TwiView: The LEGO Movie 2, The Second Part – This is what the follow up LEGO movies behind the original SHOULD have been! A return to the cross-storyline that involves not just the LEGO characters but also the humans that are controlling them. This time out, Bricksburg is threatened by an alien force which in the real world is a powerful ‘Mom’ whose trying to get her children to learn how to play together. You’ll get bonuses in this one in the form of some great new characters and voices including the sultry, slick and evil? Tiffany Haddish as Queen Watevra (get it?). Chris Pratt pulls double duty as Awesome Emmitt and the all-new Rex Dangervest. What sets this iteration apart from the abysmal LEGO Ninjago movie and LEGO Batman movie is its return to family cohesiveness at its core. Remember that wonder from the original film as real-life little Jaden builds a LEGO world in his Dad’s basement and it plays out in the LEGO world? Well, you get a nice heaping helping of that again and you’ll be delighted by the characters you meet along the way. A-
When I was a kid in the early 80’s watching the original Transformers cartoon I NEVER thought something like this would ever be able to happen. I mean, a cake in the shame of Optimus Prime that can transform from truck to robot????? MINDBLOWING!!!!!!
Thanks to our friends at CinemaBlend.com for finding this video – the little boy in me is now wanting that cake. Who am I kidding…the adult wants that cake too!
Judd Apatow and Amy Schumer are two great tastes that taste great together. Great. Now I want a Reeses.
I’m a big Inside Amy Schumer fan. I dig Apatow’s oeuvre, though some more than others. (Giving you the side-eye, Pineapple Express.) But I figured if anyone could nail down the weirdness of trying to overcome the trust issues and ingrained mistrust of the world that is dating in the 21st Century, it’d be these two. I was right. Boom.
In Trainwreck, Schumer plays Amy (obviously), a woman whose dad has told her that “monogamy isn’t realistic”. So all her life she’s been the stereotypical dude in the relationship, hooking up and skipping out before mattresses have even had a chance to spring back into shape. She’s a writer for a magazine that feels like a cross between Maxim and How To Be A Chauvinist Weekly. Her beautiful, too-cool senior editor Dianna (played by Tilda Swinton, with just the right touch of IDGAF) tasks her with writing a piece about a big-time sports medicine doc whose been credited with saving the careers of many high-profile sportsball types.
Dr. Aaron Conners (Bill Hader) seems like the perfect guy; smart, funny, a career he truly enjoys, and open to commitment. Amy tries to do the pump-n-dump, but finds herself attracted to him just as her father Gordon’s MS progresses to the point where dad has to be in assisted living. The fact that Amy and Aaron both want to be with the other is typically the end of a rom-com, but here it’s just the beginning. Trainwreck looks at a relationship past its first kiss, and into the first fight, the settling in, interacting with the family, and all of the other little things that make long-term relationships work…or not. Amy is all too willing to drop everything when things get rough, because that’s what she saw happen in with her parents. But Aaron isn’t willing to break up when things get bumpy. Can Amy handle that? Roll film! [Read more…]
I bet you like ants huh? The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man” when master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. This hotly anticipated Marvel hero is sure to blow up the box office and if you’ve got the skills of an ant, you may have seats for two to the Baltimore screening. Check out the details below the banner, and happy hunting you Hymenoptera!
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!