Movie Review: Dunkirk


When the credits roll on Christopher Nolan's latest film - a cinematic experience that brings the full scale of the Battle of Dunkirk to the big screen for the first time - the audience is left speechless. Unlike nearly all of his other films, it's not because you're trying Read more

Dream-Casting a Live-Action Little Mermaid for Disney


Perhaps no task is more difficult for a studio than casting a well-known franchise to match the sky-high expectations of fans. From novels to comic books to animated film remakes, Hollywood has had mixed results with the task; some have spent the big bucks to get the demanded stars, Read more

Best Movies of 2016: The 3rd Annual Groucho Awards


Welcome to the Third Annual Groucho Awards! This is my own platform to nominate and award the movies of my choosing, because it seems that far too often, the movies with the biggest campaigns get Oscar nominations and the little guys are left out in the cold. This year Read more

A compelling case that Corinne is six-years-old, and other Bachelor nonsense


  Written by: @jeremywilson412 In the words of Chris Harrison, "Coming up on this week's episode (recap) of The Bachelor..." The ladies receive their first real test, we pause to remember those we lost this week, I present a theory about Corinne that is bulletproof, and we discuss the contenders and pretenders. But Read more

I was not going to write about The Bachelor, but then...


(Written by: @JeremyWilson412) I wasn’t going to write about The Bachelor this year, but then a girl showed up in a shark costume convinced it was a dolphin costume. I wasn’t going to write about The Bachelor this year, but then a girl showed up who hooked up with Nick at Read more

What I Learned about Chris Pratt's Faith


Most of us have loved Chris Pratt since we first met him as Andy Dwyer on Parks and Rec. Then he made his dramatic debuts in Academy Award Best Picture nominees Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty. The latter revealed that he could be an action star, so it came as no surprise Read more

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Movie Review: The Lorax (And Its Politics)

Posted on by Joseph Williams in Featured, Movie Reviews, Movies | 4 Comments

Dr. Seuss

The Lorax –  **1/2 out of 4

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Some disclaimers right off the bat: I am a conservative, although usually tending towards being pragmatic, i.e. supporting those policies and laws that best implement conservative principles that construct society so that humanity is better off. “Better off” here meaning there is more freedom, more opportunity, and more justice for more people. I usually vote Republican.

Many of you may be confused as to why my review for a kids movie based on a Dr. Seuss book is beginning with disclaimers concerning my political leanings. In today’s polarized political climate, everything is politicized. We have the 24 hour cable news cycle always in need of a story to throw to the bickering, talking head pundits. There’s also the internet blogosphere where everyone’s opinion is being shouted at once into cyberspace (Irony understood). This allows us to filter our intake of news unlike ever before.  You can get your news and news analysis from people who think a lot like you, eliminating as much need for critical thinking about the issues and allowing us to simply strengthen our preconceived views of things.  Although more perspectives are available, increasingly both sides of the political aisle receive information, news, and talking points from people who think more like them and view those with other ideas through a logically fallacious straw man lens. Read more

Suggested Netflix Instant Streams

Posted on by Clayton Martin in Featured, Movies, Netflix | 6 Comments

Hmmm how to follow up my Noteworthy Films of 2012 post…

Okay so over the weekend I went through my Netflix queue and swapped out a bunch of movies and shows. Embarrassingly enough I always have the maximum number (500) of things allowed in my instant queue. As I looked through some of the things I had rated, I got to thinking that there were a good number of things that would be good to share and suggest to our readers. I’ll likely make a little series of this, giving you about 5 options per week of things that are on the instant streaming list that I would suggest.

Here are your first five. Some you may have seen. Some you may have not seen, but been given the ever so obnoxious “YOU HAVEN’T SEEN…”. Others you will hopefully have never heard of but will take a chance and trust me. These are not in any particular order. Read more

Sports Cinema: A Natural Love for the Game

Posted on by Joseph Williams in Baseball, Featured, Movie Reviews, Movies, Sports | 1 Comment

 

Editor’s Update: On Saturday, April 21st, 2012, Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox pitched the 21st Perfect Game in Major League Baseball history. Another moment in baseball history when perfection was achieved, making the analysis below of Billy Chapel’s accomplishment appropriate to one more man who has taken the mound in the quest for perfection.

In a year when three of my favorite/most critically acclaimed films were tributes to the nostalgic era of 1920s cinema, film’s impact on America’s culture of leisure is quite clear. When people weren’t captured by the moving pictures, they were enraptured by Jack Dempsey and the sweet science or by Murderer’s Row dominating America’s pastime. News reels of Babe Ruth aired before Douglas Fairbanks graced the silver screen.  In America’s pantheon of heroes and icons, movie stars and athletic all-stars have always filled the hallowed halls. So, with spring training upon us, Opening Day weeks away, and a new film season before us, it’s time to turn to our past.

In the recent B.S. Report podcast where Bill Simmons interviewed President Obama in the White House, President Obama spoke about the power of the myth of sports, how it can bring people together who may agree on nothing else, and how it may be one of the truest meritocracies in our society.

Every winter when the Academy Awards graces the small screen, we get movie stars gushing about the history of film, how it has captured their imagination since childhood, and how it expands our horizons while carrying us to far away places and pushing our minds to think about things in ways we’ve never thought about them before. Read more

Robert Funke: Four Things I Thought About Jeff, Who Lives At Home

Posted on by The Wise Guise in Featured, Guest Spots, Movie Reviews, Movies | 1 Comment

This guest post on Jeff, Who Lives At Home (opening today in theaters) comes from Robert Funke, who is currently studying Screen Writing at USC. We are glad he could join us for his review of the film and highly suggest following him on Twitter at @RFFunke!

1. I wish I could wink.

Ninety-nine point nine percent of the time, I can’t wink, at least not in a way that’s helpful. I can close one eye while keeping the other open, but it’s a lumbering, awkward forcing of the face muscles that will never charm a lady or coolly tip my hand to someone in a sneaky situation. And then there are the winkers. There was this guy I went to high school with, we’ll call him “Dudley,” who could wink like an teenage Rob Lowe, and did, often. He’d wink his way into a relationship with a gorgeous girl, then wink off any skepticism from the girl’s parents, then wink his way under the shirt and, with another wink, under the bra.

Fuck Dudley, man. If you can wink, do so subtly, but don’t be sleazy and act like you aren’t winking when it’s become your primary eyeball-lubrication method. This is a movie that winks, but winks subtly, appropriately, and only as much as necessary.

We open on Jason Segel (who would be a charming, endearing main character in snuff porn), as Jeff, a thirty-year-old Lafayette-area stoner, slowly, deliberately recording his thoughts on the M. Night Shyamalan movie Signs. He’s seen Signs presumably dozens of times, and is not only the sort of character who might really love Signs, but he’s the sort of character who would build an entire life philosophy and universal ordering system based on Signs. Read more

Movie Review: 21 Jump Street

Posted on by Clayton Martin in Featured, Movie Reviews, Movies | 1 Comment

Last week I got to go to a sneak preview showing of 21 Jump Street, which starts playing in theaters this Friday (March 16th). I wouldn’t normally have hardly any expectations going into a movie like this; however, at the time I went to see it, it had managed to pick up 12 positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 100% rating. This intrigued me and built a little excitement going into it. 12 reviews probably doesn’t sound like much to go by but it’s a decent indicator of how the movie will be. For comparison, Eddie Murphy’s new movie A Thousand Words, was and still is sitting at 0% after 43 reviews. I’m sure Paramount would have been thrilled to have gotten 12 positive reviews total.

For the record, at the time of this post 21 Jump Street has dropped a little but it is still at 90% with 40 reviews counted. Who would have thought a March release action/comedy could pull that off? Definitely not I. Read more

Upcoming Films of 2012

Posted on by Clayton Martin in Featured, Movie Previews, Movies | 2 Comments

Well reader of this, you’re welcome. I’ve done all the work for you. Compiled here is everything you need to know and look forward to related to movies in 2012. This isn’t every movie that’s coming out, just the ones that I feel are most noteworthy. About half of them are linked with trailers if you click the names and the others are linked to the IMDb page because the trailers haven’t been released. I have probably spent more time on this post than any research paper I’ve ever done so I hope you enjoy! I tried to include all of the blockbusters as well as the smaller indie films that are noteworthy. This should be a good reference throughout the year and you might want to bookmark it because I’ll be updating it throughout the year with date changes and additions. Read more