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Iron Man

by Kyle Armstrong

     Here it is, the film that started a new kind of franchise for Marvel movies. Iron Man, like Blade, X-Men, and even Spider-Man, gave Marvel the fighting chance to offer us a movie franchise. But "Iron Man" is what it needed to start it all! As apprehensive as the company may h…

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Thoughts from a Non Comic Book Reader: Guardians of the Galaxy

 by Cameron Ross Price

            I’m going to be perfectly honest with you: I had no idea that Guardians of the Galaxy existed before I watched the trailer for the first time. I’ll pause to let the comic book enthusiasts boo (it’s ok they’ve earned it). Yet, while I was clearly missing o…

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Guardians of the Galaxy

by Dave "The Conduit" Davis

Directed by: James Gunn

Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper

 

A talking raccoon and a tree. 

That just can’t work. 

Marvel’s lost it. 

The big, goofy guy from “Parks & Rec” is going to star? 

A wrestler …

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Lucy

by Dave "The Conduit" Davis

Director: Luc Besson

Starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman 

     There’s a good idea at the heart of Lucy, and some really good concepts. The performances are fine and it’s much more of a “thinking” movie than we’re used to during the summer months,…

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Burton's Batman

by Kyle Armstrong

     Here is the Batman that inspired a new generation of the characters adaptation into media. And here is the most mysterious and unsuspecting Batman of them all, seeing that not even the audience could see Michael Keaton portraying Batman as well as he did.

     There is a …

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Begin Again

by Dave "The Conduit" Davis

Directed by John Carney

Starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo

      Despite my complete lack of musical talent — or maybe because of it — I’m a sucker for the “songwriter/creative process” kind of film, and “Begin Again” falls squarely into the “Once” genre. A…

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The Hit in Hit and Miss: How To Train Your Dragon 1 & 2

by Cameron Ross Price

            When DreamWorks released How To Train Your Dragon four years ago it was met with immediate critical and commercial success. When I went to see the sequel How To Train Your Dragon 2 this year, I was ecstatic to find that my new favorite DreamWorks franchise had brok…

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

by Dave "The Conduit" Davis

Director: Matt Reeves

Starring: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Keri Russell and Gary Oldman

     To avoid the “uncanny valley” — that zone where things seem both too real to be fake and too fake to be real for the movie audience to accept — filmmakers have to get the …

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Life Itself

by Dave "The Conduit" Davis

    One of the first images we see of Roger Ebert in the documentary Life Itself, based on the critic’s autobiography of the same name, is of a man ravaged by cancer, lower jawbone removed and currently bedridden from a fractured femur.

     It’s hard to squar…

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The Monster Squad

by Kyle Armstrong  

     Monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, Wolfman, etc. had been pushed aside to bring in the new monsters. Like Jason Vorhees, Freddy Kruger, and Michael Myers, but were the classics forgotten? Here is a film that says “No, and they should not be”. What makes these c…

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

by Kyle Armstrong

 Here is… the X-Men reunion fans have been waiting for, mixing more recent actors with older more established ones, and even adding a few new characters to the mix along the way. Here is… the X-Men storyline many have been waiting for; and as far as I know many went home pleased…

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Under the Mesmerizing Skin

by Bryan Renfro

     This… this is the reason I go to the movies. Every once and a while I see something that is so captivating as a movie-going experience that I am reminded why I love it so much. Johnathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin” is such an undertaking, both visually and structurally, that it…

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Quick Draw

So since we are geeks, who quite often stray from one area of pop culture into another...

It's time for a TV Tangent... from Violet H 

     Since I forget to turn the television off when I go to bed some nights I occasionally awake to unknown TV in the morning, such as the Hulu comedy series "…

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Leaving Los Angeles

 by k.k.

   Well, things have been pretty bleak out here in LA for post-production digital FX folk. Many more facilities have been closed. More people competing for fewer jobs. The feeling is that soon the movie industry will no longer exist in LA. There is still TV but a lot of that has been outs…

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Community: Season 1

So since we are geeks, who quite often stray over from one area of pop culture into another - we're going to start 
featuring some written thoughts on television as well. So with that having been stated...

It's time for a TV Tangent... from Violet H 

Reasons to watch (or not watch) Community …

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“To Catch a Yeti” - Spotlight on the Soul

  by Dave "The Conduit" Davis

     My wife and I recently attended the "The Yeti Spaghetti Show", where the audience was asked if they would like to see a “bad” film or an “epically bad” film. The crowd, as was its nature, chose the “epically bad” film. While I would agree with the word “epic…

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RoboCop

by Dave "The Conduit" Davis

Directed by Jose Padilha

Starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson

Rated PG-13

 

It’s pretty easy to determine if a reboot film is a financial success. For the film to be considered an artistic success, however, it has a little …

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

 by Dave "The Conduit" Davis

     The difference between a symbol and a hero is that a symbol isn’t real — its value is solely made up by what those who believe in it impart to it. A hero is a person who does the right thing at the right time.

     In The Hunger Games: Catching F…

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Bringing Up Baby

 by Len Mariani

BRINGING UP BABY – (1938)  Katherine Hepburn & Cary Grant

     When I first saw “Bringing Up Baby” some 25 years ago, it was on a Boston public TV station that showed old movies on Saturday nights.  I was literally laughing out loud.  It is, in my opinion, one of the funniest s…

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Crystal Fairy and Michael's Magical Mescaline Migration

  by Allan Day 

     Full disclosure: I have been to a higher plane of existence. At least, that's how it felt at the time. Hallucinogens will do that to you. That is why people seek them out; it's called a “trip” because that's what it feels like: a journey to a different kind of consciousnes…

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