MMT UPDATE AND HIATUS

Hello MMT Fam. I’ve been putting off writing this for as long as possible, but I have to share some unfortunate news. Due to unforeseen medical complications, I am having to go on hiatus for a bit.

Prior to this revelation, I was actually considering whether or not to continue MusicMoviesThoughts as is, and debating with myself on revising or starting over anew. I must be honest, I am not sure – given the amount of time I will have recuperating from surgery – what the determination will be, but for now I am planning to resume as normal once I am physically capable.

I want to thank everyone who has supported the site faithfully, and those newer persons who’ve just signed on for a chance to win those “Roman J. Israel Esq.” and “Suburbicon” contests. PS – the winners for the latter will still be notified this week (so lookout for those emails ūüėČ ).

Until next thought MMT Family,

Thomasena

 

GIVEAWAY: advance screening of ‘ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.’ AT THE 26th Philadelphia Film Festival

Hey MMT Fam! We have a cool giveaway, courtesy of the 26th Philadelphia Film Festival (PFF), but you have to be quick! ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. was added to the festival line-up this Wednesday, October 25.

“Roman J. Israel, Esq.” is a dramatic thriller set in the underbelly of the overburdened Los Angeles criminal court system. Denzel Washington stars as a driven, idealistic¬†defense attorney whose¬†life is upended when a turbulent series of events challenge the activism that has defined his career.¬†Colin Farrell costars as the ambitious, monied lawyer who recruits Roman to his firm.

To try your luck at an admit-two pass, click here to get to the Sony Pictures landing and select the “Get My Passes” prompt. Passes, like theater seating, are not guaranteed and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can watch the trailer below and get additional info about the film at the official website here. ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. opens in theaters nationwide on November 10.

Good Luck!

 

Universal Pictures and AMC Theaters partner to give free ‘Thank You For Your Service’ tickets to US service members and veterans

In a display of gratitude, Universal Pictures and AMC Theatres have announced that, on October 26, up to 10,000 free tickets will be presented to U.S. veterans and active-duty servicemembers for¬†DreamWorks Pictures‚Äô¬†Thank You for Your Service‚ÄĒat more than 400 AMC locations nationwide.¬† Each of the¬†first 25 servicemembers (per location) with valid, government-issued ID who request a ticket will be given one free admission to the 7:00 p.m. preview screening.

‚ÄúOnce we began a discussion with AMC about how we could embody the spirit and message of¬†Thank You for Your Service, they stepped up to the plate in a major way,‚ÄĚ said Jim Orr, Executive Vice President, General Sales Manager, Universal Pictures.¬† ‚ÄúWe are honored that up to 10,000 U.S. veterans and active servicemembers will be among the first to experience this riveting film from our partners at DreamWorks.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúThank You for Your Service¬†reminds us all of the tremendous sacrifice made by America‚Äôs servicemembers and their families,‚ÄĚ said Elizabeth Frank, EVP Worldwide Programming and Chief Content Officer, AMC Theatres.¬† ‚ÄúAMC is pleased to partner with Universal Pictures to offer veterans and active servicemembers the opportunity to attend this preview screening at no charge.‚ÄĚ

From the writer of American Sniper and the studio that brought you Lone Survivor, the film follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield.  Thank You for Your Service arrives in theaters nationwide on October 27.

This promotion will be available at all AMC Theatres playing the film.  Free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and may only be picked up at the AMC box office on October 26.  Each guest must present a valid government-issued military ID to receive their ticket, with a limit of one free ticket for each military ID presented, while supplies last.  This offer is valid for the 7:00 p.m. showing of the film on October 26, only.

For more information and a list of AMC Theatres participating, please visit www.ThankYouForYourService.com.

 

GIVEAWAY: ROE tickets for SUBURBICON opening in theaters on October 27

Happy Monday MMT Fam! We’re excited about today’s giveaway for run-of engagement (ROE) passes to the upcoming film SUBURBICON¬†– directed by George Clooney and starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac – that opens in theaters this Friday!

In the film, Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns Рthe perfect place to raise a family and, in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices. This is Suburbicon.

To enter this contest, you must be subscribed to musicmoviesthoughts.com (if you follow us on Facebook, you will double your chances) and send an email to contests@musicmoviesthoughts.com with the subject line “Burbs” and your full name and address in the body.

Five winners will be selected at random and notified by Monday, October 30.

You can get additional info at the office website here and watch the official movie trailer below. SUBURBICON opens nationwide on October 27.

Good Luck!

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GIVEAWAY: STEP the movie on DVD/digital available now everywhere

Happy Saturday MMT Fam! The real life story and critically-acclaimed documentary STEP came out October 17 on Digital/DVD and MMT is giving away one copy courtesy of our friends at 20th Century Fox!

Set against the backdrop of Baltimore’s inner city, Step chronicles the senior year of a girls’ high school step dance team. Empowered by their teachers, coaches, families, and each other, they strive to win a championship and go to college. Deeply insightful and inspiring, this powerful film embodies the true meaning of sisterhood through a story of courageous young women worth cheering for.

DVD Bonus Features Include:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Director Commentary by Amanda Lipitz
  • Lethal Ladies Music Video
  • Featurettes:
    • Step is Life
    • The Lethal Ladies of BLSYW
    • Insider the Rehearsal Room
  • Gallery

To put your name in the hat, you must: 1) be a musicmoviesthoughts.com subscriber and 2) share this post on Facebook and tag MusicMoviesThoughts (@MMThoughts) and #Step OR Twitter and tag @musicfilmdiva and @stepthemovie. MMT will comment on one lucky post by Tuesday evening, October 24 and request mailing instructions from the winner.

You can watch the trailer below and get additional information at the official website here. STEP is available now everywhere DVD and digital are sold.

Good Luck!

 

 

GIVEAWAY: ROE passes and movie swag for TYLER PERRY’S BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN

 

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Happy Thursday MMT Fam! We have a great giveaway for you today, but you must be subscribed and you need to be active! MMT has acquired 10 prize packs – which include pairs of run-of-engagement passes and movie memorabilia – for “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” opening in select theaters tonight and everywhere on Friday, October 20.

In the film, Madea and the gang are back for a hilarious sequel.  Madea, Bam and Hattie venture to a haunted campground and the group must literally run for their lives when monsters, goblins and the bogeyman are unleashed.

To put your name in the hat to win, you must be subscribed to this website, and send an email to contests@musicmoviesthoughts.com with the subject line “Boo” and your full name and address in the body. If you tweet this post, or share it from Facebook, make sure to tag us – it will greatly increase your chances. ūüėČ

You can watch the trailer below and get additional info at the film’s official website at www.Boo.movie.

Good luck!

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Hashtag:                                   #Boo2

 

MMT Quick Review of ‘HAPPY DEATH DAY’ by contributor Samantha Hollins

The title Happy Death Day had me intrigued the moment my eyes peeked its existence on social media. After viewing the trailer with 50 Cent’s song “In Da Club” as the under score, I wasn’t sure if this film would scare the crap out of me or make me want to meet up with the girls for a chick-flick night out on the town. I started to wonder, “Why am I bobbing my head when I should be feeling¬†goosebumps?” And then – yes – it happened! I started feeling the stain of intensity smeared on the final moments of the teaser. That made me more curious of what was to come. Okay, I was ready to go see this celebration of the Grim Reaper’s calling.

Deja vu…what, where and who is the mystery of this romantic-comedy-blood commemoration. Waking up to a self-centered day, that keeps going around and around and gets tangled up amidst her birthday, is college student Tree (Jessica Rothe).

The essence of the characters almost reminded me of the brat-pack films in the 80’s with a terrorizing turn of events. The unraveling of self-evaluation stabs the heart of this story with tender, yet quirky, hell-raising moments. The stereotypical flare through the iris of Tree’s privileged way of life is put to the test as she relives her flaws. It’s a non-stop deadly haze until her state of mind can truly wake up.

Emmy award-winning composer Bear McCreary (best known for his work on Battlestar Galactica, Outlander and The Walking Dead) created many layers of sound to accompany each shifting scene of emotion. I could feel the dark side of the score skulking under my skin before I could hear its eerie whisper whenever the villain ensued his prey.

If you need a little humor to take the edge off the scare factor, then this film will tickle your mind to ease as you prepare for the slasher extravaganza. Cheesy thrills turn into clever chills, reminiscent of a mixture of Harold Ramis’¬†classic film “Ground Hog Day” (starring Bill Murray) bleeding into the cult favorite horror film franchise “Scream” (directed by Wes Craven). These two genres crawling together will keep you wondering what mood will strike you next.

Blumhouse Productions has been releasing a vast array of thought-provoking horror films this year (including the block buster “Get Out“), fulfilling every scary movie lover’s taste. “Happy Death Day” (directed by Christopher Beau Landon) is the gift this fall that is now playing at a theater near you.

Samantha Hollins, aka Ghetto SongBird, is a multi-talented singer/songwriter, guitarist, poet/writer, photographer and all around creative soul, who passionately enjoys sharing her positive artistic energy and harmonic vibes. You can follow her, and get additional information about her next tour date, on her Facebook page here; and check out her reviews of Annabelle: Creation, The Beguiled, and The Girl With All The Gifts right here on MMT!

 

MMT Quick Review ‘THE FOREIGNER’

(Left to Right) Jackie Chan as Quan and Pierce Brosnan as Hennessy in hotel suite in THE FOREIGNER

Earlier this week, I was really excited about seeing the new Jackie Chan led vehicle “The Foreigner.” It had been years since I’d watched him on the big screen – last saw him in theaters (not including his voice work) in “The Karate Kid” remake – and have recently seen him on the press circuit promoting the film, and clearly excited about the opportunity to display himself in a less comedic and more dramatic fashion.

So, I had high hopes for this film which co-stars Pierce Brosnan as Liam Hennessy, a duplicitous government official who may or may not be involved in a London terrorist attack that led to the deaths of several people – one of whom was the daughter of Chan’s character, an elderly businessman named Quan Ngoc Minh.

Intent of taking matters into his own hands to locate the whereabouts and identity of the terrorists, Quan is lured into a cat-and-mouse conflict – he as a one-man battle force against a well-crafted terrorist cell intent on progressing its deadly cause.

Now, although I found the movie to be entertaining – and Mr. Chan’s acting actually quite good – the film was very ambitious in its material, had a lot going on story/plot wise, and kind of faltered for a bit to compensate.

It also required a huge suspension of disbelief to invest in Quan’s journey in the first place – I mean he goes into this pursuit completely blind to the facts. But once the action jumped in, it was easier to invest in the film and enjoy the ride on which I was taken.

That being said, I wish the script was tighter, and I’m not sure it’s one I would have on repeat, but I certainly would watch “The Foreigner” again for the Chan and Brosnan – and fight – scenes alone.

And it’s worth noting that the audience I viewed the movie with clapped several times – especially during the action and scenes of vengeance taken by the lead character.

But don’t get it twisted, Chan is a 63-year-old action star, and the character required more realism than any of his former roles – so if you’re a Jackie Chan fan, don’t go in expecting the norm as this is a dramatic thriller – read as not a straight action film and slower-paced.

Here’s the star at the LA premi√®re discussing his role and its differences from those in the past:

Really curious to hear/read your thoughts on this one family, so make sure to leave a comment or two after you see it! And to get an idea of the critical discrepancy, the film currently is 56% rotten (critic) with an 80% audience score on the aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.

Until next thought, Thomasena

 

 

MMT Quick Review ‘MARSHALL’ by contributor Darryl King

“Marshall” is the tale of two stories – it’s first¬†an origin story about a historical legend who chose to fight for those who couldn‚Äôt fight for themselves.¬† The film focuses on a specific time in the life of Thurgood Marshall, perhaps as a character study to further understand the man.

But secondly, it’s about the friendship of two men who came from opposite sides of the tracks and are thrown together by circumstance, forged together through trials and bonded together by accomplishment.

‚ÄúMarshall‚ÄĚ is a film that adroitly merges both narratives as the backdrop about the early life of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, while centering on one of his early cases about a well-to-do white female socialite who accuses her black chauffeur of rape. As a lawyer in the NAACP, Marshall became the to go to lawyer for high-profile cases, aiding in growing the membership and impact of this organization.

But if you are searching for a history lesson about Thurgood Marshall, or an expos√©‚Äô on racism and/or the prejudices of those times, this is not that movie. While the movie does highlight some historical evidence of the times, and the particulars of his life, that is not the focus of ‚ÄúMarshall.‚ÄĚ

And controversy aside, whether a dark-skinned actor can portray the light-skinned civil rights lawyer whose skin color was an important barrier for him has merit, But the film tells a different narrative, and changes the angle from ‚Äėcolor‚Äô to ‚Äėcocky‚Äô.

‚ÄúMarshall‚ÄĚ is a slow-paced, intelligent, and emotionally impactful film with traces of levity that plays into the strengths of our main actors, Chadwick Boseman and Josh Gad. Masquerading as a buddy movie, ‚ÄúMarshall‚ÄĚ often resembles films like those starring Richard Pryor & Gene Wilder. But does this film work?

Yes, it does mainly because of the talents of its director, Reginald Hudlin.¬† While other black directors have come into prominence in recent years, often forgotten are the exploits of the director of films like ‚ÄėBoomerang‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúHouse Party.‚ÄĚ

If you enjoyed ‚ÄúBoomerang,‚ÄĚ then you‚Äôre probably going to be pleased with ‚ÄúMarshall‚ÄĚ – as Hudlin weaves a good-hearted narrative and establishes a world so sweet it practically renders this historical story fictional.

While that doesn‚Äôt offer ‚Äújustice‚ÄĚ to the legacy of Thurgood Marshall, that doesn‚Äôt hinder ‚ÄúMarshall‚ÄĚ from being a good film. The film provides some historical antidotes as bookends and, other than a tantalizing scene in the midst of the film that brought a genuine smile to my heart, strays away mostly from the facts of the times.

Chadwick Boseman continues his stellar run of wonderful performances. His ability to draw the audience in with his delivery is what makes him special, allowing us to get lost in the narrative. He portrays Thurgood Marshall as a confident (cocky) and assured (arrogant) black man who is extremely competent.

Josh Gad (Samuel Friedman) usually plays funny characters, but in this he is easy-going, powerfully innocent and brings a balance to the brashness of Boseman’s character. The role of the wealthy white woman, I believe, needed a known actress to play the female antagonist, and Kate Hudson (Eleanor Strubing) instantly makes the viewer believe she is a woman who could be two different sides of the same coin.

In the end, ‚ÄúMarshall‚ÄĚ is a feel-good movie with just enough traces of history to paint a portrait of the man who would later change lives in America. If this film inspires someone to delve deeper into the life of Thurgood Marshall, and his impact beyond his landmark cases, then this film has done its job.

And lastly to Chadwick Boseman, can you save some biopic roles for other black actors in Hollywood? We’ll grant you at least one more, Black Panther, because everyone knows that Wakanda and the Black Panther are real!

Darryl King is a video director, film writer and avid Marvel/DC comic book/movie lover. Checkout his reviews of The Dark Tower, Spider-man: Homecoming, and Baby Driver right here on MMT.

 

GIVEAWAY: exclusive prize pack for THE SNOWMAN movie opening October 20

Happy Friday the 13th MMT Fam!¬†The Snowman, a terrifying thriller based on the novel by Jo Nesb√ł, is being released on¬†Oct 20th. In the film, a sociopath who calls himself ‚ÄúThe Snowman Killer‚ÄĚ has targeted the one person for whom he wants to show off his methodical, unthinkable skills: the lead investigator of an √©lite crime¬†squad. With cunningly simplistic baits, he begs to have a worthy opponent to play his sick game.

To celebrate the release of this horrifying film – starring¬†Michael Fassbender¬†and¬†Rebecca Ferguson¬†– we’re giving away Snowman Killer prize pack¬†which includes:

1 –¬†Limited Edition Snowman Plush Doll: This limited edition Snowman has a run of only 200 pieces worldwide. It is a replica of the killer‚Äôs Snowman and features a detachable head and the Snowman logo on the bottom.

1 РThe Snowman Official Promo Shirt: An official promo T-Shirt featuring The Snowman logo on the front and the signature design on the back.

1 РReplica Snowman Killer Letter: A replica of the Snowman killer’s note, sealed.

To enter the contest, you must be subscribed to this website –¬† if you also follow MMT on Facebook, your chances of winning always increase – and send an email to contests@musicmoviesthoughts.com with the subject line “Snowman” and your full name and address in the body. One winner will be selected and notified by Friday, October 20.

For an extra thrill, you can check out the Snowman blog app¬†and test how well you know America’s most notorious serial killers. Click the hyperlink or photo above to:

  • Take the quiz and help Harry Hole find the Snowman killer by matching serial killers to their dark crimes.
  • Take your investigative eye to the next level and dive into¬†Killer Files to learn more about serial killers and their gruesome ways… if you can handle it! Be be cautioned, it’s #NSFW (not safe for work).

You can also read the synopsis and watch the trailer below, and get additional info about the film at the official website here. THE SNOWMAN opens nationwide on October 20.

Make sure to tag @musicfilmdiva and @thesnowmanmovie on Twitter or @MMThoughts on Facebook when you share this post to increase your chances of winning the limited edition Snowman Prize Pack!

Good luck family!

About The Snowman

When the next snow falls who will he take?

Based on Jo Nesb√ł‚Äôs global bestseller,¬†The Snowman¬†stars¬†Michael Fassbender¬†(X-Men series) and¬†Rebecca Ferguson¬†(Mission: Impossible‚ÄĒRogue Nation)

When an elite crime squad’s lead detective, Harry Hole (Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.

Charlotte Gainsbourg¬†(Independence Day: Resurgence),¬†Val Kilmer¬†(Heat) and¬†Academy Award¬ģ winner J.K. Simmons¬†(Whiplash) also star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director¬†Tomas Alfredson¬†(Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and executive produced by¬†Martin Scorsese.

Website: http://www.thesnowmanmovie.com
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Twitter: @thesnowmanmovie