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Can a site like Channel Awesome work in 2018?

If you are (or were) a fan of That Guy With The Glasses, The Nostalgia Critic, or any of the producers that are or were affiliated with Channel Awesome, then I’m sure you are aware of the current firestorm brewing about that site. For those of you unaware of the site, here is a brief synopsis: Channel Awesome (CA) is a site that was originally created to promote of whole bunch of internet critics, who reviewed a wide variety of pop culture: from movies, to comic books, to video games, to anime, to pop music. Each producer had their own niche. But the “star” of CA is the site’s host, Doug Walker, a.k.a. “The Nostalgia Critic”, a.k.a. “That Guy With The Glasses”. In fact, used to be (I’m not hyperlinking on purpose). So it is no surprise that Doug would get top billing. Since its inception, many producers have come and gone. There were always rumors about certain personalities leaving on bad terms. But since most of the former producers kept quiet on the details, they remained as rumors. And since CA removed ex-contributors’ content immediately and with no fanfare (with one notable exception), many fans were kept in the dark. Until recently… Continue reading “Can a site like Channel Awesome work in 2018?”

Anime · Movies

Live-Action Ghost In The Shell (2017) will be a cult classic

So the live-action Ghost In The Shell movie came and went, and with it, the dream of seeing a high-quality Hollywood produced live-action anime, such as Akira or Battle Angel, took another big step backwards. Fans and critics were, for the most part, on the same page, as the film only made $40M in its first month in the US, and it’s Rotten Tomatoes score sits (at the time of this writing), at 46%. So the immediate reaction is to say that this movie is a bust. But that may or may or be the case. In fact, I am positive that in a few years, future critics and audiences will react more favorable to this film. Continue reading “Live-Action Ghost In The Shell (2017) will be a cult classic”

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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


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”

clue 1985

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


“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”