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'Steve Jobs' gets the Aaron Sorkin treatment

Posted July 1, 2015, 4:07 PM

Not to take anything away from our neighbors to the north, but today seems like Movie Trailer Day. It makes sense as a couple of big Summer films get a jump start on the lucrative Fourth of July weekend by hitting theaters today. So while you might want to throw in Strange Brew or Canadian Bacon later to properly celebrate Canada Day, start the evening off right with an all-American movie trailer.

It doesn't get more American than baseball, hot dogs and Apple Computers, or something like that. So, what better way to get a head start on your patriotism than by watching this just-released trailer for Steve Jobs? In true Hollywood tradition, you can't just have one film. Just like Armageddon and Deep Impact or The Illusionist and The Prestige, there are two Steve Jobs bio pics.

2013's Jobs starring Ashton...

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Rocky Balboa returns in 'Creed' trailer

Posted July 1, 2015, 2:07 PM

Everyone knows my love-hate relationship with sequels and reboots. As a general rule, I'm not a very big fan of either, but there's always an exception to every rule, right?

I loathe the money grab, but if there's a compelling reason to continue making films in a series and a good story, then I'm pretty much all for it. Enter the Rocky series. The first two films were worthy, but then things got off the rails quickly. Rocky Balboa seemed to be return to glory and a fitting end to the series, but Sylvester Stallone isn't one to ever quit while he's ahead.

When news started to emerge on Creed, my first thought was blatant money grab and I was cynical to say the least. It was a way for Sly to milk the character yet again without having to put...

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Monday Mixer: Sony and Marvel get their 'Spider-Man'

Posted June 29, 2015, 5:06 PM

So, good news, this weekend there was no more assaults from mother nature. The bad news is that Comcast and I remain the most ardent of enemies.

I really wish sometimes that I lived in a more metropolitan setting where a true competitor to Comcast's monopoly on fast, reliable broadband access could alleviate all of my troubles, but alas, that's one of the tradeoffs for a serene "country" living. And really, I'm OK with that until I start to have issues with my Internet connection. The positives of living off the beaten path so to speak far outweigh the negatives, but there's just about the bile that comes up in my throat when I see the message about not being able to connect to the Internet.

It's one thing if the company were better at customer service and shows any bit of...

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Why does everyone love Miyazaki's 'Spirited Away'?

Posted June 24, 2015, 7:06 PM

Sometimes movies are like eating your vegetables. There is nothing like sinking your teeth into a great, action-packed movie like Avengers: Age of Ultron or Jurassic World. They are the film world's version of pizza. A perfect food that can be enjoyed again and again, even with minor imperfections like slightly burnt crust or nagging plot holes. But one cannot subsist on pizza alone.

You have to eat your veggies too. That's what John and I try to do with the VideoETA podcast. For the (much beloved) movie review portion of the program, we try to tackle movies we've otherwise neglected. As a result I've found a few new favorites like Phantom of the Paradise and True Romance. That first flick had brussel sprouts written all over it. I pinched my nose, closed my eyes and -- and you'll never believe...

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'Masterminds' trailer is funny, based on a true story

Posted June 24, 2015, 3:06 PM

You had me at Zach Galifianakis stuffing a ton of money in his tighty whities, but when you throw in Kristen Wiig and Owen Wilson it's a no-brainer. Masterminds is going to be one heck of a hilarious film.

Based on the true story of the 1997 Loomis Fargo armored car robbery in North Carolina that netted a haul of over $17 million, you have to wonder just how loose of an interpretation is found in Masterminds. Don't get me wrong, I love me some Galifianakis, but if his real-life counterpart is as bumbling as he is in the trailer, you have to wonder how he was able to even get the money out of the building.

My guess is that it's a very loose interpretation and that suits me just fine. The above actors and a hilarious turn from Jason Sudeikis...

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Monday Mixer: E3 'Star Wars' videos and a young Padawan is arrested

Posted June 22, 2015, 4:06 PM

Let me tell you about lightning.

When we sit out on our porches in the evening while a storm rolls in, we don't give it much thought. Mostly, we admire its beauty, but fail to comprehend its power. Let me tell you how powerful lightning can be.

So, I arrive home on Friday after work looking forward to a nice, relaxing Father's day weekend. Instead, what I'm confronted with is a hodge-podge of tripped breakers and non-responsive electronics. That's not good.

As you may know, I have two toddlers in the house and while yes, they get out and play, read books and otherwise occupy themselves in non-TV related activities more so than their peers, the TV is a vital piece of equipment in the war against kids raging against their bedtimes. Our main TV was not responsive in any form or fashion...

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Is 'Avatar' still relevant in today's film landscape?

Posted June 19, 2015, 5:06 PM

This week's huge opening from Jurassic World got us thinking. In the last three years, we've seen two films surpass $200 million in their opening weekend and four others that brought in north of $150 in their debut frame, but no one has come close to sniffing Avatar's total domestic box office record of $760 million.

In fact, The Avengers' $623 million is over $35 million less than Titanic's take in second place. The anecdotal evidence would seem to indicate that films these days are blowing their box office load early and just don't enjoy the staying power of older films. Why is that?

Well, part of that could be due to the fact that only two of the next ten films occupying top slots on the all-time box office list are truly original, Star Wars and E.T. Sequels tend to have...

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