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Community Links & News: What Have You’ve Been Watching Lately?

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Ahh yes, the incredible summer weather makes for a perfect day to … stay inside and watch a movie! ;) On the blogging front, summer is usually a slower time for me. This is where you come in. I’m on the look out for something new to get into. Is there a movie or television show that you’ve recently enjoyed or can’t stop thinking about? How is True Detective season 2 coming along? Do you have a favorite movie of the summer so far?

Here are some things I’ve been watching lately. Of these, I’d easily recommend the first two movies to just about anyone.

Inside-Out-Anger PosterInside Out:  I skipped over Pixar’s last few movies but with all the positive reviews on Inside Out I wanted to check it out in the theatres. Glad to say I really enjoyed it! Pixar did a great job of pulling off the concept. My favorite emotion is Joy (Amy Poehler). I started out not caring much for Sadness (Phyllis Smith) but I liked how the script taught us to value her. Which Pixar movies do you think are unskippable?

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Community Links & News: Five Not So Random Things I’m Looking Forward To This Year

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Yawn! I feel like a bear coming out of hibernation. Truth is, this blog’s inactivity over the last month is mainly because I wasn’t feeling inspired to write anything. I felt like I hit a wall and needed to consider if there was a future for this blog.

I’m grateful for your friendly support and words of encouragement. A belated and sincere Happy & Healthy New Year to all you gentle readers and fellow bloggers!

I’ll keep this post short and sweet. Here are some things I’m looking forward to in 2015, some are just based on my gut instinct.

Mad Max: Fury Road. To be honest, I’ve never seen a Mad Max film. But Tom Hardy looks so bad-ass in the above photo and I’m a sucker for gritty, action-packed post-apocalyptic movies.

• Batman: Arkham Knight.  I don’t have a next gen system yet. Maybe this is the year? Arkham Asylum and Arkham City are the best Batman games out there and I’m glad that Rocksteady Studios is making this installment of the franchise.

Game Of Thrones Season V.  Hands down my favourite show on the air. Can’t wait to see the adventures that await Arya, Tyrion and Daenerys this season.

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Community Links & News: Most Anticipated Movies

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A number of blogs are covering their local film festivals, giving us a first look at some movies I’m highly anticipating when they get a wider release (or depending on where you live, it might already be in theatres).

Here are several movies that might interest you:

The biographic flick The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch as a WWII code breaker looks to be a gem. Here’s a great review over at Cinekatz.com.

To the dark underbelly of LA, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a photographer arriving at crimes scenes before the police, turning his photos into quick money. Here’s a spoiler free review of Nightcrawler from The Review Club.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy: Everything You Need To Know About The Movie

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The tenth movie in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe comes to theatres this summer. If you aren’t familiar with Guardians Of The Galaxy, don’t sweat it, neither are many die-hard comic book readers. Marvel guru Stan Lee recently confessed why he won’t be making a cameo in this movie, “No, I’m afraid not, that’s the one group I didn’t create. I didn’t write Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m not even sure who they all are. I can’t wait to see the movie.”

Who are the Guardians Of The Galaxy? What is the movie about and why should Marvel fans care? These are some questions Marvel and Disney need to address in their marketing campaign to get people in the theatres for the all-important opening weekend. Guardians of the Galaxy could be a huge summer blockbuster or maybe it’ll be lucky to barely break even on its sizeable budget. One things for sure, Guardians needs more awareness to get general movie-goers excited.

Continue reading to find out what you need to know about Guardians Of The Galaxy starring Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Batista and many more.

*** Updated with Trailer Impressions and Official Movie Screenshots ***

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5 Reasons Why Hobbit Mania Is Taking Over Middle-Earth … Again

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Can Peter Jackson recapture the magic of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth more than ten years after the debut of Fellowship of the Ring? If the enthusiastic fan reaction at the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in Jackson’s hometown of Wellington, New Zealand is any indication, Hobbit Mania is about to set the world on fire … again.

The Hobbit Controversy

Despite being one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2012, the making of The Hobbit has been mired in controversy. After nearly two years of pre-production, Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) announced he was no longer directing the prequels to the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. During production, disputes with the actors union over employment laws almost caused the movie to be filmed overseas.

In April 2012, early footage of The Hobbit sparked a heated debate over the use of 48 frames per second technology versus the standard 24 fps. At the world premiere, animal activists called for a boycott of the film and held posters saying “3 horses died for this film” and “Middle Earth unexpected cruelty” after allegations that more than 20 animals were killed in the movie’s production.

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5 Reasons Why Hobbit Mania Is Taking Over Middle Earth … Again

Bringing The Hobbit to the big screen has been a battle in and of itself for director Peter Jackson. Through the turmoil and controversy, the one thing that will continue to endure is J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy classic and the legacy of the Hobbit. If you are not already excited, here are some reasons why you are about to be infected with Hobbit Mania!:

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Marvel’s Avengers Assemble Featurette

Check out an exclusive interview with Director Joss Whedon on Assembling ‘The Avengers’ at New York Times website.  Joss Whedon talks about how he backed out of directing Iron Man, how he won the Avengers Movie with a single email pitch to Marvel Studios, and his experience on directing stars like Robert Downey Jr. and Samuel L. Jackson. The following is a brief excerpt from the interview:

Question:  And you can live with having all the plot points of the previous Marvel movies dictated to you when you walk in the door?

Answer:  Yeah, sure. And where all the other sequels are going to go. There was talk about, should we have this character? I’m like, you need to save that character for that other sequel. You can’t just throw that moment away. One of the biggest struggles for me was the end of “Iron Man 2″: “I’m in a semi-stable relationship.” “We approve of Iron Man but not Tony Stark.” They really made my job hard, in that respect. But you get all these pieces and it’s a puzzle. But it’s a puzzle that comes together. It’s not just a bunch of broken stuff — there is a way that it’s supposed to fit. And when it does, you find you’re being given as many gifts as you are problems.

Read my preview of Marvel’s Avengers Movie

Watch Marvel’s Avengers Movie Trailer in HD

Avengers Assemble New Movie Trailer HD

“We’re not a team. We’re a timebomb”. Just when you thought you couldn’t get more excited about Marvel’s Avengers movie, the new trailer explodes with intense action, gorgeous special effects and great one-liners. Thor Vs Captain America? Love the fact that all these giant egos are not gonna get along at first. Check out the new trailer below! (UK release date is April 26. US and Canada release day is May 4). What’s that huge flying thing at the very end?

The Avengers Superbowl Extended New Trailer 2012

“We got a Hulk”. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark is getting all the best lines! Scarlet Johansson/Black Widow’s little-bitty gun cracks me up when she’s standing next to Thor’s hammer and Captain America’s shield. Check out the EPIC trailer below!

The Amazing Spider-Man Trailer 2012

Too soon for a Spider-Man reboot? Well, it’s coming to theatres this July! The Amazing Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) as Peter Parker, Emma Stone (Easy A, Zombieland) as Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as Dr. Connors (Hannibal Rising). The first movie in the new franchise will have Peter Parker investigate his parent’s disappearance and help create a serum for Dr. Connor to regenerate his arm. Let me know if the trailer gets your spidey senses tingling in the comments below.

 

My Top 5 Anticipated Movies of 2012

2012 promises to be a year of superhero summer blockbusters, sequels to favourite franchises and some potential hidden gems. James Bond’s Skyfall, the Amazing Spiderman, Safe House, The Hunger Games, The Cabin in the Woods, The Bourne Legacy, Life of Pi, and Resident Evil: Retribution are just some of the movies I’m excited about.

Here are the top 5 movies we’re looking forward to in 2012.

5. Promethesus

Release Date: June 8, 2012

Director: Ridley Scott

Alien (1979) and Blade Runner (1982) are a couple of the most revered scf-fi movies of all time, and almost 30 years later director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down) has finally returned to the genre he helped popularize. The Promethesus trailer is defintely an homage to the original Alien trailer with the movie title letters slowly being revealed and contains many Alien references which should clear any doubts whether the movies are set in the same world. The film will star Michael Fassbender (X-Men First Class, 300), Charlize Theron (Monster) and Noomi Rapace (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), who has an uncanny resemblance to Sigourney Weaver, as a “crew of humans making contact with an alien cilivization that may have a clue to the origin of mankind.” Although not a direct prequel and featuring entirely new characters and story, Promethesus “shares Alien’s DNA, so to speak” according to director Scott. The original Alien, which had the memorable tagline “In space, no one can hear you scream”, was a dark claustrophobic horror movie about an acid bleeding creature terrorizing a spaceship crew and become a blueprint for many sci-fi survival monster films.

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