“The Root of the Problem” Short Film

I came across this great short film on Vimeo called The Root of the Problem. It’s written by Ryan Spindell and Mark E. Davidson, and directed by Ryan Spindell. It was nominated for best narrative short in 2013 at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Synopsis: In the candy-colored world of 1950’s suburbia, a reluctant housewife suspects that the friendly neighborhood dentist is hiding a horrible secret… but is it just the anesthesia, or is something more sinister hiding just below the surface?

“Open up and say AHHHHH!”

Ryan Spindell brings us into this creepy world where things aren’t as they seem. I definitely recommend checking it out.

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Kray Kray Legend

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See what I did there???

The trailer for the movie Legend has dropped, starring Tom Hardy as Ronnie and Reggie Kray, twin gangsters. The movie is based on the true story of the English twins who terrorized London in the 50’s and 60’s. Prepare to see double the Hardy and half a deranged twin. (Although what gangster isn’t deranged?)

The film stars Tom Hardy and Emily Browning. It’s written/directed by Brian Helgeland who has also done the likes of 42, Robin Hood, Man on Fire, Mystic River, and L.A. Confidential, ergo it’s sure to deliver. Prepare yourself for a badass film. Check out the trailer below.

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The Heart of OITNB – Season 3

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At last season 3 of Orange is the New Black has been released. (June 12th). I finished watching it sometime last week. It took me about 3-4 days to finish the season.

I will say it wasn’t exactly what I was anticipating. It was more “low concept” than expected. By that, I mean, I was expecting more action, more unhinged and risible moments. Personally, it fell a bit short of that. Although some episodes were better than others, I found it bordering on insipidity at times. (Sorry, ladies)

I found season 1 and 2 more quippy and full of shrewd insults. But throughout the season I found myself predominantly entertained and looking forward to the next episode.

With all that being said, one thing OITNB has gained, is heart. Obviously it had a lot of heart before, but the amount of touching moments in this season is an all time high (for prison at least). We see the characters evolving together and alone, surviving thick and thin. We begin to feel like these women are more than just inmates and criminals. We get more back stories from minor characters. (Who knew Leanne Taylor was Amish?)

I noticed quite a bit of shift in the limelight within the characters. Some major characters from 1st and 2nd season (i.e. Sophia and Watson) were shoved in the background and muted, while other minor characters (i.e. Chang) were explored. I do give Jenji Kohan credit for shifting the characters around because it’s what’s most pragmatic. Think about it, realistically in a prison, it’s not all about the rich white girl. Jenji does a good job capturing the essence of each character, no matter how strange the dynamic.

Although the show has seemed to shift a bit, it’s not necessarily in the wrong direction. I still love the characters and how compelling they are. Can we just take a moment to admire Ruby Rose?

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………………………….Thank you………………………

I google imaged “Orange is the New Black season 3″ and literally most of the hits consisted of Ruby Rose. She’s taking over the world, just kidding…even though I wouldn’t mind. I highly advise you watch Orange is the New Black, seasons 1-3 if you haven’t already. Trust me, you won’t regret it.Check out the trailer for season 3, now on Netflix.

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“The Martian” Trailer

Now that we’re on the topic of movies in outer space, let me leave you with the upcoming Ridley Scott movie, The Martian. Starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, and Kristen Wiig.

Just, just, j-j-just check out the trailer, okay?

Yaaaaaaas.

The Martian was directed by Ridley Scott and written by Drew Goddard.

We all cannot wait.

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“Passengers” Sci Fi starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence

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Sony has announced they will release Jon Spaihts‘ sci fi movie, Passengers, which will star Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. They begin shooting in July.

The film takes place in space. This is becoming quite the leitmotif in Hollywood. Space movies have always been widely successful in the industry and as we keep advancing in time, outer space movies will continue to be made. Hopefully in the future, they will hold 100% legitimacy once we’ve explored additional galaxies, etc. (Yes I believe there is life on other planets).

The plot line of the film is: A spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet malfunctions in one of its sleep chambers and a passenger (Pratt) awakens 90 years before his time (some interstellar related shit). Aaaaand he falls for J-Law’s character when he decides to wake up a second passenger.

The director will be Morten Tyldum, who also directed The Imitation Game.

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m excited about J-Law and C-Pratt (yeah I just did that) starring in a film together.

Thoughts on space movies? Are they overdone in Hollywood? Have we lost our sense of originality for space movies?

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