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info_outline MV FINDER #006: Rise of Skywalker and Cats... 12/21/2019
MV FINDER #006: Rise of Skywalker and Cats... "Rise of Skywalker" and "Cats" have both hit theaters, and they are definitely movies. Then, we dive into a slew of other movie news, including trailers and other tidbits that will prepare us for 2020 and beyond.
info_outline MV Finder #005 - First reactions to Rise of Skywalker are here 12/18/2019
MV Finder #005 - First reactions to Rise of Skywalker are here The first reactions to "Rise of Skywalker" suggests the movie will be met with a mixed response from fans and critics. Then, we dive into the legacy of Danny Aiello through movies like "Do the Right Thing" and "Moonstruck." Finally, we've got the first trailer for "You" season 2, and it looks like a doozy.
info_outline MV Finder #004 - DC Storms Back With New Release Dates 12/15/2019
MV Finder #004 - DC Storms Back With New Release Dates DC has a pretty promising slate of movies coming out between 2020 and 2022, including "The Flash" and "Shazam 2," which were both just given release dates. At the box office, "Jumanji: The Next Level" did incredibly well, while "Richard Jewell" and "Black Christmas" sank like stones.
info_outline MV Finder #003 - 'The Last Jedi' is Back Again 12/13/2019
MV Finder #003 - 'The Last Jedi' is Back Again After comments from J.J. Abrams and the cast of "The Rise of Skywalker," the controversy around "The Last Jedi" is back and the news, and it's more than a little exhausting. We also discuss "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" renewal, the premiere of "The Expanse," and the "In the Heights" trailer. Then, we uncover what a meeting between Disney CEO Bob Iger and Martin Scorsese might look like.
info_outline MV FINDER #002: ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Will Rock Our Worlds 12/11/2019
MV FINDER #002: ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Will Rock Our Worlds The Wonder Woman 1984 trailer proves that this sequel isn't playing around, and the Golden Globes announce their nominations.
info_outline Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017) 04/24/2017
Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017) Beauty, the Beast and PTSD? Hello moviegoers. Today I’ll be taking a look at Beauty and the Beast the live-action remake of the 1991 animated classic, by Disney. This time around Emma Watson and Dan Stevens assume the titular roles and they are joined by a cast that includes almost everyone else. Really. The movie starts as we know – with the casting of a spell. A young, mean-spirited prince shuns a poor woman who has the gall in intrude on his grand ball in search of shelter from inclement weather with merely a red rose to offer as gratitude. For his behavior, he is turned into a hideous beast with an expensive education, and his staff are turned into assorted household objects circa the French colonial era, by this mysterious woman who turns out to be an enchantress. And the kicker is, the prince has to find true love before the final petal falls from this rose, or they will live the rest of their lives as beast and appliances. Not much else is known about the enchantress’ motivations. Maybe she just wanted to stick it to the upper crust of society. Fast-forward to Belle’s (Emma Watson) village where she lives with her dad who is played by Kevin Kline. It is established that Belle is fearless. This is one of the traits that sets Belle apart from the other girls in the village and doesn’t go unnoticed by the village hunk Gaston. He is played Luke Evans and wants Belle’s hand in marriage. The movie to this point is whimsical with bright colors and some musical sequences that didn’t really elevate the story for me. But does, introduce Josh Gad’s Lafou. He is Gaston’s more than flamboyant confidant which is made fairly obvious. However, their relationship is not explored any further. The story doesn’t really get to where it is going until we return to the castle, where Belle races into the beast’s castle on horseback in search of her dad who has been taken prisoner for the crime of theft. It isn’t long before the castle comes alive, literally. Belle is treated as the guest of honor by the staff of animated objects that are voiced by a bevy of stars, including Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen and others. They are a delightful and fun lot all around, and wonder out loud if she could be the one to break the spell. Meanwhile the village locals grow restlessness as they a whipped into a frenzy over the threat of the Beast by Gaston. His narcissism aside, Gaston’s outbursts and uneven behavior combined with his boasts of military conquest suggests that Gaston might suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – which doesn’t excuse him behavior, but might offer some context. As the rest of the story unfolds we learn a little more about Belle and the beast whose character is served well by Dan Stevens is authentic. In reality, this beast with his gorgeous blue eyes isn’t hideous at all, but the idea is that the outside matches the inside. The musical sets also resonate more so in the second half of the film. Director Bill Condon does about as good a job as you could expect with a movie about the love story of a beauty and a beast that comes with all the trappings of a bloated Hollywood production, and makes a movie that is still fun to watch and listen to for the most part. This movie doesn’t take itself all that seriously and it shouldn’t have. I give Beauty and the Beast 3 ½ sweet potatoes out of 5. This has been Moviegoers’ View. Moviegoersview.com. Until next time, enjoy the movies.
info_outline Movie Review: Kong: Skull Island 03/20/2017
Movie Review: Kong: Skull Island You know Kong; I always saw you as the lovey-dovey romantic type. I could be wrong. Hello moviegoers. Today I will be taking a look at ‘Kong: Skull Island’ the latest treatment of the legendary giant gorilla who made his debut on the silver screen in 1933 during the depression era… This time around the film takes place at the end of the Vietnam War. Bill Randa played by (John Goodman) and a young geologist, Houston Brooks, played by (Corey Hawkins) of ‘Straight Out of Compton’ fame are a couple of government official from an agency named Monarch, who organize an expedition to the previously uncharted Skull Island under the pretense of seismological research. Randa and Brooks, however, are proponents of the hollow earth theory. That theory being that the earth is hollow, of course, and serves as domicile for the entities that really own the earth – not us. And they are in search for proof. The rest of the team includes, among others, (Tom Hiddleston) as James Conrad, a former British Captain who is hired to lead the team on the island – he is in it for the money; (Brie Larson), an accomplished antiwar photojournalist, who thinks the government is up to no good and wants to be there to document the goings-on, and (Samuel L. Jackson) as Lieutenant Packard. He is bummed out over the outcome of the war, but gets a gleam in his eye when he gets a call for one final mission – to the disappointment of the rest of his soldiers. The team braves stormy weather to make landfall which leaves them cutoff from the outside world. From there, it isn’t long before the expedition is face to face with the king of Skull Island, himself. The movie quickly becomes a struggle for survival – first from the assault by Kong after the rude intrusion, and then from giant lizard-like creatures called Skullcrawlers that terrorize the natives on the island. This version of Kong displays greater intelligence and a lack of curiosity about these visitors to his island. You get the sense he is aware of what’s going on. He knows the hierarchy and assumes a custodial posture on Skull Island – which makes a lot of sense to me. (John C. Reilly) appears about halfway through the film as Lieutenant Hank Marlow who has been stranded on the island for twenty-eight years after his fighter plane was shot down during World War II. He injects a necessary dose of levity and his obvious curiosity gets the movie to its final act. There is also a juxtaposition that can be made between the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War and this ill-fated expedition to Skull Island whether the filmmakers intended to do so or not. Overall ‘Kong’ is an okay movie and I liked it, but other than Samuel L Jackson’s Lieutenant Packard slipping into derangement and Kong himself, I don’t think the motivation of some of the other main is characters is established well enough. ‘Kong: Skull Island’ gets 3 sweet potatoes out of 5. This has been Moviegoers’ View. Moviegoersview.com. Until next time, enjoy the movies.
info_outline MID-SHIFT REPORT 5/27/14 05/27/2014
MID-SHIFT REPORT 5/27/14 Today on the Mid-Shift ReportBox Office in Review – Oscar Watch: Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller (director) – Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars). Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner) – Maleficent Preview – Celebrity News: The Clippers bidding war has begun – Kate Middleton dress fiasco – Emma Watson graduates – Out this Weekend
info_outline THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 05/05/2014
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 “The Amazing Spider-man 2” may have more plot than needed, but the Webslinger satisfies and the film leaves its mark. Hello Moviegoers! Tis’ the summer of Marvel and “The Amazing Spiderman 2” doesn’t disappoint with multiple villains, origin back story to fulfill the comic book nerd in all of us, introductions of comic counterparts, and […]
info_outline BRICK MANSIONS 05/05/2014
BRICK MANSIONS “Brick Mansions” is an hour and a half worth of action sequences held together by a simplistic plot. Hello Moviegoers! If you like fighting, chase scenes, shoot-outs, and evasion scenes that make parkour look like the best thing since sliced bread, “Brick Mansions” is your movie. The film downplays an important commentary on social injustice, […]
info_outline HEAVEN IS FOR REAL 05/01/2014
HEAVEN IS FOR REAL Community outreach echoes a chorus of faith. Hello moviegoers, ‘Heaven Is for Real’ tells the true story of the Burpos’ a christian family from the small town of Imperial, Nebraska, who’s four year old son Colton (Connor Corum) has an out of body experience during an operation to have his appendix removed. The movie is […]
info_outline THE OTHER WOMAN 04/29/2014
THE OTHER WOMAN A female empowerment comedy that lacks in laughter. Hello moviegoers! “The Other Woman” finds three unusual female friends with one thing in common: they all are seeing the same man. While I’m all for girl power. The film suffers from it’s weak plot so much so it’s repeated a second and then a third time. […]
info_outline THE QUIET ONES 04/29/2014
THE QUIET ONES BOO! This word is equivalent to the scares offered in “The Quiet Ones.” Hello Moviegoers! A typical horror film that does nothing to change the game or rise above the tropes of its the genre, inspired by true events in the field of parapsychology, “The Quiet Ones,” may only produce a scare for the most […]
info_outline TRANSCENDENCE 04/28/2014
TRANSCENDENCE I think therefore I am. To be or not to be … okay. How far are we going to go with this? That is the question! Hello moviegoers, Johnny Depp stars in ‘Transcendence’ as Dr. Will Caster an (AI) Artificial Intelligence researcher who keynotes a presentation lead by his wife Evelyn played by (Rebecca Hall) […]
info_outline RIO 2 04/22/2014
RIO 2 A family-friendly musical comedy, entertaining primarily for the younger set. Hello moviegoers! “Rio 2” the sequel to the break-out animated musical film ‘Rio’ leaves the city and heads deep into the Amazon. A predictable plot, with enjoyable gags for kids, and a fun soundtrack that will appeal across demographics doesn’t quite measure up to its […]
info_outline OCULUS 04/18/2014
OCULUS You don’t understand, we’re all in this together! It makes everything that way. It pulls you in! Hello moviegoers, writer-director Mike Flanagan takes material that could have easily gotten lost in trying to be scary and tells the tragic story of the Russell family in ‘Oculus’. From the Latin oculus, which means eye and denotes a […]