Mother! Darren Aronofsky’s Film Starring Jennifer Lawrence first Poster 

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There is no trailer for mother! yet but the poster alone has already sold the film to me. With the unsettling visual of Lawrence literally holding her heart out for someone, mother! also features quite an amazing cast. Standing alongside the Hunger Games star is Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Brian Gleeson and Kristen Wiig. The synopsis from IMdB follows:

Mother! Centers on a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. 

Aronofsky is amongst my favorite directors working today. In an era of reboots, remakes and sequels he has consistently injected original, character driven, heart-tugging projects throughout the last two decades. He is just one of those director’s whose films I’ll watch no matter what based on the quality of his filmography. Mother! is definitely  on my watchlist and is set to release September 15th.

I  have to make a ranked list of Aronofsky films now!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Behind The Scenes Look [Breakdown & Reaction Included]

First the Game of Thrones series recap and now this?! I was already so, so, sooo excited for The Last Jedi even though it’s basically releasing a half a year from now.  Currently my hype for this film has reached light speed after the Star Wars’ official youtube channel released a behind the scenes look at the 9th film in the epic saga. So here it is, the BHS look at Star Wars Episode VIII along with my reaction!

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A Review of Her (2013): You Don’t Need A Body For Someone to Love You…

As someone who often condemns film and television for being too formulaic I cannot believe I have slept on Spike Jonze’s Her for this long. After about four days of sitting on this film I can safely say that Her is now alongside Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as one of my favorite love stories ever. Following the separation of his wife, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) strikes an odd liking, well not so odd in this future setting, for his operating system Samantha (V.O. by Scarlett Johansson) that soon deepens to a committed relationship. Every scene shared between the them is as enticing as the last, and given that most of the film’s runtime primarily focuses on the two, Her does a great job at fully immersing viewers into their love story. Like Eternal Sunshine, Her is an extremely unconventional tale of love but effortlessly explores the feeling of falling for someone, being in love as well as the detriments of heartbreak.

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Survey! Who are some of your favorite female characters in movies?

At the moment I am currently working on two really interesting posts that explore what is meant from “strong female character”, a phrase often misunderstood by Hollywood studios and film goers alike. To help me out with my entires, more like well-put together rants, I’d love to know who are some of your favorite female characters in film or possibly television. Feel free to answer in the comments below or on a google form I created here!

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The Films I Watched in June

Dear White People

The Fury

Moon

About Time

Westworld

Clueless

Changeling – I really loved Clint Eastwood’s score 

Cléo from 5 to 7 – I really want to check out the rest of Agnes Vagner’s filmography after this one.

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Superman/Batman: Apocalypse – Freaking Supergirl is in this movie. I really love the DC animated properties.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers – thrilling and haunting from beginning to end. Read why it was the film of the week for me here.

John Wick

Hard to Kill

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Edward Scissorhands – I just love young Winona Ryder and Tim Burton

Jackie Brown

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After Hours

The Witch – terribly frightening not over the top with its horror. Gorgeous cinematography as well.

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What did you watch last month? Let me know in the comments below!

The +116 Films I Watched in 2016

In 2016 I watched 116 movies, possibly more, making it the most amount of movies that I have watched in a single year (beating 2015 by 30+ films). This year, last year I should say now, I revisited some favorites, watched a few classics, rewatched some films that I loved as a kid and saw them in an entirely new light as an adolescent, and watched a bunch a movies for the very first time- some I loved, some I hated. I explored a handful of French films and got a glimpse of a couple indies. This list is truly diverse and filled with a bunch of gems that some may or may not know.  So fell free to explore my 2016 film watchlist……

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Star Wars Rogue One [THE LAST TRAILER]

Star Wars: Rogue One will prove to be a great addition into one of the most beloved franchises in cinematic history. What I believe separates Rogue One from the rest of the Star Wars films is not that it is the first addition into the anthology series but how different it looks visually from its predecessors. The second and most likely the last trailer of Rogue One has completely shown off the clean, clean, so very clean special effects by Industrial Light and Magic. To show my appreciation of the endless amount of effort put in by the VFX team, and director Gareth Edwards, I have created a compilation of gifs and stills of the most gorgeous moments of the trailer!

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Vivre sa Vie (1962) -Staring Into the Souls of Our Characters

Having already watched two Jean-Luc Godard films, Au Bout de Souffle et Pierrot le Fou, I already knew that Vivre sa Vie was going to be special. No Google search or Hulu synopsis can clearly represent the story of the film or capture its tone (this probably won’t either).

The very first frame of Vivre sa Vie is engulfed by our protagonist Nana, wonderfully played by Anna Karina, showing a side profile of her face automatically included with a gloomy score. The music begins to fade, and we gaze at her profile for what seems like decades. Now the camera shifts showing us the front of Nana’s face and the music returns. She gazes ahead past the camera, past whatever may be in front of her and breaks right through the barrier which separates film and reality and looks right at us, the audience. The camera shifts once more, continuing to show us Nana’s face similar to how it’d appear as a mug shot, and the screen cuts to black. It’s a Godard film so I expected a connection between film and film watcher, but having this happen in the opening sequences revealed that Vivre sa Vie was going to be a much more personal experience than Au Bout de Souffle et Pierrot Le Fou were, and indeed it was.

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5 Films To Look For in the Second Half of 2016

Whether you think that 2016 films have been meh or awesome, or you even believe that this is the worst blockbuster summer ever, the final half of the year certainly has some promising projects. Check out 5 films that I am looking forward to in the second half on 2016.

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