Monday, September 30, 2013


Sleepy Hollow is a clever re-imagining of the classic tale of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.  Airing on Fox on Mondays, the pilot originally aired on September 16th and the second episode "Blood Moon" on September 23rd.  Fox's Sleepy Hollow as you learn in the first episode is more than just about the headless horseman.  Rather, the town has become a battleground of good vs. evil with police officer Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) and a man out of his own time, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) caught in the middle.  The show on first impressions reminds me a lot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or even Supernatural.  While the show has many dark elements there is also intermittent humor throughout with the charismatic Ichabod.



Ichabod in Fox's Sleepy Hollow is quite the contrast to the timid one in Washington Irving's version in his short story.  He is first introduced as a revolutionary war soldier looking for a man with a particular mark on his hand.  Unbeknownst to him the man he is seeking you'll learn is Death himself, one of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.  The red coats as you'll learn later have made a deal with Death.  It's kind of bizarre to think why Death would need to make a deal with them and go around fighting their battles.  But alas their "lives" become intertwine and we are flashed forward to the present where they are reawakened.

In the present, we're introduced to Abbie Mills who looks to leave Sleepy Hollow to work for the FBI in about a week.  His partner unfortunately, has a run in with the well-rested Headless Horseman.  After the incident she meets Ichabod Crane who is the primary suspect but is freed after passing a polygraph test.  In the remainder of the first episode we learn more about Ichabod's past in particular his wife being a witch.  In the second episode the duo must stop a witch that has been brought back to get revenge to get her body back.  The mysterious demons or people who were behind the resurrection of Death is also responsible this witch.



Overall, I really enjoy the series thus far.  The acting in the series is great helped by amusing dialogue between the two leads.  It's great to see Orlando Jones and John Cho back on the small screen even if their roles are limited.  The creepiness in this series is quite up there though some of the background stories have holes in it.  I am looking forward to continuing this series.  At the end of episode two they briefly show us Abbie's sister who has been in a psychiatric ward since a childhood incident with her sister.  It'll be interesting to see what role she plays as well as Orlando Jones's character since he is always acting suspicious.

You can watch the episodes here: http://www.fox.com/sleepy-hollow/full-episodes/49450563524

Rating: 3.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars


Trailer:

Cast:
  • Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane
  • Nicole Beharie as Lt. Abbie Mills
  • Orlando Jones as Captain Frank Irving
  • Katia Winter as Katrina Crane
  • John Cho as Andy Brooks
  • Clancy Brown as Sheriff Corbin
  • Lyndie Greenwood as Jenny Mills

Friday, September 27, 2013


Runner Runner which features a star studded cast of Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton and Batman aka Ben Affleck is out next Friday.  It is still possible to get/win tickets for next week's screening.  

Synopsis:
Richie, a Princeton college student who pays for school with on-line gambling, bottoms out and travels to Costa Rica to confront the on-line mastermind, Ivan, whom he believes has swindled him. Ivan sees a kindred spirit in Richie and brings the younger man into his operation. When the stakes get incredibly high and dangerous, and Richie comes to fully understand the deviousness of his new boss, he tries to turn the tables on him.

Here are the opportunities that I am aware of currently active:
(last updated 9/27/2013 - 2:25pm ET)

Sponsor: Gofobo
Details: Ticket drawing for two passes
Screening Date: October 2nd, 2013 7:00 pm
Location: Unknown
URL: http://www.gofobo.com/screenings/search/10111/20

Sponsor: Z100
Details: Contest for two passes, ends September 29th, 2013
Screening Date: Unknown
Location: Unknown
URL: http://rewards.z100.com/asp3/ContestDetail.aspx?AID=198649

Sponsor: KTU
Details: Contest for two passes, ends September 29th, 2013
Screening Date: Unknown
Location: Unknown
URL: http://rewards.ktu.com/asp3/ContestDetail.aspx?AID=198649

Sponsor: Cinemit
Details: Contest for two passes, ends September 29th, 2013
Screening Date: October 2nd, 2013 7:00 pm
Location: Unknown
URL: http://www.cinemit.com/content/rsvp-nyc-runner-runner-10213

Opens November 8, 2013 
2 hr 4 min
R | Language and some sexual content

Seldom do you hear time travel and romantic comedy in the same sentence.  To call this a time travel movie would be an injustice to it even though it does play a big role.  About Time is one of the funniest romantic comedies I've seen in a long time with refreshingly great young talent.  Not only will you laugh out loud at the hilariously written dialogue by shed a tear as the story takes you on a few twists.

The story is about Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) who learns at age 21 that like all the men in his family, father, and grandfather and so on, can travel backwards in time to any point of time and place they've previously visited before.  His father (Bill Nighy) explains to him some of the do's and don'ts much to the disbelief of Tim.  As most of would probably think of, killing Hitler or giving our younger self the present winning lotto numbers just doesn't work as one would hope.  The young Tim only has one thing on his mind however and that is to commit to using his power in the pursuit of love.


His first crush, Charlotte played by the stunningly gorgeous Margot Robbie, teaches him that his powers cannot force someone to love you.  He eventually meets Mary (Rachel McAdams) when he moves to London and gets married.  From then to the ending, Tim learns more about his powers and life in general especially when he finds out his father is dying of cancer.  If there is one thing that this movie teaches you is to live your life to its fullest each day and enjoy it as it may be your last.

Going back to the cast, they are all just amazingly talented.  I especially love the lead Domhnall Gleeson, as well as Richard Cordery as Uncle Desmond, and Tom Hollander as his father's friend, Harry.  Their quirky roles and dialogue was written and directed by Richard Curtis who has worked on Bridget Jones's Diary, Love Actually and War Horse among many other films.

The biggest thing I would nick pick with this film is the length.  Certain scenes seemed to unnecessarily drag on.  For example the scene where Tim first meets Mary at the restaurant that is pitch dark.  Trimming some of the fat off of the movie would definitely make for a better experience.


Overall, I would still highly recommend the film.  It's a great date movie given the humor and touching scenes.  I am a bit surprise at the Rated R rating.  I guess because of some of the sex scenes though they don't get graphic at all.  The film was released earlier this month in the U.K. but won't be out in the U.S. until November 8th.

Do you plan to see the movie? If you did, what did you think of it?

Rating: 4.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars


Trailer:


Cast:
  • Domhnall Gleeson as Tim Lake
  • Rachel McAdams as Mary
  • Bill Nighy as Tim's father
  • Lydia Wilson as Tim's sister, Kit Kat
  • Lindsay Duncan as Tim's mother
  • Tom Hollander as Harry
  • Vanessa Kirby as Joanna
  • Margot Robbie as Charlotte
  • Rowena Diamond as Party Guest
  • Matt Butcher as Courtroom Observer
  • Lee Asquith-Coe as Bin Man
  • Evie Wray as Lady in Restaurant
  • Lisa Eichhorn as Mary's Mum
  • Richard Cordery as Uncle Desmond
  • Will Merrick as Jay
  • Matthew C. Martino as Commuter
  • Joshua McGuire as Rory
  • Jon Boden, Sam Sweeney as Buskers
  • Richard Griffiths as Sir Tom (final film released after his death)
  • Richard E. Grant as Actor

Thursday, September 26, 2013


While I didn't watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with the millions of Americans on its premiere evening, I was able to finally finish it this morning.  Spinning out of the Marvel movies, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Paul Caulson (Clark Gregg), back from the dead, leads a group of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to handle cases of the super-powered kind.  If you missed the Avengers movie, Loki had killed agent Caulson which was a catalyst for the Avengers to rally together.

In this episode we're introduced each of the characters on Caulson's team.  They're a ragtag group of personalities with their own issues that are not entirely known.  Even Paul Caulson's revelation of his Tahiti vacation after his apparent death in the movie is hinted at being not what it seems.  In their first case, the team has to help a father who is a guinea pig for a project titled "Centipede."  What group is behind this project is not revealed yet.  The father is injected with a cocktail of gamma radiation, super serum, and alien substance giving the patients super powers.  Agent Caulson comments to it as Extremis which was introduced in Iron Man 3.  Like Extremis, the individuals become very unstable and explosive, literally.  The S.H.I.E.L.D. agents come across a hacker known as Red Tide who is actually Skye.  Working and living out of a van, she is able to break into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s secured networks quite easily.  Proving resourceful, by the end of episode she is offered to join the team.



So what did I think of the first episode?  I cannot say that I was very impressed.  From the goofy dialogue to the acting to fight choreography, it was a bit disappointing for me.  I wasn't sure what to expect but it's apparent that they are trying to draw from a few areas like a cross between the spy elements and action of Alias with the humor of Get Smart.  I was hoping for more of a Secret Warriors type of show.  If you're not familiar, Secret Warriors in Marvel comic books has Nick Fury leading a team of super-powered individuals acting as S.H.I.E.L.D. agents fighting HYDRA and saving the world.

What I did like are the tie-ins to all the recent Marvel movies making them part of the Marvel movie universe.  Hopefully, they'll be able to pull in some strings and get perhaps Nick Fury or a super hero like Thor to make a cameo in a future episode.  Seeing the iconic flying car long associated to the classic Nick Fury in the comic books was cool to see in the end.  Having Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) as a cameo was also nice touch.  Also the fact that they left Agent Coulson's revival vague makes for an interesting future episode.



Overall, if you're a Marvel fan, you have to watch it.  For everyone else, it's only the first episode but as far as I am concerned they can only get better as the season goes on.  Or at least I hope so.  The show airs on ABC on Tuesday nights in the U.S..  If you haven't watched the first episode yet, you can do so on Hulu here:

http://www.hulu.com/marvels-agents-of-shield

What did you think of the first episode?

Rating: 2.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars


Cast:

  • Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson
  • Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May
  • Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward
  • Chloe Bennet as Skye
  • Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz
  • Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons
  • Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Joseph Gordon-Levitt who wrote the screenplay, directed and starred in Don Jon put it all out on the line.  My body, my pad, my ride, my family, my church, my boys, my girls, and my porn is what his character Jon Martello is all about as he would you.  The trivialization of his addiction to porn by his character keeps him from having meaningful relationships with woman.  You may want to call this a love story, but it's quite more complicated than that.

Jon as he would explain it cannot compare sex with a real woman to that of porn for a number of reasons.  Including the fact that porn would not reject you, the woman in the adult movies always look like a 10, and that they never ask anything in return.  Even after hooking up with women that are 10s, you would still hear the familiar sound of his Mac notebook powering on and you can guess the rest.

This changes when he meets a New Jersey princess he calls the most beautiful woman he has ever met in Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson).  After catching him once, she threatens to leave him if he does it again.  He struggles quite humorously, each time ending in a confessional at his local church with a progress report.  Besides porn, she works to change his life for the betterment of him including having him take night classes.  This is where Jon meets the older quirky Esther (Julianne Moore).  As the story starts evolves, the dynamic between Jon and Barbara and Jon and Ester changes as he learns what love is and what really makes him happy.

I really like Joseph's performance in his role though I am not fond of the character that he plays.  Julianne also does a great job as well.  Scarlett Johansson besides being great eye candy for the movie overacts in the film and is just unbelievable in her role bordering on nauseating.  

Overall, I would recommend this film though due to the subject matter it is not for everyone.  It is definitely a movie targeting the "male" audience.  It makes you wonder if the movie is just an amazing feat by writing a screenplay to get one of the most beautiful leading ladies of Hollywood to make out with you in your movie.  But of course it is just more than that.  After all that is something that "Don Jon" might do, but certainly not Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  Watch this movie for laughs, and not for its twisted moral lessons.

Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars


Trailer:


Cast:

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jon "Don Jon" Martello, Jr.
  • Scarlett Johansson as Barbara Sugarman
  • Julianne Moore as Esther
  • Glenne Headly as Angela Martello
  • Tony Danza as Jon Martello, Sr.
  • Brie Larson as Monica Martello
  • Lindsey Broad as Lauren
  • Rob Brown as Bobby
  • Italia Ricci as Gina
  • Jeremy Luke as Danny
  • Sloane Avery as Patricia
  • Amanda Perez as Lisa
  • Loanne Bishop as Barbara's mom
  • Sarah Dumont as Sequins

Opened September 20, 2013 
2 hr 33 min
R | Language Throughout, Disturbing Violent Content and Torture

I am not a fan of movies that include torture scenes and there's no shortage of it in Prisoners.  This movie is definitely not for the squeamish as it tears at your heart with powerful scenes.  The movie is a display of raw emotions when two children are abducted, as a parent will be pushed over the limit as to what is acceptable by society in order to get his child back.

Hugh Jackman plays Keller Dover, father of one of the abducted children.  Terrence Howard plays Franklin, his neighbor, father to the other child.  During the abduction, Keller's teenage son, played by Dylan Minnette recalls a suspicious RV in their neighborhood just prior to the children going missing.  When the police led by Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests the driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), he is found to be innocent due to lack of evidence and free a day later.  Due to a series of circumstances, Keller is unconvinced of Alex's innocence, despite Alex having an IQ of a ten year old.  When Keller abducts Alex to force information out of him, that's when the story starts to take off.

The story has several complicated pieces that if you catch on to the visual cues will help you unlock the whodunit mystery midway through.  The subplots of Detective Loki's side investigation are important as they all wrapped up quite well in the end as to who is related to whom, and who each person actually is.  The story doesn't over complicates itself with a huge number of suspects which really helps understanding and figuring it out.  It also helps having a great cast lead by Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal.  The stand out for me however is Melissa Leo who plays Alex's aunt.

Overall, I would recommend this film to those that are not squeamish.  It is far too violent for children to watch, so please do not have them watch with you!  The film is already in theaters as of this past Friday, go catch it this week and let me know what you think.

Rating: 4.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars


Trailer:


Cast:
Hugh Jackman as Keller Dover
Jake Gyllenhaal as Detective Loki
Viola Davis as Nancy Birch
Maria Bello as Grace Dover
Terrence Howard as Franklin Birch
Melissa Leo as Holly Jones
Paul Dano as Alex Jones
Dylan Minnette as Ralph Dover
Zoe Borde as Eliza Birch
Erin Gerasimovich as Anna Dover
Kyla Drew Simmons as Joy Birch
Wayne Duvall as Captain Richard O'Malley
Len Cariou as Father Patrick Dunn
David Dastmalchian as Bob Taylor
Jeff Pope as Elliot Milland

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Canada Post which is the equivalent of the United States Postal Services in the U.S. has recently release their collection of stamp products celebrating the 75th anniversary of when Superman was first introduced.  Besides stamps, and in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Mint they have also released a series of silver and gold coins featuring the Man of Steel.

This is not the first time that he has been featured on a stamp, but it is the first time an entire sheet has been dedicated to him by a postal service.  He was last seen as part of the Celebrate the Century 1930's stamp set, celebrating his debut in 1938.  This set came out in 2008.



And just prior to that in the DC Comics stamps set in 2006 along with his many of his other Justice League friends.



Overseas in the Jersey Channel Islands they've release Superman stamps before, most recently with the release of the Man of Steel film starring Henry Cavill.


Going back to the Canada Post's issues, I love how they celebrate his history by having a different stamp for Superman through the ages.  From his Golden Age beginnings all the way to the new 52.  From those of us in the United States, you can order the products through canadapost.ca/shop except for the Uncut Press Sheet which is only sold in Canada.  You can however find that on eBay at a slight mark up.  Besides the stamps sheets there are also rolls, first day covers, pre-stamped post cards and more. 





And as mentioned earlier there are a number of Silver and Gold coin releases celebrating his anniversary.  I just love how the coins are inscribed with Kryptonian language on it!  Here are a few:




Do you plan to collect any of the coins or stamps?  They make a great present for your comic book geek friend!

Monday, September 23, 2013


Opens Friday, September 27, 2013 

1 hr 35 min
PG | for mild rude humor.

The long awaited sequel Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball 2 sees Flint and friends and family return to Swallow Falls to shut down Flint's invention that survived the first movie.  The "Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator" or FLDSMDRF for short has turned the island into an living island of food with cheespiders, tacodile supremes, mosquitoasts and such roaming around.  Flint is sent by his idol in science, Chester V head of Live Corp to shut it down.  But this Steve Jobs parody figure is more than meets the eye.

With a very Jurassic Park feel to the movie, albeit with much cuter creatures, the sequel doesn't differ much as far as animation quality and laughter formula from the first movie.  Many of the familiar characters return, as the movie continues exactly where the last one left off.  Mr. T. however is replaced by Terry Crews as Officer Earl Deveraux.  Chester V played by Will Forte and Barb, a talking orangutan played by Kristen Schaal rounds out the new additions to the cast.


Like the first movie, the story is quite predictable as to what will happen and the laughs are periodically sprinkled throughout.  Most of the jokes are play on words like "there's a leek in the boat!"  Some of the scenes are just awkward to watch.  Like when the father is singing with the pickles while fishing.  Sorry, I just don't get it!


Overall, this is a must see if you're a fan of the first or if you have young children.  If you're neither, it still have enough good going for it to make a nice date movie or a morning matinee.  A third book is in the works currently, so perhaps we'll get a trilogy.  As far as animations goes there are much worst this year, but the franchise thus far has consistently settled for slightly above mediocrity.

Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars



Trailer:


Cast:

  • Bill Hader as Flint Lockwood, an inventor.
  • Anna Faris as Samantha "Sam" Sparks, a weather intern from New York City and Flint's love interest.
  • James Caan as Tim Lockwood, Flint's widowed father.
  • Andy Samberg as Brent McHale, an infamous/former celebrity mascot of Baby Brent's Sardines, now known as Chicken Brent.
  • Neil Patrick Harris as Steve the Monkey
  • Benjamin Bratt as Manny, Sam's Guatemalan cameraman and a former doctor, co-pilot, and comedian.
  • Terry Crews as Officer Earl Devereaux, the town's athletic cop.
  • Will Forte as Chester V, a world-famous super-inventor and the head of the Live Corp.
  • Kristen Schaal as Barb, Chester V's talking and lipstick wearing orangutan with a human brain.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Opens Friday, September 27, 2013
1 hr 36 min
PG-13 | Sexual content and some language.

I was able to catch the premiere screening of Baggage Claim at the Urbanworld Film Festival which you read about here earlier this week.  The film written and directed by David E. Talbert is a romance comedy about an air stewardess Montana Moore (Paula Patton) who attempts to find a marriage ready man within 30 days in time for her younger sister's wedding rehearsal dinner.  She is driven to do so given the pressures of her mother who has remarried numerous times and is stuck playing the maid of honor but never the bride.

The story while a little absurd or as Montana's fellow air stewardess friend put it, "illegal" only adds to the laughter of the situation.  They use their network of airport workers to track down her ex-boyfriends in hoping that one of them has since developed into husband material since she last saw them.  We get to meet an eclectic group of smart successful black males all with one defect or another.   Like the lying music mogul with a deranged partner or the over controlling politician.  The cast from the small roles to the leading leads all bring their A game to the table in this film.  One actor that really stood out not for being the only Caucasian in the film, but for his outstanding performance is Adam Brody as Sam who is one of Montana's friend and colleague.


Some of my favorite scenes though involved Affion Crockett as the TSA agent Cedric and Jill Scott as Montana's friend and coworker Gail Best.  Paula Patton starts off like her character not really sure of herself, but gains momentum as the film goes on.  Likewise, the beginning of the film suffers from pacing problems as the series of scenes seems to be more written as separate skits than a smoothly woven story.  As the story builds and the filmmakers and cast settles in, the film develops into one of the best romantic comedies this Summer.  The actors credit David as a strong Director in leading and setting the tone throughout filming during the Q&A I attended.  His humorous nature which I got to witness in the Q&A helped in creating some uproarious dialogue and situations throughout the film.


Overall I would recommend this film to friends and family.  Even though the film features a mainly black cast and is targeted toward a black audience, it has the right material and touches to make any type of audience rollicking with glee.  The comedy which may not be an instant classic comes awfully close as  we watch Montana trying to find out what's right for her in her pursuit of happiness.

Rating: 3.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars

Trailer:


Cast:

  • Paula Patton as Montana Moore
  • Adam Brody as Sam
  • Djimon Hounsou as Quinton Jamison
  • Taye Diggs as Langston Jefferson Battle III
  • Christina Milian as Taylor
  • Derek Luke as William Wright
  • Boris Kodjoe as Graham
  • Tia Mowry-Hardict as Janine
  • Terrence Jenkins as Sheree's fiancé
  • Jenifer Lewis as Catherine Moore
  • Lauren London as Sheree Moore
  • La La Anthony as Tanya
  • Jill Scott as Gail Best
  • Trey Songz as Damon Diesel
  • Affion Crockett as Cedric

Friday, September 20, 2013


Opens Friday, September 27, 2013 (Limited NY, LA 9/20)
2 hr 3 min
R | Sexual content, nudity, language, some disturbing images and brief drug use.

Just because it has possibly the worst movie poster of the year shouldn't keep you from watching this adrenaline packed racing film.  Rush directed by Ron Howard with screenplay by Peter Morgan is based on the true story of the rivalry between legendary F1 racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda.  In particular, the film shows us how their rivalry builds up and reaches a climax during their epic battle for world championship during 1976.

Even if you're not a fan of this type of racing, which I am not, you'll find the intensity that Chris Hemsworth (James Hunt) and Daniel Bruhl (Niki Lauda) brings to that character will have you drawn in, in this compelling true story.  The cinematography is just amazing, especially the racing scenes, the cars speeding along the tracks and the rain pouring down.  To compare it to the Fast & Furious movies would be a big mistake, as the story is more character driven than the explosive, gun fighting action packed F&F franchise has become.  The sets for the scenes with the 1970s style clothing and cars and the hair styles really brings you back in time.


Normally with historical movies, while the story may be compelling, the people behind it may not be.  Flamboyant skirt chaser that James Hunt was in sharp contrast to the calculating and stand offish Nicki Lauda are both larger than life characters.  Their epic races as it unfolds it front of you and the impact of each and every race will have your attention glued to the screen even if you're not a racing enthusiast.  The score by the famed Hans Zimmer adds such intensity to the great film.

Overall, I would highly recommend this film to everyone.  The back and forth between the two great racers will make you a racing fan even if it's just for 2 hours and 3 minutes.  The race to the finish is a smooth ride even if it wasn't so for them.  The pacing by Ron Howard shows us how he is a step above most other Directors.  Don't walk, but race to the theaters to see this one.

Rating: 4.0 Stars out of 5.0 Stars



Trailer:

Cast:

  • Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt
  • Daniel Brühl as Niki Lauda
  • Olivia Wilde as Suzy Miller
  • Alexandra Maria Lara as Marlene Knaus
  • Pierfrancesco Favino as Clay Regazzoni
  • David Calder as Louis Stanley
  • Natalie Dormer as Nurse Gemma
  • Stephen Mangan as Alastair Caldwell
  • Christian McKay as Alexander Hesketh
  • Alistair Petrie as Stirling Moss
  • Julian Rhind-Tutt as Bubbles Horsley
  • Colin Stinton as Teddy Mayer
  • Jamie de Courcey as Harvey Postlethwaite
  • Augusto Dallara as Enzo Ferrari
  • Ilario Calvo as Luca Cordero di Montezemolo
  • Sean Edwards as Guy Edwards
  • Martin J Smith as Jody Scheckter
  • Rob Austin as Brett Lunger
  • Tom Wlaschiha as Harald Ertl
Last night I was able to attend the premiere of Baggage Claim as part of the opening night for  the Urbanworld Film Festival.  I will provide a review of the film soon but here are some pictures from the event last night which included a Q&A after the screening.  As part of the Q&A, Director David Talbert was joined on the stage by leads Paula Patton, Derek Luke as well as Jenifer Lewis, Jill Scott and Rickey Smiley.  The Q&A was moderated by The Grio's Chris Witherspoon.  The Director and cast members were hilarious in interacting with the audience especially Jenifer and David.  Jenifer gave some very helpful and insightful advice to audience members including taking care of yourself health wise.  As well in pursuing an acting career or anything else in life "if the elevator to success is broken, take the stairs!"  Paula in the way she spoke and mannerism was exactly like her character in the movie which is just very sweet.  Jill seemed so humbled by her whole experience and thanks David for the opportunity.  Smiley promoted his show and tried to prank one of the media members.  I was fortunate enough to be able to take pictures with Director David Talbert as well as actress Paula Patton.  Rap legend Big Daddy Kane was also in attendance for the premiere.  Below are pictures from the event.  Enjoy!











 

Thursday, September 19, 2013


Fall season is upon us and with that movies that are push for Oscar nominations.  Not all on my list may be worthy of a nomination, but here are my top movies to watch this Fall.

My Lucky Star - September 17, 2013
This romance comedy from China is a prequel to the popular Sophie's Revenge that came out in 2009.  Starring Leehom Wang and Ziyi Zhang who was amazing in The Grandmaster.




Prisoners - September 20, 2013
From my friends that saw an early screening of this, they have had nothing but good things to say about it.  It's out tomorrow starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Don Jon - September 27, 2013
Look for my review for Don Jon this coming week.  Not your usual movie, and not for every one considering the adult content, but well worth watching it.

Rush - September 13, 2013
I was able to catch this last night and really enjoyed it.  Look for my review next week as well.  Starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl as rival racers based on a true story directed by Ron Howard.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatball 2 - September 27, 2013
I am catching an early screening of this on Saturday with my family.  I only recently saw the first one which you can catch the review here.


Gravity - October 4, 2013
There is no better trailer than Gravity when you have Sandra Bullock drifting off into deep space!

Machete Kills - October 11, 2013
I actually have never seen the first one but the studios have been really pushing this one.  Movies with cult followings must be good right?

Captain Phillips - October 11, 2013
I was able to catch an early screening of this and really enjoyed it.  Look for a review with in two weeks.  Oscar nomination for Tom Hanks?

Escape Plan - October 18, 2013
This ain't no Expendables movie.  But any time you get Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger together it's gonna be big.



Twelve Years a Slave - October 18, 2013
This has been getting a lot of early buzz and I can't wait to see it.  It's being screened first at the New York Film Fest as far as New York City.

Last Vegas - November 1, 2013
I saw this quite awhile ago and enjoyed it.  You can read my review here.

Thor: The Dark World - November 8, 2013
This is a no brainer as the mighty Marvel machine keeps rolling with the Thor sequel.

Which of the above movies do you plan to watch?  What movies did I leave out that you hope to see?