The Promise Review

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Release Date: April 21, 2017
Screenplay: Terry George, Robin Swicord
Directed By: Terry George
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, Charlotte Le Bon
The last two years have been especially great at bringing us cinematic masterpieces focusing on untold stories. Stories that are often neglected, erased, and sometimes, terrorized. But thankfully, we’ve reached a place where the Hidden Figures are revealed — a place where The Promise to keep our culture alive is explored. And it’s films like this that are intended to remind us of the fact that as long as we’re breathing, these are the stories that need to be told.

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Review

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Release Date: August 14, 2015
Screenplay: Guy Ritchie, David C. Wilson, Scott Z. Burns
based on the story by Sam Rolfe
Directed By: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debiki and Hugh Grant

I’m dumbfounded by the lack of positivity surrounding this film amongst critics and thus it’s a great reminder of the notion that at this day and age, it appears people see a movie merely to judge it. And thereby, the magic of films is not only overlooked, but we’re essentially taught that nothing matters more than thrilling plots or perhaps heavy action sequences. As an enormous fan of Marvel, I hope I’m forgiven when I say The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was actually the greatest film I’ve seen all summer. Seeing as how this’ll probably project backlash due to the fact that Mad Max: Fury Road is rated much higher, while I thought the film was riveting in every way it could’ve been, it’s not something I find myself wanting to watch over and over again. The Man from U.N.C.L.E however is a phenomenal spy drama with the right amount of heart and humor, fascinating characters, organic performances, engaging action sequences, an exceptional score, gorgeous cinematography, and style.

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Film Friday

Film: Furious 7 (2015)
Written By:  Chris Morgan
Directed By: James Wan
Starring: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson

If there’s one thing the world of films lacks it’s strong franchises that aren’t based on novels. However, the Fast and the Furious franchise has always stood out impeccably on its own not only because of the riveting action but the profound portrayal of family.

As females, while the action is incredible, the men are effortlessly gorgeous, and the females are completely badass – our favorite entity about the films has always been the way they’ve showcased family. The films remind viewers of the noteworthy message that you don’t have to be blood to be family. You canchoose your family and you can choose to love them unconditionally. Families selflessly love one another and the way they’ve grown as one in this series has always been poignantly inspiring.

Additionally, we hope that everyone sees the film in theaters in order to support all the hard work that was done to make it seamlessly perfect for the late Paul Walker. In support of his family and friends, we encourage that you watch it.

Film Friday

Film: Cinderella (2015)
Written By: Chris Weitz
Directed By: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter, Nonso Anozie, Sophie McShera, Holliday Grainger and Hayley Atwell

More so than any other story, Cinderella takes the crown (pun intended) as the quintessential rags-to-riches fairytale, having been told and retold through a number of mediums (books, plays, Broadway, film, etc.) for centuries. Perhaps the version that continues to capture the hearts of viewers remains to be Walt Disney’s animated classic. 65 years later, Walt Disney Pictures took on the colossal challenge of creating the live action adaptation. And boy, did they rise to the challenge and truly deliver the magic we all expected.

Cinderella is the tale of innocence– a magical film signifying the vitality of kindness and courage.

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Film Friday

February 20, 2015

Film: The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Written By: Steve Conrad
Directed By: Gabriele Muccino

“If you want something, go get it. Period.”

Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith star in the iconic film about a man doing everything in his power to provide shelter, safety, and love for his son. Without summarizing the entire film and ruining it for those who haven’t seen it, the quote above has always been a favorite part of the film. It authenticates the fact that as long as you are persistent, anything is possible. At the end of the day, man is capable of doing anything and there’s nothing stopping you from achieving your dreams – not even the fact that there may not be a roof over your head. As one of the most beautiful films of 2006, the story does an impeccable job of reminding viewers that where there’s a will, there’s a way. And if you’ve seen it, revisit it. In our personal opinions, it’s one the greatest things Will Smith has done in his career.

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February 6, 2015

Film: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Written By: Karen McCullah, Kirsten Smith
Inspired By: William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”
Directed By: Gil Junger

“Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want.”

10 Things I Hate About You is a 90’s classic everyone in the world should see (and hopefully has). And this particular quote is one of the primary reasons why. So often the words other people have said to us play a prodigious role in governing our actions and this is an accurate reminder that we shouldn’t allow them too. If you want something bad enough, and you fight for it honorably, then you deserve it + much, much more.

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January 23, 2015

Film: A Bug’s Life (1998)
Written By: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Joe Ranft
Directed By: John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton

It’s been a while since some of us probably watched the awesome hit about ants taking on the grasshoppers. And most of the time we probably weren’t paying attention to the significant message the Pixar film was meant to depict. Size doesn’t matter. Yes! At the end of the day, there are always going to be bullies and people who will attempt to take advantage of you. However, with good friends, nobility, and a giant bird made of sticks and stones, it’s possible to invincible. People are often ashamed to say something, but it’s important to remember that the key to changing the world is to take one step further. Speak up. If you see something awful being done to someone else, stand up for them. No one is ever too weak to handle anything – the strength is always within.

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January 16, 2015

Film: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Directed By: John Hughes
Written By: John Hughes

There are very few things as great as an 80’s film especially ones written by the legendary John Hughes. We assume that everyone’s seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and if you haven’t, stop reading and get to watching because it’s an experience on its own. The film paints the picture of an adolescent teen trailing through life and coming to the realization that embracing each moment as it comes along is the best way to live.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once   in a while, you could miss it.” 

We couldn’t agree more with the quote above and every once in a while, we need the reminder.

Film Friday

January 9, 2015

Film: Crash (2004)
Directed By: Paul Haggis
Written By: Paul Haggis (story and screenplay) and Robert Moresco

Crash explores the unfortunate world of racism, sexism, and exemplifies redemption. It tells the story of how often our assumptions are wrong and teaches its viewers that a heart full of hate isn’t the way to live. We felt that it was an appropriate choice this week because each and every thing that occurs in the film sadly still occurs in the real world. And we want our readers to focus on making a difference.

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November 21, 2014

“And why do we fall?” “So we can learn to pick ourselves up.”
Film: Batman Begins

There’s no setback in our lives that isn’t meant to teach us something greater. There’s no way we could fall without getting back up. It’s the cliche of all cliches, but it’s most definitely one we must always remember. In the midst of the all chaos, it’s easy to feel as though there’s no way to move on, but when we’ve fallen, the only thing left to do is to rise (pun totally ended for the next two Batman films). 

One of the things we love most about this quote is the word “learn”. As human beings, we are not perfect – there’s no on and off switch to our strengths, but each time we fall, we learn. We learn how to get better. We learn about ourselves. We learn about the world. And we’ll always come up stronger than before.