‘Legion’ is Hypnotically Intense

Have you ever had that feeling that you’re experiencing a dream? Only to realize you were actually just watching FX newest hit show ‘Legion’? Maybe not? Well that has been my experience for the first six weeks of its premiere season, and it is now safe to say my mind grapes have been stretched and twisted in ways I never thought could be so engaging. Each new chapter in the show feels as if I’m given a cosmically charged LSD trip littered with foreshadowing of oncoming information revelations, reminders of past events that tie into current events, and easter eggs for future plot twists. It is bold in its very nature, a show about a mutant who has potentially hundreds of personalities existing within him, and each personality comes equipped with its own characteristics and more interestingly their very own super powers. It is also bold in its storytelling and production. Scenes seemingly end and begin traveling between planes of reality and time periods. The creators expect you to be sharp enough to keep up, forcing you to earn the right to understand David Haller’s gift. You can never truly be sure what you are seeing exists. Is it reality? Or is part of David’s mind? These sorts of questions are answered while at the same time compounded upon in a way that is both satisfying and challenging. Without hesitation I can say this show is very heavy and needs to be given your maximum focus and attention while viewing. This may be a drawback for people looking for a casual experience, but I can attest to the fun and excitement of trying to play detective, picking apart every detail to form your own interpretation of what’s to come. Noah Hawley (Fargo) beautifully demonstrates that he is not scared of testing your understanding of reality within the “Legion” universe. Drawing heavy on flashbacks, dream sequences, astral planes as well as times in which characters have changed bodies or are figments of the imagination, you may easily begin to think you have lost your own mind trying to keep pace with the storytelling. Eventually the scale tips the other way, providing important information revealing momentary clarity while simultaneously creating new questions. Patience will pay off in a well crafted and well designed story such as this. Those who need instant gratification may be frustrated by the lack of answers initially given. Same for those who expect non-stop action, just because it’s a Marvel title. But who needs those people anyway, I mean I’m sure there is a new Transformers movie right around the corner for them to stare blankly at. A unique quality about “Legion” is its overall ambiguous tone (which seems to be purposefully done to mirror David’s character). This show feels like a drama with some action but has a tendency to dance with elements of psychological horror. As we explore some memories of David’s they glow with an aura of creepiness through the tone and set pieces. The character design in the baddies are simple yet effectively terrifying, striking a nerve we all have within us that reaches to the roots of our childhood. Its setting and timeline seem to draw heavy influence from late 60’s to mid 70’s culture and is executed it in a way that feels real but also dreamlike. The sound design is supremely handled. I can recall many moments where the music was effectively altered in a way that communicated the tone change of the scene and heightened the tension. This show successfully aims to draw on your senses as it guides you through the characters psyches in a hypnotic fashion. Among the multitude of recurring themes within “Legion” I have noticed a large one revolves around control, more specifically having none of it. David struggles to grip his own thoughts and actions at times constantly at war within himself. Spotlight characters have had traumatic pasts and dwell over having no way of changing it, becoming victim to its outcome. This motif of no control is masterfully reflected in the environments they find themselves in. Whether confined to a psych ward or trapped within a memory their restrictions become haunting. It is layered to the point where the characters feel completely helpless adding depth to the unsettling tone set all throughout. Even between romantic partners we see the ongoing clash of control. Resisting urges, regret over past choices, not knowing the truth about intentions… The theme of control creeps through the narrative like a parasite feeding on the conscious of the characters. Legion” is not afraid to spread its wings narratively and challenge its audience to unfold the wrinkles of their own brains along the way. It has quickly became one of my staple shows and I look forward to continuing my journey through David’s mindscape. The fact that it has already been renewed for a second season proves that i’m not the only one invested in this journey. The post ‘Legion’ is Hypnotically Intense appeared first on Age of The Nerd. Save

Film Review: Walt Disney’s ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Starring Emma Watson And Dan Stevens

(PCM) We found ourselves pleasantly surprised after attending a recent screening for the upcoming live-action adaptation of the Walt Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast” that overall we thoroughly enjoyed the film. We had a few reservations going in that perhaps giving this story the live-action makeover would take something away for the classic 1991 animated film that won over our hearts, however this was certainly not the case. In fact, the film had more of the opposite effect. Disney’s impeccable use of CGI animation with the new film actually enhanced our viewing experience and we found ourselves looking at this beautiful love story in new and different ways.

For those who may not be aware of the original story, “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

The all-star cast were able to breathe new life into this very nostalgic tale. Casting the bright and beautiful Emma Watson in the leading role as Belle was the perfect decision as it is quite apparent from the opening musical number of the film “Bonjour” that she was made for this role. Director Bill Condon was able to re-imagine the film in some rather clever ways with some added dialogue quips and some slight modernization by humanizing certain character attributes. This appears to be the new direction that Disney is taking with many of their classic films. What began with the success of the live-action adaptation of the “Jungle Book” and continued on with “Maleficent”, the studio has taken things a step further with “Beauty and the Beast”. We can’t wait to see what they will do with “The Lion King” which has already been revealed to be the studios next live-action adaptation film.

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Luke Evans and Dan Steven Cast in Bill Condon’s Beauty and the Beast


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(PCM) Walt Disney Pictures has cast the roles of Gaston and the Beast for the Bill Condon helmed live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson.

The Hollywood Reporter announced news that Dan Stevens, star of The Guest and Downton Abbey, has been cast as the Beast and Variety reported on Wednesday that Luke Evans, star of Dracula Untold, will play the narcissistic villain Gaston.

There are also rumors that Emma Thompson will play the matronly Mrs. Potts, but no official word on that yet.


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Emma Watson delighted fans back in January when she announced that she would play the bookish heroine, Belle, of the classic animated Academy Award winning Beauty and the Beast, which earned over $375 million worldwide when it opened in theaters in 1991 and became the first animated film to receive a Best Picture nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Dreamgirls director Bill Condon is helming Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast with a script by Stephen Chbosky, who previously directed Emma Watson in the film adaptation of his novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Bill Condon’s version is rumored to use most, if not all, of the songs from the Broadway musical that ran from 1994 to 2007, meaning that Emma Watson will get to warm-up those vocal chords she showed off in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will continue Disney’s current trend of adapting its animated classics into live-action blockbusters. Disney’s previous live-action adaptations include this past summer’s MaleficentCinderella, and The Jungle Book.

Stay tuned for more updates on Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson, Luke Evans, and Dan Stevens!

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Adam Sandler Can Be Anyone He Wants in the New Trailer for ‘The Cobbler’

The_Cobbler(PCM) Image Entertainment released the new trailer for writer-director Tom McCarthy’s magic realism comedy-drama, The Cobbler, starring Adam Sandler, via Yahoo! Movies today.

The new trailer gives us a nice synopsis of the dramedy, starting off with Max Simkin (Sandler), the ordinary and a bit boring cobbler who spends his days repairing dress shoe after dress shoe in the New York Shoe Repair shop his family has owned for generations.

When an intimidating man, Ludlow (Method Man), shows up at the shop demanding that his shoes be repaired before close, Max breaks his sewing machine in his haste to finish the repairs. Searching for a replacement, Max uncovers an old and magical family heirloom in the basement that changes his life.

Max discovers that he can now step into shoes and be transformed into the shoes’ owner, allowing him to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes and see life from his/her perspective.

Written and Directed by Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, Win Win), The Cobbler stars Adam Sandler, Ellen Barkin, Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, Method Man, Melonie Diaz, Yul Vazquez, Dan Stevens, and Greta Lee.

Based on the trailer, The Cobbler looks like it follows in the same footsteps of Sandler’s most recent films, Just Go With It, Blended, Jack and Jill, That;s My Boy, and Grown Ups 2; formulaic and not great performers at the box office or with critics.

The Cobbler has a rotten rating of 0% on Rotten Tomatoes right now. Andrew Barker blasted the film in his Variety review, calling The Cobbler: “A slow-motion zeppelin crash that starts as a dull-edged fable, and then spirals further and further out of control without ever growing more exciting or interesting.”

Don’t let that deter you if you’re an Adam Sandler fan, watch the new trailer for The Cobbler below and catch the PG-13 rated dramedy in select theaters starting March 13.

Stay tuned

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It’s Up to Ben Stiller to Save History in the New Trailer for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

NighattheMuseumTheSecretoftheTomb(PCM) Five years after Night at the Museum 2, Ben Stiller returns as museum security guard Larry Daley in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

This time, Daley must travel the world and solve a mystery as he races against time to save the magic that brings his beloved artifacts to life.

The new trailer features some funny moments from the upcoming family adventure-comedy, including the hilarious Rebel Wilson as Tilly, an English museum security guard, as she compares the differences between American security guards and English security guards.

Night at the Museum 1 and 2 director Shawn Levy returns to direct Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb with the writing team behind The Ex and Dinner for Schmucks, David Guion and Michael Handelman, helming the screenplay.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb stars Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Dan Stevens, Rebel Wilson, Ben Kingsley, Mickey Rooney, and Dick Van Dyke.

It is worthy to note that Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is dedicated to Robin Williams and Mickey Rooney as it is one of the last films to feature performances by the late actors.

Williams, who passed away in August of 2014, reprises his role as Teddy Williams and will also appear in Terry Jones’ 2015 sci-fi-comedy Absolutely Anything. Mickey Rooney, who passed in April of 2014, reprises his role as Gus from Night at the Museum, and  a role in B. Luciano Barsuglia’s 2015 adaption of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde.

Watch the new trailer for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb below, after the official synopsis, and visit Night at the Museum’s official website and Facebook for more info and updates!

Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.

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“The Guest” Hits Theaters in Limited Run September 19

TheGuest(PCM) Picturehouse’s thriller starring Dan Stevens, The Guest, opens in a limited run in the U.S. starting September 19, 2014.

From the director of You’re Next and featuring a standout, badass performance from Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), comes The Guest: a tense, action-packed and unpredictable film like everything and nothing you’ve ever seen before.

The Guest follows David (Dan Stevens), a soldier who introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be the friend of their son who died in action.

After the family welcomes the young man into their home, a series of accidental deaths appear to be linked to the stranger, causing unrest and tensions between the guest and the family.

Empire Magazine called it “a demented action-horror hybrid of sci-fi conspiracy thriller and gore-fest”, and Vanity Fair said, “The Guest is big, it’s bold, it’s badass, full of flavor Hollywood wishes it could pour over its vanilla blockbusters.”

Empire Magazine and Vanity Fair are not alone in their praise of the film; The Guest is currently sporting a certified fresh rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Dennis Harvey of Variety praised director Adam Wingard saying “Wingard wreaks havoc on another nuclear family in this giddily violent treat for genre fans.”

Starring alongside Dan Stevens in The Guest are Maika Monroe (Labor Day, The Bling Ring), Leland Orser (Se7en, Taken), Sheila Kelley (Matchstick Men, Singles), Brendan Meyer (Mr. Young, Girl vs. Monster), and Lance Reddick (Fringe, The Wire).

The Guest opens in theaters on a limited run starting September 19, 2014. Watch the official trailer below and visit the official website for more info!

The Guest is rated R for strong violence, language, some drug use and a scene of sexuality.

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