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.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Searching for the Mature Adult Movie

At one time, the movie cinema was a house full of diverse motion picture options that ranged from romantic comedy to period piece drama to experimental sci-fi to tearjerker to supernatural horror to epic adventure. There was almost always a big, easy to consume mainstream action picture but you could usually find something more eclectic as well. In the modern multiplexes, it feels like everything is focused on explosions with just the cause of the disaster changing (thus the current definition of variety). The key word here may be "feels." Now, I'll immediately admit that the current cinemas lack the variety of even 20 years ago, and there definitely isn't the wide selection of subversive and challenging movies of the 1970s nor are there the mature and personal character-driven movies that acted as counter-programming to the blockbusters. If you're willing to look and be a bit patient for it to come to your area, filmmakers are still creating some fantastic, imaginative, original, and innovative motion pictures. In my latest Collective Publishing, I explain why the state of mature adult cinema may not be as dire as we're being lead to believe.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Breakdown of 'The Giver' Podcast and a Tribute to Robin Williams

Scott and I review four pictures this weeks including the latest YA dystopian adaption in The Giver. After that, we look back at the career of Robin Williams and pay tribute to his legacy.

Breakdown Outline:

00:57  The Giver review
14:37  On My Way review
28:01  8 Mile review
39:04  Fish Tank review
52:43  Hot Coffee mini-review
57:03  Robin Williams tribute
1:09:15 Review Rundown

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Movie is More Than Marketing and Hype: This Week's Collective Publishing Article

In this week's Collective Publishing, I look at today's modern fascination with trailers, on-set stills, and release dates. It has become so extreme that all the talk seems to be pre-release chatter, and once the movie comes out, there is a review and opening weekend box office discussion but then it is forgotten. Movies may be product, but more importantly, they're art. This week I remind us the most important part and the most worthy of discussion is the actual movie.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Breakdown of 'The Hundred-Foot Journey' Podcast: Plus Some Lesser Known 2014 Pictures

Scott and I review four pictures this week including the latest culinary adventure, The Hundred-Foot Journey. We also review two lesser known pictures from 2014 as well as dig into the vault to discuss a Tim Burton and Johnny Depp picture. After all that, we tackle the modern culture that has become insanely spoiler adverse despite also wanting to know as much information as possible.

We really hope you love the show, and if you do, please spread the word.

Breakdown Podcast Outline:

00:00:50  The Hundred-Foot Journey review
00:12:43  Particle Fever review
00:23:21  Run & Jump review
00:34:24  Dark Shadows review
00:44:35  The Modern Obsession with Spoiler-Free
00:54:10  Review Rundown

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Sony's 'Ghostbusters' and Female 'Spider-Man' Superhero May Ignite the Rise of the Female Driven Blockbusters

Blockbusters have almost always been geared towards male teenagers. We may start feeling the rumblings of change in the movie industry. Some of the biggest box office successes this summer came from female starring pictures like The Fault in Our Stars, Maleficent, and Lucy. Sony Pictures has taken notice and in an attempt to really land a major hit, they're going to make two of their next tentpoles into female starring projects in Ghostbusters and a female superhero movie in the Spider-Man universe. In my latest Collective Publishing article, I analyze why these moves by Sony are important and how this could affect the film industry.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Breakdown of "Guardians of the Galaxy" Podcast and Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman and Dwayne Johnson Join in for the Fun

Scott and I review four 2014 (relatively) new releases this week, including Marvel Studio's take on the sweeping space opera in Guardians of the Galaxy. We will also discuss the success rate of outside celebrities trying to become big movie stars as we analyze Ronda Rousey's upcoming cinematic debut.

Breakdown Outline:

0:00:56  Guardians of the Galaxy review
00:16:30 Get On Up review
00:30:56 Hercules review
00:40:39 Lucy review
00:50:39 Ronda Rousey and Celebrities Becoming Movie Stars
01:03:20 Review Rundown