TMB Remembers Paul Walker RIP

RIP 1973 - 2013
RIP 1973 – 2013

 

As many of you know, Paul Walker was involved in a car accident this weekend and was later pronounced dead. Many friends, fans, and acquaintances all had many kind words to say about the actor as well as many reminiscent references to his work. We at The Movie Blog would like to share our sympathy for his friends and family, as well as highlight some iconic roles he had in many well-known films.

 

Paul Walker may have never had Oscar recognition nor had he been in a film that received a lot of prestigious recognition. What Paul Walker did have, was a charisma that got him roles in some of the most generational and pivotal films of our time. He changed the way we viewed high school football, started a surge in street racing interests, and made every guy jealous when he had his hands all over some of the hottest actresses in Hollywood.

 

Lance Harbor in Varsity Blues
Redefined H.S. Football in Varsity Blues

Varsity Blues changed the way we viewed high school football by reviving its coolness for our generation. Walker played Lance Harbor, the stereotypical Quarterback heart-throb that high school kids worshiped as a God. While the film lacked critical acclaim, it received recognition on many “Top Football Film” lists and will remain a fan favorite.

 

Redefined street racing in The Fast & the Furious
Redefined street racing in The Fast & the Furious

The Fast & The Furious was more than a film, it was a film that spawned a franchise and influenced many people’s interests in street racing. Many films have sequels and a select few are a part of a trilogy, but rarely do we find a film so influential that it has a plethora of sequels and prequels surrounding it. With so many Fast & Furious films, it’s easy to say that the public can’t get enough of the franchise.

 

That lucky S.O.B.
That lucky S.O.B.

While Into the Blue may not be an amazing film, it amazingly has some of the best eye candy to be seen. Consistent tropical backgrounds along with Jessica Alba in a skimpy bikini, this is a film I own just for the visuals. I listed this film just to give Paul Walker a hats off salute for having his hands all over my #1 Hollywood crush. This film may have not been box office glory but I have to say if I got paid to be in paradise for a few months with my hands all over Jessica Alba, I’d call that film my greatest success.

 

Paul Walker you have been a memorable presence in Hollywood and influenced many with your films. You will definitely be missed.

Quentin Tarantino Says Next Film is Another Western

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Quentin Tarantino has been silent about his next project but recently on The Tonight Show, he revealed that he will be following the western genre once again. Although it will be in the same genre, do not expect a sequel or a film related to Django Unchained. Tarantino claims that he had always loved the genre and now that he’s figured out how to properly do a western, he wants to continue to do so.

 

I had so much fun doing Django, and I love westerns so much that after I taught myself how to make one, it’s like ‘OK! Let me make another one now that I know what I’m doing,'” Tarantino said.

Via: The Hollywood Reporter

 

Does this mean we will be expecting westerns from Tarantino for awhile? I don’t think that we can necessarily expect anything particular from Tarantino. He is someone that gets passionate about something for awhile and then can drop it and move on to something else almost instantaneously. In the past he has promised a third film in the Kill Bill franchise and also a prequel to Reservoir Dogs. Both of those statements were later redacted. My opinion is to take what Tarantino says with a grain of salt. He’s a very passionate guy with interests in many things, which is what makes him such an interesting director, but his films are something that catch you off guard. When it comes to Tarantino films, it’s best to just accept them when they come rather than trying to figure out what’s coming.

Magneto may have killed JFK by bending the bullet

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Magneto killed JFK? That’s what they’re saying at www.thebentbullet.com. The site goes into detail about a conspiracy theory that Magneto was the one that curved Lee Harvey Oswald’s bullet so that it killed President John F. Kennedy. The viral video is definitely related to X-Men: Days of Future Past but we don’t know if the story will be incorporated into the film at all. Even if it’s not, it is definitely a cool idea and I have to commend these guys for such a unique concept. Take a look at the video and surrounding media below.

 
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“Half a century ago, Magneto was implicated in the mutant plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. The events of that fateful day in November have been a point of contention between humans and the mutants ever since. After years of incarceration, do you think Magneto is guilty or innocent? Tell us why in the comments.”

Via: The Bent Bullet

 
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A Few Films I’m Looking Forward to Before the Year Ends

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2013 is almost over and 2014 is right around the corner, but before the year ends I’d like to share a few films that I’m looking forward to before we ring in the new year. Here are a list of a few films that I’m anticipating for the end of 2013.

 

Her

 

Her is a film from Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) starring the talented yet obscure, Joaquin Phoenix. Phoenix with Jonze is a very volatile combination due to his range as an actor and Jonze’s unorthodox yet creative screenwriting. The film has the very unique premise of a man falling in love with an artificially created companion that is nothing more than a voice. I think that the film may also be touching upon our own society’s loss of social interaction as many fall into the reclusive void of technology. I think this film is at the top of my anticipated films for 2013.

 

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Lone Survivor

 
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This is a little unfair since I’ve already seen the film, but since I’m obligated by the studio to hold my review, I will say “informally” that I think many will enjoy Lone Survivor. It is based on a true story and has a pretty solid cast that fit into their roles well. True stories always seem to get an audience more involved, especially ones that are filled with suspense and danger. Keep this film on your radar and we’ll post the review as soon as we can :)

 

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American Hustle

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A film directed by David O. Russell with an A-List cast, how can this film go wrong? While this meets the formula for a good film, I’m still skeptical. Look at The Counselor for instance, while it had the makings for success, it was not reviewed positively by many critics nor audiences. Despite the chance that this may be a force-fed, must see film, I still want to see it. With the cast and the director, this film must be given a shot.

 
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Avengers: Age of Ultron’s Elizabeth Olsen speaks about playing Scarlet Witch

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Elizabeth Olsen recently spoke with MovieFone about her role in Spike Lee’s Oldboy. During the interview she was also asked about playing Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: Age of Ultron and how she has been preparing for the role. Take a look at the questions below.

 

Where are you with “Avengers 2?”
 
I hung out with Mr. Whedon recently. I’m really excited about this movie. I’m so excited about Scarlet Witch. I have had so much fun reading all about her and I am like learning new words that I had to look up on Wikipedia. I’m really enjoying it.
 
So, you didn’t read comic books beforehand?
 
No, I never read comic books. Comic books was always my brother’s thing and he collected comic books every week of his life since he was 7. So he is who I go to when I have meetings about things that have to do with comic books. And now I’m going to know a little bit more about it, about my brother and about the world.
 
What is the thing that you’re most excited about in terms of “Avengers?”
 
I just love Scarlet Witch. I love her. It’s so funny because I’m often talking about all these psychologically damaged people, but when you talk about Scarlet Witch… She is a messed up lady. She has got more sh*t to deal with than anybody else I know. I’m excited to figure out what’s appropriate to use for her, because there’s so much material from all of these decades, and we’re going to tell this one story. So to be able to choose what you’re going to bring into it from all of this abundance, it’s really fun.

Via: MovieFone

 

Scarlet Witch is a very dynamic character indeed. She is one of those characters that was more of a background character and then the writers super-charged her powers and created an entire storyline based around the repercussions of her powers (House of M). I don’t know how Joss Whedon is going to portray the character in the next film but I doubt they’ll get into too much detail because there are still many members who are the main interest of the film. I would guess the role would be similar to that of Hawkeye’s in the last film as far as screen time goes. There are going to be a ton of characters this time around and that means that some are going to have to move into the background, I’m guessing the newbies are going to have to prove themselves before Joss puts them on the frontline.

Hunger Games Catching Fire Keeps the Fire Going A Little Too Long

Genre: Comedy | Drama | Sci-FiDirected by:  Francis LawrenceStarring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth Written by: Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Michael Arndt (screenplay)
Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Written by: Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Michael Arndt (screenplay)

 
Synopsis:Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.
 
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I enjoyed the first film and this film picks up right where the first film left off which was a good start for any sequel. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire deals with the aftermath of the rebellious win by Katniss and Peeta of the last film’s Hunger Games. In this sequel, the importance of the subject matter is reversed. The main focus of the plot is strictly political, regarding the impact of the main characters’ win and their relationship. The impact is shown through the rebellion of the citizens of various districts as Katniss and Peeta make appearances to maintain the facade that is their relationship.

 

The Beginning of a Revolution
The Beginning of a Revolution

 

While there were many struggles that the characters faced, I found them all to be apparent and easily expected as a result of the previous film. Moments in other districts are interesting but brief. These brief moments give a glimpse into the political world, conveying it as a malevolent dictatorship rather than any sort of democracy. I was disappointed that the states of other districts were not explored further. Much of the political outcomes were conveyed through the angst of Katniss and her struggle of living a lie. Putting the weight of political outcomes solely on one character could have created a very interesting dynamic in character development, but leaving out an adequate amount mass reactions caused the film to drag at times.

 

In between the moments that dragged there were some elements that made a good film. The scenery easily told the mood of the surrounding characters through an array of colors or lack there of. The poor and defeated citizens of each district were surrounded by dreary grays engulfing the worn down structures that seemed to mimic the worn down people. On the opposite end were the bright and extravagant backgrounds filled with an array of colors that represented the over-indulgent, high class members of society. The buildings within the city were over the top, much like its citizens and their flamboyant choice of attire. The setting played a big part in the film by matching the changing background with the duality of Katniss and Peeta as they changed their role from district commoners to public celebrities.

Katniss and Peeta sport some "hot" new attire
Katniss and Peeta sport some “hot” new attire

Katniss continues to struggle with how she feels about Peeta but this time the film briefly touches upon her feelings for Gale. There is not much progression in either of these relationships and after the continuous stillness related to the love triangle, I didn’t seem to care much about the relationships at all. If the film spent more time on developing other characters and creating a deeper connection to one another, it would have made the relationships more meaningful.

 

The film followed the same mechanics of the first film which was a model for success with minimal risks. While the model was proven effective with the last film, I found this film to be a bit long-winded at times due to an overall repetitive plot with similar themes. The mixed feelings between the main characters that existed in the first film are still being dealt with in this film, the state of the districts have changed but is only conveyed through brief moments of defiance, and the motions leading up and through the next Hunger Games are motions we are all familiar with from the previous film. The film had a good layout, the scenery was beautiful, and the story was overall good. The true underlying problem with the film was too much reiteration regarding a simple idea rather than story progression.

About Time – 6 out of 10

Pleasing but simple themes are very long-winded…

Who Will Be Cast as Lex Luthor in Batman vs Superman

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Rumors are floating around right now but I would say take them with a grain of salt. With that being said, the latest rumor for whom will play the role of Lex Luthor is leaning towards Terry O’Quinn (LOST). I thought that Bryan Cranston was a solid choice and from studio talk, it seemed like he had sealed the deal. I hadn’t thought of Terry O’Quinn playing the role but I’m not opposed to it either with myself being a HUGE fan of the show LOST.

 

According to Superman SuperSite, their sources close to the production are indicating that Terry O’Quinn is in the running to play Lex Luthor in Batman Vs. Superman. Of course, Terry O’Quinn is best known for playing John Locke on LOST, and he has long been considered a fan favorite to play Lex Luthor.

 

Via: ComicBook.com

 

But, to reiterate the point of taking things with a grain of salt, these rumors could be nothing more than generated fan buzz. Remember how many rumors we had for Batman? Karl Urban, Ryan Gosling, and Jon Hamm were all rumored to be in the running for the part and then out of nowhere we get Ben Affleck. The studios should probably sign someone soon before the rumors get too carried away and there’s another huge uproar because they didn’t pick who “we” wanted.

 

Since neither of these actors are confirmed choices, I’m going to start the rumor that Vin Diesel is in the running to play Lex Luthor. At least he looks good with a shaved head :P

Vin Diesel as Lex Luthor?!?!
Vin Diesel as Lex Luthor?!?!

Review: About Time is More Than a Love Story, it’s a Life Story

 Genre: Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi Directed by:  Richard CurtisStarring: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill NighyWritten by: Richard Curtis
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi
Directed by: Richard Curtis
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy
Written by: Richard Curtis

 
Synopsis: At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think.
 

 

About Time is a unique film that infuses a dramatic story of love with elements of science fiction. Director (and also Writer) Richard Curtis maintains his familiar heartfelt tone and subtle comedy as seen in his other films (Love Actually), but adding the characters’ abilities of time travel adds both interest in the film and depth to the characters’ relationships. Time travel has been used in a variety of films and a few of those came to mind throughout the movie. It was difficult not to think of The Time Traveler’s Wife due to the fact that Rachel McAdams had also starred in that film that dealt with similar concepts. The difference with About Time is that there is a much more jovial tone than The Time Traveler’s Wife due to the moments of comedy and the main character regarding time travel as a blessing rather than a curse. The other film that came to mind was Groundhog Day due to the overall theme of repeating key moments to win one’s affection. I expected to see many of the same scenes repeated with different dialogue but this was not the case and allowed this film to drift away from any preconceived notions.

 

As a sci-fi nerd, I was excited to see how the ability to time travel was explained, but that side of me was immediately silenced at the beginning of the film. Probably within the first five minutes of the film, the time travel ability is introduced by Tim’s (Gleeson) father (Nighy) as just being an anomaly that is present in their bloodline and there is no explanation. For those of you who love the detailed, scientific explanations of such elements, you will not get that with this film. The ability to time travel is nothing more than a means to stimulate the relationships between characters and add to the perspective of finding love. The point of time travel in this film is to explore the question of “What If?” for all of those missed opportunities that we all may either regret or wonder about. Trust me there are some moments in this film that may have you fact checking the science behind the means, but I recommend viewing this film with your heart rather than your head to get the best experience.

 

The honest moments build the reality of the film
The honest moments build the reality of the film

About Time is more than just a love story, it’s a story about life. What I truly enjoyed about this film was its honesty rather than creating some embellished form of love. Many may enjoy the fictitious romance surrounding many Nicholas Sparks type films but even with the time travel element, About Time delivers a message straight to the hearts of the audience by examining the characters from every angle. Instead of just including the good and the bad, the more intricate details of the spectrum are explored such as the awkward, the mundane, and the indifferent. Exploring these details seemed to make the film linger at points, but was soon after appreciated as the characters continued to develop. It is those details that allowed me to see moments as a reality I could relate to and then emotionally attach myself to the characters. The relationships between their significant others, their family, and their friends are equally pertinent to the theme of the film. This creates a film that explores one’s day to day relationships and how they sculpt the person they are, rather than focusing on a particular relationship that defines only part of who someone may be.

 

Nighy & Gleeson have amazing father/son chemistry
Nighy & Gleeson have amazing father/son chemistry

While the story of the characters builds the foundations of the film, it is the strong chemistry between the cast members that truly develops the characters and establishes the film’s overall theme. Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams have great on screen chemistry but the moments between Tim and his father were the moments where true chemistry flourished. Bill Nighy fit into the role of Gleeson’s father effortlessly and Gleeson reciprocated the performance as his son. The two had their own particular routines between them such as a never-ending game of table tennis that signified their relationship. Their conversations were simple and they never specifically expressed how much they cared for one another, but it was felt through their strong performances. Gleeson and McAdams also fit well together but Gleeson definitely outperformed her which kept their chemistry from excelling when McAdams couldn’t match his level of sincerity in the role.

 

Overall I would recommend this film to anyone looking to go to a movie and come out feeling something. I’ve been to a lot of films lately that have left me with good or bad feelings, but no true emotional depth like this film. There was a combination of laughter, intrigue, and drama that would provide some sort of entertainment for any movie-goer. About Time was a film that I could relate to and emotionally inspired me by the time it was over. It was one of the few films in this genre that had me anticipating a second screening.

About Time – 8 out of 10

More than a love story, it’s a life story…

Review: Last Vegas is simple and predictable but saved by its A-list cast

Genre: Comedy  Directed by:  Jon TurteltaubStarring: Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin KlineWritten by: Dan Fogelman
Genre: Comedy
Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
Starring: Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline
Written by: Dan Fogelman

 
Synopsis: Three sixty-something friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal.
 
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When I first saw the trailer for this film I didn’t expect much and going into the film my expectations had not changed. The plot is simple, predictable, and could be told through the trailers alone. The humor can be described in the same manner as the plot with a bulk of the jokes being geared towards old age and the process of getting older. The characters fit into a movie formula that we’ve seen many times before, making them seem redundant along with an array of other redundancies. But, despite all of these generic qualities, this film still had some hidden pleasantries that made the film rather enjoyable in the end.

 

They all enjoy Vegas in their own way
They all enjoy Vegas in their own way

 

This is not a film that I would pay to see in theaters but it is a film that I would feel satisfied with on a Redbox night. As previously stated, the generic formula of this film has been seen multiple times before in many other films, but the reason this formula is used so much is because it’s a safe bet. Combine a proven formula with an A-List cast and chances of building audience interest are more favorable than not. The film walks a fine line between good and bad and the performances of the cast are the film’s saving grace. Each star in the film is an Academy Award winning actor and honestly it’s just a privilege to see them do their thing. Last Vegas is almost like watching these actors let loose as we see a side of them that is more jovial than we’re used to seeing. The enjoyment came from seeing the cohesive chemistry amongst the group as they easily established an on screen friendship that was as honest and as sincere as the film’s simplicity would allow. The jokes between them and others weren’t laugh-out-loud moments but there were quite a few light chuckles strung together that made the film more than tolerable.

 

Youthful ventures by these aging men create laughter
Youthful ventures by these aging men create laughter

 

The other enjoyment factor is the colorful setting of Las Vegas mixed in with a group that was out of place. Much like those who found joy in The Bucket List, this film speaks to an audience that enjoys the idea of a youthful heart trapped in a withering body. Vegas is a city of youthful sin and to see a group of aging men mixed into that crowd is a concept that is enjoyable to watch. Each one of these characters indulges in the fruits of Vegas in their own way. All indulge in the female eye candy while others feed their own desires of gambling, sight-seeing, sexual endeavors, and drinking. As they spend their time indulging in pleasures lost with age, they begin to rebuild their own lost relationships and find a happy medium between reliving their youth and coming to terms with their age. With the excitement of Vegas, subtle laughs, and a pretty much guaranteed happy ending, it’s hard not to leave the film feeling happy.

 

They've still got it!
They’ve still got it!

 

Overall the film was nothing more than a Hollywood cookie cutter comedy. Fortunately, the setting and cast put this film into a category that may not be worthy of an in-theater screening, but it is worthy of some of your rainy day free time. There are many visually pleasing moments accompanied by the exciting Vegas backdrop that seems to be explored from head to toe. Freeman, DeNiro, Kline, and Douglas have great on-screen chemistry together and are proven crowd pleasers. If you are going to see this film, I would suggest seeing it with few expectations and prepare yourself for some simple and mindless fun. Throughout the film the good/bad scale was tethering, but by the end it tilted slightly towards the good. I’ll give this film a 6/10 but it’s a soft 6.

 

Last Vegas – 6 out of 10

Simple fun with a pleasantly proven cast…

Review: Bad Grandpa should emphasize ‘Bad’ in the title

 Genre: Comedy  Directed by:  Jeff TremaineStarring: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll, Greg HarrisWritten by: Fax Bahr (story), Spike Jonze (story)
Genre: Comedy
Directed by: Jeff Tremaine
Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll, Greg Harris
Written by: Fax Bahr (story), Spike Jonze (story)

 
Synopsis: 86-year-old Irving Zisman is on a journey across America with the most unlikely companion: his 8 year-old grandson, Billy.
 
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Bad Grandpa is essentially a spin-off of one of Johnny Knoxville’s characters from the Jackass films. While the Jackass franchise was not everyone’s cup of tea, I enjoyed the mindless humor, antics, and social interaction that was present in all of the films. What made the franchise so easily adaptable in the “mindless humor” realm was that it was a compilation of stunts and sketches that carried no weight individually but drew strength from the compilation as a whole. This method gave audience members anticipatory pleasure by wondering what would come next and also gave them hope that the next segment would be better if they did not enjoy the current or previous segment/s.

This is about the pace of the film
This is about the pace of the film

Bad Grandpa makes the assumption that Knoxville’s Grandpa character has the strength to carry a film on its own…their assumption was dead wrong. The plot of this film is entirely unnecessary essentially due to how the film progresses. Scene by scene the film moves like a Jackass film except with the focus on one sketch that is repeated in different ways over and over. I wasn’t necessarily expecting a great plot from a film presented by Jackass, but my point is that I would rather have had no plot than their attempt to string together sketches with a story that is nothing more than added run-time. The point of this film is the public reaction to the skits and while there may have been a way to create a viable plot, their attempt failed.

 

With the focus being on the skits, I admit I did laugh, but the laughs were few and far between. Most of the skits were repetitive and long-winded which added to a stagnant plot. A rule of thumb of mine is that the funniest moments of a comedy are typically found in the trailers that precede the film. If a majority of the trailer’s moments are engagingly funny then I can expect a few laughs and if the film has more laughable moments than what’s in the trailer then it’s an added bonus and usually a comedy I thoroughly enjoy. Bad Grandpa exploits all of its best comedy in the trailer leaving the film with no surprises. There were a few crude moments that obviously couldn’t be shown in the trailer but they were weak attempts at humor that relied more on a crowd’s reaction than the crude nature. On a positive note, I will reiterate that the moments shown in the trailer are quite funny, but not funny enough to carry the film.

The funniest moments were in the trailer
The funniest moments were in the trailer

Overall I think that this film failed. This Jackass character did not have the strength expected to carry a film alone and belongs in a short confined sketch rather than a full length film. The film needed more originality and variation but consistently dragged on with a stagnant plot and repetitive public reaction bits. I’m surprised that the creators thought a spawn of the Jackass franchise could survive its own feature film when Jackass’s strength was that it presented their characters in small acceptable doses. With such a miniscule amount of entertainment, I have to say this is the worst film that I’ve seen this year, don’t waste your money.

 

Bad Grandpa – 2 out of 10

With a virtually absent amount of entertainment, “Bad” definitely describes this film…

A Few Film Titles that are Grammatically Challenged

Genre: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi Directed by: J.J. AbramsStarring:  Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John ChoWritten by: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman
Star Trek Into Darkness (incorrect)
Star Trek: Into Darkness (correct)
Is a star taking a long hike into darkness?

 

Among the numerous talented writers in Hollywood, it’s amazing that blatant grammatical errors exist in the most apparent part of some films…the title. Personally I use Grammarly’s plagiarism checker because some grammatical errors can be easily overlooked and it’s a fact that computers solve everything(*wink*). It’s amazing that something as simple as a copy and paste into a grammar check utility could have resolved the errors in these titles.

 

Law Abiding Citizen (incorrect) Law-Abiding Citizen (correct)
Law Abiding Citizen (incorrect)

Law-Abiding Citizen (correct)
Is the law abiding the citizen or is the citizen law-abiding?


 
The 40 Year-Old Virgin (incorrect) The 40-Year-Old Virgin (correct)
The 40 Year-Old Virgin (incorrect)

The 40-Year-Old Virgin (correct)
Is this a film about forty virgin toddlers?


 
Can't Hardly Wait (incorrect) ???? - The entire title is a disaster!
Can’t Hardly Wait (incorrect)

???? – The entire title is a disaster!


 
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (incorrect) My Big, Fat Greek Wedding
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (incorrect)

My Big, Fat Greek Wedding (correct)
Is this about a large wedding or a fat Greek person?


 

While some film titles may have intentional errors in grammar, it’s always fun to find these miniscule mistakes in well-known films. There are many movie mistakes out there whether they are grammatical in nature or completely obvious. I found it interesting to highlight a few of these films that blatantly missed these errors, despite their level of enjoyment. What are some titles that you can think of that fall victim to these grammatical crimes?

The Fifth Estate is intelligent but sacrifices some key film elements

Genre: Biography | Drama | Thriller
Directed by: Bill Condon
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Carice van Houten
Written by: Daniel Domscheit-Berg (book), David Leigh (book)

 
Synopsis: A dramatic thriller based on real events that reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.
 
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Wikileaks.org was a site of much discussion due to the reveal of a multitude of classified information. While the site was a catalyst for justice in regards to multiple scandals, there was a lot of controversy surrounding the site after it leaked a large number of classified documents that could have jeopardized many lives due to the information within. The Fifth Estate attempts to inform the audience in detail about the events that took place from the site’s inception, to its climatic turning point, and its present state. While an adequate amount of detail was provided, the focus of that detail hindered the progression of the plot and character development.

 

The suspense quickly builds, then amounts to nothing

 

I tend to enjoy films that have a conspiracy related suspense but this film seems to be the metaphorical “blue balls” of suspense. The result of the attempted suspense could have been significantly greater, but instead it would begin to build then quickly taper off amounting to nothing. There were consecutive moments where I would think the characters were in some sort of danger but the apparent threats seemed to be more like apparitions and the characters never seemed to have any sort of consequence for their actions. I think that they attempted to stretch the details of the milestones of the Wikileaks site which in turn simplified the details of other elements of the film. The plot progressed more like a documentary than a dramatic film, which was great for the uninformed movie-goer who knew nothing of the true story, but bad for those who came to the theater looking for a structured film.

 

Potentially dynamic characters with a lack of character development

 

While the plot can be salvaged from bits and pieces throughout the film, the character development is a lost cause. The film abruptly starts far past the introduction of the main characters which led me to believe that the origin of their relationship would later be explained but my assumption was wrong. It was a shame to see a character as dynamic as Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) simplified with so little detail. There are hints throughout the film about his troubled childhood, his paranoia, and overall reclusive nature, but throughout the entire two hours there was little to no information regarding the dynamics of Julian or the details of any other character. Without knowing the details of the characters’ relationships together, it was difficult to remain engaged in their interactions, motives and overall purpose. Without proper character development, the film became more of an informative piece with no real passion.

 

This film had so much potential but failed to deliver. The true story was interesting enough to build an adequate plot and the characters were interesting enough to develop in detail. The problem with this film was where the detail was focused. So many insignificant moments were long winded which caused a lapse in focus in regards to the overall theme. The film was built on the morality of full disclosure of information. This moral question was a powerful one meant to drive the film but with the lack of plot and character development, it was difficult to become emotionally involved in the film.

The Fifth Estate – 5 out of 10

Some interesting moments with underdeveloped characters and plot…

Escape Plan reunites two big action stars that still pack a punch


 
Synopsis: When a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world’s most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside.
 

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The 80s and 90s were the times of the action heroes. With the latest sequels to films like Rambo and the ongoing production of The Expendables films, Sylvester Stallone has focused on the nostalgia many share for these lost action heroes and show that they can still hold their own, despite their age. Escape Plan unites two of the biggest action stars (Stallone & Schwarzenegger) in a film that is filled with loads of action, cheesy quips, and many reminiscent moments of the 80s and 90s.

 

Much like The Expendables this film focuses on the feel of an era rather than perfecting elements of the film. If you are a fan of the 80s/90s action star then you will be able to appreciate this film for its nostalgia rather than what it’s lacking as a film. I was a huge fan of Stallone and especially Arnold growing up and while they have aged they both manage to live up to the reputation that they have built for themselves. Stallone plays a more calculated hero, much like in The Specialist, while Arnold goes full on “AHNOLD” with a plethora of “Arnoldisms” throughout the film.

 

The “unescapable” prison seems to have a simple escape plan

 

The concept of the plot is intriguing but not nearly as complex as some other films that are fueled by a similar overly elaborate plan to do the impossible. Escape Plan explains the plot in its title as Ray Breslin (Stallone) attempts to escape the most “unescapable” prison. While the prison seems to live up to its claims, this film simplifies the means of escape making Breslin’s methods of escape more unbelievable. Many of the moments throughout the film can be seen as being cliche to the action genre, especially in regards to the time period that is being portrayed. The build up to the final battle, the surprising (yet incredibly predictable) revelations throughout the film, and character stereotypes are all apart of the standardized formula for this type of film. Some may disregard this predictability as a side effect of the genre, while others could discredit the entire film due to its simplicity.

 

Stallone and Schwarzenegger have a humorously competitive relationship

 

Stallone may be the star of the film but it is Schwarzenegger that made the film “horribly good.” There were many Arnold moments in the film that stimulated my inner child as I saw him become the powerhouse we all know as he single-handedly took down waves of enemies. It was exciting for me to see the Stallone/Schwarzenegger duo have a much larger part than they had in The Expendables films. Their on screen relationship was a smooth collaboration with an added tension caused by their subtle competition of who is the bigger action star. Their dialogue between one another was lightly humorous and added to their effectiveness as an on-screen duo. While they worked well together as a team, their individual back-stories are simple and (once again) stereotypical for action stars. They’re both depicted as badass brawlers with big hearts due to family ties. The family tie in to the plot is the motive and drive for both the characters to continue their mission.

 

Overall the film is a fun ride. It’s not a film that you must see on the big screen, but it is some mindless fun for the average action film aficionado. If you are not a fan of the genre and someone who typically dissects every element of a film then this may be a pass for you. Every element of this film is simple but it’s one of those films that may turn into a guilty pleasure. I enjoyed the film because of my own sentiments, but the experience would most likely vary for someone who isn’t as nostalgic.

 

Escape Plan – 6 out of 10

A simple film full of mindless fun…

This NYC promotional prank for Carrie is both awesome and hilarious


 

I love pranks, especially when they are elaborate and over the top. This video below shows a prank that took place in a New York coffee shop filled with actors, stuntmen, and a bunch of remote controlled props. I laughed out loud at this one, take a look below.

 


 

There’s always the question of what was staged and what was not. If this was in fact real, then this is one hell of a prank.

Watch the Godzilla teaser here and begin to geek out!


 

All I can say is Wow! This trailer makes me so excited for the Godzilla remake. The shots are crisp and fluid making me think the film is going to be complete eye candy. Take a look at the teaser trailer below while you can!

 

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I gotta say, I’m not even that big of a Godzilla fan and this has got me incredibly psyched for this film. This is a film that I’m going to keep my eye on and hope it does not disappoint. What do all of you think? Are you excited for Godzilla.

Ant-Man pictures are here, see them while you can


 

Footage for the Ant-Man film was shown at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con and we’ve all been anxiously awaiting some more media to feed our anticipation for the next Marvel film. The footage to the left, while not drop-dead amazing, was intriguing enough to capture my attention and make me want some more media to drool over. Edgar Wright posted some photos to his Twitter account Wednesday. The photos included the one pictured above and the other below along with the added quote referring to the Ant-Man film that is in production.

 

Now I’m back in LA, it’s high time to finish a little something I’ve been working on…

 

 

Nothing too revealing but it still gets me a little more excited for the film. Based off the villain and timeline for Avengers 2, we don’t have many expectations for where the Ant-Man plot will go. Marvel films have had a pretty good track record with their Phase One and Phase Two tie-ins, so I’m expecting an adequate amount of entertainment despite the current unknowns.

Review: Rush builds dynamic rivalry through fast paced racing

Genre: Action | Biography | Drama
Directed by: Ron Howard
Starring: Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde
Written by: Peter Morgan (screenplay)

 
Synopsis: A re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.
 

 

When I first started seeing the media surrounding Rush I was expecting another fast-paced racing movie. While racing does play a big part in the film, it is not the driving factor of the plot. Racing, in this film, is the common ground that two intense rivals share and also acts as a catalyst for the progression of their consistent, feuding relationship. Racing definitely plays its part in the film, but rivalry is the true underlying theme.

 

Ron Howard’s adaptation of this true story of Niki Lauda and James Hunt’s competitive relationship is both passionate and surprisingly accurate. Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl both effectively consume the roles of their characters on both a physical and emotional level. If you’re someone that fact checks after watching a film with the “based on a true story” tag, you can see how much of a resemblance there is between the real drivers and the actors that portrayed them. James Hunt is a typical jock that exudes sex and confidence. Hemsworth easily fit into this role with his towering physique and masculine persona that we’ve seen in many of his roles. Even though the role fit well, it shouldn’t discredit Hemsworth’s performance in any way. When the intense moments come about about, he gives an effective level of emotional range that while brief, still show his abilities as an actor. The true star of this film is Daniel Brühl with his amazing portrayal of Niki Lauda. Brühl is given the opportunity to outperform the rest of the cast with the magnitude of his role and proved that he was up to the challenge. The internal torment, pain, and struggle of Lauda are all seen as Brühl captures the essence of Niki Lauda.

 

The resemblance is close to the actual racers

 
The actors develop the characters but it is Ron Howard that develops the story behind them and their rivalry. Howard creates a yin and yang type relationship between the two. Lauda’s calculated personality is surrounded by a socially reclusive nature while Hunt’s charismatic personality also carries a danger-hungry lifestyle. While they may be entirely different creatures, they share a symbiotic type relationship, feeding off of each other’s strengths to strengthen their own weaknesses. I found this relationship to be one of the most interesting character dynamics I have seen in a film. There is no real enemy between the two and both are appealing as the hero in their own ways. I was significantly conflicted when deciding who to root for during the competitive scenes.
 

The racing may be second to the rivalry but the racing scenes are beautifully shot which intensifies the action and danger of the race. Formula One racing is dangerous and the shots throughout the film depict the danger and risk in a frame by frame fashion. Personally my favorite shots were the ones shot in the rain. The perspective of the drivers shows their limited visibility through first-person camera angles as water splashes against the cameras around every turn and cars begin to lose traction. Many of the scenes had that Hollywood touch that makes them a little too loud to be real, which makes it a fun ride and probably embellishes the sport to entertain the audience.

 

The race scenes receive a Hollywood touch, but are still entertaining.

 

Rush is a film that many can enjoy. It has a bit of everything, action, sex, drama, and character development that is unparalleled. Ron Howard tells this true story accurately and honestly along with the two actors who are the embodiment of the characters they portray. I found it hard to find anything I adamantly disliked about the film, if anything my dislikes were brief moments of redundancies that were necessary for the film.

 

 

Rush – 8 out of 10

Fast paced racing that drives dynamic rivalry

Jim Carrey tweets pics on the set of Dumb and Dumber To


 

It’s almost been 20 years since Dumb and Dumber was released but it still demands laughter every time it’s viewed. After a long battle to get the sequel approved, the studios finally started production and Jim Carrey tweeted the first on set pictures of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne reunited.

 

 

It looks like not much has changed for the two characters. They’ve aged a little bit but for the most part they look the same from head to toe. The big question that I (and I’m sure others) have is whether or not this movie will be able to adapt to this generation’s humor. I still enjoy Dumb and Dumber when I have the chance to view it, but part of that enjoyment comes from the first experience I had when viewing the film. If the sequel is going to be a bunch of regurgitated jokes from the first film, I think that many fans will notice and not be pleased. While I want this film to rekindle the relationship I had with the original, I want that relationship to evolve and adapt as well. With that said, it’s very exciting to see this picture of Lloyd and Harry together and in regards to the film, I hope for the best.

World of Warcraft film adaptation begins to solidify casting rumors


 

With the popularity of video games continually rising, many studios have attempted to adapt these games on to the big screen. While a majority have been terrible, there have been some successes at the box office. World of Warcraft is a heavy hitter among video games boasting a consistent amount of players totaling over six million. With such a large number of players, I’m sure the studios expect it to be a profitable film and now the casting rumors are starting to solidify.

 

Yesterday it was confirmed that Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and Paul Dano (Prisoners) were added to the short list of actors also including Travis Fimmel (Vikings) and Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels). As for the leading roles, Paula Patton (Baggage Claim) is currently in negotiations and Colin Farrell has already been offered a role.

 

There still isn’t much to be said about the story but the game’s medieval theme has been done many times before in other films. Hopefully they can come up with a substantial plot and place focus on cinematography to distinguish this film from the others. With the number of people involved in the game, I’m sure the film will profit, regardless of how well it is made.

 

Via: Deadline

Thursday’s Speaker is an indie dark comedy that shows potential


 

While many feature films have the financial backing of deep pocketed studios, indie films require more effort to produce an adequate film on a limited budget. Although they may be lacking in budget, indie films tend to focus on the passion of the film through rich character development. Thursday’s Speaker premieres on September 21, 2013 and seems to be a film that differentiates itself from the usual characters and plots seen in many of the films today. Take a look at the trailer below.

 


 

Alcoholism is an interesting dynamic in films because it creates an internal struggle for the characters that puts them at war with themselves. What makes this character even more interesting is that he is a pathological liar and an alcoholic that uses his ability to lie to create a positive facade at his AA meetings. The premise for the character alone is interesting enough to drive the plot but there are also a number of other characters with their own problems that are affected by the main character’s actions.

 

Thursday’s Speaker seems to have great potential as a film that invokes an emotional response. While it may not be on everyone’s radar like some other mainstream films, it could be a thought provoking sleeper film that leaves you with an emotional satisfaction that you won’t get from many of these carbon-copied, high budget films. It is already receiving a lot of buzz and won a couple awards including “Best Narrative Feature” at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival and the Indie Gathering 2013. The film premieres this Saturday, September 21st at the IFQ Film Festival in Los Angeles.

 

Thursday’s Speaker Official Website

 

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