Friday, April 11, 2014

Disneynature's next Doc: Monkey Kingdom

Source: Firstshowing.net
 

With Disneynature's Bears just around the corner, we have yet another Earth Day treat in store with Monkey Kingdom, out next Earth Day. This time around they are focusing on a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep within the jungles of South Asia. 



Monkey Kingdom is directed by and (both of Chimpanzee and Earth). Life is grand, food is plentiful and safety is assured if you're lucky enough to be born on the higher rungs of the Troop's social ladder. But this young mother and her infant find themselves in a constant state of hunger, dodging threats from higher-ranking monkeys determined to keep them on their assigned rung. Disneynature releases their next documentary on April 17th, 2015.

Looks cute, right?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Divergent Review

Divergent finally get's the silver screen, blockbuster treatment, which is based on author Veronica Roth’s best selling young adult novels. If you're a fan of The Hunger Games or Harry Potter, you will no doubt enjoy this "coming of age" movie as well. 

Divergent is a story about a dystopian society set after a great war. Those who survived were split into five factions to better the society - Dauntless, Abnegation, Candor, Amity and Erudite. The film’s heroine, sixteen year old Tris (), was raised Abnegation. However, during the ritual of the Choosing Ceremony (where one can choose to switch factions), Tris is posed with a difficult decision - choose the one she was raised in or follow her instincts. Well, it's obvious which path she chooses. Even though Dauntless betrays the Abnegation values she was brought up with, it takes her half the movie to fully realize she’ll never completely conform to any one faction. Tris discovers her true self, and becomes a pretty rad teen warrior near the end.


The underlining theme of the movie is: those who don’t conform are seen as a threat, which isn't original per-se, but definitely relevant.  I was willing to over look the film's flaws (i.e. pacing, weak ending, rushed love story etc.) due, in huge part, to the excellent performances by everyone. Seriously, all the actors were perfectly cast and have a tremendous amount of talent. Director, , keeps the film moving along on a relatively straightforward/predictable track, never straying too far off the narrative path, minus the ending of course.  There really isn't any good reason why he didn't keep Roth's ending in the book. Instead the climactic turn of events posed more questions and let's face it was pretty, darn hookey. With that said, I still really enjoyed this film.  If you're a fan of the books you won't be disappointed (too much if at all). 
RATING: B-

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Maze Runner Trailer

Source: Firstshowing 

20th Century Fox just debuted their first trailer for The Maze Runner, which is adapted from the novel of the same name by , who also worked on the screenplay - so you know it'll follow the book pretty well. This story is about a bunch of kids trapped in a brutal game (another Hunger Games type), but the game is actually a gigantic maze they're trapped in. This is the first time I've heard of this movie. Where've I been? It looks fantastically mesmerizing. It has a nice dash of sci-fi mixed in which is pretty cool. I'm looking forward to seeing this movie and finding out what's beyond the wall. 

 "What if we were sent here for a reason."

The Maze Runner marks the feature directorial debut of , and the script is by Noah Oppenheim and James Dashner. The story follows teen Thomas (), who awakens in a rusty elevator with no memory of who he is, only to learn he's been delivered to the middle of an intricate maze, along with a slew of other boys, who have been trying to find their way out of the ever-changing labyrinth — all while establishing a functioning society which they call the Glade. This movie will hit theater on September 19th, 2014.
Peek your interest? 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Oscar Hangover - 2014

Was it me or did the Oscars seem a little lackluster this year. Even though I thought Ellen did an OK job, I expected a lot more from her. The whole show was a little "been there done that." In other words, it was more or less a complete rerun of her 2007 hosting gig, (Am I right, or am I right... or am I right). I love Ellen, but she just seemed a little stiff and bored.  Her opening monolog was entirely too short/non existent, which was disappointing. No song and dance numbers mingled in between the show.  No skits of any kind for that matter. The pizza thing was "cute," but seemed more fun for the actors rather than the viewers. 

The theme of the night was "heroes," which was nice to honor our heroes in film, but that was about it. There were no surprises. Everyone knew who was going to win weeks before the big night. But that said, I still enjoyed myself do to my love for movies. I threw a fantastic party and my guests and I had a lovely time regardless. 


And the Oscar goes to... 

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave










Best Director: for Gravity
 

















Leading: 
for Blue Jasmine
for Dallas Buyers Club
Supporting: 
for 12 Years a Slave
for Dallas Buyers Club
 














~Color Me Beautiful~
On to the fashion... Sure, the Oscars are meant for honoring the greatest achievements in film, and while it does exactly that, every fashionista knows it's all about the dresses. The fashion on this night is just as important and fun as the movies themselves. And while I didn't have much to say about the actual show, I certainly had a lot to say about the night's fashion. Finally a year where all the stops were pulled out. Gorgeous, couture gowns coming in left and right. It was difficult to choose the best of the best, but here are my picks for Best and Worst Dressed. 

~Best in Show~ 
 
WOW! This is what perfection looks like. Sure, she may have not been nominated this year, but the lovely Kate Hudson definitely wins Best in Show, hands down.  She looked absolutely regal in this jaw dropping silver Atelier Versace stunner, inspired by the 40’s.  Her hair and makeup was flaw-less. The matching clutch and cape by the same the designer, matched with Neil Lane gems was a brilliant added touch as well. 
 
Runner Ups...
  
Charlize Theron was her usual stunning self (as if we’d expect anything less).  She completely rocked this unique black Christian Dior haute couture gown and accessorized with Harry Winston jewels and Christian Louboutin shoes.  Her hair and makeup were simplistically beautiful  - her entire look sizzled on the red carpet.  

  
The Oscar winner of the night, Lupita Nyong'o, dazzled us with this custom-made gown by Prada.  Her light blue dress had a Grecian vibe to it (I loved how it shimmered in the light).  She polished off her look with exquisite Fred Leighton jewels, satin platform sandals, a matching clutch, and a custom made headband.



Best After Party Gown:
Christine Teigen looked very Jessica Rabbit in this sultry black  sparkly, satin dress by Naeem Khan from the designer's Fall 2014 collection with a plugning sweetheart neckline and high leg slit. Gorgeous!











~Worst in Show~ 


Remember that time Julie Roberts wore that weird shirt/dress combo to the the 2014 Golden Globe Awards?  Yeah, I wasn't a fan of it then and I'm certainly not a fan of it now.  What. Was. She. Thinking?!  I love you Whoopi, but this is completely unflattering and  without a doubt unforgivable.












Runner Ups... 
Liza Liza Liza... The Oscars aren't a pajama party.  If you're going to don the red carpet you could at least put on a bar and my goodness at the very least pretend to care.  You should fire your stylist immediately or perhaps he/she quit after seeing you had your heart set on this... "outfit."  Seriously?






Anna Kendrick (sigh), I adore you and think you're a wonderful actress, but come. on.  You're better than this.  To put in nicely this is one schizophrenic, hot mess.  It's seriously trying to be too many things all at once.  Three words: Dee-Sah-Ster.










  
Like I said, I love Ellen and even though I thought she did an OK job, I wish she would have brought something new to her game; i.e. included a couple funny skits, added a few song and dance numbers etc.  For a full list of the big night's winners click here.  My vote for next year's host is the loveable and completely original and hilarious Jimmy Fallon.   Can you just imagine the possibilities?! #Amazing #JustinTimberlake #WeShallSee. The floor is now yours. Tell me what you thought of Oscar night? Also, who made your best and worst list in the fashion department?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Oscar Predictions, 2014

I look forward to the Oscars all year and I'm thrilled Ellen DeGeneres is hosting the 86th Academy Awards. She is sincerely funny, charming and witty. She did a fantastic job back in 2007 and I have no doubt she'll deliver with flying colors yet again. I'm so excited for the fashion, the jokes, the skits, the fun surprises (if any) and last but certainly not least, the big winners of the night. Below you will see my predictions of who I feel will go home with Oscar himself. Take a look...


And the Oscar goes to... 

 Best Actor in a Leading Role:
Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club
(Although I wouldn't be surprised if it went to Leonardo DiCaprio)
 










Best Actress in a Leading Role:













Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club













Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a Slave















Best Director:
- Gravity















Best Picture: 
12 Years a Slave
(Although I'd prefer American Hustle to win instead)














There you have it ladies and gents.  MY predictions for the big night.  For a full list of the nominees click here.  The floor is now yours.  Share with me your thoughts on who YOU think will be the big winners of the evening...


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