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“The path of the righteous man…”
Pulp Fiction was that one Quentin Tarantino movie that took me forever to see — I only saw it for the first time a year ago. I was badgered and badgered for the longest time to see it, but I kept pushing it off mostly due to how grotesque people would describe the film to me. Eventually, one cold Friday night with nothing better to do (a situation that college students constantly find themselves in), I suggested we watch Pulp Fiction.
“You’re so cool”
This being the first time that I have ever seen True Romance I can’t draw from my initial experience to help me write my thoughts on this film, so I’m just going to dive right in.
As I mentioned in last weeks article, this film was written by Quentin Tarantino, but it was not directed by him due to him losing interest in the position and wanting to move forward with Pulp Fiction. Instead, Tony Scott (RIP) took on the role as director.
“Are you gonna bark all day little doggie… or are you gonna bite?”
I recently made one of the best purchases of my life – the complete works of Quentin Tarantino on Blu-ray. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the time to crack it open until now. I have decided to do a complete run through of his films and report my thoughts as my first project for The Movie Mash.
I tried not to post about this. There are so many constant rumors surrounding tentpole-fanyboy flicks that it would be exhausting to post all of them; especially ones surrounding Christopher Nolan’s future involvement with any DCU franchise films. But this one feels different (maybe I’m just in the desert hallucinating a mirage). Either way, along with this particular rumor, I’ll give you a breakdown on why I hope it’s true to add some fuel to the speculation fire. Latino Review veteran reporter El Mayimbe posted an “exclusive scoop” on Sunday night claiming that his sources were telling him Christopher Nolan would re-team with Christian Bale (for realz) in tandem with Henry Cavill’s Superman after Man of Steel for the uber-rumored Justice League movie. More after the break.
Most would say that Star Wars prequels significantly lacked when compared to the originals. I think the overall consensus would be the Star Wars spirit was missing from pretty much all three films. This missing piece is why Disney and LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy brought on J.J. Abrams, because he gives the new trilogy the best chance at a successful start. But how will J.J.’s Star Wars differ from Lucas’s prequels? What lessons can be learned from Episodes I-III? Here’s a list of five things the super-star director can take away from the mistakes of the Star Wars prequels. Read More→
Over the weekend Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey crossed the $1 billion mark, a feat that used to be considered a rarity. Peter Jackson’s fourth Lord Of The Rings film now joins a very exclusive, yet growing list of movies to make $1 billion or more. There are a total of 15 titles that have crossed over a billion dollars, 10 of those 15 were released in the last 4 years, including Avatar, Skyfall, The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and two of the Pirates Of The Caribbean films. There are many factors that contribute to how much a film makes, especially when you’re talking about the worldwide market. Read More→
When I tell my friends how much I loved 2009’s Star Trek, more often than not I’m faced with the same reaction. “So… you’re like… a Trekkie or something?” Far from it. I’ll be completely honest; I was dragged to see it by my family. I was a 14 year-old girl with no interest in anything science fiction related, so my expectations were low. But J.J. Abrams had turned Star Trek from something I considered dorky into a downright great film. So when I tell people how excited I am for Star Trek Into Darkness, I still get mixed reactions. But this time around I’m so excited that I’ll be the one dragging people to see it.
Yes, Jennifer Lawrence. My favorite film of 2012, Silver Linings Playbook, recognized with a Best Actress win for the 22 year-old bombshell. The 85th Oscars were not without highlights, like host Seth McFarlane’s risque humor or Lawrence’s less than graceful journey to the stage after winning her first Oscar or Argo taking home Best Picture despite its Director Ben Affleck not even being nominated. There were big winners like Daniel Day-Lewis winning his third, yes third, Best Actor award, and of course many more losers like Roger Deakins again falling short (for the tenth time) for Best Cinematography losing to Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi). What will it take for this man to take home gold?
This list is up weeks later than I wanted to post it — I broke my yearly tradition of getting my favorites up on December 31st. But I had to wait to see Zero Dark Thirty in theaters. In retrospect, I’m glad I did. Zero Dark Thirty is toward to tippy-top of my Best Movies from 2012. It features my favorite character of the year, Maya, played by Golden Globe winning Jessica Chastain. Her powerful role as the woman charged with hunting down Osama bin Laden makes Zero Dark Thirty one of the best of the year. Along with it are Flight, Silver Linings Playbook, and many more.
Pitch Perfect is a movie I made no effort to see in the theaters. And I apologize to you Pitch Perfect, I sold you short. I actually had a press screening opportunity that I skipped because I didn’t care much to even give it a shot. I almost begrudgingly accepted the invitation to watch the song and dance flick with my wife worrying it might be like Glee (ugh, high school drama). But after the fat lady sang, Fat Amy as she likes to be called, I was shocked to find that I loved Pitch Perfect. Loved it.