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Deterioration of the Movie Industry

Generally speaking there’s two reasons people watch movies, for fun and to experience. The differences between the two is simple, people who watches movies for fun watches blockbusters, they like explosions and excitement but the real excitement lies with the ones who watches for the experience. Who are captivated by the tense dialogue, the character development, breathtaking performances and the score that brings out every emotion in us.

But when it comes to originality and the lack thereof in both  watching a movie for fun or to experience.  It makes you question is there a movie out there recently, that is not a remake or reboot or an adaptation from something. Yes, there is but most are not mainstream.

Why? Because remakes, reboots and adaptation all have one thing in common, a previous fanbase and digging deep enough you’ll fill that this is nothing new in the movie industry.  Some of the most popular movies are remake like Scarface for example.

And if you dig a little deeper you’ll see that this idea of remakes and reboots you’ll understand why, we as the general population clings to this idea that newer is better. This remake phenomenon is coming from the modern idea that old things aren’t good and that rebooting automatically implies that there was something wrong with the original which prompts up to go see the new one. Remakes focus almost entirely on the tangible details of the movie that can be changed and completely misses what made it good in the first place. Star Wars any? Some may argue that this is way to introduce the younger generation to the things that the older generation grew up with. Take for example the Stars Wars trilogy, kids maybe turned off by the outdated effects but now with The Force Awakens they can experience Star Wars in a whole new light.  Star Wars came out in a time when nothing like it has been done before, it was fresh, new and innovative. It brought out the fanboy in every kid who had seen it in the late 70’s and 80’s.  Now can kids feel the same sense of admiration for any movie that’s out now when they are all unimaginative imitations?

With that said, can a screenwriter sit with the intention to write a completely original script and have it go mainstream and dominate at the box office? Maybe in that sense, the movie industry is slowly deteriorating, leaving us with more reboots and remakes than original scripts.

Why do you watch movies to have fun or for the experience and what are your thoughts on all the remakes and reboots hitting the theaters?

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Award Buzz: The Imitation Game

THE IMITATION GAME

Starting off the award season I thought Eddie Redmayne was the leading man who is going to win every award but after seeing The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch, I’m not so sure.

During the winter of 1952, British authorities entered the home of mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to investigate a reported burglary. They instead ended up arresting Turing himself on charges of ‘gross indecency’, an accusation that would lead to his devastating conviction for the criminal offense of homosexuality – little did officials know, they were actually incriminating the pioneer of modern-day computing. Famously leading a motley group of scholars, linguists, chess champions and intelligence officers, he was credited with cracking the so-called unbreakable codes of Germany’s World War II Enigma machine. Staring Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Charles Dance, Rory Kinnear, Mark Strong, directed by Morten Tyldum and Norwegian film director and screenplay by Graham Moore

Starting with a mastermind of a screenplay,  this film is told in an effortless and plain approach, and you know that after 10 minutes in this film if going be a masterpiece and 2 hours later as the credits roll you know you were right.  The excellent production design captures the time and place brilliantly.  Seeing Britain torn as shots of bombers cause havoc over London and submarines launching rockets, as well as the rubble scattered streets and house, this film was truly rich in detail.  The editing takes us from year to year without having us in a shamble.

Fundamentally, a film is as strong as it’s cast and this film had a powerful one. Benedict Cumberbatch is a genius, he brings real humanity to a tortured Turing, particularly near the end, are almost unbearably moving. Keira Knightley is his female counterpart in a smaller but pivotal roll, the lone woman breaker who as it turns out is better than the men. Supporting actors Charles Dance, Rory kinnear and Mark Strong all offered characters and performances that were crucially needed. Also, credit to the young man who played a teenage Turing, as it for him that we believe in the subsequent actions and performance of Cumberbatch.

Hardly ever is a film as well done as this, it’s truly a cinematic masterpiece.

Have you seen The Imitation Game, what did you think of it and the performances?

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Award Buzz: American Sniper

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U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.

Adapted from the book by the same name, American Sniper stars Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman and diected by Clint Eastwood.  Eastwood (who turns 84 this year) still can compete with any young, new director out today, he did an great job on American Sniper, the actual war scenes were fantastic and are the highlight of the movie.  It showed the real struggles of American soldiers goes through before, during and after a tour. Before, the training, during making that first kill which is inevitable and after trying to coop with what have been seen, friends lost and return back home as a total different person everyone knew. Chris Kyle’s story is one to be remember for years to come, he went through a lot for freedom and to protect and in the end, there was no one to free him or protect him.

This movie may slip through Oscar ballot of nomination and if that happens it would be very unfortunately because Bradley Cooper gave an award-worthy performance better than American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook. Definitely  his best performance to date. Sienna Miller, Luke Gimes and Jake McDorman all gave great performances but Bradley Cooper truly made the film, he turned into Chris Kyle. You see Kyle’s struggle and pain shone through Bradley Cooper, he wasn’t acting, Cooper was Kyle. The Academy probably wont give him the nomination because it’s a hard year for lead actors, everyone bought there A game.

American Sniper was a great with a great director and an even greater performance from Bradley Cooper.

Have you seen American Sniper, what did you think of Bradley Cooper’s performance and the movie on a whole?

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Award Buzz: Into the Woods

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One of the movies you will hear about this award season is Into the Woods, mostly for its amazing performances and frankly that’s the only thing the movie have going for it. The movie synopsis is, a witch 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 with the tagline, be careful what you wish for.

Directed by Rob Marshall commonly know for his works on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,  Marshall put a dark twist on a beloved Broadway classic.  Into the Woods stars Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, and the amazing Meryl Streel. From the list of actors cast in the movie there is no wonder why Oscar buzz is buzzing for Meryl Streep for her supporting role, Streep already grab SAG and Globes nominations. All the cast performed exceptionally well, James Corden shown throughout,  Emily Blunt and Anna Kendrick sang beautifully, Chris Pine was just handsome and Johnny Depp was there for five minutes  -more on him later-.

Expectations were high for this movie, did the cast deliver? YES. But there is just so much a cast can do with a bad movie. The singing was good, not all the actors cast were good singers but the ones that were did well. Chris Pine is a better actor than singer his duet -Agony- was so bad it was laughable, not sure if that’s what Rob Marshall was going for. Johnny Deep song’s lyrics was perverted and uncomfortable to listen to. On the topic of Johnny Deep, this role was a typical role for him nothing stood out and his makeup and costume were amateur.  The songs however, were good for the first hour of the film, after that they were too much, too long and just bland. With that, said there was a standout song and it’s Meryl Streep’s Into the Wood. The movie wasn’t bad per se, a movie with high expectation/hype is.

Into the Woods is a perfect example of what 2014 is going to be remembered for in movies, great performances not so great movie.

Have you seen Into the Woods comment below your thoughts?  Haven’t seen it, comment and let me know why?

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2014 The year of unforgettable movies?

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2014 started of really horrible in the case of movies that is,  can you name one movie that came out in January probably not,  remember I, Frankenstein or The Legend of Hercules. Of course the first few  months is always the worst for movie openning but as the months progress we got a few good movies.  The following  is a list of the favourites e,  the actual best and less memorable movies of each month.  *The favourite and the actually best (determine by me) is different, being the favourite made the most at the box office and the less memorable are the ones that bombed and are actually not that memorable, sometimes they the same.*

January

  • The Favourite –  That Awkward Moment and Ride Along
  • The Actual Best – The Lone Survivors
  • Less Memorable – The Legend of Hercules,  I, Frankenstein and Paranormal Activities: The Marked Ones

February

  • The Favourite –  The Lego Movie
  • The Actual Best – The Monument’s Men
  • Less Memorable – Vampire Academy and Robocop

March

  • The Favourite –  Mr.  Peabody &  Sherman and Divergent
  • The Actual Best – Mr. Peabody & Sherman
  • Less Memorable – Need for Speed and Sabotage

April

  • The Favourite –  Captain America: Winter Solider
  • The Actual Best- Captain America Winters Solider and Heaven is for Real
  • Less Memorable – Cuban Fury and Transcendence

May

  • The Favourite – Maleficent  X-Men: Days of Future Past and Godzilla
  •  The Actual Best – X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Less Memorable – Walk Of Shame, Maleficent and Blended

June

  • The Favourite – Transformers 4: Age of Extinction and The Fault in Our Stars
  • The Actual Best – The Fault in our Stars and Edge of Tomorrow
  • Less Memorable – Edge of Tomorrow

July

  • The Favourite – Dawn of the Planets of the Apes and The Purge: Anarchy
  • The Actual Best –  Lucy
  • Less Memorable – Tammy and Lucy

August

  • The Favourite – Guardians of the Galaxy and TMNT
  • The Actual Best –  Guardians of the Galaxy,  Let’s be Cops and If I Stay
  • Less Memorable – The Giver and Expandable 3

September

  • The Favourite – The Maze Runner
  • The Actual Best – This is Where I Leave You and The Equalizer
  • Less Memorable – Dolphin Tale 2 and A walk among the Tombstone

October

  • The Favourite – Gone Girl and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,  Very Bad Day
  • The Actual Best – Gone Girl,  Fury and Nightcrawler
  • Less Memorable –  Addicted

November

  • The Favourite – Interstellar and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
  • The Actual Best – Foxcatcher,  Interstellar and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
  • Less Memorable : Horrible Bosses 2

December

  • The Favourite –  The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
  • The Actual Best – Into the Woods and Inherent Vice
  • Less Memorable – Annie and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tombstone

As the year went by it got we got better movies and it became clear that 2014 didn’t offer us much summer blockbuster to choose from,  but what we got was mindblowingly good.  From  Captain America 2 to Days of Future Past to Guardians of the Galaxy to Godzilla blockbusters this year pulled out all the stops this year.  But which summer Movie reign supreme,  which comedy, horror,  rom-com,  adaptation came out on top in their genres.  let’s break it down.

Comedy 

  • The Favourite – Dumb and Dumber To.
  • The Actual Funniest – Bad Words,  This is Where I Leave You and Let’s be Cops
  • The Less Funny – Tammy

Romance

  • The Favourite – The Fault in our Stars and If I Stay
  • the Actual Tearfess – The Fault in our Stars
  • Less Lovable – Endless Love

Horror

  • The Favourite – The Purge: Anarchy and Annebelle
  • The Scariest – Annabelle and Deliver US From Evil
  • The Trying too Hard – Oculus

Adaptions

  • The Favourite – Divergent and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
  • The “It’s just like the book,” – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Gone Girl
  • The “it can’t be the same book,” –  Divergent

Action/Blockbuster

  • The Favourite – Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America 2: Winter Solider
  • The “OMG!! Did that just happened” – X-Men: Days of Future Past and Guardian of the Galaxy
  • The “really that’s the best the producers could have done” – Maleficent

 Rom-Com

  • The Favourite – About Last Night and That Awkward Moment
  • The “AWWWdorable” – What if, Two Night Stand and That Awkward Moment
  • The “just another stupid rom-com” – The Other Woman and Blended

Drama

  • The Favourite – The Foxcatcher, The Theory of Everything, The Imitation Game, Interstellar
  • The “Hold up, that didn’t just happen” – The Foxcatcher, Whiplash, NightCrawler and Still Alice
  • The “That was a drama??” – Exodus: Gods & KIngs

*Some of the movies fall into more than one genre example all the movies in drama are adaptations which makes it hard to categorize them.*

All the movies that came out this year stood out in their own ways and alot of them aren’t even mentioned in this list and it goes to show that you can’t make a best movies 2014 list. Even if you break them down month by month, or genre by genre, it hard to choose one movie to triumph above the rest. Even more I can think of movies that I didn’t mentions on this, that I will remember for a long time to come. This year movies were good and next year is going to be better and the year after that will be even better.

Comment below which movie you enjoyed most this year and the ones you can watch 1000 times without getting bored?

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Which new Fall TV series takes the cake?

The fall TV season are upon us, and if your anything like me your piercing through your TV guide trying to find the best new shows that TV has to offer. The ones that don’t get cancelled as soon as you get into them, because according to the network you’re the only person watching it.  Here are a list of new series this fall that everybody is going to be obsessing over, talking about and hopefully not missing.

  1. How to get away with murder (Air Thursdays on ABC at 10/9c). A legal thriller from the creator of ABC’s hit Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy Shonda Rhimes. Viola Davis stars as a cut-throat defense attorney professor, her criminal class is full of competitive student, some who works for her. They get caught up in a murder plot and are now trying to figure out how to get away with Murder.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbSl-SPyHtg
  2. The Flash (Premieres October 7 on CW at 8/7c) This Arrows spin-off stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, who became the fastest man alive AKA Flash after a Lab explosion. Barry who works as a forensic investigator uses his powers to rid Central City of criminals.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj0l7iGKh8g
  3. Gotham (Airs Monday on Fox at 8/7c)  Focuses on a young detective, Jim Gordon who is investigating the murder of a young boy’s parents. This young boy turns out to be Bruce Wayne, mind-blowing. With promises to tell the origins of some of DC comics most infamous villain such as Catwoman and The Penguin and The Riddler.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d1zpt6k5OI
  4. Red Band Society (Air Wednesdays on Fox at 9/8c) Kids+Cancer+Drama+Hospital=A hit coming of age series set in the children’s ward of a LA hospital, it follows a group of patients as they try to over come some of life’s challenges and illness. Plus it’s narrated by a boy in a coma.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPEI4CnAC4c
  5. Black-ish (Air Wednesdays on ABC at 9/8c)  Andre, a successful  African-American man who believes his four children are forgetting their heritage. When his son as for a bar-mitvah and he’s not even a Jew, that pushed him over the edge. He try to educate his children on their heritage as his laid-back old school father is their making fun of him every chance he gets. Created by and starring Anthony Anderson and co-stars Laurance Fishburne. Black-ish has been getting a lot of attention over its tittle and it’s positive.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNqqjDv6_dU
  6. A-Z (Premiere Thursdays on NBC at 9/8c)  How I met your Mother meets 500 Hundred days of Summer. Need I say more.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeJ6hHdveF0

WILD CARDS

  1. Manhattan Love Story  (Air  Tuesdays on ABC 8/7c) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vV2hliiHXA
  2. Jane the Virgin (Premeire October 13 on CW at 9/8c) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgDz0s7xw8A
  3. Scorpion (Air Mondays on CBS at 9/8c) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU_hJscvdXU
  4. Stalker (Air  Wednesday on CBS at 10/9c) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kJjjKaZ1x8
  5. The Affair (Airs Sunday on Showtime at 10) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqvJSTNqNks

 

 

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