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Darth Vader is More Machine Than Man

In all the years of Star Wars movies and television shows, one thing has remained a constant: James Earl Jones. The actor who has appeared in countless movies throughout his career is the defining voice of Darth Vader. At age 91, Jones has agreed to call it quits. It makes sense that would want to…Continue readingDarth Vader is More Machine Than Man

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Giving Rogue One Its Due

Star Wars has always been a cash cow. However, in the Disney-ownership era, there’s been hits and misses. An early risk they took with their newly-purchased franchise was Rogue One. This was going to be a non-Skywalker side story. Nobody knew what to expect, but it turned out to be fantastic. On the heels of…Continue readingGiving Rogue One Its Due

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Jaws Bites the Box Office

You can’t keep a good classic down. Leave it to the Spielberg movie that made everyone afraid of the water to make big bucks in a limited return to theaters. Recently national theater chains held a National Cinema Day event and movie tickets were a cool $3 to see a movie. Jaws ended up being…Continue readingJaws Bites the Box Office

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Does It Come In Elvish?

If there is one subset of PC hobbyists that can simultaneously become a rabbit hole and an obsession, it’s those who are enamored with mechanical keyboards. These fans create custom keyboards, cobbled together from bespoke keycaps and individually suited switches in order to make their perfect input device. It is a fun hobby and can…Continue readingDoes It Come In Elvish?

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Back To The Broadway

For over a year the production of Back To The Future: The Musical has been running in London’s West End. The production, which was written and handled by Bob Gale, has won awards and overall praise from people who have watched the show. Now, the DeLorean is flying across the pond to New York. Back…Continue readingBack To The Broadway

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Netflix Reaps What it Sows

Last week was a rough week for Netflix. The company that basically invented modern-day streaming, binge-watching, and kicked off the endless rebooting of shows, is in a world of hurt. Last week Netflix officially let go 150 employees. On the surface, this may seem like no big deal. Netflix is a giant company with many…Continue readingNetflix Reaps What it Sows

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Alden Ehrenreich Was Not Solo’s Problem

Vanity Fair’s Anthony Breznican has a huge writeup about the current state of Star Wars, Lucasfilm, and the upcoming Obi Wan Kenobi show on Disney+. It’s a lengthy writeup featuring interviews with many castmembers of various shows. However, this quote from Kathleen Kennedy of Lucasfilm misses the mark. The 2018 movie Solo explored Han Solo’s younger years,…Continue readingAlden Ehrenreich Was Not Solo’s Problem

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Failure To Reboot

For all the pomp and circumstance film franchises get, nothing is ever a sure bet. Many films that had humongous budgets flopped while other movies were sleeper hits. Then you get into an interesting realm: movies that were supposed to become franchises but did not pan out. The Divergent film is a good example where…Continue readingFailure To Reboot

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More Runtime

Leave it to SNL to more succinctly get their point across than I can. You may remember back in February when I talked about movies being too long. It’s a problem that isn’t getting talked about nearly enough. Movies are easily coming in at two and a half hours, three hours, or even longer. Pete…Continue readingMore Runtime

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That Slap

Sunday night’s Oscars were… memorable for a big reason. But I’m not here to talk about THAT. Instead, I want to mention CODA. This movie has been on the radar since it debuted on Apple TV+. And in a first, this film took the award for Best Picture when it was only on a streaming…Continue readingThat Slap

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Green Hill Zone: Act 2

A sequel to look forward to. That’s what I’ve been calling the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie. This was the last movie I saw in theaters and was only a short time before COVID lockdowns began. Now at a lull in the pandemic, we get the sequel. And, oh man, it looks great. The trailer…Continue readingGreen Hill Zone: Act 2

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Long Runtime

Brian Stauffer reported for Variety on something I’ve surely noticed a lot lately: movies are really freaking long now. So many movies clock in at two and a half or even nearly three hours, lately. For me, it seems to be a detrimental factor each and every time I think about watching a film. Even…Continue readingLong Runtime

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Yet Another List

Over on Den of Geek, they asked their staff to rank the best sci-fi films of the past 15-years. They also asked their readers to get in on the action as well. I may have to hand in my Nerd Card because there’s a lot on here that I haven’t seen. Colossal, The Endless, and…Continue readingYet Another List

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The Return of MoviePass

Back in 2018, MoviePass was a big deal with people who wanted to go to the movies. The small startup was flowing with VC money and posing an impossible deal: subscribe for $10 per month and see unlimited movies in theaters. Of course, this was unrealistic. The cost for a monthly subscription didn’t even cover…Continue readingThe Return of MoviePass

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Spielberg’s Films Ranked

Over at Thrillist, Dan Jackson and Matt Patches went through 32 of Steven Speilberg’s films and ranked them. The list does the usual worst-to-best reverse order and, spoiler, Crystal Skull takes the crown for worst of the worst. Coming in at 32, this dud of a stinker is the epitome of why some movie franchises…Continue readingSpielberg’s Films Ranked

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His Name Was Robert Paulson

The past few weeks have been a culling of well-loved celebs. At the too-young age of 74, Meat Loaf passed away. He was in a ton of movies and wrote epic-level, theatric songs & albums. Born Marvin Lee Aday, the rock musician’s career spanned six decades across the music and film industries. He was beloved by…Continue readingHis Name Was Robert Paulson

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Closing the Window

A common theme lately is the fight between streaming services and movie theaters. COVID changed a lot with films coming out on Day 1 as a movie in the theatre. Over on VOX’s YouTube channel, they have an interesting explainer as to why theaters are still a viable business. Vox does a good job of…Continue readingClosing the Window

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Matrix Awakens: What Is Real

Earlier this past week Epic dropped a ten minute demo of the upcoming game The Matrix Awakens. This uses the latest Unreal engine to render the gameplay on Xbox Series X and PS5. I could keep talking about it, but you need to see just how incredible this game looks. Epic says, and it all…Continue readingMatrix Awakens: What Is Real

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T2: The Modern Recut

Storytelling for movies have come a long way over the decades. Specifically when you see movie trailers, you can tell how a studio’s methods change when enticing you to see a film. Some movies that stand the test of time would benefit from a modern take on their trailer. That’s exactly what Michael Edwards has…Continue readingT2: The Modern Recut

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The Spider-Verse Returns

After the immense success of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse in 2018, it was inevitable that Sony would produce a sequel. Now Sony has finally released the first trailer for the film. Even more of a surprise is this will be told in two parts. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) has the same amazing mixed…Continue readingThe Spider-Verse Returns

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8-Bit Christmas: The Ultimate 80’s Nostalgia

Christmas movies are always tough to nail right. Sometimes they’re too cheesy or too serious. The timeless ones are timeless for unknown reasons because they can still be too serious or too cheesy. A Christmas Story was basically unknown until TBS decided to run it endlessly on Christmas, turning it into a modern classic. A…Continue reading8-Bit Christmas: The Ultimate 80’s Nostalgia

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Ridley Scott: Old Man Yells At Cloud

Leave it to the old vanguard of Hollywood to blame their failures on anyone else but themselves. This time around it’s Ridley Scott, mastermind of amazing movies, who’s looking for a scapegoat because his latest film, The Last Duel has bombed. “I think what it boils down to — what we’ve got today [are] the…Continue readingRidley Scott: Old Man Yells At Cloud

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Lightyear Set for 2022 Release

Origin stories are a roll of the dice. They’re usually movies we never ask for. Some are innovative. Some are completely unnecessary. Today Disney released the trailer for Lightyear, an origin story for Buzz Lightyear. I was instantly skeptical, especially after reading that Buzz would not be voiced by Tim Allen. Then I watched the…Continue readingLightyear Set for 2022 Release

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Scarlett Johansson Gets Paid

Variety reports Scarlett Johansson and Disney have settled their lawsuit wherein Johansson claimed she was not being paid properly. The suit began with Black Widow’s simultaneous release on Disney+ and theaters. Johansson had accused Disney of reneging on its promise to do a traditional theatrical release for “Black Widow,” in favor of a simultaneous release…Continue readingScarlett Johansson Gets Paid

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The Return of The Drive-In

It’s 2021 and one thing I’ve found to be really fun is seeing a movie in my car. Talk about an unforeseen plot twist! Due to all the lockdowns last year, I find myself with the desire to do something I’d never done before: see a movie at a Drive-In. I got that chance over…Continue readingThe Return of The Drive-In

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The Matrix Resurrections: More Red Pill Awaits

In a year (and a half) of politics, pandemics, climate-change-induced weather, and other depressing crap, we get something fantastic I’d completely forgotten about. A teaser dropped for the 4th installment in the Matrix now-a series from the Wachowski Sisters. There’s some fun trickery you get to experience by watching the trailer via the official Matrix…Continue readingThe Matrix Resurrections: More Red Pill Awaits

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Streaming Movies at Home Will Always Be Better… and it’s Theater’s Fault

Forget about COVID. This is the real reason I never go to the movies It’s the summer of 2008. I’m sitting in a packed theater waiting for The Dark Knight to begin. Knowing how awesome Batman Begins told the Batman origin story, I was elated to see the next installment from Christopher Nolan. 152-minutes later…Continue readingStreaming Movies at Home Will Always Be Better… and it’s Theater’s Fault

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The Rocketeer Flies Again

Disney is dipping into their bag of IP again with this fantastic news on a sequel: Disney is reviving a cult classic favorite, The Rocketeer, with a new Disney+ movie titled The Return of the Rocketeer. [In the original film] a young pilot stumbles onto a prototype jetpack that allows him to become a high-flying…Continue readingThe Rocketeer Flies Again

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“Best Sellers” Trailer Gives Entire Movie Away

New, original movies are always tough to come by in this age of reboots and endless sequels. But mix together a story about an author, the immense talents of Michael Caine & Aubrey Plaza, with a dash of an uplifting plot and you’ll get the movie Best Sellers. It’s out on September 17th and you’d…Continue reading“Best Sellers” Trailer Gives Entire Movie Away