Thursday, July 31, 2014

INTO THE WOODS Teaser Drops but Where's the Music?

Into The Woods is another amazing musical by Stephen Sondheim. He's the mastermind behind Sweeney Todd and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. His musicals are always full of interesting characters and intricate music. SWEENEY TODD was adapted into a film in 2007 with moderate success.

Now his next musical to be adapted is INTO THE WOODS. This musical smashes classic fairy tale characters (Cinderella, The Baker, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk) into the ultimate story. There's an evil witch who looks to teach various characters a lesson or two.

Check out the trailer after the break!

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Local Haps: July 28th - August 3rd

It's a relatively light week in terms of special screenings, but nevertheless there's some good stuff here. Go to Wednesday for my Pick of the Week screening!

Comic Con 2014 Trailer Dump: MOCKINGJAY- PART 1, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, and THE HOBBIT

Comic Con 2014 is still going strong, and everywhere you turn, there are more announcements about anticipated upcoming films and TV shows. One of the best things that comes out of Comic Con every year are the trailers. Studios use this convention to build buzz (though some film don't need it) and to premiere teasers and trailers. 

We have three trailers here which look very exciting: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1, MAD MAX: ROAD FURY, and THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES.

Check them out below:

Friday, July 25, 2014

Netflix Instant: TV and Movie Picks

It seems strange, but there's no releases this week that seem interesting (at least to me). Maybe we're all gearing up for GUARDIANS next week, but I plan on soaking in the air conditioning and catching up on some Netflix. Here are some titles I've run across recently that I think many would enjoy!

This is a great documentary about the man, Drew Struzan, who's behind some of the most iconic movie posters around. He has worked with Speilberg and Lucas multiple times. You've seen his posters, I promise, and what makes Drew even more impressive is he paints all the posters. Watching him work and create is amazing. 

I had heard about this film for a few years before I finally watched it, and it completely lived up to the hype. It's dense, well shot, and has some great performances. 

This is a classic which never gets old. It's a fascinating story about a jury during their deliberation before handing out a sentence which could cost a man's life. Jury 8 (Fonda) is the voice of reason and minority in thinking. If only all of us could be as confident and outspoken as him. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Local Haps: July 21st - July 27th

Sorry for the week long break, guys. I was in Canada on vacation and my tiny buddy was busy busting out reviewing for the recently completed Asian Film Festival of Dallas. You can check out her coverage here. Also beginning this week, the column will have the PICK OF THE WEEK! which as the name implies is the event that's got us excited the most and will most likely be attending. Check out the events below.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Netflix Instant: Movie & TV Picks

So, now that we're at the point of the summer blockbuster saturation point (SBSP) so how about you stay in from the summer heat and check out a couple of classy movies and the third part in a pretty fun horror trilogy. Check them out after the break.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

AFFD 2014 Review: PRETTY ROSEBUD- Jonesy's Take

Directed by Oscar Torre
Written by Chuti Tiu 
Starring: Chuti Tiu, Kipp Shiotani, Dana Lee, Bel Hernandez, and Oscar Torre
Synopsis: A successful woman feels that her personal life isn't as great as she once thought. 

There's a balancing act that most adults tread at some point. After a few years of marriage and establishing a semi-successful career, it's easy to fall into a routine and become bored with your significant other, especially when they're not at the same level you're at. PRETTY ROSEBUD tells the story of such a woman whose career is taking off, but her personal life seems to be crumbling beneath her.

Sissy (Tiu) is strong-willed woman who works hard, and her bosses are beginning to take notice. But that's the only thing she has going for her. Her husband has been out of a job for two years and even though he gets potential leads, he's being picky and doesn't want to take a "lower" job. Sissy's parents are the typical, conservative types who just want her to have children. They believe that children will bring her the utmost satisfaction that she's missing in her life. 

With all the pressure around her, Sissy can't handle it, so she breaks. She has an affair and enjoys the attention she gets from other men in her life. Her journey is story we've seen over and over again. Every beat that happens is too stereotypical. There are no surprises in the plot, and it felt increasingly boring. Even the pinnacle of Sissy's frustration with her life is portrayed in such an obvious and cliched metaphor, it was difficult not to giggle at the cheesiness.

Tiu is the only redeemable part of the film. Her performance in subtle, and it's easy to see the struggles Sissy is feeling even when there's no dialogue. The same cannot be said about the rest of the cast. All the other performances feel forced and rigid. Any time the characters raise their voices or a scene is particularly emotional, it feels like you're watching a bad high school production.

This film suffers heavily from a boring plot. Sometimes a boring plot isn't as noticeable if there are interesting characters, but unfortunately, no such luck here. Even with a fairly strong lead performance, this film is totally skippable.