Movie Reel ` Pitch Perfect

SUMMARY
Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school’s all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Brittany Snow, and Rebel Wilson
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 112 min (1 hour, 52 min)

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[Fantastic Five Friday] Holiday Movies.


inspired by Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday

Here is how it works: It’ll be a weekly meme here at The Weekly Enthusiast. Each week I’ll post a new Fantastic Five list that I will answer here. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join, whether you have a TV/Film blog, book blog, personal blog. All I ask is that you link back to The Weekly Enthusiast on your own Fantastic Five list and comment on this post so that everyone can check out the other bloggers lists.

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“Shall We Begin?” — Star Trek: Into the Darkness Teaser Trailer

Deep breath. In and out. In and out. If you can handle the awesomeness that was The Avengers trailers, you can handle this trailer.

Truthfully, I wasn’t the biggest diehard fan of the Star Trek franchise. I’ve always been more of a Star Wars fan in the battle of the fandoms. However, I have never diminished what a fantastic franchise this is. With the 2009 reboot of the franchise, I was skeptical. But when the cast was announced I was bit more okay with it. Blame it on my adoration for Chris Pine, but he was the primary draw for me. Zachary Quinto was a close second.

The new installment of this series looks like nothing short of amazing. Aside from bringing back it’s amazing cast, they’re adding to the amazing by casting Sherlock Holmes Benedict Cumberbatch. Though it’s still just rumored who exactly he’ll be playing, seeing his work in Sherlock removes any doubts I may have had in my mind about the quality of the sequel.

According to IMDB, he’s playing Khan. Personally, I think that’d be amazing.

Favorite Parts of the Trailer
– The lack of lens flares. Don’t get me wrong, I think a good lens flare is awesome, but if you watch the 2009 Star Trek, the amount of lens flares they add takes away from the actual movie. I’m hoping this movie, there aren’t a ton of them.
– The introduction of Benedict’s character. I sort of love when the villian is narrating through the trailer. It almost makes you think they have a chance. Almost.
-The Chris Pine-y-ness of it all. Seriously. This guy is so awesome.

I feel like this trailer did pretty good at it’s job of teasing us. It gave us just a little dose of what’s to come while still keeping it’s mystery.

Star Trek: Into the Darkness comes to theaters May 17th 2013. Are you excited to see it?

Rewind ` What A Girl Wants


This is a new feature I’ll be doing every once and while. Have you ever had a movie that you remember loving, then you watch it years later and look at it completely different? That’s what this is going to be. I’ll be watching movies that I haven’t seen in at least a year (or that I can’t remember the last time I watched it), and comparing my remembrance of it to what I thought about it afterwards.

What A Girl Wants

Starring: Amanda Bynes & Colin Firth
Rating: PG
Release Date: April 3, 2003

SUMMARY
An American teenager learns that her father is a wealthy British politician running for office. Although she is eager to find him, she realizes it could cause a scandal and cost him the election.

Thoughts Before
Really my main remembrance of this movie is the fact that it has Colin Firth in it. Also that this was a movie that hit incredibly close to home. As someone who was raised by a single parent I identified with Daphne’s character wanting to find the missing link in her family. More than anything I think my attachment to the story made me love this movie. I remember loving the Daphne character, and watching her put her own spin on everything made this movie completely worth watching.

I’m pretty sure this was one of the first on DVD commentaries I ever listened to.

Thoughts After
I actually forgot how much I enjoy this movie. As I watched it, my attachment to Daphne and her storyline with her dad never moved. One thing I noticed different was that I was more interested in the Daphne&Henry relationship, than the Daphne & Ian relationship.

Ian was a great addition to the cast, but I think that even if they hadn’t given Daphne a love interest, it still would have been a really good movie.

Rewatchablility
Excellent. I think it does a great job holding your attention even if you seen it before, and that the message continues to hold true whether you watch it once, or fifty times.

Would you watch it more than once a year?
This was one of those movies that has stayed on my shelf through all of my moves. Though I hadn’t watched it in ages, I could never bring myself to get rid of it. So I would say Yes, this movie is one I would (and should) watch more than once a year.

Movie Reel` The Hunger Games


Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Stanley Tucci.
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 142 min (2hr 22 min)

SUMMARY
Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match.

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[Fantastic Five Friday] Five Favorite Movie Scores


inspired by Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday

Here is how it works: It’ll be a weekly meme here at The Weekly Enthusiast. Each week I’ll post a new Fantastic Five list that I will answer here. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join, whether you have a TV/Film blog, book blog, personal blog. All I ask is that you link back to The Weekly Enthusiast on your own Fantastic Five list and comment on this post so that everyone can check out the other bloggers lists.

If you don’t have a blog, leave your answers in the comments and get to know other fellow bloggers.

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Hollywood, we need to have a talk…

Since the recent premiere of Battleship, Hollywood seems to think that anything is up for grabs. Now, I’m not saying sequels or movies based off books are bad things. Usually they can be pretty good. But we have to draw a line somewhere.

After seeing the trailer for Battleship I could do nothing but laugh. I was waiting the whole trailer for someone to scream “YOU SUNK MY BATTLESHIP!!!!” It never happened. I was disappointed. It seems like one of the silliest ideas for a movie ever. Had they named it something different, and not said it was based off the game, I probably wouldn’t have been so critical.

I recently came across an article (that was posted back in 2011), that states the next installment of “Hollywood Has No New Ideas”, is a movie based on the game of Candy Land. That’s right. Candy Land. Excuse me for a moment while I go headdesk myself into forgetting this crazy idea. Now, maybe I’m just wanting to save my childhood memories from being soiled by Hollywood and that’s why I’m pretty much against it, but it seems like a reach. Having a movie based off this game feels like the awkward love child between Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Lord of the Rings. In fact, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger (who were set to be the writers for this movie) told Entertainment Weekly at the time:

“We envision it as Lord of The Rings, but set in a world of candy.”
“We don’t see it as a movie based on a board game, although it has characters from that world and takes the idea of people finding themselves in a world that happens to be made entirely of candy where there are huge battles going on,” Berger says. “We are going for real comedy, real action, and real emotions at stake.”

To which I can only respond with:

Since that article was written, it has come to light that Adam Sandler and his production company, Happy Madison, are now attached. Hopefully, Sandler doesn’t have that high of a bar set for this movie. He and his production company have yet to say what their plans are for this movie.

But my real question is: Where do we draw the line? What’s next? Chutes and Ladders, a movie where a group of people are trying to escape a terrorist by climbing up building stairs, when suddenly someone falls down a ventilation shaft and is back where they started? Just because something can be made into a movie, doesn’t mean that it should be.

“One does not simply walk into Candy Castle. Its licorice gates are guarded by more than just gingerbread men. There is are sweets there that do not sleep, and King Kandy is ever watchful. It is an icing wasteland, riddled with lollipops and chocolate and frosting, the very air you breathe is a sugary fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this. It is folly.” … I’d apologize for this…but it was begging to be done.

Movie Reel ` The Avengers

SUMMARY
Nick Fury is director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency. The agency is a who’s who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster. (from IMDB)

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