Oscars 2017 Recap

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So the 2017 Academy Awards! Just like last year, my friend and I tried to watch as many as we could. A lot of them, I saw before the nominations were announced so there some headway regardless. So this piece, is just for me to recap what happened Sunday night, or at least some of the more memorable things. I will also put the winners here as well.
Also, I tried to get all of my reviews up before the Oscars, but between work, school and me being tired, it didn’t work out the way I wanted it to, so I have some movie reviews coming up in the next few days. Hopefully they will go in this order, but we’ll see. There are also some book reviews in there.
Captain Fantastic, Collateral Beauty, John Wick: Chapter 2, Get Out, Moonlight, and Rock Dog. 
Kong: Skull Island should be coming some time this week as well.
Oscars 2017 Winners!
Best Picture: Moonlight
Actor in a Leading Role: Casey Affleck- Manchester by the Sea
Actress in a Leading Role: Emma Stone- La La Land
Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali- Moonlight
Actress in a Supporting Role: Viola Davis- Fences
Animated Feature Film: Zootopia
Cinematography: La La Land
Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Directing: La La Land
Documentary (Feature): O.J. Made in America
Documentary (Short Subject): The White Helmets
Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge
Foreign Language Film: The Salesman
Makeup and Hairstyling: Suicide Squad
Music (Original Score): La La Land
Music (Original Song): “City of Stars” from La La Land
Production Design: La La Land
Short Film (Animated): Piper
Short Film (Live Action): Sing
Sound Editing: Arrival
Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge
Visual Effects: The Jungle Book
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Moonlight
Writing (Original Screenplay): Manchester by the Sea
Memorable Moments
The Red Carpet is always amazing. It’s so fun to see what people decide to wear. I know people don’t always pay attention to the guys, but there was some dapper men dressed up last night. Some of my favorite looks.
      Viola Davis                                    Hailee Steinfeld                                Brie Larson
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Emma Stone                             Taraji P. Henson                         Dev Patel
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Janelle Monae                         Kirsten Dunst                   Octavia Spencer
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Mahershala Ali                        Riz Ahmed                         John Legend & Chrissy Teigan
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I mean, I think there were others I liked, but off the top of my head, these are the ones I remembered. Now here are the ones I was like… meh.
     Dakota Johnson                            Jessica Biel
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This next picture… I liked her dress… but the winner of the night was her hair. I think Halle Berry usually looks great on the red carpet. I’m not a fan of her acting most times but she can show up on the carpet. However, I don’t know what happened with her hair here. It looked like it was going to take flight. Twitter was ablaze with comments, it was hilarious.
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Jimmy Kimmel. I don’t know. I mean, there were definitely times where I enjoyed him. The Hunger Games like tribute air drop things were cute. There was a joke he made about Moonlight in the beginning “All of the movies are sad this year, a lot of them have no happy endings unless you count the middle of Moonlight” or something like that, that made me cackle. But he was inconsistent, at least in his humor (but humor is subjective ya know).
I didn’t particularly like the Tour Bus thing. I mean, it was cute, I enjoyed how some of the people were reacting, but after a while, it started to be a bit too long. I know I would have been embarrassed after being walking around a movie lot, or being on a tour bus for a while. I mean, I would want to meet people whose work I admire while looking nice.
Lin Manuel Miranda and Auli’i Cravalho perform “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana.
So I loved this performance. It was so great. The video is below for your viewing pleasure. I did want Lin-Manuel Miranda to win and get his EGOT, I love the movie, I love the song. I wish he would have won but at least we got to see this performance because Auli’i Cravalho is a professional and I think she has a bright future ahead of her.
The Best Picture Flub
You can watch the awkwardness below. So, it’s no surprise that I quite enjoyed La La Land. It was my favorite of the year last year, at least I kept going back and forth with that and Zootopia. I even gave it a 5/5 which I still stand by, going over it again, I would recognize a couple more “cons” but I wouldn’t change my score. With that said, I don’t think it’s Best Picture worthy. I wouldn’t have voted for it, especially after I saw Moonlight. So, I was rooting for Moonlight to win most of the awards it was nominated for: Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Directing, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture.
I thought it was strange how Warren Beatty kept pausing and looking around when he was supposed to be calling the winner. Faye Dunaway laughed and was urging him to say the winner. I thought “what is he doing?”, then he showed her the card and she shouted “La La Land!” and I went “NO! BOOO!” and of course Twitter exploded, as did some of my friends on Facebook. Someone immediately said “F*** right off” (that cracked me up). I was already looking for the gif from Get Out where the “maid” said “no, no, no”. I wasn’t listening to the speeches until Jordan Horowitz (Producer from La La Land) interrupted and said it was a mistake. I sat up so quickly “Are they serious?” “What’s going on?” “This isn’t funny.” I watched as Horowitz said it was a mistake, snatched the card away from Warren Beatty (I mean, chill out lol), and showed us the card. It sure enough said Moonlight. I was so shocked that I couldn’t even react the way I wanted to initially. Mr. Beatty explained what happened and I feel bad for him, but I think he also should have said something when he was confused, instead after Faye Dunaway read the card (which she also should have looked more closely), he just let the crew of La La Land come up. It was strange. I do feel bad for everyone involved. That’s harsh but YAY FOR MOONLIGHT! Much more deserving.
My thoughts on Awards Given
I didn’t get the chance to see everything that won but I saw a nice majority and a lot of the awards I agree with.
I do think La La Land was deserving in their Cinematography and Music (Original Score) wins. I don’t think they should have won Best Director or Production Design (I think I missed something but I’m not sure what it is). I’m still salty about that Original Song though.
Moonlight won for Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Picture, Writing (Adapted Screenplay) and it also should have won for Best Directing (I will definitely go into that when I post my review).
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them rightfully won for Costume Design and should have also won for Production Design. Yay for a Harry Potter film to win an Oscar, it was a long time coming.
Suicide Squad won for Makeup and Hairstyling. I’m legit cackling and rolling my eyes because now that film can call it self an Oscar winner but I mean, one of the things it did right was the look of the characters. So, I guess it can have that.
Zootopia rightfully won for Best Animated Feature Film because it’s amazing. I would have been okay if any of the nominees won because I liked them all, but Zootopia is the better film out of the options (though I think Kubo and the Two Strings was the biggest contender).
  • I saw someone say on Twitter that Zootopia was the Crash of Animated Films and that actually made me upset. I don’t agree. I saw Crash once, a long time ago and I thought it was preachy and tried to do too much, there was some good stuff in it but it felt forceful (not to mention, no one really wanted it to win). However, Zootopia was very clever in how they handled the topics presented, it’s a very two tones film, very layered. It can be watched as a kid’s movie, no worries in the world, it’s cute, it’s colorful, fun and the characters are all likable. Crash was not like that. On the other hand, it also had a lot of deep undertones, talking about racial and gender equality among other things. I remember seeing it for the first time and going “okay cute movie” then it turned into “wow… Disney, that’s deep.” So I disagree with that statement so much.
Casey Affleck vs Denzel Washington for Actor in a Leading Role.
So I saw both films, I think Manchester by the Sea was a great movie as was Fences. I thought both actors did great jobs in their roles, and I think it’s easy to see why Denzel wanted that award so much, August Wilson is important to him, that play is important to him and I personally think he should have won. It seemed to me that Casey Affleck thought the same thing due to his reaction to winning. I’m sure he was grateful for the win, but he seemed so flustered that his head was down almost the entire time. Both films are a lot to take in and both performances were nuanced in their own way but I thought Denzel Washington was stronger. I knew it was going to be between the two of them but it was interesting to see what happened.
Emma Stone for Actress in a Leading Role.
I don’t really have a problem with this only because La La Land was the only film I saw in the Actress in a Leading Role category. I wanted to see the others, but I didn’t get the chance unfortunately. I thought Ruth Negga had a chance from what I heard of her performance (plus, it would have been nice to see all Actor awards held by black people but ya know), but I wasn’t upset by this because of that fact. I may feel differently once I see the other films (like how I was upset at Jennifer Lawrence beating out Quvenzhané Wallis that one year) but can’t say about it for now. Besides, I thought Emma Stone did very well in La La Land, she was the star of that film. Just make smart after Oscar choices Emma. I’ll still like you though regardless.
Actor and Actress in Supporting Roles.
Viola Davis in Fences
Oh my goodness, so deserving. I still feel like she should have been nominated for Actress in a Leading Role and I think she should win for that but who knows if they would have picked her over Emma Stone in that category. Her speech was amazing. She is amazing. That dress was amazing. VIOLA!!! She is the only black woman to have an Emmy, Oscar and Tony all for acting. A coworker said that now Beyonce just needs to sample Viola’s speech in a song so Viola can get her Grammy and have her EGOT lol. I agree! She can do no wrong to me, she is amazing. I also know she had me all the way stressed out on that “How To Get Away with Murder” finale though. I need answers Viola.
Mahershala Ali in Moonlight.
I don’t want to talk about this much here as I’m going to do a review for the film, but this dude is amazing. First thing I saw him in was The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1 and (unfortunately) which I didn’t realize he was in those. He was a standout in Free State of Jones and then of course “Luke Cage” where he was also a standout (scary dude), he was in Kicks (which was one of my favorite movies last year) and then this film. He deserves all the awards. His speech was also very well done. He seems so likable, and he is fine. I can’t wait to see what else he’s going to do.
So that’s my Oscars 2017 Recap. Stay tuned for my Captain Fantastic movie review!
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Anticipated Films of 2017

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There are so many great movies coming out this year! It’s crazy. Get ready for the Superhero masses! Disney live action films! Pixar! There’s so much! So this post is highlighting the films that I am looking forward to the most, I’m going to put them in order by month so that way, you know what’s to come on a monthly basis. As I become more aware of things coming out, I may add more to the list.
January
Hidden Figures – Jan 6, 2017
  • Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner
I’m excited to see this film because it’s not only based on a true story, but it highlights the story of these intelligent black women and brings them to the forefront. I’m ready to learn and see this story. Plus, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer are great actresses and I’m interested to see what Janelle Monae does as this is her first feature film.
Split– Jan 20, 2017
  • Starring: James McAvoy, Anya Taylor- Joy
This movie looks really weird and cool. I haven’t seen James McAvoy in everything but I am definitely dying to see him play a part like this where his character has like 25 different personalities. Stuff like that is always intriguing to me, of course it’s how the movie portrays and handles it that makes or break it.
xXx: The Return of Xander Cage– Jan 20, 2017
  • Starring: Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen
Upfront, I’ve never seen the other two but I really like Vin Diesel and I’m told his first movie is really cool. So I’m looking forward to watch the first one, not interested in seeing the second one with Ice Cube though, so I can watch this one too. Plus, Donnie Yen is in it and he’s awesome.
The Red Turtle– Jan 20, 2017
This is an Japanese animated film and it has no dialogue and I heard it’s fantastic. So I can’t wait.
February
The Space Between Us– Feb 3, 2017
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson
I actually had a screening for this but I must have missed it. *Sad face* But I think it looks cute. I’m not like out of chair to see it but I do want to see it, plus the cinematography looks fantastic. Asa Butterfield plays the first human born on Mars and he forms an online relationship with a Earthen, he has his first travel to earth and gets to experience things he’s only read about. There are also arises problems with his body as Mars’ atmosphere is different.
John Wick: Chapter 2– Feb 10, 2017
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Ruby Rose, Ian McShane, Bridget Moynahan
First of all, if you have not seen John Wick, definitely check that out because it’s awesome! I love Keanu Reeves and he was awesome in that role, so I cannot wait to see this one. I wonder who did what to him this time because in the first movie, he was a retired hit man and these thugs killed his dog… so… is it his cat this time? lol no I’m kidding, it’s something about John Wick going off to help a former friend.
A Cure For Wellness– Feb 17, 2017
Starring: Jason Isaacs, Dane DeHaan
An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness center” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps but soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. I like Jason Isaacs and Dane DeHaan so I’m definitely curious but this movie looks so weird!! Check out the trailer!
Get Out– Feb 24, 2017
Starring: Allison Williams, Keith Stanfield, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener
A young African American man visits his Caucasian girlfriend’s cursed family estate. I thought this was a parody at first but it looks weird. I need to know more! It’s a horror and I don’t really do horror but I do want to see this, I can’t say when I’ll see it but I do want to see more. Where are the black people disappearing too??
March
Logan- March 3, 2017
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Doris Morgado
In the near future, an aging Wolverine and Professor X must protect a young female clone of Wolverine from an evil organization led by Nathanial Essex. I want to see it but I’m not jumping out of my seat. I really like maybe two of the X-men films (X2: X-men United, Days of Future Past) and I like X-men and X-men: First Class but the others are meh to me. So I’m interested to see what they do with it but I’m also a little nervous.
Before I Fall– March 3, 2017
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Jennifer Beals
February 12 is just another day in Sam’s charmed life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she’s in danger of losing. This is a Young Adult adaptation and though I haven’t read the book yet, the trailer definitely had my attention. These YA ones don’t have a complete good track record, but I’m interested. Plus, I do like Zoey Deutch.
Kong: Skull Island– March 10, 2017
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson
King Kong Origins. I just want to see Tom and Brie if I’m being honest lol. But the trailers did look really cool, I treat this like I treated Godzilla.
Beauty and the Beast– March 17, 2017
Starring: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellan, Ewan McGregor, Luke Evans
An adaptation of the Disney fairy-tale about a monstrous prince and a young woman who fall in love. Should I even say anything?? I love Disney! I love the animated version! I am SUPER excited!!!! *freaks out* I just hope it tops all the other live action adaptations because I think each one has been better than the last (discounting Pete’s Dragon as that wasn’t better than The Jungle Book). 
Power Rangers– March 24, 2017
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks, Bill Hader, Naomi Scott, R.J Cyler
A group of high-school kids, who are infused with unique superpowers, harness their abilities in order to save the world. For obvious reasons, I’m curious to see how this goes. As I’ve been binge watching the show from the beginning, I quite enjoy it and it’s cheesiness. Of course, it’s “darker” and “grittier” but I’m interested to see what they do with it.
April
Fate of the Furious– April 14, 2017
Starring: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron, Tyrese, Michelle Rodriguez,
When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before. I can’t even. I saw this trailer and I can’t even. Why in the WORLD would Dom, whose been preaching about family since Day 1, turn on his family. I need to know. Plus, these are fun and ridiculous movies, I have to see it.
The Circle– April 28, 2017
Starring: Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John Boyega, Karen Gillian
A woman lands a job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, where she becomes involved with a mysterious man. I love Emma Watson, I like John Boyega and of course Tom Hanks, but this movie looks out of it’s mind. I’m definitely interested. I want to read the book first, but we’ll see what happens.
May
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2– May 5, 2017
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper
Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. I mean do I even need to say anything?? Marvel Studios next film and I’m so excited. The first one surprised me, I didn’t think it would be bad but I didn’t anticipate who much I would really like it. So I’m excited, plus I love Rocket and Groot (who is now Baby Groot). I’m always interested to see what Marvel Studios does next.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales– May 26, 2017
Starring: Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Orlando Bloom
Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon. Okay, so the best one will always be Curse of the Black Pearl, I didn’t like On Stranger Tides, so I’m not like out of my seat for this one but I am curious. I do think Captain Jack Sparrow is one of Johnny Depp’s best characters but I never thought that character could lead his own film, which I why I think the fourth one was lame. He didn’t have interesting characters like Will and Elizabeth to bounce off of, but it looks like Will is back so I really mostly just want to see Orlando Bloom be Will Turner again lol. It was these movies that sparked my crush on him lol.
June
Wonder Woman– June 2, 2017
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen
An Amazon princess leaves her island home to explore the world and, in doing so, becomes one of the world’s greatest heroes. I didn’t like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice but I did like Wonder Woman in it, so I’m interested, plus the trailers look amazing. So my expectations are high but not by much.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle– June 16, 2017
Starring: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Channing Tatum, Julianne Moore
When an attack on the Kingsman headquarters takes place and a new villain rises, Eggsy and Merlin are forced to work together with the American agency Statesman to save the world. I adored the first one, Matthew Vaughn has returned to direct, thank goodness, because I don’t appreciate him leaving and letting Kick Ass 2 suck like that. I loved everything about the first one, and I love Taron Egerton and it looks like Colin Firth is back (he was great), I don’t know how they’re going to top it. But I hope they do. Please be good. Also, ugh Tatum… didn’t realize he was in this.
July
Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017
Starring: Tom Holland, Donald Glover, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Zendaya
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero. I can’t even! It looks so good! He was so great in Civil War and I thought Tom Holland did such a great job! I don’t even care we’ve had three different actors play the character because this looks like the best rendition yet. I have such high hopes. I’m so glad Sony pulled their heads out of their egos and paired up with Marvel Studios to do this, we can’t suffer through anymore films because ya’ll want to keep film rights! Thank you so much for doing this. Now, I’m hoping for a truly great Spider-man film. Also, not an origin story. I also still believe Zendaya is Mary Jane. I’ll talk about that in another post, I’ll link it here later. Also, Peter’s crush Liz Allen is a black girl, lol whoo!
War for the Planet of the Apes– July 7, 2017
Starring: Andy Serkis, Judy Greer, Woody Harrelson, Aleks Paunovic
A nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar become embroiled in a battle with an army of humans. The first two are excellent, so this should be just as good. I’m not worried about that thing of “the third is always the worst” because we’ve had some good trilogies so I’m sure this will be great too. Plus, it looks so intense.
November
Thor: Ragnarok– Nov 3, 2017
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Tessa Thompson
Unknown Plot. But third Thor film, perhaps this one will be better than the first two but I’m curious to see what happens. Ragnarok is like Asgard’s “end of the world” so… definitely curious.
Justice League– Nov 17, 2017
Starring: Amy Adams, Batffleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. A little less faith in this compared to Wonder Woman but I’m still interested. I liked Battfleck so he should be fine, Zack Synder is directing again *rolls eyes* so it’s going to be all super dark looking and stuff. *sighs*. However, I love Ezra Miller and I’m interested to see him be a huge nerd in his role as Barry Allen/Flash. I’m probably most excited to see what he does out of everything.
Coco– Nov 24, 2017
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Renee Victor, Anthony Gonzalez
Coco follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who sets off a chain of events relating to a century-old mystery, leading to an extraordinary family reunion. I know nothing about this film, but I saw some concert art and what not and it looks beautiful! Plus, it’s Pixar so I’m definitely interested to see what kind of mystery this will be.
December
Star Wars: Episode VIII– Dec 15, 2017
Starring: Carrie Fisher, Tom Hardy, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac
Having taken her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Rey continues her epic journey with Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the saga. I really liked The Force Awakens, so I’m interested to see where this story goes. I hope Finn wakes and joins the journey, I’m interested to see what Poe does as he was easily my favorite character from Episode VII. I hope to see more of Kylo Ren’s story, who is Snoke (why is his design lame?), more of Captain Phasma etc. Also BB-8! lol but yes, more Poe please. I think I like the pilots because I really liked Bodhi Rook from Rogue One and he wasn’t the “lead” but ya know lol.
Movies I’m curious to see but not really “anticipating”:
Free Fire– March 17, 2017
Starring: Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley, Brie Larson, Armie Hammer
Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival. Again, I really like Brie Larson and it looks HILARIOUS and so much fun! I’m not like omg I have to see it but I will try.
Ghost in the Shell– March 31, 2017
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Michael Wincott, Michael Pitt, Juliette Binoche
A cyborg policewoman attempts to bring down a nefarious computer hacker. I’m interested but I’m not for the casting of Scarlett Johansson, I don’t think she can lead a film, but also, the whole controversy thing. If I go see it, I will watch it and if she’s good in the part fine, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that she should have been an Asian actress. But whatever. It’s done, but the story and the look of the film looks really cool.
Wonder– April 7, 2017
Starring: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Mandy Patinkin
A young boy born with a facial deformity is destined to fit in at a new school, and to make everyone understand he’s just another ordinary kid, and that beauty isn’t skin deep. I work a public library so I see this book all of the time and I do want to read it. But wow! Stephen Chbosky (Perks of Being a Wallflower) is directing it, and I love Jacob Tremblay (Room) so I’m curious.
Sleight– April 7, 2017
Starring: Jacob Lattimore, Dule Hill, Seychelle Gabriel
A young street magician (Jacob Latimore) is left to care for his little sister after their parents passing and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. When he gets in too deep, his sister is kidnapped and he is forced to use his magic and brilliant mind to save her. I mean, I’m not thinking it’s going to be good but I like magic, so we’ll see.
Baywatch– May 19, 2017
Starring: Alexandra Daddario, Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron
Two unlikely prospective lifeguards vie for jobs alongside the buff bodies who patrol a beach in California. Looks ridiculous but I did use to watch the show, sort of, so hopefully it’s funny.
Life– May 26, 2017
Starring: Jake Gyllenhall, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson
An international space crew discovers life on Mars. Looks interesting, good cast.
Cars 3– June 16, 2017
Starring: Owen Wilson
Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world. Um, this still baffles me, but I liked the first one enough. I mean, it’s stupid, but whatever. This looks dark and I wonder what they plan to do with it.
Despicable Me 3– June 30, 2017
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Steve Carell, Miranda Cosgrove
Balthazar Bratt, a child star from the 1980s, hatches a scheme for world domination. lol sure, why not? The first two are cute and the trailer made me laugh.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – July 21, 2017
Starring: Cara Delevingne, Ethan Hawke, Dane DeHaan, John Goodman
Time-traveling agent Valerian is sent to investigate a galactic empire, along with his partner Laureline. Dane DeHaan lol, but it looks fun.
Jumanji– Dec 22, 2017
Starring: Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black
In a brand new Jumanji adventure, the tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji’s world – pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. To survive, they’ll play as characters from the game: meek Spencer becomes a brave explorer (Dwayne Johnson); hulky jock Fridge becomes a tiny genius (Kevin Hart); It-girl Bethany becomes a bookworm professor (Jack Black); and unathletic Martha becomes an amazonian warrior (Karen Gillan). To beat the game and return to the real world with their lives, they’ll have to start seeing things in an entirely different way. It’s not a remake but a sequel… so I’m not over the hills with it, but I’m curious to see what they do.
Pitch Perfect– Dec 22, 2017
lol I don’t even know but sure. Let’s see what ya’ll got. Are they still in college though? Or is it all new people?
So, what movies are you looking forward to this year? Did I cover everything you’re interested in? If so, let me know what it is! If I missed it, let me know what you’re looking forward too! Don’t forget to like and follow this blog!

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Top 10 Best Films of 2016

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This is my personal list of the best films of this year. I loved all of the movies on this list, or really liked them, and recognize they are good films. This list is my opinion, it’s alright if you don’t agree. There were a lot of movies I liked this year so this list took a while to get down to ten but that’s why I have honorable mentions lol. I haven’t seen everything that came out so some things aren’t on here unfortunately. Click HERE for my worst list.
Also, not every film on this list I did a review for, but the ones I did, I will put a link.
Honorable Mentions: The Jungle BookThe Neon Demon, Kung Fu Panda 3, The Lobster, Eye In the Sky, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
My Top 10 Best Films of 2016
10. The Boy and the Beast 
 the-boy-and-the-beastI didn’t do a review for this film, but this is an anime film. Chris Stuckmann said it best it’s like Karate Kid with anamorphic animals. A human boy finds this world, he doesn’t have a relationship with his father and he ends up becoming the apprentice to this bear like man. It’s so beautifully animated, the characters are fantastic, and while they’re not all “good people” I think they’re all likable to the point where you can’t help but feel connected to them. Especially Ren, the main character. I loved his relationship to his mentor, it came off antagonistic a lot but you could tell they cared about each other. It’s very emotional and heartfelt but I do think it’s very interesting, especially the third act. It’s kind of weird but it’s great.
9. Kicks
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I loved this movie, but it was so under the radar that I don’t think many people saw it. However, I loved the cinematography, I thought the direction was great because it felt like I was actually there alongside Brandon trying to get his shoes back. Oakland looked real. I thought Jahking Guillory did a great job holding his own in this role, I hope to see more from him in the future. The story is a bit basic but the journey this character takes over something that seems so trivial is amazing because in this world, those shoes mean something to him. I also loved the idealism of the astronaut being there. It’s a very unique film.
8. Swiss Army Man
SWISS ARMY MAN (2016) Daniel Radcliffe and Paul DanoI actually debated with myself a lot about doing a review for this one but I ended up not doing it because it’s so hard to get my thoughts out about it. But it’s so good. It’s weird, believe me it’s weird, but Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe work so well together, it’s hilarious, it’s emotional and kind of sad in many areas but it’s also kind of uplifting. The music is FANTASTIC, probably one of my favorite elements about the film. The cinematography is so crisp and clear. Definitely check this one out.
7. Fences
fences-header-photoI think is a great character study film. Between Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, the talent and emotion explodes from the screen. August Wilson is a fantastic writer and these characters are complex human beings. Outside of a few editing choices, I think the direction is great, I loved how the camera would sometimes view the characters from a window, or through the tree branches, or through the fence… it was amazing. I do think it was a bit wordy but the words are magical, they build these characters up in ways that allows them to be understood. All of the characters are interesting people. Viola Davis though, she’s a powerhouse.
6. Moana
 disney-moana-mauiI don’t think it’s any surprise that this is on my list because I adore Disney. The music. THE MUSIC! The animation! The visuals! Moana and Maui BOTH are so great characters! The voice acting, Auli’i and Dwayne were both so good here. THE MUSIC! The animation! This is classic Disney, sure the story is basic but the wrapping is amazing because while we’ve heard the story before, the culture used, the way the story is told, the music used to tell it is all so new. Disney needs to keep moving forward like this, new cultures and have the voice actors be people who mirror those characters.
5. Deadpool
 deadpool1-gallery-imageThis film was very necessary in for comic book films. I do believe it’s a great film and the experience in the theater was so fun that it’s unforgettable. This is definitely something that’s rewatchable over and over again. I think it was necessary because so many comic book movies could have been rated R, should have been rated R but of course ya know, general audience and stuff. But Deadpool IS and that helps the future of these films, they shouldn’t be so scared anymore. PLUS, Ryan Reynolds owns this role, the inclusion of Colossus and NegaSonic Teenage Warhead was great, their chemistry together and then their chemistry with Wade is gold. The humor, the opening scene ALONE is gold. I loved it. I had such a great time, I don’t think I laughed so much at a superhero movie in forever.
4. Kubo and the Two Strings
kubo-and-the-two-strings-international-posterI looooove this movie. Laika is amazing! The animation in this film! Look at the picture! Look at it! The main three characters are absolutely amazing and so interesting. Kubo is your “hero” of course, but he’s a storyteller who uses magical origami to tell them. His instrument is the object in which he uses to channel his magic. He embarks on a quest to find a magical armor and the journey is so much fun. Along the way we meet Monkey and Beetle whose relationship is so humorous, playful and sometimes antagonistic but they work together because they both end up caring about Kubo. The eyes are so very important in this film and the animation and design, spectacular. Also the music. Wow. I saw this movie earlier in the year and I have not forgotten about it. I think it’s one of Laika’s best films and one of the best animated films I’ve seen.
3. Captain America: Civil War
captain-america-civil-war-key-artFirst of all, I love the MCU, I love superhero films and this is one of the best. What Marvel Studios has done is create this world, and these characters where they are so likable, relatable and so emotionally grabbing that in this film, there is no way (unless you are just soo biased) that you do not flip flop sides or at least understand where the other is coming from. I am unwavering Team Cap BUT the script was so well written in terms of this rift in the Avengers that I could not believe that I was understanding Tony’s side (unlike the comics where he’s just a douche). Both Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. do so well. The inclusion of Black Panther and Spider Man were stellar choices, they weren’t underused or overused and it helps continue to build this world. The film was funny but it was also emotional. The action scenes are top notch, the airport scene and the end fight between Cap, Bucky and Tony was so gut-wrenching that I almost cried. There are a few plot elements that are questionable but I do believe it was handled very well here. This is my second favorite Superhero movie ever and it’s definitely one that I would watch quite often.
2. Zootopia
 cft6aicuiaaf-juThe way I feel about Zootopia… such a clever film. Very different from what Disney usually gives us and I loved it. I think Zootopia has a lot of hidden gems. Judy and Nick are great interesting characters, they both are very different and work so well together. Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman were great in these roles. The music is nice and the song is catchy, the animation is beautiful, the world created in this film is expansive. There is so much more than can explore, I hope they do. It’s hilarious, that slot scene gets me every time, it’s emotional, I think I’ve cried each time I’ve watched it. The underlying message is relevant and I don’t think they do it in a manipulative way. I think they handled it for an animated film with class. I personally think it’s more for adults than for kids but kids will enjoy it and I think adults will appreciate what it’s saying. A definite must watch.
1. La La Land
la-la-land-audition-14I actually flip flopped between this and Zootopia for a while. If you’re a musical lover, this film is for you as it’s a love letter to musicals but more importantly, it’s a love letter to those people who are dreamers. Starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling who have such great chemistry together, this film highlights those people who go out in search of their dreams but they also have to figure out their lives as well. Will they follow their dreams and rule out love or will they try to have both? Is it possible to have both without one being pushed back. The music here is so beautiful, all of the songs are original and I think they’re so dreamy. The cinematography is beautiful. I have never been to L.A but I think this film make it look so… lol grand. The characters are also very well written, it’s impossible to dislike either Mia or Sebastian, and I think it’s impossible to not understand them. You have to. If you’re not a fan of musicals, that’s alright because this film is not a song every second, nor is it just random singing, it has a purpose. It fits with the story, it propels it forward and honestly, it’s not like there’s a ton of singing in it. But the music, dancing, singing is a character in itself. La La Land is a feel good movie and as a dreamer, this is my favorite film of the year.

 

I hope you enjoyed this list. If you agree, let me know in the comments below, same if you don’t. What films of the year do you have on YOUR list? There is a lot I missed this year but I also think I did a great job in what I saw lol. If you haven’t seen any of these, please check them out! Also, check out my blog for other reviews!
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My Top 10 Worst Films of 2016

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People normally do the BEST first but since there was more on that last to consider than this one, I’m going to put this one out first. Plus, save the best for last right?
This is my personal list of the worst films of this year. I either didn’t like them, perhaps had a bad experience watching it or I may have liked them but they were bad movies, I can identify bad movies even if I liked them. This list is my opinion, it’s alright if you don’t agree. I haven’t seen everything so films that you might have thought were terrible, I probably didn’t see. I don’t always make it a habit to see bad movies, or movies that look bad, or movies I don’t want to see period but things happen lol. Also, not every film on this list I did a review for, but the ones I did, I will put a link.
Dishonorable Mentions: Regression, The Free State of Jones, The 5th Wave
My Top 10 Worst Films of 2016
10. X-men: Apocalypse
xmenapocalypseimaxThis is here because this has the most rewatchable value to me. I liked a lot of the movie but I can’t necessarily say the entire thing was a great experience. I mostly liked the characters. The new young squad (especially Nightcrawler) but they were way underutilized, Erik and Charles of course. I think Oscar Isaac was a good casting choice but they did him wrong with all that makeup and costuming. However, Apocalypse the character did not live up to his name, I’m sick of Mystique being a forefront character when she’s not, outside of Magneto, the Horsemen were useless. There were some missed opportunities and I think the climax was kind of lame. Plus, what was up with that Phoenix thing? I thought Jean isn’t supposed to be aware of that? Weird.
9.  Suicide Squad
suicide-squad-movie-characters-calendarI enjoyed the experience of watching the movie but I think it was a mess. Some of the characters were interesting but they hardly get enough time to really flesh them out or for the audience to really connect with them. I enjoyed Harley Quinn, The Joker (probably in the minority), Deadshot and Amanda Waller and to some degree Captain Boomerang but everyone else got pushed the side. The storyline was jumbled, I was sick of hearing “we’re the bad guys” but you never really see that other than everyone trying to escape once they’re out of prison outside of Harley Quinn. We get it, you don’t have to keep telling us. The villain was LAME and that stupid beam of light. Gosh.
8. Now You See Me 2
screen_shot_now_you_see_me_2_-_official_trailer_Out of all the movies on the list, I like this one the most… HOWEVER I know it’s pretty terrible. Most of our faves from the first film have returned, with some new additions but the plot… lord have mercy the plot is all over the place. There is a lot of holes, I know “magic” but magic cannot fill a plot hole or bad/confusing writing. I get the movie, I get the overall idea, but there was some details that should have had some extra care. I think Jack still gets shafted, there was a lot of weird stuff that happened with him towards the end that don’t really make sense (how are you in two places at once bro?), why does everyone go through so much work just to do one thing? It’s a bit overkill. Also, the twist with Morgan Freeman was not a twist, the look of Woody Harrelson playing a twin brother was cringe inducing, a lot of choices made were stupid… villains why would you think you killed someone when you didn’t even check to see if they were dead? Loose ends man. Also, the final “trick” was soooo overkill, it was fun to watch but makes no sense lol.
7. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
x1-12-pagespeed-ic-mv2wztnxkbThere were definitely parts I liked: Batman, Wonder Woman, that 6ish minute fight between Batman and Superman but that was probably about it. I was so upset when I was finished with this movie because it should have been two films, it was such a great set up for a Justice League movie but it should have been more than just a set up movie since it’s these two comic book ICONS squaring off. Superman was hardly in this, what exactly what his problem with Batman? He didn’t have one because it didn’t make sense for him to have one, they show someone with a Bat brand but is that it? Also, Clark is the worst journalist ever, why would he NOT know who Bruce Wayne is? I mean, Lois Lane is your girlfriend, if all of you guys exist in the same universe, someone needs to know who Bruce Wayne is. What was the deal with Lois? Her whole plot seemed to be shoehorned in with the bullet thing. Martha…? So? I don’t need to keep seeing The Wayne’s die, we know, they’re dead. Stop. Lex’s plans were muddled (though I did enjoy him to an extent) and it was just too much for one film. Should have been Batman v Superman and then a Dawn Of Justice film. Instead they shoehorned cameos in there, I just meh. I hate hearing “the extended edition helps”, well I shouldn’t have to buy a whole other movie for the first movie I saw to be better. The theatrical film should have been the right movie. No thanks.
6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-out-shadows-trailer-internationalI saw this with my younger brother  and I think this movie is stupid lol. “Out of the shadows”? Where? lol I like the turtles, I appreciate they made their designs smaller than they were in the first film, I don’t think this movie really grasped itself. Of course Leo and Raph have to fight each other, of course Donnie has to use technobabble that means nothing, of course Sensei is also not very much in this movie unless he randomly shows up to give a word or two of wisdom. Tyler Perry… what? Bebop and Rock Steady were a love/hate thing.  What was with that genitalia joke? Ugh. Casey Jones and April O’Neill were miscast, I mean I like Stephen Amell for the most part but I think he was trying to hard and lord Megan Fox is so miscast. The action was cool, the fight scenes, mostly the scene with the tank in the water was awesome but outside of that… meh. Also, who designed Krang? Ugh so nasty. Also, lol of course the villain is amassing a weapon in the middle of the sky.
5. The Young Messiah
young-messiah-6I didn’t review this. It was one of those movies that I just wanted to see and boy was it bad.  I dig the idea of showing a film where Jesus is an adolescent but I just think everyone phoned it in. The little boy who played Jesus… I don’t know who told him that what he was doing was good because it wasn’t. He kept shaking his head the entire time he spoke, it was so irritating! The whole point of a movie like this is to encourage hope for what Jesus will become but none of that is here. It’s boring, it’s tedious, it’s way to long and there is this demon dude in the movie who just feels random.

 

4. Nina
maxresdefault1I think we all knew this was going to be a bad one. Zoe Saldana was woefully miscast and I think she knew it too. All that makeup on her, horrible. Why do that? If you have to put that much makeup to look like someone you KNOW you don’t look like… then DON’T BE THE PERSON!!! I do think you can tell Zoe Saldana has extreme love for Nina Simone but that doesn’t mean she should have played her, she could have been involved but not as the character. I was surprised that she could sing but obviously not Nina. The movie also this weird look, I understand they were trying to capture the time period, but the movie looked like they didn’t have enough money to really do much in post production. Definitely not a rewatchable movie. It just feels so dark, so muddy and there’s nothing interesting about it. Nina Simone should be in an interesting movie BUT SHE’S NOT! WHAT!? LAME!
3. The Divergent Series: Allegiant
divergent-allegiant-movie-reviewsI actually forgot this movie came out this year because it was so terrible. After seeing Insurgent I kind of figured it’d get worse. Being that this is the last book of the trilogy, for some reason, they wanted to split the films which was a bad choice, the book wasn’t that good. No. All of the characters became boring, Tris became way too trusting and everything interesting about her from the first movie, falling away and her becoming stupid. I did not appreciate the fact that Four is never humanized by Tris calling him by his real name “Tobias”. The dialogue was stupid, it was too long and tedious, it was boring. No real stakes were created. Characters that should have been there weren’t, characters that may have betrayed/died inspired nothing because we didn’t get the chance to be with them. Yeah… terrible. It’s sad that the last part is no longer happening but if you’re not going to follow the source material enough, then don’t do it. I’m all for changing things for film because not everything translate well, not to mention, maybe they will fix something that didn’t work in the books… but don’t change it to be cute. It doesn’t work.
2. The Purge: Election Year
Worse experience ever. Also no review. I hated this movie with a passion. I actually almost walked out with my friend and we were going to see Tarzan instead. It was so stupid, just too much, it makes no sense. I don’t care if it’s part of a trilogy, I don’t care… I hated it. How are these people getting guillotines and stuff?? How are they getting these weapons!? Why are you so mad about a friggin candy bar!? How could you drive your car with all of those Christmas lights on it? Why are people killing so much? Why is no one robbing banks? Why aren’t we seeing that type of crime being committed…I highly doubt a lot of people would be using murder on their purge night. Sure, no one will be robbing banks, or electronic stores or anything like that. Ugh. I get the point, I get it, I get it, I get it. Doesn’t mean it was done with good execution. Stay in your lane.
1. When The Bough Breaks
mv5bmze5nzyznzg4nv5bml5banbnxkftztgwmty5ntm3ote-_v1_ux477_cr00477268_al_Oh my goodness… this movie is terrible. You guys… the premise was stupid, the characters were stupid, the execution was horrible. So the girl goes crazy once she puts on that red dress and changes her hairstyle? lol okay. The boyfriend=overacting. I feel like everyone in this movie was tricked lol. It was just all terrible. The story could have been interesting, but nope, it turned into the typical “i’m crazy and I love the husband and I’m going to make sure the wife is out of the picture” thing. Ugh!!! The dialogue is laughable, the stakes are are nonexistent, it’s not thrilling but instead cringeworthy and the climax was extremely over the top. This movie could have benefitted from better writing and better care because it’d be cool to be black actors in movies like this but… the writing HAS to be good.
So yes this is my list lol. I still haven’t seen everything which probably would be here if I did IE: Max Steele, Meet the Blacks, Fifty Shades of Black, Norm of the North, Nine Lives etc… but again I don’t make habits to see movies I think will be bad or don’t want to see lol.
Let me know if you agree with this list. Let me know if you don’t. What films from 2016 made your list for the Worst? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to like this blog!
P.S. It’s okay if you disagree with me, remember this is my personal list but please don’t be rude about it. We can have a dialogue if you’d like, I’d welcome it, I love hearing differing opinions.

Beauty and the Beast Trailer Reaction

 OH MY GOODNESS!!! You guys! The Beauty and the Beast trailer dropped yesterday. Look at it! Look at it!!
We had a teaser trailer earlier, I feel like it was in May, which showed us a nice view of the castle, the music played in the background (it was lovely and I got chills), we got a hint at Belle and the rose. I adore the animated film, I think it’s Disney’s best film, yes even better than The Lion King, but ya know opinions and what not. It’s my second favorite Disney film (The Little Mermaid is my fave) and Belle is my second favorite princess (Ariel is my first).
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I always identified with Belle the most though, she was intelligent and I used get different reactions from people in school due to being smart. I read quite a lot and anyone who knows me, or knew me, would probably tell you that. I mean, I haven’t met any men cursed into beasts or wandered into a dark cursed castle full of talking objects so… we have that difference.
Anyway, so we had a few pictures, of the design of Cogsworth, Lumber, Plumette (the feather duster, though I think she looks more like a quill… but I do think they gave her those wings to have “arms” since in the animated version she was just a handle), and Mrs. Potts. So now the trailer has come and I’m so excited that I need this movie now. March is too far away.
So we get the Disney classic opening, with the castle.
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Then what I found interesting is how they are already adding elements from the original fairy tale instead of just being a completely retelling of the animated classic film. Here, we have Maurice played by Kevin Kline going to get a single white rose for Belle instead of going to another town to sell his inventions. Of course I don’t have a problem with it either way, I love the animated version and I love the original fairy tale version, so I’m glad they’re combining the two. In the story, Maurice in fact, has three daughters (and three sons), the older two ask for material things and Belle asks for a single rose. The Beast is very particular about his roses, catches Maurice and locks him up.
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So, in the trailer, Belle goes to find him, they talk and I’m already having animated movie flashbacks lol. I love Emma Watson and I think she is a great choice for Belle, her intelligence, her ability to be sassy and stern while being “soft”. I know a lot of people have issue with her casting, calling her “mousy”, not “pretty enough”, her features aren’t soft enough, etc but I mean, Belle doesn’t have to always be this gorgeous woman, there are other things about women that can make them beautiful. In the story Belle was beautiful yes, but so were her older sisters… the things that set her apart was her intelligence, her kindness, selflessness and her compassion… however, I find Emma Watson to be very beautiful so again, I have no problem with her casting. Anyway, I approve of Emma’s casting. The only question is, can she sing? lol
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She demands the Beast to come into the light and we get a good look at him. Now, EW.com released their magazine cover, along with more stock set photos of the film and of course, no one can ever please everyone so people were of course complaining about the Beast’s design. His horns apparently are facing the wrong way, or they’re “Satan like horns”, his lips are too human and his nose is too flat, or “Dan Stevens has beautiful blue eyes, why are the Beast’s eyes brown?” In terms of the eyes, they are definitely blue… when he looks into the mirror ‘Show me the girl’, his eyes are clearly blue, so I don’t know where brown came from lol. I think the horn thing is petty, and I think he looks how his animated version would look like in real life. Perhaps a bit softer… but I mean…I like it. I guess, he’s too handsome as a Beast but I never thought the animated version was very horrifying (minus that part when he first steps into the light and he stands up all tall and stuff lol). The internet thinks he’s ugly… look at the pic below… I beg to differ lol.
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So we see Lumiere and Cogsworth, and Lumiere’s design changed. Before he looked like a regular candelabra, and I wondered where his face was but then new pictures and this trailer and he looks like a little brass man with candles on his head and for hands… I kind of like it. I love Cogsworth’s design, it’s so intricate and of course Sir Ian McKellan is always a win. We see Chip (see below) and I think he’s cute. Sure, the faces on the objects is a little weird but what do we expect from a live action Beauty and the Beast film? Especially maintaining these enchanted elements from the animated version? I also think in the original story, she’s served by invisible servants (which is where I got my inspiration from in my B&B version). Mrs. Potts by the way is voiced by Emma Thompson, who is brilliant, of course Angela Lansberry would be an amazing return but I’m okay with Emma Thompson as well. Also, I read that Ewan McGregor was told not to do an actor-y French accent like he tried to do in the beginning, since I know people were complaining about that. Nathan Mack plays Chip. In the second photo, is Lumiere and Plumette (which I think her name in the animated version was different but whatever, she was the Featherduster to me), see what I mean about the feathers? She looks like a fancy quill instead of a feather duster… or that’s an extremely fancy featherduster, she is played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
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I love the fact that when we see iconic scenes shown, how updated Belle’s clothes look, or how subtle emotions and things are.
screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-1-35-40-pmWe see this scene, which I read this movie is a musical, how much music will be in it, I’m not sure, but this is one of the moments where Belle starts to fall in love with the Beast. I love this moment because it’s so sweet. I love her pink dress in the film and I love the hint of it here. Also, I love how she looks to him to encourage him to pet the horse and the look of surprise on his face when he does it and the animal doesn’t run away in fear. I love it. I love the scene in the library, it’s one of my favorite scenes in the animated film and it looks great here. The details on the top of her dress… amazing from what I can see. The library looks grand, I hope it really is grand because when I was a kid, I always wanted a library like that and I might wilt a little bit if it’s not.
Oh yes Gaston. He is played by Luke Evans in the film, I like Luke Evans and I think he’s very handsome, obviously his frame is not like the animated Gaston’s which is okay… I would have loved to see a huge dude but as long as Gaston is a pompous, amusing, vain and a bit terrifying, I think they casted well. Josh Gad is perfect for Le Fou, just perfect lol. So I hope they have a good time with character while making him intimidating as well. We only see a few hints to him in the trailer.
So now, we come to the most iconic scene from Beauty and the Beast and that is the ballroom scene.
screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-1-36-21-pm Belle’s iconic yellow dress and the Beast’s iconic blue jacket. At this point, my heart is fluttering and my brain is chanting “I need this movie now”, I have turned into Veruca Salt. They meet at the stairs. We’ve seen the dress in the photos, there are two of them, the magazine cover and her solo photo. I love the dress. Just like with Cinderella’s dress it has been updated. I personally think they went overboard with Cinderella’s dress but it was very lovely, minus the butterflies. So I appreciate the tone down-ness of her dress here. I do miss her gloves but I’m okay with them being gone, just like I was okay with Cinderella not having gloves either.
screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-1-37-16-pmBut I think it’s great. You can tell the dress still has the layers and tiers, the shoulder straps are the same, just on her shoulders instead of off, which is a minor detail. I’ve seen a lot of criticisms and complaints about her dress, or the way the EW.com photo looked. “At this point, Belle was in love with the Beast, in the film she never turned away from him, here Emma Watson looks like she doesn’t want to be there”, or “Ugh, why couldn’t they just make her dress the same from the movie”, or “why couldn’t they be accurate and give her a really French 17th century ballgown”, or “ugh, her dress looks like a prom dress”.
My thing is, I want to see it in the film where the cuts are not so quick for me to really see it on set, in the moment. It’s the same thing with Cinderella’s dress, when I saw the trailer, I saw the dress and went, ‘wow, it’s really big.’ I saw a large poster the theaters had of her running in the dress, ‘wow, it’s really big… are those butterflies??’ When I saw the movie, I said “oh wow, it’s really pretty” and watching her actually move in it, I appreciated it more. I feel like it will be the same here, for some people anyway. I think the color fits Emma very well, I like how they updated it and made it flowy and I love the way it seems to move from what we can see in the trailer. In terms of their position in this photo:ne2g9ulbensu57_1_b
I believe this is what the poster looks like, she’s not looking at him. Oh my goodness, she should be in love with him at this point, WHY ISN’T SHE LOOKING AT HIM!?? Perhaps, because they are dancing the Waltz and this is the proper form?? I mean, I don’t see the problem lol. I think that was a petty complaint.
So in the trailer, the music swells (Alan Menken has returned and I’m so excited because his work in Disney is iconic and amazing and I’m crying), Belle watches as Gaston and the Beast fight, she jumps across a crumbling bridge and the Beast seems to overcome Gaston. A lot of other shots, the dancing people in the ballroom are either from the end when Belle breaks the curse, or from the beginning or a flashback where they talk more about the Beast’s curse. Then lastly, we see the rose lose a petal.
You guys, I’m so excited I don’t know what to do with myself. I need this movie now. I’m going to see it, probably multiple times, I don’t care. I have high hopes, The Jungle Book was really good and I think the fact that the animated film didn’t really set the bar high helped that. Beauty and the Beast is a different story, the animated film was the first Disney film to receive an Oscar for Best Picture, it’s so iconic, classic and amazing that this is almost questionable and worrisome. However, I’m not worried. It seems like great care has been taken with this from what I have seen and read and I’m excited for the finished product. I may be one of the few people who hasn’t criticized it up and down but there’s no reason too without really seeing the film.
Sure, you can watch a trailer and judge from what they show but I think that also does a disservice because someone times trailers suck compared to the amazingness of the film. On the other hand, the trailer could be amazing and the movie isn’t very amazing(I’m looking at Fant4stic), or they both suck lol. It’s hard to say really but I think it’s best to wait and see. I try to do that in everything I watch because who knows… you could be wrong.
With all that said, I do think they’re showing a lot in the trailer, especially the climax, I need trailers to chill out overall.
Just to let you know, in case you didn’t:
  • Yes, it’s supposed to be a musical, I don’t know what all the songs are included but yes.
    • Alan Menken said he’s writing three new songs.
  • Maurice isn’t an inventor, he makes music boxes from what I understand and is very protective of Belle, due to the loss of her mother.
    • Belle is the inventor, because the question came up, what does she do in her spare time that makes people think she’s so odd other than reading books? I’m curious of how it comes full circle in the film.
Things I’m curious to see:
  • If they give more insight into the Beast’s backstory, what happened to his family etc?
  • How the singing turns out.
  • How the Beast’s transformation scene plays out.
  • How long will it be before we see Belle actually start to fall for him and vice versa?
    • Obviously the animated film happens, but we don’t know how long she’s there (we can probably gauge thanks to the many side B&B animated films, like the Enchanted Christmas ) so let’s hope there’s a lot more time.
  • There was something else I was thinking about but I completely forgot… shoot.
But regardless, I’m excited from what I saw, I have been excited since it was announced and casting was announced. So… March 17, 2017 needs to put itself on rushed order.
Tale as old as time, true as it can be. Barely even friends, then somebody bends, unexpectedly. Just a little change, small to say the least, both a little scared, neither one prepared… Beauty and the Beast. (You probably just sang that a little bit didn’t you?)

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Pink Elephants on Parade

Daily Word Post “Tart”
Okay first… who remembers this movie? If you’ve never seen it (what’s wrong with you??) you might have heard of it. It is one of Disney’s classics.
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Summary: Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential.
So this isn’t really a review, that will be saved for when I do my Disney Marathon segment, I just wanted to talk about it. I used to watch this film all the time as a kid, it was one of my favorites, apparently I used to cry watching it every time too (according to my mom). I’m not sure what happened to our VHS tape but I feel like it somehow got destroyed… by a person. But ya know, conspiracies and all that.
But I’m watching this movie, and I’m already enthralled once again. The scene with the storks delivering the animal babies to the circus is one of my favorites, I love how each baby reacts to their parent (or not react as the Hippo baby goes right to sleep next to it’s momma lol), or the fact that Mrs. Jumbo is looking expectantly, she is the only animal who seemed to be nervously awake for the arrival of her child. It’s just so cute I can’t stand it.
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So finally, on the train the next morning, the one talking stork manages to find Mrs. Jumbo on the train and there is another cute scene of him delivering the baby. There’s a service and everything that she must wait before opening her sack. He sings and Dumbo’s name is actually “Jumbo Jr.”, you’d be surprised how many people did not know that. I was on tumblr while watching the film and someone actually posted they never realized his name was not actually Dumbo but Jumbo Jr. but anyway, haha, all of the other elephants gush over him until he sneezes and his adorably, gigantic ears are shown. I don’t know why everyone found it funny because he’s so cute.
f79da26a-c253-422c-b948-06bc567afeae I mean look at him! He’s precious. So the Golden Girls talk about him, makes fun of his ears and Mrs. Jumbo knocks the leader’s trunk out of the way, that old tart, and they’re all appalled at her audacity, but Mrs. Jumbo closes their little window and rocks her son. I can’t even. He’s so cute. So to just skip through the movie as this is not a review but more of a reaction… Mrs. Jumbo spanks some kids after they tease her son, she attacks the circus people and is ultimately locked up. After Jumbo Jr. (now labeled Dumbo) fails to participate correctly in a circus stunt, he is made a clown, which apparently in the Circus world is the worst thing to become… and I agree. I really dislike clowns. You’re not funny. But my poor baby elephant looks so scared to be involved with the clowns, having to jump off flaming buildings and what not, then after that, his new friend Timothy Mouse cleans the clown off of him and they go see his mother in her cage and when I tell you that I bawl like a baby during this scene. I was trying to stop it, I really was. But as soon as Dumbo goes up to the barred window and sticks his trunk through the bars searching for his momma… it’s a done deal. She turns to see him but the chains won’t go that far so she can only use her trunk. *cries uncontrollably*
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So all she can do, is gently caress him and rock him and “Baby Mine” is playing and I’m crying at 1:45 in the morning watching this movie. This scene just tears me apart every time, it’s been some years since I’ve seen the movie in it’s entirety. I did a slight movie marathon back in college and I did watch Dumbo and I cried back then too, it’s been about four years and the reaction is still the same. THIS MOVIE WILL ALWAYS MAKE ME CRY LIKE A BABY… and I don’t necessarily have a problem with it lol. So now onto the main reason why I wanted to write this reaction piece. After another clown session, Dumbo and Tim manage to drink some alcohol, they get drunk and start blowing bubbles.
This part is a Big Lipped Alligator moment. Just like Nostalgia Chick said, “big lipped alligator” moments are moments in film that randomly happen and are never talked about again.
Examples: YouTube these scenes if you don’t know what I’m talking about.
  • The Singing Alligator in All Dogs Go To Heaven
  • The Singing Lizard in Ferngully: The Last Rainforest
  • Singing alley cats in Tom and Jerry: The Movie
  • The Singing babies in Rugrats: The Movie (you know the part I’m talking about lol)
  • The tunnel scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
SO basically now we have this alcohol induced “wtf” scene in the film. I mean I get it lol, but it was so random. Just watch this.
I mean what???? lol, what the heck is this?? Someone actually pitched this scene, someone actually liked and approved it, someone else actually sketched it out, someone colored and animated it!! Then someone actually made a song and people actually sang it!! I mean what??? So either that happened or someone managed to get all of this done and snuck it into the movie and the director saw it and went “meh, we’ll just leave it in there. It makes no sense but it doesn’t matter.”
tumblr_o7f01nj8151spdt2jo5_500What is this thing?? Someone actually drew this! lol so if you watched the video, you’ll see at the end, there is massive chaos, then elephants explode into each other then turn into pink clouds as the scene transitions. lol I can’t even… this whole scene is so random that when I watched it again for the first time in years, I was completely shocked. Of course I have never really forgotten this scene because it’s not one to forget but just the fact that it comes out of left field in the movie, then just goes away. Timothy Mouse never brings it up again, Dumbo never references it… just BOOM PINK ELEPHANTS then nothing. I just watched that scene again on YouTube and still I’m just like… wow.
So if I did not just give you nightmares, just to continue, the movie is almost over now. Dumbo and Tim wake up after hearing some loud crows… which I’m not even going to go into right now.
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But I’m sure you know what I mean. I couldn’t help but to think about the crows in The Wiz. Dumbo came first before both the film and the Broadway show, so I can’t help but wonder if the creator of the The Wiz show was inspired by Dumbo’s crows when writing the crows in the show.
So anyway, they figure out that Dumbo used his magnificent ears and Tim decides to encourage Dumbo to use it to his advantage, even by pretending it’s a magic crow feather that gives him the ability to fly. Later, he’s doing the clown thing again, jumps off the fiery building, the feather escapes and Tim pleads with Dumbo to believe in himself and he flies. I’m like WHOO! Look at my baby elephant flying! I loved how he flew over those Golden Girls elephants.
So basically Dumbo becomes famous because he’s a flying elephant, I’m just surprised that his ears can support his body weight… ya know? He catches the train with his mother at the end waiting for him and the movie ends.
I still love this movie, even after years of not seeing it, sure, it’s not one of Disney’s greatest, but it’s one of their most emotional films… personally. The whole connection with Dumbo and his mother is so beautiful. I love Dumbo’s friendship with Tim, I still dislike those Golden Girls elephants… even though I felt slightly bad when they all got hurt but at the same time, karma. The Pink Elephants on Parade sequence will always be a “WTF” moment no matter how many times I see it, it’s brand new every time.
Definitely check out Dumbo if you’ve never seen it, or haven’t seen it in a long time. You might be surprised by your reactions.
In the future, I Do plan on doing a Disney animated marathon so I will actually review this movie when that happens. I want to do it in December but we’ll see how life goes.
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It’s just so beautiful. *Cries*

 

Disney Remakes Thoughts

I love Disney, I have always loved Disney and I will love Disney FOREVER! I think their movies are great, sure there are some misfires but overall, Disney is solid. So there are a nice amount of Disney remakes coming up, they are live action remakes of some of their animated features.
Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty)

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I remember when they announced this, it seemed to take a while since I think Angelina Jolie got sick around that time. But, I was excited. I never really liked Sleeping Beauty like that, however, I started a Disney animated marathon (didn’t finish) and I have a new appreciation of that film. It’s a beautifully animated film. Man. Anyway, I expected more, I left disappointed. I didn’t mind the fact they tried to give Maleficent a reason to be angry other than “not being invited” but a few things I didn’t like:
  • The fact that her name was Maleficent as a child, her parents set her up for failure.
  • The fact that she mended her curse instead of allowing the fairies to give a loophole.
    • The curse is supposed to make “Aurora prick her finger and DIE!” and Merryweather uses her gift to make her fall into a “death like sleep”. In Maleficent, the King begs and she changes it herself. Meh.
  • The fairies were stupid. If anything, Sleeping Beauty is the fairies’ movie and I did not like how they were turned into twits just to make Maleficent look good. Meh.
Anyway, this is not a review but I’m just saying. Maleficent was okay.
Cinderella (Cinderella)

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I actually liked this one, I wasn’t sure how I felt about her dress because of the butterflies but once I saw the movie, the transformation, while long, was beautiful and I understand why the butterflies were there but I still didn’t like them.
I appreciated that Cinderella and the Prince (Kip) met before the ball and their relationship continued and that it wasn’t just a one night thing. I know in some versions of the story, it’s a three night festival but ya know Disney cut it into one. I also appreciated how Prince Kip received a story line instead of just being Prince Charming. The stepsisters of course were there and were funny but not important. Cate Blanchett was wonderful as the Stepmother and I did really like Ella’s character.
The only “negative” thing, I can think of right now is that it didn’t seem like Ella really had a reason to stay… she left and that’s how she met Kip in the first place. She said she didn’t leave because she wanted to protect her house or whatever, but then she marries the prince and leaves the house anyway. So, it didn’t really seem like she didn’t have a choice to stay compared to the animated film where Cinderella really seemed locked into her life… I don’t know, just something I noticed.
Cinderella was really good. Beautiful movie and the music was lovely.
The Jungle Book

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I really really liked this one, probably my favorite live action remake out of the three we’ve gotten in recent years. I would need to watch it again to do a review, which I always planned on doing, just never got around to it. But the young actor who played Mowgli was great in his role, I appreciate his casting. The music is great, and I just loved how real the animals looked.
Pete’s Dragon

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I thought this was cute, I never saw the original but I enjoyed the movie. You can read my review for this film here.
So moving forward, we’ve had a few announcements about live action remakes. Up next is Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens which I am super excited about. Personally, I find Beauty and the Beast to be a masterpiece and to be Disney’s best animated film, so I have high hopes for the remake, it already looks promising. Next we’ve been told about The Lion King, Mulan and I think I saw rumors about Aladdin and The Little Mermaid, I’m not sure if the last two were confirmed but I’ll mention them anyway. I’m excited about them all honestly, yes the animated versions are amazing and are untouchable but that doesn’t mean we have to ignore anything else that comes out of them.
Mulan: Mulan 2
The Lion King: The Lion King 2, The Lion King: 1 1/2, a Broadway show, Timon & Puumba, and The Lion Guard
Aladdin: Aladdin: Return of Jafar,  Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Aladdin: Animated Series, Jasmine’s Princess Power Hour (it was a special thing with Ariel).
The Little Mermaid: The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea, The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning, The Little Mermaid: Animated Series, Broadway Show.
So it’s not like these movies are “untouched” lol.
Mulan

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I think Mulan, if given a Pirates of the Caribbean treatment, could be awesome. Disney needs to give it an epic feel.
Cast: An all Chinese cast is imperative.
  • Eddie Murphy should reprise Mushu, if they bring him back. Excepton.
  • NO CRICKET.
  • Real horse for Khan but animate Khan’s expressions though.
  • I think Ming Na Wen should play Mulan’s mother, as she was the original Mulan voice.
Music: The music needs to be amazing.
  • “Make a Man Out of You” should actually be in the film.
  • “Reflection” could be instrumental in that scene, or be internal instead of outright sung.
The Villain: They should do a bit more with him because that dude is one of the “weaker” Disney villains. Very forgettable.
Mulan could be epic. Just imagine that avalanche scene in IMAX or even the scene where Mulan uses the fireworks to blow up the villain. I think it could work if they give it lots of care.
The Lion King

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It’ll be given the same treatment as The Jungle Book, which is fine with me.
The cast: Black actors. Do not ignore African actors.
  • Bring back James Earl Jones, Mufasa must be James Earl Jones
    • However, I will not be opposed to Samuel E. Wright voicing him. He was the Original Broadway Mufasa. Fun fact: he also voiced Sebastian in The Little Mermaid.
  • Heather Hedley could be Sarabi (Nala from original broadway cast).
  • Jeremy Irons should reprise his role as Scar, he would be an exception lol.
I think it would be nice to show Simba’s teenage years with Timon and Pumba.
Music: The Lion King has some of the most iconic music, and only three of them are technically sung by characters in the film.
  • “Just Can’t Wait to Be King” should be sung by young Simba.
  • “Hakuna Matata” obviously, though I was never a huge fan of that song.
  • “Be Prepared” I think that would be a cool scene.
I would like for some of the Broadway songs to be added:
  • “Endless Night” is such a beautiful song. I think that song could be part of the soundtrack, Simba doesn’t have to actually sing it, it could be an internal song.
  • “Shadowland” is great song for Nala and a nice introduction to her adult character.
  • “They Live In You” and “He Lives In You”
    • It’s been a while since I’ve seen the animated film, but perhaps the instrumentals of these songs are sort of there.
Thoughts on Rafiki: I am not against Rafiki being male in the movie, but I wouldn’t mind a woman like in the show and she can lead “Circle of Life”. We don’t have to see Rafiki singing it but the actress could sing it. I think it could be great! I’m excited lol.
Aladdin

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My third favorite Disney animated film.
Cast: People of color. That’s it. As the location is based on a few different places, it’s hard to say so just people of color.
  • Iago shouldn’t talk if in the live action film.
  • Abu didn’t really talk but he shouldn’t either (think the monkey from Night at the Museum).
  • Rajah should also be there, as I read that tigers (and monkeys) are a large population in Agra India.
Agrabah is based off Baghdad, Iraq and Agra, India. The Sultan’s palace is based off of the Taj Mahal.
The Genie: I think this would be a challenge as Robin Williams has passed and he was iconic in this role. I’m not sure how he would be handled. They shoud look at some genie or jinn mythology
  • A physical person, use technology to help his appearence, but I don’t think he should look exactly like his cartoon counter part.
  • They shouldn’t try to copy Williams’ performance with someone else as most of his lines were improvised and that version was written with Williams in mind.
  • “Friend Like Me” is hard to replicate without Robin Williams, as well as that particular version’s energy, comedic timing etc… but if approached different might be okay. Otherwise, leave it out. Or look, at the Broadway show for ideas.
The live action Aladdin could have an “epic” feel to it too. Give a chance for more story telling, character expansion, especially for Jasmine.
  • Explore Aladdin’s life a bit more before meeting the genie.
  • The Cave of Wonders could be kind of scary in certain aspects.
  • Aladdin and Jasmine should have a few more meetings before they decide they’re in love.
  • I think the final showdown between Aladdin and Jafar should be a bit more involved.
    • It’s great in the film of course, but let the people do some stunts!
Music:
  • Aladdin doesn’t have to sing “One Jump”, it can just play in the beginning, just to prevent from being too cheesy and too “musical”.
  • “A Million Miles Away” is a song from the show, it’s during the scene in Aladdin’s apartment after they meet in the marketplace. It’s such a great and sweet song, gives insight into both characters.
  • “A Whole New World” can stay in the same spot. Bring it!!
The Little Mermaid

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My favorite and I will be totally critical of this one, so critical. There is a version in works with Chloe Grace Moretz attached, but to be clear, her version is based on Hans Christian Anderson’s book, not the Disney film, which is why she will keep her blonde hair and her name will not be Ariel. While the Disney film is based from the book, the live action DISNEY remake will be on their own movie, not the book. So, just like with Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman, there will be two The Little Mermaid movies.
Music: It’s such a big part of the movie and I think it should stay.
  • “Part of Your World” may be a challenge as it’s an underwater scene. It should remain in the movie but be handled carefully.
  • “Poor Unforntuate Souls” is the same, a great song and scene.
I think this one would require a ton of care due to the nature of the film. It’s not like mermaids can’t be done, we’ve see it, in Splash, Aquamarine, Hook, The Thirteenth Year, Peter Pan (2003), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and H20: Just Add Water, just to name a few. They all looked good in their respective movies and different, only thing would be with the talking underwater. Obviously, they wouldn’t really be talking underwater, but it’s just making sure it looks believable. So we’ll just have to see with this one.
So these are my thoughts, at the moment, on these Disney live action remakes. Considering what we have, I’m optimistic about what’s to come. I truly believe Beauty and the Beast will be wonderful and I think the others will be too, just as long as Disney takes my suggestions lol. Just kidding, but no seriously. I’m excited to see what they do with these upcoming films, I can’t wait to start pictures and I can’t wait for Beauty and the Beast.
Below are some links to songs I want to be included. Enjoy them, they’re all beautiful.

Aladdin: A Million Miles Away

The Lion King

“Endless Night” sung by Jason Raize (RIP).

“Shadowland” sung by Heather Headley.

“They Live In You/Reprise” Samuel E. Wright is Mufasa in this video and Rafiki is a woman here.