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Throwback Thursday Review: The Exorcist (1973)

No horror film has a bigger or badder reputation to mainstream audiences than the 1973 William Friedkin film The Exorcist. Other films may have more gore and even a more solid plot but it is rare to see a horror film have such an iconic and long lasting legacy as this one. Even by today’s lofty special effects standards, The Exorcist holds up well, providing the same jumps and visceral responses as anything released in 2014. Continue reading

Did You Know: The Halloween Movies

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image via toobjects.com

The Halloween movies can be credited for kickstarting the slasher film genre in the United States but there are a lot of interesting tidbits of which many fans are unaware. The franchise has had ten installments and each one has provided its own unique stories. Here are a few of the more memorable facts that you may not know about the series.  Continue reading

What’s Out There: Ouija is Really a Movie and It’s Here!

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image via screenrant.com

Of all the movies being released in theaters this coming Friday one of them stands out as having the chance to make horrible movie history. That movie is the cinematic embodiment of one of the most disappointing board games to ever make its way into households across America. I’m talking about the Ouija board. You may be asking yourself what could have possessed producers to pursue such a mind-numbingly idiotic idea? Well, here are some things you may not know about October’s sleeper horror fiasco.  Continue reading

What’s Out There: Guns, Weird Superheros and Psychos

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Image via movieplot.com

This Friday will see an eclectic, if not strange, grouping of movies to hit the big screen. Many of them may feel like regurgitated ideas put out to make a quick buck. Fortunately, the usual topics of war, crime-fighting and serial murderers are there for mass consumption. But before you venture into your cushy seats with a tub of popcorn, there are a few interesting facts you might want to know about this week’s slew of releases.  Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: A Robin Williams Tribute

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photo by Jonathan McCrea via freewallsource.com

If you grew up as a child of the 90′s, the work of Robin Williams transcends that of any other actor. As a child he was the the friendly voice of a genie attempting to help Aladdin escape the evil clutches of the sorcerer Jafar. As a pre-teen he was a 40 year-old tortured soul who was forced to live inside the jungle of an ancient board game. As adults, he was the poetically humorous, sometimes lude, stand-up comedian. In essence, we grew up with Robin Williams and his work grew up with us.  Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: A Lifetime in Front of the Camera

This week’s Throwback Thursday topic started all the way back in 1956. A forty-year-old Eli Wallach, yes forty, made his film debut in one of the more controversial films of the year. Baby Doll saw this well established stage actor try something new by becoming the sexually suggestive Silva Vacarro. While instructed not to outwardly seduce costar Carroll Baker, the player’s suave moves couldn’t be held from the imagination of audiences. Director Elia Kazan couldn’t have been happier with the outcome as his cinematic journey through the power of seduction worked effortlessly through Eli’s skills.  Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: The Memorable Influence Lupe Vélez

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Photo from The Red List

The history of cinema is littered with forgotten artists whose inventiveness was later perfected by the megastars that followed them. Lupe Vélez is a perfect example of this. Known for her “Mexican Spitfire” character, Lupe was one of the earliest representations of Latin-American women in the talkie era of Hollywood. Born into a military family in Mexico, Vélez was forced to take life into her own hands at an early age. After the disappearance of her father during the Mexican Revolution, she was forced to move her family to Mexico City and work as a warehouse clerk for four dollars a week. Her aggressive personality was always her standout feature, but it was on the big screen and stage where it became her trademark.  Continue reading

Four (Sometimes Embarrassing) Tales of Godzilla

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On May 16th, the unstoppable rubber (now computer generated) monster Godzilla once again will rampage through the streets of some helpless city for our entertainment. Director Gareth Edwards (Monsters) appears to have done a fantastic job at creating the aura and gargantuine feeling associated with a movie befitting of the King of Monsters. The history of Godzilla is one that spans six decades. Some of that history has become cinematic folklore. Other aspects could definitely be appreciated for it’s unintentional comedic value.  Continue reading

The Best Football Movies to See Before the Big Game

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Varsity Blues Promotional Photo via massreality.com

If you live in New York you know that the Big Game is right around the corner. Giant toboggan rides in Times Square, traffic jams along the West Side and shirts in stores that aren’t our local, terrible teams’ apparel are stark indicators of the madness that the Super Bowl brings to an area. Nevertheless, people close and not so close to the northeast have their own way of preparing for this massive event. Some spend hours watching endless amounts of pre-game coverage that starts weeks before the event. Others like to dig into the old bag of movies for a flick that captures their favorite football memories.

Here are our top five favorite football movies:

1. Any Given Sunday (1999)

There probably hasn’t been another football movie as intense and surreal as Oliver Stone’s depiction of the fictional Miami Sharks. It is “in-your-face,” unforgiving, physical and any other movie cliche term you can throw at it. Starring Al Pacino as a washed up coach striving for one last glory-filled run, Any Given Sunday shows how a football team is a tremendously dysfunctional family from the field to the front office. It is also one of the only sports movie that unapologetically depicts character flaws without judgement. Yet still, you find yourself rooting for the characters to change and find success despite themselves. Not to mention, top to bottom, it is one of the most star-studded sports films with appearances by LL Cool J, Lawrence Taylor, Aaron Eckhart, Randy Quaid and James Woods. Definitely the best choice if you’re looking to get in a serious football mood. Especially Al Pacino’s rousingly inspirational speech before the big game! Continue reading

Top 5 Snow Day Movies

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Snow Day Promotional Photo via moviegoods.com

Lets face it! If you live in the northeast, this hasn’t been the easiest winter season on record. In fact, it reminds us of those mid-90′s snowstorms that kept everyone locked in their homes while schools, buses and trains tried to dig themselves back into service. So what do you do on days like this? You can go out and roll around in the snow but given the fact that it feels like we’re in the arctic-circle, you’ll be back inside before too long. That leaves only one option:

Watch a movie!

What better way to enjoy a snow day than by watching a frosty movie? Here are the five best Snow Day Movies: Continue reading