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This weeks pick of the week review! #UnPadreNoTanPadre

To say that this film caught us by surprise would be an insult to it. The trailer does it very little justice which means you will have to see it to understand our our review and oh how we hope you do see it this weekend and tell your friends to see it as well after you have raved about it. I can say that this film will catch you off guard and romance you into falling for it head over heals. You heard me right! You will fall in love with Pantelion Films and Lionsgate & Televisa Un Padre No Tan Padre. We did.

This week we screened the film at our local South Beach Regal Cinemas with special guest my mom and some of the cast! We had the honor and privilege of having the main actors  Jacqueline Bracamontes (Alma), Benny Ibarra (Fran) and Hector Bonilla (Don Servando Villegas) introduce the film and stay for the screening. My mom was a little star struck and impressed they stayed and took pictures with some of the crowd. She loved it laughed alot and also shed some tears. Now to the movie!

Yes this is a Spanish language film with subtitles and some Spanglish mixed in to it so please do let that turn you off. One thing I enjoy about the movies is being swooped off my feet and engulfed and engaged in what we are watching on the big screen. Un Padre does that right from the beginning as you get a brief introduction to Don Servando Villegas (Hector Bonilla) as well where and how he ended up almost 90 and in an old folks home because none of his kids wanted to take him in. From there the film flows nicely and the story takes off as he is kicked out of the home and has to move in…well you can read the synopsis below.

We enjoyed the mix of spanish humor and how each of the characters living in the commune house have good screen time so you are able to invest a little time into them. They are well rounded and you get just enough information as you need about them. Alot of great back and forth and flashbacks help keep the film going and give it some meat and potatoes so you don’t feel left out in the wind. Around here is where you begin to understand why his kids left Don Servando Villegas in the home and you also begin to wonder why as well. Your heart may take a little beating here as well but that is ok. It will be better as there is such whimsical interactions with everyone in the house as they all get a taste of Don Servando and his winning personality.

                       

We will not spoil the whole film because we are hoping you go and see it for your selves. Un Padre No Tan Padre really delivers a great message and we like to see it as a coming of age movie but in the typical teenage style that we are so used to seeing. This is the coming of story of a man and his family after having lived a full life and seeing there is still more to live for.

Un Padre No Tan Padre opens nationwide this January 27. Check your local theaters for showtimes and snacks.

[Benny Ibarra as Fran, Jacqueline Bracamontes as Alma, Camila Selser as Carla,Sergio Mayer Mori as Rene , Arturo Barba as Bill, and Eduardo Tanus as Memo in Un Padre No Tan Padre Photo Credit: Daniel Daza courtesy Pantelion Films]

                                                                            

Set in the stately and majestic colonial city of San Miguel de Allende, this quirky comedy starring Héctor Bonilla, Benny Ibarra de Llano, Jacqueline Bracamontes and Sergio Mayer Mori, follows 85-year old Don Servando Villegas (Héctor Bonilla,) an old fashioned Mexican patriarch who gets kicked out of his retirement home for bad behavior. When his estranged son, Francisco (Benny Ibarra de Llano) is forced to take him into the house full of hippies he shares with his girlfriend and young son, “new age” collides with old age as Don Servando and his son Francisco experience a series of conflicts and situations that puts their home’s stability in jeopardy. Un Padre No Tan Padre is a story about family: the one we’re born into and the one we create along the way.

The film is directed by Raúl Martinez and produced by Gerardo Gatica’s Panorama Global, Alberto Müfflemann and Moises Cosió. The film is executive produced by Distant Horizon’s Anant Singh and Brian Cox. Anant Singh, President of Distant Horizon said, “ ‘Un Padre No Tan Padre” ’ is a hugely entertaining film and we are delighted to be partnering with Pantelion Films to bring it to the US Latin audience, a market in which they are leaders and have a successful track record. We are pleased to be continuing our relationship with Gerardo Gatica and Alberto Müfflemann at Panorama Global, with whom we previously co-produced “ ‘Kite’ ” and “‘Remember.’ ”

Generations of fans approve and applaude you Charlie Brown #PeanutsMovie

    It has been almost 15 years since the last Peanuts comic was plublished in the newspaper one day after the passing of Charles M. Schulz. It still remains in reruns every Sunday and we still have the TV Holiday specials that have become a tradition around the world for some time now. So how put out a feature animated film without any “new” material to showcase or sell or promote? How do you “modernize” The Peanuts gang for this generation? Simple answer is… you dont!
     The typical Hollywood formula would have been to put some iPhones in their hands or put them on some sort of adventure quest with major changes to the trusted formula so they would be relateable. Throw in some new jokes and even characters right? Not with this movie, not with our beloved rag tag team of just plain ol regular kids in school and dealing with everyday life.

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      That’s boring alot of people may have thought. We need to make these characters relevant to this younger audience that doesn’t see them all over TV or the Internet. Whose to say they aren’t relevant right now?

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      Opening weekend The Peanuts movie went up against the new James Bond film Spectre and came in at number 2 with  a $45Million opening and it’s currently at around $90Million. That says it all right! Success! Well money is usually the measure studios take in order to greenlight a sequel  but here we were looking to see how the fans and critics liked it. The did fantastic with both! Here’s my review.
      2015 seems to be using nostalgia alot! Jurassic Park, Star Wars to name a couple. The movie opens up and right away you are whisked away into their circle of friends. Right there next to Lucy and Charlie Brown! That’s when you know a movie has you. When nothing else matters until the lights come up at the end of the movie. You almost feel as if you were reading one of their comics and were instantly sucked in. The first that got me was the quality of the animation and the perfect balance of Computer animation and the nod to the traditional animation. The story centers around Charlie Brown and his feelings of inadequacy and he tries to overcome them by never giving up. (Yes this is a kids movie) When you look at Charlie he is meek, nervous and lacks self confidence. He can’t fly a kite or even kick a football. He is in a way alot of how we feel and is relateable right away.
       It’s a snow day and the kids are going skating and playing ice hockey but Charlie Brown is trying to get a win. Suddenly there is kid moving in across the street and we’ll Charlie is smitten and determined to get the girl. Now I won’t go in and spoil the film for you so here it goes. Kudos to the filmakers for sticking to the original story and do formula of what made us love these characters for the last 65 years. The screenplay was just like reading the comics and they did a spectacular job in bringing to life so many great aspects of the comic strip. The material was not mutated into something ridiculous like it so often happens and the story did a good job flowing through the film. Snoopy was flawless on screen and those who love him will see why. He is Charlie’s trusted dog and best friend and wants nothing but the best for him and will do whatever it takes for Charlie to get it. He also goes off on his own adventure like always and you will truly love how they blended it in. Having just watched The Great Pumpkin the other week I felt like they did a wonderful job in voice casting everyone!
     To sum all of this up The Peanuts  Movie is one you shouldn’t let you pass by and it’s ideal for both adults and kids. Our theatre had a nice mix and I loved hearing the kids laughing throughout the movie. The movie will pull at your heartstrings and you may just shed a few tears here and there. A great movie with a great all around message that will resonate with you after the movie ends. Great job 20th Century Fox, Blue Skies and the Schulz family for making this movie happen.

Where’s Keanu Reeves? Point Break reboot lives! Here’s the first trailer #PointBreak

In 1991 the original Point Break was released and became an underground hit. It was a great film with some killer action and a pretty decent storyline.
It’s 2015 and 24 years later it has been remade with a little extra juice. Pretty damn impressed with the trailer especially the action sequences so far. Let’s see if it can earn the right to be rebooted.
Point Break opens Christmas 2015.

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Wonderful piece on the importance of the superhero movie and why we need them!

American Sniper BluRay giveaway! #AmericanSniper

It’s time for a giveaway! How would like to own the film on BluRay before it comes out next week? How?

Simply head to my Instagram @filmfoodieozzy and do the following…

1. Like this pic  https://instagram.com/p/2nzswGAgul/
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That’s it. Winner will be chosen by midnight today!

Good luck!

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Day dreaming about the first time I can sit and talk movies with my son.

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I began blogging almost 2 years ago because I wanted to share my opinions and thoughts about movies and connect with other film lovers and fans. Ever since I was a little kid I have been fascinated by movies and how they can just transport you to another world-I’ve been known to spend entire days indulging in different worlds via the cinema. I am about to embark on the most epic of film franchises all of time: FATHERHOOD! I have shared a lot of this journey on my Instagram and other social sites and have received a lot of love throughout these crazy 8 months. And according to everyone we know this is only the beginning!  As I write this my enchanting wife is 36 weeks pregnant lying next to me singing to our son in her belly.

Every now and then I find myself daydreaming of the moment when I will be able to sit down and begin to show my son the cinematic masterpieces that I grew up with hoping he feels the same way i do about movies. I have but one fear, that he won’t share the same love of film as I do. Now what? What am i to do? Is all hope lost? No….no it is not because I will start him at an early age without him even knowing it! Ha! Take that! How you may ask? Well, there is nothing like the background noise of Jurassic Park during feeding times or the swooshing sounds of Luke’s light saber as I sit with him trying to put him to sleep. Now I am not sure how my wife will take to this idea but for now it is a seed I can plant.
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The bond between a son and his dad is a special one and I cannot being to explain how scared I am yet how happy and exciting it is at the same time. As a first time daddy I feel blessed to have such a great support system here it is almost unbelievable. This little guy is already so loved by so many people I know we will be just fine. Growing up my father passed away when I was 6 and it was just me and my mom and I’m amazed at how she did all on her own. How she was able to raise me and give me everything i needed and more. I never felt that i was missing something, sure there were sometimes when it came to materialistic things but she did a spectacular job of keeping me grounded.

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It turns out my grandparents from my mother’s side had the same love for films that i do. My mom would tell me stories that they would always go to the movies, often seeing the same films over and over because in Peru at times wouldn’t get new films as frequently as they would here in the US and local productions weren’t as abundant (this was in the 40’s and 50′ mind you). Talking to my mom now she has given me a tiny insight on what it was to raise a little boy. “You will daydream a lot my son. she tells me. “about all things and experiences you want to give him and you will make a lot of them happen.”

What will we talk about when he is ready to talk film? What will he like? Will he have the same reaction as I did the first time I saw Star Wars or will he try and fake us out by being too sick to go to school the first time he watches Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? (I tried it) It is funny because he is not even here yet and I am already looking at 3 or 4 years into the future and he hasn’t even been born! He needs to get here first and tackle some pretty important things like, walking, eating solid foods, potty training, reading and other very much need motor skills before we can sit and have movie marathons where i show him the classics. Still I find myself fast forwarding to that day I sit down with him, hold his hand and watch his little face as he watches for the first time (that he can remember) these and other movies. I also sit and day dream of so many other things he and I will enjoy and maybe things that I never liked but i will open my mind if he likes them to be supportive and show him it is a two way street.

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Now to wait, wait for the big day when I get the call that she is in labor and I will  become every movie cliche for first time dads as I freak out and go nuts getting her to the hospital. God knows we already fit the cliche about building a crib which only took me and my  group of friends about 4 hours to put together. With each passing day I will be one more day closer to holding him in my arms and experiencing parenthood. Oh wait! I love Parenthood. That’s a great movie…and show! Maybe it’s a good time to revisit a classic.