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Feb 28 2014

Eight Lasting Hollywood Bromances

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My first exposure to a bromance was in the era of Matt & Ben, when a pair of Bostonians nabbed an Oscar for Good Will Hunting.  They were fresh faced and naïve, but it tugged at your heart strings just a bit to see best friends succeed together.  And while girlfriends have come and go (J Lo, Minnie Driver), Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s bro bond has only grown stronger.  Thankfully the age of the bromance did not die with Gigli and brodeos everywhere have been helping men succeed in Hollywood. Continue Reading »

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Feb 26 2014

The Five Least Intimidating Villains of 90′s Comedies

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The 90′s were a great time for comedies. Riding on the success of big-budget blockbusters like Ghostbusters, 90′s comedies weren’t afraid to mix genres in an effort to appeal to the broadest audience possible. This era was when the comedy event-picture truly took off; releases all-year round were given larger budgets, and studios filled theater seats with people expecting some excitement and suspense in addition to laughing their butts off.

Appealing to action-seeking audiences was also a good out for screenwriters who could have found themselves wondering “how the hell do I take a kitchy 60′s sitcom like The Addams Family and keep people entertained for an hour and a half?” Plus, having a detestable villain would mean less overall effort spent convincing viewers to ally themselves with the quirky protagonists.

At least that was the idea. Some “fight the villain” plots were hard to buy into because the heroes could have won by simply not showing up. Plenty of these films’ antagonists are so horrifically ineffective that they never appeared to be a threat at any point in time. Here are some of the worst… Continue Reading »

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Feb 24 2014

You Talkin’ To Me: Five Movies That Break The Fourth Wall

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Hey you. Yes, you reading this article, right now. Why are you here? What brings you here today? Did the page come up on a random StumbleUpon? Are you a fan of the site? Have you read any of my stuff before? It’s just strange to me, there are billions of web pages, and you stopped here, at this one. Did you know when you began reading it that I would talking directly to you? It’s weird, because I know you are reading this right now. You are my somewhat captivated audience, and it is my job to entertain you. I thought maybe if I talked to you directly it would make this a more personal experience for you. Like you are involved with the process. You know what other medium does this sometimes? Film. So why don’t we take a minute to talk about it? Is that okay? Here are five movies that break the fourth wall, just like I am, right now with you. Kind of.

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Feb 21 2014

The 10 Smartest Characters on Television

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In a television landscape full of The Bachelor and Snookies, it’s rare to find a character that bucks the trend of the ridiculous and the stupid.  In celebration of smart characters and the writers who created them, I give you the top ten smartest characters (in no particular order). Continue Reading »

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Feb 12 2014

Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Monty Python

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In a few short months, the five surviving members of Monty Python will perform live on stage. This performance will be their first full-cast reunion since a tribute special filmed in 1989. The tickets sold out in exactly 43 seconds.

There’s a reason for this. It’s impossible to deny the timeless appeal of the Pythons. Even those who claim “not to get it” are more than capable of quoting the movies or television show if their life depended on it. A lot of people (myself included) are more familiar with the exact script and timing of scenes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail than their immediate family members’ birthdates.

Despite a working knowledge of Python gags and references, however, not many people know about the inner workings of Britain’s most infamous comedy troupe. While giggling to yourself and watching grown men in drag put on fake Welsh accents, did you ever stop to consider that… Continue Reading »

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Feb 10 2014

If You’re Into It: Seven Stellar Flight of the Conchords Songs

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Can we take just a moment to reflect on the awesome absurdity of Flight of the Conchords? You know, that musical/comedy/rap/folk duo who had their own insane and awesome HBO show? The Flight of the Conchords were brilliant. They really were. A folk rap duo out of New Zealand, they had very few competitors and seemed to have the market on that demographic on lock down. They struck a perfect chord (!) between genius and irreverent, and inevitably helped open the door for other mock rockers to do their own satire thing (Lonely Island, I am looking at you). But sadly, after the cancellation of their beloved HBO show, the duo has sort of went off and have done their own (successful) things since. But with rumors flying there may be a movie in the works down the road, I thought it might be fun to look back on some of their awesome songs and reflect on our favorite folk rock, rap duo out of New Zealand. No, I never tire of saying that. It just rolls off the tongue.

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Feb 04 2014

You Really Should Give A Listen To…Volume 1

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Talk used to be cheap, but in the iGeneration it’s free. Everyone and their dog has at least one podcast these days, and it seems more and more digital airwaves are toes-to-nose chock-a-block chit chat. As a New Yorker with a daily commute on the…wonderful…New York City subway system, my earholes are regularly filled with a plethora of podcasts. As such, I’ve built a digital collection that could rival the Library of Alexandria. You name it, I’ve probably heard at least five minutes.

Today I’ll be sharing some of the more lesser known podcasts I think you should check out. They’re all free and they’re all on iTunes. All you gotta do is press play… Continue Reading »

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Feb 03 2014

Five Genuinely Unsettling Video Games

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I think the proper way to start this would be to settle on the difference between scary and unsettling. First of all, the two can, and often do, co-exist. I tend to think the main difference is something that is scary is scary in that very moment. Alien is a scary movie that stops being scary once you shut it off. Exorcist is an unsettling movie. You can shut it off, but you cannot really shut it out. The images and ideas stay with you and dance around inside your brain. I jump out of a closet, that scares you. I scratch on your closet from the inside while you are in bed and you open it to find nothing there, that unsettles you. That stays with you, often begging more questions than answers.

With that out of the way, here are five genuinely unsettling games. Games that go one step beyond scary and tend to stay with you like a lucid nightmare, invading your thoughts. Be forewarned, this shit gets pretty heavy. I may have spoken of many of these games, but nothing like I speak of them here.

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Jan 31 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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Welcome to Friday, also known as, This Week In Movie Trailers!

How was everyone’s week? I hope good. It’s still Freezing, it’s still January (almost done thank god), and it’s still a little slow in the movie trailer side of things. It’s not ALL bad news, however: this weekend is Super Bowl Sunday! And you know what that means? No, not football; movie trailers! So next week we will be able to get a small peak at some of the big releases for 2014. About time, huh?

Anyway, let’s move on to the regular, small releases we have been getting use to lately. Not that it’s a bad thing! Continue Reading »

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Jan 29 2014

Seven Breathtaking Fully-Orchestrated Video Game Soundtracks

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Video game soundtracks have come a long way since the Atari days. Back then, beeps and boops were all you had. Some games made do with these limitations and excelled, but others produced auditory abominations that demanded muting.

Now, though, thanks to advances in storage media, games with a big enough budget can produce soundtracks that are on par with Hollywood film scores. Video games as well as their music have really begun to come into their own within our culture. Hans Zimmer even assisted with the Modern Warfare 2 soundtrack, if that tells you anything. Going the extra mile and arranging a full, live orchestra to perform and record your game soundtrack/score instead of using samples really bumps up the production values and atmosphere. Some games have such quality orchestral soundtracks that they demand recognition by virtue of that alone, games like…

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Jan 27 2014

Six Amazing Games From 2013 You Might Not Have Played

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I think one of the things that bothers me about journalism is just how uniform it is sometimes. What I am referring to are end of the year, best-of lists, and I know I have said this before. It seems no matter what site you are on, they are all pretty much the same. Now I know what you’re thinking. Well, if those are the best games out that year, it makes sense that all lists would have similar games. But I have to ask, if someone is just re-writing a list that is already out there, what is the point? In thinking that, I began forcing myself to think outside the box about gaming in 2013.

Yes, we all know GTA V was friggin’ stellar, but what about all the awesome games that kind of got ignored? Well, this list is about them. These are six amazing games from 2013 you MIGHT not have played. Note, if you have played these, feel free to back me up in the comments so the good people know what they are missing.

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