Originally posted on Simply Film:
I’m behind the times—it’s true. To such a degree, in fact, that I’m using this (tentative) return from hiatus to talk about a movie that isn’t even in theaters any more. So, Focus, and the question that’s on everyone’s minds: can Will Smith bounce back from the two consecutive train wrecks that were After Earth and Winter’s Tale? Let’s find out!
Focus bills itself as a “romantic dark comedy” and comes to us from long-time writing/directing partners John Requa and Glenn Ficarra. The duo got their start writing for Nickelodeon and, since then, have built a résumé consisting of hits like Cats & Dogs (2001), Bad Santa (2003), that remake of Bad News Bears a few years ago, and I Love You, Philip Morris (2009). Interestingly, Requa’s most profitable enterprise to date was the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love in 2011, which he directed but did not write.
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Originally posted on Dave's Strange World:
Many people of my generation wax rhapsodic about their experience seeing “Star Wars” for the first time in the summer of 1977 on a big screen. I’m not going to deny how amazing that was. But for me, as a 33-degree comedy nerd, “National Lampoon’s Animal House” was my holy grail back when I was an impressionable pre-teenager. Let me explain the difference: “Star Wars” was PG-rated, so you could easily buy a ticket as an 8-year old and get in. “Animal House” was R-rated, which meant that you could only see it if you could sneak in, or be accompanied by an irresponsible adult. Please remember this was a time before HBO and other “uncensored” movie channels were a common phenomenon for most households.
The first time I was aware of “Animal House” was when I saw a full-page ad for it in the Washington Post, during the summer…
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Originally posted on Not What You Might Think:
Apr. 12, 2015 by Darius
I recently saw the film The Good Lie. It’s a Hollywoodized version of the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan.
The film follows a group of Sudanese children, Theo, Mamere, Jeremiah, Abital, and Paul, as they are forced to flee from their home villages in Bahr el-Ghazal, now northwestern South Sudan, and walk hundreds of miles to Ethiopia then, ultimately, Kenya. Later, the group is chosen for resettlement in the US as part of the Lost Boys program. They must adapt to an entirely new way of life and the unique challenges of building new lives while maintaining their identities.
Probably due to its Hollywood origin, The Good Lie tones down, glosses over, or eliminates entirely many of the harshest parts of the story of the Lost Boys, both in Africa and America. As a result, The Good Lie loses some credibility.
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Originally posted on Beautiful Equality:
Hi friends! I mentioned before that I’m a senior in college and I’m studying film and media. Well, my college days are numbered because in about 5 weeks, I’ll be graduating to the “Adult World.” Fortunately for me, I’ve been living off campus for about a year now, so apart from not going to class anymore, not a whole lot will change for me. Except that I’ll be losing my on-campus job and unfortunately for me, I have had zero luck finding a new one.
I have to admit, I should’ve stuck with Biology and Pre-med and become a surgeon like I had always planned because then I would know exactly what I was doing after graduation. But something came over me Sophomore year and I just couldn’t do it. I suddenly felt suffocated and stifled so I switched my major like 18,193,942 times and ended up on film, which has always…
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by: S. Scott Stanikmas
All eyes are on Avengers: Age of Ultron and the record-breaking opening weekend that everyone is predicting. I’m definitely looking forward to it and to the end of Phase Two that comes with Ant-Man in July. And with the end of Phase Two comes the beginning of Phase Three.
Recently /film sat down with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige to get some updates on the upcoming slate of films. Some of these updates are the usual runaround while others are a little more substantial.
“Thor 3 is being scripted right now and I think we get a draft soon. Particularly [Chris] Hemsworth is hounding me during this junket so I’m going to push the writers [Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost] to hurry.”
“Black Panther same thing. I have some director meetings set in the next few weeks once [Avengers: Age…
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