Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Promised Land Trailer...Promises Great Performance, Not as Entertaining of a Story

From Matt Damon and director Gus Van Sant comes the story about a very topical situation occurring around the country, but largely on the East Coast, of hydraulic frack...ing (sorry, I fell asleep just trying to get that sentence out). While the topic may not 'tickle your fancy' so to speak, I do think this will make for a very compelling movie (think Erin Brockovich, without the boobs).

I may not be a science teacher but here's a quick lesson for those who don't know, fracking requires going beneath the surface to extract natural gas from rocks that lie below it. Now, to replace the gas, companies are pumping a chemical filled liquid back in its place.  This unknown chemical is killing animals, making people sick and destroying family farming businesses around the country.

Alright...enough about that.  Despite this being a complicated and tricky topic to get into, especially for the average moviegoer, I think the performances from Damon and John Krasinski (who also co-wrote the screenplay with Damon) really make the film solid and powerful.  As always, leave your thoughts on the RBR Facebook page!


Monday, September 10, 2012

Celeste and Jesse Forever Review: The Saddest Movie to Ever Have You Leave the theater with a Smile on Your Face!

You know that saying, "don't judge a book by it's cover"? Well, if the trailer for Celeste and Jesse Forever made you laugh, cry and really feel something then you'll be happy to know the movie delivers the same effect and you CAN judge this book by it's cover, uh...so to speak.

Where to begin... there's so much I loved about this film that it's like choosing my favorite member or N'Sync (ok, it's Justin, duh!). But seriously, I really did like a lot of things about this film!

First off, I really hate when a trailer shows all the funnest parts in the trailer and then you see them in the film and well, they kind of blow...well, in Celeste and Jesse despite their being even funnier moments in the film, the one's from the trailer still worked really well.

The film which starts off with a couple who are separated and trying to remain friends really takes some twist that you don't see coming in the trailer and leaves you wondering what's next.  In a way Celeste and Jesse feels a lot like 500 Days of Summer where you're so busy rooting for this couple that the whole time you're blind to the fact, they may just not be right for each other.

'The New Normal' : Showing America a New Kind of Family

OF COURSE a gay man doean't know how to work a computer, just like a woman doesn't either...right?! At lest that's what you'd be lead to believe in the first five minutes of NBC's upcoming Fall show, The New Normal.  The show centers around a gay couple David (David Burka) and Bryan (Andrew Rannells) who have decided to have a surrogate played by the adorable and quirky Georgia King, bare their child so they can start a family.

And while the show is filled with a plethora of additional stereotypes like this, it's still remains quite enjoyable. Primarily because it comes from TV juggernaut Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck, Glee, American Horror Story).  Let's face it, the guys guys a beast...he's running the tv airwaves right now, somehow controlling your brain at the same time while sipping on a latte!

The show is super funny but I cannot help but to imagine the couple of David and Bryan EASILY being a future version Kurt and Blaine, characters from Murphy's hit show Glee (they even resemble older versions of the couple). Obviously, this could be my years of Glee watching and singsongs that have made me so biased so I'd be curious to see how other watchers of the show felt.