Film

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I’m not a Zack Snyder fan. I hated what Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer did to Superman, was disappointed with his interpretation of Watchmen, and was disturbed by watching the man make his own wet dreams into a feature film. Of the Snyder films I’ve been forced to endure over the years 300 is the only one I remotely enjoyed.

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Based on the Mr. Peabody shorts from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show the new full-length feature film from writer Craig Wright and director Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, The Forbidden Kingdom) may not as be as clever as the original, but it turns out to enjoyable and far more fun than I expected.

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Director Steve McQueen discusses his films, and cinema in general with the new chief curator of Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art Stuart Comer.

Steve McQueen Dialogue with Stuart Comer

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The Wind Rises

by Cap'n Carrot on February 28, 2014 · 0 comments

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Over a lifetime in animation Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki has made a name for himself as one of the premiere filmmakers of his generation. Although I haven’t always loved his films, I found Princess Mononoke too bizarre for my tastes and a bit unwieldy with its 133-minute running time, it’s impossible to come out of any Miyazaki film without a profound respect for the talented man who brought them to the screen.

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We now have a full-length trailer for this summer’s update of Godzilla starring Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth OlsenAaron Taylor-JohnsonVictor RasukJuliette BinocheKen WatanabeDavid Strathairn, and Sally Hawkins also star. Godzilla rises from the depths on May 16th.

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3 Days to Kill

by Cap'n Carrot on February 21, 2014 · 0 comments

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It would be easy to simply call 3 Days to Kill as a bad movie and move on, and I certainly wouldn’t blame anyone one for doing so. The inconsistent thriller concerning the final mission of dying spy Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) dealing with apartment full of an extended family of squatters, reconnecting with his estranged wife (Connie Nielsen) and daughter (Hailee Steinfeld), and working for a sexy spy (Amber Heard), immediately after promising his wife he was done with the the agency, to find and kill a target known only as The Wolf (Richard Sammel), is one hell of a B-movie mess.

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Johnny Depp stars as one of the leaders in Artificial Intelligence whose mind is uploaded into a computer by his wife (Rebecca Hall) and best friend (Paul Bettany) following an attack by an anti-technology extremist group. Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, and Cillian Murphy also star. Transcendence opens in theaters on April 18th.

‘Transcendence’ Trailer

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We now have our first trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy featuring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel as the odd collection of space-fairing misfits and killers turned heroes known as The Guardians of the Galaxy. Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Rooker, and John C. Reilly and also star. Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters on August 1st.

World Premiere of First Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer

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The Jungle Book

by Cap'n Carrot on February 18, 2014 · 0 comments

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Originally released in 1967 The Jungle Book may not have aged as well as some of the older Disney films, but the spirit and legacy of the film has lived on through countless films from Disney (and other animation houses) over the years. Several current filmmakers, including Brad Bird (The Incredibles, The Iron Giant, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), credit the movie for getting them interested in animated filmmaking.

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Ender’s Game

by Cap'n Carrot on February 17, 2014 · 0 comments

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A longtime fan of Orson Scott Card’s book, I was pleased enough with the recent adaptation of Ender’s Game to the big screen to find a spot for it on my Top 13 Movies of 2013. The movie holds up well on Blu-ray as we follow young Ender Wiggin‘s (Asa Butterfield) story as child prodigy sent to Battle School to transform him into to humanity’s best hope in their war against the ant-like race known as Formics.

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