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RPW Can’t Miss This List 2014 – Movies

Ready for 2014 Rock Paper Watchers? To celebrate the new year, we are releasing our “Can’t Miss This List” so you know our picks for upcoming shows, movies, albums, and books.  Check back Monday for our top 2014 book picks!

Labor Day

January 30, 2014

“A story of love, passion, and betrayal as seen through the eyes of a teenage boy and the man he later becomes. Henry looks back on his fateful 13th year, when he lived with his reclusive divorced mother. At the start of Labor Day weekend, while on a rare excursion to town, Henry and his mother encounter an injured man who asks for refuge in their home. Over the course of the next four days, they’re taken ‘hostage’ by a man who ultimately captures them, body and soul.” Source: Google

Reasons to Watch: Sometimes there is something so right about something being so wrong. And can we talk about that chemistry? It’s just oozing between Winslet and Brolin. The scene with the peach pie? Every southern girls dream…..

The Normal Heart

May 2014 on HBO

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Based on the Tony award-winning 1985 play, The Normal Heart details the spread of HIV/AIDS among a group of gay men living in 1980s New York City. The film adaptation, airing on HBO in the spring, was directed by American Horror Story and Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy.  Murphy describes the film as his “biggest labor of love,” and it features a star-studded cast including Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Taylor Kitsch (be still my heart), and Jonathan Groff.

Reasons to Watch: That cast. The Normal Heart includes some of the finest men Hollywood has to offer all in one movie and under the direction of Ryan Murphy, who is known for pushing his actors out of their comfort zone. The film promises to be powerful, and the performances promise to be spectacular.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

May 23, 2014

Calling all X-Men!

X-Men: Days of Future Past features both the original cast of X-Men and the younger versions of themselves from the X-Men: First Class film.  In the latest installment, Wolverine is sent back in time to help the younger mutants prevent an event from occurring, which will ultimately change the future and save mutants and humans alike from war and destruction.

Reasons to Watch:  With an ensemble cast that features fan-favorites Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Halle Berry (just to name a few!), this movie is bound to be an unforgettable adventure.  And if that wasn’t reason enough for you, in addition to the phenomenal cast of good guys, Peter Dinklage stars in the film as villain, Bolivar Trask.  That’s right people.  Tyrion Lannister in X-Men.  I couldn’t be more thrilled to see my favorite Game of Thrones star on the big screen [no pun intended].

Maleficent

May 30, 2014

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You guys, I’m not going to lie, I am so so excited for this Disney movie!!   Angelina Jolie stars as the evil Maleficent in this modern remake of Sleeping Beauty.  The story we have come to know and love from the 1959 classic is retold from Maleficent’s perspective.  We learn about her past and the things that happened to her that drove her to become the evil villain that bewitches Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning).

Reasons to Watch:  As if Angelina Jolie as Maleficent isn’t enough for you…  Seriously though, the trailer for the film looks fantastic.  And I’m excited about the fact that Jolie is not only starring in the movie, but served as executive producer.  She played a major role in designing her character’s costume and, despite execs pushing back who wanted to take advantage of her beauty, created a menacing and frightening look for Maleficent.  In fact, Jolie in costume was so scary on set that the only child who could play toddler Princess Aurora was her own daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt.

The Maze Runner

September 19, 2014

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Based on James Dashner’s 2009 novel, The Maze Runner begins when Thomas, our narrator, wakes up trapped in “the Glade” with no memories other than his first name.  He is surrounded by a group of boys who live inside a seemingly unsolvable maze that is beyond the Glade.  Every 30 days another boy is delivered but things change dramatically when a girl, Teresa, is delivered with the message that she’s the last one.  From there, the book moves quickly as the boys try to figure out why they’re there and more importantly, how do they get out?

Reasons to watch:  Personally, I can’t wait to see the Maze depicted on screen.  As a reader, you have an idea of how something might look in your head.  When it actually comes to life, that changes everything.  Also, the cast features some of the greatest young actors in Hollywood today like Dylan O’Brien, Will Poulter, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

Gone Girl

October 3, 2014

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It’s hard to write this summary without giving too much away, so I’m not going to. If you haven’t read Gillian Flynn’s runaway hit by the same name, stop whatever you’re doing right now and go read. Early into the book’s release, Reese Witherspoon bought the film rights and is putting it to use with David Fincher directing.  When Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, it’s her husband Nick (Ben Affleck) who becomes the prime suspect.

Reason’s to Watch: The novel itself was full of twists and turns, and in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, David Fincher promises readers of the book will still be even more surprised by the movie’s curve balls.  If it is anything as shocking as the book I can’t wait.  Go read.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1

November 21, 2014

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Everyone LOVED Catching Fire,  and after the cliffhanger, where do we go next?  Without giving too many spoilers away, much of the first part of the book is about Katniss. Our Girl on Fire is pretty much a space case, lost in her own thoughts, scared for her family and Peeta, as well as getting use to a more contained life in District 13. However, during these first nine chapters, she agrees to become the Mockingjay, a symbol of rebellion for the districts which leads up into the rest of story, the Districts rising up in a rebellion.

At this point, here is what we know:

Hunger Games: People Die
Catching Fire: More people die
Mockingjay: A lot more people die.

Its safe to say, no one is safe. So get your tissues ready, its going to be a bumpy ride.

Reasons to Watch: It’s probably the most anticipated movie of 2014 and of course, we are all on the edge our seats wondering what the Girl on Fire will do next. Finally, we get outside of the arena and our characters begin to focus on the rebellion against the capital, not to mention we will get our first look at District 13, a District once thought to be destroyed. One of the big questions still looming is: Where are they going to split the book at? Mockingjay is divided into the three parts, The Ashes, The Assault and The Assassin. My bets are somewhere within The Assault. (Obviously)

Did I also mention one of our favorite girl crushes, Julianne Moore, is joining the cast as President Coin? *Squeals*

The Hobbit: There and Back Again

December 17, 2014

The third and final installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit prequel/trilogy is set to hit theaters at the end of 2014.  Great, we only have to wait one year to find out the fate of Bilbo and the dwarves, the elves, and Lake-town.  (Even though, let’s face it, we all know what’s going to happen).  The film is the final in Jackson’s Tolkien films and fans of the Lord of the Rings will have to say their final goodbyes to the series.  Let’s just hope that the last Hobbit movie doesn’t have as many endings as LOTR Return of the King.  I swear, I thought that movie ended 4 times before it actually did.

Reasons to Watch:  The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug was a fantastic cinematic thrill ride (those spiders gave me nightmares!) and I’m excited to see what Jackson has in store for his final Tolkien-based film. It also ended on a MAJOR, major cliffhanger.  Seriously, major!!  The third movie promises to be a wild and insane adventure as the battle with Smaug comes to a conclusion, the love triangle between Tauriel, Legolas, and Kili is decided, and the Necromancer comes into power as the evil Sauron.

Honorable Mentions

The Lone Survivor, January 10

That Awkward Moment, January 31

The Monuments Men, February 7

Godzilla, May 16

A Million Ways to Die in the West, May 30

The Fault in our Stars, June 6

Interstellar, November 7

Horrible Bosses 2, November 26

Into the Woods, December 25

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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Trailer – X-Men, X-Men, and more X-Men

The X-Men series is (count em) thirteen years old. That’s right, thirteen. To celebrate, Bryan Singer is creating the ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ of superhero movies. Maybe ‘Ocean’s Eleven’  is a better way to describe ‘The Avengers.’  This film features every actor that ever portrayed an X-Men mutant (well, almost everybody – we miss you James Marsden).  The mega star power in this film is, without a doubt, going to squash ‘The Avengers.’  Do you agree or disagree?  Let’s dive in!

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The trailer starts with an eyeball.  A familiar voice says, “what’s the last thing you remember?”

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When the camera pans out we realize that the eyeball belongs to Wolverine.  This is the seventh time that Hugh Jackman has portrayed Wolverine, including that terrible, no good film ‘X-Men: Origins–Wolverine.’

As the voiceover continues saying, “I had a glimpse into the past,” we get a glimpse at some of the Old X-Men favorites. Are you ready?  Roll call!

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Halle Berry returns as Storm.  Judging by her expression, things are not going well for the Old X-Men crew.

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Patrick Stewart as Professor X.  According to Stewart, there will be an explanation for Professor X’s return even though he was vaporized by Jean Grey in ‘X-Men:  The Last Stand.’  Professor X tells Wolverine, “You’re going to have to do for me, what I once did for you.”

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Shawn Ashmore is back as Iceman, and he’s still adorable.

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Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde. In the original comic, the adult Kate Pryde transfers her mind into her younger self.  Thus, putting the X-Men into action to prevent a fatal moment in history that triggers anti-mutant hysteria.  In the film, Kitty Pryde will use her phasing ability to facilitate time-travel.

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Rogue played by Anna Paquin.  Everyone looks so worried.  And it seems this love triangle is still in full swing.

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Ian McKellan as Magneto, but what’s he doing hanging out with Iceman?  In ‘The Last Stand’ Magneto was cured and lost his powers (as did Mystique and Rebecca Romijn is noticeably missing).  You may remember at the end of the film, Magneto was faintly able to move a chess piece without touching it, hinting the cure might not be so permanent.  Can we assume that Magneto has his powers back? Powers or no powers, something is going on in the world to make Magneto forget his bad ways and re-team with Professor X for the greater good.  Magneto’s voiceover says, “You’ll need me as well.  Side by side to end this war, before it ever begins.”

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And Magneto’s team of merry-men include Bishop portrayed by Omar Sy.  In the comic books, Bishop is a part of the mutant police force and main antagonist.

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…and Sunspot by Adan Canto.  You might recognize him from Fox’s ‘The Following.’  Sunspot possesses the ability to absorb and channel solar power, which is kind of boring but whatever.

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…and Warpath by Twilight’s Booboo Stewart.  Warpath, also known as the second Thunderbird, is an Apache Native American possessing mutant superhuman strength and speed.

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…and finally, Blink by Fan Bingbing.  Blink is a comic book fan favorite.  She has the ability to teleport and was famously pink.  She’s likely a throwaway character for the film, but still it’s a nice nod.

MIA:  Evan Peter is Magneto’s son Quicksilver and The Sentinels.

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So back to Wolverine, he asks Professor X and Magneto, “So, I wake up in my younger body then what?”  So instead of Kitty transferring to her younger self, Wolverine will be performing the honors.

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Old Professor X tells him, “Find me, convince me of all this.”  And that kicks-off the Young X-Men Roll Call starting with James McAvoy as a jaded Young Professor X.

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Old Magneto chimes in, “It’s going to take the two of us.” Wolverine asks “And where do I find you?” Magneto responds, “A different path, a darker path.” Same sh*t, different day but at least there’s Michael Fassbender.

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Young Mystique by Jennifer Lawrence appears shedding a single tear, confirming that Young Magneto really is on that darker path.

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Young X is just hanging out in Cerebro, doing some spring cleaning.

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Earlier in the trailer, Professor X said to Wolverine, “You’re going to have to do for me, what I once did for you.”  What did he mean?  He elaborates saying “Logan, I was a very a different man. Lead me. Guide me. Be patient with me.”  Remember in the original film thirteen years ago, Wolverine was a loner on a motorcycle that Professor X made into an X-Men.  Now, it’s time for Wolverine to bring X back from the dark side.  Logan quips, “Patience isn’t my strong suit.”  We know, we know.

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So off he goes!

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Side note – that looks like Colossus, who I think is in the future (see Old group).

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Side side note – JLaw with bangs!

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Chaos, chaos, chaos.  In the Oval Office, someone important is making use of a secret escape and safe room.

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These guys are firing at Wolverine and judging by those curtains we are in the 70s (see Young group).

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Young Beast! Played by a very blue Nicolas Hoult.

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Everyone’s favorite ‘Game of Thrones’ brother, Peter Dinklage is Boliver Trask, a military scientist and the head of Trask Industries.  He creates an army of robots that destroy mutants, better known as Sentinels.

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Then there’s Nixon.

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Now, with this clip of Storm, we start the flash-back, flash-forward montage that is kind of confusing, kind of overwhelming, but altogether awesome.

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There’s some kind of lovers-quarrel between Magneto and Mystique.  He is forcefully pulling her in his direction.  How?  We don’t know.

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Young Magneto

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…Old Magneto

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Young Professor X, “I don’t want your suffering, I don’t want your future.”

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…Old Professor X

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The trailer ends with Old Professor X addressing Young Professor X, “Please, we need you to hope again.” I can’t wait to see how they end up in the same space at the same time.

There we have it! How excited are you for X-men: Days of Future Past?!


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Monday Man Candy: X-Men’s Bromances

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Over the weekend, X-Men’s Comic Con Panel featured four amazing actors playing two legendary superheroes. X-Men: Days of Future Past will feature two generations of X-Men in the Marvel movie universe.  James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart will reprise their roles as Professor X, as will Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen as Magneto.  In this adorable interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actors discuss working together and their methods (or lack there of) when playing the same character in the same movie.

How adorable is this foursome?

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As if this wasn’t cute enough, McKellen declared on the panel that he was eyeing Fassbender as a hot, young trophy husband.  You and me both Ian!

To add to the excitement, promotional films for the 2014 film were released over the weekend highlighting the character’s duality.

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X-Men "Days of Future Past" poster -- exclusive EW.com image

How excited are you for X-Men: Days of Future Past?  I really hope they address what happens to Professor X’s hair.  I hope you enjoyed this adorable and sweet Monday Man Candy.


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Summer Preview – The Wolverine

Fans of the X-Men Franchise, GET EXCITED! A new trailer for the upcoming summer flick, The Wolverine, has been released. Not only do we get to see plenty shirtless Hugh Jackman, but there is also a brief glimpse of Famke Janssens’s Jean Grey (see it again in this teaser).

That’s right, people. Phoenix and Wolverine will once again be together on screen! But what does this mean?

Let’s dissect the trailer:

~ We know that The Wolverine takes place after X-Men: The Last Stand in which Grey/Phoenix died. Does the brief inclusion of Famke Janssen in the trailer mean a dream sequence? Is this the final push for Logan’s desire to be mortal?
~ We get our first glance at Svetlana Khodchenkova’s Viper, the baddie known for her use of toxins and poisons.
~ We also meet Yukio portrayed by Rila Fukushima. Yukio is a samurai, not a mutant.
~ Most of the trailer takes place in Japan, is this Wolverine’s way of escaping his mutant reality by leaving the school behind?

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m already counting down the minutes until the premiere on July 26th!


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My girlcrush on Jennifer Lawrence

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A few weeks ago, I told my boyfriend of six years that I was in love with a girl. He laughed at me and asked what the hell I was talking about. I told him I was in love with Jennifer Lawrence and there’s nothing he could do about it. This was the night after the 2013 Academy Awards.

I was first introduced to Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars in 2011. Who could forget the blonde bombshell in the smoking red Calvin Klein number? The next time I saw her, she was in one of my favorite comic-based movies of all time: X-Men First Class. Jen did a fabulous job as a young Raven/Mystique, considering she was filling a very giant pair of shoes left behind by Rebecca Romijn. What I enjoyed most about Jen’s Mystique was her vulnerability, and her ability to portray a quiet but powerful transformation from Raven to Mystique. When she left Charles to join Magneto, you felt as if she was no longer the young girl in Charles’ kitchen but a dangerous woman, and I was ecstatic to hear that we will see this Mystique in the upcoming sequel.

I decided then to watch Winter’s Bone and to see why she had been nominated for an Oscar. That movie was PHENOMENAL. I was not expecting to be so connected to Ree so quickly. But Jennifer Lawrence made you connect with this young girl in such a profound way. I think this movie is so underrated. It is raw and gut-wrenching, and shows you a very real side of America; a side most people try to forget exists. After I saw this movie, I knew that this actress was legit. When she was announced to star as Katniss Everdeen in the film adaptations of The Hunger Games, I jumped for joy. I knew that Jennifer Lawrence would be the perfect actress for the role, and it proved to be shockingly fitting. I have yet to see Silver Linings Playbook, much to my regret, but I think her Oscar success is proof enough of Jen’s amazing talent.

Despite all of my J-Law love towards her acting, it wasn’t until I saw her post-Oscar interview that I realized the extent of my girl crush. In her glorious moment of victory and success, Jen decided to mention a topic that some actors and actresses would never dare to discuss. She talked about mental health issues, and the very real fact that mental illnesses exist and that people should treat them as they treat any other illness. But, because of an assumed stigma associated with mental health treatment in our society, the topic is avoided like the plague. But J-Law confronted it in a press conference following a worldwide event. She took a clear stand, and did so poignantly and with grace.

I love this girl because in the same interview, she belittled herself, flipped the bird in front of the camera, and admitted openly to taking a shot before she walked on stage. This girl is fabulous because she is real. She is more real than anyone in Hollywood and she doesn’t try to hide her humanity and her flaws from everyone. And, not only is she real, but she is beautiful! And she is beautiful in her own body. She may be a size 4, or, god forbid a 6(!), but she is smoking hot. Not to mention, she’s funny!

So, my question to anyone who wonders why I’m in love with Jennifer Lawrence is, what’s not to love?