Hello there, readers! I would like to offer my sincerest apologies for my longer than anticipated absence. See, when you get to be my age, all of your friends start getting married. Marriage is beautiful and weddings are fun! But everyone gets married in the Summer. This poses a problem for those who frequent the theater. Especially during the Summer. Blockbusters up the wazoo!
The last couple of months have been a blur of hot weather, spirits, friends, and marital bliss. (Not mine)
I, Ms. Silver Screen, do solemnly swear to get back on the ball for all of you who actually take the time to read what I have to say about America’s favorite pastime. Movies, of course! Where my cinephiles at?
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One of the finest arts one can learn and do well is acting. To be believable in a role, one must put oneself into a role totally and completely. It has to be something the audience will buy, right? There is a right way to cry, to laugh, to fall, and to get punched in the face. If a punch in the face looks put on, no amount of sound effects will cover up the fact that a guy’s fist was clearly not in contact with the other guy’s face.
Take a look at this great montage containing 100 of the best punches, slaps, and kicks in the groin captured on film. (Props to @Live_for_Films for this great find!)
Hollywood has come a long way, baby. The days of prosthetic makeup are becoming a thing of the past. The newest, most shiny way to create the world of make-believe is digital visual effects. Weta digital is a leader in the industry with several big budget movies under its belt including the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, District 9, Avatar, King Kong, and the most recent simian centered film, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The 1968 Planet of the Apes was revolutionary for its time. It featured people dressed as apes including fairly convincing prosthetics on the face and body. Rise of the Planet of the Apes gives new life to the Apes that take over our planet.
Andy Serkis, the man behind the monkey, has loaned his extraordinary talents and love of acting to films like Lord of the Rings (Gollum), King Kong, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes as Caesar. Serkis wears a complex suit designed to record his every move so that it can be placed on Caesar’s face and body in the film to give him the most realistic movements and mannerisms possible. Caesar is the baby of an Ape called Bright Eyes. She earned her name due to the one side effect of ALZ-112: a green tinting of the iris. Scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) has designed the drug to cure Alzheimer’s which his father, Charles (John Lithgow) suffers from. The drug is tested on Bright Eyes who exhibits remarkable improvements in intelligence. During a feeding, Bright Eyes – who is normally pretty tame – goes ape shit. (Sorry. I couldn’t resist.)Read More »
Day 6: Favorite Made for TV Movie My Date with the President’s Daughter. Laugh if you must, but I loved this movie. I thought it was cute and funny. It was by no means Oscar worthy or anything. Wasn’t directed by the Coen brothers. It was still good though. Duncan Fletcher (Will Friedle, Boy Meets World) meets Hallie Richmond (Elisabeth Harnois) at the mall. They make a date and Duncan is feeling good about things. That is, until he pulls up to Hallie’s house to pick her up. It’s not every night you pick up a date from the White House. The cool, calm, collected Duncan is now sweating bullets as he makes his way through security to pick Hallie up like a gentleman. Once she is in Duncan’s car, all hell breaks loose. Hallie let’s her hair down, ditches security, buys a skimpy outfit, and takes off. It’s a silly plot and a bit on the ridiculous side, but anytime I see it on TV I’m no match for its charms. Next time it’s on and you have absolutely nothing better to do, watch it.
Day 7: The Most Surprising Plot Twist or Ending Planet of the Apes didn’t have a knock-your-socks-off surprise ending, and many of us saw it coming. However, in the end of the film when it is revealed that the planet of the apes is Earth it was pretty fantastic. In the end of the film we see Charlton Heston on a beach and we also see the top half of the Statue of Liberty. Not the biggest shock, but still cool and chilling. I mean, the thought of that actually happening is frightening and strange but also quite intriguing.
Day 8: A Movie I’ve Seen Countless Times This one is difficult. I am one of those people who can watch one movie, really enjoy it, and watch it a thousand more times. I loved Enchanted so much and only saw it 3 years after the original release. Maybe I felt like I had to make up for lost time. Maybe I just wanted to learn the lyrics to each song as quickly as possible. All I know is that I love this movie. So, so much. And isn’t Amy Adams just as cute as a button?
Day 9: A Movie with the Best Soundtrack It was no surprise when Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross took home the Oscar for this score and soundtrack. Music often makes the movie. What would Jaws be without the theme? The Social Network soundtrack has techie beats that match up so perfectly with the content of the film.