Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is a name synonymous with the word freedom— freedom of choice, freedom to live, and freedom to reach your full potential without constraints. He created a nonviolent template to follow. His dream lives on today and it still rings true in my life. You can see evidence of this in several films that follow Dr. King’s legacy. Check out my top five below.Read More
After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Biomechanics, Michelle Dean worked in automotive engineering, then landed an entry-level position in the motion capture department at George Lucas’s company, Industrial Light & Magic. She has since worked for nearly two decades as a digital artist on some of the biggest Hollywood movies. Read our interview with her here.Read More
By Tiffany Unscripted of Your Film Review™
At some point in your life, you recognize that you're overdue for a makeover. If those Urkel suspenders and mullet hair are no longer working for you, what can you do?
There are numerous products on the market promising to make you look dazzling for a price. If your wallet is telling you to slow your roll, consider downloading a few makeover apps. Always wanted to try the latest fashion trend? Well, there's an app for that. Experiment with reducing your double chin, having bangs, and plumping your lips. With a mobile app makeover, you're only limited by your imagination.
For the rest of us, we can enjoy the vicarious thrill that comes with watching a character transform halfway through a movie. I've selected five of cinema's best "from not to hot" moments. Check them out below and feel free to tell me your favorite movie makeover moments.
Eliza Doolittle (Audrey Hepburn) - MY FAIR LADY
"I washed my face and hands before I came, I did."
Dirty, smelly, and tattered was Eliza Doolittle's (Audrey Hepburn) before being transformed into a stunning beauty, one who was articulate, elegant, and posh. This makeover made her presentable to work as a florist. Apparently, floral boutiques were one of the top jobs during the 1800s in England. It was one of the most iconic makeovers in cinema history.
Mia Thermopolis (Anne Hathaway) - THE PRINCESS DIARIES
"I can't be a princess! I'm still waiting for the normal body parts to arrive!"
Remember those high school years, where braces, musicals, and dodgeball were rites of passage for geeks? Geek girl Mia had to navigate frizzy hair, being a tenth-grader, and the sudden popularity that came with being outed as a princess. It's amazing what a flat iron, eyeliner, and a royal title will do.
Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) - MISS CONGENIALITY
"I am in a dress, I have gel in my hair, I haven’t slept all night, I’m starved, AND I’m armed! Don’t MESS with me!"
I can relate to Gracie's tomboy ways. I was the girl who loved building forts with the boys and going on commando raids with them. I could climb trees with the best of my male counterparts. The key that made Gracie's transformation so incredible was how horrid she looked before her makeover.
Marisa Ventura (Jennifer Lopez) - MAID IN MANHATTAN
"Look, who's kidding who here? Do you think you would have taken a second look at me if you knew I was a maid?"
Marisa scrubbed toilets and served posh guests. She wondered when it would be her turn to experience the lifestyle of the privileged. This film doesn't show any miraculous makeover reveals. Instead, Marisa's transformation is subtle and very special.
Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) - LIMITLESS
"I was blind but now I see."
Who doesn't like a man wearing an amazing suit? Watching Eddie undergo his transformation from bleak to chic is worth 105 minutes.
Mychael Danna is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning composer whose career has stretched over nearly 30 years. He has 109 credits for scoring for both feature films and television. His score for Ang Lee’s 2012 film Life of Pi brought him an Oscar. Here he talks to us about his career, how he got started, and what goes into composing a score.Read More
Bubble baths make it into many of the movies we love. Whether it's Scarface or a Disney movie, enjoy some of our favorite sudsy scenes!Read More