32 Days of Halloween X, Day 5: The Snow Creature!

Snow Creature (1954)

 

Hello.  And welcome back for a fifth day of this 32 Days of Halloween insanity. We’ll get to The Snow Creature in a moment, but let’s take a moment first to enjoy a couple of things.

Christopher Lee reads for you from Hammers Presents Dracula, a release from 1974.  Don’t panic when you hear the first voice…that’s Bill Mitchell, apparently.  And then, if you, like me, didn’t get a chance to find a place where Guillermo Del Toro’s At Home With Monsters exhibition was happening, then you will appreciate our next video.  If you did catch it, then…well, I hate you.  In a very friendly way, of course.  Regardless, that video…someone posted a walkthrough featuring lots of the awesome stuff that Del Toro just has, you know, because he can.

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By | 2017-10-04T20:44:52+00:00 October 4th, 2017|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – 27 Second Review

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Written by: Peter Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro, Fran Walsh, and Phillipa Boyens, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch

Review: In what’s winding up to be a six (possibly seven?) part Tolkien franchise, I enjoyed this one more than its predecessor. The action, while cartoonish, is fairly consistent, and we get several little treats in the form of cameos, combat barrels, and elves using various enemies as surf boards. Not to mention Cumberbatch and Armitage having a sassy insult throwdown.

Time: 18 seconds

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:38+00:00 January 20th, 2014|27 Seconds, Reviews|0 Comments

Headsup: A Movie About a Fake Movie and Other Such Nebulous Bits of Reality

Argo Extended Edition Blu-Ray

There’s a lot of stuff that comes out all the time, and the companies are want your attention and mostly…your coin. But, you know, it’s your coin and you have to take care where you spend it. With these posts we try to take you through recent releases so you can make up your mind. If you find the info here to be of use, do us a favor and purchase stuff from Amazon through us. Especially if you were going to buy the stuff anyway. That gives us kickbacks, which help pay for things. Like the server. And coffee. And therapy. We thank you.

As is the case with most breakout Best Picture box office successes, Warner Brothers goes back to the well and returns with Argo: The Declassified Extended Edition in its bucket. First bit of good news: from what I can tell, all the bonus bits from the original Blu-Ray release are here: picture-in-picture video additions, the audio commentary, a TV docu from 2005 and other featurettes. What do you get that’s new? Well, as part of the packaging, you get a mini-poster for the fake film, a 64-page book, a map and a replica ID badge. On the discs themselves, you get the aforementioned “extended” version of the film. Extended…by about ten minutes. There’s also a few other special features, including more interviews, a focus featurette on Affleck as a director, a cast discussion, a chat with the real Tony Mendez and others. All of which feel like miniature versions of what you would actually want from such things. The main question is: if you’ve already dipped, would you want to go again? Well, it depends on how much you love the film. As for me, I would find myself content with renting this version from somewhere, taking in the additional stuff and then taking it back. If you haven’t already purchased, a new version of the original Blu-Ray is going for as low as $4.50. So a $30 increase to get the stuff on here? Pretty much a non-starter. (Click here to buy it from Amazon.)

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:41+00:00 December 21st, 2013|Headsup|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VII, Day 4: Guillermo Del Toro Breaks Some Sort of World Record, We’re Sure…

Guillermo Del Toro vs. The Simpsons

…for number of horror movie references crammed into less than three minutes. The only thing I can figure is that because he has so many damn projects in the works, this enables him to get at least thirty or so out of the way. You will see this every damn place on the Internet. Because it’s that amazing. Any video that has Matthias from The Omega Man and Phantom of the Paradise? It deserves to be every damn place on the Internet. Enjoy.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:27:10+00:00 October 3rd, 2013|32 Days of Halloween|1 Comment

Your Weekend Justice #165: The Venn Diagram of My Fiendom

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that wants to strap you to a giant Pinewood Derby car without wheels, like some mad Bond villain deathtrap, and roll you into a vat of cottage cheese. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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Pinewood Derby

Agenda:

  • The fun of school scheduling and the impending teenager-ness
  • The Hotel Boutelle
  • The return of Leigh, Spiritual Being
  • The Spazhouse School of Public Speaking
  • Estrogen vs. Pixar
  • Cars and making money
  • Pinewood Hell
  • RIP: Nora Ephron
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  • Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Bradley Cooper Fan Club
  • Summer movie refresher
  • Brave redux already
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:30:59+00:00 June 29th, 2012|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

    Stuff: Plush Birds Are Angry; So Probably is Julie Taymor

    Jumbo Angry Birds Plush

    You know, some people actually have time to watch movie news websites for every scrap of stuff that comes in. They want their news immediately. This feature isn’t for them. It’s for the rest of us, who have lives, and don’t have to know what’s happening on the new live action Peanuts movie right this second. We filter out the nonsense and give you a single post with everything you need to know within. Enjoy.

  • Amazon’s deal of the day is for the Blu-Ray/DVD collector’s set version of The Sound of Music. If you have any interest in the film, I suggest clicking through to check it out, because it comes with a lot of stuff including a music box, scrapbook, soundtrack, souvenir program reproduction and more. You can find it on Amazon here.
  • Angry Birds mania continues…ThinkGeek is now offering Jumbo Angry Birds Plushes. They give this as a reason to build a cushion fort. I’m just wondering who’s bought the film rights. What do you think?
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:43:03+00:00 March 10th, 2011|Stuff You Need to Know|1 Comment