Posted on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
My excitement for the upcoming revival of The X-Files found itself tempered yesterday as a new batch of early reviews arrived. To call the early response to the limited series’ first episode negative would be an understatement. The disappointment was palpable. It hung in the air like an alien fog that you could collect in a jar and bottle in a government agency, only for it to break out and wreak havoc in the middle of the season when everyone is taking a break from the overarching mythology episodes
So faithful-but-not-blind X-Files fans need a laugh today and bless Jimmy Kimmel for trying to give us one with this amusing parody, which finds him teaming up David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson for a new case. Watch it for yourself below.
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Hopefully you know director Joe Cornish for his stellar horror comedy Attack the Block. If for some reason you haven’t sought out this movie, there’s no better time than now to check it out because Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega has one of the lead roles. But if you have seen the movie, you might be interested in checking out some of Cornish’s early work.
Before he was directing movies, Cornish used to be part of the British comedy series The Adam and Joe Show. Featuring a variety of sketches not unlike Robot Chicken, Joe and his collaborator Adam Buxton used toys to bring comedy to life. One of their recurring bits was spoofing movies with stuffed animals in place of people, and thankfully, some of them are available to watch online. But be aware, the language is NSFW. Read More »
Trey Parker and Matt Stone cleverly called attention to the cliché of training montages with a little musical number in Team America: World Police. However, that hasn’t stopped montages, especially with our heroes gearing up for the final fight, from being a mainstay in motion pictures. But have you ever stopped to think about what it’s like to be in that kind of scene when the music that drives the scene doesn’t actually exist?
A new video imagines what the classic stair scene from Rocky would be like with realistic audio instead of the inspirational music that helped make the scene so iconic, and it’s pretty awkward. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
We’ve hit that time of year when people smugly single out Die Hard as their favorite Christmas movie, as if they’re the only ones who’ve noticed it takes place during the holidays. But all the misguided self-congratulation in the world can’t change the fact that Die Hard is, in fact, a damn great Christmas movie. Actually, it’s just a great movie, period. Even if the increasingly incoherent sequels have dulled John McClane’s shine, the original will always have a place in the action movie canon.
So what happens when the snarkmongers at Screen Junkies set their sights on such a beloved classic? Find out by watching the Die Hard Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a good movie, but let’s not pretend that it’s free of sin. Here is a superbly crafted movie full of terrific actors giving wonderful performances, but you can fill a few buckets with the nitpicks you collect while watching it. Some you can brush off. Others stick in you, tear at your skin, and leave a little mark that makes you wonder what everyone was thinking.
Let’s turn our focus to Captain Phasma, the chrome-plated stormtrooper who was placed front and center in so much marketing (and in the toy aisle), only to literally do nothing of consequence in the final film. However, we can all agree on two things: that sure is some cool armor and actress Gwendoline Christie sure wears it well. But where did this suit of armor come from? Who made it? Who gave it to her? It turns out that Captain Phasma’s armor has a totally true origin story that actually happened and isn’t a silly video cooked up for internet laughs. Honest! And you can watch it below.
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Just last week, Macaulay Culkin essentially reprised his role as Kevin McCallister from the Home Alone movies for a web series DRYVERS. In the first episode of the series, Moldy Peaches guitarist Jack Dishel played a passenger catching rides via an Uber-style car service, and the driver who picked him up just so happened to be Culkin, recounting a rather familiar tale of childhood trauma by way of two cat burglars. But now we get to see what’s happening on the other side of the fence.
Daniel Stern, who played the Wet Bandit Marv in Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, has created a response video, showing that he’s still terrified of what Kevin McCallister did to him and Harry all those years ago. Read More »
If you’re missing new episodes of Orange is the New Black this holiday season, then we have the perfect remedy. The cast of Netflix’s hit show just took a break from filming the fourth season to deliver a little Christmas greeting. Taylor Schilling, Laure Prepon, Laverne Cox, Uzo Uduba and more all deliver little parts of the classic poem Twas the Night Before Christmas, but they’ve adapted it so it fits Litchfield prison a little better. Watch! Read More »
In case you didn’t know, Chinese audiences aren’t really familiar with Star Wars. As The Wall Street Journal explains:
“’Star Wars’ phenomenon predates China’s modern movie market. When Luke Skywalker first appeared on U.S. movie screens in 1977, China had just emerged from the Cultural Revolution—which had suppressed art as entertainment. The film’s 1999, 2002 and 2005 prequels grossed a total of $18.7 million in a time when only a small number of Chinese went to the movies.”
That’s why Disney has been making a big marketing push to the most populous country on the planet. And for those in China who have been seduced by the marketing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens but don’t have time to see all the movies before it premieres there on January 9th, Stephen Colbert has them covered by explaining the plot of Star Wars in just one minute. Read More »
Even though there seems to be quite a positive response to Star Wars: The Force Awakens after the movie played for the first time everywhere last night, not everyone is happy about the new movie. In fact, some of the bit players from the original and prequel trilogy are a bit pissed off about not being included in The Force Awakens, and they were recently caught venting their frustrations about it at a nearby diner.
See Ron Funches as Lando Calrissian and T.J. Miller as Jango Fett in this little sketch from Conan. Read More »