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On its 15 year anniversary: How 'Fight Club' changed my life

Posted October 15, 2014, 5:10 PM

While I think that I possess a great memory, I'm not real good with dates. For instance, if you asked me what I was doing on February 16, 1994, I wouldn't have a clue. Well, I mean I could guess that I was probably in class at Butler, but the date is meaningless to me. But there are a few that stand out to me.

August 26, 2013. My son is born.

December 1, 2011. My daughter is born. Not quite Irish twins, but close.

June 10, 2011. The day I married the love of my life. Don't do the math, the kids will figure it out soon enough and let's not help, ok?

October 15, 1999. Sitting in a dark theater not realizing that my life was about to change forever.

I had always been a fan of movies and at that time, I...

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Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Oscars

Posted October 15, 2014, 4:10 PM

Sort of hard to bury the lead on this one.

Neil Patrick Harris has been tapped to host the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on February 22, 2015. NPH is sort of like the hosting king right having been host to the Tony Awards in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013 and the Primetime Emmy Awards twice. There has been speculation the last few years that he'd get the call for the Oscars as he continued to knock it out of the park and other Oscar hosts flailed, but he hadn't gotten the call until now.

No really, he literally got the call and then crossed it off his bucket list.

Personally, I'm excited about it as he should bring exactly what the Oscars have been lacking in recent years, a youthful sense of humor that will shine in the spotlight. I watch the Oscars...

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'Foxcatcher' ramps up drama in new trailer

Posted October 15, 2014, 2:10 PM

For a film about wrestling, there really hasn't been much wrestling at all in the trailers for Foxcatcher - and that's ok. To be honest, the film is more about the relationships between Olympic-caliber athletes and their coaches than it is about the sport of wrestling itself and really, that's ok too.

I've never hidden my disdain for Steve Carell or Channing Tatum. The fact that this is becoming one of my most anticipated films of the year speaks volumes for the film. Steve Carell is barely recognizable in the role of eccentric rich person cum wrestling coach and Channing Tatum emotes real emotion the likes of which I haven't seen since Mickey Rourke in, ironically, The Wrestler.

Trust me, I can guarantee you that there's more wrestling in The Wrestler than in Foxcatcher, but don't let that stop you from seeing...

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Monday Mixer: 'Gone Girl' still on top

Posted October 13, 2014, 4:10 PM

As we amble towards the middle of the month, it's pretty clear that October is still a strong month for the ghouls and the goblins. That's not to say that great films can't still make a dollar or two, but it always seems like mediocre horror films get that Halloween boost right around now.

I think it's pretty safe to assume that Dracula Untold is the latest to benefit from said bounce, but why is that? As we've seen over the years, truly good horror films can thrive outside of the blanket of October. Even in typically "dead" months (no pun intended) like January and February, good horror films can find purchase while other films wither and die.

Is there something innate within us that simply enjoys a good scare? I'm sure those of you in the audience with a more hard...

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Rumor not? 'Star Wars' spoiler discussion in our podcast

Posted October 10, 2014, 3:10 PM

Did you say podcast? I did say podcast. You may not know this, but we have a podcast on the site and we talk about (what else) movies.

I don't blame you if you're scratching your head. The podcast went dormant for over two years, but we recently brought it back from the dead and re-tooled it a bit to make it more conversational and less stringent.

It's a fun podcast. Tim and I like to talk about movies and we talk (or IM) back-and-forth each day about stuff that we later laugh about and decided that we needed to share this with our readers. I don't know if we're funny or even entertaining, but that's where you come in.

Give us a listen and let us know what you really think. Have a suggestion? Fire away. Are your ears bleeding? Get medical...

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First look at Disney's mysterious Tomorrowland

Posted October 9, 2014, 2:10 PM

It's funny. Tim and I are alike in so many ways and yet we have our little differences that are both interesting and odd. Case in point, he's a huge Brad Bird fan and I could barely tell you what films he has done. Likewise, I've been a Damon Lindelof devotee since the first episode of Lost aired and Tim's never seen a single episode of that great TV series.

Enter Tomorrowland which is sort of our Reese's Peanut Butter Cup moment where Bird and Lindelof are joining forces for a new and mysterious film. This film has been so shrouded in secrecy that until today, we really didn't have a firm grasp on what to expect. Now, thanks to the teaser trailer below, the film is coming into focus.

This is also only the second trailer for a Summer 2015 film...

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Review: 'Rick and Morty' Season 1 is (belch) a must-see on DVD/Blu-ray

Posted October 9, 2014, 1:10 PM

'Rick and Morty' Season 1 is (belch) must-see on DVD/Blu-ray

I'll admit it. Most reviews are pointless. Unless you are a knowledgeable critic like the late Roger Ebert, your opinion on movies and TV shows means diddly. I am most certainly included in that diddly assessment. It's the collection of opinions that matters most.

It doesn't really matter that I think Rick and Morty is the funniest animated comedy on TV today. I do believe that. It's better than Family Guy, The Simpsons, or South Park. But that's just my opinion.

Let's see what others have to say. Rick and Morty currently has a 9.2 rating (out of 10) on IMDb. Critical aggregator Metacritic scores it an 85 out of 100. Wired.com recently said "You Need to Be Watching Rick and Morty. Seriously." Pretty good consensus there, I'd say.

So what the heck is...

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