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Disney’s Frozen

Frozen_2013_Poster_3_640x914“Frozen” was THE movie to see this Thanksgiving with your family. I was a little skeptical after seeing reviews like “the best Disney film since ‘The Lion King” (OC Register), how could they compare it to one of the best Disney films of all time? For me Princess movies from Disney have been lacking lately. Would Frozen be able to live up to this statement?

It did, sort of. I wouldn’t say that it was up to “Lion King” status, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable film.

Like “Brave”, Disney has decided to focus on a family relationship more than the romance in the film. I am all for that, little girls should be shown that they do not need to depend on a man. You know, feminism, yada yada yada. However, for me, “Brave” which had a absolutely no love interest for the independent Merida, was lacking the spark to make it really Disney. “Frozen” attempts to balance a story of sisterly love and a story of romance. They do a really good job of it too, just not perfect.

The music was divine, which it couldn’t not be, with Eva Menzel (Wicked) playing Elsa. I went home singing the songs and begging my sister to build a snowman, which I will probably do everyday for the rest of her life, even though there is no snow here ever. It was another triumph in the music department for Disney. So, I would have to say that the music is as good as “Lion King’s” iconic score. However, the story is not quite able to reach those heights.

You will be laughing the whole movie, even if it is just because it is way too sappy at parts. My biggest complaint is that the villain is passive for about 80% of the film, and the plot is lacking in the action I felt the trailers promised. I would have liked to see more peril and more fighting, but the movie was good fun. And I have to give Disney props for creating a heroine who learns that she doesn’t have to wait to be saved by someone else.

I like the new feminist era of Princesses that has moved in with “Tangled,” “Brave”  and “The Princess and The Frog.” I just hope that little boys don’t lose their role models too. Can we get a prince movie over here?! It’s been a long time since “Hercules” and “Tarzan”.


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Catching Fire

MV5BMTAyMjQ3OTAxMzNeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU4MDU0NzA1MzAx._V1_SX214_For those of you that didn’t rush out to see the premiere of Catching Fire, you missed out. Movies are always better when the theater is full of people who are genuinely excited about what they are going to see.

Personally, I went to a double feature, showing Hunger Games and Catching Fire back to back. The extra money for the ticket was well worth it! The crowd was hyped, and the energy from the first film flowed seamlessly into the next. It really gave you a feeling of how the two films matched each other. Plus, it was funny to watch the obnoxious guy in front of me laugh after every single line Woody Harrelson (Haymich) said.

In terms of the film itself, Jennifer Lawrence did it again! She was flawless and did a spectacular job portraying the rather complex character, Katniss.  Catching Fire is truer to the book than hunger games was, and I can understand the changes that they made. Somethings in books simply do not translate well on film. It was beautiful, the world of Panem is exquisitely brought into existence, and the arena is even more devastating than before.

The writers were able to counterbalance the striking drama of the story with perfectly timed sarcastic lines from many of the characters. There are plenty of new characters and plenty of old to become newly attached to, but remember, only one person survives the Hunger Games.

I don’t want to give anything away, especially for those who haven’t read the book, but be prepared for the ending. It will leave you majorly hanging! I had so many feelings left over I didn’t know what to do.

This film is going to be all anyone is talking about for the next couple of months, so go out and see it!

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Catching Fire is Almost Here!

www.pinterest.comA more accurate picture of how I feel cannot be found.

Hunger Games was one of the best pictures of last year and it’s sequel is almost here!

If you haven’t seen the movies or read the books, they are about a futuristic society called Panem, where two children from all 12 of the districts are sent into the Hunger Games to fight to the death. Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take the place of her young sister, Prim. She is then sent into the arena to fight against bigger and stronger tributes.

It really is fantastic, if you haven’t heard about it you have been living under a rock.

Jennifer Lawrence stars, and she is one of the nicest people ever. Seriously! I have never seen anything that made me think anything bad about her.

Here is the Catching Fire trailer for your enjoyment:

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Warm Bodies

After finally going to see “Warm Bodies” I can tell you, go see it! It was hilarious, with plenty of zombie humor to go around. Despite seeming like it is going to be a typical comedy, where the focus is on the laughs and not on the characters, I would rank this film up with some of the best romantic comedies out there. Take a look:


It’s just as good as it looks! Keep an eye out for his best friend. He has the best line in the whole film.

And so I leave you with “Bitches man…” (when you see the movie, you will get it).

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I’ll Be Back Soon I Promise!

I am on vacation this week! But to tide you over, here is one of my favorite genre flipping videos, “Scary Poppins”!

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Les Misérables Review

Poster 1  I liked Les Misérables, but there were several things that really bugged me about it.

First of all, Hugh Jackman did a great job as Jean ValJean in terms of acting. I really felt for his character and I connected with him. But his singing left much to be desired. He sounded strained and I felt like his voice was too high. In fact, most of the voices in the film where too high. I would have liked to hear some more deep voices to add depth to the music.

Casting was strong, everyone at least looked the part.

Russel Crowe did a good job, but at times I felt like I was watching Kristen Stewart act. I felt like he could have shown a little more emotion.Poster 2 And I must admit that Anne Hathaway did not do as terribly as I expected. I was even able to stop disliking her long enough to enjoy her performance.

There were some continuity problems that caught my eye  and some things in make up that I wish had been done differently.

The thing that bothered me the most was that 90% of the film is shot in closeups despite the stunning sets that were used. I would have liked to have seen more than one person in a shot at a time more often. And after an hour or so I really did not want to look at any of the actors that close any more!

Despite these little irritations, Les Misérables was a good film and I would suggest going to see it.

The story is beautiful though a little depressing, the music is complex and dramatic, the costuming and set design was really well done, and I really enjoyed the film.

My favorite part of the film was seeing Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen pair up again. I loved both of them in Sweeney Todd and they were just the comic relief I needed during this film.

So, go check it out but be warned this is not the type of musical that most people, like myself, may be used to. I grew up with musicals like Singing in the Rain, so I expected talking and then breaking into song. Les Misérables is almost more opera than musical, since there is hardly a word that is not sung. For those of you unfamiliar with the stage play, its good to know so you aren’t surprised.

I can’t help but wonder how a person who already loved the play felt about the film. Leave a comment below and let me know!

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

the hobbitAs I sat in the theater watching The Hobbit I kept wondering when the dragon comes in. I knew that was the end, but it seemed like it had been an eternity and he still hadn’t shown! The previous Lord Of the Rings movies had been a little long for my taste as well, but I think not knowing that this film was being split into a three parter made it harder for me to enjoy it. Mostly because I was constantly wondering when it was going to end.

Overall, it was a good movie despite being a bit slow. I think it would be even more enjoyable if you were previously acquainted with the book. My two teenage cousins that went with me loved it, and can’t wait for the next parts to come out.

It was fun to see some of the characters from the old films pop up again, but it really made me think about how old some of these actors must be now. There must have been some more CG involved in making some of them look the right age again.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a sign that the next two films will be good as well.

So, as you go to watch The Hobbit remember this is part one, this takes place before the trilogy, and be prepared for an almost three hours in the theater.

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