MIGUEL – ADORN

I don’t listen to a lot of music, even if it’s from an artist that I like. I’m not a music person.

But, earlier this year Miguel released a single called ‘Adorn’ and it’s a very beautiful song. Today I noticed that he has released an extended version of ‘Adorn’ and he also released a new video for it.

Check it out below.

 

Click here to watch this video on Youtube

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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (YES, SPOILERS.)

This isn’t a true review of the movie, because I think anyone who has seen The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR) agrees that it’s a great movie. Hotly anticipated movies such Django Unchained and The Great Gatsby haven’t been released yet (those will be released on Christmas Day) but I believe TDKR will be #1 or #2 on the end-of-the-year ‘Top 10 Movies’ lists. Mostly, this article will discuss why I loved the entire movie and why I didn’t like some parts of it.

And for goodness sakes, can this movie get Best Picture and Best Director nominations when the Oscars season starts heating up? Geez.

Below are three things I liked and three things I didn’t like about TDKR.

1. CATWOMAN. YES.

I was really worried about Anne Hathaway. I didn’t think she had the chops to pull off such a sexy, manipulative, and vulnerable character, but she completely proved me wrong. Anne is hot and fierce in this movie and I loved every second she was on screen. Her flirtations with Batman were cute and funny, and I loved the rooftop scene when Batman started talking, turned his back to Catwoman, and when he turned around again he noticed she had quietly disappeared. Then he dropped this one-liner: “So that’s what that feels like.” Nice.

Plus, how awesome was it that she was never called Catwoman?! I know that’s her alter ego but to call her Catwoman would be very cheesy.

2. NO MAN’S LAND.

At the beginning of the movie Gotham City was peaceful and orderly. Then Bane brought chaos and rebellion to Gotham City and the movie became unbearably tense. Gotham turned into a ghost town as people hid or were trapped in various places throughout the city, and although this movie became formulaic as it reached its ending (Batman suddenly appears as time is ticking down on the bomb clock) I found the scenery and environment to be very exciting.

3. BANE’S DIALOGUE

Here’s a few gems. I think Bane’s most powerful moment in the movie was his first confrontation with Batman, which left Batman with a broken back and a defeated spirit.

Speak of the devil and he shall appear.

Theatricality and deception, powerful agents for the uninitiated. But we are initiated, aren’t we Bruce?

Ah you think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but blinding!

Ah! I was wondering what would break first: your spirit, or your body!

1. ROBIN

While I was watching the movie I noticed that John Blake had a pretty large role even though he’s supposed to be a supporting character. Then I realized all of his screen time was meant to make him likeable and believable as Robin, who presumably takes over the Batcave and follows in Batman’s step as a masked crusader. I thought the ending was nice but it didn’t seem necessary to me. I think it was good enough that Batman saved Gotham City.

2. BANE

His voice = my tears. Bane’s voice is incredibly annoying and there’s a couple of times when his voice gets a little too high-pitched for my taste. At times he seems very cartoonish.

My biggest disappointment came with the revelation that Bane is essentially a henchman for Miranda Tate. It turns out that Bane wasn’t calling the shots throughout the entire movie, and in fact he was working for a woman who feels indebted to him because he helped save her life when she was a child. Bane’s purpose was to immobilize the city so Miranda could successfully blow up the city. Bane did his job but it seems like Miranda was the bigger threat.

My understanding is Bane held Gotham hostage for 3 months or so. Isn’t that how long Bruce was in that prison? What exactly was Bane doing all of that time? And if Bane and Miranda came up with a plan that took at least 3 months to execute, they aren’t that bright and shouldn’t be villians in this movie.

Sigh.

3. GOOFS AND BLUNDERS

While Bruce was in the isolated prison, i was my impression that Bane had his men surround the city to make sure no one leaves. But somehow Bruce casually walks into Gotham and approaches Selina Kyle. How did he get past Bane’s guys? And how did Bruce even get there in the first place? He had no money and no one to help him.

This was done a few times in The Dark Knight, but good grief it seemed to double in this last installment: people’s mouths weren’t moving even though you could hear their voice and know that they are talking.

I’m not an engineer, but I noticed alot of the bridges had a huge middle section blown apart. The rest of the bridge should’ve fallen down, right? What’s holding up the bridges to account for the middle being gone?


MAGIC MIKE SEQUEL…WHAT THE HECK?

Ladies and some gents, click this link to see a lovely photo of Channing Tatum. Oh yea, he also confirms that he’s working on a Magic Mike sequel. Cute.

It’s weird that I don’t have a crush on Channing Tatum and I don’t desire him or want him and he doesn’t make my heart flutter yet I still think he is a good looking guy.

Anyways, YES there will be a Magic Mike sequel and I’m wondering what the heck will be in the storyline.

**SPOILER ALERT**

Seriously, I’m about to spoil the ending of the movie for you.

It seemed clear to me at the end of the movie that Mike and Brooke were going to pursue something. Dating, relationship, bed buddy…it would’ve turned into something. Also, the Xquisite strip club was moving from lowly Tampa to the big lights of Miami, but Mike decided to stay in Tampa and quit stripping.

I think the sequel will work in one of these ways:

1) Mike sucks up his pride and goes to strip in Miami. Drama will ensue with Dallas but they’ll hash it out and build up a huge following. Then Mike will earn back the thousands of dollars that he gave up to pay Adam’s debt to the drug dealers.

2) Mike starts stripping at another club in Tampa. Or maybe he somehow becomes a part owner- I haven’t hashed this out very well. But he pulls together a whole new team of hot dancers and he builds up a new club to replace the void left by Xquisite.

Either way, I’d suggest that at the very least, don’t bring back Alex Pettyfer and Kevin Nash. Nash is a horrible dancer. Just cringe-worthy. And, he’s not hot.

Alex’s character needs a fresh shave and a haircut. I was very disappointed to see him look scraggly and caveman-like during the whole movie.

Personally, I’d like to see a whole new set of chiseled, sexy guys in the sequel, led by Channing Tatum. I can’t wait to see how this plays out!

Thank you, Entertainment Weekly. Thank you.


MOVIE REVIEW: 21 JUMP STREET (2012)

Running time: 1 hour, 49 minutes
Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco
Director: Phil Lord and Chris Miller

21 Jump Street remake

21 Jump Street is a funny movie, and to be honest, I’m very shocked. I’ll admit that I had very low expectations for this movie, which is why it took me so long to watch it. But after seeing Channing Tatum in Magic Mike, and after seeing him host Saturday Night Live earlier this year, I decided to give him a chance to show more of his comedic chops.

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum share great bromance chemistry as the nerdy Schmidt and the athletic Jenko, respectively. Of course, the two characters run into the usual stereotypes: Schmidt is smart but out of shape, and Jenko is an idiot but very strong and fit. They use their strengths to help each other overcome their weaknesses, and after graduating from the police academy they are assigned to the lowly park patrol.

Their big break arrives when they catch a gang of drug dealers, but naturally they botch up the arrest (it’s funny!) and are re-assigned to a division on 21 Jump Street. Their assignment is to go undercover at a local high school and infiltrate a drug ring led by popular Eric (played by a very, very handsome Dave Franco).

What happens next are a series of misunderstandings, outrageous hi-jinks, and a few tender moments that teach the audience about loyalty and friendship. Overall this movie is very predictable but it still manages to be funny and entertaining. Hill is expectedly very funny, but Tatum, Franco, and Brie Larson carry their weight as well. In fact, I can’t think of one character that didn’t have a funny moment.

And for those who don’t know this yet, this movie is not a remake of the TV show. It’s actually a continuation of the series, which is pretty evident when Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise make their cameos.

Am I the only person who thinks 21 Jump Street is worth watching? Let me know!


MOVIE REVIEW: MAGIC MIKE (2012)

Running time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Cast: Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn
Director: Steven Soderbergh

Magic Mike

Magic Mike is a perfect “Girls Night Out” film- it’s funny, sexy, and entertaining, but also contains enough drama to keep the plot from becoming dull.

Channing Tatum stars as Mike, a seasoned stripper who has saved up thousands of dollars so he can keep his clothes on and start up his own custom-made furniture company. He’s a very likeable character and often gives the appearance that life is going well for him. The truth is, he’s frustrated by the banks that won’t give him the financial support that he needs to start his business, and he’s also pining after the lovely Joanna, who is protrayed by a very charismatic Olivia Munn.

Mike has a day job as a roof tiler, and that’s how he meets the slacker Adam (Alex Pettyfer), who eventually becomes “The Kid” and serves as Mike’s protegee at the strip club Xquisite. Adam picks up the stripper lifestyle too quick and too hard, and this becomes the central focus of the drama that unfolds throughout the film.

I think Pettyfer has a nice talent for playing young, rebellious, James Dean-type of characters. In 2011 he played a snarky teenager in Beastly, and his attempts to be humorous seemed stiff. He seems more comfortable in Magic Mike and delivers some funny zingers that will almost make you forget that his character Adam is such a loser.

Of course, the best moments of the film are the strip scenes. The men are hot, physically fit, perfectly oiled, limber, and in one case, very well-endowed. The strip scenes look like big production numbers, with incredibly lighting and fist pumping music. My favorite part of the film was Mike’s dance to Ginuwine’s “Pony”, which is surprisingly the one time he remains almost completely clothed on stage. Matthew McConaughey is an awesome scene-stealer as an ex-stripper and the shady owner of Xquisite. I’m hoping he’ll continue to get fun roles like this and stay away from the lame rom-coms that he starred in throughout the 2000s.

I also noticed some unintentionally funny moments, courtesy of former wrestler Kevin Nash who portrays the stripper Tarzan. I’m not sure who cast Nash in this film, and I certainly don’t know *why* they did it, but his dance routines were awkward and very cringe-worthy. He couldn’t even do a series of jumping jacks- instead of jumping up and down, he stood there and flapped his arms. Very disappointing.

I can’t say that I loved Magic Mike, but I had fun watching it! What are your thoughts about Magic Mike?