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BLACK SWAN Directed by Darren Aronofsky MOVIE REVIEW

Black Swan - Movie PosterIt’s been quite some time since I’ve written a movie review. But after having seen Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, the cinematic masterpiece he has created beckoned me to jot down my thoughts…in many paragraphs.

Unlike The Wrestler, Black Swan recalls some of the darker territory that he visited in Requiem For A Dream. In this story, Natalie Portman plays Nina, a young and frail ballerina with the dreams of gracing the spotlight as the lead as the Queen Swan in “Swan Lake.” Or rather, an interpretation by her director Thomas Leroy, performed by Vincent Cassel. But in order to fulfill her dreams, the hard work of hammering practices, toe breaking pirouettes, sweat and self-starving days are just the mere beginner levels. Inner and personal demons are thrown at her in ways that she has never anticipated.   In order for her to be the “perfect” Swan she would have to play the role of both the White and Black Swan. And with her innocent grace she is only half perfect as the White Swan. It is when she reaches for the Black Swan that Aronofsky’s skill in breaking the boundaries of reality come into play.

The entrance of Lily, played by Mila Kunis raises Nina’s insecurities. The loose and untamed ballerina poses a significant threat to Nina. Her is over protective and was once also a ballerina. The constant projections by her mother only push Nina to the edge rather than the top.  And in sexual confrontations with Thomas, she is pushed to her limits and goal of “perfection.” Unfortunately, her understanding of “perfection” crashes and deteriorates her angelic state. She begins to divulge between both worlds not knowing which is real. White or black.

Black Swan

The acting in this movie was superb. I probably haven’t seen a “great” performance from Natalie Portman since The Professional. Mila Kunis on the other hand is unSeventies like. Her character Lily can be quite playful, charming and beautiful herself.  But her deceptive nature makes her hard to trust. Vincent Cassell, possibly a little cliché in the film does his character justice as the French director. Barbara Hershey as Nina’s mother Erica Sayers was on point. And one of my long time favorite actresses Winona Ryder contributed with her experience and tenacity as Beth Macintyre the former ballet prima star. The cast as a whole came together and played their characters as who and how they should have been played.

But what really drew me to this film was once again, Darren Aronofsky. His penchant eye and ability to draw out the darkest moments in our reality was something I was always attracted to. He was able to get the actors and put the proper elements together to bring chill down our spines.  Two important elements that helped Aronofsky’s push through the mirrors of reality were cinematography and the score.  Gritty camera work by Matthew Libatique, had the transformations of White Swan to Black Swan effortlessly distorting reality. The score by Clint Mansell along with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky original enhanced every single emotive sequence. You put all of this together and you have a magnificent film.

And no, this was not a film about ballet (there seems to be a cringe in the ballet community). Though performed “okay” by actors, real life ballerinas may not have been completely justified on the screen. But this movie reaches to all of the dark corners that we have faced in our own realities.

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STREET FIGHTER: Legacy SHORT FILM REVIEW

Street Fighter: Legacy

After having been a fan of Street Fighter since the beginning, it’s been saddening that the film adaptations have been anything less than stellar. Hollywood tried to pump as much muscle into the first movie Street Fighter starring Jean Claude Van Damne only to birth utter garbage. More than a decade later a weak Street Fighter: The Chun-Li Story starring Kristen Kruek was another wasted effort. But a few days ago written and directed by actor Joey Ansah showed glimpses of what a fan made movie could have been.

Self-produced, the short depicts Ryu and Ken meeting in a deserted forest meeting up for their usual “sparring session.” The casting and action scenes were spot on. From their over exaggerated eye brows to the costumes, wardrobe and make up did their job properly. Even their signature movies from the Hadouken and Shoruyken’s were well-represented. This short, was no more than three minutes. But it surely showed what a well-directed and put together fan made film can do. With the proper writing, good budget and marketing the successful franchise of Street Fighter can have a meaningful film come out. But will it ever? Maybe this short will spark some eyes of producers and Capcom. Hopefully with the success of Street Fighter 4 and Super Street Fighter 4 there’s a chance. But maybe Street Fighter was just never meant to be adapted to the big screen.

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KICK-ASS Movie Review + MIKA vs REDONE “Kick Ass (We Are Young) ” MP3

Kick-Ass Comic book adaptation to film seems to be a hot comodity. Ever since the first X-Men movie came out movie houses have been trying to buy up every comic book franchise. But Kick-Ass did not get that same treatment. Writer Mark Millar (also writer of Wanted and Ultimate Avengers) had a hard time producing Kick-Ass. Studios did not want to touch Kick-Ass. This was no super hero story of mutants with powers, no high tech gizmos, no God-like characters. This was not your ordinary comic super hero story.

This was a story of a quirky and dorky kid named Dave Lizewski (performed by Aaron Johnson) who was far from being cool and not to extremely nerdy.  He had friends his teen sexual fantasies and a lot of imagination.  He kind of reminded me of myself in some ways.  But one typical day he wondered why the world had no “super heroes” while hanging out at Atomic Comics.  Coincidentally on the way back home he and his friend get mugged by your typical street hoodlums.  This sparked the inspiration for him to find more meaning in his life, to become the super hero named KICK-ASS!

Thus, the story begins and the quirky teen comedy slowly turns into something much more grand.  It becomes much more dramatic and “serious” at moments. The transition in the movie flowed quite smoothly unlike other Hollywood movies that have recently come out (ahem Alice In Wonderland and Clash of The Titans). And from that transition other characters were introduced such as his love interest Katie Deauxma (played by Lyndsy Fonseca) and other super heroes Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and the most amazing character ever and fine example for empowering girls AND women Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz from every hipsters favorite movie (500) Days of Summer).  The story tacks on segments effortlessly as the movie progresses.  The Kick-Ass world expands and you realize it’s much bigger than the isolated high school teen comedy.

Now, don’t listen to critics such as Roger Ebert who gave movies like 2012 three.five stars.  Yes, there is violence and sexual content.  Yes, there are moments that just may seem as an over exaggerated attempt to make the viewer either turn away, have their stomach twist or just laugh.  There is a reason they rated this movie a R.  This was adapted from a comic book you have to remember and in film it completely brings the characters to life.  From Kick-Ass’ hormones to Big Daddy and Hit Girl masquerading around town as two bad ass super heroes.  And when I say bad ass?  I mean BAD ASS.  Hit Girl’s action scenes alone in this movie shines like no other action scenes have in the last decade.  Sorry Sly, Arnold, Jet, Statham and company but you guys have been shoved over by an 11 year old girl.  Taking elements from video game action, her scenes are completely out of this world.  The choreography and directing makes The Matrix and Kill Bill look like child’s play.  Chloë Grace Moretz was the perfect Hit Girl.  And I am no fan of Nicolas Cage but wow, did he pull a Big Daddy out of nowhere.  Out of his usual persona he played his obsessive character to sweet perfection.  McLovin’ wasn’t so bad himself as well.

I haven’t given too much of the plot away because you just need to see his comic book come to life in person.  It’s full of comedic relief, serious drama when needed and brilliant action scenes.

Trailer:

MP3: “Kick Ass (We Are Young)
Website: http://www.kickass-themovie.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/kickassmovie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kickass
Twitter: http://twitter.com/lionsgatemovies
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1250777

KICK-ASS Movie Review + MIKA vs REDONE "Kick Ass (We Are Young) " MP3

Kick-Ass Comic book adaptation to film seems to be a hot comodity. Ever since the first X-Men movie came out movie houses have been trying to buy up every comic book franchise. But Kick-Ass did not get that same treatment. Writer Mark Millar (also writer of Wanted and Ultimate Avengers) had a hard time producing Kick-Ass. Studios did not want to touch Kick-Ass. This was no super hero story of mutants with powers, no high tech gizmos, no God-like characters. This was not your ordinary comic super hero story.

This was a story of a quirky and dorky kid named Dave Lizewski (performed by Aaron Johnson) who was far from being cool and not to extremely nerdy.  He had friends his teen sexual fantasies and a lot of imagination.  He kind of reminded me of myself in some ways.  But one typical day he wondered why the world had no “super heroes” while hanging out at Atomic Comics.  Coincidentally on the way back home he and his friend get mugged by your typical street hoodlums.  This sparked the inspiration for him to find more meaning in his life, to become the super hero named KICK-ASS!

Thus, the story begins and the quirky teen comedy slowly turns into something much more grand.  It becomes much more dramatic and “serious” at moments. The transition in the movie flowed quite smoothly unlike other Hollywood movies that have recently come out (ahem Alice In Wonderland and Clash of The Titans). And from that transition other characters were introduced such as his love interest Katie Deauxma (played by Lyndsy Fonseca) and other super heroes Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and the most amazing character ever and fine example for empowering girls AND women Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz from every hipsters favorite movie (500) Days of Summer).  The story tacks on segments effortlessly as the movie progresses.  The Kick-Ass world expands and you realize it’s much bigger than the isolated high school teen comedy.

Now, don’t listen to critics such as Roger Ebert who gave movies like 2012 three.five stars.  Yes, there is violence and sexual content.  Yes, there are moments that just may seem as an over exaggerated attempt to make the viewer either turn away, have their stomach twist or just laugh.  There is a reason they rated this movie a R.  This was adapted from a comic book you have to remember and in film it completely brings the characters to life.  From Kick-Ass’ hormones to Big Daddy and Hit Girl masquerading around town as two bad ass super heroes.  And when I say bad ass?  I mean BAD ASS.  Hit Girl’s action scenes alone in this movie shines like no other action scenes have in the last decade.  Sorry Sly, Arnold, Jet, Statham and company but you guys have been shoved over by an 11 year old girl.  Taking elements from video game action, her scenes are completely out of this world.  The choreography and directing makes The Matrix and Kill Bill look like child’s play.  Chloë Grace Moretz was the perfect Hit Girl.  And I am no fan of Nicolas Cage but wow, did he pull a Big Daddy out of nowhere.  Out of his usual persona he played his obsessive character to sweet perfection.  McLovin’ wasn’t so bad himself as well.

I haven’t given too much of the plot away because you just need to see his comic book come to life in person.  It’s full of comedic relief, serious drama when needed and brilliant action scenes.

Trailer:

MP3: “Kick Ass (We Are Young)
Website: http://www.kickass-themovie.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/kickassmovie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kickass
Twitter: http://twitter.com/lionsgatemovies
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1250777

HELLBOY II: The Golden Army

HELLBOY II

Red is back and so is Guillermo del Toro. After a short stint having released El Laberinto del fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth) and producing The Orphanage, he helmed the anticipated HellBoy II: The Golden Army.

Website: http://www.hellboymovie.com
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0411477
Showtimes & Tickets: Click Here

Movie Trailer:

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa-iiKJ1QHI]

ANAMORPH

ANAMORPHUsually forcing yourself to choose a film that doesn’t have limited screening can lead to finding a gem or a waste of $11.00 and a future online rental. Well, Anamorph somewhat falls between both landscapes.

Now I briefly scanned the synopsis before I took off to go watch the movie. I was looking at a still shot from the film and even though I knew it was William Dafoe, I didn’t really think about it until the film began. Well, just letting you know that I am not really a fan of his.

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0497323
Showtimes & Tickets: Click Here

Movie Trailer:

SMART PEOPLE

SMART PEOPLEHow many more times are they going to keep coming out with films that revolve around a family with intrapersonal communication issues with a soundtrack that maybe have an indie vibe? Well, regardless of how many times they do I will most likely end up participating in the purchase of that too expensive of a ticket.

Now you have the tag line “Sometimes the smartest people have the most to learn” and in most aspects of common sense that is true. But whether these scripted characters were able to put that in


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