#HappyBirthday #Prescott, #Ariz. & #AZAthletics Final Event

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor

CHANDLER, ARIZ. – After venturing through the city of Prescott, Ariz. my friend, Mark and I decided it was a great day to celebrate the birthday of Arizona’s Territorial Capitol. Prescott celebrated 150 years or a sesquicentennial this week.

From a video of the historical museum of the city I learned that the town was named after William Hickland Prescott. I also learned that at the infamous Whiskey Row cowboys and miners would have a drink at each bar along the row. I also learned that early on in the history of the city there were several fires due to oil lamps.

The University of Arizona Athletic Department wrapped up their four-stop tour of the state in Prescott as well. Mark and I – both alumni of the university – were going mostly to check out the event, but ended up enjoying our time in the city of Prescott as well.

The Mayor of Prescott decreed the city to be “Wildcat Country.” Then the coaches of the Men’s Basketball program (Sean Miller), the Football program (Rich Rodriguez) and the Women’s Basketball program (Niya Butts) – and Athletic Director Greg Byrne – spoke about the future of their respective athletic programs and answered questions from alumni, like Mark.

Coach Miller was particularly excited about one recruit  from California. He said he was an incoming freshman who won four consecutive years in high school at the highest division. He said that has maybe only ever been done once before. He also talked about the renovations to the basketball arena, McKale Center.

Coach Rodriguez talked about the new locker room facilities for players and mentioned how in the past the facilities used to be a bit of an embarrassment, but now they stand as some of the tops in the Pacific Coast 12 Conference.

Athletic Director Byrne answered questions about television packages, especially pertaining to the Prescott area.

All speakers/coaches drew applause and some laughs when they spoke to a packed conference room at the Hassayampa Inn near downtown.

We got there in the early afternoon and toured the historical museum and the Governor’s Mansion. The tour lent itself to a myriad of great photographs! The weather was also a nice escape from the heat of the Valley of the Sun.

 

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Movie Review: ‘Divergent’

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor

The film Divergent took a look at what Shailene Woodley would be like as a chick who is tough as nails.

Divergent opens in a futuristic Chicago landscape, post what appears to be an epic war that took place. Many of Chicago’s landmark buildings are badly damaged from the war. There is an eerie sense of dystopia when we see this world. We fear it. We know it could be very real if World Leaders (or even a single radical) play fast and lose with the rules of human decency and let another war of Worldly proportions.

Ms. Woodley stars along side Theo James, Kate Winslet and others who make up a great cast in this film. The characters have irony and drama written all over their faces.

We find out early on the plot and eventual outcome of this movie, but that does not detract from the greatness of this movie.

There are different sectors that the community has divided itself into to live. There are the truth-tellers, the helpers of man, the army and police, the homeless and I may be forgetting one or two sectors.

What is divergent? Divergent is when someone who is young takes a test to determine their best sector and isn’t given a clear result.

Where does the drama in this movie come from? It comes from Ms.  Winslet’s character wanting to hunt and destroy all Divergent people.

We are rooting for Ms. Woodley when she goes to take her test to have a clear result, but alas she is given a Divergent path with multiple results. She then chooses to work and train with the army sector — convenient since she’ll need those skills later to thwart the plan to destroy her kind.

I personally really enjoyed this film and will once again let this movie speak for itself, so below is some information from the movie Website IMDb.

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Divergent (2014)

 139 min  – Genres: Adventure | Romance | Sci-Fi  – 21 March 2014 (USA)
IMDb Users rating:

  7.5/10
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 54,324 users   Metascore: 48/100 
Reviews: 295 user | 258 critic | 38 from Metacritic.com

In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.

Director:

Neil Burger

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Evan Daugherty (screenplay), Vanessa Taylor(screenplay), 1 more credit »

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Director: Gary Ross
Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
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Theo James Theo James
Ashley Judd Ashley Judd
Jai Courtney Jai Courtney
Ray Stevenson Ray Stevenson
Zoë Kravitz Zoë Kravitz
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Set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, teenagers have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another – for the rest of their lives. Tris Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone. Then Tris and her fellow faction-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to live out the choice they have made. They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests, that transform them all. But Tris has a secret that she is Divergent, which means she doesn’t fit into any one group. If anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. As she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, this secret might help her save the people she loves… or it might destroy her. Written by anonymous

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Taglines:

One choice can transform you See more »


Genres:

Adventure | Romance | Sci-Fi


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Divergent See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$54,607,747 (USA) (21 March 2014)

Gross:

$143,008,971 (USA) (6 May 2014)

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Company Credits

Show detailed company contact information on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

139 min

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1

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Trivia

Theo James did all of his own fight stunts with no stunt double. See more »


Goofs

When Jeanine speaks to Tris in the Dauntless passage, Tris’ hair covers the cut on her ear. When the camera switches to the close-up, the wound is revealed and her hair is behind her ear. This switches throughout the scene. See more »


Quotes

Four: You alright?
Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior: You cut me.
Four: I meant to.
Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior: You meant to?
Four: You think he’s going to let you off without a scratch? You’d still be standing there if I hadn’t hit you.
Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior: So am I supposed to thank you?
Four: You’re supposed to be smart. If I wanted to hurt you, I would’ve.
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Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #51.14 (2014) See more »


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Produced by Jacknife Lee
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Movie Review: ‘Rio 2’

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor

‘Rio 2’ is a great children’s cartoon! It has music, colors and a happy-ending story line (sorry, should have said spoiler alert). This film makes you happy from the opening credits until the conclusion.

There is the obvious rise and fall of the action to fit a standard children’s tale, but there are some adult themes to keep the grown-ups interested too.

From the beginning we are given big musical numbers and great visual effects to give our eyes a treat. The movie opens in Rio de Janeiro and takes the audience and the birds and a cast of other characters to the Amazon.

The movie stars the voices of Jesse EisenbergAnne HathawayJemaine Clement as well as George Lopez and Bruno Mars, among others.

What the movie didn’t lack was a sense of appeal for both parents and children. There were themes that could appeal to all.

Blu’s character, played by Eisenberg, was a loveable neat-freak who was overly concerned with all the dangers of the jungle. He took paranoia to a new extreme and it was funny.

Hathaway voiced Blu’s wife Jewel. Jewel, a wild bird, had no problem fitting in to the Amazon as it was her home.

We meet Jewel’s family and ex-macaw beau who poses a bit of a threat to Blu’s manliness — again funny.

The movie has sweet moments and fun moments for the kids too. There’s a soccer match that is sure to capture the hearts of young boys the world over.

There’s not enough good things to say about this film, but mostly I’ll let the film speak for itself like a parrot, so go see it.

Items from IMDb:

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The movie’s protagonist character Blu is a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota. He met the fiercely independent Jewel and takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams in the first movie.

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake T. Austin
Fernando (voice)
Carlinhos Brown
Audition Bird (voice)
Kristin Chenoweth
Gabi (voice)
Jemaine Clement
Nigel (voice)
Jim Conroy
Capoeira Turtle (voice)
Rachel Crow
Carla (voice)
Bernardo de Paula
Carnival Barker / Blue Sentry (voice)
Nola Donkin
Opera Bird (voice)
Jesse Eisenberg
Blu (voice)
Miguel Ferrer
Big Boss (voice)
Jamie Foxx
Nico (voice)
Pierce Gagnon
Tiago (voice)
Andy Garcia
Eduardo (voice)
Jeffrey Garcia
Spoonbill / Perl (voice)
Bebel Gilberto
Eva (voice)

Storyline

“It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they’re hurtled Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blue tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful …”

Written by TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

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Genres:

Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family


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Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site [Brazil] | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

11 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rio 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Brazil See more »


Box Office

Budget:

$103,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$39,327,869 (USA) (11 April 2014)

Gross:

$107,361,821 (USA) (6 May 2014)

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

101 min

Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1

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In Serbia, Felipe is dubbed by a famous rapper Ajs Nigrutin, and main bad guy is voice-played by football player Savo Milosevic. See more »


Quotes

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Jewel: We are not people, we’re birds. We have to get out into the wild and be birds, Blu.
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Movie Review: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor

Delightfully quirky is the best way to describe this Wes Anderson picture. If a picture paints a thousand words and a thousand pictures are in this film then how many words does that mean this review has to be?

The plot thickens quickly in this strange comedy that takes place in a town that is – I believe – a metaphor for the Swiss Alps. Ralph FiennesF. Murray AbrahamMathieu Amalric all play starring roles in this film – so not huge names, but do we ever expect the cast to overshadow the story with a movie from Mr. Anderson?! 

This film comes in at exactly 100 minutes and doesn’t let you miss a step. If you must go to the rest room go before or after the film otherwise you may be a bit confused. Every scene is drenched with ironic comedy and dark humor.

Here is the synopsis from IMDb: “The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.”

Here’s a more full description: “GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.” Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

The picture is rated R for language, some sexual content and violence. | What makes this film interesting is it never lets us, the audience, miss a beat. It’s like if a friend was telling you a story that you were hooked in on and if you missed a single word you wouldn’t understand what was happening next.

So far, according to IMDb, during opening weekend the film made $811,166 (USA) (7 March 2014) and in gross cash the movie has made $51,909,825 (USA) (6 May 2014).

A bit of trivia from IMDb is that Jeff Goldblum plays Vilmos Kovacs, a tribute to cinematographers László Kovács andVilmos Zsigmond.

A goof from the film is when Serge X. is serving the guests at the reading of Madame D.’s will, he is standing still in one shot, serving ice in the next and then again standing still as he was prior to serving the ice, according to IMDb.

Here’s a memorable quote from the movie courtesy of IMDb: “Mr. Moustafa: To be frank, I think his world had vanished long before he ever entered it – but, I will say: he certainly sustained the illusion with a marvelous grace!”

STAY FOR THE CREDITS: Near the end of the credits, an animated figure does a Russian dance, according to IMDb – I wouldn’t know because I left after the credits began rolling, so stay and check it out for yourself – I hope it is worth your while.

Movie Review: ‘Draft Day’

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor

Draft Day‘ with Kevin Costner, Chadwick Boseman and Jennifer Garner was about football — in a word. The film was excellent in another word. It was fun and funny. It had a few heavy moments mixed in like a great bag of nuts.

The cast was spot on for their parts and I couldn’t have asked for a better performance from Denis Leary, but his character wasn’t nearly as dead-pan funny as I would’ve hoped.

What brought this film together nicely was the sense of urgency, the drama. It was a guy sports movie, but it had a baby-element and a love interest for a date night movie too.

It was a good flick and I would highly recommend the film. What you couldn’t say about the movie though is that it was perfect. It fumbled a few times. It dragged on in parts where they could have shortened it a bit. We got that there was wheeling-and-dealing going on by Mr. Costner’s character.

Ms. Garner’s character brought a sense of reason and order to an otherwise chaotic football exec (Costner’s character). She was also with the Cleveland Brown’s franchise and wanted to help make his life and his job easier; but there were times where those two crazy kids didn’t seem like they’d make it.

The clock is a metaphor for the movie. As the time in the game clock to lock in their draft picks goes down so too does the clock on this short, 109 minute picture. The attention span of sports fans is short – I presume – so I also presume that’s why the length of the film is shorter.

Mr. Leary’s Head Coach character decides to break the mold and challenge Mr. Costner’s character at every turn. What you don’t know is that they really and metaphorically are on the same team.

SPOILER ALERT: This is a Disney-esq movie and everything works out happy in the end. No surprises here. Even from the beginning we are fully aware that this will be the outcome.

If there is anything else you want to know about this movie just email me @ gilbertgumption@gmail.com … thanks for reading.

Movie Review: ‘Transcendence’

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor

The movie ‘Transcendence’ takes the audience on a cerebral journey through the ethics and perils of artificial intelligence or A.I. The film runs about 120 minutes and has mixed reviews.

I personally am still making up my mind on whether or not I like the movie. It was a fascinating look at how everything would play out in a future scenario where technology ruled the world. I am not pro or con when it comes to A.I., but I am a fan of technology in moderation – not ruling the world.

What shall humans do if we ever lose control of our planet to the machine inside ourselves the movie posits. Johnny Depp explores this character very well as Dr. Will Caster.

The movie makes sense and is fairly linear in it’s plot line, but I’m not sure I like the ending — it leaves a little to be desired in the way of a conclusion, but hey maybe that was the director’s intent.

What doesn’t make sense in this movie is how they could have tailored this any more perfectly to me. It began in Berkley, Calif. one of my favorite places (even though I’ve never been) and had Sunflowers, one of my favorite flowers (because they remind me of my grandparents’ farm in Kansas).

‘Transcendence’ certainly takes the audience on a journey worth seeing, but I’m not sure you’ll leave the theatre fully satisfied.

I like movies that make you think as much as the next college graduate, but I am also not one for heavy dramas which this film was.

What can we do if technology comes for us, well the movie and I both agree — we fight back, no questions asked. This Earth was here for organic life first and should remain that way.

We can do a lot of amazing things with technology – take this blog for example, but we must heed the warning signs.

Movie Review: ‘The Other Woman’

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor

I saw ‘The Other Woman’ the other day and it was a fantastic rom-com. It had a great appeal for the masses. Kate Upton brought in the younger crowd, Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz brought in a slightly older crowd. And the attractive male lead and secondary were for the ladies viewing pleasure.

The guilty pleasure for men was the obvious slow-mo running scene of Ms. Upton. The lack of subtlety did not distract too much from the movie-going experience.

Everyone could enjoy this film because there were high and low-brow jokes. There was also a deep connection developed between audience and the characters – they were relatable in other words.

Ms. Mann played the same washed up, whinny role she played in ‘This is 40’ but hey who am I to say change a good thing once you’ve got it. As far as Ms. Diaz brought the heat. She was fierce with a capital ‘F’.

The movie was more than funny or one with great little nuggets of wisdom. It explored a wide array of human emotion and took a cerebral look in to the human mind and how it deals with infidelity.

I personally have considered going with friends to re-watch the movie; it was that good.

What makes this film endearing is Ms. Mann’s character, the wife of the slime-ball who cheats wherever he goes. The man in the movie is despicable, but he’s not a total villain, which is a great change of pace.

I won’t give away anything in the movie, but I will say it is worth checking out for yourself.