March Movie Madness

By Stephfon Guidry

Whether you’re gearing up with friends to see a new take on a nostalgic prequel to Dorothy & Toto’s adventure in the land of OZ or ready for a thriller about contract killers and revenge, this Friday will bring out the crowds to the cinema.

oz-the-great-and-powerful-movie-poster-02The Great and Powerful OZ, directed by Sam Raimi (Spiderman Trilogy, Drag Me to Hell), starring James Franco (@JamesFrancoTV), Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, and Zach Braff as Oscar Diggs, the wizard, Theodroa, Glenda, Evanora, and Frank respectively. The story will tell the tale of how Oscar Diggs (James Franco) goes from lowly magician to either being a good man or a great powerful Wizard of Oz. The film’s trailers feature a visually fantastical world of color and will transport its viewers to the Land of Oz in a way never seen before courtesy of Director Sam Raimi. [LINK to Trailer]  The Great and Powerful Oz, comes from a musical legacy of “Somewhere over the Rainbow” epicly sung by Judy Garland and aims to please with  “Almost Home” by Legendary diva, American Idol Judge, Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) an mid-tempo ballad that captures the beauty and warmth of the movie in melody. Must See Movie!

HG Catching Fire posterIf following the yellow brick road bores you to tears then maybe watching Collin Ferrell and Terrance Howard blast each other and a town to bits in Dead Man Down. The story revolves around a hit-man  Colin Farrell (Seven Psychopaths), being seduced by a former victim, Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) of a New York City Crime boss, Terrance Howard (Movie 43). Chaos gunfights, explosions, plenty of action and passion will steam up and heat up the screen. If you are looking for your adrenaline fix then look no further.

Red Tails Flies into the Box Office Spot #2

By Stephfon Guidry

After critics both nation and internationally thought it would flop ‘Red Tails’ soars in box offices earnings with $19.1 million in the first three days, becoming the #2 movie in America to ‘Underworld: Awakening’. The $58 Million dollar historical box office earned its wings through the 23 year battle that the award-winning George Lucas endured. Red Tails fought the naysayers of having an all-African American cast with no “Great White Hope” saving the day. The film follows the monumental exploits of the men of the WWII Tuskegee Airmen and their fight for equality as well as freedom for this great nation.

The Cast of Red Tails is star-studded with Terrance Howard (Iron Man, The Best Man) and Cuba Gooding Jr. The story seemed to inspire the cast mates, Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry McGuire, Radio) and David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Help). David Oyelowo spoke to CNN about his experience researching the history of the film, “Having been born and raised in the UK, the notion of a “historically black college” is alien to me, but it seems they are born out of necessity; a necessity that I personally hope will not outlast my lifetime.” He seemed amazed with the history of the campus where it all began in Alabama. Oyelowo observed the pride and enthusiasm of the students at TU as the cast came to absorb the essence of their film and characters. His final thought rings true to the movie, “Dr. Roscoe Brown, who was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen and a consultant on the film, expressed the hope that our film will remind young people that it is “cool to be smart.” (CNN.com)

Red Tails is currently in theaters still making news over its controversial struggle to be produced based solely on the content of the color of its cast and not the power behind the story of its film.