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Throwback Thursday: The Rundown (2003)

Film still via fanpop.com

Film still via fanpop.com

The year was 2003 and the world only knew of Dwayne Johnson by his stage name, The Rock. One year prior the WWF Superstar had made a big splash with a hit action film entitled The Scorpion King. One year later, Johnson would take a major step away from the world of fantasy to dabble in the comedy/action genre realm. What became of that venture was a fun adventure flick entitled The RundownContinue reading

Did You Know: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Photo by  Albert L. Ortega - courtesy gettyimages.com

Photo by Albert L. Ortega – courtesy gettyimages.com

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is undeniably one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. This weekend he hopes to hit big with another blockbuster as San Andreas launches countrywide in theaters. Since 2011, no actor has been featured more prominently in big budget action films than Mr. Johnson. With a career in entertainment that spans nearly his entire life, there is little about him that hasn’t already been posted on the internet. Still, there are a few gems of trivia that people are unaware exist. This week we’re dedicated to presenting a few obscure facts about the man known worldwide as The Rock.  Continue reading

What to Watch: San Andreas

Photo by Jasin Boland- © 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Photo by Jasin Boland- © 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

The month of May will end with one of the more outrageous releases of the year. That’s quite a bold statement when you consider releases like Mad Max: Fury Road, Tomorrowland and Avengers: Age of Ultron have already set a very high bar for over-the-top entertainment. However, we have not seen an epic disaster film of this proportion since 1998’s Michael Bay classic Armageddon. The inclusion of one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, could only add to what may be one of the sleeper hits of the season.  Continue reading

What to Watch: Tomorrowland

film still via  IMDB

film still via IMDB

Finally, Disney’s well kept secret makes its way onto the big screen as Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and directed by Brad Bird (Incredibles, Ratatouille) hits theaters this Thursday night. A project nearly four years in the making, Tomorrowland represents a significant push in the sci-fi live-action direction. Without being based on a comic book or any other pre-existing series, Disney hopes that the risk will have a high reward with young audiences looking for something to fill the void between superhero flicks.  Continue reading

What to Watch: Poltergeist

Photo by Kerry Hayes - © 2015 - Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Photo by Kerry Hayes – © 2015 – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Horror films have seen a revival after a spree of remakes and found-footage films flooded the market throughout the 2000’s. Most notably, Blumhouse Productions has become a new-age Hammer Films with releases like Insidious, Sinister, and Paranormal Activity. Still, remakes are a hallmark of Hollywood and it was only a matter of time before the business got around to such classic horror films as the 1982 film Poltergeist. The 2015 remake hopes to spook audiences in a similar fashion despite many horror films having perfected the very thing that the original film introduced to the genre.  Continue reading

Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

Photo by   Jasin Boland  - © 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Photo by Jasin Boland – © 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

A mix of dystopian future, a mad search for freedom and ten tons of steel running at nearly 200 mph helps Mad Max: Fury Road deliver on everything the promotional material promised. Clocking in at exactly two hours, the film is a throwback to the over-the-top action films of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s focusing less on dialogue and plot and more on action. Normally limiting plot leaves a film feeling rather thin but Mad Max: Fury Road had just enough to keep the plot from being too overbearing, since we all know audiences aren’t sitting in seats to see dramatic exposition.  Continue reading

Did You Know: Tom Hardy

Photo by  Jasin Boland - © 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Photo by Jasin Boland – © 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

This Friday Mad Max: Fury Road opens and could potentially push lead actor Tom Hardy into the action movie stratosphere, although he’s been hovering just below it for quite some time. The London born actor has been a staple of critically acclaimed films for nearly fifteen years, getting his start on the memorable HBO series Band of Brothers and now taking the lead alongside Oscar winner Charlize Theron. Despite the rugged good looks, Tom Hardy has not had the easiest road to success. This week’s Did You Know hopes to shed some light on the unknown world of Tom Hardy.  Continue reading

What to Watch: Hot Pursuit

image via  IMDB

image via IMDB

The weekend of May 8th is the calm between two storms. Last week, Avengers: Age of Ultron opened to the second highest take of all time, losing only to the first installment a few years prior. It is expected that the Marvel superhero film will once again remain on top of the charts this week as Mad Max: Fury Road is hoping to put enough distance to remain fresh in moviegoers’ minds.  Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: X-Men (2000)

film still via  IMDB

film still via IMDB

With Marvel/Disney’s Avengers: Age of Ultron set to break records for ticket sales around the world starting tomorrow, it seemed appropriate to look back at where it all started. Some would think that the starting point was Iron Man in 2008 but Marvel’s long journey to realistically bringing comic book heroes to the big screen started much further back than that. In the year 2000 the struggling comic book company was relying on a long shot, otherwise known as X-MenContinue reading

What to Watch: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Still from Avengers: Age of Ultron via IMDB

Still from Avengers: Age of Ultron via IMDB

The year 2012 was the climax of one of Disney’s most audacious ventures. Comic book films had been done before but they tended to exist in their own bubble with superheroes never crossing over between films the way they did in the comics. That all changed when Avengers hit the big screen. Not only could Disney breathe a big sigh of relief knowing that their investment would pay off, they had placed the final brick in the foundation of what can now be called the “Superhero Genre.” This Friday, or Thursday night in select cities, the much anticipated sequel hopes to launch “Phase Three” of Marvel’s movie series and continue the monumental financial success.  Continue reading