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Movie Monday: The NEW Hobbit Trailer!

Posted on June 17, 2013 by Kelsey

The-Desolation-of-SmaugIf there’s one thing I love more than Doctor Who, it’s the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films by Peter Jackson. Which is why last Tuesday I nearly had a total and complete meltdown (in a good way) while watching the brand new trailer for the second film in the Hobbit trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug. Seriously, this movie looks FANTASTIC. I can’t wait to watch Bilbo and his dwarf companions continue on their journey – and don’t forget the elves – everyone loves Legolas, right?!

What’s the worst thing about this trailer?
Having to wait until December 13th to be able to watch the film – why can’t it come out sooner?

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Movie Monday: Upcoming Excitement!

Posted on April 15, 2013 by Jordan

I know that your excitement for the “quality” cinema set to be released in the coming months is borderline uncontrollable. I’m sure your on the edge of your seat waiting for the release of Anchorman: The Legend Continues (WON’T be classy), Cheech and Chong’s Animated Movie (did anyone know about this?) or The Great Gatsby (OK, no more sarcasm, this one actually looks pretty neat-o).

But besides The Great Gatsby and the new Star Trek and Hobbit movies (yeah, I know, we’re big nerds), I now have another interesting reason to head to the theaters this summer! One look at stills/clips from the new Guillermo del Toro movie “Pacific Rim” (out mid-July) had me curious. I’m already a fan of Guillermo del Toro and have been ever since seeing the stunning Pan’s Labyrinth & the entertaining Hellboy series. So when I read the summary below I got even more amped…

Pacific Rim Movie by Guillermo del Toro

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A Movie Review: Moonrise Kingdom

Posted on September 4, 2012 by Jordan

plasticland movie review of moonrise kingdom

Is it any big surprise that we, the eccentric, vintage-obsessed, fun-loving inhabitants of Plasticland are gigantic Wes Anderson fans? After all, a director whose go-to toolbox contains fantastic vintage wardrobes, color-tinged film, and cool cat Bill Murray is bound to be someone we admire. I think it just makes sense that Rushmore is an all-time favorite of ours; a weirdo art kid in a beret, who would rather devote his time to manning the helms of extra-curricular clubs instead of listening to endless lectures or studying algebra.

So with plenty of movie candy in hand, we eagerly ventured to the Angelika Theater in Dallas to view the newest Wes Anderson creation, Moonrise Kingdom…

From Rotten Tomatoes:

“Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore — and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle.”

Now, if you’ve seen past Wes Anderson films you’ll know what to expect – visually rich scenes, troubled yet endearing characters, and storylines told with wit and occasional dark humor. Moonrise Kingdom delivers that same basic formula. The standout difference in this film is the children…their characters and acting contain an innocence that makes them more relatable and more sentimental than a lot of Anderson’s other characters. Of course, we do feel a strong emotional connection with a movie’s female lead when she wears saddle shoes, earrings made of beetles and carries around a record player and a suitcase full of fiction books.

Although the story’s summer camp backdrop is a theme that’s been done plenty of times before, it does provide a lot of the movie’s funniest moments. Likewise, the idealistic and dreamy story of young runaways falling head over heels for one another appeals to the romantic in In summary, we’d say it’s a cool flick that’s fun, entertaining and a-okay in our book!

Okay, now for the rundown:

Title: Moonrise Kingdom
Director: Wes Anderson
Genre: Comedy?
Rating: PG-13
Summary: An artistic, quirky story of young love set in a retro, summer-camp wonderland.
Best viewed with: A Date, Your Bestie, Your Cool Aunt, or your 6th grade Camp Counselor.
Favorite Character: Lionel Bishop (the serious little kid in the robe).
Theater or Rental: Big screen, baby!
Overall Grade: A

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