Movie Review – The Huntsman: Winter’s War

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Before the events of Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), we learn of Ravenna (Charlize Theron), the misunderstood evil sorceress who will become queen and her sister Freya (Emily Blunt). Freya had an affair with the Duke of Blackwood and is now with child. Unfortunately, the Duke committed filicide, sending Freya into a rage, unleashing her cryokinesis. The two sisters separated as Freya turned toward the Northern Lands and began her icy rule. Determined to rid the world of love; convinced that it is a weakness, kidnaps children to raise them as soldiers called The Huntsmen. Two particularly talented warriors are Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and Sara (Jessica Chastain). The secret couple, secretly wed and live relatively harmoniously, that is, until their discovered by Freya. There are only two laws in Freya’s Queendom: Love is forbidden, and Freya demands absolute loyalty. The penalty for breaking either law is death (of course). Both Eric and Sara resist, but Sara is apparently killed in the fight forcing Eric to flee, starting his story in Snow White and the Huntsman. As that story ended happily ever after, the peace didn’t last long. The infamous Magic Mirror has been stolen and in the wrong hands, its power could be used to rule the world. The only one trustworthy enough to retrieve the Mirror and place in a safe place, hiding it from all is (conveniently) our Huntsman and some friends made along the way.

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Review – Mad Max: Fury Road

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The land is barren. Unbroken, only by a smattering of rocks and cliffs in the distance. The desert is unforgiving and endless. The lands of this unnamed terrain have been decimated by war and the fall of society; which is where we meet our unnamed hero (Tom Hardy). The vagrant wanders through the hinterlands alone, haunted by his memories and  hunted by marauders from a nearby stronghold. That citadel is ruled by King Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) with the Imperator, Furiosa (Charlize Theron) by his side. While out on a supply run, Furiosa has her own ambitions and steals Joe’s most cherished possessions. With Furiosa on the run and a battalion of the War Boys on the hunt, the only way to escape is down Fury Road. 

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MOVIE REVIEW – Prometheus

The action packed Sci-Fi flick, Prometheus, directed by Ridley Scott, takes over the movie goers mind this summer.  It fuels the Sci-Fi lovers thoughts with the “What if’s?” and the “What will happen next?” throughout this heart racing film. Sci-Fi movies have appeared to be a slowly decaying genre of film and become more and more repetitive over the years. Will Prometheus be able to stand up the hairs on our neck and bring back the classic Sci-Fi experience we once enjoyed?  Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW – Prometheus”

MOVIE REVIEW – Snow White and the Huntsman

Once upon a time in a theater far away plays a fairytale movie that’s so divinely dark, you shouldn’t stay away. Snow White and the Huntsman, directed by Rupert Sanders, hits theaters with their grim, action fantasy rendition of the Disney classic Snow White. How will this movie portray the beloved tale of the fairest princess, Snow White overcoming the wrath of the wicked queen? Will good prevail with a fantastic and award-winning performance or will evil “reign” on this movies parade?

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MOVIE REVIEW: Prometheus


If you’ve been out of the world for the last 33 years, a film called Alien was released in 1979 and is hailed as one of cinema’s greatest science fiction/horror movies ever made.  Claustrophobic and terrifying, Alien scorched the box office, captured the attention of audiences worldwide, and made an action hero out of Sigourney Weaver’s character Ellen Ripley.  It has permeated popular culture, with all manner of art paying homage to or spoofing Alien or its characters; it has since spawned three direct sequels and a spinoff involving Predator, another 20th Century Fox property.  When I went to the San Diego Comic-Con International last year, I was lucky to catch the Prometheus panel hosted by co-writer Damon Lindelof and co-star Charlize Theron.  As a surprise for the audience, director Ridley Scott and star Noomi Rapace joined them via satellite uplink to talk about what they were doing during the final days of shooting in Iceland.  During this discussion, Scott said one thing: “This film will definitely have Alien DNA.”  A curious choice of words, thinking back on it while looking ahead to Prometheus.  And with Prometheus’ release today, we finally get to see just how much DNA is in the finished product, which will probably be considered a hallmark of the post-2000-era of modern science fiction.
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MOVIE REVIEW – Snow White and the Huntsman

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?  Between Mirror, Mirror, the other “Snow White” film to hit the theaters this year and Snow White and the Huntsman, this is the fairer one overall.

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MOVIE REVIEW – Young Adult

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“Everyone grows old, not everyone grows up.”  The film’s tagline says it perfectly.  All of us, no matter how much we try to fight it get older.  We experience new things, learn, and most of us evolve.  But not everyone is quite capable of moving on and putting the past behind themselves and maturing.  Usually though, those individuals can’t quite seem to see in themselves just how little they’ve matured with time, and how it has affected them in their lives. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW – Young Adult”

SDCC: 20th Century Fox

Prior to attending the 20th Century Fox panel I was already aware that they were going to show footage from the prequel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes; however, the rest of the panel was kept a mystery.  Therefore I was curious to find out what else would be shown by the studio.  Based on what 20th Century Fox has on its film slate, the likely candidates could have been Abraham Lincoln: Vampire, Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, or Ice Age: Continental Drift, or even The Wolverine (aka Wolverine 2). Continue reading “SDCC: 20th Century Fox”

SDCC: Thursday Panel Exclusives

 

Though Comic Con offers an additional day known as Preview Night on the Wednesday of Comic Con week (where attendees can get an early peek at the exhibit floor, exclusive Preview Night swag items, as well as pilot screenings for upcoming television shows),  the annual San Diego event offically kicks into gear on Thursday, where attendees are provided the opportunity to go panels (or “conferences” for those unfamilar) for films, television shows (new and familar), video games, and comic books.  Attended by Hollywood actors, directors, and screenwriters, as well as comic book writers, comic book creators, and the like, fans are provided a forum-like atmosphere where they can discuss their favorite project with its respective artists. Continue reading “SDCC: Thursday Panel Exclusives”

FilmFest DC to Celebrate 25 Years Of Movies!

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The first official announcement for FilmFest DC is out, but some is known about it. We have the first of official announcement below and it looks to be shaping up to be quite the event.

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