Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Adrien Brody - Credit Where It's Warranted

I read an article here about Adrien Brody and an excerpt of it goes like this:
 After winning an Academy Award for The Pianist, it's unfortunate that the career of Adrien Brody has mostly derailed. I couldn't even tell you the last time I saw a great movie with Brody in it, and that doesn't look to change with this international trailer for the TIFF selected American Heist.(source)
This is the opening paragraph to discussing Brody's latest film 'American Heist'.  Which is fine of course, the film may not be worth a mention. But I do want to point out, there are at least four films, maybe not popular at the box office, worth seeing to see Brody's talent - the one perfect for portraying troubled, dark characters.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Outlander Television Series

I normally don't discuss television here. But I have to say, I spend the weekend catching up on Outlander, watching the entire first series back to back episodes, mostly for research since a good portion of my third novel is based in Scotland. I enjoyed it naturally, sitting at the edge of my seat while waiting for the story to unfold, becoming  more complex. Downright entertaining.

Besides the hype around the books turned to a TV series, I have to say Anna Foerster, who directed the last two episodes for season one, did a fantastic job detailing the story, from the wedding of Claire and Jaime to wrapping up the last episode with a cliffhanger naturally. My favorite was the intensity of switching periods from the 1700 to the 1900 to detail Frank's story and Claire's, almost running parallel in their search for their life together. Here is a good interview with the director to explain the process.

If the story doesn't interest you, but film making does, then proceed to "The Wedding" and "Both Sides Now" and be intrigued. And whats this I hear, the series is not available outside of the US? AM I missing something?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

People's Choice Award - Movies Only - Nominees 2014

There you have the list is out, leading to what is about to be an exciting award season - I hope

Favorite Movie
22 Jump Street
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Favorite Movie Actor
Brad Pitt
Channing Tatum
Hugh Jackman
Mark Wahlberg
Robert Downey Jr.

Favorite Movie Actress
Angelina Jolie
Emma Stone
Jennifer Lawrence
Melissa McCarthy
Scarlett Johansson

Favorite Movie Duo
Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)
Chris Evans & Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)
Jonah Hill & Channing Tatum (22 Jump Street)
Shailene Woodley & Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars)
Shailene Woodley & Theo James (Divergent)

Favorite Action Movie
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Favorite Action Movie Actor
Chris Evans
Denzel Washington
Hugh Jackman
Liam Neeson
Mark Wahlberg

Favorite Action Movie Actress
Angelina Jolie
Jennifer Lawrence
Scarlett Johansson
Shailene Woodley
Zoe Saldana

Favorite Comedic Movie
22 Jump Street
Let’s Be Cops
The Other Woman

Favorite Comedic Movie Actor
Adam Sandler
Channing Tatum
Jonah Hill
Seth Rogen
Zac Efron

Favorite Comedic Movie Actress
Cameron Diaz
Charlize Theron
Drew Barrymore
Melissa McCarthy
Tina Fey

Favorite Dramatic Movie
The Fault in Our Stars
The Giver
Heaven Is for Real
If I Stay

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor
Ben Affleck
Brad Pitt
George Clooney
Matt Damon
Robert Downey Jr.

Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress
Chloë Grace Moretz
Emma Stone
Meryl Streep
Reese Witherspoon
Shailene Woodley

Favorite Family Movie
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The LEGO Movie
Rio 2

Favorite Thriller Movie
Dracula Untold
The Equalizer
Gone Girl
The Purge: Anarchy

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cake - With Jennifer Aniston and An Honorable Mention

I am a fan of Aniston, have been forever. I don't care about her personal life. That doesn't impact how I feel about her on an artist level. I've been waiting to see Cake. A film I learned about following the actor's completed and upcoming projects. I also knew it got solid reviews from the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), but the film had trouble getting a distributor. It happens to some good films, that borderline on being good enough, but not. If you know what I mean. Anyway, apparently  the film is slotted for release in 2016, but since Aniston is teeter-tottering on making the list of Oscar nominees, they decided to release the film for a week this year so it can make the award season campaign. (source)

I guess I better follow up closely as I'd like to see it before I travel down to Los Angeles for the Golden Globes Ceremony in January.

The trailer has been removed, hopefully temporarily, and as of yet there is no movie poster, just a pictures of her in her role. But, I love that she's challenged herself with such a role. Let's hope she's able to convince the 'award gods.'

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Geostorm - Gerard Butler - Film Update

My leading man in film, bad guy or a sweetheart, I'd take him anytime. He is the epitome of rugged handsomeness you don't find in Hollywood anymore, minus one or two 20 something year olds. Not even then. His got the look most women love to see onscreen. I've taken a survey, and Gerard Butler, comes to mind most of the time when asked who'd be your leading man?

Anyway, he's filming again, in New Orleans to be exact. Geostorm: About “a man who goes into space to prevent climate-controlling satellites from creating a storm of epic proportions as his brother discovers a plot to assassinate the president {source}. 

Okay, that's fine by me. He's done many action films, historical or current events, so why not space? The filming is through February 2015, the movie slotted for a 2016 release in theaters. I'd wait, would you? :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Boy Next Door - Jennifer Lopez - Teaser Trailer

Naturally a list of films made based around love, lust, being a parent, thriller and not, Jennifer Lopez has enough experience to partake in such a storyline - a thriller titled The Boy Next Door - released January 23, 2015.

This is how the story goes: Shortly after her divorce, a woman falls for handsome younger man who just moved in across the street, though their torrid affair that takes an obsessive, dangerous turn.(source)

Just one question: Why is it in film women with younger men don't have a happily ever after ending?