Once you’ve seen a movie a few times, the main story just isn’t as exciting. Your eyes begin to wander around the frame seeking other details. You might find surprises the filmmaker put in there on purpose, or happy accidents, but either way, the best movies always find ways to reward a viewer over and over again.
A movie that definitely fits that description is the first Pitch Perfect. It’s an immensely entertaining and rewarding film that gets better with every single rewatch. Want to know why Pitch Perfect 2 just made $70 million at the box office opening weekend? It’s because fans watched the first film so many times, they were dying for something new from the characters.
Since its release, I’ve watched Pitch Perfect dozens of times and have gotten to a point where the big moments aren’t my favorites. Instead, I’ve become semi-obsessed with some smaller moments. Forty-five of them, to be exact. Some of these are tiny nuances in a performance, weird line deliveries, or an odd piece of production design. Others are funny lines, random asides, touching moments, or scenes that I look at in a different way than most people. Either way, add this odd collection of randomness with the obvious stuff, like the music, and you’ve got a fantastic movie that made a really great sequel.
Below, read along with what I feel are the most random, funny, under-appreciated and best Pitch Perfect moments.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 by Angie Han
Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike was a thoughtful examination of the American dream, but of course the real draw was the gyrating hardbodies on stage. So far, Magic Mike XXL seems to be leaning into that raunchy appeal, with a marketing campaign heavy on half-naked torsos and naughty puns. Not that we’re complaining.
The newest Magic Mike XXL trailer continues in the same vein, commenting on how hard (wink wink) it was to resist showing off all the best parts (nudge nudge) of the movie. Even so, there’s plenty to enjoy here. Feast your eyes on the new Magic Mike XXL trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 by Angie Han
Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti will be going head-to-head on the tennis court. The pair have signed on for HBO Films’ untitled project about the 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.
Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will produce through Playtone, along with Banks and her Brownstone Productions partner (and husband) Max Handelman. David Auburn (Proof) will write the script. More on the Elizabeth Banks Billie Jean King movie after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
Brian Wilson wasn’t a conventional person, so why should he get a conventional biopic? Love & Mercy casts not one but two actors as the Beach Boys musician. Paul Dano plays him in the 1960s, when he was a young man on track for greatness; John Cusack plays him in the 1980s, as he’s struggling to get out from under an abusive relationship with his doctor Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti).
Leaving aside the fact that Dano, Cusack, and Wilson don’t really look alike at all, Love & Mercy seems like an artful exploration of an American music icon. Elizabeth Banks also stars as Melinda Ledbetter, the woman who would become Wilson’s second wife. Watch the Love and Mercy trailer after the jump.
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Fans of the biggest film of 2014, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, are having a good day. The massive hit sequel is now available on digital HD ahead of its Blu-ray/On Demand debut, which comes on March 6. To make fans aware of the digital release, Lionsgate has put two of the film’s deleted scenes online.
The first is a specific side of the film we didn’t get in the theatrical cut. It’s a scene between President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) that teases the crucial, brutal relationship between the two, which will pay off in Part 2. The second is a funny scene with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) getting dolled up by Effie (Elizabeth Banks). See the Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 deleted scenes below. Read More »
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The new Pitch Perfect 2 trailer is out and this time the stakes are bigger. Think: global. This time, the Barden Bellas literally compete in a worldwide a cappella competition. While the first trailer gave a hint of what this meant for the movie, the new one takes it a step beyond. As it says in the trailer, the world is about to get pitch slapped.
Pitch Perfect 2, directed by Elizabeth Banks, stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and Hailee Steinfeld. It opens May 15 in the US. Watch the new Pitch Perfect 2 trailer below. Read More »
How do you sell a movie about girls singing a capella songs during the Super Bowl? You include one of the final four NFL teams in it, of course. The Pitch Perfect 2 Super Bowl commercial was more or less similar to the first trailer but with some significant extensions, including the inclusion of the defense of the Green Bay Packers. Watch the Pitch Perfect 2 Super Bowl commercial below. Read More »
Posted on Sunday, January 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
At one point in 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer, the counselors of Camp Firewood make an earnest promise to reunite at in exactly one decade. Well, it looks like they’ve missed the mark by a few years, but better late than never, right?
Netflix is officially moving forward with the Wet Hot American Summer TV series first teased last year. Shooting is already underway with much of the original cast, including a few names who are much bigger now than they were then. More on the Wet Hot American Summer Netflix show after the jump. Read More »
Note: This review was original published on November 10. We’ve bumped it up now that the film is in theaters.
It’s a shame The Hunger Games series gets filed into the “young adult” category. Sure, there’s some dystopian young romance in there, but with each subsequent film, the series proves it is about much more than unattainable love with sporadic action. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 takes the series to its furthest point from YA stereotypes yet.
However, what’s most interesting about this latest installment — the first part of a two-part finale — is just how different it is from the rest of the franchise. Is that a good thing? Below, read why The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 feels like a different franchise. Read More »