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Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "Will you follow me, one last time?" Peter Jackson presents his final (supposedly) adventure in Middle Earth, the conclusion of The Hobbit with The Battle of the Five Armies, now playing in theaters. Martin Freeman returns as Bilbo, who must figure out what's next after making his way into the mountain and escaping Smaug the Dragon. Richard Armitage as Thorin takes center stage, along with Luke Evans as Bard, Lee Pace as Thranduil, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, and of course Ian McKellen as Gandalf. So how is it? Better than the other two? Does it live up to the Lord of the Rings movies? Is it even worth seeing in theaters or not? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on PJ's grand finale The Battle of the Five Armies.
After major movie theater chains opted not to book The Interview to open on Christmas Day amidst threats of terrorism against any theaters showing the film, Sony Pictures decided not to release the film at all, and that includes VOD and home video for now. There's been plenty of discussion and rage about this decision fueled by fear of Kim Jong-un and North Korea, who are believed to be the driving force behind these threats and the hack of Sony Pictures, because of their distaste for the comedy about an attempt to assassinate the leader. Now Hollywood heavy-hitter George Clooney weighs in and highlights an attempt to get Hollywood's key players to rally behind Sony so they didn't have to scrap the film's release out of fear.
Beginning this week, we will be taking a look back at the year in cinema that was 2014, from our favorite posters to our favorite movies and more. We've already been featuring some retrospectives of all the movies that came out this year with videos like Sleepy Skunk's 2014 Movie Trailer Mash-Up and Nick Bosworth's Final Cut 2014 (and we have more of those coming soon, too). But today, we're ready to look forward to all the new movies coming up next year with a list of our 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015. There's a couple Marvel movies, a new Quentin Tarantino flick and of course the long-awaited return to a galaxy far, far away. Together we chose 20 movies that we just can't wait to see, with explanation for each. Look!
It was late 2003 and I was still finishing high school. Although I had never read the books, each year I kept growing more fond of Middle Earth thanks to Peter Jackson's adaptations of Lord of the Rings. By 2003, I was a movie maniac, following websites non-stop for info about the Matrix trilogy (which also concluded in 2003), Terminator 3, Hulk, X2 and Kill Bill, not to mention the Star Wars prequels in the middle of their grand finale. But it was Return of the King, and its triumphant debut on December 17th, 2003, that won my heart. On the Tuesday before release, I participated in a global event known as "Trilogy Tuesday", one of the first times ever a trilogy of movies were billed back-to-back-to-back. It ended with the midnight show of Return of the King, in total over 12 hours spent in a theater. One of the best experiences of my life.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "But if you're Doc, it may all start to get a little peculiar after that..." Now in theaters is the latest from acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice, starring Joaquin Phoenix as PI "Doc" Sportello. This stoner comedy/drama/mystery begins when Doc looks into the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend named Shasta, played by the effervescent Katherine Waterston. PTA's cast includes a bunch of other goofy characters: Josh Brolin as Bigfoot, Joanna Newsom as Sortilège, Benicio Del Toro as Smilax, even Owen Wilson, Jena Malone and Martin Short.. So how is it? One of PTA's best or did PTA get too high on his own supply? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on PTA's Inherent Vice.
The list of nominations for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (of 2015), the yearly precursor to the Academy Awards, have just been announced today - you can find all the film nominees below. The infamous Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees this morning from The Beverly Hilton. The selection this year is solid, but as always full of some wacky picks, and a few snubs. The top nominees are Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman along with Linklater's Boyhood and Cumberbatch's The Imitation Game. There's even some oddball ones like Quvenzhané Wallis from Annie. Full list below!
Editor's Note About This Editorial: This is a must read discussion by longtime friend of the site Patrick Campbell (@pj_campbell). It's time to discuss an issue that has been getting worse and worse. Everything mentioned in this editorial is something that I've observed as well, but I've had trouble figuring out how to voice my concerns without sounding too meddlesome. It's hard to speak out about a community when you're a part of that community, but thankfully others have started expressing their honest feelings. What began as a couple of paragraphs on Facebook has turned into a full-fledged editorial. It needed to be said.
Your mission, Agent 007, is to find and eliminate the leader of SPECTRE. Who is the leader? None other than Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the mastermind behind many of the world domination evil plans that James Bond has foiled over the years. Earlier today it was officially announced that the title of the upcoming 24th Bond movie will be Spectre, hinting at the return of Blofeld (likely being played by Christoph Waltz even though they're not announcing anything about his character other than the name "Oberhauser") and the evil organization. Bond fans have been patiently awaiting the return of SPECTRE and Blofeld in this newest iteration, and it sounds like they're going all out if the name of the entire movie is the same as organization.
At 7AM Pacific time this morning, Disney/Lucasfilm unveiled the very highly anticipated first teaser trailer for the new Star Wars movie directed by J.J. Abrams. Die-hard geeks waking up too early after eating a massive Thanksgiving meal lead to a wonderful selection of hilarious, goofy, smile-inducing tweets on top of all the compliments and serious discussion about the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We've collected a few of our favorite tweets, including one amazing Photoshop (seen above) of the crazy new Sith lightsaber, for your amusement. So take a look, laugh, smile, and share your Star Wars jokes with us.
Hollywood loves repeating itself. This week alone we're getting new trailers for brand new Star Wars and Jurassic Park movies, like it's the 90s all over again. But there is a new trend that is becoming increasingly frustrating - the two-part split finale of film-to-book series like Twilight, Harry Potter and now Hunger Games. With the first half of Mockingjay, the finale of The Hunger Games, now playing in theaters (my full review) the unsettling feeling of "why?!" has grown in me. This film once again proves that the quality of the work diminishes in exchange for a desire to make more money on a franchise that's temporarily popular. When will this fad end? Because it needs to stop. Don't Hollywood executives already own enough yachts?
Up until this week, many of the most secretive projects in development at Hollywood have been kept very private, with few details and even less imagery. A few Star Wars tidbits have leaked out, but in regards to Jurassic World, a number of major details were finally revealed in the footage in the first official trailer. It's hardly a teaser trailer, even though it is labeled as that, but it does show quite a few shots of dinosaurs, the full theme park, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and raptors. So what do we know? It's not a story about dinos on the loose, it's actually about genetically-modified hybrid dinosaurs that end up on the loose.
"Our new home." Now that Christopher Nolan's sci-fi spectacular Interstellar (Sound Off here) has been in theaters for over two weeks (which means we hope you've all seen it by now!), some great artwork and explanations are hitting the web. Last week we featured an excellent infographic timeline that nicely laid out the timeline as it intertwined with the plot of the film, following the crew of the Endurance as the embark on a mission to explore another galaxy. This new one, made by digital artist Sivakumar found on deviantArt, includes charming little sketches of the characters and the events that take place, really giving this a fresh, fun feel why making some sense of the plot. I really like this one, take a look. Oh and of course - spoilers!
What is it, exactly, that influences us to choose the movies we choose to see? As moviegoers, do you go to the cinema with a specific movie in mind? Or do you go with the intention of finding something good? How do you know what's playing? How do you know what will be good? These are a few of the ambitious questions this research-based infographic tries to answer. Titled "Behind the Box Office", it was made by Google using mostly Google / Millward Brown Digital data through various studies designed to determine the path a moviegoer takes. It's not as surprising as I thought, because most of the data is makes sense - moviegoers go to YouTube to watch trailers, go to theaters to choose a movie, and care more about actors than anyone.
Here's to all the crazy ones. AMC Theatres and Paramount have announced a special ticket for Interstellar called the "unlimited ticket". Yes, it's exactly as it sounds, giving viewers the chance to get an unlimited viewing ticket for Christopher Nolan's epic sci-fi spectacular Interstellar (Sound Off here) at participating AMC theatres. That's the other catch - you have to be an AMC Stubs member, but there is good news if you already are one. "All AMC Stubs members who have already purchased a ticket to the movie can upgrade for $14.99." As odd as it sounds, the full price varies per location and theater if you need an entire unlimited ticket, ranging from $19.99 to $34.99. It might be worth it if you really, truly do love Interstellar that much.