Tag Archives: Film

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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Savages, the Ultimate Libido-Enhancer

This movie is absolute lady-porn!

Savages (2012)

Oliver Stone’s film, based on Don Winslow’s novel, features two lead pot-growers in California– Chon (played by Taylor Kitsch), a rugged bad boy with PTSD, and Ben (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), a sensitive botanist with a desire to make a difference in the world. And right in the middle of these sexy men is O (Blake Lively), the girlfriend they share.

Where can I get a sweet deal like that?
Well, except for the part where O is kidnapped by the Mexican drug cartel. But that’s just a small price to pay to live with two handsome men in paradise and at the mercy of their sexual appetites.

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DPK Wants to Play in The Warriors

“Warriooooors, come out to playaaaayyy…” David Patrick Kelly’s famous line, and the fact that it was improvised, drew me to watch this film.

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And yet, the most fascinating part of the movie was how it managed to become so popular. The outrageous outfits (face-painted, bat-wielding baseball players?) and the dance-like fighting techniques (that was only okay in West Side Story) made me wonder…

Turns out, as my research led me to discover, the film was seriously controversial at the time.

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Fingers Crossed for Kick-Ass 2

A little late but…

I finally watched Kick-Ass! And just in time because Kick-Ass 2 should be in theaters this summer.

I must admit I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Kick-Ass. I didn’t expect much from it; I guess that’s why I didn’t get around to watching it until recently. I mean– I wouldn’t be outraged that it wasn’t nominated for an Academy Award, but it was entertaining. I can appreciate that.

I’m not a comic book fangirl. My thing is movies. So before this movie came out, I didn’t know about “Kick-Ass,” the comic book. I knew nothing of the characters or the story. I had the impression it might even be a movie for kids… Yea, no. There is a good amount of violence and gore, which explains the R rating. I loved it!

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Wit & Humor, Ammo for A Gun in Each Hand

Last night I attended a screening (hosted by the Miami International Film Festival) of Una pistola en cada mano (A Gun in Each Hand) at the Tower Theater in Little Havana. Spanish director Cesc Gay collaborated with Tomás Aragay and a cast of exceptionally talented actors, including Jordi Mollá (Blow and Bad Boys II), to create a film about eight men in their forties, each handling a personal crisis.

The trailer is what got me.

Dialogue dominates this film. There is no gun, not a shot fired, not a single chase. And yet, I clung to every word, every eyebrow lift, every quirky smile. Each scene plays a new scenario with an exchange of words just as intense as the one before it. The most physical movement you get is a slow car ride; so if you’re into fast-paced action films, this is not for you.

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Nolan & Bale to Join Justice League

El Mayimbe of Latino Review has reported a bit of information that has me crossing my fingers until 2015. Christopher Nolan is rumored to spearhead the production of the Justice League movie, featuring Christian Bale as Batman once again. My reaction…

Aaaah!

Let’s talk about the possibility of this movie’s success. As noted on Box Office Mojo, Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, featuring Marvel Comics’ superhero team, grossed at over $1.5 billion worldwide. Well, Nolan’s The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises grossed at about the same– EACH. Add a few more superheroes to the mix, and well– you do the math.

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Why, Adrien? Why?

The most inappropriate part of the upcoming film InAPPropriate Comedy (2013) would be your participation in it, Adrien Brody. Rob Schneider– slightly disappointing, but not inconceivable. Lindsay Lohan– I won’t even go there.

Adrien Brody on the set of "InAPPropriate Comedy" (Courtesy of IMDB)

Adrien Brody on the set of “InAPPropriate Comedy” (Courtesy of IMDB)

But you?

You have an impressive curriculum vitae– for the most part. Your dedication to your character in The Jacket (2005) was reputable. Same goes for your contribution in The Pianist (2002), an impeccable performance. And then there was your substantial role in Midnight in Paris (2011) as the Spanish painter, Salvador Dali– a job well done.

But this… This is just for funsies, right? You owe someone a favor? Did you lose a bet? If you needed a break, fine. I’ll watch it, for blog’s sake!

Alas! I am still hopeful for what’s “in the works.” With a cast comprised of Liam Neeson, James Franco, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, and Casey Affleck (just to mention a few), a romance drama like The Third Person (2013) might just be your shot at redemption. (Although– a good cast doesn’t necessarily guarantee a good movie. I mean, look at Movie 43.) If that doesn’t help, we can just wait with fingers crossed for the comedy drama The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), which also features a pretty good lineup.

In the meantime, I’ll keep your Gillette commercial on loop:


Rawr…

“We’ve made some mistakes along the way. Some, very recently.” – Nick Fury, The Avengers (2012)

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A History Lesson in Hugo

Courtesy of IMDB

Courtesy of IMDB

Whether you believe in fate or coincidence, what has happened to me upon my efforts to debut this blog is noteworthy. I finally took a moment to sit and watch Hugo last night. Though it was an Oscar nominee last year, I had avoided reading reviews, or even a summary, of the film. Yes, I prefer the cryptic approach.

Lo and behold, what sweet irony! A glimpse at the birth of film, just as I began my journey into the movie blogosphere. It tells a beautiful story about an orphan boy who works diligently to find his purpose in hopes that he is not doomed to be alone forever. But this is only a tiny seed that grows into a much bigger discovery. His determination to fix a broken “toy” leads him to inspire an old man hiding from the memories of his past.

Likes:
Scorsese (No mafiosos here, and it still rocked!)
Music (Pianist Erik Satie’s Gnossienne No. 1 is a pleasant nod to the music played in the early movies.)
Actors (Asa Butterfield pulled at my heart strings.)
Literary mentions, with allusions to David Copperfield and Jean Valjean (I’m an English major. My eyes lit up every time!)

Animation effects (My only regret is that I didn’t watch it in 3D.)

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The Perfect Pairing

Here I will be pairing food, not with wine but with film. (That’s not to say there won’t be plenty of wine.)

Two things I love: film and food. When I’m not “coordinating creatively” at the ad agency or dancing (yes, making various attempts at shufflin’) in SoBe nightclubs, I allow my body to relax and seek only stimulation of the mind. Whether a classic from my “Bucket List” or a must-see New Release, I aim to watch a different movie every time.

And with a good movie, must come a good meal. My movie experiences will often come paired with a culinary experience too good not to share as well.

“And now, let’s eat before this crab wanders off my plate.” – Grimsby, The Little Mermaid

 

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