10 Years of Superheroes: My look back on the Marvel Cinematic Universe

As we stand one week away from the world wide release of Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Studios’ Nineteenth film of this franchise, I’ve conducted a Road to Infinity War Marathon: watching all the movies from the MCU before the third installment in the Avengers series. While some movies haven’t aged as well as I thought, one thing is for sure: The Marvel Cinematic Universe was a high risk that continues to pay off with each installment. Read More »

Big Game Spots spawns full-length trailers for the Summer slate of movies

When it comes to the Super Bowl, all sports fans gather to watch one last game of NFL football before the offseason commences. While the game might be the main event, there are a few other things to look forward to like the expensive commercials and a half-hour halftime show. For the entertainment geek in the family (like myself), we’re looking for those Big Game movie trailers and TV spots to get us thinking about the summer movies, leaving any thoughts about movies that come out before May. Read More »

Jessica Chastain is electric, witty, and smart in Aaron Sorkin’s directoral debut, ‘Molly’s Game’

Aaron Sorkin, one of the best writers in Hollywood today, has a resume that speaks for itself. From the small screen with The West Wing and The Newsroom to silver screen standouts such as A Few Good Men, The Social Network, and Moneyball, it was only a matter of time before he took his place in the director’s chair. While some first-time directors are solid but questionable with their debuts, Sorkin looked like a natural behind the camera. This fast-and-funny morality tale was a knockout that no one could have expected.Read More »

My Top 10 Movies of 2017

As we reach the final act of this year, it’s time to take a look back at a strong year for films. We’ve had a major assortment of movies come across the silver screen and got audiences into theaters almost every weekend. These movies offered an escape from our lives for an hour or two. These movies thrilled us, made us cry, and had us cheering for a wonderful work of creative art done by actors, directors, and the crew that put all the magic together.Read More »

To a new beginning…

Hello to all my readers! After months of planning, I’ve moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress. I’m excited to begin this new adventure and hopefully expand my content with continued reviews and trailer reactions (maybe not only in written form either!)

I will continue to polish this blog in the coming weeks and hopefully be up and running by year’s end.

To my readers, new and old, welcome to my domain in the land of imagination and adventure captured on film!

Blog Announcement

Hello everyone! As I mentioned before in a previous post (possibly months ago), I have an announcement to make about the blog:

It’s a decision that I’ve been toying with for a few months and expanding my reach so I’ll be moving the blog onto WordPress. I’ll make a more formal announcement in the weeks to come when the transition from Blogger will be complete and where you can find this blog on WordPress.

Blogger has been a great surface to speak about what I love and sharing it with others. I hope to reach a larger audience with this move. There have been times where I thought about letting this blog go, but I want to take it further and make it better. Through this, I’ve become a better writer, looking at films differently, and hopefully getting more people into the theaters. Other ideas are in the works (including the possibility of a YouTube channel) to speak about movies and other things that I love!

So, I’ll keep you all posted on what’s going on and I hope you’ll follow me in this transition!

Thank you for your continuing support!

Final ‘Homecoming’ trailer promises laughs and action for the Wall-Crawler

Hey everyone! Sorry to keep you all waiting but I’m back with a new preview! I also have an announcement about the blog that I’ll post later on, but back to movie business!

Last night, Marvel and Sony Pictures dropped the third and final trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming. We’re treated with new suit features (how many web-shooter combinations does it have?) seeing how Peter balances school and being a masked hero (remember the Spanish quiz, Peter!), and Peter’s trial by fire as the newest Avenger.

This film finds Peter Parker (Tom Holland) trying to balance his secret life as Spider-Man while keeping up with his high school life. But as he learns more about the suit given to him by his mentor, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Parker has to contend with the nefarious Vulture (Michael Keaton) and his friends with weaponry enhanced by the remains of previous battles involving the Avengers.

After these previews, I’m ready to see how the MCU will treat one of Marvel’s best and well-known heroes. It’s a shame that he might not be a part of the MCU for long if Sony backs out of this deal. With the recent news of a Venom spin-off being announced to star Tom Hardy, it’s safe to say that the wall-crawler might go back to Sony full-time, but we’ll see. For now, I’m ready to see Spider-Man return again in a solo film so I’ll be there on opening night!

As an added bonus, here is the international trailer, which shows more new scenes and possibly better than the domestic trailer!

Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives on July 7.

Update

Hey, movie lovers!

I know, I know. I’ve been away for a little while, battling the forces of evil that are grad school finals, holiday parties, and just life overall.

I have not forgotten any of you and wanted to let you know that I’ll be making new review posts within the next few days. We’ve had some amazing new trailers released in the last few weeks, new movies that have entered theaters, and more (including my top 10 for 2016)!

Until then, stay warm, grab some popcorn, and go see a movie!

Happy Holidays!

Oscars 2015 : ‘Birdman’ wins Best Picture, Patricia Arquette wins, and a ratings dive.

     Well, the Oscars have come and gone. I would have written a review of the Oscars yesterday but you know how life can be.

     But anyway, onto films’ biggest night….

     This is one of the year’s where I thought that most of my early predictions (one of my missing posts from this blog) would be correct. I didn’t get a chance to see many of the nominated films but I wasn’t surprised by the winners.

Best Picture: Birdman – Alexandro G. Iñárritu
This movie was definitely a front runner in the Best Picture race so it was no surprise for winning the big award of the night. Birdman, the acclaimed film about an actor battling his own inner demons – which manifest in the form of the comic-book superhero that he once portrayed – also racked up awards for Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. 

Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
This one was a surprise to me..but kind of wasn’t. Considering the critical acclaim that Redmayne and Keaton both received for their roles in The Theory of Everything and Birdman, respectively, it was a toss-up between these two actors. Despite Micheal Keaton’s best review performance in years (I’ll be getting Birdman soon enough), when you are going up against a film about Stephen Hawking, that man will be hard to beat. 

Best Actress: Julieanne Moore – Still Alice
The long wait is over for Miss Moore. The well-established actress finally won the golden statue after four previous nominations. This award was deserved and long overdue for Julieanne Moore. Despite the fact that she has earned the European “best actress triple crown” for wins in the Berlin, Cannes, and Venice film festivals but the Academy Award has always eluded her. Her acting in Still Alice, a Columbia Linguistics professor with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, has been called stellar and gripping, praised by critics. 

     Other award winners consisted of J.K. Simmons winning Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash, Patricia Arquette for Best Supporting Actress in Boyhood. Patricia Arquette’s acceptance speech was one of the strongest as she praised that it was time to fight for equality and equal rights for women in the United States of America. I’m along with Meryl Streep’s reaction about that speech and thought it was the right time to have that voice heard. 

     Having the legendary NPH hosting should have helped but overall reactions are that the award show seemed dull. There was an 18% decrease from the previous year (that infamous selfie last year could have come in handy this time around). It was the lowest watched Oscar broadcast since 2009. While it wasn’t stunning or terrible, it was sub-par compared to previous years…I will admit that the performance for The LEGO Movie “Everything Is Awesome” was just that: Awesome!