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Review: Prometheus

prometheusposterThere are enough loose ends in life; who needs more via cinema? While few enjoy being jerked around by a convoluted plot there are also the films that don’t merely let you sit back, relax and enjoy the show; you’ve got to work for your entertainment. However, in Prometheus’ case, director Ridley Scott offers up the best of both worlds. You could put yourself on cruise control and enjoy an alien action movie, but it’s highly recommended to watch this one with a keen eye as the details are a stimulant, heightening that action and making Prometheus a notably enthralling experience regardless of some loose ends.

The year is 2089. Elizabeth Shaw and Charlie Holloway (Noomi Rapace and Logan Marshall-Green) have added yet another finding to their collection of symbols drawn repeatedly by entirely separate ancient civilizations. They deduce that these symbols are a star map and Weyland Corporation founder, Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce), opts to fund their expedition to a location pinpointed on this map.

Fast-forward to the year 2093. The crew of the Prometheus, including Elizabeth and Charlie, are waking up from an extended sleep during which, an android named David (Michael Fassbender), monitored the ship’s trip to a moon on that very map. Shortly after arriving, they spot structures and the ship’s captain, Janek (Idris Elba), sets Prometheus down nearby. With Elizabeth and Charlie at the helm, a group of crewmembers venture inside one construction to find what Elizabeth dubs “engineers” and believes preceded humanity.

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Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

While I was determined to judge Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror impartially, from day one, I always had an inkling of which of the two I’d prefer. However, it turns out, even with the advantage of a little bit of bias, Rupert Sanders still couldn’t trump Tarsem Singh.

In a darker twist on the beloved fairy tale, Snow White’s (Kristen Stewart) widowed father, King Magnus (Noah Huntley), marries the beautiful Ravenna (Charlize Theron) only to find out that she’s hell bent on gaining power, even if it means taking her new husband’s life. After Ravenna murders Magnus, Snow White is banished to the dungeon. Ravenna spends her years feeding off the young and innocent to maintain her youth, but when Snow White comes of age, the only way for Ravenna to remain the fairest of all if for Snow White to die.

However, just before Ravenna can end her life, Snow White escapes and is chased into the dark forest. Desperate to have her back alive, Ravenna strikes a deal with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to track her down. Meanwhile, Snow White’s childhood friend William (Sam Claflin) is all grown up as well and upon hearing that she’s still alive, he vows to rescue her.

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Interview: Young Adult Press Conference With Director Jason Reitman

Thank You for Smoking, Juno and Up in the Air; can director Jason Reitman do no wrong? Thanks to his latest feature, Young Adult, I’m inclined to believe so.

The film stars Charlize Theron as Mavis Gary who quite literally is a young adult. She’s a professional living in the big city, but Mavis hasn’t shaken her high school years. Still believing she’s the popular girl, Mavis heads home to Mercury, Minnesota to claim what she thinks is rightfully hers, her high school sweetheart Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson). Former nerd Matt Freehauf (Patton Oswalt) attempts to talk some sense into her, explaining Buddy’s married with a kid, but thanks to her one-track mind, tough attitude and drinking habits, nothing will stop Mavis from getting what she wants.

Young Adult debuted in select theaters last weekend, but now it’s time for more of the country to get a taste of what Mavis is capable of. In honor of his fourth feature’s release, Reitman went from the “Mini Apple” to the Big Apple to sit down for a press conference and run through everything from how he snagged his stellar cast to working with writer Diablo Cody and much more. Check out the highlights from the event in the video below.

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Interview: Young Adult Press Conference With Diablo Cody, Charlize Theron And Patton Oswalt

Diablo Cody set the bar pretty high with her first feature, Juno, but Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) follows right in our favorite blue slushy chugging teen pregnancy case’s footsteps. Well, somewhat.

Mavis is quite literally a young adult. She’s all grown up and working in Minneapolis as the ghostwriter of the once popular young adult series, Waverly Prep, but she’s very much stuck in the past. When her marriage fails and she’s asked to pen the final installment of the series, Mavis attempts to use her high school flame, Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson), to lift her spirits. Regardless of his loving wife and child, Mavis packs up her things, hops in her car and heads back to her hometown, Mercy, Minnesota, to get her man. With her brash attitude and selfish nature in tow, Mavis plows through town, chugging as much diet coke and alcohol along the way as possible, to reclaim her man and reinforce her position as the popular girl in school.

In honor of Young Adult’s December 9th limited release and the December 16th wide expansion, Cody, Theron and Patton Oswalt who steals scenes as the former high school punching bag, Matt Freehauf, went from the “Mini-Apple” to the Big Apple to spread the word at a press conference. Check out the highlights from the event in the video below.

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Review: Young Adult

Mavis Gary might not have grown up in the least, but Diablo Cody has achieved an incredible degree of maturity in her latest piece, Young Adult. While Young Adult exudes a different type of comedy as compared to Juno and most certainly Jennifer’s Body, it still maintains the zest, heart and humor that solidified Cody as a top-notch screenwriter back in 2007.

Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) is a successful young adult writer living in the big city of Minneapolis, Minnesota – well, a once successful ghostwriter. Not only is Mavis’ name not branded on the cover of her books, but the Waverly Prep series is on the decline, Mavis currently attempting to fulfill her assignment of penning the final installment. Meanwhile, her love life has gone to crap. Rather than buckle down and get her work done, Mavis is consumed by her dismal love life. A recent divorcee, Mavis is convinced the cure to her romantic problems resides in her tiny hometown of Mercury, her high school sweetheart Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson).

On a thoughtless whim, Mavis packs her bag, shoves her pocketbook dog Dolce in his bag and hops in her Mini Cooper to win back her man. The problem is that man is now married with a wife he loves and a newborn baby. But why should that stop Mavis? When she isn’t drinking herself silly with former high school loser Matt Freehauf (Patton Oswalt), she’s making moves on Buddy, regardless of the circumstances.

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Interview: Guillermo Arriaga

GuillermoArriagaWhen a screenwriter sits down to write a script, he or she is probably considering the audience. A top priority is ensuring that moviegoers can follow the story and understand the characters’ situations. Guillermo Arriaga approaches film in a completely different manner. People don’t tell their stories in a chronological manner, so why should a screenwriter?

After sitting down and talking with Arriaga about his latest film, The Burning Plain, I couldn’t speak to anyone without examining the way I conveyed my information. Sure enough, Arriaga is right. I didn’t tell my friend I went to interview an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter then ran back to my apartment before meeting her for coffee. I had to throw in that I ran back to my apartment because I went out the night before and left my wallet in a different bag. We expect out movies to be told linearly when, in fact, most of life happens non-linearly.

That’s the approach Arriaga is known for taking with his work. It started with Amores Perros and went on to 21 Grams, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada and Babel for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay and now to his latest The Burning Plain. All the details come together for the audience, but it’s baffling that one man can sort out so many elements to attain that effect.

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Review: The Burning Plain

TheBurningPlainPosterThe Burning Plain is like finishing a jigsaw puzzle when you’ve already seen the cover of the box. You’re thrilled about putting together all the pieces, but once that initial pleasure wears off, you’re left with exactly what you knew you were going to get and have nowhere to put it. Academy Award nominated screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga continues to use his signature multi-narrative structure in his directorial debut. Funny thing is, this first-time director’s film falters in the area he’s well seasoned in, the screenwriting. Just like his highly acclaimed films Babel and 21 Grams, The Burning Plain makes the viewer think. The problem is, you’re never compensated for your work.

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