Movie Review

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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.

Guardians of the Galaxy Film Review

guardians header         “We’re the freakin’ Guardians of the Galaxy!” says Rocket Raccoon and that line will stay with you long after the film is over. James Gunn writes and directs this rag tag group of antiheroes like an Avengers reject crew and it goes off without a hitch. This summer has lacked a little fun at the movies and Guardians of the Galaxy quickly overfills that gap. This is the most fun you will have this summer at the movies and it is all thanks to a big gamble that Disney and Marvel made when giving the green light to this project. It is going to pay off big time, mark my word.
Marvel is in full swing of its next phase in its cinematic universe and it could not be going better for them. Each film keeps on getting better and better and we have yet to feel that they are just regurgitating what formula works with each previous film. We are getting different films all with different high points and low points and styles of storytelling and writing. May this recipe continue to work for them with all their future projects.
Who are the Guardians of the Galaxy? They are a thief, assassin, maniac and 2 bounty hunters that all end up at the right place at the right time and this is where the magic begins. Star Lord (Chris Pratt) leads this unlikely group of anti heroes all whom have known some sort of pain and loss which takes them each to the place they are at now. We have Gamora (Zoe Saladana), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Disiel) all on the tail of Star Lord which gets them all thrown into jail where Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) joins the picture and that is where the story takes off. The promise of a big payday and the death of a certain villain catapult this team into action.
Ensemble casts sometimes can fail because there seems to be that one person that dominates screen time and everyone else is just there for fluff but in Guardians of the Galaxy it is a perfect balance throughout the entire film. Now there is a lot to digest during the 2 hour film from heroes to villains to storylines and back stories all while you are witnessing a sort of space opera of beauty, action, and music. Yes I said music! The soundtrack is flawlessly integrated into each scene that it encompasses. We have a wonderful mix of 60’s/70’s pop rock songs that add a lot of meat and potatoes throughout the film, and this film has a buffets worth of meat and potatoes in it, so much that there is even an all you can eat dessert bar at the end.
Let’s talk Villains now! Ronan The Accuser (Lee Pace) has got be one of the best baddies I have seen in a long time. He is just so EVIL that it makes you cringe when he talks on screen. Then there is Nebula (Karen Gillian) who is Ronan’s right hand woman who is a serious bad ass on screen. Every time they take the screen you are mesmerized by how evil and hateful they are. There is another baddy but I will not spill the beans on that one. You will have to watch the film to see for yourself.
The film takes off from the very beginning and before you know it the 2 hours are over and you want more! You want so much more. Filled with such an array of characters other than the cast, the film is rich with a variety of aliens, humans and other life forms that all fit in the film perfectly. Guardians of the Galaxy are also full of such vibrant colors and some of the BEST 3D I have seen in a long time that it is not only a mindful journey but a visual one as well. All your senses will be tickled throughout the entire film. There were times where I wished the pace of the film would have slowed down a bit just to let all soak in and be able to digest all that is being given to us but that was not the case. The good thing about Guardians of the Galaxy is that it can almost be a standalone film. There are a lot of plot details that are connected with all of the other Marvel films but if you were to come into this film a Marvel virgin you will be just fine. I am sure your movie compadre will bring you up to speed.
To sum it all up this is a great film from beginning to end. I warn you though; Rocket Raccoon and Groot steal pretty much each scene they are in. The comedic attitude of Chris Pratt is a constant through the entire film and that keeps it very light hearted while at the same time keeping its meat and potatoes feeling. I have done my best in giving you a spoiler free review of the summer blockbuster we have all been waiting for. As far as saving the Galaxy these Guardians have a tough fight ahead of them but I can and will say that they may have just also saved the summer movie season!

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