This Is Us Review – Sappy Filled Drama

Warning: This contains **Spoilers**

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I feel like the show This Is Us is on its second season, but that’s only because I’ve been seeing commercials for this show for the longest time. They were literally everywhere, so I figured this show already aired, but it actually only premiered last night, September 20th.

The show is based on different people born on the same day with the same birthday — 36. Right off the bat we get an inside look at their struggles, or rather we know what each character wants: Kate (Chrissy Metz) to lose weight, Kevin (Justin Hartley) an actor trying to find meaning and purpose, and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) trying to find his biological father after he left him at a fire station 36 years prior. At the very beginning we see Rebecca (Mandy Moore) pregnant with triplets and Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) as her husband. She then goes into labor and gives birth to her babies, except one dies, leaving them with only 2. Then as Jack sees his babies for the first time a firefighter appears next to him and tells him a baby was left at the fire station. Then everything clicks. (Spoilers) The show had a refreshing plot twist…it turns out that Jack and Rebecca are parents to these three kids who are now grown and 36. (They got to keep Randall, obviously).

The show had a pretty interesting dynamic, but was sappier than sap itself from beginning to end. It kind of reminded me of the show Parenthood. I’m not sure what all to expect this season on This Is Us, but I’m willing to stick around and see, no matter how many cheesy, sappy moments we get.

This show was created by Dan Fogelman, who also created shows like Pitch, which premieres September 22nd on Fox. Dan also wrote movies like Las Vegas, The Guilt Trip, Crazy Stupid Love, Tangled, Cars, etc.

This show is on NBC Tuesdays at 10/9c.

Check out the official trailer below:

 

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Passengers Trailer

The much anticipated Passengers finally has its first trailer. Check it out:

The movie is written by John Spaihts, who has a few exciting upcoming projects; Van HelsingDoctor StrangeThe Mummy, and Pacific Rim: Maelstrom. He also wrote Prometheus (2012) and The Darkest Hour (2011). It’s directed by Morten Tyldum, who also directed The Imitation Game.

The movie follows Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt’s characters in outer space. From the trailer we see that they woke up too soon…90 years too soon…dun dun dunnnnn! *Suspenseful music*

I’m excited for this movie to come out. I’m especially excited to see JLaw have drunken sex with Chris. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about.

The movie comes out December 21st. A great birthday present to me!

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Upcoming Movies

There are some exciting movies coming out in the near future. I thought I would share the movies I’m most excited about and have been anticipating for a while.

Goat starring James Franco and Nick Jonas. The reason why I’m excited to see this film is because yes, I’m obsessed with James Franco, but also, it takes us inside a very intense look at the horrors of frat houses. Hopefully this film will shed light on the issue with pledges dying as a result of grueling initiations. Directed by Andrew Neel. Check out the trailer below. The film hits theaters on September 23rd.

The next movie I am DYING to see is The Intervention, which is written and directed by the AMAZING Clea Duvall. I’ve been wanting to see this ever since it hit Sundance, where it won 2 awards. The movie has an outstanding cast (Natasha Lyonne and Clea Duvall, reunited as lovers once again) and is about a group of friends who stage an intervention for a couple who really needs it. This technically was in select theaters August 26th, but it would be a sin not to throw it in. Check out the trailer below:

The next film is getting a lot of buzz. Nocturnal Animals written and directed by Tom Ford, starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michael Shannon. The trailer is intense. It sort of reminds me of Nightcrawler starring Jake G. Usually you know it’s a good film if the trailer is obscure and doesn’t give too much away. Fingers crossed. It will hit theaters December 9th. Check out the trailer below:

The next movie that has been much anticipated is Miss Sloane starring my girl, Jessica Chastain and it follows Chastain’s character as she attempts to pass gun control legislation, a much needed movie right now. Written by Jonathan Perera, directed by John Madden. This movie also hits theaters December 9th and will be competing with Nocturnal Animals for the #1 spot. Check out the trailer below:

The last film I’m excited about is Kate Plays Christine starring Kate Lyn Sheil. The film follows Kate getting into character to play Christine Chubbuck, a 1970’s television anchor who committed suicide on live television. The movie differs from Christine by Antonio Campos in the sense that it’s more of a Documovie (Documentary/Movie), whereas Christine is a straight up movie. It’s the same story being told in two very different fashions. I’m looking forward to both. Katie Plays Christine is written and directed by Robert Greene. Christine is written by Craig Shilowich and directed by Antonio Campos. I will post both trailers below:

What movies are you guys excited to see? Let me know.

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Elizabeth Moss in Queen of Earth

I love Elizabeth Moss. Love her. To bits and pieces. She has plenty of great accomplishments to her name, including Mad Men, Girl Interrupted, The One I Love (my personal fave), and she even has five upcoming projects. One in particular that I’m eager about is Queen of Earth. It’s a psychological drama that follows Moss‘ character, Catherine, as her and her best friend spend time at a lake house together following a traumatic event. Let’s just say shit’s about to get real and Moss is going to get a bit “cray cray.” I just love watching characters deteriorate on camera. (Is that bad to say)?

Entertainment Weekly has graced us with a 2 minute clip of the film. Check it out. Let me know your thoughts.

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/08/21/elisabeth-moss-queen-of-earth

From that link, you can watch the clip. Also, here is the trailer for it.

 

Just check out the artwork for the movie.

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The eye makeup says it all. Queen of Earth was written/directed by Alex Ross Perry and comes to select theaters August 26th.

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Orphan – Script of the Week

An idea just came to me. Weekly scripts. What does this mean? Well, I will try to read a Hollywood produced script every week and post a link to it, to recommend to read or not to read. A few scrambled thoughts on it, and the trailer to the movie. Old scripts, new scripts. Doesn’t matter.

This week I read the script for the movie Orphan. This movie was written by David Leslie Johnson and Alex Mace and directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. The horror movie came out in 2009. The movie follows a couple who recently lost their baby and decide to adopt a 9-year-old Russian girl, who turns out to be rather sinister.

I really enjoyed the locution of the script. For the most part it read smoothly from page to page. Some of the words used really jump out at you. The action sequences packed a punch. The ending was a bit different than the ending from the movie. I’d recommend checking it out and share your thoughts.

Orphan script: –> http://www.horrorlair.com/scripts/Orphan.pdf

Trailer:

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Kray Kray Legend

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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 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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