Thursday, December 27, 2012

On my radar

Wishing they would have just called these Die Hard 1,2,3,4,and 5. lol 



Sunday, December 02, 2012

Four-Review



Sigh
I figured this film was a Wendell Pierce can't go wrong type of thing. I read the description and said to myself I hope they don't go there.Yes they did they went there and I used my free ticket to see this film. That same day I discovered and independent film I've been wanting to watch the  "An Oversimplification of her Beauty" played but I missed it. Anyway, "Breaking Night" screened before "Four" so I am happy I got to see that.

I don't know if this film is supposed to be provocative or what. I even wonder if maybe I just didn't get it. I haven't seen the play from which it is based. The lady(not quite a friend but it wasn't a date) I attended the film with left mid-way through but I stayed hoping to see what the point was of the film. The ending didn't even give me clarity.  I mean I left feeling like this is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. The acting was solid and that's the only good remark I have.

This get's no stars from me.


Currently

I want this camera.
I have been selling bone marrow and body parts to save for it. =)




Saturday, November 17, 2012

What else have I seen

The Lorax, Where the wild things are, started watching Drive on Netflix. I want to see Man with the iron fists maybe tomorrow. Later!

Flight-Review



Flight- featuring Denzel Washington is about a pilot who remarkably lands/crashes a falling plane eliminating causalities. Investigations begin concerning what caused the crash and the pilot (Denzel) is under scrutiny when it is discovered he may have been under the influence at the time of the crash.

The film is good. Denzel is good. Seeing the plane crash is great on the big screen. There are times when the dialogue seemed so odd and then there are other times when it works so well. The film starts telling two stories. The other story is about a female junkie that Denzel meets later in the film. I don't know if they brought her in just as a love interest or to make the lead character change. If it is the latter I'm not sure that was done. I think he changed more from internal forces. The film also stars Don Cheadle as Denzel's lawyer. Much love for Don great job by him too. John Goodman is quirky and under used.

This film has a lot more heart and charisma compared to one of his other action films cough cough Unstoppable cough cough.

Spoiler: One of my favorite lines from the film was "How we say down in Georgia all day long"

4 1/2 Stars The ending makes it not a 5.



Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted


I love the penguins. 




In part 3 of the series we find our animal pals still trying to find a way back to New York. They get with the Penguins and wind up crashing in France. They hop a circus train and plan to join this circus once they discover that the circus may to go to New York if they are good enough. Before they leave France they make an enemy a crazy Animal Control lady who wants to add a lion's head to her wall. The adventure continues as the crew learns more about the circus, tries to avoid the crazy lady, and get back to NYC.

The film is cute. I don't remember much from the second film. They introduced some new characters in this film. These characters are all part of the circus they join. There is a sea lion with an Italian accent who is very charming.  My son got into the film so that is a good thing. I'm gonna give it 3 stars for just average family fun.


AFRO CIRCUS AFRO CIRCUS Polka dot Polka dot

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Breaking Night-Review

As night gives way to morning, GIRL breaks free. Becoming WOMAN - IMDB
Yolonda Ross' wrote and directed this short film. I posted the poster a few months ago. I got to watch the film at the NOFF this year. It was cute and sweet. The soundtrack has stuck with me well after seeing it. It's not like one of those short films that may spark many a discussion. It just tells a story in a pretty way. Check it out if you can.

Wow no post since August

I've been busy. Finally, found a stable place to stay and a job. Did the film project in August. Took an exam a few days ago. Volunteered at the New Orleans Film Festival and now, I'm sort of back to normal. There have been a few films that I checked out from the library but couldn't finish. Like Hugo and Ballast. Gonna post a review of a film in a few minutes.

48 Hour Film Project Film


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sparkle 2012 review

Sparkle in a theater near you. Honestly, I only wanted to watch this film to see Whitney's performance. I didn't watch the original before seeing this one. The original came on BET the next day so I watched it then(that review is coming up next).

The film is about 3 sisters who form a singing group once convinced by a music manager that they have something special. The oldest sister is the wild one played by Carmen EjogoTika Sumpter plays the sister that doesn't want to sing but does it for the money. Jordin Sparks plays the sister that writes the music and falls in love with their manager. They have an overbearing God-fearing mother who doesn't want them to sing because of her past as a singer.

I chose this picture because it was my favorite look from their montage.  The acting was cool. Carmen Ejogo was the stand out performance.  The music is very catchy. At one point I felt like I was waiting for this film to pick up. There was never an exciting moment for me.  I'm not sure if a remake can be done that will be better than the original.  I think they should have gone ahead and brought it into 2012 instead of keeping it a period piece. In the end they made a different film. The thrill of these types of films is gone. The one final song that is supposed to have the audience in the theater shouting for joy and clapping is just getting lame. Although, after this one I was impressed with Jordin Sparks singing she has def. grown.  BTW the way if you were hoping for a lot of Cee-lo fun he is only in about 5 minutes of the movie.






Breaking Night Poster

Yolonda Ross from Treme and Antwone Fisher has a new short film that will premiere at the New Orleans Film Festival (it was also shot in NOLA). I want to see it, do you? Check out the poster below...


Thursday, August 09, 2012

Oldboy remake

I'm think of putting a banner on this blog asking Spike Lee to hire me to be on this production. I just want to say I worked with Spike once. I'm not sure how I feel about this remake. The original Korean film was one of the first Korean films I've ever seen. I think their sort of dark humor and their own definition of horror will be hard to recapture. I think these will be two totally different films for sure.

Beasts of the Southern Wild-review


I put up an ad on craigslist for someone to go with me to this one. I met up with this very nice lady around my age. It was great to have someone to go with and talk to about the film.

I really thought I wouldn't be able to see this film until I googled movie show times and saw it was playing here. It makes sense since they had the premiere here but I'm so used to the city not getting some indy films.

Beasts of the Southern Wild- The film was good. It made me cry. I love hearing the New Orleans accent throughout. I like films that are more of a metaphor than biographical pieces. This story is about Katrina but it tells it's own story too which is how it wins. The fathers acting stood out to me way more than the daughters but she was good too (especially for raw talent).  There are parts of it I felt that weren't necessary. I would have been fine with believing that their home was this way just because they live on that side of the levee. There is another part about the creatures coming that I think they merely hinted at and in ways made the threat of them not seem so relevant or even pertinent. Plus, there are so many story elements that just make me ponder what he was trying to say. It does play the deep role. This has to make your list of best films you've seen this year. It is a good story and good stories have been missing in action in this decade of remakes.

next review should be of Hugo I started it and may finish tonight. 48 hour film project this weekend. I'm ready to miss out on sleep.


Saturday, August 04, 2012

New Movies

I have not been able to make it to the movies. I'm going to try to watch a netflix,snagfilms, or hulu movie tonight. If you have any suggestions drop me a line.

Glory at Sea

There is a lot of buzz going around about the film "Beasts of the Southern Wild" which I have yet to see. However, when I saw the trailer I said this reminds me of a short film I watched. Two and two together same guy. So if you are like me and waiting to be able to see the feature film here's a little bit of what the director has to offer. Some of my local industry buddies are in his short film.  You will enjoy it.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Tragedy in Colorado

I am finally getting back online and into a new place. Back in NOLA.

I am sad to hear of the news in Colorado. It is sad to think that you can't even feel safe at the movies. My heart goes out to everyone involved. Those who have lost and those who are healing you have my deepest condolences.

Virtual flowers could never be enough.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Moonrise Kingdom

Bruce Willis and Bill Murray sign me up.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Men in Black 3-review


Good casting, good storytelling, and good job of  bringing all three films together. I'll admit it I cried during this film. I saw it in 3-D but I think it would have been just as good in 2-D.  I  am fan of this whole series, Will Smith, and Tommy Lee Jones. I had high hopes for this film and they were met. I did think the villian was super odd but all the other ones have had the same sort of oddness.  I really liked the psychic character and his innocence. I'm happy with the film and think everyone did a great job.

Avengers-review


I know I'm super late. I saw this maybe a week or so ago. Anywho, it was pretty darn good. I'm not even a fan of any of these characters and many of them I totally unfamiliar with. However, I will see this is the best superhero movie I've seen. It had good clear acts and didn't assume you knew everything too much. Thor is hottttttttttt!  For some reason I felt like Sam Jackson wasn't as dope as he should be.
This is the best movie I've seen so far this year lol. Go see it on the big screen get your action fix.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Think Like A Man- Review

Number one at the box office holding on to it's spot....
Think Like A Man- this is a film based on  the top selling book by radio host and comedian Steve Harvey. The film and book give women a "better understanding of how the male mind works". Believe it or not I have no complaints about the film.
= /
I'm not a fan of Kevin Hart but he had his funny moments and wasn't annoying. This was a really cute film and it painted black men and women in a good light (not perfect but all changeable when it comes to finding love).  I reviewed the book some time ago you can see my review below. I think this was a good film and it is bringing black romances back to the old days.



Marley-Review

Marley- is a documentary film based on the life of Bob Marley the reggae/Rastafarian icon. I know there have been several films about Bob Marley but I guess never one that told his whole life story. They say you walk away from this one learning things you never knew and I believe that's where this one is different. I wish there was more footage used of Bob on screen speaking. The film was rather long (which means if I was wondering when it would be over it was too long). It made me dig out my collection on Itunes and give those good ole songs a go. I must have listened to "Simmer Down" a dozen times. You should so check it out. Word is you can watch it online which is even more reason to check it out.

New blogger

WHAT THE HELL IS THIS BLOGGER. COM?
Why do websites have to go changing things?
I do like this new feature showing how many people viewed my post. I wish more people would comment. Maybe I need to make it easier to comment. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Hard to post so sorry

It has been hard for me to work my blog into my life sorry. I have two more reviews to write. I saw We the Party and I saw the new Bob Marley documentary. Stay tuned for those two reviews. I think the Marley film comes out on the 20th. "Yes it's Lee Scratch Perry on the Bob Marley documentary"

The Descendants-review


ZZZZZ
Just more overused characters, angry swearing teenager, angry husband. Felt like the film was trying to be funny I mean like the reading the script the scene was probably fun but on screen it was not funny.
The movie is about a husband whose wife is on life support and while wondering if it's time to pull the plug he discoveries from his estranged teen-age daughter that she was having an affair. Doesn't that sound exciting? My positive comment about the film is that it made me want to go to Hawaii and the surrounding islands.

A Thousand Words-review


I swore I put up my review for this one.
I took my son with me to see this movie. We almost got through the whole film but I ran out of cookies and he got fussy in the last 15 minutes. He slept during the first half.

Anyways, the film is about Jack played by Eddie Murphy who after tricking a guru has his life reflected through a tree that grows in his back yard. Now he and the tree are one and anything that happens to the tree happens to him along with if he speaks the tree loses leaves. If the tree loses all it's leaves it will die. His discovery of this leaves him with a thousand words.

I get excited about Eddie Murphy films with the potential to make me laugh. This wasn't a very funny film. Watching the first part of it I kept thinking this was a bad movie selection. As it went on it got better and turned out to be a heartwarming flick.

A Separation

This was a good film. It was little over-hyped for me. A few friends said it was either their fav. film of the year or it made their top list. The film tells the story of a husband and wife living in Iran. The wife wants to leave the country and take their child while the husband wants to stay and take care of his sick father. In the midst of their fight the husband is arrested on criminal charges and the film turns into a dramatic piece about who is right and who is wrong. I think it should make your to watch list.

4 Stars



Trailer below

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Good Deeds-review


Sigh! I really didn't have any hopes for this one. I saw it and yearned for it to be over. People say this is his best film yet but I think they say that after each new movie he has.

The film is about Wesley Deeds a man living his life for others but meets a woman with a young child that makes him turn his life around. Goes to show what one good deed can do for your life. I had a hard time believing Thandie Newton. The film was just predictable and flat. I even started saying to myself what's up with this scene that couldn't really happen or they don't do that.  There was one scene that made me cry but as a mom I could relate. It wasn't funny and it wasn't moving. He "usually" hits one of those. 1 star

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Stay tuned for

My review of "The Descendants" and "Good Deeds"

The Vow-review

The Vow- a story about a couple who get in a car accident and the wife loses her memory of her husband. The story continues with the husband (Channing Tatum) trying to make his wife(Rachel McAdams) fall in love with him again. The film was cute but not one I would want to watch again and again. I feel like Channing Tatum is a bad actor but I don't think that is it I think he acts like how he is in real life and it comes off as kind of flat. Rachel McAdams is just pretty like who is even listening to what she is saying when she talks. I think with the right part she could win an award. The movie fails to give you some sort of happy love story. However, it did make you think about how love true love will keep people together.  Lastly, I kind of wished that the wife's ex-fiance was the male lead in the film. 2 stars

Monday, March 05, 2012

Men in Black 3- trailer

I so want to see this!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

My Oscar votes

Posting my votes for the Oscars. It's really hard for me to judge because I haven't seen many of the films. Besides lack of interest in most of the films I also don't have as much time as I used. Really I'm not picking my favorites just highlighting the ones I think are going to win.

Best Picture
"The Artist" Thomas Langmann, Producer
"The Descendants" Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" Scott Rudin, Producer
"The Help" Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
"Hugo" Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
"Midnight in Paris" Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
"Moneyball" Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
"The Tree of Life" Nominees to be determined
"War Horse" Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir in "A Better Life"
George Clooney in "The Descendants"
Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
Brad Pitt in "Moneyball"
Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh in "My Week with Marilyn"
Jonah Hill in "Moneyball"
Nick Nolte in "Warrior" want him to win but think Christopher Plummer will win
Christopher Plummer in "Beginners"
Max von Sydow in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

Actress in a Leading Role
Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs"
Viola Davis in "The Help"
Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady"
Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn"
Actress in a Supporting Role
Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist"
Jessica Chastain in "The Help"
Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids"
Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs"
Octavia Spencer in "The Help"
Animated Feature Film
"A Cat in Paris" Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
"Chico & Rita" Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
"Kung Fu Panda 2" Jennifer Yuh Nelson
"Puss in Boots" Chris Miller
"Rango" Gore Verbinski
Art Direction
"The Artist" Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
"Hugo" Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
"Midnight in Paris" Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
"War Horse" Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales
Cinematography
"The Artist" Guillaume Schiffman
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Jeff Cronenweth
"Hugo" Robert Richardson
"The Tree of Life" Emmanuel Lubezki
"War Horse" Janusz Kaminski
Costume Design
"Anonymous" Lisy Christl
"The Artist" Mark Bridges
"Hugo" Sandy Powell
"Jane Eyre" Michael O'Connor
"W.E." Arianne Phillips
Directing
"The Artist" Michel Hazanavicius
"The Descendants" Alexander Payne
"Hugo" Martin Scorsese
"Midnight in Paris" Woody Allen
"The Tree of Life" Terrence Malick

The Artist-Review


A wise man once told me casting two good looking people is always a win (something along that lines). The Artist- sweet, nostalgic, and fun. Loved it! Even when it was cheesy or unoriginal it was just a lovely tribute of sorts.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Being Elmo-review



Being Elmo- is the Story of the puppeteer/voice actor Kevin Clash.

It would have been a waste of footage not to put this story together. Seems like Kevin Clash had been documenting his life for this film to be made one day. What a sweet and moving story. It shows a man first falling in love with his craft, moving forward as the doors started opening, and his talent bringing joy to the lives of millions.

Warrior -Review vs. The Fighter








Time for a vs. Haven't done one in a long time but these are two great films to compare.

To start what made The Fighter so good? Christian Bales drug addict role and Melissa Leo's amazing acting Mark Wahlberg hotness plus a good background story.

Warrior a good story, good acting, less familiar faces, good fight scenes. What makes this film better? I wouldn't say it is better. I think it is more entertaining and I am left with a bigger connection to the characters. In addition, the fight scenes are good and the story is sweet although slightly confusing and evasive.

I feel like The Fighter could  have subtracted a few things from their story. The story of Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams characters all together could have been left out. From the bar scenes to the fight with his mom and sisters. The fights in The Fighter were far from exciting as I type this I can't remember any of them. What really drew me into The Fighter was that I felt for the drug addict brother.
The brothers in Warrior did not look related and they were both heroes in different ways (not to say that Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale do but more so). Nick Nolte was great he almost made me cry. I must stress how good he was, he wasn't good how Christian Bale was good. See Christian Bale was good because his character was well written and because his ability to play him. Nick Nolte was that character and not himself. 

That being said both films are great. The Fighter was well written and had that artsy film feel combined with some really good acting.  Warrior was all about the fights with a simple story to keep you rooting for the two brothers. One more entertaining than the other though.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Pariah-Review


I've been trying to figure out how to do a a bunch of things at once lately. Haven't been up for watching movies or doing reviews. Everyone is getting their reviews out now for Pariah so I might as well do mine. I'm sure you've heard enough about it and figure at this point everyone thinks it's an amazing film. Well, it is a good film. Worth the watch with some great performances. I think the best friend really sold me on the movie. What I liked most about it was the story and "relatable" moments. Even though I am heterosexual I remember innocent teen moments experiencing love and getting to know myself. The soundtrack is reminiscent of a time when spoken word artists were making good money and I used to visit New York a lot. I am also happy I didn't have to sit through a sex scene (you know how I don't like that). Congrats to the cast and crew. Catch the movie in the theater while you can.