POWr Poll

7 Jan 2015

The Emperor's New Groove (2000) / Kronk's New Groove (2005)

          After I finished watching these two animations, I may simply declare that they deserve to be seen, without doubt. I was delighted from the beggining until the end of this simple but very effective cartoon movie. The element which helped the film to be one worth watching are the exchanging funny lines of characters and assured his place in the family movies category. With his good humor and interesting and funny characters this series can be seen by both the olders and the most little ones, having the guaranteed effect that emotions will be the same.

         The Emperor's New Groove, the first movie from 2000 is about the story of an unusual duo, consisting of the young Emperor Kuzco and a peasant named Pacha. Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama by his ex-administrator Yzma, and must now regain his throne with the help of Pacha, the gentle llama herder. Our heroes are isolated in the wilderness and have to rely on each other to survive. The second film Kronk's New Groove differs from the first one with his not so strong conflict and the forced funny scene. However, the moral is just as strong, if not deeper. All his life Kronk was divided between follow his dreams and to please his father, Papi, a man always grumpy and unhappy about his son. The film presents Kronk's inner conflict - to get great achievements that Papi expect from him, but doing things that characterize and often injuring their loved ones around him, or himself.
         First movie has been nominated for Oscar and Golden globe award for best original song, no wonder when the soundtrack is signed by Sting and Tom Jones. Therefore, give it a shoot at least for the visual pleasure and its storytelling quality.

Quote: ''Don't throw off the Emperor's groove''


6 Jan 2015

Arn 1 & 2

          These two movies of Swedish origin: Arn- The Knight Temple and Arn- The Kingdom at the End of the Road presents a story full of fighting wars set in the Middle Ages in which Arn is involved and also shows Arn's love story with a forbidden romantic partner. These films are excellent and well worth watching. The dialogue, cinematography, and story line carry their own weight. All were well executed, and will bring the viewer through a rollercoaster ride of emotions.
          First movie reveals the hero character, Arn Magnusson, the knightly son of a Swedish nobleman which was born in 1150 at Arnas farm in West Gothia in the western part of Sweden. His parents are forced to send him to a monastery in the service of God. But  Arn was trained by a monk to become a Knight Templar warrior and a true knight. A very important moment in the course of his life is given by the meeting with Cecilia, his great love. But the relationship with young Cecilia is displeasing his noble families. Thus, this is a forbidden love that will change his life forever. Unjust fate accompanied by unnatural policy laws will make the two lovers to separate. Cecilia is imprisoned in a monastery and Arn is sent to fight in the Holy War with the Army Crusaders, thus becoming a Knight Templar. Both are forced to fight to survive, learn how to confront evil and overcome physical and moral difficulties. Their separation cause painful doubts regarding faith in God and his goodness but not their mutual trust and the hope that they will meet again one day.

         The second film continues to recount the adventures of Arn, who became the right hand of the Templar Order general. All Templars respected him and finally gets to go home absolution. But the general dies and his place is occupied by a arrogant knight, which leads to destruction of almost all knights and lost Jerusalem in favor of Saladin. After a while, Arn gets home with the belief that will finally find peace. Contrary to his expectations, at home, in addition to a loving wife and a son, waits internal wars between clans and fight for the throne where the Danes are also involved. When his family and his friends families are threatened, the legendary knight starts the last battle.

Quote: ''Your duty is to make peace''


5 Jan 2015

15 Most Anticipated Movies in 2015

          Looking back to 2014 which has been a great year for a variety of entertainments we can remark famous franchises but also fresh and original films, some of them with a good sense of humor and while others had an epic storyline and exciting action. Now it's time to see what the year 2015 is preparing us regarding movies. Here are 15 most anticipated movies of 2015. This year looks to be one of the most exciting years of the past decade for movie releases.

1. Seventh Son - february 6

     Young Thomas Ward is apprenticed to the local Spook to learn to fight evil spirits. His mission is difficult. Spook is unfriendly and many apprentices have failed before him. His first great challenge comes when the powerful Mother Malkin escapes her confinement while the Spook is away and the hell breaks loose. Adaptation by Joseph Delaney's book  "The Spook's Apprentice" series "The Wardstone Chronicles".

2. Insurgent - march 20

     After the events from Divergent, a devastating war between the four factions is about to begin. And, in time of war, you have to decide which side you fight. Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side. Converted by her own judgment, pain and guilt, Tris embraces Divergence, even if she doesn't know she can lose.

3. Fast & Furios 7 - april 3

     Death of Paul Walker in the middle of filming had hampered the blockbuster production, producers being force to choose between consistent changing of scenario and the use of special effects to complement the missing scenes of the actor. With his brothers help, production was completed months later, and the premiere postponed to April 2015. In early 2013 it was said that Fast & Furious 6 was the only safe bet with the public the whole year, which first surprised us and then was confirmed in late May, when the release occurred which brought almost 800 million dollars revenue.A tribute to Paul Walker, curiosity about solving the lack of the actor and Jason Statham in the role of villain are pluses that the new film has in the disadvantage of his predecessor. Will be Fast and Furious 7 the first one of the series that surpasses one billion dollars revenue?

4. Avengers: Age of Ultron - may 1

      The Avengers 2 is certainly expected by the Marvel universe fans being considered an unforgettable cinematic experience. With Joss Whedon returned to the position of director and writer with an extremely powerful topic, Age of Ultron promises a global reckoning between Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye and Ultron, indestructible robot created by Tony Stark and turned into a curse of humanity. Superhero movies have been huge over the last few years, and Marvel have led the way in bringing their characters to the big screen.

5. Mad Max: Fury Road - may 15

      Played by Tom Hardy, the hero wakes up in a post-apocalyptic word, fighting over resources, scorched by the intense sun. When he meets Furiosa (Charlize Theron), a woman who wants to cross the desert, Max will have to face a gang of savages ready for anything to get the last water and gas reserves of the planet. Having described this film as a two-hour chase scene, Miller’s return to old school in-camera spectacle will certainly be getting all action fans in full pursuit.

6. Jurassic World - june 12

     Another of several franchises being revived after many years, Jurassic World promises new developments on the Jurassic Park premise. The original Jurassic Park movie was many people’s first experience of a multiplex, and the franchise has massive appeal. The sequels were generally disappointing and failed to capture the magic of the original. Modern audiences demand an entertaining plot and strong cast, and CGI and special effects aren’t all that’s required to create a blockbuster.

7. Ted 2 - june 20

     The MacFarlane comedy sequel Ted 2 is currently scheduled to hit theaters in Summer 2015, with Mark Wahlberg set to return as John Bennett, alongside his “Thunder Buddy for Life” – the CGI walking, talking and misbehaving teddy bear Ted (voiced by MacFarlane, in Peter Griffin mode).There are neither any official nor heavily-rumored plot details for the Ted sequel right now, though that has less to do with MacFarlane being secretive and more to do with the project still being firmly in pre-production

8. Terminator: Genisys - july 1

     The most striking detail about the story of this sequel is that it seems not to follow the chronology of previous films. In 1984 the young Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones) is not a helpless woman played by Linda Hamilton in the first film of the series, but a true warrior highly skilled in handling firearms and weaknesses of using cyborgs from the future.

9. Minions - july 10

     Sometimes the spin-offs of successful franchises are not as they are expected (Penguins of Madagascar is the best example), but given the giant popularity of the minions you really could not see how this animation can fail. The little yellow and loud creatures and there from the beginning of time, always in search of the most dangerous villain to be faithful servants. Before they meet Gru, they had as masters  T. Rex, Genghis Khan, Napoleon and Dracula, and then served Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), a woman determined to become the first female super villain in history and to dominate the world.

10. Ant-man - july 17

      This movie is in development for years, Ant-Man shows us Paul Rudd in the role, which is a change in career direction. The actor plays Scott Lang, a petty criminal who learn what responsibility and power of good when you get a substance that allows to decrease the size. Whether this is the classic Henry Pym Ant-Man or how the film ties into "The Avengers" franchise remains to be seen. Ant-Man isn't necessarily the first character from the Marvel Universe you think could top line their own movie so it's got to be special if it's going to work.

11. Fantastic Four - august 7

      After two largely failed attempts to bring the beloved comic book to the screen, Fox is taking a third stab at creating a memorable Fantastic Four movie. The recent success of other Marvel character movies means audiences will be happy to risk the price of a ticket to see if this one captures the magic of the comic book. Director Josh Trank hopes to capture the rich world of the original stories with this latest effort.

12. Spectre - november 6

The next Bond production, which will be directed by the same Sam Mendes and with the same Daniel Craig in the lead role, will throw 007 in a life and death confrontation with the terrible terrorist organization Spectre. The massive success of Skyfall (which raked in over $1 billion at the box office) proved that James Bond films are just as popular as ever.

13. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 2 - november 20

      As the four-part Hunger Games film saga comes to an end, fans of the franchise will finally find out what happens to Katniss, Peeta, and the rest of the oppressed people of Panem. The popularity of The Hunger Games trilogy meant a movie series was inevitable, and fans haven’t been disappointed with the series so far. Author Suzanne Collins created strong characters and a terrifying vision of the future, and this formula has translated perfectly to movie screens.

14. Star Wars Episode VII - december 18

      The first trailer of the film was expected by the fans, but definitely failed to quench their curiosity. Expectations are huge, because the premiere from 18 December 2015 will set the tone for the new Star Wars trilogy and will probably suggest independent films inspired by the saga of George Lucas and prepared by Disney. Episode VII has the potential to revive the popular franchise for a third generation. There are also talks of spin off movies for key characters, and fans will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Star Wars universe for years to come.

15. Mission Impossible 5 - december 25

     The strength of the Mission: Impossible franchise is that each installment is a fresh start. Whether this current project is a success or failure, the next film is an opportunity to start from scratch, save for the one constant of Tom Cruise in the heroic role of Ethan Hunt. Likewise, the film's storyline is unknown at this time. Something to do with spying, probably. 

Which movie of 2015 are you most expecting? Which one do you think it's going to be a blockbuster and which one a big failure? Share your opinion.

1 Jan 2015

Invincible (2006)

          Invincible sends a uplifting and heartfelt message packed with an athletic enthusiasm that shouldn't be missed. Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg) is a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles team that just lost his wife and his job. He decides to present one day at a free selection of players for the national football league, in order to see his dreams fulfilled and  became a member of the Philadelphia Eagles football team as a 30-year-old in an open tryout. He is the oldest rookie to make an NFL team who never played college ball. Invincible is a entertaining film with an inspirational, sport story in which Mark Wahlberg (one of my favourites) has delivered a great performance as the league's oldest rookie Papale.Though familiar and cliched, Invincible succeeds in spite of itself because it is so technically well done and full of heart.

Quote of the movie: ''Even if you're down there for an hour, you're down there.''


30 Dec 2014

Top 10 Highest Grossing Movies of 2014 Worldwide

          This chart ranks movies by the amount they earned during 2014. A ranking of global revenues, demonstrating that a franchise can be overtaken by a film where the humor, the totally new characters with personality and action guarantees success.

          Transformers: Age of Extinction, perhaps the most spectacular movie franchise, was the only film that grossed over $ 1 billion at the global box office, ranking the first place as a global receipts and the only film that brought more than 100 million dollars at the premiere. Most revenues of the film were made in China (remember that a substantial part of the action takes place in Hong Kong), namely $ 301 million, more than the collection of 245 million US dollars. Guardians of the Galaxy is the second film in top productions that have made the most money globally in 2014, with over 770 million dollars collected from viewers worldwide. The success is even greater as we are not talking of a franchise, but brand new characters! Let us not forget that seven of the highest grossing films of the year were sequels or remakes. Guardians of the Galaxy captivates each of the scenes and the film was full of personality, liveliness, crazy jokes, a perfectly balanced combination of comedy, action and ... Groot.

          The third film that made the most money in 2014 is Maleficent, the biggest coming in cumulative revenue outside the United States. Viewers of Japan, China and Mexico bought most tickets to this production, according to Boxoffice Mojo. Alternative story of the terrible witch from Grimm brothers fairy tale Sleeping Beauty has captivated the attention of viewers worldwide. On fourth and five in the standings of movies that have the most money in 2014 were X-Men: Days of Future Past and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, each with over 700 million dollars overall revenue.

Top 10 Highest Grossing Movies of 2014 Worldwide:

1. Transformers: Age of Extinction                    $1.087.404.499
2. Guardians of the Galaxy                                $772.462.030
3. Maleficent                                                         $757.752.378
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past                          $746.045.700
5. Captain America The Winter Soldier           $714.083.572
6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2                          $708.982.323
7. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes                     $708.279.489
8. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1     $669.719.406
9. Interstellar                                                         $648.780.502
10. How to Train Your Dragon 2                       $618.909.935