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The Many Faces of… Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams overview roles pictures

Rachel McAdams was born on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario. Growing up she was into figure skating, which she did until she was eighteen. She went to Myrtle Street Public School and Central Elgin Collegiate Institute. She played sport in school and was very active taking part in various activities, like the student council and a help team. She got interested in acting at the age of seven and started appearing in theatre productions from the age of twelve. Later she decided to chase a career as an actress.

Her first appearance on the screen was an MTV pilot called Shotgun Love Dolls. She appeared in The Hot Chick and Guilt by Association, but she really got noticed when she played the bitchy Regina George in Mean Girls. It meant her breakthrough, which was cemented by her starring role in The Notebook in 2004. She since has appeared in many movies including Wedding Crashers, Red Eye, State of Play, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Sherlock Holmes, Morning Glory, Midnight in Paris, The Vow, To the Wonder, About Time and A Most Wanted Man. Continue reading

Two Night Stand (2014)

Review Two Night Stand

Although I hate generalizing I do think that the romcom genre mainly appeals to the female part of moviegoers who like to dream about love for a moment watching to people who are “meant for each other” trying to get across some obstacles in their way before they get together. It means I’m not the biggest fan of the genre, being a man, and usually skip a lot of them. But as Miles Tiller managed to wow me with his peformance in Whiplash I had to give this more a chance to see how he did in this genre. Continue reading

Let’s Be Cops (2014)

review let's be cops

Is it possible to take only a small premise, in this case two guys pretending to be cops, and turn that into a feature length movie? My expectations were that it would quickly into a way too long drawn out sketch that spread itself too thin and not worth watching. But as I’m always curious I had to find out if this movie really was what I was expecting. Continue reading

Hercules (2014)

Review Hercules

How do legends form? How is it possible that some stories are forgotten within a few months, but others are still read centuries later and are still being told? Could it be because a specific story holds a lesson, like the well-known fairytales do? Or is it because the story is so unbelievable that it is exactly that which inspires its listener/reader? The admiration only increasing the more beautiful the story is, even if it might not be grounded in reality. It is something the best movies do. This one looks at the legend of Hercules. The son of the god Zeus who managed to defeat an unbeatable lion or who cut off the heads of the Hydra. Continue reading

The Monday Question: Oscar Bait!

The Monday Question

Something which I always find annoying in this period is that the movies everyone has been raving about in November/December finally show up in the cinemas here. Being patient is difficult when you really want to check out a specific movie. But that’s not what I want to ask you a question about. Many of these movies are either big historical epics or biopics. Now I’m not saying that is a bad thing (recently saw The Imitation Game and thought it was a very good movie), but I always think it is a shame that all these interesting movies are released during the same period to make sure that the Oscar voters remember them. What is you opinion about this?

What do you think of the release dates of Oscar worthy movies towards the end of the year and do you think this is only to make a bigger chance to win?

The Many Faces of… Billy Crudup

The many faces of billy crudup

After watching Almost Famous recently for my 2015 Blindspot series I wanted to take a look at the career of one of its stars: Billy Crudup.

He was born on July 8, 1968 in Manhasset, New York. At age 8 he moved to Texas with his family and later to Florida where he graduated in 1986. He had a passion for acting and acted with the LAB! Theatre. The University of North Carolina had a show on which he acted called General College. After graduating he got a role on Broadway in Arcadia. He also started acting in films with one of his first roles in the movie Sleepers. He continued to work on stage as well and received various Tony awards. He appeared in movies like Big Fish, Mission: Impossible III, The Good Shepherd, Watchmen, Public Enemies, Eat Pray Love and Blood Ties Continue reading