Won free tickets to the Dixie Chicks' concert @ Rogers Arena for Saturday, October 26th, 2013 via CTV. Picked up the passes in September and we attended last night. A 3rd party joined us as they had purchased their own ticket this past week & looked to attend to. Crowd turnout was strong. Many devoted fans in attendance and they played from approximately 9 - 11pm (many of their hit songs - most in chronological order) over the course of the evening. The opening act was Charlie Mars ... a country artist from Mississippi ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Mars ) and he did his set from approx' 8 - 8:40pm prior, followed by an intermission. He had a bit of a tougher time connecting with the crowd given he wasn't too familiar with most people, plus he didn't have a backing band. He was simply on the amped up acoustic guitar doing his thing, and looking to generate crowd response. Surprisingly many people were already seated for the bulk of the opening set & funnily enough the lighting was dark so most people were moving very carefully to their seats so as not to trip or disturb others.
As for those Savers familiar with the Dixie Chicks ... they had their backing band of 4 - 5 musicians ... and did their thing on guitar, banjo, and violin up front. Playing the bulk of their hits and a few others. Only critique really would be that stadium shows just don't have the acoustics that smaller venues have (i.e. - more intimate). Thankfully though it wasn't too loud in the venue (which can otherwise be uncomfortable). We were seated in section 115 which was about midway back on the left and 10 rows up. Thanks again, CTV.
Very popular series which has been running for 3 seasons so far, with the 4th premiering this coming Sunday (October 13th, 2013) on the AMC network. If you're a fan of the genre (zombie apocalypse, etc) ... do yourself a favour and check the show out. The make-up and effects department do one superb job with all the "walkers", etc. Funnily enough ... the series Breaking Bad (also an AMC network favourite) even used some of their help (make-up / effects) with some key looks they needed for their show. I got into the series about midway through season 1, and funnily enough my dad recommended the show ... basically pointing out it's one of those shows where you sit back in awe at the effects, gore, and ongoing battle for survival. AMC is currently running a marathon of sorts for the show this week leading up to Sunday's premiere (Oct. 13th, as noted above ^).
The Walking Dead is an American horror drama television series developed by Frank Darabont. It is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The series stars Andrew Lincoln as sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes, who awakens from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors along the way.
The Walking Dead premiered on October 31, 2010, on the cable television channel AMC in the United States. It premiered internationally during the first week of November 2010 on Fox International Channels. Based on its reception, AMC renewed the series for a second season of 13 episodes, which premiered on October 16, 2011. Two episodes into the second season, AMC announced that the show would return for a third season of 16 episodes, which began airing on October 14, 2012. On December 21, 2012, AMC renewed The Walking Dead for a fourth season of 16 episodes, to premiere on October 13, 2013.
The series has been well received and has received many award nominations including ones for the Writers Guild of America Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series (Drama). The series has also attained strong Nielsen ratings, surpassing various records for a cable series, including receiving 12.4 million viewers for its season three finale to become the most-watched drama series telecast in basic cable history.
As many have probably seen and heard in recent years ... definitely one of the best all-time series in television history. Viewership via word-of-mouth grew year after year ... the series was expertly acted ... the plot/story was intriguing ... there were plenty of cliffhangers, villains, moments of extreme tension & emotion, etc. "Growth ... decay ... transformation" ... the story of a mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer as he meets his early-50s, and goes overboard (to put it lightly) in his ultimate quest to earn a large amount of money to set aside for his family (with baby on the way) via wife & teenaged son. The series ran from 2008 - 2013 on the AMC network, and recently wrapped up in September of this year, Savers. The series was basically close to perfect ... with the show really taking off from the 3rd season onward ... a complete wild ride. 5 stars.
The series premiered on January 20, 2008 in the United States and Canada on the cable channel AMC and the series finale aired on September 29, 2013. The show has received widespread critical acclaim, and is considered one of the greatest television series of all time. By its end, Breaking Bad was among the most-watched cable shows on American television, with audience numbers that doubled in the fifth season from the previous year's episodes.
The series has won ten Primetime Emmy Awards, including three consecutive wins for Best Actor for Cranston, two wins for Best Supporting Actor for Paul, a Best Supporting Actress win for Anna Gunn, and the Outstanding Drama Series in 2013, after three nominations. The series has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama and Cranston three times for Best Actor, besides being nominated four times for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor, winning once at the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America named Breaking Bad the 13th best-written TV series of all time. That same year, Guinness World Records called it the highest-rated TV series of all time, citing its season 5 Metacritic score of 99/100.
A friend recently won ROE (run-of-engagement) passes for Gravity (3D) and we checked it out this week and enjoyed it. Definitely a movie for the big screen, as many of the reviewers/critics have pointed out in recent weeks. The big screen and 3D feel definitely do the film justice. Credit to Sandra Bullock and George Clooney ... as the film is basically all them. Sandra as the star, and George as the co-star. It's especially impressive visually when you consider all the camera work, green screen usage, CGI & more that the director & full team used in making the picture, Savers. Don't want to spoil anything for anyone ... so per usual ... do see Youtube, Google, Wiki & more for further details. The crowd response was positive. People were paying attention ... no one chit-chatting or distracted by phones, etc. Good turnout - theatre was about 80% full.
Won passes to the advance screening of Machete Kills for Thursday, October 10th in Vancouver. We enjoyed the screening, as did the others, and had seen the 1st film on dvd in recent years. Strong viewer turnout as there were a good 100+ people in line by 6:15pm onward @ Scotiabank Theatre. The film has plenty of eye-catching casting ... the likes of Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Alexa Vega, Lady Gaga, Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba, Sofia Vergara, and more. If you're into action, explosions, scantily-clad visuals, and a throwback feel (Charlie Sheen credited as Carlos Estevez playing the role of "the President") ... you'll enjoy the film. Just see Google, IMDB, Wiki & Youtube (for the trailer) to see if it's the film for you. Better yet, see the trailer (or full film) for the original film from a few years back too.
Won movie passes to the advance screening of Don Jon on Wednesday, September 25th @ Vancouver's Scotiabank Theatre on Burrard St. Thank you Tim, Saveland, Movieland, Remstar Films & Touchwood PR. We enjoyed the event, and there was a good crowd turnout as the venue is located in an accessible part of Vancouver, and holds 9 screens within. The film centres around the lead characters in Scarlett J. and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and how their relationship plays out with one being addicted to romantic films, with the other having a penchant for adult films. Good supporting cast in Tony Danza, Julianne Moore, and others and a mixture of feedback from reviewers since it debuted in late-September.
Happened across the premiere of this series the other day and set a recording for it on Friday, September 27th. It is the US adaptation of the British series, Junior Masterchef. Enjoyed the premiere given the talent of the young chefs in training ... 24 contestants ranging in age from 8 - 13. Family members were there to encourage and support them along (from the 2nd level platform) and it was interesting to see Gordon Ramsay and his two fellow judges interact with the kids, as they selected 12 of the 24 to move onto the 2nd round/episode. The lead episode grouped the contestants into 3 groups of 8 competing individually ... and definitely impressive to see the creativity and talent of the kids' cooking on display. Each group having 1 hour to create a meal ... with the first group having their choice of various seafood items ... 2nd group having to make a pasta meal from scratch ... and 3rd group a dessert offering of their choice. Good to see the encouragement offered to the kids & minimal, polite constructive criticism which was received well. See your local listings if interested in checking out the series, Savers. You might be able to stream or download the episode online, or find it on Video on Demand with your local cable/digital provider.
Enjoyed the movie this past week as a friend had ROE (run-of-engagement) passes and we had heard plenty of good reviews in recent memory given all the good online & print buzz for the film. It stars the likes of Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Paul Dano, Melissa Leo, and others. The film centers around the abduction of two young girls (who are family friends) and the tumultuous week that follows, with plenty of family involvement. Strong performances from the lead cast, and keep an eye out for some of the aforementioned names above come awards season time. We scored the film a strong 8+ out of 10 or so ... and would recommend it to others. Definitely a stellar performance from Hugh Jackman given the despair, anger, and emotion involved.
Currently enjoying this new series starring Michael J. Fox and Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad) which debuted in late-September 2013 and has aired 2 episodes so far. It has a similar feel to Modern Family with the fast-paced humour, lack of canned laughter & generally quick-witted dialogue & situations. They also do a good job with endearing humour incorporating Michael's long-battle with Parkinson's Disease. The 2nd episode featured his real-life wife Tracy Pollan playing the role of a neighbour in the family's NY apartment building. Glancing at Wiki, interesting to note her and Fox have been married for 25 years dating back to July 1988, Savers. If interested, keep an eye out for the series in your local listings as it airs on CityTV and NBC.
For additional intel regarding Mike's condition ... "Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991, and disclosed his condition to the public in 1999. He semi-retired from acting in 2000 as the symptoms of his disease became more severe. He has since become an activist for research toward finding a cure. This led him to create The Michael J. Fox Foundation. On March 5, 2010, Sweden's Karolinska Institutet awarded him a doctorate of medicine degree, Honoris causa, for his work in advocating and fundraising for a cure for Parkinson's disease."
This is a well-done, long-running documentary-style(d) series, Savers. Apparently it is still being produced, but it had the majority of its run from 1998 into the earlier part of the 2000s. They do a very good job covering a broad array of topics and subjects, with plenty of serious subject matter. Whether they are documenting unique career choices, or addictions, the material being recorded holds your attention. MTV in the States has been around for 20+ years, whereas for us in Canada we've had MTV Canada running from early-2006, so over time I've caught some of their older and newer episodes. As for subject matter they have covered over time ... working for one's parents ... drug addiction ... mental illness ... being a newlywed ... having a parent in prison ... internet addiction ... being a freshman in college ... autism, and much more. See the 1st link I have provided below for a list of their episodes over the many years.http://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/true-life/episodes/194517
This is an interesting and enjoyable documentary-style(d) series which has been airing on MTV Canada in recent months
. It focuses on couples in their late-teens or early-20s who are either planning on getting married (and the build-up to same) or those who are talking about their experiences being married couples within the past year or two. The show does a good job in showing the ups and downs of married life at a young age, and the many changes and adaptations that take place along the way from single life to being a part of a couple. All the subjects featured have been relatively likeable across the board. Take a look @ your local MTV listings for show times, if interested. You can catch new episodes on Mondays, or streaming @ their official website.http://www.mtv.ca/shows/young-and-marriedhttp://www.musictelevision.fi/shows/1533-young-married
"Young and Married is a brand new series based on young couples who have fallen in love and chosen to spend their life together.The series follows couples on the eve of their wedding as they grapple with nerves, family, doubts, joy, and others as they embark upon the exciting and tumultuous first year of marriage. From Ben and Kristen, who eloped without telling any of their family, to Oscar and Jordan who live in Texas - where same sex marriage is illegal - the series promises to reveal what it'sreally like to commit to each other at such a young age. Can these couples prove their commitment will stay strong in the face of family pressures, nerves and doubts?"
Under The Dome is a current tv series that a handful of us Savers have been following in recent weeks. It will be running from June 24th - September 16th, 2013
and it is based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. Good special effects & suspense have been utilized thus far, and it's been a fun late-evening watch (or later in the week for those of us using PVRs and VCRs, etc). It'll be a fun series as it wraps up near summer's end, and airs on Mondays (and you can also find it On Demand as well).
Wikipedia - "Under the Dome
is an American science fiction horror
television series that premiered on CBS
on June 24, 2013 (Monday), at 10 pm Eastern.
The series was developed by Brian K. Vaughan
and based upon the novel of the same name
by Stephen King
Both Vaughan and King serve as executive producers along with Neal Baer
, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Jack Bender
, Steven Spielberg
, and Stacey Snider
. Baer acts as day-to-day showrunner
director Niels Arden Oplev
directed the pilot.Under the Dome
tells the story of the residents of the small town of Chester's Mill, who suddenly find themselves cut off from the rest of the world by a mysterious, impenetrable barrier that surrounds the town. As the town begins to tear itself apart through panic, a small group of people attempt to maintain peace and order while also trying to uncover the truth behind the barrier and how to escape from it."
Wow - visually stunning, vibrant and breathtaking in many regards. Life of Pi was well worth the wait ... having checked it out yesterday on dvd. The movie delivered on many levels, and our group enjoyed it. I'm apt to go back and read the book. The story certainly lived up to the big screen hype of 2012 / 2013, and when you hear people talk about wanting to add something to "the home collection", or being very keen on "owning the dvd or blu-ray" ... this is one of them, Savers. The narrative is appreciated as well as the experiences are revealed. If you want to sit back in awe for just over 2 hours ... check out Life of Pi, says this Savelander.
Wikipedia - "Life of Pi
is a 2012 American 3D live-action
/computer-animated adventure drama film
based on Yann Martel
's 2001 novel of the same name
. Directed by Ang Lee
, the film is based on an adapted screenplay
by David Magee
, and stars Suraj Sharma
, Irrfan Khan
, Rafe Spall
, Gérard Depardieu
, and Adil Hussain
The storyline revolves around a 16-year-old Indian boy named Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, who survives a shipwreck in which his family dies, and is stranded in the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
The film had its worldwide premiere as the opening film of the 50th New York Film Festival at both the Walter Reade Theater and Alice Tully Hall in New York City on September 28, 2012.
Upon release, Life of Pi became a critical and commercial success, earning over $600 million worldwide. At the 85th Academy Awards it had eleven nominations, including Best Picture, and won four (the most for the evening) including Best Director for Ang Lee. It was also nominated for three Golden Globe Awards which included the Best Picture – Drama and the Best Director and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score."http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/life-of-pi/reviews/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_of_Pi_%28film%29http://screenrant.com/life-of-pi-movie-ending-spoilers/http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/life-of-pi/http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0454876/
I watched this documentary recently, and found it quite interesting. It focuses on the rise and fall of Napster from the late-90s into the 2000s
, and how much the music industry has changed over the years with the digital revolution, and more. For those who are familiar with the likes of Napster, Kazaa, Bearshare, torrents, blogs, and more over the past 10 - 15 years (especially) ... you might be keen on this one. It runs 1 hour, 46 minutes and features plenty of quick interview clips, snippets & some court footage to boot, etc.
Wikipedia - "Downloaded
is a documentary film directed by Alex Winter
about the downloading generation and the impact of filesharing
on the Internet
. A teaser of the film premiered at SXSW
on March 14, 2012.
The feature film
made its world premiere at SXSW on March 10, 2013, and is being shown at other film festivals around the world. VH1
has partnered with AOL
to widely distribute the film.
Financed in part by VH1, the film is scheduled to broadcast as a VH1 Rock Docs
feature sometime in 2013."http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7YnjPGIeKYhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downloaded_%28film%29https://www.facebook.com/DownloadedDochttp://movies.nytimes.com/2013/06/21/movies/downloaded-a-documentary-about-napster.html?_r=0
Won passes to the advance screening for Red 2 and checked it out last week. It opens in wide release from July 19th, 2013 onward. We enjoyed the screening, having a general idea what to expect (good list of names in the cast), but not having seen the original Red film from recent years. It's a good mixture of comedy & action, and there are minimal dull moments. Definitely a popcorn movie, and we'll get around to seeing the prior film on dvd at some point. See the links below for further information to see if it's to your liking, Savers.
Wikipedia - "RED 2
is an upcoming 2013 American action comedy film
to the 2010 film RED
, which was inspired by the limited comic book series of the same name
created by Warren Ellis
and Cully Hamner
, and published by the DC Comics
. The film stars Bruce Willis
, John Malkovich
, Mary-Louise Parker
, Catherine Zeta-Jones
, Lee Byung-hun
, Anthony Hopkins
, and Helen Mirren
, with Dean Parisot
directing a screenplay by Jon and Erich Hoeber. RED 2
is scheduled to be released on July 19, 2013."https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RED_2_%28film%29
Very interesting series ... had a chance to check it out this past spring and was impressed by the survival skills of the subject profiled, Ed Stafford. He's had quite the career over the years, and I'd heard good things about the series & enjoyed how the 60-day experience was documented. The tactics for hunting and gathering and general food scavenging were interesting, as was the maintenance of safety and sanity. It was a 3-part (episode) series.
Daily Mail - "Two years on, Stafford’s next challenge would be rather different: 60 days spent alone on Olorua, an uninhabited island (near Fiji) in the South Pacific. The idea: to see if he could survive for two months equipped with nothing – including any clothing
– but the video cameras he would use to film himself. Here, he talks to Chris Leadbeater about eating raw lizards for tea, coping with isolation and worrying that he was losing his sanity in the middle of the planet’s biggest ocean."
Wikipedia - "Ed Stafford
(born 26 December 1975) is an English explorer
and former British Army
captain. He is the Guinness World Record
-holding first human ever to walk the length of the Amazon River.
Stafford was born in Peterborough
and raised in Leicestershire
. On 9 August 2010, he became the first person to walk the entire length of the Amazon River
documented in the 2011 TV series Walking the Amazon
on Channel 5
. Stafford's expedition began with a friend, Luke Collyer, on 2 April 2008, on the southern coast of Peru. Collyer left after three months, and Stafford completed the journey with Gadiel "Cho" Sanchez Rivera. He undertook the attempt for several charities.
In May 2009 Stafford appeared on the cover of the Royal Geographical Society
In April 2010 Stafford passed the two-year barrier, having been walking since 2 April 2008.
In May that year Stafford was made Diane Sawyer
's ABC News "Person of the Week".
Stafford's accomplishment of walking the Amazon
river has been described by Sir Ranulph Fiennes
as being "truly extraordinary...in the top league of expeditions past and present".
Stafford was announced as one of National Geographic
Adventurers of the Year 2010 and then in March 2011 he was awarded European Adventurer of the Year
in a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden.
In 2011 Guinness World Records formally recognized Stafford's achievement and he appears in the 2012 Guinness Book of Records. Commissioned by Discovery Communications, in August 2012 Stafford filmed a three-part survival experiment for Discovery Channel where he was dropped on the uninhabited tropical island of Olorua (18°36′19″S 178°45′15″W) in the Pacific for 60 days with no food or equipment to help him survive. "Ed Stafford: Naked and Marooned"  was aired on Discovery Channel in the U.K. in March 2013 and "Naked Castaway" (U.S. version) aired in the U.S.A. in April of the same year.http://www.thelocationguide.com/blog/2013/03/ng-interview-naked-and-marooned-tv-show-films-on-location-on-remote-fiji-island/http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2293306/Explorer-Ed-Stafford-talks-naked-marooned-South-Pacific-desert-island.html
Got around to checking out the Man of Steel movie in 3D and enjoyed it for the most part. The first 15 or so minutes of the film included plenty of back story and sci-fi storyline. After awhile it sort of felt like a videogame though ... special effects aplenty and plenty of green screen and post-production work going on ... so that didn't intrigue me too much ... with plenty of focus on "the good guy" (Kal-El's father played by Russell Crowe) and "the bad guy" (played by Michael Shannon as General Zod). Once the live action of the film kicks in ... it held my interest more steadily. Some recognizable names in the film include Henry Cavill, the aforementioned Crowe and Shannon, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, and more. The flashbacks to childhood & teenage(d) years are quite good and Cavill does a good job carrying the lead role. The Superman franchise has had quite the staying power over the years, and if you like superhero/action movies and the Clark Kent/Kal-El story on the whole ... I'd recommend checking it out at your convenience in the future. I'd give it a 6.5 - 7 /10 score, as it was good, but far from great or terrible.
That's just my $0.02 though ... cheers.
P.S. - As per the first link below ... the film has recently cleared the $500 worldwide box office mark, Savers.http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20130630-900519.htmlhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_of_Steel_%28film%29http://entertainment.time.com/2013/06/25/how-man-of-steel-inspires-even-as-it-divides/http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1709798/man-of-steel-visual-effects.jhtmlhttp://manofsteel.warnerbros.com/index.html?home
Man of Steel is a 2013 American superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, produced by Christopher Nolan, and scripted by David S. Goyer. Based on the DC Comics character Superman, the film is a reboot of the Superman film series that portrays the character's origin story. The film stars Henry Cavill in the title role with Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, and Russell Crowe as Jor-El. Man of Steel is intended to launch a shared fictional universe of DC Comics characters on film.
Development began in 2008 when Warner Bros. Pictures took pitches from comic book writers, screenwriters and directors, opting to reboot the franchise. In 2009, a court ruling resulted in Jerry Siegel's family recapturing the rights to Superman's origins and Siegel's copyright. The decision stated that Warner Bros. did not owe the families additional royalties from previous films, but if they did not begin production on a Superman film by 2011, then the Shuster and Siegel estates would be able to sue for lost revenue on an unproduced film. Nolan pitched Goyer's idea after story discussion on The Dark Knight Rises, and Snyder was hired as the film's director in October 2010. Principal photography started in August 2011 in West Chicago, Illinois, before moving to Vancouver and Plano, Illinois.
Man of Steel's red carpet premiere in the U.S. was attended by its principal cast members in New York City on June 10, 2013. The film was released to the general public on June 14, 2013, in conventional, 3D and IMAX theaters.
Watched the film Parker on dvd recently, and it was ok on the whole. Formulaic, but then again ... it was to be expected. Jason Statham plays the lead role, and other notable names include Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Bobby Cannavale, and Nick Nolte. We enjoyed the build-up in the film ... but it sort of lost us as it went along. Good, choreographed fight scenes & Lopez played a fun role ... but the challenging thing with Statham at this point is that he's played so many action roles the past decade and change that after a certain point they all sort of blend together. Also ... in the real world ... don't the police show up immediately when gunfights are taking place either in residential settings or public places? My $1,000,000 question to Savelanders is ... how come in most movies the good guys & bad guys often just skate off into the night =)?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parker_%282013_film%29http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/parker_2012/http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1904996/http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/filmdistrict/parker/
Parker is a 2013 American crime thriller film directed by Taylor Hackford. Starring Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez, the film is adapted from Flashfire, the 19th Parker novel, written by Donald Westlake under the name Richard Stark.
Primarily set in Palm Beach, Florida, the film revolves around professional thief Parker (Statham), who is double-crossed by his crew. He sets out for revenge on them, travelling to Palm Beach, where he enlists the help of Leslie (Lopez), who assists him in a quest to steal what his former crew, headed by a man named Melander (Michael Chiklis), rob in their jewelry auction heist. As the story develops, Leslie falls for Parker, who remains faithful to his longtime girlfriend Claire (Emma Booth).
Parker marked a departure in Hackford's career, as he had hoped to make it his first film noir. The film, produced on a "mid-30s" budget, was conceived following Westlake's 2008 death, when producer Les Alexander secured the rights to it.
It premiered in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 24, 2013, and was released in the United States on January 25. Reviews have been mixed to negative with some film critics finding Statham appropriate and well-fitted for the role of Parker and praising the work of Lopez as providing comedic relief. Many other critics felt it was a poor adaptation of the book, and typical of Statham's sub-par action films of the past few years.
Really enjoyed the film after having a chance to check out the advance screening on Thursday, June 20th in North Vancouver. Crowd response was positive there and it was good to see the film with a mixture of ages on-hand ... from kids and teens to young adults, adults, and seniors. If you're familiar with the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, you'll enjoy the look and feel of this film. It is highly stylized during the action sequences (especially the final 1/4 of the film - lots of fun in notable big budget action)
and it's got some nice Gore Verbinski (who has worked with Johnny Depp before) and Disney touches. The film opens in a few days (early-July)
and it's certainly a popcorn film for the big screen, and/or one to be enjoyed on home video later this year. Recognizable names that Savelanders will be familiar with include the aforementioned Depp ... Armie Hammer (The Social Network) ... Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland, Big Fish, Fight Club) ... Canadian actor Barry Pepper (Snitch) ... Tom Wilkinson (The Ghost Writer, Michael Clayton, Batman Begins) and William Fichtner (Prison Break tv series). On that note, Fichtner plays another good bad guy / villain in "Butch Cavendish". For those who watched Prison Break on Fox/Global years ago ... you might not recognize him at first ... they do a good job with his hair, make-up, teeth & scar, etc.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1210819/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lone_Ranger_%282013_film%29http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lone_Rangerhttp://disney.go.com/the-lone-ranger/The Lone Ranger
is an upcoming 2013
-adventure western film
produced by Walt Disney Pictures
and Jerry Bruckheimer Films
and directed by Gore Verbinski
, based on the radio serial of the same name
. The film stars Armie Hammer
in the title role and Johnny Depp
. The film marks the first theatrical film featuring the Lone Ranger
character in over 32 years.
It is set to release July 3, 2013.
I had a chance to watch this documentary online earlier this past spring and quite enjoyed it. It's just over 1 hour in length, if I recall correctly, and did a good job involving the perspective of the documentarian, his family (mother and sister), his own father's health decline, and the general views of the public and society at large. I would certainly recommend it, and it held my interest throughout.http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/soul-food-junkies/https://www.facebook.com/SoulFoodJunkieshttp://www.amazon.com/Soul-Food-Junkies/dp/B00B0TO2S6http://www.bhurt.com/soulfoodjunkies.phphttp://www.bhurt.com/
About the Film
Filmmaker Byron Hurt grew up eating lots of soul food: grits and scrambled eggs covered with cheese, buttered biscuits smothered with gravy, bacon, collard greens seasoned with ham hocks, fried pork chops, macaroni and cheese, deep-fried chicken, fried fish, barbecue chicken and ribs, candied yams coated with cinnamon and brown sugar, and other delicious but fatty foods right out of the black southern tradition.
Both of his parents are from Milledgeville, Georgia, a small southern town. It’s a place where soul food is beloved by black and white folks alike. Soul food is a long held culinary tradition passed down from generation to generation, and is a source of pride for many black people. Some soul food, depending on how it is prepared, can be good for you. But when it is cooked with lots of fat, sugar, and salt — which is often the case — it can lead to obesity and other health issues.
Hurt can speak from personal experience. From his earliest memories, his father was overweight, his mom the soul food chef. As an adult, growing concern about his father’s health prompted Hurt to confront him about his eating habits, but to no avail. Eventually, his father made small changes to his diet and began to exercise more, but the changes came too late in his life. In 2004, doctors diagnosed him with terminal pancreatic cancer, a virulent disease that disproportionately affects black people. Statistically, black Americans are more likely to die of the disease than whites; figures for 2001 to 2005 from the National Cancer Institute show that blacks had a 32 percent higher death rate. One of the risk factors for developing pancreatic cancer is a high fat, meat-based diet. Hurt’s father died in 2007 at the young age of 63. This is sadly a common story in the lives of many African American families in the U.S. — losing loved ones too soon from a nutrition-related illness.
In Soul Food Junkies, Hurt sets out on a historical and culinary journey to learn more about the soul food tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. Through candid interviews with soul food cooks, historians, and scholars, as well as with doctors, family members, and everyday people, the film puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine both its positive and negative consequences. Hurt also explores the socioeconomic conditions in predominantly black neighborhoods, where it can be difficult to find healthy options, and meets some pioneers in the emerging food justice movement who are challenging the food industry, encouraging communities to “go back to the land” by creating sustainable and eco-friendly gardens, advocating for healthier options in local supermarkets, supporting local farmers' markets, avoiding highly processed fast foods, and cooking healthier versions of traditional soul food.
Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, published writer, anti-sexism activist, and lecturer. Hurt is also the host of the Emmy-nominated series, Reel Works with Byron Hurt. The Independent named him one of the "Top 10 Filmmakers to Watch" in 2011. His most popular documentary, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was later broadcast on Independent Lens.