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TBT: Are you ready for some football?

Posted September 4, 2014, 4:09 PM

Tonight, the NFL officially kicks off the 2014 season and what better way to show our respect for a game that is as much about America as, well, apple pie and baseball, than to showcase some of the best trailers for films based on that sport.

It's a Throwback Thursday, football style and we hope these trailers get you hyped up for tonight's game and the rest of the slate over the course of the weekend.

Rudy (1993)

The ultimate underdog film. This is why sports films are so great.

Knute Rockne, All American (1940)

Keeping the Irish spirit alive, which is ironic given that they play my beloved Wolverines this weekend. I hope they don't win one for the Gipper this weekend.

Brian's Song (1971)

Prepare the waterworks. Even the trailer gives me the sniffles.

All The Right Moves (1983)

Before Tom Cruise was Tom Cruise, he was...

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Huff Post goes retro for arcades in film compilation

Posted September 4, 2014, 3:09 PM

What do The Last Starfighter, Midnight Madness, Strange Brew, Suburban Commando and T2 have in common?

Well, besides all being great films from my youth, they all also feature arcades and arcade games in their plot. No, more than that, the arcade (and the game itself) is an integral plot point and character, without which the film would never have been made.

OK, maybe that last part is a bit of a stretch, but think about it. The 1980s were the heyday of arcades and as such, their prominence in society was reflected in the films of the day. Heck, I spent many an hour in our local arcade throwing away quarter after quarter, all in the hopes of trying to set the high score.

Not that the high score came with any sort of prize other than local notoriety and perhaps a...

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'Wetlands' introduces the world to the 'pink trailer'

Posted September 4, 2014, 10:09 AM

I've heard of red-band trailers and everyone has seen a green-band trailer. Heck, I even remember the blue-band trailers from long ago, but this is the first time that I've ever seen a pink-band trailer.

Don't worry, this isn't a a new classification from the MPAA or a change of policy. No, this is simply a bit of fun by the filmmakers behind the film that is quickly becoming the talk of the festival circuit, Wetlands.

The German film is making a name for itself over on this side of the pond for its gross-out factor and that despite the general disgust, the film seems to continually win over its audiences. I have to warn you that this trailer is not for the faint of heart or anyone who is easily offended. The voice-over warns that the protagonist is treating her body...

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'Armageddon' fails the movie sin test

Posted August 28, 2014, 12:08 PM

Everyone knows what a movie sin is, but if you're the one who doesn't, it's basically that movie cliché that is so bad that when you see it in a film, your eyes automatically roll back in your head. Yep, you know them when you see them.

The fine folks over at CinemaSins have been compiling the worst offenders over the last few years and they finally set their sights on Michael Bay. It's not a surprise either as Armageddon is the cheesiest and most Michael Bay film there is.

I almost feel bad for Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis.


I think the best contribution from this video is the term "Exposchemi." I'm totally going to use that from now on...

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Creepy marionettes debut in latest 'Gone Girl' trailer

Posted August 27, 2014, 4:08 PM

Let's face it, all it took was the name David Fincher to make sure that you would show up in theaters on October 6 to see Gone Girl, but it doesn't hurt to see some of the little things that made us fall in love with the book. So, if you're like Tyler Perry and have no clue who Fincher is (prior to him taking the role on the film), then the trailers are probably the only thing that will sway you towards going to see the film or not.

It's a good thing that the trailers are doing a pretty good job of piquing interest without giving away all of the juicy nuggets. You know I have thing about crappy trailers, but suffice to say I'm pleased with the way they have chosen to handle this complicated story.

A love story...

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Monday Mixer: Don't call it a comeback, 'Guardians' back on top

Posted August 25, 2014, 3:08 PM

With busy schedules and growing families, it's just a sad fact of life that Tim and I aren't able to get out to theaters to see the latest films like we once did. So, it was a truly rare day indeed last week when we both went to the show together to see Guardians of the Galaxy.

Now, I'm not going to sit here and try to convince you that this one singular, rare act is the reason for the sudden surge back to the top spot for Guardians of the Galaxy, but it's one hell of a coincidence, no? Of course, given the time to reflect on the theater-going experience (they still play a hundred trailers before the show begins), we came to some interesting conclusions.

First, despite what this article says, the Internet is not killing the theatrical experience. The...

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Snazzy new art adorns Universal's SteelBook Blu-rays

Posted August 21, 2014, 5:08 PM

A Blu-ray by any other name would be just as sweet, no? Well, that would be true unless you are talking about a SteelBook.

For the uninitiated, the term SteelBook refers to a new packaging concept that has been around for a while, but is just now starting to find its way out of the nerd niche. You probably have SteelBooks in your Blu-ray collection without even realizing it, they are quite simply Blu-rays which are encased in metal boxes instead of the old plastic cases.

They are snazzy and they do tend to "pop" off of the shelf. For a couple of years now, their existence has only really been known (and highly sought after) by a select few, but Universal is seemingly leading the charge to make SteelBooks more of a household term.

Earlier this year, they released a wave of...

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