Guardians of the Galaxy: Review

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OK let me start off by saying there is absolutely no need to worry if you are unfamiliar with Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”, you will fall madly in love with the characters before the movie is over, this I promise you.  I wasn’t too familiar with the characters or the comic book series either however I will tell you that Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the best Marvel Comics based movie I have ever seen period!

Writer and director James Gunn penned a great story introducing these literally colorful and wonderful semi complex characters.  Mr. Gunn also happens to please the Fan-Boys making them proud with the fact that one of there own managed to do a comic book movie right which also happens to extremely entertaining, that’s always a plus don’t you think.   I mean what’s not to love with great characters like Rocket a sarcastic and tech savvy talking raccoon (Voiced by Bradley Cooper) and his sidekick Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel) a talking tree that only has three words in his vocabulary “I am Groot” but also has a huge heart and the ability to surprise his team when they least expect it.  Next we have Gamora (Zoe Saldana) a lethal assassin raised by Thanos (Future Villain/Marvel Phase 3) with major daddy issues and Drax The Destroyer (Dave Bautista) a grief-stricken warrior who is out for blood after losing his family.  Finally we have Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) their charismatic leader a wise cracking thief with an amazing taste for music and an ok dancer…

One of the things I love most about the movie is the music.  Peter Quill who was abducted as a child wearing of all things a Walkman.  This Walkman had a mix tape recorded by his mother which has a great list of music from the 1970’s.  I just love how James Gunn was able to write the songs in to the story.  In fact I haven’t seen a great playlist of music enhance the visuals in story telling since the likes of Forest Gump and that is saying a lot.  Right from the opening sequence in which we see Peter dancing and strutting to “Come and Get Your Love” Performed by Redbone in sync with the movie credits.  Now I know he is no Fred Astaire but I can tell you it sure is fun to watch Peter jam to the music.  You will even catch yourself dancing in your seat.  We see characters bonding during “I’m Not in Love” by 10cc.  You even have a nice scene which uses “Moonage Daydream” by David Bowie on the way to meet a very weird and psychedelic being known as The Collector (Benicio Del Toro) with of all things has a collection of relics from around the universe. (Note if you like “easter eggs” please, please pay very close attention to the collection for a treat).  It’s great to see music round off a story considering the movie is not a musical.

I’m sure the selling point for most who watch the film is the word of mouth on how Rocket Raccoon and Drax the Destroyer steal the show with great one liners.  Before doing so please do not dismiss Michael Rooker as Yondu (Peter Quill’s surrogate father).  I believe his take on the character is what I love the most about the film.  Just to see Yondu who is a Kree, forget that the Kree are blue, it’s his Cowboy with Southern accent and flavor which really brings this character to life.  Yondu has away about himself from the way he chews his tobacco to his bobble head collection.  However the best thing about Yondu is his weapon.  It’s a golden arrow holstered to his hip the way a Texas outlaw wears a gun.  Arrow? You ask.  Yes an arrow that is psychically controlled as Yondu whistles a sweet melody.  It’s a very cool thing to see in action.
Now if that is not enough to go watch.  Then go watch Guardians of the Galaxy because it’s the best movie of the summer.  Its filled with action, comedy, fantasy and suspense.  Trust me when I say you won’t be disappointed plus your family will thank you for saving them from boredom and forever be their hero.
Directed By: 
James Gunn
Written by: 
James Gunn & Nicole Perlman
Based on the Comic Book By:
Andy Lanning & Dan Abnett
Cast: Chris Pratt (Peter Quill) Zoe Saldana (Gamora) Dave Bautista (Drax) Vin Diesel (voice of Groot) Bradley Cooper (voice of Rocket) Lee Pace (Ronan) Michael Rooker, (Yondu) Karen Gillan (Nebula) Djimon Hounsou (Korath) John C. Reilly (Corpsman Rhomann Dey) Glenn Close (Nova Prime) and Benicio Del Toro (the Collector)


Captain America and his mighty shield……… Review for Captain America:The Winter Soldier

Captain Ameria: The Winter Soldier


By Michael Alvarez
I highly recommend this film….

There is no way around this, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a great film. YES I LOVED IT. Considering we do not always have the opportunity to watch a Superhero film with a perfect blend of cinematography, writing and a superb cast. If that is not enough, another point to consider is the fact that CA:TWS truly bridges all fims in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe Phase 2 along with ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”. So if you are a true Marvel fan like I am, you will be happy to know that it pay’s off to watch the show.
I must remind you that making an entertating film based on a comic book is no easy feat, with that said…….
The filmakers effectively use the source material as a story board and with the help of a great cast bring The Comic Book to life. Anthony and Joseph Russo worked off an exellent script written by Christopher Markus and Stephen Mcfeely based Ed Brubaker’s instant classic series “Captain America:The Winter Soldier” published by Marvel Comics. Its a great story filled with plot twists, with an extensive web of deceit, hardcore action, laughs and also with so many surprises even the fan boys won’t know what hit them. I see it as an Espioange film with an occasional Superhero or two.
Anthony & Joseph Russo are at the top of their game making their first Action film. Managing to keep us glued to our seats throughout entire film. It also helps that the Russo brother’s are coming off “The Community” which ad libs most of its dialogue during the shooting its episodes. This is a great thing because it lets the actors be free and creative making for a better performance. Especially with a cast like Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Redford.
Cinematography in the film is something to boast about considering camera work is often over shadowed by glitzy special effects. It is refreshing to know the film makers did not solely depend on special effects to tell the story. In the opening of the film there is a fantastic fight scequence between Captain America, his shield and a wanted terrorist. Not only was the fight sequence nicely choreographed with a combination of kicks and the Shield but so was the camera work shooting the sequnce was also very well choreographed. Its not easy getting the right angle during a perfect kick and many of you are not aware that the cameras on a film set run on high wires and a pull track like that of a Train tracks and controling those devices is an art by it self. Again because of the experience of directing “The Community” and shooting with Hand Held Cameras add a realistic touch to the action sequences. Plus its great to see a montage of scenes backed by a little music, just saying….
The film takes place two years after New York City was invaded by the Chitauri in The Avengers…. Captain America is now living in Washington DC and a full time operative with Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D taking down bad guys. Steve Rogers aka Captain America is still adjusting to life in the 21st Century. Steve is doing what he can to adjust to his new life from jogging, making new friends and building a music list with the likes of Marvin Gaye’s “Trouble Man” to the theme of “Rocky II” by Bill Conti. Steve is also avoiding blind date suggestions from his new partner Natsha Romanoff aka The Black Widow. I guess that is what makes Captain America such a great character, he makes saving the world look so easy but has such a though time trying to belong to it. Other highlights of the film are the mysterious Nick Fury as we saa what a BAD-ASS he truly is. We also get an in depth look and history of the infamous organization of S.H.I.E.L.D and how Howard and Tony Stark are connect to the organization.
As I mentioned earlier for those loyal fans of ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”, you are in for a treat. Not only do we learn why Nick Fury has been avoiding Agents Colson phone calls and for “being off the grid” but we also get a glimpse at a direction the show might take, I can only hope….. Lets not forget about Captain America and the course his life must take when confronting tradegies from his past…. Hold on I have a better idea I think you will better enjoy the film if you just go watch climatic film and see what I am all exited about.
Also don’t forget to stay and watch both the Mid and Post credit scenes teasing Avengers 2…….




The winner for TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE Movie Passes Giveaway is…….

I am happy to announce Stephen N./@Alienxphile has won TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE Movie Passes Giveaway.

Please join me in congratulating him!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stephen N./@Alienxphile has won the following:







Director: Robert Lorenz

Writer : Written by Randy Brown

Producers: Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Michele Weisler

Executive Producer: Tim Moore

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Robert Patrick,

Matthew Lillard, Joe Massingill


Drama. Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but, despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with him. Nevertheless, Gus—who can tell a pitch just by the crack of the bat—refuses to be benched for what may be the final innings of his career. He may not have a choice. The front office of the Atlanta Braves is starting to question his judgment, especially with the country’s hottest batting phenom on deck for the draft. The one person who might be able to help is also the one person Gus would never ask: his daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), an associate at a high-powered Atlanta law firm whose drive and ambition has put her on the fast track to becoming partner. Against her better judgment, and over Gus’s objections, Mickey joins him on his latest scouting trip to North Carolina, jeopardizing her own career to save his. Forced to spend time together for the first time in years, each makes new discoveries—revealing long-held truths about their past and present that could change their future.


This film has been rated PG-13 for language, sexual references,

some thematic material and smoking.

The Winners for THE CAMPAIGN Hollywood Movie Money are:



The Winners for THE CAMPAIGN Hollywood Movie Money are:

The Grand Prize Winner –  ‏@Michelle106Con

The Runner up Winner – @motherinpain

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When long-term Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of unscrupulous power brokers plots to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naïve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center.  At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors’ support and a cutthroat campaign manager, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about.

As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quicklyescalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other. It’s a mud-slinging, backstabbing, home-wrecking comedy from “Meet the Parents” director Jay Roach that takes today’s political circus to its logical next level. Because, even if you believe campaign ethicshave hit rock bottom…there’s still room to dig a whole lot deeper.

“The Campaign” also stars Jason Sudeikis as Cam Brady’s loyal but increasingly overwhelmed campaign manager, Mitch; and Katherine LaNasa as Cam’s single-minded wife, Rose. Dylan McDermott stars as Tim Wattley, tasked with transforming Marty Huggins’s public image; with John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd as the powerful Motch brothers, the money behind his implausible bid for Congress; and Brian Cox as Marty’s father, retired political operator Raymond Huggins, who cannot fathom what any of them see in his son.

Directed by Jay Roach (Emmy Award winner for HBO’s “Recount” and Emmynominee for HBO’s “Game Change”) and written by Chris Henchy & Shawn Harwell, from astory by Adam McKay & Chris Henchy & Shawn Harwell, “The Campaign” was produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jay Roach and Zach Galifianakis. Amy Sayres, Jon Poll and Chris Henchy served as executive producers.

 The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Jim Denault (EmmyAward nominee for HBO’s “Carnivàle” and “Game Change”); two-time Oscar®-nominated production designer Michael Corenblith (“How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Apollo 13”); editors Craig Alpert (“Knocked Up,” “Borat”) and Jon Poll (“Meet the Fockers”); and costume designer Daniel Orlandi (“The Blind Side,” Emmy winner for “The Magic of David Copperfield XI: The Explosive Encounter”). The music is by Theodore Shapiro (“Marley & Me,” Emmy Award nominee for HBO’s “Game Change”).


Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Gary Sanchez/Everyman Pictures Production, a Jay Roach Film, “The Campaign.” It will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


In addition to, Warner Bros. Cine – Latino Facebook page will be sharing additional content, promotions and updates on behalf of the film. A mention of the Warner Bros. Cine – Latino Facebook page within the giveaway would be very much appreciated. Please don’t forget to tag the Warner Bros. Cine – Latino on your Facebook posts.

El Ganador alternativo de Magic Mike / paquete de premios Concurso Temático

Me gusta anunciar el ganador alternativo de Magic Mike / paquete de premios Concurso Temático es @snowwright.


  Una vez más gracias a todos por jugar!!


Alternate Grand Prize winner for the Magic Mike / Thematic Prize Pack Giveaway


I like to announce the alternate Grand Prize winner for the Magic Mike / Thematic Prize Pack Giveaway is @snowwright .           





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Move over Buffy, there is a new Vampire Hunter and his name is Abraham Lincoln.

Move over Buffy, there is a new Vampire Hunter and his name is Abraham Lincoln.        “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”     The Review 


By: Michael Alvarez
Without a doubt “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is Work of Art!!
As you, I also thought Abe Lincoln as a Vampire Hunter would be a crazy suggestion for a film when I first read the film was being made.  I am sure glad I was WRONG! The film is anything but cheesy or corny.  It is visually Stunning, a Fantastic Script, and Superb Acting.  Timur Bekmambetov who grew up in a Communist Regime did an extraordinary job at interpreting the meaning of Freedom from an American’s Point of View. Bekmambetov also did a great job at recreating American History, and American Pop Culture on Film.  A feat I have not seen since Milos Forman Directed the Musical “Hair” back in 1979. Tim Burton made the right choice in Co-Producer Timur Bekmambetov to direct Seth Grahame-Smith’s script based on his Creative Graphic Novel under the same title “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”.  Let’s not forget that the film was shot in with 3D in mind, which looked incredible on screen.  The film opens with a beautiful Camera Shot of the city of Washington DC’s growth in the last 150 years in a backwards mode, very cool.  

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter

The story revolves around Abraham Lincoln’s (Benjamin Walker) secret life as a Vampire Hunter in which he logged on his personal journal.  Abraham began his trek after the loss of his Mother over a debt.  His obsession with vengeance blinded him from something a lot more sinister than he ever imagined.  That’s when Abe met his Recruiter/Trainer Henry Sturgess (Dominic Cooper).  Henry saved Abe from a Vampire attack and asked Abe if he will join Henry in his Cause of Vampire Hunting but, only after Abe will be willing to remove vengeance from his eyes.  Abe agrees now the secret life and training begin.  If memory serves me correct we were taught in Grammar School not only was Abraham Lincoln the 16th President of the United States who ended Slavery but he also built a Log Cabin from the wood he would chop off from trees.   What better than an Axe as weapon of choice.  Abe handles the Axe the same way Bruce Lee would use his trademark Nunchaku (Nun-Chucks).  Once Abe is fully trained all I can say is Buffy you better watch out because Honest Abe might take your job.  Like every hero Abe also has a Side-Kick, Will Johnson (Anthony Mackie) is a Loyal childhood friend who Abe and his Parents saved from a treacherous man named Jack Barts (Marton Csokas) the reason Abe decided to become a slayer.  The story also has a villain of villain’s Adam (Rufus Sewell) a vampire who is thousands of years old.  Adam is one of the reasons why this story is so brilliant.  The evil vampire Adam devices a plan in which  Slaves in the South are to be used as Live Stock for an endless supply of blood for consumption.  Masking Vampires as Plantation owners and fueling the Civil War.  Seth Grahame-Smith does an amazing job at writing fiction influenced by facts of American History.
Timur Bekmambetov took Seth Grahame-Smith script and seamlessly combined Fact and Fiction on screen.  Since this is Abe’s secret life Seth Grahame-Smith had the luxury of writing a story where he can fit in, combine and substitute facts and moments of American History with vampires.  As you are watching the film you see key moments of the Civil War such as The Battle for Gettysburg and The Gettysburg address all responsible due to vampires.  If one would not know History you would believe what you see on the screen to be true.  Don’t be surprised if you have the urge to research Abraham Lincoln to see what fact is and what is fiction?  Think about it Abraham Lincoln was a very tall man and rugged man, add the Top Hat, Axe, and a Jacket with coattails and you have yourself a Vampire Hunter.
“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” is a must see and well worth it on 3D!!!!!