Sunday, April 29, 2012

Expats Post: Cabin in the Woods & After, Fall Winter

Update: I have posted a few more reviews on Expats Post. Enjoy!!
                             After Fall, Winter - Drama
Cabin in the Woods - Horror, Thriller

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Preview: Hick

As you know when I become a fan of an actor I try and see most of their films.

Chloe Grace Moretz is one my recent favorites. I first saw her in Kick-Ass and then Let Me In. She was also in Hugo recently. I think this young actor is very talented, and I look forward to viewing her latest projects.

Hick. Now this one looks a little different. When I started the preview I didn't think it was all that great but I continued on...and I was intrigued but got a little uncomfortable - this one could be a very off-best film.

Don't really know anything else about the film except that it was based on the book of the same name by Andrea Portes.

Plus, I love the poster - reminds me of film posters of the past.

Due out May 2012. (limited)

Trailer: Hick

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mirror Mirror

Question: Do you wonder why Hollywood seems to come out with different versions of the same story and around the same time? First, we have Mirror Mirror starring Julia Roberts as the evil Queen. Soon Snow White and the Huntsman will be released. That stars Kristen Stewart as Snow White and Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman. And I just read, not too long ago, that another film about Snow White will be released next year. I was pretty content with the 1937 Disney version but Hollywood will be Hollywood.

Recently, I witnessed one of the newer versions: Mirror Mirror. And except for some fantastical costumes and set design I was rather bored with the film. In fact, I couldn't wait for it to end but my children were enjoying it and that made me happy.

Both my kids gave the movie "a thumbs up" but I can't say the I enjoyed the film. Julia Roberts did play a wonderfully crazy evil Queen. Her performance was tolerable but everyone else's seemed to fall flat. The actress, who played Snow White, Lily Collins, might have been my least favorite portrayal. I can't quite put my finger on as to why but she was just bland. Not something I am accustom to when thinking of Snow White - pure, beautiful, charismatic all usually come to mind. But Tarsem Singh's version of Snow White just left me numb.

Also, there were a lot of changes, ones I won't say, just in case you are still going to see the film. However, for me, when something is a classic I just prefer the details to remain the same. There is nothing wrong with attempting to update or show a tale from a different perspective; but, for me, Mirror Mirror just missed the mark.

I really don't like to bash films so this review will remain short because I just didn't care for this movie. On the flip-side, it appeared a lot of people in the theatre enjoyed the film, but I just didn't get it. Maybe I missed something but it did make me look forward to seeing Snow White and the Huntsman. I am curious to see that version and what those filmmakers did with the tale.

My favorite thing: I will admit the costumes were wonderful, especially the Queen's outfits. The designer must have had so much fun with this project.

My least favorite thing: Ummm, which part to choose from? Perhaps the song and dance.

Directed by Tarsem Singh, Citizen Snow Film Productions, 2012.

Starring: Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane and Mare Winningham. 

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama.

Rating: PG
Length: 106 minutes

Review: 3 out of 10

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Monthly Wrap-Up March 2012

I can't believe we are almost halfway through April. Where has this month gone? Beats me. Well, it's that time again - Monthly Wrap-Up. It looks like I didn't tackle as many reviews as I should have and this month isn't fairing too well either. My apologies. But I promise to get back into the swing of things and post more reviews.

On Tired of Previews?
This Means War - Starring Chris Pine, Tom Hardy & Reese Witherspoon
The Evil Dead - Starring Bruce Campbell

Your Favorite Soundtracks?

On Expats Post
Rampart - Starring Woody Harrelson
Silent House - Starring Elizabeth Olsen

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SIDE-NOTE:  For those of you interested in Art and/or Poetry, Expats Post has created a couple of new sites featuring those items. Please take a moment and check them out.
Expats Art
Expats Poetry

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Expats Post: Casablanca and The Hunger Games

Hello everyone,

I have posted a couple of reviews on Expats PostCasablanca & The Hunger Games, recently. Enjoy!

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Preview: The Fantastic Fear of Everything

As many of you know I have a few favorite actors/actresses and whenever there is a new movie coming out that they are in I have to share it. Recently I watched the preview for a new film starring the adorable Simon Pegg. Yep, he's one of my all-time favorites. However, after seeing the trailer for his new movie I think he may add more fans to his already growing list. I am not the only one who adores him - trust me.

The trailer is pretty good at not showing too much and this film looks really different. Odd, in fact. I think I read this is a comedy/horror - not a task easily pulled off but I have complete faith in Mr. Pegg's ability to give an outstanding performance. Enjoy!

The Fantastic Fear of Everything - due out this summer in the UK not sure of the American release.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

21 Jump Street

Directed by Phil Lord & Chris Miller, Columbia Pictures, 2012.

Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Brie Larson, Dave Franco and Rob Riggle.

Genre: Action, Comedy.

Question: Did you think I would review this film? Well, I did not. In fact, I flat out said I was NOT going to review it, but I couldn't keep ignoring all the chatter about how 21 Jump Street was surprisingly good. And now I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I need to stop presuming the worst when I see a preview. Yeah, I said that.

To be completely honest, when I saw the trailer for 21Jump Street, and I saw it several times because I didn't think I would end up seeing the movie, I immediately thought, "That's not how the TV show was. It wasn't a comedy, goof-ball, buddy genre. Pass." Yes, I watched the original show and really enjoyed it. It was on while I was in high school so I was smack dab in the middle of the perfect demographic. Plus, I thought Johnny Depp was a fox (and still do)! So with that confession out the way, seeing Channing Tatum (who ain't too shabby) and Jonah Hill as an odd couple lead characters I was turned off. But I saw it anyway. Well, I must say the pairing worked and made the film a decent one. 

First, let me say that both actors have slowly become more appealing with their recent projects and as I view them in films. Jonah Hill was fantastic in Moneyball and Channing Tatum was down-right adorable in The Vow. I have become fans of theirs now and you know what happens then? All bets are off and I will probably see most, if not all, of their film from now on. (Yes, I have seen some of their other work).

Second, although the script is vastly different than the TV show the writers took an approach to tell the high school undercover cop tale that I wasn't expecting. What was it? Well, I am NOT going to tell you except to give you a hint and say: opposite. That's it. It’s my only clue. It was brilliant and why I think another reason 21 Jump Street worked.

Finally, back to the actors, Tatum and Hill. I mentioned that the pairing of the two completely different personas matched up well. As they say, opposites attract and it's true here. Jonah Hill plays the nerdy, over-achiever, low self-esteem-just-wanting-to-be-liked-and-fit-in character. And Channing Tatum, charmingly, pulls off the overly confident, not-so-bright, athletic character. They knew of each other in high school and then meet again at the police academy later in life and end up as partners. The balance of what the other lacked or needed was artfully, albeit somewhat juvenile and moronically portrayed at times, calibrated.

Would people of my parents' generations like this film? Probably not. It wasn't made for them in mind. It was made for today’s youth and the nostalgia-seeking generation that I am currently in. Just to let you all know - this paragraph is laced with hints - hints on what? Well, I am not gonna say but read it carefully as I never leave hints like this - ever!

My favorite thing: Well, if I told you it might ruin something for those who will see it.

My least favorite thing: That during one scene I was laughing so hard and trying not to throw up all at the same time.

Rating: R
Length: 109 minutes

Review: 6 out of 10

For my review on Moneyball or The Vow - click on the movie titles.

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