Hey hey hey… New Year, new you! Right? Or, whatever. Really, it’s just another day. If it were up to me, I’d’ve started the new year in June—that most gorgeous month of all. No bundling up, no ice, no freezing temps. Yes, I know we can’t all have a toilet made of gold. Fine! Let’s talk about things we actually can control. Like box office receipts. Show those silly Hollywood chumps what we really think of them 🙂
I’ll be honest: I’m not fond of musicals. I always thought people looked daft running around singing like that, even if it’s only on a movie set. So I can safely say that if I liked LA LA LAND, you most likely will too. I even happened to talk to some avid GLEE watchers, and they liked it.
And, another reason for you to see this flick—the message. Jaded as I am, even I was inspired to never give up on my dreams (nope, I’ll never bore you with a description, not now, not ever. In fact, point this out if I ever do) after watching it. So many move to L.A. and then get deterred from the pursuit of their dreams, thanks to Life. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone portray two such—a pianist and an actress—and we follow them as they go through their trials trying to make it big. Whatever they lack in dance moves, they make up for with their acting talent Trust me, folks, with the new year and the bitter weather and the fascinating political scenario dawning before us, we need flicks like this to help us persevere. Nicely done, Mr. Damien Chazelle! Here’s the trailer:
UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS
Strictly for Underworld and/ or Kate Beckinsale fans. Seriously. If you aren’t one, you’ll be completely bored and will end up trying to look at your phone, which, as you know, is not a cool thing to do in a theater. This nth installment, directed by Anna Foerster of OUTLANDER, offers nothing new other than some great dramatic moments. Evil ladies and boy toys in fine leather and ostentatious outfits abound, sporting mean looks and spouting biting dialogue. Yeah, all that fun stuff. Obviously no one can outdo the gorgeous Kate in looks and performance, but Lara Pulver certainly tries. The story finds the vampirous Selene (Kate) returning from exile to train new vampires in the ongoing fight between the Vamps and the Lycans. Her foes include the power-hungry Semira (Lara Pulver) and her young lover Varga (Bradley James). There’s also the menacing Lycan Marius (an impressive Tobias Menzies). Great action, but the CGI is somewhat lacking. Still, if you’re into vampiric drama, this one totally, totally delivers. Check out the trailer:
A MONSTER CALLS
It’s not a kid’s movie by any means—it’s probably more for the parents of young children. Even the storyline will make you cry: a young boy’s (Lewis MacDougall) mother (Felicity Jones) has cancer and tries to hide from him the fact that she does not have long to live. Not just that—he has bullies at school, his father (Toby Kebbell) has left them, and his grandma (Sigourney Weaver) is constantly getting between him and his mom. Out of his desperation to hide from what he senses is coming, the boy begins to imagine things about the huge yew tree (Liam Neeson) outside his bedroom window. The magic of J. A. Bayona’s storytelling is that every time you see a familiar situation and think you know how it’ll go, you’ll be surprised. It’s worth the ticket, if you can deal with the sadness—especially because the overall message is wonderful. Here’s the trailer:
And that’s it for me! Tweet me—let me know what you think! Adios.