On Jake Gyllenhaal, Drake & Inspiration


New Year’s Day this year was a cold, rainy one in Manhattan. The bright lights of Broadway had always seemed to warm the chills running through my body, particularly on that date. That evening I was attending “Constellations,” a play brought across the Atlantic from its London roots for American Read more

Why the Undertaker still matters in 2015


Think about it for a minute. We’re in the year 2015. Hot topics of conversation center on cars that can drive themselves, space tourism and head sets that can put us in virtual worlds. And still, one of the major headlines of the Wrestlemania season is how will the Read more

Birdman flies high for 2015 Academy Awards


It’s a time-honored tradition of mine to provide an Oscar recap the day after the annual Academy Awards gala each year. It’s also becoming a regular ritual to summarize what a bore the telecast was. Outside of a few moments of inspired political and social notice during acceptance speeches, the Read more

Alex's Official Predictions for the 2015 Oscars


The Oscars are set to take place Sunday night, and, as usual, most of the winners seem pretty clear-cut before the ceremony even starts. Despite the minor drama in Best Picture, the Academy’s yearly show should be fairly by the books. Could “Boyhood” win Best Picture? Of course. The BAFTA Read more

Inaugural 2015 Groucho Movie Awards


So over the past several years, as 10-15 of you have seen (thank you!), I've done my top movies of the year lists. I've ranked anywhere from my top 25 to my top 50. Even the year I did my top 50, I semi-embarrassingly felt I had to make some Read more

He Said, She Said TV Review: Better Call Saul


Better Call Saul has premiered its first three episodes. As AMC's latest groundbreaking original series spinning off from Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul has had great reviews and ratings. Joseph is a huge fan of Breaking Bad and Palmer never quite got into it. In the latest He Said, Read more

The Imaginarium

Voting at the Movies

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“Hollywood makes shitty movies.” -Ron Meyer, NBC Universal Studios COO

Avatar made $2,782,275,172 in international ticket sales. Its budget was about $237 million. I’d be happy to give you a minute to let that settle in. Read more

Netflix Streaming Suggestions: Round 3

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1. Duck Soup- Often referred to as the Marx Brothers best film, Duck Soup is also one of the best military satires ever made. Personally, I love the Marx Brothers. I find their humor brilliant. I think this is a film that everyone should give a chance and you might just find that the wit of old Hollywood is just as good if not better as the wit of Hollywood today. Oh and it just so happens to be number 5 in AFI’s Top 100 Laughs of All-Time if you don’t want to take my word for it. Also, the entire film can be viewed on YouTube below if you don’t have Netflix! Read more

Suggested Netflix Views – Week 2

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Welcome back! Last week I gave you your first five suggestions of things instantly streaming on Netflix. Let me reiterate since there was some confusion, these are not a part of any ranking or in any particular order. I have made a big list and these are just selections from my list. I hope you enjoy these and find something you haven’t seen! If you watch something from one of these lists let me know what you think! Read more

Movie Review: The Hunger Games

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Everyone hates the typical “book is better” guy. Everyone loves to get to be the “book is better” guy. I’m glad to be able to report after seeing the movie, I don’t have to be that guy.

I certainly don’t mean that as a knock on the book. I mean that more so to give the movie props. Look, they are going to cut things. They are going to change things. If you haven’t figured it out by now, that’s how they make movies out of novels.

I read the book a while ago when I found out there was a movie in the works. However, from the very first chapter I felt like I was reading a movie script. I felt like The Hunger Games was a book basically written to be a hit movie. It was like Suzanne Collins read Harry Potter and Twilight and saw the dollar signs and set off on her mission to make the next big thing. And she did.

For the most part it’s impossible to poorly turn an epic book set in its own world into a hit movie. The Hunger Games is basically unofficially set in the United States in the future, but it’s got enough dsytopian 1984 in it to make the setting its own entity for the purpose of the argument. Take the prior two examples given, throw in The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Blade Runner, Lord of the Flies, The Princess Bride, Children of Men, Planet of the Apes, The Chronicles of Narnia, Minority Report, etc. Not that it has never happened, but it’s unlikely to not turn a book like this into a successful film. Read more

Suggested Netflix Instant Streams

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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

Top 5 Oscar Surprises

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Well…I lost. Again. To Joseph. Sad face.

The Oscars always seem to hold a few surprises. No matter how confident I am in my heavily researched picks, I always end the night with a “huh” look on my face.

Here is my selection process: First, I make a concerted effort to see every film nominated in every category. I follow up all my viewings with reading what every “expert” under the sun thinks will happen and their rationale and all that jazz. I then do my best to deduct their assured biases. And alas I come up with my picks.

Joseph and I only differed on two categories out of 24 this year. These were Best Makeup and Best Sound Editing. Logic originally told me The Iron Lady would win for makeup. But then there was the buzz for Harry Potter getting undeservedly shunned by The Academy. I figured they might throw them a bone in the visual section. The other difference was Sound Editing, which my gut told me would be Hugo. I again figured The Academy wouldn’t want to give Spielberg a sad face like mine and would throw him one bone for War Horse. I took two calculated risks and both backfired. I figured I’d at least get a split! So I finished getting 17/24 picks correct and Joseph got 19/24 correct. Congrats to Mr. Williams.

Now for what I would consider to be the Top 5 Oscar Surprises. Read more