The reviews are mixed on Baz Luhrmann’s take of The Great Gatsby, which opens in theaters today and kicks off the Cannes film festival next week. But while some critics have panned the film, I was LIVING for it the entire time.
In case you never read the book, the story is told by Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) who, while chasing success in the roaring 20s stock market boom, rents a modest cottage on long island only to find that he has moved next door to the home of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), an extravagant mansion that hosts extremely lavish parties.
How many of your (gay) friends break up and get back together and break up and get back together and break up and “stay friends” only to get back to mother-freaking-gether again? Yeah, it’s a pandemic. In the vein of that annoyance (yes, I can judge, I’ve never done it but have been “the friend” to many a reuniting buddies and roll my eyes every time), I choose to recommend this comedic pick o’ the week starring to B-listers giving a pretty good demonstration of what a modern funny couple looks like in today’s world.
While Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones don’t exactly scream leading roles, they are nonetheless consummate comedians and every scene of this movie is executed to make you smile… even the sad parts. Short synopsis: boy and girl date forever and are best friends and break up but remain inexorably intertwined and drive their friends absolutely insane with their are they/aren’t they facade. It’s a pretty original storyline that strangely enough has really been done too much and because it’s so relatable, you’re captured by the plot. No, the movie isn’t going to win awards or sky rocket any careers but it’s mos def worth a view to anyone who’s been in this situation or laughs at friends who have. Andy is very good at being the boner, aloof mess that I’m sure he method acts through his live when the camera is off and Rashida shines brightly for me in this one as the Type A comedic bitch-lite who just can’t get her life straight.
Iron Man 3 is upon us people! After last years insanely huge MEGA blockbuster The Avengers this is the first movie we’ve got after the events in New York. IM3 also launches into Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
So what can you expect from this movie? I know for myself I watched the trailers and I kind of didn’t know what it was about. Wikipedia wasn’t really any help either so I actually went into this movie kind of blind, and I left completely bewildered. Whatever you think you know about the plot is probably wrong. Whatever you think you know about what the villain is about, and who the big hero is, and what the repercussions are from New York you might as well forget because this movie was so perfectly crafted and thought out that the only thing you can do is just go with the flow and enjoy it.
What the heck happened before Dorothy landed in Oz? Wait…that’s the tagline for the musical WICKED isn’t it? Well hoenstly what DID happen? And how did some old man from Kansas become the WIZARD of OZ? That’s the question answered in Oz: The Great And Powerful. It is a a good answer? Before I divulge we should go to the beginning.
So Oz (James Franco) is actually not a wizard, but a travelling circus con man magician, and he’s also a big womanizer which is what gets him into Oz (The land) in the first place. See while part of the travelling circus one of the other acts ( a strong man or something) find out Oz has been flirting with his lover, so Oz jumps in his hot air balloon and travels to OZ. It seems to me that the only way to get to Oz is by tornado.
My bad. This movie review was supposed to go live on Thursday, February 14, but scheduled it for Friday by mistake. To be fair, most movies hit theaters that day. Who releases a movie on a Thursday (unless it’s Thanksgiving)??? To boot, what genius had the bright idea of picking Valentines Day? A romantic comedy this is not. That horrible decision perfectly represents all that is wrong with A Good Day To Die Hard.
Before I begin, I want to disclose that I love the Die Hard franchise. So much so, I love playing the original during Christmas. Definitely an out-of-box holiday flick, but for me, it’s a yuletide must. It’s a shame that it took six years for the studio to give moviegoers this hot mess. Especially given the fact the fourth installment Live Free or Die Hard was arguably the best in the franchise. What a fall from grace. This latest chapter, hands down, is by far, the worst in the series. I thought for sure Die Hard 2: Die Harder would hold that title forever.
Billy Crystal and Bette Midler do their absolute best to squeeze what they can out of the well-worn material that is Parental Guidance, a decent, if unoriginal, family film that hit theaters Christmas Day.
Crystal and Midler are “the other grandparents” who are given the chance to take care of their grandchildren with whom they have little to no relationship. Both actors do what they can to turn the painfully unoriginal plotting into something mildly entertaining, which alone is a testament to their skill. The end result is a film that may entertain a younger audience, and cause an older generation to wax nostalgic on days gone by, but left me yawning and looking at my watch a few dozen times.
When I first heard the premise of this film, I thought it was going to be a typical Hollywood disaster movie. You know what I’m talking about- a glamorization of the tragic events from that dreadful day in 2004. Can you believe it’s been eight years since then?
Thankfully, The Impossible is more than an action movie. It’s a powerful story about the strength of the human spirit. The film tells the real-life harrowing tale of a family’s experience surviving the tsunami while on Christmas vacation. Though it’s based on a Spanish family’s story, the film switched things up and transformed them into a British one. There’s the Hollywood twist ;)
I first saw the film a couple of weeks ago at an early screening, but since reviews are embargoed til opening day, I’ve been chomping at the bit to write my article. Mere words can’t even begin to describe how fantastic this film is and don’t even get me started about the performances. I’m so glad the film is getting some recognition during the awards season. Truly well-deserved.
Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away pairs your favorite Cirque acts with director Andrew Adamson (The Chronicles of Narnia) and producer James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar) in a stunningly beautiful motion picture that was an intense pleasure to look at but left me a bit puzzled in terms of storyline.
I’m not a very big Cirque aficionado but from what I’ve read, as the main character travels from circus tent to circus tent it’s sort of a best of the best of some of Cirque’s biggest shows including O, Mystere, KA, Love, Viva Elvis and Zumanity. While in each tent the plot line follows a similar plotline to each of the previously mentioned shows, which is perhaps why I was a bit perplexed at the end. The plot seemed disjointed and a tad confusing. If you’re a huge Cirque fan you might be able to follow it better than I did.