June 2012

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That’s right, folks! It’s a second consecutive week with a Freak-Out! It’s almost like a big comic book movie is set to come out or something! Oh, wait…there is, and Amazing Spider-Man is really, really good! Our long-lost pal Bobby Bierley returns to the fray to help us cover a week in comics, Amazing Spider-Man, Safety Not Guaranteed, and a whole mess o’ trades. Also: Bobby’s near death encounter with the gypsies of Lawrence, KS!

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Yes, I made a Robbie Williams joke in the title. No, I’m not ashamed.

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Safety Not Guaranteed

by Cap'n Carrot on June 30, 2012 · 1 comment

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Time travel stories are tricky and the number of movies that intelligently discuss the topic are outnumbered by hundreds that don’t (for proof look no further than the pathetic likes of The Time Machine, Timeline, Black Knight, Freejack, and the truly awful adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s A Sound of Thunder). Thankfully, director Colin Trevorrow‘s Safety Not Guaranteed doesn’t fall into this category. Instead, it produces one of the year’s most unexpected and memorable films.

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Moonrise Kingdom

by Cap'n Carrot on June 29, 2012 · 0 comments

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There is never a doubt that Moonrise Kingdom is a Wes Anderson film. From the opening credit sequence to the final shot the writer/director’s latest is filled with his voice and style. I haven’t always been Anderson’s biggest fan, as at times I think he sacrifices substance for style (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and to a lesser extent Rushmore), but I enjoyeed The Darjeeling Limited and appreciated The Fantastic Mr. Fox enough to include it on a list of my the Best Films of 2009.

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Ted

by mr sparkle on June 29, 2012 · 4 comments

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Whether you’re a fan of Seth MacFarlane or not, you have to admire his work ethic. On top of producing Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show, the most powerful figure in television animation recently put out an album wherein he sings Pop Standards, probably for no other reason than he felt like it.

His workload only got heavier when he decided to jump another step further into Hollywood dominance with Ted, not just his first live-action film but his first live-action anything. Unfortunately, even if you weren’t aware of his very full plate of jobs, Ted comes off as a half-baked production – not without some real talent, but it clearly didn’t have the time or dedication it required to fulfill its potential.

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Magic Mike

by mr sparkle on June 29, 2012 · 0 comments

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From watching the trailer for Magic Mike, you’d be forgiven for assuming it to be nothing more than an exploration of every indulgence available to get women into the theater. Starring chinny beefcake Channing Tatum as a male stripper in a love story (a love story featured more prominently in the trailer than in the film itself), all you needed was a couple of Vampires and a role for Katherine Heigl for Magic Mike to look like the very worst film.

Thankfully, Magic Mike is not the film the trailer is trying to convince you it might be. Instead, it’s the twenty-fourth film from Steven Soderbergh, whose twenty-three year career has dabbled into just about every different tone and genre. He’s made ensemble comedies with more A-listers than any one film has any business keeping all to itself, and darkly-dull capers starring nothing but first-time actors.

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Moonrise Kingdom

by mr sparkle on June 29, 2012 · 0 comments

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There may be no more definitive polemic in Indie Cinema over the past ten years than the works and aftermath of Wes Anderson. Anyone who has problems with the idea of Twee probably hasn’t appreciated what occurred to a large swath of indie filmmaking after Anderson’s light humor came to infect films outside of his own.

But with Anderson’s latest, Moonrise Kingdom, it’s hard to think of Anderson as a plague to cinema. In his most Wes-Andersony release yet, it’s apparent that the man is one of the most unique and talented filmmakers working.

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Okay, aside from being a perfect send-up of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” (which is included after the jump if you’d care to compare), this parody by Teddie Film is a honest, if somewhat brutal, take on George Lucas and the changes to the Star Wars movies that we used to know.

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The latest episode of Futurama tackles politics (and time travel) in a odd mix the Birther movement against of Barack Obama‘s election as President and The Terminator. When Richard Nixon (Billy West) runs for re-election as President of Earth Leela (Katey Sagal) decides to help a honest Senator with good ideas win the election.

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Mezco is now taking orders on their new Thundercats 14″ Glow-in-the-Dark Mumm-Ra 2-pack which includes both versions of the character in one set. The larger figure includes 8 points of articulation as well as a real cloth cape and bandages where as the smaller cloaked figure looks far more creepy. Both can be yours for the low, low price of $50.

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Fans of Psych might enjoy this parody done by BYU’s sketch group Divine Comedy last Winter. Even if it is lacking a bit in terms of diversity of the cast, they certainly got the spirit of the show right and even earned the approval of one of the show’s stars.

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