Movie Review – Dirty Grandpa


In a week Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) and his fiancée Meredith (Julianne Hough) will finally tie the knot. Meredith may be a bit controlling, but wedding planning is serious business and Jason isn’t much help. Once an aspiring photographer, Jason is now an uptight lawyer at his father’s (Dermot Mulroney) practice. Jason’s life (according to his father) is finally taking shape until his grandmother dies. The film starts after the funeral where life goes on for Jason, as he and Meredith are finalizing their wedding plans. Jason’s grandfather Dick (Robert De Niro) is in mourning wants to go to a special vacation spot where he and his wife went over the last 40 years. What seems like a chance for Jason to bond with his grandfather, Dick has other ideas. Allegedly, Grandma’s dying wish, was for Dick to go out and find love again. As a horny septuagenarian, Dick will settle for lust and worry about love later. For Jason, surviving the weekend with his horny grandpa in tow won’t be as easy as it seems.

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Movie Review – Stoker

India and Charlie Stoker   After the accidental death of her father Richard (Dermot Mulroney), India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) must deal with her long-lost uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode) moving into the family home with her and her mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman). Charlie has been away for much of India’s life and wishes to reconnect with his family. This would sound like a normal family if the acclaimed South Korean director PARK Chan-wook  weren’t behind the lens. With PARK, nothing is ever as it seems. Park has made his name testing the limits of human emotions. His Vengeance Trilogy is the best example of such works. He manipulates emotion as if it were a marionette, while only allowing the audience shards of reality, that would be revealed later.   Continue reading “Movie Review – Stoker”

An Interview With Bonnie Carroll, Portrayed by Vinessa Shaw In the Film “Big Miracle”


Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Bonnie Carroll, founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and the real-life person who actress Vinessa Shaw plays in Universal’s new film, Big Miracle.

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Survival is an interesting concept.  To find yourself in that kind of situation where you have to act and react to your surroundings with a primal instinct is a scary concept.  On a daily basis we as humans fight our primal instinct with our intellectual mind.  We don’t simply act on a situation before thinking about it.  But imagine yourself faced with a life and death situation.  What would you do, or risk in order to survive?

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By various marketing turns, The Grey has been described as an action thriller film or a survival horror film.  Yes, there is action in the form of man vs. the elements vs. external influence, and there are thrills in the form of chase sequences and cliffhangers.  There are horror film-like scenes of terror and gore.   But what the ads don’t tell you is that it is a serious meditation on all we hold dear – life, our families, or our sense of self (through self-worth or self-preservation).
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TAPS and Universal Pictures Hosts World Premiere of “Big Miracle” in DC!

On Wednesday, January 25th, Washington D.C. will play host to the star-studded world premiere of Universal Picture’s newest film Big Miracle.  The event will be co-hosted by both Universal pictures and The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  While the film itself is based on a heartwarming true story, the connection that the film, and its premiere have to the TAPS organization and Washington D.C. is also a heartwarming true story in itself.


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