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Review: 'The Scribbler' is a mind-melting good time

Posted October 21, 2014, 4:10 PM

Every so often a film comes down the pipe that truly gets my attention. It's becoming ever more difficult these days as Hollywood continues to shove retread after retread after sequel down our throats. If it's not an adaptation, a sequel or a comic book property, then Hollywood isn't interested.

That's why I feel that it's more important than ever to find a trusted source of movie knowledge. In the old days (look at me, using such a quaint term to describe the 1980s-90s), that trusted source usually took the form of your local video store clerk. With the onset of big box discounted copies, Netflix, Redbox, Hulu, you name it, the lost art of suggesting a film for a consumer is becoming even more elusive than ever.

Which is ironic given that we live in the Internet age where it's easier...

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Monday Mixer: Hell hath no 'Fury'...

Posted October 20, 2014, 4:10 PM

Like a Gone Girl scorned.

Or, more accurately for our audience, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned for Sega."

I'm not sure which I'm more proud of, the headline tease or the Mallrats quote. All I know is that I wouldn't want to be Brad Pitt when Amy Dunne finds out that Fury knocked Gone Girl from its top perch at the box office.

I always find October to be a liberating month for me. It's smack dab in the middle of my favorite season. Well, it should be in the middle of autumn, but down here in the South, it's usually considered the tail end of summer with temperatures that can soar to 80 degrees and higher. When it reaches 90 in October, I just might have to figure out a way to fly north for the Winter.

Maybe I can...

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20 years ago, 'Clerks' hit the big screen

Posted October 19, 2014, 12:10 AM

It's no secret that I have a "bromance" or "man-crush" or whatever the current slang is with Kevin Smith. I'm pretty sure it's one-sided, although the last time I saw him, he did give me a great bear hug and really made me feel special.

No really, he did. I have proof.

OK fine, it's a little blurry. You'll have to trust me.

And that's really the special power Kevin Smith possesses. He is every bit a superhero just like Batman or Superman, but his special power is camaraderie. He has a gift for remember people and making them feel special. This electric personality speaks volumes about his success and how he is still able to fill theaters across the country with his "Evening With" programs.

Exactly twenty years ago from today, his first film Clerks debuted in theaters. Think about that for a...

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The new trilogy will be the best 'Star Wars' films yet

Posted October 16, 2014, 4:10 PM

I hate that I have to start this article with a caveat, but we live in dangerous times my friends. It seems that if you fail to provide a spoiler alert these days, some form of capital punishment will be enacted upon you if you then go ahead and spoil something for someone, even if it's done unintentionally.

Well, I enjoy life and don't have plans to meet my maker anytime soon, so I will play nice and issue the aforementioned spoiler alert. If you plan to somehow live in a cave for the next 14 months and watch Episode VII untainted next December, then by all means turn back now.

It's not that I plan to intentionally spoil Episode VII or even to print nefarious rumors that may end up being truthful, but I wouldn't want to even unintentionally spoil anyone's...

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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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