Well, hello there buzz world! I am a bit late on this recap, as I've been trying to get all my last minute work in this week. Cause I'm DONE COLLEGE at the end of this week. I mean WHAT? I'm uber excited if you can't tell. That is to finish school, not to find a job, that is a major struggle. But I'll have plenty of time on my hands to find one. But last week I made sure to find time to watch Disney's latest, Frozen! What better day to do my recap on that then a snow day? Anyone else off?
It is safe to say that Catching Fire has officially cooled down. Because, you should all go check out Frozen, it was pretty great. I found the first half hour to be a bit slow. It was basically the back drop of the movie, starting with the two sisters, Anna(Kristen Bell) and Elsa(Idina Menzel), as little girls and explaining how Elsa has these powers to basically freeze things? She's a snow goddess? I don't really know why she got the powers, but she was born with it. I don't want to spoil anything, but Elsa becomes afraid of her powers and basically shuts herself away from society and her sister. And they grow to be polar opposites, Elsa just wants to avoid everyone and Anna wants to go out and see the world.
But the movie really starts and picks up when Elsa has to come out of hiding for her coronation day to become queen. Without giving too much away, things take a wrong turn and Elsa runs away to get away from everyone and Anna goes to find her. Elsa's powers are a lot stronger than she thinks. And the movie goes on with Anna finding her way to Elsa with the help of Kristoph(Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer Swen. They end up bumping into my absolute favorite part of the movie Olaf(Josh Gad) the snowman who loves warm hugs. If you guys thought I was obsessed with minions, watch out, Olaf is my new animation obsession. I mean he was the absolute cutest thing EVER! I actually might go doodle right after this... But there is a major love twist that I was just like DISNEY! I can't believe you tricked me! Didn't even see it coming. You'll have to go watch to see what I'm talking about!
Like I said, once you get past the first half hour, it really picks up and becomes really good. Basically when Olaf makes his appearance, it's all uphill from there, not in terms of the storyline, but in terms of the quality. The movie focuses on Anna's character, but I liked Elsa better. The love story was all for Anna, and I wish Elsa had one too... It is hard to watch this movie without drawing comparisons to Wicked, especially since Idina Menzel is a voice, and Elsa not only sounds like, but is also very similar to Elphaba. The storyline and songs are sometimes similar, but not in a bad way. I love Wicked, so I did not mind. Another thing is, the animation was so clearly from the creators of Tangled, because they literally looked like the same characters, Rapunzel and Flynn even make a random little appearance! That being said the animation was pretty great, especially of the ice creations. It isn't Brave quality, but it's pretty nice.
If you enjoy Disney, or just animated movies, check this out! It's great for everyone, and perfect for this time of year! I just got snowed in, and I was like, it looks like Frozen outside!
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The Hunger Games sequel is most definitely the biggest movie out right now. And let me be the first to admit that I was skeptical about how good this movie would be. If you were around this time last year, you know that I was UBER excited about The Hunger Games, and far too disappointed. I am by no means a fan of the first film. I thought it went too far off the book and just did not capture the story I fell in love with. In order to at the very least be indifferent about Catching Fire, I made sure to stay away from all the hype. I didn't watch any of the previews or look into the new cast members. I stayed neutral. And those odds definitely played in my favor.
If you haven't read the books, you should do that first. I absolutely loved them! As I mentioned, I was not a fan of the first movie. Many will disagree, but I tried to give it a chance one too many times, and it just did not work for me. Catching Fire picks up a bit after The Hunger Games ends with Katniss Everdeen(Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark(Josh Hutcherson) about to go on their Victory Tour. Then of course they are hit with the worst news ever, they have to go back into the Hunger Games.
I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed Catching Fire. It moved a lot quicker than the first and followed the book a lot more closely. The last one was far too slow, and they did not put in my favorite parts of the book and then went on to add parts that were never a part of the book. I did not appreciate that, so I was so happy they stuck to the right material. The actual games went by rather quickly in the film, whereas the majority of the movie was leading up to it. The end was just as quick as the first. Where we know it is being set up for the next, but it is not quite finished either.
Also, the main concern on everyone's mind was of course how Finnick was going to be. Most, including myself, were iffy on Sam Claflin being the casting choice. And considering Finnick is supposed to basically be the most beautiful man ever, it is safe to say no one was ever going to be worthy. However, Claflin definitely has the acting chops, he fit right in with the cast and did pretty well. I was not as displeased as I thought I would be.
Aside from the other tributes, the only key addition to the film was Plutarch Heavensbee(Philip Seymour Hoffman), who seems so bland in comparison to the rest of the Capitol, but is rather fantastic. I enjoyed that they made it a point to remember Rue in this film, because that was my major issue with the first, that there was not enough Rue/Katniss time. The core cast were also great, Jennifer Lawrence really cannot do wrong. In the eyes of everyone. Plus, she had some amazing facial expressions. My friends and I realized how useless Peeta is, the character to be clear, Josh Hutcherson is okay. I still think him and JLaw look totally weird together considering he looks like a 5-year-old next to her. But Peeta has no defense skills, it is amazing he stays alive. Then again, we are all Team Peeta, because Gale(Liam Hemsworth) is just whatever. And of course we cannot forget the comic reliefs of the movie, Haymitch(Woody Harrelson), Effie(Elizabeth Banks) and Caesar Flickerman(Stanley Tucci). They are both perfect for their roles! And I swear I love Woody Harrelson more with every film I see him in! I could go on, but you should just go see it and come back here to discuss!
If you get the chance, go check it out! If you are a fan of the books or the first movie, it's a must!
Have you seen Catching Fire yet? What did you think?
Do you prefer the book or the movie?
A couple months ago my co-workers flipped out that I hadn't even heard of The Best Man, so I made sure to go watch it that night. And I really enjoyed it! I was like, how did I miss out on this Taye Diggs classic? I don't even know! We got onto the topic when they told me that the next movie they were excited to see in theaters was The Best Man Holiday, and here I had no idea it was a sequel. But once I saw the first, I knew I had to check this one out!
If you haven't seen the original, it's okay! The movie starts off with a flashback montage of what happens in the first film, so you will not be confused. Basically, the film follows Harper (Taye Diggs) who releases a book, that he claims to be fiction, but has way more truth than imagination. This ends up leaving a lot of tension with him and his best friend Lance (Morris Chestnut). Here Harper is supposed to be Lance's 'best man', but when secrets are revealed there is a strain put on their friendship. The new one picks up 15 years later, where they all get together for the holidays. However, the same old tensions still exist, and even more drama comes out.
The entire original cast came back which makes it worth the watch. In addition to Diggs and Chestnut there is: Terrence Howard, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and my favorite Harold Perrineau. However, I preferred the original. My co-worker did not agree. My friend I watched it with was like, 'I did not expect this to be so sad.' I felt it was a bit slow and a lot more serious that I would have liked, not that it didn't have it's moments. With this cast, you can guarantee some funny moments, especially any scene with Terrence Howard, who is a complete nut as Quentin.
This movie was definitely made for all the die-hard fans of the original. And to those I spoke to who did watch the first, they were very much satisfied. Since I just watched the first movie, which was still fresh in my memory, I did not love it as much as others. Sequels are a tricky thing. It is not a must-see if you aren't a fan of either the original film or the cast.
What was the last movie you watched?
It's safe to say I was in a superhero withdrawal. They were all out at once, and then they were just done for a little while... Even though I heard mixed reviews, I was excited to see Thor: The Dark World. If you guys haven't seen the first one, you should! Thor was my favorite individual Avenger movie. But I loved The Avengers the best, because with all that superhero in one movie, it's just too good! Then again, the only other individuals are Iron Man and Captain America... In which case I hate Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and I lurve Chris Evans and am a huge WWII buff, but Captain America was rather boring... However, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) was entertaining and surprisingly really funny, which the second one did not fall short in that respect.
I recommend you go watch the first Thor followed by The Avengers before you see this one. It picks up with Thor having to clean up Loki's mess that he created with the previous two films. That whole story will only truly be given justice if you do some catch-up, especially since both the films are worth your time. But along with the tension between Thor and Loki (Tom Hiddleston), there is a new villain, Malekith, ruler of the Dark Elves. Yes, you read that right, dark elves, I swear I don't understand some characters, but they were really strange looking and I didn't follow a lot of the backstory, because I was just like huh? Anyways, basically the Asgardians defeated the Dark Elves and because of some science-y thing parts of Earth and wherever they were kept colliding. They somehow get Jane Foster involved, which of course means dundundun, more Jane/Thor loving. And so the Elves come back to destroy the Asgardians and regain power.
Now, there were so many things thrown in the movie that did not add up. However, it was still entertaining, Kat Dennings alone is enough. I may get crap for this, but I am not a fan of Natalie Portman, not even in the least bit. I find her just so irritatingly arrogant, and I don't even think it is just this character; she just always seems like that. Anywhos, the whole movie my friend and me were just like, why couldn't it be Kat... Darcy and Thor? I mean, that is a real couple, she would never stop cracking jokes and he'd be like MUHAHAHAHA. That's real love, not Jane, she is just annoying. Regardless, Kat was freaking hilarious as usual. The only thing I would have liked to see was more of Thor's friends. It is greatly implied that Sif (Jamie Alexander) is in love with him, but aside from a couple hints of it, she is barely in the movie. Along with Zachery Levi who took Josh Dallas' role as Fandral. But to make up for the lack of them, there was a fantastic cameo from Chris O'Dowd! I absolutely lurve him!
There were plenty of funny parts, there was one far-too-short cameo of a fellow Avenger that made the movie totally worth it. But the ending of the movie! We were just like WHAT?! It was major cray, and I'm still trying to figure it out. It is one of those parts of the movie, where it just doesn't add up, but in this case, it is just still pure awesomeness. Plus there were not one, but two bonus things at the end, one right before the credits and one after all the credits.
Will you be watching Thor: The Dark World?
I wish I could write 'binge watching TV shows' under my skills on my resume. I mean, if there is a job out there where that is a needed skill, someone point me in that direction! I'm so behind on all these awesome shows! I've been hearing people talk about Orange is the New Black for quite some time now, and I just got some time last weekend to watch. Yes, I finished over the weekend... It's only one season.... 13 episodes. I have no life. Or friends.
For those who watch the show, what the hell was up with that finale?! Bitch be cray! Talk about a freaking cliff-hanger, I mean when does the new season come out? Not soon enough. For those of you who don't know about the show, it is a Netflix original, and it's freaking awesome. It's hilarious and once you start, you just can't stop. The writing is just brilliant, it is so funny and raw.
Basically the premise of the series is following the circumstances of Piper Chapman(Taylor Schilling) who goes to jail for transporting drugs way back in the day with her then-girlfriend Alex Vause(Laura Prepon). But the years since, she had made a boringly normal life for herself. She is engaged to her boyfriend Larry Bloom(Jason Biggs), and is starting up a candle business with her best friend. But everything changes when she gets to prison, where she has to learn to adapt to her circumstances, but somehow gets in the middle of everything.
So, let me just state that I CANNOT stand Piper, I do however love basically everyone else. Literally all the characters are so different and awesome! I don't want to give anything away, cause you just need to see for yourself. I will tell you about my favorites though. I'm obsessed with Matt McGorry who plays John Bennett, he is so freaking adorable! I mean...
Yeah, that face. Done, I can't even. I could tell you about my other favorites, but that would literally be every single character, because they are all awesome. So just go watch and see for yourself! Then come back to discuss, cause I need people to talk about it with since I don't know when the new season starts.
Do you watch OITNB?
Who are your favorites? Are you excited for next season!?
It's been SO long since I've been to the movies, life has been so slow and boring. There aren't too many things out now, but Thor just came out today! Can't wait to check that out! I've heard raving reviews about 12 Years a Slave, and knew I had to go watch.
Now, I understand why the movie is getting such rave reviews, however it kind of just passed right through me. The movie is based off a true story that follows the life of Soloman Northup. He is a free African-American who lives in New York, but was kidnapped and sold into slavery. The fact that it is based off of a true story is what makes the movie so strong, especially since most of it is pretty accurate. However, the movie is rather slow, there is minimal dialogue and many long silent shots. And I get bored very easy. I'm not saying that they needed to make the movie more 'lively', but I feel like if you want to be brutally honest, then you should completely go for it. Whereas this movie really wanted to be honest, but was holding back at the same time.
Not to say that the topic is not interesting, historical fiction is my favorite movie genre, but I just wanted more. I know people were saying how it was very uncomfortable to watch because it is brutally honest, but I did not think so. There was one scene that was particularly difficult to watch, but aside from that, it was nothing more than what I expected. I feel like the reason this is getting such rave reviews is because no one wants to take away from this man's horrible journey. And in that sense, Soloman Northup is a remarkable man, but the movie did not capture that for me.
Just a note to all of Hollywood, it would be nice if everyone did not make movies of the same general topic all at once. Honestly, it's like after one is made, we get like 10 and then no one touches it for a decade, and it's repeated all over. In this case, after this, Django Unchained, The Butler and Fruitvale Station I think the black power movement will be nowhere to be seen in a year. Until it gets recycled in a few years. I enjoyed all of those movies, which is probably why I was less than impressed with this one. But once again, it is a very powerful story, I just thought it could have been told better. Maybe I was expecting too much.
What movies have you seen recently?
It's a TV movie, but it had a lot of buzz before, during and after, so I think we should discuss it here too! I made my little cousins watch it with me last night. First of all, they had no idea who TLC was, which I understand cause they are way younger than me. But today at school, some of my friends didn't know them either. I felt old, then I realized that they are just missing out on life. Because TLC was and will always be one of the best ever! In case you are just hearing about it now, last night VH1 had a movie about the 90s girl group TLC. They were huge and pioneers in the music industry, especially for women. I mean 'Creep', 'Waterfalls', 'No Scrubs', 'Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg', all classics.
I was skeptical about the casting, because I was just like Lil Mama as Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopez, oh hell no! But she did such a good job, I was really pleased! The other two did a great job as well. Keke Palmer played Rozanda Thomas aka Chili and Drew Sidora played Tionne Watkins, who we know as T-Boz. They all transformed so seemlessly. The part I still can't get over is how much the recreations of the music videos were, I just can't even. The only thing that bothered me was that you can tell that the girls aren't singing, and I can't entirely blame them, because all the girls from TLC have such unique voices, they would have been ripped apart if they messed with that. But as far as appearance, the actresses nailed it. Here's the original 'No Scrubs' video and a trailer for the movie for comparison.
Aside from the looks, I loved how the biopic did not hold back from anything. Both Chili and T-Boz were very involved in the film, and allowed so much personal things to be told in the movie. For example we got to see the relationship between Chili and her former flame Dallas Austin. Everyone who watched it felt the absense of Usher, but you know, that's a whole other story.T-Boz's struggle with sickle-cell anemia was given a lot of focus, which was great. But I was really impressed that they did not try to shy away from the troubles with Left Eye. They played out the scenes that we all heard about, but also showed that the girls worked through it all. They showed the girls from bottom to top, it was great. And they really came together and worked hard to get where they are and they did stayed true to themselves along the way. If you keep in mind that this was a made-for-TV movie, it was very well done. I was impressed.
Are you a fan of TLC?
Did you watch the movie? What did you think?!
You guys, my head still hurts. Not saying the movie was the whole cause of my headache, but it didn't help it. Prisoners came out a couple weeks ago, and I had been hearing great reviews, so I figured I'd give it a go. I'm slowly catching back up with my movies.
The premise of the movie is two families getting together for Thanksgiving, both having two older children and two younger daughters. When the younger girls go out to play they end up going missing. As soon as everyone realizes their gone, the search ensues. But to what lengths are they willing to go to find the girls?
I won't lie, for a two and a half our long movie, I was quite intrigued the whole time. The girls get taken within the first 15 minutes or so. The rest of the movie barely spans a week, which I found a bit ridiculous. It was interesting, yet very slow. There were also so many new things that kept popping up throughout the movie, and everything was connected at the end. I just wanted to know how everything was connected.
The cast was pretty great. Who doesn't love some Hugh Jackman? He did a great job, playing Keller Dover, one of the missing girls father. And the character really showed how far people will go in extreme circumstances. Also, this may be the first time I thoroughly enjoyed a Jake Gyllenhaal performance. I rarely like his movies. But I wanted to see more of him in this movie! He played Detective Loki, the lead on the case. Gyllenhaal definitely lost himself in the character by giving him little ticks. He was constantly twitching his eyes, however his character had no back story. The only thing we knew was that he had solved every case he'd ever had. We never even saw him go home to even take a nap once. There was plenty of time in the movie for us to get some back story on him. As well as the other characters. The movie mainly focused on Jackman's character. We got a few scenes from the mother and father of the other family played by Terrence Howard and Viola Davis. However, we got very few scenes with the older children. I felt like there could have been a lot more done with the amount of time they had. We have to talk about the actors that played the creepers of the movie, they did a fantastic job playing creepers. Both Paul Dano, from Little Miss Sunshine and David Dastmalchian, who I of course remembered from The Dark Knight. They were both uberly creepy.
Overall the chase was intense. It was strange to see how crazy things can get even in quiet towns where things appear to be safe and sound. The ending really upset me. There could been a lot more resolution. A more descriptive reason for the why things happened. Also the very end was complete bull, if you've seen the movie PLEASE discuss with me! I'm still not over it!
I would recommend watching the movie if you have time. Even if you can't go out to the theater, it's a good thriller to watch when it comes out on DVD!
Have you seen Prisoners yet?!
Who doesn't love some Joseph Gordon-Levitt in their life?! He is the cutest ever, but he is taking on a completely different role with this movie. And on top of acting, he both wrote and directed the film! This really was his baby. A very interesting baby at that.
Don Jon is a very modern take on the classic tale of Don Juan. You may know of Don Juan from Lord Byron's poem by the same name, Mozart's Don Giovanni or even the original El Burlador de Sevilla by Gabriel Tellez. In all cases, Don Juan was always portrayed as a womanizer. Over the years, people have taken this character and put their own spin on it, and that's exactly what JGL did here in his film.
The premise of the movie is about this guy who has a few fixtures in his life. His family, who he sees every Sunday after church, working out at the gym, going out and getting girls with his friends, and watching porn. No matter how many women he gets with, he can't kick his porn addiction. That is until he meets the girl of his dreams, a real 'dime', Barbara(Scarlett Johansson). Then he has to figure out what is more important to him.
I checked into the history of Don Juan, once I found out it was based off of something, and I have to say it is a very good modern depiction of the classic. I also found it interesting to see JGL to take on this role, cause I just look at him as this adorable guy, but he played a role I'd never seen him in. And it was a pretty impressive for his debut as a writer/director. And one of my favorite actresses around, Brie Larson, is popping up all over the place! She played JGL's sister, Monica, who is literally staring at her phone 99% of the movie, but ended up being the voice of reason. I however like having more details about characters, so I would have loved more background story on everyone. The movie was pretty short, so there wasn't much time for a lot of character development. And I get that JGL was making a point in having Monica be the typical young person in the world today, being consumed by technology. But in the one scene we realize as she walks out, that she doesn't live with their parents either, so I would have liked to see what she does. They don't even make it a point to say how old she is, if she's in high school or college or working. I enjoy the details.
The thing that really makes the movie worth it is the fact that it doesn't hold back. Porn, is obviously not a topic that people are comfortable with, but the film doesn't shy away from it. At the same time, it is a character story, following the progression of this guy. It had quite a few funny moments. Aside from JGL going hard on Good Vibrations, Tony Danza was hilarious as Jon Sr. It was a great cast, with some random awesome cameos.
Will you check out JGL's writing/directing debut?
The tagline of the movie should have been, 'A family that kills together, stays together'. You're welcome. Anywhos. it was about time Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer got paired up, I mean seriously though. It is a family mob movie, you'd think it would be rated PG-13 considering the premise. But no, it's rated R. Which I find unnecessary, cause then it should just be a serious, gritty, real mob drama.
Anyway, the movie follows mob boss Fred Manzoni(De Niro) and his family who are put into the witness protection program. They are relocated to Normandy, France, where they are trying to keep a low profile. Maggie(Michelle Pfieffer) takes comfort in the church in their new hometown. The kids, Belle(Dianna Agron) and Warren(John D'Leo) have to start a new school. Each of them try to adjust in their own way, but all have some inner rage.
I had an idea of the movie going in, so I wasn't overly disappointed. I figured it would be a bit cheesy and take bits and pieces from the classic mob movies, which is what it did. I couldn't really take Dianna Agron seriously, but it didn't really take away from the movie. Her love interest was a really adorable French guy. He was basically a mixture of Andrew Garfield and Julian Morris.
The best part of the movie was when De Niro refers to his own movie. If you are a fan of his or just familiar with his movies, you'll understand the reference. It was just classic. I love him for doing it. That single handedly made the movie worth it. If you don't take the movie too seriously, it's pretty good.
Are you fan of mob movies?
Would you check this one out?