Out of the Furnace Review

Blair StoverOut of the Furnace”, a production directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), is a star-studded drama filled with emotional roller coasters and is considered by many to be a “must-see film.” Christian-Bale.org released a statement earlier this year that the movie would have a limited screening in October and a full release on December 6th. Blair Stover has more on the movie below.

Bale plays Russell Baze, a steel mill laborer that works hard during the day only to come home at night to watch over his dying father. For reasons of fate, Russell is thrown into prison and his brother, played by Casey Affleck, makes some serious mistakes, including involving himself with a ruthless criminal network. It’s a mistake that almost costs them everything.

The brothers had a good relationship, dreaming together of escaping the village they live in to find a better life. Time passes on and Russell gets out of prison. Now he must choose between his freedom and risking everything to seek justice for his brother.

“We often find in current films that super heroic characters are using layers, but the working class is the real hero.” This is how Scott Cooper explained the origin of how the production began. The screenplay was written by the director, Brad Ingelsby (The Dynamiter) and was supported by Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way.

The cast also includes Woody Harrelson (plays Curtis DeGroat), Forest Whitaker (plays Wesley Barnes), Sam Shepard (plays Red), Willem Dafoe (plays John Petty) and Zoe Saldana (plays Lena Warren).

If you are looking for an action-packed drama that meets all criteria for a movie, whether you are seeing it with the “guys” or you are out on a date, this is it. The cast turns in Oscar-worthy performances, down to the last second of the film.

If you’ve seen the film already you tell us: what did you think?

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Frozen Review

Blair StoverDisney’s Frozen hits the big screens this week. Blair Stover recognizes that Disney put a lot of thought into the portrayal of this movie’s princess. The movie attempts to please the parents who want their daughters to aspire to more than a princess waiting to be rescued and while also gives us the sense of a fairytale. While viewers can debate how Disney balances the two, the fact remains that the film remains a fun story either way.

Frozen is an updated version of the “Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Anderson. Viewers will be entertained by a proactive princess along with catchy tunes.

How will our little girls be impressed? This storyline centers around two sisters who live in a castle. The movie is about learning and personal growth. Characters in this story must learn to overcome the fears they have about their own abilities. Furthermore, they will learn how to embrace their own power to do this.

If you are not familiar with the Snow Queen, here it is in a nutshell. Anna (Kristen Bell) adores her older sister Elsa (Idina Menzel and Maia Mitchell). The two are princesses. Elsa holds the power to summon wintery precipitation, making for some fun. However, when Anna is accidentally struck in the head by Elsa’s ice touch she can only be revived by the Troll King (Ciaran Hinds). He erases Anna’s memory of this incident.

From this point, Elsa hides away in fear of not being able to control her own powers. Anna is left in confusion of why her sister has distanced herself, and with their coming of age how they deal with these problems together.

Fun for children, the film is a great film for the family. Though you tell us: what did you think of it? Share in the comments below.

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Thor 2: The Dark World Review

Thor: God of Thunder

Thor: God of Thunder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Synopsis: After Thor and the Avengers, the God of Thunder (Chris Hemmsworth) fights alongside his brothers in arms to restore order in the nine worlds of Yagdrasil. However, the ancient race of dark elves, led by the vengeful Malekith (), returns to plunge the universe into darkness again thanks to the great power emanating from the Ether. Blair Stover has more on the blockbuster hit below.

Thor faces an enemy that even Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and Asgard can’t cope with and he must embark on his most dangerous adventure yet. On this trip, not only will Thor have to content with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) playing host to a dark force but also shoulder the fate of Asgard and the Nine Realms, all while dealing with his dangerous and brooding brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

The first adventure of the God of Thunder was one of the weakest films in the Phase 1 of Marvel Studios history, perhaps with Iron Man 2. Not that it was bad, but many fans agree that, overall, the story was rather bland. There was an intermediate part of the action and adventure that was absent but you can expect that the second film about the Norse god has taken a shift for the better.

On the set: There were several issues between Marvel and director Alan Taylor, mainly the discussion to erase the threat of debt securities, but eventually the television producer complied well with his role. Apparently they had to resort to asking Joss Whedon to rewrite two scenes and Taylor managed to condense everything well. Providing agility to the narrative without leaving anything behind was truly outstanding. With special effects and fighting abundant fighting scenes, the movie brought in some freshness, especially in certain sequences in the final scenes.

If you’ve seen Thor 2 tell us, were you a fan?

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Carrie Review

Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz (Photo credit: ellasportfolio)

The 1970′s brought many horror hits, including Carrie (written by Stephen King) to the big screen. Starring Sissy Spacek and directed by Brian de Palma, the film immediately became a classic of terror, resulting in the creation of the sequel: Carrie 2. The amount of acclaim the two movies received tilted the box office in such a way that it set a trend for horror flicks for years to come.

With that in mind, movie magic is back once again as this classic tale of horror is brought back once more. Blair Stover has more on the 2013 remake of Carrie below.

The 2013 remake has taken a twist by adding a beautiful new face to the mix and stars Chloë Grace Moretz, a young actress who surprised the world with her performance in the film Let Me In. She also broke out in the Kick Ass movies as well. Carrie also stars Julianne Moore, the Oscar-nominated actress, who plays the mother of Carrie.

The premise of the movie, as you may already know, centers around the story of a young girl with telekinetic powers, who suddenly realizes she has these powers after being upset one too many times. After suffering the weight of ridicule from her peers, the bloody revenge of Carrie centers around this tense and stylist masterpiece of horror by director Kimberly Peirce. Stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Alex Russell, Julianne Moore, Portia Doubleday, Judy Greer, Ansel Elgort and Gabriella Wilde.

While it is often said that classics should be left intact, and history has confirmed this fact, the remake of Carrie might be one of the exceptions, taking the film to a whole new dimension. Die hards may be unhappy with the remake, however, those looking for a fun new take on the movie will enjoy it.

If you’ve seen it already be sure to tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Gravity Film Review

From filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron, the much-hyped new film “Gravity makes its way to theaters on October 4th. The strong acting duo of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney increase interest in the film. Blair Stover reviews the movie to see if it lives up to the hype, though be warned there are spoilers beyond this point!

Alfonso Cuarón & Sandra Bullock

Alfonso Cuarón & Sandra Bullock (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Dr. Ryan Stone, played by Sandra Bullock, is an engineer with a no-nonsense style. She is embarking on her very first mission to space. This mission pairs her up with Matt Kowalksi, played by George Clooney, who is a veteran astronaut taking his last space mission.

As the two venture outside the shuttle for a spacewalk, their space shuttle is unexpectedly destroyed by space debris. They are the only two who survive. Stone becomes thrown from the shuttle untethered until Kowalski is able to navigate to her with his jetpack. After they reunite, they are faced with the challenges of reaching the International Space Station, hoping it will still be functioning and enable them to get back to Earth safely.

“Gravity” marks Cuaron’s first return to directing since “Children of Men” in 2006. Not only is Cuaron the movie’s director, he also co-wrote the movie with his son, Jonas Cuaron. In addition, he co-edited and co-produced the film. In true Cuaron style, the film is poignant and beautiful in tone.

Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki’s distinctive style also plays a big role in this movie. This movie reaffirms why he is one of the cinematographers most sought-after in the flim business. Alternate views in “Gravity” come from the vast openness of space to the claustrophobically small view from inside Stone’s helmet.

The movie is intense but definitely worth seeing on the big screen. If you’ve seen it, what do you think?

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Lee Daniels’ The Butler Review

Based on a true story, Cecil Gaines (played by Forest Whitaker) worked from 1952 to 1986 as a butler in the White House. He worked for eight U.S. presidents and witnessed the behind the scenes drama of power, politics and other issues. Blair Stover has more on this blockbuster hit below.

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Français : Forest Whitaker à l’avant-première du film My own love song (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The drama “The Butler” by Lee Daniels (Precious – Life is Precious, The Paperboy) tells the 1919 story of Cecil Gaines in Takoma Park, Maryland, USA, born Eugene Allen, who is actually a butler in the White House for 34 years, serving eight U.S. presidents. In 1986, Eugene Allen, had finally risen to the highest rank, the maître d’hôtel, in his well-deserved retirement. On, 31 March 2010, the famous butler passed away.

In Lee Daniels’ biopic, based on the Washington Post article “A Butler Well Served by This Election (2008) by Wil Haygood,” Forest Whitaker takes over the main role of Cecil Gaines. In the roles of the former American presidents, John Cusack plays Richard Nixon, James Marsden plays John F. Kennedy, Alan Rickman plays Ronald Reagan and Robin Williams plays Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The movie is set in an era featuring the light of suppressing the African American population, the volatile nature of the political scene has Cecil Gaines’ son, Louis Gaines (played by David Oyelowo), participate as a political activist in the protests, which ultimately means his arrest for the umpteenth time. His father, Cecil, however, is forced not to comment on political issues. But he finds a way to influence the policy of his powerful employers as the years pass.

The movie is dramatic, political, and perfect for those who prefer a good story grounded in history. While it may not be one for the kids, “The Butler” is sure to please and older crowd.

Let us know what you thought of the movie in the comments below!

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Riddick Review

The second sequel to the dark, sci-action movie “Pitch Black” has Vin Diesel returning to his old strengths and form. Blair Stover has more on the 2013 hit movie “Riddick” below.

Vin Diesel at the Fast & Furious premiere at L...

Vin Diesel at the Fast & Furious premiere at Leicester Square. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Pitch Black,” which was launched around the start of the millennium, was one of the mid-highlights of Diesel’s career and was the setting for a bombastic sequel – this year’s “Riddick.” David Twohy and the lucrative “Fast & Furious” franchise star united once again, this time fighting for his survival against killer creatures on a deserted desert planet.

The story unravels almost as soon as the felon is betrayed and left behind dying on a strange planet. He has awakened a half hour in dense canyons and desert-style panoramas, already fighting against the endemic anti-predator fauna. After the laconic tough guy act, he takes on a man-sized scorpion lizard lurking in pools of water searching for prey.

Before the big action finale, there is another stage: Riddick, (played by Diesel) is a alone at a distress signal station and then a troop of rough bounty hunters land (including Pro-Wrestler Dave Bautista and Jordi Mollà from “Bad Boys 2″) and a second spaceship with mercenaries (including Starbuck from “Galactica” crew Katee Sackhoff).

While Riddick sets up traps, the two teams want to capture him in a manhunt on this “Mad Max-type” terrain using high-tech weaponry before a storm front causes holy hell and puts a total stop to everything. Mainly unorthodox, then routine at some points, the movie is built with numerous computer effects and visualizations, both of which make this movie a decent one to watch.

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Elysium Review

English: Neill Blomkamp the 2009 film District...

English: Neill Blomkamp the 2009 film District 9 at San Diego Comic-Con. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the dystopian future, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp throws Matt Damon into a chaotic world and Damon involuntarily becomes the possible savior of the world. Blair Stover has more on this blockbuster below.

It’s the year 2154 and the world has turned into one gigantic dump. The gap between rich and poor has become enormous. While 99% of the population lives in the ruins of the past, a percentage of the world lives on an idyllic space station called Elysium, which revolves around the once blue planet. Immigration policies are very strict and the unscrupulous Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster) oversees compliance with a rigid hand. If someone should violate those policies, the mercenary Kruger (Sharlto Copley) is waiting in the slums to hand down justice.

Max (Matt Damon), is an ex-convict who is now looking to make ends meet in the legality and repressions of Elysium. One day there is an accident and Max receives a lethal dose of radiation. He has only five days to live and the medical care he needs is only available in Elysium. In desperation, Max takes on a dangerous mission: he downloads a cerebral interface with important information. This information, as it turns out, may jeopardize the safety of Elysium. Max doesn’t know it but he just became public enemy number one.

Peter Jackson and native South African Neill Blomkamp (District 9) are back at the helm with another movie that is similar to Blomkamp’s first directorial debut. The film’s social criticism is owed ​​to Blomkamp’s childhood and youth. He lived in Johannesburg until he was 18 and experienced poverty first hand before he immigrated to Canada.

This movie is going to hit every facet of screenplay – action, drama, suspense – you name it. This is a must see movie and is definitely one of the best of the year.

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The Wolverine

Many people are underrating Hugh Jackman’s newest installment of the comic book world: The Wolverine. As Blair Stover describes below, there are many things that people are missing or just ignoring in the new movie.

Hugh Jackman played as Wolverine in the 2009 f...

Hugh Jackman played as Wolverine in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The indestructible, never-aging Logan seems to be doing just fine as the movie opened up with a $55 million weekend – even though the 2009 Wolverine: Origins debuted at $85 million. With a number of other blockbusters crowding the market, some were calling this film better than Superman and Iron Man. Guess what, they were right and here are some reasons as to why:

  1. The film is never “too” serious. There are times where Logan seems weak then as strong as a lumberjack. Other times you will seem over stimulated with action and then find yourself in a Japanese “love hotel.”
  2. Fight sequences never overdo it. Sometimes movies just go crazy on the special effects and this movie has the right amount of everything (especially during the train scene).
  3. The global appeal. Some movies will never make it out of their market. This one is being seen all over the world and with generally positive reception.
  4. Wolverine slices and dices, but he is more than that. Wolverine is the ultimate hero and he has shown that in his previous six movies. Other superheroes have shown their vulnerability but Logan has repeatedly shown that he can take whatever is dished out. Who can disprove this fact? No one.
  5. The classic lines. Anyone who follows Wolverine knows that the character has some great one-liners and this film doesn’t let down.
  6. Think this is a continuation of 2009’s Origin’s?  Think again. This is a whole new chapter in the Wolverine saga. So go see it.

 

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Pacific Rim Review

Five years after Hellboy II, Guillermo Del Toro sends humanity into a seemingly hopeless battle against alien invaders. Blair Stover has more on this movie below.

English: Guillermo del Toro at the 2010 Comic ...

English: Guillermo del Toro at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The only catch is that these invaders are not from outer space, but from the depths of the Pacific Ocean. They have risen up in the near future through a dimensional portal. Their mission: to exterminate the human race. After the people of Earth suffered huge losses by the first wave of attack, and the Kaiju plowed a swathe of destruction through cities. Mankind, however, was not going to take it laying down.

The government decides that the defense of the planet is resting on the shoulders of a few pilots controlling giant robots. Idris Elba looks to close the gap in a recent offensive in the Pacific Rim as the last hope of the human race lies precisely in the hands of two unlikely heroes: pilot Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and the inexperienced Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi).

Pacific Rim is actually a given title to all the coastal areas that border the Pacific Ocean. This fact is also reflected in the international cast: Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) plays a major role for the Americans while Rinko Kikuchi (Norwegian Wood) plays a major role as well.

Also starring in the movie is an unequal but chaotic scientist team headed by Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses) and Burn Gorman (All Is By My Side). Pacific Rim was filmed as a project by screenwriter Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans). The movie may seem a little boring at times but it has plenty of action to keep you on the edge of your seat. If you like sci-fi, this is the movie for you. If you are into romance, stay at home.

 

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