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My Picks for the Decade

Posted in Entertainment, Movie Buzz, Movie Discussion, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2010 by Brandon
Why 25? Because I can. A decade only comes along like what, once every eight years or so? So much goes into a movie, and so much more goes into our experience of viewing it. As such, this list may seem puzzling to a lot of readers (you forgot THAT movie? How could you possible include THIS movie??), but what I chose to do is pick the movies that impacted me the most, affirmed and rewarded my love for film, while also showcasing exceptional filmmaking quality and memorable characters and storylines that I believe will transcend this decade and last for many more down the road. The further you go down the list, the more the distinction between the numbers gets fuzzy – the final five are all so close to each other there’s debatably no point to numbering them at all, but hey, that’s part of the fun of list-making.

Good art is a tricky subject, perhaps especially in film, but I think what it does is leave with you with a sense of something beyond just what you see on screen, that penetrates deep into your heart and leaves you hungering for something truly new and wonderful. All of these films, in one way or another, took me places I never quite expected and unleashed the true creative power of film, so I hope you enjoy them.

25. Napoleon Dynamite

The success of this movie can be seen in how much money it grossed: 44 million dollars; about 100 times its budget, but a paltry sum compared to most releases. So why was it so popular? Because few movies have dared to show the utter and slightly unpleasant normality that every day life on the fringes of popularity can bring. If you were one of the popular kids, you probably didn’t really get this movie. But if, like Napoleon, you never really found yourself fitting in, had a hard time making friends, and spent your time learning super sweet dance move skills and drawing fantasy creatures in the margins of your notebook, then he speaks to you, like few other movie “heroes” ever have.
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Top 15 Magic Babes From Movies & TV

Posted in Entertainment, Internet Links, Movie Buzz, Movie Discussion, Screen Junkies Article with tags , , , , , , on July 13, 2009 by Brandon

My newest Screen Junkies is article is up, just in time for the new Harry Potter coming out this Wednesday. A tribute to famous magical cinematic and televised babes from years past all the way up through to Hermione. Enjoy and please digg!

Watchmen (9/10)

Posted in Entertainment, Movie Buzz, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2009 by Brandon

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Originally, I was going to write a review based on Watchmen purely as a movie, unrelated to the graphic novel. That was before I actually read the graphic novel, and having done that, and been more able to appropriately grasp the spirit of the book, it’s impossible to look at Watchmen the movie as entirely separate from its origins. As I read through the graphic novel, I began to comprehend the immense scope of the whole thing – it’s much more than a graphic novel, incorporating elements of poetry, art, novels, newspapers, comics, and more into a seamless whole that traces the development of this superhero world from basically its beginnings to its present. It’s engrossing and impossibly well executed, and the very thought of trying to write a script for this beast almost makes the brain explode. Continue reading

My Picks for 2008

Posted in Entertainment, Movie Buzz, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2009 by Brandon

Late though this post may be, what with the Oscars come and gone, I decided it was finally time to put up my best of 2008 picks. So without further ado, I give you My Picks for 2008.

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New Star Trek trailer!

Posted in Entertainment, Movie Buzz, Movie News, Trailers with tags , , , , on March 8, 2009 by Brandon

“For them [hardcore Trekkies] , Star Trek will always be William Shatner, strutting around in those little booties, performing yellow-belt karate chops on aliens dressed like Romans. But for the rest of us — people who can handle a new Battlestar Galactica, a new James Bond every 10 years, and new underpants…” – Entertainment Weekly. To me, this is why Trekkies everywhere need to stop whining about the whole reboot – Trek is dead, and it’s time to hit the refresh button. I think Abrams has done us all a big favor.

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Yet another Star Trek trailer

Posted in Entertainment, Movie Buzz, Trailers with tags , , , , , , on November 26, 2008 by Brandon

An Ain’t It Cool News exclusive!!

The Star Trek trailer was pretty cool in my opinion, but this one is even better.  Some extra special added footage. Happy Thanksgiving. (Watch till the very end – no peeking.)

Variety sucks and rocks at the same time, the Dark Knight is awesome, and don’t let your daughters read Twilight.

Posted in Book Buzz, Entertainment, Internet Links, Movie Buzz, Movie Discussion, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2008 by Brandon

Maybe it’s cheating because I got this link from the website I write for, but meh. It’s pretty dang funny, and I love that Variety themselves host and link to the original video.

Variety’s version of the video…

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