Movie Fights: Why Black Widow should be in Spider-Man and FernGully is super-scary

5 Jul

I got a little behind on my Movie Fighting. Rather than spam Readers with a bunch of posts, here are some highlights from the three I didn’t get up in time. If you’re unfamiliar, Movie Fights is a Screen Junkies show hosted by Andy Signore on Youtube that brings in a panel of three people to debate nerdy questions about movies. For these posts, I listen to the question, type my answer, listen to the panel’s discussion and respond. And new to this post, I’m also going to pick who I think should have won the fight. Let’s go! Continue reading

Genisys is the Terminator movie I’ve been waiting for

2 Jul

Look, I realize that I love going to the theater, and it’s something I only do a few times a year, so sometimes the theater-high gives me rose-tinted glasses.  But I really think once that fades, Terminator Genisys will still shine as the first worthy sequel to the Terminator film franchise since 1991.

I’m keeping this review spoiler-free aside from what was shown in the previews. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen the preview for Genisys, I highly recommend you go see the movie before doing anything else.

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Movie Fights: Real Genius, The A-Team and other underdog answers

9 Jun

I was a little late to this week’s Movie Fights (and if you don’t know what that is, check my first post about it), but better late than never.  Sunday’s video featured Michael Barryte of Belated Media (What if Star Wars Prequels Were Good?); Davis of Hair of the Warp Zone and Hal Rudnick, Screen Junkies show host.

As with last week, I listened to the question and gave myself a little bit of thinking time then three minutes of writing time*. Then I watched the fight and gave myself a minute and a half for follow-up thoughts before watching who won the fight on the show and moving on to the next one. I’ve done a little bit of cleanup on these answers  for spelling and whatnot but refrained from reworking them to strengthen or rethink my pick. What you see is basically what you get in four and a half minutes after a question was posed. So, let’s fight!

ROUND ONE**: What Current star should reboot an 80s movie?

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All I want from Teen Wolf

3 Jun

Season Five of Teen Wolf premieres June 29 on MTV, and while it’s a reasonably safe bet that I’ll enjoy it, I’ve also (almost) come to accept that it probably won’t give me what I want. What’s that? Aside from a beautiful union for Mama McCall and Papa Stilinski, only what it promised two years ago and alluded to once last year before not following up on it at all. Continue reading

Movie FIghts: Come at me, bro!

1 Jun

A couple months ago, I discovered Movie Fights, a series on the Screen Junkies channel at YouTube. Essentially, three people join a panel and debate a variety of questions related to movies. Host Andy Signore proclaims a winner for each fight – based on strength of argument, not personal feelings — and the top two fighters go on to a speed round.

After watching a few videos and having answers that weren’t mentioned by any of the Fighters (“Of course Chewbacca would win in a fight with Groot! Not only do Wookies have that whole ripping-arms-from-the-socket reputation, they live in giant trees and have giant claws for climbing them. Chewie is built to take down Groot!”) I thought it would be fun to play along at home for real.

So when I saw the new Fights video drop on Sunday, I listened to a question, thought about it for one minute, and spent three minutes typing an answer. Then I watched the fight for that question and spent a minute and a half typing extra thoughts, sometimes based on the other answers, sometimes just other things I thought about.

You can watch this week’s Movie Fights, featuring Spencer Gilbert (Honest Trailers writer), Germain Lussier (writer for and Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy), here, and see how my answers stack up, or you can just read on and probably tell me how wrong I am. But I suggest watching the fight, because it’s a lot of fun. Don’t let the long runtime scare you, it’s really easy to get to a list of all the fights in the video and skip right over any you don’t care/don’t know about, as I did for this.

Full disclosure: Because this required some lightning fast typing, there were also some pretty heinous typos. So I did a little bit of cleaning for spelling and grammar, but did not add any significant content that was not in the original commentary.

Let’s fight!

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Supernatural Season 11 Predictions: This is the end

25 May

I’ve got many episodes of three shows  (Castle, Gotham and Grimm) before I’m finished with the 2014-15 TV season, but before I continue delaying them and  plunk a chunk of time into finishing one of my long-ignored posts, I thought I’d get something easy out of the way. So here’s what I think we’ll see in Supernatural’s 11th season this fall.  (Truth: Some of these will ideas probably make my 2015 NaNoWriMo story, which is about 90 percent of why I’m doing this post. In case I’m right, you know.)

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10 Things I’m Glad I Watched in 2014

18 Jan

The Media in Review post for movies gets a little long all ready (even in it’s short years), and it’s not all full of good things. So I usually spare commentary and  just do a list. But last year I decided to spotlight 10 things from it, and I’m doing it again, in no particular order.

1.  Jaws 2/3 (1978/1982): I know they get a lot of flack. Jaws 3, especially. And sure, the science is nonexistent, the effects probably didn’t even hold up then (Jaws 3, especially), and Dennis Quaid apparently didn’t even remember being in one of them (you guessed it, Jaws 3), but I had a blast. Jaws 2 made me care about the Brody family, and Jaws 3, made up for everything that was absolutely unreal by really following through on developing the Brody boys after the previous films. And if you’re going to accept the premise of a fact-defying, vengeful shark, they also manage to be reasonably suspenseful, too. I’ll wrap up with what I’m sure will be the most ridiculous film yet, Jaws: The Revenge, this year.

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Big Block of Cheese Day!

17 Jan

In case you missed it, as I apparently did last year, The White House is having a virtual Big Block of Cheese Day. Not sure what a Big Block of Cheese Day is? Let the cast of The West Wing reunite and explain it to you:

And just because a Big Block of Cheese post is not a Big Block of Cheese post without its original TWW inspirations:

The first speech:

– The West Wing, “The Crackpots and These Women”

And the second:

– The West Wing, “Somebody’s Going to Emergency, Somebody’s Going to Jail”

Both of those episodes are great, and if you haven’t seen them, you should watch them. But first, take a moment and think of a question you might like to ask your White House. Then ask it Jan. 21 on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram with the hashtag #AskTheWH. And if you’re still not sure what’s going on,  you can read all about it here and see what times specific people will be answering questions. For instance, if you really want to know about climate, energy and conservation, you might ask your question from 1-2 p.m. (ET).


2014 Media in Review: I watch way too much TV

17 Jan

So, I didn’t see many movies at the theater last year, I read even fewer books, and my movies on DVD/Instant have taken a massive hit from their 2011 high of 74. And it’s probably because over the course of 12 months I watched 26 seasons worth of old TV. Granted, some of those were really short seasons, but still. That’s a lot of TV. Let’s take a look in the last official Media in Review post before next year.

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2014 Media in Review: New Movies

10 Jan

I was fortunate enough this year to see quite a few movies released in 2014, but five of the eight were on DVD. For the three I made the effort to see in a theater, read on.

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