Sound Off: Marvel's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' - Thoughts?

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? In heroes we trust. Now playing everywhere is Marvel Studio's latest, Captain America: The Winter Soldier a sequel to Captain America but also a follow-up to The Avengers and even Iron Man 3 in a way. The focus is on Cap, played again by Chris Evans, as well as Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow working for SHIELD plus Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury. There's also Anthony Mackie as Falcon getting in the mix. So how is this sequel? Any better? An action classic or comic book mess? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Marvel's Captain America 2.

 Posted April 4 in Discuss, Marvel, Sound Off | Comments

Sound Off: Darren Aronofsky's Take on 'Noah' - What Did You Think?

Noah Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The end of the world... is just the beginning. It's time. Now playing in theaters everywhere is Darren Aronofsky's Noah, an epic Hollywood-sized gritty take on the biblical story of Noah's Ark, from Genesis chapters 6-9. Starring as Noah is Russell Crowe, along with Jennifer Connelly as his wife Naameh, and Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth as his children Ham and Shem. As a family, they brave the darkness of humanity and the wrath of God to build an ark and restart life on Earth after God destroys it in the great flood. How is Aronofsky's take on this story? Too ambitious, or too honest? His best yet? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Aronofsky's Noah.

 Posted March 28 in Discuss, Hype, Sound Off | Comments

Sound Off: Disney's 'Muppets Most Wanted' - What Did You Think?

Muppets Most Wanted

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? They're back... again! Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal, and even Walter. Jim Henson's Muppets return to the big screen three years after their revival in The Muppets in a sequel titled Muppets Most Wanted, once again directed by James Bobin of "Flight of the Conchords" fame. In addition to all of our Muppet friends, the cast includes Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, Jemaine Clement, Ty Burrell, with numerous cameos as well. But is it as good as the first? Or not even close? Fun or not? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Muppets Most Wanted.

 Posted March 21 in Discuss, Sound Off | Comments

Sound Off: Scott Waugh's 'Need for Speed' - So What Did You Think?

Need for Speed Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Engines, motor oil, love. Now playing is DreamWorks' take on the Fast & Furious franchise as the video game adaptation Need for Speed, made by stuntman-turned-director Scott Waugh (of Act of Valor), starring Aaron Paul from "Breaking Bad" and Dominic Cooper from The Devil's Double and Captain America. The cast also includes Imogen Poots, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson and Dakota Johnson. So how did the latest car racing action movie turn out? Is it any good, or just another VFX mess? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Need for Speed.

 Posted March 14 in Discuss, Sound Off | Comments

Sound Off: Noam Murro's '300: Rise of an Empire' - Your Thoughts?

300: Rise of an Empire

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Seize your glory! Now in theaters everywhere is 300: Rise of an Empire, the sequel/prequel/side-story to Zack Snyder's 300 based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, which raged on the big screen seven years ago in early 2007. While Leonidas isn't back, this time we follow Sullivan Stapleton as Themistokles, fighting off Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, played again by Rodrigo Santoro, and Artemisia, played by Eva Green. So how is this one? As good as the first one? Any better? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on 300: Rise of an Empire.

 Posted March 7 in Discuss, Hype, Sound Off | Comments

NYC's Museum of the Moving Image Hosting a 'Hotels on Film' Series

Hotels on Film

They come in all shapes and sizes, all over the world, hidden in cities and on mountains, next to rivers and airports. Hotels have been in movies forever, not only as a place to stay when needed, but occasionally as a character itself that influences and alters the story. In honor of the upcoming release of Grand Budapest Hotel, the latest film from Wes Anderson, the Museum of the Moving Image (aka MoMI) in Queens, New York is hosting a "Hotels on Film" screening series this weekend. My first thought when I heard about this series - I have to find out what they're showing! Which films? And have I seen all of them already? Read on.

 Posted March 5 in Cool Stuff, Discuss, Events, Feat | Comments

Discuss: Suggestions for Improving the Academy Awards Telecast

Oscar Suggestions

I'm sure you everyone out there is shocked to know that as much as I love the Oscars (the results of which can be found here) and more or less everything that comes with it (including my paycheck, of course), the show itself is something that I think could stand to be improved in many ways. Yes, the Oscar telecast can more often than not leave something to be desired, regardless of who you are, even if everyone involved in the production of the show always has their hearts in the right place. Some years we have better shows than others, with the same going for the winners for that matter, but I can't ever remember watching the telecast and thinking that they absolutely nailed it, and I know I'm not alone in thinking this way.

 Posted March 4 in Awards, Discuss, Editorial | Comments

2014 Academy Awards Winners - '12 Years a Slave' & Alfonso Cuarón

2014 Academy Awards Winners

The 86th Academy Awards are upon us and it's time to watch the show and announce the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is being broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre with another returning, exuberant host - Ellen DeGeneres. Last year featured a vivid and memorable set of movies, from Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity to Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave to Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street to Spike Jonze's Her to David O. Russell's American Hustle to Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips as the key contenders, among many others. Who will win? Time to finally find out at the 2014 Oscars. The full list below will be updated with winners marked as they're announced live tonight - refresh for updates.

12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen
Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuaron for
Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
for Dallas Buyers Club
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett for
Blue Jasmine

Read on for the complete list of 2014 Oscar nominees & winners. Let us know what you think of the results!

This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of editorial commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.

 Posted March 2 in Awards, Discuss, Feat, Movie News | Comments

Academy Advocacy: Who & What Should Actually Win Oscars This Year


It's once again time for some Academy Advocacy ladies and gentlemen, and one of the final ones for the season! But rather than delivering the normal awards opinions and whatnot today, this one will be a little more personal as I'll be dictating what I think actually deserves to win in all of the major Oscar categories. I won't be limiting it to the official nominees either, so these picks will vary quite a bit from what voters are choosing this week. We all have our preferred candidates, and I'm no exception, so below you'll be seeing who and what I would have voted for, as opposed to the choices that Academy members made. In some cases, they're actual nominees, though in other cases, I've gone off the ballot. More below!

 Posted February 27 in Awards, Discuss, Editorial | Comments

'12 Years a Slave' Will Become a Part of Public High School Curriculum

12 Years a Slave

Pay attention to the Oscar nominees - Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave is now/soon mandatory viewing in school. Despite reports that a low percentage of the mainstream public has seen most of the Best Picture Academy Award nominees, only one week out from the 86th Oscars this weekend, there is one that will get a boost no matter what. A report from the National School Boards Association (NSBA) says that they've partnered with "New Regency, Penguin Books, and the filmmakers to distribute copies of the acclaimed film, book, and study guide 12 Years a Slave to America's public high schools." Of course Solomon Northup's actual book is included, too. As it should be - considering this is based on a harrowing true story.

 Posted February 24 in Discuss, Indies, Movie News | Comments

McConaughey Chats About Ambitious Nature of Nolan's 'Interstellar'

Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar

Now that we're a few months into 2014, it's time for our first reminder that later this year we'll be getting Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, which will likely feature yet another phenomenal performance from the it man, Matthew McConaughey. The actor, receiving acclaim and Oscar nominations for his work in Dallas Buyers Club, Wolf of Wall Street, Mud, Magic Mike even Killer Joe, spoke to Variety about his career comeback and recent highlights, and talked briefly about working on Nolan's Interstellar, his next science fiction project that was quietly filmed last year. It's the most ambitious thing he's ever done," he states.

 Posted February 19 in Discuss, Hype, Movie News, SciFi | Comments

'12 Years a Slave' and 'Gravity' Top Winners at 2014 BAFTA Awards

BAFTA Awards

Time to celebrate even more big wins for Gravity and 12 Years a Slave to follow up the Golden Globes. This weekend in London, the BAFTA (or British Academy of Film and Television Arts) held their annual show, the BAFTA Awards, honoring the finest in film and television from 2013. This year's set of winners focused mainly on three movies which took home most of the awards: Gravity winning Outstanding British Film (despite the obvious) plus Best Director, McQueen's 12 Years a Slave winning Best Film + Chiwetel for Best Actor (finally!), with American Hustle taking home a couple wins, too. Gravity also nabbed Best Score.

 Posted February 16 in Awards, Discuss, Movie News | Comments

Sound Off: José Padilha's 'RoboCop' Remake - What Did You Think?

RoboCop Remake Sound Off

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? We've got the future under control. We do? Now in theaters everywhere is the remake of yet another 1980's classic, RoboCop. This new take on RoboCop stars Joel Kinnaman as Detroit's Alex Murphy, directed by Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha (Elite Squad). The impressive cast includes: Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams and Samuel L. Jackson. So is it any good? Does it desecrate the original? Is it one big pointless remake, or not? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on the RoboCop remake.

 Posted February 14 in Discuss, SciFi, Sound Off | Comments

Video Blog: 'Snowpiercer', '71', 'Blind' & 'Grand Budapest' in Berlin


As always, there are a number of films that deserve to break out from film festivals. I am returning this week from the Berlin Film Festival, aka Berlinale, in Germany where I caught 10 films in total (full list/recap here). While I enjoyed pretty much every last one, my friend Steve Weintraub (aka Frosty) from Collider and I decided to meet up and record a quick video blog, which we haven't done in a while, discussing four films in particular: Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer, Jack O'Connell in Irish thriller '71, Eskil Vogt's Norwegian drama Blind and of course The Grand Budapest Hotel. This is a good one, so fire it up below and enjoy.

 Posted February 14 in Discuss, Feat, To Watch, Video Blog | Comments



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