• Editorials,  Fantastic Fest,  Festivals,  Movies/Entertainment

    Fantastic Fest Kicks Off This Week! 15 Films G-S-T Is Looking Forward To

    Fantastic Fest 2012 kicks off this Thursday in Austin, TX. Dubbed the largest genre film festival in the US it specializes in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. If you ever wanted to see really crazy films, this is the place as the features and shorts are bat shit nuts….just have a look at the insanely humorous categorical breakdown of the films. The full schedule has been released and Festival goers will be eager to see the Opening night and closing night films (respectively, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie 3D and Red Dawn) but the real draw of the Fest are all the oddball films in between. Anyway before I head down…

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    20 Great Movies You (Maybe!) Haven't Seen

    Entertainment Weekly recently published their definitive guide to the 50 best movies “you’ve” never seen. Those indiscreet quotation marks have a sincere, innocent purpose; I’m genuinely not sure who this list is meant for. From the sound of the article, it’s for everyone, but I’m fairly confident that really dedicated film fans have at least heard of movies like Idiocracy, Moon, 24 Hour Party People, Bubba Ho–Tep, and Enter the Void. (And also are aware that movies were being made before 1992.) While I’d wager the average moviegoer isn’t familiar with these titles, I’m just as confident that few among that fifty are unknown to serious cinephiles. So how do you challenge bona fide film lovers? I should again stress…

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    Netflix Instant – Death Dealer to the Personal Video Library?

    They say that video killed the radio star, and frankly if it wasn’t true they wouldn’t have written a song about it right? Well friends, as per the news from last week, I guess in a few years time we might hear a tune touting how Netflix killed the video store…and I’m guessing a slew of film fans’ personal video libraries while they were at it. And while I’m not entirely sad to see Netflix take down Blockbuster I am a little mournful about the haymaker they’ve dealt to the mom-and-pop shops and even my own personal library. Headlines aside, it’s that last bit has actually been the inspiration for today’s’ editorial so lets get started shall…

  • Editorials,  Movies/Entertainment,  Quick 5/Top 10

    "To Whom It May Concern": 10 Filmmakers Yet To Receive Love Letters

    Terms like epic and legendary, even hysterical or action packed, are all superlatives that get thrown around in film reviews and comment threads ad nauseum. One such adjective that seems to be making more appearances is that of “love-letter”. This year we found two such instances where the aptly dropped superlative perfectly describes these homage laden films; both of which, in their own right, are very nearly dopplegangers or reincarnations of a previous filmmaker’s work. Super 8 and 13 Assassins fully embraced the styles of the films they themselves were modeled after. Also they’re fantastic films which as more than gushing tributes to said inspirational visionaries (Steven Spielberg and Akira Kurosawa) would make any filmmaker envious of such a complimentary and…

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    New to Blu? Criteria To Help You Choose the Films You Love

    So after the dust of the dust of the HD War has long since settled and been swept up you’re ready to make the jump to the Blu side. Good on ya and allow me to welcome you to the club! As a converted member of the Hi-Def masses (initiated back in Dec 2009) I’ve bought many titles, even upgrading many I already owned, and learned a few things along the way. At the end of the day I can honestly say the switch was totally worth it however it’s not all wine and roses. Provided you have a sufficient TV and player, the final step is finding titles to take full…

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    Honestly, Does Anyone Really Live Happily Ever After??

    (Note: This was written last year but since this post originally focused briefly on elements from theTransformers series, I thought I’d revisit it because the latest installment still kind of helps prove my earlier point.) Here’s something I’ve wondered ever since I’ve started watching films. What happens to the characters after the credits?? It’s something most children ask their parents after they see (or hear) that all encompassing and cliche phrase at the end of a film…”And they lived Happily Ever After“. And since children are among the most inquisitive people on the planet, we should probably take a cue from them and not expect that just because the credits roll that…

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    Groovers & Mobsters Present: "The Buddy Flick"

    In this installment of Groovers & Mobsters, we’re going to look at the “Buddy” element in modern films. It’s taken many forms over the years and come in a variety of iterations but today we’ll evaluate this absolute classic cinematic formula. It’s proven time and again to be a winner and, most of the time, makes for one very funny outing…especially if the characters aren’t having a good time. Traditionally a “buddy flick” (or even a “road trip movie“) focuses on a two-man team who has either been willingly or unwillingly paired together because of some mutual plot device. What follows is a series of misadventures befalling the leads as they continually bump heads (either…

  • Editorials,  Movies/Entertainment

    Groovers & Mobsters Present: “The Buddy Flick”

    In this installment of Groovers & Mobsters, we’re going to look at the “Buddy” element in modern films. It’s taken many forms over the years and come in a variety of iterations but today we’ll evaluate this absolute classic cinematic formula. It’s proven time and again to be a winner and, most of the time, makes for one very funny outing…especially if the characters aren’t having a good time. Traditionally a “buddy flick” (or even a “road trip movie“) focuses on a two-man team who has either been willingly or unwillingly paired together because of some mutual plot device. What follows is a series of misadventures befalling the leads as they continually bump heads (either…

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    When Is It "Too Late" (Or Unnecessary) To Make A Sequel?

    Inspired by the home video release of TRON: Legacy and the original TRON (for the first time on Blu Ray) hitting shelves today, I wanted to look at popular stand alone films/franchises that have several years (even decades) between installments. To date, some are good, some are bad and there are scheduled/rumored sequels to some older properties coming down the pike that seem questionable. To this day, it still boggles my mind that Disney wanted to dust off the original TRON and attempt this sequel a whopping 28 years after Flynn’s adventures in “The Grid”. Now truth be told, I liked Legacy and it did a fine job at continuing the story but had trouble fleshing…

  • Editorials,  Movies/Entertainment

    When Is It “Too Late” (Or Unnecessary) To Make A Sequel?

    Inspired by the home video release of TRON: Legacy and the original TRON (for the first time on Blu Ray) hitting shelves today, I wanted to look at popular stand alone films/franchises that have several years (even decades) between installments. To date, some are good, some are bad and there are scheduled/rumored sequels to some older properties coming down the pike that seem questionable. To this day, it still boggles my mind that Disney wanted to dust off the original TRON and attempt this sequel a whopping 28 years after Flynn’s adventures in “The Grid”. Now truth be told, I liked Legacy and it did a fine job at continuing the story but had trouble fleshing…

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    Groovers & Mobsters Present: "Horror"

    Well friends, it’s time again for another installment of Groovers & Mobsetrs Presents. Today we are going to look at the films that make this time of year all the more enjoyable. So fire up your DVD player (or Blu Ray player for those of you who’ve made the jump) and prepare yourself for scares, chills and thrills. On behalf of Fandango Groovers and Movie Mobsters G-S-T looks at one definitive Halloween film and examines why it gives us the willies. Willies? No, I’ll rephrase that…gives us effen nightmares. Oh, I love the holidays:P

  • Editorials,  Movies/Entertainment

    Groovers & Mobsters Present: “Horror”

    Well friends, it’s time again for another installment of Groovers & Mobsetrs Presents. Today we are going to look at the films that make this time of year all the more enjoyable. So fire up your DVD player (or Blu Ray player for those of you who’ve made the jump) and prepare yourself for scares, chills and thrills. On behalf of Fandango Groovers and Movie Mobsters G-S-T looks at one definitive Halloween film and examines why it gives us the willies. Willies? No, I’ll rephrase that…gives us effen nightmares. Oh, I love the holidays:P