Running Is Satanic: The Maze Runner Movie Review

  This weekend I made it my goal to actually go out and do something. And since I was far too lazy to do anything substantial, or that involved movement, I decided to go see a movie. So I packed up a giant bag of War-Heads and headed off to the ghetto movie theater near my house in the hopes that there would be less people there. —I know this is completely not relevant to what I am writing about, but during the movie I ate way too many of the War-Heads and it tore the shit out of the top of my mouth. Adult problems are a real thing.

     -First and foremost I would like to preface this movie review by stating that I have never read the book that this movie is based on so I do not know if it stays fully true to the original story. With that said, I almost preferred not knowing the story line with this film so that I could be fully surprised with the twists and turns along the way. This film is based on a young adult novel like the wildly popular book turned movie projects that have already come out, such as Divergent and the Hunger Games, but I found this one to be one of the more innovative, as far as the story has progressed through this first movie.
The Maze Runner – No Spoilers
     The movie starts out fast, there is zero set up or explanation, this film just throws you right into the thick of the action. The movie follows the main character, Thomas, who is thrown into a completely alien environment with no knowledge or memory of who he is, other than his name.
     

It is explained to Thomas that every month a new boy is sent up through a box elevator (through which Thomas came) along with the essentials that they need to survive. Other than that they are all stuck in a giant forested area in the middle of a giant maze. Each boy has his assigned job in the community, including those who inspect the maze in the daytime in an attempt to find a way out. Each night the doors to the maze close while the maze reconfigures itself and deadly creatures roam the maze. Because of the danger involved, no one is allowed in the maze unless you are a chosen “Runner.” Getting stuck inside the maze when the doors close is a guaranteed death sentence. However, when Thomas arrives, everything begins to change.

     — Though the film ends on a cliffhanger, I quite enjoyed it. I found this movie to be a refreshingly darker take on the dystopian society. The acting was strong from its young cast and there is barely a moment to catch your breath at the breakneck pace the movie takes, keeping you engaged throughout the entire film. Even just watching the actors in the movie do all that running, it made me tired to watch them. Though that could be because I hit record breaking levels of lazy. — A word to the wise. For those of you who may have a bit of a motion sickness issue with hand held cameras, there are a number of scenes where the camera-man is apparently suffering from the shakes. There aren’t so many to deter you from seeing it. Just be aware.

      Even though there are a couple generic and cliched elements in the movie, it is an extremely fun and intense ride with several big twists and surprises that will have you hooked the entire time.

It’s Harder Than It Sounds: Movie Magic

   It really blows having a job because apart from the whole, me being able to survive, aspect of working it really cuts into my movie watching time and general hoodlum activities. Because I again remember what it is like to have a busy schedule, I have decided to be a good Samaritan to you movie goers out there and drop some quality knowledge on you without you having to move a muscle to learn it. Please…. hold your applause!

     Movies, I love them, probably too much. For me, movie magic is real and I love to enter a place that makes me forget that what I am seeing is fake and done by professionals. So, I am kinda one of those weirdo’s that likes to know the behind the scenes stuff. I think it is fun to dig up the random details from the movie process, to know the lengths that movie makers go to ensure that in the end, the film serves its purpose of giving you a whole new experience. So, without further ado, I will ruin some of that magic for you.
1. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
     Some movies take more of that special movie magic than others because they take place in a make-believe world. This is the case with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The first impression for such a magical place is important. In order to get the right reaction from its child actor Georgie Henley (the youngest sibling who played Lucy) they brought her to the first Narnia set by the lamp post in a blindfold. Her look of shock and wonder in the film is real because it really was the first time she had ever seen it.
2. The Matrix
     I never really understood these films, it has something to do with how the world and life isn’t how they seem, there is a whole alternate reality.. only the movie goes about this with a whole lot more confusing plot sequence. Anyway, all the scenes in the film are heavily colored green so that it makes the film look like it’s taking place in a computer screen.
3. The Goonies
Again, when dealing with child actors, you are never quite sure what performance you are going to get. Lots of them end up not so great. So in order to ensure a good performance the cast of The Goonies was not allowed to see the pirate ship before that scene was shot. When they did see it, some of the kids shouted “Holy Shit.” The scene had to be re-shot without them cursing.
4. The Departed
       During filming Jack Nicholson felt that he was not intimidating his co-star Leonardo DiCaprio enough. So in order to fix this, the next day Nicholson did something out of the blue that shocked everyone on set including director Martin Scorsese and scene mate Leonardo DiCaprio. Nicholson departed from the script and pulled out a real, loaded weapon, during the middle of his scene with DiCaprio in order to frighten him and provoke a genuine reaction. Apparently it worked, according to DiCaprio “It was one of the most memorable moments in my acting career.”
5. Meet the Fockers

The MPAA (The “Big Brother” of the movie industry) would not allow ‘Meet The Fockers’ to use the word ‘Fockers’ in the title unless they could prove there was a family in America actually named “Fockers.” And apparently they did just that. Take that MPAA!
6. Jurassic Park
     This movie is terrifying. I am a full grown adult and I am willing to admit that, but apparently the terror includes the movies own cast as well. When the T-Rex breaks through the plastic roof of the Explorer to try and eat the children towards the beginning of the film, the children’s screams and terror are real because the animatronic dinosaur was not supposed to break through the glass roof… oops!
7. Independence Day
The scene where Will Smith drags an unconscious alien across the desert was filmed on the salt flats near the Great Salt Lake in Utah. In this scene he spends most of his time yelling at the alien and at one point says “And what the hell is that smell.” This was unscripted and he was not referring to the alien but actually to the horrific smell coming from the lake. –As someone who has lived in Utah and been to the salt flats, I can attest to the fact that the god awful smell of death and butt is enough to make anyone pass out.
8. Silence of the Lambs
     Throughout this film its lead actor, Anthony Hopkins who plays Hannibal Lecter, never blinks. And I for one can attest to how freaky that is in this movie…. blink dammit!  
9. Harry Potter Chamber of Secrets
 The oldest actor portraying a student in the film was the then 37 year old Shirley Henderson who was supposed to be playing a 14 year old. — Nicely done genetics!

—Final Thoughts—
So the biggest moral I learned from this was that in order to get genuine reactions on a movie set, do unscripted and dangerous things to freak people out. 

You’re Not Seeing Double: Celebrities Who Are Twins

Celebrities are often thought of as unique talents, a dime a dozen. But the truth is that these Hollywood stars are not one of a kind. There are a large number of celebrities who grew up sharing a special connection with a twin sibling. You all know about the famous sets of twins such as Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson along with Tia and Tamara Mowry. But did you know that Vin Diesel is also a twin?

   1. Gisele Bundchen
I know absolutely nothing about models, clothes or any of that whole thing, but even I know the most internationally famous model Gisele. Not to mention that she is married to one of the best NFL quarterbacks around, Tom Brady. But did you know that Gisele has an equally beautiful fraternal twin sister Patricia? Gisele is 5 minutes older than her twin Patricia and the two still spend a great deal of time together as Patricia is Gisele’s Manager. As Gisele is the highest paid model in the world, I would say Patricia has done a great job.
     2. Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson has a younger brother (by 3 minutes) named Hunter. Hunter did not pursue a career in acting like his sister did, however, he did appear on film alongside her in “Manny & Lo.” Currently Hunter works in politics. Most famously he was the campaign adviser for President Barack Obama.
     3. Ashton Kutcher
Funny man Ashton Kutcher has a little known fraternal twin brother named Michael. Michael was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when he was young and had a successful heart transplant when he was 13. Michael recalls his surgery “Ashton never left my side. He showed me just how much love one brother could have for another.” Ashton attended the University of Iowa and studied biochemical engineering, inspired to find the cure for his brothers disease. Michael is currently the spokesman for “Reaching For The Stars” an organization advocating for children with Cerebral Palsy.
     4. Jon Heder
Though he has been in a number of comedy films, Jon Heder is still best known for his role as Napoleon Dynamite. While Jon spends his time in front of the camera, his identical twin brother Dan prefers to work behind the scenes in animation and visual effects. Most recently Dan worked on 47 Ronin. The brothers worked together on “Monster House”- Dan was one of the films animators and Jon voiced the character Reginald Skulinski.
     5. Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland, best known for his role on the popular tv show “24” spends most of his time in front of the camera while his younger (by 7 minutes) twin sister Rachel works behind the scenes as a post-production supervisor on both films and television in Toronto.
     6. Vin Diesel
Hunky action star Vin Diesel (real name Mark Sinclair Vincent) loves his roles in front of the camera. In contrast to this, his fraternal twin brother Paul Vincent, enjoys his time behind the scenes as a film editor on these mega-million dollar projects.
     7. Eva Green 
French (yes apparently she is French, not English) model and breakout bond girl Eva Green has a younger fraternal twin sister named Joy. According to Eva, her twin and her could not be more different “Joy and I are very contrasting characters. She never wanted to act, which was quite good because it would have been very competitive between us. We fought and were quite nasty to one another, but now we get on really well.” Joy now has a career rearing horses with her husband in the Normandy countryside.
—Closing Remarks—
     As I was writing this I noticed that almost all the older twins were the ones who decided to act, and the younger ones preferred to stay behind the scenes. Maybe there is something to that whole birth order thing influencing personality after all.

Awesomely Random Celebrity Facts You Didn’t Know

We know so much about the lives and movements of celebrities. There are magazines and news shows dedicated to keeping its audience up to date on the circulating news and gossip… we’re kinda creepy in that way. But instead of gossip, I like to inform readers about the cool and random things about them that strip away all the millions they have and make them relateable.
1. Matthew McConaughey: 

     Along with donating money to help rebuild New Orleans, McConaughey rescued pets stranded during the flooding after hurricane Katrina. A year later he rescued a cat in LA that two youths had set on fire– I also hope he proceeded to kick those teens asses.
2. Jake & Maggie Gyllenhaal:
     The siblings are not only good actors, but they are also apparently descendants of the Swedish noble Gyllenhaal family. Yup, apparently these bitches are actually legit nobles! The prefix of the family surname, Gyllen, means golden and was given to soldiers who were made nobles during the 17th century in Sweden.
3. Sam Mendes & Kate Winslet 
      Sam Mendes had been scheduled to fly on the American Airlines flight 77 on September 11, 2001. This plane was hijacked by terrorists and flown into the Pentagon. A month later, his then wife, Kate Winslet was flying with her daughter Mia when a passenger stood up mid flight, claiming to be a terrorist and began threatening peoples lives on board. The plane had to make an emergency landing before the man could be arrested. As a result of these incidents, the then couple, both when they were married and now, will never fly together to ensure that they do not leave their children parentless.
4. Johnny Depp
     Depp suffers from Coulrophobia, a severe fear of clowns. “I have this terrible fear of clowns, so I think that if I surround myself with them, it will ward off evil.” — Clowns are just creepy evil or not, whoever decided they were appropriate for kids parties was high.
5. Rihanna:
  Rihanna was an army cadet that trained with the Barbadian army. Her fellow singer Shontelle was her drill sergeant. –I always knew that Rihanna was badass.
6. Mila Kunis
     Kunis was born in Chernivtsi Ukraine. At the time Ukraine was still part of the USSR (the official Soviet Union.) Kunis knew absolutely no English, only Russian, when her family moved to America after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Still to this day she speaks fluent Russian and does all the translations for her movie interviews in Russia for her and her cast members.
7. Michael Fassbender:
     Fassbender served as an altar boy at his local church while growing up in Ireland. –Hopefully his Priest never saw the movie “Shame.” Fassbender would have had some confessing to do!
8. Joaquin Phoenix
     Phoenix spent most of his childhood traveling around South America with his family. His parents were part of a religious cult called “The Children of God.” They eventually became disillusioned with the practices and settled in LA. — This explains so much!

9. Christian Bale:

     Bales mother was a circus clown. The actor said that his first kiss ended up being with an acrobat named Barta. — That is so awesomely random.

10. Jack Nicholson:
     Nicholson’s sister was actually his mother, and his parents were actually his grandparents. After Jacks mother got pregnant, her parents offered to raise the child as their own so his real mother could pursue a career in dancing. Now it makes sense why Nicholson is on drugs all the time. — Also side note, did you know that this is the same situation in which Ted Bundy (one of the most infamous serial killers of all time) was raised.
11. Emma Stone:
     Stone convinced  her parents to let her take up acting by showing them a power point presentation. –I would love to know what she had on those slides that convinced them.

12. Rebel Wilson:

  While in South Africa for a year, Wilson contracted malaria and hallucinated that she was an award winning actress. This convinced her that she should pursue an acting career.
13. Jennifer Lawrence:
     For her role in “Winters Bone” Lawrence actually learnt how to skin squirrels. –You just never know when you might need that skill later in life.
14. Emily Blunt:
     Blunt had a terrible stutter as a child into her early teens. She went to countless speech coaches, relaxation coaches and even doctors to try and rectify the problem. It wasn’t until her school drama teacher suggested that she play her role in the school production with a different accent that the stuttering stopped. “I distanced myself through this character, and it was so freeing that my stuttering stopped while onstage. It was really a miracle.”

15. Daniel Radcliffe
At age 11 Daniel Radcliffe found out that he had got the part of Harry Potter. He recounts his rather tame celebration at the life changing news “I was in the bath when I found out. And then I was allowed to stay up an extra half hour to watch tv.” –Woah, calm down there big fella, don’t party too hard!