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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Power Ranger 2017 Movie Review


On Wednesday March 22, 2017 I was fortunate enough to attend an advance screening of the new Power Rangers film in King of Prussia, PA. The movie centers around Jason, Kimberly, Billy, Zack and Trini, who are chosen by the power coins to become the Power Rangers. They must defend the planet against alien threat, Rita Repulsa. Actors Naomi Scott, Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin and Becky G. portray the modern day "teenagers with attitude". Elizabeth Banks stars as Rita Repulsa. Rounding out the cast is acclaimed actor Bryan Craston as Zordon. The Lionsgate film is directed by Dean Israelite and rated PG-13 with a run time of 2 hours and 4 minutes. Although the plot may seem like a familiar one, we experience it with a modern day twist. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Beauty and the Beast Movie Review

 

It's a tale as old as time and a movie Disney fans have eagerly waited for. On Friday March 17, 2017 the live action remake of the classic Disney film Beauty and the Beast was released world wide. Screenings began on the evening of March 16th. I attended a Thursday screening at my local theatre. The film stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci, Josh Gad and Ewan McGregor. The film is directed by Bill Condon and has a run time of 2 hours and 10 minutes. It is rated PG. 


This film follows the original source material more closely than previous live action Disney films. Many scenes unfold just as they do in the animated Beauty and the Beast. There is also a lot of dialogue pulled from the original movie. If you are looking for nostalgia, you've certainly found it.  Additions have been made to the story and characters have been fleshed out more than they were in their previous animated state. Gaston is more murderous and cruel. The audience gets a better understanding of how unhappy Belle truly is, being the outcast in her town. We experience the anxiety and fear the enchanted objects face at the possiblity of becoming non living furniture and accessories  forever. Someone even fights his moral compass throughout the movie and switches sides. These are just a few of the new perspectives we experience. There is more to the story. 


 

The film showcases many songs from the original film however, 4 new songs have been added. None of the music from the successful Broadway show is included  but if you listen closely, there is an instrumental version of the song 'Home' playing in the background at one point. Some of the lyrics to the original songs have been changed (Gaston and The Mob Song). Each of the musical numbers translate from animated to live action beautifully. The cast provides their own vocals and performs very well with the exception of Emma Watson. She cannot carry a tune nor hold a note. To be honest, her singing is quite bad and I could not wait for her musical segments to be over. I'm shocked that Disney approved her singing and did not opt to dub her voice. 

Visually the is film is stunning. The set designs and special effects are grand. The costumes are gorgeous and embrace their French heritage. The only foul is Belle's iconic yellow gown. Unfortunately it was confirmed that Emma Watson was given creative control over the design of the  dress. This is a shining example on why actors should not interfere in the wardrobe department. Her dress looks like a plain prom gown. There is nothing glorious about it and it sticks out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of the costumes.  


 

Each of the cast members were sensational in their roles. Luke Evans and Dan Stevens are particularly amazing. Emma is passable as Belle. She wasn't as great as the rest of the cast but she wasn't bad either. Her performance is best described as neutral. Although I appreciate the nostalgia, I did find myself wishing there was a bit less of it and more original story. The new scenes and segments were my favorite parts of the film. The writers did an excellent job with character development and fleshing out the story. 

I  enjoyed Beauty and the Beast. It was a beautiful piece of art to watch. 


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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

DC Super Hero Girls Budget Harley Quinn Doll Review


A new character was recently added to the DC Super Hero Girls Budget Doll Line; the infamous Harley Quinn! The Budget Line, which also includes Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl, features fully painted costumes. The dolls come with jointed legs, a removable cape and non removable gloves and shoes. This collection retails at $9.99 each. This doll was purchased at Wal-Mart. It is made by Mattel. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

When A Catfish Targets You

 



In 2003, My Space became a social networking phenomenon.  It was a new and exciting social experience for the World Wide Web. Friendships were formed, romances blossomed and unfortunately, it became a breeding ground for Catfishing. My Space was  where I encountered a Catfish who was not only impersonating me, but attempting to make money off of my modeling photos.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

In Memoriam: Carrie Fisher


On Tuesday December 27, 2016 an announcement was made that shattered the Star Wars community. Carrie Fisher, our beloved Princess Leia, had passed away a few days after suffering a reportedly "massive" heart attack while en route from London to Los Angeles. The actress, author and metal health advocate died at 8:55am. She was 60 years old. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Best Heroes and Villains Casting of 2016


 

2016 saw several super heroes brought to the screen for the very first time. It's been a great and interesting year regarding which characters movie and television studios gave the green light to. We are living in an age where more women and characters of color are becoming main stream. And it's awesome! We also got a surprise announcement from DC Comics; Superman would be guest starring on the hit CW series, Supergirl (it was assumed that DC would only want Henry Cavill flying around). 

Each of the actors listed absolutely slaughtered the roles they were cast in (despite some questionable wardrobe among a few). They did justice to our favorite comic book characters and for that, we are eternally thankful. Below, in no particular order, is a list of the best heroes and villains casting of 2016. I've also included the worst casting of the year. Who will make the list? Keep on reading to find out!