Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Update: The Bounce Back Film

Shemar Moore

When I first told you about The Bounce Back in late June, the film that Criminal Minds' Shemar Moore wants to produce, it had raised $193,692 on Indiegogo, and Shemar's goal was $500,000.

At the time of this writing, it has raised $607,135 (wow!!!) and has five days left to go in the campaign. The more money it raises, the more chance it has of being a quality film (though we know it will be anyway, since Shemar will be in it and producing it!), and you can still donate before the campaign ends.

To find out more about The Bounce Back, check out these links:
And something that's also very cool: the campaign has broken records for the "All Time Most Funded Film in Indiegogo history" and the #4 "Most funded film of all time using crowd funding." It's also the first of its kind to use bloggers to make this happen, and I'm proud to be a part of it!

The other films, in case you are interested, are:
1. Veronica Mars Film - Kickstarter - $5.7M - campaign ended 91,585 funders
2. Wish I Were Here - Zach Braff - Kickstarter $3.1 M - campaign ended - 46,520 funders
3. Road Hard – Adam Corrolla – FundAnything $837,5K (campaign still running) – 8,571 funders
4. The Bounce Back Film – Indiegogo - $551.2K (campaign still running) - over 3000 funders

So check out The Bounce Back when you get a minute, and consider contributing to its Indiegogo campaign.

*Disclosure: I am promoting this as part of the Entertainment New Media Network. I have received no compensation and my opinions are my own.

Monday, July 29, 2013

CONTEST: House Party 5: Tonight's the Night, ends 8/3 - two winners

House Party 5 on DVD

Everyone loves an amazing house party, and House Party 5: Tonight's the Night is now out on DVD.

House Party 5 Synopsis:
A pair of high school rappers have two major goals – make music and get hot girls. The best way to get both is to throw the biggest and best house party ever! The night of the party, one of the boys is grounded by his parents, so it’s up to his best friend to break him out of his house confinement and get the party started.



So... what's your most outrageous real-life house party story?

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Fruitvale Station

Oscar Grant, Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer
Fruitvale Station is based on the true story of Oscar Grant and what happened to him at the BART station in Oakland, California, on New Year's Day 2009. I had not heard of his story before, but I looked it up before seeing the movie; because of this, I knew how Oscar (semi-spoiler) met his untimely death, but not how the movie would portray the events leading up to it.

Oscar Grant is a complicated 22-year-old. He was previously in jail for selling drugs, as we see in a flashback scene, but he eventually got out and now is trying to be a good boyfriend to Sophina (Melonie Diaz), a good father to he and Sophina's young daughter, Tatiana (Ariana Neal), and a responsible son to his mom, Wanda (Octavia Spencer). He has recently been fired from his job at a grocery store, for showing up late, and when he appeals to his manager to try and get the job back (to which the manager says no), Oscar makes an appointment to sell some drugs to a former "colleague," for some quick cash. There's this Oscar, but then there's also another Oscar, who cradles a dog in his arms after a hit and run, and the Oscar who cares deeply for his little girl. The Oscar who the BART police see on New Years Day, however, is just an African-American kid who is resisting arrest, and a deadly "perfect storm" combination leads to his demise.

The To-Do List

Aubrey Plaza
The To Do List is being billed as Superbad with a female protagonist - Aubrey Plaza, who I enjoyed in Safety Not Guaranteed last year. Playing a nerd (which I'm afraid she's now being typecast into), she finds out that she's way behind as compared to her friends on the spectrum of sexual activities, and she makes a list of things she wants to "accomplish" before she leaves for college in the fall. This film will not be for everyone, as some people at my screening even walked out within the first twenty minutes, but if you're a fan of the American Pie series or like those types of movies, then you will like this one.

Brandy Klark (Plaza) is just now realizing she's woefully inexperienced with guys, and vows to change that during her last summer at home. Her sister, Amber (Rachel Bilson), is engaged to a loser, but is still able to give her advice, as are her friends, Fiona and Wendy (Alia Shawcat and Sarah Steele), who support her in this endeavor. Brandy has her sights set on the ultimate prize: the hot lifeguard at the pool she's working at for the summer, Rusty Waters (Scott Porter) - the lifeguard, that is, not the pool. She also doesn't realize that her friend Cameron (Johnny Simmons) has a major crush on her, and she starts checking off some of the first things on her list with him; she gets into trouble later, though, when he finds the list and gets upset with her.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

R.I.P.D.

Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, comic book movie
I had a bad feeling about R.I.P.D. before I saw it, because usually when a studio schedules a screening the day before a film's release, it means that they think the public (and also the press) are not going to like it. Although R.I.P.D. isn't a total wash, mostly thanks to Jeff Bridges, it's a movie that will try to suck in its audience due to its talented cast, and then leave them disappointed.

Nick (Reynolds) works for the Boston Police Department, and recently he and his partner, Hayes (Kevin Bacon), have been involved in some dirty policework, including stealing some gold. He tells Hayes that he doesn't want to be included in that anymore, and Hayes shoots and kills him during a police melee in a burning building. When Nick "wakes up," he's informed that the R.I.P.D. (Rest in Peace Department) wants to recruit him; indeed, Proctor (Mary-Louise Parker) tells him that he's lucky to have this opportunity, otherwise he would have gone straight to "his judgment." Nick agrees, and is partnered with Roy (Bridges), an ornery cop originally from the 1800s. Together, Nick and Roy must find all of the "deaddos" - dead souls pretending to be alive - on the Boston streets and wrangle them back to where they should be.

Friday, July 19, 2013

The Spectacular Now, in theaters August 2nd

Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller in The Spectacular Now

*I blog about books over at Books I Think You Should Read. Today's post is about a book-to-movie adaption, The Spectacular Now, that will be in theaters on August 2nd, and is a must-see movie, based on the book. Read on to see why.

I'm going to confess something here: I started this blog to bring you reviews of books I read - that I personally chose to read - and then somewhere along the way I started to receive so many books I "had" to read, that when I read "for pleasure" now, I sometimes keep my reviews to myself. Sure, I'll post them on Goodreads or wherever, but not here - I'm just too busy or tired (I also do movie reviews over at Yes/No Films, my movie blog, and it's occasionally hard to juggle both).

The Spectacular Now, however, is a secret that shouldn't be kept. I just read it for my book club, and it was a unique tale; it's also coming to the big screen on August 2nd, so if you're going to read it, you should do it this month.

Read the rest of this article over at my book blog, Books I Think You Should Read.

Red 2

John Malkovich, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis
I gave Red high marks when I reviewed it back in October 2010, and sequels usually tend to not be as good as their predecessors. However, with Red 2, you're in for a rare treat: it's just as good as the original, and might actually even be better, a feat that is hard to achieve.

The entire gang returns from the original: Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, and John Malkovich, and with Catherine Zeta-Jones joining the cast as Frank's (Bruce Willis) ex-girlfriend. In this installment, the team has to work together to find a "missing portable nuclear device," and their search takes them from London to Paris to Russia and back. Helen Mirren's character also informs them that she's been hired by MI6 to kill them, even though she later ends up helping them fake their deaths and helping them find the nuclear weapon. Anthony Hopkins stars as a "mad scientist" of sorts who knows where the weapon was hidden, and who the CIA has kept locked up for the past thirty-two years.

Girl Most Likely

Kristen Wiig, Darren Criss, Matt Dillon, Annette Bening
Girl Most Likely had a dismal 18% on Rotten Tomatoes when I attended a screening of it, and as of this writing is down to 13%, so I wasn't expecting it to be a fantastic movie. That being said, it took a while to get rolling but had a surprising amount of hilarious one-liners, and it was fun to see Darren Criss (of Glee fame, and a UM '09 alum like myself) up on the big screen.

Imogene (Kristen Wiig) is devastated when her boyfriend, Peter (Brian Petsos), tells her he's going to move out of their NYC apartment. She fakes a suicide situation (note and pills spread out on the bed) and calls him, and he agrees to come over. Her friend Dara (June Diane Raphael), however, finds Imogene instead, and brings her to the hospital, where they want to release her into 72-hour care. They call the person she least wants to see: her mother, Zelda (Annette Bening), who lives in Ocean City, New Jersey, and whom Imogene hasn't seen in years. She reluctantly goes "home" with her only to find that home is not the place she left it: her mom has rented out her room to a mid-20s musician, Lee (Darren Criss), and is currently shacking up with "George Bouche" (Matt Dillon), who claims he works for the CIA. Imogene needs to get her life together before Zelda's big book party, though, and she finds help from the most unusual sources in doing this.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

CONTEST: Win a 4-pack of tickets to The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, ends 7/23

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Way, Way Back

Steve Carell

The Way, Way Back is a movie that I would like to see again in the theater - not only because the theater where I saw it played the film at a low volume, but also because the movie was just that funny. It's a coming-of-age story about a boy who is forced to join his mother at her boyfriend's beach house, along with the boyfriend's daughter, and is convinced that he's going to have a miserable summer, only to find out that perhaps there is a place he belongs after all. The performances in it are fantastic, especially Sam Rockwell's, and it's a movie that a lot of people will relate to.

Duncan (Liam James) is not happy that he, his mom (Toni Collette), her boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell), and her boyfriend's daughter (Zoe Levin) are going to Trent's beach house for the summer. A conversation between Trent and Duncan early in the film reveals that Trent is actually kind of a mean guy, even though he thinks he has good intentions, setting the tone for Trent and Duncan's relationship. When they arrive at the house, they meet their neighbors, the alcoholic Betty (Allison Janney), and her daughter Susanna (AnnaSophia Robb), as well as her son, Peter (River Alexander), who has a lazy eye. Duncan eventually makes friends with Owen (Sam Rockwell), who is the owner of Water Wizz, a water park, and Duncan takes a part-time job there, where he gets to know Owen as well as the rest of the park employees.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Pacific Rim

Guillermo del Toro
Pacific Rim looked a bit like Transformers, but it ended up being a very different type of movie: Godzilla vs. Transformers, with the world at stake. The Kaiju - picture giant sea monsters, like Godzilla but bigger - are trying to destroy Earth, and it's up for the humans, who control Transformer-like robots called the Jaegers, to finish them off. The War has been going on for many years now, but in Pacific Rim, they try to stop the Kaiju once and for all.

Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) is a cocky twenty-something who controls a Jaeger with his brother, Yancy (Diego Klattenhoff). The way the Jaegers work is that the two brothers sync up their brains, and one controls the left side of the gigantic robot while the other controls the right side. After a fatal accident, however, we flash-forward five years, where Jaegers are being phased out, and giant walls are being constructed instead, to keep the Kaiju out. Raleigh is now a construction worker on one of those walls, at least until Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba), his old boss, comes to seek him out. Raleigh's old Jaeger has been reconstructed, and Stacker wants him to operate it again; Raleigh figures it's better than being a construction worker, so he follows Stacker to Hong Kong, where he meets Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi), a woman who might just have a chance at matching his superb fighting skills. Together, Mako and Raleigh must employ teamwork in operating the Jaeger and killing the Kaiju, who are multiplying at an alarming rate.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Guest Post and CONTEST: Star Wars Crafting for the More Sophisticated Fan, by Tricia Slay

*Last week, I reviewed Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away over on my book blog and also had a guest post by the author, as well as a giveaway. This week, here on Yes/No Films, Tricia Slay has another guest post - and see below to win a copy of the book, as well. 

I don't remember a time when I wasn't slightly obsessed with the artsy craftsy side of life. One of my earliest memories is of beading Christmas ornaments well before I could read or ride a bike. Back in my junior high school days, I was convinced that I was going to grow up and become a professional artist living in a Greenwich Village loft where I would create big, colorful canvases along with my best-selling novels. Eventually, a more realistic view of life killed off that particular fantasy, but I've never stopped crafting.
Tricia Slay
I've also been obsessed with Star Wars for most of my life. Even though I wasn't swept up in the original Star Wars craze, I fell in love with a galaxy far, far away at the tender age of nine-years-old when I saw The Empire Strikes Back for the first time and I have remained a Star Wars geek for over 30 years. 

Considering those two long-standing obsessions, I suppose it sounds rather strange that I have never been a Star Wars crafter. That is, until recently.

I used to keep a wall between my craft projects and the Star Wars universe. Why? Partly because I was afraid that anything I created would not be wonderful enough to be associated with my favorite movie trilogy of all time. The other problem was all about my limited and (yes, I'll say it) somewhat snobbish perceptions of 
Star Wars crafts. To put it bluntly, I used to consider all Star Wars crafting to be childish. I wasn't interested in making felt finger puppets, Wookiee tissue boxes, Wampa snow globes or a paper mache Jabba the Hutt. Crafting, in my opinion, was for more artistic pursuits.

The one and only valid 
Star Wars craft project (or so my old thinking used to tell me) was a child's bedroom. However, I don't have any children. So I will probably never get the opportunity to decorate the perfect Star Wars-themed bedroom complete with AT-AT Walker bunk bed (sigh).

All of this limited thinking was before Pinterest came into my life (cue angels singing while sunlight steams down from above).


I originally signed up on Pinterest to gather recipe inspirations for my Creativity Diet web site and to create virtual vision boards for my novels. Well, since my first trilogy of novels features Star Wars fangirls, obviously I started searching and clicking and searching some more. Oh, wow. I discovered that there is so much more fantastical fan creativity out there than I ever dreamed possible. There's more on Etsy than crocheted Yoda hats for cats (though that is always funny, I don't care who you are) and "Stormpooper" baby rompers. Every time I get on Pinterest, I am amazed...and inspired.

My very first fangirl craft project was a pair of 
Star Wars comic book pumps with stylized lightsaber heels. (I found the DIY instructions on the Anomaly Blog.) When I posted the project on my Facebook author page , the response was incredibly positive...and a bit addicting. Now I need to keep creating! Thanks to the ice molds available at ThinkGeek, I've made Dark Vader chocolates and Millennium Falcon gift soaps.

For my next project, I need a dose of greenery and Yoda wisdom on my desk, so I'll be creating a Dagobah terrarium. (Here's my inspiration.)

Have you seen the minimalist posters where they create a very graphic version of the most iconic 
Star Wars haracters? Here's a set of buttons that illustrates what I'm talking about and here's my favorite Etsy poster inspired by R2-D2. I am itching to create a mixed series of collages based loosely on this concept.

Also, 
Star Wars fangirl fashions have taken a fashion forward leap for the more trendy geek girls. I bought an X-Wing dress from Repurposeful Punk for my book events and I absolutely love what some creative upcyclers can do can do with an old, boxy, unflattering Star Wars t-shirt. And then there's the shoes, purses, bathing suits...oh my!

Listen, there's so much more that I've discovered out there...I'll never be able to cover it all and I'm still exploring and discovering more every day. If you are a fan of 
Star Wars  or any popular Sci-Fi franchise, don't let your creativity get stuck in kiddie toyland. Get out there and explore the possibilities. And whenever you discover a new work of fangirl or fanboy genius, please be sure to share your love with the artist.

About the author:
Hello. My name is Trisha and I’m a writer. I wish it wasn’t so. Truly. I wish I could redirect this passion for storytelling into something more sane and comfortable…like knitting plush Angora socks or organic mushroom farming. Unfortunately, writing has proven to be (at least for me) an incurable condition.

Currently, I live betwixt and between the Atlanta metro area and the North Georgia mountains, but I’m originally from Ohio…by way of the San Francisco Bay Area. (In other words, I drink pop, practice yoga and would like to thank all y’all for taking the time to read my bio.)

By day, it’s my job to make sure this country has thousands of opportunities to pause for refreshment. By night, I transform into a rather frightening hybrid of the next great American novelist and Cookie Monster. (Translation: I’m still an unpublished author and a bit of an emotional eater.)

My first novel, entitled Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away, combines most of my interests into a cohesive coming of age story.
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Lone Ranger

Disney, Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp
A lot of controversy surrounded The Lone Ranger when casting was announced, since Johnny Depp is in no way Native American. There are many people who grew up watching The Lone Ranger on TV or listening to its radio show, which actually started in Detroit, too; I am not one of those people, so I went into the movie with an open mind. The film is filled with intense action sequences as well as a good dose of humor, and it kept my attention throughout its (admittedly, rather long) two and a half-hour runtime.

John Reid (Armie Hammer) returns to his small town, and his brother, Dan (James Badge Dale), invites him to ride with him and the other Texas Rangers to try to find and capture the outlaw Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner). Cavendish and his gang end up (semi-spoiler) murdering all of the Rangers, but what he didn't know is that John wasn't actually killed; Tonto (Depp) finds him and is later startled to find that John is awake. John is a "man of the law" but when he finds out who "the law" really is and how corrupt the people running the government are, he decides to "wear the mask," and he and Tonto go off in search of vengeance on Butch Cavendish.

Despicable Me 2

minions, Steve Carell, animated
Despicable Me is one of my favorite childrens' movies - I love the minions, and when I reviewed it in June 2010, I gave it a very high "Yes." I was hoping that the sequel, then, would be just as hilarious, and although it was funny and still worth seeing, the original is much better, unfortunately.

Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) and the girls are back in the sequel, and Gru has stopped his evil ways - in the first Despicable Me, he stole the moon (but later returned it) and is now concentrating on both being a good father and also operating his jams and jellies business, with which the minions and also Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) are helping. One day, though, a woman named Lucy (Kristen Wiig) kidnaps him - she works for the AVL, Anti-Villain League, and they need Gru's help in nabbing a bad guy. They set Gru up with a cupcake shop at the mall, so that he can scope out the suspects there, and Gru finally feels back in "his element" again; however, he's totally unprepared for the series of events that happen next, including falling for his business partner Lucy, trying to keep his oldest from falling in love with a restaurant owner's son, and having to rescue the minions when they fall into someone's evil clutches.