Everyone I’ve encountered has adored Disney’s latest animation, Frozen. Frozen is a non-antagonist Disney animation about Anna, a princess of Arendelle, who teams up with ice dealer Kristoff, his reindeer Sven, and Olaf a living, breathing snowman. While everyone should be excited about Frozen because it’s Disney’s latest animated musical about two amazing Princesses, we should also be extremely excited about man ‘behind the scenes’ aspects about this movie!
I would normally take more time to introduce characters, directors, and give a short summary before forcing my opinion down your throats; but that day is not today. When I saw the Elysium trailer I was intrigued by the world Neill Blomkamp, director/writer, had created. I loved the rough look of Earth and the ephameral beauty of Elysium, the production design caught my eye and the music pulled me in. Upon seeing Matt Damon (Bourne Identity), Jodie Foster (The Silence of the Lambs), Alice Braga (City of God) and Sharlto Copley (Europa Report) in the trailer I knew the acting would be good, I also had faith that the story/screen play would be written well because of Blomkamp’s film, District 9’s, success. Sadly, I went into viewing the film with high expectations.
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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.
I’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.
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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.