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Review: 'La La Land' is La La Lavish

Posted April 27, 2017, 3:04 PM

I have now seen La La Land four times and for anyone that has two young children can attest, that is the highest compliment that I can possibly give a film. With increasing time constraints, it's really difficult to re-watch a film once, let alone four times.

And yet, I can't wait to watch La La Land again.

That is the true power of La La Land and the reason that it deserves to be remembered as a truly great film, not just a punchline about award show flubs. I'm fairly confident that in five years from now we will still be talking about the impact of La La Land and the resurgence in musicals.

I have watched my fair share of musicals over the years and yes, I do count White Christmas as one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time...

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Review: 'Underworld: Blood Wars' proves that the franchise should die

Posted April 24, 2017, 10:04 AM

There's an old saying in rock n roll, would you rather burn out or fade away? The general idea is would you rather die at the peak of your game like Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison or to live out a long life where you come to realize that you have become a has-been?

There are merits to both arguments, but when it comes to movies, sometimes you just need to know when to call it quits. Entertainment properties only retain value when they continue to entertain their audience. As time goes by, the quality of the product predictably deteriorates for any number of reasons and the end result shows on the big screen.

I will admit, I loved the first two Underworld films. I mean, what's not to love? Kate Beckinsale in tight-fitting leather outfits. Don't judge...

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Review: 'The Girl with All the Gifts' is a unique take on zombies

Posted April 21, 2017, 4:04 PM

You know what's weird? The fact that the notion of zombies have become so widespread that my young children know what they are and often play "zombies," a game that comes quite close to mimicking what you would see weekly on The Walking Dead.

And no, before you start blaming me, we don't let our children watch The Walking Dead or any other non-age-appropriate programming, but the reality is that we live in a world where the concept of a zombie permeates everything. For the record, they see zombies all the time on their cartoons and now that I think about it, I'm sure I was introduced to the concept on Scooby-Doo back in the day.

No, whether it's Frankenstein or Lazarus, the idea of bringing the dead back to life is one that goes back a very long time. Given that...

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Review: 'The Founder' is an Americana delight

Posted April 21, 2017, 2:04 PM

McDonald's restaurants are as ubiquitous in America as baseball and apple pie, but the story of its rise to fast food dominance is one that has been largely ignored by popular media. This is most likely due to the less than savory circumstances surrounding the proliferation of the most successful fast food chain in the world.

Finally, The Founder pulls back the curtains and reveals the story - warts and all - about Ray Kroc, the man most responsible for McDonald's success as anyone not named McDonald. Everyone knows about Henry Ford's reliance on the assembly line to position Ford to be a heavyweight in the automobile industry and how Apple was born in a garage, but nearly no one knows the story of McDonald's - until now.

I was somewhat familiar with Ray Kroc's story. By that, I mean that I...

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Monday Mixer: 'Fate of the Furious' sets a new record

Posted April 17, 2017, 10:04 AM

There's one aspect of the box office that we don't really talk much about, but is probably something that we should at least acknowledge. Given that our site's main focus is the home entertainment market in the United States, we have mostly focused on the domestic box office.

In the past, the domestic box office was king, but in the last decade or so, its crown has gotten more and more tarnished. Now, the international box office is just as important (if not more so) than the domestic box office. In fact, regularly, the China box office, much like this weekend, surpasses the U.S. box office.

What this means for us is that studios are now becoming even more cognizant of this fact and are tailoring their releases to maximize their foreign revenues. That's why, in part, why we still get a...

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The first 'The Last Jedi' trailer offers some clues

Posted April 14, 2017, 3:04 PM

I have not read the script to The Last Jedi, nor have I sought out any of the almost certain to exist spoilers out there, but I'm a Star Wars fan darn it. It's pretty much impossible for me to watch a trailer for a Star Wars film and not speculate about the possibilities that it might imply.

It other words, there might be unintentional spoilers ahead. If you're just here to see the trailer and don't want to sullied by the random nonsense emitting from my brain, then simply scroll down to the bottom of this story or click here.

OK, now that we got rid of all the squares, can we talk about the trailer now? What? You haven't seen it yet either? Well, then why are you reading my meaningless words? Check it out!

Phew, that was pretty amazing, right...

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Review: 'Lion' earns its Oscar acclaim

Posted April 11, 2017, 4:04 PM

You know, it's funny. When films get nominated, they get applauded by the number of nominations they get, but in the end, if they fail to win any Oscars, those nominations sort of end up swept under the rug.

If you mention the 1977 film The Turning Point to a casual film buff, you probably won't light a bulb of recognition in their heads, but this film was nominated for 11 Oscars. It didn't win a single award and now is just remembered as the film that shares a footnote with The Color Purple. I'm sure you could make a good analogy about winners being the ones that write history, but that doesn't mean that there aren't good stories on the losing side as well.

Lion is one of those films that, despite not taking home a single win from its...

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