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“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – When History Meets The Supernatural

June 18th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Over the past years vampires have achieved great popularity in media including movies, literature, and TV. The vampire “fashion” began with the release of Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” saga. However, the idea of a vampire- a supernatural figure that feeds on blood- always drew people’s attention. So it should serve as no surprise that Seth Grahame-Smith one day came up with an idea to write a story about one of the most admired presidents of the United States, and burden him with the task of fighting vampires. Later, Timur Bekmambetov (director) and 20th Century Fox decided that this idea could produce a great movie. Coming out June 22, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” had already received mixed opinions.

The story focuses on historical facts, and the creators wanted to be as accurate as possible when they thought of the plot of the movie. They added the vampires, and Lincoln was set to become an even greater hero, because apart from dealing with the Civil War he had to kill the dangerous, supernatural creatures. Is this an ambitious take on Lincoln’s successes? Maybe not, but the movie does seem very entertaining. Unfortunately, the poster is a big disappointment, at least in my eyes. It is very focused on the full moon, which is not related to vampires at all, but rather to werewolves (which are also extremely popular nowadays). The second problem is the axe, because it is not usually known to be the weapon used against vampires. Of course, those are just minor things, and it will be interesting to see how they are applied in the movie. I am sure that “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” presents a fresh and unique take on vampires, giving them a fictional appearance in history.

Article by:
Anna Smyczynska

Beyond humans…

June 11th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Ridley Scott’s long-awaited sci-fi hit Prometheus came out on Friday, June 8 and it proves to meet all expectations. The story centers on a group of scientist who travel into space- where anything can happen. They have to face serious and dangerous obstacles in order to survive. There is not much more to give away from the plot- you simply have to see the movie.

The reviews for Prometheus varied, however most critics praised the director’s well-developed screenplay and aesthetically pleasing visuals. The movie has a close attachment to the Alien franchise- a masterpiece sci-fi film from years ago. The acting of Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, and CharlizeTheron, along with many more, is excellent and really bring the film to the next level.

This summer will bring more and more “must-see” films. Along with Dark Shadows and Snow White and the Huntsman, Prometheus is definitely one movie you will want to see in the theater!

Article by:
Anna Smyczynska

A Fierce Take On a Classic Fairytale

June 4th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Rupert Sanders’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” came out this past Friday, June 1, and had already proved to be a hit. The movie is based on a German fairy tale by the Grimm Brothers, but also mirrors Disney’s animated classic- “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937). It features three main characters: Snow White, played by Kristen Stewart, queen Ravenna played by Charlize Theron, and the Huntsman portrayed by Chris Hemsworth.

In regards to plot, the movie is in many ways similar, and follows the events that happen in the Disney version. What really makes the movie worth seeing are the action packed scenes and thrilling imagery. The cinematography and special effects caused that the film was pleasurable to watch. The actors also were well chosen for their roles- especially Theron who was extremely captivating in the role of the evil queen.

If you like action, great effects, breathtaking imagery this is a movie for you. It is interesting to see Disney’s tale being portrayed in such a different, bold way. “Snow White and the Huntsman” is definitely a violent yet delightful film that will suit anyone who admires the combination of fantasy and action.

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Anna Smyczynski

Robert Pattinson Can Do More Than Just Sparkle

May 28th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

This past week was one of the most prominent weeks for the movie industry. With Festival De Cannes nearing its end, everyone is wondering about the upcoming Awards Gala. The film with the most buzz this year is David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, based on Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name. It features Robert Pattinson playing Erick Packer, a 28-year-old billionaire whose journey throughout one day causes him to lose incredible amounts of money. Pattinson is known for starring in the Twilight Saga movies as the sparkly vampire every tween loves, but it is clear that he is trying to break out of his vampire typecasting in this role. He plays alongside Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gadon, Mathieu Amalric, Jay Baruchel, and many other contemporary famous celebrities.

The film has been selected to have its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Cosmopolis will play in Competition- the most celebrated and notable part of the festival. The film will also compete for Palme D’Or, the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival.

The official release date for Cosmopolis has not been announced yet, however when the movie reaches theaters it will certainly be a box office hit.

Article by:
Anna Smyczynska

Five years Engagement Is loads of Fun

May 22nd, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

A funny, reactionary, and mating comedy from the director of Disney’s The Muppets, Nicholas Stoller and the producer, Judd Apatow. This film draws from traditional, but not yet stale, elements that has made previous films made by these two gents so great. Jason Segal and Emily Blunt are believable and their relationship is more realistic than ones that appear in films like The Notebook. They make us not hate our love lives while pulling us into their story of REAL love. This film has it short comings, but overall is worth seeing with a group of friends and a bucket of popcorn.

Article by:
Bryan Vallejo

Dark Shadows Return

May 14th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Dark Shadows made its release just a few days ago on May 11th. The film paid homage to the 1970s TV series of the same name. Director Tim Burton offered his own twist, keeping Johnny Depp’s character, Barnabas Collins in the 1970s returning years later to present-day on a mission to protect his descendants. Other stars include Michelle Pfiefer playing Elizabeth Collins Stoddard and Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman. Raking in only $28 million in the last three days, ratings aren’t as high as some may have anticipated. However, one must keep in mind that the film is being run alongside hard-to-compete-with Avengers, which has assaulted other movies, totaling over $100,000 in its first two weeks! Dark Shadows might be one of those wait-for-the-DVD kinds of movies, which might be better for the ones who remember the original series who tend to stay away from crowded-with-kids movie theaters. I think I’ll wait for the DVD too…

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Katie Campo

The Avengers Assembled for a Great Opening Weekend

May 6th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

This movie was incredible in so many ways, from the cast that each manage to give a wonderful performance (even though Robert Downey Jr. stole every scene he was in) throughout this whole film. What made this film work so well is that it had movies leading up to it so we don’t have to worry about filling the movie with too much back story, but even if you haven’t seen the previous films before, no need to worry about it because on how different these characters are and also how well they’re are develop that you will still have an idea on who these characters are. Tom Hiddleston does a wonderful job playing Loki even with a silly costume, he portrays a great villain to the avengers, feeding into this character to give dialogue scene with the other characters. Director Joss Whedon does so a fantastic job balancing the movie, delivering well shot action scenes as well as great scene for character development not to mention a great build up to the climax to movie. Speaking of the climax, this is what transformers movie franchise should have done. Showing the entire battle but still show us what is going on.

This movie does so much so right, from actors portraying the characters to wonderful dialogue scene to awesome climax to the movie. It is definitely worth seeing again and seeing it in 3D is ok, they don’t shove the 3D effects to audience face like most others, but it’s just as good as seeing it in 2D. The Avengers is in theaters now, go see it and enjoy this action flick.

Article by:
Bryan Vallejo

To Live a Legend

April 25th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Son, Ziggy Marley speaking of his father in the film

The cinema featured a display of Rasta-inspired shirts and skirts, while red, yellow and green flags led to the theater set to play Marley the Movie only minutes from our seating. The theater was just starting to fill up as we took our seats and the previews began, anticipation building in our chests, awaiting the movie that was long over-due. Opening on an appropriate April 20th, Marley the Movie was a great tribute to the peaceful reggae legend. This two-and-a-half-hour documentary featured stories from Robert Nesta Marley’s beginnings in Nine Mile and Trench Town, Jamaica, his beginnings with The Wailers and his personal life told by his mother, grandmother, wife, children, close friends and bandmates – even girlfriends. With never-before-seen footage and a track Marley recorded at the age of 16, this film introduced fans to a deeper side of Bob Marley and his passion for peace. In the film, an interviewer asks him about whether he was worried about getting shot again after surviving the last attack. His reply was this: “If my life is only for me, my own security, den mi nuh want it. My life is fi people.”

Everyone knows who Bob Marley is and what he stands for, while only a few are of aware of the depth of his devotion to peace, happiness and unity. Even as an avid fan, I felt drawn closer to the real Bob Marley and the Rastafarian culture that he held so close, which is was what enabled him to live such a happy life. Despite the rejection he felt for being born of a white father and a black mother or for the denial from his father’s family that he would have been his son and amongst the political battles surrounding Jamaica, he continued to spread the message of love for other people no matter what. “I don’t have prejudice against meself. My father was a white and my mother was black. Them call me half-caste or whatever. Me don’t deh pon nobody’s side. Me don’t deh pon the black man’s side nor the white man’s side. Me deh pon God’s side, the one who create me and cause me to come from black and white.”
This film, besides being informative of Bob Marley and educational of the Rastafarian culture left the audience uplifted and at peace, like many of his concerts. Even after 31 years, his ideals are still being spread and his music will continue to do just that. This is definitely a must-see. Five stars hands-down.

Article By:
Katie Campo

Project X Based on True Events

April 13th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Ok I’m kind of late to the party but, I’ve wanted to review this movie ever since I watched it. I just now have the opportunity. This movie is HILARIOUS. People say this movie is just pure madness! Hangover on crack! I say it’s a movie that defines this generation’s high school students. But hey! What do I know? I haven’t been in high school since ’06, but if this is what high school is like right now, then I can only wish I was at that age again.

This review is not going to go into the plot or any details of the movie. I don’t want to ruin it for anyone out there. I just have to say this, hate it or love… Just watch it. Unless you’re a wall, I think this movie will make you laugh at some point. Ok, maybe my advice came off a little too pushy. Don’t watch it if you’re squeamish. And if the Blair Witch Project made you nauseous, then this movie will definitely give you a hangover. The camera movement was a little rowdy and gave me a headache, but definitely worth watching in my opinion.

And all those who say this movie is B.S. and don’t believe that this kind of party can ever happen; then I’d bet you’d love to know that this movie was based on true events. Actually I think I remember watching this youtube clip back in early college and thinking “damn…”

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Jon Shin

American Reunion Reminds The Fans Why They Loved It

April 9th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

The gang reunited in this fourth installment in the american pie movie franchise (Not including the straight to dvd films) with all the laughs that this franchise had given us over the years. Going into this film, I wanted to have that same feeling that I used to receive from watching these movies when I was young, and after watching it, I wasn’t disappointed. Everything I came to expect out this movie was fulfilled, the Stifler moments were great to see even though I would have loved to see more out of him, especially when I saw another character who was similar to Stifler. Jason Biggs as Jim Levenstein is the same nice, corky character that still gives us some laughs as well as the rest of the crew; including Eugene Levy as Jim’s Dad who basically stole the movie with every scene he is in, (Spoiler Alert!) especially the one where he had to leave Stifler’s Party.

But for all the laughs I received from this movie, this film is made for the fans who loved the first 3 films. It runs on nostalgia, so if you didn’t like the first 3 movies before, this movie wouldn’t change your mind.

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Bryan Vallejo

Dr. Seuss Is A Bit Of A Snooze

March 13th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is already a certified hit, earning revenue of $121.1 million dollars in only two weeks of release and maintaining the top spot on the weekend box office charts since its debut. But be warned, this is strictly a kiddie affair. The Lorax suffers from generic characters, slow pacing and a thin story about a boy who goes on a mission to save the environment from the evil Once-Ler, whose factory cut down all of the Truffula trees years ago. The star roster of voice actors do an adequate job, including Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, The Office star Ed Helms and Danny DeVito, whose unmistakable voice is heard in all the Lorax trailers and commercials. Adults in the audience may wonder why they’re sitting through this so-so film, but children will get a kick out of all the rated-PG humor so for a families, The Lorax is a safe bet.

By Nicholas Tirado

 

Journey 2 Offers Laughs and Thrills in Eye-Popping 3D

February 25th, 2012   admin  Uncategorized   No Comments »

This season, the most exciting family adventure is at the movies. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island is the sequel to 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth but you don’t have to have seen the first movie to get sucked into the thrills and suspense that Journey 2 has to offer. Starring Josh Hutcherson from The Hunger Games, the movie follows his character as he goes on an expedition to find a lost island with the help of his stepfather, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, a pretty girl, High School Musical’s Vanessa Hudgens, and her helicopter-pilot father, Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member and well-known character actor Luis Guzman—who is pictured to the right with Hutcherson wearing Cristian Rivera Foundation wristbands at a 2011 concert supporting the foundation. Luis Guzman is so funny in this movie. He offers lots of comic relief to go along with the romance, the adventure and the great 3D special effects. You’ll feel like you’re on the island with them and you’ll be rooting for the characters from the beginning. It’s a nice story about bonding with friends and family, and not giving up on you dreams. We highly recommend it.

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Michelle Loeb