Showing posts with label Film Reviews. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Film Reviews. Show all posts

Friday, August 29, 2014

Check out @CantinflasMovie - in theaters NOW! #Cantinflas


If the name Mario Fortino Alfonso Moreno Reyes doesn't ring a bell perhaps Cantinflas does? The Mexican comic film actor, producer and screenwriter was best known for his portrayal of Cantinflas part campesino (peasant), with a quick tongue that poked fun at the pretentious and powerful and a wicked sense of comedic timing. Dubbed as the "Charlie Chaplin of Mexico", his claim to fame in the US Market came when he co-starred with David Niven in the 1956 film Around the World in 80 Days which garnered him a Golden Globe.

While the role of Cantinflas became intrinsically enmeshed with his own identity, Mario Moreno was also a business leader who became involved in Mexico's labor politics, and was known for his work in the early struggle against the one-party government's practice of controlling unions. He was also a philantropist who was said to have donated half of his earnings to charity.

First and foremost I have to share that Óscar Jaenada does an amazing and incredibly respectful job in his portrayal of both Cantinflas the character and Mario the man. Despite how inseparable they may have been to others, there are so many nuances to playing someone so dynamic and Óscar really does do an amazing job.

Real Cantiflas vs Oscar Jaenada Collage

As you can see from the collage above, he truly nails the look! And when you see the movie it's a pleasant surprise just how well he nails the man and the character that is Cantinflas.


Cantinflas is the untold story of Mexico's greatest and most beloved comedy film star of all time. From his humble origins on the small stage to the bright light of Hollywood. Mexican icon, Mario Moreno, "Cantinflas" as seen through producer Michael Todd's (played by Michael Imperioli) eyes, getting a glimpse of their collaboration on the 1957 film, "Around the World in 80 Days", winning 5 Oscars and 2 Golden Globes, and turning into the top grossing film of their time. Cantinflas tells the story of a man who got his start in Mexico's equivalent of the Vaudeville theater, his talent and humor traveling the world over.

En Español: La vida de Mario Moreno "Cantinflas" se presenta bajo la mirada del productor Michael Todd con quién colabora en el filme "La vuelta al mundo en 80 días" en 1957 ganando el Globo de Oro y el Oscar respectivamente, además de covertirla en la pelicula mas taquillera de su época. CANTINFLAS cuenta la historia de un mexicano que comenzando su carrrera en una pequeña carpa arrabal, logra llevar su talento cultura y sentido del humor al mundo entero.


The movie represents the timeless struggle for authenticity and success which makes it relatable to today's audience who may not necessarily understand the character of Cantinflas or his body of work. As a Latina I personally want to see this film succeed. I want our Latino Youth to see more than Hollywood's typical Drug Dealer offering, I want our Youth to know that you can be authentic and pursue your dreams. I want young Latinos to be able to see a face they relate to on the big screen. One that is taking those ganas, and doing something positive to better both himself and society at large.

I just wish that the real Mario had fallen in love with a Latina, I am tired of our men's idea of success being a white woman on their arm. You can't tell me that that one sassy, confident and beautiful Latina didn't cross his path? But I digress. In life Mario Moreno fell in love with a Russian Woman, and their love story is also played out in the film. And I just have to say it but I hated the casting albeit for the brief moment he appeared of Yul Brynner for the Golden Globes scene, again, that is just my personal choice and opinion (and a total aside)! On another aside I wish they had left out the scene that alluded to an affair/transgression, it didn't add anything in my opinion and as someone who is familiar with the character of Cantinflas I thought it totally un-necessary. (Perhaps I will have to tap into my inner screenwriter and bring a Latino Character to the screen who isn't selling drugs, having affairs and actually falls in love with a Latina!)

Get social with Cantinflas on both Facebook and Twitter, and be sure to use the hashtag #Cantinflas so we can all follow in the conversation. If you are looking for a way to beat the heat this last weekend of summer and take in a movie, you know which one I am recommending!

Butterflies once you have seen the movie, come back here and let us know what you think of it. Happy Labor Day Weekend to all!

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

{#Movie Review} @EpicTheMovie in theaters now + Armando Pérez aka @Pitbull discusses his role as 'Bufo' #EpicMamarazzi

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Butterflies!

It's a rainy Memorial Day Weekend in New York City so far, and I don't know about you, but I'm not letting Mother Nature get in the way of my 3 day weekend! A favorite rainy day activity of mine is definitely the movies, and if a family friendly movie is on your agenda this holiday weekend, then I  have one that just might fit the bill!

Yesterday, the movie Epic hit theaters and last week I had the opportunity to attend the #EpicMamarazzi with the dynamic duo behind TheMoms who hosted a Mamarazzi® With Pitbull.


EPIC is a 3D CG adventure comedy that reveals a fantastical world unlike any other. From the creators of ICE AGE and RIO, EPIC tells the story of an ongoing battle between the forces of good, who keep the natural world alive, and the forces of evil, who wish to destroy it. When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she teams up with an elite band of warriors and a crew of comical, larger-than-life figures to save their world ... and ours.

Left: Denise Albert, Center: Pitbull, Right: Melissa Musen Gerstein


Beyoncé Knowles (Voice of 'Queen Tara')

Colin Farrell (Voice of 'General Ronin')

Josh Hutcherson (Voice of 'Nod')

Christoph Waltz (Voice of 'Mandrake')

Amanda Seyfried (Voice of Mary Katherine 'MK')

Armando Pérez aka Pitbull (Voice of the frog 'Bufo')

Steven Tyler (Voice of 'Nim Galuu')

Aziz Ansari (Voice of 'Mub')

Chris O'Dowd (Voice of 'Grub')
+ Jason Sudeikis (Voice of the dad, 'Bomba')


Pitbull participated in a very brief Q&A before the movie:

Credit: Fredy Mfuko , Mission 101 media


Epic is definitely family friendly fun that offers laughs for both the little ones and the adults! Often times a movie will have what I call a 'scene stealer' and in this movie Aziz Ansari, the voice of 'Mub' steals every scene he is in! Mub and Grub were lovable, cute and provide quite a few of the laugh out loud moments in the movie. Beyoncé is a warm Queen Tara and Pitbull is a believable Frog, and Jason Sudeikis delivers as the clueless Dad that was so tapped into his 'work' that he was missing what was right under his nose.

It's a great reminder for parents to spend more time living than just 'making a living'.

Left: Denise Albert, Center: Pitbull, Right: Melissa Musen Gerstein - Pitbull reminded the young ones in the audience the importance of heeding the advice of their mothers!

I have to apologize for the grainy photos, but for some reason unknown to anyone else who arrived almost 1 hour and a half before start time like I did, we were forced to move super far back, and vacate great seats only to have late comers take our seats. Because the theater wanted the seating filled from back to front upon arrival, so as far as the theater goes AMC 25, in midtown they were an epic fail, but the movie was a definite 'Ticket'. Seeing as how my online persona is 'The Official #TwitterPartyDJ' I was hoping to get a picture with Pitbull, but from my nosebleeds that didn't happen......hopefully I will get the chance to meet him person someday and get my photo opp!

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

{#Movie Review} @Disconnect_Film in select theaters Friday, April 12th, 2013! Is the Film Debut of @marcjacobs a ticket or skip it?

Last week was a super busy week for me butterflies, jam packed with back to back events both day and night, and then my birthday, then a long weekend away (ironically enough, entirely DISCONNECTED and tech free), and now have over 7,000 emails to contend with in just one of my accounts, so me being in chicken without a head mode, I almost forgot there is a specific order I need to share my event recaps from last week in to have them make any sense for you!

I got to see a Press Screening of the movie Disconnect, which hits select theaters tomorrow, Friday, April 12th 2013. Because of my crazy schedule I didn't have much time to do any research on the title, but was super excited to discover that this release is also the film debut of Fashion Designer extraordinaire whose handbags I've long been obsessed with, Marc Jacobs! And then as the movie introduces the characters I was super excited to see Alexander Skarsgard who also plays Eric in my favorite TV series, HBO's True Blood!


A hard-working lawyer, attached to his cell phone, can't find the time to communicate with his family. A couple is drawn into a dangerous situation when their secrets are exposed online. A widowed ex-cop struggles to raise a mischievous son who cyber-bullies a classmate. An ambitious journalist sees a career-making story in a teen that performs on an adult-only site. They are strangers, neighbors and colleagues and their stories collide in this riveting dramatic thriller about ordinary people struggling to connect in today's wired world.

En Espanol:

Un abogado muy trabajador, atado a su teléfono celular, no puede encontrar el tiempo para comunicarse con su familia. Una pareja se coloca en una situación peligrosa al sus secretos exponen en línea. Un ex policía viudo lucha para criar a un hijo travieso que ciber-matones un compañero de clase. Una periodista ambiciosa ve una historia que puede hacer su carrera en un adolescente que lleva a cabo en un sitio sólo para adultos. Son extraños, vecinos y colegas y chocan sus historias en este fascinante thriller dramático sobre personas comunes y corrientes que luchan conectar en el mundo por cable de hoy.



Jason Bateman plays Rich Boyd in Disconnect, hits select theaters Friday, April 12th

Hope Davis plays Lydia Boyd in Disconnect, hits select theaters Friday, April 12th

Frank Grillo plays Mike Dixon in Disconnect, hits select theaters Friday, April 12th

Paula Patton plays Cindy Hull in Disconnect, hits select theaters Friday, April 12th

Andrea Riseborough plays Nina Dunham in Disconnect, hits select theaters Friday, April 12th

Alexander Skarsgard plays Derek Hull in Disconnect, hits select theaters Friday, April 12th

Michael Nyqvist plays Schumacher in Disconnect, hits select theaters Friday, April 12th
Max Thieriot plays Kyle in Disconnect, hits select theaters Friday, April 12th

Colin Ford plays Jason Dixon in Disconnect, hits select theaters Friday, April 12th
Jonah Bobo plays Ben Boyd in Disconnect, hits select theaters Friday, April 12th

Haley Ramm plays Abby Boyd in Disconnect, hits select theaters Friday, April 12th

Left: Max Thieriot who plays Kyle and Right: Marc Jacobs who plays Harvey in  the movie release Disconnect, which hits select theaters Friday, April 12th

My Take:

This film is kind of where 'Crash' meets 'the ills of modern day technology'. Is our society so dependent on technology that it's becoming oblivious to not just those across the globe, but those in the SAME room? Director Henry-Alex Rubin (son of art historian James H. Rubin) directs a strong cast. The movie is well paced and intense and Marc Jacobs is an interesting presence as Harvey, who lures young teens into becoming sex cam models. He doesn't play a nice guy here, so should it scare us all that he did it very well or should we just admire the newest skill he is adding to his already impressive resume?

It's actually the younger members of the cast who really shine here, the exploration of how cyber-bullying so adversely affects young people and their families is accurate, and if it doesn't scare parents into being more vigilant about what their children are really up to, then nothing will. Frank Grillo does a good job at portraying ex-NYPD officer Mike Dixon who after losing his wife and wanting to be home more for their son, becomes an investigator who has no idea that his own child is a cyber-bully. and while I have never been much of a fan, I will admit Jason Bateman gives a solid performance here as an ambitious lawyer who is forced to confront his lack of family presence when a prank gone horribly wrong causes his own son to attempt to take his own life (played expertly by Jonah Bobo who was also in Crazy, Stupid, Love. or if you have young kiddos you will probably recognize his voice as 'Austin' on the Nickelodeon series 'Backyardiagns' as well as the voice of 'Todd' in the animated video The Fox and the Hound 2').

Get Social:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Get the latest movie updates by following @Disconnect_Film via Twitter

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - You can also check out the latest news on their Facebook page (and you can press the video trailer above to go straight to the YouTube page for the film).

I definitely say 'Ticket' butterflies, and if you do see it this weekend, please come back here and share your thoughts!

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FTC Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post, no monetary compensation has been received by Ascending Butterfly, we were provided only with Press Screening access for editorial consideration.