Star Wars Rise Of Skywalker (No Context Spoilers)

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Now we know what you’re thinking “The tag line of their website said they’re fans. They won’t write an impartial review”. And yes, you’re right. Some of us could, but some of us can’t. We’re Star Wars stans. Sue us. So whilst we wait for those impartial writers to see Star Wars Rise Of Skywalker, here’s a post of no context spoilers instead.

Side note: Kylo Ren? More like Kylo TEN. Amirite?

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The Late Late Show With Harry Styles

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We were graced with the all-powerful Harry Styles as the Late Late Show‘s guest host last night. And all we can think is…

CAN SOMEONE GET THIS MAN HIS OWN TALK SHOW!

The show opens with a fan favorite segment, Car Pool Karaoke. Here we see James Corden give Harry tips and tricks to being a good host, which includes fake laughing… (We’d honestly die to hear Harry fake laugh or really laugh.) To end the segment the pair of course sings “Watermelon Sugar” together, and we just swooned.

We then have Harry come out in a dashing suit, as always, to deliver the host’s opening monologue. He of course had a lot to talk about being the Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump were written. That, plus some shameless promoting.

Following his monologue we jumped right into Spill Your Guts with Harry and Kendall Jenner – yes you read that right. Things definitely got interesting, and interesting things were eaten too. Some questions asked incuded Kendall asking Harry which songs off his first album were about her, and Harry asking Kendall who is the most surprising celeb to slide in her DMs. If you want to see if they responded, watch the clip below!

Along with Kendall, another guest on the show was star of Black-ish, Tracee Ellis Ross, who is also a friend of Harry. In their sit down interview, the three share stories about their large families, holidays, and modeling.

Following the interviews, we were given a small teaser of the musical guest, and it was not at all we were expecting… Harry Styles quickly interviewed Harry Styles giving us the best 53 seconds in television history.

For Harry’s musical performance he performed his latest single “Adore You” and let us tell you… Out hearts sailed away with him. His set mimicked the video for the single, taking us on a sailboat ride to the Island of Eroda.

Between his singing, adorable dancing, and impecable charm while on stage, we’re constantly reminded of why we love him. If someone tells you the perfect man doesn’t exist, just show them this episode of The Late Late Show.

You can pre-order and pre-save his new album Fine Line which drops December 13th here!

Catch Harry on tour in a city near you with his Love on Tour tour here!

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The Lighthouse: What You Should Know

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If you’re not already farmiliar, The Lighthouse is a movie made by Studio A24, directed by Robert Eggers, staring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. Set in the 1890s, the film depicts a couple of lighthouse keepers or “wickies” and their decent into madness.

Eggers is known for his only other film, The Witch. And with this only being his second film, what can you reallu expect from Eggers? A lot actually.

The Lighthouse is a fascinating movie that we guarantee will make you wonder. The imagery is intense, and the whole film will keep you on edge through visuals or beautifully crafted sound design. With anything, there is always room to improve, but this film will have you too mind boggled to point anything out just yet.

For starters, The Lighthouse is rated R. This film depicts two grown men falling into madness, so we can assure you there will be some discomfort. If you love psychology and mental degradation, this is definitely up your alley. There are elements of fantasy throughout the film as we descend further into the minds of these two fellows. The one question we will continually ask ourselves; what is up with this lighthouse?

What’s so Great About it?

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Visuals and sound design. This movie is wonderfully crafted. Black and white films might be, on initial inspection, hard to swallow, but the imagery of The Lighthouse that director Robert Eggers brings makes the choice feel second nature. The sound design really assists in taking us into a tense state of mind. A continual fog horn noise of the lighthouse periodically plays, and each small movement or scrape is accounted for. Not to mention – seagulls. Enough said.

We admit, the framing of some of the shots aren’t the best, but it doesn’t happen often enough to affect the major plot of the fim. Sure, sometimes the tops of actors’ heads get cut off or there is too much empty space, but it only adds to the discomfort building throughout the movie. And last but not least, some question the ending. But who are we to question what the director intended?

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Jojo Rabbit Will Make You Laugh Until You Cry

Taika Watiti‘s newest film, Jojo Rabbit, is the perfect fantasy, comedy, drama, coming-of-age story, I didn’t know how much I needed.

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And listen, I’m not a movie critic. I’m just a person with a website who likes to talk about things that I experience. And, this movie was an experience. The movie’s trailers lead me to believe I was simply headed into a comedic satire about a little boy with an imaginary friend who happens to be Adolf Hitler. It’s a crazy concept, of course. I knew it had to be deeper than that. Oh, and it was.

I had high expectations for the film, simply because it had Taika Watiti‘s name on it. This is the man who is responsible for saving the Thor franchise. And what was once a disaster became one of my favorite films in the Marvel franchise. He is also responsible for the wildly hilarious What We Do in the Shadows.

Taika Watiti has a very unique form of story telling. He has this style that is very human, and it was amazing seeing him go back to his Indie roots for this film. You can tell that he puts his entire heart into his work, and it truly pays off. I was pleasantly surprised by how emotional and thought provoking this story was, all while maintaining a great humor and never going ‘too far’.

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At the center of this film we have Roman Griffin Davis in his break out role as Jojo Betzler. This character grew up under Hitler‘s rule, dreaming of one day fighting for his country to make his hero proud. Roman‘s portrayal was amazing, and his comedic timing was perfect. He was even able to hit the emotional beats and sell them so well. The emotional chemistry with his co-star Thomasin McKenzie who played Elsa was also something that just made that film feel that much more real.

I have no doubt this movie will get all the awards it clearly deserves. Since seeing it yesterday, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the messages and themes throughout. Although this movie was based during WWII, this is something that needs to be seen by many. This story of a boy’s misguided fantasy, and faith shows how easy it is for society to be manipulated into hating minorities, religions, and groups of people through propaganda. On the other hand, it also shows that even in a cruel world, compassion, and love are still worth embracing. However, we have to fight and confront the cruelty within ourselves first.

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Words: Celine Martinez | Featured Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Tarantino: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Writer and director Quentin Tarantino has done it again. Tarantino‘s latest film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood hit theaters July 26, 2019. The plan is to make a total of ten films. This being Tarantino‘s ninth film, many are calling this his ‘love letter to 60s LA‘. So far in his career Tarantino has written and directed films such as:

Django Unchained

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Kill Bill

Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2

Pulp Fiction

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a collection of moments. But, unlike his other films this stands as his most laid back production. Just by looking at it you can see Tarantino‘s love for cinematography and history of cinema. Being so close to his tenth it’s no wonder he is getting a little sentimental.

The cast of this movie includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie. The story revolves around Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt‘s characters, Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth, who are an actor/stunt double duo battling addiction in 1969 Hollywood along with some of Sharon Tate, played by Margo Robbie. And let’s not forget a sprinkling of the Manson family.

In a recent interview, Tarantino expressed that if Brad Pitt had not accepted the role he was looking to Tom Cruise as an alternate. Which would have been devastating considering all the talk of their chemistry. Many were anticipating Tarantino‘s film. This opening (40M) dethroning Tarantino‘s record-breaking opening for Inglorious Bastards 38M. Fans went to Twitter to express their satisfaction with the film.

Overall the film’s caused quite a hype. I was excited to see it. As a film student and writer, I can assure you that Tarantino is an inspiring creator. That being said the film, while wonderfully produced, was a little hard to swallow.

Here’s two things you should know before watching.

It’s Definitely the 60s

The world-building in the movie was absolutely astonishing. The cars, clothes, streets, stores, and even music screamed the 60s. Multiple references to hippies and the distaste of them during this era were expressed by Rick Dalton. The obscene use of cigarettes and drugs.

Pop music of the 60s was used heavily with hits such as “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon&Garfunkel. There were still old mobiles on the street and every car had circular headlights. Things were cute and pastel. They even went as far as to rework a whole street to give off that 60s vibe.

There were a lot of long shots and camera movements. The camera dances around the various sets giving a feel for the amount of work, blood, and tears that went into the costuming. Extras were a plenty to give this a real-life feeling. An example being a beautifully shot wide angle of Rick in his pool while down below 60s cars drove by, authenticity was priority.

In a way this film was very 4th wall breaking giving the audience a behind the scenes look at what it takes to make a movie using westerns as the stage.

There is a lot going on…?

We follow three stories, each giving us a little taste of the successes, failures, and in between of each character. I truly felt the first half of the movie spoke to creators.

Rick Dalton rose to the top and feels fallen, washed up. While he’s a wonderful actor his confidence is shaky at best. One of my favorite scenes was between him and a child actor within the film. She aspires to be all she can be even at eight years old. Rick recounts to her the story in a novel he is reading which is closer to reality than he would like. She realizes this and in a later scene that they film together, she tells him, genuinely, that his acting was the best she had ever seen.

Cliff Booth has been long for stunt double work. His job now is to be by Rick‘s side. He is a true friend through and though giving us a peek at happy modest living with his dog. He’s a handyman using his stunt man abilities in one scene to climb up and fix Rick‘s TV antenna.

Sharon Tate, while also being a focus of the movie, is more removed. She lives next door to Rick, and at the end of the movie, they cross paths once more. Her scenes have little to do with Rick and Cliff or their narrative. The only commonality between them is their acting status.

Overall…

Narrative wise, there is a lot to be said. There were moments that were jarring and didn’t quite fit. For the most part, it seemed that the story centers around Rick and Cliff, but then there is also Sharon?

Then you could also say this is an ode to Hollywood and film making. The latter sounds closer to the truth. There is a lot going on but at the same time, there is nothing. If you are expecting a beginning, middle, and end then you need to know this isn’t a conventional movie. No story arc, no three-act structure.

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The Lion King: behind the incredible live action movie

Disney has created yet another live action movie (one of our favorite Disney classics). The Lion King, based on the 1994 film, released again July 19th. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has a tomatometer of 54% and an audience score of 89%. Although 54 percent is definitely not a wonderful score, it is also a misleading percentage from the critics. Here’s why.

Casting

The casting for Lion King is completely spot on. Each actor gives a creative and unique idea of what each character is like and portrays them correctly

Lead roles

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First we have the two actors who take the spotlight – Beyoncé and Donald Glover (AKA Childish Gambino) as the roles of grown-up Nala and Simba. With their incredible vocals (along with JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph‘s portrayal of the younger cubs), the duo also steals the hearts of the people watching. And their connection, both in character and the amount of originality given, solidify their positions as what will go down as legendary casting decisions for Disney.

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John Oliver takes on the role of Zazu – our protective, quirky bird who’s almost the babysitter of Simba and Nala and who keeps everything in order. Oliver interprets the character of Zazu perfectly – he is definitely proven to be memorable!

Playing Timon and Pumba are the iconic duo are Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner. Both are aware of the emotion and personality of each character, and they show a strong connection between the two. Both successfully give the audience a laugh and demonstrate absolutely no worries in Hakuna Matata.

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Mufasa‘s brother Scar is portrayed by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Known for his previous roles in 12 Years a Slave and Doctor Strange, he embraces the evilness of the villain with his singing and his voice. He ultimately helps bring the antagonist to life.

Other Important roles!

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Only one character in the film is a return actor from the 1994 film, and that is Mufasa. Both animated and live action version of Mufasa are portrayed by James Earl Jones. Keeping the same actor gives the audience more nostalgia of the animated picture – sometimes keeping things the same as before gives us the same emotions we’ve felt before.

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Our queen (and the other half to King Mufasa) Serabi is portrayed by the brilliant actress, Alfre Woodard. She does a great job of interpreting the (motherly) love she feels for Mufasa and her son. She has been in many other films such as Captain America: Civil War and 12 Years a Slave.

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Last, but certainly not least, Rafiki! We can’t forget about the wise baboon responsible for presenting Simba to Pride Rock and leading him back to take his spot as king! Rafiki is portrayed by John Kani. John is also known for his role on Black Panther.

The Picture

But, wait! There’s more! The film has an incredibly talented cast, the film has been directed by the talented Jon Favreau. Favreau and crew pays close attention to the details from the animated film. For example, most specifically during The Circle of Life.” It has already been expected that the live action will somewhat reflect the original film. However, recreating scenes and details from the movie is NOT easy. According to Favreau, there has been a mixtures of technologies used to develop the movie. Everything has been done in pixels, and no real sets and animals have been used (we assumed, because dealing with real animals seem pretty dangerous!). You can get a better explanation on the creation of the film down below!

Despite the reviews from the critics and the secrets used to make the movie look as real as possible, The Lion King is still proven to be a masterpiece – whether it’s the animated or the live action version. Want to know what I suggest before seeing it in theaters? Rewatch the animated version and pay close to the details. We promise, they’ll amaze you. Also, grab a box of tissues; the death of Mufasa still hurts – even years later.

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Words: MDRN MAG | Featured Photo: Disney

Spider-Man: Far From Home No Context Spoilers

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We surfed the spider-web for the best no context spoilers. Spider-Man approves.

Following the release of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home swung into theaters earlier this week and we’re sure that you are hearing some crazy things.

This article will NOT help clarify anything. In fact, it will do the complete opposite. Take a look below to see some images that will confuse you on how it relates to the movie.

Now that we have you properly confused, you should go see the movie to understand! This way you can be with us cool kids and know what happens.

Now, with great power comes great responsibility… so once you see the movie… DON’T SPOIL IT!!!!! Show them this article instead!

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A Stand Alone Film – MIB:International (2019)

On June 15th, 2019 MIB: International (2019), a reboot of the classic film, Men In Black (1997), was released. Many critics have made the mistake of comparing it to the original MIB films. Even though it is part of the same franchise, Men In Black: International (2019) is no sequel. This film certainly stands on its own without the help of the previous MIB films.

The new film is an entirely new story. So it would be unfair to compare the likes of Will Smith to Tessa Thompson or Chris Hemsworth to Tommy Lee Jones. Reason being, that each film has no correlation. The intention of the new film is not to continue a story or to retell an old one. MIB:International (2019) tells a new tale.

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A Brief Synopsis…

MIB: International (2019) is a must see film in which director, F.Gary Gray, reunites Thor: Ragnarok (2017) co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. The introduction of a female lead as a new agent for the Men in Black is refreshing and well executed. The chemistry between Hemsworth and Thompson is comedic and genuine.

Thompson portrays young, new, Agent M, formerly known as Molly. As a child, she has a first-hand encounter with an extraterrestrial being that sparks her interest in the Men in Black. Through her countless efforts, Molly finally discovers the Men in Black where she would soon meet future colleague, Agent H. Chris Hemsworth plays the notorious Agent H, who is a senior agent that somehow seems to be even less informed on the industry in which he works than his trainee, Agent M. This dynamic duo takes each challenge as it comes, solving each one in the most unorthodox possible way.

CGI and Other Filming Techniques

There is no doubt that as time goes on, the expansion and development of new technology continues to grow. Even in modern times, computer-generated imagery is difficult to pull off and it is rare to see it executed well. MIB: International (2019) actually does a marvelous job in incorporating CGI, with out over doing it. Furthermore, the vast amount go CGI used within the film is no surprise.

I mean, how else would we expect some of the fictional characters to come to life?

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One particular character brought to life using CGI is none other than the tiny, green alien, Pawny. This adorable creature, voiced by Kumail Nanijani, certainly steals the show with his comedic relief. Almost every time Pawny had a speaking part, we had to stifle our laughter to be courteous to the other viewers in the theater. Another filming technique used was the proper use of camera angles. Using Pawny for another example, his small stature means that he sees the world very differently than the human species. In general, most dialogue scenes use straight on close ups that transition back and forth between the characters speaking. However, when Agent M and Agent H first meet Pawny, we see a new point of view. Using a low camera angle, viewers are able to look up at the two agents from Pawny‘s perspective.

Overall…

Men In Black: International (2019) is undoubtedly hilarious, which came as a pleasant surprise. Many reboots and remakes try too hard to force in the humor. It is likely that Hemsworth and Thomspon‘s past work together in Thor: Ragnarok (2017) helped in making sure that the humor came off genuine. Agent M is likable and easy to relate to as she expresses her humor through her goofy nature. Meanwhile, Agent H‘s charm and self-absorbedness comes off even funnier. Hemsworth even tosses his marvel fans small reference joke to Thor somewhere within the film.

As previously stated, the two films, MIB (1997) and MIB:International (2019), cannot be compared. Overall the new film is catered to the more modern audience. Any original Men in Black (1997) fans returning in hopes of a nostalgic feeling might be disappointed.

Men In Black: International (2019) is a funny, well executed, stand alone, sci-fi film that will not disappoint!

Words: Sophia Mora | Featured Photo: Sony Pictures