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Review- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, pt 1.

November 22, 2014

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, pt 1.

  • Starring: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Josh Hutcherson (Bridge to Terabithia), Liam Hemsworth (The Expendables 2) and more.
  • Directed by: Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
  • Synopsis: “When Katniss destroys the games, she goes to District 13 after District 12 is destroyed. She meets President Coin who convinces her to be the symbol of rebellion, while trying to save Peeta from the Capitol.”
  • Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences, some disturbing images and thematic elements.
  • Must-Watch Trailer:
  • Review:

To say that this latest installment of the franchise is the worst to date is not to necessarily say that it is a bad movie…but it is definitely the least favorable of them all as it serves to set up the climatic final act and lacks some of the appeal and feel of the first two. Hollywood’s latest trend (splitting stories into more films than necessary) is arguably viewed at by some as simply an attempt to extend its run and make as much money as possible. Unfortunately, it also causes stories to be stretched thin and lacking in substance. Such is the case with The Hunger Games: The Mockingjay, pt. 1.District13-1

Starting not too long after the events of the last film, Mockingjay pt 1 introduces viewers to the inhabitants of the mysterious District 13 and their leader. Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant anti-hero, has been whisked away from the Capitol and finds herself in the middle of a brewing underground rebellion that is at a pivotal tipping point. Her desire to be a part of said rebellion takes time to find its spark as the movie proceeds to show the destruction that the Capitol has inflicted upon the districts and the result of President Snow’s quest to squash the rebellion and all those who side with the Mockingjay.District13-4

Ironically, while the first two installments center around a series of games that force the participants to eliminate one another in a competition to the death, this installment features no such games but is far more violent. (I, for one, find the PG-13 rating of movies particularly useless…along with most of the MPAA’s ratings itself…but that’s another discussion for another time.) Scenes of shootings and bombings replace scenes of luxury and pomp that we saw much of in the first two…and I found myself missing the indulgence of the Capitol, the colorful clothes and the superficial settings of Panem.MfilmPeetainterview

Those wanting a movie that follows the book, look elsewhere or just remember that this is an “adaptation” made to appeal to audiences and keep the story going. There exist several distinct differences from the book but most add to the film such as the smart and useful inclusion of the ever stylishEffie-Stylin-in-13 Effie Trinket (coveralls never looked so in-fashion). It becomes quite evident that the story is stretched for the sake of this 2-part finale.

It’s quite transparent and a bit predictable at times. A rebellion that may remind some of the Matrix sequels and a romance that may remind others of another Young Adult novel series (Twilight), Mockingjay, pt 1 is a different type of movie than the previous two. The story develops plot and purports political propaganda throughout its 123 minute run and is drawn out much longer than necessary. Easily, it could be half its length and continue the tale to its end.

(Remember these character posters? I was hoping to see these tributes or hear mention of them, but behold, there was none. Why even make the posters? oh well.)

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One of the aspects I felt missing from the film: it uses little of what works in the first two while changing the direction of story and thus makes it a long movie in which a lot is said but very little happens for as much action takes place. It serves simply as a bridge to the finale and is full of teases but is overall rather empty in substance. Sure, it’s got a few stirring moments, including a musical number from Katniss herself, but ultimately the film serves as a stepping stone.mockingjay image2

I agree with a review note I saw online earlier (apologies, I do not remember where) that stated it is more “filler than thriller.” The Hunger Games: Mockingjay pt 1 may leave you hungry for more and not nearly as satisfied as the first two. Whet your appetite for the finale with this one, but remember the end is not for another year.

My Score: 3 out of 5 stars for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt 1.

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“Trailer Time Thursday!” 11.20.14

November 20, 2014

Today is THURSDAY!!! And you know what that means!! :) It is officially time for another fun-filled edition of “Trailer Time Thursday!”

Here is your weekly fix of “Triple-T” (aka: “Trailer Time Thursday!”)!!

In case this is your first visit to “Triple-T,” here’s what it’s all about:

Seeing as how everyone loves movie previews, “Trailer Time Thursday!” was created to bring all of the trending trailers that you may have missed in theaters, or just need to see, all in one convenient place! It makes Thursdays so great! Get ready! Your Preview Pandemonium awaits!

Check them out and ENJOY!!! :)

Trailers of the Week: (all synopses are directly from IMDB.com)

1. The Imitation Game.imitation

  • Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and more.
  • Releasing: November 28, 2014.
  • Director: Morton Tyldum
  • Synopsis: “Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.”

Thoughts: I like a good espionage tale and this one comes at it from a different angle with a great cast. The story is rooted in actual historical events and looks solid. I can’t wait to spy this one out myself.

2. Miss Juliemissjulie

  • Starring: Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton and more.
  • Releasing: December 5, 2014
  • Director: Liv Ullman
  • Synopsis: “Over the course of a midsummer night in Fermanagh in 1890, an unsettled daughter of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy encourages her father’s valet to seduce her.”

(There’s a Matrix “Deja vu/glitch” in the trailer, fyi)

Thoughts: A reverse “Fifty Shades” set in the late 1800s? Based on the play of the same name, Miss Julie undoubtedly has its target audience…it’s just not me.

3. Peanutspeanuts

  • Starring:  Bill Melendez and more.
  • Releasing: November 6, 2015
  • Director: Steve Martino
  • Synopsis: “For the first time ever, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the gang we know and love from Charles Schulz’s timeless “Peanuts” comic strip will be making their big-screen debut like they’ve never been seen before in a CGI-animated feature film in 3D.”

Thoughts: I’m actually looking forward to this. Some people are not a fan of the animation of these classic comic characters but I am. The voices and sounds are what I expect and anticipate. It looks like a fine adaptation to me. How about you?

4. The Duffduff

  • Starring: Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell and more.
  • Releasing: April 10, 2015
  • Director: Ari Sandel
  • Synopsis: “A high school senior instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she has been labeled the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier more popular friends.”

Thoughts: A rip off of She’s All That? meh. Mae Whitman (Perks of Being a Wallflower) does well in highschool roles. At least we have a highschool dramedy that stars actors of the same age group as the characters they play. (I’m looking at you, Mean Girls and Twilight). Is anyone putting this body-image and self-worth movie on their “must-see” list?

5. Project Almanacalmanac

  • Starring: Amy Landecker, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Virginia Gardner and more.
  • Releasing:  January 30, 2015
  • Director:  Dean Israelite
  • Synopsis: “A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control.”

Thoughts: I like it, but I keep getting a vibe of bad movies like The Darkest Hour perhaps mixed with a decent movie like Chronicle. I am curious yet cautious. It is, afterall, produced by Michael Bay. I think we can guess how this will end but will it be good? The preliminary reviews seem to point to it being worth our time in theaters. Thoughts?

6. Son of a Gun.son-of-a-gun-poster-389x600

  • Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Ewan McGregor, Alicia Vikander and more.
  • Releasing: December 2014 (onDemand), January 2015 (limited theatrical release)
  • Director: Julius Avery
  • Synopsis: “Locked up for a minor crime, 19 year old JR quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. Protection, if you can get it, is paramount. JR soon finds himself under the watchful eye of Australia’s most notorious criminal, Brendan Lynch. But protection comes at a price. Lynch and his crew have plans for their young protegee. Upon release, JR must help secure Lynch’s freedom, staging a daring prison break. As a reward, he’s invited to join the crew as they plan a gold heist that promises to deliver millions. However, as things start to go wrong, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. JR finds himself unsure of whom he can trust and on a collision course with his former mentor.”

Thoughts: Ewan McGregor is one of THE hardest working actors in Hollywood. This “honor among thieves” story of those who “live by the sword” looks pretty packed yet still lacking. Will this be something new? hardly. Will it be worth a watch? perhaps.

7. Age of Adaline.adaline

  • Starring: Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn, Harrison Ford and more.
  • Releasing: April 24, 2015
  • Director: Lee Toland Krieger
  • Synopsis: I like the storytelling of the trailer and thus I will not spoil it with the synopsis. Watch the trailer.

Thoughts: A Blake Lively performance that looks good. I mean, aside from The Town, I haven’t seen much from her lately that I’ve enjoyed (Green Lantern, Savages) so this one surprised me. I hope it takes her career further. I like stories like this.

8. The Woman in Black: Angel of Deathwomaninblack2

  • Starring: Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irvine, Leilah de Meza and more.
  • Releasing: January 2, 2015.
  • Director:  Tom Harper
  • Synopsis: “40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house’s darkest inhabitant.”

I don’t know why Daniel Radcliffe is on the “screenshot” of this vid from youtube. He’s not in the movie.

Thoughts: Why didn’t the woman in the movie watch the first one? :D or, any horror movie for that matter. It sure makes sense to go to an abandoned house to live in a creepy marsh simply because a child “has no relatives” to me! [sarcasm]. I liked the first Woman in Black and am hoping for the same result here. It looks creepy and may be an actual decent horror film sequel. Let’s hope so.

Additional trailer: Cinderella. -Click the poster to watch. It is not fully featured here on this post because, if you really want to save the joy of seeing the movie magic when it releases, then you shouldn’t watch the trailer because practically the entire movie is shown in the trailer. Directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell, Derek Jacobi and more.cinderella_ver2

Spotlight Video of the Week:

HISHEdotcom presents: HOW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY SHOULD HAVE ENDED.guardianshishe

Man, I always love these and this is one of the better ones. It has so much fun in it. Enjoy! :)

Well, that’s it for this round of ‘Triple-T’!

My favorite trailers from today:

  • The Age of Adaline
  • The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
  • Project Almanac

Which ones are your favorites??

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This Weekend’s Theatrical Releases:

Are you ready for the weekend in theaters? Here’s what releases this weekend, November 21, 2014:

  • Wide Release: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay pt 1, The Theory of Everything (expansion) and more.
  • Limited Release: The Sleepwalker, V/H/S: Viral, Happy Valley and more.

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

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Mini-Reviews: “Interstellar”, “Big Hero 6″ and “Dumb & Dumber To”

November 15, 2014

Greetings all,

Today, here are quick mini-reviews for: InterstellarBig Hero 6 and Dumb and Dumber To.

Enjoy!

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Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Jessica Chastain and more.

Rating: Rated PG-13

Trailer:

Synopsis: “A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to find a potentially habitable planet that will sustain humanity.”

Review:

While I enjoyed Christopher Nolan’s involvement in DC’s superhero movies (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Man of Steel), I couldn’t wait for him to be freed up to do more original storytelling. You see, I enjoy the originality and quality that he brings to the big screen such as Inception, The Prestige, etc. and we were about due for another Nolan film. With an impressive track record, Nolan maintains his influence on the movie world and introduces a new member to the “Nolan-verse” that is awe-inspiring, challenging and beautifully captivating and engaging. In a word: “stellar.”

And so many things make it so. The cast, including Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, and several surprise members whom I wasn’t expecting to see in the film, is superb. Each play their part as an important piece of a larger story about love and life. The visuals make this an experience that pays homage to the likes of 2001: A Space Odyssey and creates an epic sense of the vastness of space and the cold unforgiving unknown. Epic is a great way to describe this film as it is indeed.

This epic is much more grandiose, ambitious and expansive than any of Nolan’s prior work…and it pays off. With something for everyone, viewers are invited to join Nolan and cast on an amazing journey of love, survival, relationships, perseverance and science. It’s a trip unlike any other that is a MUST-SEE on the big screen…the largest screen you can find.

I thoroughly enjoyed Interstellar and its rules it sets and confines itself to in a not-too-distant future. The science is explained adequately and applied throughout and keeps a sense of wonder about it. In setting its stage, however, Interstellar‘s first act takes a little bit longer than desired to transpire. BUT, it pays off as the story comes together and ties itself up like a pretty bow in coming full circle by its impressive and ingenious end. The journey to that end is equally memorable and majestic.

A thrilling experience that brings audiences along for a long but captivating adventure. Nolan’s method of storytelling allows viewers to join in alongside the characters and feel what they feel, fear what they fear and fight for hope with them. Lending itself to some of the “Nolan-esque” aspects that fans have come to expect it is somewhat rewarding to be allowed to interpret the ending and I, for one, enjoy that about Nolan’s films. Not every movie needs to have every aspect explained. Isn’t that what keeps people still talking about the end of Inception and The Dark Knight Rises? An exhilarating experience that must not be missed. Not perfect, but not far from it.interstellar.thm_

SCORE: (4/5 stars)

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Directed by: Don Hall and Chris Williams

Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung and more.

Rating: PG

Trailer

Synopsis: “The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

Review:

I feel a bit bad about this, but I did not enjoy this one as most people seem to. Disney’s latest about an exceptionally smart boy and his bulgy companion definitely has its appeal and families will enjoy the themes of friendship, family and self-worth, but…it just doesn’t take off. Disney seemingly decided to pour an overdose of sentimentalism and sadness into the recipe of this adventure and then opted to balance that with something they do well…body language (i.e. cuteness through its characters and their movements).

The most memorable things to me in the film were the inventions of Hero, the antics (and hugs) of Baymax, a cool handshake, an unexpected animated cameo and the overall camaraderie. It has all the potential quality and teeters on its commitment to its target audience between kids and adults. Some would argue that its level of sadness may be too much for kids. I found myself more delighted with the animated short that precedes the film. A heartfelt film that ironically felt a bit heartless. It’s fun, just not fantastic. Sorry, I wasn’t the biggest fan and am indifferent on this one. It’s got action, humor, and superheroes formed through loss and friendship. A familiar formula that just didn’t seem to add up to success…but it appears I am in the minority on this one.Big Hero 6 (2)

 

Big Hero 6 (Score: 3/5)

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Dumb and Dumber To
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Directed by: Bobby and Peter Farrelly

Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and more.

Rating: PG-13

Trailer

Synopsis: “20 years since their first adventure, Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find Harry’s newly discovered daughter, who was given up for adoption.

Review:

Fans of the original, be warned: run far away from this one. It is a shame that such a comedy classic has to have a sequel (first of all), but secondly that it is made by the same people with the same stars and is so terrible. While Dumb and Dumber To is better than the horrific prequel to the original that came out a while back, it is not far in quality from what its title dictates. Dumb and Dumber To is exactly that.

It’s sad, really. Not that the movie is bad…well, that IS sad. But the saddest part is watching 50+ year olds running around doing the same antics that were even more than juvenile 20 years ago. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are quite pathetic in these roles now and the film overplays all the wrong things, if you will, from its predecessor and overuses all the little things that made the original great.

They should just show the original in theaters. You buy a ticket for the sequel and then a message comes across the screen apologizing for the flagrant abuse of commercialization of comedy in bringing about a sequel no one asked for and then proceed to give you the original so that you can at least laugh during a movie. I’m serious. Fans of the original will find very little to enjoy in this sequel. Perhaps if you haven’t seen the original, then you may not be as offended at this lackluster attempt to bring back the magic, but then do yourself a favor and watch the original. You will then see why, when it comes to the sequel, I cannot say that; “I like it alot.”dumb

 

Dumb and Dumber To (Score: 1/5)

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(Remember, to read this review of mine and over 250 more, check out THE ARCHIVE of movies I have reviewed anytime. Know before you go…or rent…or buy!)

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

-T, The Focused Filmographer

“Trailer Time Thursday!” 11.13.14

November 13, 2014

Today is THURSDAY!!! And you know what that means!! :) It is officially time for another fun-filled edition of “Trailer Time Thursday!”

Here is your weekly fix of “Triple-T” (aka: “Trailer Time Thursday!”)!!

In case this is your first visit to “Triple-T,” here’s what it’s all about:

Seeing as how everyone loves movie previews, “Trailer Time Thursday!” was created to bring all of the trending trailers that you may have missed in theaters, or just need to see, all in one convenient place! It makes Thursdays so great! Get ready! Your Preview Pandemonium awaits!

Check them out and ENJOY!!! :)

Trailers of the Week: (all synopses are directly from IMDB.com)

1. The Cobbler.The-Cobbler

  • Starring: Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Dan Stevens and more.
  • Releasing: 2014.
  • Director: Thomas McCarthy
  • Synopsis: “Max Simkin repairs shoes in the same New York shop that has been in his family for generations. Disenchanted with the grind of daily life, Max stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. Sometimes walking in another man’s shoes is the only way one can discover who they really are.”

Thoughts: Sandler and a few familiar faces in a dramedy that looks to try to bring some of the feel of Click but won’t reach the same level. Perhaps…it just won’t have enough SOLE.

2. Mortdecaimortdecai_ver6

  • Starring: Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Aubrey Plaza and more.
  • Releasing: January 23, 2015
  • Director: David Koepp
  • Synopsis: “Art dealer Charles Mortdecai searches for a stolen painting that’s reportedly linked to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.”

Thoughts: A “Pink Panther” feel to it for me, I actually like Depp in this role while I don’t have a big affinity towards him as of late, this one looks like a good fit. It looks silly, fun and full of plenty of shenanigans. Plus, Depp’s mustache alone may be the most impressive thing of the film!

3. Exodus: Gods and Kings. (final trailer)exodus_gods_and_kings_ver8

  • Starring:  Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Susan Sarandon Ben Kingsley and more.
  • Releasing: December 12, 2014
  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Synopsis: “The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.”

Thoughts: I’m actually more intrigued by this and only hope that my intrigue will be met with equal amount of being impressed. Often, Hollywood tends to disappoint with Biblical accounts. We’ll see how this one fares. I’m sure that audiences will be split…much like the Red Sea.

4. Insurgentinsurgent_ver9

  • Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort and more.
  • Releasing: March 20, 2015
  • Director: Robert Schwentke
  • Synopsis: “Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart.”

Thoughts: That trailer was terrible. Terrible cgi, terrible music, terrible attempt at making me want to be the slightest bit interested in the sequel to an already slow and unimpressive young adult novel movie. Is it just me? Come on. That has got to be one of the worst trailers you’ve seen too. We should start an…insurgency!

5. Song Onesong one

  • Starring: Anne Hathaway, Mary Steenburgen, Ben Rosenfield and more.
  • Releasing:  2014
  • Director:  Kate Barker-Froyland
  • Synopsis: “A young archaeologist returns home from a dig in order to see her injured brother, and soon she strikes up a relationship with his favorite musician.”

Thoughts: Another indie romance drama that starts its focus on a tragedy and seemingly veers away from that and focuses on the conveniently connected lovers who turn their attention to each other instead of the one suffering most. Maybe? I dunno. This one does nothing for me, but I might be…singing a different tune later. :-D

6. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.night_at_the_museum_secret_of_the_tomb_ver3

  • Starring: Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson Dan Stevens and more.
  • Releasing: December 19, 2014
  • Director: Shawn Levy
  • Synopsis: “Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.”

Thoughts: Ben Stiller hoping to have a better Christmas time release success in theaters than in years past (i.e. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Little Fockers, etc). Families will undoubtedly have something to enjoy together with this one. It’s one way to make history come alive, I guess.

7. Selma.selma (1)

  • Starring: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr, Tim Roth Oprah Winfrey and more.
  • Releasing: January 9, 2015
  • Director: Ana DuVernay
  • Synopsis: “Martin Luther King, Lyndon Baines Johnson and the civil rights marches that changed America.”

Thoughts: Directed by filmmaker Ana DuVernay, this Martin Luther King, Jr film has been referred to as being long overdue. David Oyelowo (The Butler, Red Tails) fills the reverend’s shoes quite well in the role. I’m curious as to its release date in January. The first 3-6 months of the year traditionally get forgotten and overlooked come Award season.

8. Fifty Shades of Grey. (teaser for new trailer)fifty_shades_of_grey_ver4

  • Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Aaron Taylor-Johnson  and more.
  • Releasing: February 13, 2015.
  • Director:  Sam Taylor-Johnson
  • Synopsis: “Literature student Anastasia Steele’s life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey.”

Thoughts: The new trailer is set to air tonight on ABC during Scandal which means it will also probably be online later today as well. So, in the meantime, enjoy the tease for those interested and some extra tidbits of trivia courtesy ClevverMovies. While this isn’t a movie I’ll be rushing to see, I’m sure some of you are just dying for February to already be here. meh.

Spotlight Video of the Week:

Final trailer for THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIEShobbit_the_battle_of_the_five_armies_ver26

Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom and more.

Synopsis: “Bilbo and Company are forced to be embraced in a war against an armed flock of combatants and the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth.”

While perhaps unnecessary (my opinion), this trailer attempts to draw more would-be viewers to be excited for the action and adventure that is to come. Fans are hoping that this final installment of the series will be the best of the three. Will you join the journey?

Well, that’s it for this round of ‘Triple-T’!

My favorite trailers from today:

  • Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • Selma
  • Mortdecai

Which ones are your favorites??

—————————————–This Week

This Weekend’s Theatrical Releases:

Are you ready for the weekend in theaters? Here’s what releases this weekend, November 14, 2014:

  • Wide Release: Dumb and Dumber To, Beyond the Lights and more.
  • Limited Release: Foxcatcher, The Homesman, Rosewater and more.

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

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ATTN: I’ve been behind on my reviews. But, stay tuned, they are coming. Interstellar, Big Hero 6 and Dumb and Dumber To reviews are almost complete.

It’s “Time to Vote Tuesday!” 176 (Presidential Poll results)

November 11, 2014

Today is Tuesday! and if you’ve been coming here for any length of time, you know that, for most people Tuesday is just the day after Monday, but for you it means that “Time to Vote Tuesday” is here!! YES!!!

What is “Time to Vote Tuesday”?:

“Time to Vote Tuesday” is the session of fun weekly polls which spark thought, debate, and intrigue! Each poll closes in a week with results posted on the following ‘TVT’!

Last week’s poll, “Powerful Presidential Politics #4” has now closed and there is a President has been elected by and for the people. Read on for further details on the anticipated results AND for this week’s new poll. Thank you to everyone who voted and made last week’s poll fun as always!  Read more…

“Trailer Time Thursday!” 11.6.14

November 6, 2014

Today is THURSDAY!!! And you know what that means!! :) It is officially time for another fun-filled edition of “Trailer Time Thursday!”

Here is your weekly fix of “Triple-T” (aka: “Trailer Time Thursday!”)!!

In case this is your first visit to “Triple-T,” here’s what it’s all about:

Seeing as how everyone loves movie previews, “Trailer Time Thursday!” was created to bring all of the trending trailers that you may have missed in theaters, or just need to see, all in one convenient place! It makes Thursdays so great! Get ready! Your Preview Pandemonium awaits!

Check them out and ENJOY!!! :)

Trailers of the Week: (all synopses are directly from IMDB.com)

1. The Gambler.gamblre

  • Starring: Jessica Lange, Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson, John Goodman and more.
  • Releasing: December 19, 2014.
  • Director: Rupert Wyatt
  • Synopsis: “Jim Bennett is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank, a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…”

Thoughts: An interesting ensemble of a cast in this story and Mark Wahlberg dropped some weight for the role. Will he beat the odds and take it to the house? Everyone likes an underdog story, this one may be a good bet.

2. Chappiechappie

  • Starring: Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley and more.
  • Releasing: March 6, 2015
  • Director: Neill Blomkamp
  • Synopsis: “Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.”

Thoughts: From District 9 to Elysium to this, Blomkamp brings another story that involves a plot of acceptance of different classes of beings and this one has a tinge of humor and emotion along with it. I love the worlds that Blomkamp creates in his tale (and the fact that Sharlto Copley is once again in his film.) Can’t want to see Hugh Jackman with his mullet. haha.

3. Into the Woods.intothewoods

  • Starring:  Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt and more.
  • Releasing: December 25, 2014
  • Director: Rob Marshall
  • Synopsis: “A witch conspires to teach important lessons to various characters of popular children’s stories including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel.”

Thoughts: A new trailer with more singing and more scenes to show off what the film is going to be about. Those who do not fancy musicals may be inclined to still see this one as its music is from Disney. Such an fun cast that is put together. I hope it does justice to the Broadway show even if Johnny Depp is a ridiculous looking Big Bad Wolf!

4. Minionsminions

  • Starring: Sandra Bullock, Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin, Michael Keaton and more.
  • Releasing: July 10, 2015
  • Director: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
  • Synopsis: “Minions are yellow henchmen, who have existed since the beginning of beginning, evolving from a yellow single-cell organisms into beings who have only one purpose: to serve the most ambitious villains. After their masters were destroyed, they decide to isolate themselves from the world and start a new life in Antarctica. Sometime in the 60s, the lack of a master drives them into depression, so bravest minion and two other volunteers set out to find a new one. They arrive at a villain convention, where they compete for the right to be henchmen for Scarlet Overkill, a stylish and ambitious villain determined to dominate the world and become the first female super-villain”

Thoughts: I initially had my doubts when I first heard of this movie. It seemed like a ploy to make money off of what everyone enjoyed from Despicable Me and that it would ruin it. That may still be the case, but the backstory they tell here in the trailer makes me more optimistic that there is substance to the film. I like the minions (who doesn’t) and now have a bit more hope for the film. It will be fun. I only have one word: “Banana”!

5. A Most Violent Yearviolent year

  • Starring: Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks and more.
  • Releasing: December 31, 2014
  • Director: J. C. Chandor
  • Synopsis: “In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history.”

Thoughts: New York, 1980′s. It’s got the feel and look to be decent, dark and dangerous. Oscar Isaac has been doing some good things lately and this lead role may get him the award attention he deserved from last year’s Inside Llewyn Davis.

6. Furious 7.furious

  • Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Ludacris and more.
  • Releasing: April 3, 2015
  • Director: James Wan
  • Synopsis: “Ian Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his crew for the death of his brother.”

Thoughts: I’ve watched this trailer so many times. The seventh of the franchise is here and it looks full of everything that the fans are hoping for. #Family

7. Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife.killwardswife

  • Starring: Patrick Wilson, Donald Faison Scott Foley, Amy Acker and more.
  • Releasing: 2014
  • Director: Scott Foley
  • Synopsis: “Ward’s wife is a b&*(%^. Everyone knows it. Including Ward. After numerous conversations and ruminations on the subject amongst Ward’s colorful group of friends, a fortuitous accident leads to a whole new world of problems and possibilities.”

Thoughts: Looks like someone’s been watching ABC on Thursday nights (How to Get Away With Murder). This “killer comedy” looks light and funny while poking fun at relatable annoyances in life. Couple’s therapy at its finest perhaps? ha.

8. Old Fashioned.oldfashioned

  • Starring: Elizabeth Roberts, Rik Swartzwelder, LeJon Woods and more.
  • Releasing: February 14, 2015.
  • Director:  Rik Swartzwelder
  • Synopsis: “A former frat boy and a free-spirited woman together attempt the impossible: an “old-fashioned” courtship in contemporary America.”

Thoughts: This romance gives a different look at the genre that is refreshingly different. My friend Ruth at Flixchatter.net got to see it at the Twin Cities Film Festival and she reviewed it (4 out of 5 stars) and interviewed the director Rik Swartzwelder about his inspirational film. Check it out HERE.

Spotlight Video of the Week:

Featurette for horror thriller: The Pyramidpyramid

Starring: Denis O’Hare, Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley and more.

Synopsis: “A team of U.S. archaeologists unearths an ancient pyramid buried deep beneath the Egyptian desert. As they search the pyramid’s depths, they become hopelessly lost in its dark and endless catacombs. Searching for a way out, they become desperate to seek daylight again. They come to realize they aren’t just trapped, they are being hunted.”

Horror is often done best when mixed with true facts and legends. Let’s hope the research and writing done for this thriller pays off. Do you think it will be good or should we just mummify this movie now?

Well, that’s it for this round of ‘Triple-T’!

My favorite trailers from today:

  • Furious 7
  • Chappie
  • Minions

Which ones are your favorites??

—————————————–This Week

This Weekend’s Theatrical Releases:

Are you ready for the weekend in theaters? Here’s what releases this weekend, November 7, 2014:

  • Wide Release: Interstellar (my review is next), Big Hero 6, Jessabelle, The Better Angels and more.
  • Limited Release: The Theory of Everything, National Gallery and more.

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

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-T, The Focused Filmographer

It’s “Time to Vote Tuesday!” 175 (4th Annual Presidential Poll)

November 4, 2014

Today is Tuesday! and if you’ve been coming here for any length of time, you know that, for most people Tuesday is just the day after Monday, but for you it means that “Time to Vote Tuesday” is here!! YES!!!

What is “Time to Vote Tuesday”?:

“Time to Vote Tuesday” is the session of fun weekly polls which spark thought, debate, and intrigue! Each poll closes in a week with results posted on the following ‘TVT’!

It’s been a while since TVT appeared here on the site and we kick off its resurgence with the most popular poll of each year: The Powerful Presidential Poll.

Today being “Election Tuesday” it is time to place a vote for what really counts: Superheroes in Office!Batman-vs-Superman-vs-Captain-America

Back in 2010 I decided that since politics offer little in terms of choice nowadays that I’d switch it up a little bit. What if our choice for President (and the additional offices of political position) was between two more interesting political parties? Namely, Marvel and DC?

Every year, the poll creates unity and division, propaganda and promises, excitement and exaggeration. The offices have been won mainly by Marvel candidates some years and by DC candidates in others. The terms of the previous winners has now ended and the slate is clean. Some of the previous candidates have opted to seek re-election, while some bowed out of politics altogether. Some new ones have also arisen to contend for your votes. Choose wisely.thor-1024_211735k

While the selection may have changed this year, the rules remain the same.

So…Here are the rules:

  1. There are 10 nominees below for you to vote for.
  2. The political parties are Marvel and D.C. (you don’t have to vote for two in the same party).
  3. You must vote for 2 (TWO)!
  4. Leave a comment about who you prefer to be President and WHY!
  5. Poll closes next Tuesday morning. -Most votes wins Prez, 2nd most votes wins Vice-Prez, 3rd wins Speaker of the House…and so on and so forth.
  6. You are permitted to leave Superhero Political Propaganda in the comments section! highly encouraged!
  7. Share this poll with your friends, Like to get as many votes as we can for this one! Thanks!

EVERY VOTE COUNTS! Hit the vote button! Even if you live outside of the U.S., you can place a vote for The President! ;)

Below you will find all ten candidates and a very brief bio/description of each. The unbiased info is there to help make an informed decision when you cast your ballot. I encourage you to read first and then vote wisely. This poll only comes once a year! Be sure to vote!!!

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1. Jean Grey (M)jean

  • The Good: Great team player and knows the minds of the people.
  • The Bad: Dual personality and, at times, torn between two.
  • Slogan: “Phoenix may be hot, but Jean is hotter!”
  • Synopsis: A part of the X-Men team, she can bend the will of the nations to her own.

2. Wonder Woman (D)

  • The Good: Understands politicians and can keep them honest.
  • The Bad: Not very diplomatic. Unsettling connection to Zeus. Knows Hades.
  • Slogan: “The best vote in the booth is a vote for the stars, stripes, and the truth!”
  • Synopsis: With close ties to Superman, her election may seem to some as nothing less than round 2 of Superman’s highly polarizing term in office. But, she usually accomplishes what she sets out to do.

3. Odin (M)odin

  • The Good: A ruler of many realms. Harnesses great power.
  • The Bad: Unable to protect his own at times. Takes long naps.
  • Slogan: “The Eyes of the Raven are upon you.”
  • Synopsis: One eye to rule causes him to oftentimes be blind to dangers close by. But when he does see he has power!

4. Aquaman (D)

  • The Good: Great influence “over seas” (foreign policy). Believes in funding water-powered energy plants to help economy.
  • The Bad: Slippery in terms of committing to any other projects not involving aquatics.
  • Slogan: “Hey, Water’s Cool!”
  • Synopsis: May cause division in the country but can unite country with those across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Look for more of his influence to spread in 2016.

5. Iron Man (M)

  • The Good: Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist.
  • The Bad: Volatile, Self-obsessed, and Doesn’t play well with others. Basically just a big man in a suit of armor.
  • Slogan: The “I” in “Team”
  • Synopsis: A level of confidence that sees more accomplishments than failures. Perhaps a bit overambitious, but perhaps exactly what may be necessary. Believes in full disclosure but may be all too eager to retire when things get tough.

6. Superman (D)

  • The Good: Near impenetrable. Able to enforce policy. Served the people as President once already. His cape flows like the American flag in the wind.
  • The Bad: An illegal alien. Can be arrogant to a fault. Weakened by kryptonite. More brawn than brain at times. Known to fly off the handle.
  • Slogan: “For a Super Tomorrow, Choose Today!”
  • Synopsis: Preaches peace and justice but seems buried in newspaper and rubble instead of creating peace and rebuilding cities after destruction. Unable to keep peace within his own party (see the upcoming documentary Batman vs. Superman).

7. Charles Xavier (M)

  • The Good: Highly influential in local, national, and foreign politics. Supports diversity, tolerance and funded an anti-bullying afterschool program in numerous states.
  • The Bad: Rumored to have psychic abilities. Has been heard saying that the X-Men movies are better than Star Wars movies.
  • Slogan: “The President you didn’t know you wanted.”
  • Synopsis: Powerful, yet still unable to accomplish peace between warring factions. Perhaps his vision for a unified world is a bit premature.

8. Black Widow (M)widow

  • The Good: Aggressive negotiator and powerfully persuasive.
  • The Bad: Tends to have a web of secrets and unknown past.
  • Slogan: “Remember what happened in Budapest.”
  • Synopsis: Silent, Stylish, Suspicious, Superb.

9. Captain America (M)

  • The Good: A born leader and supports the stars and stripes!capt
  • The Bad: May be better in Secret Service as he is quick to fall on the grenade for his fellow man.
  • Slogan: “There can only be one President, and I’m pretty sure he dresses like Cap!”
  • Synopsis: Seeks for truth and justice. Against weapons of mass destruction and wants peace.

10. Batman (D)

  • The Good: Resourceful. Great tactician. Can growl. May be sponsored by Aflac, or Ben Affleck, one of the two! Finds ways around extradition laws in foreign lands.
  • The Bad: Often found at local asylum. Never smiles. Questionable affiliation with a certain Selina Kyle.
  • Slogan: “Because I’m Batman!”
  • Synopsis: A psychological loose cannon. Publicly denounced producing weapons of mass destruction but secretly produced and hid a nuclear bomb in his very own city. Can he be trusted? But then again, a man in the office of the Presidency must be able to keep secrets.

Today, I ask you…(Remember, Choose TWO before you press “VOTE”)

Let the debates and propaganda begin! :D Will Superman become President once again? Will Black Widow take down the opposition? Will Aquaman rule from sea to shining sea? Will Odin extend his rule to Midgard? The political rallies have started.DC-vs-Marvel1

 

Now it all depends on you!

This year, in addition to the political poll above, I bring one additional poll for…shall we say…an ALTERNATE universe! Let us say that only evil options were given to vote for (as some may say is usually the case in politics!). Choose the lesser (or greater) of the evils in this alternate presidential poll and pursuit of power below:2634657-wizard_lms_dc_villains_vs_marvel_villains

LEAVE A COMMENT supporting your favorite candidates! And be sure to press the “Like” button and the press the “Share” buttons below to share this poll via your Facebook, Twitter, Website, text msgs, etc! We need as many votes as possible here, the country’s future depends on it.

The poll will remain open until it closes on 11-11-14. The exciting results will post on next week’s “Time to Vote Tuesday!”

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching! Now HIT THOSE POLLS!!!

-T, The Focused Filmographer

For fun, seeing that today’s post is superhero-themed and all, enjoy HISHE’s take on The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer:

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