So, I made it back from my trip to New York on Friday and I had a blast there! It was definitely cool getting to see some of the places I’ve seen in movies and TV shows. Here are a few pics I took while there:
Hello everyone! Sorry for the lack of reviews lately. I’ve been very busy the past few weeks. I’m the maid of honor in a wedding (which is actually today!) and so I’ve been busy with that and I’ve been planning my trip to New York City, which I leave to go to tomorrow morning! I’m really excited to go to the place where so many movies have been filmed and so many songs are written about. I’ve been aware of this really cool thing that people do where they print out a picture from a movie and hold the picture up to the real place that they are at in that moment. On my personal Instagram account I will be posting these kinds of pictures while on my trip and I will be posting the pictures on here as well.
Here’s an example of what I’m talking about:
I did go see The Conjuring last week, so when I get back from my trip expect a review!
Warning: Contains spoilers
Now You See Me is a crime/thriller/magician movie released May 31. The film is directed by Louis Leterrier. It is rated PG-13 for language, some action, and some sexual content. The film has a 7.5 out of 10 on IMDb.com and a 48% on Rotten Tomatoes.
When I first saw the trailer for this film I definitely knew I was going to see it and it did not disappoint. I really liked this film. It has a great cast (Woody Harrelson is one of my favorite actors) and interesting story. Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine also have parts in this film; Michael Caine also appeared in The Prestige, which is also a magic-themed film.
The story revolves around four magicians, J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg), Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson), Henley Reeves (Isla Fisher), and Jack Wilder (Dave Franco). The group are brought together (mysteriously) and end up becoming known as The Four Horseman. The group is sponsored by Arthur Tressler (Michael Caine). For the finale at their performance in Las Vegas, the Four Horseman invite a man from the audience to help with their last trick–rob a bank. The man is teleported to a bank in Paris and the money is then vacuumed up by an air duct that ends up “raining” down on the crowd at the show in Vegas.
FBI agent, Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) is partnered up with Interpol agent, Alma Dray (Melanie Laurent) to investigate the robbery. The Four Horseman are taken into custody and interrogated, but are eventually released. Dylan meets with ex-magician Thaddeus Bradley (Morgan Freeman). Thaddeus makes a living out of revealing magician’s secrets behind the tricks they perform. Thaddeus believes that the Four Horseman actually stole the money before the show and somehow tricked the audience into believing it all happened in real time.
The Four Horseman’s next show is in New Orleans; Dylan, Alma, and Thaddeus attend. The finale for this show involves stealing money out of Arthur’s bank account and giving it to members of the audience. Dylan attempts to arrest the Four Horseman, but they get away. Alma does some research on the Four Horseman and learns about a secret society of magicians called “The Eye” and she suggests to Dylan that all this might somehow be connected to the magician Lionel Shrike that was exposed by Thaddeus and that Lionel was so embarrassed by being exposed that he attempted a underwater stunt and drowned.
The Four Horseman’s last performance is in New York City. Before the performance, Dylan and Alma find the Four Horseman’s secret hideout. Jack is there. He escapes and a car chase ensues. However, Jack’s car ends up flipping over and explodes. At this point, it begins to look like Alma might actually be involved with the Four Horseman; she definitely seems suspicious. The Four Horseman have targeted a particular safe which has been under surveillance by another FBI team that has taken over the case. The safe is intercepted, but is found empty. Dylan begins to suspect there must be a fifth member of the Four Horseman, thinking that Alma or Bradley are in on it.
The Four Horseman (which consist of only J. Daniel, Henley, and Merritt at this point) are almost arrested, but they jump from the rooftop of 5 Pointz and seem to turn into money (the money from the safe) that again “rains” down on the crowd. However, it is discovered that the money is actually fake; pictures of the Four Horseman appear on the money. Thaddeus, returning to his car, discovers that it is filled with the real, stolen money. He is then arrested and taken to prison. While there, Dylan visits him and it is revealed how each trick was performed. Here comes the big reveal: Dylan is the fifth member of the Four Horseman. Dylan is the mysterious person that brought together the Four Horseman in the beginning, he is the mastermind behind everything.
Dylan leaves the prison and meets up with the Four Horseman (Jack is there too; he faked his death earlier) and they are surprised to learn he is the one behind it all. He initiates them into The Eye. Later, Dylan visits France where he meets up with Alma. He reveals he is the son of Lionel Shrike. He came up with the Four Horseman idea to get revenge on those that were the cause for his father’s humiliation and death. Dylan admits to being in love with Alma and Alma decides not to turn Dylan in.
I have to admit, the reveal that Dylan was behind it all did surprise me; I really didn’t see it coming. Of course, looking back on the film, I feel like I should have been able to figure it out. I can’t wait to be able to watch this movie again and it will be interesting to see if I can pick out certain moments that might hint at Dylan being behind everything since I now know that he is the mysterious benefactor. Another thing, when Jack gets into the accident I kind of had a feeling that he somehow wasn’t really dead. Especially considering just before the car flips, Jack smiles and says something along the lines of “A-ha!” And now looking back on that scene, he reacts that way because he knows he outsmarted the FBI and that the plan is working out. This film really kept me engrossed throughout. The acting is great, although Jesse Eisenberg still has that somewhat annoying persona that he tends to have in some of his other films. Sometimes when I see movies I check the time just to get an idea of how long the movie has been playing, but with this film I didn’t do that once; I didn’t care about how long the film had been playing because I didn’t want it to end. If you like magic/caper type films, I highly suggest you watch this film.
A quote that is said in the film, “The more you look, the less you see,” really fits well with the whole plot of the film. As the audience you are looking closely (in my case, really thinking that Alma and/or Thaddeus were involved somehow), but you end up seeing less (Dylan, the least likely to be involved, actually is responsible to everything).
I was a bit bored earlier today and started looking through some of my old VHS tapes (yes, I still have VHS tapes & a VCR) and I came across a classic rom-com from 1998: “You’ve Got Mail” I popped that baby into my VCR and began to re-watch it (it’d been a few years since I’d seen it).
Reuniting “Sleepless in Seattle” co-stars Tom Hanks & Meg Ryan, the film “You’ve Got Mail” is a great lighthearted romantic comedy. The character of Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) is a small business owner; she runs a small bookstore that her mother use to own. Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) is the owner of a large chain of bookstores. The two of them chat online getting to know each other really well despite the fact that the two of them are in relationships. As the audience we know that it is the two of them communicating, but in the universe of the movie, they remain anonymous online. Joe’s big chain of bookstores is set to open a new store right by Kathleen’s little bookstore. The threat of her having to possibly close down shop starts to become a reality. Eventually the two characters meet and become rivals. They still don’t know that they are the ones that have been communicating online. I won’t say much more not to give away everything that happens in the movie, but the movie has quite a bit of funny moments. Is it predictable? Yes, but aren’t all romantic/rom-com movies? And the movie is somewhat dated considering no one uses dial-up anymore and at the time of the film’s release e-mail was a new, interesting thing. The movie is two hours long and is a good movie to watch with girlfriends (it is a chick flick) or as a date movie.
Last tidbit…One of my favorite scenes is at the beginning when we see Kathleen and Joe beginning their mornings in wonderful New York City while the song “Dreams” by The Cranberries (great song) is playing, and we see both of them cross paths numerous times without even knowing that they are the ones that have been chatting online. It just goes to show you that you could totally walk right by the person you could end up with someday! After all, everyone we are now friends with were just strangers at one time!