Monday, 27 June 2016

Manic Monday: Sunglasses Day


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If you ask me, it's no coincident that Manic Monday and Sunglasses Day collide today. I mean, we all know the feeling of needing to hide our tired eyes behind some shades come Monday morning, don't we?

So in order to celebrate this shady holiday, here's a neat little list of movie characters who know how to sport those helpful glasses with style, grace and, of course, utter coolness.


 Sarah Connor in Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
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The Reservoir Dogs (1992) 
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Dracula in Dracula (1992)
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Eilis in Brooklyn (2015)
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Trinity, Neo and Morpheus in The Matrix Trilogy (1999-2003)
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Jake and Elwood in Blues Brothers (1980)
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Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
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Patrick Bateman in American Psycho (2000)
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Eve, Adam and Ava in Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
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Kay and Jay in the Men in Black franchise (1997 -   )
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That's it. Who are your favourite sunglasses wearing movie characters?

Monday, 20 June 2016

Manic Monday: Unexpected Singing Moments in Movies



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It’s yet another of these awful Mondays, but do not despair BSPeeps, we have just the right remedy for you to fight the Monday blues: Music.

If there is one things that is sure to fight a bad mood, then it’s listening to music or bursting out in song yourself. And if that music moment comes unexpected, it’s all the better for the surprise effect.

So now, check out Mojo’s Top 10 of Unexpected Singing Moments in Non-Musical Movies.

Happy singing along!




Saturday, 18 June 2016

A Scene to Remember: Quicksilver Rescue Scene



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I’m probably not alone with the opinion that the last X-Men movies were a little dullish and didn’t manage to tap into the full potential of the franchise. That is probably why both in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) the Quicksilver scenes (despite their rather limited screen time) stood out so much and were really the best parts in both movies. And by far the most memorable ones. It’s been a while, but the only things I clearly remember from Days of Future Past are the flying baseball stadium and Quicksilver (Evan Peters), making mischief, while freeing his father (Michael Fassbender) out of a high security cell in Pentagon. 

And because that last scene turned out so brilliantly, here it is again:



Although he has only something like ten minutes of screen time, the newbie Quicksilver outshone the young versions of the well-known X-Men and turned into a fan’s favourite. So naturally Marvel felt the need or saw the benefit of giving Magneto’s son a bigger role in the new movie. 

And that is what happened.

"Yeah, Quicksilver does his thing again, in the new film. It's bigger, longer and more detailed. I think it's an amazing sequence that they've put together. Just filming it, I was like, 'Oh, my god!' I think we shot for 22 days of second unit, working on the sequence, which is amazing. It's so cool to take that much time to make something like that really pop and really work. Knock on wood, I think it's going to be a fun and enjoyable sequence for people to watch, with Quicksilver running around and doing his thing in slow-mo time. I hope people like it." – Evan Peters

Here’s the setting: the super evil, god-like mutant Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) breaks into Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters with his entourage of mutant guardians. They meet our goody-good mutants and don’t get along all that well. As a result, the school catches fire, Xavier (James McAvoy) is kidnapped, Alex (Lucas Till) is presumed dead and the rest of the students are about to follow suit in the unfolding explosion. What do you do in the face of such a crisis? 

How about throwing in some comic relief? 



Set to “Sweet Dreams” by Eurythmics, Evan Peters delivers the visually most interesting (and funniest) moment in the entire movie. Quicksilver just happens by when he notices that something is not quite right about Xavier’s school. He rushes in, sees the flames and then uses his super speed to evacuate the students. 

This action scene is filmed in super slow motion to mimic Quicksilver’s perspective, which defuses the urgency of the situation before his arrival. After all, the school was just about to blow up and obliterate all our favourite mutants, before they had a chance to grow up and form the famous X-Men. For a moment it seems as though they are doomed, but then Quicksilver comes along and saves everyone without breaking a sweat and while having enough time even to pull a few pranks on the oblivious students and eat some pizza.

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The super slow motion scenes of the fastest mutant in the X-Men ensemble are simply hilarious. For a second time now, Quicksilver steals the show at high speed and I think it’s high time for a Quicksilver movie. In an interview, Evan Peters said he would love to team up with Deadpool for a standalone film and I think we fans would very much love that, too.


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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Trailer Check: Mirror's Edge


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After having declared 2016 to be a year for gamers, I’m determined to keep you informed about new, interesting releases on the gaming front and here is another biggish one.

According to the US-American magazine Deadline EA’s video game Mirror’s Edge is about to be adapted as a TV show by Endemol Shine Studios. There isn’t much known about the plot so far, but the show is rumoured to be based on the newest part in the franchise Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, which was released last Tuesday on June 7.

As you can see, this isn’t really a trailer check, since there is no official trailer out yet. However, the trailer for the new game should give you an idea of what to look forward to when Mirror’s Edge hits your TV screens in the near future. Have a look:



If the TV show is anything like the video game, which is highly likely, Mirror’s Edge promises to be an action-packed, adrenaline-oozing, female-centred show. The futuristic, urban setting with a slightly dystopian edge is the perfect background to the fast-paced, free-running action scenes in dizzying heights. 

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Here’s the plot of Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst in a nutshell:

“Mirror’s Edge is set in a quasi-futuristic dystopian society in which a network of “runners” act as couriers to transmit messages while evading government surveillance. The game’s main character and heroine is Faith, a runner and skilled warrior whose sister is framed for murder. The narrative follows Faith as she is drawn into the fight against the ruling Conglomerate and becomes enveloped in a conspiracy that could bring down society itself.” --- Deadline

Since the video game’s focus lies on running and more running and a few stunts here and there, it’ll be exciting to see what Endemol Shine Studios will add to the plot in order to give the show more depth. The protagonist Faith Connor can be turned into a kick-ass female heroine, or perhaps a complex anti-heroine, who isn’t afraid to do what is necessary to get shit done. In any case, she has the potential to become a fan’s favourite and lead to an attendance boom in parkour courses all over the world. Who knows? Let’s just hope for the best.


Monday, 13 June 2016

Manic Monday: Tony Awards Flashback


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The weekend is over, the 2016 Tony Awards are over - and it's Monday again. Boo. Don't fret, though. The first day of the week might try its best to make us feel blue and longing for Friday, but we've found something to cheer you up.

In order to revel in some Tony Awards nostalgia, we give you a clip from the 2011 Tonys when Neil Patrick Harris was hosting and previous host Hugh Jackman wasn't too happy about that. Watch the two guys duke it out in a charming, little musical number, and forget all about the Monday blues.

Congrats to all of yesterday's winners, and have a good start into the week, BSPeeps.


Thursday, 9 June 2016

Characters We ♥ : Donald Duck



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Today is very special for probably THE most popular duck on this planet. It’s National Donald Duck Day, and what better way is there to celebrate one of our all-time favourite Disney characters than by freshening up our memory of the feathered drake?

To be honest, Donald Duck and the whole Disney Crew were an integral part of my childhood, but with that lying a few years in the past now, I had to do some research in order to remember all the adventures and heroics Donald pulled off. So in case your long-term memory is just as sucky as mine, here’s a list of Donald’s achievements, some surprising facts and reasons why we cannot help but love him that will teach you not to dismiss Donald as a random pant-less duck with a speech impediment and anger management issues.


Did you know that…

… today on June 9th we celebrate the 82nd anniversary of Donald’s first on-screen appearance? 

After hearing Clarence Nash recite “Mary had a little lamb” in a duck voice, Walt Disney had the inspiration to create Donald Fauntleroy Duck, as a somewhat more bad-tempered counterpart to the always cheerful Micky Mouse. Donald had his movie debut on June 9, 1934 in the animated short film The Wise Little Hen. His date of birth is estimated to be March 13, (Friday the 13th, of course) 1914, making him now 102 years old.

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… that Donald has a twin sister?

We all know about his uncle Scrooge McDuck and his three cheeky nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck or even about his girlfriend Daisy, but his twin sister Dumbella (Della) Duck? No Sir, never heard of her. But there are rumours that the mother of Huey, Dewey and Louie became an astronaut and is cruising through outer space, which is why her son’s ended up with their uncle.


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… that Donald worked for the Nazis and won an Oscar for it? 

In the animated short film Der Fuehrer’s Face (original title: Donald Duck in NutziLand) of 1943 Donald puts his acting skills into the service of the United States to aid them with their propaganda during WWII. He plays a Nazi who goes crazy, working his 48-hour daily(!) shift in a German factory under inhumane conditions. The following nightmarish hallucinations depict the atrocities of the war and German propaganda and end with Donald waking up, safe and happy in the United States. And Hitler gets hit in the face by a tomato. All’s well that ends well.


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… that Donald’s comics used to be banned in Finland? 

Apparently the Finns aren’t fans of animals who don’t abide by a certain dress code. Pant-less ducks with exhibitionistic tendencies are a no-go for them. Sorry Donald, Daisy… And although he never wears pants, whenever he is shown to lose his shirt he covers his crotch, not his torso. Just so that you know...

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… that Donald Duck beat a Danish inventor to a patent for a method of raising sunken ships?

Karl Kroyer invented a method to raise sunken ships, after a freighter capsized on the coast of Kuwait in 1964. As he wanted to patent his idea, his request was denied. Why you ask? Well, because he stole the idea from Donald Duck. This comic strip of 1949 is the proof:

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… that there is a philosophical movement called “Donaldism”?

This one’s my favourite because I actually had an art teacher who was a professing Donaldist. But what is Donaldism? Well, here’s what the SAD (the South-Nordic Academy of Donaldism) says to the matter:

“In Academic Donaldism, we [..] see the stories as written evidence of a real world inhabited by Ducks, Kynoids and other intelligent species unknown in our humanly dominated world.”
“Or to put our basic philosophy in shorter terms: The Ducks are for real!

Well if this isn’t fan love, then I don’t know what is.

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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Holiday Treats: Best Friends Day


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“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – Winnie the Pooh

What would life be without friends?

Dull? Lonely? Meaningless? No man is an island and on June 8, we celebrate the people around us that make our lives worth living. It’s Best Friends Day, everyone! So pick up the receiver and meet up with the people you can’t imagine your life without to show them how much you cherish them.

To honour the occasion, the three of us each created a Top 3 of our favourite BFFs from the cinematic universe or TV shows. Enjoy!



Rina:

3. Aladdin and Abu (Aladdin, 1992)

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While the cute factor is very high with both of them, there are many other reasons why Aladdin and Abu make the perfect pair of friends. They're both street-smart and athletic, they know what it's like to be alone in the world with nobody to hold on to but their best mate, they have each other's back and, above all, they know how to sport the same outfit with class and grace. The two of them have been through fun adventures, food shortage and life-threatening situations, and have always come out on top. That's a winning team, if ever I saw one.


2. Steve Rogers and James Buchanan 'Bucky' Barnes (Captain America trilogy, 2011-2016)

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The Cap (Chris Evans) and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) have been through a lot together - puberty, war, loss, mutual enmity, single combat, brainwashes and the like. But somehow they've always managed to save not only their respective skins but also their friendship. Outside influences have done their utmost to keep the two apart, but when Bucky had his memory erased and, consequently, was programmed to be a mindless killing machine, Steve would not rest until he'd managed to bring back the old Bucky. Bucky, despite his memory loss, could never forget his friend completely. Something always told him that  Steve was special to him. The two have been best pals since childhood - facing bullies, WWII and double dates. Even when the entire world is against them, they always stand up for each other. True bromance doesn't get much better than this.


1. Alan Shore and Denny Crane (Boston Legal, 2004-2008) 

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Alan Shore (James Spader) and Denny Crane (William Shatner) couldn't be more different: the first is a convinced liberal, the latter a gun-wielding conservative. But despite their political disagreements, the two are the very best of friends. They enjoy their daily afterwork drinks, they travel, dance, laugh, fight and make up. They even spend some quality time at the spa together. There's really nothing they wouldn't do in order to take care of each other - even the topic of marriage has come up once or twice. Alan and Denny show that life isn't about societal norms, it's about striking human chords and making the best out of the time we've got. The two embrace their friendship to the fullest and aren't scared of subverting conventional ideas of masculinity and male bonding in particular. Cheers to them and their inspiring friendship.


Squuls:



3. Troy and Abed (Community)

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¿Dónde está la biblioteca? - Need I say more? Troy and Abed met at Community college and became fast best friends. Their best-friendship is as official as it gets, I mean, they have their own friendship mug and even published a magazine about how good a friend they are to each other. Troy and Abed in the Morning, their morning show, was the highlight of many a persons day and provided you with insights you didn't know you needed. During the course of the show, Troy and Abed even moved in together to become the ultimate roomies. With these two weird, but lovable dudes it's hard to imagine ripping that team apart.

2. Joey and Chandler (FRIENDS)

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Let's face it: before there was Chandler and Monica and even Rachel and Ross, there was Joey and Chandler. These two were the ultimate married couple on the show, even though they were never romantically involved. They became roommates shortly after moving to the city and even if they hit a bit of a rough start these two quickly hit it off over Baywatch. Although they have very different personalities (Joey being the Italian Stallion ladies man and Chandler the sarcastic nerd), they are equally excitable about women, silly jokes, and Foosball. Through years of living together Joey and Chandler are completely in sync and were even mistaken for a gay couple, when babysitting Ross' son Ben. Later on they become parents to a chick and a duck and take care of them together (more or less responsibly). Joey tries to help Chandler out with the ladies and Chandler helps out Joey with basically everything else (someone on moviepilot.com roughly calculated how much Joey would owe Chandler and came to a staggering $ 123,900!!!). Even after Chandler moves out the door is always open for Joey. When Chandler and Monica decide to move to the suburbs with their kids, they reserve one room especially for Joey.

1. J.D. and Turk (Scrubs)

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J.D. and Turk constantly stretch the boundaries between friendship and romance. They have been best friends and roommates since college, helped each other through med school, and found jobs at the same hospital. J.D.'s vivid imagination and Turk's athleticism help these two come up with the most elaborate games and practical jokes. Their minds are so in sync that they don't even have to voice their thoughts most of the time. Years of friendship have resulted in many awesome rituals (like Steak Night, that has it's own song) and handshakes. Even starting their own families can't keep Turk and J.D. apart and they even got their future in the afterlife all planned out. These two truly are the ultimate bromance!


Nata Lie:

3. Cher and Dionne (Clueless, 1995)

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Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash) from Clueless are the kind of friends that always have each other’s back. The foundation of their friendship is that they understand each other’s everyday struggles. “She’s my friend because we both know what it’s like to have people be jealous of us.” They know everything about each other, always manage to make each other smile, they wear matching outfits, but NEVER the same thing, they have a secret handshake, they love to gossip and scheme together and, perhaps most important of all, they stick to the rule: your enemy is my enemy. 
What more could you want from a friend?
  

2. Bill and Ted (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, 1989)

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In Germany there is a proverb about a good friend being someone you can steal horses with. And while having such a friend would be pretty great already, how about a friend who will travel with you through time and kidnap important historical persons in order to improve your grade in the final history oral report? Wouldn’t that be…like... EXCELLENT?
Bill Preston (Alex Winter) and Ted Logan (an extremely young Keanu Reeves) are two dim-witted teenage boys, who care about nothing but their dream of having their own rock band, the “Wyld Stallyns.” However, if they were to fail their upcoming history presentation, which seems all too likely, the two would end up separated, for Ted’s father threatens to send his son to a military academy in case of failure. With help from the future, the two BFFs do whatever it takes to stay together and stumble from one adventure into the next. This friendship that bridges centuries gets a deserved second place on my list.
  

1. Sam and Frodo (Lord of The Rings trilogy, 2001-2003)

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There are friends who will go to hell and back for each other, with each other, and then there’s Sam (Sean Astin) and Frodo (Elijah Wood) who go to hell without believing they’ll ever make it back. The two hobbits were already something like friends before their journey but became practically inseparable in the course of it.
An integral part of friendship is recognising and accepting the other’s burden, but helping them carry it. Frodo’s burden is the ring. Sam’s burden is Frodo. Frodo may be the ring-bearer, but there is no doubt that he wouldn’t have made it to Mordor without Sam guarding his back, caring for him and keeping his spirits up – at least as much as is possible in regards to their suicide mission.
So now, to conclude this ranking, here are Sam’s inspiring words that show the depth of their friendship:

Frodo : I can't do this, Sam.

Sam : I know.
It's all wrong
By rights we shouldn't even be here.
But we are.
It's like in the great stories Mr. Frodo.
The ones that really mattered.
Full of darkness and danger they were,
and sometimes you didn't want to know the end.
Because how could the end be happy?
How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad happened?
But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow.
Even darkness must pass.
A new day will come.
And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.
Those were the stories that stayed with you.
That meant something.
Even if you were too small to understand why.
But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand.
I know now.
Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t.
Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo : What are we holding on to, Sam?

Sam : That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.



Saturday, 4 June 2016

Film Review: Money Monster (2016)


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USA; 98 min.; thriller, drama
Director: Jodie Foster
Writing: Jamie Linden, Alan DiFiore, Jim Kouf
Cinematography: Matthew Libatique
Cast: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O'Connell, Dominic West, Caitriona Balfe, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Denham, Lenny Venito, Emily Meade

"So what the hell kind of show are we gonna do next week?"  -- Patty Fenn

How corrupt is our financial system? How closely is it connected to the news industry? Can we ever feel truly secure in a world that is run by the rich and powerful? Are we lied to everyday? Who can we trust? Jodie Foster’s latest feature film asks many big questions and, to be honest, does so in a rather superficial, non-innovative way. But underneath all the genre clichés, distracting side plots and bumpy character developments, Money Monster offers crude, yet rich commentary on the media and how society has become numb in the face of genuine tragedy.

Charismatic Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a successful TV host. Together with his director Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts), he’s created a popular financial show in which he daily informs millions of viewers about the stock market – and, thus, influences them in their share buying behaviour. Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell), one of his viewers, has lost all his money because Gates gave a bad tip, and now the young man is out to scold the ones responsible. He storms the TV studio with a gun and explosive vest, takes Gates hostage and demands answers. While Fenn tries to find them, Gates has to keep Kyle in line.

Most of the time, Money Monster feels like a half-baked product. Some elements make it seem like an exaggerated satire, others come with utter seriousness and a clumsily swinging moral club. There isn’t much subtlety when Kyle shouts frantically that the rich guys who run things don’t give an eff about the small people, when the corruption of big concerns and their CEOs is exposed, or when Gates suddenly discovers his sympathy for Kyle’s toils and troubles. As a viewer, I feel stuck somewhere between crazy reality TV and Wall Street, and the shifts in tone hinder the film from creating a coherent, engaging atmosphere.

The cast comes with lots of star power, and while Clooney and Roberts certainly know how to fill the screen with charismatic smugness and likeability, respectively, they don’t manage to breathe life into characters that already lack development and chemistry on paper. O’Connell tries hard to bring some human emotions into a film that stands between satirical overstatement and fast-paced thriller, and succeeds – but only until the script rushes him to the next plot point. His chemistry with Clooney, sadly, is given no proper room to build. Dominic West and Giancarlo Esposito are pretty much wasted on insignificant supporting roles.

In all other aspects, Foster has crafted a solid, although rather formulaic thriller. There are moments of tension and relief, there are snipers and a bomb threat and gunfire. Foster’s strongest suit, however, is how relentlessly she depicts our media culture. Kyle’s personal tragedy becomes a sort of entertainment for everybody around. While lives are at stake, people gather in bars to have a beer and follow the drama on telly, the internet explodes with memes and superficial commentary. The first thing that comes to Fenn’s mind after Kyle has taken over the TV studio is to position the camera in a way that viewers can get a good look at him. ‘If Gates survives, we need him on our show’, says a news anchor from a different channel. In a society that only seems to chase after entertainment and the next big sensation, Kyle’s tragedy is nothing but another hashtag.

Foster’s film might be conventional, a bit crammed and underdeveloped, but, in the end, it leaves an impression. It questions our the-show-must-go-on mentality, and it makes us think about our own viewing habits. How do we consume media? Which stories make us laugh? Which stories make us stay and not switch the channel? There’s a moment towards the end of the film when Fenn sees a funny meme about the hostage drama. She cracks a smile – then she chokes on it. We choke with her. Is it okay to laugh under these circumstances? What about compassion? What about decency? It doesn’t matter, the show must go on.


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