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Monday Mixer: Not just for the mornings anymore!

Posted July 21, 2014, 12:07 PM

Remember the days when my obsessive need for alliteration and belief that I could squeeze all of the news that's fit to print from the previous weekend into one digest format story in a matter of hours? No? Well, no worry because those days are behind us.

As you may have noticed above, we're missing one of the Ms in our weekly feature. After much consternation and introspection, Tim and I have come to the conclusion that forcing the whole Morning aspect of the Monday Mixer was becoming a bit tedious. Not only that, but the quality of the product was suffering as we rushed to get everything published before the clock struck noon.

So, from here on out, it will simply be the MM, the Monday Mixer. It might come out in the morning, it might not make it until the...

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Horror trailer double-dip featuring 'Ouija' and 'Annabelle'

Posted July 17, 2014, 4:07 PM

The only downfall in having two young children is that my ability to watch horror films is greatly diminished. This is unfortunate because I cut my teeth of film appreciation by watching a ridiculous amount of '80s horror flicks. So, I have a soft spot in my heart for a good scary movie that has been neglected these last few years.

Case in point, I never had a chance to see The Conjuring, but I heard great things about it. So, I suppose that I shouldn't be surprised that the prequel coming out this Fall has also been getting good word of mouth.

James Wan is one of the hottest directors around and while he wasn't directly involved with Annabelle, you can tell that the apple didn't fall too far from the tree. It also helps that Annabelle ranks through the roof...

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'Laggies' trailer: Why do I dislike Keira Knightley so much?

Posted July 17, 2014, 9:07 AM

I don't like Keira Knightley.

There I said it. Everyone seemingly loves her movies but I do not care for them. I mean, she's a good actress -- one Oscar and two Golden Globe nominations to her credit. She has a current hit movie in Begin Again. I find Keira Knightley rather... blah.

It's probably an unfair opinion. My dislike is why I almost dismissed the trailer for her upcoming film Laggies. Knightley stars as a twenty-something who's going nowhere in life. She meets 16-year-old Annika, played by Chloe Grace Moretz, and her world starts to change. Take a look at the trailer:

The movie looks pretty good, right? Regardless of your tolerance for Knightley, it looks like a solid movie. It may be overly sentimental but seems like a good take on reluctant adulthood.

Let's make some more snap judgments based solely on...

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First look at Ultron from 'Avengers 2'

Posted July 16, 2014, 2:07 PM

I tried to be witty, I really did. After throwing away countless attempts to jam all the news that's fit to print into the headline, I remembered my simple motto: K.I.S.S.

Who doesn't want to see what Ultron is going to look like in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Well, that's precisely the train of thought that went into this week's cover article over at Entertainment Weekly. Of course, they did bury the lead a little - quite literally.

As you can see in the cover below, Ultron is peeking out from behind Iron Man and Captain America and it's pretty obvious with his menacing red eyes that even if you're not a huge fan of the comics, this character is the film's newest bad ass.

The article is a good read as it reveals certain story plot points that Marvel's Kevin Feige has...

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Monday Morning Mixer: Let's remember Capacitance Electronic Discs (What?)

Posted July 14, 2014, 1:07 PM

Your usual host John is off today. He's selling a house and preparing to move. You know, minor stuff. That allows you and I to have some personal time over morning afternoon coffee. How you doin'?

I've been thinking lately about video formats. We've gone through quite a few over the years: VHS, Beta, UMD, HD-DVD. Those are just the most prominent of obsolete video mediums. There are a number of others that Hollywood has tried and abandoned over the years. My pal Tommy over at the Top Hat Sasquatch blog reminded me of RCA SelectaVision video discs. No, not LaserDiscs. These were the precursor to LaserDiscs that used a stylus to read the 12" platter rather than a laser. Basically, they were record players that played video on a connected TV.

They were also called Capacitance Electronic Discs, or CEDs, but...

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What if 'Star Wars' had stingers...

Posted July 10, 2014, 5:07 PM

I wish I could take credit for this idea, but I can't. I'm completely stealing the idea from the Star Wars Minute podcast, but it's too good not to discuss further.

For those that don't know the Star Wars Minute podcast is a podcast where they dissect the Star Wars films minute by minute. Each episode centers around one minute from the films and the concept is so simple that it's brilliant.

Well, occasionally there are some minutes that aren't so spectacular. Those minutes in the credits for example are rather boring and yet they still find plenty to talk about. In the discussion on the 124th minute of The Empire Strikes Back, they hit upon something that is pure genius.

What would be the post-credits stinger of The Empire Strikes Back if it was filmed today?

It seems that most of Hollywood's big...

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Will Angelina Jolie sniff an Oscar nom for directing 'Unbroken'?

Posted July 10, 2014, 3:07 PM

Last year, hubby Brad Pitt took home an Oscar when the film he produced 12 Years a Slave won top honors for Best Picture, but this year might belong to Angelina Jolie. It's no secret that Unbroken is positioned as Oscar bait with its Christmas day release date, but with today's trailer the gauntlet has been thrown down.

The focus here is on the heroic efforts of Louis Zamperini, whose life story is at the center of this incredible journey. As I mentioned back when Universal optioned the book, Zamperini's story would make for one epic film, but there was some trepidation when it was announced that Jolie would be making her directing debut on the project.

There's always a bit of fear associated with the unknown, but I think this trailer goes a long way to putting those fears to rest...

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