Tag Archives: Movies

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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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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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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