January 31, 2015

10 Hottest Super-heroes in Cinema

Okay, lets be a little shallow and stop to admire the hottest Super-heroes brought to life by the magic of cinema.

1 - Chris Pratt (Starlord in Guardians of the Galaxy)

Lets face it: Marvel got it right when chose this great comedian to play Starlord. It was risky, since the Guardians of the Galaxy was not the most known franchise in the comics for the studio to make a movie. However, GOTG became one of the most profitable movies in 2014.

2 - Chris Evans (Human Torch / Captain America in Fantastic Four / Avengers franchise)

We knew he could be a Super-hero in the Fantastic Four movies. When the franchise was cancelled by Fox, Evans was taken by Marvel Studios to play Captain America. Way to go, Marvel!

3 - Henry Cavill (Superman in The Man of Steel)

He's the most handsome actor to ever wear the suit of Superman. Also, Cavill is very talented and was helped by an amazing supporting cast.

4 - Hugh Jackman (Wolverine in X-Men franchise)

Dougray Scott almost became Wolverine (Yeah... Who's this?) but decided to join Mission Impossible instead. Hugh Jackman was a last minute casting, but nobody can imagine another actor playing the Canadian mutant.

5 - Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man in Avengers franchise)

Without Downey's charisma it is possible that Marvel Cinematic Universe could never go that far. Iron-Man paved the way to all the Marvel movies we love. Thanks to Jon Favreau, who, since the very beginning, wanted the actor. It was said Tom Cruise was the studio first option. Can you imagine that?

6 - Michael Fassbender (Magneto in X-Men Franchise)

I thought any actor cast to play a young Magneto would be in trouble! It was, after all, a younger version of the character flawlessly created by Sir Ian McKellen. However, Fassbender is that kind of actor so talented that when he's in action we pay no attention to anyone else.

7 - Jason Momoa (Conan in Conan, the Barbarian)

The idea was to create a new franchise for the Barbarian in the cinema. However, the bad script didn't attract a lot of moviegoers. But Jason Momoa will be seen next as Aquaman in the Justice League franchise.

8 - Taylor Kitsch (Gambit in X-Men Origins Wolverine)

I'm sorry Channing Tatum, but, physically speaking Kitsch was the perfect choice for Gambit. Unfortunately, X-men Origins Wolverine is everything we can hate about a Super-heroe movie. Best luck in the next project, Taylor.

9 - Chris Hemsworth (Thor in Avengers franchise)

Although not very talented, Hemsworth is perfect as Thor. His range of dramatic skills don't go that far, but, I think it's not what the character needs so far.

10 - Tom Hiddleston (Loki in Avengers Franchise)

A perfect cast choice. A villain that everyone loves! Specially because Hiddleston's talent created a Loki impossible to be hated or forgotten. I hope he comes back soon!!!

I hope you enjoy. Let me know what's the hottest Super-hero in your opinion ;-)

Bonus: Upcoming hot stuff

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver in Avengers franchise)

Paul Rudd (Ant-Man in Avengers franchise)

Ben Afflek (Batman in Batman vs Superman)

Jared Leto (The Joker in Suicide Squad)

Will Smith (Deadshot in Suicide Squad)

January 27, 2015

The redemption of Jennifer Aniston

The redemption of Jennifer Aniston

or

The awakening of an actress


Entertainment media seems to be surprised by Jennifer Aniston's Oscar snub. Critics say that, for her dramatic portrayal of a woman contemplating suicide in the movie 'Cake', Jennifer should definitely figure on the final list for Best Actress. I totally agree, but, you know what, why just now? Why does Jennifer need to be in a drama to have her potential as actress recognized?

Jennifer is known worldwide as Rachel Green, a character she played for ten years in the Sitcom Friends. We can say that, out of the main cast, she was the only one who managed to build a significant  career on the big screen. However, even taking chances in movies like 'The Object Of My Affection' and 'The Good Girl', it seems like Jennifer would feel more comfortable in comedies. She can easily portray the girl next door, the girl one would fall in love with, a psychopath, a housewife, and make you laugh. It's her gift. However, such a gift doesn't seem to be "appreciated" by the Academy, since it's far easier to get a nomination for a drama than for a comedy.

Jennifer, at least, is not alone in this boat. Just to name a few actresses (If I am to name actors, this entry would be huge!) that shone in comedies and deserved an Oscar  nomination: Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin for 'Big Business'; Whoopi Goldberg for 'Sister Act'; Nicole Kidman for 'To Die For'; Amy Adams for 'Enchanted'; Cameron Diaz for 'There's Something About Mary'; Nia Vardalos for 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding'; Julia Roberts for 'Notting Hill'; Audrey Tautou for 'Amelie'... And so the list goes.

For being an actor for a short period of time in my life I can say something: It is far easier to be dramatic than to be comic. Comedy is about timing, about the intention, intonation and, more importantly, about charisma! That last ingredient  is the most difficult to achieve. I'm pretty sure you can think of a lot of actors who can't make comedy as you can think of a bunch of comical actors that would blow your mind in a dramatic perfomance. It is about time the Academy of Motion Pictures and Science recognize comedy perfomances. After all, more than 80 years after the first ceremony, keeping the same policy is a joke. A bad one, with no timing at all.

We can say that, with 'Cake', Jennifer redeems herself from the sin of being an awesome comedian; from being beautiful; from being the star of a well-succeeded sitcom. She finally has "proven" herself an actress!!! Because Hollywood can only accept you as a "real" actor if you can move the audience, if you can make them cry... Otherwise you're not an actor! You're just a comedian! You don't move anyone when you make people happy, or make them laugh... You're not an actor, my dear, I'm sorry to say that. You can maybe be a Chaplin, a Keaton, a Bryce... But an actor, only if you make them cry.