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Disney's Jungle Book Releases first Photo (Article) - 12/19/2014 5:26:20 AM

Jungle Book was the first movie my parents took me to see in a theater when I was 2.  I remember being entranced by the film.  I can't help feeling that I wish that instead of remaking their old animated films as live action movies they would find some new material to film.

Mania Review: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Article) - 12/19/2014 5:22:32 AM

I saw the first 2 Night at the Museum films and found them silly but harmless fun for the kids.  I expect that if I had seen them when I was 10 I would have adored them.  As an adult I find them less charming but it would be rude to begrudge the pre teen set their fun.  And actors that I like get a pay check.

As for the North Korea thing, I have mixed feelings.  If they had not used the name of a real world leader.  If they had a movie about assinating President Kim Kim Kim of North Madeupistan it's likely that nobody would care and they could show their lowbrow comedy in peace.  Using the name of a real world leader is in extremely poor taste. 

On the other hand, this Kim guy doesn't seem to have a sense of humor and attempting to bankrupt Sony is a bit of an over reaction.  I don't like the idea that a foregin leader can dictate what movies are available to American audiences.  The way we should react to terrorism is to go about our business unchanged and not let them affect us.  Otherwise they win.

The Good, The Bad, and The Battle of the Five Armies (Article) - 12/18/2014 9:41:25 PM

The wizards are demigods.  Just as the balrog is a demidemon.  It said so in the Silmarilion.

Mania Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Article) - 12/18/2014 9:26:21 PM

I have no issue with somebody who sees a film and doesn't like it and wants to share his opinion with the rest of us.  That's why I like this site.  Interesting discussions about differing opinions.

That's not what Theicon said.  He said that he had no intention of seeing this film.  He said he found the prior films in the series boring and attempts to view them put him to sleep. He said he was so uninterested in the movie that he couldn't even finish reading the review.  He said the characters were perverts (and if he didn't actually watch the previous films how would he know?)  He said the movie was stupid and a waste of his time.

I don't have a lot of patience for folks who piss on a film/TV show/ book/ whatever without having seen or read it.  That's trollish behaviour.  If you haven't seen the film and are not interested in it then you have nothing useful to contribute to the discussion.   Go read an article on a movie you ARE interested in and comment on that.  Then you might have something to say worth reading.

Mania Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Article) - 12/17/2014 8:18:58 AM

Theicon, if Tolkien's classics don't do it for you that's fine.  If we all agreed on everything it would be a dull website. 

But since you know you're not interested in this movie just pass the review by.  Don't chime in to tell fans of the franchise how worthless it is and, by implication, how stupid we all are for liking it.  That's rude. 

As for seeing the movie, I'll try to see it this weekend, or maybe Friday.  They could easily have fit everything comfortably into 2 films.  But, singing dwarves aside, it's been a fun ride.


The Winter of '84: Runaway (Article) - 12/17/2014 8:11:57 AM

I never saw this in the theater but saw it a few years later, several times, on HBO.  I remember liking it at the time.  I haven't seen it in decades.

Constantine: Blessed are the Damned Review (Article) - 12/9/2014 4:32:56 AM

They are probably making the episodes self contained on purpose.  They don't want to frighten off viewers by making things too complicated or making people think that they've missed something important if they miss an ep and therefore it's not worth trying to catch up. 

Constantine is a lot to swallow for Joe Casualviewer.  The character is deliberately off putting, cold and creepy.  Those of us who know the snarky little bastard love him, but he might be a hard sell to strangers.

It was a very good episode, I loved Imogen.  We need more characters like that in this show.


Constantine: Rage of Caliban Review (Article) - 12/6/2014 10:52:25 AM

Showing episodes out of order isn't that unusual.  Sometimes episodes are shot out of the intended order of broadcast deliberately, perhaps an actor wasn't available due to a prior committment or whatever.

It doesn't seem that signifigant to me anyway.  Constentine goes somewhere and takes care of some scary problem involving monsters, demons, angels etc.  Order doesn't seem essential.

Of course, I've been recording them and viewing them out of broadcast order anyway so I may be missing something.

It seem like they are doing the American Gothic storyline from Swamp Thing, minus Swampy himself.  If so, good things are in store.

CASTLE: Once Upon A Time In the West Review (Article) - 11/18/2014 3:34:06 PM

 Grizzled NYC cop show?  What show have you been watching.  Castle has always been wonky and silly.  Between the murders at beauty pageants and sci-fi conventions and zombie attacks and what have you, it's always been weird and wild.  But I like it that way.

Mania Box Office Report: DUMB and Dumbest Too Win (Article) - 11/18/2014 10:28:57 AM

 Also, interstellar travel is dangerous.  You wouldn't want to expose a child to that.  And a child would eat food, breathe air etc..


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