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Box Office Breakdown (August 22)

This weekend  will be filled with tears or excitement, depending on what movie your planning on seeing. If you don’t know which movie to see, hopefully this will make it a lot easier. Here are the movies being release this weekend:

1. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

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Dwight is hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord, and then watches his life go straight to hell. Chronologically, this story takes place prior to “The Big Fat Kill” featured in the film Frank Miller’s Sin City and explains how Dwight came to have a dramatically different face. Based on the graphic by Frank Miller who wrote and co-directed with Robert Rodriguez A dame to Kill For stars Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis and Eva Green.

If you’re looking for violent, bloody, exciting movie to see this weekend this is exactly that, I would advice to watch the first Sin City film first. They are a lot of die-hard fans of the novel who been dying for a sequel. Does it have what it takes to take the number 1 spot away from TMNT we’ll see.

2. If I Stay

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Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident, killing her family puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she have to decide if she should go with her family or stay and live a life more difficult than she should ever imagine. If I Stay follow the trend of popular YA novels that being adapted in to movies. Check out my thought on the book at A penny for my thoughts (If I Stay). Directed by R.J Cutler and screenplay with the author of the book Gayle Forman and Shauna Cross, who also wrote the screenplay for What to expect when you expecting and Whip It. If I Stay stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Jamie Blackley and Mireille Enos.

If I Stay is a really emotion story, it has something that all young adult can relate to. It has heart, family love. If your planning on seeing this film make sure bring a box of tissues. Does it have what it takes to go up against TMNT and The Guardians, yes it does and it wouldn’t be a surprise if If I Stay comes out on top this weekend? 

There it is, the top two movies coming out this weekend, will they be enough to trump TMNT and The Guardians out of the top two? We’ll have to wait and see. In the meanwhile comment below the  what movie you’re going to see and which ones you think is going to take the top spots.

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WWW Wednesday (August 20)

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W.W.W. Wednesdays is a weekly event brought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.  To play along, answer the following questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you are going to read next?
Here are my answers:

What are you currently reading?

I’m rereading Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins before the movie comes out.

What did you recently finish reading?

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Check out, A penny for my thoughts (Thirteen Reasons Why).

 What do you think you are going to read next?

Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.

Play along!! leave a comment with the link to your answers and if you don’t have a blog leave your answers in a comment.

Happy Hump Day 😜😄

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A penny for my thought (Thirteen Reasons Why)

 

 

   Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Two weeks ago I heard of this book on WWW Wednesday an weekly event by MizB from Should Be Reading. I found it really interesting so I went to the library and they didn’t have it, the library in my neighborhood never have the books I’m looking for. So I went to the mall and bought the book, this was Sunday afternoon and by Monday I finish read the book.

I can say this book was hauntingly beautiful, well written which is true and who have read the book knows this and who haven’t know you know. But I’m going to talk about how I felt reading the book.

While reading I found myself very upset mad, and irritated I can’t say which part of the book I felt this way. I had to put the book down and walk around my room to calm down – I’m very dramatic – I was made at the author Jay Asher. How dare he writes a book about a girl committing suicide and blaming people for it. But by the end of the book I realized, that it’s more that a book about suicide, it’s about bullying, snowball effects, speaking up, opening up and taking chances or not taking chances.

I did cry while reading the book, but I didn’t know I was crying I just felt the tears running down my face. I do remember the part I cried – NO SPOILERS – when Hanna gave up. It made me remember the times when I thought about giving up, I had people who want the best for me. It made me thought what would have happened or what would I have done if I didn’t them cheering for me.

 Yes, I thought about what would happen if I die, not if I commit suicide but I have thought about that too. Haven’t we all? There’s a line in the book that explains this: “Sometimes we have thoughts that even we don’t understand. Thoughts that aren’t even true – that aren’t really how we feel – but they’re running through our heads anyway because they’re interesting to think about.”

Everyone teenager should read this book, it will make you think about the things you do and say. Everything we do and say have a snowball effect and you don’t want to be a contributing factor to someone sadness.

Have you read the book, what did you think of it and how did it affect you?

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Fall into Winter 2014

Hello to the few people who still read my blog, thank you for reading. So I’ve been MIA for 2 months now, which is something a new blogger should not do. I’m sorry but I’m back (until my semester starts) and I have a lot I want to blog about.

Here goes,

Fall is my favorite time of the year which is pretty ironic because the two places I’ve lived all my life only have one season which is summer. Nevertheless, I love the idea of fall, pumpkin pie, sweatshirts, cooler weather, leaves changing colors and most of all the best movies are release during the fall.  The movies on this list are some of the year’s most anticipating movies, some you may not know -as yet- and others you can’t stop thinking about and is dying to see.

1. Gone Girl (October 3) With his wife disappearance on their fifth anniversary Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) becomes the focus of an intense media eye. As the police investigates further into his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike) disappearance, the media turns on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent. We all know the book written by Gillian Flynn by the same name and most of us read it and hate that we love it. Gillian Flynn screen-write the movie along with David Fincher whose directing. With an alternative ending book-readers and movie-goers are going to love this movie. I can definitely see this in the running for best picture and actor at 2015 Oscars.

2. Interstellar (November 5)         Interstellar is definitely the years most anticipated movie, it’s the first movie Matthew McConaughey stars in, coming off his big Oscar win for Dallas Buyers Club earlier this year. Along with McConaughey, the movie stars a mass of other Oscar winners such as: Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastian, Michael Caine just to name a few. Interstellar is about a space travel story about a group of astronaut trying to find an inhabitable planet to replace Earth because Earth is on the brink of extinction. The movies written by Christopher and Jonathan Nolan and directed by Christopher Nolan who we all know from the Dark Knight trilogy and Inception. Nolan has yet to win a Oscar he’s been snob too many times and this might be his lucky year.

3. Exodus God & Kings (December 12)   Following the trend of religious movie comes Exodus which is the name of the second book in the bible and it gives an account of Moses leading the Israelite slaves to freedom from Egypt. Christian Bale plays Moses, a role that is a long way from the Dark Knight, Joel Edgeton plays the pharaoh Rhamses, Aaron Paul as Joshua and Sigourney Weaver as Tyua. Director and Co-Writer Ridley Scott who is well know for movies like Prometheus and Gladiator, uses a state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion to bring this story to life.

4. Fury (October 17)

 

Fury follows a five men American tank crew in Europe on the final days of World War 2. Fury stars a mass of hunks such as, Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena just to name a few. It was written and directed by David Ayer who is know for Sabotage and End of Watch. The release was initially set for November 14 but was moved up to October 17. By the trailer Fury looks like the Saving Private Ryan of the 21st century which are pretty big shoes to fill but that’s how promising it seems for now.

5. FoxCathcher (November 14)

FoxCatcher is based on the true story of Mark Schultz, an Olympic wrestler whose relationship with sponsor John du Pont and brother Dave Schultz would lead to unlikely circumstances. It stars Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz, Mark Ruffalo as Dave Schultz and Steve Carell as John du Pont.  This movie isn’t a blockbuster and it probably wont make a big profit but it’s going one of the years most critically acclaimed movie. Steve Carell is one of Hollywood’s most diverse and underestimate actor.  Do I hear Oscar bells for Best and Supporting actor, too early to tell.

Noticeable Mentions

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

2. Dumb & Dumber To

3. Inherent Vice

4. The Hobbit

  These movies will definitely  make fall 100% better.  Which movie are you looking for too this fall?

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2014 Summer Blockbuster: Guardians of the Galaxy

 

I have a confession, I’ve never seen a movie in 3D until last night and my mind was blown to pieces by Guardians of the Galaxy. Over the pass few years Marvel has been hitting us with movies from left, right and center most of them are good, others I can’t say the same about. Marvel took a risk with Guardians of the Galaxy because: 1. not a lot of people are familiar to this comic 2. it has a totally different tone and attitude from other Marvel movie.

The Guardians include: the revenge driven Drax the Destroyer, Groot -a talking tree man; Star-Lord/Peter Quill, Rocket Raccoon, a genetically engineered animal with a knack for guns and explosives; and Gamora, the last survivor of her species. Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, , Groot, Gamora and the Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

The movie stars Chris Pratt as Star Lord, David Bautista as Drax, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Bradley Cooper voicing Rocket and Lee Pace as Ronan. The cast is an odd ensemble when you think of superhero movie especially an Marvel movie but on screen they had great chemistry. Director and Co-Writer James Gunn brings  a giddiness and a wondrous endless sense of why-the-hell-not humor that the cast pulled out really well. It took a good hour for Gunn to find balance between the comedy and seriousness and once he found it was pure gold. This is Gunn’s biggest blockbuster to date with a budget of $170 million and the movie box office gain double that amount and counting.

Guardian of the Galaxy has wit, energy and humor to spare and you can look forward to the sequel coming out on July 2017.

Have you seen The Guardians on action, comment below what you think of it, and if you haven’t seen it comment still.

 

 

 

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WWW Wednesday (July 30)

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W.W.W. Wednesdays is a weekly event brought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.  To play along, answer the following questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you are going to read next?
Here are my answers:

What are you currently reading?

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. It’s an amazingly easy read, I’m in love with the protagonist Don Tillman. I can see this book becoming one of my favorites.

What did you recently finish reading?

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green for the third time this year, and I have a urge to re-read now which I am fighting. Also I was reading Dark Places by Gillian Flynn but I didn’t finish it because of TFIOS.

What do you think you are going to read next?

For the millionth time, I’m going to read the Giver, I don’t know why I haven’t as yet. I guess procrastinating is my biggest weakness.

 

Play along!! leave a comment with the link to your answers and if you don’t have a blog leave your answers in a comment.

Happy Hump Day 😜😄 (No one says that any more.)

 

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Trailer Frenzy (Take 2)

It seems like were getting more and more trailers than usual for movies we are dying to see, Transformers, X-Men Days of Future Past, Maleficent, The Fault in our Stars and some new one as well like Cinderella, Mockingjay and Interstellar. This are some of movie announcements that happened this week.

 

1. Cinderella

Earlier this week I wrote a post about fairy tales turning into live-action motion picture and recently Disney released a teaser trailer for Cinderella and I feel like I beat every one to it, even Disney. For more live-action fairy tales check out my post Fairy Tales are Forever. The trailer wasn’t anything to get excited about and I don’t think Disney that is why they released it. I think they release it so people know that a Cinderella movie is being made, isn’t that the purpose of a teaser trailer. The trailer isn’t much just the famous glass slipper and a butterfly. The shoe looks extremely uncomfortable and it wasn’t what I expected it to look like. The trailer has been getting mixed comments but I can’t wait until 2016.

 

2. Interstellar

We got our first official trailer of Christopher Nolan highly anticipated film Interstellar, and it’s the first movie trailer I’ve seen this year that gave me chills. We get a better look at what the movie -Interstellar- is all about, A space travel story about a group of astronaut trying to find an inhabitable planet to replace Earth because Earth is on the brink of extinction. It was written by Christopher and Johnathon Nolan and it based on the theories of Kip Throne. From Nolan’s previous movies I know we are going to have our minds blown by his visual effect and it’s definitely going to be his most visually stunning movie to date. Interstellar stars Matthew McConaughnhey, Jessica Chastian, Anne Hathaway, and Michael  Caine, among others stars so the acting is going to be phenomenal. Do I hear Oscar bells? Best Score, Best Cinematography, Best Director even, too early to tell but very promising.

 

3. X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past has released a lot of clip showcasing  their new and returning mutants such as Blink, QuickSliver Shadowcat, Mystique, Wolverine, Beast, Storm, Magento. My favorite is, all of them, each time I watch the trailers I hope that it doesn’t have to end. I’m on the edge with X-Men and I cant wait to see it.

 

5. Guardian of the Galaxy

Another Marvel movie made headline this week, when Guardian of the Galaxy release a second teaser trailer, I’ve only seen it once and I’m not completely sold on this movie as yet. I can tell that this movie is going to have a different tone and attitude than other Marvel’s movie, it’s more on the humorous side. The Guardians include Star-Lord, Groot, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, and Drax the destroyer, the guardians are alien from the 31st century who travel back in time to enlist the help to battle the Baboon, an evil alien race that attempts to conquer Earth’s solar system. It stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Batista, Bradley Cooper(voice), Vin Diesel(voice), it’s not the best cast when you think of a superhero movie but we’ll see.

 

6. Superman vs. Batman

We got our first look at Ben Affleck as Batman this week and he looks awesome, on contrary to what people are saying. Affleck may not be the best Bruce Wayne or Batman but he’s sure going to be the most controversial and memorable. Ben Affleck is Batman people deal with it.  We also got a look of the batmobile, it all looks cool and I cant wait to see the final outcome. Keep in mind that this is a sequel to Man of Steel, it’s not a Batman/Dark Knight movie. I’m sorry I don’t have the picture.

 

7. Mockingjay

We got our first look at Mockingjay no just Julianne Moore as President Coin, which was pretty cool, she looked just like how I imagined Coin to be. We got some other stuff about Mockingjay but not trailer, just a poster teaser trailer part 1, which mean there is going to be more. I just really want the trailer to be release, it’s been long enough. I think the movie is in post-production t that’s why we haven’t seen anything, but I hope we’ll get our trailer soon.

 

So many movie announcement happened this week which one did you like the best?

-Have a good one.

 

 

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2014 Summer Blockbusters: Godzilla

 

 

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Godzilla is definitely the year’s most anticipated movie for most people, but will it live up to the hype surrounding the movie? Of course it will, people have been waiting for a GOOD re-boot of Godzilla for ages. Godzilla is four years in the making and without a doubt is going to be the best Godzilla movie to date, visual wise that it, but does it story behind it, and characters to fall in love with then watch them die.

      As the story opens in Japan, we find dedicated nuclear power plant manager Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) so caught up in his work that he forgets it’s his birthday. Sending his young son Ford off to school before reporting to the plant with his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche), who works in the reactor, Joe begins to suspect that some suspiciously patterned seismic activity may be something more sinister than shifting tectonic plates He’s right, too, because when the plant goes into meltdown mode and Sandra gets caught on the wrong side of the containment door, a massive cover-up ensues.

15-years-later, Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has become a bomb-disposal expert in the U.S. military. He’s just returned home to his wife Elle (Elizabeth Olsen) and their son Sam (Carson Bolde) when he gets word that Joe been arrested in Japan. Long estranged from his father, who wrote off as a conspiracy theorist for his failed efforts to prove the Japanese government was attempting to hide something in the disaster, Ford nevertheless ventures to Japan to get him out of jail, and reluctantly agrees to join him in venturing to their old home in the quarantined zone. Subsequently taken into custody, the pair end up in the very plant where Joe used to work, and where scientists Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins) are studying a massive cocoon-like structure that appears to feed on radiation. The situation turns critical when the events of the present begin to mirror the events of the past, and a terrifying winged-creature dubbed a “MUTO” is unleashed. Meanwhile, as the military attempts to devise a plan to destroy the beast, signals indicate that it had been calling out to something before it broke free, and the scientists learn that it has awoken a towering, godlike leviathan that has lied dormant for centuries, and may be mankind’s only hope for restoring the balance of nature.

The film remain to the origin of Godzilla and the film will contain two monsters in addition to Godzilla. Gareth Edward is on as director, he’s known for him work on Monster (2010) and In the Shadow of the Moon (2007). Godzilla is his biggest project thus far with a $160 million budget. Ever trailer that has been release is epic, I didn’t think we would get a full look at Godzilla in the trailers though. Godzilla without a doubt going to be one of the biggest movies of the summer, maybe even the year and hopefully there will be sequels in the future.

It opens this Friday May 16 and I’m going to see it on Saturday with my brother, I advice you to grab a friend or two because this movie should not be missed, but before what do you think of the trailer comment your thoughts and what are you most excited for to see in the movie?

-Have a good one.

 

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Fairy Tales are Forever

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Do you believe in fairy tales? Well you don’t have to, with Disney’s upcoming release of some of their most famous stories in live action motion pictures, it doesn’t matter if you believe or not. 201o’s Alice in Wonderland was the movie that started it all, grossing over a $1 billion worldwide – that’s billion with a B. Over the years, many live-action fairy tales have been release some are hits and other were big misses. These are five movie you should look forward to in the near/far future:

1. Maleficent(2014)

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Starting of my list is Disney’s re-tell of Sleeping Beauty, re-told from the point of view of Maleficent. It’s stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent and is one of the years most anticipated movies. For more on Maleficent check out my preview 2014 Summer Blockbusters: Maleficent

2. Cinderella (2015)

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We all know the story of Cinderella, but do we really? With a release date set for 13 March 2015, Cinderella is a long way coming and had a couple bumps in the road. The movie was first pitch in 2010 off the success of Alice in Wonderland. Mark Romanek signed on to be the director but was soon drop from the project due to creative differences (Romanek take on Cinderella was too dark). Kenneth Branagh quickly replaced him as director and the role of Cinderella was offered to Emma Watson but she declined. Lily James, Cate Blancett, Helen Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell, Richard Manning and Stellan Skarsgård are all on to play some iconic roles.

 

3. The Beast(2016)

In development is another well known fairy tale: Beauty and the Beast. Guillermo del Toro is on to produce and direct this live action motion picture. Emma Watson is on to play Belle which is why she decline the offer to play Cinderella, which make sense, she would make a better Belle. Not much has been release on this film, by the name  it seems like the film is going to be dark, hopefully not too dark. No dates has been release as yet but how its looking I would say look for The Beast to be out in 2016.

 

4. Pan(2015)

2015 brings us another fairy tale Peter Pan. The movie is now in pre-production. Pan centers on how Peter Pan and the man who became Captain Hook started out as friends, with Hook working as a member of the crew on Blackbeard’s pirate ship. Blackbeard is said to be the film’s main antagonist while Hook would serve as Pan’s close ally before turning bad. Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfriend, Garrett Hedlund and Levi Miller are signed on to the project with Joe Wright directing. Pan puts a dark twist on the Peter Pan we grew up with but is it going to be a hit, it’s really hard to say at this point.

 

5. Tarzan(2016)

Last on my list is David Yates take on Tarzan, Yates is known for his work on the final installments in the Harry Potter series. Tarzan still in development but it looks promising with Alexander Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz and Margot Robbie all signed on to the project. The movie follows Tarzan years after he’s reassimilated into society, he’s asked by Queen Victoria to investigate the going-on in the Congo. Tarzan teams up with an ex-mercenary to save the Congo from a fierce warlord who controls a massive diamond mine. A Belgian soldier attempts to capture Tarzan in exchange for a random in diamonds. The plot is alright nothing stands out about it, of all the movies on my list this is my least favorite.

 

There it is, do these movies make you believe in fairy tale. Which ones are you excited for and comment what other fairy tale you would like to see turn into a live action motion picture?

-Blog happily ever after!

 

 

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WWW Wednesday!!

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W.W.W. Wednesdays is a weekly event brought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com  To play along, answer the following questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you are going to read next?
Here are my answers:

What are you currently reading?
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I read a review that its going to be next big thing so I had to read it, I haven’t gotten that far but so far I like it. Also I’m rereading The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

What do you recently finish reading?
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.  Set over the course of one school year, the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. I’m a sucker for a love story and Eleanor and Park had me in tears.

What do you think you are going to read next?
The Giver by Lois Lowry I still haven’t read it as yet, I also want to read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Dark Places Gillian Flynn. I’ll read the first one I get my hand on.

Play along!! leave a comment with the link to your answers and if you don’t have a blog leave your answers in a comment.

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