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Oz The Great and Powerful:movie review
Oz The Great and Powerful directed by the talented and creative Sam Raimi and starring James Franco tells how the origin of the Wizard of Oz came to be. Franco plays a struggling magician part of a traveling circus. A good man at heart, unfortunately Oscar learns how to live his life by tricking the people around him in order to make ends meet. After a day of creating illusions for a show Oscar is swept away in a hot air balloon when he is caught in a tornado.
(The introduction of the movie starts out in black and white just like the original Wizard of Oz.)
Oscar prays that if his life is spared he will change. And suddenly everything stops and he enters another world, Oz. From there on the movie is (shot in color.)
Oscar is memorized by the magic and uniqueness of this place. He soon meets a beautiful woman (Mila Kunis) that admits she is a witch and charms her just like he charms every beauty that walks into his life. In no time Oscar learns that this beautiful land is in trouble and is in search for the one that will save the people of Oz from the wrath of a wicked witch. Oscar quickly makes the people believe that he is the Great Wizard that the prophecy predicted. He uses his charms,wit and ability to create illusions to claim a throne of riches and fame that does not truly belong to him. Once he learns that he is in the middle of a great battle for power among three powerful witches (Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams) he backs out trying to turn his back on the people and the mission to save the land. Forced to demonstrate his true nature of good he soon teams up with Glina the good witch and utilizes his trickster ways to create the ultimate illusion to defeat the two witches.
This movie is actually a prequel to the Judy Garland original. Sam Raimi did an excellent job directing this epic adventure. It was different than the classic Sam Raimi films that his fans know so well but he did not disappoint. The movie was filled with special effects. The effects were created with skill but there were times that I felt I was in Tim Burton’s world. Overall the movie was very entertaining and thrilling. The 3D version of this film did not enhance the cinematic experience for movie goers. That component was pointless. I would not recommend spending the extra money to see this film in 3D. The writing was creative and the make up was artistically developed. Mila Kunis’ makeup as the wicked witch was over the top with added laytex and construction considering the original witch had an elongated nose, warts and green face paint. The costume design was another element that added to the magic of this film. My goal for this review was not be long and obviously I did not meet that goal. ( LOL) The movie is a must see for adults and children to enjoy. I give this movie four stars.
Happy Reading!
L.L

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The second movie within my fall preview series is a film called The Possession.  Produced by Sam Raimi and Ghost House Pictures this movie follows the true story of a family experiencing demonic possession.  When a little girl becomes crazy obsessed with a small-sized wooden box that she purchased from a local garage sale, life in the home starts to get unsettling.  As Em’s obsession for the box grows, her behavior becomes more peculiar with time. The haunting activity within the home is indeed disturbing.  Em’s parents do everything they can to seek answers as they make an attempt to save their daughter from the evil spirit that inhabits her soul.

I know some of you may say ” Not another demonic possession movie!”  but really as a true horror fan, for me I can not get enough of these type of horror movies.  Always excited about what Raimi produces creatively, I feel that this movie is going to do well for opening weekend.  Starring Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffery Dean Morgan, Raimi will no doubt fill seats in theaters in anticipation for this film.  I am looking forward to seeing some classic Raimi represented in the film and hope that this makes a lot of noise at the box office.  The movie is  expected to open in theaters August 31st.

Check out the trailer below, Enjoy!!

LaTaeya

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Directed by Christopher Nolan and Starring Christine Bale and Micheal Caine, The Dark Knight Rises is the third film in the modern “Batman” franchise.  Eight years after the death of Harvey Dent, and life long friend Rachael Dawes, Gotham City does it’s best to cope with the loss of a hero.   A broken Bruce Wayne is now isolated and disconnected from a world where he was always in view of the public. Two new villans take the scene in this film, a lovely thief that makes her way in the world by kicking ass and stealing,(Catwoman, played by Ann Hathaway) and a masked protector that seeks nothing but the traditional thing that most superhero villans want; money, power and control over others (Bane,played by Tom Hardy).  As Bane terrorizes the city, a distraught Bruce Wayne aka Batman slowly but surly makes his way back into the limelight trying to protect Gotham and it’s citizens from destruction.

As Bruce Wayne continues to deal with loosing people he loves, the inner struggle he faces grows more intense.
Despite the reconstruction of Wayne manor, the scars that Bruce carry run deep within his spirit and help him to evolve into an even more complex character than we are used to seeing.  Nolan does a wonderful job continuing the telling of “Batman’s” story through the camera lens.  The introduction of the new villans and the directions they are taken  in puts an interesting twist on the overall story.  The action scenes were wonderful as would be expected from a Nolan film.  The all-star cast each played their parts well and made their roles believable and unique to their portrayal.  The special effects were engaging and appropriate for a film of this caliber.  The end has some surprises for sure, and will have the movie goer in tears and in all smiles.  This Blockbuster movie is a must see!! I give The Dark Knight Rises Five stars and hope that a fourth film may surface so that the Batman legacy will continue.

Happy Reading

L.L

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 The Avengers movie presented by Marvel Comics and directed by Joss Whedon,  stars a cast filled with household named Hollywood actors.  There is a major threat that looms upon the Earth and it’s survival.  Recruited by Nick Fury, The Avengers aka Iron man, Thor, The Hulk, Black Widow, Hawk Eye and Captain America come together to battle Thor’s great enemy, his step brother the God Loki.  Loki plans to take over the Earth and rule over the human race by any means necessary.

The movie takes the theater goer on an action packed thrill ride that comic book fans and fans of just plain great entertainment will never forget.  The writers and director blend the perfect amount of unique individual character development while staying true to The Avengers storyline, as well as their goal as a unified group.

Joss Whedon does a wonderful job with presenting the movie in a visually stunning manner by exposing the movie watcher with a variety of stimulating scenes and worlds without loosing focus in over exaggerated special effects.  The themes of strength, perseverance, survival and team work are combined in ways that work well together.  It tells a well written story and leaves the movie goer completely satisfied, entertained, and contemplating what is yet to come in the sequel.

This movie is a definite must see and worth the extra cash for the 3D experience.  I give this movie five stars.

Happy Reading, Writing and Creating!!!

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I understand the whole idea behind production companies releasing movies straight to DVD, but at this point in the business, these companies need to let the public know when they are releasing a film directly to DVD.  They should if they want to make some kind of money and expose their creations.  Now I pretty much consider myself a movie buff and I think I am in the loop when it comes to viewing new movies, old movies and everything in-between.  Now I must admit that with writing my new book series I have been devoting a lot of my time working but that still does not mean that I am clueless in what is going on in the movie world.  Last night while I was resting and playing on my NOOK I decided to find a movie to watch on Netflix since there was nothing on television.  I stumbled upon a horror that was released last year called “Hellraiser: Revelations”  starring Steven Brand.   I knew nothing about this movie.  This movie is the ninth installment in the franchise.  It basically had the same concept as the other movies.  A couple of teens come across the box, one opens the box and then they are unwillingly sucked into the demonic world of the Cenobites.  As a fan of Clive Barker, the original and the sequel, I had to follow in suit and watch them all, just to stay true to the series.  It is an unspoken devotion to the genre and the craft as a whole to watch these movies even if the casts, directors and overall storylines are altered in such ways that may not appeal to the average movie goer.  Remember A nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy’s Dead?  That was horrible, but most of us who love classic horror had to see it.  I know there are so many more movies out there like that, but it can be hard to just turn your back on a series that you have invested years of faithfulness and devotion to.

I suggest that these companies invest more money and time in advertising.  A real movie buff is willing to give a movie a chance just as long as they are aware that the movie is floating on a shelf.  That shelf could be part of Netflix or Blockbuster or any other movie distribution company.

Cabin in Woods will be released this weekend and I am curious to how it will do considering Hunger Games has been on top for last few weeks.  Stay tuned for a movie review.

Happy Reading, Writing and Creating!

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I understand the whole idea behind production companies releasing movies straight to DVD, but at this point in the business, these companies need to let the public know when they are releasing a film directly to DVD.  They should if they want to make some kind of money and expose their creations.  Now I pretty much consider myself a movie buff and I think I am in the loop when it comes to viewing new movies, old movies and everything in-between.  Now I must admit that with writing my new book series I have been devoting a lot of my time working but that still does not mean that I am clueless in what is going on in the movie world.  Last night while I was resting and playing on my NOOK I decided to find a movie to watch on Netflix since there was nothing on television.  I stumbled upon a horror that was released last year called “Hellraiser: Revelations”  starring Steven Brand.   I knew nothing about this movie.  This movie is the ninth installment in the franchise.  It basically had the same concept as the other movies.  A couple of teens come across the box, one opens the box and then they are unwillingly sucked into the demonic world of the Centabytes.  As a fan of Clive Barker, the original and the sequel, I had to follow in suit and watch them all, just to stay true to the series.  It is an unspoken devotion to the genre and the craft as a whole to watch these movies even if the casts, directors and overall storylines are altered in such ways that may not appeal to the average movie goer.  Remember A nightmare on Elm Street: Freddy’s Dead?  That was horrible, but most of us who love classic horror had to see it.  I know there are so many more movies out there like that, but it can be hard to just turn your back on a series that you have invested years of faithfulness and devotion to.

I suggest that these companies invest more money and time in advertising.  A real movie buff is willing to give a movie a chance just as long as they are aware that the movie is floating on a shelf.  That shelf could be part of Netflix or Blockbuster or any other movie distribution company.

Cabin in Woods will be released this weekend and I am curious to how it will do considering Hunger Games has been on top for last few weeks.  Stay tuned for a movie review.

Happy Reading, Writing and Creating!

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At the end of every year thousands maybe millions of people sit down and think about a New Years Resolution.  Why is it so important that we make a New Years Resolution?  I know it is supposed to mean that you are making a positive change in your life, but really who actually sticks to their Resolution?  People talk about loosing weight, (which is the most popular one) quitting smoking, eating healthy and so on.  The Resolution talk lasts for about a week and then after that first week is over all the buzz is over.  So the real question is why is it so hard for us to actually stick to our Resolution?  I will tell you why.  The reason is because we do not set realistic goals in order for us to accomplish the Resolution.  Do you really think you can quit smoking with the snap of a finger?  Or cut out hamburgers and fried foods the minute the ball drops?  And lets not talk about drinking.  Now don’t get me wrong I am not trying to deter anyone from making their Resolution come true, but I am just trying to be realistic, which is something that everyone should be when considering the steps they need to take to make their Resolution a success.  Since I am a planner, it is about planning it out and making that life change in gradual steps.  Write down your resolution, and then make a list of pros and cons that will contribute to your resolution.  The pros are obviously all the positive things that will benefit you in the long run and the cons are all the negative things and obstacles that get in your way of accomplishing your goal.  The next thing you should do is make a list of those obstacles and describe how you are going to face and defeat them.  These suggestions are only for those people who are serious about having a successful resolution but just need a little help in getting started.  As for me I do not have a New Years Resolution, but a list of things that I would like to accomplish in the year 2012.  I am currently working one number one right now.  So for everyone that plans on executing a New Years Resolution Good Luck and be strong in your efforts to reach your goal.  Never lose hope and always know that as long as you believe in your self you can accomplish anything your heart desires.

Number One

Become a successful Published Author!!!!

Have a Happy and Healthy New Year That is filled with Creativity!!!

Happy Reading and Writing

XOXO L.L.

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