Monthly Archives: April 2013

A Farewell to Roger Ebert by Mike White

Today the entertainment world mourns the loss of its most prolific and beloved critic. Roger Ebert died yesterday after a lengthy battle with cancer. Knowing I couldn’t do the man proper justice, I asked my friend (and fellow blogger at Geek is the New Pop) Mike White to share a few words on Ebert’s passing. Below is what he had to say… Continue reading

Filmography Review: James Cameron Part II

Yesterday I posted the first part of my James Cameron Reassessment. I covered his movies from the sorrowful Piranha Part Two: The Spawning to the impressive, yet preachy, The Abyss. James Cameron in the 1980s was better than I originally gave him credit for. But how does he stack up in the 90s and into the new millennium? Read on to find out…
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Filmography Review: James Cameron Part I

UPDATE: Click here for Part II

So far this year, on a whim, I’ve chosen a specific director’s filmography to go through each month. Pre-blog January was my Quentin Tarantino month. February was my Kevin Smith Retrospective. Going into March, however, I decided to go with someone whose work I’ve never really liked. James Cameron.

That’s right, I’ve never been a big James Cameron fan. A part of me is put off by the fan boys. Here are a couple examples of James Cameron fan boys at work.

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Being a master of visual effects and huge action set pieces does not make you a cinematic god. It makes you Michael Bay with a plot. What kills me is the post on the left poses a ridiculous question and then goes on to completely negate the position they’re taking. It’s this kind of fan boy hero worshipping that makes me go into every James Cameron movie with a much more critical eye than with any other filmmaker.

I’ve always thought Cameron was the most overrated filmmaker working today. So March was all about reassessing his career. Did my opinion change? Read on to find out. Continue reading

TV Review: Bates Motel – 103 – “What’s Wrong with Norman?”

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I don’t usually watch previews for upcoming episodes, but I watched them for next week. I’ll just say, I think next week looks like a great episode. For now, let’s talk about What’s Wrong with Norman.

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Trailer Tuesday: This is the End [Red Band Trailer]

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This is the End

Release Date: June 14th, 2013

Directors: Evan GoldbergSeth Rogen

Writers: Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg

Stars: Seth RogenJay BaruchelJames Franco
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TV Review: The Walking Dead – 316 – “Welcome to the Tombs”

I’ve had a day to think about the season finale of The Walking Dead. I’ve considered the way the various story lines were resolved in the last two episodes and thought about the possibilities for season four. A day has passed and I keep coming back to the single question I blurted out when the third season of The Walking Dead came to a close…

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The Month in Movies: March 2013

I’ve been keeping track of my movie watching for longer than I care to admit and March 2013 was my third consecutive “best month on record” in terms of the amount of movies I watched. Below are some numbers and a bunch of words. Enjoy.

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