Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Into the Woods (2014)

Release date: December 25, 2014 Studio: Walt Disney Pictures Director: Rob Marshall MPAA Rating: PG (for thematic elements, fantasy action and peril, and some suggestive material) Screenwriter: James Lapine Starring: Tracey Ullman, Frances de la Tour, Johnny Depp, Lucy Punch, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, Simon Russell Beale, Tammy Blanchard, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski, Billy Magnussen, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, MacKenzie Mauzy, Richard Glover, Joanna Riding, Annette Crosbie Genre: Musical Websites: Official, Facebook, Twitter, IMDb, Wikipedia, Box Office Mojo, Rotten Tomatoes
STUDIO SYNOPSIS: "Into the Woods" is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. 

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VISUAL REVIEW
by DAVID the BRUCE


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VISUAL REVIEW by David the Bruce. 18 out of 22!
The overall rating is based on the number of green (Yes, Good, Wow!) tags.


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PLOT: A modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes.

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BECHDEL TEST: Excellent!

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DEGGANS' RULE: Oops!

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FEMME PRESENCE: Female presence in the cast was exceptionally strong.

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ARTISTIC MERITS: Superb!

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WHAT DAVID the BRUCE SAYS: Disney goes from "Wish Upon a Star" to "Be Careful What You Wish For." And the studio returns to the bitter sweet endings of the Brothers Grimm originals. The purpose of fairy tales was to prepare the listener for life-as-it-is. Words cannot describe the beauty and artistry of this magnificent masterpiece of cinematic story telling!

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GOOD POINTS: The film is literally heaven on earth.

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IMPROVEMENTS: More People of Color. The original Brothers Grimm fairy tales were keyed to the German experience and tradition, therefore "euro-white." The tales have since gone international and are now a multi-cultural shared experience. The casting could have reflected this.

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CELEBRATE: Collaborative cinematic artistry at its best!

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MIS EN SCENE: means "visual theme" or "telling a story"—both in visually artful ways through storyboarding, cinematography and stage design, and in poetically artful ways through direction. Mise-en-scène has been called film criticism's "grand undefined term".

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MIS EN SCENE: No Green Screen. Real sets.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Man of Steel (2013) The Journey to Idenity

Release Date: June 14, 2013 (3D/2D, IMAX 3D)
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Zack Snyder
Screenwriter: David S. Goyer
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe, Michael Kelly, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff
Genre: Action, Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language)
Official Website: ManofSteel.WarnerBros.com | Facebook | Twitter

STUDIO SYNOPSIS: A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.


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Friday, June 07, 2013

This is the End (2013) Facing Your Fate

Release Date: June 12, 2013
Studio: Columbia Pictures (Sony)
Director: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Screenwriter: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: R (for crude and sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence)
Official Website: ThisistheEnd.com | Facebook

STUDIO SYNOPSIS: The comedy "This is the End" follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Once they discover that they are experiencing the Apocalypse, they must come to terms with why they were left behind. Eventually they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption. 


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The Internship (2013) Re-invention

Release Date: June 7, 2013
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Shawn Levy
Screenwriter: Vince Vaughn
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Max Minghella, Rose Byrne, John Goodman, Dylan O'Brien, JoAnna Garcia, Eric Andre, Josh Brener, Tiya Sircar, Tobit Raphael, Will Ferrell
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sexuality, some crude humor, partying and language)
Official Website: TheInternshipmovie.com | Facebook | Twitter

STUDIO SYNOPSIS: Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) are salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brillian college students. But, gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group pf the nation's most elite, tech-savvy geniuses to prove that necessity really is the mother of re-invention.


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The Purge (2013) Asking Important Questions

Release Date: June 7, 2013
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: James DeMonaco
Screenwriter: James DeMonaco
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane, Max Burkholder
Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for strong disturbing violence and some language)
Official Website: Facebook.com/ThePurgeMovie

STUDIO SYNOPSIS: If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In "The Purge," a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home.
In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—becomes legal. The police can't be called. Hospitals suspend help. It's one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking.

When an intruder breaks into James Sandin’s (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide. 

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Saturday, June 01, 2013

Now You See Me (2013) Daring Heists

Release Date: May 31, 2013
Studio: Summit Entertainment (Lionsgate)
Director: Louis Leterrier
Screenwriter: Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Ed Solomon
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Common
Genre: Crime, Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for language, some action and sexual content)
Official Website: NowYouSeeMemovie.com | Facebook

STUDIO SYNOPSIS: "Now You See Me" pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against "The Four Horsemen," a super-team of the world's greatest illusionists. "The Four Horsemen" pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law. 


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