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CABIN IN THE WOODS is a horror game-changer

CABIN IN THE WOODS is a horror game-changer

Posted on April 23rd, 2012

Every once in awhile, a movie comes along that can change a genre forever. In the case of horror films, “Night of the Living Dead” (1968), “The Exorcist” (1973) and “Scream” (1994) are all examples that broke the mold and changed how people view horror. “Cabin in the Woods” has also earned a place on this list.

We all know the story… Kids go to a cabin in the woods, bad things happen. “The Evil Dead” (1981) and its horror/comedy remake “Evil Dead II” (1987) are credited for perfecting this subgenre. Although no other film of this type has come near to competing with these originals, it hasn’t kept filmmakers from trying. The subgenre has been one of the most overused and poorly-made film types of the past 30 years. “Cabin” takes the concept and turns it on its head in such a way, I believe the subgenre is now spoiled for good. Trust me, this is a very good thing…

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Top 10 1980’s movies that kids today are missing out on

Top 10 1980’s movies that kids today are missing out on

Posted on April 23rd, 2012

10. “Top Gun” (1986): With talk of a sequel finally in the works, this one almost didn’t make the list. However, no other film has convinced so many kids to want to be fighter pilots than “Top Gun.” Now that Tom Cruise has agreed to return for a sequel, we might finally get another great modern-day dogfighting film (but not likely).

9. “Field of Dreams” (1989): Easily one of the greatest baseball films of all time, the story mixed sports with a dash of fantasy to create a tear-jerking film even guys can love. While no sequel or remake is needed, kids who haven’t seen “Field of Dreams” are sorely deprived…






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“Game of Thrones” phenomenon begins a new season

“Game of Thrones” phenomenon begins a new season

Posted on April 23rd, 2012

A year ago, the first season of “Game of Thrones” premiered on HBO and thus began a phenomenon, leading up to several season finale cliffhangers that had fans salivating for more. Now the second season (based on George R. R. Martin best-selling book series) has begun and so has the well-deserved hype for this outstanding series.

Like the series of books, the TV series takes place in a fictional Medieval world in which mythical creatures have vanished and the lords of “Westeros” battle to take over the “Iron Throne” after an insane king’s assassination causes a power vacuum. Many make claims and form alliances, but in this Machiavellian world, no one can be trusted. Only the Starks of Winterfell are honorable beyond reproach but murder and treachery from the more ambitious houses destroy and scatter their family. As these houses cut each others’ throats over power, an exiled princess plots to retake her kingdom with the help of exotic armies from the Far East… and once extinct dragons who obey only her commands. All the while a neglected, desperate order of monk soldiers guard a massive frozen barrier in the North in an effort to keep feral men, deadly mythical creatures and a zombie plague from invading the kingdom…






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THE HUNGER GAMES: blockbuster of the year?

THE HUNGER GAMES: blockbuster of the year?

Posted on April 23rd, 2012

In the same league as “Harry Potter” and the “Twilight” series, Suzanne Collins’ 3-part novel series “The Hunger Games” now has a film adaptation in theaters. Based on the early numbers at the box-office, it could be the blockbuster hit of the year.

The story takes place in the future, 75 years after a near-apocalyptic American civil war. The country is divided up into 12 districts and oppressed by a cruel dictatorship that supports itself through the slave labor of these districts. As a means of control and entertainment, the government created the Hunger Games in which each district must offer up a young male and female representative to fight other district representatives to the death in a wilderness arena. The sole winner gets to live out a life of luxury and their district is awarded extra food rations for the year…






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THE MUPPETS on DVD… Mops + Puppets = ????

THE MUPPETS on DVD… Mops + Puppets = ????

Posted on April 23rd, 2012

When asked what a “Muppet” was, Homer Simpson once said, “Well, it’s not quite a mop and it’s not quite a puppet, but maaaaan! (laughs) So to answer your question, I don’t know.”

My generation and those surrounding it grew up with The Muppets films and “The Muppet Show.” Since the 90’s they’ve popped up here and there in direct-to-video films and viral music videos on the internet, but they never truly made a comeback since the the TV show was cancelled in the 80’s. Now with the new film “The Muppets,” Jim Henson’s creations return to serve up some fantastic, clever and funny family entertainment…






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