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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 Take for example the Stars Wars trilogy, kids maybe turned off by the outdated effects but now with The Force Awakens they can experience Star Wars in a whole new light.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

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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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FINALLY!!!!!

No Words Needed. For a second I thought Lionsgate forget they have a movie to promotes.

Lets talk about the trailer, first I thought it would be longer like 2:30 minutes no complains just saying. Donald Sutherland portrayal of President Snow is spot on, better that Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in my opinion. Katniss seems stronger in the movie than she does in the books which is great. That was one negative reaction from fans of the books, Katniss was “too whiny” in Mockingjay but have we all forgotten that she is a teenage girl. Aren’t all teenage girls whiny? Enough about the book back to the movie. Her reaction to see Peeta and knowing he’s alive, not what I was expected. When Katniss went to District 8, it looked just how I imagine it would be, so bad ass. EFFIE!!!!!!!! The movie got it so right with putting Effie in, I can’t wait to see how she adjust to life in District 13, something tells me she’s not going to like it that much. I read Mockingjay three times but it was long ago so my memory of it is a bit off, can someone please tell me what’s with the water. Characters I’m looking forward on seeing, Gale this is going to be the most of him we’ll be seeing on the big screen, and what the trailer shows we wont be disappointed. Cressida and President Coin, one thing I have to say is the make-up/Costume department hit it out the park with these two, from Cressida’s half-shaved head tattoo to President Coin’s hair, perfect. There is no word for the weapons, it’s just all done so well. I guess I did have a couple of words.

One question though when in the book will the part 1 ends? SPOILER ALERT, I think when they rescue Peeta and he attacks Katniss or When Finnick dies.

Let me know when you think it’ll end in the comments.

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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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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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