A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal - an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king's successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom - and perhaps to Maleficent's true happiness as well.Written by Walt Disney Pictures
This was a fantastic movie. I loved it. You may think you know the story of Sleeping Beauty, but do you know Maleficent's side of the story? Well, see this movie and you'll find out! It is one of the best movies I've ever seen. I loved that Angelina Jolie's daughter was in the movie. She was very cute! You can see the mother/daughter connection in the scene. I loved Angelina as Maleficent. She was fantastic at playing evil. She was really scary and caring at the same time. After I saw this movie I felt so bad for Maleficent. No wonder she went evil and scary. She was treated very badly. This is a must see movie for everyone, even if Sleeping Beauty isn't your favorite fairy tale.
As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival. ~ IMDb
I liked this movie. I thought it was really funny. I liked Neil Patrick Harris but his character was a jerk. I also liked Liam Neeson, Seth MacFarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron, and Sarah Silverman. I like the sheriff because its REX LINN!!!!!!! (I love when I see my Csi:Miami people in movies or shows. It made me really sad when they cancelled it. I wish they would bring it back.) My favorite part about the movie is the cameo appearances by different people. I won't tell you who shows up because I don't want to spoil the fun. The movie was funnier than Ted which I couldn't finish watching because it wasn't funny and about a bad teddy bear. (Berry wasn't happy about that movie. Not at all.) This is not an appropriate movie for kids, so please don't bring your little kids to see this.
3 1/2 stars
The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants. ~ IMDb
I liked this movie. It had a lot of kick butt action and tons of Marvel goodness. I liked Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique, and I also liked BingBing Fan as Blink. I mean, one second she's next to you and the next second she's across the room. The portals were the coolest effect I've seen in a movie. I really like how tough she is, and very pretty. I also like Mystique's power because she can be anyone. I'd like to have that power. The only thing I didn't like about this movie was Stan Lee wasn't in it. That's just wrong.
After a bad blind date, a man and woman find themselves stuck together at a resort for families, where their attraction grows as their respective kids benefit from the burgeoning relationship. ~ IMDb
I liked this movie. I thought it was very funny. My favorite characters were Drew Barrymore, Bella Thorne, and Adam Sandler. They were great! I really liked seeing Africa. It was beautiful and full of cool animals. I really liked the giraffes and elephants. I also liked the monkeys, and the monkey band made me happy. Bella Thorne played the oldest daughter Hilary. She proved that a Disney actor can do other movies for an entirely different audience. She is an excellent dancer and I liked seeing her show off her moves at the end. There were some very funny scenes that made me laugh, but I don't want to spoil it for you. Nickens and his band were everywhere and were the best part of the whole movie. They were really funny. I liked that this movie showed how hard it is for families that have kids. It's not always a perfect happy family, but they always love each other.
4 stars. It made me laugh.
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Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. ~ IMDb
This movie was better than I thought it was going to be. It was sweet but very sad. Some parts were funny, especially when Augustus mentioned stormtroopers and they were watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I liked that. Shailene Woodley was very good in this movie. She made me think she really was Hazel. My favorite scene of the entire movie was when they told Monica's mom that they had 2 dozen eggs and that she should go back inside. And then she did! It was funny. I know this movie was supposed to be sad, but I'm not good with empathy. I didn't cry at all, but everyone else did. They cried a lot.
4 1/2 stars
A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family. ~ IMDb
mmm, food! This movie was really good, but it made me really hungry. The food looked so good! I liked Sophia Vergara. She is beautiful and really funny. Her character was nice and made me wish I knew her. I really liked that her son's name was Percy. He seemed like a cool kid. Martin was funny and was a good friend to Chef Carl. I was happy that Robert Downey Jr. was in this. He was funny. The friendship between Chef Carl and Martin was almost as good as the food they cooked. I wish I had a friend like him. Ramsey the food critic was really mean at first but I liked him at the end. I really liked when Chef Carl got the food truck. I think food trucks are fun to eat from. The food from Chef Carl's food truck was fantastic. I think it would be fun to own a food truck and to be able to travel all over the country. You'd get to learn new flavors to add to the food from different cities. It would be a cool and fun experience to have.
4 1/2 stars
The world's most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. ~ IMDb
Who doesn't love a giant lizard? Even the Rugrats watch Godzilla. Oh wait, no...that's Reptar. Godzilla was a fantastic movie. It did confuse me why it took them the entire movie to realize that Godzilla was helping them. Dr. Ichiro kept telling everyone that he was there to help and to let them fight. The monsters were really ugly. I didn't like them and I was glad Godzilla beat them. I don't understand why Godzilla breathed blue fire. Fire isn't blue. I didn't think the movie needed a love story. I would like to see more Godzilla and less kissing. There were some scenes that made me jump. It had very good action. I really liked Sam Ford. He was a cute little boy! Godzilla really looked pretty cool.
BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mabatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. ~Fox Searchlight Pictures
I really liked this movie. My favorite people were Belle, Elizabeth, and Davinier. I don't know why they changed Belle's name to Dido, but they did. I did not like James Ashford at all. Tom Felton played him very well, but he was mean and I wanted to punch him in the face. I liked the way Elizabeth and Dido treated each other. They acted like sisters even though they were cousins. Lady and Lord Mansfield were not nice at first. They didn't want Dido to live with them. They became parents to Dido and treated her much better but still different than the way they treated Elizabeth. I didn't think that was fair. The Ashfords disappointed me. They were only interested in Dido for her inheritance and didn't like Elizabeth when they found out she didn't have one. They also treated Dido bad. I'm glad Dido met someone who loved her and treated her special. Davinier was smart and cute, and loved Dido for who she was. Everyone should be loved for who they are.
4 1/2 stars
Dorothy wakes up in post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow, the Lion, the Tin Man and Glinda from a devious new villain, the Jester. Wiser the owl, Marshal Mallow, China Princess and Tugg the tugboat join Dorothy on her latest magical journey through the colorful landscape of Oz to restore order and happiness to Emerald City. ~Clarius Entertainment
I thought it was a really cute movie. Lea Michelle was a good Dorothy. I really liked Tug/Tank, Marshall Mallow, Toto, Dorothy, and China Princess. They were my favorite characters. I thought the Jester shouldn't of been there especially since the Wicked Witch has a sister not a brother and the Dorothy's house landed on her sister in Dorothy's first adventure to Oz. He doesn't fit into the story. It would have made more sense if the Wicked Witch's sister somehow came back to life and tried to get revenge. Also his trap for the other characters could have been better. Again with the talking trees and flying monkeys really. Couldn't there have been some old structure made of wood they could have used for their boat. The Jester needed to pick a different evil animal to do things for him not monkeys. They have already been used for the Wizard of Oz. Come on people, get new ideas.
4 1/2 stars
Alonso Mayo spent his childhood traveling back and forth between Lima, Peru and Lawrence, Kansas, spending 6 months at a time in each country. He studied film & journalism in the University of Lima, and after a few years of shooting institutionals for mining and gas companies in remote areas of Peru, he directed the short film “Silencio” (2002), which landed him a spot at the American Film Institute’s Directing Program.
His AFI thesis film, “Wednesday Afternoon”, participated in dozens of international film festivals and won a Student Academy Award. He participated in the 2005 Tribeca All Access Connects program and in the 2007 Film Independent Directors Workshop. In 2008 he directed “Viva La Causa”, a documentary about the early days of Cesar Chavez’s farm worker movement that was short listed for the 2009 Documentary Short Subject Academy Awards. In 2010 he directed the unscripted web drama “Untitled Fiction Project”.
Alonso teaches screenwriting & directing at New York Film Academy, Universal Studios Campus. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and sons.
I was very lucky to have been contacted by Luca Matrundola asking me to watch and review The Story of Luke. He also set up the opportunity for me to have a conversation with Alonso Mayo, the director! Mr. Mayo was nice and very polite. Even when I messed up and got nervous. I liked talking with him.
Here is the interview:
Maymay: What inspired you to make The Story of Luke?
Alonso: My mom made a school for kids with disabilities so I grew up around it.
Maymay: Is the movie based on a real person?
Alonso: Not exactly. Its based on my experiences with Autism.
Maymay: When you made Luke's family not understand autism, was it to show awareness or was that just how it came out?
Alonso: Hopefully awareness comes out of it, but that wasn't the main reason. It was based on what I experienced with Autism.
Maymay: I like the way you showed someone with autism and how people treat them. I don't like how people treat me sometimes and I think when people see it in the movie they will not treat people so bad. You made it seem realistic about how people treat people with autism. They say the "r" word, act mean. I have those experiences and I like that you showed that in your movie.
Alonso: Thank you. (He was talking to me, and I was so interested in listening to him I forgot to write down what he said. I'm sorry.)
Maymay: Do you have a family member that is autistic, or do you know someone that is?
Alonso: No I don't, but I do know people with autism.
Maymay: How many films have you made?
Alonso: While I've made other movies, The Story of Luke is my first feature film.
Maymay: Who was the most fun to work with when you were making the movie?
Alonso: I'd have to say Lou Pucci, the guy who played Luke. He spent time with multiple kids on the spectrum to learn how to play his part, and the different types of autism. Seth Green was hilarious. He's a really funny guy and a great comedian.
Maymay: I liked that the movie showed people on different ends of the autism spectrum. That made me happy.
Alonso: I wanted to show the different sides to autism. How different people are.
Maymay: Who was your favorite character in the movie?
Alonso: I'd have to say Luke because the story is about him but other than Luke, Aunt Cindy. She showed the most change. The time she spent with Luke changed her behavior towards him.
Maymay: I liked how Cindy changed too. I like that she warmed up to Luke. I didn't like her yelling at him, and she became a sweeter happier person with Luke.
Maymay: At what age did you realize you wanted to direct a movie?
Alonso: When I was a kid whenever I saw a camera I just wanted to pick it up and play with it. In high school I took a media class. I was 15-16.
Maymay: How long does it take to film a movie? How long did it take you to film The Story of Luke?
Alonso: It really depends on the film. The Story of Luke took us 24 days to film, along with six months of editing and extra stuff that needed to be done.
Maymay: Are you in the process of making any other films? If so, what are they?
Alonso: I am writing one now. I'm working on several. I would like to make some comedies, or dramas.
Maymay: Thank you for letting me interview you for my website. This made me very happy.
Alonso: I'm glad you could interview me. When you get older do you want to be a film critic? Is that something you want to do?
Maymay: Yes that's what I would like to be.Its what I want to do.
Alonso: Good Luck. Just keep writing. Review a movie a day and you will get there.
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