Wednesday, July 30, 2014

This May Not Be the Movie You Expected

Movie trailers are designed to get people excited about a picture and be willing to toss out their hard-earned money for some entertainment. Some people even go to the movies believing they'll see the movie they were sold in the trailers. Such fools. In my recent Collective Publishing article, I look at how both Lucy and Hercules are very different movies than have been marketed and how studios have a rather nasty habit of churning out deceptive trailers.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Breakdown of Why We Love Cinema Podcast

Scott and I explore all the things that make movies the greatest art form, but also what made us fall deeply in love with it. We will journey back to our childhood to recall some of our earliest movie memories, while also looking at the major events that defined our passions and also discuss the many things that forever hooked us. It is essentially a podcast that reveals the things that motivated us to start this show and find ways to constantly discuss movies.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Remembering the Summer Movie Season of 1989

In my latest Collective Publishing pop culture column, I head back to the year 1989 to analyze its summer blockbuster season. Then I challenge the notion that pictures were better and more original then by comparing them to the modern summer season.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Breakdown of "Sex Tape" and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes": Primates and Love-making Always Cause Great Dissension

This week on the Breakdown we have some dissenting reviews and a great deal of spirited debate. Scott and I don't agree on a few of the four 2014 released pictures being discussed. After the reviews, we take a look at Rotten Tomatoes impact on film criticism.

Podcast Outline:

00:55 Sex Tape review
19:16 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes review
37:53 Begin Again review
46:38 The Banshee Chapter review
56:39 The Rotten Tomatoes Effect
01:08:35 Review Rundown

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Film Criticism Isn't Science, and Why a Critic's Opinion Can't Ever Actually be Wrong

I've had Rotten Tomatoes bookmarked on my web browser ever since I discovered it over a decade ago. It is a film site that has a collection of great writers and provides easy access to the top critics in North America. It is also provides a barometer for where a particular picture stands amongst the public and professional conscious. The site does have its issues, and the major one is how it has altered or at least encouraged a faulty perception of the actual purpose of film criticism. It has also been used to fuel many rage worthy comments in reviews when one critic dared to have a different view than the majority (or just the very vocal minority). I explore this issues in my latest Collective Publishing pop culture column, and I also try to explain the real purpose of film criticism (one major hint: it is very far from ever being objective).

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Breakdown of the 50th Episode: 10 Movies You Must See

We hit our 50th episodes of the Breakdown. To celebrate, Scott and I are picking10 movies we've previously reviewed on the podcast that we think you may not have yet watched, but really, really, really should. We select a wide collection of pictures ranging from foreign films to older classics to even some modern tentpoles. We serve up some great weekend viewing suggestions.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

In Defense of Michael Bay

If there is one way to make me dread a movie viewing experience, it is usually a title card letting me know the picture has been directed or produced by Michael Bay. If there is a bashing party for any of his pictures, I'm normally grabbing the bag of chips and ready to jump in. Recently, there has been a backlash against Bay over some of his recent comments and accusations that he doesn't respect his craft or see his movies as anything more than cash dispensers. Over at Collective Publishing, I jump to the defense of one of my least favourite directors.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Breakdown of 'Fantastic Voyage' & 'Stranger by the Lake': It is a Cinematic Exploration of the Human Body

Scott and I stayed away from the cinemas this week as none of the new releases could entice use to lumber out of our caves and into the fresh air. Instead, we have one of our most diverse podcasts as we'll be reviewing and discussing a sci-fi classic, a French erotic thriller, giant shark schlock, and Sofia Coppola's debut feature. We've got lots to debate and discuss on each picture along with the historical contexts and reflections on the impact of cinema that gives our show the added depth for the movie buff. We also look at the recent comments by Michael Bay that set Twitter ablaze.

Breakdown Outline:

01:12  Fantastic Voyage review
23:14  Stranger by the Lake review
39:06  Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark review
52:12 The Virgin Suicides review
1:05:14 Michael Bay's Controversial Comments
1:20:38 Review rundown

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

'Community' Lives Again and Why this Changes TV

Remember when a cancellation meant the only way you'd ever get to see your TV show again is dragging out your dusty VHS tapes? Okay, I dated myself. The times have definitely changed in the last decade. Now, a cancellation of a cult hit just means the show may end up continuing new episodes on another channel or service. Community has been given the largely sought after sixth season after Yahoo Screen picked it up this week. While this is worthy of grand celebration, this event is a sign of a drastically changing TV landscape. In my latest Collective Publishing article, I analyze the future of television and how entertainment will be enjoyed over the next decade.