Showing posts with label Movie Monday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Movie Monday. Show all posts

19 October 2015

{Author Guest Post} Amy Lukavics Lists Her Top Ten Favorite Horror Movie Scenes

By: Me My Shelf And I | 19 October 2015 at 12:52 AM | | | | | | 1 Comment so far

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In case your unaware and have missed my near constant chatter about Amy Lukavics and her frightenly amazing debut, DAUGHTER UNTO DEVILS – let me assure you she is the perfect person to list off Top 10 Best Horror Movie Scenes…ever!

Today on the 19th day of 31 days of Halloween on MMSAI, Amy is taking over. So get comfy, and turn off all the lights – it's time to get scary!


1) Pet Sematary—Zelda's Gonna Get You

Perhaps one of the most chilling scenes in this movie is when Rachel discovers her dead sister, Zelda, waiting for her in the back bedroom of her neighbor's house. “I'm coming for you, Rachel,” Zelda croons. “Except this time.....I'll get you.” BRB, need to curl into the fetal position for a little bit...

Go to 3:48 in the video to see it yourself:

2) A Nightmare on Elm Street—Geyser of Blood

This is one of the most legendary scenes in the entire franchise, and for good reason. Poor, poor Johnny Depp. (But what a beautiful shot!)

03 August 2015

{Movie Monday} Review: Poltergeist

By: Me My Shelf And I | 03 August 2015 at 5:08 AM | | | Be the first to comment!

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I'm of the mind set that things that have already been made, should just be left alone.

It's a epidemic lately, all the great movies from the 80's that Hollywood is digging their claws into, and redoing.  Since Poltergeist was one of my favorite movies as a kid, (yes I had a rather strange childhood, what of it?) I knew I had to see this 2015 version regardless of weather or not it was going to be amazing.

Now, you would think that when it comes to something as terrifying as Poltergeist 1982  was, they would be able to amp up the scare factors and make it even better with all this new technology. Sadly, all they did was give you a few extra jump scares. They take a few scenes that screwed me up as a kid and gave them a face lift, changing the maggots in the sink to worms – and the ghost hunter tech who gets bit in the side has a run in with a drill instead. Both were nice touches that made it it's own, with out messing with the general feel and things that I was hoping to see.

What really threw me was the "new" Tangina. She's now a six foot Irish man with his own ghost hunting TV show. Don't get me wrong, it's not like I thought that Zelda Rubenstein was going to pop up, but she's one of those things that makes it Poltergeist  for me. Actually, you know what I think if they had tried to copy her in any fashion, I might have gotten violent…you just don't mess with a legend.

All in all I liked the chemistry between the characters, there is humor where you would otherwise think there wouldn't be, and that made it more enjoyable, just enough of pay homage to the original to make it comfortable – but really I have to go firm with there wasn't a real reason to remake this classic.

The Final Word: Enjoyable enough to watch, but I won't likely watch it again. Still think the original is scarier. Let's hope the cast of this new version fairs better than the cast of the original. (And no, I have no relation to the Sweeney that killed actress Dominique Dunne….)

28 April 2014

{Movie Monday} Review The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

By: Me My Shelf And I | 28 April 2014 at 10:05 AM | | | | | | 1 Comment so far

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Check out my review of Ben Stiller's latest flick – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty!

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Starring: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wigg, Jon Daly and
DVD/BluRay Release Date: April 1st, 2014

A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

Who doesn't find themselves day dreaming about bigger, better or more interesting things? Walter Mitty is extraordinary in that we don't just see him day dream, we see his day dreams.

Stuck in the photo archives of TIME magazine, Walter has lived 16 years of his life through the  photos that pass over his desk, but when a very important piece of film (yes, some photographers actually still use film!) is missing, Walter has no choice but to track down the photographer half way across the world to figure out where the negative ended up.

This tale of stepping outside your comfort zone in the biggest way possible and living the dreams you once had is inspiring and beautiful. Complete with the humor you would expect from Stiller and Wigg, Walter Mitty is a must see and a must read!

From Wikipedia:

"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (1939) is a short story by James Thurber. The most famous of Thurber's stories,[1] it first appeared in The New Yorker on March 18, 1939, and was first collected in his book My World and Welcome to It (Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1942).[2] It has since been reprinted in James Thurber: Writings and Drawings (The Library of America, 1996, ISBN 1-883011-22-1), is available on-line on the New Yorkers's website,[3] and is one of the most frequently anthologized short stories in American literature.

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What's the most frequent day dream you have?

Walter Mitty gets a sold 4 Bird rating from me! If you've not yet seen it – you need to remedy that ASAP!

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Amber

Thank you to my friends at @FoxHomeEnt for the review copy!

14 April 2014

Casting News. Casting Questions

By: Me My Shelf And I | 14 April 2014 at 8:09 AM | | 2 Comments so far

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Should someone who doesn't really like YA books, play the beloved parts of our characters in the movies?

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Two totally different books, from two totally different authors. Both being made into a movie and both starring Chole Grace Moretz (apologies for not knowing how to put the dots above the 'e' in your name, Chole)

Moretz seems to be the new Book To Movie IT Girl. First with Stephen King's 2013 adaptation/remake of Carrie (which also starred Ansel Elgort…this info will come in handy later) Then she's of course playing Mia Hall in Gayle Forman's IF I STAY movie adaptation:

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And now  news has been released that she's accepted the main role in Rick Yancey's THE 5th WAVE movie adaptation.

Now, I quite like Moretz. I don't recall a movie I've seen her in where her acting ability hasn't blown me away. Even being wary of another Carrie remake, I loved that she made that role her own. She's a great actor, there's no question about it. But Moretz was quoted saying something that might be a little unnerving to fans of YA. And while it could have been said in the heat of the moment, or because she was bummed out that she wasn't getting the new lead roles from the YA Book to movie adaptations – who knows. The point is she did say it, and I want you to tell me what you think about it:

And while the actress didn't previously have a whole lot of love for the YA label — she recently told Entertainment Weekly that she sees young adult fiction as unserious and lacking in depth…*

Q: Are you still excited about Moretz filming 2 YA book to movie roles, even knowing where she stood on the genre of books?

Q: Is this just a case of her needing to find that right book to change her mind, do you think?

Let me know your thoughts on those in the comments! But before you go, I have one more thing to note…has any one else noticed that Hollywood seems to keep using the same actors over, mostly I the Book to Movie adaptations…

Miles Teller – The Spectacular Now, Footloose, Divergent.
Shailene Woodly – The Spectacular Now, Divergent, TFioS
Chloe Grace Moretz – If I stay, The 5th Wave, Carrie
Ansel Elgort – Carrie, TFioS, Divergent,

I have no issue with Hollywood putting the best and brightest out there for movies. The right person always seems to get the role, despite what I feel about it at casting time.

What I AM SAYING is that after awhile, I'm going to start getting bored watching the same 4 people play roles over and over.

Q: Do you feel like this too? Or are could you be happy if these 4 did all the roles for the rest of time?

Amber

*Quote source, MTV.com

24 March 2014

{Movie Monday} Ernest & Celestine Giveaway

By: Me My Shelf And I | 24 March 2014 at 12:21 AM | | | | Be the first to comment!

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Featuring the voices of Forest Whitaker, Paul Giamatti, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman and William H. Macy, Ernest & Celestine tells the story of a mouse named Celestine, an artist and a dreamer who forms an unlikely bond with a street musician bear named Ernest. The movie plays like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, and has been a huge hit with kids and parents alike. You can watch the trailer and find theater listings here: http://ernestandcelestine.com/

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17 March 2014

{Movie Monday} The Maze Runner Movie Poster

By: Me My Shelf And I | 17 March 2014 at 9:44 AM | | 3 Comments so far

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Today's is The Maze Runner movie trailer release day. It's not out until later tonight, during Teen Wolf on MTV – but until then check out the first official movie poster and gif from the trailer released by MTV! *squee*

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03 March 2014

{Movie Monday} Review: The Bling Ring

By: Me My Shelf And I | 03 March 2014 at 12:01 AM | | | | | 4 Comments so far

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I finally caught up and watched THE BLING RING! And man, how did I miss all the DRAMA surrounding it’s creation?

Quick reminder – THE BLING RING book was written (based on true events) by Nancy Jo Sales and published May 2013 by IT Books. The movie, based off the book, was directed by Sophia Coppala and stared Emma Watson and came out only a month after the book!

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So first things first. This really happened – more or less. The kids portrayed in the movie really did break into celebrity homes, steal their belongings and sell them or keep them to wear themselves. This wasn’t a one time thing – this stretched over about a year in ‘08-‘09, and resulted in a total of 3 million dollars worth of stolen goods from the likes of Paris Hilton, Audrina Patridge, Orlando Bloom and more.

I went into the movie, not having read the book and having no real prior knowledge about these kids, their lives or even the court cases against each of them. Yea, I saw it on the news in passing when it happened – but the rich being robbed, I don’t mean to sound heartless but I just didn’t care at the time.

This is very much an Independent Film. You know, the kind of film that the really cultured have an appreciation for but the majority of the world look at with a slight head tilt trying to figure out what they are missing. The acting, or “monotone-emotionless-line-reading” as it would more accurately be described as, drove me up the wall. Emma Watson’s character Nicki was especially horrid, the forced American accent was painful to listen to. Thankfully I actually sought out an interview with the girl who Emma was supposed to be portraying mid-way through the movie that helped me understand why the overly dramatic valley girl tone was even attempted. It made things easier to swallow for the rest of the film.

I was entertained enough as I have a soft spot for “True Stories”. Once I am done with the movie I tend to obsess a bit and hunt down all the info. The “where are they now” shots. Who’s still in jail – you know, all the good stuff. Well, guess what I found out…

1. The officer (in the movie he’s the actual guy who hauls Emma Watsons character out

of her house) got in HUGE trouble for consulting with Nancy Jo and Sophia because the case was still under investigation when he was handing out information.

2. Because of that, everyone involved got reduced sentences. The judge actually told the kids they should thank him, because of his bad choice they were getting off lighter.

3. Paris Hilton, though one of the victims in this case, was not only in the movie but offered up her house as a filming location. That girl will do anything for  role I a movie, and her house…well let’s just say it’s so not what I expected. At least I now know where she hides everything…lol

4. One of the items taken from Audrina Patridge’s house was her grandmothers engagement ring. Even though a lot of the items were recovered and returned to their owners, sadly this piece was not.

All in all I’m glad I watched the movie – but I’m not necessarily sure I’m okay with the way it and the book came to be. It was just negligent and selfish of the detective to divulge classified information for a 45 second role in a move and a book written about one of his cases. Thankfully this wasn’t a capitol murder chase!!  Nancy Jo as a reporter/magazine  article writer clearly would have known what he was doing was wrong. I’m just really dumbfounded by the series of events that took place incorrectly and yet this book and movie still came to be.

Have you seen THE BLING RING? What did you think?

NewAmber

24 February 2014

{Movie Monday} Coming SOon…

By: Me My Shelf And I | 24 February 2014 at 12:01 AM | | | 2 Comments so far

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Last Movie Monday I talked about books that became movies before I even knew they were books. This week let’s take a look at what’s coming to the big screen from the page. Some you’ll know, some you may already have tickets for in fact…others are just starting production and might surprise you!

In no particular order, just to keep it interesting (I’m weird like that)….

The Maze Runner

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With a slight set back in release, James Dashner assures us it’s for the best. Hey, when the studio throws more money at you to make even better that it already was, you don’t argue! I don’t know about you, but this is my most anticipated movie of 2014 and I can barely contain myself waiting for it.  I might have a wee crush on Dylan O’Brien that doesn’t help the anticipation…and by wee, I mean HUGE (of course!)
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STATUS: Pre-Production

The IMDb page was updated on the 14th of February, but we all know how that can sometimes be wrong. Regardless, everyone’s favorite childhood creep-fest books are coming to the big screen and if the page is to be believed, looks like Jack Black will be apart of things! Awesome!!

 

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

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STATUS: Hits theaters June 6, 2014

Unless you’ve been hiding under some rock, or just go out of your way to avoid amazing books – you know that TFioS is hitting the big screen. With Ansel Elgort playing Gus and Shailene Woodley playing Hazel, this is bound to be the movie adaptation of a life time. Author John Green, as apparent by his Instagram and various other social media outlets, has had quite a bit to do with the movie and assures us we will love it. And when have we ever not been able to trust John Green?  IMDb

 

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK

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STATUS: Precise status is unknown

It’s Neil Gaiman – who need solid answers as long as we know this could be happening? Am I right? Okay so solid answers wouldn't hurt. According to the IMDb page, Ron Howard (!!!) is set to direct and that makes me extra happy! There is no cast or even production status listed but we’ll let you know if we see that change!

 

 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

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STATUS: In Production

According to Hypable, not only is this fan favorite book coming to the big screen with all it’s creepy goodness – Tim Burton is slated to direct. I’m pretty sure that the universe is going to collapse in on itself with the amount of amazing just in this tiny paragraph!

With a release date listed simply as 2015 on the IMDb page, I know we are all waiting on bated breath for the first hint of casting + movie stills!

 

10 February 2014

{Movie Monday} Before I knew They were A Book!

By: Me My Shelf And I | 10 February 2014 at 12:47 AM | | | 1 Comment so far

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Welcome to the first ever Movie Monday here on MMSAI!

Movies are becoming a HUGE part of the book world, what with nearly every single one of our beloved books becoming one! Movie Monday is going to be a weekly feature I do that will talk about what’s coming up, what’s new, what I watched – basically anything and everything to do with movies! Sometimes, they might not even have anything to do with a book….*gasp*

So – to kick things off, I thought it would be fun to discuss the books that became movies before it was such a huge trend. Now, I saw ALL these movies before I knew they were books. I hate that I , even with out knowing it, broke my read it before you see it rule. And I’m actually ashamed to admit that I didn’t know some of these were books…

I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER (1997)

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Based on: "I know What You Did Last Summer," a 1973 novel by Lois Duncan
Premise: A group of teens hit and supposedly kill a man one summer on a deserted road, covering it up and promising not to speak of it. The next summer, they are terrorized by a man with a hook, and it starts with a note stating, "I know what you did last summer."
Who's who: Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt), Ray (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Helen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Barry (Ryan Phillippe), with Brandy, Mekhi Phifer and Matthew Settle joining in the first sequel. The direct-to-DVD third film had none of the same actors.
Box office: The films took in $72.6 million domestically for the original and $40 million for the sequel.

THE PRINCESS DIARIES (2001)

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Based on: "The Princess Diaries" series by Meg Cabot
Premise: When an average girl discovers she is a princess from the country of Geneva, her entire life turns around. Throughout the process, she realizes life's problems don't just disappear when one is royalty.
Who's who: Anne Hathaway as Mia Thermopolis, Julie Andrews as Queen Clarisse Renaldi, Heather Matarazzo as Lilly Moscovitz.
Box office: "The Princess Diaries" film grossed $165 million worldwide and took in $134 million worldwide for "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement."

CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN (2004)

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Based on: "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" by Dyan Sheldon
Premise: The dreams of an aspiring teenage actress are shattered when she and her family move from New York City to the suburbs in New Jersey. She stops at nothing to land the leading role in her high school's play. And when she does, she learns to fend off the jealous popular girls at school.
Who's who: Lindsay Lohan plays Mary Elizabeth "Lola" Cep, Alison Pill is Ella Gerard and Megan Fox is Carla Santini.
Box office: "Confessions of a Teenage Dream" wasn't welcomed with open arms by film critics, but it grossed $9.3 million in its opening weekend, and generated $33 million worldwide.

NICK AND NORAH’S INFINATE PLAYLIST (2008)

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Based on: "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Premise: A heartbroken band member falls in love all over again when a girl he meets one night asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend for five minutes. Their relationship lasts a lot longer than they expected.
Who's who: Kat Dennings plays Norah Silverberg; Michael Cera is Nick O'Leary.
Box office: "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. The romantic comedy grossed $33 million worldwide.

CITY OF EMBER (2008)

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Based on:"The City of Ember" by Jeanne DuPrau
Premise:The four "Books of Ember" tell the story of a city where there's no light at all unless the electricity is on -- and the electricity is beginning to fail. In the movie, a teen boy and girl embark on an adventure to help the city and unravel a mystery.
Who's who:Saoirse Ronan is Lina Mayfleet and Harry Treadaway is Doon Harrow.
Box office:The film scraped in $7.9 million at the theater.

THE LOVELY BONES (2009)

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Based on: "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold
Premise: A teenage girl has been raped and murdered, but she watches from the beyond as the people in her life try to keep going. She also tries to steer her friend in the right direction to find the killer and her body.
Who's who: Saoirse Ronan stars as Susie Salmon, Mark Wahlberg as Jack Salmon, Rachel Weisz as Abigail Salmon and Rose McIver as Lindsey Salmon.
Box office: The film grossed $44 million.

 

Of course we can’t forget things like HARRY POTTER and TWILIGHT,  but I figure those are still fresh enough in your mind, that I didn’t need to throw them in here..and I did know those were books before they were movies.

What book (listed here or not) were you shocked to find out was a book before it was a movie? Leave me a note in the comments!

NewAmber

Thank you LA TIMES for the info on this piece. For more books to movies, follow this link to the original post on the LA Times HERE

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