Spring break is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than to celebrate some great (and some not so great) spring-themed films of the past 40 years.
After all, staying in to celebrate is just as good. Who's with us???
Spring Break (1983)
What could speak “Spring” more than the most anticipated week of the entire season? Spring Breakis about two college guys enjoying their vacation in Ft. Lauderdale. Much fun is had, with sun and bikinis galore.
Spring Breakersis a more modern take on what the vacation means to today’s college crowd. Four beautiful girls party, drink, and rob their way through Spring break to run into a lot of trouble.
The House Bunny
Keeping with the college theme, The House Bunnyis about a struggling sorority house that takes in a Playboy bunny as their adoptive sorority “mother”. Bunny ears and tail included.
Take some on this World Health Day to further educate yourself on healthy diets. That Sugar Movie, directed by Damon Gameau, or Super Size Me with Morgan Spurlock are two eye-opening documentaries that show how unhealthy diets can affect your life. Income level affects what types of foods are around you and what you can afford. In the documentary Welcome to Eden you see the struggle of the poorest among us trying to live a healthier lifestyle but are being forced out by greedy individuals. After watching these two movies you will think twice about what you consume. Cheers to living a healthier lifestyle!
“The question has gnawed at humanity for centuries, how not to die.” This quote, from the film Ways To Live Forever is thought provoking, but unfortunately there isn’t a blueprint to actually Live Forever. However, there are plenty of ways to increase your quality of life and health. On this World Health Day take time to implement some simple healthy habits.
Drinking water right after waking up before eating anything can be beneficial to your health. This habit will increase your metabolism, rehydrate your body and flush out toxins. Your body is 72% water and is dehydrated when you wake up. Drinking a big glass of water when you wake up will get your body and mind ready to take on the day.
Along with water, having healthy eating habits is important. For most people this has ingrained in our brains since we were children but sometimes it is just to hard to resist a hamburger or the sweet chocolate Easter bunny. Perhaps if we really understood how our body uses different types of food we will be more likely to eat healthier.
There are many versions of telling the story Cinderella such as Ella Enchanted, A Cinderella Story, and Ever After. But the most recent, live-action release of Cinderella is the one to beat. Audiences should know the film stays true to character with a more faithful adaptation of the source material than the animated classic Disney movie.
Critics are raving how enchanting and fantastic the movie was. The director Kenneth Branagh did an excellent job on the movie by bringing out the story with the success of set design, special effects, and getting an amazing cast. “The production design by Dante Ferretti is lush and regal in the palace, country-modest at Ella's family's rural estate”, says Betsy Sharkey from LA Times. Sharkey continues describing Ella and the step-sisters dresses from being over-the-top crinoline pomp to the flowing softness of Ella’s rag dress.
Another review by Richard Roeper of Chicago Sun-Times says, “Branagh makes use of cutting-edge special effects without overdoing it.” Roeper says there was a wickedly, funny sequence with Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother, along with the transformation of mice into horses and a giant pumpkin into a golden carriage.
Ben Chaplin, who plays Cinderella’s father, works with recognizable and talented actors such as Cate Blanchett, Helen Bonham Carter, and Lily James in the movie. WFAA special contributor, Hayden Pittman, says the casting is terrific, “Blanchett portrays her character perfectly with just enough wickedness to not frighten the field mice away.”
You can also catch Ben in Ways to Live Forever, distributed by World Wide Motion Pictures. Ways to Live Forever is available on Vimeo and DVD, and Cinderella is out in theaters now. Be sure how Ben plays a father figures in both movies.
A.D. The Bible Continues follows upon Downey and Burnett’s success with the miniseries The Bible, which was shown on The History Channel in 2013. The new series carries on from the historical events in the the previous miniseries, by highlighting the first ten chapters of the Book of Acts and continues the story following the Crucifixion of Christ. The Bible Continues was filmed in Morocco with a very diverse group of people. Producer Downey said they wanted people to be able to turn the television on and see themselves in the story.
A.D. The Bible Continues premieres Easter Sunday, April 5 at 8 p.m on NBC.
This week, Jimmy Kimmel Live filmed in Austin, Texas, and the host teamed up with Willie Nelson for a musical number. As a tribute to the city, the duo sang “To Austin, I Can’t Love You More,” to close out the show. Some memorable lyrics include, “to all the Lone Star Beers I drank” and how “traffic didn’t flow” but they couldn’t “love Austin more.”
Willie Nelson and Kimmel highlight the unique people of Austin, Texas from the “bearded men” to the “freaks on 6th street” that enjoy a variety of unusual foods, including breakfast tacos to deep fried deviled eggs. Jimmy Kimmel mostly wanted to convey his gratitude for all the kindness he received while working in the beautiful city of Austin.
Many talk show hosts including Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have also hosted their shows in Austin to inform the public of certain political and social issues that are ongoing. While most of the state of Texas has a higher population of Republican voters, Austin is very Democratic in viewpoint.
Malcolm McDowell, the star of Red Roses And Petrol, has announced that he will be working once again with mega rock star and feature horror film director, Rob Zombie
. The frighteningly epic slash fest has been titled, 31. McDowell has worked with Zombie in his remakes of the Halloween franchise, playing Dr. Sam Loomis. One amazing fact about this project is that it has completely been funded 100% by fans on his own website, via RZ-31.
Zombie’s idea behind the project is based around the fact that more people go missing on October 31st than any other day of the year. In the film, five unlucky candidates are kidnapped and taken to an ominous facility named "Murder World". Once taken captive, the prisoners have to fight for their lives against a murderous crew of psychotic killer clowns that call themselves "The Heads". McDowell will portray the role of Father Murder, owner of Murder World. Film production has began on this project, but there are no release dates as of yet.
Be sure to watch Malcolm McDowell in Red Roses And Petrol, a darkly-comedic drama film distributed by World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation. You can purchase it now on Vimeo and at indiemoviestore.com.