Back in October Dono did a post about the Geography Club movie trailer and it peaked my interest. Not only was it starring two very handsome men, Cameron Deane Stewart (Pitch Perfect) and Justin Deeley (90210), but it also genuinely looked really good. I’m a bit of a gay movie junkie and love attending the VQFF every year so I’ve seen my fair share of tacky gay cinema. I’m happy to say that Geography Club was not your average cheesy bad gay movie.
Synopsis: At Goodkind High School, a group of students of varying sexual orientation form an after-school club as a discreet way to share their feelings and experiences.
From the creative minds of Lana and Andy Wachowski comes another big budget sci-fi film. Will it match the success of The Matrix trilogy? Based on first impression, it definitely has potential with its stunning visuals and even more stunning cast.
Mila Kunis plays earth-born princess Jupiter Jones. Playing her intergalactic knight in shining armor is former “Sexiest Man Alive” Channing Tatum. Originally, Caine (Tatum) was sent from another world to eliminate her, but ends up protecting her instead. Expect lots of kissy kissy in between all the action.
Douglas Booth, Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean and James D’Arcy round out the cast. Jupiter Ascending hits theaters on July 25, 2014. Check out the trailer below, after reading the official movie synopsis.
“Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Momoa is currently in talks to join the Man of Steel sequel, tentatively titled Batman vs Superman. The casting rumor is on the heels of Israeli supermodel Gal Gadot joining the film as Wonder Woman. Find out what characters he’s being considered for below.
Much to the chagrin of contest officials, outraged parents, and overly ambitious 8th graders, 40-year-old school dropout Guy Trilby (Jason Bateman) finds himself competing against kids in a national spelling bee due to a loophole. In the midst of annihilating his competition, he forges an unlikely friendship with a 10-year-old boy named Chaitanya Chopra (Rohan Chand). The premise allows plenty of opportunity for politically inappropriate jokes, boundary pushing humor and overall crude situations. In other words… my kind of movie.
The subversive black comedy first premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. It marks the directorial debut of Bateman. Reception was positive enough that Focus Features picked it up for $7 million. Bad Words will hit theaters in limited release on March 21, 2014. Allison Janney, Phillip Baker Hall, and Kathryn Hahn round out the cast. Check out the newly-released red band trailer below.
With all the attention focused on movies this time of year, I thought I’d give some loving to programs on the small screen. Truth be told, the American Film Institute’s picks for Top 10 best films are pretty much status quo with all the recent critics awards, The only exceptions being Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Wolf of Wall Street and Tom Hanks’ Saving Mr. Banks finally entering the Oscar race. I really didn’t feel like talking about another 12 Years A Slave win ;)
On the television side, the AFI made some room in their Top 10 for new blood. Orange Is The New Black, The Americans, Masters of Sex and Scandal were just a few first-timers who made the cut. Despite being the highest-rated of the three, American Horror Story: Coven was snubbed. Also noticeably absent were Girls, Homeland and Modern Family. All of which have been included on the list since their respective freshman year. Is this the beginning of the end for the Emmy-winning ABC sitcom’s winning streak?
Based on the AFI’s mandate, below are the ten outstanding films and 10 outstanding television programs deemed culturally and artistically representative of the year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image. See if you agree with their list.
The 2014 Oscar season rages on. Sunday proved to be a busy day with critics on both coasts announcing their picks for the best in cinema in 2013. The Boston Society of Film Critics Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Boston Online Film Critics Association and New York Film Critics Online all weighed in.
It’s still early in the race, but it appears 12 Years A Slave is the picture to beat. Three of the four critics group bestowed the historical film Best Picture honors. The LA critics were the only ones to disagree, giving the award to Gravity and Her in a tie. Gravity’s Alfonso Cuarón and Slave’s Steve McQueen each received two mentions for Best Director.
In the acting categories, Cate Blanchett is quickly establishing herself as a Best Actress frontrunner for her work in Blue Jasmine. Doing the exact thing for Best Actor is 12 Year‘s Chiwetel Ejiofor. Meanwhile, Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A Slave) are laying foundation for their respective Best Supporting campaigns. Check out all the winners below.
Typically, the first December weekend is a quiet one. Not surprisingly, all the films steeply declined after delivering huge numbers during the lucrative Thanksgiving long weekend.
After just falling short during its opening frame, Frozen stands atop the box office heap this week with $31.6 million. The Disney animated hit has amassed $134.3 million after 12 days in wide release. It’s progressing 39 percent better than 2010′s Tangled which only generated $96.6 million at the same point in its run.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s winning streaky finally cooled off. After two weeks on top, Katniss Everdeen had to settle for runner-up status. The sequel added another $27 million, giving the blockbuster a $336.7 million domestic total after just 17 days. It’s tracking about $34 million ahead of its predecessor.
Even with no other brand new competing films, Christian Bale’s latest drama, Out of the Furnace, failed to generate any heat. It pulled in only $5.3 million, yielding a tepid $2,523 location average. With a “C+” CinemaScore, expect this film to fade away quickly. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.
I just couldn’t help myself and had to jump in and write a post about the upcoming 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, 2014. We are just under three months away from the ceremony where Hollywood’s biggest and noteworthy-est stars come together to celebrate each other’s fantastic work over the previous 12 months. This is my favourite time of year as the best films roll out to theatres just as the weather starts to turn cold, giving me the perfect excuse to sit in a cozy, warm theatre several nights each week!
In my opinion, there have been some pretty spectacular movies already this year which should make the race up to the Oscars that much more interesting! If you haven’t seen Gravity, you absolutely MUST. With several film award shows between now and then, as well as the New York Film Critics Circle choosing their favourites this past week, there are bound to be some serious contenders emerging as we head into the new year. I’m going to break down some of the biggest categories with what I assume to be sure locks, my faves, and a few dark horses, just to keep things interesting. If you think I’ve missed anything from my list, I want to hear from you. If I believe you enough, I may even let you take me out to see the movie you’re gushing about!