Monday, December 23, 2013

Have Yourself A Merry Movie Montage Extravaganza Christmas!


Tis the season to be jolly... and curl up by the fire, while sipping on hot coccoa, and watching your favorite Christmas movies with your loved ones. There are so many excellent Christmas movies out there (my favorites include Love Actually, Home Alone & Elf), and I believe this movie montage does a decent job capturing the lot of them, including the ever so classic Charlie Brown TV special. So sit back and enjoy this fun Christmas movie extravaganza. 



It's unfortunate the stores today have turned the true meaning of Christmas into a money-grubbing, cash-crop, fiascle.  I think the Grinch said it best: "Maybe Christmas, though, doesn't come from a store... Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more." May the miracle of Christmas fill your hearts with peace & love and joy & happiness.

*Merry Christmas to one and all*

Transcendence Trailer

Source: Website


"Imagine a machine with a full rage of human emotion." 
Warner Bros has released their first full trailer for the anticipated sci-fi thriller, Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp who is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. When anti-technology extremists threaten his life, they inadvertently trigger a quick move towards his transcendence. Will’s thirst for knowledge evolves into a seemingly omnipresent quest for power, to what end is unknown. I will say that even though this movie looks pretty rad, fresh and exciting, I'm afraid they gave too much away in the trailer. hmmm... I'll still go see it regardless. Have a look-see...
  
Transcendence is directed by (cinematographer on Inception and The Dark Knight trilogy) and written by Alex Paraskevas, with rewrites by Jordan Goldberg & Jack Paglen. This has an awesome All-Star cast including the likes of Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Cole Hauser and Paul Bettany.  Be looking for this movie come April 18, 2014

Worth your time?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Filmography 2013

Source: SlashFilm


I'm such a fan of these year-end, movie mash-ups. I know I've already posted two prior to this one, but I can't help myself. This video crafted by Filmography 2013 from Gen Ip just might be my favorite one yet. It's filled with inspiring tracks mingled in with this years movies like The Croods, Frozen, Upside Down, Fast & Furious 6, Thor: The Dark Work and much more. This is one fantastical piece of work. Have a look for yourself. Enjoy!


As Gen Ip says, "Words are life,' says Max in 2013's The Book Thief, and indeed they hold us together and to help us share that transcendent phenomenon that is life. This video takes 300 of this year's films and distills it into a 7-minute exploration of the ideas we keep coming back to: the purpose of life, the nature of evil, the mystery of death, the power of love, and the inevitability of time." Well said. You can find a list of all the music on the video's YouTube page right here, and a complete list of film clips over here. 

You like?

Monday, December 9, 2013

Final Cut 2013 - Life Without Movies...

Source: Nick Bosworth

What would life without movies actually look like? Well, from this year-end, movie mash-up, I know what it wouldn't look like.  This stellar video from Nick Bosworth from JoBlo.com titled Final Cut 2013 is amazing.  It's hard to disagree with his opening line "Life without movies is impossible." This is one stylish venture back in time, using 283 films from this year.  It's pretty impressive to say the least. We see clips from This is The End to Dallas Buyers Club, The Great Gastby Review, 12 Years a Slave, Man of Steel, Her, Fast & Furious 6, The Wolf of Wall Street, Oblivion and many more.  Even though this is just under 8 1/2 minutes, it's definitely worth your time.  See for yourself...
  

Here's what the video's editor, Nick Bosworth, had to say: 
 "It was another excellent year of cinema and we're not even done yet by a long shot. From 'Gravity' to 'Nebraska,' every genre has been re-defined with amazing new films that I have no doubt will be loved for many years to come. So in tradition as I've done for the past two years, I've put together this huge mashup of 283 films from the year for everyone to enjoy. There was plenty of sleepless nights with this one but it was all worth it in the end and I hope you all think so as well." 
I love watching these year-end movie mash-ups.  Very creative and somewhat inspiring.  What did you think?

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Trailer

Source: YouTube

"We, literally, can change the world." 

I was pleasantly surprised by the first movie and will be pleasantly surprised yet again if the sequel is just as good if not better. From the looks of this trailer, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be even better and more grand in size and scale. My only concern is the amount of villains this time around - honing in on a whopping 3 villains mind you (did we not learn anything from Spider-man 3). Not sure how director Marc Webb is going to pull all of this off, but I will reserve any judgment until after I see the movie.  In any case, it does look pretty rad.  Check it out...


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is directed by and written by , Jeff Pinkner and  . Peter Parker () finds, life is busier than ever between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (), high school graduation can't come quickly enough. Peter hasn't forgotten the promise he made to Gwen's father to protect her by staying away, but that's a promise he just can't keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past. Sony will release this movie next year, May 2, 2014.

Look any good?

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Universal's Touching Tribute to Paul Walker

Source: Firstshowing


It is with deep sadness that Hollywood loses one of their own in such an untimely death - Fast & Furious star . There are still plenty of fans grieving (including my little 8 year old nephew) along with the actor's close friends and family. Universal officially announced a production halt on Fast & Furious 7. There are some rumblings that the studio might start the sequel over from scratch, with several theories of how they would handle the leading actor's passing. But for now the studio gives us a touching tribute to their fallen franchise star featuring clips of Walker from all the F&F movies. I was a fan of these souped-up, high-octane movies myself and feel very sad that he's really gone.
 
The studio also released this statement: "Paul Walker's family appreciates the outpouring of love and goodwill from his many fans and friends. They have asked, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, that donations please be made to Paul's charity Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW). Donations can easily be made through their website at http://www.ROWW.org/." In addition, remember that the studio is donating part of the proceeds from the Blu-Ray/DVD sales of Fast & Furious 6 (arriving on December 10th) to Walker's nonprofit charity Reach Out WorldWide. Walker founded the organization after the January 2010 Haiti earthquake, and it gathers professionals with first responder skill-sets to areas hit by natural disasters.

*May He Rest In Peace*

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

This Year's Retrospective - 2013

Source: Firstshowing


Is it that time already?!  Why yes it most certainly is... reflection time.  Let us journey back in time as we experience the world of film ala 2013.  I applaud The Sleepy Skunk for taking the time to put together this killer movie trailer mash-up.  And though long (clocking in just under 7 minutes), it's definitely worth your time.  It's seriously one of the best year-end mash-ups I've seen, put together flawlessly, complete with shots of Enders Game, Star Trek Into Darkness, Man of Steel, American Hustle, Captain Philips, Catching Fire and much, much more, all backed by some amazing tracks (specifically, "Save the World" (Knife Party Remix) by the Swedish House Mafia). Perfection.  So... "Shall we begin?"


For a complete list of music feel free to check out the video's YouTube page. The Sleepy Skunk will be adding a list of all the clips soon, which will be nice because there are a few films I don't even recognize. I'm sure more of these movie trailer mash-ups will come rolling in as the the days ensue.  Also, be sure to check back for my list of Best and Worst movies of the year as well. 

Pretty cool, right. Tell me your thoughts...

Friday, September 27, 2013

Happy Birthday, Gwyneth!

 
Here's to one of Hollywood's greatest talents!  This triple threat is looking better than ever!  It's hard to believe this modern beauty turns 41 today.  Gwyneth Paltrow has always been one of my all time favorite actresses. Not only is she gorgeous, but  she can sing, and when the girl acts she takes home Academy Awards To learn more about the Hollywood Royalty check out this the mini biography... 


She just seems like a well grounded mother, wife and friend. I'm excited to see more from her in the future. The birthday girl is currently filming Mortdecai, due out next year.  Some of my favorite Paltrow films include: A Perfect Murder, The Royal Tenenbaums and Proof. And I can't wait to see her latest film, Thanks for Sharing, which is out now (limited release). 

Happy Birthday, Gwyneth!
We hope you have an excellent day and a fantastic year! 

Share with me some of your favorite Paltrow films...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Big Ass Spider Trailer


I'm so not a fan of spiders, if fact I am scared to death of them, so when I heard about this movie I thought it must be a joke.  It's almost too ridiculous that it's completely awesome. Plus, I'm a sucker for horrible B-horror films.  Big Ass Spider is a monster movie where a massive spider attacks Los Angeles, and believe it or not, it's actually making its way to theaters next month. The unlikely heroic duo of a blue-collar exterminator () and Latino security guard () come in and save the day when a giant spider escapes from a military lab and rampages across the City of Angels. I've got to say, even though this movie looks horrible(ly awesome), the special effects aren't bad.  Take a look...


Big Ass Spider is directed by and written by . When a giant alien spider escapes from a military lab and rampages across the city of Los Angeles, it is up to one clever exterminator and his security guard sidekick to kill the creature before the city is destroyed. Greg Grunberg, Lombardo Boyar, Clare Kramer, Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Patrick Bauchau all star in the film which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival earlier this year and hits limited theaters on October 18, 2013

You in?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Disneynature's Bears Trailer

Source: Apple

Disneynature, the nature documentary part of Disney, sadly did not have anything for us this past year, but has just released their next documentary trailer set to release next year. I absolutely love this Earth Day tradition! I think it's inspiring, encouraging and entertaining. They explain how part of their early ticket sales go to various organizations that protect the environment and its inhabitants. Fantastic! In years past we've seen Earth, Oceans, African Cats and Chimpanzee. Now we get a sneak peak into what's in store next Earth Day with Bears. Take a look and enjoy! 

 
Disneynature's newest documentary features the likes of Bears set in the beautiful outdoors of Alaska. With is stunning coastal mountains and shores they reveal tender moments and entertaining imagery how these animals are far from grizzly creatures. This shooting location provides some of the most spectacular visuals ever for the Disneynature film co-directed by (African Cats) and (Earth, African Cats and Chimpanzee). Be sure to check this out next year on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2014.
You down?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Gravity: A Falling Montage

Source: Firstshowing.com

How many times have you noticed people falling when watching your favorite movie? There have been countless movies featuring both heroes and villains plunging to their death, or hanging on for dear life. Thanks to a very cool video titled Gravity: A Falling Montage, we can relive this "falling" movie moments all at once. You will see that it utilizes scenes from movies like Batman, The Matrix Reloaded, Lord of the Rings, Thor, Die Hard, The Fifth Element and many more. Have a look-see. 



Obviously, it's hard to include all the films which features sequences like this, but the video does a good job of snagging some of the more iconic leaps and falls from movies.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Diana Official Trailer

Source: Firstshowing.net

"He doesn't treat me like a princess."
A new international trailer for Diana has finally arrived. 's biopic on the most beloved Princess of all time begins to unfold the whole story. At times this feels a little melodramatic, but puts on an award worthy performance (yet again), and the attention to detail to real-life is quite impressive to say the least. See for yourself...

Diana is directed by German filmmaker . It's described as the "love story between a princess locked in a tower and an ordinary man." The script from (The Libertine) is said to focus on Diana's secret two-year love affair in the mid-1990s with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn that wasn't revealed until 2008. The cast includes as Dr. Khan. The film arrives internationally this October, and Entertainment One will release Diana in the United States, although there's still no official date set here yet. Stay tuned... 

Worthy of your attention?

Friday, July 12, 2013

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Teaser

Source: The Film Stage

DreamWorks follow-up teaser to one of the most charming and beloved movies in 2010 is finally here.  I absolutely loved the first movie, and if it wasn't for Toy Story 3 (which was a great movie as well) I have no doubt it would have won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.  Anyway, I was thrilled to hear they were making a sequel! Hiccup () and his flying friend, Toothless, have returned for more pumped-up adventures. Get excited!



The thrilling second chapter of the epic How to Train Your Dragon brings us back into the world of  Hiccup () and Toothless some five years later. While Astrid (), Snotlout (), Ruffnut () and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island's new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new lands. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 hits theaters everywhere on theaters June 20th, 2014.

Will you be seeing this?

Sunday, June 23, 2013

SoundWorks Collection Featurette on Man of Steel

Source: Firstshowing.net


Man of Steel has definitely been a main topic as of late, from talk of the sequel, to the last scene in the movie, the over examination of the death tole and destruction, all the way to the potential follow-up of Justice League. But rather than diving into all that, I'd like to focus your attention on this exclusive SoundWorks Collection, where we get some insight from the sound team for director 's new Superman reboot. This new featurette merely goes behind the scenes of the sound design and editing for the film that went into creating the audio behind all the action and chaos. It's pretty interesting to see how all the sound came together and what products were actually used to make the sounds. Check it out!



Superman flies back onto the big screen in this Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures production directed by Zack Snyder (The Watchmen), produced by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight), and featuring a screenplay by David Goyer (Blade, The Dark Knight). As the planet of Krypton crumbles, General Zod () stages a coup as concerned leader Jor-El () and his wife send their infant son Kal-El (Henry Cavill) to a distant world called Earth where he will grow to have super human strength and agility.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Summer Blockbuster HOTTIES - 2013

The beauty that is Hollywood is back in full force this summer, with a few fresh faces that finally grace us with their stunning presence. Not only do we have some excellent blockbusters in store, but we also have a load of delicious eye candy to feast our eyes upon as well. Yep, summer is an excellent time for movies indeed.  And this season is bound to steam up crazy hot with these ten fine, sizzling-hot actors burning up the silver screen. Remember in order to make the cut one has to star in a Summer Blockbuster, be incredibly sexy and cool. Enjoy the beauty! 


*Mouth Watering-Bombshells*



She's one of the greatest up and coming ladies in Hollywood. And even though she may be Out of Your League, she's completely charming, humble and sweet. What's not to love about this 31 year old British, blonde bombshell. She's definitely one of the hottest girls in film. There are few girls out there as sexy and fun as her. Hot chicks everywhere strive to be her, while men everywhere want to date her. She definitely brought a certain spark to Star Trek Into Darkness, which is an excellent movie. You won't want to miss seeing it on the big screen.
Next Up: Cold Comes the Night out September 20th.

This sparkling diamond is one classic beauty. Aside from being absolutely stunning with her huge innocent blue eyes and flawless, milky skin, the four time Oscar nominated actress is one of the more down-to-earth actresses Hollywood has to offer. She has this girl-next-door vibe to her, yet can definitely vamp it up on the red carpet. She amazed us as Lois Lane in Man of Steel, which is an incredible movie. If you haven't seen it yet, EFF the critics, and go see it immediately! 
Next Up: Lullaby & Her both due out this fall.

It's hard to believe this sexy-lious actress is 43 years old - talk about excellent genes. The sex-kitten still oozes sex appeal where ever she goes. Her beautiful baby blues, her luscious, cherry lips and a wonderful smile are just a few requirements needed to get you to the top. And it's easy to see why this charming and sweet gem is here to stay. Be sure to check her out in The Hangover Part III as she shows off her mouth-dropping assets and comedic skills. 
Next Up: Behaving Badly, release date unknown 

This enchanting beauty of Dominican and Puerto Rican ancestry, is absolutely beyond gorgeous. But she doesn't get by on those vapid hot chick roles alone. Opting instead, to play a pirate, an assassin, a blue alien, all the way to her latest butt kicking role as Uhura in this summer's smash hit Star Trek Into Darkness. A blockbuster you do not want to miss. It's easy to see why the stunning actress is dubbed the "it girl."
Next Up: Nina, out later this year.

This fierce, yet stunning mouth-watering bombshell is one tough chick. The 31 year old, Texas born, former martial arts fighter, turned actress is an utter knock-out. Superman is going to need all his superpowers to deal with this feisty beauty. Most men want to date her,
while most women want to be her (if only for boyfriend Henry Cavill). This bombshell exudes confidence and strength which is extremely sexy. She blew our minds away in Fast & Furious 6 with some of the most badass fight scenes in movie history. Wouldn't want to piss this sexy-dame off. 
Next Up: In the Blood, out later this year.



*Lip Smacking-Eye Candy*

He is beyond famous - his status as a movie star, humanitarian, sex symbol, and father have transformed him into a global icon. 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. So it's easy to see why Empire magazine listed him as one of the 25 sexiest movie stars of all time, as if that even matters. And aside from being blessed genetically, he is a gifted actor, a scholar of architecture, a doting dad and a selfless philanthropist. Be sure to check him out as he attempts to save the world from zombies in  World War Z
Next Up: 12 Years a Slave, out December 26th.

It's hard to fully resist this amazing and incredibly sexy talent. Even if we hadn't grown up with Leo's career, the contemporary Leo would be good enough. His career continues to ensnare us year after year, like a mystical plan devised by a still-unknown intergalactic enemy, and we're absolutely helpless. It's hard to believe this gorgeous play-boy hasn't won an Oscar yet. (CURSE YOU, ACADEMY!) As always he amazed us in his portrayal as Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby.
Next Up: The Wolf of Wall Street out November 15th.   


With a killer body and a charming persona it's near impossible to ignore this smokin’ hot, charismatic actor. What else can be said about this guy other than he's incredibly intelligent, talented, scorchingly sexy, witty, and without doubt hilarious? Nothing, I guess. I feel safe in declaring him one of our national treasures. There is little doubt that both Hollywood and the world in general are a better place thanks to his presence. Be sure to catch him in the hit comedy This Is the End, which is getting rave reviews. 
Next Up: Child of God, release date unknown.

There are so many great things to say about this (beyond) gorgeous, 30 year old, British actor. The last son of Krypton is going to be HUGE, no doubt about it. He is definitely one of the hottest actors Hollywood has to offer to its female (and male) fan base. With a killer body and a charming persona it's impossible to ignore this smokin’ hot, charismatic actor. His sultry gaze and incredible smile can render females helpless in a matter of seconds. But sorry ladies, he's unfortunately taken (currently dating the lovely Gina Carano). He absolutely killed it as Superman in Man of Steel, which is an incredibly RAD movie! EFF the critics!  and go see it now.
Next Up: The Man from U.N.C.L.E., release date unknown.

Reprising his role as the cocky, yet brilliant Captain Kirk of the U.S.S. Enterprise in this summer's Star Trek Into Darkness, the handsome leading man for sure has both sexes drooling over those breathtaking blue eyes and that lip-smackin’ body that just won’t quit. This heart-throb has guys and girls all over the world screaming for more. He's definitely a thing of beauty and embodies style and grace with the up-most  confidence and humility.
Next Up:  Jack Ryan, out December 25th. 


With this kind of stunning beauty infiltrating our movie theaters this summer it's going to be hard to stay away. The floor is now yours. Share with me some of your favorite summer blockbuster hotties...

Monday, June 17, 2013

Man of Steel Review

"How do you find someone who has spent a lifetime covering his tracks? For some, he was a guardian angel. To others, a ghost who never quite fit in." To the rest of us, he's this summer's most highly anticipated, action-packed blockbuster.

Man of Steel does not disappoint and definitely delivers on every account with thunderous applause. This blockbuster is a fun roller coaster ride of suspense and action, complete with stellar performances and one glorious score. It's a lot less cartoony than one might expect from director  (300, The Watchmen, Sucker Punch). This realistic (red underpants-free) take on the iconic superhero is darker in tone and texture, it feels fresh yet familiar, believable yet still fantastical and otherworldly. This is a familiar tale told extremely well, with effective flash-backs, an excellent back story, and holds enough angst to feel completely modern.

For those who don’t know the story, Superman is born Kal-El, and is from the planet Krypton. However, due to the government's poor management of natural resources the planet is doomed. Krypton's military leader, General Zod () responds to this news by forming a rebellion. In the meantime, its top scientist Jor-El () has arranged for his newly born son, Kal-El, to fly far-off in a tiny spaceship set for Earth, just before the world self-destructs.  Jor-El is fully aware his boy will have superpowers on Earth due to differing suns, but welcomes the challenge in hopes his son will be a beacon of hope for us to strive for. What makes this "savior-to-be" so special is that Krypton grows their children artificially and Kal-El, by contrast, was the product of the planet's first "natural" birth in centuries — i.e., he is a uniquely non-immaculate conception. 

Fast forward to Earth about 30 years later, where an incredibly handsome drifter known as Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), makes his way across Canada, jumping from oil rigs, truck-stops to military bases all the while looking for answers about his origin. He struggles to find out who he really is, what's his purpose and what to do with these incredible powers.  Eventually, he finds many of these answers in an old Kryptonian spaceship that projects a hologram of his late father. But a persistent, yet brilliant reporter, Lois Lane () also finds him, and he pleads with her to keep his identity unknown.

The question of whether or not Clark should reveal himself to humankind is soon rendered moot, however, by the arrival of another spaceship. Enter General Zod. It's here where we learn of his demands, Kal-El better surrender himself soon or watch the Earthlings suffer his wrath.

While the movie isn't perfect, it's still one amazing superhero spectacle of the highest level. There's no question that this is a quality, big budget summer blockbuster. It delivers amazing special effects and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Its 143 minute running time may seem long, but the action rarely slows down. I found the the relationship between Lois Lane and Kal-El/Clark Kent to be pure genius. In the film’s boldest move, Snyder dispenses with the Lois Lane/Superman/Clark Kent charade by having Lois figure out the Kent-Superman connection early on, freeing him up to develop their chemistry further (which to me felt a little forced and rushed, but whatever). They did an excellent job setting it up for future installments, but it’s the story here that really impresses. It’s good to have Superman back. 

Man of Steel, by any measure, is a far better film than Bryan Singer's 2006 reboot, Superman Returns - better cast, better costumes, better action, better script, better direction and all around better storytelling.
RATING: B+

Tell me your thoughts?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Internship Review

The Internship  delivers a few laughs here and there, but basically it's just a two hour recruitment ad for Google. It seriously seems to be the greatest and most relaxed workplace environment ever. The headquarters’ atrium looks like the world’s largest preschool, with toys and pillows strewn about the comfortable seating areas, free food and drinks in the lobby’s coffee bar, nap pods and company bicycles etc. But I digress, ever since Vaughn and Wilson charmed us with their buddy comedy antics in Wedding Crashers people have been jonesing for these two to reunite. After all the two seem to work so effortlessly on screen together. One may question why it has taken eight long years for the pair to team up again. 

This time around Billy () and Nick () start off as watch salesmen who unfortunately find themselves out of work after their boss (John Goodman) shuts down the business. Nick briefly finds employment at a mattress store, but quickly drops that job like a bad habit as soon as Billy tells him they landed an internship at Google headquarters in California. Miraculously they manage to get their feet in the door, but they now find themselves competing with numerous other interns for permanent positions. And unlike them, the other recruits are young college kids who eat, drink and breathe computers. 
 
I really wanted to love this movie, but the predicable and sometimes cheesy comedy is quite forgettable.  And while it did entrain (for the most part) most of the movie ended up being one sloppy, hot mess. A scene where Billy and Nick take their introverted, socially inept teammates to a rowdy strip club drags on forever, with montage upon montage of them boozing it up. It’s as if the filmmakers couldn’t come up with any other bonding scenes for these characters, so they just made one scene extra-long, hoping we wouldn’t notice (er, too late). The laziness in this movie was at times pretty incredible. The Internship is a hard movie to really hate, but it’s not a particularly easy one to like either.
RATING: C 

What did you think?

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Happy 50th, Johnny!

It's hard to believe that the talented and lovely Johnny Depp hits the half-century mark today. The Kentucky native is showing no signs of slowing down as he enters his sixth decade. John Christopher Depp II was born June 9, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky. Just to give you an idea how long ago that was (ahem, sorry Johnny), JFK was assassinated that year, gasoline was 29 cents a gallon and Martin Luther King gave his famous "I have a dream" speech.  But I must say, the gorgeous Mr. Depp doesn't look a day over 35 - excellent genes, I suppose.  Between Depp, Brad Pitt (49), Tom Cruise (50) and George Clooney (52), it's looks like 50 is the new 30 for Hollywood leading men these days.  
 
Here's to one of Hollywood's most talented, versatile, crazy, down to Earth actors. Spanning from the hit TV series, 21 Jump Street to The Lone Ranger, out later this summer, this chameleon has done it all. He embodies every role he takes - transcending them if you will. He's done a fantastic job of making a career out of playing odd ball, lovable characters. And he does it with such grace and humility too, which is why he is one of the most beloved actors in the business.
 


He definitely oozes charm and charisma in everything he says and does, and we love him for that. But what's even more impressive is that he has the ability to make us forget we’re even watching a Johnny Depp movie. A true talent. You can definitely see he thoroughly enjoys his craft. 
 
He is without doubt one of my all time favorite actors and I look forward to seeing what's in store for him in the future. Thanks Johnny, for bringing us some of the best entertainment and talent Hollywood has to offer. Hats off to you!
 
Some of my all time favorite Depp movies include: Chocolat, Blow, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Benny & Joon, and the forever classic Edward Scissorhands. The birthday boy is currently filming  Transcendence and Into the Woods which will be released some time next year, 2014. 

What are some of your favorite Johnny Depp films?

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Runner, Runner Trailer

Source: Firstshowing.net

Can't say I'm too thrilled with the name of this movie, but it's nice to see come into his own and take the lead as the big screen villain.  Runner, Runner is a new crime thriller from the Lincoln Lawyer director , which follows a college student who gets caught up in the corrupt world of online gambling after he tracks down a site that cheated him out of a big poker win.

A businessman () with an offshore online gambling operation recruits curious, struggling college student Richie Furst () to join his little world after he discovers the corrupt nature of his business. Promised a life of luxury, Richie takes the opportunity, but finds himself in trouble when the FBI turns him into an informant. Anthony Mackie, Gemma Arterton and Ben Schwartz also star in the film which will hit theaters September 27, 2013

Look any good?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Now You See Me Review

Now You See Me is one grand spectacle of razzle-dazzle proportions, nothing more, nothing less.  But beneath all its glitz and glam, this magic-themed comedy/thriller is still highly entertaining.   If you're a fan of magic and like Ocean’s Eleven, there's no reason to believe you wouldn't like this movie as well. 

We begin our story with a few introductions:  Danny Atlas, a cocky card shark (), Henley Reeves, a sassy escape artist (), Merritt McKinney, a sly slick hypnotist/mentalist () and Jack Wilder, a pickpocketing/safe-cracker ().  Each of them receive a cryptic tarot card that directs them to a mysterious rundown Manhattan apartment where they receive a holographic blueprint for an incredible magic act.

Skip ahead one year and we see that they have teamed up, became somewhat famous and are known as The The Four Horseman. While doing a show in Vegas they seemingly rob a bank in Paris which ultimately results in their arrest shortly there after, at which time they encounter FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (), a tough, by-the-books kinda of guy who does not believe in the magic they are selling.  

So how did the Four Horseman pull off this nifty trick? Enter Thaddeus Bradley (), the man who makes a living off foiling magicians magics tricks and selling them to the masses. He soon partners up with the FBI to help debunk their magic scheme.  All the neat little ticks and thrills take off from there. 


Visually, the film has a great sense of style with enough moments where you're not quite sure if they are doing real magic or just tricks.   Although there isn't a ton of action in the movie, mostly a couple chase sequences and a cool magic-enhanced fight scene between Ruffalo and Franco near the end. It's a surprisingly calm film from director whose specialty has been big action blockbusters.

I will say it does become a bit too much near the end.  The schemes and plans are just too elaborate at times.  There is no way a group of four people could pull off such intricate schemes that rely too much on luck, circumstance and long range planning and have it all come together perfectly in the end.  Even for a movie, this isn’t all that realistic.  Also, I wanted a little more clarification as to what their real "prize" was in the end?  Is magic real? “Magic is deception done to delight, entertain and inspire.”  Even though there were a few unanswered questions in the end, I felt this movie did exactly that.  I found myself smiley throughout the entire movie.
RATING: B

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Fast & Furious 6 Review

It's hard to believe Fast & Furious 6 has already pulled in an impressive $317M (worldwide), even more so that this series has lasted this long. How is it that a series of this caliber gets better and better with age?  It's a little mind boggling. I don’t pretend to understand these movies, “bra.”  But I have to admit they are one spectacle of fun and jazzy proportions, not to mention a huge Guilty Pleasure of mine. It's fantastical, awful movie-crack.

The sixth installment in the never-ending-franchise brings together cast members from the first five movies, headed by muscle man , the car-crazed thief, pretty-boy , the cop turned outlaw and lest we forget the real law enforcer, . Of course we do have a few fresh faces who definitely kick a little A all on their own. The testosterone in this high-octane, souped-up engine simply permeates the entire theater.

What happens in the sixth chapter of F&F? Who cares.  You're not going to see this movie for its fine writing and Oscar winning talent. The only real difference is the scenery.  Taking to the streets of London this time around, so their insanely fast cars are driven recklessly on the other side of the road.  But they did up the ante and manage to top its predecessors with absurdly fast car chases that crash spectacularly, dope fights and of course scandalously clad women.  Dom's team ends up partnering with officer Hobbs in order to take down one heavy-hitting war-lord, with the caveat that afterwards Dom's team gets full pardons. The unexpected twist and turns take off from there.

The film is definitely ridiculous, but somehow it works, just as long as you check your brain at the door.  There are so many plot holes to drive a semi through (which these characters could and would do without hesitation), but fortunately the action is well choreographed and intense enough to take your mind off such things... sort of.  I fully enjoyed this movie for what it was.  It's definitly the best in the series, which isn't saying a whole lot, but who cares. It’s big, loud, stupid and fun. Without giving anything away, it'll be interesting to see how they roll-out the villain in Fast 7, which, if you haven't heard, is already in the works.  I'm sure I'll end up seeing that too. 
RATING: B+ 

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Forbes List Of The Most Overpaid Actors In Hollywood

Source: CinemaBlend, Forbes

As we venture well into Blockbuster season it's easy to notice all the imperfections of Hollywood's finest.  After all these popcorn flicks aren't one for noticing fine, true talent. We're here to have fun and  enjoy some blow-em-up, bang-bang, instant gratifying entertainment. But for all the art these films may produce, it's essentially one huge movie-making business. 

Forbes  made this quite evident for us by looking back on the last three years and computing which of Hollywood's actors are overpaid in the bizz. To determine these top ten low-hitters, the financially minded reporters compared the amount of money grossed by a star's last three films to the star's paycheck for all three. They determined these profits by assuming a film would need to make several millions more than twice its production value to make a profit, plus the costs of advertising.

10. Sarah Jessica Parker ($7 for every $1 paid)
9. Ben Stiller ($6.50 for every $1 paid)
8. Denzel Washington ($6.30 for every $1 paid)
7. Adam Sandler ($6.30 for every $1 paid)
6. Nicolas Cage ($6 for every $1 paid)
5. Jack Black ($5.20 for every $1 paid) 
4. Sandra Bullock ($5 for every $1 paid) 
3. Reese Witherspoon ($3.90 for every $1 paid)
2. Katherine Heigl ($3.40 for every $1 paid)
1. Eddie Murphy (movies grossed $2.30 for every $1 paid) 


While some on the list seem completely obvious, I'm surprised Denzel Washington made the cut. I suppose the modest successes of The Book of Eli, Unstoppable, and Safe House proves that the two-time Oscar-winner demands too high a paycheck, at least according to Forbes. (Note: this list was compiled shortly after Flight hit theaters - totals are not in yet.) The rest of the list is noticeably dominated with actors associated with broad comedies and actresses associated with wacky romantic-comedies. But it's Eddie Murphy that takes the cake as the least valuable star, which doesn't I'm surprise me at all.  Long are his glory years in the 80's.  

Mind you Forbes did not take in account of any voice work when compiling this list. Murphy's last three starring films were Imagine That, Tower Heist, and A Thousand Words. Tower Heist, produced for $75 million and made $152 worldwide, barely turned a profit, while the other two - whose budgets combined came to about $95 million and earned only $42 worldwide... that is two films combined.  In other words they were complete and utter flops.In order to even come close to turning a profit, a movie has to earn twice its production budget in ticket sales, plus the millions spent on marketing. 

Forbes reveals other mind-boggling revelations, like how Heigl has demanded a salary of of about  $12M since the horrible The Ugly Truth, and that the darling Mrs. Witherspoon's ("Do you know who I am?!") completely forgettable rom-com How Do You Know cost an absurd $120M when it only grossed a low and embarrassing $50M.  Um, ouch. But even though this list is mostly full of beloved actors, it doesn't mean we're so inclined to see their sometimes cheesy, eye-rolling rom-coms and thrillers.


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