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What to Watch: Terminator: Genisys & Magic Mike XXL

Photo by Photo credit: Melinda Sue Gordon - © 2015 Paramount Pictures.

Photo by Photo credit: Melinda Sue Gordon – © 2015 Paramount Pictures.

The 4th of July weekend sees the return of a familiar franchise and the sequel to what hopes to be a new and successful one. Terminator: Genisys and Magic Mike XXL hit theaters at just the right time as Jurassic World slowly cools off enough for another film to overtake the top spot on the charts and most other children’s films remain with their niche family audiences.  Continue reading

Did You Know: D.W. Griffith

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image via wikipedia.org

Famed film director David Llewelyn Wark Griffith is a man of contradictions. Known, and unfortunately celebrated, for furthering the art form of cinema in it’s earliest days, that artistic ingenuity proves that creativity does not equate to progressive or even reasonable thinking. His 1915 film Birth of a Nation sparked racial intolerance and set back the fight for equality for a number of decades. It also assisted in providing fodder for the resurrection of the Klu Klux Klan, a group that is most certainly a blight on history on par with the Nazi Party.  Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Corridors of Blood (1958)

poster image via  wrongsideoftheart.com

poster image via wrongsideoftheart.com

After finding success with English audiences in Horror of Dracula just one year prior and Curse of Frankenstein being released the same year, Corridors of Blood placed Christopher Lee in a position to learn from the best. Veteran actor and horror movie icon, Boris Karloff stepped up and performed brilliantly in this 1958 story of the macabre with Christopher Lee providing the evil muscle. Adapted from an earlier screenplay drama about the early days of anesthesia entitled Doctor from Seven Dials, Robert Day’s work would be filled with drama, intrigue and most of all a overarching sense of horror.  Continue reading

Did You Know: Christopher Lee

Still of Christopher Lee in Triage (2009)

Still of Christopher Lee in Triage (2009)

Last week the cinematic world lost a legendary member of its ranks. Christopher Lee was a relentless worker having starred in over 200 films; this includes some cult classics, specifically his re-imagining of horror icons Frankenstein and Dracula. Even in his later years, Lee would defy generational boundaries by becoming the evil Tolkien wizard Saruman in The Lord of the Rings films and the sinister Count Dooku in the later Star Wars films. This week we take a deeper look at some little known facts about a true 20th century legend.  Continue reading

What to Watch: Dope & Inside Out

image via Variety.com

image via Variety.com

After a week where the box office was dominated by disaster films, off-the-wall comedy and rampaging dinosaurs it’s good to know that the pace will change somewhat. The two major releases this week bring a very different flavor to the summer market. Dope, directed by Rick Famuyiwa, takes us on a nerdy LA adventure as a young African American high school student navigates life in a tough neighborhood. While it may sound like a serious piece, Famuyiwa adds his experience with comedy to bring a lighthearted yet introspective look at LA youth past and present.  Continue reading

Earth Girls are Easy at IFC Center’s Midnight Movie Series

Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images - © 2013 Getty Images via IMDB

Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images – © 2013 Getty Images via IMDB

While Chris Pratt makes a lovely substitute, many are (understandably) disappointed that the latest dinosaur thriller Jurassic World does not feature the talents of Jeff Goldblum. Before he was Dr. Ian Malcolm, Jeff Goldblum starred in a number of comedy horror films. Among them is the comedy musical Earth Girls Are Easy, which is screening this weekend at New York City’s IFC Center.  Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Jurassic Park (1993)

film still via io9.com

film still via io9.com

With the latest sequel in the Jurassic Park franchise ready to hit screens, Jurassic World, this weekend, we thought it would be a perfect time to look back at where it all began. The year was 1993 and little did we know that the movie landscape would be changed forever, not just by the latest blockbuster release by Steven Spielberg but also by the collaborative effort that would bring lifelike creatures to the big screen using computer graphics. On this day in 1993, cinematic history was made.  Continue reading

Did You Know: Steven Spielberg

Photo by Universal Pictures - © 1982

Photo by Universal Pictures - © 1982

Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. That is a statement that occasionally sparks controversy as film, like any art form, is certainly a subjective medium. However, the famed director has not only created critically acclaimed features, but also assisted young filmmakers in gaining the confidence to take the next step with their own projects. His story is also one of the most unique while also proving that perseverance and originality can open the way for opportunities if your talent is truly one-of-a-kind. This week we look at some things you may not have known about the Academy Award winning director.  Continue reading

Storytelling through Gaming

As a society, we tend to look at games as a form of play that allows us to pass the time and stave of boredom. When it comes to video games, we typically envision the singular experience of one person sitting in front of the television with a controller. As some console and game studios have demonstrated in recent years, this is not the exclusive experience of game enthusiasts. Many play online with others making what on the surface is an individual experience very communal. Similarly, while some games are indeed limited to one player, they attract a crowd of watchers due to the engrossing stories they tell.  Continue reading

What to Watch: Jurassic World & Earl and Me and the Dying Girl

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image via mirror.co.uk

The summer movie season is in full swing and this Friday packs one of the biggest punches of the year, Jurassic World. This sequel/pseudo-reboot of Jurassic Park, produced by Steven Spielberg, hopes to reinvigorate a franchise that hasn’t seen a release since the ill-received Jurassic Park III in 2001. Now with a completely different cast, an injection of modern computer graphics hopes to give this installment the edge in at a critical time of the blockbuster season.  Continue reading