Spirited Away (2001)

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Lin: What’s going on here?
Kamaji: Something you wouldn’t recognize. It’s called love.

Starring: Rumi Hiiragi as Chihiro Ogino, Miyu Irino as Haku, Ryunosuke Kamiki as Boh and Mari Natsuki as Yubaba, dir. Hayao Miyazaki.

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Cinematographer: Atsushi Okui (Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke)

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Hey Girl… Prepare To Blast Off With Ryan Gosling As He Is Set To Star In Upcoming Neil Armstrong Biopic

That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for this Canadian heartthrob as Ryan Gosling has signed on to star in Damien Chazelle‘s upcoming biopic on the most famous astronaut in the world.

Universal Pictures Presents ‘First Man’

The handsome and talented actor will reteam with his La La Land director for First Man, a Universal Pictures biopic centered on Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who became the first man to set foot on the moon. Apparently Gosling has been interested in the project since late 2015, however a finalized deal was reached in December.

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Photo: The Hollywood Reporter

According to studio sources, the film will aim to tell the story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, specifically the years 1961 to 1969. The goal is to explore the sacrifices and the cost — on Armstrong and on the nation — of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

The film will adapt the James Hansen book, First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong and in case you’re feeling any type of initial hesitation, writer Josh Singer is set to pen the script… Singer was the Oscar-winning co-writer of the 2015 Best Picture winner, Spotlight, so I think the script is in good hands.

Chazelle Is A Fan Of Gosling’s Work Ethic

In an interview with the American Film Institute (AFI) for this year’s critical darling, La La Land, Chazelle complimented Gosling on his persistence in learning how to actually play the piano for the role. He revealed how surprised he was that Gosling managed to “[nail] every single piece” in the film despite not knowing how to play at all prior to shooting!

Watch The Chazelle Clip Below:

Chazelle clearly enjoyed working with Gosling on his third ever feature film directing gig, so it will be interesting to see how he tackles Armstrong, space and more Gosling!

Source: [The Hollywood Reporter]

Are You Looking Forward To Some Astronaut Gosling?

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“Yes”

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Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

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Capitán Vidal: You could have obeyed me!
Doctor: But captain, to obey – just like that – for obedience’s sake… Without questioning… That’s something only people like you do.

 


Starring: Ivana Baquero as Ofelia, Doug Jones as Pale Man, Fauno, Sergi Lopez as Vidal, Maribel Verdu as Mercedes and Ariadna Gil as Carmen, dir. Guillermo del Toro.

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Cinematographer: Guillermo Navarro (Hellboy, Cronos, Pacific Rim)

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Remembering Hollywood Legend, Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016)

I… Am genuinely at a loss of words right now. One day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher, the iconic Debbie Reynolds has passed away following a stroke when accordingly her and her son were discussing funeral plans for Fisher.


My Experience With Witnessing Debbie Reynolds’ Greatness On Screen

I first saw the work of the infallible Debbie Reynolds as everyone’s favourite witch, Grandma Aggie Cromwell, in the 1998 Disney Channel classic, Halloweentown. I was a wide-eyed youngster during my initial watch of the film and I loved the warmth and charisma Reynolds brought to the role. She reminded me of the relationship I had with my grandma, excluding the brooms and cauldrons, who was my best friend until she passed in 2010. She portrayed the loving grandmother who always sided with her grandchildren flawlessly and as a six year old, I had no idea how insanely talented this woman was.

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‘Halloweentown’ | Disney

Will And Grace used to show a ridiculous amount of reruns on the weekends and, me being a young teen who had absolutely no responsibilities during the weekend, slumped on the couch during those Saturday mornings to tune in to the show. During one of the episodes, young Grace (Debra Messing) introduces young Will (Eric McCormack) to her mother…

As portrayed by…

Grandma Aggie?! There is one specific moment in that series that stands out to me and that is Debbie Reynolds fucking shredding on the dance floor to a quick performance of “Gloria.” I used to and always will watch this quick clip when I need a pick me up because it is 17 seconds of sheer brilliance:

As I grew up and slowly wanted to expand my knowledge of film, I learned that a twenty year old Reynolds starred with the man, myth and legend, Gene Kelly in a revered musical called Singin’ In The Rain, my personal favourite musical of all-time presently but I had never watched it prior to. When I first watched the film, I not only had an insane crush on Kelly develop, my lady crush on Reynolds grew three sizes that day.

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‘Singin’ In The Rain’ | MGM

I went on to learn just how insanely arduous shooting that film was. The “Good Morning” sequence apparently took from 8am-11pm to shoot and, according to Reynolds herself:

“Singin’ in the Rain and childbirth were the two hardest things I ever had to do in my life”

You would never realize that Reynolds’ feet eventually began to bleed during that shoot!


The talent Debbie Reynolds had was limited to only her acting capability and just that one sequence proves it. I am deeply saddened she is not with us on this Earth anymore, however I am ecstatic that she has left such an incredible legacy that we can cherish for generations to come.

Thank you Debbie…

Halloween will certainly be much more of an emotional experience in the coming years.


I leave you with this awesome Craig Ferguson interview with Debbie Reynolds from 2013:

Sheeeeeeit, man… 2016 has been a cruel mistress, hasn’t it?

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Passengers (2016): Another Addition To The Genre Of Beautiful People In A Less Than Stellar Movie (Review)

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‘Passengers’ | Columbia Pictures
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Passengers tells the story of two… Passengers on board a ship headed for a new planet who awaken from induced hibernation ninety years too soon. The film stars Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Sheen and is directed by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters, The Imitation Game)


My Thoughts On The Characters And Story

I was actually looking forward to this film for quite some time; films set in isolated and limited locations are some of my favourites, I love anything to do with space since it is frigging space and is a phenomenal backdrop to use, plus I am a huge fan of Star Trek. I also love Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt so this film really should have been up my alley since it ticks all of the above boxes… Unfortunately, no amount of witty remarks uttered by Lawrence & Pratt and beautiful space shots could have saved Passengers.

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Live footage of how I occasionally felt watching this | Columbia Pictures

A majority of the film rides on the chemistry between Pratt and Lawrence’s characters and although they were enjoyable to watch together, their performances were a little bit on the bland side. There were a few moments where I enjoyed watching them together since they are naturally charismatic people and I even chuckled at a few parts which was nice. Their characters are also given pretty developed backstories so I felt pretty comfortable with their development. Overall though, the amount of duh.. staring going on became a little grating at times. To be fair, the actors didn’t have much to work with, and hey, Michael Sheen was one of my favourite aspects of it since his character served his purpose by progressing the film along and portraying an android beautifully. The ultimate progression along though is not anything special. There wasn’t anything particularly interesting about it and although the moral and ethical question it poses could have created a ridiculously entertaining picture, Passengers falls short of enthralling me in any way.

How Were The Other Aspects Of ‘Passengers’?

Passengers does have some great shots. Despite the overuse of the medium-shots that are used to illustrate just how beautiful these two are, and they are, there were one or two shots that genuinely woke me up from the mild slumber I was in. The gravity loss sequences are also gorgeously done. That Swimming Pool sequence that many knew of prior to the release of the film was lovely to see on the big screen.

See The Clip Below:

This really is a shining example of style over substance because on the surface, it is certainly beautiful looking and I loved the sequences where characters were in space or looking longingly at the beautiful darkness of the galaxy… When dealing with the “substance” issue, the dialogue is easily one of the worst aspects to this film. Oh my god, there were a number of eye-rolling moments with romantic dialogue that wasn’t exactly Attack Of The Clones-level terrible, but had it lasted longer than it did I’m pretty sure it would have reached the Danger Zone. I also can’t help but wonder how much more intriguing the film would’ve been had they rearranged the order of scenes. I am not going to delve into spoiler territory (although I’m certain whoever wants to watch it, has done it already), but had the film just cut out that beginning portion and allowed certain revelations to be revealed later on, I feel like it would have been a much more enjoyable watch.

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If you’re looking for a movie with beautiful leads that is beautiful on the surface with not much else going on, check out Passengers.

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Passengers receives 2.5/5 Matt Damon heads.

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Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back (1980) & Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi (1983) / rip. Carrie Fisher

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Leia: “You know, no matter how much we fought, I always hated watching you leave.”

Carrie Fisher (1956 – 2016)

I, like many of those reading this, am in shock at the loss of Carrie Fisher at the age of 60. Fisher appeared in a myriad of film and television, starring in such hits as The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally, yet for many, she will forever be remembered for her role as the Princess so many could finally look up to in the Star Wars franchise. I never felt such a connection to the typical princesses depicted on screen in my youth until Princess Leia Organa came into my life with that cinnamon bun-shaped hair and bad ass attitude.

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Only she could ever pull off referring to someone as a “half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf Herder” because what the hell is a Nerf Herder?

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Fisher dealt with an immense amount of demons in her life and overcame struggles I could never even fathom. Besides her incredible acting career, she was one of the most sought after script doctors in the business, fixing such popular scripts as Hook (1991), Sister Act (1992) and The Wedding Singer (1998).

Her mother, the iconic Debbie Reynolds, lost a child today and her short and sweet Facebook post states the thoughts and prayers are now guiding her “to the next stop”:

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Debbie Reynolds Facebook

Thank you Carrie.

Drowning in the moonlight, strangled by your own bra…
What a way to go 😉


My Favourite Interview With Her And Beloved Dog, Gary:

Gremlins (1984)

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Kate: What’re they doing?
Billy: They’re watching Snow White. And they love it.

Starring: Zach Galligan as Billy Peltzer, Phoebe Cates as Kate Beringer, Corey Feldman as Pete Fountaine and… Howie Mandel as Gizmo?! Dir. Joe Dante.

TIL: Howie Mandel Voiced The Lovable Gizmo

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So I had no idea whatsoever that the Deal Or No Deal host was such a talented voice actor! Check out this short clip where he illustrates his talent: (Gizmo voice ~0:29)

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Cinematographer: John Hora (Explorers, Honey I Blew Up The Kid, Gremlins 2)

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