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Discussing Valkyrie (2008)

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"Valkyrie" is a meticulous thriller based on a large-scale conspiracy within the German army to assassinate Hitler, leading to a failed bombing attempt on July 20, 1944. At the center of the plot was Col. Claus von Stauffenberg, played here by Tom Cruise as the moving force behind the attempted coup, which led to 700 arrests and 200 executions, including von Stauffenberg's. Because we know Hitler survived, the suspense is centered in the minds of the participants, who call up the Reserve Army and actually arrest SS officials before discovering that their bomb did not kill its target. Continue Reading
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GODZILLA. TRAILER. IS. HERE. And It’s Kinda Awesome!

Godzilla Dark. Menacing. Exciting. All the things a trailer should be - this trailer delivers! You get a glimpse of the tone of the movie and no major plot points were given away. You see Godzilla, but not so much that you don't want to see more. This made me even more excited for the May 2014 release. What do you think - are you excited? ARE YOU??? Let us know.
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Discussing The Breakfast Club And What It Means To Me

The-Breakfast-Club-movies-21223076-1558-800 Saturday, March 24,1984. Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois, 60062. Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did *was* wrong. But we think you're crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Correct? That's the way we saw each other at 7:00 this morning. We were brainwashed. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Does that answer your question?... Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club. This is the opening, and with a minor change the closing of the 1985 John Hughes teen movie classic, The Breakfast Club - one of the of, if not THE seminal movie experience of my adolescent years. In large part this film was responsible for changing my perception of who I thought I was and in many ways who I ended up being. Continue Reading
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Thanksgiving Day Memes

On Thanksgiving Day I had a bit of time on my hands. As such I went on a bit of a meme-a-thon, as you do... Below are some of the images I subjected the internet to. Enjoy!  

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R.I.P. <3 - You've Been Replaced

Anyone who spends any time on Internet forums, social media, or just plain old texting knows <3 is the emoticon equivalent to a heart, to signify a love for something - such as: download (1) But today (for me at least) that meaning is defunct. Thanks to one of my favorite people on Twitter, Charlotte Moore. Contributor to Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern and Director of the Fantasy Literature track at Dragon*con in Atlanta, Ga., Charlotte is constantly whipping up internet gold 140 characters (or less) at a time. The below exchange is one such time.   In my excitement I followed up with (Yes, I am aware of the typo's, bite me) Shortly thereafter I saw this tweet: And all I could see was a book Queefing. So thank you Charlotte Moore, and Twitter, and @PimmsCupPimpCup (whom I don't know but was part of the exchange and therefore should share in the credit/blame) for forever changing the internet landscape for me. Oh and if you are interested, you can buy Dragonwriter on Amazon.
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Amazing Spider-Man 2 Trailer Due To Drop On December 15th

the_amazing_spider_man_2_teaser_poster_by_dcomp-d5wgiij   Sony Pictures announced today that the first full trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be coming out next month on the 5th. In the film, rumor has it that Spidey just can't keep the promise he made to Captain Stacy to stay away from his daughter, Gwen. Between High School, crime-fighting, digging for clues about his past and his forbidden love Parker barely has time to breathe. The last thing he needs is for the new villain, Electro to come on to the scene! But that is exactly what he is going to get in the form of Jamie Foxx! The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters on 5/4/2014, starring Andrew GarfieldEmma StoneJamie FoxxDane DeHaanCampbell ScottEmbeth DavidtzColm FeorePaul Giamatti and Sally Field.
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“Hunger Games” sequel brings in just shy of $20 million in Britain during its first weekend.

Originally posted at The Hollywood Reporter By Stuart Kemp

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LONDON -- British audiences' appetite for Jennifer Lawrence starrer The Hunger Games: Catching Fire proved insatiable, with the movie taking in a total of more than $19.5 million (£12 million) for distributor Lionsgate over the course of its opening weekend.

That was an opening weekend record for Lionsgate in Britain. The performance of the release was bolstered by midnight screenings on Wednesday that garnered $487,000 (£300,000) at 275 cinemas. Continue Reading
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30 Years of Carrie – Discussing One Of The Longest Lasting Titles In Modern Horror

This week we talked about the movie 1976 Horror film Carrie (you can see the video of the discussion below). We took a look at the Spielberg/De Palma collaboration not only as a classic in the Horror genre but also as a snapshot of what was common/acceptable in movies almost 4 decades ago. But we also happened to draw this movie while the Carrie 2013 remake is out in theaters, so this really turned into a discussion of Carrie as a franchise. Below are some quick Highs and lows from the three films: carrie_1976_film_carrie_gets_angry

Carrie (1976)

This is the movie that started it all. The story is of a shy girl who was sheltered from the world by a fearful, delusional mother and the damage done to her by this upbringing. Carrie is an outcast, shunned by the social groups in her high school as a pariah. Not only does she not have the social skills needed to integrate in her environment after only recently being allowed to attend a public school, Carrie is unprepared to deal with the changes her body is going through as she becomes a young woman. After traumatically having her first menstruation in a locker room full of her classmates and panicking, these girls mercilessly mock her chanting the refrain – “Plug it up.” Continue Reading
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The Night of the Doctor

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Steven Moffat offers up a primer for the upcoming Day of The Doctor:

The Bringer of Darkness, the Oncoming Storm, the Doctor, the Warrior - A Time Lord! The 50th Anniversary features Matt Smith, David Tennant and a mysterious incarnation played by John Hurt. Only one appears in the mini episode, The Night of the Doctor. But which? 23.11.13

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