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First Look: Indominus Rex from Jurassic World (Article) - 1/30/2015 7:47:47 AM

They had velociraptors in a mall in the Primeval TV series.  Unfortunately, the mall was closed at the time but the dinos still managed to give the intrepid dino hunters a hard time.

Mania Box Office Report: American Sniper Scores 2 (Article) - 1/29/2015 6:34:24 PM

My mother wanted me to take her to see Twelve Years a Slave (back when it was in theaters).  I had no interest in seeing it as I feared it would be one of those films that would be all dramatic and important and relevant but unpleasant to watch.  But she wanted to see it so we went.

It was worse than I feared.  The acting was stellar but I was repulsed by the brutality and violence towards helpless people.  When I left the theater I didn't feel good or excited or uplifted.  I felt like I needed to take a shower.  I was embarassed to be standing there looking all white and caucasion, oozing evil out of the pores of my skin.

I don't much care for war films and I don't feel I need a lecture on how wonderful our troops are and how misunderstood they are when they come home with PTSD.   I appreciate our troops and am thankful that they are out there getting shot at for my benefit and all.  But I'll pass on American Sniper.


Mania Box Office Report: American Sniper Scores 2 (Article) - 1/29/2015 5:26:11 AM

I went to the movies this weekend and saw Black Hat.  It's bombing at the box office but I liked the film.  Lots of hot guys and action and things blowing up.  Maybe I'm shallow but when I go to the theater I like to have fun.  American Sniper doesn't sound like much fun so I think I'll skip that one.

My family went to see the Imitation Game on cheap ticket Tuesday.  That was an awesome film.  If Cumberbatch doesn't win Best Actor he was robbed.

Emma Watson for Beauty and the Beast (Article) - 1/29/2015 5:19:19 AM

Why are they remaking all their cartoons in live action?  Maleficient had something different to say about the story of Sleepint Beauty.  Will these remakes of Jungle Book, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast also have something new to say or are they just remakes?  If so I have little interest in them.

A Walk Among the Tombstones Blu-Ray Review (Article) - 1/23/2015 4:48:04 AM

Is an actor obligated to only make films in line with his views on reality? 

Mania Review: Blackhat (Article) - 1/18/2015 5:45:30 AM

Rob's reviews are good because he handles language well.  His reviews of good movies make them sould really interesting and his reviews of bad films are cuttingly hysterical.

I'm planing to see this.  It looks like fun and there don't seem to be many fun movies around.

CASTLE: Castle, P.I. Review (Article) - 1/14/2015 7:37:31 AM

I disagree that this episode was so far below par.  The mystery seemed as interesting as most mysteries on procedurals seem.  A citizen is dead and Castle and crew have to follow clues to discover the murderer.

The comedy between Castle and Pearlmutter seemed a little over the top and forced but that was only a few scenes and in character as Pearlmutter has never liked Castle much.

I do think they are getting a little desperate to keep the relationship between Castle and Kate fresh.  They danced around the will they/won't they for years and now they are married.  They've barely explored their relationship as a married couple and how that would affect their crimesolving before throwing monkeywrenches at them.  This PI thing won't last because Castle and the crew at the 12th are too effective a team.

It wasn't their best episode but it wasn't so terrible either.  I still look forward to Castle every week.


Mania Box Office Report: TAKEN with Taken 3 (Article) - 1/12/2015 4:55:08 AM

Saw The Gambler today.  Decent flick.  I sure hope they augmented John Goodman's  fat with CGI or I fear for his health.

I'd like to see Black Hat next weekend.  Looks like fun.

Michael Keaton for Skull Island? (Article) - 1/9/2015 5:17:02 PM

King Kong wasn't the first movie I saw in the theater but it was the first movie I saw that wasn't rated G.  I was 10.  I think my mom wanted to see it so she took me and my brother.  I had seen King Kong vs Godzilla on TV so I knew what the character was about.

The Jackson version was much too long.  The CGI dinosaurs were impressive but the movie just dragged on and on.  Cutting out about half of the footage of the ship's crew running around getting eaten by monsters on the island would have improved the film a lot.

I really don't see the need for a new version of Kong now, starring Michael Keaton or not.  Maybe it will be good.  We'll see.

Mania Box Office Report: Third Hobbit Threepeats (Article) - 1/6/2015 11:21:49 AM

I liked Mockingjay part 1.  The first 2 films were basically just exercises in bloodsport but the current film is real distopian scifi.

I saw Birdman and my take on it was that it was a depiction of Michael Keaton's nervous breakdown.  The ending was ambiguous.  But that was on purpose.  I enjoyed it but it is definitely not a film that will appeal to everybody.


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