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Link of the Day: ‘Porno’, the Sequel to ‘Trainspotting’, May be in the Works

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The Huffington Post:  ‘Trainspotting’ Sequel: ‘Porno’ Coming In 2016, Says Danny Boyle 

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When I first saw ‘Trainspotting’ a few years back (yes, I was late in the game to see this movie), I instantly fell in love with it.  Now, I couldn’t be more pleased to hear that a sequel is planned to come out in 2016.

‘Trainspotting’, adapted from the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh, was directed by Danny Boyle, and Boyle will be adapting Welsh’s follow-up novel, ‘Porno’, into the sequel of ‘Trainspotting’.  Boyle also noted that the screenwriter for ‘Trainspotting’ is writing the screenplay for ‘Porno’, and that hopefully the original cast, which included Ewan McGregor, will join the project as well.

Below is the trailer for ‘Trainspotting’.  If you haven’t seen this movie, I definitely recommend it.

Have you seen ‘Trainspotting’?  What do you think of a sequel?  Let us know in the comment section below!

Happy Monday All!

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Link of the Day: Oscars 2013 Recap

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The Huffington Post:  Oscars Recap – Affleck’s ‘Argo’ Wins Best Picture, Michelle Obama Appears & More

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The 2013 Oscars was definitely the program to watch last night.  With big awards, live musical numbers (way too many if you ask me), and a trip up the steps while accepting an Oscar (don’t worry, we still love you Jennifer Lawrence) it was a (long) night of entertainment.

In my opinion, Seth MacFarlane did a decent job as a host.  Yes, he received some bad reviews for his “tasteless”, “racist”, and “sexist” jokes, but what did you expect from the creator of ‘Family Guy’ and ‘Ted’?!  The big awards of the night went to Tarantino, Ang Lee, and ‘Argo’, and I couldn’t be happier that these movies received the respect they deserved.

If you missed out on the Oscars last night, make sure to click on the link above, and check out a full Oscar recap.  If you were able to stay up and see it, let us know in the comment section below what you thought!

Happy Monday All!

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Life of Pi [Movie Review]

I have been in love with the book, Life of Pi, ever since I read it years ago.  When I found out that a movie was coming out based on it, I just knew I had to see it!  Here is my review.  Enjoy!

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TitleLife of Pi

DirectorAng Lee

Writer(s): David Magee (screenplay); Yann Martel (novel)

Cinematographer: Matthew Jensen

Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, and Rafe Spall

Year Released: 2012

Synopsis: “A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor … a fearsome Bengal tiger.”

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My Review:

Life of Pi, the novel, is a magical read.  It expands your imagination, begs you to dream, and is a tale unlike any other.  Life of Pi, the movie, is the exact same thing.

Most films based on books tend to inadvertently stray away from the sensation readers felt when they read the written words they fell in love with.  The Life of Pi movie is the complete opposite of most book adaptations.  It opened the pages of the novel and brought the author, Yann Martel’s, words to life.  With the vibrant colors, and realistic very high-tech CGI, viewers were transfixed every step of the way, as if they too were shipwrecked and living with a Bengal tiger on a lifeboat.  Props go out to Ang Lee for staying true to the already amazing novel.

The acting was superb.  There was humor, grief, and surprise, and each actor seemed 100% dedicated to their role.  But my round of applause goes to newcomer Suraj Sharma, who played Pi Patel.  This was his first acting role, and he did absolutely wonderful.  According to IMDb in the “Trivia” section of the movie, a live tiger was never actually in the boat with Suraj Sharma.  Well, you could have fooled me, because Sharma did a hell of a good job acting as if he was actually face-to-face with a real Bengal tiger.  And for a first time actor, that can be a feat.

 I did see it in 3D, which the movie was shot in, however I do not feel that the 3D aspect added anything special to the film.  The only significant difference between seeing it in 3D and seeing it without, was the hummingbird popping out of the screen in the opening credits.  Otherwise, a lot of money could be saved if not attending the 3D screening, and nothing majorly important would be lost.

All in all, Life of Pi the movie is definitely recommended.  It is a film that can be seen with the whole family, and one that will sincerely touch your heart.  However, I also recommend that you either read the novel before or after seeing the film, because without Yann Martel’s marvelous tale, there would be no compelling movie.

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Check out the trailer here:

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Have any of you seen this movie?  If yes, tell us what you think in the comment section below!

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*Note: The synopsis, movie information, and movie poster were taken from IMDB.  The trailer was taken from YouTube.  The review above is written by me:  ©Kalie Lyn 2012*


Link of the Day: Some of the Most Breathtaking Movies Ever Made

Flavorwire:  What are the Most Beautiful Movies Ever Made?

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I’ve only seen a few of these, but I completely agree that The Fall (which is the trailer above) is one of the most beautiful movies I’ve ever seen.  The images, the colors, and the story all make this movie breathtaking.  Tarsem Singh is such a great director, and while this is one of my favorites by him, The Cell is another one which should be on this list – though I don’t agree with their choice of Jennifer Lopez!

Check out the link above to see more beautiful movies, and let us know if you agree, which ones you would like to see added to the list, and which ones on the list you’ve seen!

Happy Monday All!

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Chronicle [Movie Review]

My boyfriend just got this movie in a steel book edition, and we both have been waiting to see it.  We just finished watching it, and I think this movie deserves an instant review.  Enjoy!

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Title: Chronicle

Director: Josh Trank

Writer(s): Max Landis

Cinematographer: Matthew Jensen

Starring:  Dane DeHann, Alex Russell, and Michael B. Jordan

Year Released: 2012

Synopsis: “Whilst attending a party, three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery underground. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.”

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My Review:

I am not a big fan of movies about superheroes, or super-human powers.  I usually find them predictable, and wonder why the main character always has to be the “good guy”.  Surprisingly however, I have been wanting to see Chronicle, and I’m very glad I did.

Shot in the “shaky camera” or “found footage” style, copying movies such as Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project, Chronicle revolves around the perspectives of  three boys, Andrew, Matt, and Steve, all of whom gain telekinetic powers.  The main character, Andrew, who carries around his camera everywhere, and is usually the one filming, is your typical awkward, anti-social high school student.  Along with Matt, a young philosopher, and Steve, the popular school jock, the three of them document their powers.

Andrew annoyed me from the beginning of the movie.  He was shy, weird, and seemed to always complain.  Since he was the most advanced out of the three boys with his powers, you could tell from the start that he would start using them for evil, instead of good.  However, that seemed to be the last predictable element of the movie, as more and more unexpected things began to happen.  It was constantly filled with action, destruction, and the boys’ enviable abilities, and never once was the movie boring.

I enjoyed that there was no “world saving” mission, and the fact that the boys’ powers eventually led to chaos kept Chronicle a watchable movie.  A few major deaths, a couple of fun telekinetic pranks, and the last 20 minutes or so of the movie was amazing.  It was an overall entertaining film, and did not make you as nauseous to watch as Cloverfield did with all the shaking and moving of the camera.  Whether you like science-fiction or not, Chronicle is definitely worth seeing.

 

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Check out the trailer here:

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Have any of you seen this movie?  If yes, tell us what you think in the comment section below!

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*Note: The synopsis, movie information, and movie poster were taken from IMDB.  The trailer was taken from YouTube.  The review above is written by me:  ©Kalie Lyn 2012*


Horrible Bosses [Movie Review]

Yes, I know this movie has been out for about a year, but this was my second time seeing this movie and thought it was about time to share my review.  Enjoy!

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Title: Horrible Bosses

Director: Seth Gordon

Writer(s): Michael Markowitz & John Francis Daley

Cinematographer: David Hennings

Starring:  Jason Bateman, Charlie Day & Jason Sudeikis

Year Released: 2011

Synopsis: “Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.”

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My Review:

For the past couple of years, it has been hard to see a genuine good comedy.  Most “comedies” being released these days are either semi-funny with a bad, unoriginal story line, or are not funny one bit with a bad, unoriginal story line.  However, with Horrible Bosses it seems that the comedy genre isn’t completely lost.

A lot to do with the success of this movie was the cast.  Jason Bateman brought back his mature yet often phased character, Michael Bluth, from his days of Arrested Development.  Bateman is an essential component of this movie and is both a great actor and a funny comedian.  Charlie Day is, well Charlie Day.  Like Bateman, Day played pretty much the same role he plays on his TV show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: eccentric, hyper, and hysterically funny.  And that suits him just well.  Mix in seasoned actors like Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston (side note: it was so nice to see Aniston playing a different type of role aside from her romance-comedy ones), and Colin Ferrell – all great performers and natural comedians – and you have yourself a damn good movie!

The movie’s script was both original and well thought-out.  The majority of the jokes and puns were genuinely funny, and we can all relate to a terrible boss we’ve had during one job or another.  Each of the movie’s three bosses had their own different antics that made them hateable yet enticing, and their fed-up employees’ plans to kill them was the crazy, watchable icing on the cake.  Of course it wouldn’t be a movie if their plan had gone off without a hitch.  Combine a few mishaps like hiring a guy who does “wet work”, taking killing advice from Mother Fuckah Jones, and accidentally saving a boss who is on the kill list, and the laughs continue throughout.  

I did not finish this movie feeling disappointed or as if I had been cheated out of some laughs – two emotions I often feel after seeing what was supposed to be a “comedy”.  Instead, I felt satisfied and even some relief as the feature exceeded my expectations, and was actually better than the trailer previewed it – which is often not the case. Horrible Bosses shows that with the combination of a good cast and script, a movie can be both entertaining and a truly well-composed film.  

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Check out the trailer here:

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Have any of you seen this movie?  If yes, tell us what you think in the comment section below!

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*Note: The synopsis, movie information, and movie poster were taken from IMDB.  The trailer was taken from YouTube.  The review above is written by me:  ©Kalie Lyn 2012*


Link of the Day: Film on the Fringe

Flavorwire: Film on the Fringe: 10 Intriguing Outsider Art Documentaries