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Top 20 Films of 2014/Top 5 Worst Films of 2014

Best-of-20142014 ended with a bang, a crash,and a hell of a lot of great film. This is my countdown for the best 20 films of 2014. This is a list of film I saw, I can;t include stuff I didn’t see, feel free to leave suggestions in the comments below. Continue reading Top 20 Films of 2014/Top 5 Worst Films of 2014

How different is Disney’s Big Hero 6? Cast of Voices and Images Released

8dd185ba21dab49b60a5e8bace229c33318e3bbdFollowing the 2013 megahit Frozen is Big Hero 6. And Big Hero 6 is a risk. For one thing the concept is outlandish and eastern based. It’s source material is a Marvel anime which marks the first collaboration between Marvel and Disney in animated films. It is about a group of ragtag people/robots/creatures who basically become superheroes/crimefighters in San Fransokyo. Disney’s track record in the past few years has been exceptional with three hits in a row(Frozen, Wreck it Ralph and Tangled). So I have a feeling that they won’t mess up even with the odd source material. All of that aside, I keep gaining excitement for this new project. It looks fun and visually beautiful from what Disney has released. And they have released a lot. Which comes to my next news story of the casting and images. And from what it looks like, it feels like it’s getting and Incredibles-esque universe. I also love how each character has alter egos as well. Images follow:big-hero-6-hirobig-hero-6-baymax1big-hero-6-fredbig-hero-6-go-go-tomagobig-hero-6-wasabibig-hero-6-honey-lemonAs you can see by the designs, you have similar looks from other Disney universe characters. Most notably Honey Lemon as Rapunzel in Tangled. However I don’t see this being  a problem considering the film was critically adored. It’s cast includes Ryan Potter as Hiro, Scott Adsit as Baymax, Jaime Chung as Go Go Tomago, Damon Wayans Jr. as Wasabi and Genesis Rodriguez as Honey Lemon. Other voices involved include the talented Maya Rudolph, Alan Tudyk and James Cromwell. Character descriptions were given for each member of the team as well. Hiro is an inventor and leader of the team, Baymax is a medical robot, Fred is a creature in disguise, Go Go Tomago is an adrenaline junkie, Wasabi is a smart and skillful fighter and Honey Lemon is a smarter character involved on the team. Anyway the film is scheduled for a November 7, 2014 release, check it out and let me know what you think in the comments down below.

What to Watch this Week of July 13, 2014

What-to-Watch-400x230Opening this week in theaters are Purge: Anarchy, Sex Tape and Boyhood in limited release. Plot details will follow.

Purge: Anarchy- The sequel to the underwhelming Purge film follows a group of stranded people inside the city during the Purge. Now from what I’ve been hearing the film is not better then its predecessor, neither is it needed. It’s being connected to Paranormal Activity and found footage films that are low budgeted moneymakers. So don’t go see it unless you are a fan of ultra violence with no meaning. R Rated 1 hr. 44 min.

Sex Tape- is an original comedy that follows hard competition with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and hit R Rated comedies this year. Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz star as two people who have lost their flair in their marriage and sex life. So to spice it up they decide why not make a sex tape? Unfortunately their “tape” is accidentally sent through the internet cloud to IPads they give out at a party. Let the chaos ensue. Nothing has been released critically for the film, but I remember hearing it was okay compared to this year’s slate of comedies. R Rated 1 hr. 34 min.

Boyhood- This arthouse film from Richard Linklater was shot over 12 years and stars the same people all growing up and struggling through life. The film’s main protagonist is 5 when it begins and 18 when it ends. Although it touches on boyhood(childhood) in general, the film also talks about real issues and parenting. Critics have given this film a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes commenting on it’s epic scope and technical genius. It is truly a story about life. R Rated 2 hrs. and 45 min.

Many shows this week continue their runs including the Leftovers, Under the Dome, Pretty Little Liars, True Blood, Teen Wolf and the Bacholorette.

Comment below on what you think you will watch?

 

Snowpiercer Review

snowpiercer-poster-102077This film from South Korean director, Bong Joon Ho, is about humanity in 2031 where a global warming experiment gone wrong has wiped out most of the human race, leaving the world in a second ice age. The film houses the remainder of humanity on a train that travels around the planet at super speed. In the train a revolution is brewing with the back of the train, the mistreated and poor, led by Chris Evans and John Hurt in turmoil over the front of the train’s politics. This leads to a battle for control between the caste system, set up by the front’s legendary leader Wilford.

Snowpiercer is excellently received by critics and I’m sad to see such a GREAT film lose to a shit film like Transformers 4 at the box office. It’s not surprising, but still the movie is not getting the credit it deserves. The Weinstein Company made the right decision with leaving the film the way the director wanted it. I can’t believe this film’s ambiguous/ambitious setting and beautiful visuals could not get an audience. For a mid level budget it is fantastically realized.  Snowpiercer has few flaws, if any. From start to finish this film is fast paced, gritty and fantastically acted. Chris Evans is heartbreaking as the tortured leader and passenger while others soften the mood and sometimes help it. Octavia Spencer and Jaime Bell perform and increasingly grow out of their comfort zones. The score by Marco Belltrami is beautiful and rattling (like a train),the sound design and production design are often chilling and various in size and ambition. Of course the script could’ve faltered with such an outrageous sci-fi concept but it didn’t, the characters were amazingly well written and had likable pieces of themselves. This script is sounds crazy but well done. This is what makes this film worth 5 stars or an A+. It is entertaining, thought provoking and sometimes disturbing, but this forces the audience to think. Snowpiercer is a rewatchable masterpiece made both for the small screen as well as the big screen that also can evoke emotional responses from its audience and surprise in all fields. This is an excellent film that deserves to be a part of your next blu ray purchase. It is currently showing in limited theaters and VOD on Amazon, Vudu and ITunes as of today for 6.99.

A+                  What did you think of the film let me know in the comments? And let me know what movie(s) I should see and review next.

Director: Bong Joon Ho

Written by: Bong Joon Ho and Kelly Masterson

Starring: Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Ko A-Sung, Tilda Swinton, Jaime Bell, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Alison Pill, Ewen Bremner and Ed Harris.

Rated R for violence, language and drug content

Studio: Radius-TWC(The Weinstein Company)

Runtime: 126 min., 2 hrs and 6 min

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Poster

dawn_of_the_planet_of_the_apes_poster_a_pIn the poster, Caesar is getting an upgrade. He seems to be in his battle gear as the apes have taken over the world, because of the decrease of human population due to the Simian Flu teased in the first film. This apes film will see probably the time where they have started to form a government as well as a language or vernacular. As the title would suggest it is only the beginning of this saga, with the plot suggesting humans trying to make peace with the ape overlords, but it could get way out of hand. Continue reading Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Poster

Godzilla Trailer and Review

The new Godzilla reboot comes just 10 years after the last try to start a franchise, but this trailer gives the movie major possibilities.  On itself the movie has grand special effects and an even darker tone then the previous Godzilla films. Without any dialogue you can get the feel at what is at stake and what freezes you to the core is that the people living in the Godzilla esque area are gonna have a hard time of getting better. Continue reading Godzilla Trailer and Review