Top 3 Movies You Definitely Have to See from 2013

A good movie is worth absolutely every penny spent on tickets, the waiting and the snacks, so much so that most of us prefer to watch a movie in the cinema not just for the special effects and 3D renditions, but also due to the excellent atmosphere. The issue is making the grave mistake of not properly analyzing a trailer and choosing a bad movie to see in the cinema. And as each year has it’s do’s and don’ts , here are three of the “do’s “ of 2013 where movies are concerned:

Despicable Me 2

Teaming up again to destroy- oh no, this time, to save the world, Gru and his minions are adapting to family life which seems to suit them perfectly. While attempting to live honestly, he is recruited by a special organization in order to save the world from a new super villain. Steve Carell magnificently lends his vocal abilities to give life to one of the most loveable villains cinema has ever seen. It’s not just that the lines are perfectly written or that the actors play their parts convincingly, it’s also that the animation exquisitely captures any subtlety of the lines that are being spoken and of the state of mind the characters find themselves in. Not to mention the adorable minions that have become some of the most loved animated pictures characters (alongside the Penguins of Madagascar and Scratch from Ice Age) recently created.

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With a unique design, absolutely hilarious sound effects and language as well as ridiculously laid out plans for the simplest of tasks, the minions turn an already wonderful animated picture into one that is simply exquisite. With well written scenes, minion abductions, an ex-villain turned vigilante, “Despicable Me 2” is certainly well worth the cinema visit and will keep you laughing all through the 100 minutes of film time.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Regardless of negative opinions regarding the first movie in the Hobbit trilogy, this sequel was one of the most expected movies of 2013 and with obvious reason. The breathtaking scenes that start the trailer off take viewers back into the magical world of dragons, elves, dwarves and hobbits- the beautiful night elf cities, imposing dwarf sculptures at the entrance to the lonely mountain, incredible detail and exquisite colors and seem to take the well-known quality of the Lord of the Rings movies a step further.

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If this weren’t enough, the trailer soon shows off one of the best special effects that have ever been seen on the big screen: the mighty Smaug. The chromatic and detail that has been put into this one scene where Bilbo meets the dragon is mind-boggling. With such effects, unique locations that only Jackson can portray and such talented actors, most movie lovers were crossing their days off their calendars until the release date.

Thor: The Dark World

One of the best (and most attractive) super heroes on screen makes a comeback that promises to be even better than fans would expect, ready again to save the world with his lovely locks and killer abs. As with all Marvel productions, the trailer begins with colossal special effects meant to impress even the least impressionable of viewers. The opening scene where the Greenwich University seems to be under attack is simply exquisite.

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The fact that the movie takes place in Valhalla for a change is reason enough for viewers to not only be curious, but to barge into cinemas. Sets are magnificently put together, costumes are beautifully crafted and if there wasn’t enough epicness  in the movie, Anthony Hopkins and Tom Hiddleston inject just enough talent into the movie to turn it into a must-see event. So make sure to catch these movies in cinemas if you haven’t yet – you’re in for a treat.

What Is Going to Happen in Game of Thrones Season 4? Hints from the Teaser

GoT worshipers rejoice. Your favorite TV Series is coming back to television, and it is bigger and better than ever before. It seems like all the waiting paid off, because producers have come up with, what seems to be, the most intense season of the series. The Game of Thrones 15-minute season special “Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing” was presented on HBO yesterday, and it has made the wait, even more difficult to deal with, because it has left us with many questions. How much of the siege or occupation of Meereen will be presented in the season? Will Brienne wander the Riverlands? What will happen to the Mother of Dragons? There are a few things that the Game of Thrones foreshadowing trailer has told us:

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1. On the Wall and Beyond it

We already know that Winter is coming, and that two armies (that from the North: White Walkers, and Mance Rayder’s wildlings), and the soldiers from Castle Black are about to clash. In the season-three finale we already find out that Stannis is the only one who answers the call to defend the wall. In the meanwhile, Melisandre finds a new source of king’s blood, and Bran, Hodor and the Reed children continue with their quest to find the three-eyed crow. Bran learns more about his freenseeing and warging abilities, and this creates an opportunity for us to learn more about Ned Stark’s History.

2. Sam and Jon are Reunited

To be frank, we kind of liked the Jon Snow – Sam couple, and we are very happy to see that they will be reunited. Obviously, there is some drama involved between the two as well. John Bradley says “Sam and Jon’s relationship is as even and equal as it’s ever been”, while Kit Harington adds that “I think without Sam, Jon would crumble”.

3. The Season Ender wont be the Huge Climax

Up until new we were accustomed to having episode 9 as a huge climax. According to the foreshadowing episode, this won’t happen in season 4 of Game of Thrones. Apparently, there will be more climatic events in Season 4, David Benioff says.

4. The Battle on the Wall will be Amazing

Granted, producers may not have said a lot of things about what’s happening on the Wall, but they have revealed several actions scenes. These scenes in which Styr the Magnar of Them leads the charge and Jon Snow leads others are amazing, and this means that the final result will be magnificent.

5. Daenerys may have a throne Room, but she has some problems

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As you can see from the footage, Daenerys’s dragons are all grown up, but this raises another problem for Daenarys. Emilia Clarke actually sates that “They’ve killed her enemies, what’s going to stop them from killing anyone,”… “I think it’s kind of a symbol of her losing control of herself and losing control of what she’s doing.” The dragons are huge, and the book viewers will probably know that the scene at the end of the special is one very relevant to Dany’s arc. Daenerys realizes that she can’t just conquer cities and move from one to another, and that she has to leave someone who shares her opinions about leading.

6. The Royal Wedding is Magnificent

There was a lot of footage shown for the wedding between Joffrey and Margaery. Apparently, there is no secret that the two will be married, and we have to admit that the setting really looks spectacular. All the actors on the set talk about just how massive the scale will be, and Natalie Dormer actually states that she will probably never attend such a grand wedding in her life.

All in all, Season for of Game of Thrones will probably be focused entirely on the war between the Five Kings, and it will come to a close with the battles on the Wall. Also, one thing you should always keep in mind: if you are invited to a wedding, send thanks by raven.

3 Actors Who Suffered Radical Changes to Rock Their Roles

With the recent Dallas Buyers Club movie and the success it had reported, people remembered that not only Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey had to suffer drastic changes to make their characters plausible, credible and outstanding, but in their careers, many other superstars chose sometimes difficult roles that imposed physical transformations such as loosing weight, gaining weight, change of facial features and so on. History of cinema remembers such radical changes as the courage of some actors that went beyond their talent and defied their own bodies to get that character right. Some of these transformations and the actors’ interpretations also led to such powerful characters in memorable movies that can be considered acts of pure genius. Not a long time ago, Total Film Magazine made a photo gallery with cinema’s 50 most spectacular actors’ physical changes, but we picked only three of them because they were monumental, to say the least and should be honored properly. Let’s see the three actors who suffered radical changes to rock their roles.

3. Ellen Burstyn – Requiem For A Dream

We chose her not only because in 1999 this movie shook the core of everybody who saw it, but because it had a young Jared Leto in it, a man whose role transformation pales in comparison to that of his movie partner Ellen Burstyn. A woman under the horrific influence of drugs ends up looking like a ghost from a more modern horror flick and the genius of this transformation is that the movies shows you Ellen’s radical changes in a progressive matter, which makes things even more terrible. It is mind blowing and nerve shattering to see how a woman can decompose and become a walking dead due to drugs and Ellen’s powerful role is still haunting after so many years. For this part, she is still considered one of those actors who got robbed of an Oscar Award.

2. Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

Why this actor and why this movie? Well, if you remember gorgeous hot stud Mikey Rourke from the ancient 9 and 1/2 Weeks or Wild Orchid and if you followed his life until more contemporary times, you know everybody bashed him around for ending up looking like some white trash with no future, and alcohol had a part to play too in his natural radical transformation. The man was mocked in the press so many years in a row, at some point it seemed that a talented and famous actor like him would never recover. He got fat and negligent and he looked wasted most of the times. And then, The Wrestler hit the cinemas and all detractors had to shut up. Not only that he displayed a body many young men would envy, but he made such an unforgettable role in such a powerful movie, he managed to redeem himself for all his past sins. Not to mention long blonde hair.

1. Charlize Theron – Monster

Among all the actors who who suffered radical changes to rock their roles, Charlize Theron’s interpretation of famous female serial killer Eileen Wuornos was perhaps the most dramatic one. Other female actresses gained some pounds for their characters, Renee Zellweger and her Bridget Jones, Milla Kunis who lost a lot of weight to end up “skin and bones” for her role in the Black Swan, Natalie Portman who virtually starved to death and survived mind blowing physical training to deliver the Black Swan to us, and so many more. But Theron’s transformation was dramatic to the core and nobody could saw that coming. The beautiful, ingenue blonde with perfect skin and sparkling eyes delivered a monster in its true sense, as she gave up eyebrows, she had the face of a thousand sins, she wore prosthetic yellow teeth, she got… bigger, not fatter and whomever saw her on screen and remembered her in Sweet November was shocked to the core. She wasn’t the same person and rumors say that after that movie, she lost something of her beauty.

Perhaps there are even more than 50 actors who who suffered radical changes to rock their roles, but the list conceived by Total Film is a good place to start thinking about the real sacrifice some actors have to make, the real drama behind a part, the real challenges they have to go through not only in front of the camera, but behind them, starving or stuffing up with greasy food, becoming other people, trying to live to the expectations, stepping beyond the job and becoming one with the character.  

Seven Valentine’s Day Movies You Should Definitely Watch Together

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and this means a lot of cheesy gifts, romantic escapes, and talk about love. It is the time to buy your girlfriend that sexy costume that you were always fantasizing about and have her wear it for you, or simply to cuddle in bed while watching a romantic movie. If your choice for the year is the second one mentioned, you should know that there are a lot of boring movies out there, like Valentine’s Day, which is basically a rip-off of Love, Actually (and not a great one at that). To spare you from the hassle of having to watch a sappy movie, we have compiled a list with 7 movies that you should definitely watch on Valentine’s Day, even if you are forever alone.

7. When in Rome (2010)

7When in Rome is a seriously underrated movie, and there is something about it that makes it an excellent choice for Valentine’s Day. In a nutshell, the protagonist, Beth, is an ambitious New Yorker who steals some coins from a love fountain in Italy. As a result, four guys fall under a love spell, and chase her desperately.

6. Love and Basketball (2000)

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Here’s a movie that you might not have heard of: Love and Basketball. Out of consideration for your boy, you might want to at lest choose something that isn’t dripping with romance. Love and Basketball has gone to great lengths to attract men to it (especially considering that it is basically a chick-flick, with an underlying sports theme). The protagonists basically have a love-hate relationship, which is related to their individual dreams of playing pro ball. The rest is for you to discover.

5. 50 First Dates

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Not only is the Adam Sandler – Drew Barrymore couple completely adorable, but the movie is also extremely funny. In 50 First Dates the couple meets in Hawaii, and Henry transforms from a playboy to a devoted boyfriend. It is probably the ultimate definition of chick-flick, with a hint of comedy in it. A definite must-see.

4. Lost in Translation (2003)

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Lost in Translation may be one of those typical bleak comedies, but it has a great love-story in it. Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) manage to perfectly portray the feeling of traveling somewhere unknown, and creating a connection. Anna Farris’s and Cameron Diaz’s interventions create the perfect balance between comedy and romance, until the moment when Bob whispers something in Charlotte’s ear and dissapears completely. If Valentine’s Day makes you sick, you should definitely check this movie out.

3. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

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Slumdog Millionaire is a testament to just how far people are willing to go to win over their women. The story is about a poor buy who is tortured by the police for being too good at Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Chances are that you have already seen it since it has won a lot of critical acclaim. It’s not your run-of-the-mill chick flick, because it contains a mixture of violence, socioeconomic messages, and love.

2. The Tourist (2010)

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The Tourist definitely has what it takes to make you jump for joy on Valentine’s Day (even if you hate the celebration). As if screening the stunning Angelina Jolie and incredibly hot Johnny Depp was not enough, the locations are also breath-taking. This tale of cat-and-mouse will keep you at the edge of your seats, satisfy your intellectual needs and also entertain you. If there were ever a guy who could steal Angelina from Brad, it is Depp.

1. 500 Days of Summer (2009)

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Our number one in the Best Valentine’s Day Movie list is 500 Days of Summer. Yes, it is romantic, but not the type of romanticism that you were used to. The story is about the quirky girl that everyone wants to be, or be with, and a guy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who falls desperately in love with her. The story between the two is displayed in a non-linear fashion, and it is undoubtedly the most interesting portrayal of modern love and relationships. Even if you’re not a cheese-ball, you will love it.

We Lost Them To Drugs. 5 Actors Who Died On An Overdose

With the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman dying from a heroine overdose circulating with the speed of light, we face again the pain of losing yet another talented actor to drugs, pills, over the counter medication and overdose. Why do these things happen? How can an Oscar Award winning superstar die at 46 and get found with a needle and heroin bags by his side? We all found out that he had an addiction history and we all know these things just don’t go away by themselves so easily. But how cruel can fate be to kidnap from among us incredibly talented people? Were their destinies written? Did they bring their demise to themselves by acting irresponsibly? We may never know the answers to this, but all we can say is that Hoffman wasn’t the only one. To honor great actors who died on an overdose, we will take a look back in history and see other names that got lost to us in the favor of drugs.

1. Heath Ledger

He died too young? Too soon? Too early in his career? After looking pretty and managing to impress us with a few roles, especially the one in Brokeback Mountain, A Knight’s Tale or the lighter 10 things I hate about you, Heath managed to leave the entire world with its jaw dropped after playing the role of his life and the role that brought him his death: The Joker. The monumental, unforgettable Joker. A part which would have propelled Heath to the stars and which would have opened any door in Hollywood for any part he would have liked to receive. And yet, at only 28 years old, he was found dead in a hotel room for what it was called a “mix” of medication. Was it the pills or the Joker who killed Keith? We may never know, but among the actors who died on an overdose, he left us with the most shocking void ever.

2. Cory Monteith

Glee was never the same without him and the world was left an emptier, darker place. We lost Cory to a terrible combination of alcohol and heroine and he, just like Keith, were living their glory years.

3. Robert Pastorelli

If you are thinking that his name doesn’t ring any bell to you, it somehow should. He may not have been a star the size of Philip Seymour Hoffman or Heath Ledger at least, but you surely saw him in famous movies such as Michael with John Travolta, Eraser, Miami Vice, Dances with Wolves or some episodes of Cracker: Mind over Murder TV series. He died of a heroine overdose at the age of 49 years old.

4. John Belushi

The ruthless claws of drugs reached the Belushi family in 1982, when John, Jim Belushi’s brother, passed away due to a powerful combination of drugs and alcohol in a hotel room in Los Angeles. He was partying with other two cinema superstars and friends Robin Williams ?i Robert De Niro and chose to end the night in the company of a woman later found to be a drug dealer. John never made it to the next morning and cocaine, heroin and alcohol were mentioned related to his death. The woman was punished by the law, but this was a small compensation for the loss of John.

5. River Pheonix

This young rebel had himself a promising career in the entertainment industry, but he is also among the actors who died on an overdose, at the incredible age of 23 years old. Joaquin Phoenix’s brother died in 1993 when his life and his professional path were just blooming. He was supposed to perform on stage and before that, he stopped to take a “speedball”, the killer combination between cocaine and heroine that is responsible for many less famous deaths, but equally painful. He suffered a heart attack, although used to substance consumption but the ambulance and the doctors that rushed to his aid couldn’t save his life.

This world lost a lot of talented people to accidents and alcohol abuse. We lost musicians, actors and public figures and humanity lost brothers, husbands or best friends. In the memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman and all the actors who died on an overdose, we should enjoy their creations and make their legacy known.