films about journeys

Moana Had Brothers?! Meet 'em in Exclusive Deleted Scene From Disney's Animated Blockbuster

How far did Moana go from the initial drawing-board version? Fans who snapped up $565 million worth of tickets worldwide might not recognize the story of the plucky teen wayfarer as originally conceived.

With the Oscar-contending animated hit heading home (the Digital HD version arrives Tuesday while the Blu-ray/DVD hits shelves on March 7), Yahoo Movies has an exclusive deleted scene (watch it above) that shows how the title heroine evolved as a character.

Related: Lin-Manuel Miranda on His Oscar-Nominated ‘Moana’ Song: ‘You Start By Thinking, Don’t Write “Let It Go” ‘

As they set up the clip, directors Ron Clements (the one with the beard) and John Musker reveal where it originally had fit in the film.

“This is a very early scene in the movie, where Moana had six older brothers,” says Clements, “and this was a showcase for Moana’s sailing proficiencies and how she really kind of outdoes her brothers.”

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“We lost her brothers and wanted to make her less proficient when she was sailing so this scene went away,” adds Musker. “But it’s a fun scene.”

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“The scene went away as did her six older brothers,” says Clements. “Somehow she became an only child and probably is much happier as an only child.”

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The “Lost Brothers” deleted scene is one of seven included on the home edition, along with a Lin-Manuel Miranda tune, “Warrior Face,” that also wound up on the cutting-room floor.

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As Musker and Clements explained earlier to Yahoo Movies, they ultimately decided the film is about Moana’s journey of self-discovery and empowerment and the story was streamlined accordingly. For example, the directors said an early iteration of the story had Maui performing more heroics in the climactic battle, but, after discussing with some female coworkers, the filmmakers realized Moana didn’t need Maui’s help in defeating the vengeful goddess Te Kā. Likewise, the subplot with her battling a half-dozen brothers for the attention of their chieftain father felt superfluous.

Related: Is 2016 the Best Year for Animation Ever?

Disney is notorious for its intense story-vetting process, with many films undergoing radical changes, and Moana is no exception. Musker and Clements, whose joint credits include Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and The Princess and the Frog, told us earlier that the heroine’s breakout sidekick, the daft rooster Heihei, was almost excised from the film because they had trouble figuring out how best to organically fit him in the story.

In addition to the excised scenes and song, the Digital HD and Blu-ray versions of Moana will include the Maui-Moana short “Gone Fishing,” the theatrical short “Inner Workings,” music videos, making-of featurettes, director’s commentary, and a guide to the film’s Easter eggs.

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😏 📌 The golden hat talking back to autism

Oscar Award-winning actress Kate Winslet paired up with Margret and Keli to produce a documentary film about their journey. The team found an organization called Helping Autism Learning Outreach (HALO), where specialists taught Keli other ways to communicate. He now composes beautiful and deeply moving poetry; one poem Keli wrote is called “The Golden Hat,” which describes a magical hat that enables an autistic boy to communicate.

Inspired by Keli’s poem, Winslet developed a way to raise awareness and funds to support autism outreach. Her project asks friends to pass a hat-chosen from Kate’s closet-from one to another, after they’ve each taken a self-portrait wearing it. The list of those photographs includes Johnny Depp, Steven Spielberg, Oprah, Sting, Daniel Craig, and many more. 💞 👏🏼

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Ruth Negga Joins Brad Pitt in 'Ad Astra' (Exclusive)
James Gray's sci-fi epic will also star Tommy Lee Jones.

Oscar-nominated actress Ruth Negga will star with Brad Pitt in New Regency’s Ad Astra, James Gray’s upcoming sci-fi epic.

Tommy Lee Jones also is attached to the project, which is described as an adventure film about one man’s journey across a lawless and unforgiving solar system to find his missing father, a renegade scientist who poses a threat to all of mankind.

Negga’s role is being kept under wraps for now.

Gray will direct the feature film from a script he co-wrote with Ethan Gross. New Regency, 20th Century Fox and Bona Film Group are financing the pic. Fox will distribute in the U.S. and internationally in every market except Greater China, where Bona Film Group will distribute.

Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producing under their Plan B banner with RT Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira, Keep Your Head Productions’ Anthony Katagas and Gray. Mad River’s Marc Butan and RT Features’ Lourenco Sant’Anna and Sophie Mas are executive producing along with Yu Dong, Jeffrey Chan, Anthony Mosawi and Paul Conway.

Ad Astra continues a string of successful film partnerships between New Regency and Plan B, including the Oscar-nominated The Big Short and Oscar winner 12 Years a Slave, as well as director Ryan Coogler’s upcoming feature Wrong Answer, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and starring Michael B. Jordan.

RT Features produced both Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name starring Armie Hammer which Sony Pictures Classics is releasing and Geremy Jasper’s Patti Cake$, which Fox Searchlight is releasing Aug. 18.

Negga, who stars on the AMC series Preacher (the 13-episode second season premiered in June), received a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination for her work in Jeff Nichols’ Loving opposite Joel Edgerton. She is repped by ICM, Principal Entertainment and Markham Froggatt and Irwin.

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The Art of Listening - Music Documentary 2017

The Art of Listening is a documentary film about the journey music takes to reach a listener’s ear, from the intent of an instrument maker and composer, to the producers and engineers who capture and preserve an artist’s voice. This journey is narrated by intimate conversations with artists, engineers and producers about the philosophy of their work and the intent behind each musical note they create.

Featuring a wonderful cadre of artists such as: Kamasi washington, Tycho, Gustavo Santaolalla, Hans Zimmer, Christopher Willits, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Reggie Watts, Hiatus Kaiyote, Kaki King, Steve Vai and more.. 

Swiss Army Man

I will now non-stop praise the new film Swiss Army Man for approximately 1300 words.

Swiss Army Man is about a guy who befriends a corpse which talks to him, has magical powers and helps him survive in the wilderness. It’s a brilliant premise, an idea simple enough to be malleable but unique enough to draw attention. It’s the kind of idea that makes other would-be writers hate themselves for having not come up with it themselves. Or maybe that’s just a personal problem. The dialogue is witty and insightful in equal measure, containing lots of clever in-jokes, callbacks to other pop culture artifacts and sly references to the film itself (like the way the corpse playfully references the film’s title by calling himself the protagonist’s “multi-purpose tool guy”). As it was in The Nice Guys the jokes here can really catch you off guard. The punchlines are never predictable, and their off-kilter nature just makes them land harder most of the time. Overall, this is definitely one of the most original ideas I’ve seen in some time, as well as one of the best scripts I’ve come across this year.

The film revolves around two characters, the alive Hank (Paul Dano) and the dead Manny (Daniel Radcliffe). Both actors are perfectly cast, handling both the script’s comedic and more sentimental moments very effectively. Radcliffe, playing a half-reanimated corpse trying to remember what life was like, has the showier role, and he pulls it off with aplomb, but Dano is every bit as good as the slightly more conventional protagonist. On the surface the film is about the journey these characters undertake on their way back to civilization, but it’s really more about Hank coming to terms with his loneliness and social isolation. Dano sells his emotional transformation beautifully and Radcliffe excels as one of the more likable characters I’ve seen all year. This film would not have worked had the friendship between the characters not felt genuine, but Radcliffe and Dano play off each other so well and the scenes between them are so sweet and heartfelt that you never once doubt their motivations or feelings. These are certainly two of the best performances I’ve seen all year.

Swiss Army Man is the first feature of co-writers/directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, or Daniels as they call themselves. It is incredibly self-assured for a debut, handling its many shifts in tone seamlessly and delivering a very cohesive experience. The cinematography by Larkin Seiple is frequently gorgeous and the editing by Matthew Hannam is fresh and inventive. This film has some killer montages, maybe not Rocky IV good but still quite invigorating, and the nimble editing and creative camerawork do much to hold the viewer’s interest and keep them engaged. Of course that’s all just the icing on the cake. With an idea this wonderful and a cast this talented Daniels could have filmed this movie on my cell phone and still emerged with something special.The fact that it’s beautiful and very skillfully composed just makes it that much easier to recommend. The entire crew taken into account, this is some of the finest filmmaking I’ve seen all year.

As for the score, I’m calling it now: this is the best soundtrack of the year. I’m aware that 2016 is only halfway over and if I’m wrong I’ll admit as much, but I’m pretty sure I’m right. At least as far as my tastes are concerned it’s not going to get any better than this. The film’s music, created by Andy Hull and Robert McDowell of Manchester Orchestra, is almost entirely acapella. Now and then they’ll incorporate a drum kit or a keyboard part and the final track centers around an acoustic guitar, but the huge majority of the sounds here are produced by the human voice, and the effect is striking and beautiful. I loved listening to this music so much during the film that when I got home I took a long walk just so I could listen to it again, and even as an album divorced from the film’s images these tracks really hold up for me. In fact, if this movie didn’t exist and Hull and McDowell had released this record as a standalone side project I would have thought they were lunatics but I would have still really enjoyed it. Most of the songs are brief and wordless, but the few that have lyrics like Montage and River Rocket are even more powerful. I would give anything to tune into the Oscar telecast next year and see Andy Hull singing A Better Way, but I know that won’t happen. If Eddie Vedder couldn’t get a nomination for his more traditional work on Into the Wild I don’t think Hull has much hope with material this odd. However, to my ears this is the finest film music I’ve heard all year.

With a film as unique as this it’s no surprise that attitudes toward it have been divisive. There were a decent amount of walkouts during its Sundance premiere and it currently holds a 65% on Rotten Tomatoes. Go through those negative reviews and about ¾ths of them will at least partially be about farts. Yes, this film has farts. You know what else has farts? Life. In college I took a class on literature of the Romantic period, and one of the major things I took away from that class was the fact that many males of that time believed that upper-class women did not poop. They were too beautiful and proper and composed for that. Then when these noblemen got married they realized to their horror that women did in fact poop and sweat and look different without their makeup on. Look at how far we’ve come. Everybody on Earth farts, and yet we still cannot show farts in a film without it immediately being branded as juvenile and lowbrow and dumb. That this film would dare to not only show people farting but have them talk about the social implications of farting is seen by many critics as reason enough to dismiss it entirely. I do not understand that. So if you disagree with me know this: Manny’s dead body farts. Hank also farts. The characters have an extended conversation about masturbation. Manny gets an erection that Hank uses as a compass. If it’s a dealbreaker for you that the film actually takes time to explore universal and relatable material like this you probably should just skip it. Also you’re kind of ridiculous. How’s the view from your high horse? I hope for your sake it doesn’t fart.

Swiss Army Man is, in my estimation, an astoundingly good movie and I love it a great deal. It’s certainly not for everyone. Nothing this creative ever is. That being said, if you’re looking for a movie with a brilliant premise, an insightful script, wonderful performances, a killer soundtrack and beautiful filmmaking Swiss Army Man might just fit the bill. It works wonderfully as a comedy but it also goes deeper than that, tackling many issues that I’ve rarely (or never) seen addressed on film. More than anything else this script is a skillfully-etched exploration of friendship and social anxiety, and you just might find yourself relating to these characters more than you ever thought you would. In its best moments (which come very often) the film is simultaneously ridiculous and heartbreaking. The jokes are funny and the dramatic moments are potent, but it’s when these two elements come together that the film really takes off. A joke about Hank having Cotton Eye Joe stuck in his head (because it’s always the songs you hate…) morphs into a genuinely touching leitmotif later on, and the film is full of strangely beautiful moments like that. I could give many more examples, but I shouldn’t. Rather than having me describe them you should just experience these moments for yourself. I wouldn’t want to deprive you of that. The film also has a hell of a twist ending, and to its credit it doesn’t rub it in your face. I know some people walk away from this film thinking that certain elements within it didn’t make sense or seem logical. If you felt this way then you didn’t understand the implications of the ending and you should probably watch it again. If farts are a dealbreaker for you then don’t see this film, because as I said before there are a lot of farts. However, if you can get over that (and you really should be able to) Swiss Army Man is a powerful and brave experience unlike anything else you’ve ever seen or probably ever will see and you should definitely give it a try.

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AUGUST 28 - JANET COLLINS

Before Misty Copeland made history as the first African-American woman to become a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Janet Collins set the stage in 1951 as the first Black artist to perform at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Though Collins broke down barriers, she did not do so without confronting racism along the way. In 1932, while in her late teenage years, she auditioned with Leonide Massine for the prestigious Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. He was more than happy to hire her, but only under one condition - she had to cover her face and body in white makeup in order to perform. Collins refused his offer, instead choosing to dance with Katherine Dunham’s company.

By 1947, she secured her first solo concert in Los Angeles, receiving rave reviews for her performance. She would repeat this success in New York City, with critic John Martin describing her in The New York Times as the “most exciting young dancer who has flashed across the current scene in a long time”. Soon after, she was hired to dance on Broadway in Cole Porter’s Out of This World, taking the role that would inspire the Metropolitan Opera to hire her for their 1951 production of Aida.

Collins performed additional roles at the Met in Carmen, La Gioconda and Samson and Delilah, eventually retiring in 1954 to focus on teaching and choreography. She disappeared from the public eye in her later life, during which she devoted herself to completing religious paintings.

In June 2014, Karyn Parsons of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce an animated short film about Collins’ journey.  The finished product, entitled Dancing in the Light: The Janet Collins Story, is now available for streaming on Netflix.

anonymous asked:

I'm sorry for the rant, I know it's a common complaint. But there has to be a reason it's a common complaint. I can't tag on "Christian" music too much because it boasts a lot of great stuff, but Christian films are really slacking besides like 5. Idk. Do you have any recommendations?

Hey dear friend, I definitely believe that you’re not ranting. I’ve written on the topic of Christian art and its mediocrity before here.

My suspicion is that Christians are expected to “show grace and forgiveness,” so this somehow gets misapplied to Christians creating subpar art. There’s quite a lot of sloppy Christian niche-entertainment that gets away with mediocre production under the label of “Jesus,” when there was a time that Christians were the most celebrated of inventors, composers, artists, and musicians of their time. While I’m all for independent artists paving their way through the industry, I think it’s unfair to slip under a critical radar with the excuse, “It’s Christian, so it’s okay if it’s a little messy.” No, not when it’s unprofessional and pandering.

Saying that art is Christian doesn’t make it Christian, and there’s some “non-Christian” art that points to God more than so-called Christian art ever could.

To answer your question: Most of the Christian films that I enjoy are probably not for the sub-Christian niche-market, but instead are simply good movies that happen to have inspired Christian themes. And I must add: If you enjoy some of the corny, sappy Christian stuff out there, I can’t really judge and I don’t see why not. It’s ridiculous to think we’re too cool for Chris Tomlin.


- Waking Life, by Richard Linklater. A really trippy animated film that’s basically just one scene of dialogue after another, exploring the depth of the universe through the power of dreams and abstract connections.

- Passion of the Christ, by Mel Gibson. This is probably a bit obvious, but having seen so many cheesy movies about Jesus, this one is on another level. It’s visually arresting, rich in detail, has top-notch cinematography, and has an incredible central performance by Jim Caviezel (who I also love in Person of Interest and the underrated Frequency).

- Amazing Grace, by Michael Apted. A highly underrated film about William Wilberforce’s journey to abolish slavery in the British Empire. Albert Finney plays a very distinguised John Newton, and you’ll see Benedict Cumberbatch “before he got famous.”

- Selma, by Ava DuVernay. I expected the film to be a more obvious re-telling of the great Dr MLK Jr., but instead it covers some of the uglier stuff behind the scenes. It portrays MLK (played by the amazing David Oyelowo, a real-life Christian) as a flawed man striving to rise to his divine calling. The movie touches on his adultery and getting caught up in the political machine to win the fight for equality. Selma is also not shy to play up the Christian themes.

- Signs, by M. Night Shayamalan. You might dislike the director, but wow, did I love this movie. It’s about a priest who lost his faith after a tragic accident, and he wrestles with his doubt around the same time the earth is invaded by aliens. There are a ton of Christian allegories here, but the best scene is a quiet conversation between the former priest and his brother about faith, doubt, and trust. 

- The Book of Eli, by the Hughes brothers. Denzel Washington (another real-life Christian) takes on an action role in a Mad-Max-type post-apocalyptic wasteland. He also has something everyone wants: a Bible.

- The X-Files, by Chris Carter. Maybe not a top pick, but Dana Scully is a Catholic FBI agent who legitimately questions her faith throughout the series, making for some powerful episodes as she finds peace with her understanding of God.

- The Apostle, by Robert Duvall. This film really should’ve done better. It’s about a pastor (played by Robert Duvall of The Godfather and one of my favorite older actors) who commits a serious crime and runs away, trying to atone for his sin and winning over a new community, while he waits for his past to catch up to him.

- The Matrix Trilogy, by the Wachowskis. It’s not very subtle on the Christian themes (mixed with Eastern influences), especially in its dialogue about free will versus predestination, with the protagonist Neo playing the Christ figure.

- The Prince of Egypt, by DreamWorks. Val Kilmer and Ralph Fiennes as the voices of Moses and Pharaoh? Jeff Goldblum as Aaron? Plus Sandra Bullock, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren, and Danny Glover? And a musical about the Ten Plagues? Say no more.

- The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2, by James Wan. Okay, hear me out. I was contacted by a Christian marketing company to help advertise the sequel, and though I ended up saying no, the company touted the very family-friendly Christian themes of a frightening horror movie with a demon nun. I admit, I giggled. Both of the movies are great as horror flicks, but it’s true: there are a surprising amount of family-friendly Christian themes in each movie. Also, Vera Farmiga is great, and needs to be in more things.

- Les Misérables, by Tom Hooper. Most versions of this story are quite good, and each iteration has managed to retain the Christian faith of original author Victor Hugo. Both Jean Valjean’s awakening and final scene are heavy with spiritual epiphanies. Also, Hugh Jackman, the Renaissance Man of entertainment, also a real-life Christian. Say no more.

- The Chronicles of Narnia, by Andrew Adamson. This was a pretty good adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s seminal series — and wait, is that James McAvoy as a deer who’s delivering mail in the snow? Dude. Say no more.

- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, by Peter Jackson. The original author, J.R.R. Tolkien, was quite a devout Catholic and frenemies with C.S. Lewis. The books and films are often said to be an allegory of WWII and how humanity is capable of great evil, yet able to overcome it with hope, unity, and purity. Personally, the movies were an acquired taste for me, but I’ve gotten to enjoy them more over time.

Also, I’m really looking forward to Hacksaw Ridge and the rumored movie about King David’s life, which would make an incredible big budget film. Let me know if you have suggestions, too!

— J.S.

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An inspirational film about one man’s journey across the world and into our hearts.

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Adam's Favorite Films of 2014

It’s been a pretty fantastic year for film, but there were a good bunch that stood out among the rest. I usually try to only do 10-15 on these things, 

        Honorable Mentions -  (no particular order) 

  • I Origins
  • What If
  • Wild
  • Big Hero 6
  • Chef 
  • Edge of Tomorrow 
  • Obvious Child 
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 
  • The One I Love 
  • Neighbors
  • Palo Alto
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 
  • The Babadook 
  • The Raid 2

20. The Fault in Our Stars 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is an excellent book. I know that’s not the popular thing to say, as it has turned into something of a running joke on tumblr, but I do genuinely believe it. My fear for the film is that it would turn into yet another schmaltzy-teen drama and would lose the meat of the story in translation. I was wrong. A more than poignant love story between two teens who have very little time to fall in love and enjoy it, but do so anyways. A great story of loss, grief, but as well as youth and young love. I think a lot of people only look at the surface of this one and not at the true message, and that is to cherish the time you have in this world and who you have to spend it with. It moved me, shook me, and got me to cry. It deserves it’s goddamn’ recognition. 

19. John Wick 

Why the hell was this so fucking rad? A film that got a trailer only a month prior to its release, with barely any buzz behind, became one of the most entertaining and simply bad ass action films of the past few years. John Wick is a very, very, very, special action flick. In a world in which directors are incapable of framing and shooting their action sequences properly, this film has some of the most creative kills, outrageously awesome set pieces, and beautiful cinematography. Keanu Reeves has proved time and time again he is a more than capable leading man, and this is a great return to form for him. John Wickis fact paced, dark, funny, violent, brutal, and just all kinds of bad ass. Do yourself a favor and see it. 

18. The Imitation Game 

A biopic that viciously fought, from start to finish, to get into my heart. A biopic of Alan Turing and his team trying to break a nazi-code in attempt to win World War II. At the core of the film, though, is about Turing’s journey as a gay man, in a time in which it was illegal, while he was revolutionizing the world and the war in which he is fighting. Benedict Cumberbatch works wonders with a top notch screenplahy with fast paced dialogue and wit, and wonderful direction and cinematography. It’s a more than capable biopic with a lot to say and even relates to many situations today. 

17.  The Grand Budapest Hotel

While I’ve never been quite as big of a fan as others are of Wes Anderson, I’ve always found pleasure in his work. The Grand Budapestis the answer to everything people have always wondered. Will he ever move on from his style? Nope. That doesn’t mean he can’t crank out some, truly, amazing films every now and then. This one truly is amazing. Anderson has outdone himself with the visual style and pure comedic gold presented here. At the core of all the silliness is a very modest and genuine heart about loneliness. It moved me, made me laugh and smile, and basically everything a great film should do. Can’t wait to see where he goes from here.

16. Unbroken 

Probably my pick for the most underrated movie of the year. Angelina Jolie has crafted the story of Louis Zamperini. A story of of hope, bravery, and forgiveness. Roger Deakins’ beautiful cinematography eats up every shot and may be some of the years best, and Jack O’Connell shines brightly and provides deep complexity and emotion as well. His dynamics with Miyavi’s chracter is both intense and heartbreaking to watch, but by the end, I was floored by inspiration and overwhelming emotion. Without a doubt a story that needed to be told, and Angelina Jolie did a magnificent job at doing so.

15. 22 Jump Street 

2014: The Year of Phil Lord & Chris Miller.I hold a lot of nostalgia with 21 Jump Street,it is one of my favorite theater experiences and its one of my “go-to-cheer-up” movies. I had a lot of hope for the sequel, and it exceeded my wild expectations. It takes the meta humor and style of the first film, along with its statements on rehashes of remakes and reboots and turns it into an even better and wildly intelligent statement on the current state of Hollywood. Poking fun at sequels, budgets, studios, and honestly just anything you can think of. More importantly? Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum still have the most adorable “bro-love” out there. 

14. Top Five 

A grand mixture of Chris Rock’s best stand-up techniques and comedic styles, with his genuine nature and true voice. Top Fiveis a beautifully shot and told story about a comedian turned movie star who is just simply lost and incappable of providing for himself, his famly, and his fans. The film explores the beauty of New York as Rosario Dawson’s character and his have some of the most in-depth and sharply witty conversations about comedy, society, politics, and everything in between filled with hilarious cameos. It even has something to say about the celebrity limelight and the damage of it all. I really loved this one.

13. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

I’m very much a fan of Marvel. I guess you could call me a bit bias. I’m a huge nerd and I really think they’re the best at what they do. Even their lesser films (Thor: The Dark World) I still tend to find enjoyment in. Just because I love the characters so much. Even as a fan, I’m still shocked at how goddamn’ good this is. Like, seriously, this film is fantastic. I’d say it is still my favorite theater experience of the year. So exciting and tense from start to finish. The dynamics between Bucky and Steve are strong, the messages about politics and a dirty Government are in tact, the action sequences are absolutely incredible with amazing set pieces, and the story fills the need of just about any comic-book nerd. 

12. Nightcrawler 

I could blabber about how this film might have underlying meanings and undertones about the media and the lengths we go to when trying to provide ourselves with the “american dream,” or even our appetite for gruesome images because they often make us feel comfortable that its not us or whatever, but I’ll just say that Nightcrawler is one of the most entertaining and darkly funny films of the year. Jake Gyllenhaal gives a tremendously creepy and layered performance. More importantly? His man-hair-bun.

11. Force Majeure 

A strikingly hilarious and sincere statement on how we imprint gender roles within ourselves as a society, in relationships, and maybe even as parents. What does it take to be masculine? Who should hold the most strength? Who puts the foot down? Who takes control? Who has the most morality? Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. The drama hits, the cinematography is beautiful, it’s uproariously funny, and so very important. 

10. Guardians of the Galaxy

Even the most cynical of moviegoers can find enjoyment in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.I’m sure there are better, more well-crafted films out there right now, but I really don’t care at all. This movie makes me happy. I fell in love with all of the characters and their imperfections. I loved the wit, the style, the soundtrack, the action.. honestly, just the everything. I don’t think a Summer Blockbuster has gotten me so well acquainted with characters, let alone fall in love with them, as much as this one did. Marvel always knows how to make me feel like a little kid again, and I feel so warm inside anytime I think about this one.

9. Selma 

Perhaps my pick for the most overdue telling of a story in cinema history. Selmais important. Not just the casual use of the word, but truly a film that is much more than one you buy a ticket too. It’s one that should be shared and watched for years to come. Socially and politically relevant, powerfully acted, and beautifully shot. Ava Duvernay is a force to be reckoned with. I had to hold back tears more times than I care to admit.

8. Under the Skin 

Maybe the closest we’ll ever get to Kubrick-style can be found in Jonathan Glazer’s Under the SkinI usually find that the best science fiction films are the ones that have something to say. This is a visually stunning and strikingly effective piece of art. So minimal dialogue, but the imagery speaks for itself. A grand statement on what it means to be a human being and the importance of what is underneath rather than above surface. Potent, beautiful, and, well, creepy. Creepy as shit. 

7.  The Lego Movie 

Statements on society, media manipulation, politics, individualism.. yeah. I’m talking about The Lego Movie. Who knew?? Not only could Phil Lord & Chris Miller cook up something so deliciously entertaining, funny, touching, meta, and visually masterful out of something that was basically bound to suck and just be a giant commercial, but something that should be shown to every kid around the world? Highlighting the importance of becoming your own person and not losing your creativity. Don’t live by the instructions,do your own thing. Perhaps the Toy Story of our generation? One of the best animated films to come out of Hollywood in a very, very long time. 

6. Interstellar

Interstellar is without a doubt Christopher Nolan’s most ambitious film to date. I really don’t give a damn’ if it wasn’t scientifically accurate throughout its entire running time. I still tend to believe movies can be escapism. Sorry to all the boring people out there. Nolan has made a sincere, tender, and potent drama focused on the relationship between parent and child and how love is without a doubt the most powerful thing in the universe, as it can travel with you, even a billion lightyears away. It’s an experience, and one that is damn’ well worth taking.

5. Gone Girl

Perhaps the most, unfortunately, truthful yet deliciously and maliciously entertaining and despicable films to come to cinema this year. A satire on marriage, the media, and relationship cliches. The unrealistic expectations that occur for one gender to the other when one watches too many movies and reads too many books with perfect endings. David Fincher has adapted Gillian Flynn’s pitch perfect mystery novel into a, well, pitch perfect film with one of the best performances of the year from Rosamund Pike. I kind of hate the phrase “I didn’t want it to end” as it’s terribly used so often, but with “Gone Girl,” it applies. 

4. Birdman 

Michael Keaton perhaps gives the best performance of the year in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman. A technical, philosophical, emotional, and downright truthful powerhouse. Perhaps about finding the importance of culture in this society of never ending franchises and blockbusters, but as well as individuality in the limelight of success. I promise, you will think about Birdman everytime you pay to see a summer blockbuster from now on. Both a visual and emotional masterpiece with a lot to say

3. Inherent Vice 

Paul Thomas Anderson is my favorite working director today. He has, in my opinion, made many of this decades most delicate masterpieces that should be held against the greats. Though, Inherent Vice might be a bit trickier to put in that category for some, it sure as hell is worthy of praise and admiration. Unlike anything PTA has ever done, or really unlike anything we’ve seen in modern cinema in a very long time. A downright groovy exploration into the world of 1970 in LA, all of through a haze of weed with our guide Doc Sportello, played brilliantly by Joaquin Phoenix. Imagine the Looney Toons in a human form, put in a film, somewhere between The Long Goodbye, Chinatown and The Big Lebowski - and you will have only a hint of an idea how crazy and hysterical Inherent Vice is. Something entirely new both to the stoner genre as well as the noir genre - though, more importantly, a new addition to Paul Thomas Anderson’s masterpieces.  

2. Whiplash 

What was advertised as yet another tale of a master and his protege turned out to be something much more. Whiplash is a film that I think, genuinely, changed my life as I watched it. As I walked out of the theater, I felt a huge rush of inspiration in my love for film and I truly believe that it should be shown to anyone that has a love or passion. It will fuel you with a different mindset and perspective on the world, and how you view your work. J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller turn in excellent performances and make for one of the most intriguing and fierce on-screen duos ever put to film. The last twenty minutes had me gripping the edge of my seat and had me breathless in its final seconds. Without a doubt one of my favorite endings to any film, and one of the most satisfying movie going experiences I’ve ever had. It just doesn’t get better than this.

1. Boyhood

Perhaps the movie that spoke the most to me this year without even saying much at all. For most of my life I’ve been watching my parents argue and eventually separate, and have found pleasure in the little moments opposed to big ones. I’m about to graduate High School, so I couldn’t help but feel as if I felt a connection to Richard Linklater’s Boyhood as me and Mason’s life seem so interconnected both in timeline and the events that happened. Regardless of my personal connection, Linklater has made an extremely personal and touching film about the moments in life that define us as people and make us who we are, and one I will certainly not forget, nor let it leave my heart for a very, very long time. 

Here’s to 2015 being an amazing year in film.

innocently-vulgar  asked:

Do you think that we will find out what happened in Budapest in Black Widow's movie?

I was talking to a friend about this last night and here’s our theory:

Each of the Avengers films are about their journey to joining SHIELD and eventually, the Avengers. So why would Natashas be any different? Budapest is not too far from Russia either - there’s only Ukraine serperating Hungary and Russia. Meaning it’s plausable that the KGB would send Natasha to Budapest for a mission. Where she meets the famous Clint Barton who has been sent to kill Natalia Romanova. A lot of fighting would have ensued, like in the Avengers. Also in the scene where Natasha says ‘just like Budapest all over again’ you see Clint joining Natasha. But Clint remembered it ‘very differently’ since Natasha joined Clint. EG, joined SHIELD. 

-RCN

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A Year To Think

This final short film about our journey around the world has been an (intensive) labor of love. The movie is about Time, and how weird and ridiculously valuable time is. Time, it turns out, was the real gift we gave ourselves: One year to be alone together discovering the world. In this time, we discovered how little we truly knew about the world, we made friends, gained confidence, refreshed our creativity, saw things we could only dream of, and our whole family grew a hell of a lot closer in the process. What a year.

We’ve taken the kids out of school, rented out the house, purchased around-the-world tickets, planned as much as we can, packed as little as we can, and now we’re setting out to see the world. Or at least as much of it as we can over twelve months. It’s a year to grow, to learn, to create, to live, to give, and to think. Together.

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