Daniel's Critical Corner

February 8, 2016

Coming Soon: “Captain America: Civil War”

Coming Soon: Captain America: Civil War

It will take an iron will to choose sides on this one !
My decision is still up in the air !!!
Captain America or Iron Man ?
Here’s the trailer:

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In Theaters 05/06/2016

Marvel Studios

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February 3, 2016

Daniel’s Critical Corner: “The Finest Hours”

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It Would Be Much Warmer In SPARTA !!!

Hello Everyone !
~ Welcome to Daniel’s Critical Corner ~
Take Some Time to Enjoy:
The Finest Hours

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Walt Disney Pictures’ rousing rescue adventure has finally splashed down,
and it is guaranteed to chill you to the bone !  Especially if you forget your
jacket.  Heck, theaters are pretty cold this time of year.  No matter where
you reside (tropical or tundra) “The Finest Hours” will shiver your timbers !

This harrowing true story stars a fine fellow who most of you will recognize
as Captain James T. Kirk from the recent “Star Trek” flicks, Mr. Chris Pine.
It would have been great to have William Shatner on board, if only to hear
his version of a New England accent.

The action takes place near Cape Cod, in the early fifties.  A dashing dude
(a crewman in the Coast Guard) is trying to woo Lucille Ball’s doppelgänger.
Bernard “Bernie” Webber (Pine) initially puts his best foot forward.  But he
flubs up and the aforementioned foot winds up in his mouth !

Miriam (played by Holliday Grainger) is an adorable dame, yet Bernie says
she looks like Yogi Bear !  Or was it Yogi Berra ?  Well, Miriam is sporting a
fur coat and he makes a rather grizzly joke.  Oh, I remember now, he says
she resembles Smokey the Bear !  Beats Fuzzy Wuzzy, I suppose.

Fuzzy…  Whoops, I mean Miriam…  Just giggles daintily and falls head over
heals for the enthusiastic Bernie.  After a few dates, they decide to attend
a sock hop (or whatever dance parties were called back in 1952).  Bernie’s
quite the dancer, and he teaches Miriam his moves.

As they twirl about, Miriam asks Bernie to marry her !!!   He has a hissy fit
and runs outside.  He thinks his job’s too dangerous, and that he might be
hurt in the line of duty.  She says she is willing to take that chance…

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I’m A Chicken When It Comes To The Sea !!!

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These two characters do have a certain amount of chemistry, and Holliday
is a great actress, but everything seems rushed.  She also becomes a total
worrywart right away.  Miriam’s role in the movie is borderline gratuitous at
times.  Nevertheless, every romantic element stays afloat.

Bernie has to get permission from his boss to marry Miriam, but as he tries
a giant winter storm’s wrecking havoc on the ocean.  Several ships nearby
are in peril, and it ain’t long before our hero has to leave his lady high and
dry !

Miriam attempts to call, but Bernard doesn’t want to brawl about a squall, so
he risks it all.  He is put in charge of a rescue mission, with only three other
sailors willing to help him !  Turns out, an oil tanker (The SS Pendleton) has
snapped in half, and hope for the survivors is sinking fast !!!

All he has at his disposal is a small boat designed to hold a few people.  The
problem is, there are roughly thirty guys aboard the troubled tanker.  But he
is determined to make it work !  Drawing inspiration from Titanic’s Rose, and
all the people she saved on her little plank…  Oh, wait…  Never mind.

Meanwhile, the salty dogs on the Pendleton are doing what they can to keep
away from a watery doom.  Ray Sybert, a soft-spoken bloke (Casey Affleck)
manages to employ some crazy survival techniques !  At first, the crew balks
at his suggestions, but Ray’s advice buys them time…

Bernard is riding the waves (in grand fashion) with his small crew on his tiny
Tinkertoy tugboat.  Everyone’s telling him he should turn back, and that this
rescue mission is insane.  Bernie won’t hear any of it.  Not only because his
ears are iced-over, but because this is what he signed up for !!!

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We’re In Trouble.  My Dinghy Is Frozen Solid.

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When the floating thimble arrives at its destination, the suspense becomes
almost unbearable !!!  My tummy was in nautical knots as the Coast Guard
guys try to figure out what to do.  People are poised to perish !!!

What happens next is literally one for the history books !  All of the actors
bring this true story to life, in memorable ways.  Pine is unforgettable, and
Affleck really rocks (the boat) !  Eric Bana plays a top banana with plenty
of aplomb, and Ben Foster is also on deck.

The special effects really make a splash in this amazing period piece.  Each
huge wave created by the sinister snowstorm is intimidating and formidable
(and every scene is flooded with magnificent performances) !

 Come rain or shine, check out “The Finest Hours”  !!!

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Would I Recommend This ?  Yes

Daniel’s Critical Rating:  8 out of 10

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January 20, 2016

Coming Soon: “Kevin Hart: What Now?”

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Coming Soon: Kevin Hart: What Now?

Have a Hart !

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A comedy concert filmed live at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field.

Kevin Hart is such a stand-up guy !  Ha-ha !

 In Theaters 10/14/16

Universal Pictures

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January 5, 2016

Daniel’s Critical Corner: The Best of (and the Rest of) 2015

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Time To Shut The Door On Yet Another Year.

Hello Everyone !
~ Welcome to Daniel’s Critical Corner ~
Today We Celebrate:

The Best of (and the Rest of) 2015

Hello from the other side (of my computer screen).  I am suffering from a
touch of whiplash at the moment, due to the fact that I’ve been glancing
back quite a bit at 2015’s film offerings !

This past year was memorable.  So many awesome cinematic treasures to
appreciate !  Of course, the definition of treasure is highly subjective.  All
of the pirates in “Pan” can offer a better perspective on that…

Sadly, not all Rogers are Jolly.  It’s either sink or swim !  Thank goodness
something always rises to the top !  Here are the movies that managed to
make wonderful waves !!!

The Best of 2015:

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Cinderella

*You’ll have a ball !

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Jurassic World

*If something chases you, be sure that you can run in heels.

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No, Mom, I Said I Saw A Dinosaur
Not Dinah Shore !

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The Martian

*One of my favorites.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

*A force to be reckoned with !

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Ant-Man

*Big on adventure !

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The Dry Cleaners Shrunk My Suit  !!!

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Inside Out

*It’s what makes us smile and pout.

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Creed

*Really packs a punch !

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Spare Parts

*Inspirational (and put together nicely).

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^ Esther Williams Fans.

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Furious 7

*The ultimate road trip !

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Bridge of Spies

*Thanks, Hanks.

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There you have it !  Ten of my favorite films from 2015.  Let’s
take a look at some equally noteworthy titles !!!

 Honorable Mentions:

~ Mad Max: Fury Road
Straight Outta Compton ~
~ The Big Short
The Peanuts Movie ~
~ Spectre
The Good Dinosaur ~
~ McFarland, USA
Mr. Holmes ~
~ Spotlight
Brooklyn ~
~ I Am Big Bird:
The Caroll Spinney Story
Southpaw ~
~ Spy
Minions ~
~ Carol
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl ~
~ Ex Machina
Shaun the Sheep Movie ~
~ Sisters
Avengers: Age of Ultron ~
~ Trainwreck
Sicario ~
~ When Marnie Was There
Janis: Little Girl Blue ~
~ The Visit
The Hunger Games:
Mockingjay – Part 2 ~

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Those movies are a breath of fresh air !  And fresh air is
going to be required here pretty soon ! Time to peek at
the worst films of 2015.  Get a whiff of these stinkers
below…

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Dishonorable Mentions:

The Fantastic Four

To say it was decent would be stretching the truth.

The Green Inferno

It’s not easy being green.

Hot Pursuit

Went cold.

Pixels

GAME OVER 

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Ha-ha !  Have a wonderful 2016.  Come back soon !!!

Daniel’s Critical Corner: Always a “10” out of “10” !!!

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December 7, 2015

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Featurette

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

“Legacy” Featurette (Debuted at Comic Con Experience in Brazil)

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What a stellar featurette !!!

In theaters 12/18/15

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Lucasfilm

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November 23, 2015

Coming Soon: “Zootopia”

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 Coming Soon: Zootopia

Take a moment to slow down (and watch this cute trailer).

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In Theaters 03/04/16

Walt Disney Animation Studios

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November 18, 2015

Coming Soon: “The Huntsman: Winter’s War”

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Coming Soon:

The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Mirror, mirror on the wall, what’s one of the coolest trailers premiering this fall ?

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Looks Golden !

In Theaters 04/22/16

Universal Pictures

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November 14, 2015

Movie Clip: “The Good Dinosaur”

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Coming Soon: The Good Dinosaur

Celebrate > Dino Week <  11/14 – 11/22

Here’s a beautiful (and inspirational) clip from “The Good Dinosaur”:

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In Theaters 11/25/15

Walt Disney Studios/Pixar Animation Studios

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Happy Thanksgiving !!!

November 5, 2015

Coming Soon: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

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Coming soon to a galaxy near you:

 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 

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Many of our favorite characters are returning !

~ December 18th, 2015 ~

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Lucasfilm

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October 29, 2015

Halloween Favorites: Blood Moon Mania

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 There Are Just Too Many Movies To Choose From !

Hello Everyone !
~ I Bid You Welcome ~
Tickling Your Funny Bone Today:
Halloween Favorites: Blood Moon Mania

Good evening.  Or Morning.  Or good whatever (depending on when you’re
reading this).  Ultimately, it doesn’t matter when you view this hauntingly
hilarious list.  Night crawlers and day dwellers alike will be thrilled !

Well, at least I hope all of my readers will be satisfied ! Who knows what
morning-people enjoy as Count Dracula retires to his coffin ?  I suppose
they watch “Good Morning America” while eating a healthy breakfast that
features grapefruit.  Then, they probably go for a bike ride (even if there
is a chill in the air).  Scary !!!

The chilly air is a signal that autumn winds are flushing out specters from
their shadowy hiding places.  As Halloween approaches, we will be in our
warm abodes, just waiting for ghastly goblins to encroach upon our front
doorsteps.  Costumed crusaders craving candy !  Trick-or-treaters !

Here are some spellbinding cinematic suggestions (to help get you past
the craziness).

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Onibaba

  *Ba ba ba ba Barbara Ann !

Night of the Living Dead

*They’re coming to get you, Ba ba ba ba Barbara !

Crimson Peak

*These people need to see Dr. Phil immediately.

We Are Still Here

*Might as well pull up a chair.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

*Is clearly photoshopped !

Island of Lost Souls

*Fans of “One Direction” these days.

The Invisible Man

*Has to be seen to be believed !

The Cat and the Canary

*Feathers are ruffled.

Friday the 13th Part 2

*Parts is parts.

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It’s Hard To Pick My Favorite Sequel !!!

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The Old Dark House

*Needs a few light bulbs.

Goosebumps

*A gaggle of giggles.

Cujo

*The original “Grumpy Puppy” (no offense to Earl) !

The Last Witch Hunter

*Entertaining (for a spell).

The Book of Life

*Lively indeed !

Maggie

*Schwarzenegger terminates zombies.

The Man in Half Moon Street

*Sounds like a wardrobe malfunction !

Zombies on Broadway

*No, it’s not Angela Lansbury’s latest production.

Dracula Untold

*Do tell !

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Forgetting My Comb Was A Grave Error.

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The Visit

*Old-fashioned scares !

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

*She misplaced her car keys.

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

*Thanks to Instagram !

Terror Train

*Stays on track.

Dracula’s Daughter

*Is batty.

The Wolf Man

*Hair today, gone tomorrow !

It Came From Outer Space

*And now resides in Roswell.

The Exorcist

*Will make your head spin.

Jaws

*Fin.

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 Happy Halloween !!!

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