Summer in LA

ant-man and the wasp – all the buzz is true

Ant-Man and the Wasp is the sequel to, you guessed it!, Ant-Man. This film brings back everyone from the first film, Peyton Reed is back at the directing chair, with the film being written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari. The movie stars Rudd as Scott Lang (Ant-Man)Evangeline Lily as Hope van Dyne (the Wasp), Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hanna John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas.
Ant-Man and the Wasp takes place two years after the events in Captain America: Civil War, and before the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Lang is balancing home life as a father with his super heroic life as Ant-Man, Hope and Hank come back into the picture with a proposal that may cause a disruption in his life, what’s a guy supposed to do??

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hearts beat loud – they’re not a band…

Hearts Beat Loud is a comedy/drama/music film directed by Brett Haley. It’s written by Haley and Marc Basch. It stars Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Shasha Lane, Blythe Danner and Toni Collette. The music is by Keegan DeWitt. The film is about a record store owner who want to start a band with his daughter after they record one song in a jam session and it goes viral.

The good; the songs are great, Keegan DeWitt does a wonderful job crafting these songs that seamlessly fit into Hearts Beat Loud. It’s my type of music and I could’ve sat there watching one long music video of everything. Offerman and Clemons doe a fabulous job acting and acting musically. Clemons being a singer has a great voice and on stage presence, the film really showcases this. Offerman played Ron Swanson, on Parks and Recreation, where he played the saxophone, here Offerman plays the guitar, whether he can or can’t in real life, I dunno… but he does a great job play acting like he can.
Seeing this father and daughter dynamic between the two of them, not only in life, but musically is great.

The writing in Hearts Beat Loud is wonderful. Each character is three dimensional, simple and yet complex. Everyone’s motivations are clear, so when they come at odds with one another it makes sense and isn’t contrived. It also helps that the acting is awesome.

The bad; you won’t be seeing this gem of a film.

Overall, go seek this one out. Hearts Beat Loud is Haley’s most uplifting film, if you’ve followed his filmography at all you’ll know what that means. I’m glad that he made a movie that ends optimistically yet still retains all the things that make a Haley film a Haley film.
If anything, go see this film for the music.

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Eugene

 

 

 

incredibles 2 – … incredible too!

Incredibles 2 is Pixar’s next film and it’s the direct sequel to 2004’s The Incredibles. This film is written and directed by Brad Bird, it stars Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell and Samuel L. Jackson, all of whom reprise their roles from the first film. The additions to the cast are Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Jonathan Banks, Huck Milner and Sophia Bush. Michael Giacchino also returns to do the scoring duties.
Incredibles 2 follows the adventures of the Parr family after the events of the first film and how they deal with their superpowers in a world that doesn’t allow for that. Continue reading

wind river – wider than a mile…

Wind River is the latest movie by Taylor Sheridan, this is the first movie he’s written and directed. The film stars Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Graham Greene, Kelsey Chow/Asbille and Jon Bernthal. It’s a murder mystery thriller about a Tracker and an FBI Agent that investigate a murder on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. Continue reading

brigsby bear – may your mind be stronger tomorrow

Brigsby Bear is a comedy drama directed by Dave McCary. The screenplay is by Kyle Mooney and Kevin Costello with a story by Mooney. The movie stars Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Michaela Watkins, Chris Crimin, and Andy Samberg. The film is about the impact of a kid’s show, but not really… the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of this year and got wide release in July. Continue reading

dunkirk – best war film of the year

First of all, I’ve been late with my reviews. Trying to catch up and recommend some great stuff this week.

Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan‘s latest film, he directed and wrote it. It has an ensemble cast in different timelines/storylines that converge. The cast consists of Fion Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cilian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Tom Hardy.
The film is about the Dunkirk evacuation during World War II. Continue reading

war for the planet of the apes – some nice monkey business here

War for the Planet of the Apes is the third installment in the Planet of the Apes rebooted franchise. This film is directed by Matt Reeves written by Mark Bomback and Reeves. The film stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller, Karin Konoval, Judy Greer and Terry Notary. 
The movie follows the journey of the apes led by Caesar, and the humans that want these apes killed. Continue reading

baby driver – drive yourself to the movies for this one

Baby Driver is the latest film that’s written and directed by Edgar Wright. It’s about a driver, named Baby, who’s a wiz behind the wheel when he’s escaping the police. Being involved with criminals leads to some no so nice situations. The film stars; Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza Gonzalez, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx. Continue reading

weekend update of 23-june-2017 (#14thfactory)

This weekend was jam packed, one of the places I went to was the #14thfactory next to the Lincoln Heights jail, east of Elysian Park. The 14th Factory is a multi-media art experience. My main reason for going was the recreation of the room from 2001: A Space Odyssey;

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cars 3 – there’s some tread left

Cars 3 is the third installment in the Cars film franchise. Lightning McQueen has to deal with the new breed of racers and where he fits into the racing circuit. This film is directed by Brian Fee (he was a storyboard artist on Cars and Cars 2), it’s written by Kiel Murray, Bob Peterson, Mike Rich with a story Brian Fee, Ben Queen, Eyal Podell, Jonathan E. Stewart. It stars the voices of Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Nathan Fillion, Kerry Washington and Lea DeLaria. Continue reading