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Dec 09 2014

Fan Edit of the First Two Terminator Movies is Getting Its Own Theatrical Release?

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Fan edits are kind of a big deal right now. Pretty much everybody has access to a pretty decent editing machine, and they love nothing more than to smash their favorite movies together and see what comes out. Predictably, most of them are bad, some are amusing, and a few are even good. You can even find people trying to stretch the fan-edit into its own art form (like this presumably misguided experiment).

Now we have Terminator Genisys. Yes, that’s actually how it’s spelled. I think.

The Terminator franchise has been struggling, and some people might almost have forgotten why the heck they even liked it in the first place. Skydance Productions seems to be setting out to fix that, by releasing a fan-edit of the first two Terminator movies into theatres. We’ll have to see how it goes, but it’s hard to deny that we’re seeing a ballsy way to rejuvenate interest in a flagging series, and a huge jump in the street cred a fan-edit can command.

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Dec 05 2014

The Days When Men Were Men and Santa Claus Conquered the Martians

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The perennial problem with Thanksgiving is the holiday’s utter lack of suitably themed holiday movies.  True, we have Trains, Planes and Automobiles, and then there’s Thankskilling, I guess.  Really, though, that’s it.  I’m so starved for seasonal films that I’ve taken to watching The Nightmare Before Christmas in November (since it’s not quite Halloween and not quite Christmas, but something in between).

Christmas, however, has the opposite problem.  There is an absolute glut of holiday films detailing every facet of the season.  The best of these are rewatched ad nauseum every year – Christmas Vacation, A Christmas StoryIt’s a Wonderful LifeMiracle on 34th Street, Home AloneThe Santa Clause - so much so that even lesser efforts (such as Elf and The Polar Express) are sought out to help mix up the holiday movie roster.  There is respite, however, for the listlessly unchanging Christmas movie lineup, since the holiday’s omnipresense in the film industry has lead to a series of truly bizarre, enigmatically entertaining and generally unwatched gems.  My favorite of these a-typical Christmas films is the timeless classic Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.

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Dec 04 2014

15 Random Facts about Movies, Celebrities and Television Shows

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Here’s one thing that always pissed me off about Shawshank Redemption (other than it’s Oscar snubs): it actually LOST money!  How is this even possible?  It’s easily one of the best movies of all time. Anyway, we found some pretty awesome facts about random movies, celebrities and television shows that we’re 100% sure you will enjoy.   Put it this way, we know our audience pretty well and when you’ve got Mr. T,  Rocky IV, and Game of Thrones all in the same article you know something is going right.

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Dec 02 2014

Godzilla and Why Some Movies Deserve Another Look

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Earlier this year, Godzilla and I didn’t quite see eye-to-eye. That, uh… wasn’t meant to be a joke, no matter how much it sounds like one. Basically, I wasn’t buying what it was selling and I wound up more or less dismissing the whole thing. Godzilla is a little bit square. Its characters are mostly stock, its pacing is uneven, and in a certain sense there’s just not a whole lot to it.

Still… I have a tendency to spout off praise for expectation-dodging flicks like, say, the less-loved half the Star Wars series. Given that, I try to remember that my not liking what a movie is up to might be entirely due to not going in with the right mindset to enjoy it. Which is certainly possible in this case.

Especially when a second go-round might reveal it to be much, much better than I initially gave it credit for.

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Nov 28 2014

WhyThe Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 Worked Despite Itself

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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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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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