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Apr 18 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

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Hey guys, welcome to This Week In Movie Trailers! Long weekend ahead! Yessss!

So, what’s up this week, besides the fact that we might be seeing a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel with Robin Williams? Not much? Ok, well at least we have some pretty good movies to preview this week! Seriously, lots of interesting stuff below, so let’s get right into things! Continue Reading »

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Apr 17 2014

Getting to Know Your Big Screen Mixed Martial Arts Stars

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It’s funny that while politicians are still trying to convince the public that mixed martial arts is akin to “human cockfighting”, the stars of the sport are creeping into the mainstream more and more. Say what you want about the virtues (or lack thereof) of having two trained fighters test their skills against one another in sanctioned competition for our entertainment, but one thing that is undisputable is that MMA has some of the most colorful personalities of any sport in any era.

With so much of our onscreen entertainment being dedicated to people attacking one another, it’s only natural that the casting directors of the world look to some of the biggest badasses in the world to see if they can translate those skills from the ring/cage to the silver screen. With the magnetic personalities of leading actors and the physical skills of the best stuntmen, it’s only logical. So far, the results have been pretty positive.

The MMA scene features a lot of people with really entertaining dispositions, so expect the word “charisma” to come up a lot.  Beyond their skills as real life action stars, a lot of these people were chosen for their roles based on their endearing or outrageous personalities and the potential crossover appeal that represents. Let’s answer some questions about some of the most prominent mixed martial artists to make the jump to the big screen. Continue Reading »

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Apr 17 2014

Sparrow v. Loki

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Jack Sparrow and Loki don’t have too terribly much in common other than both being charming and owned by Disney, but here they are going head to head in a treasure vault as imagined by artist Imbong Hadisoebroto.

Buried in the background are a whole host of Easter Eggs from both their universes, and a few others. See if you can spot them all! It’s more fun than Where’s Waldo? Well, at least for me, because I was colorblind and his damn red stripes meant nothing to me.

[via Geek Tyrant]

 

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Apr 16 2014

Why Haven’t You Seen It: Near Dark

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There was a time, not so long ago, when the legends and stories of vampires where steeped in blood, death, and fear. A time when even mentioning the word vampire would send a chill down someone’s spine. There was a time when vampires were represented like badasses. Feral badasses who function on a primal level, where they only seem like they need to feed or they need to screw. But then a film series came along and changed the way people looked at vampires. Gone was anything that made them cool and scary, replaced by a femininity and sensitivity that would even seem out of place in a fourteen year old girl. While I refuse to mention the film series out of spite, I think we all know what movies I am talking about.

Well, today, I want to talk about one of the best vampire movies ever made. A film that represented vampires as such scary badasses, it is how I imagined all vampires forevermore, after I saw the film. I am speaking of the classic, Near Dark. a damn near perfect vampire film, if there is such a thing.

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Apr 16 2014

CGI Robert De Niro An Inch Away From Crossing Uncanny Valley

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Here’s the order in which CG animation is getting closer and closer: still images, movie special effects, TV special effects, video game graphics.

Here we see pretty much the top of the pyramid which is almost there, but still a little bit creepy. It’s a portrait of young Robert De Niro by Hossein Diba, presumably asking someone if they are in fact, talking to him.

It’s so close to reality it’s scary, and still just a little bit unnerving. Great work though.

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Apr 15 2014

The Phenomenal Pop Culture Art of Craig Drake

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Chances are if you’ve been given your own solo art show at LA’s Hero Complex Gallery, you’re pretty damn good, and that’s certainly the case with Craig Drake.

His series features some of the most iconic characters ever across film and TV, though I like his inclusion of supporting characters like Vasquez above.

From Han Solo to Snake Plissken to Buffy Summers, there’s something here for everyone. Check out all the pieces below: Continue Reading »

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Apr 15 2014

Dear Marvel, Please Start Caring About Your Soundtracks

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Dear Marvel,

Things are going pretty well for you guys now. Audience reception to The Winter Soldier represents another strong vote of confidence for your ongoing cinematic universe. Guardians of the Galaxy looks like the second or third awesomely weirdest movie of the year (hat tip to Noah and Jupiter Ascending). You’ve officially redefined the comic book movie.

A lot of this has to do with your canny ability to put the right people in the right roles. Joss Whedon is the most obvious recent win for you guys, but Branagh, Favreau and Black were all inspired choices. Ditto Joe Johnston.

And extra ditto Robert Downey, Jr. These are bold choices, made for the right reasons, that give your movies an edge in the crowded superhero market.

Now, can you please, please, PLEASE start putting that amount of thought and confidence into the music behind these movies?

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Apr 14 2014

Why The Protector 2 Is The Worst Movie of 2014, So Far

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Let me start this off by saying I have always been huge Tony Jaa fan. To me, the original Ong Bak and The Protector are both brilliant movies, and very much modern martial arts masterpieces. So please understand, it is with a very heavy heart I write this right now. I am also a huge RZA fan (as you can see here), so I also mean no disrespect to him and his slow and somewhat impressive foray into martial art films so far.

That being said, you can like Tony Jaa and adore RZA, but that still doesn’t make this movie any less of a lumpy turd, sitting in your slipper, just waiting for you to slide your feet into it. I am here right now to kick your slipper away before you slide your naked foot into wet shit. Seriously. It’s that bad. In my opinion, The Protector 2 is the worst movie of 2014 so far (besides the Oldboy remake) and I don’t see anything changing that anytime soon.

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Apr 14 2014

Some Rather Gorgeous Disney Gender Swaps

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Usually when we see “gender swap” art or cosplay, it’s girls taking over traditionally masculine roles. As fun as that may be, it’s interesting to see the other side as well. From regularly featured artist Sakimi Chan comes a series of rather amazing Disney swaps with BOTH genders represented for a change. I mean, there are a lot of princesses after all.

My favorite is probably Boyriel (Arian?) who appears to be straight out of a Final Fantasy game, but I also like Cruella Dudeville (I’m really pushing it with these). Swapped Beauty and the Beast may be the strangest, while flipped Nightmare Before Christmas is the most innovative. The entire series is below, and definitely worth a look.

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Apr 10 2014

Not Sure How I Feel About Adult Baby Avengers

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I’m normally a fan of babies. They’re cute and cuddly and sometimes loud and smelly but that’s forgivable. As you may guess, I do not have one, but someday that’s bound to happen.

But these babies? I’m not quite as enthused. They’re Avengers, baby-fied, but in a way that’s not quite cute, since many of them have facial hair. They’re closer to dwarves than babies most of the time, and the effect is a bit off-putting.

Good work Ben Oliver. You are talented and have made me uncomfortable.

[via Geek Tyrant]

 

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Apr 10 2014

You Should Netflix This Now: Blue Is The Warmest Color

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Right off the bat, let me just say that you should NOT Netflix this now.  At least not “now” in the literal sense.  Blue Is The Warmest Color is a film you have to gear up for.  Not so much in the emotional sense where you’re strapping in to watch 12 Years A Slave and feel absolutely awful for the next 24 to 48 hours.  No, this is more in the practical sense.  There are four things you should know before you go into this one:

1. Weighing in at a hefty 179 minutes, it’s just a hair under 3 hours long.

2. It’s in French.

3. It contains the most graphic, explicit, long sex scenes I’ve ever personally seen in a film.

4. It’s a pretty fantastic movie.

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