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We discuss American Gangster.

Tonight we’re discussing the Denzel Washington movie, American Gangster.

Review by By Roger Ebert
At the Sun Times
Apart from the detail that he was a heroin dealer, Frank Lucas’ career would be an ideal case study for a business school. “American Gangster” tells his success story. Inheriting a crime empire from his famous boss Bumpy Johnson, he cornered the New York drug trade with admirable capitalist strategies. He personally flew to Southeast Asia to buy his product directly from the suppliers, used an ingenious importing scheme to get it into the United States, and sold it at higher purity and lower cost than anyone else was able to. At the end, he was worth more than $150 million, and got a reduced sentence by cutting a deal to expose three-quarters of the NYPD narcotics officers as corrupt. And he always took his mom to church on Sunday.

Lucas is played by Denzel Washington in another one of those performances where he is affable and smooth on the outside, yet ruthless enough to set an enemy on fire. Here’s a detail: As the man goes up in flames, Frank shoots him to put him out of his agony. Now that’s merciful. His stubborn antagonist in the picture is a police detective named Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe), who gets a very bad reputation in the department. How does he do that? By finding $1 million in drug money — and turning it in. What the hell kind of a thing is that to do, when the usual practice would be to share it with the boys?
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Star Wars: Episodes I, II, and III – The third and final chapter on why I don’t hate them.


With all the Star Wars Talk going on as of late I am seeing a resurgence of the bashing that follows the prequel trilogy, and for the record – yes they were bad, yes that had flaws, and yes they cursed us with the knowledge that Jar-Jar Binks is now part of our Star Wars collective consciousness – BUT IT IS STILL STAR WARS!!!

In the third and final part of this Series I tackle Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

Production budget: $113 million
Domestic Total Gross: $380,270,577
Domestic Lifetime Gross: $380,270,577

Flaws: Obi WTF Kenobi, Padme “Pregnancy makes me a sniveling little biatch” Amadala, Worst Jedi Duel ever, A completly Non-existant duel between Anakin and Mace Windu, an impotent Yoda, and the worst movie line of all time.

Strengths: To my surprise an excellent performance turned in by Hayden Christiansen as Anakin Skywalker, Ian McDermid as Emperor Palepatine, and Epic battle between Anakin and Obi Wan, Lack of droid memories explained, Lord Vader rises.


In my opinion this movie absolutely implodes in terms of performances. Ewan McGregor, who has conditioned us to expect a wonderful performance just absolutely phones it in in this movie. I CAN NOT STAND this depiction of Obi Wan Kenobi. “Wait a minute, how did this happen? We’re smarter than this!” That these words escaped Kenobi’s lips is something I’ll never be able to forgive Lucas for. I can’t blame Ewan McGregor for the for the lines he was given, but overall I think Kenobi should have been a different character in this film. He gets taken out by Dooku with a flick of the wrist, carried out of danger on Anakin’s shoulders, and repeatedly defers to Anakin as being a greater Jedi than he is. So when he has to face Anakin and come to terms with his betrayal, well I’ll get to that in a bit.
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Originally posted @ The Mary Sue
by Jill Pantozzi | 12:55 pm, March 23rd, 2013

In a world where Hollywood would like J.J. Abrams to do everything, the director had a solid story for a Superman film. He recently spoke to Empire Magazine about what that entailed and eventually got around to the topic of this whole Star Wars thing…

Abrams comics treatment was called “Superman Flyby” and just happened to leak online earlier this year. It would have revolved around a civil war on Superman’s home planet of Krypton which lead up to his exile.

“The thing that I tried to emphasise in the story was that if the Kents found this boy, Kal-El, who had the power that he did, he would have most likely killed them both in short order,” Abrams told Empire. “And the idea that these parents would see – if they were lucky to survive long enough – that they had to immediately begin teaching this kid to limit himself and to not be so fast, not be so strong, not be so powerful.

“The result of that, psychologically, would be fear of oneself, self-doubt and being ashamed of what you were capable of. Extrapolating that to adulthood became a fascinating psychological profile of someone who was not pretending to be Clark Kent, but who was Clark Kent. Who had become that kind of a character who is not able or willing to accept who he was and what his destiny was.”

We’re still not exactly clear on the direction Zack Snyder is taking Man of Steel but Abrams said it didn’t look far off and he was glad for it.

The interview inevitably turned to the topic of Star Wars: Episode VII and how the director would approach the franchise he loves so dearly as compared to Star Trek.

“I don’t know because we’re just getting started. So it’s a great question that I hope I’ll have a good answer to when I know what the answer is. There are infinitely more questions than answers right now, but to me, they’re not that dissimilar. Though I came at these both from very different places, where they both meet is a place of ‘Ooh, that’s really exciting.’ And even though I was never a Star Trek fan, I felt like there was a version of it that would make me excited, that I would think ‘that’s cool, that feels right, I actually would want to see that.

“How we were going to get there, what the choices were going to be, who was going to be in it – all of those things I knew would have to be figured out, but it was all based on a foundation of this indescribable, guttural passion for something that could be. It’s a similar feeling that I have with Star Wars. I feel like I can identify a hunger for what I would want to see again and that is an incredibly exciting place to begin a project. The movies, the worlds could not be more different but that feeling that there’s something amazing here is the thing that they share.”

Meanwhile, the latest Star Trek Into Darkness trailer was released this past week. What are your thoughts on Abrams take on Superman?

(via Empire and Empire)

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Oz The Great & Powerful



I was really skeptical when this movie was announced, but much to my delight, Oz the Great and Powerful does a wonderful job of respecting where this movie comes from. believe me when I say that the makers of this film put some thought into creating a film that is a great compliment to the original, and will be an entire new age of fans into the fold without sullying the name or intent of the original movie. THIS IS THE WAY A PREQUAL IS DONE!

We come into the story in black and white – and believe it or not – in  a 4:3 film format. We find the main character of the film, the man destined to become the great and powerful Oz – Oscar, a small time carnival magician, con man, and womanizer. Right off the bat we know that Oscar, who goes by the name Oz, is a bit of a scumbag. We see him taking advantage of women (or at least attempting to), a behavior which ultimately gets him in trouble and moves him into position for his wondrous journey and ultimate transformation.
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Olympus Has Fallen…

Olympus-Has-Fallen-FeaturetteI just finished watching Olympus Has Fallen, and I have to admit, I was completely unprepared for the visceral reaction I was going to have to the imagery in this film. The story surrounds a modern day depiction of a successful occupation of the power center of the United States – The White House. Even writing those words sends a chill up my spine.

I love my country, I love Washington, D.C., and I love the White House – not for its politics – but for its symbolism, its history, its culture, and for the hope that it represents even in the darkest of times. When I visit our capital I have feelings stirred in me that I imagine cannot be stirred nowhere else. That being said, some of the imagery in this film had my stomach in knots. I repeatedly had to tell myself it is just a movie. This depiction of the White House falling is visually as real as I would ever want to see. It hurt to see monuments I treasure, to see halls that I have had the privilege to roam marred with bullet holes, soot and blood of the men and women serving in it. In this sense – watching this movie is a truly horrific experience.


That said I cannot say that the story is realistic (thank god). The choices made, the portrayal of the decisions that occur and the manner in which events unfold make it clear that this is a work of fiction. This is an action movie – make no mistake. The characters are important but the action is the star of this film. Gerard Butler plays the one man army that every action story needs, and that every boy wants to grow up to be.  Dylan McDermott – I’ve never cared for Dylan, which says something about his acting because it is his characters that I do not like – and I fucking HATE him in this film. That’s all I can say without getting into spoilers. As one can expect Morgan Freeman and Aaron Eckhart turn in absolutely wonderful performances in the roles that they portray.

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Joss Whedon On Kickstarter And “Firefly”: “It Doesn’t Just Open The Floodgates”

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Actors Nathan Fillion, writer/director Joss Whedon, and Summer Glau at the Firefly 10 Year Anniversary Reunion during San Diego Comic-Con on July 13, 2012. Image by Alexandra Wyman / Getty Images

Practically from the first moment that Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell announcedtheir Kickstarter campaign for Veronica Mars movie — and certainly after the project amassed over $2.5 million in 24 hours — people began wondering if the same could be done for another gone-before-its-time TV series.Joss Whedon was one of them.

“Yes, obviously, the next thing will be that we will try to Kickstart a Dollhousereunion,” Whedon told BuzzFeed.

He’s joking, folks. Whedon — a professed Veronica Mars super-fan — says he knew almost instantly that now that fan-based funding had been proven viable at a feature-film scale, the constant drumbeat of “when will there be another Fireflymovie?” would only get louder. Whedon is something of a pioneer in the realm of reviving a canceled series into a feature film: Three years after Fox unceremoniously axed Firefly in 2002, Whedon convinced Universal Pictures to bankroll a feature-film version that served as his feature-directing debut. Alas,Serenity grossed a meager $38.9 million worldwide, scuttling any lasting hope that a major studio would step up to do it again. But if Fox or Universal signed off on distributing a fan-funded Firefly film…? Just the idea of it is enough to get Browncoats everywhere scratching at their wallets.

Initially, however, Whedon declined to talk about what the implications ofVeronica Mars‘ success would mean for Firefly. But then, he says, “I realized if I don’t, it’s the only thing I’m ever going to be asked ever by anyone.”

So here’s what he had to say:
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Megacon 2013 – Interview with Sebastian Piccione

We grab a moment with local comic book writer Sebastian Piccione who talks to us about his works, his likes and his activities in general.





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Just who is Veronica Mars anyway?

The cast of Veronica Mars

The cast of Veronica Mars

So, the big thing on the internet for the past couple of days has been the fact that they are going to make a Veronica Mars movie. Now I have seen this news everywhere – and I mean everywhere! The buzz has been on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus all day long. CBS published an article about it. So it is difficult for me to make this admission, but internet here it is – I have no idea who Veronica Mars is.
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Another Star Trek: Into Darkness trailer has been released.

Apparently now the NCC-1701 is also a submarine

Apparently now the NCC-1701 is also a submarine

I know I cannot let my bias from keep me from informing you of the latest Star Trek: Into Darkness goings on, but man is it rough…. This film will need to be something truly special to bring me around, and I don’t see that happening 🙁 Well without further bitching, here is your trailer:

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