The Revenant: A Favorite at the Oscars

The Revenant: A Favorite at the Oscars

The 88th Academy Awards are going to be held soon and everyone is really excited about it. After all, the Oscars is the mother of all awards and every artist would want to win one at least. Also, it is generally said that the ones who win at other award shows like the BAFTA, SAG, Golden Globes, etc. are favorites to take home an Oscar too. Well, but you never know when the jury of the Academy Awards throws in a surprise.

If they do manage to shock us with their winners, then no one will be as disappointed as Leonardo DiCaprio. Yes, the actor has taken home the Best Actor award at almost every award function this year, and will be heartbroken if he misses out on an Oscar. The film for which Leo won is The Revenant. His performance was highly appreciated and once the movie was out everyone claimed that the actor would win a lot of awards for it. In fact, when the trailer released, a lot of jokes were made on how Leo has even been mauled a bear and now he truly deserves

Top 10 Highest-Grossing Hollywood Films

Top 10 Highest-Grossing Hollywood Films

Hollywood movies are being watched by a lot of people not only in the United States of America, but in the entire world as well. Aside from the magnificent advanced effects incorporated in the films, the storyline is also one thing that movie lovers worldwide get excited about. In this regard, here are the newest and updated top 10 highest-grossing Hollywood films that you should know:

1. Avatar – This is an epic science fiction film under the direction of James Cameron. Cameron is also the brilliant writer of this highest-grossing movie. Its release date can be dated back in the year 2009. Such great movie was starred by Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, Michelle Rodriguez, and Stephen Lang. The total worldwide gross of Avatar is $2,787,965,087.

2. Titanic – This Hollywood movie was released in the year 1997, but there were still a lot of people who can’t get over with the tragic story of this film. It’s an epic romantic disaster Hollywood film mainly starred by Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. It’s another brilliant movie masterpiece of James Cameron.

Enjoying Movies Through The Best Service

Enjoying Movies Through The Best Service

The Internet has had a huge impact on the way audiences are able to watch their favorite films. Services that allow users to stream content to their computer or mobile device make it easier to find just the right film or show. Services that are available to use free of charge can provide you with the entertainment option you have been seeking without requiring you to pay to watch the latest movies and your favorite television shows.

Internet based services can differ considerably in terms of what they can provide for their audiences. Options that require users to open an account and provide personal details and information may not be the best resource. Choosing a service that allows you to begin watching content more quickly and easily could prove far more convenient.

Paying for movies and maintaining accounts that require monthly subscription costs is often more expensive than many users might realize. While such fees and costs are typically low, they can quickly add up. Services that can be utilized without having to pay offer a budget friendly alternative for those who love films and television shows.

Tips for Filming in Schools

Tips for Filming in Schools

You may find that choosing a career field or hobby in Chicago video recording and editing can lead you to all sorts of places. Being diverse is always a great trait for a videographer to have. If you find yourself in a project that involves filming at a school, you may find these 5 tips very handy:

  1. Define what your role is: Ask yourself what type of video will be shot. Will you be recording a game, play, concert, public announcement, principal message or something else educational? Knowing this will help you to categorize the project in order to know your involvement in the shooting and editing of the video. For instance, if you’ll be shooting for fun or profit, you and your crew will likely be doing the editing yourself. On the other hand, if you will be shooting an informational video, you and your crew will have to share the operation of the equipment with faculty and students.
  2. Come Prepared: This is a no brainer, but it must be said. Figure out the scope of the Chicago video shoot to determine what materials and equipment you’ll need to bring along. If you will be filming children other than your own,

Sitcom Characters Whose Singing Stole the Show

Sitcom Characters Whose Singing Stole the Show

Fans of classic sitcoms suffered the passing of one of the most memorable characters in the genre, as Mike Minor died on January 28, 2016. The actor, most widely-known for playing Steve Elliot on “Petticoat Junction,” was 75 years of age.

The role on the show, which was a spin off of both “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “Green Acres, cast Elliot as a crop dusting farmer who flew his very own plane. He also became romantically involved with two of the three Bradley sisters at the Shady Rest Hotel, starting with Billie Jo (played by Meredith MacRae) and ending with a marriage to Billie Jo (played by Linda Kaye Henning).

In addition to the aviation and romantic prowess, Minor’s character also showed himself to be an excellent singer. His voice resembled that of Frank Sinatra, so his singing served as a highlight on numerous episodes.

In remembrance of the actor who played Steve Elliot, here is a list of other “Minor” sitcom characters who proved to be vocally gifted on their shows.

Gomer Pyle from “The Andy Griffith Show”

Jim Nabors portrayed this simple minded garage mechanic who, much to Barney Fife’s disappointment,

What Makes Horror Movies Silly?

What Makes Horror Movies Silly?

Having always been a great fan of horror movies, I have to say that along with all the many thousands that I have enjoyed immensely, there have unfortunately been the occasional bad ones. You know the kind I am talking about: the ones where you think, how on earth did THIS ever get made?

Let me expand on this. Some horror movies are just plain silly. People do the most ridiculous things in them. Their actions are so unrealistic, so stupid – and so downright annoying – that you just feel like reaching for the OFF switch on your TV, or, worse, picking something up and hurling it at the screen in utter anger, as you feel cheated rather than entertained. Oh you stupid clot, you think, as you watch yet another far-fetched scene where a character – usually a teen – behaves in a fashion in which they just wouldn’t in real life.

Let me give you a few examples of such silly horror tropes. Picture the scene: a screaming teenage girl is fleeing from a house in which she has just witnessed the bloody slaughter of her boyfriend. As she stumbles outside the path,

Making a Murderer, Anonymous and Trial by Social Media

Making a Murderer, Anonymous and Trial by Social Media

The online audience is a powerful entity. We are now fairly accustomed to getting what we want. Companies ask for our input in creating the products we would like to see. We can customise our own t-shirts and mugs. We made a Veronica Mars movie happen, we revived Arrested Development, we bought a chunk of the Abel Tasman. Activism is literally at our fingertips. When we hashtag, it trends. When we speak, the decision-makers listen.

Now we would like to determine guilt and innocence.

A well informed public is not a bad thing. A politically active, vocal population is not a bad thing. Mob justice is a bad thing.

Netflix hit docu-soap Making a Murderer aims to point up corruption in the judicial system. It exposes systemic failures caused by human error and prejudice. It reminds us that the law is fallible when corruption is allowed to flourish. The problem here is that the public reaction was a desire to circumvent ‘the process’ altogether, exoneration by petition. We can’t determine guilt or innocence via public opinion, especially when we’re getting our information through a skewed source.

And in the age of change.org and KONY2012,

Family Movies

Family Movies

Who doesn’t love sitting down on the weekend, gathering the family together and watching a nice fun family movie – all for free online. It is possible to watch free movies and TV shows online for free, thanks to free movie streaming websites.

There are some very nice family movies available to watch online for free including

Lucky Dog – This movie was made in 2014 and runs for 1 hour and 28 minutes. Lucky Dog is just a wonderful movie that is suitable for your whole family. Lucky is owned by Travis (who is played by Bryce Johnson – from *Pretty Little Liars*) – he is a divorced father of two who is completely dedicated to his children, his job as an architect and to most of all his dog and best friend Lucky (who is voiced by actor David Deluise).

Everything is running smoothly until Travis starts dating Amber – a fellow architect (played by Boti Bliss from *CSI: Miami*). Lucky usually chases away all the women Travis dates but this time Lucky is in love too – with Amber’s dog – Amy (who is voiced by Cat Deely). Lucky decides he likes

Action Movies

Action Movies

Action movies can really get your heart pumping and to be able to watch free action movies online is great. Imagine being able to sit at home and watch free movies when you want any time of the day or night and without any lock-in contracts and without a cent to spend! It is possible. Some of the great b-grade action movies you can watch for free online are –

Almighty Thor – This movie is an action packed fantasy-adventure film that was released in 2011 and is a *mockbuster* that was made at the time to coincide with the release of the Marvel Studios film THOR. Only our young hero Thor (played by Cody Deal) can save the city of Valhalla destroyed by the demon god Loki (Played by Richard Grieco). Loki has stolen the hammer of invincibility and when Thor’s older brother and father are killed trying to retrieve the hammer Thor and Jarnsaxa (Played by Patricia Velasquez) – who has to train young Thor to fight Loki, embark on a journey to collect a sword and shield so he can face Loki in one final battle. When it looks like Thor is to be

Barber Shop: Their Own Style of Comedy

Barber Shop: Their Own Style of Comedy

If you take a look at the list of movies and TV shows releasing in the United States, and the ones that succeed, you will find that comedy dominates the list. People love to laugh, and as the world becomes more and more troubled – with global warming, terrorism, and crime on the rise – there is an ever-increasing need for films that distract people from these issues. Or help them deal with these issues in a way that does not send them crying with despair.

As the country has a large African American population, the number of movies catering to them, is also quite high. While there are a few dramatic and romantic movies in this space, a large number of them are comedy movies. And the actors who star in these movies are hugely popular and iconic figures in their own right. Think of Eddie Murphy who was fantastic in the Nutty Professor films, Norbit, and Beverly Hills Cop series. There is Queen Latifah who is almost equally popular for her comic timing and style. She has been in the Ice Age films, as the voice of Ellie, she has her own talk show, and

Brief History of Chester Cinemas

Brief History of Chester Cinemas

This is an article on the history of Chester’s cinemas. I myself worked in the Classic Chester in the projection box. Chester’s first full time cinema hall was the upper floor of what had been the Corn Exchange on Eastgate Street. This opened in 1909 and was leased to a Mr and Mrs Will Hunter. For a while it was known as the Corn Exchange cinema before becoming the Picturedrome. It closed in 1924. The Glynn Picture Hall opened in 1911 in Foregate Street. This stayed a silent cinema, not installing sound. This little cinema closed in 1931 and was at that time run by Gaumont British.

The Music Hall in St Werberg and Northgate Street ran films on a full time basis from 1915, opening with The Corsican Brothers. It was known as Music Hall Pictures until 1921; it was then altered and the screen was changed from the St Werberg side to the Northgate. It became the Music Hall, opening in November 1921 with Charles Chaplin in The Kid. It was the home of Chester’s first Talkie, The Singing Fool in 1929. It closed in 1961.

The Pat Collins Cinema De Luxe opened

Too Much Television Can Harm Your Child

Too Much Television Can Harm Your Child

He ties his towel around his neck and jumps off the sofa and then says, “Look mommy, I am superman”. You first reaction is how cute, but upon reflection you realize that this behavior will lead to other daring and unsafe deeds. Where did the desire to fly come from? As you ask the question, you remember the marathon of Superman movies your child viewed last week. Television imagery stays with your child and can influence his behavior.

Watching too much TV distorts a child’s reality. Sitting at a screen and taking in imagery after imagery of a pretend world distorts a child’s thinking. What this means for the child is a willingness to try to fly like Superman and do the many suggestive behavior observed that appeals to their psychological or emotional needs.

Experts support that aggressive behavior in children comes from a constant exposure to violent movies, shows, series, video games and or commercials. Repeatedly watching of actors hurting each other with guns, sharp objects, and body parts become a part of a child’s mental programing. Consequently, this built up aggression must have outlet and will manifest in leaping from furniture, physical altercation with

A Brief Insight Within the Realm of Movie Theaters

A Brief Insight Within the Realm of Movie Theaters

People have been going out to the theater to see movies for decades. It is a novel idea that has appeared to stand the tests of time even as our methodology of conducting our everyday lives has changed drastically, the urge to go to the movie theater is still very present. As an employee for a corporate movie theater I have witnessed numerous instances; instances that many do not even truly begin to acknowledge consciously when they make a decision to enjoy a film at the theater. There are indeed some marketing schemes at play when you attend a show at the movie theater, I will discuss some of these. I will also cover some usual quirks that occur when you are an employee at a highly trafficked movie theater.

Many people are under the impression that the movie theater industry is just some big bad monster in coercion with Hollywood to suck your wallet dry or to fill you with some poisonous notions of what life should be like. This impression is not entirely false, perhaps it is lacking some of the malicious intent that people may associate with this industry but in reality – business

Interstellar: An Epic Story With a Crisp Cinematography

Interstellar: An Epic Story With a Crisp Cinematography

Massive and spectacular are the two words that describe a movie like Interstellar. Being an avid Christopher Nolan fan, I was spellbound when I saw this movie. Nolan is famous for his out of the box creativity. Interstellar is one such journey that the viewer can take sitting at a place. Unimaginable shooting destinations, Nolan surprises us with his brilliance in using surroundings as an advantage. The narrative is progressive and has a slow pace. The music is by Hans Zimmer; another creative genius who has given music for every minute of emotion that is on the onscreen.

It starts with a story of a man named Cooper. An ex-NASA pilot striving hard to survive the post 21st-century era; who brings us hope and inspires us to dream of a future. Unaware of the circumstances, there is a little girl named Murf, who loves her daddy more than anything. Cooper’s family consists of his daughter, son, and father-in-law. Murf is the centre for Cooper’s journey in the movie. She complains to him that there is a ghost in her closet who keeps pushing an artefact. After several complaints, Cooper checks the dust in Murf’s room and discovers

The Media: Are Films Better Than The Mainstream Media When It Comes To Conditioning People?

The Media: Are Films Better Than The Mainstream Media When It Comes To Conditioning People?

For quite some time now, there has been one source that people look towards to be informed and another when they want to be entertained. This is not to say that someone thinks about one of these sources when they want to be informed/entertained, as it is likely to be something that just happens.

Over The Years

There is the chance that one has been exposed to these sources from a very young age, and this is why they want need to consciously think about them. Instead, they can simply look into what is taking place in the world, or see what films are out, for instance.

If, on the other hand, they needed to think about how they can find out what is taking place or how they can amuse themselves, they would need to use more energy. Once one of these needs arises, they can soon come into contact with what they desire.

One Experience

This could mean that one spends about as much time learning about what is taking place in the world as they do being distracted from it. In this case, one could have a reasonable understanding when it comes to what is going on, and when it comes

Movie Review of ‘South Side With Me’

Movie Review of ‘South Side With Me’

I was so pleasantly delighted to watch a romance movie without people taking off their clothes. The movie, ‘South Side With Me’ was about when our current president and his wife met. Barack and Michelle Obama were portrayed gracefully as two intelligent, caring people of color.

So many movies portray people as not being capable of manners or restraint. This one had real thought put into it. The topics discussed had substance.

Regardless of political views, I believe Mr. And Mrs. Obama are good people. I believe most politicians initially began with a passion for their communities and wanting to make a difference. It’s never too late to give back to the place you came from.

One scene was set at a housing community disgruntled about being rejected on a proposal. The character gave a speech that I loved. He helped them understand how to turn a disappointment into a possibility. The actor had Mr. Obama’s mannerisms and way of talking perfected. It sounded just like the man himself.

Michelle has always been a very classy woman. The movie only focused on their first date and did not go into the years that followed.

Five of Classic TV’s Most Memorable Food Markets

Five of Classic TV’s Most Memorable Food Markets

Going into a store and hand-picking the items you want are mundane acts we perform weekly, if not daily. That freedom, now taken for granted, is a relatively new concept.

Shoppers did not have that option until exactly one hundred years ago, when the first self-serve grocery store opened in Memphis, Tennessee in September of 1916. Before that, customers had to request their items from a clerk.

Since then, grocery stores not only expect their shoppers to pick their own items, but also offer lanes for them to self-scan without having to interact with a single employee. The latter concept has still not caught on with most folks, who still prefer the human contact during the transaction.

That human contact is what makes some grocery stores a part of the settings of classic television shows, from back in the days of the town general store to the modern phenomenon of the convenience store. Here are five famous places where TV sitcom characters regularly purchase their groceries, and the shows on which they are found.

Olsen’s from Little House on the Prairie

Nels (played by Richard Bull), father of the mischievous Willie and snobbish

Sitcom Characters Who Dared To Take On The Job Of Substitute Teacher

Sitcom Characters Who Dared To Take On The Job Of Substitute Teacher

Tuition for the kids needs to be paid. The insurance rates just reached nearly three hundred a month. Christmas shopping has now begun, just one more huge subtraction from my monthly check.

The hundred dollar per day rate, I admit, was tempting. After serious contemplation, I concluded that it simply was not enough compensation for the stress created by that particular line of work.

Last week a former colleague informed me that the local vocational school had increased its pay to one hundred and twenty dollars per day, thereby prompting me to give it further consideration. After one single day of contemplation, I had to admit that it simply was not enough money to expose myself to the terror of being a substitute teacher.

I would have to live without that supplement to my monthly pension, and it would allow me to keep the leisure time I currently enjoyed. Too much of that luxury I spend watching TV, mostly court settings and reruns of popular shows I watched in my younger days.

Some of those sitcoms featured episodes in which one of the regular characters undertook that job I am so reluctant to accept.

Films: Are Films Created To Condition People?

Films: Are Films Created To Condition People?

If one wants to take it easy, they could decide to go and see a film or to watch one at home. This could also be something that they will do if they have some free time, with this being seen as a good way to spend it.

Education

Alternatively, they might have the desire to find out about something that took place in the past. Perhaps they are studying history and need to find out about what occurred during a certain period of time.

It can be a lot easier to watch a film than to do endless research, and it can be far more fulfilling. Still, one will only be able to take this route if a film has been made that covers what they are looking for.

The Downside

Yet, even if they do find a film that covers what they are studying, it doesn’t mean that it will make their life easier. For one thing, the film might not reflect what actually took place, and this can mean that it is primary purpose is to entertain people.

Therefore, if one was to reference what they see in