This week, Blaise and I had the chance to go see Keira Knightley’s new film, Laggies, which also starred Sam Rockwell and Chloe Grace Moretz. Check out our review of Laggies right here and let us know if you want to see it, or if you have already seen it, what you thought about it!
I don’t cry too often when watching movies, and I’ve absolutely never cried while watching a movie trailer. However, the trailer for Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s newest film which was actually filmed over 12 years with the same actors as they naturally aged and follows the life of a boy named Mason from age 5 to 18, legitimately brought tears to my eyes. Similar to Linklater’s Before trilogy, Boyhood appears to be focusing on the genuine, honest realities of life, its triumphs and hardships. It looks absolutely stunning and is the movie I’m most anticipating this summer.
Boyhood hits theaters on July 11.
Alright, so I guess better late than never, but I apologize for not getting this up until now. My choice for this week’s Weekend Net-Flick is the awesome 2012 action movie with an increasing group of cult followers: Dredd.
The film takes place in a violent dystopian future where the law has turned into cops technically being “Judges” that continue to hunt criminals, but also hold the power of being a judge, jury, and executioner. This shows just how bad things have gotten when the police have the ability to kill on the spot. The film focuses on Judge Dredd hunting down a gang who is the mass distributor of a drug called slo-mo that, as you probably just guessed, alters the user’s perception of reality to make everything drastically slow down. It starts to cause a lot of deaths, and Dredd isn’t going to let that fly.
When this released, I honestly hadn’t heard of the series before and thought it looked like an action blockbuster that I would eventually check out. Yet, people started raving about how cool the movie was and how Karl Urban was pretty perfect as Dredd. Eventually I watched it, and it lived up to the hype people created (at least for me) and was a really dark but cool dystopian action movie. Karl Urban is fantastic in the lead role and really nails the unemotional futuristic Judge and his quest for justice. The movie is full on action and has a lot of cool futuristic battles; Dredd’s gun has really cool features like ricochet mode that uses bouncing bullets if he needs to clear some guys from around a corner or something like that.
Dredd is an action/sci-fi movie that I thought was really awesome for its genre. Karl Urban, Lena Headey, and Olivia Thirlby do a great job in the lead roles and the film’s plot is pretty cool as well. The setting definitely is what won me over, because the dystopian future is unique in its idea of what the world will come to when things have completely fallen apart. There seems to be a large push for them to make a sequel, and as I talked about a little while back, it seems like there’s a chance, especially if more people keep checking it out and like it.
Dredd is only an hour and 35 minutes, so it won’t tie up your entire night, but if you’re in the mood to watch an awesome action and sci-fi, it’s the perfect movie to check out. If you really like it, and also are interested in comics, a (rapidly selling out) sequel was created called Dredd: Underbelly that picks up after the film. The comic sequel is just okay, but without another Dredd movie anytime soon, it’s nice to have some follow up content available. It’s on Netflix, it’s a fun but well-done movie, so if you’re sitting around and browsing your instant stream, be sure to check out Dredd.
Here’s the first look at Andre Benjamin, a.k.a. Outkast’s Andre 3000, in All Is By My Side, the upcoming movie about Jimi Hendrix life before all of the fame.
The clip is only a 1:20 in length, but is the first time we get to hear Andre as Jimi. I think he sounds pretty good and looks the part as well, so I am definitely optimistic.
IMDB says the movie is going to enter theaters August 8th of this year with Imogen Poots and Hayley Atwell starring alongside of Benjamin.
What do you think about Benjamin’s take on Hendrix?
Apparently Chris Evans is deciding to step away from acting for a while after his contract with Marvel runs out. Playing Captain America is no easy task and to be a part of this Marvel universe is a big commitment. The 32 year old actor explains in the article that he would like to try his hand at directing because of the hands on approach and involvement with every scene.
Evans has Captain America: The Winter Soldier releasing this spring and will also be back for the Avengers: Age of Ultron next year. His contract with Marvel is for six movies, so after 2015, I would imagine Captain America 3 and Avengers 3 are his final pair.
I’m going into some short theories so spoilers ahead….
– I would guess that a Captain America 3 movie would bring back the Red Skull one more time.
– I could see Steve dying when the Avengers face off against Thanos.
– Depending on how The Winter Soldier plays out, and if Steve were to die, maybe they will have Bucky Banes take up the role like he has before.
This past weekend, one of my best friends convinced me to give the 2006 Dublin-set, musical, Once, a shot. Once had been a film that I had wanted to see for the longest time. It combined three of my favorite things (music, romance, and Ireland), plus its soundtrack boasted the wondrous, touching song, “Falling Slowly,” so it was pretty much a guarantee that I would love this film. What I didn’t expect, however, was just how much I would end up loving it. The short answer: a whole lot.
Once never names its characters, but you’d be hard-pressed to find two more believable leads than Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova as Guy and Girl. The pair’s dialogue and simple interactions, such as Girl pulling the Hoover vacuum cleaner behind her as the two of them walk and talk together, or Guy’s hesitance as three, burly guys enter Girl’s apartment to use the TV (it’s the only one in the complex), feel so genuine and authentic that they cannot be dismissed. Not to mention, Irglova and Hansard’s chemistry is so palpable that every scene in Once is charged with emotional energy. Whenever the two of them are close together, whether they are playing their instruments or not, you’re constantly expecting the fireworks that sadly never fully explode.
But the simple fact that Guy and Girl (spoiler alert) never kiss on screen illustrates Once’s understanding of true romance. When people fall for each other, it’s not the first kiss or the first time they sleep together that they cling to and remember. Instead, it’s about the simple, kind, and caring actions, like fixing a vacuum cleaner free of charge or playing a song you’ve never played in public before for someone. These little moments (and writer and director John Carney’s belief in them) are what make Once so special. They give substance to the beautiful music, provide even deeper lyrics to the perfectly performed songs, and allow for the selfless, compassionate, and incredibly romantic final gesture by Guy at the end of film to feel honest and earned.
Once is like the best concert you’ll ever go to. It’s a short, simple, and beautiful film that I never wanted to end, and it will stay with you, like a great song that gets stuck in your head, long after the credits appear on screen.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role | Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club
Achievement in Costume Design | Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby
Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling | Dallas Buyers Club
Best Animated Short Film | Mr. Hublot
Best Animated Feature Film | Frozen
Best Visual Effects | Gravity
Best Live Action Short Film | Helium
Best Documentary Short Subject | The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Best Documentary Feature Film | 20 Feet From Stardom
Best Foreign Language Film | The Great Beauty
Best Sound Mixing | Gravity
Best Sound Editing | Gravity
Best Actress in a Supporting Role | Lupita N’yongo for 12 Years a Slave
Best Cinematography | Gravity
Best Film Editing | Gravity
Best Production Design | The Great Gatsby
Best Original Score | Steven Price, Gravity
Best Original Song | “Let It Go” from Frozen
Best Adapted Screenplay | John Ridley for 12 Years a Slave
Best Original Screenplay| Spike Jonze for Her
Best Directing | Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity
Best Actress in a Leading Role | Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine
Best Actor in a Leading Role | Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club
Best Picture | 12 Years a Slave