Monday, February 8, 2016

ROGUE ONE: THE NEXT STAR WARS FILM

   
                       


           
     Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still heating up the box office and before the year is over, we will once again be transported to a galaxy far, far away. During the opening crawl to the original Star Wars film, we learn that a crew of Rebel spies have stolen the plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the Death Star, an armored space station with enough power to destroy a planet. The Death Star plans are given to Princess Leia, and as we see in the film, she is kidnapped and interrogated by Darth Vader concerning the whereabouts of the plans. 

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will tell the journey of the band of Rebel spies who stole the plans to the Death Star, leading up to the events of the original trilogy. This film is described as being a war film that will focus in more detail on the conflict between the Rebels and the evil Galactic Empire. This is a time when the Jedi and the Force are thought to be nothing but myths and legend, and Darth Vader and the Emperor are mysterious figures lurking on the background preparing to rule the Galaxy. 

   The film's director Gareth Edwards has said the following about the concept of the story:


“It’s set in an era where there are no Jedi, or they’re all but extinct. It’s about the fact that God’s not coming to save us. We’re on our own – and we have to do this ourselves and turn things around. The absence of the Jedi is omnipresent – it hangs over the whole movie – and it comes down to a group of individuals that don’t have magical powers but have to somehow bring hope to the galaxy.”

   Since the time frame of this film is set right before the events of the original Star Wars film, rumour has it that Darth Vader will play a significant role in this film and will most likely be voiced by the legendary James Earl Jones. 


                         


     In addition to that, we may even see Vader in action, wielding his iconic red light saber. While some of the details of the film are still shrouded in mystery, we do know that it stars Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, and Forest Whitaker among others. As the heat begins to die down on The Force Awakens, we should no doubt have a teaser trailer hitting the web in the next few months. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to open in theatres on December 16 of this year. 










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Friday, January 22, 2016

WILL SMITH'S CONCUSSION

                   



            Will Smith's performance in the film Concussion, may very well be his best performance to date. In the film, he plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist from Nigeria, who works in Pittsburgh Pennyslvania. After conducting an autopsy on Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster, he begins to discover the condition of football related brain trauma and its adverse effect on retired players. Dr. Omalu's discovery puts him at odds with the powers that be who run the NFL. 

      Will Smith completely owns this performance and is completely engaging. More so than any other character he's played, he strips away the personae of Will Smith "The Movie Star" and takes on the accent and mannerisms of the real life Dr. Omalu. He takes us on his characters journey from an innocent Doctor who yearns to live the American Dream, to a man who almost becomes disillusioned as he faces corrupt forces. As he faces the men who run the corporate world of the NFL, he urges them to tell the truth about the danger the players face everyday on the football field. Dr. Omalu is a man who values life. As he performs his autopsies, he shows compassion for what may have transpired in their lives. Smith shows you through his performance, that this is a man who cares. 

    Director Peter Landesman orchestrates the action with a style that's quiet, subtle, and effective. The film avoids being overly dramatic and sentimental, and simply allows you to feel the frustration and complexity of this issue. By the end of the film, you feel the frustration that Dr. Omalu feels and you feel sympathetic towards the players as well. David Morse gives a captivating performance as NFL player Mike Webster who can't understand why he seems to be losing his mind. Through his performance in the beginning of the film, we are introduced to some of the chilling effects of repeated head trauma. 

     Concussion is truly a fine film and thought provoking. It would have been great to see this film nominated for Best Picture and Best Performance By a Lead Actor for Will Smith, but regardless of that, the actors and filmmakers behind this film should be proud of the work that was done.










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Thursday, January 21, 2016

THE ART OF STORYTELLING

Interstellar and Selma. What do these two very well made films from last year have in common? What is it about these two vastly different films that compelled us to pay the price of admission? One is a politically charged biopic and the other is space based science fiction. What is the one element that unites these two films and all film in general? Where does it all begin?




It all starts with the hero's journey. It starts with an adventure. It starts with embarking on an impossible mission. The hero must travel outside of himself and his familiar environment to attain an external goal which usually results in an internal change. The journey can be anything from traveling to distant planets across the edges of space, to enduring racial hatred to bring about the freedom of a people. 

We live and experience ourselves as the hero, as he journeys to attain his goal and find his truth. We relate to the hero because we have our own adventures that we embark upon and our own lessons to learn. We love the journey, and when one adventure is finished, we are eager to begin another. This is the power of story. The power of a great book or an exceptional movie. Its not just the entertainment aspect, but the experience that we value. As a global society, we have always been captivated by the telling of a story, from the hieroglyphs on an Egyptian wall, to the latest release of a feature film. In todays modern age, movies and novels of all genres are where we find storytelling in it's most popular form.
                         
 
Cinema Hustle is an online editorial dedicated to film criticism, commentary, appreciation and analysis. It's for those who watch films and those who make films. It's an overall celebration of storytelling and creativity. We'll discus movies of the past, present, as well as movies in production. We'll discus exciting novels of the past, present and future as well. We'll also give commentary and analysis on some of the latest movie news stories. 

Despite what the overly critical and jaded may say, this is an extremely exciting time in the film business, and Cinema Hustle is dedicated to staying on top of it all. 

Let the journey begin. 







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