Monthly Archives: May 2013

Bond 50: Part III – You Only Live Twice (1967) & On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

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Here’s Part three of my 12-part series on the Bond franchise and Blu-Ray collection. This was the first time in the set that the Bond actor switched. It was interesting to see someone other than Connery take the role. Read my thoughts on the two Bond movies and actors below…
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Trailer Tuesday: Man of Steel (2013)

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Release Date: June 14th, 2013

Director: Zack Snyder

Writer: David S. Goyer

Stars: Henry CavillAmy AdamsMichael ShannonRussell CroweKevin Costner

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TV Review: Bates Motel – 110 – “Midnight”

So it’s been a week since the Bates Motel season finale. I’ve given it time to settle and I’m finally ready to post my thoughts. The episode was a nice mix of resolution and setup, as are all good season finales. Some things didn’t pan out the way I hoped or expected them to turn out. But overall it was a good end to a surprisingly good first season. (SPOILERS AHEAD…) Continue reading

We’re Movie Fans, Damn It! Three ‘Into Darkness’ Reviews by Non-Trekkies [Obsessive Friends: Mike & Tiny]

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My friends Mike and Tiny saw Star Trek Into Darkness last weekend and couldn’t stop raving about it. Mike is a tough critic, especially when it comes to big tent-pole movies. Tiny and I usually see eye to eye on most movies. So after hearing their praise, I had to see the movie for myself.  Before I bought my ticket, an idea struck me. I decided my friends and I should write individual reviews of the movie for this blog. So that’s what we did.

As far as expectations were concerned, the three of us really liked J.J. Abrams’ reboot/sequel hybrid. So we each went “into Darkness” somewhere between “excited” and “extremely excited.” Below you will find all three of our takes on the movie, the fan reactions and Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance. Enjoy and, as always, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and like the blog on Facebook. Continue reading

Streaming Saturday: Arrested Development (2003-2006, 2013-present)

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With the long-awaited arrival of season 4 hitting Netflix mere hours from now, I had to make Arrested Development this week’s Streaming Saturday recommendation. Continue reading

Should 24 Live Another Day?

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Last week Fox announced that it was resurrecting its former hit show 24 for a 12 episode limited series to be aired next year. Kiefer Sutherland will be returning as Jack Bauer and Howard Gordon will once again serve as executive producer.

24 and I have a troubled past. I started watching it when season 2 premiered and received the season 1 DVD set that Christmas. From the second season premiere until the series finale in 2010 I watched every episode. In between seasons I would rewatch the entire series from start to finish. This was my ritual every year. 24 was my first real TV obsession. Continue reading

Trailer Tuesday: The World’s End (2013)

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Director: Edgar Wright

Writers: Simon PeggEdgar Wright

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Double Feature: 13 Going on 30 (2004) & 17 Again (2009)

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A couple weeks ago, on a total whim, I had myself a double feature of two “spiritual guidance through age repurposing” movies. I didn’t do it for any particular reason other than I was tired after work and wanted to turn my brain off.

The movies I chose (because they were close at hand) were 13 Going on 30 and 17 Again. One features a 13 year old trapped in a woman’s body, the other has the universe re-gifting a grown man his 17 year old body. So which did I like more? Continue reading

Streaming Saturday: The Giant Mechanical Man (2012)

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I went into The Giant Mechanical Man totally blind. The only thing I knew about it was that it’s an indie starring Jenna Fischer and Chris Messina. Even then, I didn’t know Messina was in it until I accidentally saw his name on the Netflix page.

I need to do that with movies more. The Giant Mechanical Man helped me remember how much I enjoy “discovering the plot” of a movie. This isn’t a bad movie to do that with either. If you want to go in blind like I did, I suggest you stop reading here because I’m about to give away some plot details. Continue reading

The Netflix Model – House of Cards Season 1 in Review

Disclaimer: I clearly mark which sections contain spoilers but, just for peace of mind, Chapter 3 contains massive spoilers for season 1 of House of Cards. Chapter 4 includes some vague character spoilers but nothing too severe. The rest is spoiler-free. Enjoy.

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Introduction

It seems like every other piece I write for this blog includes something about the plunge Netflix has taken into original programming. It’s something that really fascinates me. I believe we are standing at the precipice of a revolution in the television industry and Netflix is preparing to give us a much needed nudge.

The reason I started this blog was to voice my excitement for Netflix as an original content provider. I made bold statements that were fueled by an intense interest and high hopes. But I had no idea if Netflix’s content was going to be up to snuff. I had my ideas but, ultimately, they were worthless without premium content deserving of my $7.99 every month.

I finally burned through Netflix’s highly acclaimed and extremely hyped flagship series House of Cards over the course of a handful of days. This happened a couple weeks ago. Now that I’ve finally found the time to stop obsessing over what I watched, I can share it with you. Continue reading

The Office – My Top Ten Favorite Episodes

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In honor of tonight’s series finale (and inspired by The Cinema Monster’s post last week) I figured it would be a good idea to countdown my top 10 favorite episodes of The Office.

Like a majority of viewers, I’ve had my problems with the series in its post-Carell years. Sometimes it feels like I’m watching the show out of an obligation. But there’s something to be said for never having given up on it. I picked up the show between seasons 2 and 3 and, tonight, I’m watching the final episode. It’s a bittersweet moment.

For a long time I feel like the show should have ended a couple seasons ago. Now that it’s finally going off the air, I don’t know that I’m ready for it. But it’s time to say goodbye to Scranton. And what better way to say goodbye to The Office than by remembering its finest moments? Continue reading

TV Review: Bates Motel – 109 – “Underwater”

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This week Bates Motel aired its first season’s penultimate episode. “Underwater” set up next Monday’s finale nicely and provided a nice showcase for Vera Farmiga. (SPOILERS AHEAD) Continue reading

Trailer Tuesday: Gravity (2013)

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Release Date: October 4th, 2013

Director: Alfonso Cuarón

Writers: Alfonso CuarónJonás Cuarón

Alfonso Cuarón has been MIA since he made one of my favorite movies of the last decade, Children of Men (Blu-Ray worthy). Now he’s back and releasing a movie called Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney right smack in the “Year of Sci-Fi” that is 2013. Continue reading

How Facebook Ruined Your HIMYM Finale…

I’m hastily writing this at 2am after having just watched the How I Met Your Mother season 8 finale. I wrote about HIMYM not too long ago, so I wasn’t really planning on writing a postseason wrap up of it. But some interesting things happened tonight, both on and off the screen, and I feel like commenting on it. (SPOILERS AHEAD)… Continue reading

The John Hughes Re-Education

Each month this year I’ve chosen a director to re-examine. Pre-blog January was my Quentin Tarantino month. February was Kevin Smith and March was James Cameron. Coming off of my exhausting James Cameron month, I wanted something a little safer. I wanted to watch the work of a director who knew how to tell a story properly in an appropriate amount of time.

There were some gaps in John Hughes’ filmography that I wanted to get to, so I chose him. Considering how prolific a filmmaker as John Hughes was, it was tempting to watch a bunch of movies he wrote and produced in addition to the ones he directed. But, in the interest of time, I chose to just stick with what he directed. What follows is my re-education of the work of John Hughes. Continue reading