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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.

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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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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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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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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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