Award Buzz: American Sniper


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?




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.