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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: 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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You are Sunshine on this Lovely Blog

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I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Award and One Lovely Blog Award by The Popcorn Reporter and the LoudThoughtsVoicedOut. Go check out their blogs! The Sunshine Award recognize people who are positive and inspiring and I feel so grateful that my blog comes across that way. And the fact that my blog is considered lovely, again makes me so gratified.

The rules are pretty simply so I’m going to combine them.

Here are the rules for the Sunshine Award!

  • Display the award on your blog
  • Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who nominated you for the award
  • Present 10 deserving bloggers with the award-  “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
  • Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded
  • Write 10 interesting things about you

Here are the rules for One Lovely Blog Award

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
  • Display the One Lovely Blog Award on your Blog.
  • Share seven things about yourself.
  • Nominate fifteen Bloggers you admire.

I’ll try to combine the two, here goes.

10 “Interesting” things about.

  1.  I just moved to Canada, and I never saw snow before so I’m pretty excited about winter.
  2. Procrastination is my biggest friend, this post has been in draft from May.
  3. I text using hashtags. #texting #blogging #award
  4. My new obsession is Sam Smith, he’s an amazing singer. You know that feeling when you found something new and your like what were you doing before. That how I feel about Sam Smith’s music, I don’t know what I was listening to before.
  5. My next new obsession is sWooZie. He so funny.
  6. This is a weird one, anytime I see a rude comment on youtube I report it and get it remove.#dontjudgeme #I’mweirdIknow. Some people are just really mean.
  7. I’m only doing 7 facts cause “Imma a boss.”

My Nominees

I wish I had more people to nominate, but I don’t if I found my list I will add them. Thank you again for these awards.

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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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Being a Light in the World

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A while ago TalesAlongTheWay nominated me for an award. Being a Light in the World Award. The award was created by Barbara at idealisticrebel.wordpress.com.

∼IN HER OWN WORDS∼

“I’m creating this award to celebrate all those wonderful people in the world who spread light, and love, hope and peace in the name of All. These bloggers should consistently promote these qualities and work to be a force for peace and light in the world.”

The rules:

  1. Thank the person who gives you the award.
  2. Spread this award around to the people who you know who are doing this work, so that the work continues and the light spread.
  3. Let the nominees know
  4. Never give up on your fellow human beings

Thank you TalesAlongTheWay for nominating me for this award, it really means a lot to me. I honestly feel like my light has just began to shine and I hope one day it would ignite to enlighten the world. During the meantime,  I’ll continue to spread love and hope and peace in the name of All.

My nominees

  1. Espinoza
  2. LoudThoughtsVoicedOut
  3. Journeyman
  4. Sophie’s Voice
  5. jorgeislistening
  6. Courtney Raymond
  7. Chummy R

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– Be kind to one another.

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Loading Liebster Award…….

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I’m nominated for a liebster for the fourth time now and I’m just as excited when I got my first one. I would like to thank my mom for always paying the internet bill on time so I can stay connected I love you, your the best Happy’s Mothers Day.
Also thanks to The Sleepy Booknerd for nominated me thank you so much I love you blog, you all should check out her blog for honest book reviews.

The Liebster Award for all who don’t is an award that provides a platform to the bigger blogger world for new bloggers.

The rules are very simple, thank the person who nominated you, answer the questions they gave you, state 11 facts about yourself and nominate 1-11 new bloggers who you want to give the award to.

11 Facts about Ashalee

  1. I speak in third person.
  2. I have this weird theory that people who play an instruments tend to be starter than people who don’t.
  3. I’m funny…… sometimes.
  4. I cant operate without coffee.
  5. I only own one Harry Potter book :(!!
  6. I’m obsess with Frozen’s Let it go song.
  7. I binge on New Girl, its one of my fav TV shows.
  8. I’ve never watch any of The Hobbit movies, but I loved Lord of the Rings.
  9. I’m one of the few people who thinks Kristen Stewart is a good actress, I loved Twilight. #TeamEdward
  10. I read Mockingjay three times, consecutively. Five times in total.
  11. I’m very random.

Answers to The Sleepy Booknerd’s questions:

  1. What’s your song on replay write now? Let It Go. I cant sing but I’m  constantly belting out to this song.
  2. What’s the best book you ever read? Either The Fault in our stars or The Perks of being a wallflower.
  3. Night or Day? Day, but I rather read at night.
  4. Book or Movie? This is a hard one, I think books, they are my escape.
  5. Favorite author? Right now I’m obsess with John Green, he’s awesome.
  6. Favorite youtube channel? CinemaSins
  7. Favorite GIF from your favorite movie? This movie has not come out as yet but it’s already my favorite and this is a pic not a GIF but I cried when I saw it.
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  9. Cake or Chocolate? Chocolate cake
  10. What always in your bag? Chapstick
  11. What makes you smile? What drives you to get up in the morning?I don’t know.

My nominees.

  1. LoudThoughtsVoicedOut I’ve been blogging a little over two months and I can honestly say that this blog is the best. It’s uplifting and inspiring, anytime I’m feeling down, I would read one of the post and get inspired. I just want to say keep up the amazing work, your an amazing writer.
  2. saltyspring.wordpress.com
  3. betweenthepagez.wordpress.com
  4. rachelkate01.wordpress.com
  5. reelryan.wordpress.com
  6. bookscleverness.wordpress.com
  7. yourregularmovieguy.com
  8. moviemanjackson.wordpress.com

My questions to you guys are the same ones I answered.

-Have a good one.

 

 

 

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Liebster!!

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So LoudThoughtsVoicedOut nominated me for a Liebster Award. Thank you so much!!! It really means a lot that you read my blog and liked it. The Liebster Award for all who don’t know is an award that provides a platform to the bigger blogger world for new bloggers. You have to have under 200 followers but I have more than that but I don’t want to be the one to stop this award. And I really like the questions that LoudThoughtsVoicedOut asked.

I’m just going to answer the questions and nominated some new bloggers who needs the recognition.

My Answers to the question

1. Why do you blog?
To improve my writing but I realize I love blogging so improving my writing is just a bonus.

2. What’s your favorite book, ever?
Twilight haha joking The Perks of being a Wallflower,  Mockingjay and The Fault in our stars. It’s hard to pick just one but I really do like Twilight.

3. If you could choose between a private island and the most expensive house/apartment in New York, what would you pick?
Apartment in New York, New York is my dream city.

4. Your dream job would be..?
To be an author or a movie director.

5. If you were given a publishing deal, what would you write a book about?
I’ll probably write a mystery thriller or a really cheesy romantic story.

6. Your favorite color?
I don’t have a fav color but I’m really into neon green.

7. One thing you want to do before the year ends?
Start working out, its my new years resolution and I haven’t started as yet.
I’m lazy.

8. If you were given a billion dollars with only one day to spend it all and no sign or trace of it to be left behind, what would you?
Buy an apartment and move to New York. But seriously I would donate it all. I’m like money only for the fact that you can’t really live without it. I don’t love money.

9. A movie you believe every person should watch at least once in their lifetime?
Forest Gump it teaches you how to love and show compassion.

10. Your favorite author?
I think John Green because after I read The Fault in our Stars I went and read all his novels expect Looking for Alaska, which is on my TBR list.

11. Your childhood hero?
My mom.

My nominations

1. http://b00kreader.wordpress.com
2. http://lajeen123.wordpress.com
3. http://thesleepybooknerd.wordpress.com
4. http://moviemermaid.wordpress.com

The nominees can use the questions I answered.

Thank you again this is my third, well fourth nomination. I love everyone who reads my blog even if you don’t like.

-au revoir

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