Hilariously Epic Celebrity Photobombs

     s1600_Selfie-StickIn today’s society people are obsessed with pictures. Now there is even an invention called a “selfie stick” yes, this is a real thing. It is exactly what it sounds like. It is a damn stick with clamps on the end. I have heard of these things but never thought that anyone in their right mind would ever buy an expensive stick with clamps. But arriving at Disneyland negated my logical thoughts as there were a huge number of groups walking around using their “Selfie sticks.”  And let me tell you, that is a hilarious thing to watch. Continue reading Hilariously Epic Celebrity Photobombs

The Originator of Our Childhood Nightmares: Maleficent

When you have been really bored have you and your friends ever sat around and talked about, of any Disney character ever made, which one would you be? No…? Just me and my weird friends? This was a thing my friends and I would do, as adults mind, and if you are thinking “this chick seems like the epitome of cool” then you’d be right. I bring this up because as the friends we would assign the characters to each other, the ones we thought fit best. It could be any Disney character, whether princess, role player or some of the non-animated ones. Though this is a silly thing, we did try and make an accurate comparison to the person with a Disney character. And whom did my loving friends assign to me? Maleficent. My friends are gems aren’t they? So when this live action film came out, I had to go see it.
Maleficent 
The critics aren’t loving this film but the audiences are and I can see why.
A few professional critics said that the movie was only “o.k.” because there wasn’t much to the film other than Angelina Jolie as Maleficent. …seriously? The movie is called Maleficent, it is HER story this time, not anyone else’s, so yeah, there isn’t going to be a ton of story other than Angelina Jolie as Maleficent.

 For my part, I am not a big Angelina fan, but in this movie I thought she was the perfect fit. Not only is she an eerily striking visual match, but I was very impressed by her acting in this film. I think it would have been very easy to mess up this type of character by being a touch too dramatic with it, but Jolie did not fall into that mistake. As I said, since the movie is 95% Maleficent, if Jolie had been the least bit weak in this role, the movie would have failed.

     Maleficent is one of the most remarkable spectacles of the CGI age, and one of the few recent 3-D movies where it’s probably worth paying extra for those damn glasses. There is definitely a quality of too-much-ness about Maleficent. Like eating all your Halloween candy in one go. But at least it’s delicious candy. But by far the biggest and most effective special effect in Maleficent is the queenly and sarcastic Angelina Jolie in the title role, as a betrayed and vengeful fairy princess who will wow tween girls by the zillions. The regal posture, the internalized pain and the injured pride all spoken through the now necessary villainous British accent – are all Jolie.

     I can see why a lot of journalist don’t love it, it is somewhat of a stylized mishmash resembling many of the numerous fantasy movies, television shows or plays that have come out in the last 15 years. But Disney’s target audience is not these middle aged men. But truth be told, this movie is just a ton of fun and a lot of the brothers, boyfriends and dads who claim they don’t want to come along will enjoy it a lot too.

Giant Destructor: Acid-Trip Colored Building Blocks

When it comes to me and Lego’s there are two things I could do with them when I was a kid. 1. Build a bunch of tiny little houses (because that is all I had the creativity and ability to build). 2. I would set all the little homes I made spaced around the living room… then trample through them, throwing Lego’s and screeching in my best Godzilla/ giant monster- impression.
With that said, when I heard about the Lego movie I scoffed and thought the premise sounded absolutely ridiculous and put it out of my mind as a stupid child movie on par with “Barbie’s Great Adventure.” Eventually I saw a preview for this movie and thought that possibly it might not be a bust after all, there seemed to be a few funny moments and a lot of famous names, but again, I quickly forgot about it. As soon as the movie came out however, I couldn’t get people to shut up about it so I went last week with family to see why everyone is loosing their shit about it.
The Lego Movie–
   
In regards to this movie, I have a little bit of mixed feelings about it. Everyone was just raving about the film so I went into the theater with very high expectations. The Lego Movie is about a very structured society, who go about their business as they are told to do, but there are a small group of Lego resistors who are trying to stop the president from freezing the world as they know it.

This movie is fairly clever and funny with lots of humor at every turn. The humor in this movie is for the adults, they are jokes that, for the most part, kids will not understand- so the humor is for the adults, the animation and silliness is for the kids. My only commentary on the humor is that, at times, it almost felt a little forced- like they were trying a little too hard to make it super funny. The animation in this movie is very impressive, everything is animated Lego’s, so when a character jumps in the ocean, little blue Lego’s come flying up, like the back-splash. As impressed as I was with this, because it is fairly amazing, it made me a little bit headache-y from time to time. Because it is animated, and the Lego’s move so fast, the fast dashing colors gave me an acid-trip headache. Overall, however, this movie is cute, funny and had a decently unexpected surprise ending that gave the film more depth than I expected.

The Academy Awards-
     “The Big Show” also known as the Oscars took place last night in Hollywood California. If you missed them than you missed out on one of the best Oscar shows that has taken place in years. I might be biased because I do love the silliness of Ellen, but that lady can host one hell of a funny show! She had a great mix of scripted, improvisation and down right ridiculous.

During the show she tweeted out a selfie of herself and some of the biggest celebrities in the world resulting in the temporary breakdown of Twitter, she had pizza ordered and delivered to the theater having Brad Pitt pass out plates while she handed out pizza and she dressed up as Galinda the good witch from Wizard of Oz. — A quick recap of the winners. The Great Gatsby won the costume and set design awards. Gravity won all of the other technical, visual and cinematography awards. 12 Years A Slave won for best supporting actress- Lupita Nyong’o and Best Picture. Dallas Buyers Club won for best supporting actor- Jared Leto and best actor- Matthew McConaughey. Cate Blanchett won best actress for Blue Jasmine.