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The Top Ten Movie Directors

George Lucas and Steven Spielberg

“Like Kurosawa I make mad films
Okay, I don’t make films
But if I did they’d have a Samurai.”
Barenaked Ladies – “One Week”

If you are following my blog and/or podcast, then I don’t need to explain the significance and value a good director brings to the making of a movie. But if you need empirical proof, take a look at your multiplex, or steaming provider. We are living in a gilded age of remakes and reboots. Whereas the originals have given us iconic images and memorable scenes that made them timeless classics, the newer versions are created by those that lack the creative vision, and fail to learn the lessons why the originals work so well. Continue reading “The Top Ten Movie Directors”

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Jennifer Connelly will be the villain for Alita: Battle Angel

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Jennifer Connelly will play a villain in Alita: Battle Angel, the James Cameron-produced film based on manga “Battle Angel Alita”, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Connelly, known for her roles in films like Labyrinth, Reqiuem for a Dream, and House of Sand and Fog won an Academy Award for her performance in A Beautiful Mind in 2001. Continue reading “Jennifer Connelly will be the villain for Alita: Battle Angel”

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The Top Ten Female-led Action/Adventure Films

Aliens (1986)

“I’ve been watching you waltz all night Diane,
Nobody’s found a way behind your defenses.
They never notice the zap gun in your hand,
Until you’re pointing it and stunning their senses.”

– Billy Joel, “Sleeping With the Television On”

There is a misconception out there that Hollywood exists in a bubble. That there is a complete disconnect between itself and the rest of the world. This is utterly untrue. Hollywood is in the people pleasing business, and their unofficial motto is “Give ’em what they want.” So if Tinseltown has been covered by an air of chauvinism the past hundred years or so, then it is because the movie-going public at large are chauvinists.   Continue reading “The Top Ten Female-led Action/Adventure Films”

Games · Movies

20th Century Fox will remake Hasbro’s board game, “Clue”

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20th Century Fox has picked up the rights to remake “Clue”, the classic Hasbro board game, after it had been dropped Universal Studios.

Josh Feldman, the head of Hasbro’s TV and film division, is producing for Hasbro Studios. Daria Cercek is overseeing for Fox. Continue reading “20th Century Fox will remake Hasbro’s board game, “Clue””

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The Top Ten Movies Featuring Aliens

They Live 1988

“I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien”
Sting – “Englishman in New York”

Let’s get this out of the way. Yes, we already did a Top Ten movie alien list. This one is different for two reasons: 1) the former was just about the characters, this one is now about the films; and 2) this list is omitting the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises (we’ve done plenty of lists regarding those franchises already.)

So what makes an alien film good? Makeup and special effects help, sure, but that is not the be-all and end-all. A plot always help, but if I want to see a story about “us humans defending our blue Earth from evil invaders”, I’d watch an anime. Of course, I’d mentioned over and over how my reviewing mantra is, “It’s the characters, stupid.” But we did that list. Continue reading “The Top Ten Movies Featuring Aliens”

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The Top Ten Disaster Films

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“Flirtin’ with disaster, y’all damn sure know what I mean,”
– Molly Hatchet, “Flirtin’ With Disaster”

When comprising this list, I discovered something fascinating – the disaster film can be either its own movie genre (i.e. natural disaster), or a subset of other movie genres. The latter includes: sci-fi disaster, man-made disaster, historical disaster, horror disaster, animal disaster, or even the rare comedy disaster (usually a spoof of one or more of all of these genres). The intention was to be exclusively of the former category, but personally, I found more quality entries in the latter.  Continue reading “The Top Ten Disaster Films”

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles VS. Kung Fu Panda

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(Editor’s Note: This post was originally written by Keith Feltenstein.)

This week we have a very special anthropomorphic rock ’em sock ’em, beat ’em up “Versus”!  A hoedown throwdown, so to speak. It’s more martial arts mayhem, as we have the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vs Kung Fu Panda and The Furious Five! So who would you vote for to win this fight? Here’s a little about each team: Continue reading “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles VS. Kung Fu Panda”

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Batman: The Killing Joke will be Rated “R”

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Batman: The Killing Joke isn’t kidding around. Warner Bros’. direct-to-video animated film based on the notorious Alan Moore comic has been rated R. EW got the exclusive directly from the studio’s home entertainment division. Continue reading “Batman: The Killing Joke will be Rated “R””