DragonCon 2011: Make the Bad Men Stop II

Make the Bad Men Stop II from DragonCon 2011

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Our bookended panels for DragonCon–our annual Make the Bad Men Stop madness for the X-Track–which began with this post, now ends with this one. It’s the last day of Con, so we were very happy to be A) in a room jam packed with an audience ready to party and 2) they were as loopy as we were. Thanks to Jon and Tuffley (both of them recorded this mayhem).

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By | 2017-09-24T22:34:46+00:00 November 29th, 2011|Podcasts|12 Comments

Devil (2010) – Movie Review

Devil

Written by: Brian Nelson, based on a story by M. Night Shyamalan
Directed by: John Erick Dowdle
Starring: Chris Messina, Bokeem Woodbine, Jenny O’Hara, Geoffrey Arend, Logan Marshall-Green, Bojana Novakovic

My Advice: Matinee for suspense-addicts. Rental for others.

Here. I want you to sit down for this. Are you sitting? Okay, good. And don’t freak out. Here goes. Devil is the first in a new trilogy of M. Night Shyamalan films. Now, see, you’re freaking out and I told you not to! It’s not that bad. He isn’t directing any of them. I’ll say that again. M. Night Shyamalan is not directing, or writing the script for, any of the Night Chronicle films. There, see? It’s not so bad! And it’s safe to keep reading.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:47:57+00:00 October 7th, 2010|Movie Reviews|1 Comment

7 Movies That Could Have Been Improved By Adding Zombies

Zombie Crossroads

I’ve always been of the opinion that zombies improve just about everything. That’s easily said, of course, when you’re talking about taking something good and making it even better. But what if we put this to the test: what if we tried to take something that was crap and improve it with the judicious application of the undead? I found seven films and tried a thought experiment: could zombies improve them? Here are the results.

Please note: the object was not to turn the films into instant classics but rather to simply improve them. You might argue that adding just about anything to the following films would improve them, whether it’s zombies or cotton candy or even just painting over the screen with black paint…but duly noted and let’s move on.

7. Showgirls. Infamous for being the only film in the history of cinema that copious amounts of nudity could not save, can the undead win where boobs did not? Perhaps. When Elizabeth Berkley’s character knocks Gina Gershon’s character down the stairs…instead of Gershon being put out of commission and into the hospital, what if she died? And then came back to life in a call back to EC Comics-style revenge stories and brought gnawing death to all those who had wronged her, ending up with Berkley and then finally, Joe Eszterhas and Paul Verhoeven themselves?

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By | 2017-09-24T22:49:27+00:00 August 7th, 2010|Stimuli|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #74: Have You Tried the Lettuce?

And we’re back. Please note: this podcast, if you haven’t figured it out, is profane and not safe for consumption by children or animals. Or sentient creatures of any sort. Or even cardboard boxes. Nothing. Nobody. Got it?

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Bela Lugosi wine

Agenda:

  • Bela Lugosi wine
  • Jon, crying at a Lost panel
  • Wireless sucks
  • Widge’s beer report
  • What Scott hears
  • Leigh, raised by Yankees
  • Steinbrenner
  • Wireless vs. corpses
  • RIP: white courtesy phone
  • Payphones in Missouri
  • The problem with Phone Booth
  • Damn, we’re old
  • Prequel amnesty
  • Jon’s surrounded
  • Mel Gibson, WTF?
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By | 2017-09-24T22:49:59+00:00 July 16th, 2010|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

Win The Happening on DVD!

The Happening DVD cover art

I just want to state for the record that if M. Night Shyamalan ever decided to make a sequel to this–if he called it The What’s Happening Now I would give him a dollar.

Regardless, here is his latest with Mark Wahlberg and John Leguizamo versus…well, that would be telling. You know the drill. Enter once a day and you get a chance/chances to win. Huzzah.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:11:17+00:00 October 15th, 2008|Contests|0 Comments

Unbreakable (2000) – DVD Review

Unbreakable DVD cover

Film:
DVD:

Written by: M. Night Shyamalan
Directed by:
Starring: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright Penn, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard

Features:

  • Deleted scenes
  • Making-of featurette
  • Comic Book documentary hosted by Samuel L. Jackson
  • Multi-angle presentation of train station sequence
  • Excerpt from early Shyamalan film

Released by: Walt Disney Video
Region: 1
Rating: PG-13
Anamorphic: Widescreen 2.35:1

My Advice: Own It.

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By | 2011-08-05T03:43:55+00:00 June 27th, 2001|Reviews|0 Comments

The Sixth Sense (1999) – Movie Review

sixth-sense-movie-poster

Written and Directed by: M. Might Shyamalan
Starring: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams, Donnie Wahlberg

My Advice: Wait and Rent It.

Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Willis) is a man with problems. Although widely recognized for his prowess as a child psychologist, he has achieved this level much to the neglect of his wife (Williams), who still loves him nonetheless. Their lives are changed forever when a former patient of his, Vincent (Wahlberg), breaks into their house, accuses Crowe of failing him, and then shoots the doctor. More than a year passes, and the still psychologically scarred Crowe receives a new patient, the young boy Cole (Osment), who exhibits some of the same disorders that Vincent did. Determined not to fail a second time, he tries to assist the obviously tormented boy with his damaging secret.

This is a painfully flawed film–painful because its fine premise, that of a young boy who can perceive the spirits of the dead walking among us, is never given the justice it is due. The pacing is ponderous at best and since we can’t be trusted to recognize some of the more “scary moments,” James Newton Howard is there to give us nice little musical stings just to make sure we jump. Unnecessary and invasive.

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By | 2012-05-21T16:50:15+00:00 August 8th, 1999|Reviews|1 Comment