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When it comes to mockumentaries, Christopher Guest knows his way around them like no one else. Guest starred in ‘This is Spinal Tap‘, an American music rockumentary which cemented the character Nigel Tufnel, lead guitarist of the fictional band, into permanent pop culture standing. He followed up Spinal Tap with other mocks like ‘Best In Show‘ and ‘For Your Consideration‘.

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It’s been way too long since the last Christopher Guest film.  Over six years in fact since ‘For Your Consideration’ made is laugh our asses off.  I’ve been wondering when we were going to be watching a brand new Christopher Guest improv film. It looks like sooner than later, our wildest dreams will come true with Guest’s new project, ‘Family Tree’.

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I always look forward to seeing the next mockumentary Christopher Guest puts out.  He started out with This is Spinal Tap, and brought us other gems as Waiting For Guffman, Best In Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration.

While some people didn’t care much for the last film, he still has made some of the funniest films out there with some great music as well.  I for one liked “For Your Consideration”.

Now after hearing this news that his next group of crazies he plans to mock is the group that collects old comic books, vintage records, old barbies and toys, and more.  Already I am laughing out loud at the premise.  Hopefully somebody like Comic-Book Guy from the Simpsons will be in the movie.

Guest will be joined by Harry Shearer and Michael McKean, two actors who have been with him since his Spinal Tap days (which they also co-wrote alongside him). No mention of Eugene Levy, however—though I imagine that he will remain as integral a part of the production as he’s ever been. In addition to starring in Guest’s films, Levy has also helped him write all of their screenplays. It would be regrettable if that wasn’t the case on this film as well.

Other Guest regulars include Jane Lynch, Parker Posey and John Michael Higgins, all of whom are being sought for the film. Lynch’s Glee schedule could pose a problem, but otherwise it’s likely that most of the gang will be returning.

We need Fred Willard, Eugene Levy,  and Catherine O’ Hara to sign on as well.  I am sure they will.

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We just got word that starting in the upcoming Season 5 of Showtime’s ridiculously popular series ‘Shameless‘ there is going to be a guest star featured. The ever-so sexy Dermot Mulroney will play a former bad-boy and recovering addict, Sean Pierce, Fiona’s (Emmy Rossum) new manager at Patsy’s Pies. Most recently he featured with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts award-winning ‘August: Osage County‘. Currently, Mulroney is in production on his first horror-genre movie ‘Insidious 3: Into The Further‘.

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‘The Princess Bride’ is coming to Criterion!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 16th, 2018

The magnificent Criterion Collection has just announced their October 2018 titles, which include Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s long-unavailable television series Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day, a working-class soap opera suffused with affection and solidarity, Warren Beatty in Shampoo– a sly sendup of sex and politics in the 1960s directed by Hal AshbyBrian De Palma’s Sisters, the virtuoso director’s twisted and terrifying first foray into Hitchcock territory, and Cornel Wilde’s stripped-down action film The Naked PreyBut more importantly, the iconic film ‘The Princess Bride‘ is finally getting the high-end home video treatment from Criterion.

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In a world where Freddy Krueger, Jason Vorhees, and Michael Myers are real, up comes a rising star in the movie monster/serial slasher realm named Leslie Vernon, who you are dying to meet. Back in 2006, filmmaker Scott Glosserman mixed a Christopher Guest mockumentary with the slasher genre in a wonderful and darkly comedic film called ‘Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon‘. The film was ahead of its time, had a charming and witty lead, and answered the many slasher questions that we’ve had for many years.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Cook Off!’

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 30th, 2018

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There might be a few hundred reality shows based on cooking competitions. Some involve chefs, while others involve children trying to cook five star meals. It’s all terrible. More than 10 years ago, a woman named Cathryn Michon made a film in the style of a Christopher Guest Mockumentary (Best in Show), called ‘Cook Off!‘, which showed us some whacky characters in a cooking competition. Again, this film was made more than 10 years ago and has been sitting on a shelf for the right time. Turns out, it was never the right time and for some reason, we have this horrible movie in front of us.

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HBO has picked up a project to goto pilot called ‘Silicon Valley‘, the brainchild from ‘King of the Hill‘ and ‘Beavis and Butthead‘ creator Mike Judge.  His creative team John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky, and Scott Rudin will all produce.  John, Dave, and Mike wrote the pilot, which is set in, you guessed it Silicon Valley.  The show will center on a group of people who work in the technology sector of a company where the most qualified people succeed are the least capable of handling their success according to Deadline.

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“As you wish.”  Looks like we will all have to be shelling out money again for the 25th anniversary edition of ‘The Princess Bride’.  From celebrated director Rob Reiner (‘The Bucket List’) and Oscar®-winning screenwriter William Goldman (‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’) comes “an enchanting fantasy” (Time) filled with adventure, romance and plenty of “good-hearted fun” (Roger Ebert). Featuring a spectacular cast that includes Robin Wright (‘Forrest Gump’), Cary Elwes (‘No Strings Attached’), Mandy Patinkin (‘Homeland’) and Billy Crystal (‘Tooth Fairy’), this wonderful fairy tale about a Princess named Buttercup and her beloved is “a real dream of a movie” (People).

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Bryan’s Review of Linklater’s ‘Bernie’!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 4th, 2012

Hi, Bryan Here….

Richard Linklater’s film, Bernie, was inspired by an article in Texas Monthly Magazine by Skip Hollandsworth titled ‘Midnight in the Garden of East Texas’.  The article was an editorial about a murder committed in the small East Texas town of Carthage, Texas.  Hollandsworth’s editorial argued that the entire town supported the killer, rather than the victim.  Regardless of the fact that the killer confessed, the evidence proved his guilt, and a court sentenced him to life in prison, the entire town still believes he is innocent.  This real-life story translated into a hilarious dark comedy.

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Well it’s here.  This will be the page to keep it on for your Oscar coverage.  We will be joined by Justin Cline, Aggressive Comix, and much much more.  We will be giving out prizes for trivia, and have other contests.  In the comment section below, be sure to keep the comments coming and tell us your Oscar picks.  When tweeting, facebooking, or commenting be sure to use our hashtag  #bsoscars.

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Top 133 Films of the Last Decade #’s 84-69

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 20th, 2010

Hey, Bryan here, with the next part of the list of the Top 133 Films of the past decade.  Sorry it has been delayed here recently.  With all the news, movie premieres, being out of town, running the comic book biz, and writing new scripts, I have simply not had the time to get more films added to this list.  So hopefully from now on, I will be able to get this list knocked out every day or two.  Thank you for your patience.  This is list #’s 84 – 69.  Enjoy it.  As usual, you will get the title of the film and the year of release, plus a mini review/memory of the film plus the link to purchase the film which gives a small donation to this site so we can continue bringing you more AWESOME news and prizes.

84_ Irreversible – January, 2003

Oh Gaspar Noe.  How you have imprinted my brain with your films forever.  Especially with this one.  This is a frightening film on all levels.  Not in the monster way, but in the sick sadistic way we are as human beings.  This film is made backwards with no cuts so as to give the viewer no escape of the darkness in this film.  So the film starts out with  a gruesome murder and you find out why this happened.  It is amazing.  Tons of people walked out on this film when it premiered at Cannes.

83_ Wonder Boys – February 23, 2000

A true writer’s film.  A great film about a college professor who struggles with writing his book, drinking, drugs, killing the dean’s dog, and having an affair with his wife and stealing Marilyn Monroe’s coat.  It is a solid film with Robert Downey Jr., Tobe Maguire, and Michael Douglas.

82_ Dog Soldiers – May 10, 2002

A kick ass Werewolf movie from the director of The Descent and Doomsday.  A military unit is sent on some mission and the all end up dead.  2nd Special ops unit is sent out to find out what happened and they come across werewolves.  Tons of great gore scenes and action sequences with some great comedic dialogue along the way.  One of the great werewolf flicks.

81_ Saw – October 29, 2004

The first film that led the way for all these torture films we have seen recently.  This film is on the list because this film is what it is all about making movies.  Take friends who created this world and made this very tiny budget film shot over two weeks.  An original story, plot, and great dialogue formed this film.  It was unleashed upon the world and has spawned six more films and revived careers as well as created new ones.  It is always great to see new and inventive films.  And we got a new monster movie.  Jigsaw.  If you keep making them, I’ll keep seeing them.

80_ Watchmen – March 4, 2009

A magnificent comic book.  One of the first comics that was a complete adult theme that dealt with rape, murder, and genocide.  It was going to be very difficult to adapt this comic into a film.  But they did it very well.  I loved almost every aspect of this film.  They got it mostly right.  The filming is beautiful, the acting by Jackie Earle Haley is  top notch, and the fight sequences are amazing.  See it if you haven’t already.  Another great one by director Zack Snyder.

79_ Eastern Promises – September 14, 2007

A follow up to History of Violence with same director Cronenberg and actor Viggo Mortensen.  A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.   What a great film.  Extremely violent and what a knife fight scene in a shower.  WOW.

78_ Hero – August 27, 2004

I saw this film a couple years before it was released in the USA.  This is one of the most beautiful films you will ever see.  Picture Lord of the Rings epic, but with a Japanese dynasty war twist.  A series of Rashomon-like flashback accounts shape the story of how one man defeated three assassins who sought to murder the most powerful warlord in pre-unified China.  You haven’t seen anything like it.

77_ One Hour Photo – August 21, 2002

Wow.  Does Robin Williams do an exceptional job at creeping me the fuck out?  YES YES YES.  This film is ungodly awkward and tense.  Robin Williams plays a photo clerk at a supermarket who develops all the customers photos.  Only problem is he has an unhealthy obsession with his customers by stalking them, breaking into their homes, and posting their pictures all over his apartment walls.  CREEPY.  Stellar performance.

76_ A Mighty Wind – April 16, 2003

Another gold gem from Christopher Guest.  This mockumentary is about folk music bands reunited for a one night celebration and the lives they have been living and the anticipation and set up before the big event.  The music is just phenomenal and the comedy is top notch.  Love this film.  I had the distinct pleasure of seeing one of the bands live in concert.  BRAVO.

75_ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – June 4, 2004

The third film in the Harry Potter series is my favorite still.  It is the most beautiful of all of them so far and it is directed by Alfonso Cuaron of Children of Men and Y Tu Mama Tambien fame.  I love this story in particular because it deals with time travel and the relationships of the kids growing up.  Coming of age sort of thing.  I love all these films and this one is at the top of the list.

74_ Spider-Man 2 – June 30, 2004

The amazing sequel that was just as good or better than the first film.  Loved it.  Doc Ock is awesome.  I love the references to Evil Dead and Army of Darkness in this film.

73_ Ocean’s 11 – December 7, 2001

The remake from the rat pack days with an outstanding cast.  This film is so much fun and spawned two sequels.  What works most with these films is the interaction and chemistry between the whole gang.  They are like a big family.  It makes you feel good.  The twists and comedic dialogue are amazing.  I wish for more, but sadly no more.  RIP Bernie Mac.

72_ The Descent – August 4, 2006

A scary film from Doomsday and Dog Soldiers director.  This film seriously freaked me out.  It is a spelunking film.  So take an extreme claustrophobic atmosphere and add monsters to the equation.  I did most certainly sweat during seeing this film.  No men in this film really.  Tons of chicks kicking ass.  Tons of gore and scares.  See it.

71_ Casino Royale – November 17, 2006

The revamp of the James Bond series is GLORIOUS.  The last several have been silly, boring, and unentertaining.  Finally someone came into the series and made badass again.  Daniel Craig brings a new life to James Bond.  I was glas to see him starting out as not a 00 agent and working his way up in the ranks.  It was also good to see Bond get his ass kicked and not be afraid to get dirty and violent.  I am looking forward to more James Bond films.

70_ King Of Kong – August 17, 2007

One of the greatest documentaries ever.  And it is about getting the high score in Donkey Kong.  Yes the arcade game.  But this is again is a classic Good Vs. Evil story but in real life.  Steve Weibe is going for the gold in beating the reigning champs high score.  The reigning champ (Billy Mitchell) will not let him achieve his gold easily.  Tons of shit goes on that is considered fraud and evil and betraying in this film.  It is crazy as well as hilarious.  GO STEVE WEIBE.

69_ Paranormal Activity – September 25, 2009

I really liked this film.  Made on a $15,000.00 budget and has made millions and millions of dollars so far as well as a sequel soon, this film shows us that you do not need any special effects or gadgetry to be scary or great.  Every time the couple is asleep and the famous shot of the entire bedroom and hallway comes on, I tense up and hope nothing happens, but always something does whether it be footsteps, doors opening or closing, sounds, or banging.  This is a scary ghost/demon story.  It definitely made me think twice about walking down the dark hall at night.

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Film Review: ‘The Last Exorcism’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 30th, 2010

I should let you know that the less you know about The Last Exorcism, the better it will be for you.  If you are a fan of horror movies in general then I believe you will enjoy this film.

Now I am sure you have all seen the previews and viral marketing for this movie on the internet or chat roulette and other postings that show special effects and CGI.  Well I can tell you that there is none of that in the film except for a little hint of it.

This story is told as a documentary in the vein of Blair Witch or any of the Christopher Guest movies.  It follows a man by the name of Cotton who is a man who has completely lost his faith in religion and GOD.  But he still chooses to be the minister of a church and lead his congregants in prayer.  He is also known for performing around 150 exorcisms in his lifetime.

He hires a documentary crew to show people how GOD is not real and exorcism is not real.  This shows how he adds strings and smoke and mirrors to show the illusion that GOD or a demon has taken control of somebody.  This is fairly humorous and sad at the same time.  I’m sure people actually do this.

So basically Cotton tells us that he gets letters quite a bit from people writing to him to come and perform an exorcism.  He picks a random one and he and his film crew drive out to a small country town to a family where this supposed event is taking place.

From here the story goes into two stages of an exorcism.  The first one is Cotton doing all the fake magical illusions to make it seem that he is really exorcising demons out of his subject.

All is well.  Or is it?

I do not want to spoil the rest for you for it promises to scare you and have a few big surprises.  The twists will have you discussing the film in whole for the next couple of days.  The film gets more intense as the film plays out and as Cotton is getting more convinced that this exorcism might be the real thing.  Trust me.  This will scare you.  The climax of the film is very rewarding and not only will you want to see more, but you will draw your own conclusions.

The main girl in this film is brilliant.  I hope to see more from her.  The way she bends and transforms is frightening.

The big twist ending had me wanting more because what takes place is some serious GRADE A scary shit that will leave you and your friends discussing throughout the night.

Loved it.  Congrats to Eli Roth and Daniel Stamm.

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Look What’s coming to Blu-ray from Arrow in September!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 24th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here….

Arrow Video has announced their lineup for September with some excellent titles in time for Halloween. All releases come with new HD transfers and some pretty cool extras. Be sure to read all about them below and pre-order for the cheapest price. I can’t wait to watch these fun gems again.

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Rundown of Winner From 67th Annual Emmy Awards!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Sep 21st, 2015

Hey guys, Jana here,

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In case you missed it last night, we’ve got a run-down of the big winners from the 67th Annual Emmy Awards. Now when you’re standing around the water cooler this morning, you can sound like you watched the whole thing, even if you watched WWE’s Night of Champions, instead. You missed that, too? We’ve got you covered there, as well, just click here. We’re there for you, like ‘Friends‘, only we’re the nerdy, geeky and more awesome version.

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