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Favorite Movie Scene of the Day #14!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 18th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here….

Since Ed Sheeran made a very quick cameo in this first episode of Season 7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, a good friend of mine – Suzahhhnn, mentioned that the next Favorite Movie Scene of the Day should be one where a musician made a fun cameo in a movie. I thought it was a great idea and here we are. However, what movie to do, I thought. The obvious one would be Blues Brothers, but that will be saved for another time. As I was thinking and going through my movie collection, it almost instantly came to me, like a lightning bolt.

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Film Review: ‘The Lure’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 31st, 2017

Suzanne L. here…

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In a mermaid tale more aligned with Hans Christian Anderson’s Little Mermaid than the less bleak Disney version, The Lure combines fairytale, horror, new wave/disco musical, and love story into a frenzied 90 minutes that still pulls off some poignant, quiet moments. Filmed in Poland, it is short film director Agnieszka Smoczynska’s first feature length project, and it is a promising effort.

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4K UHD Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 15th, 2016

Hi everyone, Bryan here…

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This portion of the review was written by Suzanne Loranc.

Everyone can understand that the second movie in any series can be the problematic middle child of a franchise. They tend to suffer between the spellbinding beginning and the satisfying conclusion. However, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire rises above the usual awkward bridge label with excellent performances and a script that remains faithful to the book to make it a movie that could almost stand on its own.

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Film Review: ‘The Lazarus Effect’

by Woozie on Feb 26th, 2015

Suzanne L., Here…

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Perhaps it’s just me, but it doesn’t seem like directors often follow an acclaimed documentary with a horror film. David Gelb, the director of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, did just that when taking on The Lazarus Effect, a movie by horror production company Blumhouse. With a talented cast and new take on the Frankenstein’s monster trope, Gelb creates a movie with genuine scares that missed an opportunity to delve into larger issues.

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Film Review: ‘Into the Woods’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 22nd, 2014

Suzanne L., Here…

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Into the Woods had a great deal of expectations to live up to. A beloved musical featuring a well-known cast and director, this fairytale musical could easily have been a disappointment. However, with some musical high notes and great performances, the movie was a fun watch, in spite some editing and storyline issues.

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Film Review: The Book of Life

by Woozie on Oct 16th, 2014

Hey, Suzanne here…

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When it was announced that Guillermo del Toro was producing a 3D animated children’s movie about Día de los Muertos, it was easy to assume that The Book of Life would turn the festival of the dead into something creepy or macabre along the lines of Nightmare Before Christmas. Surprisingly and delightfully, del Toro and director Jorge R. Gutierrez created a funny and touching movie that gives the holiday the kind of celebration it deserves.

 

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Film Review: ‘The Judge’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 10th, 2014

Suzanne L., Here…

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With a story that bounces among family drama, courtroom drama, and love story, The Judge takes on a lot with its all-star cast, but in spite of performances by Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr., the movie falls short. What was intended to come off as moving is more maudlin than impactful.

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Film Review: “Dracula Untold”!!

by Woozie on Oct 9th, 2014

Hi, Suzanne here…

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We all know the basic story of Count Dracula as told by Bram Stoker, but in Dracula Untold, director Gary Shore aims to provide further insight into the reasons a man would choose to be evil. In spite of the big budget that went into creating this film, the movie falls short of that goal and even the scare we come to expect from vampire films.

 

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Film Review: “Into the Storm”

by Woozie on Aug 8th, 2014

Suzanne here,

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At only 89 minutes, Into the Storm tries to tell too much story in too little time. With 5+ tornadoes, environmentalism, teen romance, family regrets, pushy bosses, this movie is a cyclone of poor acting and forced story telling.

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Interview With Tye Sheridan on ‘Joe’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 10th, 2014

Hi, Bryan Here….

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We had the distinct pleasure to sit down with actor Tye Sheridan for the movie ‘Joe‘ that starred Nic Cage and was directed by David Gordon Green. The first part of this video is a one-on-one conversation with Tye and writer Suzanne Loranc. Following this brief one-on-one, there is a round table interview Tye for your viewing pleasure. Tye discusses his role in ‘Joe‘, working with Nic Cage, his interest in directing, his favorite films, and his favorite super-hero he would like to play in a movie someday. This was a very fun interview in Dallas, TX. Go see ‘Joe‘. And don’t forget to CLICK HERE to read my review of ‘Joe‘.

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Film Review: ‘Joe’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 10th, 2014

Hi, Bryan Here….

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Director David Gordon Green has had quite an impressive resume over the last ten years, and this being 2014, Green is showing no signs of weakening or bowing down to the execs of Hollywood any time soon. Green’s resume includes ‘Pineapple Express‘, ‘Eastbound and Down‘, ‘Your Highness‘, and the more recent drama ‘Prince Avalanche‘. He also produced the gritty thriller ‘Compliance‘. Green seemed to step away from the likes of Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, and Danny McBride, and made an unrelenting yet beautiful movie with ‘Joe‘, which is based on a novel by Larry Brown of the same name from 1991.

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Film Review: “Son of God”

by Woozie on Feb 27th, 2014

Suzanne L., Here…

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Whether you believe or do not believe, most people can agree that the story of Jesus is very powerful. A man who sacrifices his life by a going through a terrible death in the hopes that his act will save humankind from the grave – it is automatically filled with drama and meaning. Unfortunately, the latest film to try to capture the power of this story, Son of God, fails in so many ways. From the acting to the scripting to the special effects and staging, this is one story of the Gospel that should be skipped.

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Film Review: Winter’s Tale

by Woozie on Feb 13th, 2014

Suzanne L., Here….

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What could possibly go wrong in a romantic movie that includes time travel, Colin Farrell on a flying horse, Russell Crowe as a demon, and Will Smith as the Devil? Well, a lot actually. Winter’s Tale is a truly sappy bit of film with a lot of star power and a story that relies on manipulation rather than actual depth.

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Suzanne L., Here…

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Everyone can understand that the second movie in any series can be the problematic middle child of a franchise. They tend to suffer between the spellbinding beginning and the satisfying conclusion. However,  rises above the usual awkward bridge label with excellent performances and a script that remains faithful to the book to make it a movie that could almost stand on its own.

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Film Review: Blue Is the Warmest Color

by Woozie on Oct 31st, 2013

Suzanne L., Here….

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There is a reason Blue Is the Warmest Color has already received so much attention. Much of this attention has been focused on the controversies surrounding the film – explicit sex scenes and the difficulty the actors had during the filming. In spite of these controversies, director Abdellatif Kechiche has created a gripping film that reminds us of how consuming, wonderful, and terrible love can be.

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