Saturday, February 21, 2015

In Light Of Oscar Weekend - Celebrity Gowns

I don't think I am as excited about this years Oscars as I have been over the years. I mean, its obvious who will win, and frankly Scarlett I don't give a damn. You know why? I don't think any actor should be compared against another for the roles they have portrait. Each actor is talented by his/her own right, and I applaud all who managed to be on the list this year. With that said, I do love a great gown, and over the years, we've seen good ones and bad ones, and here is a fun way to give you a glimpse of the past. Here's looking forward to Oscar 2015-for the gowns!!!

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Rewrite with Hugh Grant - Cannot Be Happier

One of my British crush in film Hugh Grant is in a film. Thank the Hollywood stars!  It's been a while since we've seen him onscreen, and I must admit I love this look. The new mature, yet handsome and delightful look.

The film Rewrite is due out in theaters February 13th. Which is really bad considering Fifty Shades of Grey is being released the same day. I really feel bad for all this other wonderful films.  Anyway, the story is about a film writer, who is really down on his luck since his last successful film So he goes to a university to teach script writing.  Watch the trailer, and then I suggest you go see the film, opening weekend bypassing the Fifty Shades of Grey craze.  The cast is also amazing, with fine actors in comedy: Allison Janney, Marisa Tomei, JK Simmons, 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Chris Pratt - A Perfectly Perfect Leading Man

Chris Pratt is an up and coming actor who, hands down, I would use as a love interest in my second novel-Nob Hill-if it were made into a movie. I first noticed him in Wanted with Angelina Jolie, then Bride Wars with Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson, and since then I simply cannot get enough of this wonderful actor. I hear he's got an amazing real-life personality to match also.

Anyway, the man is in demand, and currently and hopefully he is tied to two exciting projects after Jurassic Park, which is completing production as I write this. The projects are Indiana Jones 5 rumored, hopefully a reality, and Magnificent Seven which is not yet confirmed.  I am more leaning towards Indiana Jones - I can so see him as Doctor Jones.

The man is hot-as in hot in demand. But if you wan to see him in his early days, I recommend Bride Wars, Wanted, What's Your Number, Moneyball, The Five-Year Engagement. Hell, here's the list 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller and Brad Pitt

Lost City of Z, another novel aimed to be turned into film, is a project Brad Pitt's Plan B productions has acquired. Originally Benedict Cumberbach was attached to the project, and now we hear Charlie Hunnam will be replacing him. Sienna Miller is making a come back, which I am glad to hear, and is also attached to the film.

Here's an synopsis of the story 

After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve “the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century”: What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z?

Hunnam is set to play the lead role of Col. Fawcett, and Miller will portray his wife.  Hopefully, this Z film is better than World War Z for Pitt's Plan B production.  Stay tuned.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

I Smile Back - Sarah Silverman

I Smile Back made it's dibute at the Sundance Film Festival thi syear, with Sarah Silverman in the lead role about an upper class housewife, and mother, who turns to sex, drugs and alchol to cope with her depression. As typical discovering while the story unfolds, that she was abandoned as a child, and hence the problems.

Anyway, although we've seen these sort of films, probably one every year, released to bleak reviews or sometimes the film overlooked. This one caught my attention, since we normally know Sarah Silverman as a comedian. From the looks of things she's the glue that holds the film together in this bleak, dark drama most certainly getting her recognition on a whole new level.

So, I suppose there are rolls for women over 40, in Hollywood, and there are many actors embracing them.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Three Indie Film Recommends To Help Survive The Award Season

After the Golden Globes, I decided to pass up on award shows. I don’t know. This year it was such a disappointing show that I was done. So, to keep busy in between seeing current films and working on my third novel, I watch films. Indie films mostly on Netflix.  There are three films I recommend all wonderful, yet sadly overlooked. 

Copenhagen:  A lovely film about an American/Canadian, William (Gethin Anthony) who goes to Denmark to find his paternal grandfather to let him know his son had died. To his disappointment he makes some tragic discoveries. While pondering over his dilemma, he meets a waitress, Effy (Frederike Dahl Hansen)  who is willing to help him translate and get the answers he deserves. The film, although low budget, is one of the most wonderful films I’ve seen in a while.

The Last Weekend is a story about a wealthy Celia Green (Patricia Clarkson) who lives in Lake Tahoe, California – in a very a prestige neighborhood along the lake. She is happily married, although lonely, and at a point in life where she is considering selling the estate. She invites her grown kids to spend the Memorial Day Weekend at the very home so she could tell them.  The entire weekend, we get a glimpse of her struggles with her dysfunctional family, ultimately helping her into deciding to move on, and let the place go. A sad tale about real life stories, wonderfully detailed.

Refuge: Rotten Tomatoes gave this film a one star- but I loved it. The thing about simple stories is that, we get a glimpse of how sadly the other half live. Any (Krysten Ritter) the oldest of three is stuck raising her siblings after her parents up and left on vacation ten years ago, and never returned. Her brother had a stroke at a young age, and her sister a typical teenager.  One day, she meets Sam (Brian Geraghty) at a bar, and takes him home. The next morning he realizes how much he liked her, and stays, as the story unfolds, we realize he has nowhere else to be and  that’s how this story begins.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

American Sniper - Film Review

I got a chance to see American Sniper last night, and walked out of the theater with mixed emotions. Meaning, I get that it was necessary  to make a film about Chris Kyle, and I do respect Clint Eastwood's work in every sense of the word, but the film simply wasn't that great. It was good, but not great, and certainly not worthy of an Oscar Nomination.

The story showed two sides to a man's life. The one where he fought for his country, and the side where he struggled to be a good husband and father. Since war movies are often times horrifically detailed, it was nice to see comedy used every chance possible to soften the trauma one might experience watching such films. It was so strategic that we almost didn't feel too much for a child who was brutally murdered by a terrorist, nor the animal killed, and children who learned to shoot with a weapon and that was just in the US. 

Bradley Cooper gave a solid performance for sure, and Eastwood delivered. There were a few long and drawn out scenes, somewhat exhausting and tedious, but overall I would give it  a three star.  Outside of that there is nothing more to say. A war movie is a war movie is a war movie.