May/2017

Film Review: ‘The Birth of a Nation’!!

by Janet White on Oct 7th, 2016

Hello Everyone, Janet W. here…

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When I first heard that I had the assignment to review The Birth of a Nation, I was discouraged. The 1918 version was so full of racist stereotypes, blackface, and made a hero of such a horrible organization, the Ku Klux Klan. I didn’t want to screen the 2016 film of the same name (I don’t research prior to a screening, so the experience is fresh and unbiased by propaganda). Admittedly, after watching the 2016 version, I was still discouraged. Though told from the Black point of view, I saw such atrocities committed on both sides of the racial line.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Writer/director Nate Parker has released a new trailer for ‘The Birth of A Nation‘, it debuts October 7, 2016. Starring Parker, Armie Hammer, Mark Boone Junior, Gabrielle Union, Penelope Ann Miller and Jackie Earle Haley.

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Wow! ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Trailer is Here!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 15th, 2016

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Just wow! Nate Parker’sThe Birth of a Nation‘ now has a teaser trailer and it looks unbelievably amazing. The film premiered at Sundance this year and it got rave reviews and scored the highest deal ever made at Sundance, which was over $17.5 million from Fox Searchlight. The film is set to release on October 7th of this year and I bet it will be nominated for a ton of awards.

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The 9th annual Dallas International Film Festival is almost here, folks, and we have just received the entire list of all the films that will be playing at the festival. The fest will take place April 9-19, and you can start purchasing passes now with the links provided below. It looks like there will be some excellent filmmakers and actors in town for the festival as well as a treasure trove of awesome movies, which you can see listed out below with a little bit of information on each film. As usual, we will be at the festival, telling you about all the cool movies we’re seeing and posting some interviews with the talent. Stay tuned as  I’m sure more announcements will be made.

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The Dallas International Film Festival for 2014 has just announced its full lineup of movies. Last week, we brought you the first ten films that were announced, and if that was any clue on how cool the movies will be this year, it only gets better. It looks like there are some amazing selections this year, films that I’ve been hearing about for quite some time, and am glad to have them in Dallas. Below you will find all the info you want to know about each movie, documentary, short, and cult film that will be showing. And don’t forget, you can purchase your tickets HERE for the festival!!

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Official Press Release: The Dallas International Film Festival presented by AutoNation Volkswagen Dealers announced today its full list of features and shorts that will be screened through the Festival’s 11-day run (April 4 – 14, 2013). For the 2013 Festival, more than 160 features, documentaries, shorts and student films representing 28 countries make DIFF truly an international Festival. Of the feature films at the Festival, 11 will see their world premieres and two are North American premieres—all represent some of the best in the art of filmmaking. These films were selected from more than 1,300 submissions from around the world.

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Find Out All of the 63 Annual Emmy Nominations!!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 15th, 2011

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Here is the full list of Emmy nominations.  ‘Mad Men’, ‘Louie’, ‘Boardwalk Empire’ ‘Futurama’, and ‘Walking Dead’ all have nominations this year.  The 63rd annual awards show will air Sunday September 8th with Jane Lynch hosting.  Should be funny.  Read the list below.

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Film Review: ‘[Free Fire]’!!

by Janet White on Apr 21st, 2017

Hello Everyone, Janet W. here…

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In typical 70s film fashion, Free Fire opens with an aerial scan of the city below.  Curvaceous, bold letters displayed nearly every cast member and some of the crew.  This got very old, long, and kept the pace slow.  Two men waiting in an alley… (Sounds like a bad joke, it was).  Stevo (Sam Riley) and Bernie (Enzo Cilenti) meet up with Justine (Brie Larson), Chris (Cillian Murphy), and Frances (Michael Smiley) for a shady gun buy with Ord (Armie Hammer), Vernon (Sharlto Copley), Martin (Babou Ceesay), Gordon (Noah Taylor), and Harry (Jack Reynor, how did they turn this hottie into a slob?).  Great cast, right?  Well, great casts alone do not a great film make.  The dialogue and plot points must harness and ride with that talent.  Inundated with morons and piss-poor shooting for a calamitous combination, Free Fire leaves the audience either shaking their heads or bowing over laughing.  Between the mumbling of lines and poor volume control, I missed bits of the dialogue for sure.  It is as if they were aiming to repeat what Tarantino did with Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, but they were not clever enough.  Complete with wondrous never-ending bullet supplies and a villain’s miraculous ability to stave off death repeatedly aka “movie magic,” Free Fire simply does not make much sense.  Could a person, shot in their right arm, fire a weapon (even automatic rifles) with their right hand? Read the rest of this entry »

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment presents Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx and Golden Globe nominee Michelle Monaghan star in the intense action-thriller, ‘Sleepless‘. The film will be presented on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD beginning April 4, 2017.

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Legendary managed to catch a live-action Pokémon movie deal. We knew it had to happen, I’m honestly a little shocked it hasn’t happened before now. In the wake of the massive wave that Pokémon GO left in it’s wake, anything related to Pokémon is a hot commodity.

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Well it’s here everyone. Part 3 of Boomstick’s annual ultimate Geek Holiday Gift Guide for the holidays. So many great deals and uber cool and geeky stuff to get your loved ones and yourself this 2012 holiday season. As usual, you will be able to click on the link or picture that will take you to purchase the items. So enjoy and eat some good food and be safe out there this holiday shopping season.

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Blu-ray Announcement and Pre-Order: ‘Moana’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 21st, 2017

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Official Release: Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana,” the sweeping story of a spirited teenager who sets sail on a daring adventure to save her people, starring newcomer Auli‘i Cravalho as the voice of brave and tenacious Moana and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (HBO’s “Ballers,” “Central Intelligence”) as the larger-than-life demigod Maui, has dazzled both critics and audiences. The film earned a 95% critics’ consensus on Rotten Tomatoes and the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office opening weekend. Now, “Moana” sets a new course, arriving to homes on Digital HD/3D and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) on Feb. 21, and on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on March 7.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Dirty Dancing’ 30th Anniversary!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 14th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here….

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30 years have passed and people are still dancing the night away with ‘Dirty Dancing‘. Since 1987, ‘Dirty Dancing‘, which was made on a $6 million budget, has grossed over $214 million and has spawned numerous spin offs, sequels, and even a stager version of the film. Not only that, it made Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey Hollywood icons for years to come. ‘Dirty Dancing‘ won numerous awards, including an Oscar, Golden Globe, and a Grammy for it’s soundtrack, and is still considered a favorite amongst many people and critics alike. Growing up with ‘Dirty Dancing’, there are some sticky situations at hand here, particularly the abortion scene.

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Film Review: ‘Gleason’!!

by Janet White on Aug 5th, 2016

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Gleason is a powerful journey of the human spirit. Steve Gleason, former NFL safety for the New Orleans Saints 2001-2008, shares his story.

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Film Review: ‘Roseanne For President’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 29th, 2016

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That laugh. That iconic friggin’ laugh. It’s been awhile. Maybe I’m out of touch with culture, which I don’t think I am, but I have not heard that laugh in so incredibly long. Immediately, I think back to my childhood and the interior of the Connor house, not too far off from my own at the time. The sound of that nasally chuckle takes me back like a song. (*Joel proceeds to smash a Smashmouth record*) Side note on being “taken back”, did anyone else grow up thinking the show “Dinosaurs” was a story-arch/dream-sequence within the Roseanne show? You know, the flannel shirts and all with John Goodman?

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Pierce Brosnan Set To Star in new AMC Series!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 6th, 2016

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The former ‘Golden Eye‘ or shall I say Pierce Brosnan is coming back to television to star in AMC’s new series called ‘The Son‘. This will basically be the first time since ‘Remington Steele‘ that Brosnan will be on the small screen, rather than the big screen. This looks to be one of AMC ‘s new flagship shows, as ‘The Son‘ is a multi-generational story of America’s birth as a nation that follows a Texas family’s rise and fall through blood, sweat, and tears, but mostly blood.

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The apocalypse is almost upon us…the ‘X-Men Apocalypse‘ that is. The latest film in the crazy popular franchise will debut May 27 nationwide. If you just can’t wait another week for some X-Men goodness, you might want to check out the soundtrack, and depending on your preferred media type, you could be listening to the superhero jams as early as today! If you like your music at the tip of your fingers and available at the push of a button, the digital download is going to work and you’re the lucky one because that’s the media available today. If you want a hard copy, the CD release is on June 17.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘A Lego Brickumentary’!

by Janet White on Jan 6th, 2016

Hello Everyone, Janet W. here…

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When you were a kid, which of your toys was limited only by your imagination?  Dolls?  Cars and fire engines?  Your Big Wheel? For many people, it was LEGOs.  If you could imagine it, with hard work and lots of LEGOs you could bring it to the third dimension.  A LEGO Brickumentary explores the origin, innovation, and longevity of this building block known around the world.  Guided by a trusty LEGO minifigure narrator (Jason Bateman), the film travels from the outer reaches of space to LEGO’s birthplace, Denmark.  What Ole Kirk Christiansen created started out as solid red blocks with small knobs to attach it to other blocks (“Clutch Power”) has evolved into translucent, motorized, and magnetic units available in a bevy of different colors.  Chock full of facts and awe-inspiring constructs, A LEGO Brickumentary reveals there is more to this block and its uses are infinite or are they?  For example, the name LEGO comes from the Danish word Leg Godt, which means “play well.”   Read the rest of this entry »

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Fantastic Fest is getting closer every day! Running from September 24 – October 1st in Austin at the spectacular Alamo Drafthouse. Chock full of exclusive film runs, the return of the great Fantastic Debates and filmmaker Q&A’s. We’ve already given you the first wave and second wave of programming, today we’re on to the final wave of announcements. So, if you haven’t already, read up on the first wave and second wave then come back to check out the third!

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Film Review: ‘A LEGO Brickumentary’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 31st, 2015

Janet W., Here…

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When you were a kid, which of your toys was limited only by your imagination?  Dolls?  Cars and fire engines? Your Big Wheel?  For many people, it was LEGOs.  If you could imagine it, with hard work and lots of LEGOs you could bring it to the third dimension.  A LEGO Brickumentary explores the origin, innovation, and longevity of this building block known around the world.  Guided by a trusty LEGO minifigure narrator (Jason Bateman), the film travels from the outer reaches of space to LEGO’s birthplace, Denmark.  What started out as solid red blocks with small knobs to attach it to other blocks (“Clutch Power”) has evolved into translucent, motorized, and magnetic units available in a bevy of different colors.  Chock full of facts and awe-inspiring constructs, A LEGO Brickumentary reveals there is more to this block and its uses are infinite or are they?  For example, the name LEGO comes from the Danish word Leg Godt, which means “play well.”

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