Starting again soon

September 29, 2010

Sorry for the delay everyone! Expect a new review or trailer watch soon!

Trailer Watch: Eclipse

May 3, 2010

This summer the third installment of the Twilight Saga hits theaters. The last two took large bites out of the box offices and it is expected that the third will do just the same. Tweens everywhere love Twilight, and why shouldn’t they? The movie’s dialogue seems to be written for them. Whether you plan on seeing the movie because you love the book or just because you enjoy a good laugh Eclipse might just be your movie. Just don’t take the plot or script too seriously.

Eclipse hits theaters and the IMAX on June 30, 2010.

Trailer Watch: Happiness Runs

April 26, 2010

This new trailer for Happiness Runs was just released a few days ago and states that it is based on a true story. The trailer begins by showing that the movie takes place in 1970 when  cults and communes with utopian ideals were springing up all over the country. The trailer is full of teen angst; those teenagers forced to grow up in their parents ideal “perfect world”, one full of drugs and sex. The main teenager, Victor seem to be realizing that the utopian hippie world that he is living in has many shortcomings. He, and many others, are becoming a “generation lost” amongst the times.

Not that much information about this movie is out yet. Release date is set for May 7, 2010 and is directed by Adam Sherman.

Watch the trailer below. WARNING: drugs and sex are shown or alluded to in the trailer.

Kick-Ass

April 19, 2010

A movie that truly lives up to its name. Kick-Ass is about Dave Lizewski, an average high school nerd who aspires to be something more than he is. He wonders why no one has tried to become a super hero and fight the crime that goes unnoticed. He wants to be better than the people who see someone getting mugged and just turn a shoulder; acting like nothing is happening. While trying to fight crime, Kick-Ass stumbles upon some true “superheroes”, Big Daddy and Hit Girl, and gets dragged into their scheme to take down Frank D’Amico.

Kick-Ass stars Aaron Johnson as Dave Lizewski. Johnson is a real unknown actor in the States (most people do not even know that he is British) and that might be what really made this work. A highly recognizable actor might have taken away from this persona. Johnson does get overshadowed in the movie though; the other characters just tend to take over the attention when they are on screen. Christopher Mintz-Plasse plays the hilarious Red Mist and the son of Frank D’Amico. Nicolas Cage plays Big Daddy, a gun loving father who dresses like Bat Man to fit crime along with his 12-or-so year old daughter Hit Girl, played by Chloe Moretz. Moretz truly steals the movie as the foul mouthed ass- kicker who tends to save the day and, well,  is a bit crazy.

One warning about this movie is that it is quite graphic. The trailers for this movie make it seem just like a fun, almost kiddie, movie. But it is borderline Tarantino film with its graphic content. But once prepared for the blood this movie is a fun-filled movie that has some amazing cinematography. A great watch for any movie-lover or super hero junkie!

Also, be prepared for a sequel.

Trailer Watch: Dinner For Schmucks

April 14, 2010

This July a new comedy will be hitting the silver screen just in time for the summer flicks. Dinner for Schmucks includes an all-star comedy cast including Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and Zach Galifianakis. The movie shows Paul Rudd’s character being asked to his boss’s dinner, in hopes of a promotion, in which they bring the most pathetic guests they can find. Barry, played by Steve Carell, is introduced in the trailer when Tim, played by Paul Rudd runs into him (literally) in the street as Barry was trying to pick up a dead mouse to complete his Last Supper model.

This looks like it will be a fun and laughter-filled movie. Out in theaters July 23,2010

Broadway Buzz: American Idiot

April 5, 2010

American Idiot the Broadway Musical has already begun its previews on its new Broadway stage, the St.James Theatre. The musical opened September 2009 at Berkeley Rep to sold-out shows, which allowed them to extend the run of the show  two times. This broke box office records!

The musical is about a generation of young Americans in a post 9-11 world as they try to find meaning in their lives. This is a rock opera that uses all of Green Days music, all of the CD American Idiot and also a few from their new CD 21st Century Breakdown.

The cast is led  by Tony Award-winning  John Gallagher, Jr.(Spring Awakening) and is directed by Tony Award-winning director of Spring Awakening Michael Mayer. A high energy show is promised full of rock music and teen angst!

American Idiot opens on Broadway April 20, 2010. Don’t miss it.

Trailer Watch: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

March 23, 2010

The trailer for the first installment of the 7th Harry Potter book was released not long ago. This trailer does not show much of the new movie, just allowing us to wet our appetite for the second to last film. The trailer shows the three young heroes, Harry, Ron and Hermione battling again in this next movie. Harry is talking to the old wand maker, Ollivander, who was first introduced in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The last book, Deathly Hallows, was split into two separate films to allow for more of the books to be brought to the screen. The first installment will hit theaters later this year on November  19. The  final movie will be released July 15, 2011.

Trailer Watch

March 8, 2010

The newest Iron Man 2 trailer was just released earlier this week showing some good potential for this new sequel. Robert Downey Jr. returns again as Tony Stark and is joined by an all-star cast. Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle and others join the second movie. With a cast like that, how could you pass up this movie? Plus, the trailer shows an action packed movie full of new problems for Tony Stark with plenty of comedy thrown in.  The movie is set to release May 7, 2010.

Trailer Watch: Shrek Forever After

March 1, 2010

Thought that the Shrek movies were done? Think again! The final (yes, final. They say it in the trailer, so it has to be true!)  movie comes out this May in 3D. The trailer shows that a curse has befallen upon Shrek and chanced the world he knows. Donkey doesn’t know who Shrek is and Puss in Boots is a rather large kitty now. Things have changed and its up to Shrek to put things together. The Shrek movies are always fun to watch so I do not think that this one will be any different. It is good to know that it is finally the end though. There are only so many movies you can make about the same characters.

Mary Poppins

February 22, 2010

Mary Poppins is a wonderful and magical Broadway show that has made its stop at Gammage here in Tempe, Arizona. The show is a full Broadway show including special tricks, show-stopping musical performances and things that will have you leaving the show in awe.

Almost all of the songs in Mary Poppins should be familiar to those who have seen the motion picture that the musical is based on. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is one of the most well-known songs in the show. This part of the musical is fun to watch because while they are singing the song, they are spelling out the word and also spelling each letter with their bodies in some way. The fast pace song makes it fun to watch as each character spells the crazy long word that can mean, well, whatever you want it to.  Step In Time is also an incredible song that features the chimney sweeps in a fast paced, fun tap-dancing song. And also includes Bert tap-dancing across the proscenium arch. Yes, he dances upside down.

The touring cast has some familiar faces to the Mary Poppins production including Gavin Lee, the original Bert in both the London Cast and Broadway Cast. A few others, including Mary Poppins herself, Caroline Sheen, have performed on Broadway in the same show. The cast performed flawlessly on the Gammage stage and performed to the highest degree portraying their characters the way they should be played.

The set is quite an impressive piece. The house folds out, like a pop-out book. The house looks like a doll house; with stairs and all. And the set move on tracks, sliding into place. The scene changes are also done nicely, having Bert, one of the lead characters, sometimes pretending to be the one changing the scene. At one point a curtain is released, and Bert blows on it making it appear that he is the reason it is disappearing into the stage left wings.

The one flaw of this show would be the time length. It is a great family show but even I was beginning to drift in and out of watching it at one point. And that doesn’t mean much to the little boy falling asleep in the chair right next to me. If you have children, I strongly recommend not bringing them to a weekday show, but rather to a matinee show on the weekend. The show just feels like it is dragging along towards the middle, but it will certainly pick up and the best effects occurring at the end (I will not mention what these are because I do not want to risk ruining the surprise for anyone).

Mary Poppins goes until February 28, 2010 at Gammage. Don’t miss this wonderful musical that is great for all ages!