Posted by: popcouver | December 23, 2011

‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Review

I went to see David Fincher’s new American version of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ based on Stieg Larsson’s first book from his Millenium series on Tuesday, and I all I can really say is ‘wow’. I have seen the highly acclaimed Swedish version of the movie as well, and must say that I think this new version is a much better adaptation of the book and a better movie overall! I thurally, thurally enjoyed it. It was dark, gritty, brutal and down right upsetting at some points, yet it was portrayed perfectly. Please be aware that this movie is rated R for a reason and is not a suitable for children at all. But if you can handle a movie that isn’t sugar coated in anyway I really suggest you see this film.

Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander was amazing. She really truly blew me away. I think for sure that she should be considered quite seriously this award season. I can’t believe that this is the same girl who was Mark Zuckerberg’s girlfriend in The Social Network. It has been said again and again, but the transformation for this movie was huge! I believe her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander was perfect. She was dark and disturbed, yet also passionate and likable, which is just how I feel about the character in the book. Daniel Craig was also very impressive as Mikael Blomkvist. I feel he is just the perfect amount of sexy to be Blomkvist, while still looking the appropriate age. That is one thing that really bugged me about the Swedish version; I never thought the Swedish Blomkvist was sexy enough to be such a ladies man. As much fun as it was looking at him in his underwear, I also think his acting was fantastic. He has some very heavy scenes to portray and also did a very impressive job.

Overall I think this film was fantastic. It is almost 3hrs in playtime, yet I never once felt like it was dragging!  I am definitely putting ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ at the top of my awards list this coming season.

Posted by: popcouver | December 23, 2011

New Taylor Swift song for The Hunger Games Soundtrack

Looks like The Hunger Games promotions are out in full force even though we still have months to wait until the movie is out. I am not upset about this though. I am really loving this new promotion which is the first single from the movie! Taylor Swift partnered up with the country group The Civil Wars on this new song titled “Safe and Sound”. You can listen to it right now here!

I really loved this new song! It has a really nice country sound which I really enjoy. It has almost an eery sad sound to it as well and I can really picture it in the movie. I think I am only going to love this song more when it is in the background of the movie. What a great mix of one of our favorite artists and one of the most anticipated movies of the new year. Well done promotion team at Lionsgate! Our hats are off to you.

You can buy this new song right here!

Posted by: popcouver | December 9, 2011

Hunger Games Character Posters

As you may have noticed on our last post, I’ve unearthed a bunch of character posters on JustJared! Yay yay yay! I know I’ve seen these somewhere on the internet but I couldn’t find quality versions to put up. CHECK THESE OUT.

I love how these profile character posters are becoming the ultimate for advertising new book to film adaptations. It’s genius! Take the  characters that people already know and love and market them specifically. I especially love how that ties in with the Games and the various tributes. 

Posted by: popcouver | December 9, 2011

InStyle’s Hunger Games Scoop

As the new year approaches, we at Popcouver are getting more and more exciting about the upcoming blockbuster, The Hunger Games. Obviously we are all huge fans of the books already, so we are wasting no time in speculating about every fine detail of the films. Though the cast has obviously already been released (sparking Gale/Peeta debates across the Couve), there is plenty more to consider as the opening date approaches. Sets! Costumes! Script! The Love Story! There are so many diverse elements to these novels and I personally can’t wait, especially for the visual elements of the Games and Panem. 

InStyle Magazine has launched a variety of slideshows featuring the film, and we are here to link you to them all! Not only do they have photos from filming, but they also asked various designers to create their renditions of Katniss’s opening outfit, the Girl on Fire costume. Much like when InStyle asked designers to create Bella’s Breaking Dawn wedding dress, no?

Click here for the set photos.

Click here for the Girl on Fire costumes.

Click here for more info on the cast.

UPDATE: Click here for “20 Sidebraids inspired by The Hunger Games”. (Really? Love the sidebraid- Thank You Lauren Conrad- but this mayyyy be a stretch.)

Also, in case you’ve been living in a tinyyyy little cave nestled in the Rocky Mountains for the last 12 months, I’ve added the second official trailer for The Hunger Games. 

Posted by: popcouver | December 7, 2011

The Beauty of a Second

We at Popcouver are SORT of film junkies. I mean, sort of. I love me anything from an indie flick to a blockbuster action to a silly Hollywood RomCom. However, I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated film as an art as much as I do after watching this video. It’s a compilation of 1 second films sent in from people all over the world, with varying experience in film, photography, and art. What’s beautiful in your life?

Click here to watch the video compilation and get inspired!

I absolutely love the cat’s eye blinking… and the car filled with bouncy balls. Each shot is so unique and expresses the individuality of the artist.

Click here for more info on the project or to submit your own 1 second film! Application for the 3rd round film closes on December 13 so get filming!

Posted by: popcouver | December 5, 2011

The Lorax Trailer

Speaking of Taylor Swift, I’m super excited about the new adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax which is hitting theatres in 2012! 

With an all star cast featuring Taylor, Zac Efron, Betty White, Ed Helms, and Danny DeVito, this is sure to be quality. Not to mention the glory that is Dr. Seuss. It looks so adorable and so unique compared to all of Disney Pixar’s work. Looks like an adorable family favorite!

Posted by: popcouver | December 5, 2011

New Trailer for The Vow

I’ve been avoiding posting this movie trailer for, oh, the last 6 months. When I first watched the original promo, I got all excited. So Notebooky/Dear John-y/Nicholas Sparks-y! Then I was hit with the realization that it comes out in theatres on VALENTINE’S DAY 2012. Now that it’s almost Christmas, it finally seems appropriate to start to get jazzed on this. PLUS the new trailer features the lovely Tay Swift! Nothing wrong with that. 

Posted by: popcouver | December 5, 2011

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Review

Well, here we are. Once again a new Twilight film has arrived in theatres with maximum amounts of hype, hysteria, and media attention. Once again, the only people who are really interested or thrilled with the outcome are the Twi-Hards. Breaking Dawn Part 1 has received lukewarm reviews from all of the major papers and blogs, while all our favorite fans, friends, and Twilight bloggers are generally thrilled with how true Bill Condon kept to Stephenie Meyer’s novel. And really, why should it be any different?

The Twi-Hards are the ones that Summit is making these films for. They aren’t trying to turn the series into anything new. They are staying true to the supernatural love triangle that the fans of the novels and films are so crazy about. When I go to see a Twilight film, all I want is a visual representation of those crazy addicting teen novels. With Breaking Dawn, that is exactly what we got. Even the most crazeballs, cringe-worthy parts of the novel claimed a bit of the spotlight. Bill Condon obviously decided not to face the wrath of the Twilight fans that would likely occur if he had say, changed Renesmee’s name or removed the section of the book where the wolves communicate with telepathy. Most of us would have understood minor changes such as those, but Condon stuck to his (and Stephenie Meyer’s) guns, and for that, you have to respect the guy.

SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t already seen the film, stop reading here. And you may as well stop reading our blog. (Just kidding! We love you non-Twi-lovers too!)

I may have initially had issues with BD being split into two film. You know, the usual argument: money grab, marketing, unnecessary to the novel, etc. This ain’t Harry Potter, ya’ll. However, after seeing it, I have to say I really appreciated all the time that the 2 part breakdown allowed for us to revel in the lovey-dovey newlywed phase of Bella and Edward. I mean, we’ve been waiting for that ever since we finished reading the series, so we may as well get some time to enjoy it! I was disappointed at first with the wedding night sexytime, but throw in Bella’s flashbacks and I was a happy camper!


Things I loved:

Simple little moments of comedic relief.

In a movie full of drama and anger and jealousy and martyrdom, it was great to see cute little touches that made you giggle. I loved Alice directing the other Cullens on where to drop off their tree trunks. Bella attempting to walk in 5 inch Manolos? Priceless.  Jacob had a few great cracks about demon-babies, and of course I loved loved loved Jessica’s sarcastic commentary of the wedding. Anna Kendrick once more stole the show. I only wish she could have a part in the final film— unless the producers come up with some clever way of adding the humans in with a flashback?

Film montage of Bella’s life, ie) the first 3 films.

Every time we get a flash of Bella and Edward in the previous films, my heart tugs a little bit. It takes me back to when I saw the first film for the first time and immediately went back in for a second showing. Catherine Hardwick understood something about this series that only she and Kristen really get- the gritty, deep, intense love of a human and a vampire. Le sigh. I loved going back through Bella’s journey— it got me so excited for Part 2 when she’s all vamped up!!!!

Edward hearing the baby’s thoughts:

This scene was surprisingly non-vomatrocious. I was seriously concerned when I saw it coming, but then it was SO DAMN CUTE. I was impressed with Kristen and Rob… they really transformed Bella and Edward into a married couple. I loved Edward kissing Bella’s tummy and listening to the baby’s thoughts. Can’t help it! I loved it!

Renee and Charlie noticing the Cullen’s art.

HA. Loved Charlie staring at the graduation caps and Renee giggling and running on by- such a clever way to represent their underlying differences as parents and as people.

Extra Bill Condon-y details.

The plentiful gore. Bella’s pre-wedding nightmare. The epic black-and-red credits. The climax of Bella opening her vampire eyes. Perfection.

Jacob teasing Bella about “Renesmee”.

So cute. Such a clever way for Condon to accept the ridiculous nature of that damn name while staying true to characters and true to the novel.

The Soundtrack:

SO GLAD THE BRUNO MARS SONG ISN’T IN THE FILM. I’m not saying it’s not a pretty, catchy pop tune. It is! But it does not, I repeat, does not fit into the epic trail of movie soundtracks that the Twilight Saga has blessed us with. Everything else fit in so perfectly… particularly the Iron & Wine remix.


Overall, I think Bill Condon and the team at Summit did what they could with this movie. Is it Oscar-worthy? No! Was it ever meant to be? Absolutely not. The team has taken the Twi-Love to heart and have accepted that to please us, they must follow the novels. They followed the story, they added in cute and funny details, and they stayed true to every chapter. I can’t wait to see the second half and take in Kristen Stewart as a confident, sure-footed, vampire vixen! It will definitely be her biggest acting challenge to date- walking straight.

Posted by: popcouver | November 17, 2011

Multiple Breaking Dawn Premieres

Breaking Dawn is premiering all over the world right now, and the stars are traveling around looking amazing! Kristen Stewart has been looking especially fabulous! I decided that we couldn’t miss this, especially on the eve of the movie coming out! Feast your eyes on all the fabulous below and be sure to check back tomorrow for our review of the movie, which we will be seeing at Scotiabank theatre tonight at 10pm!!


Posted by: popcouver | November 17, 2011

EYA’s SUSTAIN Program Films

In the spirit of relentless self promotion, I am happy to present my first effort at screenwriting, filming, and editing a film. This summer I was lucky enough to get involved with a great program called SUSTAIN, which was put on by the Environmental Youth Alliance in Vancouver. This great non-profit teamed up with others, including Check Your Head, Pull Focus Film School, Reel Youth, and the Vancouver Foundation to teach youths about Digital Media and its relevance to Social and Environmental Sustainability. It was an amazing program that taught me all sorts of skills that I may not have had the chance to acquire if it weren’t for these hardworking organizations. 

Anyhow, the films that delegates created at Pull Focus are now on EYA’s Youtube channel. Check out my work below, and click here to see the rest of the films. 

More info about SUSTAIN 2012 will be available in the coming months!

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