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Dec 19 2014

Movies That are All Turning 20 in the Year 2015

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Are you ready to start feeling old?  Nothing makes you feel older than the realization that your favorite movies are nearly 20 years old.  It reminds you that you haven’t been in high school in over 20 years.  Well, it reminds me of that so yeah, I’m kind of sad right now.  Here are 20 movies that are going to make you say, “wait a second, that movie came out in 1995?”  The answer is sadly…yes.

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Dec 19 2014

How Home Alone Would be Different if it were Made Now

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Clearly the world is a much different place than in the 90s, which is when Home Alone first hit the scene.  Let’s just say that the majority of this movie wouldn’t even be possible today.   How in the hell would they film a flick like that now?  I mean think about the airport scenes.  Nope.  Gone.  Ain’t gonna happen.  The police department?  A kid by himself checking out groceries?  You get the picture….

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Dec 19 2014

The 5 Most Entertaining Christmas Horror Films

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One thing that I never really understood was why Hollywood is so obsessed with making Christmas scary.  Don’t get me wrong; I love Christmas almost as much as I love horror movies.  I love it when a movie throws two completely unrelated ideas together just to see what happens.  I even support studios releasing horror movies in the “off-season” in order to appeal to the non-Four Christmases crowd.

What I don’t understand is why filmmakers continue to try to make Christmas, as a concept, frightening – because it’s not.  Santa’s a jolly old fat man whose physique doesn’t lend itself to slaughter.  Elves are, at best, unnerving and, at worst, a slightly more malevolent than Alvin and the Chipmunks.  Don’t even get me started on snowmen.

Since I dove into the sci-fi side of the yuletide last week, I thought that I would do the same with Christmas’ colorful foray into the horrific.  While I can’t possibly justify referring to many of these as the best of anything, they’re at least that special kind of entertaining where it’s obvious that the filmmakers didn’t quite think their movie through as thoroughly as they probably should have.

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Dec 18 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies Infographic or Should we Say Battlegraphic

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Via Shirts.com: It all began with the words, “In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit.” The Hobbit trilogy is coming to an end this year with the final film, The Battle of the Five Armies, and we got to thinking…just how does one have a battle with five armies anyway? That sounds confusing! We explored the words of J.R.R. Tolkien himself and used them to create this interactive battle map and companion infographic. They’ll give you a detailed play-by-play of the final chapter in this epic fantasy!

A couple of final notes before we get into the good stuff. First: All of the animation, information, and battle movements in this piece are derived from the novel’s version of events, not the film’s. Next: We’ve left out some minor details for the sake of brevity – Tolkien may be many things, but brief he is not. Finally: This post contains MASSIVE SPOILERS for The Battle of the Five Armies, which is based on a book that is 77 years old.

Read on at your own risk:

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Dec 17 2014

Ridley Me This: Can Ridley Scott Make Good?

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Ridley Scott is a brilliant filmmaker. From the ‘70s to the early ‘00s, he dazzled us time and again with big screen spectacles. Alien was one of my first horror experiences, and shares credit with Blade Runner for introducing me to, and educating me in science fiction. Ridley Scott’s early work simply epitomised how movies are made. If you want to create an epic action film, you look to Gladiator for guidance.

It was somewhere around Kingdom of Heaven in ’05 that his path become slippery, and some traction was lost. Matchstick Men came two years previous, confusing though exciting us with its complex plot of conmen conning conmen. It seemed to start a trend. Whereas the early films were clear and well executed, now came a day of twists and turns that managed to confound instead of amaze the cinema-goers. American Gangster and Body of Lies were comparatively forgettable affairs, and it certainly appeared that Scott’s vision had taken a Thelma and Louise style tumble.

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Dec 17 2014

Famous Movie Quotes You’ve Been Getting Wrong This Whole Time

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So all this time you’ve been saying “Beam Me Up, Scotty” because that’s what you thought the correct line was right?  Wrong.  It’s actually “Beam me aboard” which I personally think is 100 times worse.  Then again, I wasn’t the writer so it wasn’t my decision.  Speaking of which, there are more occurrences than that then you think.  Here are 14 examples of movie quotes you think you know, but in actuality they are something quite different.

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Dec 16 2014

10 Most Amazingly Devilish Embodiments of Satan in Film

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Evil—We see it represented in a variety of ways in any number of Horror films. Various directors and writers try to mystify our senses with interpretations that are subtle and use some of the most mundane concepts. Like fear of the dark, fear of the unknown, and in some cases a combination of both and attempt at eloquent narratives of what lurks within.

Other films rely on levels of extremism—Larger amounts of blood, guts, gore; with myriad carnage and unbridled chaos. At least that’s what the production would like to believe you’re witnessing. While far other films use embodiment’s of creatures, monsters, interpretations of spiritual phenomena, and other things that we don’t want to encounter going bump in the night.

I love all of the above, because the basic rudimentary response these films want from us is to ‘feel’. And not in any sense of the word brought about by Bruce Lee or Yoda…to feel a primal response that inspires fight, flight, or even chilling catatonia. While some films fail at gaining these responses and instead gain laughter–judge that meritoriously if you choose. There are films that thrive on bringing out some of our greatest fears while bringing the perceived master of evil to life.

While there are many interpretations of the devil, all of them in some form or another are attempting to represent evil from its source—as believed to occur by 95% of the human population. The Devil, Lucifer, Satan, Iblis, Djinn (Jinn), Beelzebub, Moloch, Nidhogg, Ahriman, Mara, or any number of other invariably known titles that represent the embodiment of all evil.

Whichever representation you’ve seen, here are 10 amazingly cast and acted embodiment’s of evil, which we will now colloquially accept as ‘The Devil’, that are as haunting as they were enthralling to watch on the screen.

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Dec 16 2014

Watch Michael Bay Put the Finishing Touches on Transformers 4

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 If any of you were wondering just how much work it takes to make an overstuffed summer blockbuster, this behind-the-scenes of the latest Transformers has your answer: “A lot.”

You know, it’s amazing that any of these big tentpoles actually get made, let alone made well. Bay’s efforts here are truly Herculean; it takes real willpower to manage the process of wrestling a movie into shape in the edit room. Even more so when you add high-dollar sound and effects to the mix. And then you remember that this video only covers the “finishing touches.” He’s already overseen the surely-insane preproduction process and the immense shoot that follows.

Shame about the movie.

But seriously, you guys should check it out. It’s easy to take these things for granted and forget that making a movie from start to finish is one of the hardest things in the world. This is a pretty fascinating process to peek in on.

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Dec 16 2014

Aaron Sorkin Comes Out Swinging Against Sony Hack Profiteers

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Thank you, Aaron Sorkin. In this New York Times op-ed, readers get to bear witness to a scathing indictment of the media journalists who swept in and exploited the Sony hack for their own profit. Names named include HuffPo, The New York Post, and — most prominently — the questionable justification offered by high-level Variety staffers.

Say what you will about this guy, but when he really connects on a topic he can articulate it with a clarity and with that few others ever hope to match.

It’s kind of awesome. Here’s that bit about Variety, by the way:

The co-editor in chief of Variety tells us he decided that the leaks were — to use his word — “newsworthy.” I’m dying to ask him what part of the studio’s post-production notes on Cameron Crowe’s new project is newsworthy. So newsworthy that it’s worth carrying out the wishes of people who’ve said they’re going to murder families and who have so far done everything they’ve threatened to do. Newsworthy. As the character Inigo Montoya said in “The Princess Bride,” I do not think it means what you think it means.

It reads that way from start to finish, capping off with a punchline I wouldn’t dare spoil. Hit the link above to see for yourself.

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Dec 16 2014

Nolan, Jolie, and Others Join in Fascinating Directors’ Roundtable

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It’s almost Christmas! It’s that wondrous time of year when the film community gets up in arms over the Oscar nomination process, and maybe a bunch of other awards, too. Some of those awards have already been going to members of this roundtable discussion hosted by The Hollywood Reporter.

The full cast: Richard Linklater, Angelina Jolie, Mike Leigh, Christopher Nolan, Morten Tyldum, and Bennett Miller. Not bad.

The discussion should fascinate most of you. Among other things, we get to hear Jolie’s feelings on stepping up to the big leagues, what Nolan’s reputation in Iceland is like these days, and what Linklater’s feelings are on directing the same movie for twelve years. The best moments may be when the directors start asking questions of each other. These are some smart folks, and they’re very good at what they do.

That probably means we should listen, don’t you think?

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Dec 12 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Cosmic Avengers

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In case it wasn’t obvious by now, I am a fierce fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: the shared-continuity, meta-franchise that includes, among others, the Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Avengers films. Seeing as how I’ve already reviewed both Captain Americas and the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the weeks surrounding their DVD releases, it should really come as no surprise that I would do the same thing with Guardians of the Galaxy – the summer’s breakout hit that everybody, and nobody, saw coming.

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Dec 11 2014

Christian Bale Sheds Light on Final Scene in Dark Knight Rises

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We didn’t think that the end scene of Dark Knight Rises was all that mysterious or theory provoking did you?  I mean the dude is just sitting there in a cafe in Italy when Alfred spots him.  Then again, remember that this is a Christopher Nolan flick so fans weren’t so quick to just say “he’s still alive!”  Many people actually thought this scene was merely a dream concocted by Alfred.

The script made a big to-do about Lucius Fox saying the Batwing’s autopilot was broken, leaving us to momentarily believe Bruce Wayne was in the Batwing when it exploded.  But let’s put this to bed shall we?

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Dec 10 2014

Five Real Life Injuries to Celebrites That Made Their Way Into Movies

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In the 1936 musical Follow the Fleet, Astaire and Rogers performed “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” in one long three-minute shot. Rogers was wearing a very heavily beaded dress for the number and Astaire recalls, “I got the flying sleeve smack on the jaw and partly in the eye. I kept on dancing, although somewhat maimed.” Astaire completed the number in a daze (which you can sort of tell by his drooping head) all the while, “ducking and dodging that sleeve.” And after 20 more undazed takes, everyone decided the first one was the best. So Astaire’s injury made it into the final film, sleeve whip and all.

Here are five other real life injuries that made their way into movies

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Dec 10 2014

Five Undeniable Visual Character Cheats in Film

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Filmmaking is visual trickery. When you have two hours to introduce characters, get them in trouble, and have them get back out of trouble, every second counts. The easy way to introduce a character who’s good or bad, caring or cruel, hot or not, is to have someone explain these things to us. But not only is that boring, it’s time consuming. This is when the adage ‘show, don’t tell’ comes into play. Following are some devices (and sometimes clichés) I’ve noticed that manage to quickly convey character traits.

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Dec 09 2014

Does Anyone Else Think Marvel Should Take More Risks?

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I’ve watched every Marvel film that has been released and had an enjoyable viewing experience throughout most of them. There is action, romance, some laughs, more often than not a betrayal of someone trusted by the hero, but the hero still manages to save the day. They all follow this standard format and that wouldn’t really be a problem if Marvel weren’t releasing two films a year. I used to watch the releases opening night but now I wait months with ease, sometimes I don’t even realize I haven’t watched it. I only recently watched Guardians of the Galaxy and it was a good film but I didn’t feel like I missed out on much by not having watched it earlier because it followed a storyline I was expecting.  Frankly it was the same as all other Marvel films.

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