Monthly Archives: April 2013

Trailer Tuesday: Pacific Rim (2013)

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Pacific Rim (2013)

Release Date: July 12th, 2013

Idris ElbaCharlie DayCharlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman in a Guillermo del Toro movie about humans fighting aliens with giant machines? I’m definitely going to be seeing this one in the theater!

I know nothing about this movie. In fact, this is the first trailer I’ve actually watched for it. I have been aware of the hype for a while but I’ve kept my distance. It actually made watching the new trailer that much more enjoyable.

The visuals look amazing, the story sounds interesting and the cast is insane. I have high hopes for this one. Watch the trailer below:  Continue reading

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Streaming Saturday: The Faculty (1998)

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Streaming Saturday comes a little late this week. This week’s recommendation is 1998’s “teenvasion of the body snatchers” (I can’t believe I just said that, either) movie The Faculty. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Kevin Williamson, the movie is a slightly dated, very silly, hour and a half that, despite its best efforts, doesn’t leave you feeling like you’ve wasted your time.

If you’re in your 20s, you spent your formative years during the teen horror boom of the mid-90s. It started with Scream in 1996 and fizzled onto the straight-to-DVD shelves some time after Y2K.

Because of my age, I hold movies like The Faculty to a slightly higher standard than they probably deserve to be. It makes it hard to call out Rodriguez’s alien invasion flick as a ripoff of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Thing. I view it as a fun alien movie/whodunnit featuring a young Jon Stewart and younger Frodo Baggins. And that’s why I don’t have a problem recommending it on the blog.

You can stream The Faculty on Netflix.

You can also buy The Faculty on Amazon.

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Check out my past Streaming Saturday recommendations here.

Bond 50: Part II – Goldfinger (1964) & Thunderball (1965)

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It’s been a while since I cracked open my Bond set. I really wanted to get into it but other things started occupying my time. Hopefully I’ll be more diligent with my ongoing review. For now, however, enjoy Part two of my 12-part series on the Bond franchise and Blu-Ray collection.
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Double Feature: Mean Girls (2004) & Easy A (2010)

One day last month I had an impromptu double feature with Mean Girls and Easy A. It’s not a stretch to figure out why these two go well together. They’re both comedies about female protagonists dissecting and disrupting the hierarchy of high school life. They’re a natural fit. Which one is better, though?  Read on to find out.

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TV Review: Bates Motel – 106 – “The Truth”

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I love it when a show or movie makes me feel like a complete moron. This week’s episode of Bates Motel made me feel like an idiot. Let’s get to it. Read on for my thoughts. But beware because there are  SPOILERS AHEAD…. Continue reading

Trailer Tuesday: The Purge (2013)

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Streaming Saturday: Side by Side (2012)

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I just finished watching the amazing documentary Side by Side on Netflix and deem it very worthy of a Streaming Saturday recommendation. Keanu Reeves interviews many heavy hitters of the industry to get their take on the celluloid vs. digital filmmaking debate. It’s a really fascinating look at the evolving artform of filmmaking.

There are a lot of things I loved about Side by Side. First, there’s the high number of filmmakers interviewed. Fincher, Scorsese, the Wachowskis, Boyle, Rodriguez, Cameron and many more give their thoughts on the changing landscape of their work. What makes it great is the level of care that the interviewees speak about their craft. It’s clear that whether they prefer film or digital, these people truly love what they do and love talking about what they do.

The documentary doesn’t take a side on the debate. Arguments for and against both sides are presented equally and fairly with no agenda other than presenting the information and the viewpoints. The end result is a truly engaging documentary that any film lover will enjoy.

You can stream Side by Side on Netflix. Or buy the DVD on Amazon.

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How Jurassic Park Confirmed My Hatred of 3D

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One of my earliest movie-going experiences was seeing Jurassic Park in the theater in 1993. I was just shy of 7 years old when my parents told us we were taking a surprise trip somewhere secret. It was a month after a friend’s parents took me to see Super Mario Bros., so it didn’t take long to figure out where we were going based on the route.

I remember being in awe of the special effects in that first viewing. I think the scene where Timmy is electrocuted traumatized me somewhat. To this day that scene is hard to watch without tense muscles and an increased heart rate. After that first viewing, I became slightly obsessed with dinosaurs. I had a toy T-Rex named Mikey and when winter came around I carved out Jurassic Park in a mound of snow.

There’s a significant spot in my heart reserved for Jurassic Park and the fading memories of my childhood that it was a big part of. So, naturally, I was really excited to see it in the theater again. Unfortunately, in order to do that I was forced to support the never-ending fad of 3D. Continue reading

TV Review: Bates Motel – 105 – “Ocean View”

Bates Motel S01E05 - Ocean View_1247621At the end of last week’s episode I was excited at the prospect of more Nestor Carbonell. Unfortunately, Sheriff Romero was busy investigating a burglary this week. His absence didn’t make for a bad episode, though. Things continue getting crazy in White Pine Bay. Read on for my thoughts… (SPOILERS AHEAD)

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Trailer Tuesday: Iron Man 3 (2013)

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Streaming Saturday: Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

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Director: Colin Trevorrow

Writer: Derek Connolly

Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Mark DuplassJake JohnsonKaran Soni

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TV Review: Bates Motel – 104 – “Trust Me”

Norman had a pretty good week. Norma had a couple sleepless nights with the promise of more to come. Emma was suspiciously out sick with the flu. And Dylan spent a couple days off work being a good wingman. Read on for my thoughts on this week’s episode. (SPOILERS AHEAD…) Continue reading

My Spoiler-Free Thoughts on Danny Boyle’s “Trance”

I’m a huge Danny Boyle fan. I saw 28 Days Later… multiple times in the theater. I watched 127 Hours five times in 2011 alone. Between buying gifts for friends and an upgrade to blu-ray, I’ve bought more copies of Sunshine than probably anybody. And I cheered in glee like a maniac when he hopped like Tigger accepting the Best Directing Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire.

So you can imagine my delight when I attended a screening of Danny Boyle’s new mind-bending art heist thriller, Trance last night. Continue reading

Trailer Tuesday: Room 237 (2012)

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Streaming Saturday: The Evil Dead (1981)

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