Category Archives: keepin’ it reel

Blue Is the Warmest, So Hot

And when I say “hot,” I’m not referring to the six-minute long sex scene. In fact, I don’t care to talk about that–though I assure you, it is very sexy and quite intense.

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I refuse to discuss the controversy behind this film. I won’t go over the drama between director Abdellatif Kechiche and one of the leading ladies, Lea Seydoux. Because the truth is, none of these things are what made the film such a success.

Thinking back on Blue Is the Warmest Color, the word “raw” comes to mind. I nearly forgot Adèle Exarchopoulos and Seydoux were acting. Kechiche uses close ups to draw you in to every moment and every emotion. He especially loves to focus on lead actress Exarchopoulos’ mouth, which could alone possibly win an award–with every bite she took and every sob she let out, her lips were the center of my attention.

The film, originally titled La vie d’Adèle – Chapitres 1 et 2, tells the story of Adèle, how she comes to meet Emma, and what happens thereafter they begin a romance. The story beautifully told and the scenes beautifully shot, if you can appreciate true art in film form, you must go watch this.

*There is a final screening at the Miami Beach Cinematheque tonight! Get your tickets here.

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Team “Carrie 1976,” All the Way!

“They’re all going to laugh at you.”KL_CarrieCov2012_600x600

It’s one of my favorite lines from the original Carrie from 1976. Our main character’s religiously obsessed mother insists her daughter will be ridiculed at her high school prom. Not only was that a foreshadowing of the events that followed in the film, it could also be applied to the reaction the new 2013 adaptation of the film, starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, received from critics. This is my take on it.

I had previously written a post, “Carrie, 1976 & Now”, in which I mentioned what could be the positive of remaking an already well-made film. I never expected it to be better than the original, but I sure as hell didn’t expect it to fail so miserably.

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It’s a Disaster Is Really Not

Stumbled upon this indie work of art on Netflix, and I’m ever so glad I did.

It's a Disaster

The darkly humorous shot with which the movie opens immediately sets the tone for what you’re about to experience. Then, it introduces you to a cast of frustrating characters in an array of awkward moments and situations. In the background, the subtle sound of police and rescue vehicle sirens blare, and no one (maybe not even you at first) notices because they’re so engulfed in their “disastrous” lives. And yet, you find yourself loving these characters for the messes that they are.

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Brace Yourselves for Prisoners

Yesterday I caught the midnight showing of Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, and write to you today to urge you to go watch it tonight!

Prisoners(Think Mystic River.)

For two and a half hours you’ll be gripping tightly to your partner or, as I found myself doing, covering your mouth in disbelief as the story carries you through this gloomy Pennsylvania small town covered in snow, rain, and dead autumn leaves where two little girls have gone missing as of Thanksgiving afternoon.

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Anticipating the World’s End

If you are not a fan of the Simon Pegg and Nick Frost duo, leave now. Actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost
We are not of the same kind.

However, if you are, you will share in my excitement in anticipating their new upcoming film, The World’s End (in theaters August 23rd).

Both Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright previously wrote Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. With this latest film, they’ll be wrapping up the trilogy, telling the story of five long-time friends who have reunited after 20 years to complete the ultimate pub crawl!

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Carrie, 1976 & Now

Who doesn’t know the name Carrie?

Brian de Palma‘s adaptation of the Stephen King novel was released as a feature film in 1976, starring Sissy Spacek who scared the bejeezus out of us with those crazy eyes. Picture 5

Since then, there have been other releases: a sequel, a made-for-TV film, and even a broadway musical–none of which I can rave about. But this October, another adaptation is set to be released in theaters, and this time Chloë Grace Moretz gets to sport the pig’s blood.

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In this latest adaptation…

  • Definitely better effects. Duh! I mean, just compare the two trailers.
  • More of Carrie White as well. Her thoughts, her feelings.
  • More telekinesis.

And in regards to the leading lady–
I love her, but might she be too cute (too pretty even) to play the part? I’m not sure she can creep me out the way Sissy still can.

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Mixed Feelings for Now You See Me

large_jNPvwlt6h6Gm4jdRbfzyYjgHpVbCan I just say– don’t you absolutely love that feeling you get when you sit down in a movie theater and brace yourself for the experience you have been waiting for since the first time you saw the movie’s trailer a couple of months ago? It’s a combination of a couple of feelings actually: excitement, the idea that this movie might be one hell of a ride; and nervousness, accepting you might be walking out of there feeling deeply disappointed.

In some cases, it’s a risk worth taking, and it seemed to be so with Now You See Me, since (although the title didn’t impress me) the trailer immediately piqued my interest.

The mystery behind every illusion is enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. Throw in crime and conflict, and you’ve got an entertaining story on your hands. I usually keep as quiet as a mouse while watching a movie, out of respect to my fellow audience members and to the film itself. But this ride was too good not to occasionally exclaim, “Whoa,” “Oh shit,” and “Awesome!” 

Nonetheless, entertaining as it was, the film left me with mixed feelings.
**[Slight] SPOILER ALERT**

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Star Trek: Into Darkness, for the Non-Trekkies

Keep in mind that I am not a Trekkie. I repeat, I am NOT a Trekkie.

Yes, there are some of us out there who have not watched every Trek film or series episode, who cannot quote every line, and who have not bought every collector’s edition “action figure.” And yes, I envy those of you who are.

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Say what you will about the Abrams films, but they are what have me curious about the Star Trek saga. I want to go back and read and watch it all! Maybe even buy a couple of those collectible action figures (since Spock is so darn cute).

I make this point because after reading reviews such as this one on WIRED.com, I could understand why a long time, hardcore fan of the Star Trek series might disagree with me. But I am simply a movie fan, and with no knowledge of the original Star Trek storyline, this film really did it for me!

So why would both Trekkies and non-Trekkies love this film?

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Down to Disconnect

Disconnect is about a group of people who have lived engrossed in the technology of their digitally-riddled world and are now struggling to find human connection.

Sounds like a Lifetime movie, right? There’s an interesting, universal theme about how we take our lives for granted, living in a darkness among materialistic obsessions– a society that praises the value of a car over the value of a friendship. Hey, I’m not preaching. This is the kind of message so many made-for-TV movies attempt to deliver, and in the cheesiest way.

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Gimme Gimme Man of Steel!

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The first trailer had piqued my interest, and the second one showed there’s a good chance Christopher Nolan will deliver the same depth he gave us in The Dark Knight. And now this one…

Trailer #3 gives a deeper look into who, besides the very handsome (and talented) Henry Cavill, we’ll be seeing in Man of Steel. 

First–
The effects look promising!
This might be a good chance for me to visit an IMAX theater for the first time. Yeah baby!

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