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Monday, January 19, 2015

American Sniper Movie Review


American Sniper tells a story of war and emotion. And it tells it very well. One of best films to come out last year, American Sniper delivers the heart-pumping action, the darker side of war and the troubles an American soldier and his family goes through during their deployment.
The film is based on the best-selling autobiography of US Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. The late Chris Kyle is portrayed by Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper in one of his best performances to date.
First off, the film is great blend of drama and action. Oscar winning director Clint Eastwood has managed to build Kyle’s world in Iraq and in Texas and make us part of it as if we were really there. We get to feel the emotion the characters are going through with the help of the surrounding s and the situations. Eastwood manages to connect those aspects together to help us relate to the character. Special and practical effects were also done well especially the sand storm scene in which the soldiers are in the fight of their lives and a sand storm breaks out and just covers everything.
Camera movement was another great feature presented in the film. When in Iraq, several of the scenes involved house to house raids and viewing into a sniper’s scope. Eastwood delivers great camera movement bringing us into the heart of the action and into the eyes of Kyle.
Bringing the character to life is Bradley Cooper. Cooper is unrecognizable in his role as Chris Kyle. He bulked up and changed his accent a bit. His movement is also different. He really embodied Kyle. Cooper delivers several emotional states that Kyle went through perfectly. From the confident cowboy wannabe, to the SEAL in training, to the troubled yet emotionless Sniper and to the father and husband he was meant to be. Cooper shows the transition of each of these states in a steady flow. One scene that greatly struck me was the roof scene near the film’s end in which after killing the enemy sniper they have been hunting for a long time, Kyle calls his wife and says he is finally ready to come home after four tours. Cooper quickly showed the emotion change after taking the deadly shot. He was waiting for that one shot in order to go back to being the man his family needed.
The film’s supporting cast helped in bringing the story to life. Sienna Miller did an astounding performance as Kyle’s wife Taya. We get to see her progress emotionally from being a single girl to a wife, to mother and then into a worry-free wife. Miller is unrecognizable as well. At first glance, you wouldn't notice she was the girl in G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. Here she is a normal American girl/wife. Her scenes with Cooper are memorable even if they are talking in bed. She showcased her emotional chops when interacting with Cooper’s closed off Chris whenever he is home. Each scene is like fishing. Miller is hoping to get a human response from Kyle but Kyle just shuns the bait several times.
American Sniper is the story of a man who kept a lot inside but also helped a lot of people. Called the “Legend,” Chris Kyle’s life may not have been perfect and was filled with a lot problems, the film showed us that he got up and chased those problems away. It may have taken a long time but he got there. The film delivers to us a unique look at the life of Chris Kyle, the life of wife left behind as their husband is deployed over there, the life of soldiers in the battlefield looking for signs of heroes and hope and the life of those who come home after the war who then face a new war with themselves and anyone around them.

American Sniper is a must-see film which shows us the thin line between duty and family. I give it 9 out of 10. 

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron


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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Jane Got A Gun Photos


Oscar winner Natalie Portman loses Thor and her tutu for some cowboy hat and boots for Jane Got A Gun.

The film has been in production hell for quite some time with original director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) leaving on the film’s first day of shooting and then replaced by Gavin O’Connor (Warrior).

The film also stars Joel Edgerton (Exodus: Gods and Kings) and Ewan McGregor. Check out more of the promo photos courtesy of UnanimousEntertainment after the cut.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Lazarus Effect



Hottie Olivia Wilde will reanimated in the upcoming film by David Gelb (Jiro Dreams of Sushi) titled The lazarus Effect.

Here is a synopsis of the film: "When a team of research students mapping the human brain accidentally kills one of their own, they unwittingly unlock a deadly force by reanimating their colleague. Fighting for their own lives, the team must contain their colleague in the lab before she is unleashed on the world."

joining Wilde are Evan Peters, Mark Duplass, and Donald Glover. It is set for release on February 27, 2015.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ant-Man



One of the highly anticipated films this year is Marvel's Ant-Man. Disney and Marvel Studios recently released the full length trailer and it is looking to be one hell of a ride.

The film stars Michael Douglas (Wall Street, The Game) as Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man who is looking to Scott Lang, played by Paul Rudd (Clueless, Anchorman) to be his replacement.Joining in are Evangeline Lilly who plays Pym's daughter Hope Van Dyne and Corey Stoll who plays Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, one of the villains in the film. Also in the film are rapper T.I., Bobby Cannavale and Michael Peña with a Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter. 

Check out the trailer and the cool poster above.

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Good Kill



Director Andrew Niccol goes to war with drones in his latest film Good Kill.

He re-teams with his Lord of War star Ethan Hawke who plays a fighter pilot who is transitioned into flying military remote controlled drones. In the trailer we can clearly see that this will have heavy drama and possibly another memorable performance from Hawke.Also in the film is January Jones, Zoe Kravitz and Bruce Greenwood.

Good Kill is set for release this year.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Big Game



Samuel L. Jackson gets promoted from former S.H.I.E.L.D. director to President of the United States of America in the upcoming action film Big Game.

In the film, Air Force One gets attacked and Jackson is jettisoned out in his escape pod. He is found by a boy out in the woods who is in a quest to become a man. As you can see in the trailer, we will see a lot of action and great visuals. The film is directed by Finnish director Jalmari Helander. It will be released sometime this year.

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Demonic



Director James Wan is on the rise after his Saw series, Insidious and The Conjuring films. Now he is helming Furious 7 which got a lot of people very excited. So does this mean he is not going back to the horror genre? Well, the answer is no.
Wan’s next presentation is called Demonic. Though Wan is not directing, it is his story. Below is the synopsis:

DEMONIC centers on the aftermath of a horrific massacre where five college students were brutally murdered inside an abandoned home. Detective Mark Lewis and psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Klein question one of the few survivors who explains they were amateur ghost-hunters, seeking out paranormal phenomenon at the abandoned house, which was believed to be haunted. But what started out as a harmless activity turned into something truly terrifying.

The film stars Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Purge: anarchy) and Maria Bello (Secret Window, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor) as Detective Lewis and Dr. Klein respectively. 

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