Friday, April 18, 2014

Netflix Instant TV and Movie Picks- Jonesy's Birthday Edition!



It's my birthday! Well, Wednesday was, so it's really my birthday weekend because birthdays should always last more than one day. DIFF is now over, and so we're back to our regularly scheduled Netflix programming. I have a combo of films for you that sort of represent what I love about movies: a great drama, a musical, and a documentary.

Enjoy!


SHORT TERM 12
This is a fantastic little film about a young woman, Brie Larson, and her struggles to balance life and work as she runs a home for troubled kids. It's heartfelt and will make you want a hug by the end, but her performance is outstanding.

THE APPLE
This is such a weird musical. It fits into the category of ROCKY HORROR as to how semi-crazy it is, but it ends up being a really fun experience. Plus, it's choreographed by Nigel Lithgow, who is the genius behind So You Think You Can Dance. 


TALHOTBLOND
I've heard about this film a couple months ago, and it sounds like the type of documentary I love. It starts off as a basic story of a cyberspace love triangle, but there are so many twists and turns that, by the end, it sounds like a script straight out of Hollywood. 


JERSEY BOYS Trailer Drops!




Musicals are a huge for me. I love seeing live theatre. The Broadway musical, Jersey Boys, has been one of my favorites for years, and now it is making its way to the big screen. Adaptations can be tough because studios want big names for the leads, which can lead to bad musical performances and lame dance sequences. For JERSEY BOYS, director Clint Eastwood made the smart move and cast some Broadway actors for the Four Seasons. What's even more exciting is Frank Valli is being portrayed by John Lloyd Young, who not only originated the role on Broadway but also won a Tony Award for it.

Here's the synopsis:
The film tells the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You,” and many more.

Check the trailer after the break.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DIFF 2014 Review: CHILD OF GOD

CHILD OF GOD
Directed by: James Franco 
Written by: James Franco and Vince Jolivette; based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy
Starring: Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson, and James Franco
Synopsis: The story of a homeless man who becomes increasingly violent and the town that is affected by his actions. 


Latest X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Trailer Sells The Movie The Best


According to my very authoritative Twitter feed, it seems people are not too keen on Bryan Singer's return to the X-MEN franchise, but I'm down for it. In what appears to be the last trailer before the release of the movie on May 23rd, 2014 and it's the best one. It gives us the best set up for the movie and a good feel for how the movie will go plot-wise.

Check out the trailer from the X-Men Movies YouTube Channel The Dissolve


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DIFF 2014 Review: LOCKE- Jonesy's Take

LOCKE
Directed by Steven Knight
Written by Steven Knight
Starring: Tom Hardy, Olivia Coleman, Andrew Scott, Ben Daniels, and Ruth Wilson.
Synopsis: A man deals with his life choices one evening.

Monday, April 14, 2014

GONE GIRL Teaser Drops!



I'm a pretty avid reader, but every once in a while, a book hooks me so fast that I can read it within a day. Gone Girl was the last book that did that to me. I couldn't put it down, and I wasn't alone. Almost overnight, it became THE book that everyone was reading. Of course, that means a movie adaptation was inevitable, but with this cast, director David Fincher, and the writer of the book, Gillian Flynn, also penning the film, there's hope that this will turn out well.

Here's the synopsis:
Marriage can be a real killer. On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

Check the trailer after the break.


DIFF 2014 Review: DOM HEMINWAY - Javi's Take




DOM HEMINGWAY

Directed by: Richard Shepard
Written by: Richard Shepard
Starring: Jude Law, Emilia Clarke, Richard E. Grant, and Damian Bichir
Synopsis: A crook, who just served 12 years protecting a crime lord, tries to reinstate himself into society with mixed results.