How an iStock Promo Code Made This Site Possible

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We wanted to make a site that celebrated Johnny Depp’s great film The Tourist, and so far we’ve done that. We’re super proud. Unfortunately, there was a question: how do we use images of Depp and Angelina Jolie on this site? Luckily we were able to find out about iStockphoto.com, and other ‘micro-stock’ sites like it. Since then we’ve signed up for a membership (we used an iStock promo code, so it was affordable for us) on iStockphoto.com and have been able to create a high quality site that uses the images of these amazing two movie stars. Now, here’s a review of another Depp starrer that we wrote a few years back:

Movie Review: Into the Woods

 
Into the Woods is an impressive screen adaptation of a popular Broadway musical by the same name. If you like twisted fairy tales, you’ll love Into the Woods. The musical follows the characters in classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales and weaves their stories together as they whiz past “happily ever after” to some unsettling conclusions. “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Cinderella,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” and “Rapunzel” are connected through an original tale called “The Baker and His Wife.”
 
The opening number sends the fairy-tale characters into the woods as it presents one of the film’s overarching themes, the consequences of wishing for something more. As the characters interact with each other in the woods, they experience challenges, often resulting from their wishes. In literature, the forest is frequently a trope that symbolizes a place of disorder and testing. The opening number makes it clear that each character will be tested and changed before he or she leaves the woods.
 
While all of the actors endear themselves to the audience, Jack of “Jack and the Beanstalk” steals the show. Daniel Huddlestone, the 15-year-old British actor, amazes audiences with his rendition of “Giants in the Sky.” Huddlestone has been on stage since he was nine, and his experience is evident. When Huddlestone sings, audiences can hear traces of Gavroche, the character he played in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Miserables.
 
Meryl Streep‘s portrayal of the witch also commands attention. Streep, whose flawless acting allows the audience to empathize with a witch who locks her “daughter” in a tower, is tasked with presenting another important theme when she sings “Children Will Listen.” Children are intimately familiar with fairy tales, and many little girls identify with at least one Disney princess. Streep questions the wisdom of telling children happily-ever-after stories when she asks, “How do you say it will all be alright / When you know that it mightn’t be true? What do you do?”


 
Johnny Depp’s portrayal of the Big Bad Wolf is short but compelling. The wolf is intended to symbolize a sexual predator, but many presentations of the musical fall short when attempting to make this role clear. However, Depp oozes creepy pedophile vibes when he sings “Hello Little Girl.” Even if audiences don’t make the sexual predator connection, they do understand that something is very wrong. Depp, dressed as a pimp, makes the wolf’s intentions clear. When Little Red Riding Hood emerges from her grandmother’s house singing “I Know Things Now,” the audience understands that this little girl has had a coming-of-age experience.
 
The only disappointment in the movie is the incomplete Rapunzel story and the omission of the “Agony” reprise. Without the reprise, which Disney may have omitted to obtain a PG rating, Rapunzel’s story is left unfinished. Surely, we are not expected to believe that she rides off with her prince and lives happily ever after when the film’s purpose is to follow the characters beyond the happily-ever-after moment into reality.

Purchase

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Purchase Options For The Tourist:

Want to watch The Tourist but aren’t sure how to watch it? We’ll go through several options for you to watch the film as rapidly as possible: whether online or through purchasing a copy.

Online Streaming Options:

iTunes (Apple)

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You can rent or buy The Tourist through iTunes and starting watching within minutes. If you have an Apple ID already set up then you can click purchase and start watching it right now.
If you don’t have an Apple ID, then you can set one up very quickly. Keep in mind that you will need a valid credit card in order to make purchases on your account.
The Tourist is best viewed on a large television. If you have an Apple TV, then you can purchase the movie from the comfort of your living room and start watching right away. If you don’t, then you can watch it on any Apple-enabled device: an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and your computer.

Vudu

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Like iTunes, you can rent or purchase the movie from Vudu instantly. You can also choose between standard definition (SD) and high-definition (HD). If you have a bandwidth-cap from your Internet Service Provider, then this could save you from burning through it too quickly.
Vudu also requires an account with a valid credit card in order to rent or purchase films.

Amazon Instant Video

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If you have an Amazon account (and nearly everyone does!) you can rent or stream The Tourist instantly. If you an Amazon Prime account you will also get other special offers. If you choose to rent The Tourist, you have a 30 day rental period to enjoy the film. Keep in mind though, that once you start watching the film, you only have 48 hours to complete it before the rental period expires.

Youtube

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You can watch the movie online using YouTube’s new pay service. The rental price is comparable to the other streaming services mentioned above.

Sites That Don’t Have The Tourist:

The following sites currently are not streaming The Tourist: Netflix, Hulu, Redbox.

How To Purchase a DVD or Bluray:

You can purchase a DVD or Bluray via Amazon.com or Best Buy. Both of those websites (as well as Best Buy’s stores) will have The Tourist available to you within a couple of days. That way you can build a collection of movies you have seen and you can enjoy them anytime you wish!

Watch The Trailer Below:

Golden Globe Nominations!

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The Tourist has been nominated for three Golden Globes! The nominations are for Angelina Jolie (Best Actress), Johnny Depp (Best Actor), and Best Motion Picture (musical or comedy….?)
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Why is The Tourist a Comedy?

The co-writer and Director of The Tourist, Henckel von Donnersmarck, called the film a “a travel romance with thriller elements“.

Turns out the Director had a change of heart when it came to submitting his film for awards consideration. The HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) were asked by Von Donnersmarck to consider the film in the comedy category, as opposed to drama.

The ‘fish-out-of-water’ nature of the story and the intentionally absurd action sequences mean the film is in an unique situation where it can be considered both as an action-drama and an action-comedy.

Since the Drama category tends to be more competitive, The Tourist was able to take advantage of the Golden Globes’ unique categories to garner nominations for the film as well as its super-powered leads: Jolie and Depp.

Check out a trailer for The Tourist below: