Disney’s “Frozen”: Movie Review

Disney’s “Frozen” follows the story of not one but two princesses. Elsa (Idina Menzel) is born with the power to create both ice and snow. A beautiful but dangerous gift that she fights to keep hidden from the rest of the world. After nearly killing her sister Anna (Kristen Bell), Elsa isolates herself, spending all of her time trying to find a way to suppress her growing abilities. Her emotions however, find a way to get the best of her triggering the magic that accidentally sets off the Kingdom of Arendelle in an eternal winter. She flees the land in fear of becoming a monster and causing harm to everyone around her. Anna then sets off on a journey to bring her sister back and save the kingdom while teaming up with those she meets on the way –  Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), a rugged man who sells ice for a living (and is not currently working in the best market) alongside Sven his trusty Reindeer and a snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad). Together they battle the elements of the cold in an attempt to bring Arendelle back to it’s warm, summery demeanour.

Some songs on the soundtrack are definitely better than others. Partially because of the second-hand embarrassment, cheesy lines that are thrown in. But hey, it’s a Disney movie. What did you expect? My favourite song from the film is actually played in the credits. It’s Demi Lovato’s version of Let It Go however, you can hear Idina Menzel’s version in the actual movie.

I might be biased as someone who loves almost everything Disney related but I absolutely adored this movie. It’s a great family movie that the kids will enjoy (at any age cause here I am at 19). And go into it with that mindset, that it’s a movie for families and kids and I can guarantee that you’ll love it just as much as I did.

If you would like to know any spoilers from the film please feel free to contact me.

Frozen hits theatres American Thanksgiving Weekend on November 27th 2013.
The soundtrack is already available for pre-order on iTunes here and by purchasing it you can get Demi Lovato’s Let It Go right away.

You can watch the trailer here:

TIFF 2013 Day #7

Taking a break from movie premieres and celebrities I got to attend my third TIFF movie this festival, How I Live Now starring Saoirse Ronan and George MacKay. Knowing that I was only seeing a film I didn’t drag my slr camera with me, only a lousy point and shoot. Of course it would be the only non premiere where the actors show up for a Q&A. Besides be frustrated i’m just thankful I had some sort technology to capture them in front of me.

The Host: Movie Review with SPOILERS

The Host is based off of the novel of the same name written by Stephenie Meyer. Yes, the same author who wrote The Twilight Saga. An alien species known as souls have taken over humans by inhabiting their bodies to create peace among Earth. When Melanie Stryder (Saorise Ronan) is surrounded by a group of seekers in an old hotel she thought was abandoned, rather then getting caught she decides to jump out of the buildings window attempting to kill herself. As if some kind of miracle she survived, much to her dislike. A soul that goes by the name of Wanderer or Wanda is implanted into Melanie’s body but unlike many of the other occupied humans, some people refuse to be beat as they internally battle their host. Wanda’s job is to look into Melanie’s memories to find out where the resistance is, where the other surviving humans are. However, Melanie fights back by throwing memory after memory full of strong physical and emotional connections to the people she loves at Wanda hoping that she’ll understand how important it is for her to not say anything. As the soul begins to feel pity for Melanie and the humans they both set out on a journey to get back to Jared (Max Irons), the man she loves and her little brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury). Nothing is means more to Melanie then her family.

When I first heard Melanie’s voice after Wanda had taken over her body I found it really annoying. I don’t know if I just got so used to it by the end of the film that it no longer bugged me or it just wasn’t as obnoxious as when it first started so that it no longer bugged me. As someone who actually read the novel I know there is no other way they could’ve accomplished this successfully. And I did warm up to it. Some of the back and forth comments between Wanda and Melanie may have come out funnier then planned but they were well received getting laughs from the audience.

This storyline line doesn’t include a love triangle, but a love square. Well it’s just really awkward. Jared and Melanie are in love with each other so that’s simple but because Melanie is trapped inside her own body she can’t be with him. Then there’s Ian (Jake Abel) who falls in love with Wanda which is the soul in Melanie’s body. So technically you have two boys in love with the same person and it’s questionable on how this could end well for everyone involved. Now, me explaining the rest of the story would be summarizing the book and I don’t care to do so. You should just pick up a copy.

One thing that bothered me was how the souls looked. I can’t really explain it but it just made me want to laugh. Specifically when Ian is looking at one at some point in the movie and just looks so in love with this little white sort of light that moves. It made me uncomfortable. Also, many of the other characters acted unnatural and zombie-like when they shouldn’t have since they were human. I understand from reading the book that they were scared of Wanda because they didn’t trust her intentions but that’s not how it came across from watching it. On top of that some of the dialogue seemed awkward and forced but those are my only complaints.

I wouldn’t call this my favourite movie but it stuck fairly close to the book. Obviously cutting out the mediocre things to leave place for those scenes of importance. But i’m also judging this as a fan who loved the books so you need to keep that in mind. I’m not sure you’d like the movie at all if you were a middle-aged man who just loves to complain about everything. This sci-fi teen romance wasn’t aimed towards their demographic so I don’t blame them, but it was aimed at mine so maybe i’m really the more trustworthy one. Anyone who loved the book will love this movie regardless of what critics have to say.

The Host hit theatres today, Friday March 29th 2012

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Admission: Movie Review with SPOILERS

I went into Admission tonight without knowing a thing about the movie except for the fact that Paul Rudd and Tina Fey starred in it. I absolutely loved it and maybe that’s because I never saw a trailer beforehand. If that’s the case, i’m never watching a movie trailer ever again because it ruins the magic of seeing a film for the very first time.

Tina Fey plays Portia, a Princeton University admissions officer who’s asked by an old college acquaintance John (Paul Rudd) to visit his alternative high school. John wants Portia to meet Jeremiah (Nat Wolff) whom he believes is the son she gave up for adoption back in college. With this knowledge Portia goes out of her way, making a huge professional risk to try and help Jeremiah get into Princeton.

I hardly recognized Michael Sheen without the long hair and creepy accent he has when he plays Aro in the Twilight Saga. Actually, that’s the only way i’ve ever seen him except for in this movie. However best supporting actor in this film has to go to Lilly Tomlin who plays Susannah, Portia’s feminist mother. When you meet her it’s no surprise that Portia became the boring, uptight, closed-off person that she is when compared to her psychopathic mom. The kid who plays John’s adoptive son Nelson (Travaris Spears) is both adorable and funny. His sarcastic attitude throughout the movie makes him loveable and understanding because he’s tired of moving from place to place like John always does to help others.

The movie starts with Portia finding out that her boss (Wallace Shawn) is going to retirement meaning that she has the possibility of getting his job. But she has some competition, there’s also Corinne (Gloria Reuben) who wants the job just as much as Portia does. Then you get to meet Mark (Michael Sheen) the man with whom Portia lives with but they’re not married and have no children. Portia spends her next driving from school to school telling teenagers the secret to getting into Princeton. Shocker, there is none. She ends up going to John’s school where the students question why they should apply there when they just want to help change the world. Of course for a lot of things like becoming a lawyer, or doctor you’d need a degree. Before she can leave John introduces her to Jeremiah and thinks that they should get to know each other which she doesn’t care to do.

Portia goes home to find out that Mark’s leaving her for a Virginia Woolf scholar who is currently pregnant with his twins. The film is full of quirky moments where Portia will run into Mark and his new girlfriend is shooting daggers at him and they run off. Portia begins to get to know John more and at the same time starts to believe that Jeremiah is her son. There’s a lot of stuff that happens in between (for movie purpose) but even though he has no chance of getting in Portia goes out of her way to get him accepted. She completes her goal by the end of the movie but ends up being fired for her actions. When she goes to tell Jeremiah that she’s really his birth mother she finds out that the name on the birth certificate was for 11pm and not 1pm meaning that it’s not her child.

After it all Portia realizes that she really wants to know the child that she gave up for adoption all those years ago but she gets a letter saying that he’s not ready to meet her at the current time. As for your happily ever after, Portia and John end up together of course.

I didn’t want to ruin absolutely everything for you just the main things you may have been wondering. I ain’t gonna write a transcript haha – but I do really think that this movie was great and I hope to see more comedies like this from Tina Fey in particular (since 30 Rock’s now done).

Sidenote: I decided to watch the trailer for Admission and unlike Identity Thief where they showed everything funny in the promo this movie did not.

Admission hits theatres today, Friday March 22, 2013

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Demi Lovato’s Concert: Mardi Gras at Universal Studios

Call me crazy but I’d rather call it dedicated. I decided that it had been way too long since I last saw Demi Lovato. So myself along with two of my best friends flew all the way from our igloos in Canada to see her perform at Universal Studios in Florida. We literally only went for her, arriving Friday morning and departing Sunday morning.

Saturday morning we arrived at Universal Studios around 9:15am (the park opened at 9am). By that time there was already one line/barricaded area and we were in the second one with pink tickets. My friends and I were the ones playing Demi’s music. I was shocked at how cold it was. Camping out was not fun until I went and bought myself a Harry Potter blanket to cuddle up with on the hard ground. It was great talking to and meeting various other fans all day long.

At around 3pm when we had to go to the Hard Rock Cafe for our meet and greet. Unfortunately it meant missing soundcheck and getting spots for the concert. The VIP I purchased did not come with entry into the park so they didn’t have a special area for all of us meeting Demi to go to afterwards. The meet and greet was done through Golden Tickets who have renamed themselves Adventures in Wonderland. They have terrible customer service and sent and email telling us to show up at 2:45pm and they weren’t there until about 4:15pm. The package came with a Heart Attack poster (which I had stolen) lament and t-shirt. For those unaware meet and greets are very short and rushed. Sometimes security won’t even allow you to hug Demi but I went for it anyway. I mean, I just travelled all the way from Toronto, there was no way I wasn’t! Demi smells like rainbows and butterflies. I swear! I am so so so thankful for having the opportunity to hug her again. I would like to note that it took over 72 hours to receive my photograph from Golden Tickets.

General admission/free concerts are a mess. There was shoving, pushing and fighting from a ton of people, clearly not the fans. It was close to becoming a full on mob scene but once Demi came on stage everyone seemed to chill out. Her vocals impress me more and more every f*cking time I see her. She’s absolutely phenomenal and i’m so lucky to have been apart of the first crowd to ever hear her new single Heart Attack sung live.

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Harlem Shake

The Harlem Shake if you haven’t heard of it, is the newest craze and internet sensation. Thousands of videos have been uploaded online (mostly from universities and colleges) in the past week! I guess you could call it the next Gangnam Style if you’d like but i’d prefer it if you didn’t. This doesn’t actually make you want to rip off your ears every time the song comes on. The general idea is that one person dances for about 15 seconds while everyone around them is clueless to what’s going on and then in the last 15 seconds everyone goes CRAZY! Literally! I attend Ryerson University and yesterday in my Art History class all of the Image Arts Students decided we would do one just for fun. Our prof Iain was such a good sport and we love him a hundred times more for being a part of it!!

The video is currently at 7,000 views and was shown on Breakfast Television this morning!

Warm Bodies: Movie Review with SPOILERS

Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies is based off of  Isaac Marion’s popular novel of the same name. The author originally wrote a short story called, I Am a Zombie Filled with Love which became an internet sensation nearly three years ago before Atria Books acquired the publishing rights for the full novel back in 2010. The full length story known as Warm Bodies was published in 2011.

The book jacket says, “’R’ is a zombie. He has no name, no memories, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.” In a post apocalyptic America destroyed by war, disease and the loss of humans hunger from the growing number of the undead R (Nicholas Hoult) falls for a girl named Julie (Teresa Palmer). For an unknown reason he chooses to spare her life rather then making her a meal. He craves something more then just blood. Well actually there is a reason, to ensure that a killed human doesn’t come back to life as a corpse you have to eat their brain. By doing so it allows you to see their memories and have their feelings. Causing R to make an unexpected choice to save the victim’s girlfriend which breaks all the rules. Their strange relationship begins to change R. He’s becoming more human every day that passes and it’s beginning to catch on to the other corpses as well as they remember how to feel. R wants to live. And Julie wants to help him but it isn’t going to be easy to convince the humans. In the rotting world they’re stuck living; Julie, R and the other zombies won’t go down without a fight. This comedic love story is tale about the power of human connection and one you don’t want to miss.

Like the various trailers for this film the movie opens with a witty and clever introduction to the zombie apocalypse and R’s world. The hilarious commentary pulls the audience in from the very beginning and keeps your eyes attached to the screen until the very end. The humans spend their time killing zombies and trying to save their family members from becoming one of them. The cure is to live. That was unknown to everyone until Julie and R helped them realize. As the minutes on the clock rolled by they were running out of time to convince the humans as the bonies (zombies that have worn away to become only skeletons) were also getting closer to killing them themselves. The bonies were not happy about R saving Julie and wanted them both dead as well as the rest of the zombies who weren’t on their side. R makes the final choice to save Julie when they fall many feet into a pool of water. Miraculously they both live. After Julie kisses R you see his pupils get bigger and his eyes become blue, the final transformation. When they pull away Julie’s father shoots R only for Julie to notice that he’s bleeding and corpses do not bleed. He actually became human from living.

Fun fact: The film and book make various references to the famous tragic love story Romeo and Juliet. The most obvious being the main characters names; ‘R’ and ‘Julie’ for ‘Romeo’ and ‘Juliet.’ There’s also a scene in the movie where Julie’s outside on her friend Nora’s balcony and R is standing at the bottom. He can’t get caught by any humans because they’d shoot him dead within seconds. RomeoRomeowherefore art thou Romeo?

Nicholas Hoult is an amazing actor. Watching him on screen, you can’t help but fall for his character. It’s the same way I  felt when I first saw him in X Men: First Class. I don’t know if there’s anyone who could’ve played this part better then him, specifically when it came to those subtle expressions. Spot on. I really enjoyed Rob Corddry who played M, another Zombie and R’s best friend. He was the lucky actor who got to swear the most and make some really great comments. Teresa Palmer was someone i’ve never heard of before this film. I thought she did a really great job even if I think it should’ve been me making out with Nick instead. Yeah, i’m just a little bitter…

Make sure to check out Warm Bodies next week when it hits theatres on Friday February 1, 2013.

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Golden Globes

Last night was the 70th Annual Golden Globes hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. These two brilliant ladies did a phenomenal job. A true salute to girl power. I would love it if they were able to host my life. That would be more then fabulous.

“You know what Taylor Swift? You stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son.” – Tina Fey

“Meryl Streep is not here tonight. She has the flu, and I hear she is amazing in it!” – Amy Poehler

Random Thoughts Throughout the Night:
– Dennis Quaid doesn’t age. He still looks exactly as he did during The Parent Trap. He’s a complete DILF. Yeah, I said it.
– Lea Michele had an obvious fake spray tan making her look like this.
– Taylor Swift’s ice queen death glare to Adele when her song ‘Skyfall’ won was priceless. Is that the first time Taylor hasn’t won an award? She didn’t appear to be the most gracious loser. And ready for one more Friends reference? I know I wasn’t the only one who thought of this scene.
– Jennifer Lawrence, all your fans on the internet have been calling JLaw forever.
– Robert Pattinson looked like a lost puppy when presenting Quentin Tarantino with his award. He was just so shy and wasn’t sure how to greet him. I thought it was really cute!
– Anne Hathaway  mentioned that she started out as the PRINCESS OF GENOVIA! A+
– Les Mis shouldn’t have won Best Motion Picture Comedy/Musical.
– All the Leonardo DiCaprio jokes online. They could introduce a “Best Lead Performance as Leonardo DiCaprio in the Life of Leonardo DiCaprio” award and Leo still wouldn’t win.

Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrel were the best presenters of the night by far. I was laughing so hard during their entire skit. I’ll post the clip right after I talk about Jennifer Lawrence since they present her with Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy/Musical and the video includes both parts.

Jennifer Lawrence beat  both MAGGIE SMITH and MERYL STREEP which is a huge accomplishment in her career if you ask me. First of all in her speech when she said “Oh what does it say? I beat Meryl!” I would like to point out that was a joke. Some people aren’t aware but she was quoting the film First Wives Club. I love how much grace Jennifer Lawrence has every time she wins. This speech had to have been one of the ones that’s touched me the most. I swear she was at the verge of tears when she reached the part where she talks about her brothers. Let me also say that Jennifer had the flu and she still looked flawless. I agree with what Ross Matthews had to say on the matter, “If that’s what she looks like with the flu, lick my face and give ME the flu!”

“Thank you Harvey [Weinstein] for killing whoever you had to kill to get me up here today.” – Jennifer Lawrence

“I wanna thank my family. Mom, people said you were crazy for believing in me, and you did it anyway. Dad, you taught me to laugh and that has been my salvation through all of this. I wanna thank my brothers Ben and Blaine. I wouldn’t be who I am today without you being mean to me but then really supportive and loving. Constantly.” – Jennifer Lawrence

But that’s not when the cuteness stopped. Backstage in the pressroom Jennifer got confused on what to do and it was so adorable.

Just like at the Critics Choice Movie Awards, Ben Affleck won Best Director for Argo. This is when you realize who The Academy snubbed big time. Especially after winning a Golden Globe now, it’s surprising that he wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar.

One of the only consistent winners this season has been Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress. No one else in that category even stood/stands a chance.

I want to end this with how I really hate that Silver Linings Playbook is put in the Comedy category. Sure it may have it’s comedic moments but it’s a serious film. The issues dealt within the movie are not a joking matter. It makes it seem like mental illness is something to laugh about when that is far from what’s acceptable.

Critics Choice Movie Awards

Tonight was the 18th Annual People’s Critics Choice Movie Awards in Santa Monica California. Every nominee is extremely talented and well-deserving of the award in their category, but there can only be one winner. I would also like to become a critic because getting to watch movies for a living has to be one of the best jobs in existence.

I will never get tired of talking about Jennifer Lawrence, ever. The thing I love most about Jennifer is how completely humble she is when accepting an award. And when she loses she’s genuinely happy for the winner because she’s just grateful to be nominated. Tonight she racked in Best Actress in an Action Movie for her role as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Best Actress in a Comedy for her her role as Tiffany Maxwell in Silver Linings Playbook, Best Comedy for Silver Linings Playbook and Best Acting Ensemble for Silver Linings Playbook. Not too shabby! Jennifer was also nominated for Best Actress which went to Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) and Best Picture which went to Argo. Never underestimate this lately, she’s quickly taking the film industry by storm at the young age of 22. I would also like to congratulate Jennifer on her second Oscar nomination which was announced this morning.

“Critics aren’t so bad.” – Jennifer Lawrence


No one was more deserving of Best Supporting Actress then Anne Hathaway for her role as Fantine in Les Miserables. If you’ve seen the movie it’d be hard for you to disagree. Her rendition of I Dreamed A Dream has the ability to put you in tears. I remember the first time I ever heard her sing, it was in the movie Ella Enchanted and I didn’t think it was actually her. There was a tiny mistake tonight when announcing the nominee’s they spelt her name as Ann Hathaway instead of Anne, missing the e. As she walked on stage to accept her award she pointed it out while mentioning that she probably shouldn’t.

This is a bittersweet moment because I have this award but you spelled my name wrong.” – Anne Hathaway

I’m really happy for Ben Affleck on his award for Best Director after being snubbed for an Oscar nomination. Ben is so well rounded in this industry as an actor, director, writer and producer. He can do it all and he does it right. His speech tonight had to have been one of the biggest highlights as he actually called out the Academy on their clear mistake.

“I would like to thank the Academy — I’m kidding, I’m kidding this is the one that counts.” – Ben Affleck

Quvenzhane Wallis is absolutely adorable. Tonight she won Best Young Actor/Actress for her role as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild. She also becomes the youngest actress in history to receive and Oscar Award nomination at 9. Quvenzhane walked on stage tonight with her thank you speech typed out on a phone (not sure if it was hers or not). The microphone stood taller then her but she was so cute. I wanted to give her a hug. I have yet to see the movie she stars in but I definitely plan to now.

The movie Lincoln also won a fair amount of awards tonight. I’m sure the acting’s great but I have no interest in ever seeing that movie. It looks like a bore and I feel as though I’d fall asleep in the theatre. We’ll have to see if i’m proved wrong. I have don’t have very long to catch up on all the Oscar nominated films.

Congratulations to all of the winners tonight! Only two more nights until the Golden Globes on Sunday!

Peoples Choice Awards

Tonight was the 39th Annual People’s Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. But they should think about calling the show “If you were nominated and in attendance you won” award show. Every award was pretty obvious if you watched the red carpet in advance and knew who was there. It wasn’t all that much of a shocker.

Thoughts that needed to be said:
– Jennifer Lawrence should’ve walked on stage as Katniss while Alicia Keys peformed Girl On Fire.
– There’s no way Katy Perry won all 4 of her awards.
– Lea Michele shouldn’t be considered a comedic actress.
– Adam Sandler should probably retire, no idea what that little speech he did tonight was…
– They should’ve played the ‘get off the stage’ music for XTina.
– Jennifer Aniston is gorgeous and never ages.
– Brittany Snow looks perfect in her yellow dress.
– Emma Watson is adorable but I was disappointed she didn’t do the red carpet with the rest of her Perks of Being a Wallflower cast.
– Taylor Swift looked terrifying with her eye makeup. It was awkward and made it look like she had two black eyes.

Counting Down: My 5 Favourite Moments/Things To Happen at the PCAs
5. Although said singer wasn’t in attendance and you had to check the online list to know that Demi Lovato won Favourite Celebrity Judge I am more then happy for her. Although I think she was ripped off by Katy Perry in her other two categories.

4. If you don’t like Ellen Degeneres then you’re lying. She’s hilarious and perfect in all ways. Best moment was when she said thanks then walked away before turning around and returning to the podium because she had an award to present but wanted to hear an applause first.

3. It took way too long and it was nearly long enough if you ask me but getting to see Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. The Hunger Games cast slayed tonight taking in a total of 4 awards for; Favourite Movie, Favorite Movie Franchise, Favorite On Screen Chemistry and Favorite Action Movie. In total the Hunger Games cast racked in 6/7 awards that they were nominated for. Clearly i’m a fan. I went to the Toronto Hunger Games premiere back in March of last year. And for the fandom it’s been a big day! It started with Entertainment Weekly giving us the first stills for the sequel Catching Fire. Catching Fire will hit theatres at the end of this year in November.

2.  Did you see Matt Boner Bomer tonight?! He is literally a sex god. The only thing that would’ve made him even hotter is if he wasn’t wearing a shirt but that’s not appropriate for an award show now is it? I am thankful for his existence and his infectious grin that makes me squeal every time I lay eyes on him. Tonight he presented two awards with Chloe Grace Moretz so not only did I get to stare at him on the red carpet but during that time on stage as well. THANK YOU AWARD SHOW GODS. And i’m thankful for a 5th season of White Collar. Unfortunately the show didn’t win in the category they were nominated.

1. It’s not a surprise how much I admire Jennifer Lawrence so when she won both Favourite Face of Heroism and Favourite Movie Actress for The Hunger Games I was ecstatic! If you don’t believe me you can go look through my tweets. She’s so incredibly talented and humble. I don’t think there was one person in the room tonight who wasn’t happy for her. The best thing about her acceptance speak was the Mean Girls reference she made. It just proves that Jen is just one of us who made it on the outside. And she looked absolutely gorgeous tonight! I look forward to this upcoming award season. I see big things happening for Jennifer as this may be the year she finally gets an Oscar for her role as Tiffany Maxwell in Silver Linings Playbook.

“I wish this was like Mean Girls where I could just break this up and give it to all of you.”