Category Archives: Movies

New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer

Have I mentioned how much I want to go see this movie? Because I do. Marvel released a brand spanking new international trailer today.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Bradley Cooper as an enraged raccoon (Rocket) and Vin Diesel as a monosyllabic tree (Groot).  What’s not to like about that?  Zoe Saldana impressed me with her performance as Uhura in the Star Trek reboot, and I’m excited to see her take on the green assassin in Guardians.  To me, it looks like the perfect summer movie, funny and action packed.  What are you seeing this summer?

‘Til next time,

Jessica

P.S.  I saw TFiOS!  Finally!  Once I dry my tears, I’ll you more, but, for now, it was good.  So good… Okay?  Okay.


X-Men Days of Future Past: A Movie Review

X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past-Cast-poster-570x829I took my nephew to see X-Men Days of Future Past.  He, for good reason, didn’t want to go car shopping with my parents and my niece.  (Lord have mercy, my niece has a car…I..it…huh.)  Instead of being stuck at home by himself all day on a Saturday at the beginning of his summer break, we had lunch, a movie, some video games and Legos (well, he didn’t want to play with Legos, I did.)  Two of my favorite things about the day:

  1. The look on my nephew’s face when the girl at lunch asked me about my Doctor Who T-shirt and proceeded to tell my nephew not to hate on The Doctor.
  2. My nephew’s whining over my Assassins’ Creed philosophy, mostly because I don’t play it the way he does. (Which is basically running around killing everyone.)
  3. The latest installment in the X-Men franchise. (okay, so that’s three not two, but only because I forgot how much I enjoyed my nephew’s snark)

With the next installment already under contract for Hugh Jackman, this will make him the longest running actor to play a superhero.  X-Men Days of Future Past marks his sixth appearance as the Wolverine in a film.  (Yes, I counted.).  In an interview, I also saw him get ridiculously excited about being the only character to get to drop an F-bomb in the films, so far. (I have not watched them all over again to verify, but I believe him)  The interview with James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman and Michael Fassbender on Graham Norton is pretty adorable.  They dance and Graham shows McAvoy and Fassbender fan art.  They also discuss off camera antics and pranks, and singing, yes, singing…totally worth a watch.

Wolverine has always been one of my favorite characters, and Jackman doesn’t disappoint here.  The gruff character may be mellowing a bit around the edges, but not too much.  Nostalgia maybe?  Going back 50 years and seeing your past self in a life you left behind…it has to be a bit trippy.  Jennifer Lawrence’s performance as Mystique/Raven is stellar, as always.  Mystique’s character only became more intriguing to me after X-Men: First Class, and watching the evolution of Mystique/Raven is fascinating.  Things change in this film, and it left me with an intense curiosity about what’s next for the shapeshifter.  Actually, for all of them.  Magneto and his motley crew were always adversaries, but will they continue to be that foil?   They changed history when they sent Wolverine back in time, so….how much really changes?  It is a paradox.

Here are the basics.  Wolverine gets sent back to 1973 to prevent the Sentinel program from being launched, because 50 years later those Sentinels are not only killing off mutants but a bunch of humans too.  1973 finds the characters from First Class still suffering from the after effects of the events in Cuba, in many ways.

Now, I haven’t read all the comic books (yet), so I don’t know if you see Professor X trying to find his way after losing the use of his legs.  If you don’t get to see it there you definitely get to see it here.  McAvoy does a fantastic job with Xavier’s struggle.  A poignant story, he is in turns angry, frustrated, infuriating, stubborn…well, you get the picture. Professor Xavier always came across as calm, cool and collected, and even though we saw Charles Xavier’s youthful exuberance and passion from McAvoy in X-Men: First Class, the man always retained that stoicism that his character exhibits in the later years we’re more familiar with.  The trailer below shows him punching Magneto…that alone should clue you in to a different character than we’re used to seeing.

 

A stand-out in this film is Quicksilver, the young man who is fast…like, super fast.  Smart mouthed, irreverent, funny, and intelligent Evan Peters provides a great performance.  Now, comic book fans may be wondering how the Fox X-Men franchise and the Marvel’s Avengers franchise are going to handle a character that inhabits both worlds. (I may not have read all the comic books, but I’ve done a little homework.)  They made a deal, Quicksilver will appear in both franchises, but no mention will be made of the crossover.  Pietro Maximoff will be taking the role in Avengers: The Age of Ultron, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he does with the Quicksilver character.  As much as I adore McAvoy, Fassbender, Lawrence, and Jackman’s characters in X-Men: Days of Future Past, Quicksilver definitely shone.

I’ve been eagerly anticipating this installment of one of my favorite stories, and it lived up to my expectations.  (Well, there was no Gambit.  I knew there was no Gambit, but I always want more Gambit.)  It is definitely worth a trip to the theater this summer.

I also got a look at trailers for some upcoming films, and Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson looks good.  Really good.  The trailer shows her kicking some serious butt, and although, I expect no less of the woman who took on the role of Black Widow, I can’t wait to see her do it again.  Several other films struck me as worth seeing, but Lucy stayed with me.  Guardians of The Galaxy  showed a trailer I hadn’t seen before, which does not lessen my desire to see that movie at all.  (Come on, Bradley Cooper is a rage filled raccoon!  Vin Diesel is a freaking tree.  How can you not want to see this movie?)  What movies have you seen?  Any I should be checking out?

‘Til next time,

Jessica

 


The New Yorker, TFiOS, and Looking for Alaska

 

As the much-anticipated movie adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars opens in theaters across the U.S. tonight, I came across a great article about Green in The New Yorker, The Teen Whisperer.  It’s time to grab some tissues and head to the movie theaters!

I’m finishing up Looking for Alaska now, and I’m not surprised that it made me weep on the flight back from Boston.  I’ll review it for you guys later, but for now get your fix with the TFiOS movie this weekend.  I can’t wait to see it.  Maybe I’d better buy more tissues…

Okay?  Okay,

Jessica


Star Trek Reboot Seriousness on Set

Just kidding. No seriousness here. Star Trek week continues with a gag reel. Who doesn’t love a blooper reel?

‘Til next time,

Jessica

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All I’ve Got Left Is My Bones

To wrap up Star Trek week, here’s a little Doctor Leonard “Bones” McCoy. Otherwise known gratuitous Karl Urban post.

‘Til next time,

Jessica

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Khaaaaaaaaannnnnn!

Here’s a little feature on Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness

‘Til next time,
Jessica

Chris Pine on Captain James T. Kirk

Not only did Chris Pine impress me in the roll of Captain Kirk in J. J. Abrams Star Trek, but I really enjoy watching/ listening to his interviews. His discussion of the building blocks of Kirk’s character and the unique and positive vision presented in both the original series and in the films in this video is articulate and intelligent. Besides, what would my Star Trek week be without Captain Kirk?

‘Til next time,

Jessica

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Spock Smack Talk

I know.  I’ve seen this before too, but it doesn’t stop being awesome. Couldn’t your Monday do with a bit of Spock smack talk?  Bonus points for “Go Bilbo! and general sneakiness.

‘Til next time,

Jessica


Want To Be In Star Wars VII?

I saw this video today, and I just had to share. How would you like to go to London and actually be in the next Star Wars movie? Hang out with the cast…like the cast. I’m wondering does that mean Harrison Ford and Carrie Fischer or does that mean minor characters?

Because meeting Han Solo and Indiana Jones…those characters are integral to my childhood. Who am I kidding? When I was a kid I didn’t want to be Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. If I was going to be a princess it was going to be Princess Leia.  (Do I want to know if there are pictures to prove this? There was an awesome T-shirt I remember though…)

R2D2-cake-panMy mom used to decorate beautiful cakes, and when I was a kid she usually made my birthday cake herself.  The year I asked for a Star Wars cake, she made me R2D2.  (Now, I wish I had pictures of that birthday party.)  It was absolutely amazing, and I don’t even want to think about how long she spent decorating that sucker. (I have a pretty awesome mom.)  I do remember being reluctant to actually eat it because it looked so incredible. (However, I was a kid.  The reluctance didn’t last long!)

R-496283-1396544501-7289fisherpriceGrowing up we had The Empire Strikes Back, get this, on vinyl.  This wasn’t just the soundtrack either, it was the story with dialogue and music.  My sister and I (mostly just me) would sit in front of either my FischerPrice record player or, if we were lucky, my parents’ turntable with the records playing and the cover open to see the stills from the movie. (Yes, this was even before VHS.  No, I don’t want to talk about how old that makes me.)

Now that I’ve taken a trip through my childhood, here’s the best part of this contest J. J. Abrams is talking about. It is all done through Omaze as Star Wars: Force for Change to benefit UNICEF.  You know UNICEF, right?  The organization dedicated to saving kids through providing things like:

  • Lifesaving vaccines and insecticide-treated bed nets

  • Emergency relief following natural disasters

  • Educational opportunities and School-in-a-Box kits

  • And much more (www.unicefusa.org)

To enter, just go to Omaze (www.omaze.com/starwars) and there’s a big “Enter to Win” button.  There are different levels of entries and rewards that go along with each level.  Now to check my budget…

May the force be with you.

Jessica


First Look of Ben Affleck as Batman

First Look of Ben Affleck as Batman

Who was skeptical about Affleck playing Batman in the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel? Zach Snyder tweeted a picture of the new Batmobile with the former Daredevil yesterday.  Although, we all know that looks aren’t everything when it comes to film (You can’t deny he was yummy in red leather for Daredevil.) This peek at the much talked about film is encouraging.  What do you think?
‘Til next time,

Jessica