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November 8th, 2015 by Cherry

I saw the film ‘Olympus is Falling’ a few years ago in the theatre because of Gerard Butler love <swoon> I have a weakness for a man in a suit and he always fills his out very well <chortle>. Reading the trades it did pretty well worldwide and wasn’t too expensive to produce but I hadn’t realize it did well enough to have a sequel but <yahoo> more Gerard but in LONDON! I’m sure the move will be a delight full of yummy British men with a co-star of London landmarks. Gramercy pictures will release ‘London has Fallen’ nationwide March 14, 2016. The film will star Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Alon Moni Aboutboul, Angela Bassett, Robert Forster, Jackie Earle Haley, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Sean O’Bryan, Charlotte Riley and Waleed Zuaiter. The sequel is written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Christian Gudegast and Chad St. John and the film takes place after the British Prime Minister passes away, his funeral becomes a target of a terrorist organization to destroy some of the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart) and his formidable Secret Service head (Gerard Butler), and an English MI-6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one. Morgan Freeman also stars as the Vice President of the United States.

 

 

 

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March 9th, 2015 by Cherry

Can I just say that I REALLY wish I was rich and had won the Lotto a few months ago? So many items that I grew up loving that I really really want to have in my collection. They have a lot of great items but here’s my curated list of dream collectibles that would make my life my world and my nerd geekette dreams come true. Especially the Leonard Nimoy signed photo with William Shatner now I’ll never meet Mr. Spock! My only comfort is that I’m going to the Star Wars celebration in a month. But the idea of even one of these pieces will be haunting my dreams!

William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy Signed Star Trek TOS Photo18William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy Signed Star Trek TOS Photo

14 in. x 11 in. black & white semi-glossy photo featuring Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock from Star Trek The Original Series, signed by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.
Disney Star Wars Weekend 2004 Original Randy Noble Drawing21Disney Star Wars Weekend 2004 Original Randy Noble Drawing

Original blue pencil drawing by Disney artist Randy Noble for Star Wars Weekend 2004. The drawing plays homage to the iconic Star Wars poster with Min
Set of 3 Limited Edition Star Wars Lithographs Signed by Artist Dave Dorman 199622Set of 3 Limited Edition Star Wars Lithographs Signed by Artist Dave Dorman 1996Set of three 16 in. x 22 in. limited edition color lithograph featuring STAR WARS artwork by Dave Dorman. The artworks are entitled “Obi-Wan Ke…

Don Post Star Wars Darth Vader Collector Helmet Signed by Dave Prowse Twice23Don Post Star Wars Darth Vader Collector Helmet Signed by Dave Prowse Twice

Signed by Dave Prowse, who portrayed Darth Vader in the original trilogy, twice – on the forehead underneath the helmet and at the neck. In fine condition. From Private Collection.
Don Post Star Wars C-3PO Vintage 1977 Mask Signed by Anthony Daniels & Bill Malone24Don Post Star Wars C-3PO Vintage 1977 Mask Signed by Anthony Daniels & Bill Malone

Original vintage 1977 Star Wars C-3PO soft rubber mask by Don Post Studios. Signed by Anthony Daniels, who portrayed C-3PO in all six Star Wars films…
Don Post Star Wars Boba Fett Helmet Signed by Jeremy Bullock25Don Post Star Wars Boba Fett Helmet Signed by Jeremy Bullock

Star Wars Boba Fett mask/helmet, cast from the original mold by Don Post Studios. Signed on the left side of the helmet by Jeremy Bullock, who portray
Prop Replicator and Conceptual Art Print from Stargate SG-1 Episode "Small Victories"29Prop Replicator and Conceptual Art Print from Stargate SG-1 Episode “Small Victories”

Conceptual art print from Stargate SG-1 (MGM Television, 1997-2007) Art Department. Mounted with an original prop Replicator used during the production ….
Movie Sci-Fi & Fantasty AuctionOnline OnlyA collection of props & costumes from Sci-Fi and fantasy themed movies, ranging from TerminatorStar Trek and Starship Troopers to X-MenJurassic Park and Star Wars.Provenance: Private Collections

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November 9th, 2014 by Cherry

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Now in its 27th year, the AFI European Union Film Showcase continues its tradition of bringing the best in European cinema to the Washington, DC, region.

Recent AFI European Union Film Showcase favorites have included Sweden’s THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Germany’s THE LIVES OF OTHERS, France’s THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY and PERSEPOLIS, and the UK’s ANNA KARENINA, THE YOUNG VICTORIA and LE WEEK-END, all making their Washington, DC, area premieres at AFI Silver, before going on to successful theatrical runs.

This year’s selection of films will include international film festival award-winners, local box-office hits and debut works by promising new talents, plus many countries’ official Oscar® submissions for Best Foreign Language Film.

Half-Price One-Day Sale Nov. 21!
10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

All tickets for films in the 2014 AFI European Union Film Showcase are half price on Nov. 21! Peruse the listings now and customize your own cinematic trip to Europe, at bargain rates! Shop online or at the box office on Nov. 21, between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

The AFI European Union Film Showcase is organized by the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union and the Cultural Counselors of the member states of the European Union in Washington, DC.

Early confirmations for the 2014 lineup include:



OCTOBER NOVEMBER


THE GREAT MUSEUM

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August 14th, 2014 by Cherry

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) PosterWell I saw Guardians of the Galaxy and I think it’s an OK movie.  Nothing special or as good as past Marvel movies (Iron Man, Thor, Avengers) but it’s OK a bit bland and feels longer than its two hour running time.   I lay that at the feet of James Gunn.  I think that his plodding, boring script that didn’t allow anyone to really shine is the major issue I have with the latest Marvel tent pole movie.  They had so many stars that all wanted to have their big moment that they weren’t able to flesh out the main characters enough to make me care or event maintain my attention.  I found it so dull that my mind wandered a few times since the fight scenes were too dark and muddled (for some reason he didn’t come in close enough to see everything) to see the short blasts of action.  I’m not sure why Chris Pratt got the nod to be the latest hero but in this film he’s just not cocky enough to play a rebel with a heart of gold.  He’s just a bit ‘ehh’ you know he’s attractive but not TOO attractive, just a tiny bit of a bad boy and no real sex appeal so the running joke of his being an alien ladies’ man fell flat for me.  I’m not saying he’s not attractive it’s just that when you’re carrying a big movie like this you have to be distinct and he just blends into the background.   Even more frustrating is the villain … urghh Ronan what a dull bad guy.  The opening sequence was the best scene he had and so I thought maybe he’d do OK.  You know super over the top evil but instead yak yak yak!!! I mean literally talking everyone to death before putting them out of their misery.  I don’t know about you but think the strong evil silent type should be used more often.  WHY must you explain your nefarious plans in such detail?   Just destroy everyone and be done with it .. you want to destroy a planet!  Get to smashing boy!    Nebula … ahhh nebula your daddy issues bored me and Karen Gillian was not scary in this part.  It might have been improved if she could do angry smoldering fury but she can’t.  Just looking constipated doesn’t make a good villain sidekick! Now if you want to see a villain done right in the movie look no further than Yondu Udunta!  Now that’s a prime example of someone who can fill a screen!  Michael Rooker stole every shot he was in since he knows how to play a bad guy!! Even his knife weapon thing was major badass and his constant reminder that ‘he didn’t eat him’ is the perfect blend of humor with a threatening scary undercurrent that I love in a anti hero.  Despite the limited screen time and lines as the film progressed I ‘got him’.  He’s evil but has a softspot .. got it!  I was surprised that Vin Diesel’s Groot was really good.  The overall look and the fact that he was able to put more emotion in the same three words just showed how weak the rest of the cast is in the movie.  I’m sorry but despite all of their talents and overall look of the movie (video game looking) they weren’t able to rise above the plodding screen play and they just seemed to be chilling as they collect a huge paycheck!   So if you’re in the mood to see a comic book superhero movie than here you go it’s the only game in town!  But if you want to see something good … ehh wait to see this your tv at home with blueray/dvd/streaming and if you must see it in the theater don’t waste your time on 3D it didn’t add texture or enrich the movie at all!

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, Ophelia Lovibond, Michael Rooker, Gregg Henry

From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team-the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

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July 8th, 2014 by Cherry

Just kidding I remember seeing Ben in Goodwill hunting and between him and Matt Damon .. well most people I knew were saying that Ben was the one to watch.  Well Matt turned out to to be the dark horse that stole the pennant with his bold choices from playing a young man seduced by THE Las Vegas lounge singer (Behind the Candelabra) to his playing against type as a smart action hero (Bourne series) it always seemed as if Ben’s decision to go ‘Hollywood’ with parts that are expected from the average leading man.  He’s had so many near misses of flaming out from the awful comic book movie Daredevil to Gigli (Jlo ‘romantic’ comedy) that are the ‘bankable’ movies that Hollywood felt would be hits (but always misses) with his movie star looks but just never connected with audiences.  As he’s matured his decision to chart his own path with directing and self casting (his prerogative) to create roles where he’s able to shine it seems that maybe playing darker richer roles is his sweet spot.  Now if only we won’t have another Daredevil disaster with his newest comic book movie role ‘Batman vs Superman’.  But until that movie arrives I’m looking forward to Gone Girl that looks a lot it’s based on the murder of Laci Peterson by her husband Scott (on death row convicted of her murder) but unlike real life this looks full of twists and turns with red herrings of is she really dead or did she fake it??? WHO killed her the mystery man or her husband.  This is on my list of movies to see with a big bag of popcorn!

GONE GIRL — directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn — unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Don’t miss the new Gone Girl trailer!  Click here to watch it now.

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June 29th, 2014 by Cherry

Well Michael I keep calling the movie Transformers: Edge of Extinction since you really took the movie to the edge with your bad casting, old 80s looking pyronectics, awful romance storyline (barely legal HS student??? ewww) and daddy issues with Mark Wahlburg.

I went in with high expectations .. well high expectations of seeing the Dynobots, great fight scenes with Optimus and the other transformers/decepticons … well that’s all I really wanted and expected. Not a teen angst drama, not a adult man dating a High School Student (soo icky that you ‘explained’ it with a law .. once again EWWW) and the surfer dude friend .. urggh!!!

Michael I expect better from you since normally you always give the fans what we want explosions, great car chases, well choreographed fight scenes and people (let’s keep it real .. GUYS) walking away from gigantic explosions.

Instead you gave us a mess a dang mess!!! It felt like 30 minutes went into some major backstory of the family (don’t care) , a bunch of super sexualized girls who look like kids (very barely legal porn camera caressing young girls for the viewing pleasure of pervy guys) and just well a yawn fest. It got ‘OK’ for the last 30 minutes as long as you ignored the humans who fell into every scene like lead balloons of boring

I have to say that this is a movie worthy of waiting till it comes on HBO or streams on Netflix/Amazon or other service since paying to see this at the theatre will annoy you and if your thinking about splurging on the 3D DON’T it’s pointless shit for them to extort a few more dollars out of Transformers fans.

I never thought I’d say it but bring back the original crew of Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson that made the movie fun!

I’m giving Transformers: Age of Extinction a ‘D’ and that’s only because the Dynobots looked awesome from the brief cameos they did at the end of the movie. Damn you Michael for ruining Transformers damn you to hell!!! Read more of this article »

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June 1st, 2014 by Cherry

I had nerded so hard when I got the chance to see the LA debut of Jellyfish Eyes from the artist Takashi Murakami at the Ace Hotel Theater.  Mr. Murakami has been on a world wide (well US) tour of the first directing effort with a next stop in NYC.  He’s quite a quirky guy that has the ability to still harness his childlike imagination to create whimsical creatures.  As you can see from the photo Jellyfish Eyes has a lot of critters from cute to scary (big AND small) that will appeal to the boy or girl in all of us.  If you are lucky enough to score a VIP ticket you might have the opportunity to have an exclusive designed figurine and even a reception.  I learned of the screening too late to take advantage but was tickled pink that after the film he hung out in the lobby and took photos/signed autographs for fans (what a great guy!).  Check out my review of the film on cherrylosangeles YouTube channel which I found very appealing because of my own love of the idea of these cute toys (I’d choose a cute one .. likely fuzzy and puppy dog looking).

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In his feature filmmaking debut, acclaimed visual artist Takashi Murakami creates a family-friendly monster movie using live action and CGI. Jellyfish Eyes transforms the classic cinematic trope of the new kid on the block into a genre-defying adventure set in a post-Fukushima world. The film follows young Masashi who, after his father’s death, moves with his mother to a small city in the Japanese countryside. But when he discovers that their new apartment is already inhabited by a pint-sized, gravity-defying creature, Masashi begins to pull back the curtain on this sleepy town and finds that very little is what it appears to be. As a connoisseur of Japanese popular culture, from children’s manga and anime to classic monster movies, Murakami packs his film with a delirious abundance of ideas and imagery.

A Special Message from Takashi Murakami to Boston

 

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May 20th, 2014 by Cherry

Displaying 1000400149DVDLEFO.JPGI’m pretty stoked about the newest installment of the JLA movies coming out today.   The have some of my favorite members from Cyborg to Superman to Wonder Woman to Hawkgirl and more all ready to kick some badguy ass! Hmm I don’t want to be sexist so they’ll be kicking some badGAL ass too!  All’s fair to fight villainy! The animation is very much in the style expected with bright colors, sharp edges and a very muscular superhero body that is popular at this time.

JLA ADVENTURES: TRAPPED IN TIME has the Justice League fighting the Legion of Doom (Lex Luthor, Cheetah, Solomon Grundy, Bizarro, Gorilla Grodd, Black Manta, Toyman and Captain Cold) with the help of the Time Trapper to as usual pursue trouble across time and space!  Will our heroes be able to stop them??? If your curious head over to Target and grab the newest direct to DVD  and  digital stream movie from  Warner Bros. Animation.  Now this isn’t as dark as some of their other films since this is targeted to tie into their Target Justice League toyline and so is very kid friendly.

So check out the latest JLA movie starring Superman (voiced by Peter Jessop), Cyborg and Batman (voiced by Diedrich Bader) and let me know who’s your favorite villain or hero?? 

 

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May 11th, 2014 by Cherry

The first moment I saw this poster out of the corner of my eye I was intrigued.  A black woman dressed in such formal and expensive clothing for that time of history I’ve never seen such a movie poster!  I didn’t know much about the movie but I said to myself I’m going to see this movie so I went home and looked up the movie.  You can’t imagine my excitement to learn this little known (to me) story of how England started to emancipate slavery.   How a man falling in love and having a relationship with a black woman would come to influence the course of British History and slavery.   I saw the film and was beyond impressed with the story, cast and direction.  I uploaded a review of the film on my youtube channel CherryLosAngeles  new period drama Belle.   As well as the Q&A with two cast members at the Arclight in Hollywood.  

Belle

I know that some might immediately dismiss this as a ‘black movie’ or a ‘slave movie’ ie depressing downer but it’s a film about the human state of being.  About being a woman, about being black in a society where you are the minority (really the only one in Belle’s case) and someone who grows into a woman who decides to follow her own path.  I know it’s a period drama with corsets, men in short pants and the live of the gentry (titled rich) but it’s so much more directed by a woman who made the subject so relatable to us trying to live a life true to our own moral compass.

This film is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.

Director: Amma Asante – Cast: Gubu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson, Sarah Gadon,Penelope Wilton
‎1hr 45min‎‎ – Rated PG‎‎ – Drama‎

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