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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Disney Parks Versus: Space Mountain

It’s time for another installment of Disney Parks Versus – the only series of posts where it’s Walt Disney World versus Disneyland! Today, we’ll take a look at the roller coaster that nearly scared the Disney out of me as a kid: Space Mountain, located at Tomorrowland in each respective park.

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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy quick movie review

It may be safe to say that Dr. Girlfriend and I were the last two folks in American to settle down and watch Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and frankly, I don’t think either of us have much to say about it. I think I liked it a bit more than she did, but it’s safe to say that neither of us think it’s the comedy classic that it’s made out to be.

Let’s see, what did we learn? Well, now we know why "I’m kind of a big deal" shows up on t-shirts. The movie is totally watchable, but it feels a bit underwritten and the pace is a bit too slow for me – most of the first act feels like bumbling from one thing to the next with little structure. I enjoyed Will Ferrell; he’s great, as always, but there’s only so much one man can do. I don’t think I would have enjoyed the movie as much if I wasn’t a fan of Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate and the totally underutilized Steve Carell, I enjoyed the jazz flute scene… I loved the ending – the dog vs bear negotiation is one of the best out of left field endings I’ve seen in a long while.

I’m not sorry we watched it, but I can’t help feeling that Anchorman is shockingly overrated. I’m giving it a 7 out of 10; it’s got some laughs, but I don’t think I need to see it again.

Man of Steel movie review – Mixers & Movie Reviews Ep 5

Man of Steel movie review - Mixers & Movie

I’ve already reviewed Man of Steel in print, but this time, it’s a monster review with All Things Random‘s Dan Conrad!  Watch the video after the jump!

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Stuck in Love movie review

What can I say about Stuck in Love? Here’s some rambling thoughts: It features great performances from its cast, it has quality cinematography (although not what I would call a visually memorable film, but there’s some good stuff in there at the beach and the reflection on a car windshield, etc) and the movie movies at a decent pace… It’s a fine story but I’m not sure I buy the ending (or much of the plot between Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly), but it’s a satisfying enough movie. Perhaps it would have been better to focus on one of the love stories rather than trying to make all three the center of the film… the thing is, none of them are really strong enough on their own but when placed all together in the same film, they almost distract from each other.The second act turn doesn’t come out of nowhere, but… that’s not what I thought was going to happen, that’s for sure, so I can’t say that the movie is especially well written, but it’s not badly underwritten, either. I wouldn’t say this is a melodrama, but it’s dangerously close and yet somehow still pulls it off.

Anyway, Stuck in Love is a decent film and worth a look. It’s currently streaming on Netflix, so this is a low effort watch, too!

14 videos from the Sundance Short Film Festival on YouTube movie review

The more I watch, the more I dig short films. Sure, it’s certainly a mixed bag in terms of quality, but it’s always fascinating. The Sundance Film Festival has pointed out 14 short films they’ve accepted that are also on YouTube, and we watched them all this past weekend. So, without further ado, let’s dig in!
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Run, it’s the merchandising execution team!

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I totally want to be on the merchandising execution team! I presume that their job is to execute hammers when the murder a nail.

August: Osage County movie review

If you’ve seen August: Osage County and can’t understand why some critics don’t like it and it only garnered two Academy Award nominations (both for performances), then I’ve got answers for you. Read the rest of this entry

Disney Parks Versus: it’s a small world

It’s time for another installment of Disney Parks Versus – the only series of posts where it’s Walt Disney World versus Disneyland! Today, we’ll take a look at the classic boat ride featuring the song you’ll never be able to get out of your head, it’s a small world, found at Fantasyland in each respective park.

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A FLY ON THE WALL: Developing Marvel's Original Sin

Welcome back to A Fly On The Wall, a feature that imagines what it would be like to hear conversations that may or may not have ever actually occurred. This time, we’ll use our fly power to listen in on a development meeting at Marvel Comics for the 2014 Event, Original Sin.

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OK, everybody – it’s a new day, it’s a new year, Event time is almost upon us. What ideas do we have?

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The 7 Best Episodes of The Simpsons, season 1


NOTE: hey, it’s the 21st century – we’re pressed for time here!

Let me take you back to a time when The Simpsons wasn’t one of the longest running shows in television history, when the coat-tail riders and pretenders weren’t even a gleam in Homer’s eye… Yeah, we’re talking Season 1 style, back when the animation was rough and the show was still finding it’s legs. I humbly present to you the 7 Best Episodes of The Simpsons, season 1!

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Vampire Diaries – surely it’s a sign of End Times

This… this… Vampire Academy…  what?  The only thing more unbelievable than the fact that this show exists is the fact that it’s called Vampire Academy.  Talk about not burying the lead, huh?  Why not just call it, Harry Potter, But With Vampires!  This is the stupidest, most ridiculous, laziest flaming pile of feces that I’ve ever heard of.  This idea makes Percy Jackson look original and classy.  This is the very worst the vampire craze could ever get and surely a sign that nearly every vampire possibility can be exploited.  I assume they’ll get even more lazy the next time and just go straight up Vampires in Space, Like, You Know, Star Wars – But With Vampires.

Running Scared movie review

Let me begin by saying that Running Scared is a batshiz crazy movie and also totally ridiculous. I haven’t seen a movie like this before. Read the rest of this entry

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