Oct 15 2014

Adam Sandler + Netflix = A Good Thing?

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You may have caught last week’s announcement of this strange little team up. Strange was how it first struck me, at least. With Netflix taking more and more good television hostage, I immediately wondered why they’d opt for…frankly, bad movies. But first impressions are rarely something to go by.

Let’s take a step back and look at the deal itself. Continue Reading »



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Oct 15 2014

Five Things X-Men Days of Future Past Should Have Screwed Up …But Somehow Didn’t

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Days of Future Past had a lot of hype going for it, but nearly everything else going against it. The film, which came out on DVD and Blu-ray yesterday, is officially the seventh in the line of X-Men movies. It also marked the return of most of the cast for the first time in nearly a decade, including the reappearance of director Bryan Singer to the helm.

All the makings of a well-intentioned supergroup disaster were in the mix. The new film intended to merge the storyline of reboot installment The First Class while capturing the magic of Singer’s first two universally-praised entries into the franchise. On top of that, it was going to use one of the most well-regarded storylines from the X-Men comic series. A million unfathomably-obese Blob’s-worth of pressure was upon the entire production to not suck.

And did it succeed? Hell yes! Some critics and fanboys had lots of nitpicks, but by and large the film was popular with both audiences and critics. And China. China loved them some Days of Future Past. The fact that the Chinese adore Hugh Jackman and that Singer cast Chinese movie icon Fan Bingbing probably helped.

Regardless, Days of Future Past hardly stumbled, let alone fell on its face. Fully appreciating the fact that the movie was successful takes pointing out where other productions would have failed. For instance… Continue Reading »



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Oct 15 2014

Comic Book Films – Old News?

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So I’m sure that you all read this yesterday right? Robert Downey was doing an interview plugging his movie The Judge and was asked if he gets jealous when another superhero movie comes out and becomes popular. His response might have surprised some but I think that I see his point and might be slightly siding with him on this. He replied with this:

“Honestly, the whole thing is just showing the beginning signs of fraying around the edges. It’s a little bit old. Last summer there were five or seven different ones out.”

What gives? The guy that I would argue was one of the larger catalysts for comic book movies doing so well now a days basically seems to be getting tired of the superhero genre. I’ll touch on a little more about this after the jump but I’m really looking for the Unrealtors to sound off on this one.

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Oct 15 2014

The Morning Link: Baffling Attempts at Improving Classic Products

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“Not only that, many products are so consistently great that they become classics, respected and trusted by consumers for decades. Depending on the specific product, this often involves a slow process of redesign, the product getting refreshed and updated over the years to remain competitive and relevant to the market, while maintaining the qualities that made it a classic in the first place. This is a tricky business, and thankfully for the purposes of this article, it sometimes goes badly wrong.”

Go here to see the list.



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Oct 14 2014

Check Out “Great Martian War,” a Video About Exactly What You Would Think It’s About

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And now, as part two of Historical Mecha-Fiction Tuesday, I bring you “Great martian war.”

Most of you are probably familiar with H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. If not, please excuse yourself to the nearest bookstore for a few hours and wallow in shame/visionary sci-fi. Anyway, this video is about the closest thing to a period-accurate War of the Worlds we’ll ever get. It’s still off by twenty years, but whatever.

Whoever put this thing together is pretty slick. It’s genuinely difficult to tell how much of this is modified archival footage and how much has been shot recently. Maybe all of it is one or the other. I have no idea.

NOTE: If you have any sort of respect for film music, you’ll mute the off-tone stuff they put over this piece and play something more appropriate. My suggestion is below. Continue Reading »



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Oct 14 2014

Check Out These Awesome Mechs as they Terrorize Polish People

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Just a heads-up: This post is the first of a two-part series I’m calling “Historical Mecha-Fiction Tuesday,” because I’m bad at this.

Part One of Historical Mecha-Fiction Tuesday comprises a series of totally badass digital paintings by Jakob Rozalski. The series is called “1920+,” because it shows what historical Polish villages would look like with mechs in them and because he’s much better than me at titling his work.

Regardless of what the series is called, this stuff just looks really gosh-damn cool (and, I might add, very convincing). Meet me after the jump for a few more. The last one is so freakin’ cool. I want a movie yesterday.

Jakob Rozalski’s site here. Originally found on MyModernMet. Continue Reading »



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Oct 14 2014

The Morning Link: Everything We Know About Constantine

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“Of all the new shows based on comic books coming out this year, probably the most surprising isConstantine. The petty dabbler has gone from cameo character to a surprisingly popular mainstream figure, and now he gets his own series. Here’s everything we know about it.”

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Oct 13 2014

The Final Countdown: Doubtfire Facts, Star Trek Jobs and Bayonetta 2

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Go here to see facts about Mrs. Doubtfire.

“The original screenwriter of Mrs. Doubtfire, Randi Mayem Singer, was actually fired because the studio didn’t like the ending of the movie because the parents did not end up together. However, after testing it the other way, they realized their error and re-hired her.”

The Countdown

Why the job market would suck in the Star Trek universe – [Cracked]

Bayonetta 2: How long is too long for review embargoes – [Insert Coin]

Better Call Saul goes to other pop culture courtrooms – [TVO]

Bautista will now be a Bond villain – [FilmDrunk]

Thomas Jefferson was a Time Lord – [GeeksAreSexy]

Terrifying McDonalds food facts – [SheBudgets]

Lea Michele is in love again – [CelebrityToob]

James Frey will offer $50,000 if you solve his novel – [Worthly]

Awesome US Navy photos – [TheChive]

John Oliver takes on pumpkin spice – [WWIW]

The top five Halloween costumes choices every year – [Izismile]



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Oct 13 2014

Lessons I Learned from New York Comic Con

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I’ve been going to New York Comic Con for about three years now. NYCC holds a special place in my heart because it’s the first and only comic convention I’ve ever been to. I’ve been attending the event with three day passes for two years, but 2014 marks a special occasion since I’m attending as press for the first time. After attending for three years, I would like to believe that I’ve accumulated enough wisdom that’ll make me a pro at going to conventions. I found out that I still had much to learn after my last day of NYCC.

I’ve picked up a few things from friends and firsthand experience. Some of it is practical advice, but I’ll also dish out some of the meaningful things I’ve realized. Read on for more:

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Oct 13 2014

Please Shut Up – A Trip to the Theater

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As I stated in last week’s trailer post, I wanted and was going to go see Gone Girl. Friday night came and went, as did Saturday night, but low and behold an opportunity popped up on Sunday and I rushed to my local AMC at 4 in the afternoon. I’m uncertain if it was due to bad luck, if it was going to a movie in the afternoon, or if it was the simple act of seeing a film a week after it’s debut. Either way, I’m sure many of you would agree with me that there are good movie going experiences and bad ones.

This, as the title suggests, was a less than exceptional experience. There were multiple reasons for this, but two in particular stood out that I just had to get off my chest. One being the audience, and the other was the theater itself. Before I begin, I want you to know that I will do my best to go see a movie on opening night in hopes to avoid what I’m about to tell you – so I’ll take the responsibility and say that it was my own fault for the turmoil I endured.

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Oct 13 2014

The Morning Link: Things You Secretly Suspect About Famous People

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“Thanks to gossip sites, we have a fairly intimate knowledge of all of our favorite celebrities. However, there’s always the unconfirmed stuff we’re pretty is absolutely true — but we just don’t have proof.”

Go here to see the list.

 



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