Month: July 2014

Maleficent (2014)

Dark, magical, beautiful. Angelina Jolie was perfectly cast as the title character in this new interpretation of the classic Disney fairy-tale, and while some of the effects were a little dodgy (but not most of them), the story did bring about some noteworthy character traits and interpretations. Recommended? This movie is better than it looks, but don’t expect too much here.

Photo Credit: IMDb

Photo Credit: IMDb

The movie follows in line with two recent trends: strong and independent female leads and humanizing villains that are otherwise considered despicable. The story puts an alternative spin on the classic story of Sleeping Beauty that holds up in consistency with the original Disney film until the ending. The character of Maleficent had a strong build up and journey throughout the whole film that a darker ending may have added to her character more than the Frozen-esque one that was chosen. (more…)

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World War Z (2013)

Exciting, mysterious, far-fetched. The action kicks in early and the tense nature of the film holds through right until the end. Recommended? This thriller is quite fun to watch.

Photo Credit: IMDb

Photo Credit: IMDb

The story is probably a lot better than many uninformed skeptics might believe it would be. (more…)

Air Force One (1997)

Predictable, fun, entertaining. This movie offers no more than the average action movie in terms of plot or development, but it still has some exciting moments and is fun to watch. Recommended? This is a movie which viewers should know exactly what they are going to get out of it. (more…)

Body Image: Men vs. Women; Inspired by John Legend’s “You & I (Nobody In the World)”

A few days ago, the music video for John Legend’s “You & I (Nobody In the World)” was uploaded to his Vevo account and has since accumulated more than 6.5 million views on YouTube. John Legend once explained that the inspiration for this song came from seeing his wife apply makeup before going out and it was his way of telling her that she does not need makeup to look beautiful. The video (below) begins with his wife, Chrissy Teigen, preparing her makeup, but then goes on to showcase many other women in similar scenarios. Featured in the video are women of different ages, races and sizes, many of whom struggling to find beauty in themselves, some after major life events. One woman in particular shows the result of a double mastectomy; another fixes a wig, possibly after surviving chemo. Even Laverne Cox, star from the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black”, makes some face time in the video (she is shown in the YouTube thumbnail, her presence drawing myself and probably many others to watch this video).

Upon watching this music video, I caught on to its message almost instantly. The video is a unique take on a message that is quite common in the media today (no matter how ironically). That being said, I definitely did not expect a lot of what I saw in the video and some of the featured struggles to be present. Many different walks of life for women are represented. I really had no complaints after watching it, but I cannot say the same about many of those who commented on the video. Excluding the average YouTube comment spam and those who appreciated the video’s message, there was quite a variety of criticisms coming at the video. (more…)

World Cup Final: Germany vs Argentina; Match Highlights, Tactical Analysis, Player Grades

Germany vs Argentina:

Starting Lineups:

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Match Highlights:

Muller won a free kick in the 3rd minute from a great spot. Argentina got a chance from the counter and Higuain lashed a shot just wide.

Argentina won a corner in the 11th. Germany defended well.

Germany had a free kick in the 14th. (more…)

Ranking the Contenders for Each World Cup Individual Award

The World Cup is all about which nation brings the trophy home, and today, Germany and Argentina will fight for that title for the 3rd time in the last 30 years. After that, the individual awards go out, and there are 4 notable ones; The Golden Boot, The Golden Ball, The Golden Glove, and The Young Player Award. Yesterday, the finalists of each award were revealed, and going into the final, we give you a preview by ranking players based on performance. (more…)

Brazil vs Netherlands: Match Highlights, Tactical Analysis, Player Grades

Brazil vs Netherlands:

Starting Lineups:

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Match Highlights:

PENALTY! ROBBEN WON A PENALTY IN THE 2nd MINUTE! GOAL! Netherlands 1-0 Brazil

Robben was shown yellow in the 8th minute for diving. That one was a real foul, whereas the penalty was simulated.

BRAZIL WENT DOWN 2-0! DALEY BLIND REBOUNDED INTO THE TOP! Netherlands 2-0 Brazil (more…)