Monday, April 20, 2015

Hot Fuzz

Hott Fuzz is a British Comedy that came out in 2007. This film follows Nicolas Angel, played by Simon Pegg, who is an exceptional Police Officer (Not Policeman) that gets transferred from the city to a quiet little town in the country. On the surface this town is a perfect little slice of heaven, however after awhile Angel starts to realize that something strange is going on. I won't go any further with the plot because I don't want to spoil anything for those of you who haven't seen the film.

The cinematography of this film is quit original however. On almost every transition from scene to scene it feels like you are watching people gear up for war even though most times its just a glass being filled with cranberry juice or someone buying something from a store. It is strange and doesn't make a lot of sense however its a comedy and its intentional. I have to say I love it. It is a huge change of pace from what I am used to watching.

I originally saw this film way back in 2007 when it came out however it was just added to Netflix and I would recommend it to friends if they haven't scene it. Its a great watch and fun to see with friends. Also the film Shaun of the dead is another comedy by the same people and that is another film worth a watch in my opinion.


Ferris Bueller's Day Off

From the brilliant workings of John Hughes, Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a hilarious, and fun movie about a high school wise guy determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks of that.



The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick), who skips school and spends the day in downtown Chicago. Accompanied by his girlfriend Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara) and his best friend Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck), he creatively avoids his school's principal Edward Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), his resentful sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey), and his parents. During the film, Bueller regularly breaks the fourth wall by speaking directly to the camera to explain to the audience his thoughts and techniques. I think that this was very useful in a coming of age film like this, teens and the audience really felt like they were connected and that they were Ferris' friend. 


Hughes wrote the screenplay in less than a week and shot the film—on a budget of $5.8 million—over three months in 1985. Featuring many famous Chicago landmarks including the then Sears Tower and the Art Institute of Chicago, the film was Hughes' love letter to the city: "I really wanted to capture as much of Chicago as I could. Not just in the architecture and landscape, but the spirit." I think Hughes accomplished this with another winning feel good film. 

 
Released by Paramount Pictures on June 11, 1986, Ferris Bueller's Day Off became one of the top grossing films of the year and was enthusiastically received by critics and audiences alike. In 2014, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry as per being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." It captures what kids think the American way of high school life is, or at least what they dream it to be.


 Here are 9 cool facts about Ferris Bueller's Day Off that you probably didn't know:


1) June, 5, 1985 was probably Ferris' real day off.
2) Mr. and Mrs. Bueller were a real-life couple.
3) Though they played sparring brother and sister in the film, Matthew Broderick was actually engaged to his on-screen sister, Jennifer Grey.
4) Though Ferris and company were portraying high-schoolers, only Mia Sara -- who played Ferris' girlfriend Sloane Peterson -- was a teenager at the time of filming.
5) Painter George Seurat's famous work, "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte," is the work that Cameron appears to be so mesmerized by.
6) Cameron's father's smokin' red Ferrari California Spyder was actually a fake.
7) Charlie Sheen really wasn't 'on' anything during his scene in the film.
8) Though the film took place in the greater Chicago area, the Bueller residence was actually a house in Long Beach, California.
9) Look closely and you'll discover every license plate in the movie has a meaning.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is an American sitcom that was released in early April 2014. This show, created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky, is an HBO original series that follows six roommates that attempt to start up a company in Silicon Valley. The first season of this show received exceptionally positive reviews after the first season due to being a fantastic and contemporary tale about the technology industry, as well as a look into the lives of those who run the industry. Most all of this show it influenced by Mike Judge's real life experience in the industry.



In the first season of Silicon Valley follows character Richard Hendriks (Thomas Middleditch), a socially awkward and anxious man working in Silicon Valley. What he lacks in people he skills he makes for in technological genius and amazing coding ability. Richard lives with a group of five other men one of which owns the home (T.J. Miller), allowing them all to reside in the house for a small percentages of any code they right. One day Richard discovers that, by accident, he created an amazing compression software that has the potential to completely change the world and how data is used. Soon every major technology company is either out to buy Richard and his company or out to destroy his company and steal their work. The majority of the show follows all of the men as they struggle to adjust to a new life of luxury and fame.




Overall, I think that this show is phenomenal. It is extremely funny and original. The story is very unpredictable and, due to the fact that it does not take itself too seriously, thrives off of the ridiculousness of the plot and characters. All of the actors in the show are very enjoyable to watch. Each character has a very unique personality, the interactions between the characters are very odd and awkward which make every conversation interesting to watch.
The second season premier just kicked off April 13th and has already been picked up for a third season. I would highly recommend this show to anyone who has access to HBO and is looking for a new comedy to follow.


Spoken Word- Suli Breaks

So before I for get to do my blog I'm going to finish the one that I never got to submit. Why? Because  I am running out of shows to talk about especially since the season has ended for most of them. But, I thought I'd take a go at what I like to do in my spare time, whenever the time may be. Since I personally like to write poetry and music I thought this was worth writing about. Spoken Word--- is a great way for individuals to express themselves and explore their identity.

This is a spoken word piece that speaks it all ....
Suli Break presents ....

I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate||Spoken Word





It speaks truth. ... It asks questions I ask myself these questions going through high school. It speaks on society and ability.

Suli Breaks discusses many poems based on Education and self-worth...
They are powerful and filled with debatable concepts.
And in many ways he challenges society to think outside the box.

Suli Breaks... Why I Hate School but Love Education

Education is the Key ...

He speaks that Education is the Key... Not School

Common Sense 

Inspiring one's mind

"It does a fool no good to spend money on an education" 
-George Bush

These are the things that students go through in a school year. 

We say to ourselves "I pay all this money for school and .... "
We always expect the most 
But we shouldn't have to worry about these situations 
But there is more than one way to be educated.. 



 

French Drama 'Les Revenants' ['The Returned']

Les Revenants

This series is a French supernatural drama, that takes places in a mountain town in the Alps. People who have died in the past start to come back to life. I have been watching this show on Netflix. They have english subtitles made for this version and is translated extremely well. I never would have guessed that even with subtitles I would continue to watch more than the first episode.  

I feel like the shots are longer than they would be if the show was produced in the U.S. At first you feel like the shots should cut quicker and they are showing a shot for too long. By the second episode I got use to these shots and it adds to the mystery of the show.  The overall look and feel of the mountains is very different from any location in the U.S. so the exterior shots grab my attention. Visually this show is so great that I could watch it even without subtitles and still find it interesting.

This show originally aired in France on Canal+ under the name Les Revenats, in 2012.  Not to get confused with the American series Resurrection (ABC, 2014), which has the same premise as Les Revenats. Or the American Adaption also call The Returned, which recently aired on A&E last month. I haven't seen the American version but it seems to not be nearly as good as the original, looking at the reviews.  

Season one of Les Revenats had eight episodes that are all just under an hour an episode. Season two is apparently in production, but I'm surprised they are taking this long between seasons. This show has been doing very well! They won an International Emmy for best Drama Series. 


Shows with subtitles don’t usually interest me. I feel like reading the subtitles takes away from the experience because I usually consider it too much work and not worth the effort. With Les Revenants, this is not the case. I could not stop watching this series after just one episode. The aesthetics are so strong that I didn’t even mind the subtitles. The setting, the shots, and the pacing all work together to keep me wanting more.

I would rate this show a 9/10, even if you don't understand any French and hate reading subtitles on foreign films you still need to give this show a try.  

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Over spring break, I watched Kingsman: The Secret Service in theaters with a few friends. Overall, I thought it was an interesting take on the spy genre that delivered a lot of great action sequences along with a not-so-terrible plot. While Kingsman may have been overshadowed by Oscar nominees this year, it delivers enough fun to make it worth the price of admission.

The movie centers around Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron Egerton), a rebellious teen who gets roped into the secret society known as the Kingsman. Throughout the film, Eggsy is mentored by Harry Hart (Colin Firth), a skilled assassin and saboteur who is in debt to Eggsy's deceased father. Eggsy needs to overcome challenges and outlast the other contestants as he tries to become a official member of the Kingsman. Meanwhile, Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson), a tech savvy billionaire leaves a trail of bloodshed and bodies as he leads up to his greatest, and most cynical, invention to date and it's up to Eggsy and Harry to thwart his malicious plans.
Going into the film, I really didn't have high expectations. Once the characters and plot were established, I thought it would be pretty predictable for the most part. However, there were a lot of twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. Deaths of major characters and complete 180s in the plot were a few of the things that kept me excited.
Although at first glance the movie might seem family friendly, it has a R rating and it has rightfully earned it. The action scenes are brutal to say the least. With decapitations, loss of limbs, and more blood than a slaughter house, this movie is definitely not for those with weak stomachs. Overall, this film had a lot more than I was expecting. While I may not recommend it as the greatest spy film, it is a film you can have a lot of fun while watching.

Broad City


Broad City is a sitcom that originally began as a web series, but now airs on Comedy Central. It was created by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, who are the series' leads as well. The series revolves around the random adventures the two twenty-something women experience while living in New York City. Ilana and Abbi are vastly different in degree of motivation, but are still the best of friends. Ilana is very unmotivated at her job and takes breaks that last multiple hours. Abbi's dream is to be a personal trainer at a fitness center, but for now she is only a janitor.


Ilana and Abbi have a very interesting and close relationship; they are instigators of one another's habits (i.e. skipping work, smoking weed, etc.). Honestly, the show would be nothing without either of those characters. They play off one another so much that only having one of them would kill the whole vibe of the show.
Ilana and Lincoln's relationship also has an funny dynamic because he cares about her so much while she is just sort of boppin' around doing her own thing. They are very cute together but Ilana can't seem to see how perfect he is for her. Meanwhile, Abbi has a huge crush on her hot neighbor Jeremy, a hunky-yet-suave guy with a really cool beard. It seems like something is about to happen between the two of them but he ends up asking for a random favor. Abbi always ends up looking like a crazy person because of her friends/roommate's boyfriend acting like complete idiots in front of him. (I'm rooting for them hardcore).

Editing is a very important element of this show. There are a lot of quick cuts and zooms which make the show seem more real because we're seeing every reaction. Sound is also an important element; they use a lot of dramatic music to heighten humorous situations and it enhances the jokes a lot. The camerawork is kind of shaky overall, going with that "real life" feeling overall; I hear that in the second season they get a significantly better camera so the quality will definitely get better.

Broad City is quirky, inappropriate, and has very fast-paced humor. There are a lot of "what is going on" moments because many story arcs are kind of fantasy. For example, if Ilana and Abbi are stoned usually there will be a sequence where something ridiculous and unrealistic occurs. I highly recommend the show to anyone who likes Comedy Central shows.

Daredevil

Netflix recently released Its newest series "Daredevil".  It is based on Marvel's comic book series flowing Mathew Murdock, a blind man, who is fighting for the innocent in a corrupt world. Like any other superhero story, Murdock has a hidden life of Vigilante work where he disguises himself as "Daredevil".

Murdock is played by actor Charlie Cox who has also played rolls in Startdust, and The Theory of Everything. I personally think he is a good fit for the roll after watching the first few episodes of the series.

The Production quality of the show is excellent from what I have seen so far. My only complaint is the acting. The lead characters are all fine however sometimes the supporting actors come off as delivering lines which pulls me out of the world.

My favorite part of the show has to be the sound. The sound design for this show is phenomenal in my opinion. I may not be the most beautiful or fluid, however when following the life of a man who cannot see, one must see the word through sound and I believe the series is doing well with this so far.

Overall rate in my opinion is 8/10



Bloodline

This neflix original series is not a must see, but if you need something to bindge watch with some family drama this is the series for you.

At the beginning of the first episode, it reveals a key important event. It shows on of the brothers John lighting a boat on fire with his other brother Danny's body laying in it. As the brother swims away, it bursts into flames. You don't know why this absurd thing is happening all you know is that it happened. As the story progresses you realize that John is the reliable one in the family. He is dependable and always wanted to keep the peace. Danny is the misfit of the family, and feels very unwanted at his families place. Throughout the episodes you feel bad for Danny and wonder why is father hates him so much. You see Danny wanted to feel welcome and good about himself and being apart of the family.

You just want him to live a normal life. However, when things seam to go right in his life, I automatically thing about the first scene, where his brother kills him. You know the fate of this character but hope that it was just a dream. Although I still  don;t know why John kills Danny, I hope that it is not true even though most defiantly is.






This series is very dramatic and will sure to keep you on your toes. Most of the drama surrounds Danny but it is not all his fault. Despite him being the family "disappointment" you can see that all he wants to do is be accepted into his family and start his life over. There are a lot of things preventing him from doing so and it is sad to see that happen. Everyone in the family has their flaws and even though that is the case they always still seem to blame Danny and it is so unfortunate. I love series that really gets in depth with a character and  make you feel for the them. It brings you closer to the seres I  feel like and it almost feels like you know them. But anyways, This  is a good series and if you have nothing to watch on Netflix, I totally recommend diving into this families issues.


Still Alice

Still Alice was one of those Oscar nominees that significantly less people were aware of, but was incredibly well done, worth seeing and deserving of it's nomination. The story follows Alice Howland, a renowned linguistics professor at Columbia University. She is happily married with three grown children, but that begins to change when she strangely starts to forget words, directions and more. When her doctor diagnoses her with Early-onset Alzheimer's Disease, she must face the challenge of this terminal degenerative disease as it slowly progresses to it's dreadful and inevitable conclusion. Along the way, Alice struggles to not only to fight against this challenge, but to make the most of her remaining time to find the love and peace to make simply living worthwhile.

One of the many reasons that I liked this movie is because it took a disease that so many people are afraid to talk about, and it faced it head-on. Alzheimer's is a progressive disease that slowly destroys a person's memory and eventually other important mental functions. As the disease progresses, symptoms can include: disorientation, mood swings, not managing self care and eventually losing the ability to communicate effectively. I think that Julianne Moore did an incredible job in portraying the challenges of this disease. Not only was she honest in her portrayal of the physical and mental challenges that come with Alzheimer's disease, but also with the personal and emotional challenges that are faced in the process.



If you haven't seen this yet, it is absolutely a movie that I would recommend. Keeping in mind that this movie is incredibly emotionally charged and deals with a difficult topic, it is well done and worth watching.


Man on Fire

Man on Fire is a film from 2004 starring Denzel Washington and Dakota Fanning. It takes place in Latin America and revolves around the frequent kidnappings that have happened there. The movie starts off by stating that every 60 minutes, someone gets kidnapped, and out of that number, 70 percent of the victims do not survive. 

The main character, Walter Creasy (Denzel Washington) is a retired special operations assassin who worked for the government to counter terrorism. He lives in Mexico City and spends his days consumed by his alcoholism. Because of the frequent kidnappings that happen, many wealthy families in Mexico City are forced to hire bodyguards for their children. 





Creasy is appointed by his friend to be a bodyguard for a little girl from a wealthy family by the name of Pita (Dakota Fanning). She is a sweet girl who means well and tries tirelessly to become friends with her new protector. Locked in his own world of flashbacks and alcohol, Creasy refuses. Soon, however, Pita’s charm cuts through Creasy’s loneliness, and he becomes her biggest ally. In turn, she gives Creasy a reason to live again. Things take a turn for the worst, when Pita gets kidnapped on the way back from her piano lesson, stripping Creasy of his newfound hope. After it becomes apparent that the local police are connected to the kidnappings, Creasy reverts to his old ways. He sets out to kill each and every one of the people involved. Ultimately, Creasy makes the decision to surrender himself in exchange for Pita being returned, and after a heart-wrenching goodbye to Pita, the kidnappers take him away to be killed.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How I Met Your Mother had the WORST Finale Episode EVER

*SPOILER ALERT*

How I Met Your Mother was a television sitcom that had a total of 9 seasons and ended in 2014. The show was amazing, following a group of friends, Ted, Barney, Marshall, Lily, and Robin. The main plot line, derived from the name of the show, was listening to Ted Mosby tell the very long, detailed story of how he met his wife, to his children. This series was critically acclaimed and loved by a lot of people...until those last five minutes in the season finale. The WHOLE SHOW was based on finding the mother, and in the last five minutes they kill her off and Ted ends up with Robin?! No no no no no no no no no.

This was so disappointing, because not only were Ted and Tracy the cutest couple ever, what was the point of Barney and Robin even getting married in the first place? Maybe their excuse was that they didn't want to be predictable, or just the opposite, they wanted to make the fans happy and give them the relationship they wanted from the beginning; Ted and Robin. There was an overwhelmingly negative reaction to the finale, and I don't think that's what the producers and writers wanted. One thing I must admit is, that the show was never about the mother in the first place, it was about Ted. In the title, the "I" is the subject and the "Mother" is just the object. So we did need all those years to realize the type of man that Ted was before he did meet the mother. However, when Ted reveals at the end of the finale that the person he was talking about the whole time was the children's "Aunt Robin," the show suddenly became about her, and not Ted.

Just because the writers always pictured a happy ending between Ted and Robin, doesn't mean that that's how the show had to end. I stand by my statement that Ted and Robin should NOT have ended up together because this was basically just a cop out. They made such a BIG deal about Ted finally letting go of Robin and spent a lot of time focusing on that so that his heart would be ready when he did meet the mother. So all in all, I think that the ending was terrible, and for me, it ruined what I used to consider one of my favorite shows, and that is a sad fact.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Teen Wolf Season 5: WHAT IS HAPPENING???




 Teen Wolf is known for its very mysterious promos, but having not seen anything since fall, fans have been craving something. During the MTV Movie Awards, we were awarded a teaser about the upcoming Villains of the season. The video is a series of quick shots with an unidentified voice saying "the doctors will see you now." There has also been another short teaser that shows the words "Watch Your Pack," and the P in pack melts into a B. The melting words are a theme in these two promos and I'm not sure if they mean anything, but they have a cool effect.

Basically, we still have no idea what's going on, we just know that there's going to be doctors and needles and our lovely damsel and Banshee, Lydia, in a hospital bed. The fandom has taken to twitter and tumblr in a tizzy, and no one feels safe. How are our most beloved characters going to survive this next new set of villains? Remember, trust no one, seeing as Stiles was basically a villain once, too. Fans are anxious. And of course, as always, they're yelling at Jeff Davis (I'm still not sure if they actually hate him, or if they just like saying that he's the devil.) and trying to piece together what the hell could be happening.

Everyone has their predictions, I've even seen people thinking that they've heard someone referencing the late Allison Argent. I don't doubt that some serious teen wolf experts have an actual clue, but I can't imagine anyone actually knows what they're in for during this next season of teen wolf. There is one thing that everyone is very well aware of at this point:

No more Derek Hale (as a series regular, anyway).

Jeff Davis announced that Tyler Hoechlin is leaving the show to pursue a career in movies. He said that they discussed this creatively and agreed that 'Teen Wolf' should get back to focusing on the actual teens in the show. Fortunately, though he will not be a big part of season five, we can expect appearances from him in the future. "We have not seen the last of Derek Hale," says Davis. That doesn't mean fans are at all pleased with his leaving.

We're going to be tortured with a whole new set of villains, and the pack isn't going to be able to turn to Derek for knowledge. He was definitely a fan favourite, and now everyone is a little worried.

So, What's in store for us?

I have absolutely no idea.

(I'm just really glad we still have Scott, Stiles, and Lydia.)


Monday, April 13, 2015

Sixteen Candles

Sixteen Candles is a 1984 American coming of age comedy starring Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling and Anthony Michael Hall. It was written and directed by John Hughes.  John Hughes also directed The Breakfast Club and Ferris Buller's Day Off.  With the occasion all but overshadowed by her sister's upcoming wedding, teen angst-ridden Samantha (Molly Ringwald) faces her 16th birthday with typical adolescent dread.  She loathes her body, as it isn't like the popular girls, she loathes life, and is pretty much the typical American teen dealing with high school problems.  Samantha pines for studly older boy Jake (Michael Schoeffling), but worries that her chastity will be a turnoff for the popular senior.  She thinks that she is invisible to him, because to her, he's the definition of a god!  Meanwhile, Samantha must constantly rebuff the affections of nerdy Ted (Anthony Michael Hall), the only boy in the school, unfortunately, who seems to take an interest in her.  Which also does not help with her low-esteem and confidence. 


To our dear main character, Samantha, her life is going downhill fast. The soon to be 16-year-old has an impossible crush on the most popular boy in school, and the geekiest boy in school has a crush on her. Her sister's getting married, and with all the excitement the rest of her family forgets her birthday! This just puts the cherry on top of the sundae for her.  She feels even more invisible and unimportant than before.  Add all this to a pair of horrendously embarrassing grandparents who bring a foreign exchange student named Long Duc Dong to her sister's wedding.  He brings a lot of comic relief at different points of the movie, and experiences first hand fast American love and the party life of high school.  Other funny moments helped to make this movie so popular.  My personal favorite was when Sam gives dorky Ted her underwear to help him win a bet at the school dance. 


She attempts to get through all of these unfortunate events.  In the end, Sam has a heart to heart with her father, and in a twist of events, her crush, Jake, picks her up at the end of her sister's wedding to celebrate her birthday.  The movie concludes as they kiss over a cake with 16 candles.  In the end we get a hilarious movie on the journey of one quirky girl to womanhood! This is just a classic you can't pass up. 



Thursday, April 9, 2015

3rd Rock from the Sun



3rd rock from the sun is an old sitcom about 4 aliens on earth trying to "fit in". They were sent here to get information about the humans. I used to watch it here and there when I was a kid, but one night after not knowing what to watch, I decided to give it another try. After that, it totally gave me a different impression than I previously had. 



This comedy is actually very clever and you can learn a lot about humans. It can be very helpful if you are aliens walking among us. However, if you are not, there is a lot of cool and interesting things you can also learn. One of the first things that comes to mind is emotions. They are figuring out emotions for the first time and it is so clever. It is just genius how the writers give light to certain things humans do that we sometimes overlook. 





It just cracks me up to see these characters be clueless about things that seem so simple to us. I remember one episode, the characters come rushing into their home thinking it was the apocalypse or something because everyone was buying food and freaking out. 


HOWEVER, it was just thanksgiving. Once they figured out what thanksgiving was, they tried their best to have a "normal" thanksgiving dinner. And by normal, I mean completely NOT NORMAL. this show is very clever with what they are trying to say, or at least what I think they are trying to say. It makes you appreciate the human race, and be thankful for "human things.














The characters are so innocent and you can't help but love every single one of them. They are all so unique and different and it just give the show loose rains to work with. What I mean by this is that, they do say some offensive things about race, gender inequalities etc. But then you really can't get mad at them because they don't know any better. On the other hand, it also teaches good lessons. In one of the episodes Dick, the commander, was so confused about race. He has a secretary who is african American woman. One day when him, the secretary and one of his co-workers were talking about race and what they were, he was so confused why people are different races and he said that he didm't know the difference between the black and white woman. "All you people look the same" He said. He was meaning that all humans look very similar to him and he didm;t pick up on the difference in skin color. I think that scene is a very important scene. As much as this show makes fun of a lot of stereotypes, it also makes you realize that people really are all the same, and It shouldn't matter what race you are. We are all just humans.