All posts filed under: Feature Films

Watch: The NWA Biopic Is Real and Really Does Make You Want to Break Stuff

My sister: “omg I’m so into the straight outta compton trailer hahahaa” *Opens article from Noisey entitled: THE TRAILER FOR THE NWA BIOPIC WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO BREAK STUFF* Me: “It looks good. It really does make you want to break stuff haha” . Straight Outta Compton is set to release this August and stars Alexandra Shipp, Paul Giamatti, Keith Stanfield as Snoop Dogg, Aldis Hodge as MC Renn, Orlando Brown as Jay Loke, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube, Neil Brown Jr. as Yella, and Jason Mitchell as Easy E. If you are at first confused by the nature of the trailer, keep watching. It’s half in the present and half a biopic of NWA’s past. Note: Apparently they had some trouble during their casting process, hopefully that’s not reflected in the film.

How Stephen Hawking Reacted to Seeing a Film About His Life

[Image: NBC] Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in ‘The Theory of Everything’ People who work with words for a living often have interesting things to say. In fact, sometimes I enjoy hearing an author talk about their book more than I enjoyed reading the book, but more often than not one enhances the other. When you read, you spend time getting to know personas who came from the minds of these authors, and so I love to learn things about the author themselves – where did the characters and stories came from, and do they wear sweatpants all day? If you think about it, I suppose the same could be said for a screenwriter. Though Screenwriting isn’t a primary interest of mine, THR had a very interesting Writers Roundtable with Jon Favreau, who wrote, directed and starred in the food-truck dramedy Chef and prior wrote the first two Ironman films; comedian Chris Rock, who wrote and starred in Top Five and is enjoying the best reviews of his film career; Gillian Flynn, who adapted her own novel Gone Girl for the screen, and blockbuster-maker Jonathan “Jonah” Nolan, who wrote Memento, The Dark Knight Series, and the just released Interstellar, but never seems to get …

12 Must Watch Programs Coming to Netflix

Netflix is adding 47 new movies and TV seasons for online streaming throughout December and some of the offerings are pretty superb. So superb, that I wouldn’t be surprised if Netflix knows about the “winter blanket theory” (ie. dating someone for the winter only so you never have to go out because the weather sucks) and thought, “Everyone will be staying in for the next three months, let’s give them something to do!”  So whether you have your own account or are still using your friend’s, other friend’s, parent’s account, set aside a little epic movie viewing time. Bust out the popcorn because now you can watch American Beauty on demand and finally understand the plastic bag in the wind references everyone makes. You can also witness Kate Hudson rock out as the infamous Penny Lane in Almost Famous. Even more exciting, Troop Beverly Hills can now be watched on repeat anywhere you go. Put on all your designer clothes and eat some Girl Scout cookies to avoid Shelley Long judging you through the screen. To round out this great batch of Hollywood goodness, Crossroads, yes the Britney …

Listen to Vin Diesel Say “I Am Groot” In 15 Languages

If you saw Guardian’s of The Galaxy, then you know that Vin Diesel voiced the character Groot, who is a giant and fiercely loyal tree. He only had one line, “I Am Groot,” but somehow ended up being one of the most lovable characters in the movie.  Thanks to this latest release by Marvel, you can hear “I Am Groot” in 15 different languages. Clearly Vin Diesel’s job was harder than I initially gave him credit for. This clip might be highly repetitive but it’s fun hearing all the different languages and trying to guess which one it is before reading the label. I’m not usually one for action movies, but Guardians of the Galaxy was a feel good watch! In Case You Forgot: Guardians of the Galaxy was directed by James Gunn (Slither, Super) and follows charming adventurer Peter Quill, who finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce …

Boyhood: The First Movie Filmed Over 12 Years

A super interesting concept – this movie uses the same cast over 12 years to convey the universal act of growing up. It was written and directed by Richard Linklater who brought you Dazed and Confused, Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly, School of Rock, and Before Sunrise and its sequels. While the cast and Linklater are all very qualified, I’m still skeptical about the film. This could either be super interesting and touching or just another movie about white people by white people. It’s not likely that every person in the world could “universally” relate to the experience of this specific family due to socioeconomic and racial differences. However, I don’t want to speak too soon. I’ll certainly go see it! What do you think? P.s. If you’re in the NYC area, you can go see Boyhood at BAM with an intro by Linklater and the star, Ellar Coltrane in person on July 10 & 12th. Details here>> “Following two sold-out screenings on opening night of BAMcinemaFest, Richard Linklater’s ambitious coming-of-age epic Boyhood returns to …

Revisiting “The Lorax,” Original Animation from 1972

As I’m sure many people are aware, the beloved story by Dr. Seuss “The Lorax” was remade in 2012 by Universal Pictures. I didn’t see this new version, but I certainly remember seeing the original animation from 1972 even though I wasn’t born until much later. I don’t remember where I saw it, whether it was at home or perhaps they showed it to us at school – it didn’t tend to garner the same repeat airtime that “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” original animation did during the Holiday season. Still, I recall the watching experience as an enjoyable one. I specifically remember the part where the little boy is going to see the Onceler – the long green covered arms, the creaky window, and the platform of stones. Everything is dark, no brightly covered Truffula trees yet. What I didn’t remember was how well done this animation truly is. I don’t consider myself an animation connoisseur by any means and so I am quick to present admonition. Perhaps it’s just a yearning for the …