Monthly Archives: November 2014

Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer: Something Has Awakened!

No Black Friday sale can compare with the joy achieved this morning as the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer has arrived!

It begins with a landscape shot of a sandy planet (could it be Tattooine?) and a close-up on John Boyega in a Storm Trooper uniform with his helmet off. He is deeply concerned and he starts running… and we’re off!

We don’t get to see any of our faves that are back, such as Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill or even Anthony Daniels as C3PO — but we do get Millennium Falcon!

Watching Daisy Ridley take off on her vehicle and knowing that “something has awakened,” as the teaser says, is enough for us.

Look for more from the world of Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the film’s released date of December 18, 2015 inches closer.

Merry Christmas, indeed!  

Disney has also released a quartet of stills from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, check them out below! 

The Falcon Flies Again

What more needs to be said to make our day?!

Exodus Gods and Kings Trailer: Something’s Coming!

Sure, there’s no way the explosion of excitement that occurred when the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer debuted could be matched by anything today.

But, the latest Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer is still pretty awesome.

It features more footage than we’ve seen in the previous Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer. And we also get a true sense of those plagues that are going to rain down on Ramses (Joel Edgerton) and the Egyptian people.

Oh, and then there’s the full shot of the parting of the Red Sea that is simply brilliant!

Christian Bale is Moses, and he’s joined in an all-star cast for director Ridley Scott that includes Sigourney Weaver and Aaron Paul.

Look for Exodus: Gods and Kings December 12. And until then, if you’re in the mood for a Scott epic, watch Gladiator online

Two Brothers Born to Fight

Bale is Moses, Edgerton is Ramses, and these two are gonna clash!

10 Biggest Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Highlights

The wait is over! The Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer is here and yes, it is awesome! 

We’ve waited years and years to witness some sort of cinematic return of the Star Wars universe and even 90 seconds of footage that teases J.J. Abrams’ brilliance, we have to say, is well worth the wait! 

So, what most impressed us about the new Star Wars trailer? 

Click through and discover our 10 biggest moments from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer!

John Boyega Questions

Is John Boyega on Tatooine? We think yes. Is he a Storm Trooper? We think no. We believe that Boyega has been under cover and he has landed on Tatooine looking for Luke Skywalker and yes, he looks deathly serious. Something wicked this way is coming.

The Imitation Game Review: Benedict Cumberbatch Rivets in True Tale

Benedict Cumberbatch is quickly becoming one of the most popular and supremely talented actors of his generation. That expertise of his craft is illustrated profusely throughout The Imitation Game, and is a performance that will undoubtedly result in Cumberbatch’s first Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

The Imitation Game Benedict Cumberbatch Keira Knightley

Cumberbatch is Alan Turing, the man credited with cracking the German Enigma code that would eventually lead to the Allies winning World War II. You also learn watching The Imitation Game that he is the father of what will become the modern computer.

That is why it is so tragic that what happened to Turing was his complete and utter personal destruction when he was arrested for indecency for engaging in homosexual acts years after the war ended.

As teased in The Imitation Game trailer, we meet Turing as he is “interviewing” for a job with the British defense. World War II has taken its toll on his country and his lack of respect for the uniform is off putting to his potential superior, Commander Denniston (Charles Dance). But, his incredible brilliance and supreme confidence in his ability as a mathematician — when brilliant minds are so needed to crack the Enigma code — forces Denniston to offer him the job and surround him with a team.

Of course, he then believes that the team is holding him back, except for a few stand outs, including a woman who had to fight dearly to even be considered because of her gender, Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley).

Together they will all learn to work together because there is a bigger picture fight at hand, expertly laid out by director Morten Tyldum from the screenplay by Graham Moore (based on the book by Andrew Hodges).

Although much of the story focuses on this team of brilliant minds (especially Turing) and the effort they are undertaking to crack this code and be able to stop the Nazi advance that at this rate, will take over all of Europe, and likely the world — Tyldum shows us why the work they are doing is so important with the prolific death and destruction that is this war.

The Imitation Game Poster

What else Tyldum does that is so masterful is he manages to make something so thrilling and breathtaking that could be so mundane. Mathematics and the basics of computer science don’t usually add up to plot points that make up the chemistry of a thriller. But in The Imitation Game it absolutely thrills. There is a race against time aspect to this film that you can literally feel the clock ticking. This team has to achieve their goal or hundreds of thousands of lives and freedom itself will be lost.

And yet The Imitation Game is also quite personal. It is a human story about love, working with people of varied backgrounds towards a shared goal and most of all it explores the very nature of what makes us human.

Cumberbatch is a force of nature. He has spell bounded us in countless movies, most recently when you watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug online. But, this is his moment and he gives it his all and them some. Matching him in that effort is Knightley. She too will likely hear her name as an Oscar nominee when they are announced. Her character has many of the same challenges as Turing and their friendship and, yes, love, is the very heartbeat of this film.

Benedict Cumberbatch The Imitation Game

Our The Imitation Game review cannot recommend this film enough. It is easily one of the best of 2014 and the cinematic collective that is Tyldum’s work will also likely be given the title Best Picture nominee.

Lastly, watching this film makes us think on a supremely larger scale. 

It makes us wonder how many brilliant minds over the course of human history were persecuted for their beliefs, their sexuality, their looks, their intellect or any number of reasons. And how many of those wound up being pushed out of what they love and even perished due to the persecution?

Can you imagine where we would be as a society if they had not only lived their lives in shadows or in fear, but had the freedom to be who they were born to be and everything that that means?

The world would be a much better and enriching place.

Watch Star Trek Into Darkness online for another fantastic performance by Cumberbatch. 

Fifty Shades of Grey Photos: Meet The Grey Family

All those Fifty Shades of Grey stills have done their fair share of teasing the chemistry and heat between Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson).

But all that headline-making news about who would be playing the other parts of the movie, we were starting to wonder when we’d meet anyone else involved in this highly anticipated movie!

It’s that time!

Ladies and gentlemen, please meet the family Grey.

Focus Features has released a trio of photos from the film that lands February 13, 2015 and we get to meet Christian’s adopted sister Mia (Rita Ora), and his parents Grace (Marcia Gay Harden) and Carrick (Andrew Airlie).

Even that Fifty Shades of Grey trailer truly focused on the two leads, so this is nice to finally meet the family!

We have a feeling we’ll be meeting more people involved in this story, including Jennifer Ehle, Max Martini, Eloise Mumford and Dylan Neal in the coming weeks!

Rita Ora is Mia Grey

Rita Ora is ready to rock the big screen in this first photo of her from Fifty Shades of Grey.