Author: Teaira Lacson

What We’re Watching: 09/17/14

What I Will be Watching this Weekend: Fort Bliss I am a strong advocate for movies that feature a female lead. The centralized character, Michelle Monaghan, is a returning U.S. Army medic from a tour in Afghanistan who must transition into her life as a single mother. During this transition period, she struggles with where she is truly needed and where she wants to be. As a predominantly male-focused career venture, military films are severely lacking in the representation of women in the force. This film makes me hopeful that more films will go into production allowing audiences to...

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Weekly Roundup 09/15/14: Denzel Bond, God and Ted, and Just Keep Swimming

Weekend at the Box Office As Diego mentioned last week, we are in slogging season, and we slog on. With the movie season drying up, many theater goers are making a decision between a home-invasion thriller and a family-friendly dolphin sequel. This weekend, the box office received a little jolt with No Good Deed  which took to the top slot, earning $24.5 million. Following suit, Dolphin Tale 2 earned $16.5 million. This is the first time Guardians of the Galaxy has fallen out of the top spots in weeks, but such a reign cannot last forever. This weekend, in third place, Guardians earned $8 million and continues to perform well overseas. Coming in fourth place, Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rakes in $4.8 million, earning $181 million domestically. Rounding out the top 5 movies in theaters is Let’s Be Cops, earning $4.3 million. Movie News Bond. Denzel Bond. Daniel Craig, keep your senses and skills sharp; Denzel Washington may your replacement. As part of a promotion effort for his upcoming film The Equalizer, Washington participated in Reddit’s AMA (Ask Me Anything) segment. One of the questions posed, brought to light the idea of Washington becoming the next 007. We have all seen the power of social media, Washington hopes to bank on this as well by encouraging a twitter campaign. #DenzelIsJamesBond Freeman’s Upcoming Roles: God will be working with Ted....

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Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Retrospective

I did not have the pleasure of viewing Mary Poppins upon its initial release 50 years ago in 1964. Nor did I see it when I was a young child. I was first introduced to this practically perfect lady when I was in high school. Mulling through these teenage years, I did not lose sight of the awe and wonder threaded into the antics of the two British children, Jane and Michael, and the lessons from a woman who appeared with the changing winds. I recall being fascinated by the diluted colors, the faint colloquialisms, and the catchy musical...

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Weekly Roundup 08/24/2014: Guardians Take the Summer Crown, Kipling’s Jungle, and Ant-Man

Weekend at the Box Office Although this was the opening weekend for three movies, they could not keep up with the galaxy and turtle heros. Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Groot, and Drax, our Guardians of the Galaxy, reclaim the top spot this weekend in its fourth week in theaters earning $17.6 million. We are Groot. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fall into second with $16.8 million. Close behind is the newly released drama If I Stay earning $16.3 million. Let’s Be Cops comes in at fourth earning $11 million and to round out our top 5, is another new release, When the Game Stands Tall with $9 million. Movie News According to Variety, there are negotiations in the works to bring back Harry Potter director, David Yates, for the spin-off Fantastic Beasts. Production studio, Warner Bros. made no comment to solidify Yates’s role. Practice your spells and don’t forget to bring your wands, wizards and witches, we will be having a lesson on Fantastic Beasts in November 2016. Oh, the Bare Necessities of a movie, have to be the actors themselves. Otherwise, the movie can be completely shot without a solid group. This past week, we have seen a bunch of role announcements for an arc on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book; the movie is to be entitled – Jungle Book: Origins. Previously cast Benedict Cumberbatch (Shere Kahn), will be joined...

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What We’re Watching: 8/22/14

Movies I am Looking Forward To: When the Game Stands Tall I am a Remember the Titans fan. However, I can easily anticipate this scenario: Instead of Remember the Titans, watch When the Game Stands Tall, an addition to the Watch this Instead! feature. Now, I am not much of a football fan, (Yes, the Seahawks won the last Super Bowl. No, that does not mean I am going to jump on the bandwagon.) but there’s something about football movies. We have seen time and time again, a team of underdogs defying expectations, strengthening their camaraderie, and kicking the...

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The Hundred-Foot Journey Review

Overview: Settling in the French provence, an Indian family establishes a restaurant and a rivalry ensues with a classy restaurateur across the street. Walt Disney Studios, 2014, Rated PG, 122 minutes. Amuse-Gueule, to Entertain the Mouth: To say the culinary dishes did not enhance this film is a lie, a lie I cannot tell. Capturing food in its final state, its immaculate plated stage, is merely one of the moments we are too preoccupied with. As a novice foodie, I appreciate director Lasse Hallström’s perspective spanning from the origins of the ingredients, an open-air market or freshly gathered among...

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Shell Kickers, Through the Looking Glass, and Trouble Balancing a Female Lead?

Weekend at the Box Office The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kicked some shell for their opening weekend, sending Guardians back into the galaxy with the top slot at $65 million. In it’s second week, Star-Lord and the gang continued strong at $41.5 million. Coming in at third and fourth place, we have two other movies that opened this past weekend as well, a tornado thriller and a foodie’s drama: Into the Storm brought in $18 million and The Hundred-Foot Journey served up $11.1 million. Last in the top five lineup, we have Lucy in her third week at the...

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What We’re Watching: 8/7/14

Last week, both Chelse and I were looking forward to watching Guardians of the Galaxy. “I am Groot!”, needless to say, I was easily won over and I may be making some mixtapes (mix CDs?) of my own to recreate the awesome feeling the movie gave me. Let’s take a look at what is coming to theaters this weekend and if they hold the same anticipation for me as GatG did. The Movie I’m Looking Forward To: The Hundred-Foot Journey Ah, the foodie inside of me awakens! I imagine I will have to consume a satisfying meal before watching...

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Weekly Roundup 07/28/2014: Brains and Bad-assery, Marvel Reveals, 50 Shades

Weekend @ the Box Office Do you remember those times when you were so sure something was going to happen that you wished you had made a bet? That happened to me: Within the last week, I claimed that Lucy could rival the demigod Hercules at the box office this weekend (see here). This weekend’s box office numbers confirm that brains and bad-assery dominated brawn and bulk. Lucy made her debut in the #1 spot with $44 million while Hercules claimed the second slot with a solid $29 million, both having a decent opening weekend. With these two new releases,...

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What We’re Watching: 7/25/14

They’re not back again. If you are a loyal reader to “What We’re Watching,” the previous sentence will make more sense. Miss Chelse and I are taking over for future What We’re Watching updates. This week, I will be giving you the low-down on anything movie-release-oriented, from theatrical and DVD releases to what’s NoN (New on Netflix). That being said, bear with me as I attempt to gain a sense of what works and what is just a no-no.  Leggo! Movies I’m Looking Forward To: Lucy On a rare occasion, a movie stirs me enough to return to the...

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Many Worlds: 5 Fantasy Novels That Need Movie Adaptions

Mythical nymphs and druids, spells and incantations, battles of sword and wand. In both Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings series, the films offered a temporary passport from the mundanity of our lives to a land of enchantment, or of peril, or intrigue. Like many of the movies currently dominating the theaters, the tale of the orphaned wizard and the journey to destroy a ring originated as words inked on paper. Words formed into sentences. Pages bound to pages. From those words we heard a voice that was certainly not our own, but of the character forged amidst...

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Weekly Roundup 7/7/14: Lackluster Releases, BvS Rumor Mill, and Jimi

Weekend @ the Box Office This year’s summer box office seems to be cooling down as the robot franchise overshadows any newcomers. Transformers: Age of Extinction claimed the top spot (again) at the box office for this 4th of July weekend. New Line’s road trip into the Midwest, Tammy, was lackluster in comparison to Transformers, securing second place despite applying the fan-friendly rowdy, comedic talent of Melissa McCarthy. Deliver Us From Evil, a horror film that follows officers in the Bronx investigating forces of evil leading up to exorcisms, comes in third place. Earth to Echo, openly aiming to procure...

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Belle

Overview: Dido Elizabeth Belle, daughter of a British Naval officer born out of wedlock, is raised by the noble Mansfield family as a dignified member of the household. Fox Searchlight Pictures. 2014. Rated PG. 104 Minutes. A Nod to My Childhood: As a Disney-raised child, when I hear the name “Belle” in film context, I immediately recall the bibliophile who falls for a beast. In some ways, this default comparison to the animated work The Beauty and the Beast is not a wasted one. From an early scene in which we first see Dido cradling a book in her...

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The Prestige

Overview: Tragedy and a competitive desire  ignites a chain of deception between a brilliant illusionist and a captivating performer whose rivalry wavers on the edge of obsession. Touchstone Pictures/Warner Bros. Pictures. 2007. Rated PG-13. 130 Minutes. Every Magic Trick Consists of Three Parts: There is a pattern to every illusion, a guiding structure.  1) A Pledge where we are presented with the ordinary.  2) The Turn where the ordinary becomes extraordinary.  3) The Prestige where we are brought full circle.  There’s a secret here, a curiosity.  But do we really want to know or would we prefer to be fooled?  Watch closely…...

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