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Sound Off: Olivier Megaton's 'Taken 3' with Liam Neeson - Thoughts?

Taken 3

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? It ends here! He's back, again, for another round of phone threats and high stakes action. In theaters now is Taken 3, bringing back Liam Neeson for a third time as Bryan Mills, father of Kim, played by Maggie Grace, the one person he will kill anyone to protect. The cast in this sequel includes Forest Whitaker and Dougray Scott, and involves a twist where Bryan is framed for the murder of his wife Lenore, played by Famke Janssen. How is it? Any better than the first two or more of the same? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Megaton's Taken 3.

 Posted January 9 in Discuss, Sound Off | Comments

Watch: First Cut 2015, A 'Movie Mashup Preview' of the Year Ahead

First Cut 2015

"Two-thousand-fifteen! You mean – we're in the future?!" It's 2015! It's finally here, the year when we get another Avengers movie and a new Star Wars movie, not to mention Jurassic World and Mad Max. With the new year underway, friend of the site Nick Bosworth has cut together another one of his mashup videos, but instead of a retrospective on the year past he's looking forward at the year ahead - 2015. The video is just a quick glimpse at some of the Hollywood movies on the line-up for 2015 (and a fun nod to Back to the Future: Part II) and should get you excited for all we have in store, even if the first few months are filled with boring releases. Then again, maybe there are some great films coming up pretty soon. Fire it up below.

 Posted January 5 in Discuss, Hype, To Watch | Comments

Welcome to 2015: The Year of Fifty Shades of Jurassic Ultron Wars

Welcome to 2015

It's here. Welcome to 2015. By the end of this year, after another 12 months, we will have seen the new Star Wars movie from J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm/Disney. But before that, we'll also see Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tomorrowland, Jurassic World, Ant-Man, Spectre, and oh yes, Fifty Shades of Grey. It's one of those kind of years. The ones that we write about at the beginning, where we all say "whoa" there's a whole boatload of incredible new films in the works all due in theaters this year. Including a new Terrence Malick movie (or maybe two?). I know, what the f**k is going on?! But, here we are, we made it, Bienvenue à 2015.

 Posted January 1 in Discuss, Feat, Movie News | Comments

Exploring Feelings of Freedom and Control in Linklater's 'Boyhood'

Boyhood

All I want is to be free… Without a doubt, Richard Linklater's Boyhood is going to leave a long-lasting impression on cinematic history, primarily as a film beautifully crafted out of 12 years of footage but also as a story that captures the actual feel of growing up in America. Not only in the way certain fleeting moments mean more in the end than big events, but also in the way our upbringing shapes us. How the way we're raised, and the experiences that we're involved in, influence the person we become and the attitudes we maintain. Within Boyhood, there was one strong feeling that I picked up on the very first time I saw it at Sundance in January (and it has been on my mind ever since) – the nagging desire to be free from control. After another rewatch, I've confirmed that control is omnipresent throughout Boyhood. Let me explain.

 Posted December 30 in Discuss, Editorial, Feat | Comments

Sony Pictures Still Planning to Release 'The Interview' Somewhere?

The Interview

If you've been following the news the past few days, you've undoubtedly heard about the debacle concerning the Sony Pictures comedy The Interview from writers and directors Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg. The film was set to be released on Christmas Day, but the studio pulled it from release after major theater chains dropped the film following threats by the Guardians of Peace, the same group responsible for hacking into Sony Pictures and leaking thousand of documents and e-mails with private information. But now it seems Sony Pictures may not have completely given up on The Interview seeing the light of day. Read on!

 Posted December 21 in Discuss, Movie News, Rumors | Comments

Sound Off: 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' - Thoughts?

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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.

 Posted December 19 in Discuss, Hobbit, Sound Off | Comments

George Clooney Wants 'The Interview' VOD, Tried to Rally Hollywood

Georce Clooney

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.

 Posted December 19 in Discuss, Hype, Movie News | Comments

Looking Ahead: Alex & Ethan's 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

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!

 Posted December 16 in Discuss, Editorial, Feat, Hype | Comments

Remembering the Incomparable Experience of 'LOTR Trilogy Tuesday'

LOTR Trilogy Tuesday

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.

 Posted December 15 in Discuss, Editorial, Hobbit | Comments

2015 Golden Globes Nominees - 'Boyhood', 'Birdman' & 'Gone Girl

Golden Globes

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!

 Posted December 11 in Awards, Discuss, Movie News | Comments

Guest Editorial: The Sorry, Cynical State of Movie Fandom Today

The Sorry, Cynical State of Movie Fandom Today

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.

 Posted December 5 in Discuss, Editorial, Feat | Comments

Declassified: Who or What is SPECTRE? Details For the Latest Mission

SPECTRE

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.

 Posted December 4 in Discuss, James Bond, Movie News | Comments

Best Tweets About the First 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Parody

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.

 Posted November 28 in Discuss, Humor, Hype, Star Wars | Comments

When Will It Stop? Enough With the Two-Part Finale Quadrilogy Fad

Mockingjay Part 1 & 2

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?

 Posted November 26 in Discuss, Editorial, Feat | Comments

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