Be Here Now: The Andy Whitfield Story

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A couple of weeks ago I watched the documentary “Be Here Now”. It tells the story of Andy Whitfield, best known for his lead role in the hit television show, Spartacus, which first aired back in 2010. Andy wowed the public with his performance as Spartacus so naturally, everyone was shocked when the news of his diagnosis of Lymphoma broke.

 “When we decided to do this, we felt that if we’re going to go through something like this, let’s see what we can learn and share. Otherwise, it’s just another wasted journey.” – Vashti Whitfield

Andy and his wife decided to document his second round of treatments and while this was an extremely difficult thing to watch, it was all the more beautiful. In watching the documentary, it hit home. I remember watching my little sister go through the different stages of treatment. She was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia), when she was 18 months old, and how it breaks down all the good cells in the body. Luckily, my sister has been in remission since she was four years old.

So, as I was watching Andy and his family go such a tremendous battle of life, it was both hard and relatable. The thing is, when watching this documentary, you know it doesn’t end well, and so this made it all the more difficult to get through. Andy was quite a vision to behold. He was a gorgeous man to say the very least and his acting was captivating. I was completely mesmerized by the way Andy and his wife looked upon each other and spoke to one another with this amazing outlook of life. They both had this complete faith in manifesting whatever you may want in life by simply believing it is already yours and for most, it is not something that can be believed whole heartedly. However, in their case, this is how they lived their lives and for the most part, they achieved all that they wanted. While one of these things could have been Andy living a much longer life than he was able, it seemed that they really understood and accepted that this was just a part of their journey. They chose to live their life to the absolute fullest and in doing so, they approached each day with optimism and love. You truly feel and see the beauty in their journey and while difficult, it is something I recommend all to see. It really shows the viewer that while life can be very messy, there is so much beauty to behold and it is important to enjoy all that life has to offer and accept each moment with love and gratitude.

Click below for the trailer. Watch the full documentary on Netflix.

x Steph Cardozo

Life

Logan

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Plotline in a nutshell…
It is the year 2029 and mutants are all but extinct. Logan (Hugh Jackman) is living in obscurity as a limo driver just over the Mexican border, while also taking care of (Professor) Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart). He is approached by a woman, who previously worked for a company called “Alkili-Transigen”, a front for the Canadian Weapon X program that was responsible for the “weapon” Logan became. She entrusts him with an 11 year old girl, Laura (X-23) with the goal of getting her to the Canadian border so that she might cross to “Eden”, a “safe haven” of sorts for the few remaining mutants.

That being said, I have been a MAJOR fan of Logan/Wolverine since the early 80’s. Hell, he was my first tattoo. So for me this film was a bit personal. When they made the first X-Men film my first thought was “If they get Wolverine right the rest will take care of itself”. Then, they cast Hugh Jackman. Right from the start, miscast in the eyes of many Wolverine fans. Too tall. Logan is supposed to be around 5’4″.  But in that first scene in the bar, I was convinced. And in the years and films that have followed Jackman has more than earned his stripes. He took the character seriously and yet also made it his own. Unfortunately, the “Wolverine” we’ve seen in the X-men films has been decent but not quite right. He’s been “watered down”.  His last film “The Wolverine” was as close to the good old John Byrne/Frank Miller days as we’ve gotten.

And now we have LOGAN.  We have the Logan we’ve been waiting on for years. It’s brutal, it’s raw, it’s violent, and yet it’s also sweet and nostalgic. Logan is the movie the fans deserved and been waiting for. It’s appropriate that it’s simply titled “Logan” because it’s simply about the man, not the superhero. Especially poignant is his relationship with Xavier. Because it subtly reminds us that Logan’s trust, loyalty and respect is HARD earned. So when we see how he’s taken on the role of Xavier’s caretaker, we see the – if I may dare say- affectionate side of Logan. And his sense of hard-earned loyalty.

All in all I consider this the BEST of the X-men series of films. Well written, acted, and directed.  Also, Dafne Keen as Laura? For her age, she was amazing. Straight up mesmerizing. Despite this being a comic book film, Hugh Jackman could easily garner a nomination for a Golden Globe or Oscar.  Possibly his best performance ever (and that’s saying a lot).

Much like Stallone did with Rocky Balboa and Rambo, Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold say goodbye to Logan with respect, dignity and grace.

-Cleary

 

Post Oscars 2017

And the Oscar went to… 

  • Best Picture: Hidden Figures Moonlight
  • Actor in a Leading Role: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Actress in a Leading Role: Ruth Negga. Loving Emma Stone, La La Land
  • Actor in a Supporting Role: Dev Patel, Lion Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
  • Actress in a Supporting Role: Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea Viola Davis, Fences
  • Animated Feature Film: Moana Zootopia
  • Cinematography: La La Land
  • Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Directing: Arrival La La Land
  • Makeup and Hairstyling: Star Trek Beyond Suicide Squad
  • Music (Original Song): “Can’t Stop the Feeling”, Trolls “ “City of Stars” La La Land
  • Visual Effects: Rouge One: A Star Wars Story The Jungle Book
  • Writing (Adaptive Screenplay): Hidden Figures Moonlight
  • Writing (Original Screenplay): Hell or High Water Manchester by the Sea

*In red are the  winners I did not predict*

And just like that, the Oscars are over, but not without a bang. Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali gave great speeches. Not political and from the heart. Viola even brought me to tears. Even though they were not my choice for their nominated categories, they are both still phenomenal actors who are finally being recognized on the highest level.

Jimmy Kimmel continuing to mess with his friend Matt Damon will never get old. Also, kudos to Jimmy for bringing in some unexpected fans into the theater, for a once in a lifetime tour bus ride to the see the most famous people in the world, all in one room. That was a super cool moment.

Lastly, about that Best Film flub. Talk about great television. It was like a train wreck. I wanted neither film to win. I thought they were both overrated. I will say that I do feel badly for Warren Beatty. He was confused, for good reason, and then tried to read the correct envelope to only have it snatched from his hand (quite rudely)  and still had the courage to apologize in front of everyone. What a man. Mr. Beatty should get an apology for the disrespect. Not because he is a legendary actor but because he is an elder man, and at the end of the day, you don’t treat your elders that way.

Hopefully this year we get the same amount of great films or more for next year’s Oscars. Until then, just grab a beer and catch a movie at the theater….. Logan in 3 days!

-Stephanie

Till next year Oscar

Oscars 2017

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With the Oscars airing this Sunday, everyone here at Sup, Nerds! from Brendan and me to our guest blogger Stephanie, made it a mission to watch all of the films nominated for the categories listed below.

And the Oscar goes to… 

  • Best Picture: Hidden Figures
  • Actor in a Leading Role: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Actress in a Leading Role: Ruth Negga. Loving
  • Actor in a Supporting Role: Dev Patel, Lion
  • Actress in a Supporting Role: Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea
  • Animated Feature Film: Moana
  • Cinematography: La La Land
  • Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Directing: Arrival
  • Makeup and Hairstyling: Star Trek Beyond
  • Music (Original Song): “Can’t Stop the Feeling”, Trolls
  • Visual Effects: Rouge One: A Star Wars Story
  • Writing (Adaptive Screenplay): Hidden Figures
  • Writing (Original Screenplay): Hell or High Water

 

To be honest, the only film we did not get to was “Fences”. I love Viola Davis. I feel she is beyond talented and is finally getting the recognition she deserves and earned. Nevertheless, the movie simply did not grab my attention. As for the Best Film category, the main event of the Oscars, it was hard deciding between “Hidden Figures” or “Hell or High Water”. Both couldn’t be more different but both also gave the audience something new to watch. For me personally, Hidden Figures taught me something new about our history. The truly inspiring story of these 3 women, who changed history and whom history forgot about is sad. However, I am glad that their story is being shared for everyone to know and remember their names, forever.


This was definitely a first for us, to watch and review most of the Oscar nominated films, especially since we pride ourselves on not caring what the Academy thinks. Most of the time, the films nominated are overrated and too artsy fartsy. This year was different. Original content was created and thank goodness the Oscars woke up and took notice.

We hope you liked our Oscars 2017 coverage. Now, let’s see who wins. 🍿🎥🏆

The LEGO Batman Movie

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Here at Sup, Nerds! we like to hear reviews from anyone and at any age. This is a first for us, so please welcome our first review from a child’s point of view. Also, this report is written word for word by our guest reviewer, no spelling or grammatical errors.


*Spoiler Alert*

The LEGO Batman Movie is a great family movie.

Batman was not nice to Robin, but I know see why. He did not know that he said “yes” to be his father. Batman did not realize how much he needed a family until Barbara Gordon, Robin and Alfred became a team with Batman as the leader. Robin was so happy that he had a family again.

My favorite character was Barbara because she became Batgirl. She’s a great fighter too.

Love,

Elizabeth Marie Laporte (age 7)

Go Batgirl!

Manchester by the Sea

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Synopsis: Lee Chandler is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city. His brother’s heart has given out suddenly, and he’s been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. As if losing his only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren’t enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy. (via Wikipedia)


Get a box of Kleenex ready because this film is sure to make you cry….. the ugly kind.

*** Spoiler Alert ***


The beginning of the film follows Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), a handyman who has zero fucks about his life. For the first 30 minutes or so, I was wondering “Is this going somewhere because he’s just an asshole, who is kind of a loner and this is boring”, and then, we finally get to see why Lee is the person that he is. Yes, he’s an asshole and a loner but more than anything he is numb. He is numb from the pain, for feeling the guilt of being irresponsible and the consequences from his actions causing the deaths of his young daughters.

For me, the story starts there. We know why Lee is detached from his family and friends. With the unexpected loss of his brother and becoming a guardian to his nephew is weighing on him. He feels that by becoming his guardian, he might also kill his nephew. Even though Lee did not kill his daughters, a quick moment of irresponsibly, one that I am sure we’ve all had, came at the highest price. After the reveal, Lee starts to struggle to keep his barriers up, trying to convince himself that maybe he can take care of his nephew but he just cannot shake the tragic loss of his daughters and ends up giving his guardianship to a family friend. He loves his nephew but wants the best for him and Lee knows that he is not the best guardian. He needs to truly find help himself and at the end of film, at least for me, Lee is opening up again and will possibly find the help he needs.

Although the film is depressingly sad and great at the same time, I don’t believe it should win Best Film. We’ve seen this story in some shape or form in the past BUT Michelle Williams truly deserves the Oscar for Best Female Actress. She only has about 20 minutes of total screen time in a 2 hour and 20 minute film. The scene where she tried to have a conversation with Lee about the loss of their daughters and her breakdown…. WOW!

I could really feel her pain. We’ve all known loss in some way, we know what that cry sounds like, and maybe she used her own loses as her reference, because her monologue was heartbreaking.

With all of that said, if you want to watch a very sad film that is sure to make you cry, then watch Manchester by the Sea. The acting is very real. Just keep the tissues handy.

Oscar Contender #7

John Wick: Chapter 2

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Now that I’m done reviewing Oscar nominated films, I can go back to my usual tone and style of writing.  With that being said, holy shit.  This movie made me feel like I injected cocaine straight into my dick, and someone gave me a muscle car.  The flow of this movie was incredible.  My only gripe with these films is that you’ll give yourself a bladder infection, if you have to pee at any point in the movie, because your ass is going to hold it.  It’s that gripping.


*** Spoiler Alert ***        


The movie picks up where the first left off.  John is still pissed about his puppy and his car.  We open with a loud muscle car chasing a motorcycle.  John wants whoever is on that bike. Badly.  And because we know John Wick (Keanu Reeves), you know he gets the guy.  Turns out he only wanted the guys’ key card to gain access to the base of operation of Viggo Tarasov’s brother, Abram.  Abram (Peter Stormare) knows exactly who John is, and what he’s capable of.  And, you damn well better believe, he wants no part of what his deceased nephew and brother started.  Tough shit. John wants his damn car back, and it’s sitting in your warehouse.  Abram is frantically moving all of his money and product from there, because he knows the wake of destruction Wick will/is bringing.  After a few minutes of some beautiful hand to hand choreography, and “in your face” gun play (No, seriously.  I need to re-watch chapter 1 and 2, just to count the head shots), he storms into Abram’s office, pours 2 glasses of vodka, and offers peace to Abram.  John gets in his car, and goes home.

Not to give the whole movie away, but it picks up again, when Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio) a figure from Wick’s past shows up with Wick’s marker.  With “rules” playing a huge part in the underworld, Wick protests the marker because he just wants to be done with that world.  But, eventually he’s left with no choice but to oblige.  Once again, Wick unleashes destruction, cunning, brute force, and a plethora of headshots upon anything and anyone in his way.

To say that this movie pumps you up, would be an understatement.  I left the theatre driving my wife’s Toyota a tad bit more aggressively than normal.  Upon arriving home, I had to walk our dog, Chunk.  Being night time, and living in the crazy world we do, I am always in a heightened state of awareness when walking him through our unlit wooded/residential neighborhood.  In the distance, I could hear shouting and rowdiness.  Those sounds got closer and closer, and Chunks hackles were standing on high.  It was a seemingly small group of obnoxious assholes approaching.  Chunk began to bare his teeth, and I was ready.  I can’t tell you how many scenarios went through my head.  Unlike the first John Wick, they would not get a chance to kick my dog.  I had it worked out so I could neutralize one of them with Chunk’s leash, while Chunk keeps the others occupied.  It turns out the assholes were just going to their car.  In a sick way, Chunk and I were a little disappointed that nothing transpired, and just walked back home.  That is the level of pump this movie will deliver.

I highly recommend.

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