Maleficent (2014) – Movie Review

Starring

Angelina Jolie – Maleficent
Elle Fanning – Aurora
Sharlto Copley – Stefan

Summary

“Explore the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain in this wickedly fun twist on the classic SLEEPING BEAUTY. In an unforgiving mood after a neighboring kingdom threatens her forest, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) places an irrevocable curse on the king’s newborn daughter, the Princess Aurora. but as the child grows, Maleficent finds herself becoming fond of the girl. And as the conflict between the two realms intensifies, Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land. Journey beyond the fairy tale in this soaring adventure that is “visually arresting, brilliantly designed” (Andrew Barker, Variety).”

-From Amazon.com

Review

Honestly, I’m speechless. This movie was absolutely stunning. The visual effects were beautiful, the characters were portrayed amazingly well, and the story of such an evil villain, and showing how she wasn’t necessarily what others saw, was so creative.

In the Sleeping Beauty story, and in the movie, you always disliked Maleficent, and you were supposed to because she was the bad guy, oh, sorry, bad woman. But in this movie, it showed why she was portrayed to be the bad woman and how she changed as she watched Aurora grow and looked after her.

So the story was the first amazing thing about it, how they were able to twist such a well-known story and make you feel for her. But then the other amazing thing was the visual effects. From the moment the movie started, it was magical and the creatures, from fairies to the water creatures, was just stunning.

Some of the creatures were kind of creepy looking, but they were supposed to be. It was all about judging someone by how they looked throughout this entire movie. They judged Maleficent and her friends because they were magical beings and the one Kingdom wanted to destroy them because of it.

Now Angelina Jolie, playing Maleficent was amazing. She played that part SO well. She took on that role and really was just….amazing. I don’t know how else to explain it because she had the personality down pat and was able to get all the subtle things down. Jolie was able to walk around with an air of grace but deadly grace when she went evil.

This, is probably one of my favorite scenes of her portrayal of the character in the movie with the way she looks down and acts all innocent but has this deadly air to her.

So, to me, besides the story, the visual effects were the best thing to me as I’ve always been interested in how they do it and such and it’s amazing how magical they can make a movie nowadays.

All in all, this is a really really good movie. It was PG-13, so it’s not for children, and it really wasn’t, especially with all the violence. For being based on a Disney movie, this really was Hollywoodized (not a word, but I’m making it one now) which is kind of annoying but as a near adult, it didn’t really detract from the movie for me and I still loved it, but if you want your younger kid to watch this, this really isn’t for them because of the nature of what happens. It is quite a dark movie, lighting wise (for parts of it), and dark also in the nature of what happens.

I highly recommend it, even if you don’t really like Disney movies, because I don’t love Disney movies but still absolutely loved this. It take the classical fairy tales and adds a twist to them.

So let me know what you think and enjoy!

The Conjuring (2013) – Movie Review

Starring

Vera Farmiga – Lorraine Warren
Patrick Wilson – Ed Warren
Lili Taylor – Carloyn Perron
Ron Livingston – Roger Perron

Summary

“In 1971, Carolyn and Roger Perron move their family into a dilapidated Rhode Island farm-house and soon strange things start happening around it with escalating nightmarish terror. In desperation, Carolyn contacts the noted paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, to examine the house. What the Warrens discover is a whole area steeped in a satanic haunting that is now targeting the Perron family wherever they go. To stop this evil, the Warrens will have to call upon all their skills and spiritual strength to defeat this spectral menace at its source that threatens to destroy everyone involved.”

-From IMDB.com written by Kenneth Chisholm

Review

Wow…just wow. Honestly this movie scared the living CRAP out of me. It was REALLY well done, not bringing in any of the gruesome things which most horror movies just SEEM to need to have (such as SAW (do not watch if you dislike blood and torture)). This played on your real life fears of things that scared you such as clowns/dolls, doors opening on their own, and things which just scared the living bejeezus out of you.

I can honestly, and happily, say that I left my seat about two times from jumping, and successfully screamed once. My dad even had the hairs on his arms stand up, which is quite hard to do. It was such a successful movie that I couldn’t sleep and then my dad just HAD to scare me by placing our old, and creepy, clown under my pillow. I nearly had a heart attack and it wasn’t funny. BUT, we still had a good laugh.

I couldn’t breathe after the movie and my heart was in my throat but it wasn’t so scary that you felt sick. There was almost NO special effects and I really liked that.

It’s a great Halloween movie but DON’T watch it alone, otherwise it will not end will for anyone. I would walk around my house with a knife and lock myself in a closet or something x.x

But anyway, overall it was REALLY well done. It is rated R and fits its rating, so I suggest that you be at least 16 to see this movie. I saw younger kids watching it, and know of them see it, and this was NOT appropriate.

But definitely check this out tomorrow or even watch it during Halloween. ^.^

Let me know what you think and enjoy!!!!

Warning! This trailer is quite scary and will make you jump. Do not have your volume too loud!
You have been warned. 

Guardians of the Galaxy

Starring

Chris Pratt – Peter Quill
Zoe Saldana – Gamora
Dave Bautista – Drax
Vin Diesel – Groot (voice)
Bradley Cooper – Rocket (voice)

Summary

“After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team known as the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ to save the world.”

-From IMDB.com

Review

THIS MOVIE WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now here is the soundtrack to listen to while reading the review or just for life! xD

Okay. So first off, this movie was hilarious. SO many moments where I was in stitches and a few moments where I was crying like a baby in my seat. I mean ABSOLUTELY bawling!

And then there were moments where I was probably the loudest in the theatre (which was mostly empty) because of some of the jokes which were great. There were jokes that could go between all ages, some taking it one way while others took it another.

The story line was separate from the regular Marvel movies so if you haven’t seen them you won’t be too confused; you just won’t know about The Collector and Thanos.

The visual effects in this movie were amazing as well. Almost the entire movie was visual effects; not as much as Avatar but about the same as most Marvel movies (maybe more Thor line).

There was no sex whatsoever, but there was a lot of violence with a LOT of people dying and some quite violent fight scenes, but nothing out of the ordinary for these series. There was a part of it that had a serious Enders Game feel to part of it with the Bugger swarm and such. It also had the same kind of film effects; the dark parts were really dark, yet the bright parts were extremely colorful and vibrant.

Overall I loved this movie and definitely recommend seeing it if you like the Marvel series (and even if you don’t xD)

Let me know what you think of it and enjoy!!!!

FunDay Friday – Fluffy Edition

Gabriel Iglesias/Fluffy (the comedian) is coming out with a movie and I am SOOOO excited. Here is one of my favorite scenes from one of his shows which makes me laugh my butt off (there are tons of others but this was the cleanest xD).

I am sooooo excited for the movie and have to go see it with my family. Just the trailer makes me laugh. Can’t wait to see what the movie will do xD

 

Stuck For A Movie?

Want to head out this weekend to watch a movie with the family?

Well it certainly is a good time of the year to do so as there seem to be lots of great movies currently in the cinema.

Some of those that look great and I want to see, or have seen are….

  • Guardians of the Galaxy ~ PG-13

  • Let’s Be Cops ~ R

  • Into The Storm ~ PG-13

  • The Expendables 3 ~ PG-13

  • The Giver ~ Pg-13 (I’ve heard from those who saw it that it was nothing like the book.)

  • Lucy ~ PG-13

 

There are just some of the movies which are out. There are TONS more but these are the ones that I recommend seeing or look quite good. So let me know which ones you see and if you enjoy then.

Have a great weekend!

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) – Movie Review

Starring

Megan Fox – April O’Niel
Will Arnett – Vernon Fenwick
William Richtner – Eric Sacks
Alan Ritchson – Raphael

Summary

“Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder has an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

-From Amazon.com

Review

I. Just. Can’t. Contain. Myself.

IT WAS TOO PERFECT.

Yes it was a Michael Bay so there were a few sequences of fighting which was….epic, but over all it wasn’t terribly explosiony (I made a word up…yes xD).

The animations of the turtles were beautiful as well. I would have liked their faces a little less human looking, but over all, I honestly can’t complain. I’m really happy about their size and how they made them taller than humans because in some of the TV seasons of TMNT they were shorter than adult humans and it just wouldn’t have worked.

There were a lot of comical moments which appealed to all ages. Some jokes could be taken for two different ages; children taking it as one meaning while adults taking it a completely different way.

And probably, one of THE funniest scenes in the movie. No, it isn’t spoilers…as far as I know xD. Just some funny stuff.

The movie was short, only about 1 hour and 40 minutes long and it was happily a simple story line. It took the general idea of TMNT with The Shredder and the mutagen but twisted it slightly so they could make it more realistic and used that.

Overall…IT WAS JUST TOO PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes I have been a fan of this show for a little while (a few years) and so this movie was perfect. I’ve literally had a count down on my laptop for about 2 years….and when it started counting down by the days…I couldn’t wait. So of course I had to see it the day it came out.

Yes….my couple of friends and I (one of whom is obsessed as well, the rest we dragged along) were the oldest in the audience. The rest were little boys with their parents. But we didn’t care xD. We wore our green shirts or pants with pride, and my friend wore her mask. xD Nerdy…but so much fun!

If you were a fan of the TV shows as a child or like the TV shows now, I’d honestly suggest to go and see it. I thought April would be portrayed badly as Megan Fox is always made to play a ditzy role, but this time she was given a decent role. She was actually smart and actually kicked some serious ass, surprisingly, which was quite nice.

So go and see it as it just came out! It was soooo good…and I think I’m gonna go see it again. xD

So happy viewing!!!!!!

 

Star Wars vs. Star Trek by Matt Forbeck

“COULD THE EMPIRE KICK THE FEDERATION’S ASS? and other galaxy-shaking enigmas”

Includes Forewords by Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett in Star Wars) and Tim Russ (Tuvok in Star Trek: Voyager)
Summary
WHO RULES? CAPTAIN KIRK or HAN SOLO?
Could a Jedi knight use his light saber to deflect a beam from a phaser? Could a Cardassian beat a Chazrach in a fair fight? Would a Federation ship making the Kessel Run crack the Millennium Falcon’s record of less than twelve parsecs? And most important…in a fight between the Empire and the Federation, who would win?
Ever since the first Trekkie walked out of Star Wars in 1977 and said “Meh!”, fans of the two series have gone head to head over these questions. Now you can line up – side by side – aliens, technology, story points, weaponry, and heroes from the two great SF sagas of all time.
Whether you can pronounce “Heglu’meH QaQ jajvam!” (that’s “Today is a good day to die!” in Klingon) or can recite all the names of the members of the Imperial Senate (which meets on Coruscant), you’ll want the detailed information Matt Forbeck has compiled about both universes, as well as trivia, quizzes, quotes, and information drawn from these two iconic settings. So phasers on stun and light sabers at the ready! It’s on.”
Review
This book is SO much fun to read. My family is a huge Star Trek/ Star Wars family. We are all Trekkie’s (while my mom is more so with my dad), but my dad and I are both Star Wars fans as well (I more so.) So we sometimes get into debates over who is better. (I won’t state my opinion as a backlash will ensue, don’t want to start a galactic war now do I? >:) ). So when Christmas came around and I saw this book in Bookends, I just had to buy it, hoping that it would put to rest some of our arguments (sadly it didn’t really.)
This book really does help with many questions that one may have between the two fandoms. 
The book is split up into sections, different creatures, weapons, ships, culture, heroes, and even an ending section of Star Wars fans versus Star Trek fans (haven’t read that part yet haha.) Then within each section, well known character, weapons, ships and so forth are taken from each universe and compared to each other and a situation is set up. The situation is fake but it is as if the two universes collided and then there is an outcome and who would win. The book could be biased in some way or another but still it is SO MUCH FUN TO READ! 
I never would have thought of doing this and its such a genius idea. There are even some quizzes to test you knowledge. There isn’t  a scoring system or anything like that but there are the answers so that you can know if you are correct or not. AND IT IS SO MUCH FUN! We did these quizzes at dinner and would be laughing (or arguing) over different answers.
There isn’t terribly much to say about the book as it is quite self-explanatory but I just have to say that you must try to find it if you are a fan. It is a great read and a good way to have some fun with the family and your friends. You may even learn a thing or two (for that day when you need to choose between joining the Empire of the Federation (that day is coming….I’m telling you :D )). So go and check this book out and let me know what you think because in my opinion it’s so much fun to read. Enjoy!