The Amazing Spider-Man

People…. GET EXCITED! Well, actually you have 2 months to get excited, but still.  The Amazing Spider-Man is coming out July 3rd and it looks amazing!

click on the poster to go to the trailer

 

A new trailer just released today and let me tell you, it is going to be the best re-make of the spider man movies ever!

(this is what like the 40th one? haha)

Anyway, I just watch the trailer and was reminded of how much I love Andrew Garfield (many people will know him from the Social Network — another great movie)  and Emma Stone (Easy A is still one of my favorite movies). Ahhh, it’s going to be epic!

          

click on the posters to go to the movie trailers

Top 5 of 2011

2011 has been a great year for meganeilers.wordpress.com and it is all because of you!

yes, YOU.

the mass amount of visitors who check my blog out each day are the real reason I love blogging. so while reviewing my awesome report from wordpress about just how successful the site was this year, I decided I’d show all of you which posts were the most visited.  clearly, my obsession of the week posts were popular!

In case you haven’t read these posts yet, I provided links to the top 5 posts of 2011 :)

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Movie Review | The Help

“Courage isn’t just about being brave, it’s about overcoming fear and daring to do what is right for your fellow man.”

It’s that time again: movie review time!  This review is for the film: The Help. Before I give a summary of the movie let me just tell you, this may be the movie of the year for me.  The acting was phenomenal, the cast was extraordinary, and the story (based on the bestselling book) was life-changing. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check out the trailer here: The Help Trailer.

The Help is set in Jackson, Mississippi during the early days of the civil rights movements.  Of course, the southern United States in the 60’s was not accepting of diversity, and the white population was not concerned with providing African-Americans with safe and/or healthy living and working conditions.  The Help provides an in-depth look into the world of an African-American maid, her responsibilities, and her hardships, while also highlighting the inner workings of the southern, white female social circles that were so prevalent at the time.

The film focuses on two maids, Aibileen Clark (played by Viola Davis) and Minny Jackson (played by Octavia Spencer) who have spent their lives raising white children and cleaning the homes of upper middle class white families, while having to face extreme racism and poverty.  The maids, referred to as “the help,” are so disliked (despite being relied upon so heavily) by their employers that a movement to create separate bathrooms for them spread like wildfire through the city.

Recent ‘Ole Miss graduate, Skeeter (played by Emma Stone) realizes the injustice being done to these women and desires to bring awareness to the issues by taking her views and the maids’ testimonies to create a book.  By bringing light to the terrible treatment of the help, it empowers the women to break free from their silence.

Skeeter, Minny, and Aibileen

Overall this film was completely spectacular.  The transformation that all the actors made in order to become true to the characters, each with their own style and attitude was simply unbelievable.  Although I have not actually finished the book (something I plan to do in the next week), I can see the continuity with the story line, and how well the characters in the book were brought to life.

Despite the fact that the film lasted almost 2.5 hours, my friends and I were thoroughly engrossed the entire time.  Emotions ran the whole gamut. There were tears of happiness and sadness, along with gut-busting laughter.  The character development was so excellently executed that I truly felt I knew each character by the end of the film.

One additional aspect that is vital in the differentiating of a good film from an excellent film in my opinion is: the music. The Help receives an A+ in my book for the soundtrack.  The trailer alone gives me goosebumps with the song, “Change the World” feat. Taylor Dayne, which is unfortunately not available in iTunes in the U.S. quite yet. :( Instead of using top 40 pop music that so many movies use today, the songs were perfectly selected for giving off the right vibe in each moment in the movie.  Everybody should definitely check out The Help!

Let me know if you’ve seen it (or read the book) and give me your feedback in the comments section. Also, let me know how you like this movie review. What changes should I make to create a better review?

**Please note I was not paid to endorse The Help or any associated products/websites.

Movie Review | Crazy, Stupid, Love.

“Seriously? It’s like your photoshopped!”

Hi there everyone!

I’ve decided to add a new category to my blog: movie reviews!  You may be wondering what authority I have in reviewing Hollywood’s shining (and not so shining) stars out there, and here it is: I’ve watched them! I am a total movie buff and as you well know if you are a follower of my blog I love to give my opinion about just about anything, so it was only obvious that I should start posting movie reviews.

Yes I know, not exactly a Roger Ebert level reputation, but if you want a brief synopsis along with some witty commentary–something I have in bulk–this is the place you will want to come for movie reviews.

First up: Crazy, Stupid, Love.  If you haven’t heard of it or haven’t seen the previews, check them out.  These alone should draw you in to want to see the movie, but if you still aren’t convinced, read on :)

Of course, first things first: the cast.  Who doesn’t love a good dose of Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Julianne More, Marisa Tomei, and Kevin Bacon.  Being 21 my favorite piece of this cast was definitely Mr. Gosling–the line about being photoshopped is directed at his beyond beautiful body.  Obviously Carell, Moore, and Stone are all actors who are well known for their funny characters in other movies, and this film only helps their filmography lists.

The plot was definitely interesting, a few more twists than one may expect (don’t worry, no spoilers here).  The best part about the film was the fact that it didn’t follow in every bad rom-com’s footsteps. The drama was far more intense, making it an “adult” romantic comedy (nothing raunchy, I promise), but it stirred emotions of all varieties, not just fairy tale endings.

Overall the moral of the movie was a good one, basically: stick up for what you love, no matter the obstacles.  I would highly suggest seeing the movie, but if you are like me and don’t enjoy spending $12.00 for a movie ticket at the theater, this would be an okay movie to see on DVD in a few months.  I have to say though, that if you are like me in another way, seeing Ryan Gosling’s abs on a movie theater-sized screen is a pretty wonderful experience.

I know this was a rough version of a movie review, but I promise they will only improve with time.  In the comments, let me know what kind of details you would like to see in future reviews. Happy viewing!

**Please note I was not paid to endorse Crazy. Stupid. Love. or any associated products/websites/actors.

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