Sunday, February 14, 2021

Video of the Day: Zack Snyder's JUSTICE LEAGUE Cut Is Coming Soon...

Jared Leto returns as Joker in the Zack Snyder cut of JUSTICE LEAGUE.

"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

On This Day in 2011: Remembering THE KING'S SPEECH...

THE KING'S SPEECH.

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

Remembering My Trip to the 2001 Sundance Film Festival...

Posin' out in the snow at Park City, Utah...during the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2001.

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.

Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker speaks to THE FLIP SIDE director Rod Pulido (in the black beanie cap) at the Sundance Film Festival...in January of 2001.

Friday, January 15, 2021

On This Day in 2011: Remembering THE GREEN HORNET...

THE GREEN HORNET.

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!

THE GREEN HORNET.

Friday, January 1, 2021

On This Day in 2011: Remembering LITTLE FOCKERS...

LITTLE FOCKERS.

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.