I had the pleasure of talking to Luke from 5 Seconds Of Summer yesterday after they landed in SF to get ready for their first ever US headlining tour! Listen and you'll find out which member of 5SOS is addicted the movie Frozen, what he thinks the difference is between Australian girls and American girls, and lots more important info! Hope you enjoy it :)
Since everything seems to have a campaign with it's own hashtag to try and create awareness for itself, the Wake Up Call decided to try and make their own awareness campaign hashtags! Check them out below and let us know which one is the best:
The Marvel film studio has done an outstanding job making comic book movies the most exciting and lucrative genre released today. Yeah, they don't own every comic book film that comes out (not even some of the Marvel characters) but the reason why the other studios cough up so much money to make these films now with increasingly impressive quality is because the amount that they're pulling in is more and more. Nowhere is that more impressive than what Marvel and Disney are doing with the ever expanding world of The Avengers. A total of nine films have been released, all of them linked together, and a rumored plan to release more until the year 2028! However, with all those swings you're bound to strike out here and there.
One thing that I like what Marvel/Disney is doing is righting a wrong even when it's been financially successful. For instance, the first Captain America film made a butt load of cash but it wasn't very good. Granted, it was hard to pull off a period comic book film starring (in my opinion) the dullest of The Avenger characters. Knowing those were the hurdles, maybe that's why they went with a low risk but high boring choice of Joe Johnston as director. The guy has expierence doing big budget action films like Jurassic Park III and The Wolfman but hasn't made a really good one since Jumanji or Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. So what Marvel did was not ask him to do this but instead brought in the unconventional choice of brothers Joe and Anthony Russo, who's expierence consist mostly of quirky TV sitcoms like Community, Up All Night and Happy Endings.
The switch in tone totally works and although Winter Soldier isn't funny or has a focus on comedy at all, it does feel lighter and less heavy. This compliments the script which is more of a government espionage story than the usual superheros smashing cities in an attempt to defend the planet. You kinda have to tell Captain America stories that way since the character doesn't really lend himselt to a whole lot of excitement. He doesn't turn into a green montster, he's not a robot filled with swag and he's not a god from outer space. He's just Steve; a normal boy scout who happened to luck out with some extra special performance-enhancing drugs. But the Russos pull it off better than Johnston did.
Putting S.H.I.E.L.D., Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johanson at the forefront more than they have in any of the other films was a major asset. Those two actors have the chemistry and screen presence to offset Captain America's derpiness in every scene where there isn't action. The addition of Robert Redford (All is Lost, All the President's Men) was odd but enjoyable and Anthony Mackie (8 Mile, Million Dollar Baby) was enjoyable but odd. It was almost as if Mackie's character of The Falcon was added simply to be buzzworthy since he feels shoehorned into the film; I mean that as a character not as an actor.
When this entire Avengers canon is finished and we look back at the collection, I wonder which ones will stand out as the best. It's interesting because none of the films have been bad yet and even the ones that are at the bottom of the list have still been flashy and thrilling. Is Captain America: The Winter Soldier a film that will thrill audiences and catapult the franchise even further into the stratosphere? I don't think so but it still makes for fine popcorn chomping faire. It's gorgeous actors shooting guns, blowing stuff up and driving fast cars in a world of corrupt politicians; what could be more American than that?
Listen to Gavin's interview with one of the stars of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie:
Someone pulled an April Fool's prank on the Wake Up Call. We don't know who did it (we suspect Ashley Nickels!), but someone put little cups of water all over our office, hid Gavin's computer moniter, and turned on a loop of the Mission Impossible theme! Check out videos of the prank below:
When I heard that director Darren Aronofsky was directing a film version of the biblical story of Noah's Ark I crapped all over it right away. Here you have the director (and an atheist) of films like Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream, two of the most provacative films of the last 20 years, jumping in on the bandwagon of Christian movies hoping to finally secure box office success and go for the easy material in hopes of cashing in on the religious demographic that will blindly support something of this ilk. When I sat at a screening for this film, it was hard to get comfortable in my seat with such a smug chip on my shoulder. It got easier as the film wore on because that chip melted away until I found myself fully enjoying Noah.
At this point, it's cliche to say that this isn't the story you were told in Sunday School. This version is an aggressive tour-de-force that challenges everything you know about the story and about your own theology. The basic tale of a man and his family building an ark to save two of every species on the planet from a global flood is there but there is so much more; some added for the film and some taken right from The Bible, yet most people either don't know or try to forget. It's hard to discuss that any further without giving some major spoilers away but just know that the most ridiculous and shocking part of the film is NOT made up by Aronofsky but taken from scripture. Let's just say it'll be a GIANT ROCK hard detail for some people to overcome but it's the only way a HUGE plot point in the story can be explained.
This is part of a bigger decision that Aronofsky made to set Noah in a world that could have taken place on any planet. The world of this film feels as much like Earth as Middle-Earth does in Lord of the Rings. If you go into it thinking this is a Sci-Fi or Fantasy film, you'll enjoy it even more. And let's be honest, that's the tone that such a fantastical story should be told in. Telling Noah's Ark as an historical non-fiction would've been so crazy that it was a smarter choice to commit to the crazy and make an epic that sells that. This does not mean that it alienates Christians though; on the contrary, this is the tale of faith that they all believe. Fantaics, however, on both the believers and non-believers alike will hate this film. But anyone with a mind open to artistic choices will fully enjoy it.
Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind, Requiem for a Dream) are great. Connelly especially gives a stellar, Oscar-worthy performance as Noah's wife. But as wonderful as everyone's performances are though, that's not why you see this film. Noah is important just as much as it is intriguing. There are statesments made that are direct messages about how Christians should treat the earth better and how non-believers should think about the importance of miracles. Aronofsky also bluntly makes the argument that the two philosophies are congruent in their beliefs, despite national debates, in a 3:00 segment about the creation of everything that is worth the price of admission alone.
The backlash against Noah will be a tidal wave (pun intended) but that's never stopped Aronofsky before. He's a true artistic auteur who relishes in pushing the envelope in ways that make you affected by what you see. Noah, like so many of his other films, is a movie you don't sit and enjoy; you sit and soak in. Everyone who leaves the theater will be forced into a discussion with each other that is crucial. Questions like "what does 'good' mean?" and "should their be limits to faith?" These are questions that are tackled head-on by a movie that has no true good or bad guy. In fact, since Aronofsky is so aware that everyone knows the story already, he makes a statement about religious fanaticism that forces Noah to do horrible things that you will hate him for purely BECAUSE he is the hero of the story. It's a story we're only used to hearing in black and white being told by a director who injects some much needed and realistic shades of grey and for that, Noah is excellent.