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I hear a lot of people give reasons (or excuses!) why they don’t go see movies the first weekend they come out. However, I firmly believe that whether you’re a true film buff or just a casual movie goer, seeing a movie on opening weekend is more important than ever. Here’s why.

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I’m a geek. I’ve learned not only to accept that but also be proud of it. Who cares if people think you’re crazy for getting “too into sci-fi/fantasy stuff?” It’s so much more fun to be dorky than it is to be cool.

So I’ve compiled a very short list of some geeky characteristics, and it is my hope that fellow geeks will add to the list. Be geeky and proud!

So you know you’re a geek if…

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I’m honestly really surprised John Carter didn’t do better than it did. It had everything that a good sci-fi/fantasy movie should have. Plus, the books, written in 1912, contained the richness that could have made this movie as cinematically thrilling as Lord of the Rings.

Yet, the movie bombed at the box office. Lack of marketing was probably a huge factor, but the other problem was the majority of people didn’t know who John Carter was, and the title definitely didn’t help matters.

When I first heard that title, I thought it was going to be some boring political movie about some guy named John Carter. I had no idea that it was going to be a space adventure. If they had used the full title, John Carter of Mars, I think it would have attracted more of a crowd. Continue Reading…

Mikayla House was a vital actor to the production of Avarice, but the weird part is that you never actually see her face in the film! Since the main character plays two roles, someone had to stand in and hold down the role of the opposite character that Haley Parker was playing. Who better to do that than our energetic and enthusiastic actress Mikayla House!

Her contribution to Avarice should not go unnoticed, as she was in the majority of scenes with Haley during several days of shooting. So although we never get to see her beautiful face shine in the film, we wanted to highlight her work and share our doppleganger with you! Continue Reading…

I don’t know if there is anyone else out there who is somewhat perturbed that all the movie rental stores have closed. Honestly, I was part of the reason for it as well because I only used Blockbuster as a last resort since Redbox and Netflix were so much cheaper.

But what do you do when you want to watch an older movie that Redbox doesn’t carry? You can order it from Netflix and wait 3 days for it to arrive, which is not always preferable in our “instant” cultural mindset, or you could buy it and hope that you didn’t waste $15 on a movie that sucks.

I’m starting to really miss movie rental stores! Continue Reading…

With movie ticket prices on the rise, a night out can cost upwards of $50.00 for 2 people. Going to watch a movie is no longer just something to do because we’re bored. It has become an event. Something to be planned out, maybe even saved up for. I mean people are willing to camp out or stand in line for hours just to watch a movie!

I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to put myself through all that hassle, it darn well better be worth it . So I’ve come up with 5 very simple rules to follow that will make sure everyone has a great night at the movies.

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I love discovering old movies that I haven’t seen before because I’m often impressed with the simplicity of the effects and the power of story.

I rented two Rod Taylor films this month, and I had never really seen him in anything until now. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) and George Pai’s The Time Machine (1960). Both films were really interesting and different, but there was something about them that connect them in my mind: they both used completely ordinary objects and ideas to sell a fantasy, yet I was on-the-edge-of-my-seat interested in both of them the entire time. Continue Reading…

I love watching movie trailers, but I’ve noticed more and more that they don’t tell you much about the film.

So!

I thought I’d watch a few and try to guess what the movie will be about just based on the trailer.

Enjoy!

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Remember how much fun Raiders of the Lost Ark was, and then how in the sequel people’s hearts were ripped from their chests before being lowered into a pit of fire? Yeah, those were good times. And then remember how campy A New Hope was, only to be followed by Han Solo being tortured and frozen in carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back?

What’s with sequels going all dark and violent? Can we expect a similar treatment of Avengers 2? Continue Reading…

I have been a fan of Joss Whedon for a while, and it has come to my attention that a lot of people haven’t known much about his work until his recent success with The Avengers. While I absolutely loved his work in the movie, it kind of makes me sad that some people only know him for that when he has done so much more amazing projects worth mentioning.

Some people may notice that The Avengers was above and beyond the usual super hero movie, but unless you’re a geek like me, you might not go home and think about that for days and try to pick apart every nuance of it. So here are a few reasons I came up with why this director surpasses many others. Continue Reading…