Thursday, October 23, 2014

The First Trailer For Insidious 3 Tiptoes Through Terror

I've never seen the first two Insidious features, but their marketing is always pretty memorable. Like most horror features in modern cinema, they rely on long pauses and jump scares, and this newest installment continues the tradition of the past in terms of both aesthetic and scares.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer Is Here To Amaze You Beyond Belief

The first poster for The Avengers: Age of Ultron
After it got leaked earlier today, the internet went into a frenzy on the first trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The massively anticipated sequel to the third highest grossing movie of all-time was supposed to unleash its first trailer next Tuesday on Agents of SHIELD, but the leak has forced Marvel to release it officially, in glorious HD, right now. So ladies and gentleman, here's a nice Wednesday surprise, the first trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron!

Agents of SHIELD (S1E5) Review: All The Pieces Fall Together

One reason Agents of SHIELD has found so much improvement this season is because of the expansion of focus the show has had in the past few episodes. More characters (like Fitz, Lance, Simmons and Melinda May) are being given storylines with more depth and fun that really enhance them and make the stakes more dramatically effective. That's a stark contrast to last season, when most things in the show revolved around Skye, a character who last season was decent at best, absolutely grating at worst.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Editorial: The Modern Disney Animation Resurgence Is Nothing Short Of Fantastic

An awesome image Wired made for their magazine to celebrate recent features
from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Hooray for Bolt and Winnie The Pooh
getting some recognition! 
With Big Hero 6 on the horizon, many have shifted their attention to Walt Disney Animation Studios, and specifically their numerous recent achievements. Seriously, the studio has been on fire lately, churning out one entertaining feature after the other. As this awesome and in-depth Wired article notes, the last few years have restored luster to the company, with the phenomenally successful Frozen just clinching that the company has reformed itself.

Toby Keiths New Song Brings Together Booze And Patriotism

I kinda owe my whole obsession with country music to Toby Keith, a guy I grew up listening to whose music was a constant fixture in my household. How Do You Like Me Now?!, Courtesy of The Red White And Blue, and especially I Wanna Talk About Me were songs I heard endlessly and adored. What's great is that those songs hold up wonderfully as an adult. They remain not only great to listen to, but also have great lyrics and tackle some nicely realized situations unique to country music.

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Disney Animation Film, Moana, Revealed!!

 As a Disney Animation fanatic, nothing makes me happier than the announcement of new projects from the studio. A level of secrecy hangs over the studios future films; the only film beyond Big Hero 6 that's been officially revealed is Zootopia. But today, Walt Disney Animation Studios finally unveiled their other 2016 project, Moana, the newest movie from Ron Clements and John Musker!

Box Office Analysis: Brad Pitt Looms Over Channing Tatum And Ben Affleck

Box Office Analysis is back from the dead this week, though I'm trying a new format where I take more of a larger look at a number of films at the box office instead of just one particular movie or topic. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fury Review

In The Army, Yes You Can Be In A Brad Pitt Movie, In The Armyyyyyyyy
Movie stars are a rare thing these days, but I think it's safe to say Brad Pitt is one of the few we have today. He has the stunning good looks, a romance the entire nation fawns over and he's got more than a few big movies under his belt. When he's fighting zombies or being a baseball manager, audiences can't get to his movies fast enough. His darker features though, like Killing Them Softly, do tend to falter at the box office.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Llamas With Hats Is A Beautiful Dissection Of Human Nature

It's Saturday. As I contemplate my review of Fury and act super lazy, I'm struck by the beauty one can find in the internet series Llamas With Hats.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Editorial: Can We Start Giving Superhero Movies Some Respect?

The writer with the largest presence on Rope of Silicon, Brad Brevet, used to be one of my favorite writers when it came to the world of cinema, but sometime last summer, a shift happened in his writing. It was like a switch flipped in his brain or something, every single thing he wrote was dripping in gratuitous cynicism. Now, a cynical approach is not only a perfectly fine way to write pieces on movies, it can be a great angle if one does it in a successful fashion. Unfortunately, Brevet has made it tiring to read his endless mean-spirited attitudes towards blockbuster filmmaking.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Trailer For Top Five Analyzes Career Of Chris Rock

Chris Rock has been an on again/off again presence in the world of cinema, with Grown Ups and Madagascar movies being pretty much the majority of his recent contributions to the world of film. His next starring effort, Top Five, is one he wrote and directed, so it's certainly seems to be one he's passionate about. Check out the first trailer for it below.

The Strength Of One Man Is Put To The Ultimate Test In Trailer For Unbroken

With Paddington and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 moved to 2015, only three movies are now scheduled to be released on Christmas Day. One of those is Unbroken, a film many believe has massive potential for Oscar and box office glory, but I'm not too sure. The first trailer struck me personally as sort of middling; the WWII content seemed enthralling, but the sports stuff just seemed like a parody trailer played straight. But now a new trailer has debuted, attempting to change the tune of skeptics like myself. Check it out below.

Editorial: The Evolution Of Television Has Only Begun

Yesterday, the inevitable announcement arrived; HBO Go would be released as its own separate service. No other details were released, but presumably a monthly payment for HBO Go would get you all kinds of big movies and TV shows like Game of Thrones or Girls on your mobile devices. Many had been awaiting this day for ages, but it still managed to be the gauntlet being thrown down in terms of the future of television. The dominance of Netflix now full recognized, corporations are now realizing that way of consuming entertainment is no fad. The only way they can survive is to adapt.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris Is Hosting The Oscars!!!

You were creeped out by him in Gone Girl, you were even more creeped out by him in The Smurfs, and you were dazzled by him in pretty much anything else he's ever done (iincludingGone Girl, while Smurfs I can take or leave).

But now Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Oscars according to Deadline!

Agents of SHIELD (S2E4) Review: Getting Past The Inevitable

Agents of SHIELD
Season 2, Episode 4
Face My Enemy
Or......Getting Past The Inevitable 
Nostalgia is a central theme in this episode of Agents of SHIELD, whether its from how the opening mission of the story (Phil Coulson and Melinda May going to a fundraiser in disguise as a couple) has shades of decades old program Mission: Impossible or Coulson reminiscing about a cup of coffee he and May never got to have. For the most part, it's a successfully integrated element that manages to do interesting things with characters like Coulson and May.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Trailer For Foxcatcher Is Sublime And Terrifying

I get scared real easy, I mean, just a simple bump in the night will have me panicking. Many modern horror films though have become so routine in their scares though that even I have a hard time finding anything to be frightened by. But each trailer for Foxcatcher has stirred up feelings of fear in me, with this ominous tone that's just terrifying. Check out what I mean by watching the theatrical trailer for Foxcatcher below.

Star Wars Rebels (S1E3) Review: Send In The Droids

I can't tell you how nervous I was for this episode. I mean, adding C-3PO and R2-D2 to the world of Star Wars: Rebels just reeked of poorly done fan-service. There are so many possibilities in this universe, and we're already reusing characters from the original trilogy? My cynical mindset was fully in control as I started watching the episode...and then C-3PO and R2-D2 entered the screen and it all melted away. Gosh darn it, I love those droids, and I was so, so, so happy to see them again.

Robert Downey Jr. In Captain America 3 Takes The MCU To The Next Level

Last night, me and a buddy of mine watched Star Wars: Rebels, chit-chatted for a while, having too good of a time for me to think to check my phone. When I got home, I looked on The Hollywood Reporter for any major Hollywood news, and at the bottom of the page, was some humongous news; Robert Downey Jr. was going to be in Captain America 3. And this wasn't just a post-credits scene, no no no, this was to set up a cinematic adaptation of the Civil War storyline.

As you can imagine, I'm more than a little excited.