Summer Flicks: Part One

May 10, 2011 § 2 Comments

It’s been much too long since my last update. I sincerely apologize. Finals were a killer, but I made it out alive and am so ready to give you regular updates now that the summer as begun!

Speaking of summer: let’s talk movies, yeah? Summer’s always a big time for movies and there’s always a lot of hype for certain ones. I’ll give ya a short run down of most of the movies coming out this summer. Let’s get started!

Go watch these movies with your action-hero-loving dads
Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon: This is the third installment of the Transformers franchise and I’m pretty excited about it. It’s gonna be a little different with a new leading lady – losing the emotional connection between Megan Fox and the Transformers – but somehow I think we’ll be fine. Plus, Michael Bay can make some movies, man! Expect lots of explosions and heart wrenching scenes of robots getting hurt – don’t tell me your heart wasn’t breaking when they kidnapped Bumble Bee in the first one! Comes out July 1.

The Green Lantern: I’m a little unsure about this one. Big Ryan Reynolds fan but I think this may be a little too serious of role for him. Nevertheless, it’s been getting big reviews so I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt. The long line of superhero movies is coming to an end and I’m hoping this movie ends the succession well. Release June 17.

X-Men First Class: I’ve always liked movies that showed the origins of characters. X-Men: Origins was a success as was the rest of the X-Men series, so I have high expectations for this film. I’ll definitely be watching this (I have a soft spot for James McAvoy). Comes out June 3.

Go watch this movie if you want to cry for days
Beautiful Boy: I’m warning you now, this movie is going to be intense. This movie follows a husband and wife on the brink of divorce who just find out their son committed a mass shooting. Watch the trailer and you’ll already feel the heaviness of this movie. The writing and acting look to be impressive and should be a great movie. But be warned, this isn’t your light hearted flick of the summer. Look for it in June.

Go watch these movies if you’re looking for a cathartic drama
The Beaver: Hear me out. Please. I know, Mel Gibson is not my favorite individual either, but I’ve been hearing really great things about this! This movie focuses on Walter Black, a troubled husband and father struggling with his life. He adopts a hand-puppet beaver through which he communicates to those around him. I was not expecting great things from this – I wasn’t even expecting good things from this. I have heard, however, that this could be Gibson’s comeback role. I probably won’t be spending the money to see it theaters (let’s be real, I’m too cheap for the theaters in any situation) but it’s going on the queue immediately. Look for this movie at your local theater now.

Everything Must Go: I’m pretty excited about this one. Will Ferrell plays a guy that loses his job and gets kicked out of his house. He resolves to setting up shop on his front lawn and selling everything he owns. He befriends a young neighborhood boy and adventures ensue. Looking forward to Will Ferrell in a more serious role, I know he’ll do a great job. Should be an inspirational kind of drama – definitely on the queue. Coming to a theater near you this Friday, May 13.

Go watch these movies with your hip-indie-artistic-film friends
Hesher: Mmmm Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Despite the long hair, I love him. Hesher is a troubled youth – and by youth I mean youngerish gentleman – who “befriends” a small boy, T.J., as his mentor but also as his tormentor. Expect an emotional rollercoaster, great character development, and some good tunes. Starring Rainn Wilson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Natalie Portman, this star studded cast shouldn’t disappoint. As an indie film, it will not be released nationally. Put it on the queue, folks!

Another Earth: The concept of this movie is incredibly intriguing. A second Earth is discovered and a young girl who regrets a terrible mistake of hers wins the opportunity to visit “Earth 2” and meet her other self. It’s going to be a beautiful movie and, as I can tell, heartwrenching. Good concept with a great story. I may even spend the cash for this one. To be released July 20.

Restless: The story of a terminally ill girl who falls for boy that crashes funerals. The movie follows the adventures of the couple and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII. Mia Wasikowski plays the heroine. I’ve been so intrigued by the actress lately who has performed superbly in movies such as Alice in Wonderland and The Kids Are All Right. Not sure what the movie has in store but it’s intriguing. On the queue! Coming to theaters September 16.

That’s all I’ve got right now, kids. Please keep checking back for a second update. I’ll do my best to have something up for all of you by the weekend (or maybe by Monday).


Go watch a movie: 127 Hours

March 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m on spring break this week – heavenly gift that came at the perfect moment. As I’m sure you could’ve guessed, this week has been full of movie watching. Saturday I had the chance to see 127 Hours. Directed by Danny Boyle starring James Franco.

Inspired by the true story of Aaron Ralston. This movie is not for weak stomachs. He does cut his arm off, you do see it – your right arm will feel tingly the entire time. Nevertheless this movie is beautifully done. The filming is unique and exciting giving you a sense of adventure. Experiencing the 5 days that he is stuck in such a small crevice with his arm wedged under a rock is incredibly heartbreaking. James Franco, as strange as he may be, can truly perform on the silver screen. The music selection during the whole film – perfect, just phenomenal. Now on DVD, put it on the queue or run to the nearest Redbox – and watch it now.

Go watch a movie: Finding Forrester

February 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

I was planning on reviewing a foreign film today that I recently saw, however I could not find the trailer with English subtitles. So I’ll do a quick write up before we chat about the feature flick.

If we’re friends on Facebook, you’ll know I’ve found an infatuation with foreign films. Seeing a movie from a different country intrigues me to no end. There’s something romantic about that I love. I need to thank my friend, Gilbert, for suggesting this movie to me that, I might add, I enjoyed greatly: Amelie is a light-hearted French film about a young girl who finds her true pleasure and passion in doing good deeds for others in secret. Returning an old treasure box lost 40 years ago, walking a blind man down the street and describing everything they pass or helping a woman and a man find their true love for each – Amelie helps all those around her. Audrey Tautou is exquisite and charming, the French language keeps the feel of the movie whimsical and fun. If you’re into foreign movies – go watch it (found on instant Netflix)


I haven’t watched this movie for awhile, but I was thinking of it today and just had review it for you all. Finding Forrester, starring Sean Connery and Rob Brown, released in 2000.

A story of passion and friendship, discipline and triumph. The story follows the mentorship between a young man and a one-hit wonder writer who has locked himself in his house for years. Sean Connery plays a witty, brilliant, hard ass of an author who wants nothing but for Rob Brown’s character, Jamal, to succeed in writing. The dynamic between the two main characters is endearing and comical. As a quiet man, Forrester doesn’t say much but rather leaves Jamal to his work and every once in awhile interjects with a small quip – “Punch the keys, for God’s sake!” Phenomenal performance from both actors – put it on the queue, kids.

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