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“John Carter” box office bomb?  It’s Disney’s fault, not the filmmakers!

“John Carter” box office bomb? It’s Disney’s fault, not the filmmakers!

Posted on March 20th, 2012

Exactly 100 years ago, “Tarzan” creator Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote the novel “A Princess of Mars” which was serialized and published in “The All-Story” magazine beginning in 1912. Thus began the “John Carter of Mars” novel series which ended in 1964, fourteen years after Burroughs’s death.

Now in 2012, after many tries and failures reaching all the way back to 1931, the first film adaptation of the series has released in theaters under the title “John Carter.” The result is a rousing spectacle of a sci-fi/fantasy film, the likes of which were common in the 1980’s, but are sorely missed today…

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Are the Oscars still relevant?

Are the Oscars still relevant?

Posted on March 20th, 2012

This year marks the first time in awhile I haven’t written a pre-Oscars article or made a very big deal out of the event. I felt a bit alienated by the awards ceremony this year when they nominated so many films I didn’t care about and snubbed many I loved. Their ultimate choice for Best Motion Picture ended up being “The Artist” which now holds the dubious distinction as the lowest-grossing Oscar winner of all time, simply because so few made the effort to see a black and white silent film. With all this hoopla and very little satisfying payoffs to general audiences, one could beg the question as to whether the Oscars has fallen into a pit of irrelevancy that it may never recover from?

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“The Adventures of Tintin” DVD review

“The Adventures of Tintin” DVD review

Posted on March 20th, 2012

While Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse” received plentiful critical acclaim last year, his other 2011 film missed out on the grandiose fanfare. An animated passion project that took many years to put together, “The Adventures of Tintin” aimed to introduce the beloved French comic strip character to a much wider audience. While Spielberg succeeded in creating a rousing, action-packed film, I doubt anyone but the European market will fall in love with Tintin the character or the buffoons he associates with…

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Catch up with some great TV shows on demand/DVD

Catch up with some great TV shows on demand/DVD

Posted on March 20th, 2012

Many consumers know that nearly every popular TV show ever created can be found on DVD or online, but some do not take advantage of this opportunity. They may prefer to catch the more current shows on the networks as we have always watched them, or recorded from a service like Tivo. Unfortunately, many people are missing out on some great shows simply because they don’t have cable stations like HBO or Showtime. Some foreign shows are only available on DVD or a service like Netflix or Hulu +. Here are some reasons why you might want to try to catch these older series online or on DVD/Blu Ray…

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Upcoming films of early spring 2012

Upcoming films of early spring 2012

Posted on March 20th, 2012

by Coop Cooper

This time of the year has a spotty track record when it comes to the box office. Some are great indie films which had successful early screenings and are distributed in the off-season to give them a chance for success. Others are potential failures Hollywood hopes they can over-hype and make a quick buck off of before tossing them in the trash.

These are a few of the upcoming, off-season films which look promising:

“The Hunger Games” (March 23) – Since this film is an highly anticipated adaptation of the runaway hit series of novels about teens forced into gladiator-type battles, I’m going to claim this is actually an early summer release. Not only does the film look phenomenal, it is also a guaranteed blockbuster hit.

“The Cabin in the Woods” (April 13) – This $30 million-dollar horror film was shot in 2009 but unreleased due to the financial shakeup at MGM and the film’s edgy (yet secretive) premise. Now it is finally scheduled for release and people will find out what the controversy and rave early reviews surrounding this film were all about…

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