Awesome, New Official Poster for “The Dark Knight Rises”

My excitement for this film cannot even be expressed with any form of language and this great, and somewhat revealing, new poster is not doing anything to help. It looks like the villain, Bane (Tom Hardy), is going to cause a ridiculous amount of trouble for Batman. Everyone who is involved with the film is saying that it will be “an Epic”  and will be by far the best film in the series. Those are some strong words considering how spectacular The Dark Knight was.

Also, the first six minutes of the film were screened for a large group of critics and people in the film industry and this opening scene was met with enormous praise. Some people saying it was one of the most epic action scenes ever put on screen and that it proves that Bane will be one awesome villain.  The trailer for this film will arrive by Friday and I will post it as soon as I see it. The film will be released July 20th next year,

Favorite Movie Scenes: “Spider-Man 2” Train Fight Scene, Boromir’s Death in “The Fellowship of the Ring” and the Final V-rex Battle in “King Kong”

This is easily one of my favorite action scenes. It perfectly captures Spider-Man’s fighting style from the comics and is just ridiculously fun to watch. Too bad the special effects are starting to look a little outdated.

One of the best scenes in perhaps my favorite movie. It finally gives Boromir the chance to show how great of a fighter he is his courage. Also, it gives him a sense of redemption considering how he had acted before in the story. The end of the scene is pretty emotional too.

If you ask most people who saw this film what their favorite part of this movie is, they’d probably say it’s this one. I don’t know if this is my favorite scene but it is definitely one of them. This scene just shows the awesomeness of Kong and the brutality of what he is willing to do to protect Ann.

Epic, new “John Carter” trailer!!!!!

I’ve been looking forward to this adaptation of “Princess of Mars” for a long time now. The series started in the early 1900’s and the story by Edgar Rice Burroughs has been a serious inspiration for movies like Avatar and Star Wars. Now since this movie is coming out after those two films, this movie is going to be criticized as being a ripoff of those movies when in fact, those movies are actually based of this story.

Anyways I really like this trailer as it shows the seriously gigantic scale of the picture and what looks to be some awesome visuals/action. It also didn’t really contain anything worth being worried about  and didn’t give too much  away,  which is a problem in the movie industry these days.  John Carter was written and directed by Andrew Stanton who wrote Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall*e, and A Bug’s Life so he definitely knows how to write a quality script for all ages but he also directed a few of those too (Wall*e, Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life). Hopefully this movie gives Burroughs’ fans the movie they’ve been waiting for for decades but also gives the mainstream audience something unique and epic (which it needs to considering the huge budget this movie had).

My Favorite Movies: “King Kong” (2005)

The movies in this category are my favorite movies of all time. They are in no particular order. If you haven’t seen one of them, be sure to try to catch them on Netflix, TV, Redbox or any other way you can.

“King Kong” (2005)

Directed and Co-written by Peter Jackson

Starring: Naomi Watts, Andy Serkis, Adrien Brody, and Jack Black

Summary:

One of the greatest adventure stories in Hollywood history gets a new interpretation in this action drama from Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson. In the early 1930s, Carl Denham (Jack Black) is a daring filmmaker and adventurer who has gained a reputation for his pictures documenting wildlife in remote and dangerous jungle lands; despite the objections of his backers, Denham plans to film his next project aboard an ocean vessel en route to Skull Island, an uncharted island he discovered on a rare map. Correctly assuming his

cast and crew would be wary of such a journey, Denham has told them they’re traveling to Singapore, but before they set sail, his leading lady drops out of the project. Needing a beautiful actress willing to take a risk, Denham finds Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts), a beautiful but down-on-her-luck vaudeville performer, and offers her the role; cautious but eager to work, Darrow takes the role, and onboard the ship she strikes up a romance with Jack Driscoll (Adrien Brody), a respected playwright hired by Denham to write the script for his latest epic.When Denham and company arrive on Skull Island, the natives react with savage violence, but they happen to be the least of their worries. Skull Island is a sanctuary for prehistoric life, and lording it over the dinosaurs and other giant beasts is Kong, a 25-foot-tall gorilla who can outfight any creature on Earth. The natives kidnap Darrow, giving her to Kong as an offering to appease the giant beast; Denham and his men set out to find her, with Driscoll bravely determined to save the woman he loves. Eventually, Driscoll finds Darrow and Denham outwits Kong, intending to take the giant ape back to New York for display. But Kong has bonded with Darrow, and his attraction to her proves to be his undoing. Andy Serkis, who provided the body movements for Gollum in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings pictures, performed similar duties on King Kong, studying gorillas so he could mimic their actions, which were then used as the basis for the special-effects crew’s digital animation of the great ape. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Why I love it:

I was eleven years old the year “Kong” was came out. I had been waiting for it all year, and I remember everything about the day I saw this amazing film.  On December 14th, the day of release, we were out of school, and my mom forced me and my brothers to come with her to a small get-together with her friends. She told us that afterwards we would go see King Kong, the movie that had been almost killing me with anticipation.

We didn’t get the theater soon enough to see the showing we were planning on seeing  so we went and grabbed a slice of pizza. My mom then explained that since we had to go to my dad’s house in two hours, we would not be able to see the next showing. I actually had tears in my eyes.  This was the most excited I had ever been for a movie (in other-words, excessively excited which is actually normal for me) and I was just told that I wouldn’t be able to see it. Seeing my pain my mom called my dad and told him that we would be an hour late and that he could come pick us up from the theater when the movie was over. Relief washed over me as we walked into the theater, purchased our tickets, and sat down to watch the movie I had been waiting for my entire life. Now let me explain why this movie is so great and completely lived up to my expectations as a child, and still holds up phenomenally six years later.

I’ve always loved Dinosaurs, and I’ve always thought Gorillas were awesome so this movie was like a dream come true action wise. Watching the terrifically choreographed fight-scene between the three V-rexes (yeah they’re called V-rexes, according the the Guide to Skull Island which was created by the folks who made this film), the  left me smitten. The tremendous action and visuals are what won over my young mind, but now I realize that the true beauty of the film is not only in the wonderful cinematography and special effects, but in the script, acting, and of course the films portrayal of the title character, Kong.

Now I see that the only reason I could make it through this three hour and seven minute long journey as a child is because it just purely well made. Almost everything about the movie is wondrous. We love the right characters (Ann, Kong) and hate the right characters (Carl), which are the feelings that a well written movie should elicit from it’s audience. Kong in this movie is one of my favorite characters ever. Andy Serkis brought pure emotion to the twenty-five foot ape, and played him with such conviction in the gorilla’s dual personalities: the monster, and the lonely creature looking for something to love. WETA (the special effects company) also did an amazing job at making him possibly the most realistic CGI character ever created in a film. By the end of the movie, I care more about this giant ape, than I care for the main characters in almost any other film. When Kong falls off the Empire State Building, it always leaves me with a tear in my eye and I know for a fact I’m not the only one. Naomi Watts is also sublime as Ann Darrow. Her character shifted from the one dimensional screamaholic from the original 1933 film, to a multilayered protagonist who the audience completely understands. Through her we come to sympathize with the giant beast and learn his desire for someone to love. It’s no surprise that Adrien Brody is also great, but what is surprising is Jack  Black’s convincingly dramatic and psychotic performance. He is truly believable as a character with a lust for fame and wealth, and will sacrifice anything and anyone to get it.

The connection between Ann and Kong is absolutely perfect. The way that she gradually goes from being completely petrified in fear of the huge creature to realizing his lonely situation, and eventually even loving him (not in a creepy way but in a pet-like way), is just great character development. I also like how the filmmakers made sure Kong’s obsession with Ann doesn’t come off as ridiculously weird, but instead makes it is actually somewhat cute yet eventually tragic. This relationship between the two main characters is what really fuels this movie.

The film isn’t flawless though. It suffers from a little too much CGI and a little over-indulgence on director Peter Jackson’s part. The stampede scene is a perfect example of this as it is pretty ridiculous, and also features the worst special effects in the movie. This scene almost takes me out of the movie in it’s unbelievability and is one that should have been edited out. Some people complain about the movies length, but other than the couple of minutes wasted in this scene, I really don’t think it needed to be any shorter.

Peter Jackson had already proved to me that he was one of the greatest directors of our time by directing The Lord of the Rings (my favorite movies of all time), and the fact that he directed this emotionally deep, and visually stunning film just further proves that point.

 

My Favorite Movies: “Forrest Gump”

The movies in this category are my favorite movies of all time. They are in no particular order. If you haven’t seen one of them, be sure to try to catch it on Netflix, TV, or Redbox.

“Forrest Gump” (1994)

Directed by Robert Zemekis

Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field, Mykelti Williamson, and Hayley Joe Osment

Summary:

“Stupid is as stupid does,” says Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks in an Oscar-winning performance) as he discusses his relative level of intelligence with a stranger while waiting for a bus. Despite his sub-normal IQ, Gump leads a truly charmed life, with a ringside seat for many of the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century. Entirely without trying, Forrest teaches Elvis Presley to dance, becomes a football star, meets John F. Kennedy, serves with honor in Vietnam, meets Lyndon Johnson, speaks at an anti-war rally at the Washington Monument, hangs out with the Yippies, defeats the Chinese national team in table tennis, meets Richard Nixon, discovers the break-in at the Watergate, opens a profitable shrimping business, becomes an original investor in Apple Computers, and decides to run back and forth across the country for several years. Meanwhile, as the remarkable parade of his life goes by, Forrest never forgets Jenny (Robin Wright Penn), the girl he loved as a boy, who makes her own journey through the turbulence of the 1960s and 1970s that is far more troubled than the path Forrest happens upon. Featured alongside Tom Hanks are Sally Field as Forrest’s mother; Gary Sinise as his commanding officer in Vietnam; Mykelti Williamson as his ill-fated Army buddy who is familiar with every recipe that involves shrimp; and the special effects artists whose digital magic place Forrest amidst a remarkable array of historical events and people.

~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Why I love it:

Beware. If you haven’t seen the film there are several spoilers in this part of the article.

“Forrest Gump” is timeless classic and it is deservedly so. This movie is superbly acted, has great themes, some hilarious humor, a well written and interesting story, beautiful music by Alan Silvestri, a fantastic late twentieth century themed soundtrack, and meaningful characters and relationships. These many aspects, in my opinion, make this one of the greatest movies of all time.

The great lesson’s this movie can teach people are one of the reason’s this movie is so great.  It’s main message is that,” it does not matter how smart you are, as long as you care for, and are kind, to others.” I think this is one of my favorite themes in any movie because it really is so true. People are so greedy and desire for power and money, and Gump had money and could have power, but he couldn’t care less. All he wanted was his Mama, Jenny, Lieutenant Dan, Bubba (and later his son, little Forrest) and all the other people he cared for because he knows they are the only things that really matter.  Forrest Gump also always maintains a positive outlook on the world. Part of that is because of his ignorance, and partly because he knows that if anything bad happens his love will never fade, and he believes he will still see his loved ones again. Without Forrest’s positive outlook he would never have been able to finally be with his true love Jenny. Forrest’s optimism is truly something to be envied. For me the best part of the movie is when Forrest sees his son for the first time and says,”he’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.” Forrest now knows that this child is now the most important thing in his life and that he will forever love him. I wish every parent had as much respect for their children as Forrest Gump does. Another quote, ” I don’t know if Mama was right, or its Lt. Dan. I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all floating around accidental like on a breeze, but I think maybe its both. Maybe both are happening at the same time.” shows what every person thinks about on the planet, but it is something that we really can’t decide. It is actually a very wise thing for such an un-intelligent person to say.  This shows that while Forrest is definitely not the smartest guy on the block, he still knows more about life than most people smarter than him. All these different meanings are the main driving force of the movie and they are one of the reason’s why it is so amazing.

All the characters in this film are well-developed and in some cases represent certain themes of the movie. Forrest Gump has become one of the most beloved movie characters of all time, and with good reason. He is very slow but like I mentioned before, it really doesn’t matter because he is extremely kind, gentle and loving. He cares for, and respects, everyone he meets even if they don’t respect or care for him (even though he can’t really tell if they do or not). This makes him very easy to root and care for, but what also makes him such a moving character is his undying love for Jenny. Jenny has an extremely troubled past. She had an abusive father and her traumatic past ended up turning her into druggie who was always running from her past and that is why she never wanted to be with Forrest. The fact that she keeps trying to push Forrest out of her life is angering to the viewer, but yet you still sympathize with her for everything she had to deal with as a child.  In the end, she lets go of her troubles and can finally be with Forrest because she realizes that no matter what anyone does to her, Forrest will always be there and that she has always loved him. 

I also love the plot of this movie. This movie will definitely please any history buff as it shows some of the most important events of the late twentieth century. Its pretty hilarious to watch Forrest show up in all these different events either by luck or by accident. I love how this movie offers a look at history through the eyes of an innocent and ignorant man.

Tom Hanks is absolutely perfect as our slow-witted protagonist and he put so much heart, feeling and humor into his wonderful performance (which is probably why he won an Oscar for it). Robin Wright really makes you feel for her character because she really put some emotion into her role and you really feel for her character. Gary Sinise is one of the most under-appreciated actors in Hollywood and he is truly amazing as the crippled and depressed Lieutenant Dan. Sally Field brings her typical warmth to her role as Forrest’s Mama and who teaches Forrest how to be a good person. Then of course there is Mykelti Williamson, who plays the slow-witted  best friend to Forrest during the Vietnam War. His character brings a lot of humor and later, emotion, to the movie and he plays it perfectly. This movie is just amazing and all these great performances help to make it that way.

The Academy of Motion Picture Sciences obviously agrees with my opinion of the movie as they gave it six Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Visual Effects, Best Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay (and it was nominated for seven more!), all of which I think it definitely deserves. This is an even greater feat considering it had to compete against other classics from 1994  such as Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption and The Lion King to name a few. I really think this movie is one that will stand the test of time and is a movie that everyone can enjoy. It provides lessons for all of us to take into account, and can even help to change our ways, and that is why it is one of my favorite films and gives me chills evertime I watch it. There is so much more I could write about the amazing characters, music, story and themes of this great movie but it would have to go onto about twenty pages.

Also, this is one of the most emotional movies you could find. You’re going to have wiped your eyes by the end. I guarantee it.