National Superhero Day: 5 Movies to Celebrate

Posted by Paul Murray on Wednesday Apr 30, 2014 Under Movie Articles

5 Top Movies about Superheros

There are real holidays and there are fake holidays but there are also those holidays that fall somewhere right between the two and National Superhero Day would have to be one of them. The holiday falls on April 28 and is celebrated by fans of both superheros and villains alike. Many of the true fans will even dress up with their favorite capes and costumes just to make the celebration official. If you are one of the true fans, you might be interested in watching one of these movies as each of them are about superheroes and villains in some shape or form.

Iron Man

“Iron Man” is the story of billionaire Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), an inventor who can create just about anything from almost nothing at all and who is kidnapped by terrorists to create a weapon of incredible proportions. What the terrorists don’t know is that instead of creating their weapon, Stark creates an indestructible suit which he then uses to escape. But what Stark becomes aware of during the whole ordeal is actually much bigger than he expected and he must use his new suit in a battle against an evil much more terrifying than the simple terrorists that kidnapped him. With the help of his secretary Virginia “Pepper” Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and his colleague Jim “Rhodey” Rhodes (Terrence Howard), good might just win against evil in the superhero classic that is “Iron Man”.

The Avengers

What do you get when you take Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, Thor, and Hawkeye and put them together on the biggest, baddest team of Superheroes ever? That’s right, you get “The Avengers”. S.H.I.E.L.D. is the agency tasked with the job of keeping the peace throughout the world and it is run by Nick Fury, director and recruiter of the entire organization. It is also the organization that ends up putting together the only team that has any kind of chance at keeping the world from experiencing total and complete destruction. The Avengers ultimately becomes S.H.I.E.L.D.’s primary agents and the team responsible for securing the safety of the planet and life as we know it today.

The Dark Knight

“The Dark Knight” takes over where “Batman Begins” left off and the action is even better than ever. Batman (Christian Bale) is forced to take on one of his biggest enemies, the Joker (Heath Ledger) and the Joker has got more tricks up his sleeve than he has ever had before. The streets of Gothom City seem to be safe and secure when everything begins to fall apart yet again. As usual it will take the efforts of not just Batman, but everyone else who wants to see the streets of Gothom safe once again, to defeat the Joker and his band a wacky henchmen. Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as the lovely Rachel Dawes, Gary Oldman stars as Lt. James Gordon, and Aaron Eckhart stars as District Attorney Harvey Dent in this sequel in the Batman series of movies..

The Incredibles

After several lawsuits are filed against the Parr family, for situations relating to their superhero status, they are forced into early retirement and thus into the watchful care of the Superhero Protection Program. As part of the program, they are required to live the lives of normal everyday people in a normal everyday family situation. “The Incredibles” tells the story of Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible), his wife Helen Parr (Elastic Girl), their son Dash (who is incredibly fast), and their daughter who can both become invisible and create force fields at will. Everyone is adjusting to their “normal” lives as best as they can until Bob is summoned to a remote island where he is told he will receive further instructions regarding a highly classified assignment awaiting him. The family is immediately out of retirement and thrown right back into the thick of it when they are faced with fighting a formidable foe and saving the world in the process.

Fantastic Four

During a mission aboard an experimental spacecraft, four astronauts are mistakenly exposed to incredible doses of gamma rays thus giving them special abilities. Reed Richards (loan Gruffudd) was leading the mission, was left with the ability to stretch his body to amazing proportions, and was given the name Mr. Fantastic. His girlfriend and partner in science Sue Storm (Jessica Alba) was left with the ability to become invisible at will and was given the name The Invisible Girl. Sue’s brother Johnny Storm (Chris Evans) was left with the ability to turn into a ball of fire whenever the need arises and was given the name The Human Torch. Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis) was the pilot on the mission, was left with the ability to mutate into a stone like enormous creature with amazing strength, and was given the name The Thing. The “Fantastic Four” is the story of how the four superheroes set out to fight crime but find themselves instead fighting a fifth member of the mission crew who was evidently affected as well, but who is using his ability for evil rather than good. He is given the name Dr. Doom (Julian McMahon) and quite appropriately. Watch the “Fantastic Four” as they learn that their powers are much more effective when used together, and very necessary when fighting Dr. Doom.

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Top 10 Anticipated Movies of 2014

Posted by Paul Murray on Tuesday Apr 29, 2014 Under Parent Movie Reviews

Top 10 Movies of 2014

The 2013 movie season is past but definitely not over. Nonetheless, 2014 is upon us and we are all excited to see just what the New Year has in store where movies are concerned. Great or simply predictable, the fact remains. The movies of 2014 are on their way and here is our list of a few that you just might want to consider watching.

Noah
This religious epic is directed by Darren Aronofsky and written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel. It will star Russel Crow as Noah. It is not predicted to be religious in nature but will closely depict the life of Noah and his family as they face the trials that come with the changes that the announcement of the flood brings. It is scheduled to be released in March of 2014.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America (Steve Rogers) finds himself recuperating and relaxing in Washington D.C.. While attempting to get accustomed to living in a new world, he is made aware of a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and friend in trouble finding himself in trouble in the process. Steve ends up finding himself in the middle of a conspiracy and with the help of the Black Widow and a new ally named Falcon attempts to save the world once again.

The Hobbit: There and Back Again
The third installment in the Hobbit trilogy is expected to be released in Dec. 17, 2014 as opposed to its original anticipated release date of July 18. It is however keeping Hobbit fans on their toes as this sequel is expected to bring conclusion to a trilogy in much need of a “going out with a bang” conclusion. The actual filming was done in New Zealand and will still feature Martin Freeman as Bilbo, Ian Mckellan as Gandalf the Grey, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
For the Amazing Spider-Man (Peter Parker) life is tough as usual. Shuffling between being a web slinging super hero and a normal everyday guy in love with a girl he promised to avoid will never be easy. It only gets tougher when a new villain in town, Electro, enters the picture and Peter must join forces with an old friend, Harry Osborn, in order to save the world once again.

X-Men: Days of Future Past
Past meets future in this epic X-Men adventure. The best of the younger X-Men from “X-Men: First Class” must join forces with the best of their future selves from the original “X-Men” movies in order to defeat a foe out to destroy life as they know it. The outcome will surprise everyone as it involves changing the past so that the future can be saved.

Transformers: Age of Extinction
The rebuilding has begun and peace is now evident as all traces of the Autobots and the Decepticons have vanished. The only problem is that a group of wealthy and powerful businessmen have teamed up with a group of genius scientists to learn from the past and take control of the future. What no one realizes is that a powerful yet ancient transformer has other plans for earth; plans that definitely do not involve peace.

Need for Speed
Blue-collar mechanic Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) owns a mechanic shop whose only saving grace is their ability to build and race street cars. Everything seems to be going well until Tobey partners up with an ex-NASCAR driver who is not only wealthy but extremely arrogant. Toby is framed for a crime that he didn’t commit and spends 2 years in prison for it. His release from prison comes with a mission of revenge that creates the action packed climax of all time.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
10 years following the fall of humankind, Caesar continues to lead the growing band of genetically altered apes. Everything seems to be going well until a group of humans who happened to survive the virus decides to challenge Caesar and threaten the now ruling apes. War is sure to break out but who will survive as the ruling species? This question can only be answered over time.

Godzilla
The second Godzilla film in the sequel might just surprise you as it is full of amazing action packed scenes. Starring David Goyer, a very young US Marine, Godzilla won’t be the only menace in this film. Two additional monsters will appear in the film which means triple the action and triple the destruction. It will be one of those films to keep you at the edge of your seat for sure.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
The rebellion against the Capitol escalates in this sequel to the Hunger Games series. With Katniss leading the rebellion, things go from bad to worse as the districts of Panem join in the fight against the tryanny of the Capitol. As things escalate to near utter destruction to surrounding districts, katniss begins to question her abilities and is forced to determine exactly who it is that she can and cannot trust. The ultimate question becomes is the fight really worth it all, as everything and everyone she cares for stands in the balance.

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Paul is founder of Southern Outdoor Cinema, an outdoor cinema event production company based in Atlanta and a dad to 2 pre-teen girls. When he is is not traveling to create outdoor movie nights for communities, he is spending time playing board games, reading books and of course watching movies with his girls.

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Fund-raising Movie Night

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Apr 28, 2014 Under Event Productions

Fund-raising movie night at school

Every school has a parent teacher organization that is always looking for terrific ways to raise money. The best events are ones that both the parents and students will find fun to go to, as well as help out with. One school came up with an extremely successful way of accomplishing this.

Rather than holding yet another bake sale, craft fair, or the likes, this school came up with the idea of a movie night at the school. Although it may at first sound like a huge undertaking, these types of events are actually fun for the whole family and easy to organize. Best of all the school earned quite a bit of much needed money.

To pull it all together, the PTA got busy planning. They contacted several local people and businesses to be sponsors. In return, their message or ad was shown on the inflatable screen before the main feature began. Their organizing paid off with enough funds to cover the movie production and licensing fees. There was even some left over to show for their fund raising efforts. This was added to money brought in from activities, food sales, and silent auctions that made the movie night a huge success.

To get the school ready for the event, teachers and parents worked together to recreate a theater setting inside of the school. The gymnasium was used as the area for the actual movie viewing. It worked out perfectly. An inflatable screen was set up, and plenty of mats and chairs were made available for seating.

Movie night and games at school

Before the family friendly movie was played, guests could take part in numerous games such as the ring toss and cake walk. Classrooms were utilized as designated spots for each activity. One room was set up as a game room with foosball and air hockey that the younger students really enjoyed playing. Another was used for karaoke that both the kids and adults had a great time participating in.

Auction during movie night

The teachers were able to help out even more so by offering their services for a silent auction. Many offered themselves for picnic or pizza lunches that the winner and a friend could enjoy with them. A paper was hung up with their picture, name, and offering. Underneath was a clip board where guests could “bid.” It was an excellent way to earn additional funds while getting to know their students families better.

The PTA knew that food is a big part of the movie night experience. Concession stands were set up that mimicked ones found in the movie theaters. They sold all sorts of movie time snacks such as bags of popcorn and candy. Beverages such as Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and bottled water were also available. Each item was sold for a dollar with proceeds benefiting the fund raiser. Outside there was a food truck selling pizza and a shaved ice cart located near plenty of benches for customers to sit on while enjoying their treats.

Movie Night Snacks

After lots of socializing, game playing, and eating, everyone gathered in front of the inflatable screen in the gymnasium for their main attraction. A family friendly movie that was appropriate for all ages was shown.

Photobooth during Movie Night at school

Once the movie night came to a conclusion, all agreed that it truly was a successful PTA fundraiser in every way. The community had fun organizing it and attending it, and best of all, they were able to raise a nice amount of money for their school.

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Remember the Holocaust: 4 Movies to Watch

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Apr 28, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Movies About The Holocaust

The Holocaust was a tragic event that took place between 1933 and 1945, in German occupied Europe, that ultimately took the lives of approximately 6,000,000 Jews as well as individuals from other minority groups targeted by the Nazis during that time. There have been several movies made that relate to the Holocaust and the following are 4 of the top picks.

Holocaust

“Holocaust” isn’t just a movie but is a mini-series that surrounds the events that took place during what could only be described as one of the most horrific times in history. These horrific events took place during a time span of more than ten years (1933-1945) in a very heavily German-occupied Europe. Those suffering as a direct result of these horrific events were Jews living in central and eastern Europe, and they suffered by torture, murder, or both. The movie “Holocaust” focuses on several refugee and death camps as well as the more popular ghetto in Warsaw. For those familiar with the tragedy that took place during the Holocaust, watching this mini-series will give you a new perspective on events that took place. For those unfamiliar with the tragedy that took place during the Holocaust, it will bring to life one of the most shocking events in history.

Defiance

The movie “Defiance” tells the story of three Jewish brothers living in Eastern Europe in the middle of one of the most terrible times in Jewish history. It is 1941 and World War II has brought Nazi rule to Europe, but more specifically to Belarus. The Jews are being slaughtered by the thousands but three resilient brothers by the names of Tuvia (Daniel Craig), Zus (Liev Schreiber), and Asael (Jamie Bell) manage to escape into the forest just in time to witness the murders of their entire family. Their survival will not be in vain as the brothers decide that fleeing the Nazis is not an option. They vow instead to avenge the deaths of their family members and fight back against those who are slaughtering their people. As word spreads, others join the brothers and their Nazi resistance grows. Will this small group of determined individuals find the strength and will to defeat a foe much bigger than imaginable, or will a disagreement between the two older brothers put a stop to the entire mission? Watching “Defiance” is the only way to find the answer to that question.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

When a high-ranking Nazi commandant must move his family from the city to the countryside, his young son Bruno expresses how upsetting the move is to him. The resulting boredom of the move is what sets events in motion; events that could be both devastating and tragic in the end. “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” is set in World War II Germany, and Bruno is the young 8 year old son of the Nazi commandant who finds out that a farm not too far from their countryside home isn’t the internment camp that his mother believed it to be. It is instead an extermination camp which makes it difficult for Bruno since he makes friends with a young boy named Shmuel (Jack Scanlon) who is just about his age and living inside the camp. The two boys become very close and Bruno steals a piece of cake for Shmuel one night but is caught. Bruno’s father decides to send Bruno and his mother off to live with an aunt in Heidelberg which pushes Bruno into stealing a shovel and heading over to the farm to do something that may very well set in motion events both tragic and devastating for Shmuel and everyone else in the camp.

Schindler’s List

“Schindler’s List” is a true story of how one man made a difference in the lives of 1,100 Jews during the Nazi rule in 1942. Liam Neeson stars as Oskar Schindler, the German owner of a cookware and utensil factory in Poland who hired Jews to keep his factory running smoothly. Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley) is an accountant also hired by Schindler which takes some doing on Schindler’s part (along with a number of bribes). You see, it was the practice of the Germans to assign all of Krakow’s Jews to the Forced Labor Camp in Plaszow. The camp was run by a commandant by the name of Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes) who was known to make a habit of shooting prisoners from his balcony whenever he got drunk. Schindler sees what is happening to those in his employ and he begins to feel bad which forces him to make a decision. He decides to bribe more officials, and hire more Jews, asking the officials to keep his staff in his employ and out of the camps. When all is said and done, and the Nazi reign is over, Schindler managed to single handedly save 1,100 Jews in a time when they were all being murdered. “Schindler’s List” proves that even the actions of a single individual can make a life changing difference for many.

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Filmed in Georgia: “Dumb and Dumber To”

Posted by Paul Murray on Thursday Apr 24, 2014 Under Georgia Film Industry

Filmed in Georgia: Dumb and Dumber 2

For “Dumb and Dumber” fans, the news that a sequel, “Dumb and Dumber To,” is set to premier in 2014 is very exciting. However, the excitement about “Dumb and Dumber To” filming is not limited just to movie fans; residents of Atlanta, GA, and nearby Grantville are enjoying the benefits of this movie being filmed in their neighborhood.

“Dumb and Dumber To” is set to be released in the summer of 2014, 20 years after the release of the original “Dumb and Dumber” back in 1994. The Farrelly brothers, Bobby and Peter, wrote and directed the first film and will be working on the sequel as co-directors and co-producers. Lately, the film industry has been booming around Atlanta and the Farrelly brothers are familiar with the area as well. They shot “Hall Pass” and “The Three Stooges” in Atlanta.

A lot of filming for this movie is taking place in Cabbagetown, which is located on the East side of Atlanta. Making Cabbagetown look like Rhode Island for filming is a big task. The film crew has been hard at work transforming several blocks of Cabbagetown for use in the movie.

Several movies are filming around Atlanta this fall. “Dumb and Dumber To, ” “Mockingay,” the third movie in the “Hunger Games” series, and “Fast and Furious 7″ are all currently in the works in the Atlanta, GA area. Local residents seem to be enjoying the excitement and the economic benefits that come along with all of this movie action. Crew members and actors frequent local businesses during filming and locals are hired to work on the sets.

The film industry around Atlanta is taking off, and it is good news for local residents. When “Dumb and Dumber To” hits theaters in 2014, “Dumb and Dumber” and Farrelly brothers fans won’t be the only viewers who are especially excited to see this new movie; residents of Cabbagetown and Grantville will also enjoy a special connection with this film. If you live near one of these filming areas, be sure to pay close attention when watching “Dumb and Dumber To” and look for familiar places.

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