Month: December 2015

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Director: J.J Abrams Cast: Mark Hamil, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis,  Doomhall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew Released: December 17th 2015   For the first time in ten years the force is awoken once more for fans the world over. Continuing on where George Lucas left off, J.J. Abrams aims to breathe new life into a cinematic franchise once thought closed off forever (as he did with Star Trek). Taking place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, the fate of the galaxy is once again in turmoil with The First Order having risen from the ashes of the empire to battle against The Resistance. The MacGuffin driving the plot is information involving Luke Skywalker stored inside the droid BB-8. This oddball droid brings together a new generation of heroes from different walks of life to take up arms in the fight against the Dark Side alongside some familiar faces. After the completion of the Prequels the overall story of the saga revolving around the Skywalkers had seemed like it had finally had its closure. Then with the announcement of a new movie, it had everyone thinking “what more is there to tell?!” Some thoughts lead to the Star Wars expanded universe which has been going on for years, continuing the adventures of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker...

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a phenomenon called Star Wars was played in front of millions on a large screen. Soon, everybody knew about the films that would transpire, and people either seemed to love or hate the sage; more hate came about when the prequels were released, but that’s for another time. Now, in a more modern age, Star Wars is back with its latest installment “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, and one big and important question is being asked: will it capture the same charm and wonder the first film did nearly 40 years ago? One must simply believe in the Force to find out for themselves, and see. As for me, the new movie continues where “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi” leaves off, and introduces us to a whole new world of wonder. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” delivers the same fun and excitement that made people fans of the series in the first place. The story takes place several years after “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi”, and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has gone missing. Now, a resistance, led by General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), is determined to find him, and restore balance to the galaxy. Unfortunately, a new group of Imperial Forces led by the sinister Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is looking...

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The Jungle Book (1967)

 Walt Disney was a man who believed in creating enjoyable and entertaining experiences that everyone could enjoy. Sadly, when he died, a huge loss of creativity was taken from the world as literally everyone mourned his tragic passing. His presence in the world in the world of animation is still felt even to this day. The last animated film to receive his blessing was the 1967 feature “The Jungle Book”, loosely based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling. The movie has since been ingrained into popular culture, and everyone has at least seen or heard of this version. Although, looking at the film now, one can definitely see that there are some issues with it. “The Jungle Book” is a humble feat in terms of its legacy, but it is nothing short of spectacular. The story, set in the jungles of India, follows a young boy named Mowgli adapting to the surroundings that have been given to him since he was left there and raised by wolves. Mowgli seems to be doing just fine, until the presence of Shere Khan- a tiger- is threatening his very existence. Shere Khan will kill Mowgli because of his hatred towards humans. Now, Mowgli is caught in a difficult dilemma: either try to fend off Shere Khan by himself, or, the most logical choice, head back to the man village where he belongs...

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Frost/Nixon (2008)

 When discussing or talking about United States political history, everyone in the world probably knows who Richard M. Nixon was. He was the 37th U.S. President, and many people feel that, because of his actions toward the war in Vietnam, and the scandal from the Watergate hotel, have defined him as a bad president. All of this led us to his infamous resignation from office- a feat no other U.S. president has done since. After that, there came several interviews featuring President Nixon- one of these such interviews was with British news reporter David Frost. These interviews not only shaped future political interviews, but also a landmark in television history as many people saw them, and got A better understanding of who Nixon was. One of these people was Peter Morgan, a playwright who not only adapted the interviews as a popular stage production, but also the 2008 film version known as “Frost/Nixon”. When the movie came out, it was praised for its acting ability, and tough and relatable drama that was the center of attention. “Frost/Nixon” is a powerful drama that will both entertain and educate viewers on a pivotal and crucial moment in United States history. The story involves the above mentioned figures- Richard M. Nixon (Frank Langella) and David Frost (Michael Sheen)- as they plan out a series of interviews detailing the former’s life as President....

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The Peanuts Movie

In 1950, United Feature Syndicate decided to gamble with an unknown Minneapolis born cartoonist named Charles Monroe Schulz, and his premiere comic strip “Li’l Folks.” They changed the name to “Peanuts”, much to the chagrin of Schulz, and debuted the four panel strip in seven news papers on 2 October. The rest, needless to say, is history. Peanuts would eventually become one of the most popular and widely read comic strips in the world. Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown was the last feature length movie of the Pea-nuts gang, released in 1980. After 35 years, it’s apparent another one has been long overdue. Blue Sky Studios, still riding high on the “Ice Age” series, excites our nostalgic passions by returning to the delightful world of Charlie and the gang in The Peanuts Movie, combining state of the art with the classic Peanuts animation. After Scrat, that ridiculously lovable prehistoric squirrel, gets through “re-arranging” our solar system to it’s correct configuration in the Blue Sky short “Scratastrophe”, the pic kicks off on a much appreciated school snow day. No classes. So the kids are naturally exuberant and eager to play out-side. And in true Charlie Brown tradition, our main character decides to do something other than build snowmen, or go ice skating. He’d rather race across the snow trying to fly, a certain item he’s always had trouble with. Amidst all...

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