Blowout (1981)

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John Travolta stars with Nancy Allen in one of Brian de Palma’s best films. John Travolta plays Jack Terry, an unsuccessful (but busy) sound man for the movies. One fateful night Jack accidentally records a car crash; but there is something strange about his recording. There is a loud bang before the car crashes into the river. Jack believes he accidentally recorded an assassination of the next President of the United States.

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Welcome to the Rileys (2010)

imageI’m always hesitant to view films that are set in New Orleans. There are really only two categories films can fall in, the first set of films generally fall into  what I like to call your “ragin’ cajuns”; where everything is “N’awlins Dawlin’ and it’s amazin’ in the Big Easy!” Meaning they throw every single cultural cliche, bad accent, and type of New Orleans food at you within the first thirty minutes. They over exaggerate everything  to where people who are unfamiliar with the culture, and even those familiar, become way too overwhelmed by the terrible representation of New Orleans culture. The second set of films are the ones with just simply terrible accents, these accents are SO bad they deserve their own category.  I know that I personally, and many other locals, would greatly appreciate NO accent over a terrible one. If you can’t do it justice, simply don’t do it. Shockingly, Welcome to the Rileys did not fall into either category.

*Caution Spoilers Below*

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Gravity: A Cinematic Experience (A Spoiler Free Review)

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The other night I had the true pleasure of viewing ‘Gravity‘ at my local theater. Honesty, I didn’t know what to expect. Before seeing a movie I always read the reviews, always, even if it spoils the movie for me. Honestly, every time I do it I regret it; and then I promise myself ‘its the last time I swear’ and well, it wasn’t. As usual the reviews were mixed, good, poor plot, beautiful scenery; ya-da, ya-da, ya-da. I arrived at the theater with my mother, retrieved my 3D glasses, sat directly in the middle, and I was blown away.

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