Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Best of Cinema 2014 By Moviejerk

Source: Moviejerk

HOPE. LOVE. EXISTENCE. BEAUTY... CINEMA.
There have been some excellent Retrospective Videos in years past, but nothing quite like this. If you're more into artistic/independent films, this is right up your alley. There's only 30 films featured in this montage, titled The Best of Cinema 2014, which is all based on Moviejerk's Top 30 Films of 2014 (which hasn't been published yet). A lot of independent movies shown here (with a few exceptions), but his editing is pure perfection! It is a little heavier than most, but I think that's part of its draw. The track used is by M83, Un Nouveau Soleil, which makes this montage even more stellar than it already is. Take a look and enjoy! 
 
Here's what Moviejerk had to say:
"It’s nearly the end of the year, and everyone from Sight & Sound to John Waters are each coming up with their own best films list. Hardly anyone has the last word on this, not even Quentin Tarantino, hence each list is as fascinating as the next. It’s a sport widely exercised by film critics and filmmakers alike, and I’m cooking up my very own 30 Best Films list to be served up just before we bid farewell to 2014. For the time being, I’ve edited a montage of movies, the best of cinema in 2014, a brief glimpse of the films that will be included and celebrated come end of the year to the tune of M83’s Un nouveau soleil (from the film Les rencontres d’après minuit)."
You like?...

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Get Your Retrospective On - Movies of 2014

Source: Firstshowing
"Come and get your love." Man, I love this time of year! Christmas is just around the corner, everyone is nicer to each other, the seasonal music is blaring, the pretty lights are glowing, and movie mash-ups come flowing in like madness, not to mention lists of the Best Movie Trailers and Films of 2014. In case you haven't seen many movies this year I say this: "What's the matter with you, but more importantly... you're in luck." Check out this recap, the latest impressive compilation of clips from films ranging from Birdman, Guardians of the Galaxy to Unbroken. Nick Kinder went through great lengths to make this extra special too by using dialogue cleverly matched with the right clips.  Check it out and enjoy!
 
Here's what Kinder had to say about 2014: 
"Diverse is an understatement when referring to the movies of 2014. The year held such a range for films in such a range of genres and styles. They were bold, they were risky, they were awesome. Not in recent memory has a year for film been so generous. Looking back is a pleasure to the memory; there was so much offered, so much to see, and so much to love. I wanted to focus this time on the aspects of humanity, inspiration, and especially love, as I found 2014 cinema to be heavily influenced on these topics." 
For a list of music, check out the video's YouTube page, and see all of the movies used in the video here

How many movies did you see this year?!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Laggies Trailer

Source: Firstshowing.net

"Why would you tweak the nipples on the Buddha?"

Can't say I'm completely sold on the movie's title (in fact it's straight up stupid! The British name is perfect - Say When), but Laggies staring the darling looks absolutely charming, and it takes place in Seattle (ahem, my home town). It's a story about woman struggling to find herself  while doing everything she possibly can to avoid real responsibility. I know it's a little been-there-done-that, but whatever. At the very least it looks like a really fun rental. The film also stars (adorable) and (love him!). Take a look...

Having spent her twenties comfortably inert, 28 year old Megan (Keira Knightley) reaches a crisis when she finds herself squarely in adulthood with no career prospects, no particular motivation to pursue any and no one to relate to, including her high school boyfriend (Mark Webber). When he proposes, Megan panics and given an opportunity to escape - at least temporarily - she hides out in the home of her new friend, 16-year-old Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz) and Annika's world-weary single dad (Sam Rockwell). Laggies is directed by (Your Sister's Sister), written by and hits theaters on October 24th

Worth your while?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Mortdecai Trailer

Source: Firstshowing

"No, I don't need help with my bags, 
I have a bloody man-servant."

There are two things I love most in this world - movies and Johnny Depp. Mortdecai, staring the lovely (and ahem, corkey) Johnny Depp, looks pretty silly, almost as if Capt. Jack Sparrow went and got himself a haircut and new clothes. The adventure comedy from director David Koepp is just a teaser, but it already has me hooked. It has a talented, all-star cast and it feels very Wes Anderson-ee, which I love. It basically introduces us to the main character from Kyril Bonfigliol's books. Mortdecai seems to have a bit of a reputation, and it's not a very good one. Take a look... 
 
Mortdecai is directed by (Premium Rush, The Secret Window) and written by , based on the books by Kyril Bonfiglioli. Juggling angry Russians - the British Mi5, his impossibly gorgeous wife (Gwyneth Paltrow) and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue - Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) has to travel the globe armed only with good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting that supposedly contains the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany & Olivia Munn also star in the film which Lionsgate will release February 6th, 2015

Worthy of your time?

Friday, August 1, 2014

A Phenomenal Interstellar Trailer

Source: Firstshowing

"Love is the one thing that transcends time and space."
Another phenomenal and gripping trailer for Christopher Nolan's Sci-Fi adventure. If you weren't interested before you will be now (that is if you're a sci-fi fan). The latest Interstellar trailer practically brought tears to my eyes. I love everything about this trailer, from its spectacular special effects, the rich emotion, to the whole allure of it all/interesting plot. It is one beautifully crafted trailer and I can't wait to see the movie! Take a look...

Interstellar is directed by British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of such films like: Doodlebug, Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. The screenplay is by Christopher Nolan and , based on scientific theories by Caltech astrophysicist Kip Thorne and follows a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. stars in the film which Paramount Pictures will release the film on November 7, 2014.

Worth your time?

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Evolution of Film from 1878 to 2014

Source: SlashFilm

Check out this stellar video on the evolution of film spanning from 1878 to 2014. It's pretty impressive to see how far the film industry has come. And with the advancement of technology, movies now-a-days are able to reach cinematic highs. But whether it's the jump from silent films to talkies, hand drawn animation to computer animation, or 2D to 3D, there is always something new on the horizon, making the movie experience even better. Enjoy! 


For for full list of movies click here.  The creator of this video, Scott Ewing adds;
This montage began as a labor of love and quickly became an obsession of mine. Many days and hours were spent researching clips, downloading and editing. The following montage chronicles the evolution of film from its conception in 1878 by Edward J. Muybridge to the Lumiere brothers in 1895. Georges Melies a trip to the moon in 1902 was a total game changer and from there we go to the first theatrical releases starting in 1920-2014 … this portion of the montage is chronological.
There are some notable films which are absent from the montage such as the Great Train Robbery (1903), The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906) and Birth of a Nation (1915). These and many others were either impossible to find or did not fit in with the creative direction of the montage. And for those who might notice, There is also a Dumb and Dumber (1994) dancing clip between Tropic Thunder and 500 Days of Summer...this was intentional I assure you.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Exodus: Gods and Kings Trailer

Source: Firstshowing

 "Let's just see who's more effective at killing."

The very first trailer for Exodus: Gods and Kings is here at last. Director Ridley Scott is back at it again with another period piece. Let's just hope he brought his Gladiator A-game this time. I really, really want this to be a phenomenal movie, but after seeing this teaser-trailer, I have a few reservations.  It sort of feels like an expensive stage play, staring Batman, ahem . But I could be wrong (I really hope I am wrong).  The production and visuals look stunning. We shall see.  Take a look...

Exodus: Gods and Kings is directed by (Gladiator, Robin Hood, Alien, Blade Runner) and written by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage (Tower Heist, Accepted), with a rewrite by Steve Zaillian (American Gangster, Moneyball, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). The film follows the biblical story of Moses' (Christian Bale) life from his adoption by Egyptian royals through his revolution against Pharaoh Ramses II (). Aaron Paul, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro and Sigourney Weaver also star in the film. 20th Century Fox brings this film to theaters on December 12, 2014.

What's your take?...

Unbroken Trailer

Source: Firsthowing

"The light will always follow darkness." 

The trailer I've been waiting for is finally here, and it looks phenomenal. From sophomore director comes Unbroken, an incredible true story based on the late Louis Zamperini's life, who recently passed away.  I fell in love with the book written by Laura Hillenbrand of the same name, and was thrilled to hear they were adapting this inspirational, World War II story into a motion picture. This Christmas we will get to see Louis' incredible survival story of how he lived on a raft for 47 days after his plane crashed, which left him stranded in the middle of the war zone, only to be captured by the Japanese Navy. I can't wait to see it!  Take a look...

 
Angelina Jolie (who last directed In the Land of Blood and Honey) directs Unbroken as her sophomore filmmaking effort, also producing the film which has a script writtenby William Nicholson (Les Misérables) and Richard LaGravenese (Behind the Candelabra), later rewritten by Joel and Ethan Coen and based on Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling novel. The will to push through any obstacle, the drive to not give into defeat. The epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini () who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Universal will release Unbroken on Christmas Day, this year.

Are you as excited to see this as I am?

Monday, July 7, 2014

David Fincher's Full Trailer for Gone Girl

Source: Firstshowing  

"This man of mine might kill me."
20th Century Fox has finally debuted the second official trailer for 's adaptation of Gone Girl, starring and  as Nick and Amy Dunne.  I was a huge fan of the book by of the same title, but I am an even bigger fan of director David Fincher, so you can bet this movie will be nothing short of spectacular.  I will say, though, I half expected this trailer to be a little more sleek, more haunting/alluring and a ton more captivating, but regardless this movie is bound to blow. your. mind. 



Gone Girl is directed by the phenomenal (Seven, The Game, Fight Club, Zodiac, Panic Room, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo previously) and written by Gillian Flynn, based on her own best-selling novel of the same name. In a story primarily told in flashbacks, Rosamund Pike plays a wife who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, and her husband (Ben Affleck) becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance. Also starting: Scoot McNairy, Neil Patrick Harris, Missi Pyle, Patrick Fugit, Emily Ratajkowski, and Tyler Perry. The murder mystery hits theaters on October 2, 2014. And  I'm even told the movie will have a different ending from the book. 

Worth your time?

Transformers: Age of Extinction Review

There are always five basic cinematic trademarks to every Michael Bay movie: product placement, neon lights, slow-motion action sequences, hot babes and lest we forget... explosions. No Michael Bay movie would be complete without that self-indulgent flair. And you can bet the 165 minute never. ending. story., based on the beloved children’s cartoons in the 80's, had exactly that.

I really wanted to like Transformers: Age of Extinction, but in the end I just wanted it to be over.  It was a wise decision, though, to replace the stuttering and bumbling awkward boy played by Shia LaBeouf, with a widower named Cade Yeager (), who divides his time between building defective robots in his barn and telling his 17 year daughter, Tessa (), she cannot date until she graduates high school. 

I would say the first half of the movie was off to a great start. I actually enjoyed it for what it was. It was fun, funny, exciting, interesting and captivating. It wasn't until the story took us to Hong Kong that I wanted to die. Half the dialogue is just the characters loudly describing what they were seeing, and some of it was so bad I actually started beating my head against the back of my seat to make it stop. There was so much happening all at once that by the end I didn’t really care what happen to our main heroes. I got tired of Optimus Prime batting for the humans, then changing his mind, only to get back on board again. He wasn’t this fierce unwavering Autobot leader we know him to be, but rather unsure of himself and kind of annoying. Plus the special effects are a lot been-there-done-that. 
 

An action movie doesn’t have to be clever to be good. But it shouldn’t be this dumb. The plot is deceptively simple, despite being turned into an incomprehensible hot mess. But if plot is what you're after, what are you doing at a Michael Bay movie? 
RATING: D+

Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer Blockbuster HOTTIES - 2014


It's time to indulge in a pointless segment I like to call Summer Blockbuster Hotties.  This season is sizzling up ridiculously hot.  With these Top 10 Hotties infiltrating our movie theaters this summer it's going to be hard to stay away. And if Hollywood has taught us anything it is that there is definitely no shortage of stunning beauties in their mist. Don't believe me? Take a look for yourself. Warning: May cause third degree burns. Enjoy!


*Lip-Smackin' Man Candy*


Brenton Thwaites

Meet the talented and, ahem, gorgeous Aussie. The 24 year old isn't exactly famous yet, but with that charming smile and that sweet yet sultry, twinkly gaze it's only a matter of time before he reaches "prince" status. He even played one in Maleficent, which is currently in theaters. He takes the lead in a few sci-fi thrillers as well - The Signal, out now, which is receiving rave reviews, and The Giver, out August 15th. Trust me he's definitely going to be a huge star.

Up next: Ride is a story about how a mother travels cross-country to California to be with her son after he decides to drop out of school and become a surfer. Release date: November 2014.



"Say hi to your motha for me."  As you wish, Marky-Mark.  Rapper turned actor certainly made the right career move. With his sultry gaze and that incredible smile all of which can render females helpless in a matter of seconds, it's clear the 43 year old has still got it. Mr. Abs for Days is definitely a thing of beauty and embodies style and grace with the up-most confidence and humility. Don't miss him kick a little robot butt, all while saving the world from mass destruction in this summer's blockbuster - Transformers: Age of Extinction, out now. 

Up Next: Mojave, where he will play a suicidal artist goes into the desert, where he finds his doppelgänger, a homicidal drifter.  Out later this year.


Michael Fassbender
This German born hottie has this kind of charismatic and sexy way about himself that one can't fully quantify or analyze. It has to do with a sincerity and clarity that makes you see something fantastic in him. The tall drink of water has looks and talent, no question. Two words: Yes. Please. If you haven't seen him in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is out now, you most definitely do not want to miss out. It's an excellent movie!

Up Next: Slow West follows a 17-year-old boy on a journey across 19th Century frontier America in search of the woman he loves, while accompanied by mysterious traveler Silas. Out later this year.


Channing Tatum
It's no wonder this all American boy (and new dad) made the cut... yet again. I mean duh. With a killer body that just won't quit and a charming persona, it's near impossible to ignore this smokin' hot actor. Sorry ladies, he's taken, as in married (Not that that means much in Hollywood these days though, but still). Don't miss him in his latest comedy - 22 Jump Street, which is in theaters now.

Up Next: Book of Life is the journey of Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart. In theaters October 17th.

Jason Statham
Time to fall in love with Handsome Rob all over again... and again.  This British heart-throb is for sure one delicious piece of lip-smacking man-candy, and a nice addition to our summer blockbuster hotties.  This dark and brooding actor definitely oozes sex appeal, no question. It's clear he ceases to have trouble with the ladies.  I would say don't miss him in The Expendables 3, out August 3rd, but I won't because those movies are well,... dumb.

Up Next: He plays Ian Shaw in Fast & Furious 7, a man who seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his crew for the death of his brother. Release date: April 10, 2015.




*Mouth Watering Bombshells*

Megan Fox

The answer is in the name. This foxy mouth watering bombshell oozes sex appeal whether she’s pumping gas at the gas station or sexing it up on the red carpet. We've always known that she's a hit with the men-folk, but I was surprised at how quickly she has made an impact on women - they consider her to have one of the most coveted celebrity bodies around (me included). It's hard to believe she's already a mother of two. They need a new word for how hot this sex-kitten really is.  If you're a fan of ninja's and turtles and Megan Fox be sure to check her out in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, out August 8th.

Up Next: Nothing on the foreseeable horizon.  But whatever it is you can bet it'll be smokin' hot.

Emily Blunt

This sparkling diamond is one classic beauty. Aside from being absolutely stunning with her huge, innocent baby blues and flawless, milky skin, this British babe 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 HOT on the red carpet. She amazed us in the action flick, Edge of Tomorrow, which is an incredible movie, surprisingly.

Up Next: Into the Woods is a story about a witch who conspires to teach important lessons to various characters of popular children's stories including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel. In theaters Christmas Day.


Nicola Peltz
The barely legal blond bombshell is emerging  as a force to be reckoned with, on both the big and small screen.  She is one of the greatest up and coming ladies Hollywood has to offer. She's completely charming, humble and sweet. What's not to love about this 19 year old New York Native. She's definitely one of the hottest girls in film, no question. There are few girls out there as sexy and fun as her.  Don't miss her team up with Wahlberg as they save the world in Transformers: Age of Extinction, out now. Then on July 11th she'll star in Affluenza.

Up Next: Stay tuned...


Jessica Alba
This sweet and stunning beauty is so hot even she's annoyed.
I’m sure it must be difficult to be taken seriously in Hollywood with that curvaceous body. But don't worry, I’m sure she’ll be fine. If the acting thing doesn't pan out the wife and mother of two runs a highly successful business - The Honest Co.. This gorgeous vixen can seriously pull off any look and get away with it. She's for sure beyond the hotness. You don't want to miss her move like liquid in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which hits theaters August 22nd (ahem, two days after MY Birthday).

Up Next: The Veil is a horror movie that takes place thirty years after members of a religious cult committed mass suicide, the lone survivor returns to the scene of the tragedy with a documentary crew in tow. Release date:  Sometime next year.


Charlize Theron

As a rule, I would say most men want to date her while most women want to be her. This long-legged BEAUTIFUL bombshell exudes confidence and strength in everything she does.  With her vivacious sex appeal, those piercing, stunning blue eyes, that deep husky voice, it's no wonder people all over the world are drawn to her.  She busts out her comedic skills in this summer's smash hit - A Million Ways to Die in the West, currently in theaters. She will also star in Dark Places, out September 1st. 

Up Next: Mad Max: Fury Road is a remake of an apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.  Out sometime next year.


Remember, in order to make the cut these fine human-beings need to match some criteria:
A. They must headline a summer blockbuster (May-September).
B. They must be smokin' HOT.
C. They have to be "cool" in real life (in other words, no d-bags).

So there ya have it folks. Did your hottie make/not make the cut? Share your comments with me below.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2

"This is Berk. The best kept secret this side of, well, anywhere." Says Hiccup. It's definitely this summer's best animated film, filled with heart and soul. You will leave the theater beaming. I seriously cannot say enough good things about this movie.  I loved it so much! And with Vikings on the backs of dragons this time around, the world just got a whole lot bigger and better. 

With a more complex storyline than its predecessor, I felt it delivered on every account. And I even went in with high expectations, which were easily met on every level and then some - that doesn't happen too often, but when it does it's a thing of beauty. With an extremely well written script (four years in the making), rich with incredible character development and stunning animation, all of which surpassed the original, how can you go wrong.  How to Train Your Dragon 2, along with any sequel for that matter, easily could have played it safe by merely repeating the original's formula (ahem, Home Alone 2 anyone?). However, it opted instead to further the story by introducing fascinating new characters while giving us the ones we have come to know and love. These lovable characters are now 5 years older, though, and have been exploring new places and new territories over the years. 

Basically HTTYD was brought to the next incredible level filled with more emotion, intensity, action, adventure, humor, and depth.  It's safe to say this is one of the best sequels Hollywood has produced in a very long time. Plus it speaks volumes to any age group.  

HTTYD2 is a phenomenal movie, one of the best I've seen all year, and will no doubt snag an  Academy Award for best animated film.  John Powell returned to score the film, which has become one of my all time favorites.  Though not as enchanting as the original, it's still a valiant effort.  I wouldn't be surprised if he was nominated again. 

I was fully engaged with excitement, grinning ear to ear the entire two plus hours. When it was over, I immediately wanted to see it again.  If you were fan of the original, I strongly recommend seeing this movie (in theaters if possible). Your heart will soar.
RATING: A+


Monday, June 16, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars Review

The Fault in Our Stars was absolutely lovely from beginning to end. It also marks the rare occasion where the movie was actually better than the book, even though some fans might disagree - mostly teenagers though (psh, what do they know). Where the book dragged, the movie picked up and moved it right along with effortless ease. I loved that it stayed pretty true to the source material as well. 

Both book and film are narrated by Hazel (), a 16-year old who totes an oxygen tank, who nearly died at 13, and knows her days are numbered.  It's not too long after joining a cancer support group, a group her mother strongly encouraged her to join, that she meets Gus (), a tall, dark and handsome boy who has lost a leg to Osteosarcoma, who - you guessed it - she falls for instantly. The two embark on a wild adventure filled with first-time love, devotion and hope. 

The two main characters were perfectly cast. While Woddley portrays Hazel flawlessly with her smart and funny yet cold demeanor, it was Elgort who really steals the show and our hearts. His charming humor, positivity, grace and wit will seriously have you eating out of the palm of his hand in no time. 

This "one sick love story" is a sharp and emotionally-charged weepie romance for the teenage market, yet it tackles its bleak subject matter with respect, warmth, tenderness and heart.  
RATING: B

Sunday, June 15, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past Review

There’s just something cool about a prequel. It’s always interesting seeing how the story really began. And when done right a prequel can sometimes surpass a sequel.      And while X-Men: Days of Future Past doesn't quite match the success of X2, it ends up being a worthy contender and manages to deliver one powerful punch.  It certainly helps that director is back in toe. I'm not talking about the guy who brought us those snooze-fest, stinkers like Superman Returns and Jack the Giant Slayer, but rather the director who brought us the amazing Usual Suspects, X1 and X2.

For those who don't know (ahem: where've you been), this movie is a time travel movie, and more times than not (save a few) time travel movies tend to lack in every possible, confusing way.  But in this case the time travel logic is sounds, thought out and makes perfect sense.  

The film largely does what it sets out to do, by turning out another crowd-pleasing comic-book film designed to bring in new fans while satisfying the old ones.  With its mind-boggling premise and jaw-dropping cast, Days Of Future Past meets every great expectation. You will not be disappointed with the action sequences, costumes, set designs and the ever so stellar special effects. It's essentially one big jigsaw, which fits together beautifully in a wondrous puzzle in the end.

It features a masterful blend of humor, wit, wisdom and fun character development.  But what I liked most about this film was the underlining massage that not everyone is always 100% bad, nor 100% good.  We have a little of both in all of us.  And much like Marvel's latest movies the source materials are topics that are still relevant in the world today.
RATING: B+

Monday, May 19, 2014

Godzilla Review

Another day another remake. Despite the annoying fact that Hollywood remakes every single movie, here comes another Godzilla film for a new generation nearly 20 years later. However, having very little exposure to the original story myself, I was pleasantly surprised with how fun this remake really was. Honestly this movie doesn’t require a lot of explanation. One surely knows what to expect. It's definitely a "guy" movie for sure. In fact little dudes around the world will be in "awe" of it for many years to come. If you're into Sci-Fi, love monsters, look no further... Godzilla is your man... ahem, monster

In this adaptation we learn that the United States’ nuclear weapon testing program in the 1950's had absolutely nothing to do with tests at all. They were trying to kill the giant beast that lives beneath the sea. The good news is that Godzilla disappeared after that. The world’s oceans are expansive and it appeared he wanted to keep a low profile. Until now... (du-du-dun

What’s good about the film is that director, builds and builds the anticipation. We know it’s a monster film, but it takes nearly an hour before we see the big guy. In the meantime, Edwards entertains us through the eyes of the Brody family, who have shared great loss. From father to son, and from husband to wife, Joe () and Ford () want closure to what’s haunted them for years, and when the truth unleashes, they realize it’s bigger than they had ever expected. (duh)

My one complaint would be that absurd, dopey scientist guy, Serizawa (). For those who have seen the movie, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Seriously he bugged the heck of me, with his constant dumbfounded looks, never saying more than "uh" and "them" and "um" throughout the ENTIRE movie. Where did he graduate anyway. Get a clue buddy. Let's hope they give him a whole lot of gumption in the sequel, or better yet take him out completely. I seriously couldn't deal.  

In closing I'll say this: Is this movie ridiculous? Without question.  Big enough plot-holes for Godzilla himself to jump through?  You bet.  Visually spectacular? Oh yeah.  Holds a lot more depth than one might expect?  Sure.  But is it fun, thrilling, exciting and awesome? Abso-freaking-lutely!! My eyes were literally pealed wide open, jaw to the ground with anticipation the entire time. I seriously felt like a little kid again. It's a lot more intense than I was expecting, and it's safe to say it met my expectations. 
RATING: B-

What did you think? 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Interstellar Trailer

Source: Warner Bros.

"We're not meant to save the world. We're meant to leave it." 

If you're gearing up to see Godzilla this weekend, you will get to see the spectacular trailer for Christopher Nolan's latest film Interstellar up on the big screen. One of the year's Most Anticipated Movies  for sure.  It definitely peaks my interest. After all, every Nolan movie (save Insomnia) is brilliant, and I have no doubt his latest efforts, staring ("alright, alright"), will be just as stellar. Take a looks for yourself...  


Interstellar is directed by British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of the films Doodlebug, Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. The screenplay is by Christopher Nolan & , which is based on scientific theories by Caltech astrophysicist Kip Thorne.  The story follows a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Paramount Pictures will release this film everywhere November 7, 2014.

Interested?

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?


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