The Split experience (SPOILER WARNING)

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James McAvoy shines in M. Night Shyamalan’s Split.

When I first saw the trailer for Split, I laughed … I laughed. I mean James McAvoy was dressed as a woman. And then pretending to be a nine-year-old boy. When I thought it couldn’t get  worse, what popped on the screen? “From writer/director M. Night Shyamalan.” This movie had to be a joke. It looked terrible. Also, it was coming out in January where bad movies go to die. It was a cinch. Another Shyamalan disaster. Then an early review came out from one of my most respected YouTubers, Chris Stuckmann. He gave the movie an A- … Huh? … What? … How?

That didn’t completely sell me because Shyamalan inspired Stuckmann with his movies earlier in his career so maybe he pumped the grade up a bit. But other positive reviews came out closer to the release date. Rotten Tomatoes had it 74% (as of Jan. 29) and it made a strong $40 million in its opening weekend. Conclusion, I guess I better see this movie. Listening to the Schmoes Know Live Show, which I listen to once a week, they started discussing the movie and skirting the line of spoilers. Conclusion, I need to see this movie NOW before it gets spoiled. So I find the next showing, which is at 10:30 p.m. at Regal in Dickson City, and floor it. I buy the ticket, grab a box of Buncha Crunch and head to Theater 8. Let me tell you … this movie’s good. No … it’s great. Continue reading

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A Message to Warner Bros.

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You done messed up, Warner Bros.!!!

Let’s face it, Warner Bros. You didn’t have a good year. While I’m sure this is troubling for you as a studio, it’s especially troubling for us. I love DC, I love the Harry Potter universe and I love Ben Affleck. But your studio is doing its best to make them irrelevant with their lack of quality. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was one of the most anticipated movies of all-time and it fell flat for most, with the exception of a few hardcore DC fans. Suicide Squad was supposed to save the DC Extended universe, but only managed to make it worse. Ben Affleck was in both of those films, starred in The Accountant and wrote and directed Live By Night. None were met with critical acclaim. So, Warner Bros., you need to fix this.

The Good News: Your bad movies have one problem. That’s it.
The Bad News: It’s a pretty big problem, it leads to other issues and it has a presence in all of your blockbusters.

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Weekend Wrap Up for 1/6/2017

RogueOnePoster.jpgWe’ve officially moved into 2017, though as is often the case with early January, the box office was dominated by holdovers rather than any new releases. Rogue One led the way for the fourth straight weekend, falling 56% to $22M. It is now only about $9M behind Finding Dory for the 2016 domestic crown. Rogue One will have no problem sailing past $500M and should end up around $525M by the end of its run. Quite the impressive run for a movie that’s basically a spin-off featuring virtually none of the major players in the Star Wars universe, apart from Darth Vader’s (admittedly awesome) small role.

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Happy New Year … I’m back

Let’s just say this. The last time I posted on this blog, Fantastic Four (aka Fant4stic) was my fifth most anticipated movie for the summer of 2015 … a lot has changed.

I’ve been away too long, and I know you’ve all missed me so I’m back to fill that void. I haven’t stopped seeing movies (I’ve seen 45 released in 2016 so far) so let’s get this blog up and running again.

WHAT TO EXPECT

In January and February, most posts will pertain to end of year wrap-ups (Such as most disappointing movies of 2016, top 10 movies of 2016, top 10 worst movies of 2016, etc.) leading up to the Oscar nominations (released Jan. 24) and awards ceremony (Feb. 26). Upon release of the nominations, I will post my thoughts.

I may sprinkle a review in here or there, but January and February are traditionally the worst months of the year for movies (with the exception of Deadpool in 2016) and I will spend most of my time catching up on all the Oscar movies that haven’t been released in Northeast Pennsylvania. February may have a few hidden gems in John Wick: Chapter 2 and The LEGO Batman Movie, but I digress.

After the 89th Academy Awards, the summer movie season pretty much starts in March, with Logan coming out March 3 (my birthday), and we’ll have another exciting slate of blockbusters.

Shoutout to my friend, John Lund, for the push to get this going again.

Let’s have fun in 2017 and talk movies. It’s good to be back.

Cheers.

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Most anticipated films of the summer

The summer movie season comes early with the release of "Furious 7," but what movie are you most excited for?

The summer movie season comes early with the release of “Furious 7” Friday, but what movie are you most excited for?

Coming off a great 2014, it’s upsetting that we’ve had to struggle through the worst movie months of the season. With the exception of “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” there hasn’t been much quality so far this year, which is to be expected, especially during January and February. That doesn’t mean I can’t get bored, and hope the summer movie season comes as fast as possible. Thankfully, summer movies have started to come out in early April. Last year, we got lucky with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which opened April 4 to kick off the summer movie season early. In 2016, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” will stretch the summer movie season even more when it comes out in late March. “Furious 7” comes out tomorrow so who cares about the upcoming warmer months? Let’s talk movies. Continue reading

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Best and worst of 2014

"The Lego Movie" got snubbed at the Oscars, but where will it rank on my list?

“The Lego Movie” got snubbed at the Oscars, but where will it rank on my list?

Sorry it took a little while, but here are my favorite and least favorite movies of 2014, listed from 55 to 1 (One being the best, 55 being the worst). When I say favorite, I’m balancing the quality of the movie and how much I enjoyed it. That means that my favorite film may not be a film of the highest quality. It’s instead a biased opinion of the films I enjoyed the most. However, if I enjoyed it a lot and the quality of the film is terrible, it will still lose points and move down the list. There are also subcategories (The Ugly, The Bad, The Meh, The Good and The Great). The Ugly is the worst and represents the movies that offended me. The Great is the cream of the crop and the movies I would recommend buying. You may disagree and that’s okay. I’d love to hear your opinions too. Anyways, let’s do this! Continue reading

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The rest of the major Oscar categories

"Birdman" and "Boyhood" both have a shot at a big night, but do they deserve Oscar glory?

“Birdman” and “Boyhood” both have a shot at a big night, but do they deserve Oscar glory?

Sorry, I didn’t have time to give in-depth analysis on all of these, but I wanted to get something up. The Oscars air tonight on ABC.

BEST DIRECTOR

THE NOMINEES

Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman)

Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)

Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)

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