Having never served in the military, family, friends, and war films are the closest I will ever get to understanding what it is like to live thousands of miles away in war torn areas. How accurate is American Sniper at depicting military life? I will leave that to the men and women who are serving today. What I can say is that I don’t believe there will be another film in 2015 that impacted me the way that American Sniper did.
Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces UNBROKEN, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII – only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s (“Seabiscuit: An American Legend”) enormously popular book UNBROKEN brings to the big screen Zamperini’s unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit.
Starring alongside O’Connell are Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Wittrock as Phil and Mac – the airmen with whom Zamperini endured perilous weeks adrift in the open Pacific – Garrett Hedlund and John Magaro as fellow POWs who find an unexpected camaraderie during their internment, Alex Russell as Zamperini’s brother, Pete, and in his English-language feature debut, Japanese actor Miyavi as the brutal camp guard known only to the men as “The Bird.”
Admittedly, I had no desire to see Divergent. I am not a fan of teen worldwide bestsellers turned motion picture event of the year types of films anymore. That part of me died when I saw Twilight: New Moon. However, I was excited to see the Hunger Games, and generally that movie was very pleasing…not quite what I imagined but not bad either. Unlike The Hunger Games, I have never read any of the Divergent series. I only know what I have read in book reviews and film hype for this series, and ultimately the film delivered. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed the film.
To say that I had high expectations going into Need For Speed would be an outright lie. I had very low expectations, and rightfully so, as the trailers and posters did little to nothing for the film. With the exception of Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) as the lead, it had zero star power. So, was my assumption true? Yes, the movie is no good. Now onto what is at fault for this travesty.
Franchise reboots can be a very tricky thing to get right. Especially if the previous versions were widely popular, i.e. Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994). Luckily for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, it only had to beat out the putrid Sum of All Fears (2002). So how did it do? For me, it not only made me forget about Sum of All Fears, it also put up a very worthy fight to hang with the original Jack Ryan films.
Awards! Bet you didn’t know there were so many given out during Awards Season, did’cha? Well, I’m here to help.
Today’s the final day for submissions to the Location Managers Guild Awards. What are those, you ask? Well, all movies need a place to film right? I mean, you don’t want to see every single scene shot in a soundstage. Location Managers are the people that scope out places to shoot scenes, make sure there’s adequate security (fire, police, and ambulance coverage too, if necessary), get the permits and basically do all the non-glamorous stuff so that directors, actors and the other artsy folks can do their jobs. They’re also the folks locals interact with, so when Film & TV people shoot here in B’more? Chances are you’ll run across a Location Manager doing his or her thang, and they’re the folks you’d talk to with any questions or concerns.
Yeah, I kinda think they’re awesome too.
Anyway, their guild is doing an awards presentation March 20th. Gotta admit these awards were a mystery to me, but now that I know the exist? I’m dying to find out who will win, and why.
Read on for the full press release!