Sunday, October 14, 2018

Ranking The A Star Is Born Remakes

Ranking The A Star Is Born Remakes
The love between two artists surrounded by fame and loss of it is a quintessential theme in cinema. But there might be no other longstanding story in Tinseltown than that of A Star Is Born: the tragic romance of a young starlet who is discovered by a legendary veteran; as the newbie's star ascends to the top, the other one falls. With the massive attention and love director Bradley Cooper's version is bringing to the older renditions, I thought it's the perfect time to revisit the series and rank them - this list is ordered from least favorite to favorite. Which A Star Is Born film is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

First Man (2018) Shoots for the Moon But Misses

First Man movie review
Universal Pictures
Most are probably familiar with Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 mission: the space race between the U.S. and Soviet Union, the "one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind" quote, the iconic photo of Neil's footprints on the moon. Here for First Man, director Damien Chazelle explores a deeper, not widely known story, behind one of humankind’s biggest achievements.

Following the death of their toddler Karen, Neil (Ryan Gosling) and his family gradually set a course for him through trial and error to chart the famous Apollo 11 mission. While working his way up as a pilot and surviving the Gemini missions to landing on the moon, Armstrong’s eyes are so strongly set on the stars to deal with his grief, his relationship with wife Janet (Claire Foy) and their two sons starts falling apart at the seams.

One can’t have a biopic about Neil Armstrong without the Apollo 11, and vice versa. To tackle such an elusive figure with monumental events, it’s a real balancing act for any director to want to tell both stories. There's no question that Chazelle wanted to explore Armstrong's side of the events. However in focusing the film almost entirely from his perspective, the overall journey to the moon leaves a lot to be desired. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Let's Go To There: Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Halloween Horror Nights 2018 Universal Orlando
Every autumn Universal Studios Florida and Hollywood transforms its theme parks under the cover of darkness into scare zones and themed houses. This year, Stranger Things, Poltergeist, Halloween 4, and The Purge were just some of the iconic movies and shows to arrive at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort.

To be honest, I'm not an avid horror fan, but I like the occasional scare. When my sister and I saw the line-up of houses for this year's HHN, we cast our fears aside to celebrate Halloween a little differently this year. Because it caters to all kinds of fans (mostly 18+) who love to get more than a little freaked out, the event turned out to be perfect for me and my sister to attend.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

20 Epic Moments From Doctor Who's The Woman Who Fell to Earth

The Thirteenth Doctor has arrived! After Peter Capaldi's three-year run as the twelveth time lord, the sonic screwdriver was finally passed onto Jodie Whittaker to take his place. As the thirteenth doctor making her debut in the premiere episode The Woman Who Fell To Earth, the initial adventure with the new regenerated character was filled with epic moments and create an amazing debut for the first female Doctor.

This post contains spoilers for Doctor Who's The Woman Who Fell To Earth.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Fourth's Time The Charm for A Star Is Born (2018)

a star is born 2018 movie review
Warner Bros Pictures
Every twenty years Hollywood has reinvented A Star Is Born, a seemingly timeless story where a veteran star’s fame declines as he falls in love with a newcomer who rises to the top. From earning standing ovations at film festivals around the world to epic word-of-mouth on social media, director Bradley Cooper and his co-star Lady Gaga has earned acclaim for his directorial debut with the reboot of a tragic Hollywood fairytale. With so much hype surrounding the musical-drama-romance, the fourth A Star Is Born remake not only lives up to the hype but worth all its weight in gold and then-some.

I don't consider this review full of spoilers, but if you're not familiar with the full A Star Is Born plot, it might be spoilerish. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Stars I Love: Dakota Johnson

Dakota-Johnson Nino-Muñoz Glamour UK March-2017
At first glance, Dakota Johnson has become easily recognizable as the face of Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, and being the granddaughter to Hollywood legend Tippi Hedren and daughter to Melanie Griffith. Though these are pretty easy facts to Google about her skyrocket to stardom over the past few years, Johnson has managed to take Hollywood by storm on her own terms, in ways that almost defy expectations.

Despite her direct connection to Tinseltown through her family, Johnson got her start in movies and tv like other up-and-coming actresses. Working up the ladder, she posed in Got Milk? commercials as a child alongside her mother and siblings to later becoming an awards presenter (aka Miss Golden Globe) at the Golden Globes Awards. After failing to get into Juliard with a Radiohead-inspired audition, she started earning small parts in movies of different genres. From the Academy-Award nominated The Social Network to rom-coms like Date and Switch and The Five Year Engagement (she even had a stint on The Office in its eleventh hour), she created a small variety of characters to show off her comedic and dramatic side.

And then came the role of a lifetime....

Friday, September 28, 2018

Why It's Okay to Have All The Feels About the New Potterdom

Based on all of my blog posts and even my other blog (shameless plug), this doesn't need to be admitted. But I'm a huge Harry Potter fan. I live and breathe this series, and because of my devotion to this world that has given me so much love, understanding, and escape, I don’t have the emotional range of a teaspoon when it comes to this fandom. So much so, that when the series was supposed to end via Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in 2011, it was a rough road to closure and acceptance that there wouldn't be a new story to explore in J.K. Rowling's universe.

And then, the dawn of a new Potterdom arrived. It all started up again seven years ago with the interactive Pottermore site (RIP) and the possibility of spin-offs to expand the universe with Fantastic Beasts and Cursed Child came to fruition. As exciting revelations of the wizarding world unfolded, it also invited controversies that left fans baffled and disappointed; incidents from casting to confusing developments in worldbuilding that have made me question: Does the new canon add anything to the story we love? Can we support Fantastic Beasts with victim shaming? As additions has grown, my feelings bounce between reawakened excitement and cringe-worthy confusion. My emotional range has reached cauldron-sized proportions, and to be honest, not all of them are good. This post contains spoilers for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.