Thursday, December 18, 2014

You Asked For It; Alvin And The Chipmunks 4 (Yes, FOUR) Gets New Release Date And Director

With Kung Fu Panda 3 moving out of its Christmas 2015 release date, there's no family movie in that lucrative time of the year now. 20th Century Fox, which distributes KFP3, has now announced Alvin And the Chipmunks 4 will move up form 2016 to December 23, 2015, taking it's release date on the schedule.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Simpsons, The Most Influential TV Show In History, Turns 25 Today

Pop culture can have a tremendous impact on a person, the kind of impact one can't fully comprehend right away. That's The Simpsons for me, a show whose first episode (Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire) aired today twenty-five years ago. Yep, it's been a quarter of century since that yellow clan entered our lives, and it's truly unimaginable to think of a world without this wonderful family.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Frosty The Snowman Is Simple, But Charming

Here's another exciting entry in this Holiday themed column, 25 Days Of Christmas Pop Culture! From now until Christmas Eve, I'll be tackling one piece of Christmas pop culture! It could be a book, movie, TV special, song....so long as it's festive for this time of the year, it'll be checked out in this daily column!
God that's a creepy image.
Like Rudolph, Frosty The Snowman was a song long before it was TV special, but it's this 1969 cartoon that many identify as the ultimate incarnation of the frosty fellow. The special, turning 45 this year, is a special that isn't quite perfect, but does manage to find itself some moments of quality, albeit moments have more than an ounce of cheesiness to them.

Editorial: Recent Hacking Activity Is A Hideous Display Of Cowardice

Today, another development in the Sony hacking scandal occurred, this time with threats of violence involved. The terrorist group that hacked Sony is now threatening movie theaters showing The Interview and people who see the film, saying those who show or watch the movie will suffer a "bitter fate" , that on Christmas Day (when the movie is released) "The world will be full of fear" and then note their attacks will remind people of 9/11.

Wanna See Movie Directors Like Spielberg And Hitchcock Have A Rap Battle? Who Doesn't!! (From The Interwebs)

I've focused on the Epic Rap Battles Of History YouTube program before, but as a major cinema fan, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to highlight their most recent endeavor, which pits Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock and other famous movie directors against each other in a truly epic rap battle. Check it out below!

There is graphic language ahead, just so ya know.

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Trailer For Terrence Malicks New Movie, Knight Of Cups, Has Christian Bale Doing Things

When I saw Tree Of Life in 2011, it was the first Terrance Malick film I'd ever seen. I had no idea what to expect, except for dinosaurs, I knew dinosaurs were in it. Well, I got the dinos, but nothing much else of substance. The film was ambitious, I'll give it that, and the cinematography was beautiful. But it felt like it was trying too hard to be impactful without doing anything actually impactful. It sort of became blur of visuals after a while.

Kung Fu Panda Continues To Defy Expectations With Its Christmas Special

Here's another exciting entry in this Holiday themed column, 25 Days Of Christmas Pop Culture! From now until Christmas Eve, I'll be tackling one piece of Christmas pop culture! It could be a book, movie, TV special, song....so long as it's festive for this time of the year, it'll be checked out in this daily column!
Kung Fu Panda shouldn't work. On any level. But the entire endeavor made one crucial decision that changed everything; they got Jack Black to play the titular kung fu warrior. Black plays Po with undying eagerness that's always fun to watch, especially when his exuberance has to be used against tremendous antagonists. Even after two movies (the second of which hadn't come out when the subject of this review came out) that were excellent, a Christmas special should have simply a cash grab, not a reaffirmation of the franchises quality.

Top Five Review

Top Five Is Alive!
Whenever one hears about celebrities having problems, it can be easy to brush off such problems by thinking their large wealth means their problems are inconsequential. But the likes of Tom Hanks and Angelina Jolie can have everyday quandaries and worries; they are human beings after all, and human beings are naturally going to have problems to face. This kind of scenario is at the crux of Top Five, a feature written, directed and starring Chris Rock that's surprising in it's depth and effectiveness.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Best Christmas Song Of All May Just Be Same Old Lang Syne

Here's another exciting entry in this Holiday themed column, 25 Days Of Christmas Pop Culture! From now until Christmas Eve, I'll be tackling one piece of Christmas pop culture! It could be a book, movie, TV special, song....so long as it's festive for this time of the year, it'll be checked out in this daily column!
I've talked about a lot of Christmas songs in this column, but here's the tune I'd consider the best of all Holiday songs without hesitation; Same Old Lang Syne. I remember hearing this bad boy, sung by Dan Fogelberg, at a young age, and it left an impression on me even way back then. It's melancholy tone stood out in a sea of chipper holiday tunes, and resonated with me since I always found Christmas to be a difficult time of the year (having Asperger's Syndrome in a time of the year thriving on social interactions is a pain in the ass).

Saturday, December 13, 2014

What Exactly Is The Year Without A Santa Claus?

Here's another exciting entry in this Holiday themed column, 25 Days Of Christmas Pop Culture! From now until Christmas Eve, I'll be tackling one piece of Christmas pop culture! It could be a book, movie, TV special, song....so long as it's festive for this time of the year, it'll be checked out in this daily column!
Among the Rankin-Bass holiday specials (which included, but are not limited to, Rudolph, Frosty The Snowman, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town), a few specials remain on the obscure side. The likes of Pinocchio's Christmas and Nester, The Long Eared Donkey are lucky to have a 6 AM showing on ABC Family while their kin flourish in primetime on one of the four major networks.

Exodus: Gods And Kings Review

All About That Exodus, Exodus, No Treble
I went into Exodus: Gods And Kings with some skepticism. You see, I played Moses in a VBS sketch for my Church group this summer and I was dubious to say the least that Christian Bale could match my acting chops. Sure, he had a $140 million budget and director Ridley Scott at his disposal, but did he have a snake puppet to utilize like I did? As it turns out, Bale is missing more than just a snake toy in his performance, as he and the movie itself feel lacking as a whole.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Which Grinch Is Best? (The Answer Is Obvious)

Here's another exciting entry in this Holiday themed column, 25 Days Of Christmas Pop Culture! From now until Christmas Eve, I'll be tackling one piece of Christmas pop culture! It could be a book, movie, TV special, song....so long as it's festive for this time of the year, it'll be checked out in this daily column!
I've gotten really addicted to Patton Oswalts standup this week, the dudes just hilarious in his comedy. One great bit is where he talks about how a primary flaw with the Star Wars prequels is that they feel compelled to talk about the origins of beloved characters like Boba Fett and Darth Vader, which Oswalt likens to someone give you the starting ingredients for Ice Cream and saying it's just delicious as that confection.

Stephen Colbert Interviews Smaug The Dragon, And Yes, It's Incredible (From The Interwebs)

Stephen Colbert's final episode as the host of The Colbert Report (before he takes over for David Letterman in 2015) airs next week, but luckily his final episode will air just in time so he can still celebrate the release of the final Hobbit movie. As a man who happily announces his love for the world of Middle-Earth, Colbert celebrated the movies release last night by having none other then Smaug the dragon as a guest on his show. Watch his interview with the beast below!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Spongebobs Optimistic Absurdity Matches Beautifully With Christmas

Here's another exciting entry in this Holiday themed column, 25 Days Of Christmas Pop Culture! From now until Christmas Eve, I'll be tackling one piece of Christmas pop culture! It could be a book, movie, TV special, song....so long as it's festive for this time of the year, it'll be checked out in this daily column!
Here's a shocking secret; Spongebob is a perky person. The absorbent fella is rarely without a smile on his face and something upbeat to say. In the first three seasons of his show, Spongebob Squarepants, Spongebob was an irresistible lead that was always fun to watch and enjoy. In the second season episode, Christmas Who?, what really made SpongeBob such a captivating program is on full display.

Star Wars The Force Awakens Reveals Character Names In Awesome Retro Style!!!

The ship seen here is...well, you all know what it is and what it did in the Kessel Run.
Secrecy has covered the entirety for Star Wars Episode VII for ages now, but once a title (The Force Awakens) was revealed in early November, details have been coming out at an exciting rate. A trailer arrived two weeks ago, became one of the biggest trailers ever to grace the internet, and now Entertainment Weekly has gotten the honor of unveiling the names of several pivotal characters in the feature!!

The 2014 Golden Globes Nominees Have Been Announced!!!!

In case you weren't aware, awards season is in full swing, as the announcement of the Golden Globes this morning very much reaffirmed. Check out the list of nominations below!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Snoopy's Christmas Reiterates How Well Peanuts And Christmas Work Together

Here's another exciting entry in this Holiday themed column, 25 Days Of Christmas Pop Culture! From now until Christmas Eve, I'll be tackling one piece of Christmas pop culture! It could be a book, movie, TV special, song....so long as it's festive for this time of the year, it'll be checked out in this daily column!
Don't worry folks, I'll be getting to A Charlie Brown Christmas towards the end of this series, but there's another piece of pop culture that proves how much high quality emerges when Charles M. Schulz creations collide with Christmas. This time, it's a song, Snoopy's Christmas, instead of a television special, with this one focusing on Snoopy's World War I flying ace persona as he takes on The Red Baron on Christmas Eve.

Max Mad Fury Road Has Unleashed A New, Incredible, Awe-Inspring Trailer

If any movie really made any impact at this years Comic-Con, it had to be Max Mad: Fury Road. That thing showed off footage for the first time and blew everyone's minds. It looked incredible, and now Warner Bros. has released a new trailer that reminds all of us that that Comic-Con presentation was no fluke; Mad Max: Fury Road looks incredible. Check out the trailer below!

Editorial: What The Screen Actors Guild Nominations Mean For The 2014 Oscars

We're in the thick of awards season now, with tons of awards outlets announcing their nominations for various awards designed to give praise to the best in 2014 cinema. This morning, the Screen Actors Guild announced their nominations for various awards in the realm of acting. Let's take a look at those nominations and how they impact this years Academy Awards race, shall we?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Michael Bubles Take On Santa Baby Is Nothing Short Of Brilliant

Here's another exciting entry in this Holiday themed column, 25 Days Of Christmas Pop Culture! From now until Christmas Eve, I'll be tackling one piece of Christmas pop culture! It could be a book, movie, TV special, song....so long as it's festive for this time of the year, it'll be checked out in this daily column!
When I was talking about Last Christmas yesterday, I mentioned the insane amount of covers the tune has produced. Why that number baffles me (aside from the dubious quality of the song itself) is that none of the covers that I've heard brought anything new or interesting to the table. They were just singing a song for the hell of it. Santa Baby is another Christmas song that;s been endlessly covered, but Michael Buble brings something absolutely amazing to the table when putting his spin on it.

Dwayne Johnson Watches As The Sky, Er, California, Falls In San Andreas Trailer

Man, do I love disaster movies. Loved 'em when I was 12, still do now. The likes of Armageddon, 2012 and Independence Day entranced me with their spectacle and depictions of people doing courageous things under tremendous circumstances. Now, Dwayne Johnson gets to star in one of these kinds of features in San Andreas, a Summer 2015 movie that just got it's first trailer, which you can watch below.

Editorial: Luke Bryan's Success Comes With The Price Of Artistic Failure

Look, Luke Bryan was never some gold standard for country music. But back in the day, there was some hope the dude could conjure up some kind of quality music. All My Friends Say is fun to listen to, while Do I and We Rode In Trucks show off his gift at delivering quality songs with a more melancholy tone. It's actually around the time of Do I that Bryan became a superstar, with that tune starting a trend where every single one of his singles (sans his two most recent efforts) have achieved Gold status, with all but two of those managing to reach platinum status.