I know we usually talk about movies to RENT but I’m taking a break from that to make sure EVERYONE is aware of THIS:
5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available on DVD APRIL 5TH! As in NEXT FREAKING WEEK! If you haven’t already preordered it, you can do so now. We bought it for my daughter since her birthday is coming up but everyone in my house is about to pee their pants over it. Continue reading →
I started compiling a list of my favorite 2015 movies, but it was really lame. I got bored just writing it so I can’t imagine how much it would suck for the poor person reading it. The last thing anyone wants right now is another dry Top 10 List, right? I have one, which I will post at the end of this, but it actually excluded some of the coolest theater experiences I had this year. That’s why I decided to compile a list of The Best, Worst and Weirdest of 2015 Film. Continue reading →
My niece Caroline came to visit recently and was gushing about a movie she’s dying to see. It was something about a woman who goes searching for her twin sister in a real-life area of Japan called The Suicide Forest, but that’s all I remember. Honestly, I was overwhelmed with Star Wars: The Force Awakens fever at the time so I really only heard about 35% of what she said. Here I am though, only a few weeks later, getting REALLY excited about The Forest.
This film stars Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2) as Sara, a woman whose twin sister (also played by Dormer) goes missing in Japan’s Aokigahara Forest. It’s known as The Suicide Forest because of the number of people who go there each year, to kill themselves (it’s 2nd only to the San Francisco Bridge in annual suicides). Legends claim that the woods are haunted and that not everyone who entered at the base of Mount Fuji actually planned to kill themselves. It’s just what happened, after the spirits got to them.
Even the stars of the film were overwhelmed by the Aokigahara Forest. Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire) plays Sara‘s friend Aiden, and he got a little freaked out when his compass and cell-phone stopped working. Plus, the remains of some of the people who took their lives are still there, scattered amongst the trees. Director Jason Zada said guides who took him into the forest rubbed salt on their backs, so the souls of those left there couldn’t ride them out. Zada rubbed salt on his back too, just in case.
It sounds like great material, but will The Forest be a great movie? Find out for yourself by printing out THIS PASS and then watch the trailer for The Forest below. DON’T FORGET: This pass will get you and a guest in for free but it DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOUR SEAT. Get there early or your date might want to drag YOU into a haunted forest!
Actors Wes Chatham and Evan Ross were in town recently to promote their new movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (as if that needs promoting) and I got to chat with them. Ross and Chatham play Messalla and Castor, members of Katniss’ crew and they’re truly lovely and interesting dudes. Chatham became a playwright when he was still in high school and later joined the military to become an aviation firefighter. He’s a family-man who just announced his wife’s second pregnancy, which you can read about in this People Magazine article.
Evan Ross is a talented actor and musician. He’s also married to Ashlee Simpson AND is the son of Diana Ross. You’d never guess it when talking to him though, because he’s SO down to Earth. Ross and Chatham became close friends with castmate Elden Henson (who plays Pollux) while filming and they call themselves The 3 Amigos. I poached this pic from Evan’s Instagram…hope he doesn’t mind.
Listen below to hear Wes Chatham and Evan Ross talk about filming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and what it’s like to travel with an icon’s son. (Thanks to the other members of the DFW Film Critics Association who were also present for the interview.)
I didn’t go to the WFAA studios this week for my review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, the way I usually do. No, this time we did something totally different and met at Group Dynamix in Carrolton. They usually offer Team Building Adventures but Paige McCoy Smith was there this week to talk about their new Bow Tag games. It’s kind of like dodgeball, but with bows and arrows instead of balls. Oh don’t worry, the arrows have little bean-bags on the tips so no one actually dies. Click HERE to watch Paige talk to the Group Dynamix folks about Bow Tag, THEN watch my review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. Man, I can’t believe the whole series is over. (sniff)
I felt pretty sad when I walked out of the theater today, after watching The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. It was similar to the sadness I felt when I finished the final Hunger Games book, but THEN I thought, “Well, at least I have the movies to look forward to.”