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Nov 28 2014

WhyThe Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Worked Despite Itself

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The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1

Call me a Negative Nancy, but I was immensely nervous going into The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 this last week.  Despite the incredibly high quality of the first two films, the third instalment in Suzanne Collin’s increasingly inaccurately named Hunger Games trilogy had everything going against it.

Since the film ultimately exceeded the promise of the previous films, it’s even now difficult to remember exactly what all the fuss was about.  I mean, why wouldn’t it be awesome?  It’s the Hunger Games after all!

While I could enumerate on any number of reason why Mockingjay Part 1 should have been a terrible film, I will limit myself to the main five concerns that I had before seeing the film: each of which was addressed by Francis Lawrence’s superb direction, Jennifer Lawrence’s riveting performance or sheer happenstance.

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Nov 26 2014

If Hermione Grainger Had an Instagram Account

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One of the things we love about Harry Potter (other than how hot Emma Watson become) besides waiting for a new one to come out, is that the series, like some other franchises (namely Star Wars) never seems to get old.  There’s such an obsession out there with all of Hogwart’s and its characters that the public will never, ever run out of material.  Case in point?  What in the world would happen if the Harry Potter kids had social media?  Do you realize how ridiculous that would be?  Well, someone with a great imagination decided to come up with some shots of what Hermione Grainger’s Instragram would look like.   Hope you enjoy!

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Nov 26 2014

Man, People REALLY Hate Grandpa Joe from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

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OK I fully admit it.  I can’t stand Grandpa Joe either.  The minute he started yapping “I’ve got a Golden Ticket” which miraculously sprang him out of a bed that he literally did not get out of for years on end, I realized that Grandpa Poe was one selfish SOB and couldn’t care less about Charlie.  He only cared about getting his old hands on Willa Wonka’s chocolate.   And it’s not that I felt alone here.  It’s just I didn’t realize that there were legions of Willy Wonka fans out that who can’t stand him either.

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Nov 26 2014

A Plausible Theory that the Death Star Attack was an Inside Job

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What’s so amazing about the Star Wars franchise is that after nearly 40 years, the movie A. still holds up, B. will always hold up, C. is still continuing, and D. Theories upon theories are still popping up about the movie.  The latest theory is something that we simply had to share because it’s just awesome.   So imagine for a moment that instead of the Death Star being simply a Jedi Attack, that it was actually orchestrated from the inside.  It’s certainly possible isn’t it?  Not only is it possible.  In the pictures to follow you’ll see that it might even be a certainty!

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Nov 25 2014

When Will Hollywood Dive Fully Into Adapting Anime Like Attack on Titan?

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Hollywood is running out of superheroes. That may seem silly, as there are hundreds if not thousands out there to be adapted and re-adapted into film, and yet no era lasts forever. This superhero craze has lasted about a decade and a half now, but it will have to die down at some point, and a new genre of adaptation will rise up and take its place. Or at least become more prominent.

There are a few obvious candidates, video games for one, which come with hugely popular, already established stories that are tailor made for blockbuster adaptation. But to date, video game films have been notoriously terrible, and we will have to wait and see how upcoming movies like Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed do with actually talented people involved.

So then we turn to anime/manga, where Hollywood has flirted with the idea of adaptations for years, but either they’ve been low budget awfulness (Dragonball Z) or half-formed ideas that feel like they’re never actually going to get made (Cowboy Bebop, Akira). The most prominent example of a live-action anime adaptation that actually attempted to be a real blockbuster was The Last Airbender, but that unfortunately because one of the biggest messes in movie history due to a complete mishandling of the source material. Continue Reading »

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Nov 25 2014

Ranking All of the Star Wars Movie Trailers (So Far)

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So apparently there’s a new Star Wars trailer dropping this week. Even though I’m not necessarily sold on the new direction of the series, it’s hard not to marvel at the event. We haven’t had a new Star Wars trailer — or movie — in almost ten years (surely that Clone Wars theatrical release doesn’t count).

To whet our appetites for our first real glimpse at what Abrams & Co. have in store for us next year, I’ve assembled a completely subjective, but nonetheless entirely accurate, ranking of trailers for all the existing Star Wars movies (at least, the ones that count).

As Mr. Tetrault would say… let’s do this.

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Nov 24 2014

The Theory Of Everything Deserves The Oscar Buzz

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I’ll start by admitting that I haven’t actually watched most of the movies that are in contention for the Academy awards, I stopped paying attention to them a few years ago because the awards were more about campaigning than which was the best film or who gave the best performance. This year we still have our typical Oscar bait films that we’ll no doubt be hearing about until early next year, but we do have films that deserve it this year, films that we’ll still remember in years to come. Of course we have the excellent Boyhood which will win best picture if there is any justice in the world, and last night I watched The Theory of Everything which I can confirm deserves all the buzz that it has been getting. Continue Reading »

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Nov 24 2014

JJ Abrams Teases 88-Second Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

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J.J. Abrams is one of the best social media marketers in the business.   While many people don’t realize it, the guy spends almost zero money and hypes his upcoming projects with cryptic tweets including set pictures, videos, etc etc that make fans go absolutely insane.  Case in point?  The wait for the next Star Wars teaser trailer will soon be over.  Abrams, director of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, took to social media today and left fans a sneak peek of what’s in store for them.

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Nov 24 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Movie Review

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Part 1 of the series finale feels like nothing more than a lengthy lead in to what we all know will be a stunning conclusion to Katniss Everdeen’s story. I’ve read the books so this review will contain spoilers, little FYI for ya. If you’ve been watching each film not knowing what’s going to happen next and are in full appreciation of this, then perhaps you should skip out on my little review. What I don’t plan on doing is writing something that utilizes “big” words in order to illustrate an “educated” perspective on the source material or the movie itself. Nothing annoys me more than trying to read a movie review only to know if the movie is good or not while being bogged down with words that seemingly have no purpose. I will tell you that Mockingjay Part 1 is nothing more than ok and I would almost warn the Unrealtors that it’d be worth holding off on this one until Part 2 is set to release.

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Nov 24 2014

Would You Watch a Double-Priced, Five Hour Movie To Avoid Split Stories?

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I just finished watching The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 last night, which I found perfectly okay, yet agreed with what everyone else was saying that it was mostly filler, leading up to the Capitol-invading finale where the real action happens.

Splitting a final installment in half is a trend recently, and we’ve seen it in everything from Harry Potter to Twilight as a way “better tell the story” by not having to cut down large books. In some of these cases, it does sort of make sense, as the final Harry Potter book was more than three times as long as the first one, and cutting so much out would really hurt the story.

But for Mockingjay? The final book in the trilogy is literally the exact same length as Catching Fire, practically to the page. It’s a story that really did not need to be split at all, at least not for dramatic reasons, and the result is nothing but a cash grab. Continue Reading »

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Nov 24 2014

5 Of The Best Pixar Short Films

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Does anyone ever look forward to the short films that appear before the Pixar features? I always do. Sometimes I leave the theater remembering them more so than the movie that I was there to watch. What started as experimenting in computer animation is now something that showcases what Pixar is fully capable of. The style, story and characters of each short helps illuminate the artistry and talent that Pixar can muster within a handful of people. If you’re one of those people that always forgo the trailers and come in to the movie a few minutes late, these little gems are reason enough to show up a few minutes early.

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Nov 21 2014

Pitch Perfect 2 Headlines This Week’s Trailers

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It’s been a month since our daughter was born and the wife and I are finally breaking out of the house and going to go see a movie! WOO HOO! *whistles the Hunger Games theme out loud to celebrate* … Yes, that’s right, I’m going to go see the Hunger Games finale part 1. I was upset with the first film for falling flat and not delivering on what my hopes were. (as every film obviously needs to pander to me of course) Katniss’ second outing was far better and a lot more entertaining than I was anticipating due to how the first film left me. Now were on the verge of attacking the Capitol and I feel that the cliff hanger of part 1 will leave us either at the mountain or after it’s been taken down. Regardless, I’m holding out hope that they can finish this trilogy (do we still consider it a trilogy?) in grand fashion and give the fans of the books a decent send off. Stay tuned for the review!

It’ll be interesting to see what trailers might be shown in front of the movie tonight.

Let’s do this.

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Nov 21 2014

Why The Muppets (2011) Actually Worked

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Before watching it for myself, I simply couldn’t fathom why 2011’s The Muppets was as popular and as well-received a film as it ended up being.  The Muppets were those fuzzy, rainbow-colored puppets from the seventies that my grandmother liked to watch reenact A Christmas Carol, Treasure Island and The Wizard of Oz.  After being cancelled in the early eighties, they parleyed their popularity into a string of increasingly modest grossing films before falling out of the mainstream entirely at the end of the last century.

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Nov 21 2014

Reviewing Foxcatcher Before it Comes Out

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It’s no secret that I was a fan of Foxcatcher after watching that first teaser trailer. (you’ll find me gushing about it here, here and oh here) Hailing it as my most anticipated movie of this year and giving it accolades like “Oscar winner” etc. was something that I had grown accustomed to and still hold firm on. It had a limited release on November 14th of this year but now for whatever reason they’re releasing the film as a “slow opener” across the US in January of 2015. They just want to see me squirm, I know it.

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Nov 20 2014

Will Finding Dory Live Up To Finding Nemo?

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Already pushed back to 2016 from it’s original 2015 date, is Finding Dory going to dry up before it ever hits the cinema screen? Finding Nemo is up there on my list of great animated movies and I, along with countless others, were surprised that it took this long for the sequel to get a green light. You can’t tell me that they haven’t had the story and ideas already waiting in the wings of Pixar studios just dying to be released to the world. It’s not as if Pixar hasn’t been successful with sequels before, so why the precaution this time around with arguably one of the most celebrated of their films?

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