Archive for April, 2014
Yesterday, Disney released the main cast list for the upcoming Star Wars film, so being the hardcore Star Wars fan that I am, I thought it was finally time that I weigh in on not only the cast, but several other rumors that have been floating around ever since Disney first announced its purchase of Lucasfilm, and their decision to start producing a variety of Star Wars related material. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
Comic timing is a fine art that very few understand how to make work. It takes a certain finesse mixed with a specific rhythm that when done well can make mediocre material brilliant. This special skill is on full display in the new movie starring Cameron Diaz, a decent comedienne who’s upstaged in every scene by the criminally underrated Leslie Mann. Like Diaz, Mann got her first big break in a Jim Carrey vehicle and used that opportunity to propel herself into a variety of supporting roles in films headlined by her male counterparts, unable to join Diaz under that same A-list umbrella where she truly belongs. For all intents and purposes, if it wasn’t for Mann, The Other Woman would have been nothing more than the overcooked turkey in Christmas Vacation —deliciously vibrant on the outside without a ounce of substance on the inside. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
A few weeks ago, the faith-based film God’s Not Dead was released and has been doing wildly better than expected for an indie drama about the debate over whether God is real. But I think that debate aspect is where the interest in the film ultimately comes from. The film’s not a preachy soliloquy attempting to convert everyone to Christianity; no, it’s an exploration on the merits of His existence that discusses the validity of both scientific fact and faith-based reasoning. Though it does have a religious bend to it, the filmmakers don’t try to force you to believe, they just hope that maybe you might think twice before simply refuting the possibility. The same type of exploration is the core of the new film, Heaven Is For Real, and like with God’s Not Dead, it does a fine job in creating a thought-provoking study behind the merits of whether Heaven itself truly exists. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
To all of my friends, family and followers, I’d like to wish you all a wonderful Easter. Have fun, and stay safe!
Does this just about sum it up?
The NFL draft has never interested me in the least. Probably stemming from the fact that I’ve never gone out of my way to watch football on any level (and only like watching the Super Bowl for the commercials), I never understood how spending hours with a group of commentators pontificating over analysis and theories was worth my time. But the draft is a big deal to a lot of people, whether they be spectators who’ve invested a lot of passion into their favorite teams and players, or the coaches, managers and owners of the teams themselves, whose careers depend on making the right moves on a day that defines their team’s future. It’s in this where the real drama lies, and director Ivan Reitman explores Draft Day with an entertaining look behind the curtain of how crafting the next great football team can be an exhausting, stressful and incredibly intriguing game all its own. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
When my sister came out to help me at the bridal expo a couple of weekends ago, she asked (while helping to staple business cards to the back of the coupons I was going to distribute) what I was doing to market my business. Other than the expo and this blog, I was actually still feeling my way around the issue and looking into several possibilities — and relying on word-of-mouth through friends and family, which of course is only feasible for a limited amount of time. I knew I had to branch out and start considering new ways of generating interest in order to get my name out there and get work, but it was definitely slow going. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
Since 2008, when the first Iron Man hit the screens, Marvel has created a tight-knit family of films, each one developed with their own unique personality. Iron Man is the kinetically pompous, yet sympathetically thoughtful older brother; Thor is the wild-eyed young teenager who wants all of the attention; and the Hulk is the family’s cousin Oliver, so desperate to fit in, but somehow disconnected from the pack. In order to keep the peace between them, however, there must be a patriarch, a grounded realist who understands how to reign in the chaos. That job falls to Captain America, who wants nothing more than to protect his fellow man from the pain of the world. To do so, he fights political corruption and deceit with nothing but integrity and honor, even when, as in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, doing so just might get him killed. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More
Ever since Arnold Schwarzenegger left the Governor’s office and returned to making movies, the only films that have been worth the price of popcorn were those in which he played second fiddle to Sylvester Stallone. The only other film he’s done thus far, last year’s bomb, The Last Stand, was such a cheesy mess of dead-on-arrival Schwarzenegger taglines, it’s almost a godsend that his upcoming slate of films are sequels or remakes of earlier hits and well-known franchises. Because if his newest action flick, Sabotage, is any indication, brand recognition is the only thing that will keep his once-bright Hollywood star from shattering into oblivion. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More