Category Archives: Movies
I got an e-mail from a reader this morning who wanted me to check out his new website. I have to admit, I approach these kinds of requests with some hesitation. Most blogs and websites start out with a lot of sound and fury and then run out of steam pretty quickly. And more often than not, these websites don’t really have much of a reason to exist. But this one has a fresh hook that I think my readers will enjoy. So I wanted to share it with you all.
The site is called That Moment In. It looks back at memorable scenes from the movies. To quote from the site’s intro:
We think most movies have something good to offer, even if it’s just one scene. So we’re going to snip and clip films, and show you what we believe are the parts of a movie that stood out to us, good or bad. Do you like movies? We do.
So far the site has covered movies like Blade Runner and the Karate Kid. But it’s not just limited to “modern classics”. The next entry scheduled to be posted is about the Rachel McAdams rom com, About Time. I have spend some time reading the site and I look forward to spending some more. Check it out. I think you’ll like what you see.
This past weekend was another down week at the box office. As I mentioned in last week’s poll, the summer movie box office has been down around 20% over last summer. Hollywood is in a near state of panic. They keep telling themselves that 2014 is an off year because the big franchises are all taking the year off. Instead, there is a pile up of anticipated movies next summer which Hollywood hopes will reverse the trend.
DC Comics has released the first image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman from their upcoming super hero flick, Batman v. Superman.
John Carter – I could write an entire article on John Carter. Where to begin?
This month, Daffy and I discus under-rated movies, TV shows and music. We also call out the entertainment we think is over-rated. Our choices may ruffle some feathers. Even Daffy and I can’t see eye to eye on this one. Our conversation veers from Finding Nemo to Eyes Wide Shut. We’ve got zombies and orgies and people getting shot in the head. It just may be the wildest episode we have recorded to date. By the end, I’m looking for a new co-host and Daffy is eulogizing Casey Kasem. It’s a silly show that is bound to be under-rated by some listeners.
The show is embedded after the jump. Hope you like it.
Hollywood is in a tizzy over the weak box office this summer. Grosses this past weekend were down 25% over last year. And overall, the summer is down about 20% over last summer. While there haven’t been a lot of huge bombs, there also haven’t been many break-out hits.
Thirty years ago, it was a different story. In 1984, Hollywood was enjoying one of the best summer movie seasons of all times. Several movies from that summer are still remembered fondly today. (Many consider 1984 to be a banner year overall – not just the summer movie season.) What’s your favorite movie from the summer of ’84?
Lea Thompson is best known for playing Michael J. Fox’s mom in the Back to the Future trilogy. For most of the 80’s, she seemed like an actress poised for stardom. But when the decade ended, Thompson’s movie career dried up. From there, she transitioned into television. First as the star of her own sitcom and then in frequent made-for-TV-movies. Despite having worked steadily for more than three decades, Thompson never achieved A-list status.
What the hell happened?
When a movie is a hit, a sequel is inevitable. We all know, the sequel is almost never as good as the original. But sometimes, a sequel comes around that is so inferior that it actually tarnishes the original. A truly terrible sequel (or multiple terrible sequels) can make audiences forget what the loved about the movie that started it all. There are plenty of bad sequels that we just forget about. For example, recently actor Steve Guttenberg insisted that Ghostbuster 2 didn’t exist. And then there are sequels that you wish had never been made!
Successful movies almost always result in sequels. Lots of movies are made with the intention to launch a franchise. But sometimes, those plans don’t work out. This can happen for a variety of reasons but more often than not it is because the first movie wasn’t as successful as the studio had anticipated.
This week’s poll is about movies that were supposed to launch franchises, but didn’t. Looking back at some of the movies that fell short of the great expectations that were placed upon them, which movies do you think represent a missed opportunity? Which ones do you think would have made for a successful series if they had been given just one more chance?
The Golden Raspberry Awards were created to “honor” the worst movies of the year. But just like a real awards ceremony, sometimes they get things wrong. The Razzies like to pile up on favorite targets like Sylvester Stallone and Demi Moore. Awards are sometimes handed out to suit an agenda instead of being based on merit. (Love him or hate him, George W. Bush does not deserve to win Worst Actor for Fahrenheit 9/11).
Today’s poll looks at Worst Picture Winners that really aren’t that bad. Or at least they are bad in a fun way. These films have their fans and arguably were not the worst picture released that year. So, which Worst Picture Winner do you actually like?