Time to talk movies! This week, you’ll see “The Amazing Spiderman’s” ANDREW GARFIELD talks about the Spidey psychy. KATY PERRY argues with her parents in a scene from her documentary, “Katy Perry: Part of Me” 3D. Also, BLAKE LIVELY steps out onto the red carpet to talk, “Savages.” Click on the link to watch!
Disney Pixar jumps into the summer box office fray with “Brave.” It’s the story of Princess Merida, a spirited lass from the Highlands of Scotland. Animators first journeyed to Scotland way back in 2006. They then returned in 2007 to immerse within Scottish culture. Their research included taking in stories steeped in the Scots culinary habits, foggy weather, wildlife, trees & rich ancestry. These steps are what make the animation is as good as what you’d expect from Pixar.
Merida’s journey revolves around a universal theme of most teenagers throughout the ages, ‘Let me live my own life!’ The conflict comes from within the family must be resolved with family. The story involves witches, potions, ferries & thundering horseback rides. Young girls all over the world will absolutely love watching ‘Brave.’ The movie is being pushed as 3D, but you can save a few bucks per tickets by watching it in 2D. It’s just as fun.
I think Brave is a wee bit scary for kids under the age 6. There’s classic Disney villains & there’s things nightmares are made of. Hit a bullseye like Merida & Follow Leo on Twitter @leoquinones. The Film Freak iPhone App is %100 FREE. Just search Film Freak.
The Film Freak Movie Talk Show shines the light on the biggest movies again this week! Still going strong “Marvel’s The Avengers” continues it’s epic run in the Top 10. Mark Ruffalo AKA Bruce Banner gives over awesome info about becoming the big green machine, The Hulk! Leo also forks over awesome audio from the android himself “David”, Michael Fassbender, not found in this weekends’ “Prometheus”. Also stars from Wes Anderson’s awesome movie “Moonrise Kingdom” stop by and have a chat with Leo. Finally, the most rocking out loud movie coming out this summer “Rock of Ages”, gets it’s epic soundtrack dissected by Leo!! Plus, Leo gets the Gotham City Gossip from Bill of BATMAN ON FILM. Follow Leo Quinones on Twitter @leoquinones everyone’s doing it, even the epic rocker Stacee Jaxx!!
The Film Freak Movie Talk Show with Leo Quinones welcomes composer Danny Elfman and actor Jackie Earle Haley talking their new movie “Dark Shadows” . Also in studio director Brad Parker and writer Oren Peli talk about the insanely scary locales they chose for their movie “Chernobly Diaries”. “God Bless America” director Bobcat Goldthwait gives over tons of info on his new movie, and finally Leo goes over everything movies in his weekend movie update. Follow Leo Quinones @leoquinones and as always….Stay Classy!
Battleship is getting torpedoed by movie critics. It’s what they do. The movie is far from perfect, and is a lot better than I thought. I’m fully aware the dialogue in the movie had challenges. But here’s one of my pet peeves: Rudeness in movie theaters. When a lousy line is uttered, I just kinda roll my eyes & think to myself, “That was so cheesy.” But again, this is me, thinking to myself.
I can’t stand when someone, who gets to see these movies for FREE has the tenacity to outwardly laugh at bad dialogue. It’s the most selfish thing you can do in a movie. It serves 2 purposes: (1) You’re attempting to show everyone how smart you are & you know a bad line when you hear it. (2) It pulls anyone out of the film who’s enjoying it.
Regular movie going folks with enjoy Battleship. Based on the 1931 Hasbro game, it has less to do with real strategic war at sea & more to do with aliens taking over Earth. I will say the sound design was perfect. On the other hand, it feels like whole scenes were lifted from other movies like, “Officer & A Gentlemen,” “Independence Day,” and of course, “Transformers.”
Battleship is a long journey from perfection, but I still had fun. My favorite thing about the movie were the ‘Old Salts,’ World War II vets who actually served on the battleship USS Missouri was very cool. Rated PG-13. You can follow me on Twitter @leoquinones
As a kid, I barely remember the TV soap opera, “Dark Shadows.” The eerie theme song is forever seared in my memory. Tim Burton, Michelle Pfieffer & Johnny Depp were also Children of the Corn-y soap. Leave it to Tim & Johnny to pick ‘Shadows’ as their vampire vehicle.
I can’t really compare the two, meaning the movie & the TV series. I did not go back & revisit the old material. It’s widely known, that, for better or worse, this is now Tim Burton’s vision. As seen in the trailers, Barnabas Collins is a vampire buried alive for almost 200 years & released in the year 1972. This juxtaposition is supposed to the springboard for comedy situations.
But I found the film to be much darker than funny. You know that old saying, ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned?’ Angelique (Eva Green) plays a servant who loves Barnabas Collins. (Johnny Depp) When the relationship goes south, things are compounded by the fact that she’s a witch. Hence the evil curse she places, which transforms Barnabas into a vampire, doomed for eternal damnation. She’s gives him the extended dirt nap too.
That’s the central theme at play here. This rivalry is the films’ beginning, middle & end. The bulk of the humor stems from the way Barnabas reacts to the tackiness of the times. Johnny Depp is indeed very interesting to watch on screen. He’s playing alot of this through his extended fingers & eyes. His makeup application was very extreme. A bit too much I’m afraid.
I always like to go over Vampire Rules. Barnabas casts no reflection in the mirror, (1) Point. Resistance to silver. (1) point. He seeks darkness, (1) point. Sunlight sizzles his skin & fingertips, (1) point. Original coffin brought in for slumber, (1) point. His ability to walk around in broad daylight, MINUS (5) points! It’s a bloody wash, folks.
Hardcore fans of the ‘Dark Shadows’ TV show have been left for scrap. It is what it is. This is signature Tim Burton: Weird & creepy right down the line. I liked this world, I just wish there were more laughs. Either it’s a dark vampire movie or it’s an out-and-out comedy. Tone is so tough. As you’ll see, it’s just about impossible to combine the two. Dark Shadows is rated PG-13.
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Marvel’s The Avengers defies all logic. Writer/Director JOSS WHEDON gets the credit with bringing his cinematic vision to life. On top of that, six generations of Marvel Comic Book writers get their day in the sun, as they should. Here’s the assignment. Take Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Nick Fury, Black Widow & Hawkeye and put them all together in one film that makes actual sense. In a covert world, this is called, “The Avengers Initiative.” I’d say the mission was a complete & utter success.
The reason is layered. Let’s tear right into it. Good Storytelling. Formidable Foes. Good Acting. Eye-Popping Special Effects. Just enough back story on each character. Genuine Excitement. Smart Humor. Perfect Tone. If there’s anything wrong with The Avengers, let someone else bring it to the table. I was just jacked up on adrenaline. What’s happened here is a movie miracle.
There’s so much riding on a movie like this. Not for the studio, but for the fans. When a comic book movie comes out & falls short of hitting the mark, who always gets burned, the fans. The Avengers gives Fanboys & Fangirls the right to pump their fists & revel in the fact that their beloved Marvel characters were well taken care of by Mr. Whedon.
Go see The Avengers in theaters. If you’re lucky enough to afford paying full freight, go see it in IMAX 3D. You will not be disappointed. I can’t imagine anyone not liking this film. This is what movie-going is all about.
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Velvet Red TV presents “What’s Hot in Hollywood” for the week of 4/20/12. Ellen K. sets up this week’s hottest movies, “Think Like A Man,” “Chimpanzee” & “The Lucky One.” Kinga Philipps talks fashon. Finally, I head over to Premiere Props to give YOU a piece of Hollywood! It’s a blast, so enjoy the show. Go ahead and follow us on Twitter @leoquinones @VelvetRedTV