Kay reviews Strange Magic . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews Strange Magic
Last year I set a movie-watching agenda for myself with Only Grand Captain Mockingjays of Future Tomorrow: Kay’s Top 10 Movies to Look Forward to in 2014. For the most part, it worked out pretty well. It motivated me to get out and see most of those movies in theaters, and I largely was pleased with my choices. You can read my reviews of all ten films here on FANgirl. Making the list, I would not have guessed Muppets Most Wanted would be the one to disappoint me the most. If I could time travel, I would have replaced it in the top ten with Snowpiercer, but I hadn’t heard anything about Snowpiercer when I made the list. And even then, I don’t know if I would have gone for it, but it turned out to be a very intriguing (albeit violent) film.
I’m still concerned I’m missing 2015’s Snowpiercer on the new list, but here goes something (in U.S. release date order)…
Strange Magic – January 23rd Here we have an animated fairy tale with a tagline (on at least one of the posters) “Everyone deserves to be loved.” That’s attention-catching, but it’s also inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which may well very be my favorite Shakespearean play. It’s a Lucasfilm project with a soundtrack of popular songs and standards. And oh yeah, some guy named George Lucas worked on the story.
Chappie – March 6th
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Kay review Edge of Tomorrow. . . . → Read More: Edge of Tomorrow: A Review
Kay reviews Christopher Nolan’s new film, Interstellar. . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews Interstellar
Kay reviews X-Men: Days of Future Past. . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews X-Men: Days of Future Past
Kay reviews Captain America: The Winter Soldier. . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Kay reviews Muppets Most Wanted. . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews Muppets Most Wanted
The Grand Budapest Hotel: A Review by Kay
Through a majority of watching The Grand Budapest Hotel I had a silly grin on my face. The rest of the time my jaw hung in awe or I was grimacing. It was a quirky, fun, storybook of a ride. Ralph Fiennes is so engaging as hotel concierge M. Gustave, it’s easy to just float right through the film at the brisk pace he seems to set.
As usual Wes Anderson does a lovely job of creating a sense of time and place that feels based in reality yet totally made-up. Certain scenes are even lit like you’re watching a scene from a play. And yet there are moments of violence that serve as pinpoints of stark contrast to the magical lilt of the film.
The only element I had trouble understanding the necessity of was the 4-layer narration. The film begins with a girl visiting a monument celebrating an author before opening up a book of The Grand Budapest Hotel. Then we shift to the author recording an intro to the book before sliding over to the author as a younger man meeting the elder former lobby boy, Zero Moustafa, in the hotel and as Zero tells his story we move into the pre-war hotel setting where most of the movie takes place. The end the movie slides back out to each of those times and levels. The last two layers are plentiful enough on their own.
Despite the large cast, . . . → Read More: Kay Reviews The Grand Budapest Hotel
The latest Assembly of Geeks “Bill, Ted and Ahsoka’s Excellent Adventure” is posted. . . . → Read More: Bill, Ted and Ahsoka’s Excellent Adventure on Assembly of Geeks
Each year Hollywood dresses up and celebrates the Academy Awards. Movies are made on an incentive basis. Often that incentive is money, but the golden statue called Oscar can become the treasure sought after by filmmakers, too. This year’s Oscars ceremony really drove home that, in the words of Cate Blanchett, “the world is round” and comprised of all types of people who have many varying stories to be told. Hopefully the ceremony put a few new twinkles in the eyes of producers, directors, and actors to step beyond their comfort zone and create more diverse stories. Here are ten ways the Oscars might help shift the prevailing wisdom in Hollywood. . . . → Read More: 2014 Oscars Provide More Incentive For Diversity