Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The State of Modern Movies is in Better Shape than Most Critics Claim

 The movie industry is a drastically different creature than it was a few decades ago, or even ten years ago. There are certain movies that almost never get made at the mainstream level anymore, and thus aren't seen at cinemas outside of major cities. This has led to a lot of complaints about the current state of cinema, and many of the criticisms are warranted. There are a few constant whinings that I see on social media that are growing tiresome, because they aren't actually true. In my latest Collective Publishing, I refute three very common criticisms of modern movies.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Return of the Breakdown Podcast: Analyzing the Summer Blockbuster Season and Beyond

After a short break, Scott and I return to debating and discussing cinema. This week we look back at what was an intriguing blockbuster season and prognosticate over what to expect during the awards-bait season that is about to start. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Winners and Losers of the 2014 Fall Network TV Season

The Fall Network TV season is finally here, and as always, there is an army of new shows ready to battle for your eyeballs. But those are rather important organs, so you have to be picky over who gets them. And each year there are many shows that end up leaving the war empty handed and disappear forever before Christmas. This week at Collective Publishing, I look at the series destined to be breakout hits and also the ones cursed with early cancellations.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Misguided Self-Entitlement Doesn't Stop Jennifer Lawrence from Being the Victim

I don't really love dipping into the celebrity lives part of pop culture too often. But the stealing and leaking of nude female celebrity pictures was a major news item this past weekend. More importantly, some on social media showcased an embarrassing display of self-entitlement and misogyny that reminded me how awful a place the internet can be sometimes. In this week's Collective Publishing, I explain why female celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence didn't do anything wrong and that they're the victims here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Preview of the 2014 Fall Network TV Season

Fall is almost here, and as always, that means a whole slew of new TV shows hoping to become massive hits but more likely destined for a quick cancellation. This week over at Collective Publishing, I pick five new network shows that could be worth checking out.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

List of 2014 Movies I've Seen and Reviewed So Far

For no real reason other than to have a public record of the movies with North American releases in 2014 that I've watched and in some form made reviews for. Some of these movies I'll hopefully try to watch again so I can provide in-depth reviews (some I don't want to re-watch and others already have a full-length written review). See if you can guess the reasoning behind the order (psst. . . it isn't order of release).

1. Boyhood
2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
3. A Most Wanted Man
4. Guardians of the Galaxy
5. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
6. Chef
7. Edge of Tomorrow
8. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
9. The LEGO Movie
10. How to Train Your Dragon 2
11. X-Men: Days of Future Past
12. Snowpiercer
13. Stranger by the Lake
14. Godzilla
15. 22 Jump Street
16. Noah
17. The Fault in Our Stars
18.  Neighbors
19. Begin Again
20. Lucy
21. The Giver
22. Maleficent
23. About Last Night
24. The Grand Seduction
25. Run & Jump
26. Particle Fever
27. Oculus
28. Divergent
29. Muppets Most Wanted
30. Cheap Thrills
31. Sex Tape
32.. Bad Words
33. Mr. Peabody & Sherman
34. Bears
35. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
37. Get On Up
38. Veronica Mars
39. In Fear
40. If I Stay
41. Hercules
42. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
43. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
44. The Hundred-Foot Journey
45. Jersey Boys
46. 300: Rise of an Empire
47. On My Way
48. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
49. The Banshee Chapter
50. Pompeii
51. The Other Woman
52. Transcendence
53. Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark

Edit: Oops, I missed a movie. Now we live in a world where I acknowledge I've seen Snowpiercer.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Breakdown Hiatus

It seems like I do this every other week. I've currently got several writing projects that need my attention along with a few personal matters, so I've decided it is in my best interest to take a brief break from the Breakdown. Hopefully, it will be back shortly and better than ever after the creative juices get some time to flow.