Friday, December 12, 2014

Insurgent - March 20, 2015 - Movie Trailer

It's been a while since I've been so inspired by a film trailer, neatly wrapped up to give us an insight on what to expect for 90minutes in a theater. This film - being Insurgent - I have to say we have nothing to worry about. The film speaks for itself, the fans are anxiously waiting, and of course for those of you who don't know - it is part of the Divergent series. Well done to the trailer crew who cropped and pasted just the right pieces to get as all riled up, in a good way.  Watch.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Bond 24 - Spectre - Release Date 11/6/2015

What's a year anyway?  Next November will be here in a heartbeat, and I'll be right there in line with the rest of the Bond fans, ready to see hopefully the action-packed installment of the franchise. Actors were announced recently, along with the director, and the film title unveiling, finally putting the entire project into prospective. Naomi Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci to name a few, and director Sam Mendes will return for B24.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Kingsman - The Secret Service - Slotted for 2015 Release

Bond, James Bond, 007 comes to mind when I watched the trailer for the film Kingsman. Immediately I was drawn to it, and actually have been searching for information about when it will be released in the U.S.  Michael Vaughn, naturally a British film producer,  known mostly for Kick Ass, Fantastic Four, and Layer Cake (the later for me naturally, I liked the film). Anyway, I suggest we track this film, mark it as one of the action, Bond-like films to see in 2015 - January 29.  Easy synopsis: A veteran agent - British naturally - takes on a young rebel under his wings. Hmmm - watch and see for yourself. Will you see the film?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Michael Fassbender and Danny Boyle - Steve Jobs Biopic

I understand Steve Jobs played an intricate role in our lives, shaping mostly how we see computers. I admire the man, and have lots of respect for him. And of course I watched his story with Ashter Kutcher portraying the icon = Steve Jobs. But I'm not sure if we need a motion picture also detailing the simple story, told already one too many times - another version.
Unless, I am missing something but Universal pictures picked up and is offering 30M to make another version with Danny Boyle as director and Michael Fessbender as the iconic Steve Jobs. There must be something I am missing since David Fincher (director) and Christain Baile have dropped the project twice. Stay tuned.

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