Jordin Sparks’ first lead role on the big screen his theatres today. Also starring Whitney Houston in her last work before her untimely passing earlier this year, Sparkle (a remake of the 1976 film of the same name) is the story of three sisters who form a singing trio in the late 50s.
Donovan and I agree, it wasn’t Dreamgirls, but there are definitely some enjoyable moments in this film. Both of us being huge Whitney fans, I think her scenes were our favorite for sure. American Idol winner Sparks assumes title role of Sparkle. Along with her stunning sister Sister (yes that’s her name) and brainy sister Dee (Tika Sumpter) they form a singing trio that soon gains a lot of attention and a possible record deal.
The Campaign, starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifiankis, hits theatres today. A comedic tale about the dirty side of American politics, it sure as hell doesn’t get my vote. This is another case of tired actors playing the same characters we always see while using vulgarity and obscenity versus intelligence and wit to generate humour. It’s played out.
The film follows two rival politicians, incumbent Camden Brady (Ferrell) and newcomer Martin Huggins (Galifianakis) who are trying to win an election to represent their North Carolina district in the United States House of Representatives. Huggins is chosen as a pawn by two extremely wealthy brothers looking to sell part of the state to China to import Chinese labourers and save on shipping costs.
Stiller plays Evan, an overly enthusiastic Senior Manager at Costco who forms the watch group after his security guard is mysteriously murdered. Bob, an overly protective father who uses the watch to spy on his teenage daughter, is played by Vince Vaughn, who I had been getting a little sick of recently until I saw this film. He did a fantastic job and certainly got the most laughs out of me. Jonah Hill (before his weight re-gain) plays Franklin, who joins the watch after being rejected by the local police force.
The 2012 Vancouver Queer Film Festival is just around the corner, taking place from August 16 – 26. Homorazzi.com is once again a proud sponsor of two of the films this year, Private Romeo and Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait Of James Dean. The James Dean flick has two showings on Friday August 24 and Saturday August 25 at Empire Granville 7 Cinemas. Tickets can be purchased here. There is also an After-Film Mingler presented by our friends over at www.friendsandcompany.ca where the director of the film will be in attendance.
Recently, I watched first time feature film maker and writer Matthew Mishory’s new film, Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean. While rumours of James Dean’s sexuality have been around forever, this film most certainly portray’s Dean as Bisexual, if not completely homosexual. (He totally bangs this chick, but I’m not convinced he was into it)
The film centres around Dean’s life in Los Angeles before moving to New York when he wasn’t doing too much but hanging around with rich old people, going to an acting class, and being a bit of a slut. He sleeps with his roommate, he sleeps with an older man, he sleeps with some young guy he meets on the beach and he also gives it to some girl. It would seem James Dean was a bit of a slut. Honestly, that was probably my favourite part of the movie though.
The 2012 Vancouver Queer Film Festival is just around the corner, taking place from August 16 – 26. Homorazzi.com is once again a proud sponsor of two of the films this year. One of these films is Private Romeo and it’s definitely a must-see film. This film screends on Saturday, August 25 at 9:00pm at Empire Granville 7 Cinemas. Tickets can be purchased here.
When eight cadets are left behind at an isolated military high school, the epic story of ‘Romeo and Juliet‘ seems out of their classroom and into their real lives. Each of the guys is one of the characters from the timeless story and director Alan Brown did such a fantastic job of integrating it into a modern day gay love story. The film incorporates the original text from ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ mock YouTube videos of some of the characters lip-syncing to Indie rock music, and a great soundtrack. I have to say, not only was the cast “easy on the eyes,” but they were incredible actors. The way they took the Shakespearean text and made it their own to fit this take on the story really amazed me.
It happened, I saw an advance screening of TDKR and I loved it. I’m going to get a few things out of the way right away because everyone is asking me the same questions. Once I get that out of the way I’m going to give you the juice. I will try to keep this as spoiler free as I can as well.
So I got that out of the way, now I’m going to elaborate on this brilliant piece of cinema. First of all this is not The Dark Knight. It’s not even CLOSE to TDK, and if you go into this movie constantly comparing it to TDK you will not enjoy it I promise you that. Do you remember in Scream 3 when Randy gave the rules of the trilogy? Something from past is gonna come bite you in that ass, the body count is WAY bigger etc. etc., all of that applies to this trilogy perfectly.
The latest installment in the multi-billion dollar earning Ice Age franchise came out today and as with the previous three films, it does not disappoint. I was lucky enough to catch the film last Saturday and can tell you I was thoroughly impressed. I think Toy Story is the only other animated film franchise that has been able to keep the same main characters while still delivering a solid movie.
Before getting more into the film, I just want to mention that the Simpsons based short film, “The Longest Daycare” starring Maggie Simpson, was incredible. My friend Scott and I both thought it was totally cute and it is definitely something to look forward to should you choose to go see the movie in theatres.
Back to Ice Age: Continental Drift.Tthe story is actually presented in two separate arcs. In the main storyline, we follow the Ice Age trio of Manny (Ray Romano), Sid (John Leguizamo) and Diego (Dennis Leary) as they fight through storms, pirates, and evil sirens to get back to their herd after a shift in the tectonic plates sends them adrift on a small iceberg.
Yesterday afternoon, a few friends and I hit the movie theater for an afternoon matinee of Katy Perry’s new docu-film “Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D.” Admittedly, I am a fan of the Justin Bieber doc and watch it fairly frequently when I am in need of inspiration. I had seen multiple previews and sneak peek clips from the film to know that I would probably feel the same way about this little flick. From the moment I opened my unique pink and baby blue 3D glasses, I knew we were in for a Katy Perry ride and like a tween-age fan, I was more than ready to see what was in store.
The film kicks off with a bunch of Katy’s fans screaming and crying at the camera about how much Katy and her music has changed their lives, what they mean to her, all underscored by her hit, “Teenage Dream.” We watch as Katy heads underneath the stage to be revealed to the crowd at Staples Center where all of the live concert footage was filmed. Sporting a spinning candy dress, Katy’s fans go absolutely ape the moment she appears on stage. Cue the 3D magic and away we go.