A Movie’s Scenery Location Matters

Typically moviegoers don’t consider all of the different things that go into movie production. People who watch these films typically consider the action on screen, the story-line, and perhaps admire a favorite actor or actress. Movies require an extensive amount of preparation, work, and effort to make every scene you see look picture perfect. One of the aspects of film-making that’s of vital concern is how much the scenery location matters.

Scenery in a movie creates a backdrop for the action and story. The scenery is important, because it must make the audience believe in what is happening with the story. If the story from the film is set in a northern area during the winter, it’s expected that the scenery should be snowy or cold. Stories set in forests require a forest. A movie with a small town or a large city location will be best perceived in a town or city of the necessary size.

There are different ways of creating movie scenery. In the past, producers used filming locations or movie sets for the scenery. A filming location requires the crew to go scout out locations that’re appropriate for their film. They often do this in pre-production and sometimes during production. The crew should try to scout out locations during pre-production as much as possible – do it sooner than later so there isn’t a rush during production to find a perfect filming location. Real filming locations may also require permits. A movie set is something completely constructed on a movie lot or sound stage. Movie sets can be more expensive, but they are easier to control and to ensure mistakes aren’t made while filming.

The future of filmmaking appears to be angling more toward the use of green screen sets and CGI backdrops. Films like Lord of the Rings, Alice in Wonderland, The Avengers, Man of Steel, Avatar, and more all use plenty of green screen and CGI backdrops. Some filmmakers criticize the use of green screens and CGI backdrops in film-making. The criticism mainly rests in that it doesn’t look real enough. The benefits of using this method are that it’s far easier to create fantasy and action movie settings using this design. The best way of handling green screen and CGI filming backdrops seems to be to combine it with real locations when possible. Films like Lord of the Rings have perfect CGI effects and beautiful real filming locations. They also used sets when they could. This created a far more realistic appearance to the films. The Hobbit films used mainly green screen and CGI effects with some real locations. This made the film seem a little more inauthentic, although it is still nearly perfect CGI.

The use of movie scenery is as much a part of the movie as the cast and the story being told. They can sometimes use the scenery as some help to them while they’re acting. Some have problems with being authentic in their acting when performing in green screen spaces. They rarely complain about having real sets or locations to work with though. Even when an actor or actress isn’t the best, the right filming location can make all the difference to still keep their performance strong.

Finally, a movie’s scenery is important because the scenery itself can tell part of the story. Clips of a landscape or a city scape can convey the season, the time of day, or even the mood of the film. A cold and dark view of a city makes the audience grasp a mood of gloom or of grittiness. A beautiful forest may make the audience feel at ease or transported into a fantasy story.

Whether a filming crew chooses to use a filming location, sound stage, back lot, or a green screen, they’re obligated to choose the best thing to transport their audience into their film. Good story telling uses excellent actors, crew, and the perfect movie scenery to pull it all together. Move magic is all about illusion. A big part of that illusion lies with the scenery.



Is 4 The Magic Number: Beverly Hills Cop 4 & Rush Hour 4?

Beverly Hills Cop and Rush Hour are such entertaining films loaded with action and comedy. With legendary stars like Eddie MurphyJudge ReinholdChris Tucker, and Jackie Chan, fans rush to the movies to watch them in action. Both of these films are action-packed with crime and comedy to keep audiences entertained for a couple of hours.

Beverly Hills Cop, the first of 3 sequels, was released in 1984, starring Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, and Ronny Cox, grossing $244,386,864 worldwide. The film did very well in the box-office receiving 5 nominations, with the top 2 being an Academy Award for Best Writing, and the Golden Globes Award for Best Motion Picture. This film also won a Grammy Award for Best Album, The People’s Choice Award for Favorite Motion Picture, and a Stuntman Award for Best Vehicular Stunt. Its popularity resulted in making 2 more sequels, also starring Eddie Murphy.

Rush Hour followed the same lead and after the filming of Rush Hour in 1998, 2 more sequels were released. Actors Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker starred in all 3 films gaining popularity and fame along the way. Just like Beverly Hills Cop, Rush Hour was also a comedy, crime, and action-packed film. There has been rumors of another sequel for Rush Hour, and according to both actors, comedian Chris Tucker, and Chinese action star Jackie Chan, they will be coming back to the big screen. However, Jackie Chan will be returning only if he is shown a script that is actually worth coming back for. In the first 3 films, both Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker’s characters are detectives who run around causing trouble while they’re in different countries trying to stop troublemakers. It’s been 10 years since the last Rush Hour film, but it looks like Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan will be teaming up again for Rush Hour.

Producer Arthur Sarkissian, is focusing on what made the first 3 films a hit to bring back Rush Hour 4, and not on the 3rd sequel since it wasn’t a big success. According to Sarkissian, it’s the relationship between Tucker and Chan that made the film a sensation. For Rush Hour 4, the plot is still unknown, however, Sarkissian is thinking of the possibility of bringing in Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer as Chris Tucker’s cousin who is now married to Chan’s character, with Tucker going to visit them in Shanghai. The film will be focusing on the relationship between the characters, and there will still be action. But since Chan turned 60, it’ll be designed around what Chan feels comfortable doing. There’s no word yet of the release of Rush Hour 4, but there will be a screenwriter chosen soon.

As far as Beverly Hills Cop 4 is concerned, Eddie Murphy said that he’s trying to recapture the essence of the first 2 movies. And since Beverly Hills Cops 3 didn’t do too well, he didn’t want to leave the film on a bad note. So in his 4th sequel, Murphy was very happy with the outline of the script because it reclaimed the original film. Also, instead of the ‘R’ rating, they have brought it down to a ‘PG-13’ rating to grasp a bigger audience. Although Eddie Murphy will be returning as the character of legendary detective Axel Foley, Judge Reinhold, who is the second most important character will not be returning. However, John Ashton, will be returning as Sergeant John Taggart. Brett Ratner, the director said the film will have a whole new interpretation. For the plot, according to studio reports, Eddie Murphy’s character, Detective Axel Foley, a street smart cop, will be leaving Beverly Hills and returning to his home turf Detroit, facing one of the coldest winter seasons on record to navigate the new rules and his old enemies of one of Americas toughest cities. The film was scheduled to be released in March 2016, however, Eddie Murphy told Rolling Stone that the script was the main reason for the delay.

For fans of Eddie Murphy, Jackie Chan, and Chris Tucker, they will be rushing to the movies to watch the 4th sequels, especially if they’ve watched all 3. But as far as the new generation, if they have never seen any of the sequels of either movie, it’s unlikely they would run to watch either.



Will 2017 Be A Superhero Year?

In 2017, some superhero sagas will be continuing, and some new films will be introduced. Superhero movies have dominated the box office in recent years and 2017 won’t be any different. Marvel and DC comics have a slew of action packed flicks that will make even the oldest superhero fan feel like a kid again.

A new film franchise that is interesting is the revision of “Power Rangers”. More than 20 years ago The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers played an iconic role in pop culture. It should be amusing to see the red, blue, black, yellow and pink rangers team up to help defend the globe. But the real question is, will Tommy be back as the maverick green ranger?

Something a little more familiar to most superhero fans will be the release of “Logan”. Hugh Jackman is back for the third and final solo Wolverine film for this tenth installment of the X-Men film series. According to IMDB “In the near future, an aging Wolverine and Professor X must protect a young female clone of Wolverine from an evil organization”. (“Logan” IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3315342/) Accessed 10 Jan. 2017.

A highly anticipated comedic superhero movie will be released this year as well. No not Deadpool 2 (that’s being released in 2018) but “The LEGO Batman Movie”. This flick will be a comedic gem. The premise of the movie is based around Batman heading out on an individual odyssey of sorts to find himself. “Always be yourself… unless you can be Batman” (“The LEGO Batman Movie” IMDB Taglines http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4116284/taglines?ref_=tt_stry_tg) Accessed 10 Jan. 2017.

DC Comics is gearing up to release the highly anticipated “Wonder Woman” on June 2, 2017. It will be interesting to see the classic comic-book heroine grace the silver screen in this installment of the DC Extended Universe. This film is being produced by Zack Snyder who has worked on a number of superhero films such as “Watchmen”, “Man of Steel”, and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. The setting for this series will be based around WWI with Chris Pine co-starring as United States Air Force pilot Steve Trevor.

DC Comics adversary Marvel Comics is ready to release the third installment of “Thor: Ragnarok”. If you’ve stayed up to date the Marvel Comic Universe films, you know that Thor is currently being held prisoner on another world without his trusty hammer. We will definitely be seeing The Hulk in this movie as well a new supervillainess Hela, played by the stunning Cate Blanchett. Along with Thor, Marvel will attempt to roll out a Spider-Man series. Marvel has been trying to tie in Spider-Man to the Marvel Comic Universe for years and finally we will see the result of what is sure to be an exciting segment. The setting for this movie will feature Peter Parker as a high schooler trying to balance his social life with his superhero life.

The fifth installment of Transformers will be bringing back Michael Bay as the director, as well as Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci from the previous Autobot film “Age of Extinction”. Michael Bay has stated that this will be his last Transformers film, but that won’t stop Paramount Pictures from making an extended universe for Transformers. Don’t expect to be rid of the Autobots and Decepticons anytime soon.

If you’re a superhero fan you know that Justice League will be an exhilarating movie with loads of potential. Justice League traditionally is the team of Batman and Superman with fellow DC Comic heroes Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg. Every DC fan is circling November 17, 2017 on their calendar. Even Marvel Comics might be a little nervous of this potential blockbuster.

Lastly, we have the refreshing and exhilarating flick “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Marvel comes back with Peter Quill and the gang. We will be engaged with the Guardians as they roam through the cosmos with their action-packed antics. “Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.” (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3896198/) Accessed 10 Jan. 2017

As you can see, it looks like 2017 will definitely be action-packed year, especially with the release of all these captivating superhero movies. It’s amazing the route superhero movies have taken, even from 10 years ago. 2017 will set the stage for the next decade of super-flicks. Sit back, enjoy your popcorn, and fasten those 3-D glasses tight.



Top 7 Animated Movies of All-Time

Some of the best films of all-time aren’t only live-action, but animated. It’s a big misconception to think that the only fans of this genre category are children. After all, we can’t forget that it is the adults who creating these works of art. Animation fantasy appeals to all ages and it gives us a break from reality. With that said, the following article will detail the seven best animated movies created by Disney, Pixar and other productions (in our opinion).

All-Time Best Animated Movie #7: Aladdin
Disney’s Aladdin was the most successful film of 1992. The musical tale featured the characters: Aladdin, Abu, Jafar, Princess Jasmine and the infamous Genie who is voiced by the late-great Robin Williams. This was the movie that inspired kids everywhere to pretend they had their own magic carpet. The film won several awards, mostly for its soundtrack which featured the hit song, “A Whole New World.” The movie’s theme won an Oscar, Golden Globe, and even a Grammy respectively. Sometimes a soundtrack helps shape a movie and Aladdin‘s is definitely one you cannot forget.

All-Time Best Animated Movie #6: The Lion King
Speaking of soundtracks, The Lion King has one of the best ever composed. Elton John and Bernie Taupin gave us “The Circle of Life,” “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?” along with others. The movie told the story of Simba who grew up under the reign of his father, King Mufasa. Mufasa’s brother Scar had a plan to take over the throne and succeeded when Mufasa was killed in a stampede. The film follows Simba into adulthood and chronicles his friendships with Nala, Timon, and Pumba. The classic inspired straight to video sequels and even a television spin off.

All-Time Best Animated Movie #5: Toy Story
In 1995, the world was introduced to Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear, toys that belong to our central human character, a  boy named Andy. Andy and Woody were always together, that’s until Buzz showed up as a birthday present for Andy. In the end, Buzz and Woody must learn to work together for the sake of the boy they love so much. The movie has influenced the creation of two sequels and Toy Story 4 is scheduled for release in 2019. The franchise continues to live “to infinity and beyond!”

All-Time Best Animated Movie #4: Monster’s Inc.
Pixar’s Monster’s Inc. starred Billy Crystal as “Cyclops Mike” and John Goodman as “Teddy-Bear Monster Sully”. The monsters are trained to go bump in the night and scare little kids but one little kid in particular is more intrigued than scared. Boo and the monster crew became quick favorites and several years later, they released a sequel, Monster’s University.

All-Time Best Animated Movie #3: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton was known for his quirky, creepy classics such as Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands but reached a whole new audience when he made The Nightmare Before Christmas. The movie’s soundtrack was provided by the talent of Danny Elfman and remains one of the most famous movie soundtracks to this day. While Jack Skellington wants to kidnap Santa and it has a hint of a Christmas theme, the movie has been confirmed as a Halloween film. Over twenty years after its release and its fan base continues to grow.

All-Time Best Animated Movie #2: Frozen
One of the biggest and most surprising successes in more recent years was that of the princess sister musical, Frozen. The parent-less Anna and Elsa become enemies for a short while and along their journey’s they meet talking snowmen and reindeer. The movie is best known for its theme song “Let It Go.” There has been talks of a Frozen sequel in the works but regardless of the time gap, little girls everywhere still want to be one of the princesses for Halloween or incorporate them into their birthday parties. The franchise has now become bigger than the film itself.

All-Time Best Animated Movie #1: Finding Nemo
There hasn’t been a more successful animated movie since 2003’s Finding Nemo. The movie tells the story of Nemo, who is raised by his father, Marlin and gets caught in a fisher man’s net while going to school. The premise of the movie is the search for Nemo and with the help of Dory, a fish with short term memory loss, Marlin is eventually reunited with his son. In 2016, the long awaited sequel Finding Dory was released. The movie featured the original characters and voice talents of Ellen Degeneres and Albert Brooks.

Regardless really of the film design, it is how its written that makes it stand out, and those are just seven of the best animated movies of all-time. A movie can be thirty years old and attract a four year old, just as a brand new movie can attract an 80 year old. Animation offers something for everyone it seems.



Who Are The Real Winners From The Golden Globes?

The Golden Globes kicked off awards season with a bang. From movies that you’ve never heard of, to speeches that will go down in history, this award show had it all. The winners took their awards with grace while some winners still got the glory without the award itself. The night was stuffed with stars and full of laughter.

Best Picture: La La Land
“La La Land” has gotten various reviews. Some hate the musical feel that throws viewers back to the early days of Hollywood. Others rejoice in the legendary feel. The movie took seven awards home setting a record. Singing, dancing, nostalgia and a love story simply can’t lose.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck officially steps out of his big brother Ben’s shadow with this win. He’s a frontrunner this awards season for his portrayal as a sad janitor whom takes in his nephew. His unkept look at the Golden Globes wasn’t a win in a lot of people’s eyes, but Affleck can walk away with the award laughing. Next up for Affleck is the “Lewis and Clark” TV mini-series and “A Ghost Story” with Rooney Mara.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Winner Without A Statue: Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington didn’t take home the statue for his portrayal of a sanitation worker in the 1950s raising his family and dealing with his past, but, when is Denzel not a winner? Washington steps into the character effortlessly and makes it so fluid viewers forget this isn’t a real family and we aren’t in the 50s. Anything Washington does turns to gold. Up next he will be in the movies, “The Equalizer 2” and “Inner City.”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Emma Stone
Everyone wants to love the sweet, awkward Emma Stone. She held a funny moment in the night when she went in for a hug to her director just as he went to kiss his wife. She laughed it off and we all smiled with her. Stone played a singing, dancing aspiring actress beautifully in the film. She brought the character to life making it look easy as she always does. Next up for Miss Stone is taking on the persona of Billie Jean King in “Battle of the Sexes.”

Cecil B. DeMille Award Recipient and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Winner Without A Statue: Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep owns the room. She’s nominated for practically anything she does so when she doesn’t win people just assume someone else needed the spotlight more than her at that moment. Her emotional speech during her Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance brought people to tears. The entire world was talking about her speech the next day whether they loved it or hated it. She took a stand either way. Instead of talking about her film accomplishments, she made her own movement. No doubt her performance in “Florence Foster Jenkins” could win a Golden Globe, but this was all about her moment and her speech instead of her character in the film.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Winner: Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert’s win for her role in “Elle” had some people wondering where this astonishing woman came from as many didn’t even known her name. The French actress has actually appeared in over 100 films in her long spanning career and even won Best Actress twice at the Cannes Film Festival. She told Vulture she isn’t going to be takng away all the American acting roles. In fact, right now she can also be seen in the French drama “Things to Come.”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Winner Without A Statue: Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman was the favorite to win for her portrayal of Jackie Kennedy in “Jackie.” Portman is raw with emotion showing viewers a look inside Jackie that the public never understood. Her amazing acting skills bring Mrs. Kennedy to life. Portman can be seen next in “Annihilation” and “Song to Song.”

The memorable night saw winners kissing their statues and winners without statues holding their heads high. All those nominated are winners of entertainment and are brought together in one room for one night to celebrate performing. The awards season is now set in motion waiting for more winners to take the stage.



3 Things We Learned From The HBO Series Westworld

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Opinion: Marvel Studios Dominated Theaters For 2016

There have been a lot of movies going through the theaters but few are as fun and exciting at the Marvel Films. If you haven’t seen them yet, you are one of the few. These movies have dominated the theaters with movie goers all the last few years.

Early Marvel Movies
Marvel tested the waters years ago when they first released the Iron Man films as well as the Hulk movies that were around the same time. These films gave watchers a new kind of hero that was once a lot like us and then became something more. The Hulk movies were a bit different focusing on a man that had to understand the monster inside of himself and keep it from taking over.

Present Films
The Marvel films that are coming out now are more defined and allow for not just one hero, but several. Each has their own back story that weaves into the universe with the others. This makes it interesting and fun for those watching the films. They also have interesting bad guys that we may know of may not.

DC Compared to Marvel
DC Has been making movies for a long time, but they seem to stick with Batman and Superman. However, DC has taken a great step on TV through their shows on the CW. they have even addressed the multiverse which is nice for fans. They have a different feel than Marvel and are not as successful as films.

Marvel has taken over the Movie screen. They are doing a lot with the films focusing on Ant Man and Dr Strange. This makes it different than any of the others they have used so far and they are planning on bringing them together in the Avenger movies. This makes it fun to watch and see what they are doing. They also have some shows on TV they are doing which can make the universe that much more.

Marvel Films to Come
There are a lot of movies planned in the next few years that you may want to watch out for. These films are most likely going to be continuations of what we have already seen. There will be a climax in the Avenger series that connects the different single hero movies. This is the best way to keep each of the movies connected to each other and in the same world. That makes it interesting to watch because you don’t know what is going to happen next.

There are a lot of different movies with characters based on comic book characters that are fun to watch. You can see the Marvel ones are the biggest you may find at this point, but keep an eye out. DC and Vertigo comics are catching up fast. They may be the next big comic book movie you want to see. While Marvel is a great comic book movie company at the moment, it’s possible that one of the others will be the next big thing.



Gotta Love Holiday Movies With The Family

The fireplace is warm, your kids are running around the Christmas tree, and your neighbor’s holiday lights are shining brightly in the distance. What is there to do before the real festivities arrive at Christmas?

Movies are great pastimes especially with the family and here are a few  ways to enjoy them this holiday season.

Movie producers love this season. There is a wide variety of topics including the Grinch, reindeer, and snow. While the typical selection of action and horror movies is still available at movie theaters, these winter and Christmas-themed movies are special additions to your viewing selection. These movies are usually rated G or PG, which makes them available for all ages. In addition, movies are accessible from home as well as from theaters. Because the weather outside may be chilly, don’t hesitate to stay at home and watch movies from your computer or television. Services such as Netflix allow you to stream movies online. You could also buy DVDs and watch on your television. Children love to pick out movies, so give them a few to choose from and see what interests them. Near Christmas, they will be extremely excited about presents and Santa Claus and cannot wait to watch a movie about the holiday spirit! Movies can be culturally educational as well as hilarious. Other Christmas activities such as board games or fireplace stories are awesome. Accompanying these activities with a movie in the background is a great mix of old and new.

Movies are excellent ways to start a conversation. Many families invite relatives over for Christmas or New Year’s Day, and for extended families, some people might not know each other. Movies are terrific icebreakers, particularly holiday movies that have themes that everybody can relate to. Turning on a movie and laughing at a snowball fight is a great way to introduce people through humor.

Finally, the holidays make a perfect time to watch movies due to limited options. Movies are indoor activities for mornings, afternoons, and evenings. During the holiday season, many restaurants and malls close or have limited hours. Although fewer activities are available, movies are reliable sources of entertainment for all ages. Don’t bother trying to find a bowling alley on Christmas Day; tune into your family’s favorite movie instead!

Even though the holidays only occur at the very end of the year, their festive mood can be felt throughout December. On Friday and Saturday nights, entertainment is a must and movies are a great way to turn this into a reality. Make sure to look for movies that the entire family will enjoy. Moreover, look for holiday specials that are less prevalent at other times of the year. Movies can definitely give a sense of holiday spirit and make this season even more merry for everyone involved.



Top 5 Ben Affleck Performances of All-Time (so far)

Since the 1990’s, Ben Affleck has been in and out of the Hollywood spotlight not only through acting, but in writing and directing as well. His actual top five acting performances are those that are less in line with the straight, romantic leading men roles that were offered him midway in his career. At that time, he was at a less productive point, and the right properties for his acting talents had yet to come, or had come and gone. When his acting talents featured more complicated and conflicted character portrayals, his performances received wider recognition and audience approval.

His best performances have been showcased throughout his career from the initial stages to later junctures where he was writing, directing and acting, and include the following movies:

Movie Performance #5: Good Will Hunting (1997)
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon wrote the screenplay for Good Will Hunting and though the movie was phenomenal, brought acclaim and won Oscars, Ben’s role was small yet critical to the movie. For his role as Chuckie Sullivan, he received praise and recognition for his ability to transform a script into a portrayal of an unwavering, nurturing, encouraging and loyal friend to Will Hunting. His ability to embrace a leading man persona yet extract himself from center stage and blend into an everyday kind of blue collar approachable characterization is what makes this performance one of his best.

Movie Performance #4: Hollywoodland (2006)
Affleck gives a spot on performance in his role as George Reeves, television’s Superman of the 1950’s. He is able to capture Reeves’ waning presence as a television actor as well as portray the frustration that Reeves must have experienced in aging,loss of looks and a desperate need for varying roles. The chain around Reeves’ neck in the role of Superman may have led to his suicide or murder, as the fictionalized script depicts, but Affleck clearly demonstrates the brokenness and air of mystery that surrounded Reeves’ life yet he was able to rebut the claims of Reeves’ reputation as a has-been. He received critical acclaim, for the role, maybe one of the finest of his career, that will not be forgotten by critics or audiences.

Movie Performance #3: The Town (2010)
In The Town, Affleck did triple duty with smart writing, directing and acting. He gives a solid performance as a bank heist leader, Doug McRay, who is morally torn between a life as an entrenched Boston gangster and what normalcy might have been beyond criminal intentions. He portrays his character with a human side and views his cohorts as family. In spite of spots in the script that verged on the impossible, Affleck was able to pull off a real character caught up in a life of crime with no way out. He puts in a strong performance yet once again assists a fellow actor, Jeremy Renner, in making a stellar appearance as well.

Movie Performance #2: Argo (2012)
Once more, Affleck has both directed and starred in a thriller that is entwined with the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979. His character, Tom Mendez, a CIA infiltration specialist exerts heroic qualities, yet he is able to mask them through his ability to stealthily maneuver his way throughout the story in a restrained manner in spite of carrying out a dangerous and tricky mission of helping to free a select group of hostages. His ability to direct all of this carefully planned motion while playing a major role substantiates and solidifies his strong suits in both acting and directing.

Movie Performance #1: Gone Girl (2014)
As a prime suspect in the disappearance of his wife, Affleck, as Nick Dunne gives audiences a look at his ability to take on the nuances of his character. He shows his talent as both a deceitful and despicable character that is more than believable, yet he comes off as a picture-perfect husband anxiously awaiting a reunion with his wife. There is always the question as to whether he indeed killed his wife. The suspense exuded through Affleck’s character mounts throughout the movie and provides audiences with a performance that engrosses those watching from beginning to end.

Ben Affleck has proven time and again, with a few setbacks along the way, that he is a determined and out of the ordinary kind of actor. His ability to forego leading roles and take on more complicated and complex parts has provided him with opportunities to broaden his performances and display his real talents whether he is acting, writing or directing. His career continues on an upward swing.



Which Grosses More: PG or PG-13 Movies?

Ratings do matter to consumers and theater directors, especially when it comes to bringing in the bucks at U.S. theaters. Hollywood seems to love the R-rated movies and PG-rated movies, but it’s the PG-13 rating that rake in more of the loot. This could generally be because PG-13 reaches a wider audience for young teens and up. Many people may associate PG films or others for either just children or adults only. The PG-13 movies seem to still push the envelope a little more but don’t require just an adult only audience. It seems to be a rating of “in between” status. Statistics say there are more top rated PG 13 movies in the US such as Gremlins and Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom. Then there is also the captivating movie of natural disaster, Titanic. Titanic is the highest grossest movie in history. There also are many other movies to follow suit to get the PG-13 rated movies on top in bringing in money.

Young and older men and women can attend a PG-13 movie which is a prime target audience in the movie industry. PG movies tend to target the younger generation and families. Of the 100 movies that have grossed the most, 38 of those movies have been PG-13. This is per Box Office Mojo. Still, most of the heavy hitter movies fall into these categories like Monsters, Inc. It seems that a lot of movies are categorized as PG-13, offering more opportunity to bring in a higher gross amount. Some movies the audience may not think were PG-13 that attributed to the gross amount.

Also, with PG-13 movies, the directors have more of a chance for free range, like saying certain words they can use in the movie. The PG-13 tends to offer a little more than cuddly teddy bears and run away balloons. This may be intended to reach a menial audience like the teens again and young adults. After all, these seem to bring in most of the business. Turns out the movies are still a cool place to hang out on the weekends.A big genre in the industry is horror which unfortunately the PG rating is just nonexistent. There have been a lot of horror movies categorized as PG-13 which helped the gross amount for box office sky rocket. Romance movies are categorized as PG-13 more often as well which is also another big genre.

PG movies seem to be very limited so this may cause the gross amount in US theaters to falter next to PG-13 movies. PG-13 movies are limited but can push the envelope as previously stated. When it comes to success, the PG-13 movies have an excellent guarantee to gross a lot more.