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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Top 10 Films You Should Be Looking Forward To For The Rest of the Year

Just because the summer is over, that does not mean it's the end of big awesome films. I am going to give you 10 films you should be looking forward to. Some have major Oscar potential, some are just fun films that the fan boy in all of us will love. 
10.The Wolf on Wall Street
In this film based on a true story Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort and his story about rising to a wealthy stock broker living the life involved with crime, corruption, and the federal government. Starring besides DiCaprio is Jonah Hill, Cristin Millioti, Jon Favreau, and Matthew McConaughey who recently stared in Mud, my 3rd favorite film of the year. And you can't forget the incredible Martin Scorsese who is directing it who has been nominated 8 times for best director at the Oscars and won with his film, The Departed. I'm pretty sure this is the film DiCaprio will finally win an Oscar for, but I also think that McCounaughey will out shine Leonardo in this film. For the brief time he is in the trailer, I think McCounaughey will be one of the few people in history that is nominated for Best Actor in a Leading role for Mud, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the Wolf on Wall Street. This film has Oscars written all over it which makes me intrigued for this film. It comes out on November 15th. Here is a link to the trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iszwuX1AK6A
9.Hunger Games:Catching Fire
I was a huge fan of the first movie. I didn't read Catching Fire just because I didn't want to fall in love with it so much that I compared it to the book. The only thing I did not like about the first movie it was they used the "Shaky Camera" to make the action more believable. But with a new director, Francis Lawrence, hopefully that will change. You can never go wrong with the the acting of Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. This film is definitely one to be looking forward to. It comes out on November 22nd. Here is a link to the most recent trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keT5CRhhy84 
8.The Monuments Men
I'm just going to start off listing the cast in this film. Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville. If that list of phenomenal actors does not make you excited for this film, I don't know what will. This film follows a crew of museum curators and art historians in a race against time as the try to protect precious pieces of art and monuments before the Nazis get to them. It also looks like it will have a little bit of humor in it. This is another film that seems like it will be Oscar Heavy. It's a movie that takes place during WWII. The academy loves those types of movies (Saving Private Ryan.) I almost guarantee this film will be up for at least 5 Oscars. This film comes out on December 18th. Here is a link to the trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CreneTs7sGs   
   7.The Saratov Approach
This film is about 2 missionaries that are kidnapped and held for ransom while they are serving in Russia. This film does not have a big name director or any big name stars but the trailer and the plot intrigues me. It comes out on October 9th. Here is a link to the trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V84ZyMsQ1Pc
6.The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug
The adventures of Hobbit Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit:Desolation of Smaug. It picks up where the first one left off. They escaped the Misty Mountains and are continuing their quest to retrieve their gold from the dragon Smaug (voiced by the amazing Benedict Cumberbatch.)I was a fan of the first Hobbit. I was little disappointed it was not up for as many Oscars as I hoped it would be but I really enjoyed it. Martin Freeman plays a perfect Bilbo. Hopefully this one will be nominated for at least 3 Oscars. The adventures to Middle Earth are some of my favorites in film. I love how Peter Jackson expresses it. It comes out on December 13th. Here is a link to the trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPVWy1tFXuc  5.Frozen
The latest film by Disney Animation Studios is Frozen. It is about a person named Anna on a quest to find her sister Elsa who trapped her kingdom in eternal winter. Traveling through Everest-like conditions, she is joined by a comedic snow man Olaf and other people. This film is a guarantee for nomination of best animated feature, and it's made be Disney!! Disney is awesome at everything they do. The trailer is funny and it just feels like a Disney Classic. It comes out on Thanksgiving. Here is a link to the trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbQm5doF_Uc 
4.Captain Phillips
Tom Hanks. Enough said. Tom Hanks is amazing in everything he is in. In this film Hanks is playing Captain Phillips in the true story of the 2009 Somali pirate hijacking of the Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years. Name one thing you didn't like with Tom Hanks in it. You can't (yes, there might be exceptions) he is incredible with everything he does.The trailer is scary. It makes you feel like your on the boat. And that is only in the trailer! Paul Greengrass who did the Bourne Supremecy, and The Bourne Ultimatum. I'm a big fan of The Bourne Supremecy so I am excited to see what he does with Captain Phillips. Tom Hanks is in it. That alone makes me want to see it. It comes out on October 11th. Here is a link to the most recent trailer  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp6jpeDeQmE
3.Thor:The Dark World
Thor is my favorite MARVEL "Phase 1" film besides the Avengers. MARVEL as an excellent track record. Every one of their films have been fantastic. This film looks like it has the potential of being better than Avengers and that says a lot. One of my favorite villains of all time Loki is returning! Christopher Ecclestion playing Malekith the villain in the film. I'm a comic nerd. And Alan Taylor will do a fantastic job directing it. Chris Hemsworth does a fantastic job of playing the god of thunder. I'm excited to see where this will take the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here is a link to the trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvKjS2s1v0k
2.Saving Mr.Banks
Tom Hanks is in it. Enough Said. Hanks plays Walt Disney in this film where Walt tries and gets the rights to make P.L. Travers book Marry Poppins into a movie. But we figure out the she based Marry Poppins on her difficult child hood. This film is about the journey and adventure of the production on the film of Marry Poppins. Emma Thompson is an amazing actress portraying P.L. Travers, Tom Hanks is playing Walt Diseny, (I think he is a perfect fit) and you cant forget the awesome Paul Giamatti. I wouldn't be surprised if Tom Hanks gets nominated twice for Best Actor in a Leading Role. One for Captain Phillips and one for Saving Mr.Banks. This is another film i see being very Oscar Heavy. It comes out on December 13th. Here is a link to the trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5kYmrjongg   
1.The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Ben Stiller stars and directs in the Secret life of Walter Mitty. Ben Stiller stars as a day dreamer by the name of Walter Mitty, who lives inside varieties of fantasy worlds while living an adventurous life. I'm a big fan of Ben Stiller. This has been a passion project for him for about 8 years. Imagine all the work he was put in to this. Ben stiller wants this to be amazing. And I have no doubt that it will. The first time I saw this trailer I was intrigued. Ben stiller will do an amazing job. This is my most anticipated film for the rest of the year. It comes out on Christmas. Here is a link to the trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGWO2w0H2V8

Some Honorable Mentions are Grudge Match, 12 Years a Slave, Enders Game, Free Birds. 

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Gravity Review

Gravity
     Gravity, a film about 2 astronauts Ryan Stone (Played by Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (Portrayed by George Clooney)as they are in space trying fixing a Hubble telescope. But a near by satellite blew up and debris from that satellite is coming towards them. In a hurry they try to save them selves but as you probably could have guessed, they did not do it fast enough. The debris hit their rocket and it caused Ryan and Matt left floating in space. 
     You might be thinking this film is just about people floating around in space. But its not. Its about survival. He have seen different movies and television shows about survival, but we have not seen it like this. Imagine an episode of Survivor in space. Conditions are 10x worse and there is always a risk of random debris coming towards you faster than you can blink an eye. It was a movie based on a survivor. 
     I can see this movie being nominated for at least 7 academy awards. This is going to be a Oscar heavy film. It has a 98% critic rating on rotten tomatoes. Critics love it. 91% of the audience loved it. I would not be surprised if this gets nominated for a whole bunch of Oscars. The first one I see it being up for is the Musical Score. One of the most important things to me when watching a movie is the score. The score adds so much to the film. Gravity would be nothing with out it. It adds so much to the movie going experience and makes it so much more enjoyable.
     The next two Oscars I see it being up for is Best Visual Effects and Best Cinematography. You can imagine all the work on the visual effects that went into this. After all, there was hardly an ounce of reality in this! It takes place in space the whole time!!! It's incredible how the visual effects crew executed this so perfectly. The visual effects would be nothing with out the way they are shown off. You have to just go see it for your self to see how incredible it is. 
     Next Best Directing, Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Best Actor in a Supporting role. Lets start off with the director Alfonso Cuaron. The director is the head of the film. He dictates how to use the visual effects. He did a fantastic job of doing that. He did a good job of directing the actors to make them feel believable. He deserves just to be nominated. Same with George Clooney as supporting actor. He made the parts of the film he was in awesome. My favorite part of the film were the scenes with Clooney. He added a whole bunch of "character". Bullock has to win for best Leading Actress. 80% of the movie was just her. Bullock and nothing else. How she carried the whole movie with being just by herself? She is amazing. She played the role absolutely perfect. I don't think any one else could have played it better. She carried the whole freaking movie by herself. That's incredible. If she does not at least get nominated, I will be so furious. 
     The 7th Oscar this film deserves is Best Picture. Yes, a film a bout trying to survive in space can win Best Picture!! This film is one of the few films I give the title of "Perfect Film" to. There was literally nothing wrong with it. It's my number one film of the year. Everything came together as it should, Clooney and Bullock gave a stellar performance. I give this film a 9.5/10 or a A++++. 

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