Cinelinx App

You might remember a few years ago we featured a Kickstarter for a card game made just for cinephiles. The game was called Cinelinx, and it had players match actors to the movies they’ve been in, other actors they’ve worked with, and directors of their movies. It was like a card game version of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon but with any actor, actress, movie or filmmaker.

If you never picked up the card game, there’s a much easier way to play, and you don’t even need your friends in the same room. Cinelinx is now available as a mobile app though the iTunes App Store and Google Play. Get details on the Cinelinx app below. Read More »

The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 81 – The Legacy

Tobolowsky 81

Stephen remembers a couple of things he forgot. One of them is in his suitcase.

The Tobolowsky Files is a podcast from the people who brought you the /Filmcast, featuring a series of stories about life, love, and Hollywood, as told by legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky. You can e-mail Stephen at stephentobolowsky(AT)gmail(DOT)com. You can also follow him on Facebook or on Twitter.
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Spider-Man Homecoming Poster

What the hell went wrong with the new posters for Spider-Man: Homecoming? Could we see new human characters appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? Would you believe that Hugh Jackman didn’t know that a wolverine was a real animal until after he signed on for X-Men? Will we get more of T.J. Miller as Weasel in Deadpool 2? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Sporror

As the success of movies like Jordan Peele’s Get Out proves, the horror genre is still as vital as ever in 2017. The same can’t be said, however, of sports movies these days. While the ’90s was a golden age of relatively small scale movies about the struggles and successes of sports teams, the evolution of Hollywood’s business model (in which big budget movies increasingly rely on international audiences to turn a profit) has made it far more difficult to green light movies with a sports angle.

The clear solution: combine the two types of storytelling into a new genre called “sporror” that consists of scary movies set in the world of sports that star celebrity athletes. Naturally. I can’t believe something so blatantly obvious took this long to put into motion. It’s been right in front of our eyes the whole time!
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Spider-Man Homecoming

This morning, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios released two final trailers (one domestic and one international) for Spider-Man: Homecoming, their collaboration in rebooting the Spider-Man franchise in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and each of them is completely different. Rather than doing our usual frame-by-frame analysis of the entirety of both trailers, we’re just going to pick out the finer points of each, noting the new details, action, story hints and more.

Our Spider-Man Homecoming final trailer breakdown begins below. Read More »

The Witcher Netflix Series

Netflix has announced that they’re adapting The Witcher into a new series and gamers around the world rejoiced.

But The Witcher was a series of fantasy books written by Andrzej Sapkowskit long before it was a game! With five novels and two short story collections (none of which, humorously, are called The Witcher) set in this world of monsters and monster hunters, there is a ton of material to mine for a TV series.

Here’s a rundown on what you can expect (and what we hope to see).

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Something Wicked This Way Comes Revisited

(Welcome to Nostalgia Bomb, a series where we take a look back on beloved childhood favorites and discern whether or not they’re actually any good. In this edition: Walt Disney’s live action adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s brilliant novel, Something Wicked This Way Comes.)

“My dad disappeared on a trip to the Thousand Islands when I was thirteen years old. My father and I had to go home without him.”

I wrote those lines over twenty years ago as the opening of a personal essay called “The Island of Loss and Pancakes,” and while I won’t burden you with the specifics of the tale the gist of it was this. My dad was once a man of vitality with a desire for exploration who’d take me boating, fishing, and camping at every opportunity, and when we weren’t off cruising the St. Lawrence River, we’d be exploring altogether different frontiers with our cutting-edge Commodore 64 computer or the building of a slot-car race track hidden in the ceiling and only accessible via an elaborate system of pulleys. There was always something shared between us, something we could do together or talk about, and then one day among the islands bordering New York and Canada… there wasn’t.

The passage of time and of adulthood in general had taken a toll on him, and while I didn’t understand his regrets and stresses then, the effect they had on me was both immediate and long-lasting. It affected the choices I made going forward, the dreams I pursued and the ones I let pass me by, and to the (already overdue) point of this very article it changed the way I respond to certain types of stories onscreen.

Like the 1983 adaptation of Ray Bradbury‘s Something Wicked This Way Comes.

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Pirates of the Caribbean Movie Connections

(Welcome to Movie Mixtape, where we find cinematic relatives and seek out interesting connections between new releases and older movies that allow us to rethink and enjoy what’s in our theaters as well as the favorites on our shelf. In this edition: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.)

Who would have thought we’d be on the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie? Consensus when the first installment was announced held that basing a giant budget feature off a dark ride with animatronic rum fans wasn’t such a hot idea. It’s not like The Country Bears or Tower of Terror were smash successes, and we were still years away from a major studio successfully adapting colored bricks into a beloved blockbuster.

Obviously, Curse of the Black Pearl was less an adaptation of a theme park ride and more a resurrection of an insanely popular genre from the Hollywood Golden Age, which went a long way toward why it worked.

After the standard diminishing returns of a franchise, here we are, with Johnny Depp stumbling through another adventure where treasure gets sought and swash gets buckled. Let’s make some connections.

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Logan Honest Trailer

This week brought to home video Hugh Jackman‘s ninth and final round as the mutant Wolverine in the form of Logan. In what many have already regarded one of the best comic book movies of all time, director James Mangold subverts almost all the expectations fans have from an X-Men movie, including the assumption that another Wolverine spin-off will be just as mediocre as the previous two solo outings for the character.

Of course, Screen Junkies couldn’t help but take some shots at Logan in their latest Honest Trailer, which is also their 200th episode. Even if the movie was a little more difficult to make fun of because of how great it is, they still have some good jokes, mostly about sad, aging Logan, the surprisingly expert created documentary about all the mutant children being experimented on, and how the rest of the X-Men movies now pale in comparison. Oh, and they bring in Deadpool (the real Ryan Reynolds) to help spice things up a bit.

Watch the Logan Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Car Botz Trailer

Even though Transformers may be a worldwide box office sensation, it should come as no surprise that there are international rip-offs of big franchises like this. However, Russia seems to be a little further behind the times when it comes to making their own Transformers as evidenced by the trailer for the their own alien automobile franchise known as CAR BOTZ!, featuring none other than The Room star Tommy Wiseau as the President of the United States of America.

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