect their supposed protector may be their biggest threat.

Jared Leto
With those chiseled good looks, those stunning baby-blues and that gorgeous, lucious hair is it any wonder he made the list?! I mean, c'mon! And if being the lead vocals, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter for his band  30 Seconds to Mars isn't enough to impress the ladies, this stunning man takes home Oscars when he acts. Watch him breathe life into the greatest comic-book villain of all time in what is bound to be a stellar blockbuster! Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5th. 

Up Next: The Outsider is an epic story set in post-WWII Japan and centered on an American former G.I. who joins the yakuza. 


They sure know how to grow 'em gooood in Sweden. Whether this 6' 5" tall drink of water slays it as a vampire or swings from a vine to rescue Jane in this summer's The Legend of Tarzan, out July 1st, one thing is fo'sho... this sex-on-a-stick is one delicious piece of lip-smacking man-candy and an excellent addition to our summer blockbuster hotties.

Up Next: Big Little Lies is a TV series about how things take a dark turn for a group of moms whose perfect lives begin to unravel.


Sam Claflin 
With a smile that can easily make your knees buckle in an instant and a rockin' hard, naughty body, it's no wonder this down to earth, gorgeous Brit has women all over screaming for more.  Trying to justify his sex-appeal is like trying to explain why the sky is blue.  It just is.  We don't question it, we don't debate it, we just accept it. Fall in love with him in this summer's charming romance Me Before You, out now.

Up Next: We Happy Few tells a story about a British film crew who attempts to boost morale during WWII by making a propaganda film after the Blitzkrieg.   



*Mouth-Watering Bombshells*
We need a 'new' word for how hot this sex-kitten truly is. One thing's for certain, this foxy-mama oozes sex appeal no matter what she does. She's definitely a perfect addition to our summer blockbuster hotties, hands down! Check her out as she reprises her role as April O'Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, in theaters now.
Up Next: Zeroville is a story about a young actor arrives in Hollywood in 1969 during a transitional time in the Industry.

It's hard to fully resist this incredibly sexy, Oscar award winning talent. This sparkling diamond, of Swedish descent, is a total babe, and has proven she's a force to be reckoned with. Hollywood's "it" girl shows no sign of slowing down either. Check her out in Tulip Fever, out July 15, or watch her stand her ground against Bourne in the highly anticipated sequel Jason Bourne, which hits theaters July 29th. #cantwait

Up  Next: The Light Between Oceans is a Book to Film Adaptation about a lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat. 

Zoe Saldana
This enchanting beauty of Dominican and Puerto Rican ancestry, is absolutely one gorgeous stunner. But she doesn't get by on those vapid hot chick roles alone. Opting instead, to play a pirate, an assassin, a blue 'and' green alien, all the way to her latest butt kicking role as Uhura in this summer's smash hit Star Trek Beyond, out July 22nd. A blockbuster you do 'not' want to miss! #livelongandprosper 
Up Next: Reprising her role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which is a continuation of the team's adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage.
          
Jennifer Lawrence
This fierce, yet stunning, mouth-watering bombshell is one hilarious babe! Definitely the type of girl you want to hang out with. This gorgeous blondie exudes confidence and strength, which in turn is extremely sexy. And if that wasn't enough to impress, when the girl acts she takes home Oscars. She reigned supreme, yet again, as Mystique in this summer's blockbuster X-Men: Apocalypse, which is currently in theaters. 
Up Next: Passengers is a story about a spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 60 years early. 

What's not to love about this Australian born, sexy-licous, blonde bombshell?! I mean she is beyond the hotness. With those beautiful baby blues, her luscious, cherry lips and that sex-siren smile, it's clear she ain't goin' nowhere but the very top. Whether she's being rescued by Tarzan in The Legend of Tarzan, out July 1st, or stirrin' up trouble as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, out August 5th, one thing is fo'sho... this charming, sweet gem is here to stay. #YAS

Up Next: Terminal tells a story about two hit men who go on what seems to be a suicide mission while working for a mysterious employer. Annie, who may surprise the hit men with her level of involvement in the mission.

All the sizzling babes in this segment turned K-Rated's hotness dial up to... 11.  What can I say, 2016 means bidniss! The floor is now yours. Share some of your favorite blockbuster hotties of 2016 in the comment section below. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Top 10 Favorite Childhood 'Sci-Fi' Movies from the 80's

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Oh, how I love the 80's! A while back I compiled a list of my all-time favorite childhood Fantasy films,  but this time around we're loving all things sci-fi! - my favorite childhood sci-fi flicks from the 80's to be exact.  These are movies I absolutely 'loved' as a kid (and still do to this day). Their unique ability to whisk me away to a more simple and carefree time, filled with mad intrigue and dashing adventure, is exactly why they hold a soft spot in my heart forever and for always.  
The 80's were 'definitely' an outrageous decade of spectacle proportions. And with special-effects improving at an alarming rate, it was a rad time for both viewers and filmmakers alike who wanted to explore the wonderful world of  make-believe.  There are a few decades in film history that are better than the 80's. Children of this era never had it so good! So sit back, wax nostalgia and let the good times roll.  Bear in mind, these are sci-fi films I was obsessed with as a kid - some I didn't get into until much later in life (aka E.T., hence the honorable mention). 

Honorable Mentions:
TRON
(1982)

Cocoon
(1985)
Short Circuit (1986)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)


10. My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988)

Sure, it didn't win any kind of awards, but it didn't have to to be a winner in my book. I remember wanting every stellar outfit Kim Basinger had in this film. Watching this movie with my dad is one of my fondest memories. It may not work for everyone, and if you were to watch it now you'd notice how hokey and overdone it was.  But for a young girl this movie was everything!


9. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

The feelings that rush over me when I think of this movie are beyond delightful. If you were a child of this era there's no way you missed this Disney gem! This timeless tale made you want to eat a cookie the size a house, play in giant size legos, zoom rapidly by on top of a bumblebee, and lest we forget the tears that were shed when poor, sweet Antie died. With my wild imagination, this comedy had me hooked like no other!  


8. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

This excellent adventure had me like..."Whoa." I can't fully express in words how much I truly loved this movie growing up! Sure, it required a suspension of disbelief as we venture through time, plucking out historical figures all in the name of a class project, but hey, we're down with that! Not only do we have most triumphant one-liners, mingled with bodacious music, but we also have a profound message - "Be excellent to each other..."


7. Flash Gordon (1980)

Despite being a flop in the U.S., as a kid this movie had me at "GO FLASH GO!"  I mean how can you go wrong with "The Savior of the Universe?!" We're talking good vs. evil, beautiful damsels in distress, outrageous/sexy costumes (that pink dress was 'everything'!), fight scenes, explosions, wild creatures. Sold! And lest we forget the stellar soundtrack by one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Queen. It is widely considered by geek culture as one of the greatest sci-fi Cult classics ever made.


6. Spaceballs (1987)

It didn't take long for Mel Brooks to spoof one of the greatest Trilogies of all time. This over-the-top Star Wars parody was so clever and witty it had everyone of all ages cheering for more.  As a child I remember laughing so hard tears were pouring out by the buckets.  It was a blast to quote this movie with family and friends - "When will then be now?"  Being a huge Star Wars fan this light and ridiculously silly movie grabbed a hold of tightly and never let go. 
 

5. Back to the Future (1985)

This movie was basically a love letter to the 50's. Perhaps it's what initially spawned my love for the  charming decade. It even could be considered a love letter to the 80's as well (another favorite decade of mine... clearly). As a kid I loved this movie so much (and still do to this day). Time travel, excellent one-liners, mingled with some rad music and clothing. It's easy to see why I fell hard for this groundbreaking, popcorn flick. 


4. Ghostbusters (1984) 

Whenever I was home sick from school this movie was always my go-to.  I would pop it in the ol’ VCR, fast forward past that scary ghost/librarian scene #nightmares and laugh like crazy! This classic works, not only because of its paranormal laser light show, but for all the subtle, comedic iterations behind all of it. I credit my love for Bill freakin' Murray to this flick.  Every line he utters is straight up hilarious.  So many fond memories encapsulated in this sci-fi gem. On a scale of one to even... I can't.


3. Flight of the Navigator (1986)

Flight of the Navigator is essentially two movies mashed into one - a suspenseful, sci-fi thriller and a BFF road trip comedy. And I contribute my love for the Beach Boys to this sci-fi treasure. "Round, round, get around, I get around!" Those who grew up in the 80's should have fun, fond memories of this awesomeness. Whenever I think of this movie nostalgia washes over me like a warm shower of bliss.  It's a better film than it has any right to be, but who cares.  It worked so well that to this day I still utterly adore it.  And any chance I get to watch it... I'm all in.


2. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

You love Darth Vader, right? Well, he’s only in a handful of scenes in Star Wars, but in the Sequel, he’s on it. He’s killing Imperial Officers left and right. He gets down and dirty both on Hoth and Cloud City. He even gets his own theme music courtesy of John Williams. Cue The Imperial March. And don't even get me started on the Han and Leah romance... (sigh).  I 'so' wanted to be her growing up.


1. Return of the Jedi (1983)

No matter if you loved or hated Return of the Jedi, you're right. But for me and as a kid this golden treasure was definitely my favorite in this brilliant space opera Trilogy, in large part due to those cute and cuddly Ewoks! And I never wanted to be Princess Leah more than in this movie (ahem, you know what I'm talking about). We have so much adventure lurking around each and every corner -  Jabba the Hut, Vader, speed racers, a joyous grand finale. Love, love and LOVE!


 
When you’re a child, you imbibe a plethora of entertainment that so often helps shape the core of your personality. While some movies are fleeting entertainment, there are those so magical you can't help but adore with every breath until the end of time. Needless to say, the 80's were truly a fantastical era! The floor is now yours. What childhood sci-fi movies from the 80's made your top ten? Share your thoughts in the comment section below... 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Huntsman: Winter War Review

Who knew there was a sequel to Snow White (Hollywood can't stop, won't stop). Right off the bat, it's significantly better than its predecessor in large part due to the fact that isn't in it. And in no way does this movie deserve a confounding 16% on Rotten Tomatoes, because despite its role reversal this pop-corn flick remains the fairest of them all. 

, who was actually the visual effects supervisor for Snow White, stepped up to direct The Huntsman: Winter's War. This movie has magic, it has castles and it has a handful of fantastical creatures, all of which will wildly entertain the kiddies and teens. The female component of the cast is nothing if not accomplished. Evil queen Ravenna () and the huntsman () return for round two, joined by the fierce huntswoman () and the beautiful ice queen sister ( - love).   

The gist of the plot: As a war between rival queen sisters Ravenna and Freya (Blunt) escalates, Eric (Hemsworth) and fellow warrior Sara (Chastain), members of the Huntsmen army raised to protect Freya, try to conceal their forbidden love as they combat Ravenna's wicked intentions.
While I found Winter's War to be few sades above average, I maintain the story was unreasonably confusing - jumping back and forth between being a prequel and a sequel. It's also predictable, mixed with underdeveloped story-lines/characters, all sprinkled with a rushed, anticlimactic ending.  But with that said, many elements of a terrific Fantasy are still in full swing.  It shines with stunning visuals, dazzling costumes and striking set-designs. Stellar! Stellar! Stellar! And the plot, despite its lack of development, is surprisingly original. There is also a lot more humor this time around, which is refreshing. The movie doesn’t take itself too seriously, which in the end makes it an easy, fun and enjoyable movie to watch.
RATING: C+ 

What did you think?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below...


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