Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Did the Source Material Really Demand Two Mockingjays?


The answer is no. But it wouldn't be much of an article if I left it there. So, instead I'm using my Collective Publishing article to explore the issue of splitting a movie into two parts. It is a trend that really started with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and now has become the tradition with all Young Adult novel series adaptations, even if the final book doesn't seem to warrant it. The splitting of movies has happened in the past with pictures like Kill Bill, but that was the case of a picture that ended up becoming sprawling in length. The current issue is pictures like Avengers 3 or Divergent: Allegiant are being split into two movies without even a script written or evidence it will be needed. Check out my latest article that explores the latest annoying trend that was created via movies studios latest obsession with franchises and stretching them out as long as possible.

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Breakdown of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Podcast: Plus Movies That Encourage Reading


Scott and I have yet another really loaded podcast as we review the biggest movie of the year, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. On top of that, we look at two critically acclaimed pictures in a foreign animated feature and a classic from the silent era of cinema. Another great show for those interested in some film history and enjoy a wide array of movie discussion.

00:52 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014) review
16:31 Ernest & Celestine (2014) review
25:44 Metropolis (1927) review
38:30 Do plot holes matter?
51:47 What makes an antihero?
59:36 Review rundown



Edit: Duh, forgot to embed the actual podcast.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Plot Holes Don't Make a Bad Movie


When someone often explains to me why they didn't like a movie or sometimes when I'm reading a negative review, the reasons often cited for the picture's downfall are the plot holes. The issue is that plot holes exist in almost every work of fiction (even in largely accepted great movies like The Sixth Sense), especially if you spend enough time analyzing it. Sometimes a plot hole is even purposefully inserted into the story to enhance the message or move along the plot at a quicker pace. This means plot holes are rarely the actual reason for a bad movie. In my latest Collective Publishing article, I explain why plot holes don't really matter as much as most people think.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Breakdown of 'Big Hero 6' Podcast Plus Some Less Than Family Friendly Fare



This week Scott and I venture to the magical city of San Fransokyo as we unite to review the most anticipated animated features of the year, Big Hero 6. We also review three other movies including the disturbing and trippy 2014 independent sci-fi picture starring Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin. As well we look at VOD and debate if the practice of showing movies the same day as the theatrical release may result in eventually killing smaller movies being played in cinemas. It is a loaded show, and if you love it then please spread the word.

Breakdown Outline:

00:49 Big Hero 6 review
18:41 Under the Skin review
31:19 Hard Candy review
45:06 Battle Royale review
56:54 Rise of Video-on-Demand
1:14:16 Review Rundown

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Begging Hollywood to Put the "Death Fake-out" Trend Out of Its Misery


I really enjoy Disney animated features and Marvel Studio movies, along with Pixar, they seem to be the most reliable form of big studio movie entertainment. But both are plagued by following one of Hollywood's most agitating trends, the "death fake-out." It is the scenes that are supposed to be climatic and emotional because a major character just got killed, but then only a few scenes later (or sometimes in that very scene) it is revealed the character isn't dead. At one time it was used to be a major shocker, but now the surprise is if the character actually stays dead. The strategy has become so predictable that it has squeezed out any emotion and impact that is supposed to be present in a death scene. In my latest Collective Publishing article, I plea for Hollywood to finally kill the frustrating "death fake-out" trend.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Breakdown of Interstellar Podcast Plus We Review Some Recognized Classics


It is a loaded show this week as Scott and I review five pictures this week including one of the most anticipated movies of the year, Interstellar. On top of that, we review 3 pictures that are widely recognized as classics and reveal if we agree with that assessment. If you love this week's episode then please feel free to spread the word.

Breakdown Outline:

5:42 Interstellar review
23:49 Nightcrawler review
40:56 The Terminator review
56:41 The Bicycle Thief review
1:10:10 Don't Look Now review
1:24:47 Review Rundown



Edit: Once again, I initially had the wrong times for each review.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Even More Accurate but Very Misleading Descriptions of Popular Movies

 
A few years ago on this site, I had some fun providing completely accurate but very misleading descriptions to well-known movies. I've learned over the years that many people have missed out on classic pictures because the description didn't sound like it would appeal to them. I believe as a film writer that it is my civic duty to try to make as many movies seem to be as appealing as possible. So, it is time to freshen up some stale descriptions of popular movies like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial that has been sold as a heart-warming family adventure for long enough. It may not be the most honest approach of making one expect a different genre and set-up completely erroneous expectations, but it sure is fun. This week at Collective Publishing, I have a collection of movie descriptions that are accurate but will likely sound like an entirely new movie that you don't remember.