The Death of an Industry or The Birth of a new way?

cropped-podcastHello My Dear Movie Lovers! It’s been a while since I’ve checked in with you and today I want to do so by first: Extending my gratitude for following my Blog and secondly; by opening this platform to comments and suggestions on today’s topic.

As we all know, these last couple of months have been interesting and uncertain for everyone. CoVid-19 has affected the Film Industry tremendously and although I cannot speak for the big studios, what I CAN DO is speak for myself and from my own experience, which  is the reason I started this blog in the first place.

As a model and actress, my life revolves and depends on the industry. My income and even my social lifestyle depends on it. I never imagined in my twenty-something years that I would ever see something such as what we are witnessing today; productions being shot down, movies that were supposed to be released not being released, movie theaters closed………..what!!!? Oh Quiet Place 2, how much do I wish your release date would’ve been Feb instead of March? Do not panic, however!  Because we have Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Apple Tv, etc. YAY!!!

In my opinion, we all needed this break to tune in with ourselves and to truly reset and re-connect with what’s important. The Film Industry is no exception! This is forcing a new way of operation to be created, as it is equally changing the way we look at movies and even what we consider to be a “Film”. Is it still a film even if it’s not shown in theatres? Are we breaking major traditions in our industry for kinda forcing the absolution of theaters? I believe it was already headed that way…..in the next couple of decades……. but not now! BUT,  the streaming websites were  changing all of that rapidly already and all COVID did was accelerate the process. Ever since Netflix began to lead the way into a new world, this was already a very prominent question. And yet, other questions remain: Will our beloved industry make a strong come-back? Will there be new methods to filming? Will we be pushed quicker to a Virtual Reality world out of fear of another pandemic?

What is very clear to me now that we have all experienced COVID-19  is that the online presence will be stronger than ever and I believe that studios are already realizing that, in the face of a pandemic, one thing remains: Streaming Entertainment.

 

Netflix Original “CARGO” Starring: Martin Freeman

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What’s up, What’s up, what’s poppin’ movie lovers!? I am back and I’m back with a goodie. This is my first review on a Netflix film so wooohoooo!!! Give it up and I present to you….CARGO!!! A film about a father, a baby daughter, a deadly epidemic in Australia, and last but not least, a tribe of hella’ good native people.

If you are anything like me, you are probably very skeptical about selecting this movie because of the simple fact that, c’mon! How many zombie flicks can we really come up with that are actually original after The Walking Dead? Not very many. BUUUUUUUT! It kept me interested throughout, and SPOILER ALERT- It’s not the typical movie where the main actor AKA hero goes through all sorts of struggles that may even seem impossible to overcome and you’re like waaaaaaaa ? and then he miraculously lives until the end. NO, on this one, from the very early stages of the film we know that he’s doomed, like, for real. And now he’s got a problem: His baby daughter with no one to care for her. So, If you’re looking for an action packed zombie movie, this is clearly not for you but, if you are up for a nice heart-felt story with some action, some zombies and are even up to share a tear at the end then….. I recommend it. I thought the story was great- showing that compassion is always the way, showing the love that we should have for one another.
In my opinion, the ending is worth the watching 😉

 

A Wrinkle In Time

You guys!!!! OMG!!! This movie means so much to me I couldn’t believe I was watching it at the point in time when I did. I am a firm believer that everything in life (or in my life at least) happens for a reason, always! I don’t believe in coincidences. I believe …..pretty much in everything “A Wrinkle In Time” stands for. It is so beautiful when a film can give you this sense of worthiness and a sense of “I can do everything I ever dreamed of doing”, “I am powerful”.

I was sitting there thinking ” wow, If only we had more movies like this one, the world would probably be more focused on love and all the positive things that truly matter.”

It has been such a self-discovery beginning of the year for me and I am in shock I had never heard of the book before because this film touched so many topics I have dealt with in my life  and things I am still dealing with even as an adult ,such as: fear, doubt, not believing in myself enough, having limiting thoughts, how to deal with the darkness that surrounds us at all times  and not focus on it. If this movie did that for me, only imagine the things that it must have done for kids and teenagers. Oprah is Queen too, I mean!!!! She was the perfect person to play MRS Which.

Ya’ll!!!!! If you haven’t watched “A Wrinkle in Time” Please do so! Get it in Blu-Ray, DVD, Buy it, Amazon Prime Video, whatever and however but ,please watch it because even if you don’t believe in things like a higher power than ourselves or if you think it might be lame, trust me, it’s not. You will leave inspired. And ,what are we without inspiration? Just a bunch of bodies without purpose. 

 

 

 

“Listen To Me Marlon “

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Hello Movie Lovers! I know this isn’t a fresh out of the oven film but I recently saw it for the very first time at Tahoe’s Film Festival and it deeply touched my soul. Not my heart, my entire being.  I had heard the name Marlon Brando before but, If I’m very honest, I’m a 90’s baby. I had no idea who he was. All I knew was: “Marlon Brando, The Greatest Actor of All Time.” A great actor who lived……..but did he?

Marlon Brando revolutionized Hollywood with his Method Acting  in the 1950’s, 60’s and pretty much all throughout his life. Even in his career decay people still looked up to his talent and even imitated him. Film Stars from the era such as James Dean wanted to be like him.

Actor, Activist, “Hollywood’s Bad Boy.” , “difficult to work with”. So much could be said about Marlon and so much has been said, in fact. When you watch this film, you will see his journey from his own words and point of view. It will touch you, whether you’re an actor or just an admirer or simply someone who’s curious. This will make your heart melt and think in directions you’ve never thought about life before. I have never felt admiration, love, disgust, dislike, anger, and empathy all at the same time for an actor before until I watched this documentary.

When we look at someone under the magnifying glass of fame we think that because they’re exposed to popularity, we  strongly believe in our hearts they have it easier, more secure, comfortable, “GIVEN”. And what most people seem to forget is that WITH GREATER POWER COMES GREATER RESPONSIBILITY.  Marlon’s responsibility and power affected his probably most precious treasure-his kids, therefore, himself. Because as Newton said; ” Every Action has An Equal and Opposite Reaction.” As I sat in the theater and listened to the roller coaster of his life I realized that people have no idea of the burdens artists carry with them when they put all of their energy into their work, or what kind of pain they are pulling that energy from, wearing their hearts on their sleeves at all times. Some actors like myself, using Acting as therapy. As a way to channel present and past experiences and allowing it to liberate us from the world or to have a chance to walk in somebody else’s shoes. As human beings we are not gods, we aren’t invincible, we are all perishable, and we are all measured, not by what we have financially or how much success we have but by who we are in our core and being.

Marlon “had it all” in everyone’s eyes and in everyone’s eyes he lived in glory. He had a  “perfect life” and at some moments I’m sure it felt perfect but, truly…..did he?

The answer is yours after you listen to Marlon.

 

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GEOSTORM

 

Do you guys remember the movie “Twister” from back in ‘96? I remember it being one of my ultimate favorite movies growing up. The 2017 “Twister” is “Geostorm”. Very thrilling, very action-packed, and funny! It’s a different  story,different, elements of technology and not quite “Twister” but, enjoyable.  I wouldn’t rate it an 8 but something about it still timeless. There hasn’t been great films out in a while but that’s another story! Back to “Geostorm” ….. Although I did find that there weren’t enough “natural disasters moments” and the plot mostly takes place in outer space, which, I actually liked since I’m a sucker for space movies .  However, I did realize it’s not what the trailer sells. Overall,  I thought it was entertaining, and I enjoyed the ending very much.

 

 

 

 

 

Why Movie Blogging

…it’s simple…I watch too many damn movies not to write about them! ( crying-laughing  emoji) A kin to someone going to the beach and sippin’ on some Pina Colada, my Pina Colada would be…well, MOVIES! In a bad mood? Find me at The Grove! Did you order some “me time”?, forget the date and the formalities, I’ll be better off at the movie theater. See? Simple! Follow my blog and be part of this movie frenzy. It’ll be a wild  ride 🙂

LET’S MUMMY TALK!

…New and re-invented- 2017 Edition> Coming to you this weekend “The Mummy” – Jun 8Th. You already know I will be first row and center! So Excited. Do you think this will be better than the original ones? What do you think of Tom Cruise starring? More Mummy Talk coming soon. Stay tuned !

 

“The Mummy” Good or Bad?

“Starting my blog with one of my favorite movies of all times couldn’t be more thrilling! I am beyond excited for this film and I only hope that technology and hopefully, great acting, does nothing but make it a classic one once again.” OFFICIAL TRAILER

This was how I began my Blog last week before I watched “The Mummy” for the first time, yes, you read right! I did say “first time” because I watched it TWICE . And I am very glad I did. Look, this is not one of those movies you watch and you’re blown away with the story blah blah blah…. Although after you watch the movie you do realize that Ahmanet  does have a reason to behave the way she does and her story is actually deeper than we think.

All things considered, this is a movie you watch for the appreciation of everything else : the special effects, the costume design, the action, etc, etc, which, exceeded my expectations to be quite honest.  I was blown away with the simplicity and complexity of her costume. Is it a very deep movie that takes your breath away and leaves you in disbelief? Absolutely not and that alone is a  bit disappointing.
If we compare it to the classics from over 15 years ago, Is this a classic just as those were? Unfortunately not. Was it enjoyable if you’re a fan of monster movies? Absolutely. I was very impressed with Tom Cruise’s character and I did not find myself comparing him to Brendan Fraser ( Rick O’Connell) at all.  And I say “impressed” because for someone who isn’t a TC fan I laughed my bootie off! His lines were clever and funny which isn’t something that characterizes his acting.

Very different script, very different characters. Same intention to keep that  humor there from the past Mummy movies? Sure, but who doesn’t like a little bit of sarcastic humor in their coffee? I loved how current the movie is with the soldiers at war in the Middle East that we can all relate to. At the end of the day I’m very bias because this is my favorite genre! With that said,  I hope that If you aren’t a monster movie fan at least you can appreciate “The Mummy” 2017 version.   Hope you enjoy!  Cool Behind The Scenes