Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Avengers Trailer

Source: Youtube


"I'm bringing the party to you."

Marvel Studios has unveiled the second trailer to The Avengers. This super(hottie)hero action-packed crazy summer extravaganza is bound to blow the roof off movie theaters everywhere once it hits theaters on May 4th. I'm sure you've already seen previous trailers for this and if you're like me you weren't that excited... until now. This trailer looks fresh! They certainly packed a ton into it. We've got Iron Man, Thor and Loki (who I personally love btw) and Hulk smashing his way through buildings, and much more. This is finally starting to look as epic and awesome as we've been hoping for. Let's hope they don't screw it up. Take a look and enjoy!



When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury (
Samuel L. Jackson), director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. The star studded (gorgeous) cast includes Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, as well as Tom Hiddleston (love him!) and Stellan Skarsgård who are reprising their respective roles from Thor. this movie is directed by Joss Whedon (Serenity) and will hit theaters everywhere May 4, 2012.

You down?

Piranha 3DD Trailer

Source: ShockTillYouDrop


"First of all, I'm not a life guard, never was"

Finally, the trailer I've been waiting for all year has arrived. The Weinstein Company & Dimension Films released the first full-length trailer for Piranha 3DD, which is a follow-up to 2009's Piranha 3D, which was gore-tastic, btw. This trailer goes all out and gets disgusting quick, especially in the second half. It's everything one would expect from a movie of this caliber. The cast includes returnees Ving Rhames and Christopher Lloyd, plus newcomers Gary Busey, the ever so lovely and darling Danielle Panabaker (who I completely adore!), Katrina Bowden and the one and only... David Hasselhoff as an idiot. Gotta love that if nothing else! Take a look... if you dare!


After Lake Victoria, the pre-historic school of blood-thirsty piranhas make their way elsewhere. This time, no one is safe as they sink their teeth into the visitors of the summer attraction The Big Wet Water Park.

Piranha 3DD is directed by American filmmaker John Gulager, who debuted with Feast, along with writers Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan. The screenplay was also written by Melton and Dunstan as well. You can bet my friend Jason and I will be seeing this horrible movie in theaters. It's going to be so awful... and we're going to love every minute of it. Sadly, there is no definitive release date yet, but it should hit theaters everywhere, in 3D, sometime this year, perhaps over the summer? Stay tuned!

Are you in or out?

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Vow Review

Based on true events, The Vow takes us on a journey through the eyes of a young and happy newlywed couple who face a huge trial after Leo's (Channing Tatum) wife wakes up from a car accident not remembering him at all. Instead, Paige (Rachel McAdams) only remembers her life 5 years prior.

What's
endearing and what I loved so much about this movie is Leo's single minded efforts to reclaim the love of his life. Most of the story is told through flash-backs where we get to see how the two meet and fell in love. Those are the best parts.

What I didn't like about the movie
(Spoil Alert) is how Paige's character goes from an edgy, free-spirited, interesting girl, to a sweater-set-wearing, mojito-drinking sorority girl. She falls back into her cookie-cutter boring life.
(More Spoil Alerts) For the sake of sounding cliche, I wanted her memory to come back, not necessarily all the way, but at least a little bit. I would have liked her to remember something, anything from her old life with Leo, maybe a smell, a t-shirt, a color or a song. Instead we're sadly left with nothing.
In the end we do get to see Paige slowly become that cool, hip, interesting woman she once was, and c'mon, you knew the two would get back together. However, I would have liked to have seen more of that instead of the quick assuming possibility the writers leave us with.

Paired with great performances, Tatum and McAdams make a very lovely and believable couple. While half of me loved this movie the other half found it average and lacking.
RATING: C

Thoughts?

Oscar Hang-Over 2012

Ah, the Oscars... “nothing can take the sting out of economic problems like watching millionaires present gold statues to each other.”

The past year in film wasn't all that great. Sure, there were a few "whoa, did you see that?" moments, but over all, it was a pretty somber/lack luster year. Billy Crystal took the reigns as our evening's host, and to be honest, he wasn't anything to write home about. Sure, there were a couple laughs, but for the most part, I felt he was trying too hard to re-live his glory years, having hosted 9 times previously. It just seemed like he lost his edge (some of that has to do with the writers, as well, but c'mon). The night's magic really lies in its presenters, sketches and speeches.

Best Picture
The first silent film since 1929 to win best picture goes to The Artist. While this was a good movie with some great performances, music, directing, and I really enjoyed it, I still maintain Hugo is the better of the two. And had that film been nominated for best actor/actress I know it would have won. Alas, hats off to the charming and quite lovely movie that is The Artist.

And the winner is?....

Best:
Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady
Jean Dujardin in The Artist
Supporting:
Christopher Plummer in Beginners
Octavia Spencer in The Help


Evening's Highlights


The Oscars got off to a promising start with some funny jabs at the Best Picture nominees in this funny movie montage.


"SCORSESE!"



Esperanza Spaulding and the Southern California’s Children Chorus dazzled us with their performance of What A Wonderful World during the In Memoriam tribute. Truly breathtaking.



I love Cirque du Soleil and their performance during the Oscars was quite spectacular. The performance was exclusive in that it was created specifically for that night and will never been seen again.


Comedian Chris Rock, presenter for Best Animated film, is hilarious as he acts out how easy it is to earn a million dollars for “acting” in an animated movie. Priceless. If you missed it you'll definitely want to check out his monologue here: http://youtu.be/GWsge7BtzQg



Christopher Guest fans got a special treat when his favored players, including Jennifer Coolidge and Fred Willard, assembled to do a sketch about film focus groups that was as industry-tweaking as you’d expect a Christopher Guest sketch to be.



If you're looking for a host for next years Academy Awards look no further. Funny ladies rule!



The gracious acceptance speech of Christopher Plummer for Best Supporting Actor for Beginners proves Hollywood still has elements of class. His speech was incredibly sincere, gracious and full of charm.


On to the Fashion
Sure, sure, the Oscars are meant for honoring the greatest achievements in film, and while it does just that, every fashionista knows it's all about the dresses. I will say, I felt this years gowns emulated the year in film,... "meh." However, there were a couple show stoppers.

The BEST


The show stopping Jessica Chastain looked completely regal in a black strapless Alexander McQueen lace gown. Her silk organza corset gown embroidered with gold bullion and metal thread was custom-made by Sarah Burton who was inspired by nature to create this look. Everything from her make-up to her hair and jewelry was flawless. She definitely owned the night!

Runner Ups...

The always stunning Gwyneth Paltrow opted for the simplicity of Tom Ford. Her elegant floor-length ivory cap sleeve column gown and double silk crepe cape were first seen at the February 19th TOM FORD London Fashion Week. This is definitely one classic look that will go down in history. My only complaint is her signature boringly straight hair. I wish she would spiced it up a bit.


Cameron Diaz dazzled us on the red carpet in an aquatic-inspired nude gown from Gucci Première — with an asymmetric hem of cascading ruffles and silver sequin embroidery. Her entire look was absolutely gorgeous.


Best After Party Gown
Why Jennifer Lopez decided NOT to
wear this stunner to the actual show
is beyond me. This deep red sequined
dress complete with a plunging neckline
by Zuhair Murad is phenomenal. It's rich
in color and full of detail. Beautiful.







The WORST



Judy Greer, what on Earth were you thinking?! This monstrosity looks a bit like a highway - or should I say road kill. This black and silver Monique Lhuillier dress is without question a big NO-NO.

Runner Ups...

Anna Faris, did you forget this was the Oscars, the most glamorous night in Hollywood? Out of all the dresses, this is the one you picked?! Looks like you were dipped in an unforgiving sparkly tar-pit. Say it with me, "TOO MUCH."



Stacy Keibler, even if the material was different (can’t stand it) that awkwardly placed rose on your hip would still ruin it regardless. Her hair looked flat and I hated that her bag perfectly matched the Marchesa gown. It blew my mind how many people loved this dress. Bleck!!



There you have it folks, a night at the movies. Feel free to share with me your favorite moments of the evening and who you thought looked best. Until next time... Auf Wiedersehen.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter International Trailer

Source: Youtube

"And Hell followed"
Are you a patriot or a Vampire? Yesterday I posted the teaser-trailer, but today 20th Century Fox brings us the international trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. This definitely gives us more of the same, but this time around, it actually looks pretty decent. However, I still maintain it looks a bit "off." Perhaps it has something to do with the cartoon-ish style battle/fight scenes. It for sure has a Tim Burton feel to it. Can't wait to see how it all turns out. The film stars the likes of Benjamin Walker as Abraham Lincoln, Dominic Cooper as Henry Sturgess and Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Lincoln's mother. Take a look!



Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter explores the secret life of our greatest President, and the untold story that shaped our nation. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton (this time, producer) and Timur Bekmambetov (director of Wanted) bring a fresh new voice to the blood-thirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln as history’s greatest hunter of the undead. Look for this movie to hit theaters in 3D (no less) on June 22, 2012.

You down?

Hollywood Says “I Love You”

Source: Overthinking It

Hollywood definitely knows how to share the love when it comes to their films. On this Valentine's Day whether you're in love, feeling lonely, happy/content to be alone or feeling a bit sappy, this is a lovely movie mash-up filled with some of the most romantic movie scenes ever recorded. If you're having a rough day, this just might take the edge off and make you feel a little bit better (or worse depending on your mode). In any case, take a look.

Happy Valentine's Day!



Belinkie started with 285 clips and cut it down to this. He says, "These people are not just expressing love, they are putting themselves at risk. And it’s that combination of what they say and what it took to say it that lifts us up where we belong." How charming!

What are some of your favorite love stories?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Flashy Capitol Motion Posters for Hunger Games

Source: ComingSoon

This is definitely something new and flashy in the way of movie posters, especially for all you Hunger Games fans. These are ads from the Capitol for The Hunger Games movie, featuring three characters. Each one is basically an ad for a colorful product in the Capitol. There's one for Cinna, played by Lenny Kravitz, Katniss' stylist; one for Seneca Crane, played by Wes Bently, the Head Gamemaker; and one for interviewer Caesar Flickerman, played by Stanley Tucci. I'm excited for this movie and you can bet I'll be seeing it opening night - March 23rd.

Plot: Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss, a 16-year-old living in the post-apocalyptic country of Panem. Every year, one boy and one girl are chosen from each of Panem's 12 districts to fight each other to their death. Josh Hutcherson plays Peeta, the boy chosen from District 12 for the Hunger Games with Katniss.










Will you be seeing this movie in theaters?

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Teaser-Trailer

Source: Youtube

"And I saw,... and Hell followed."

20th Century Fox has finally released their first teaser-trailer from the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's historical horror book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I really enjoyed this book and was excited they were making it a feature-length film. After viewing the trailer, however, I have to say... I was hoping for better. While the action scenes look pretty exciting, I think over all it looks a tad bit cheesy, which is a little disappointing. I'm sure I'll see it, though, as I'm always down for a Vampire flick. I'm definitely interested in seeing how this turns out. Regardless of its "cheese" factor, I do think this is a well cut trailer - short and sweet, never giving too much away. Anyway, take a look!



Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter explores the secret life of our greatest President, and the untold story that shaped our nation. Visionary filmmakers Tim Burton (this time, producer) and Timur Bekmambetov (director of Wanted) bring a fresh new voice to the blood-thirsty lore of the vampire, imagining Lincoln (played by Benjamin Walker) as history’s greatest hunter of the undead. Look for this movie to hit theaters in 3D (no less) on June 22, 2012.

Will you see this movie?

Thursday, February 9, 2012

'The Artist' Star Jean Dujardin Auditions for Every Villain Role

Source: Funny or Die


French actor Jean Dujardin is making quite the impression here in the United States with his leading role in The Artist. I had the chance to see The Artist over the weekend and I enjoyed it and can definitely see it winning Best Picture at the 84th Academy Awards. With this Funny or Die clip, Dujardin's representatives have set him up on a whole slew of auditions that would see him facing off the likes of James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, Ethan Hunt, Jason Bourne, and even those hilarious Bridesmaids. This cracks me up. Enjoy!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Man on the Ledge Review

-->I’m always up for a high energy, action packed thriller, so when I first heard about Man on a Ledge I couldn’t wait to see it. Will he jump? Will he slip? Is he crazy? And why isn't he sweating more?

Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) is an ex-cop turned escape convict. He later does what anyone would do - he climbs out on a ledge in order to prove his innocence, duh! Of course Nick’s true purpose becomes apparent (to the viewer, at least) as the movie unfolds. You see Nick's trying to clear his name of a $40million diamond theft that was pinned on him by slimy tycoon, David Englander (Ed Harris). Lydia Mercer (Elizabeth Banks) comes into play as the negotiator and tries to bond with him in order to talk him down safely.

While all this is happening, Nick’s baby bro J
oey (Jamie Bell) and his freakishly hot girlfriend Angie are engaged in an elaborate heist across the street. Nick is merely the distraction. Huh? Nevermind. This is a ridiculously convoluted heist that involves wriggling through air shafts, dodging alarm sensors and other Mission: Impossible-style feats all to prove Nick’s innocence. They never dig too deep into the story, which is something I wish the writers would have done. Oh well.

There are a ton of loop holes in this thriller, enough for 10 grown men to jump threw, but all blunders aside, this is an otherwise enjoyably outlandish and --> suspenseful thriller high above the streets of New York. And even though it was a tad bit predictable I fully enjoyed my movie experience. I was however, disappointed with the last 4 minutes. The ending was weak and could definitely use some work. It’s almost as if the writers just gave up. All in all, if you don’t think too hard, you’ll enjoy this movie for what it is… thrilling and entertaining.
RATING: B-

What did you think?

The Bourne Legacy Teaser-Trailer

There was never just one...

Universal Studios finally unveiled their first official teaser-trailer for Tony Gilroy's The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner as the new superspy. This is an excellent example of what a true teaser should be (and I'm diggin' the poster as well). I love how sneaky it is, all the mystery, and how it doesn't show too much.

Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles. I had my doubts, and even though Matt Damon will always be the true Bourne, this new continuation/series actually looks pretty impressive. Take a look!

Introduces us to a new hero whose life-or-death stakes were triggered by events in the first three movies.

The Bourne Legacy
is both written and directed by American filmmaker Tony Gilroy, who started his career as a writer of scripts like Armageddon, Bait, Proof of Life and the original Bourne Trilogy, before writing & directing Michael Clayton and Duplicity. This screenplay, while not based on any specific Robert Ludlum novel, was rewritten by Tony Gilroy and his brother Dan Gilroy (The Fall, Real Steel). This movie will hit theaters everywhere on August 3, 2012.

Are you excited to see this?


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