Monday, July 21, 2014

GIVEAWAY: 5 pairs of tickets to see CHILD OF GOD at The Maple Theater on 7/29

The new movie Child of God is coming to The Maple Theater's NYFCS (New York Film Critics Series), and I have a chance for five of my lucky readers to win tickets.

First, a bit about the movie:
A dispossessed, violent man's life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation.

Child of God stars James Franco, Jim Parrack, and Tim Blake Nelson, and is rated R. Make sure to stay after the movie for the televised (live in NYC) Q&A with James Franco.

If you'd like to purchase tickets ahead of time, click here - tickets are $15, or $20 for club seats.

The Maple Theater hosts the NYFCS at least monthly, and sometimes bi-weekly, so make sure to check out their site to see upcoming NYFCS movies as well.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Movie Review: Sex Tape


I know Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal have chemistry together - I've seen it before, in Bad Teacher. So where has that chemistry gone, and why does Sex Tape have almost zero laughs?

Annie (Diaz) and Jay (Segal) used to have sex all day, every day, when they were in college. Annie later gets pregnant, they get married, and two kids later, they're having trouble regaining that "spark," as well as even having time to have sex. They decide to make a sex tape by doing all the positions in The Joy of Sex, and they film it with Jay's new iPad. Annie later tells him to delete the film, but Jay does not, and it goes up to "the cloud" - and syncs with other iPads that Jay has given to friends and family members as gifts. Annie and Jay must retrieve and wipe those iPads before her mom, her new boss, or even the mailman sees the video.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Movie Review - Planes: Fire & Rescue


The first Planes came out last year, and was just "okay"; I gave it a Yes review, but also 3 out of 5 stars, which is generally my lowest "Yes" qualification. I actually prefer this newest installment a lot better: it's more exciting, has more of a plot, and has the same fantastic 3D as the last movie.

Dusty Crophopper (voiced by Dane Cook) is now known around the world as a racing champion. However, there's a problem: one of his parts, long discontinued, has stopped working, and unless he gets it fixed, there's no way he can race again. His town just happens to need another fire department employee, and it's decided that he will go off to train in order to become a crophopper firefighter. He's soon involved with a whole new cast of characters, such as Blade Ranger (Ed Harris), Lil' Dipper (Julie Bowen), Mayday (Hal Holbrook), and more, and he must learn how to put out fires before he's dismissed as just another racer.

Movie Review - The Purge: Anarchy

The Purge: Anarchy movie review

The original Purge movie came out last summer, and it was an interesting concept: crime rates have actually gone down in America because of this one annual night, where any and all crime, including murder, is legal for 12 hours. I love dystopian movies and lit, and I liked the film as well, though I wanted more answers about the Purge's backstory. We don't really get any more answers in The Purge: Anarchy, but we do get a deeper look into the Purge and how terrifying it is for those who just want to stay home and stay safe.

On Purge night, we start off with three stories that slowly convene into one. A mysterious man (Frank Grillo) is headed out in an armored car to kill the man that accidentally killed his son. A mother and daughter, Eva (Carmen Ejogo) and Cali (Zoe Soul) are going to stay home with their Papa (John Beasley). And Shane (Zach Gilford) and Liz (Kiele Sanchez) have the misfortune of their car breaking down right in the middle of downtown, a few hours before the Purge begins - an accident, or is it? When Eva and Cali are forced out of their apartment, Shane and Liz start running for their lives, and the man in the armored car all intersect, the Purge has started and is in full force - and won't be over until daybreak.

Monday, July 14, 2014

GIVEAWAY - The Purge: Anarchy prize pack (t-shirt + flashlight), ends 7/21

The Purge: Anarchy prize pack

The Purge: Anarchy is in theaters this Friday (July 18th) and you can check back then for my review {or catch up on the first one here and here}. Until then, though, I have a prize pack for one lucky reader to win!

Prepare for Anarchy by checking out the “5 Things To Know Before You Watch The Purge: Anarchy” Interactive GIFs. Move your mouse across the GIFs to control the scene!

The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge. The Purge: Anarchy follows an unlikely group of five citizens who, over the course of the night, are hunted across the city in a kill-or-be-killed series of survival scenarios during the annual Purge.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

GIVEAWAY: 5 pairs of tickets to The Maple Theater's Secret Cinema [7/17], ends 7/16

Five of my lucky readers will get to see Secret Cinema at the Maple Theater this Thursday, July 17th - but you have to act fast.

So what's Secret Cinema, you may ask?

Secret Cinema is The Maple's classic film series with a twist - you won't know what you're watching until the lights go down! 
Join your fellow cinephiles every first and third Thursday of the month for another unnamed classic. We've split the series into two nights: Old Hollywood and New Hollywood, employing the pivotal year of 1967 as a historical and thematic dividing line. 
If you want to buy tickets ahead of time, they're only $5, and can be bought here.

This Thursday's showing is at 7:30pm and is "New Hollywood," which means that we know it's a film from 1967 or later. Local film teacher/cinephile Julian Boyance will be presenting July's New Hollywood selection. The clue from the Maple is this feature film is appropriate for those ages 16+.

Moviegoers also get free popcorn (yes, free!) with any other concessions purchase. If you are purchasing tickets, you're also able to select your seat on the Maple's website ahead of time.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Movie Review: Boyhood

credit: nytimes.com

The first thing you will notice about the little boy is his eyes: an interesting shade of blue. As the movie goes on, those eyes stay present on-screen: the reason for this being that Boyhood was filmed from 2002-2013 with the same group of actors - a rare occurrence, indeed. The newest from Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused) is very unique, and took about twelve years to complete; we literally see Ellar Coltrane and the actress playing his sister grow up on screen, and it's quite a sight to behold.

The film starts off when Mason Jr. (Coltrane) is five or six years old. His mom (Patricia Arquette) and dad (Ethan Hawke) are divorced, but his dad comes to pick up he and his sister, Sam (Lorelei Linklater), every other weekend or so. They soon move to Houston, where his mom enrolls in college classes and eventually marries one of her professors, Bill (Marco Perella), and they form a "Brady Bunch"-esque clan with him and his two kids. After the marriage goes sour, they move again; their mom marries again; and life goes on - to say any more would be to have to describe the entire movie.