Determined, caring, passionate, and social media lover are only a few things that describe Still the King and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star Madison Iseman. Iseman has been a determined actor ever since she started playing with the camera and writing short films as a child. She is caring to the other hilarious cast members she gets to work with during her days on Still the King. Iseman has kept her passion for acting but realized that caring for one’s self is equally as important. She loves expressing her identity through social media and the sharing of thoughts it brings out. However, after speaking with Iseman, we quickly realized there is more to her than meets the eye.
Chad Rook is a man of many talents who plays to those strengths. The 35-year-old actor from Alberta has been in many popular shows over the years, such as Supernatural and The Flash. Rook has even covered other aspects of filmmaking besides acting, like directing and producing other films in multiple genres from comedy to drama. In terms of his work schedule, Rook has a sufficient amount on his plate and never feels that he should stop.
For Dana Gaier, voice acting originally didn’t seem like something she’d be suited for. “I never really thought that my voice was unique or distinct,” Gaier said. “Until my agent started sending me out for voiceover auditions.” Gaier has provided the voice for Edith in all three Despicable Me films, and she’s found voice acting to be something she really enjoys. She said that for the first film in the series, it was mostly a combination of excitement and anxiety throughout her recording sessions.
Ah, yes it’s summer (as if you already didn’t know). While it may be the perfect time to head to the beach and soak in some Vitamin D, it’s also the time to binge watch as much on Netflix while you can. Squeeze in all you can before the Fall TV series sneak their way back and before school starts again so that way you could be in the loop on all conversations. Whether you’re a first time binge watcher or you’re the type of person glued to Netflix, here’s what you need to see. Time to get cozy! We put an asterisk next to our picks.
While it does show improvement from the previous film, the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series proves that some studios will keep beating a dead horse or, in this case, a dead pirate, for money.
This film brings back the old swashbuckling gang of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), and their lovably dim-witted pirate crew and introduces young newcomers, Henry (Brenton Thwaites) and Carina (Kaya Scodelario) into the mix. There’s also the new mythic villain of the film, the ghostly Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem).
It wasn’t long ago that Netflix made its way into our homes via DVD deliveries. These days, we are flooded with options available at the tip of our fingers which is a double edged convenience. On one hand, we don’t have to wait to binge-watch seasons of our favorite shows, but we do have to sift through a whole lot of stuff we might not be interested in to find what we are really in the mood for. Fear not, fellow Netflixers! We have put together a short list of some of our favorite documentaries that are available now. These films are sure to please, whether you are an artistic soul, a true crime fanatic or a music buff!
Paterson was released late in 2016 and flew under the radar, but is certainly not a film to miss! It depicts the everyday life of a blue collar poet, beginning on a Monday. Paterson, played by Adam Driver, is a bus driver from the city of Paterson, New Jersey who gets up early and goes to work to drive his bus. While he drives his daily route, he eavesdrops on passengers’ conversations and, during breaks, writes poetry.
What clearly separated this film from its superhero counterparts were the characters, action, and the tone. Hugh Jackman’s version of the titular character, Logan/Wolverine stands out immensely. Throughout this film, the sadness, weariness, and mental and physical fatigue of this character was tangible with every gruesome fight and intense interaction with every character.
Sixteen years ago, a smart, young, fashionable woman went to law school. She dealt with misogyny, sexism, jealous classmates, and a professor who expected her to sleep with him for a vital spot in his class. Still, she remained sure of herself, her beliefs and abilities, and her love for pink clothes. That’s right, I am talking about the cult classic Legally Blonde.
The Little Prince is about a little girl who discovers a story that teaches her lessons that free her from an oppressive world of mediocrity, and introduces to her a world filled with hope and insights on the importance and beauty of things unseen. Philosophical, I know… But The Little Prince is a loose adaptation of its novel source, which happens to be a critically acclaimed literary masterpiece. The material is very powerful stuff, and this film does its best to capture a message for both adults and children.
I believe there was a time when the idea of a Suicide Squad (or Taskforce X) film gave me doubt more than anything else. However, I was promptly relieved of such concerns by a spectacular Comic-Con trailer from last year. It was the first in a series of neon soaked trailers that showed so much promise, and dare I say, appeared to be more attractive than Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. That first trailer was perfectly crafted. It was exceptional, and definitely whet the ravenous appetites of comic book fans and audiences alike. It gave Suicide Squad about a year to ride a bullet train of fan anticipation and high hopes. At first look, Suicide Squad appeared to be a dark and gritty action-packed superhero drama, but as August drew closer, the overall theme became distorted by a colorful audience of friendly trailers–which suggested that something changed…
When I heard that the Hollywood gods were making an adaptation to Jojo Moye’s heartbreaking novel Me Before You, I’ll admit I was skeptical. Would anyone would be able to re-create the magic that lies in those pages? Would they find an actress that could bring to life Louisa Clarke’s quirky charm without making her seem ridiculous? Would someone be able to capture the complexity of Will Trayner’s personality and stay away from the problematic Hollywood clichés that often accompany a character with a disability? The answer to all, and my pleasant surprise, was a rousing “yes.”