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Film Review: ‘A Trip To Italy’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 29th, 2014

Hi everyone, Bryan Here…

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I’ve always wanted to take a trip to Italy. I’ve dreamed of seeing where my family came from, quenching my thirst on some fine Italian wine, hiking up the hills and looking out at the ocean, gaining thirty pounds on some of the best food I know I will eat, and of course, re-enact scenes from ‘The Godfather II‘ to pay homage to my family who came from Sicily. I figure by sailing on the open ocean to a good restaurant or spending the day at a wine vineyard, I might just end up moving and living there. And Michael Winterbottom’sThe Trip to Italy‘ made me want to fast track this goal.

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Chris August Concert Review!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Aug 29th, 2014

Hey guys, Jana here,

 

 

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Some days, I think my career choice didn’t end up exactly how I wanted then I’m reminded of what a charmed life I really lead. Sure, I’m not a transplant surgeon or even a serial killer tracker for the FBI, but I’ve got the most gravy job out there. Where else can I stay in the relative comfort of my own home, write about TV, movies, singers and theatre shows I love? I’m sure we can all do that from our parents’ basement, but I don’t have prison pallor from living underground for months on end with the only break to be for a Cheetos run. Part of this awesome opportunity I have in writing for Boomstick, is that I’m not only able, but encouraged to go see concerts, theatre runs, films whatever the case may be. It’s good being me! So I didn’t start this just to brag on my glorious job, I get to tell you all about a fantastic event I attended last Friday and the artist I got to spend some one-on-one time with.

 

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Short Snap Film Review: ‘As Above, So Below’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 29th, 2014

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I wanted to be truly scared while watching “As Above, So Below.” It’s based in the history of alchemy, and Nicholas Flamel and the Sorcerer’s Stone. You know the one from ‘Harry Potter’? It’s also set in the catacombs below Paris, in the City of the Dead, hence my excitement.

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Film Review: ‘The November Man’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 29th, 2014

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Pierce Brosnan…a previous incarnation of James Bond has added producing to his repertoire.  Brosnan’s latest production is the spy thriller, The November Man, a genre with which Brosnan is a little familiar.  Peter Devereaux (Brosnan) is a super spy who trained the newbies before his retirement from the CIA.  Being the Yoda of espionage, Brosnan’s all-knowing charm shines and somewhat terrifies.  

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Over at the Venice Film Festival, director Joshua Oppenheimer brought his new documentary ‘Look of Silence‘ to compete in the fest. Oppenheimer’s last documentary ‘The Act of Killing‘ was nominated for an Oscar, and was the best documentary I’ve seen in a very long time. There was a reason why Werner Herzog and Errol Morris put their name on that documentary. It’s the good and that haunting.

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 Warner Bros. are trying yet again to revive the Looney Tune franchise. They’ve had moderate success over the past decade with a couple of feature films, and a new series, but they have not come close to making a big blockbuster hit like they used to. But that might all change, considering the talent they have behind this revamp, which they hope to turn a franchise out of it.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

 

 

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Lake Bell is not just a pretty face that filmmakers can employ into the mix to balance out the brains and comedy. She’s got excellent comedic timing, herself and she is beginning to spend time behind the camera instead of just in front of it.

She  made her directorial debut with ‘In a World‘ last year and has now signed on for ‘The Emperor’s Children‘ for Imagine Entertainment. Bell has also directed a few shorts and about 4 episodes of ‘Children’s Hospital‘.

 

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‘Underworld’ Is Already Getting the Reboot Treatment!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 27th, 2014

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Lakeshore Entertainment must be hard-up for cash, because they are already rebooting the ‘Underworld‘ franchise with more angry werewolves and vampires. The first ‘Underworld‘ movie was released back in 2003 with director Len Wiseman directing his beautiful wife Kate Beckinsale, as she jumped through the air, fighting vampire and werewolf alike.

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‘Full House’ Returning As A Spinoff?!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Aug 27th, 2014

Hey guys, Jana here,

 

 

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Quality family programming that kids and parents can enjoy is a tough nut to crack. ABC did it in the late 80’s with ‘Full House‘. If  re-run viewings are any indicator, the show is still a fan favorite. This is good news for the crew that is interested in doing a follow-up to the sitcom about a truly original kind of family.

 

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Dan Brown’s novels, beginning with ‘The Da Vinci Code’, have made excellent fodder for some seriously successful films. The old adage is true, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. This seems to be the way Sony is viewing their franchise based on Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon.  Tom Hanks, director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have all signed on to the third installment in the series which follows ‘The Da Vinci Code‘ and ‘Angels and Demons‘, ‘Inferno‘.

 

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Guide To Wave Two Films At Fantastic Fest 2014!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 27th, 2014

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In a not unusual move, scheduling conflicts have cropped up on the set for ‘Freeheld‘. Zach Galifianakis was originally on tap to play the male lead in the film based on a documentary about domestic partner benefits. The furry, funny man had to step down due to other commitments, making way for Steve Carell to step into the vacated position. The docu followed the story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree as the pair fought to amend the Domestic Partnership Act, which would grant pension benefits to domestic partners of all New Jersey public employees. Ellen Page and Julianne Moore are under contract to play the couple.

 

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‘The Pyramid’ Trailer Is Here!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Aug 27th, 2014

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The Pyramid‘ is giving a little bit of a fresh look at the horror genre. Yes, it’s still a story line we’ve seen before, but not as much recently. There are archaeologists unearthing a newly discovered pyramid deep beneath the Egyptian desert. As explorers do, they search the new monument’s depths and become hopelessly and gloriously lost and confused because of the endless catacombs. To add a more pressing nature, to the already claustrophobic situation, the group discovers that not only are they trapped, but they are being hunted, as well.

 

 

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2014 Emmy Award Winners!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 26th, 2014

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The 2014 Emmy Awards were last night and it seems like some of our favorite shows won. ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘Fargo‘, ‘True Detective‘, ‘Veep‘, ‘Sherlock‘, and Sarah Silverman all received awards. Congratulations to all of the winners and for your enjoyment, the entire list of winners are below.

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If you look at the film ‘Shutter Island‘, you can see a prescription that provides instant success. The components are an amazing director in the form of Martin Scorsese, amazing acting via Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams and Max von Sydow. If you add a great story to base the whole premise on, like Dennis Lehane’s source novel, you can create the perfect storm. This is what happened in 2010 when audiences took in the film as it hit theaters.

 

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Prince Debuts Two New Albums In September!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Aug 25th, 2014

Hey guys, Jana here,

 

 

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Most musicians spread out their musical goodness over a period of time, but Prince is not your average musical artist. After working with his new band, 3rdEyeGirl, the fruits of their labors are going to be tangible in the form of ‘PlectrumElectrum‘, the new album that will drop on September 30. In a style of his own, Prince will release a new solo album the same day. It’s a great day for all the die hard  Joey Coco, Alexander Nevermind, or The Purple One fans out there waiting to devour some new sounds, look for the LP called ‘Art Official Age‘.

 

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Lifetime Adapting ‘The Omen’ To Series Order!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Aug 25th, 2014

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When anyone finds a formula for success, it’s bound to be duplicated over and over until the goose is out of golden eggs. Lifetime is taking the blueprint originated by it’s sister network, A&E, when it brought a series order forward on ‘Bates Motel‘. Lifetime is turning its sights toward another horror movie to turn into a series.

 

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Film Review: ‘Are You Here’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 22nd, 2014

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Are You Here is the question that should have been asked of the filmmakers.  Normally, I would start with an overview of the film, but let’s get right to the critique.  The plot was unclear and disjointed along with the dialogue. The lack of linear flow in the telling of this story of friendship and family and how they can be interwoven is to blame.  Have you ever loved a friend so much that they were like family?  Were you able to distinguish between helping them and enabling them?  It appears that this may have been the goal the screenwriters were aiming to showcase.  However, random sequences like Dallas’ seemingly endless sexcapdes, Baker’s fast-framed stoner frenzy, and a constant array of buck-naked women that the viewers have to see from head to toe distracts from the narrative.  Sex still sells, I guess.  The film ends in such an abrupt way that the audience is left thinking, “Why have I just sat through all this?”  On top of it all, the film is way too long (8 minutes shy of 2 hours), but really didn’t get anywhere.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

 

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I hoped this was going to happen, and it has come true! Emma Stone is going to make her Broadway debut in ‘Cabaret‘. Michelle Williams opened the revival of Sam Mendes‘ Tony Award winning production and will take her final bow in the role on November 9. Stone will take over for Williams as the 19-year old English cabaret performer Sally Bowles and her relationship with the young American writer Cliff Bradshaw.

 

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The life of John Lennon has been a topic of discussion and fascination since The Beatles created a world-wide phenomenon with their four chord progressive style, but the means of telling the story has changed over the years. Australian natives actor/musician John R. Waters and singer/pianist Stewart D’Arrietta created a theater production, ‘Lennon: Through A Glass Onion‘ in 1992 in their native Australia where they originally performed the piece. The legendary activist died 12 years before the show debuted while living in New York where he was murdered outside his home by a fan.

 

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