74th Annual Golden Globes

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A night full of talented stars, awkward jokes, and too-long acceptance speeches. Yes, the Golden Globes are here again!

The event kicked off with an amazing opening number (seriously, how amazing were the kids from Stranger Things?!). This was followed by a monologue that was equal parts awkward and hilarious.

There were, of course, jokes made about Donald Trump and what an awful year 2016 was.

And then it was onto the awards!

Best Supporting Actor:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson – Nocturnal Animals
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Simon Helberg – Florence Foster Jenkins
Dev Patel – Lion

Best Actor in a TV Drama:
Billy Bob Thornton – Goliath
Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys – The Americans
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan

Best Actress in a TV Musical or Comedy:
Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish
Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Veep
Sarah Jessica Parker – Divorce
Issa Rae – Insecure
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin

Best Musical or Comedy
Atlanta
Black-ish
Mozart in the Jungle
Transparent
Veep

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Film;$
Sarah Paulson – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Felicity Huffman – American Crime
Riley Keough – The Girlfriend Experience
Charlotte Rampling – London Spy
Kerry Washington – Confirmation

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Best Miniseries or TV Film:
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
American Crime
The Dresser
The Night Manager
The Night Of

Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie:
Hugh Laurie – The Night Manager
Sterling K. Brown – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
John Lithgow – The Crown
Christian Slater – Mr. Robot
John Travolta – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Best Original Score:
Justin Hurwitz – La La Land
Nicholas Britell – Moonlight
Johann Johannsson – Arrival
Dustin O’Halloran & Hauschka – Lion
Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, & Benjamin Wallifisch – Hidden Figures

Best Original Song:
“City of Stars” – La La Land
“Can’t Stop This Feeling!” – Trolls
“Faith” – Sing
“Gold” – Gold
“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:
Viola DavisFences
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
NicoleKidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester by the Sea

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Film:
Olivia Colman – The Night Manager
Lena Headey – Game of Thrones
Chrissy Metz – This is Us
Mandy Moore – This is Us
Thandie Newton – Westworld

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy:
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Colin Farrell – The Lobster
Hugh GrantFlorence Foster Jenkins
Jonah Hill – War Dogs
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Best Screenplay:
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester by the Sea
Taylor Sheridan – Hell or High Water

Best Animated Film:
Zootopia
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zuccini
Sing

Between the awards there was a beautiful tribute to Carrie Fischer and Debbie Reynolds, a pair whose deaths truly shook the world.

Best Foreign Language Film:
Elle (France)
Divines (France)
Neruda (Chile)
The Salesman (Iran/France)
Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film:
Tom Hiddleston – The Night Manager
Riz Ahmed – The Night Of
Bryan Cranston – All the Way
John Turturro – The Night Of
Courtney B. Vance – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Best Actress in a Drama Series:
Claire Foy – The Crown
Winona Ryder – Stranger Things
Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
Keri Russell – The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld

Best Drama Series:
The Crown
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

Meryl Streep was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement and delivered the most heartfelt and powerful speech I have ever heard. She urged people to hold those in positions of power accountable for their actions and it was crystal clear who she was talking about.

Best Director:
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Tom Ford – Nocturnal Animals
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Londergan – Manchester by the Sea

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy:
Donald Glover – Atlanta
Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
Gael Garcia Bernal – Mozart in the Jungle
Nick Nolte – Gravest
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy:
Emma Stone – La La Land
Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
Lily Collins – Rules Don’t Apply
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Musical or Comedy:
La La Land
20th Century Women
Deadpool
Florence
Foster Jenkins
Sing Street

Best Actor in a Drama:
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton – Loving
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Actress in a Drama:
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Amy Adams – Arrival
Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie

Best Drama:
Moonlight
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Lion
Manchester
by the Sea

What a truly spectacular night it was! So many amazing actors and actresses won some very well deserved awards and gave some fantastic speeches. Meryl Streep’s in particular is one I believe people will be talking about all year.

Awards Season is officially upon us and I’m incredibly excited to see how the rest of it goes.

Were there any award winners you were surprised by?

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January 2016 Film Releases

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The Forest

Release Date: January 8, 2016
Dir. Jason Zada
Prod. David S. Goyer, David Linde, Tory Metzger
Studio: Focus Features/Gramercy Pictures
Genre: Horror
Starring: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken, Stephanie Vogt

A young woman enters a forest to find out what happened to her missing sister only to be terrorized by the angry spirits of the dead who committed suicide there.

 

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

13 hours.jpgRelease Date: January 15, 2016
Dir. Michael Bay
Prod. Michael Bay and Erwin Stoff
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Action, Thriller
Based on: 13 Hours, Mitchell Zuckoff
Starring: James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Dominic Fumusa, Pablo Screiber, David Denman, Toby Stephens, Demetrius Grosse, Freddie Stroma

Based on the true story of the Benghazi attack in 2012, 13 Hours tells the story of six security team members who fought against an attack on the American diplomatic compound on the eleventh anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

 

Norm of the North

norm of the north.jpgRelease Date: January 15, 2016
Dir. Trevor Wall
Prod. Nicholas Atlan, ken Katsumoto, Steve Rosen, Liz Young, Mike Young
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Family
Starring: Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Colm Meaney, Loretta Devine, Gabriel Iglesias, Michael McElhatton, Bill Nighy

 

An animated film about a polar bear and three lemmings who end up in New York after being forced to leave their home in the Arctic.

 

Ride Along 2

Ride along 2.jpgRelease Date: January 15, 2016
Dir. Tim Story
Prod. Matt Alvarez, Larry Brezner, Ice Cube, Will Packer, J.C. Spink
Studio: Universal Pictures
Genre: Comedy, Action
Starring: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Tika Sumpter, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, Ken Jeong, Tyrese Gibson

In this sequel to the 2014 film, Ride Along, Ben Barder and James Payton are sent to Miami to help take down Antonio Pope, a powerful drug lord.

 

The 5th Wave

Release Date: January 22, 2016
Dir. J. Blakeson
Prod. Tobey Maguire, Graham King, Matthew Plouffe, Lynn Harris
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Genre: Sci-Fi
Based on: The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey
Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe, Liev Schreiber, Zackary Arthur

Based on the book of the same name, The 5th Wave follows Cassie Sullivan as she tries to save her younger brother, Sammy, before a fifth wave of alien attacks destroys what’s left of the Earth.

 

The Boy

Release Date: January 22, 2015
Dir. William Brent Bell
Prod. Matt Berenson, Roy Lee, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg, Jim Wedaa
Studio: STX Entertainment
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Starring: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans

Starring Lauren Cohan, The Boy is the story about an American girl named Greta who becomes a nanny to a porcelain doll for a couple who lost their real son. However, as time goes on, Greta begins to suspect that the doll may not be as fake as it seems.

 

Dirty Grandpa

Release Date: January 22, 2016
Dir. Dan Mazer
Prod. Bill Block, Jason Barrett, Barry Josephson, Michael Simkin
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Comedy
Starring: Robert de Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Aubrey Plaza

Zac Efron stars as Jason, a young man who is tricked into driving his grandfather (Robert De Niro) to Florida.

 

Jane Got a Gun

Jane got a gunRelease Date: January 29, 2016
Dir. Gavin O’Connor
Prod. Natalie Portman, Aleen Keshishian, Zack Schiller, Mary Regency
Boies, Scott Steindorff, Scott LaStaiti, Terry Dougas
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Genre: Action, Drama
Starring: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Noah Emmerich, Rodrigo Santoro, Boyd Holbrook, Ewan McGregor

Despite trying to start a new life away from the Bishop Boys gang, Jane Hammond once again finds herself right in the middle of a fight after the gang attacks her husband and the only person left for her to turn to is her ex-fiancé.

 

Fifty Shades of Black

Release Date: January 29, 2016
Dir. Michael Tiddes
Prod. Rick Alvarez and Marlon Wayans
Studio: Open Road Films
Genre: Comedy
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk

Fifty Shades of Black is a parody film on the 2015 film, Fifty Shades of Grey.

 

The Finest Hours

Finest Hours.jpgRelease Date: January 29, 2016
Dir. Craig Gillespie
Prod. Dorothy Aufiero
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Genre: Action, Drama
Based on: The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring
Sea Rescue, Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias
Starring: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Holliday Grainger, John Ortiz, Eric Bana

The true story of the rescue mission carried out by the crews of the CG 36500 and the Yakutat after two oil tankers were destroyed and the crew stranded in 1952.

 

Kung Fu Panda 3

Release Date: January 29, 2015
Dir. Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni
Prod. Melissa Cobb
Studio: 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks Animation
Genre: Action, Comedy
Starring: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogan, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong, Bryan Cranston, Kate Hudson, J.K. Simmons

In this third installment of the Kung Fu Panda franchise sees Po learning there’s an entire secret village of pandas, including one whom he is promised to marry. With a new threat hovering over China, Po must train the other pandas to fight off their new foe.

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday season whatever you may have celebrated and I know it’s only the second, but I hope you’re all having a wonderful 2016 so far!

I took a brief break from blogging for a little while at the end of the 2015, why? I got a job. Yes, unfortunately being an unpublished writer doesn’t make much (any) money, but I got a job over the Christmas season working in retail.

The best part? It’s one of my favourite stores (no it’s not a bookstore) and they’re keeping me! Apparently I did an okay job over the Christmas season because even though it’s over now they’re still keeping me on. I’m very excited about this, but I’m also very excited to get back to blogging, fanfiction writing, and novel writing!

Even though I’ll still be working, with the holidays over my hours won’t be as crazy which means I’ll have more time to write and work on blog posts and I’m incredibly excited to get back into it!

I look forward to an awesome and crazy 2016 with you all!

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September 2015 Film Releases

September

A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Release Date: September 2, 2015
Dir. Ken Kwapis
Prod. Robert Redford, Bill Holderman, Chip Diggins
Studio: Broad Green Pictures
Genre: Adventure Comedy Biopic
Based on: A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson
Starring: Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Kristen Schaal, Nick Offerman, Mary Steenburgen, Emma Thompson

Robert Redford and Nick Nolte play two former friends who decide to hike up the Appalachian Trail, something that turns out to be less than ideal or relaxing.

Kitchen SinkKitchen Sink

Release Date: September 4, 2015
Dir. Robbie Pickering
Prod. Matthew Tolmach
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Starring: Ed Westwick, Vanessa Hudgens, Bob Odenkirk, Denis Leary, Patton Oswalt, Ian Roberts, Joan Cusack, Nicholas Braun, Keegan-Michael Key, Utkarsh Ambudkar

In this horror comedy film vampires, humans, and zombies get along. However, when a new specices arrives on scene it’s every man, vampire, and zombie for himeself.


The Transporter

The Transporter: Refueled

Release Date: September 4, 2015
Dir. Camille Delamarre
Prod. Luc Besson and Mark Gao
Studio: Relativity Media
Genre: Action, Thriller
Starring: Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson, Loan Chabanol
The fourth film in The Transporter series, Frank Martin is trying to live a (somewhat) normal life, but things all go downhill when he becomes a pawn in Anna’s game of vengeance.


Sleeping with other people

Sleeping with Other People

Release Date: September 11, 2015
Dir. Leslye Headland
Prod. Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell, Sidney Kimmel, Adam McKay
Studio: IFC Films
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Natasha Lyonne, Amanda Peet, Adam Scott

Jason Sudeikis plays a womanizer who becomes attracted to a ‘serial cheater’, Lainey, when they try to help each other sort out their relationship issues.

Goodnight Mommy

Goodnight Mommy

Release Date: September 11, 2015
Dir. Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz
Prod. Ulrich Seidl and Louis Oellerer
Genre: Horror Thriller
Starring: Susanne Wuest, Elias Schwarz, Lukas Schwarz

When a woman returns to her home in countryside after cosmetic surgery, her nine-year-old twin sons begin to doubt if she’s actually their mother.

The Perfect Guy

The Perfect Guy

Release Date: September 11, 2015
Dir. David M. Rosenthal
Prod. Tommy Oliver, Nicole Rocklin, Wendy Rhoads, Darryl Taja
Studio: Screen Gems
Genre: Thriller
Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut, Tess Harper, Charles S. Dutton, Kathryn Morris, Ruthina Wesley, Holy McCallany, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Shannon Lucio

Leah Vaughn is caught between trust and fear when she starts to date Carter Duncan, only for her ex-boyfriend, Dave to show back up.


The Visit

The Visit

Release Date: September 11, 2015
Dir. M. Night Shyamalan
Prod. M. Night Shyamalan, Jason Blum, Marc Bienstock
Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Thriller
Starring: Kathryn Hahn, Ed Oxenbould, Peter McRobbie, Benjamin Kanes

Rebecca and Tyler Jamison are staying at their grandparents house for the first time. Everything seems normal at first, until the siblings leave their room after 9:30 PM, something they were told not to do, and they discover their grandparents aren’t exactly what they seem.

Black MassBlack Mass

Release Date: September 18, 2015
Dir. Scott Cooper
Prod. Scott Cooper, John Lesher, Patrick McCormick, Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Action, Drama
Based on: Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy ALliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob by Dick Lehr and Gerard
O’Neill
Starring: Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Jesse Plemons, Peter Saragaard, Dakota Johnson, Corey Stoll

Johnny Depp portrays Whitey Bulger in this film focusing on the true story of how Bulger became an FBI informant before becoming leader of an Irish-American gang.

Captive

Captive

Release Date: September 18, 2015
Dir. Jerry Jameson
Prod. Lucas Akoskin, Terry Botwick, Alex Garcia, David Oyelowo, Ken Wales, Katrine Wolfe
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Based On: An Unlikely Angel, Ashley Smith
Starring: David Oyelowo, Kate Mara, Michael K. Williams, Leonor Varela, Jesse Oyelowo, Mimi Rogers

Based on the true story of Brian Nichols who escaped from Fulton County Courthouse while he was on trial and took Ashley Smith hostage.


Everest

Everest

Release Date: September 18, 2015
Dir. Baltasar Kormákur
Prod. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Baltasar Kormákur, Nicky Kentish Barnes, Tyler Thompson, Brian Oliver
Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Adventure. Thriller
Starring: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Jake Gyllenhaal

Another movie based on real events coming out this month. Everest depicts the 1996 Mount Everest Disaster.

The Maze Runner

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Release Date: September 18, 2015
Dir. Wes Ball
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action
Based on: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Rosa Salazar, Kaya Scodelario, Jacob Lofland, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Barry Pepper, Lili Taylor, Patricia Clarkson

In this sequel to The Maze Runner, Thomas and the others are taken to The Scorch where their journey continues. They, along with some other new characters, must work together to survive this new world, all while trying to figure out what it is WCKD has in store for them.

Pawn Sacrifice

Pawn Sacrifice

Release Date: September 18, 2015
Dir. Edward Zwick
Prod. Gail Katz and Tobey Mcguire
Studio: Bleecker Street
Genre: Biography, Drama
Starring: Tobey Mcguirre, Liev Schreiber, Peter Sarasgaard

Tobey Maguire plays Bobby Fischer in this true story that depicts Fischer’s challenge of the Soviet Empire.

Born to Dance

Born to Dance

Release Date: September 24, 2015
Dir. Tammy Davis
Prod. Jill Macnab, Leanne Saunders, Daniel Story
Starring: Kherington Payne, John Tui, Kelvin Taylor, Parris Goebel, Stan Walker, Tia Maipi, Alexandra Carson

Tu is a young boy from Auckland who has dreams of becoming a professional hip-hop dancer


Sicario

Sicario

Release Date: September 25, 2015
Dir. Denis Villeneuve
Prod. Basil Iwanyk, Thad Lukinbill, Edward McDonnell, Molly Smith
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Crime, Drama
Starring: Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal, Daniel Kaluuya, Maximiliano Hernández, Jeffrey Donovan

Kate Macy is an FBI agent who has been chosen to help take down a drug lord at the US-Mexico border. The only problem is that no one really knows who this drug lord is.


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Before I Wake

Release Date: September 25, 2015
Dir. Mike Flanagan
Prod. Sam Englebardt, William D. Johnson, Trevor Macy
Studio: Relativity Media
Genre: Horror
Starring: Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Jacob Tremblay, Annabeth Gish, Dash Mihok

An orphaned boy’s nightmares begin to physically manifest.

The Disappointments Room

The Disappointments Room

Release Date: September 25, 2015
Dir. D.J. Caruso
Prod. Geyer Kosinski and RObbie Brenner
Studio: Relativity Media
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Starring: Kate Beckinsale and Lucas Till

A secret room in the attack unleashes unbelievable horrors in the home a mother and her son.


Hotel Transylvania 2

Hotel Transylvania 2

Release Date: September 25, 2015
Dir. Genndy Tartakovsky
Prod. Michelle Murdocca
Studio: Colombia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy
Starring Voice Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key, Mel Brooks

In this sequel to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula, Johnny, Mavis, and the rest of them go through some interesting changes. While Johnny and Mavis go to visit Johnny’s parents in California, Dracula and the others enlist the help of Drac’s father, Vlad, to turn Johnny and Mavis’s baby into a true monster.

The Intern

The Intern

Release Date: September 25, 2015
Dir. Nancy Meyers
Prod. Suzanne Farwell and Nancy Meyers
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Comedy
Starring: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo

Robert De Niro plays Ben Whittaker, The Intern. Anne Hathaway plays Jules Ostin, THE CEO. The two come together in this comedy film when Hathaway’s character agrees to take on De Niro’s from a community outreach program.

Stonewall

Stonewall

Release Date: September 25, 2015
Dir. Roland Emmerich
Prod. Roland Emmerich, Michael Fossat, Marc Frydman, Carsten Lorenz
Studio: Roadside Attractions
Genre: Drama
Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Ron Perlman, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joey King, Caleb Landry Jones, Matt Craven, Atticu Mitchell, mark Camacho

Stonewall centers around the Stonewall Riots that occured in 1969 and helped start New York City’s gay rights movement.

The Walk

The Walk

Release Date: September 30, 2015
Dir. Robert Zemeckis
Prod. Jack Rapke, Tom Rothman, Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis
Studio: TriStar Pictures
Genre: Biographical Drama
Based on: To Reach the Clouds, Philippe Petit
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Steve Valentine, Charlotte le Bon

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays high-wire artist, Philippe Petit, in this film showing the story of his attempt to cross the Twin Towers in 1974.

Alright, lots of horror movies coming out this month and lots of movies based on true stories. A lot of interesting films, September definitely seems to be a good month to go to the movies.

Also, when I originally did this post I had trailers for almost all the films, but it looked really cramped. Let me know if this is better or if you’d like to see other changes in future lists!

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August 2015 Film Releases

August

So I decided I wanted to try something new on this blog and talk about films that are going to be released this month. I’m doing something similar over on my other blog and may be making this monthly thing.

BorutoBoruto: Naruto the Movie

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Hiroyuki Yamashita

Prod. Masashi Kishimoto and Ukyō Kodachi

Studio: Toho/Studio Pierriot

Genre: Animated, Action, Adventure

Starring Voice Cast: Yuuko Sanpei, Noriaki Sugiyama, Junko Takeuchi, Kokoro Kikuchi

The eleventh Naruto film to be released, you can read a full synopsis on Boruto here on the Naruto Wikia Page.


Dark PlacesDark Places

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Gilles Paquet-Brenner

Prod. Stéphane Marsil, Azim Bolkiah, Matthew Rhodes, Cathy Shulman, Charlize Theron

Studio: A24 Films

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Based on: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Starring: Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Chloe Grace Moretz, Tye Sheridan, Sterling Jerins, Corey Stoll, Christina Hendricks

Twenty-five years ago, Ben Day was convicted of murdering his mother and two of his sisters after his other sister, Libby, testifies against him. Now, Libby isn’t so sure if Ben really was guilty and must seek out those horrific memories to determine what really happened.


Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Josh Trank

Prod. Gregory Goodman, Simon Kinberg, Robert Kulzar, Hutch Parker, Matthew Vaughn

Studio: 20th Century Fox/Marvel Entertainment

Genre: Action, Adventure

Based On: Fantastic Four by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Starring: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey, Tim Blake Nelson

Four ordinary people are given special abilities when they travel to an alternate universe and must use their powers to become superheroes and save the world.


The Gift

The Gift

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Joel Edgerton

Prod. Jason Blum, Joel Edgerton, Rebecca Yeldham

Studio: STX Entertainment

Genre: Thriller

Starring: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton

Gordo is an old high school friend of Simon’s who seems friendly enough at first. However, after Simon and his wife, Robyn, start receiving strange gifts from Gordo, awful truths will be brought to light about what really happened in Simon’s past.


Ricki and the Flash

Ricki and the Flash

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Jonathan Demme

Prod. Marc Platt, Diablo Cody, Mason Novick, Gary Goetzman

Studio: TriStar Pictures

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Starring: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Audra McDonald, Sebastian Stan, Rick Springfield

Meryl Streep stars as Ricki, a woman who must return to her estranged family to help her daughter deal with her divorce, after abandoning them to become a rock star.


Shaun of the Sheep

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Richard Starzak and Mark Burton

Prod. Paul Kewley and Julie Lockhart

Studio: StudioCanal

Genre: Stop-Motion Animated Comedy

Starring Voice Cast: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili

Based on the British series, Shaun the Sheep follows Shaun, a sheep, and his friends as they try to locate their farmer by going on an adventure to the big city where they must animal control and try to blend in.


The Runner

The Runner

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Austin Stark

Prod. Bingo Gubelmann, Erika Hampson, Benji, Chris Papavasiliuo, Glenn Williamson

Studio: Paper Street Films/Back Lot Pictures

Genre: Political Drama

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Connie Nielsen, Peter Fonda, Sarah Paulson, Wendell Pierce

Nicolas Cage stars as a politician whose career is destroyed after news of a sex scandal is leaked following the oil spill in 2010.


The Diary of a Teenage GirlThe Diary of a Teenage Girl

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Marielle Heller

Prod. Miranda Bailey, Anne Carey, Bert Hamelinck, Madeline Samit

Studio: Sony Pictures Classics

Genre: Comedy Drama

Based On: The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures by Phoebe Gloeckner

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Bel Powley, Austin Lyon, Quinn Nagle

Minnie Goetze is a fifteen year old girl living in 1970s San Francisco with her mother, Charlotte when she starts an affair with her mother’s boyfriend, Monroe, recording everything that happens in her diary.


exeterExeter

Release Date: August 7, 2015

Dir. Marcus Nispel

Prod. Brandt Andersen, Michael Corrente, Michael Corso, Marcus Nispel, Trent Othick

Genre: Horror

Starring: Stephen Lang, Kelly Blatz, Brittany Curran, Brett Dier, Gage Golightly

Six teenagers accidentally release a malevolent spirit while goofing off at a party. However, the teens quickly realize the spirit may not be the most dangerous thing out there, and that it’s malevolence is actually the spirit trying to tell them something.


The Man from UNCLEThe Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Release Date: August 14, 2015

Dir. Guy Ritchie

Prod. John David, Steve Clark-Hall, Lionel Wigram, Guy Ritchie

Studio: Warner Bros.

Genre: Action, Comedy

Based On: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. by Sam Rolfe

Starring: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris, Hugh Grant

Two U.N.C.L.E. agents must work together to stop a crime organization before they use nuclear weapons to turn the world catastrophic during this action film set during the 1960s Cold War.


Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton

Release Date: August 14, 2015

Dir. F. Gary Gray

Prod. Ice Cube, Tomica Woods-Wright, Matt Alvarez, F. Gary Gray, Scott Bernstein, Dr. Dre

Studio: Universal Studios

Genre: Biography, Drama

Starring: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr.

A biographical drama that follows the history of the band, N.W.A.


Return to Sender

Return to Sender

Release Date: August 14, 2015

Dir. Faoud Mikati

Prod. Candice Abela and Holly Wiersma

Studio: Image Entertainment/Arrow Films

Genre: Thriller

Starring: Rosamund Pike, Nick Nolte, Shiloh Fernendez

After a woman is brutally attacked in her home, she must try to return to her normal life. This proves difficult though when she starts communicating with her attacker while he’s in prison. But, are either of them really what they seem?


Ten Thousand Saints

Ten Thousand Saints

Release Date: August 14, 2015

Dir. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini

Prod. Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, Tredie Styler, Celine Rattray, Luca Borghese, Datari Turner

Studio: Screen Media Films

Genre: Drama

Based On: Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ethan Hawke, Avan Jogia, Emile Hirsch, Emily Mortimer

In this coming-of-age film, three teenagers (Butterfield, Steinfeld, and Hirsch) learn to come together to support each other through difficult times.


People Places Things

People Places Things

Release Date: August 14, 2015

Dir. James C. Strouse

Prod. Michael B. Clark and Alex Turtletaub

Studio: The Film Arcade

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall, Jessica Williams, Stephenie Allynne, Michael Chernus, Aundrea Gadsby, Gia Gadsby

Will Henry is a newly singer father who must balance raising his two young daughters while figuring out how to let go of old loves and let new ones in.


Mistress America

Mistress America

Release Date: August 14, 2015

Dir. Noah Baumbach

Prod. Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig, Scott Rudin, Rodrigo Teixeira, Lila Yacoub

Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Heather Lind, Cindy Cheung, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Matthew Shear, Kathryn Erbe, Michael Chernus

Lola Kirke stars Tracy, a college freshman who allows her future-step-sister to take her on insane adventures to escape the boredom and loneliness of her regular life.


Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’

Release Date: August 18, 2015

Dir. Tadayoshi Yamamuro

Studio: Toei Company/20th Centrury Fox

Genre: Animated, Action, Adventure

Starring an Extensive Voice Cast. The full list can be found here on Wikipedia

The nineteenth film in the Dragon Ball series, you can read a full synopsis here on the Dragon Ball Wikia Page


American Ultra

American Ultra

Release Date: August 21, 2015

Dir. Nima Nourizadeh

Prod. David Alpert, Anthony Bregman, Mark Fasano, Kevin Scott Frakes, Britton Rizzio, Raj Brinder Singh

Studio: Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment

Genre: Action, Comedy

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Topher Grace, Connie Britton, Walton Goggins, John Leuizamo, Bill Pullman, Tony Hale

Mike Howell is a government sleeper agent. When the government targets him for elimination, he is suddenly thrust back into the chaos of his old life and must find a way to escape again.


Hitman

Hitman: Agent 47

Release Date: August 21, 2015

Dir. Aleksander Bach

Prod. Charles Gordon, Adrian Askariah, Alex Young, Skip Woods

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Genre: Action, Thriller

Based On: Hitman by IO Interactive

Starring: Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciarán Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann, Angelababy

Rupert Friend is Agent 47, a genetically engineered assassin who must take down an opposing corporation before they unlock the secrets to 47’s creation and use them to make their own army.


Sinister 2

Sinister 2

Release Date: August 21, 2015

Dir. Ciaran Foy

Prod. Jason Blum, Scott Derrickson, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones

Studio: Focus Features/Gramercy Pictures

Genre: Horror

Starring: James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan

Following the events of the first Sinister film, Deputy So & So is in the process of investigating the murders that have taken place and is hoping to prevent more of them from happening. This might be difficult though when a young family moves into the house Bughuul lives in and he tries to make one of the children film himself killing his family.


Z for Zachariah

Z for Zachariah

Release Date: August 28, 2015

Dir. Craig Zobel

Prod. Skuli Fr. Malmquist, Thor Sigurjonsson, Sigurjón Sighvatsson, Tobey Maguire, Matthew Plouffe, Sophia Lin

Studio: Roadside Attractions

Genre: Drama, Action, Sci-Fi

Based on Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine

Based on the novel of the same name, Z for Zachariah tells the story of three of the last remaining survivors on Earth find themselves in a love triangle.


Regression

Regression

Release Date: August 28, 2015

Dir. Alejandro Amenábar

Prod. Alejandro Amenábar, Fernando Bovaira, Christina Piovesan

Studio: The Weinstein Company

Genre: Thriller

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Emma Watson, David Dencik, David Thewlis

Emma Watson stares as seventeen-year old Angela, a girl who was sexually abused by her father, though the man doesn’t actually remember the event happening.


Max Steel

Max Steel

Release Date: August 28, 2015

Dir. Stewart Hendler

Prod. Bill O’Dowd and Julia Pistor

Studio: Open Road Films

Genre: Action, Adventure

Starring: Ben Winchell, Ana Villafañe, Andy Garcia, Maria Bello, Billy Slaughter

Max Steel the film acts as an origin story to the series which aired several years ago and follows teenager, Max McGrath, and alien, Steel. The duo must use their powers to turn into Max Steel and save the world.

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87th Academy Awards

oscars-2015The Academy Awards aired last night and once again they were hosted by the amazing Neil Patrick Harris. With so many awards and amazing performances, and even more stand-out moments from the amazing nominees and award winners that are sure to make it a night people will remember.

Reese Witherspoon took to the red carpet and talked about the #AskHerMore campaign in which actresses call out the gender inequality. In an interview, Witherspoon said, “This is a movement to say we’re more than just our dresses. There are 44 nominees this year that are women and we are so happy to be here and talk about the work that we’ve done. It’s hard being a woman in Hollywood, or any industry.” Lena Dunham, Shonda Rhimes, and many others took to Twitter to show their support.

Inside the building, Neil Patrick Harris took to the stage and called out the lack of racial diversity among the nominees.

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Patricia Arquette, who won for her role in Boyhood, ended her acceptance speech with a call for women to receive equal pay and equal rights: “To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation: we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights.  It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” Truly a stand-out moment that rings so true in our time.

Another moment that rings true comes from John Legend and Common’s speech after their amazing performance of “Glory” from the film, Selma.

“Selma is now. Because the struggle for justice is right now…we know that right now the struggle for freedom and justice is real…there are more black men under incarceration today then there were slaves.” The truth behind these words is harsh and something that needed to be said. Looking at all that has been happening, the significance of these words cannot go unheard or be ignored.

Neil Patrick Harris showed how “difficult” it is to correct one’s self when you mispronounce someone’s name. The actor mispronounced Chiwetel Ejiofor name and then you know what he did? He took a moment and corrected himself. I know, the scandal! It’s that easy people. Stop mispronouncing actors and actresses names just because you can’t be bothered to learn how to pronounce it.

Lady Gaga gave a stunning Sound of Music performance that ended with Julie Andrews coming out on the stage.

It was truly amazing and seeing Julie Andrews there was wonderful. That hug at the end between the Queen of Pop and the Queen of Genovia was something that many people excited and absolutely loving it.

And finally, though there were so many more moments I could talk about, Graham Moore’s acceptance speech for Best Adapted Screenplay of The Imitation Game, Moore spoke about how hard he had it growing up and ended by saying to “stay weird and stay different.” Like the speech givers before him, these were words that so many people watching needed to hear.

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The 87th Annual Academy Awards were truly a marvel. Despite the lack of racial diversity, those who did win and stood on that stage made sure no one was forgotten.

Here are the winners of the 87th Academy Awards:

Best Film Editing: Whiplash – Tom Cross
Best Visual Effects: Interstellar – Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, and Scott Fisher
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
Best Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero
Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen (Production Design) and Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)
Best Cinematography: Birdman or (THe Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Emmanuel Lubezki
Best Sound Editing: American Sniper – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
Best Sound Mixing: Whiplash – Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins, and Thomas Curley
Best Original Score: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat
Best Original Song: “Glory” from Selma – John Legend and Common
Best Live Action Short Film: The Phone Call – Mat Kirkby and James Lucas
Best Animated Short Film: Feast – Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed
Best Documentary – Feature: Citizenfour – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, and Dirk Wilutsky
Best Documentary – Short Subject: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry
Best Animated Feature Film: Big Hero 6 – Don Hall, Chris Williams, and ROy COnli
Best Foreign Language Film: Ida (Poland) in Polish – Pawel Pawlikoweski
Best Original Screenplay: Birdman or (The Unexpectedn Virtue of Ignorance)Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Imitation Game – Graham Moore from Alan Turning: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons – Whiplash as Terence Fletcher
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette – Boyhood as Olivia Evans
Best Directing: Alejandro González Iñárritu – Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything as Stephen Hawking
Best Actress: Julianne Moore – Still Alice as Dr. Alice Howland
Best Picture: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Lesher, and James W. Skotchdopole

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Broad Blog Too Broad?

blogSo I did a lot of research before starting this blog, trying to get an idea of how to run it and the kind of content to include. I can safely say that everything I found was incredibly… unhelpful. Everything I read said to find your niche and write about it. Blog about what you like. Well, I’m already doing that over on my other blog and this blog isn’t like that one.

That’s where I talk about writing and post book and film reviews. This blog isn’t one where I choose one topic and talk about it. I want this to be one where I talk about lots of stuff. I can be pretty opinionated and I have lots of stuff I care about and want to talk about. On top of that, I’m a writer, which means a blog is the perfect place to get a discussion going. This blog won’t be one thing, but many things. Some topics you may find here are:

Feminism
LGBTQ+
Shark Finning/Whaling
Films and Shows
On This Day in History…
Stuff Going on in the World
Experiences in general

Essentially, I’m going to be talking about pretty much anything. Now, a lot of things I read said starting a blog this broad would be too much. Too overwhelming. But how would I know if it’s too overwhelming without even trying? I can always talk about things and if it’s too much I can change them. But for now here it is. If you have something you would like me tot talk about leave a comment or visit my contact page!

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