LIFE (2017) Movie Review

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Life follows a crew of wickedly smaht astronauts aboard the International Space Station as they discover the first evidence that answers the question posed by the late, great David Bowie: is there life on Mars? According to the film, there is and it is one insane living entity. Life stars Rebecca Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare and Olga Dihovichnaya and is directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Child 44).

My Thoughts On The Characters And Story

Space exploration and films that tackle the subject are my bread and butter. Merely thinking about the vastness of space or the idea of suddenly being trapped in a confined area anywhere that isn’t Earth excites me while simultaneously shaking me to my very core. With Sony/Columbia Pictures coming off the best film of last year, Passengers, I was curious to see how the studio handled a similar situation of beautifully talented people stuck on a spaceship with danger looming about. I will say, Life was immensely more enjoyable than the Chris Pratt/J-Law combo, although there are obviously many other sci-fi films that blow it (and Passengers) completely out of the water.

There are some top-tier level talent in Life that are unfortunately underutilized. I had high hopes for Rebecca Ferguson starring in a space thriller following her amazing performance in Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, especially with the physical prowess she had in that film. Ferguson was good in Life, however there were moments where I wondered whether she really wanted to be there. Every actor seemingly had the occasional moment where I wondered if they wanted to wrap for lunch. Reynolds‘ character’s quips kind of became tiresome as the film progressed which is surprising for me to say because I adored the immature quips he had in DeadpoolGranted that was a straight absurd comedy so it makes sense to have ridiculous comments running amok. I think his character was going for a Wade Wilson in Space-type feel and I just was not feeling it at all. Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada and Olga Dihovichnaya gave my favourite performances of the cast, particularly Bakare as I felt his character was given a bit more to work with and I loved how a certain physical aspect of his character gave one moment that left me stunned. Jake Gyllenhaal was definitely the weakest link of everyone; his constant leering and dead-eyed deliveries became more tiresome than the wacky Reynolds quip. There was certainly chemistry between the cast which is probably more of a testament to the charisma of the actors than what their characters were given.

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Credit: Columbia Pictures

 

The growth of the Mars entity was definitely enjoyable to watch and it gradually became more and more ridiculous as the film progressed. There are a few lapses in logic that had me shaking my head and other moments where I wonder if the astronauts even knew how to astronaut. SPOILER I don’t understand how the ship managed to lose so much fuel in the thruster sequence following the death. Also I really wish she would’ve just floated out into deep space instead of attempting to generate false tension with the whole latch situation and Gyllenhaal screaming. Also the whole thing with the only being able to close each hatch one by one? What? Why, who would invent it that way? END SPOILER

There are certainly tension-filled moments that had me reclining in my seat. I adored its use of gore and the sequences that called for it were executed wonderfully. Calvin the Creature was also disgustingly terrifying, its progression from the simple all-encompassing-everything in a petri dish to what it eventually became was simply a joy to watch. Could have done without the face but we can’t always get what we want.

How Were The Other Aspects To ‘Life’?

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Credit: Columbia Pictures

 

The technical components in Life are easily my favourite aspects of the film, its colour palate veered toward the coolness of its blues so when there were sequences with warmer colours, they popped. What I appreciated the most was that it felt like these characters were actually on the ISS. The astronauts were constantly floating about, there were no inclusions of anti-grav units, everyone endured the restraining elements by grasping the bars available or strapping themselves in. This doesn’t mean I want all space-centric films to have their characters flying like eagles, it’s just a pleasant inclusion to depict the everyday experience astronauts have, minus the blood-hungry creature from Mars.

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Credit: Columbia Pictures

If you’re looking for an enjoyable horror sci-fi watch on a rainy afternoon starring your favourite actors, check out Life.

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Beauty And The Beast (2017): Emma Watson Embodies Belle In This Lavishly-Produced Adaptation (Review)

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Beauty and the Beast (2017) [Credit: Disney]
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Beauty And The Beast (2017) is a live-action adaptation of the 1991 Disney classic (which was an adaptation of a French fairytale) and tells the timeless tale of a cursed prince (Dan Stevens) who must find somebody to love until the last petal of a rose falls. Enter the intelligent and bookish nerd, Belle (Emma Watson) who wants something more out of her shitty village and chooses to take the place of her father when he becomes imprisoned by the Beast. Beauty and the Beast also stars Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline and is directed by Bill Condon (Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Dreamgirls)

My Thoughts On The Characters And Story

In another addition to the live-action Disney adaptations comes Beauty and the Beast, the story everyone loves to shout “Stockholm Syndrome!” at whenever discussing what films to show young’lings. Now, I am one of those people that believes anything can be remade (or reimagined or rebooted or re-gofuckyourself). There are many that hold the firm belief that if you like a reboot or remake, it somehow discredits your love for the original and/or it will rework how you experienced your childhood. I enjoy the 1991 Academy-Award winning animated classic because it is spectacular and Celine fucking Dion performs a duet in it.

I enjoyed this 2017 adaptation and look forward to the future Disney live-action adaptations of their animated properties. Cinderella (2015) was great and last year’s The Jungle Book was bonkers amazing. Just thinking about how Jon Favreau is going to handle The Lion King and the upcoming Aladdin and Mulan – what a time to be alive!

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Aladdin [Credit: Disney]

Emma Watson is easily my favourite aspect of this film. When I think of the idea of “perfect casting” and who truly embodies their character, especially because of how revered the animated Belle (voiced by Paige O’Hara) is, Watson will forever remain on my list. She has fantastic chemistry with every one of her co-stars, particularly with her father Maurice (Kline) and the dashing Gaston (Evans). The film relies on how Belle interacts with her surroundings and if you don’t believe the relationship she shares with these characters, it will fall flat. Watson manages to illustrate the type of relationship she has with Maurice, Gaston and the Beast by her varying expressions and mannerisms that dictate who she is sharing a scene with.

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Beauty and the Beast (2017) [Credit: Disney]

Her aggravation with Gaston differs from her aggravation with the Beast. Her affection for her father is depicted brilliantly without the need for her to tell the audience, “I love you dad! You’re the best!” It’s the little things you notice like how she rested her hands on Maurice’s knee before he left for the market toward the beginning of the film, they share a bond that is just lovely to watch. Expanding on the idea of a bond Belle shares with someone, I loved the depiction of her growing affection for the Beast and how their relationship was handled.

“There is never a moment where I felt a moment was forced or unbelievable for the sake of progressing the film along.”

Every sequence that progresses their relationship is logically executed. There is never a moment where I felt a moment was forced or unbelievable for the sake of progressing the film along. Stevens is great as the Beast, however with all the Disney money the company has floating around, the CG on the Beast is just brutal. It kind of looked as if the effects were still rendering and instead of waiting they just shipped it out anyway. I truly loved Watson and Stevens together but after seeing what they could accomplish with The Jungle Book I expected more in terms of the aesthetics of the Beast.

When it comes to the lavishly-produced sets and costumes, not one frame of the screen went to waste. Everything was gorgeous and the iconic ballroom sequence with the disgustingly spectacular performance by Emma Thompson singing the titular song, I teared up. It was nothing short of magical. Listening to the song again makes me tear up. My Grinchian heart grew three sizes after the ballroom sequence.

Speaking of Thompson, the voice actors are phenomenal. Ewan McGregor as Lumiere is nothing short of perfection and Sir Ian McKellen‘s Cogsworth is wonderful. Chip, the young son of Thompson’s Mrs. Potts, could have been cut down a bit. I really only tolerate him because he’s Mrs. Potts son but I could not stand any time his annoying voice piped up. Besides him, everyone truly excelled in their roles and there is nothing more to say about Luke Evans as Gaston that hasn’t already been said. He radiates Gaston. The man is Gaston, damn it. He may not look like he eats five dozen eggs but his ability to ooze narcissism and execution of the Gaston-voice is unparalleled.

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spoiler: he’s talking to a mirror [Credit: Disney]

How Were The Other Aspects To ‘Beauty And The Beast’?

There are a few changes made from the original and I feel some of them worked, particularly the inclusion of how Belle’s mother died. The controversy that surrounded the further development of LeFou’s (Gad) character is undeniably moronic and I liked how they worked his character. The guy sung a song about adoring another man in the 1991 animated film, everyone knew LeFou was crushing a little bit on Gaston. I’m not quite sure about the rewatchability factor for the film, besides a few musical moments and that bad ass snowball throw at Emma Watson I probably won’t feel the need to watch it again anytime soon but only time will tell.

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Somebody was paid to throw a gigantic snowball at the phenomenal Emma Watson… What a world! [Credit: Disney]

I adored Condon’s utilization of the wide shot because it showcased the production value that went into this beast (sorry) of a picture, however there were certain instances where he would pan up & around a room that I could have done without.

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I would be remiss to discuss a Disney picture and not include any discussion on the musical components of it. Besides a few moments that lingered on a bit, you will be smiling throughout the musical numbers especially that absolutely wondrous opening number set to the classic “Belle.” I always wondered why everyone in this town couldn’t mind their own fucking business instead of getting all up into Belle’s business but hey… She’s a woman who likes to read in a Disney movie (what a freeeeak!)

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[Credit: Disney]

If you’re a fan of the original Beauty And The Beast or if you have absolutely no knowledge of the story at all, check out 2017’s Beauty And The Beast.

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“I’m Jose Canseco!” ‘Liar Liar’ Turns 20, Let’s Celebrate With 20 Memorable Quotes

March 21st marks twenty years since the Jim Carrey-centric comedy, Liar Liar hit theaters and received perpetual airings on television every weekend since then. The film follows Fletcher Reede (Carrey), a talented lawyer with an affinity for lying who is cursed when his son wishes that he cannot tell a lie for one whole day. As a lawyer, such a task is virtually impossible for Fletcher to accomplish since his entire livelihood depends on stretching the truth.

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Liar Liar tested Carrey’s physical prowess to his absolute limits and it paid off immensely because he – quite literally – beats himself senseless in this role. The film grossed over $300 million worldwide and was a hit for audiences and critics alike. Its sharp humor and hysterical physical comedy continues to entertain audiences twenty years later.

In honor of its 20th anniversary, here are 20 quotes from Liar Liar that still manage to make us howl with laughter.


1. “Stop Breakin’ The Law, Asshole!”

When Fletcher’s receptionist, Greta (Anne Haney), tells him he has a client on the phone who “knocked over another ATM requesting legal advice, Fletcher’s frustration gets the best of him. He decides to shout some pretty sound advice at the phone.

For fans of TV-edits, the clean version of this line has “LOSER” edited in instead of “asshole.” Carrey’s enunciation of “asshole” is so pronounced that it really throws me off whenever another term is shoved in there.

2. “That’s Just Something Ugly People Say”

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Liar Liar [Credit: Universal Pictures]

Fletcher reveals to his son, Max (Justin Cooper) what he believes the truth is behind the phrase “real beauty is on the inside.” It is a terrible thing to say to a young, impressionable person but damn it, I cannot help but laugh hysterically every time he says it.

3. “I Hold Myself In Contempt!”

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[Credit: Universal Pictures]

Following Fletcher’s monumental win by utilizing nothing but the truth, he learns he made a huge mistake because his client (Jennifer Tilly) is a money-grubbing insane thing. He refuses to accept the Judge’s verdict and after a threat of being held in contempt of court, a phrase which here means “the offense of being disobedient to or disrespectful of a court of law and its officers” and usually requires a fee or stay in prison, Fletcher declares that he holds himself in contempt to the Judge’s dismay. This sequence is an emotional roller coaster since he was being offered a partnership a moment before and was willing to risk it all to express his displeasure at the verdict.

4. Fletcher Explains Why He Was Pulled Over

“Here goes: I sped. I followed too closely. I ran a stop sign. I almost hit a Chevy. I sped some more. I failed to yield at a crosswalk. I changed lanes at the intersection. I changed lanes without signaling while running a red light and speeding!”

Fletcher states all the traffic violations he committed during this sequence and Carrey’s ability to spew all of the above as quickly and hysterically as he does is a testament to his talent. It has also been parodied numerous times including an episode of Family Guy where Peter (Seth MacFarlane) recreates the sequence for his father-in-law.

5. “I’ve Had Better”

This one is self explanatory. Note to sexually-active people: when someone asks how the intercourse was do not say, “I’ve had better.” Carrey’s facial expression when he realizes what he said, and disbelief at saying it, in the subsequent scene is wonderfully executed.

6. “I’m A Little Upset About A Bad Sexual Episode I Had Last Night”

Fletcher is still unaware of Max’s wish so he can’t understand why he keeps revealing what he truly thought about his “sexual episode” with a partner. It is delivered so well that it makes you do a double take and ask, “Did he really say that?”

7. “I’m Kicking My Ass, Do You Mind?!”

Here is a perfect example of Carrey’s ability to physically harm himself on screen and make it insanely enjoyable to watch. An unsuspecting man walks into the court bathroom and sees a crazed man beating himself up. Fletcher is nice enough to assure him that this is exactly what it looks like.

8. “Your Honor, I Would Like a Continuance!”

Fletcher’s growing frustration is apparent when he asks for a continuance for the case when it has already been delayed numerous times. He pleads to the Judge to accept another delay and is asked why he wants the case to go on any further than it already has which leads to the next iconic line…

9. “I… Can’t… Lie!”

10. “I Mean… Your Boobs Are Huge”

Fletcher rightfully gets punched in the face for his attempt at calming the woman he sexually harassed. This sequence is as funny as it is because his initial statement to the beautiful woman in the elevator when she says everyone has been nice to her is, “that’s ’cause you got big jugs.” “Your boobs are huge” is his hilarious reply when attempting to defuse the situation and it only gets more horrendous with every subsequent word.

11. “It Was Me!”

We know it was you, Fletcher. We always do.

12. “The Pen Is Blue”

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[Credit: Universal Pictures]

Now this sequence is arguably the most famous in the entire film. Fletcher wrestles with himself to prove that the pen he is holding in his hand is red but the strength of Max’s wish doesn’t allow him to state even that minuscule of a lie. This is Carrey at his absolute best and what he manages to accomplish with that scene is sheer brilliance.

13. “I’d Have Got Him Ten”

Greta has been a loyal staff member for years, however when Fletcher’s past lies caught up to him, she decided to take her plant and get out of there. There was the briefest moment of contemplation where she may have stayed following the story of a burglar suing her friend, unfortunately Fletcher’s declaration that he would’ve got the burglar $10,000 instead of the $6000 (rightfully) rubbed her the wrong way.

14. “I Don’t Even Like Her, But She’s A Partner And I Thought I Could Help My Career By Making Her Squeal”

Fletcher’s sexual encounter gets funnier as the film progresses. He promised to spend time with son – a promise he makes often, yet rarely keeps – and when he tells his ex, Audrey (Maura Tierney) that he was having sex the night of Max’s birthday, she sarcastically says she hopes it was with someone special. His response to her contains a rhyme Dr. Seuss himself would have loved. At least we know he doesn’t really like her and only had sex to further his career.

15. “A Madman, Your Honor! A Desperate Fool At The End Of His Pitiful Rope”

Fletcher technically isn’t lying about getting beaten up by a “madman” who truly is “at the end of his pitiful rope” since he is referring to himself. When the Judge asks what the assailant looked like, Fletcher humorously describes himself to a tee, down to the large teeth and all:

“About 6’2, 180 lbs, big teeth, kind of gangly.”

16. “I’m Jose Canseco!”

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[Credit: Universal Pictures]

For those unfamiliar with who Jose Canseco is, he was a popular baseball player from the 1980s to 2001. He was notoriously known throughout his career for his various legal troubles and anger. In 1992 he was charged with aggravated battery for allegedly ramming his then-wife Esther’s BMW with his Porsche. In the film, Fletcher and Max bond over baseball and Fletcher lovingly refers to himself as “Jose Canseco.”

So one can assume seeing a man who has just been held in contempt of court shouting “I’m Jose Canseco!” can only mean bad news. Carrey’s final moment peering out the door is yet another example of the brilliant performance he gives in Liar Liar.

17. Fletcher’s Objection

Fletcher: “Your honor, I object!”

Judge: “And why is that, Mr. Reede?”

Fletcher: “Because it’s devastating to my case!”

This brief moment is my personal favorite of the entire film. Fletcher just seems so defeated when he states “your honor” and his truthful declaration of what he thinks of this cheating revelation between his client and her boyfriend is something I’m certain many people think when they are utterly fucked in a professional situation, however they are unable to say it.

18. Fletcher Introduces Max To A Prospective Career

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Max Reede: “If I keep making this face… will it get stuck that way?”

Fletcher: “Uh uh. As a matter of fact, some people make a very good living that way.”

Fletcher Reede gets meta in this exchange. Prior to Liar Liar, Carrey made his name with countless impressions and rocking wacky faces that he excelled in and managed to make his living with.

19. “Thank You Very Much?”

Jerry: “I love you!”

Audrey: “… Thank you”

Jerry: “That wasn’t exactly the answer I was looking for”

Audrey: “… Thank you very much?”

Oh God, poor Jerry (Cary Elwes)… He really should have ended his adoration proclamation with “As You Wish.”

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‘The Princess Bride’ [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

As Fletcher is frolicking around on the airstrip because this was the 1990s, Audrey, Max and her boyfriend are setting off to move to Boston. Jerry is actually a really supportive boyfriend and seems to care for Max so her thanking him when he prematurely says he loves her only furthers the uncomfortable factor of the entire scene. Her pounding down the drinks also isn’t helping anyone think straight in this situation.

20. “I Wish That For Only One Day, Dad Couldn’t Tell A Lie”

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‘Liar Liar’ [CreditL Universal Pictures]

Children’s birthday wishes in movies seem to be the only definitive way to get whatever you want regardless of how crazy it may seem. As Fletcher states in the film, it’s “one of those 24 hour curses” however it truly feels way longer because of all the antics that occur in Liar Liar. Max wasting his one birthday wish on his father to quit lying breaks your heart a bit because although he loves his son, Fletcher is just too darn busy to spend time with his family.

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‘Liar Liar’ [Credit: Universal Pictures]

What are your favorite quotes from Liar Liar? List them all in the comments below

Finding Perfection In The Imperfect Is What Makes ‘Beauty And The Beast’ A Timeless Tale

Hey! I originally wrote this piece for Moviepilot (with the editing help of the brilliant individuals over there) and hope you all enjoy it here too!

Groundbreaking animation, sweeping landscapes and marvelous musical numbers are just a few of the reasons Disney captivated audiences around the world with its animated masterpiece Beauty and the Beast in 1991.

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ (1991) [Disney]

26 years later the studio is set to charm us once again, this time with a new adaptation that brings Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s classic fairy tale to life in a way audiences have never seen before. But it’s not the breathtaking visuals, remarkable songs, or powerful performances that have made this tale as old as time a favorite since it was originally published in 1740.

Though it’s been retold many times and in many different ways, at its core Beauty and the Beast has been a story about acceptance. It’s a tale that encourages us to accept others and ourselves for who we are; reminding us that perfection can be found in the imperfect and we are much more than what can be seen on the surface.

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ (2017) [Disney]

In Praise Of Belle

The character of Belle embraces this notion by consistently remaining headstrong in her actions. Emma Watson portrays Belle in the live-action adaptation and she refers to Belle’s “outsider quality” as an “empowering defiance of what was expected of her.” From her adoration for her father to how she handles Gaston and the eventual love she feels for the Beast, Belle’s ability to radiate immense kindness and strength is an admirable feat this fantastical heroine accomplishes again and again in the story.

Belle’s father, Maurice is essentially the laughing stock of the town due to his numerous failed attempts at inventing and because of her father’s oddities, the town ridicules her. As the vain Gaston relentlessly attempts to woo her, she politely refuses his advances until his sidekick LeFou brings up her “crazy old moon” father. At this point she takes a stand, but never loses sight of the person she is.

Additionally, Gaston’s self-esteem depends on everyone marveling at his looks and complimenting his skills as a hunter every moment of every day. He can’t fathom the idea of anyone not wanting to marry him, which is part of what makes Belle so appealing. She rejects the mainstream definition of perfection, seeking something greater.

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ (2017) [Disney]

Finding Perfection In The Imperfect

In Disney’s animated classic, the heart of this theme is highlighted best as the relationship between Belle and the Beast blossoms.

The sequence following Belle nursing the Beast’s wounds, is one of the most important in the development of the cursed character. The previous decade has been one of seclusion and anger for the Beast due to his inability to change his exterior appearance. He is the furthest thing from perfection on the outside, believing the world will never accept him again. This is furthered by the fact that he has lived a privileged life, surrounded by others who follow his commands because he is the master of his manor. Yet, Belle does not help him because she is obligated. She helps him because she believes it is the right thing to do; staying true to who she is at her core and this awakens a similar aspect of the Beast’s true personality as well. He begins to believe he can be more than what he appears and he does not have to behave in the manner that is expected by others.

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‘Beaury and the Beast’ [Credit: Disney]

He respects Belle’s tenacity and ability to argue with him without feeling the need to hold back. His affection for her grows because she is different and refuses to conform to the definition of what society defined as a “perfect” woman at that time.

When he introduces Belle to his library, it’s a surprise he specifically gears to appeal to her as much as he can. He is aware of her obsessive love for books and her desire to experience something more than life in her small village. Others, view Belle’s priorities as flawed, but the Beast embraces them and begins to realize it’s these aspects of her personality that society has deemed imperfect that make her so special.

Introducing The Story To A New Generation

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Cast 1991 | 2017 [Credit: Pinterest / @MyDisneyDorks]

The 2017 live-action adaptation of the story reiterates this timeless theme in new ways, promoting a more tolerant perspective for those who others view as different.

We are at our best when we accept the differences in ourselves and others.

When it was announced that the adaptation would feature LeFou as an openly-gay character, a storm of controversy began brewing with some threatening to boycott the film. But those groups failed to recognize the central theme that beats at the heart of Beauty and the Beast: we are at our best when we accept the differences in ourselves and others.

The classic adage “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is as true today as it was when this fairy tale began enchanting audiences nearly three centuries ago. Discovering “perfection” in the “imperfect,” finding “flawlessness” in the “flawed,” and realizing the beauty in the beast is story that speaks to every generation. It inspires us to be more than we are by loving who we are and that’s the reason Beauty and the Beast isn’t simply a tale as old as time, it’s timeless.


Are you planning on checking out the live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’? Let me know in the comments below!

in the meantime, let’s watch Josh Gad (LeFou) and Luke Evans (Gaston) singing ‘Gaston’ IRL…

Are Audiences Suffering From ‘Bourne’ Fatigue? Matt Damon Suggests “Maybe People Are Done With The Character”

The handsomely talented Matt Damon became an action film superstar with his leading role as the Treadstone agent with amnesia, Jason Bourne. He appeared in the critical and financially acclaimed Bourne trilogy from 2002-2007 and returned to the role following a nine-year hiatus in last year’s disappointing Jason Bourne.

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Although the film is the second highest earning Bourne installment worldwide behind 2007’s Ultimatum, critics noted that the redundantly bland plot and overall generic feel of it easily made Jason Bourne the worst of the Damon films.

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‘The Bourne Supremacy’ [Credit: Universal Pictures]

Damon Talks Bourne

During the press tour for Damon’s latest The Great Wall, he was (of course) asked about a return for a possible Bourne 5 and what would need to be done in order for the franchise to continue:

“It would have to be a pretty incredible story to get us all back on the horse… This last one didn’t do as well as the one we did 10 years ago, so maybe people are done with the character.”

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‘Jason Bourne’ [Credit: Universal Pictures]

Damon notes the importance of having “a good story” is key in order to continue with the franchise and does mention how enjoyable creating the films are:

“Look, we all love working together and those movies are a lot of fun to make so we sure would be happy to do it… If we can figure out a good story… I think everybody is leaving the door open, as we did at the end of this movie, in hopes that we can come up with an intriguing story for the next one.”

Where Have We Heard That Before?

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‘The Bourne Identity’ [Credit: Universal Pictures]

Now many Bourne fans – including yours truly – were ridiculously ecstatic at the prospect of Damon returning to the Bourne franchise following the less-than-stellar Jeremy Renner take in The Bourne Legacy. We all vehemently refreshed various movie news sites in order to see what the latest was on the film and felt immense jubilation at the idea of Damon and Paul Greengrass, the director of Supremacy and Ultimatum, collaborating once again.

Fans of the series were well aware of the idea that Damon would only return if a) Greengrass would return to direct and, b) if the right story was going to be told. He stated back in 2007 that they could “get the gang back together” for a fourth Bourne if “there was a great idea behind it.

With news that the supremely fantastic Academy Award winner, Alicia Vikander would star and Julia Stiles and Greengrass were set to return, many could not wait to see the next installment of this beloved franchise!

And then ‘Jason Bourne’ released…

By no means was it the worst action film ever made, it just severely disappointed from the immense hype it generated and the final product that was riddled with its terrible utilization of shaky cam – the same camera style used virtually flawlessly to film its predecessors – and dialogue cliches that were abhorrently outdated.

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“Jesus Christ, they used the term enhance” [Credit: Universal]

Whether we see a return to Bourne with Damon at the helm, someone completely new, or scrapping the whole franchise for another ten years, let’s hope the story for the future Bourne installment is one worth being told.

Source: Toronto Sun

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Get Out (2017): Jordan Peele’s Directorial Debut Is More “Get In!” Than “Get Out!” (Review)

… Apologies For My Horrid Attempt At Humour In The Title.

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[Credit: Universal Pictures]
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Get Out tells the story of a couple – Chris, a black guy and Rose, a white lady – who travel up to Rose’s (Allison Williams) family home for the weekend wherein Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) begins to notice strange occurrences with the black people living in this seemingly idealistic family estate. The film also stars Bradley Whitford Lil Rel Howery and Catherine Keener and is the directorial debut of Jordan Peele.

My Thoughts On The Characters And Story

The testament of a good film is one where you are engaged throughout the film and seemingly forget about it when the credits begin rolling. The testament of a great film is one where you are enthralled at every morsel on screen and when the credits finally cease, you continue to think about it long after the “no animals were harmed in the making of this movie” line. It has been a few days since I watched Get Out and I find myself at the most random moments of my day thinking of certain sequences in the film.

‘I genuinely had a pit in my stomach because I was so uncomfortable in the greatest possible way’

What Peele managed to accomplish with this film is a brilliant take on the horror-comedy genre that contains a few of those jump scares many generic horror films utilize solely to “scare” their audience with, however the atmosphere Peele manages to create has this ridiculous air of tension throughout that is so refreshing to see. I am not exaggerating when I say during the first act of Get Out I genuinely had a pit in my stomach because I was so uncomfortable in the greatest possible way. I had no inclination of whose motives were what or who I could possibly trust, it was fantastic. The plot progression overall flows beautifully although there were a few moments that lingered a bit. The revelations made are truly shocking and I found myself thinking back to certain moments of the film that have new meaning when you’ve finished it.

The opening scene gave me chills while also chuckling and as someone who finds myself laughing at the most inappropriate moments, I appreciated it.

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[Credit: Universal Pictures]

Kaluuya excels in his performance as Daniel, the various revelations made and viewing them through his eyes is a daunting task for any actor and his reactions – from pure jubilation or sheer confusion – is executed brilliantly. His chemistry with Williams of Girls fame is also wonderful and that is an aspect that could’ve easily brought down the movie because you need to feel the love this couple has for each other despite only dating for a few months. Williams also rocks in her role as Rose… Certain moments with her were chilling and there was one sequence involving one of my favourite songs of all-time that I adored.

The secondary characters are also great; Keener gives such a brilliantly sinister performance and Howery had me howling throughout his scenes. Bradley Whitford is also in this movie and I did not recognize him at all. The last time I saw Whitford was watching the cinematic masterpiece, Billy Madison and he looks like the sexier, older brother of the guy I actually rooted for in the film moreso than Billy (Adam Sandler).

 

How Were The Other Aspects Of ‘Get Out’?

If Jordan Peele’s future directing credits are even half as exhilarating as Get Out, we may potentially see another James Wan who manages to direct some ridiculously spectacular horror works. Dark comedy (ie. The Cable Guy) and horror flicks that utilize the brilliance of comedy (ie. Evil Dead, Gremlins) are my absolute jam and hey… The more, the merrier! Peele’s directing style utilizes those wide shots where you can see absolutely everything and there were certain sequences and shots that truly shook me to my core, moreso than many conventional horror films do.

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The music too. Oh man, the musical cues in Get Out are absolutely perfect. The songs utilized to set up the scenes are wonderful and I need to get my hands on the soundtrack whenever it releases.

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If you’re looking for an awesome horror-comedy watch where your jaw will occasionally drop and causes you to be equal parts terrified and chortle aloud, check out Get Out.

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Get Out receives 4.5/5 Matt Damon heads

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Reservoir Dogs (1992)

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Mr. Blonde: Hey Joe, you want me to shoot this guy?
Mr. White: Shit… You shoot me in a dream, you better wake up and apologize.

Starring: Tim Roth as Mr. Orange, Quentin Tarantino as Mr. Brown, Michael Madsen as Mr. Blonde and Steve Buscemi as Mr. Pink, dir. Quentin Tarantino.

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‘reservoir dogs’ distributor: miramax
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Cinematographer: Andrzej Sekula (Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms, American Psycho)

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