Sunday, February 14, 2021
"We live in a society where honor is a distant memory. Isn't that right, Batman?" So are the words of Joker (Jared Leto) as he confronts Batman (Ben Affleck) in Zack Snyder's version of Justice League...which arrives on HBO Max (through which I watched Wonder Woman 1984 last Christmas) next month. Can't wait! I actually enjoyed Joss Whedon's version of Justice League when it hit theaters in 2017, but seeing as how the film was originally shot with the vision of Zack Snyder (who also helmed 2013's Man of Steel and 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) in mind, I'm excited to see this iteration on my computer soon.
Justice League arrives (again) on March 18.
Monday, February 1, 2021
So today marks ten years since I watched The King's Speech at the theater. This biopic stars Colin Firth as King George VI, and how his speech impediment posed a challenge to him as he sought to rally the people of Great Britain at the onset of World War II. Geoffrey Rush (who folks probably best remember as portraying Captain Barbossa in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies) did an outstanding job as Lionel Logue, a speech therapist who helped King George overcome his stuttering as the monarch gave his wartime address to the populace of the United Kingdom.
All I can say is, The King's Speech is a wonderful and very inspirational film! It deserved to take home the Academy Award for Best Picture a few weeks later. This movie epitomizes how cinema can make an impact on your life and instill joy in you if you're feeling down due to a daily struggle. I'm glad that I bought The King's Speech on DVD a few months later! Happy First Day of February.
Saturday, January 23, 2021
It was 20 years ago this month that I flew to Park City, Utah, to attend the Sundance Film Festival for the first (and currently only) time! The reason being that my sister's film The Flip Side (which I worked on as a production assistant back in 1997) was screened at this prestiguous event. In the photo below, Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker is talking to Rod Pulido (in the black beanie cap)—who also went to Cal State Long Beach, my college alma mater, and directed The Flip Side. In the image above, I'm just posin' out in the snow even though I felt horrible since I went on this trip feeling very sick...after I forgot to wear warm clothing when I hung out with my L.A. friends the night before I departed for Utah. Oh well.
In regards to other films that I saw at Sundance, I watched a New Zealand short called Moko and a Japanese gangster movie called Brother. Pretty good flicks! Have a nice weekend.
Friday, January 15, 2021
Ten years ago today, I watched the action crime-comedy starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz and Christoph Waltz at my local AMC Theatres. For personal reasons, I'm reminiscing about this film even though I only saw it once on the big screen and don't remember any particular scene in it! Heh. What I can say is— I never watched this film in 3-D (as the poster above would indicate), and I never saw the original 1960s TV show starring the legendary Bruce Lee as Kato. Again, there are other reasons as to why I'm blogging about this movie. Have a great day!
Friday, January 1, 2021
Happy New Year, everyone! Just thought I'd commemorate the start of 2021 by pointing out that today marks 10 years since I watched the Ben Stiller/Robert De Niro comedy Little Fockers at my local AMC Theatres. All I can say is, Meet the Fockers was better! But one scene from the second Meet the Parents sequel that stood out was the one where one of my former co-workers at my previous job actually got to share a hospital scene with none other than the lovely Jessica Alba (who played Andi Garcia, a drug representative in the film)! Of course, my co-worker was supposed to receive an enema by Alba in this moment, which made the scene all the more hilarious.
Little Fockers is probably the first of a couple of films whose anniversaries I'll celebrate this year (I also saw the Best Picture nominee The Fighter right after Fockers on New Year's Day 2011, heh). Ironically, two of those movies are Michael Bay flicks: Pearl Harbor (which was released in 2001), and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (which opened in theaters in 2011). Not exactly Oscar contenders, but it's all good. Hope y'all have a wonderful 2021...and stay safe during this year! Carry on.
Monday, December 28, 2020
Just thought I'd point out that I watched the Oscar-nominated film True Grit at the theater a decade ago today. This was the last movie I saw on the big screen in 2010. Apart from the fact that this remake of the 1969 classic Western, starring John Wayne, received ten Academy Award nominations—including Best Picture, Best Director (Ethan and Joel Coen), Best Actor (Jeff Bridges), Best Supporting Actress (Hailee Steinfeld) and Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins)—there are other reasons for why I would commemorate this movie ten years later. The King's Speech would go on to win Best Picture for 2010, FYI...but honoring that amazing film would take place in February of 2021 (assuming that I'm in the mood to blog about this movie around that time), seeing as how I watched The King's Speech at the theater in February of 2011. Happy Monday!
Saturday, December 26, 2020
So earlier today, I signed up with HBO Max so I could view Wonder Woman 1984 online. This is actually the first new major motion picture that I watched since the Oscar-nominated World War I epic 1917 and Bad Boys for Life back in January...obviously due to movie theaters being closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. (I'm tempted to buy Christopher Nolan's Tenet on DVD even though I haven't viewed that film yet.) So what did I think of WW84, you asked? It was okay. It definitely had a much lighter tone than the original 2017 film—which isn't really a good thing. (If The Empire Strikes Back had the same tone as the Patty Jenkins sequel, the original Star Wars trilogy wouldn't have been the classic that it is today.) The main cast (Gal Gadot, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal and Chris Pine) did a fine job; if you're a fan of Disney+'s The Mandalorian, then you'll be impressed by how Pedro Pascal's portrayal of Maxwell Lord is absolutely different from his portrayal as the bounter hunter Din Djarin in the hit Star Wars streaming series.
Even though Wonder Woman 1984 left much to be desired, I'm still excited for Wonder Woman 3—which is now in development by Warner Bros. But I am totally excited for Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, which will be helmed by Patty Jenkins and is slated for a Christmas 2023 theatrical release! Can't wait... Happy Holidays!
Friday, December 25, 2020
Merry Christmas, everyone! As mentioned two days ago, here is the link to watch my Super 8mm film The Card on Think Shorts:
Despite the fact that it was shot in college over 18 years ago, I wasn't gonna pass up the opportunity to have it included on a great online film directory like Think Shorts! Anyways, I hope y'all have a very Merry Christmas...and stay safe! 2021 will be the year that things start getting back to normal in our lives. Happy Holidays.
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Happy Hump Day, everyone! Just thought I'd announce that my short film Envious is now available for viewing on the cool streaming site Think Shorts! Envious joins my suspense thriller The Broken Table on this growing online directory. To view Envious, click on this link:
I'll share the Think Shorts link for my Super 8mm film The Card pretty soon! Carry on.
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Just thought I'd point out that I watched the Disney sci-fi action film Tron: Legacy at the theater a decade ago today. Don't ask me why I'm reminiscing about this particular movie... I just am! Despite the gaping plot holes at the end of this flick and all, heh. To know what they are, click on this link to read my original review of this film from 10 years ago. Happy Saturday!