Absentia (2011)

Tricia’s husband, Daniel, has been missing for 7 years. Her younger sister, Callie, comes to live with her as the pressure mounts to finally declare him ‘dead in absentia.’ As Tricia sits through the wreckage and tries to move on with her life, Callie finds herself drawn to an omnious tunnel near the house that might also be connected to other neighborhood disappearances. Soon it becomes clear that the ancient force at work in the tunnel might have set its sight on Callie and Tricia . . . and that Daniel might be suffering a fate far worse than death in its grasp.

Starring newcomers Katie Parker (“Cut”), Courtney Bell (“The Figure”) and Dave Levine (“Chasing Happines”), “Absentia” goes against horror movie sterotypes. Once you think you know how the rest of the movie is going to play out, you’re thrown a plot twist that will change your way of thinking.

With a budget of only $70,000, “Absentia” premiered at the Fargo Film Festival with great reviews. “Absentia” went on to win numerous awards, including Best Actress (Katie Parker and Courtney Bell) and Best Actor (Dave Levine), Best Horror Feature Film at the Shriekfest and Best Thrill Award at Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival.

I’m not the type of person that gets easily scared at movies, but there were a few scenes that made me put my finger on the channel button on the remote. I would even go as far as to say that “Absentia” had a sort of “Paranormal Activity” feel to it in the way that it was filmed. Once you get used to the way the film was shot and you actually get involved in the storyline, its a movie that you’ll have to watch until the very the end.

Absentia is latin for ‘in the absence.’ In legal use, absentia means a trial at which the defendant is not physically present. In the movie “Absentia,” absentia is referring to ‘death in absentia,’ which is a legal declaration that a person is deceased in the absence of their remains.

In other words, if a person goes missing and they are never found for an extended time, then they are presumed dead. Amelia Earhart, Jimmy Hoffa and Natalee Holloway are examples of people whose deaths were declared ‘death in absentia.’ They went missing and they were unfortunately never found, alive or dead.

A New Twist to Classic Fairy Tales

I know I’m behind on my posts, and I know today is “Summer Reading List” day, but I’ve decided to change things up a bit. I’ve decided to add some variety to this blog, so work with me here on my somewhat slow pace.

And don’t worry I will continue to have a “Guilty Pleasure” day, and my music day will continue to be on Fridays.

In addition, I plan to increase the number of posts I make a week. This week there will be five posts starting with: Cinderfella.

No, not Cinderella, Cinderfella. A revamping of the classic fairy tale with a gay twist.

If you like fairy tales, happily-ever-after endings, equaility and music videos, then this is the video to watch.

There’re a few celebrity cameos as well. Can you pick them out?

To keep to the fairy tale theme, here are a few showcases in the new “Diasterland” exibit at the La Luz De Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles. Some of Disney’s most recognizable characters are portrayed in some unlikely predicaments.

And some are protrayed in some same-sex cliches.

To see more exhibitions from “Diasterland,” check out laluzdejesus.com. Click on ‘Current Exhibitions,’ then click on the picture of Bambi.

If you still can’t find it, click on ‘Previous Exhibitions,’ then go down until you see the dates August 3 – 26, and then click on the picture of Bambi. And enjoy!

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Forget “The Amazing Spider-Man.” And if you haven’t seen “Marvel’s The Avengers” yet, you might as well wait to see it when it comes on DVD.

This Friday will mark the end of an era; the Christopher Nolan’s Batman series era. Batman will fight his last villan in this kickass, action-packed thriller that is sure to not disappoint.

It has been eight years since Batman vanished into the night, turning, in that instant, from hero to fugitive. Assuming the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent, the Dark Knight sacrificed everything for what he and Commissioner Gordon both hoped was the greater good. For a time the lie worked, as criminal activity in Gotham City was crushed under the weight of the anti-crime Dent Act. But everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burglar with a mysterious agenda. Far more dangerous, however, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham drive Bruce out of his self-imposed exile. But even if he dons the cape and cowl again, Batman may be no match for Bane.. — (C) Warner Bros.

Starring returning cast members Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne aka Batman, Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, “The Dark Knight Rises” introduces three new characters, Bane, Portrayed by Tom Hardy, Selina Kyle aka Catwoman, portrayed by Anne Hathaway, and John Blake, portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

In addition, Cillian Murphy will be reprising his role as Jonathan Crane, who was in “Batman Begins,” not “The Dark Knight.”

Although I do expect “The Dark Knight Rises” to be one of the Summer’s box office hits, I” still not sure how it will do in comparison to “The Dark Knight.” Since this will be the last Batman movie (by Christopher Nolan anyway), I kind of expect “The Dark Knight Rises” to be more successful than “The Dark Knight.”

But then again, for me, what really made “The Dark Knight” such a great movie were the amazing actors that brought the characters to life.  With “The Dark Knight Rises,” some of those same actors are returning, but there are some additions.  And I’m just curious to find out if the new actors can leave up to the expectations of the roles they’re portraying.

Hardy (“Inception”), Hathaway (“The Devil Wears Prada”) and Gordon-Levitt (“Inception” as well) are all great actors, so I don’t expect them to do a bad job.  In fact, I expect them to do a pretty damn good job, especially since I’ve seen some of the other movies they’ve been in before “The Dark Knight Rises.”

I haven’t seen “The Dark Knight Rises” yet and I know it will never happen, but I will always wonder how different this movie would be if Heath Ledger were still with us.  He did a phenomenal job as the Joker, and he was one our greatest, youngest actors.  If he had lived, he sure would have been in a couple dozen movies by now with a handful of awards.  He was THAT good.

Well, it looks like my Summer started with “Marvel’s The Avengers,” and it’s about to end with “The Dark Knight Rises.”

If you ask me, this is one hell of a Summer.

Enjoy the Movie!  And eat some popcorn for me!


Magic Mike

June is going to be a good month for movies. “Teen Wolf” premieres at the beginning of June, and “Magic Mike” premieres at the end of June.

“Magic Mike” is based on Tatum’s stripper past before he became one of Hollywoods’ A-List actors. The film follows Mike (Tatum) as he takes a young dancer (Pettyfer) under his wing to train him in the fine arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money.

This may sound a little biased, but I don’t think I can turn down a movie with some of the hottest guys in Hollywood. There’s Channing Tatum (Magic Mike), Alex Pettyfer (The Kid), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas), Matt Bomer (Ken), Adam Rodriguez (character unknown) and Joe Manganiello (Big Dick Richie).

Based on these screenshots, I don’t think anything will keep me from seeing this movie in theaters.

Tatum (Magic Mike) & Pettyfer (The Kid)

Bomer (Ken), Tatum (Magic Mike), Rodriguez, & Manganiello (Big Dick Richie)

Pettyfer (The Kid), McConaughey (Dallas), & Tatum (Magic Mike)

Until it hits theaters on June 29, here’s the trailer for one of the soon-to-be male-tastic films of the summer for both female and male demographics.