#filmlush – The Lion King

One of the most well-known Disney animated musicals, The Lion King gives the adventure of a lion cub’s journey to maturation and acceptance of his rightful place on the throne as king. Simba (voiced first by Jonathan Taylor Johnson, then by Matthew Broderick) begins his life as a recognized sophisticated yet curious and sometimes mischievous prince. He is the son of the high reigning King Mufasa (voiced by James Earl Jones).

The cub’s happy youngster years changes terrible when his wicked uncle Scare (voiced by Jeremy Irons) tragically kills Mufasa and banishes Simba from the kingdom and his home Pride Rock. In exile, the young lion befriends the off beat pair of Pumbaa, the warthog (voiced by Ernie Sabella) and Timon the meerkat (voiced by Nathan Lane), he and lives a comfortable life with them living off of bugs and shrubbery that they find laying around. They live a carefree life with no responsibilities, laughing, singing and not a care in the world. They teach him how to chill out and just enjoy every moment without thinking much about anything.

Later on as he begins to approach maturity, he is visited by the spirit of his dad, who tells him to beat the distrustful Scare and recover his rightful place at the throne. With cinematic elements borrowing from traditional myth and African folk lore, The Lion King is a mythological coming-of-age tale with a collection of fantastic visuals and energetic music, captivating story line. With songs by some of the world’s top artists including Elton John and Tim Grain and a score by Hendes Zimmer, many of the moments in the movie are very iconic and memorable with the use of the proper placement of the music within the film to aid the desired emotion. The producers and directors really know how to put together a great storyline with incredible music to create a masterpiece.

Acknowledged by kids and adults as well, the motion picture also developed hit music (“Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “The Circle of Life”) and a hit Broadway musical production. In later 2002, The Lion King was re-released in the large-screen IMAX version. This movie is one that will be passed on down for generations. Every now and then there is a movie that is just it and is the wow factor that hits the hearts of people of all ages and walks of life. Lion King is the one.

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Filmlush – O, Brother Where Art Thou?

This is a not so conventional whiskey-soaked tale of three kind hearted, but mischievous, inmates who escape from their long sentences on the chain gang set in mid 1800’s Mississippi. The story parallels Homer’s classic “The Odyssey” in a subtle way that once discovered is actually quite brilliant.

The three inmates each have a past that they are hoping to remedy by escaping from prison and start life over again as wealthy respectable men with businesses and families. The story follows them as they encounter con men, famous criminals, the Ku Klux Klan and a grab bag of notable faces including a character named “Tommy Johnson”, who is the undoubted portrayal of the famous Delta Blues guitar man Robert Johnson.

The boys follow a long journey home in search of a large sum of money hidden in an old cabin of the inmates before being sent to prison despite the forewarning challenges that stand in their way of a new life lead by the cunning wit and charm of George Clooney’s character “Ulysses McGill”.

The Cohen brothers are known for their innovative movie plots that kill off seemingly crucial characters in their stories, but every now and then, they make a gem like O, Brother that creatively bridges the gap between the all too familiar mainstream movies we are so used to and the genre that they have developed for themselves.

O, Brother is very enjoyable because it takes you back to a time when things were simple and moral values in the everyday still existed. It reminds us that no matter the most important things in life are the things we can’t carry in our pockets but rather in our hearts and memories.
Nuisances and small details throughout the movie can easily be missed the first time watching because the viewer is so captivated with the story and the characters. It’s like every time you watch this, you’ll find things that you didn’t catch the time before.

Sepia tones and overexposure compliment the southern summer backdrop like your favorite old timey photo in your grandparents home. You really get a feel and sense of the time frame and setting. In addition to the visuals, the movie has an incredible soundtrack which includes folk and bluegrass singers that are acclaimed for their talent contributed to help make the film even more authentic and relatable to those of us that can imagine yesteryear. The album has won several awards and is regarding to as a bluegrass staple. This is quite unique in that the sound and visuals are both works of art and together make for an incredible entertaining viewing.

The imagery and cinematic detail and decisions made for the film are subtlety pleasant and they actively remind us of the beauty life brings when you take the time to slow down and experience it. So be sure to grab this film and a large Mason jar of sweetened iced tea and savor for just a little while the creative work of the ones who made this happen just for you.

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Bill Murray stars in the Wes Anderson film “The Life Aquatic” as Steve Zissou, the leader of an eccentric group of undersea explorers and documentary film makers. Zissou is very loosely based off of the great deep sea diver Jacques Cousteau with several of the reoccurring themes within the movie paralleling that of notable characteristics of the Cousteau. Things like old analog equipment and color coordinated outfits and just all around peculiar activities and habits of the characters make it funny in a different way.

The plot of the movie follows Zissou and his crew after losing their partner to an obscure shark attack during filming. Zissou vows to track down the shark and kill it given the money he needs to fund another expedition. Most of Zissou’s former investors and colleagues see him as a has been washed up film maker who is incapable of producing quality documentaries like he did in his younger years and therefore, he has no capital in which to use for the necessary equipment and manpower for another voyage.

Owen Wilson stars in the movie as a wealthy pilot and long lost love child of one of Zissou’s past relationships. In an attempt to get to know his real father, Wilson’s character offers to put up the money to pay for the new film in exchange to be part of the crew and spend time with his dad. Several other members of the Zissou crew see this as nepotism and are reluctant to accept his son so quickly into the group. The writing in the film allows this to happen in a humorous way. Much like other Wes Anderson movies, the overall tone and feel of the movie seems to be mostly nostalgic and melancholy. Many times you can’t tell if a character really believes or cares about what he or she is saying because they feel like their mission is failing.

Wes Anderson movies always seem to have the same attitude and they like to romanticize the past in thinking that nothing will ever be as good as it used to be. In almost every movie I’ve seen directed by him, the main character is some sort of has been who is looking for a way to somehow redeem himself and prove to the world that he’s still got it while keeping the very real chance of failure in the back of his mind, he is ready to accept defeat at any given moment.

Because of this type of emotion throughout the movie, I only watch them when I find myself in the same emotional state as the characters in the movie. Otherwise, after watching them while I’m happy, I will find myself being a little hum drum and vice versa if I’m feeling a little down I will watch it and feel better laughing at how the story makes the best of a situation that is out of the character’s control.

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Filmlush – The Heartbreak Kid

Ben Stiller bridges the gap between a self-centered man who only does what’s best for himself and the good guy just trying to make things work.

This movie is about two newlyweds on their honeymoon to a Mexican resort where Stiller starts to learn a lot of things he doesn’t like about his new bride. During their honey moon his wife comes down with a sickness that results in her being bed ridden for several of the first few days of their honey moon.

Stiller then meets a woman that he finds to be very attractive both physically and emotionally who is there on a family trip. While his wife is sick and unable to leave the hotel room, Stiller is spending his vacation falling in love and getting to know this new woman and her family. He lies to them and makes up improvised elaborate stories when asked why he was there on vacation alone and in turn, is forced to lie to his wife about what he’s been doing all day while she was sick. The situation gets increasingly more complicated and deceitful in a funny way.

Like most Ben Stiller movies you expect that anything that can go wrong will go wrong and it does. Stiller’s real life father also plays his dad in the movie and has a somewhat decent sized role.

The film itself can be classified as similar to Stiller’s other comedies like Meet The Parents but it seems like a few parts were added so the film could graduate from the PG-13 caliber to the R- rated section. Sex scenes, drug references, lewdness, and the occasional curse word are really the only things that make this movie any different in the rating that it has as opposed to other movies he stars in.

In my opinion, I found those all (sex scenes, drug references, lewdness, etc.) to be not needed and not supporting to the rest of the movie. It seems like the writers just wanted to do something in some kind of attempt to make the movie mature but in doing so they really only made it immature. I would say most of the jokes and instances are pretty low brow as many jokes in Stiller’s movies are.

I have seen this movie many times including the edited version on cable television with the raunchier parts edited out and I noticed absolutely no difference whether they were there or not. Without the parts, the movie could be paired with other movies like Meet The Parents or Fun With Dick and Jane. The humor is very similar and the jokes are really only funny if you aren’t going to require a lot to laugh. Like other Ben Stiller movies, you have to have an open mind to enjoy it. The Heartbreak Kid makes me wonder if the limit of his acting ability has been reached and if ten years later his popularity and style of acting is waning.

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@filmlush – The Great Buck Howard

Buck Howard is a ‘mentalist’ who performs shows that involve illusions and affects that often are mistaken for magic tricks. Buck has been on the circuit for over forty years and to many he is regarded as nostalgic reminder of their child hood.

His most famous trick is always the finale of his show as he tells the audience to hide the money he is being paid to play the gig somewhere in the venue. He then tells them that if he is unable to find the money then they can keep it. In over 40 years in the entertainment industry Buck has always found his money.

The movie focuses on the relationship between Buck and his new assistant who quit law school and was seeking some sort of new employment. After seeing an ad for an assistant/road manager position he met Buck. This is a star studded father/son viewing as Tom Hanks son Colin plays the assistant to Buck and Tom Hanks plays Troy’s disapproving father in the movie.

Buck is played well by Malkovich but I really don’t care that much for the way Malkovich stylizes his roles. Most of the time I don’t really let physical attributes or characteristics judge my tastes for actors but when it comes to Malkovich, something about him just irks me. I think it might be the way he talks or his general passive aggressive attitude he has in almost all of his roles.

The Great Buck Howard is a C-list comedy at best and I feel that Tom Hanks is really only in the movie as a favor and to add support to his son’s acting career. The movie wasn’t terrible but at the same time, it wasn’t all that entertaining. There are a lot of montages that make you think things are going really well for the two and then those seemingly good developments are easily overshadowed by a small setback that causes Buck to lose his temper and almost call it quits.

The movie continues on and Buck seems to be gaining back all the respect and attention that he once had. He is offered his own show in Las Vegas with a few flashy changes to be made. At the end of his first show, Buck goes to perform his trademark finale but he is unable to find his money. This is a very dramatic scene within the movie as Buck begins to fade away. It seemed as if his failed attempt to find his money was a symbol of how he had also lost everything he thought he would always have. There is no conclusion as to why he was unable to do the trick and the movie just ends with his last show and a reunion between Troy and Buck.

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Filmlush.com – New Girl

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Zooey Deschanel plays a quirky new roommate who moves into an apartment of three guy best friends. They found each other after taking out an ad in craigslist seeking a roommate. Zooey Deschanel essentially plays a less melancholy version of herself in real life, in the show. She is the quirk monster heart throb that has really become more of a trend the past few years than she has a very versatile actor. I would compare her to someone who gained popularity through trend similar to Ryan Gosling but Gosling has been able to play several different roles well; whereas Deschanel always turns out to be the same person every single time. It seems to be she is only cast for the part of the low key attractive and different vintage trend girl.  In the past few years it seems like it has become popular to mention her or say you like her as if that speaks about your uniqueness in personal preferences thus becoming more of trend than with an acting career being more of a bi-product.

Deschanel is also in the band She and Him with independent recording artist M.Ward.  I don’t think I have ever really found their music to be appealing one way or the other. To me it is a blatant rip-off of other previous female musicians who were more original in the realm of the alt country Americana girl singer who dabbles in guitar or maybe with other cutesy borderline toy instruments like the xylophone. Deschanel is essentially the main stream media’s version of someone like Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley.

Although, it seems like she is always playing the same characters I will say that watching New Girl is much more tolerable than some of the other movies she’s in. Her character in New Girl is much more fun loving and energetic as opposed to some of the other roles she usually plays. The show doesn’t only focus on her even though she is the main character. The show also focuses on the funny situations that transpire between the other characters.

Schmidt is the self centered pampered roommate who is love with Jess’ model best friend and he is constantly trying to impress her with his looks or strength or some other kind of superficial quality. She typically avoids him or responds with a witty insult.

The other characters are equally as funny but less dramatic most of the time. Schmidt’s character seems to be intended to be a little over the top and contributes to his over obnoxiousness.

The show is full of laughs while at the same time the friends are becoming closer and they are all there for each other when one is upset and they stick together as a group.

New girl is extremely popular right now and I watch it on a regular basis. I’m interested to see what’s going to happen when Jess is no longer considered to be the new girl. Perhaps the name of the show will be changed to something else like ‘Regular Girl”.

Filmlush.com Presents Olympics 2102 Most Unforgettable Moments

Michael Phelps is a walking trophy case

Team relay helps get Michael Phelps, the Olympian swimming wonder, into the history books. His team helped to give him a strong four second lead. The team consisted of Conor Dwyer, Ryan Lochte, and Ricky Berens. Phelps told his guys that he wanted the biggest lead possible and that they gave to him and he is grateful.

Ryan Lochte beat Michael Phelps in 400-meter  individual medley

This was Lochte’s first medal which led the path to a total of five thus far. Phelps placed fourth and didn’t even make it on the stand for this one.

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filmlush.com – Olympic Gold Medalist Missy Franklin Gets Message From Justin Bieber

Missy Franklin is on top of the world. Not only did she get a gold medal in the Olympic but she also got a message on twitter from her favorite singer, Justin Bieber.  Shortly after receiving the message, she received a video of Justin and his little brother. Missy is planning on going to the next concert of his soon. #filmlush

Filmlush.com – Oldest Actors and Actresses

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Here is a list of some of the Oldest Actors and Actresses:

Helen Mirren (Age 66)

Helen’s birthdate and year is July 26, 1945. She has performed in: Inkheart (2008), Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (2010), Hamlet (1976), Calendar Girls (2003), Excalibur (1981), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2004), Elizabeth I (2005), Shadowboxer (2005), Raising Helen (2004), The Queen (2006), National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007), State of Play (2009), and Red (2010)

John Rhys-Davies (Age 67)

John’s birthdate and year is May 5, 1944. He has performed in: Tales from the Crypt (1991),

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981),  Legend of the Seeker (2010), Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989),  The Untouchables (1993–1994), Victor Victoria (1982), The Lost World (1992), Glory Daze (1996), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), Sliders (1995–1997),  Star Trek Voyager (1997–1998), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007), Anacondas: Trail of Blood (2009).

Tom Selleck (Age 67)

Tom’s birthday is January 29, 1945. the movies and tv shows he has performed in are: Three Men and a Baby (1987), The Closer (1998), Blue Bloods (2010-Present), The Young and The Restless (1974-1975), Open Season (1995), Three Men and a Little Lady (1990), Quigley Down Under (1990), Mr. Baseball (1992), Boston Legal (2006), Three Men and a Bride (2012), Magnum P.I. (1980-1988), Murder She Wrote (1986), The Love Letter (1999), Meet The Robinsons (2003), Friends (1996), Killers (2010), Las Vegas (2007-2008).

Betty White (Age 90)

Born on January 17, 1922, Betty has played roles in: The Betty White Show (1977–1978), Diagnosis: Murder (1994), Ally McBeal (2000), Tom Sawyer (2000), Lake Placid (1999), Who’s The Boss (1985), Bringing Down The House (2003), 30 Rock (2009), Hot in Cleveland (2010-Present), The Proposal (2009), That 70′s Show (2002-2003), The Golden Girls (1985-1989), You Again (2010), Santa Barbara (1988), Malcolm in the Middle (2002-2003), The Middle (2010), Community (2010), The Practice (2004), The Bold and the Beautiful (2006-2009), Ugly Betty (2007-2008), Boston Legal (2005-2006, 2008), My Name is Earl (2009)

Robert De Niro (Age 67)

Robert’s birthdate and year of birth is August 17, 1943. He has played in:  Raging Bull (1980), The Godfather Part II (1974), Limitless (2011), Taxi Driver (1976), The Untouchables (1987), Goodfellas (1990), Cape fear (1991), Heat (1995), Sleepers (1996), Stardust (2007), Wag The Dog (1997), Analyze This (1999), Little Fockers (2010), Meet The Parents (2000), The Score (2001), Analyze That (2002), Meet The Fockers (2004), Hide and Seek (2005), Righteous Kill (2008), Everybody’s Fine (2009), Machete (2010).

Dick Van Dyke (85)

Born on December 13, 1925, Dick Van Dyke has performed in: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009), Diagnosis: Murder (1993-2001), The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1974), The Golden Girls (1989), Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Curious George (2006), Mary Poppins (1964), Dick Tracy (1990), Fitzwilly (1967), Murder 101 (2006-2008), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), Night at the Museum (2006), Matlock (1990), Sabrina the Teenage Witch (2000), Scrubs (2004).

Clint Eastwood (Age 81)

Clint’s birthday is May 31, 1930 and he has performed in: Gran Torino (2008), The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966), Dirty Harry (1971), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), Escape From Alcetraz (1979), Pink Cadillac (1989), The Rookie (1990), In The Line of Fire (1993), Casper (1995), nvictus (2009), Space Cowboys (2000), Mystic River (2003), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Letters From Iwo Jima (2006), Changeling (2008), Hereafter (2010), Flags of Our Fathers (2006).

William Shatner (Age 80)

The special day of March 22, 1931 was the birth of super movie star William Shatner. The movies and tv shows he appeared in are: Star Trek I-VI (1979-1991), The Fresh Prince of Bel Air (1992), Star Trek Generations (1994), Dodgeball (2004), The Outer Limits (1964), National Lampoons Loaded Weapon 1 (1993), The Practice (2004), Miss Congeniality (2000), $#*! My Dad Says (2010), American Psycho II (2002), Miss Congeniality 2 (2005), Over The Hedge (2006),The Twilight Zone (1960, 1963), Little Women (1978), T.J. Hooker (1982-1986), Mork & Mindy (1982), 3rd Rock From The Sun (1999-2000), Boston Legal (2004-2008).

Sean Connery (Age 80)

August 25, 1930 is the day that Sean Connery was born. He has played roles in: The Longest Day (1962), Dr. No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), The Hunt for Red October (1990), You Only Live Twice (1967), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Diamonds are Forever (1971), The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Robin and Marian (1976), Time Bandits (1981),  Dragonheart (1996), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), Never Say Never Again (1983), Highlander (1986), The Untouchables (1987), The Presidio (1988), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991), First Knight (1995), The Rock (1996), Entrapment (1999), Finding Forrester (2000), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).

It’s just fun to honor the celebrities who have made a lifetime of entertaining us as their passion and profession. When we think of these actors and actresses, we can immediately start listing the shows and movies they were in and even remember special times in our lives when these were aired. Classic is what comes to mind when you think about some of the oldest stars in the world who have kept us entertained for years.

 

Filmlush.com – The hype around 3D movies

3D movies have been around since as early as 1915 but it wasn’t until recently that filmmakers have decided to really dive into them and see if they can make a more interesting movie using 3D as a device to better engage the audience. More and more movies seem to go the 3D route and it’s interesting to weigh out all the cons of making a movie in 3D in contrast to what benefits you get of making the movie available in that format.

3D movies cost more to make, a lot more as most major motion pictures that are intended to be released in 3D are shot on cameras meant specifically for that medium. As a result of needing a much bigger budget, tickets for movies in 3D usually cost more and theaters have to allow the audiences to sit further back when watching these movies in order to view them properly, which means they can’t allow as many people in the theater so they have to charge more to compensate for the empty seats.

All of that being said, the question is do you really get more for your money and from the movie if it is in 3D? In most cases, the answer is no. The 3D effect is usually so minimal within every movie that I’ve seen that it really doesn’t justify the extra money you have to pay for a 3D ticket and the glasses just become annoying after a while, taking them off and continuing to watch the movie doesn’t work because without the glasses everything appears in doubles and the color is all off.

This makes me wonder why movies keep coming out in 3D. At this point it seems like production companies are just doing their best to try and experiment until they find a combination that works and really utilizes the 3D option and if that’s the case, I feel like the movie should just be realized in the normal 2D format or postponed until the 3D version is really something that is visually stimulating.

It doesn’t make sense to spend and charge so much extra money for maybe one or two noticeable differences in the film. The few times the 3D was noticeable to me it wasn’t even a very prominent part of the movie. It would be maybe a glass of water in the background somewhere that appears to be right in front me to where I could almost touch it. That was a neat effect but was it really all worth it just for some miniscule effect like that?

There are said to be two very proficient 3D movies coming out later this year and I’m interested to see what the 3D experience is like when done correctly.

As this viewer and reviewer writer puts it, 3D movies are all the hype these days. We want to thank each of you for sending in your reviews of our movies at Filmlush.com as well as other movies, tv shows and films. We are honored to share them with the world in order to help promote movies as well as help people to make decisions on what to watch. #filmlush.com