Thursday, November 18, 2010

Movies To See-November 19th

Moving right along in the month of November, this week's movie releases are divided into two sections: 1) Harry Potter fanatics and 2) Non-Harry Potter fanatics. If you must know, I am actually a Harry Potter fanatic. I haven't read the books though, although I plan on doing it. The movies is where I was sold onto the Harry Potter story when I took my younger brother to see the third movie, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and I've been a fan since. But I digress, this week I shall present to you "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" as well as the latest from Russell Crowe since "Robin Hood" and my weekly Honorable Mention coming from Nigel Cole (Calendar Girls) which is sure to be a low-key hit despite the limited release.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1



If you like Harry Potter? Go see it. If you don't like Harry Potter? Go see the first 5 movies and then see this one. And yes, this is my preview for "Deathly Hallows" since I'm sure half of the world has already seen it by now despite it being mid-day Friday at this time. Now, moving on to other films that you may enjoy.

The Next Three Days



Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks star as a married couple in the French remake drama/suspense thriller "Por Elle" (For Her in English) titled "The Next Three Days". I have never seen the original, but based off the trailer and various other reviews it looks like a good enough film to please the non-Harry Potter fanatics. Banks's character is convicted and found guilty of murder and sentenced to jail for 20 to life. With her mental state deteriorating and being hospitalized for attempted suicide, Crowe's character embarks on a mission to break his wife out of jail with the guidance of Liam Neeson who's character has broken out of a prison. The trailer leaves you with enough suspense as if a regular Joe such as Crowe can pull off such a daring feat.

Honorable Mention

Made in Dagenham



"Made In Dagenham" is based on the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination. Led by actress Sally Hawkins as Rita O'Grady, this historic moment in Women's History jump started the Equal Pay Act in 1970. As I said earlier, despite it's limited release I'm certain this movie will still gain critical praise if not fan wise. I still think it's a great film to view and a nice realistic getaway from the action packed, 3-D filled 2010 year in film we've had.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I'm Published!

I really don't know where to begin with this, since I absolutely hate talking about myself because I'm a pretty private person. I just have to share this news with my family and friends that I'm now a certified published author!! The book that I was going to be published in for a poem I wrote has finally been cataloged and is ready to ship out. I mentioned in a blog post back in May where I was chosen to be part of an anthology series of poetry and short stories entitled Pen 10 Scribes Anthology that you can actually purchase by clicking on that link. The price is $17.50 and in it not only will you see the poem I wrote that was selected, you'll see other amazing works by a collection of talented authors. I'm not saying that just because I'm in it, I mean there is some REALLY good stories and poetry in it. It's definitely worth the buy if you're into that sort of thing. I'll just like to thank Rhonda Smolarek also known as Olive Rosehips for giving me the opportunity to be part of something special. This really means a lot to me and it's only the beginning of a long journey that I want all my friends and family to be part of. Not only do I write for myself, I also write for you and your enjoyment. So I hope you can support me as well as the other authors in going out and buying the book!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Who Should Play Catwoman in new "Batman" movie?

For weeks now, ever since it was heard that Christopher Nolan has chosen the title for the third installment of the "Batman" series "The Dark Knight Rises", there has been speculation as to who the new villain should be. I for one have been harping for a while that it's about time for the sultry and equally dangerous Selina Kyle aka Catwoman. Reason being, with the death of Rachel Dawes played by Maggie Gyllenhaal *shudders* there also needs to be a love interest and in the old "Batman" comics there was a fling between Bruce Wayne/Selina Kyle despite the battles Batman/Catwoman had. It's almost too easy...so easy Nolan finally released that he will indeed be casting TWO love interest, one Catwoman (or even Poison Ivy but we're not talking about her) and the other will be a male villain (who I'm also not going to talk about here). The story was broken by "The Playlist", which by the way is an excellent source for breaking film entertainment news. Of course there's already a list posted on the site with the likes of: Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway & Keira Knightley as potential choices. Thank God Halle Berry isn't on this list, but which one of them could be opposite Christian Bale and play Catwoman?



#3 Naomi Watts



Starting off with Naomi Watts. She has a very impressive resume being in 21 Grams, King Kong, Eastern Promises, and more recently Fair Game starring opposite Sean Penn. She's already slated to play in a Marylin Monroe biography to come out in 2012 so she may not have the time. She's very attractive, and already has the blonde hair and baby blues that Selina Kyle/Catwoman had in Batman. She just doesn't have any reported experience in being in any action that requires stunts such as the ones Catwoman would be doing. Which leads me to my second choice...

#2 Keira Knightley



Extremely talented and has been in films such as "Pride and Prejudice", "Atonement", and her most notable role coming in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy Keira Knighley would be as close as to Catwoman as you can possibly get. Not only that, she displays some kick-ass skills in the action flick "Domino". She possesses the athleticism, agility, and sassy attitude that Catwoman is known for. Plus she is pretty damn sexy when she wants to be, I don't see why she couldn't pull it off either. But then again...

#1 Charlize Theron



Pardon me as I *swoon* off my bed @ the alluring beauty of Miss Charlize Theron. She may not be on the above mentioned list by "The Playlist", but she's on mine and is actually my number one choice to play Catwoman. Sexy (she was a former model and I mean LOOK at her), talented (Academy Award Winner for Best Actress in "Monster"), and also looks good in a black leather suit. See her role in the live action adaptation of "Aeon Flux". Lest not forget her in the action/comedy "Hancock" where she played the "villain" opposite Will Smith. Personally I think she'd be a shoe-in for this role. Right now though, she is in the middle of filming a movie but I hope Nolan at least has her in mind and will ask her.

Honorable Mention

January Jones



Bet you didn't see this one coming, did you? If January Jones ever wants to step behind her cozy housewife role in the critically acclaimed "Mad Men" this would be one bold and huge step for her. Blessed with a graceful beauty and some serious curves. She's not too familiar with the silver screen, other than her most notable roles being in "We Are Marshal" and "Pirate Radio", but if Nolan really wants to create some buzz having Jones play the iconic Catwoman would definitely be the way to go. And as far as I'm concerned, looking at that picture it wouldn't be a bad place to be.




Movies To See-November 12th

This week in "Movies To See" we have an action thriller headlined by an Academy Award winner, a coming-of-middle-age/romantic comedy of sorts starring my ultimate white girl crush...and a few vets but more importantly my ultimate white girl crush, and an alien sci-fi action flick that MAY surprise some folks in a good way. So pretty much a melting pot of flicks at your disposal, which ever tickles your fancy but I hope all three do and you'll check them out in due time.



Unstoppable



The plot device is simple enough: two guys must stop a runaway train carrying chemical explosives before it explodes and destroys everything in it's blast radius...including a train that is carrying approximately 150 school children on a field trip just to heighten the drama. "Unstoppable" is a bit more than "Speed" on a train track so don't think you're in for "Deja Vu" (see what I did there?). For starters, it has a more prestigious lead actor by the name of Denzel Hayes Washington. You know, one of the best to ever do it? That guy. This time the proverbial eye candy isn't a foxy dame in distress like Sandra Bullock, despite Rosario Dawson playing a role, it's young and upcoming action star Chris Pine (Star Trek, Smoking Aces). Not my cup of tea, but the ladies might get a kick out of him. We all love thrills, chills, and witty banter so between our two heroes (Washington and Pine) I'm sure this movie will provide many of them especially with Tony Scott (Man On Fire) leading the way as director. Just don't expect any award-winning performances and you'll be fine.


Morning Glory



Before I begin...*swoons at Rachel McAdams in boyshorts* ANYWHO...the ever so lovely and talented Rachel McAdams plays a beginner television producer of a struggling morning show with feuding hosts played by Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton. There on-screen dynamic is actually very charming and endearing, you can't go wrong with those two in anything really, let alone together. The film centers around McAdams's character as she slowly gets deeper into her work and neglects those around her, especially boyfriend Patrick Wilson. Ford's character knows exactly how she feels since he's been there and helps her along with himself. Will McAdams be able to balance work and her personal life? Who cares, she's wearing boyshorts! No but seriously, this film is well written by Aline McKenna of "The Devil Wears Prad"a and one of my favorite and oft slept-on romantic comedies "Three To Tango". Directed by Roger Michell and produced by JJ Abrams should make it quite the quirky and interesting film. Did I mention Jeff Goldblum and 50 Cent also play in this movie? Weird right? Guys should be okay with their lady friends dragging them to see this...since Rachel McAdams is in boyshorts.

Skyline



"Skyline" is a sci-fi thriller that has aliens from a far away galaxy that issue an attack on Earth by using a light force that draws the humans to their ships in order to destroy everyone on the planet. As rundown as this storyline is, we just can't get enough of these movies. Skyline comes off like one of those movies that was just good enough to make it past the SyFy channel and onto the big screen. Nonetheless, the SFX (special effects) team called Hydraulx behind 300, Benjamin Button, and the record blockbuster hit Avatar also show up for "Skyline". If you're looking for a lavish storyline then you won't find it here, but if you want to see some state-of-the-art SFX and amazing action sequences then "Skyline" is right up your alley.



Thursday, November 4, 2010

Movies To See-November 5th

It's another week, which means another preview of my select "Movies To See" for this weekend. It's "Oscar Season" which means production companies are making a final push to get nominated for next year's Academy Awards that roughly translates into some great cinema. November is jumping off right with a kids movie, couple comedies (one going for Honorable Mention) and also a few dramas, one that could score a couple Oscar noms themselves. This weekend just looks like a movie packed weekend, not sure who's gonna come out on top come Monday out of this group. So let's get to the trailers shall we?

Megamind



From the wonderful minds of Dreamworks Animation, they bring you their latest "Megamind". Of course it's in 3-D, why wouldn't it be?! Anywho, the story behind this charming film is the evil Megamind is forced to save the city when his rival, the goody-two shoes Metroman, goes through a mental breakdown and leaves the city defenseless against a new foe. Will Megamind be able to save the city and gain the trust of the civilians he's tortured countless times? Definitely looks like a film filled with laughs and enough silly anticts to keep the young kid crowd entertained. And did I mention it's in 3-D?!?


Due Date



A straight forward businessman is trying to make it home in time to see the birth of his child but is forced to drive across country with an aspiring actor after he finds out he's placed on the "No-Fly List". Sounds kinda boring and mundane, right? Now add Robert Downey Jr. as the businessman and Zach Galifianakis as the aspiring actor and you got yourself a road trip buddy comedy movie! The trailer shows some pretty funny moments, I'm hoping this isn't it for the film which is usually the case with comedies as of lately. "They're only as funny as the trailer shows." But with these two star actors as well as an appearance by Jamie Foxx maybe "Due Date" will be a late season comedy winner.


127 Hours



From the director who brought you "Slumdog Millionaire", one of my favorite films, Danny Boyle brings you "127 Hours". Based on a true story, James Franco in his most daring role yet plays mountain climber Aron Ralston who becomes trapped underneath a boulder while in Utah and tries to survive. Sounds like "Castaway" but just in a desert setting. Which means more drama than your mama can handle due to the extreme circumstances. This is actually a true story that you can read about HERE, but forewarned if you do go to that link and have never heard of The Aron Ralston Story you will spoil the movie, since it IS a true story. Nonetheless, I can't wait to see how the film is portrayed and seeing James Franco play such a serious and dramatic role as opposed to his two earlier films in Pineapple Express and Date Night. This is actually one of my Oscar favorites with possibly having James Franco nabbing a possible Leading Actor Nom?


For Colored Girls



I'm against pretty much any and everything Tyler Perry since I'm more of a diverse writer as to Perry's knack to only "cater to the black folks". Despite this, him taking on "For Colored Girls" I have a slight respect for him now since this is far from his comfort zone with the heartfelt churchy drama-comedies he's so well known for. The once novel, turned play, now turned film is shot in the views of different women portraying one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular. I enjoy the concept and awareness that the film would bring as opposed to the lesser known book and play amongst smaller circles. Maybe this film can project Perry into being taken more serious as a filmmaker...maybe.


Fair Game



A spy movie unlike any other...because it's actually a true story. Usually these true-story spy movies miss their mark since they're not filled with explosives and sexy women a la James Bond and *insert Angelina Jolie action film* but I still suggest this one. A bit of backstory, if you're not into politics then you may have missed out on The Valerie Plame Affair, which Wikipedia does a very good job of covering so don't hate on the link source lol. "Fair Game" brings the Plame Affair which happened in 2003 to the big screen, in short Valarie Plame (played by Naomi Watts) is a CIA agent who is under cover to find the existence of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) during the Bush Administration years. She later on discovers her identity allegedly leaked by the same administration as payback for an op-ed article her husband Robert Novak (played by Sean Penn) wrote criticizing the Bush administration. Did I mention that this is a TRUE STORY?! I'm plenty shocked that this case was able to make it past the greenlight stage. It may not be the perfect depiction of the Plume Affair, but nonetheless I believe this is a film everyone should try and see to get a real insight on how Bush's "beloved" administration really got down. And you right-wing activist say Obama's administration is crooked, filled with liars, cheats and not getting anything done? But I digress...moving on.


Four Lions (Honorable Mention)



This comedy is about four friends who are also Jihadists that attempt to carry out an attack on northern England...and simply fucking up along the way. I actually found the trailer hilarious since I enjoy foreign comedies and their off-beat sense of humor that's similar to my own (In Bruges and Monty Python). I think this movie is a limited release though since I wasn't able to find it anywhere in the area that I live, might have to catch this one on DVD or online somewhere.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Making of Skeeter Valentine

As most of you know by now, I was Mosquito "Skeeter" Valentine from the '90s Nickelodean cartoon "Doug" for Halloween.



I'll like to take you through the making of my costume with a couple pictures that I took along the way:






This is the shirt I bought from the website My Party Shirt for $14.95. I also bought these shorts that I didn't take a picture of so you can click on the link to see them. They were $13.95. My Party Shirt is also just a good site period, I found some pretty nifty costumes and shirts surfing the site so check it out if you're into the vintage tee look.



I was unable to find red fabric for some odd reason so I just decided last second to take an old red shirt that I had no intention of ever wearing again in order to make Skeeter's shorts. Hence the black sharpie circle and scissors. What I used with the help of my roommate's girlfriend, Sarah, is a couple bobby pins and this is the finished product of said shorts:






Now it was time for me to make the shoes. I had an OLD ass pair of white Airwalks from I don't know when and I grabbed a tube of yellow and red face paint from a Halloween store that cost me $1.99 per tube. This is before I was fully finished with them, but you got the idea:




*bangs on a trash can and drums on a street light for the drumroll*

And now...the finished product!





To paint myself green, I used some of that same face paint I mentioned earlier that was $1.99 which only took one green tube to cover my face, neck, ears, arms, and legs. Overall I spent a grand total of $41.07 to create my costume. I had a fun time making it, the best part actually was painting the shoes. Took a long longer than I thought it would to paint them but I'm glad at how they came out in the final product. I received a lot of compliments for the creativity and originality of the costume which I had hoped for. I wasn't prepared for the amount of people who REALLY thought I was either The Hulk or The Flash at first until I told them who I was lol. I'm already thinking of my costume for next year, which just maybe another Nickelodean character...maybe, what do you guys think?