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Game of Thrones Season 5 Trailer (Article) - 1/31/2015 9:17:07 AM

 When I watch this it reminds of how much better televison is now than movies.  For a long time Movies were better.  They were more realistic and the stories they told were more relevent and compelling.  There was not only graphic violence in movies, but stuff like sex, nudity and four letter words.  TV couldn't do that because parent groups and sponsors would be up in arms, Movies also had much bigger budgets, they were often filmed in exotic locations, with equisite sets, and  had casts that included thousands of extras. TV couldn't afford that. Because movies were better, smarter, more sophisticated and more adult they also got the best writers, directors and actors.  That has all changed.  We now pay for television...and if we want to see realistic adult themes on TV we sign on for it.  Many television shows no longer feel the need to try to tell us a story in a half hour or hour but have continuous story arcs which weave a tale over countless episodes spanning several years.  The fancy sets and thousands of extras can be created with CGI.  There isn't a movie out there that can touch the level of quality and sophistication of the Sopranos, The Wire, Rome, Deadwood etc.  Theatrical Movies are now for the most part for nerds and kids, who get excited watching little 2 hour morality plays that show good triumph over evil with a lot of fancy effects and a minimal amount of tension.

Fantastic Four: Official Teaser Trailer (Article) - 1/29/2015 10:32:46 AM

 Rapid and huge changes are coming, in this country and the world. The technological changes in the next 10 years alone will be mind boggling.  In the next 20 years or sooner non-hispanic whites will be a minority group in the U.S.  You can fight fight change or you can adjust to it,  but you can't stop it.  People who want things to stay the way they were, are going to have problems.  Those who think these changes are not going to effect everything, including rather insignificant  stuff like comic books and movies are foolish.  It's just the beginning folks.

Mania Box Office Report: American Sniper Scores 2 (Article) - 1/26/2015 8:46:49 PM

 I wasn't tremendously interested in seeing American Sniper in a theatre (I could have waited for Redbox, Amazon Instant Video or a Premium Channel), but my girlfriend asked me to take her.  That request was a bit of shock as she usually refuses to see Action Movies or Violent Movies (as a rule she only wants to see chick flicks which is why we rarely go to the movies together). My girlfriend is for lack of a better term, jingoistic.  She thinks the U.S.A. is the greatest country on the earth and that it can do no wrong. I think she thought it was her patriotic duty to see this film and that by seeing it she was somehow helping / supporting our troops.  When the movie was over she stood up and applauded.  While I'm proud to be an American (I'm a Veteran) I'm a lot more skeptical and a lot less enthusiastic than my girlfriend. That said, I enjoyed the movie.  The Chris Kyle that Eastwood and Cooper created was more likable and compelling than the Chris Kyle in the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. 

12 MONKEYS: Mentally Divergent Review (Article) - 1/24/2015 10:05:58 AM

 I also enjoy time travel stories (hell, I even liked the Butterfly Effect with Ashton Kutcher).  I'm happy to see that at least for the time being Mania is reviewing this show.  After 2 episodes, all I can say is - so far, so good. The only problem I have with TV series that have a continuous story arc like this, is that if the series is successful, nothing will ever get solved, it will just keep going on and on, as long as the ratings are high, until it starts to bore me.  Call me old fashioned but even if it's a one hundred episode or 5 year plan , I hope the producers have an end game. I  don't like stories that are open ended I want them to have a plot which moves along towards a climax and eventual ending.  This is a problem I'm starting to have with The Walking Dead...the characters don't have a plan...they just keep plodding along aimlessly trying to stay alive..while getting in and out of pickles...and nothing ever goes anywhere (there's no light at the end of the tunnel), hopefully when The Walking Dead reaches its conclusion we won't find out it was all just a dream.

 

Cumberbatch in Classic Sherlock Holmes Garb! (Article) - 1/24/2015 8:42:35 AM

 For nostalgic reasons Rathbone was Holmes as far as I'm concerned. (i was introduced to the character as a boy watching Basil's old black and white movies on television). When I read a Holmes story (there are quite a few written by authors other than Arthur Conan Doyle) it's Rathbone's version of the character that my mind conjures up. I'm not real fond of Cumberbatch's portrayal of the character...I prefer Jonny Lee Miller's over the top, take on the greatest detective who never lived.

X-Men: Apocalypse Cast UPDATE! (Article) - 1/23/2015 8:03:29 PM

 ElBaz13 - I'm afraid that ship has sailed.  Michael Egan dropped the charges.  That doesn't mean Singer is innocent..it just means that there's no credible evidence of guilt. Egan's rape accusations might have been more believable if the kid didn't push so hard for a million dollar settlement.  That  move made him look like an extortionist (which he may well have been).  You are still free to boycott Singer's films if you've found him guilty in your court of opinion.

Mania Review: Black Sea (Article) - 1/23/2015 8:23:02 AM

 I love a good submarine movie like Das Boot, Run Silent Run Deep, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Alien?).  I'll definitely check this out.

A Walk Among the Tombstones Blu-Ray Review (Article) - 1/23/2015 8:04:49 AM

 You can go see Liam's movies even if you don't agree with his views on gun control.  I happen to like his feelings about gun control but I have no desire to see him play that same tough guy, character in the movies over and over and over again.

LAST STARFIGHTER, THE (EXPANDED) Soundtrack Review (Article) - 1/22/2015 10:46:37 AM

 I'm not one to listen to the sound tracks of movies, there's too much other good music out there, but it's nice to be reminded of this movie...I think it's something my 7 and 9 year old grandsons would enjoy seeing.  

The Winter of '85: Blood Simple (Article) - 1/20/2015 6:38:20 PM

 I'm not a big fan of the 80's movie reviews.  I don't like living in the past.  Like the song says, I think that... these are the good old days.  That said, I gotta admit you sucked me with this movie.  Those who haven't seen it...should seek it out...unlike a lot of the silly garbage they cranked out in the 80's this is an excellent flick.

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