Category: Spotlight

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Spotlight: 74th Annual Primetime Emmy® Award Nominees

SERIES ACTING WRITING CASTING CINEMATOGRAPHY COSTUMES DIRECTING DOCUMENTARY | NON-FICTION | REALITY GRAPHICS / VISUAL EFFECTS HAIRSTYLING EDITING LIGHTING MAKEUP MUSIC PRODUCTION DESIGN SHORTS / SPECIAL SOUND STUNTS VOICE

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Spotlight: 21 Best Films of 2021

21. THE SUICIDE SQUAD Directed by: James GunnStudio: Warner Bros. PicturesRelease Date: August 5, 2021Genre: ActionBudget: $185 million 20. DUNE Directed by: Denis VilleneuveStudio: Warner Bros. PicturesRelease Date: October 22, 2021Genre: Sci-FiBudget: $165 million6-TIME ACADEMY AWARD WINNER 19. MALCOLM & MARIE Directed by: Sam LevinsonStudio: NetflixRelease Date: February 5, 2021Genre: DramaBudget: $2.5 million 18. WEREWOLVES WITHIN Directed by: Josh RubenStudio: IFC FilmsRelease Date: June … Read More Spotlight: 21 Best Films of 2021

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Spotlight: Sundance Film Festival 2022

U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION 892 Living in a cheap motel in Atlanta and separated from his wife and child, former U.S. Marine veteran Brian Easley is desperate. Driven to the brink by forces beyond his control, the soft-spoken, kind man decides to rob a bank and hold hostages with a bomb. As police, media, and family members descend on the bank and Brian, it becomes … Read More Spotlight: Sundance Film Festival 2022

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Spotlight: 20 Best Films of 2020

20. NIGHT OF THE KINGS Directed by: Philippe LacôteStudio: NeonRelease Date: September 6, 2020Genre: InternationalINDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINEE 19. SOUL Directed by: Pete DocterStudio: Walt Disney Pictures + Pixar AnimationRelease Date: December 25, 2020Genre: AnimationACADEMY AWARD WINNER 18. MINARI Directed by: Lee Isaac ChungStudio: A24Release Date: January 26, 2020Genre: DramaACADEMY AWARD & INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD WINNER 17. SOUND OF METAL Directed by: Darius MarderStudio: … Read More Spotlight: 20 Best Films of 2020

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28th Annual SXSW Film Festival — Lineup Announced

After being canceled last year, the 28th Annual SXSW Film Festival will be taking place online this year. From Tuesday, March 16 – Saturday, March 20, viewers will be able to see “75 features including 57 World Premieres, 3 International Premieres, 4 North American Premieres, 1 U.S. Premiere, 8 Texas Premieres, and 53 films from first-time filmmakers. Plus, 84 Short Films including Music Videos, … Read More 28th Annual SXSW Film Festival — Lineup Announced

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Spotlight: 2020 National Film Registry Entries

The Library of Congress has announced their 25 films to be inducted into the National Film Registry for the year of 2020. “The National Film Registry (NFR) is the United States National Film Preservation Board’s (NFPB) selection of films deserving of preservation. The NFPB, established by the National Film Preservation Act of 1988. The NFPB’s mission, to which the NFR contributes, is to ensure … Read More Spotlight: 2020 National Film Registry Entries

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Spotlight: 72nd Annual Primetime Emmy® Award Nominees

The 72nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards honors primetime television programming from June 1, 2019, until May 31, 2020, voted on by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Topping the list of nominees is HBO’s “Watchmen” with eleven nominations, HBO’s “Succession” with ten nominations, and Netflix’s “Ozark” with nine nominations. “The Mandalorian,” “Little Fires Everywhere,” “Mrs. America,” and “Hollywood” are among the new series … Read More Spotlight: 72nd Annual Primetime Emmy® Award Nominees

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Spotlight: 20 Best Films of 2019

Welcome to my “Best Of 2019” list. Yes, it’s March. But January and February are the most significant months for me seeing films from the previous year, so I’m just now compiling my thoughts on where I landed with everything. I saw 122 films released in 2019. Here were my favorites: 20. FORD V FERRARI Directed by: James MangoldStudio: 20th Century FoxRelease Date: November … Read More Spotlight: 20 Best Films of 2019

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Spotlight: Let the Sydney Sweeney Mania Begin!

Alright, I can’t keep quiet about Sydney Sweeney any longer. She’s not only a great actress but wow, is she stunning. And not afraid to flaunt it, which makes her even more appealing. Chances are, you’ve probably seen her in something and may not have known it was her. Originally from Spokane, Washington, Sydney started as a child actress over a decade ago, with … Read More Spotlight: Let the Sydney Sweeney Mania Begin!

Spotlight: “No Time To Die” Theme Song by Billie Eilish

NO TIME TO DIE PERFORMED BY: BILLIE EILISH When she showed up on the red carpet of the 92nd Academy Awards, I imagined a collective “huh?” coming from everyone watching on their couches. Sure, Billie Eilish had just won four major Grammy Awards a few weeks prior, but why was she at the Oscars? We’d later find out; she was there for the In … Read More Spotlight: “No Time To Die” Theme Song by Billie Eilish

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Spotlight: 2019 National Film Registry Entries

The Library of Congress has announced their 25 films to be inducted into the National Film Registry for the year of 2019.

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Time & Pressure — How I Lost My Voice: Part 1

I want to write more. I want to watch more. I want to write about what I watch more. I also work a full-time job, and by full-time, I mean thirteen hours, including showering and my commute. That leaves me with eleven hours to do with whatever I please, right? Except I have a wife and two kids. And since I’m usually gone before … Read More Time & Pressure — How I Lost My Voice: Part 1

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Spotlight: 20 Best Films of 2018

Having officially finished the Oscars Challenge for the 91st Academy Awards and having seen 130 films released in the year of 2018, there’s no better time then to finally release a list of my favorite films of the year. These are the films that captivated me more than any others. The ones that captured my imagination, made me feel something, or entertained me to … Read More Spotlight: 20 Best Films of 2018

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Spotlight: 2018 National Film Registry Entries

Bad Day At Black Rock (1955) Broadcast News (1987) Brokeback Mountain (2005) Cinderella (1950) Days Of Wine And Roses (1962) Dixon-Wanamaker Expedition To Crow Agency Eve’s Bayou (1997) The Girl Without A Soul (1917) Hair Piece: A Film For Nappy-Headed People (1984) Hearts And Minds (1974) Hud (1963) The Informer (1935) Jurassic Park (1993) The Lady From Shanghai (1947) Leave Her To Heaven (1945) … Read More Spotlight: 2018 National Film Registry Entries

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Spotlight: 70th Annual Emmy Awards Nominations

ACTING Best Actress, Comedy Pamela Adlon – “Better Things” (FX) Rachel Brosnahan – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Prime Video) Allison Janney – “Mom” (CBS) Issa Rae – “Insecure” (HBO) Tracee Ellis Ross – “black-ish” (ABC) Lily Tomlin – “Grace and Frankie” (Netflix) Best Actor, Comedy Anthony Anderson – “black-ish” (ABC) Ted Danson – “The Good Place” (NBC) Larry David – “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO) … Read More Spotlight: 70th Annual Emmy Awards Nominations

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Spotlight: BBC Culture’s Top 100 World-Shaping Stories

BBC Culture released a Top 100 list of the books that authors believe to be the most time-tested, world shaping stories. Read more at: BBC Culture. 1. The Odyssey (Homer, 8th Century BC) 2. Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1852) 3. Frankenstein (Mary Shelley, 1818) 4. Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell, 1949) 5. Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe, 1958) 6. One Thousand and One … Read More Spotlight: BBC Culture’s Top 100 World-Shaping Stories

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Television Guide 2018: An Updating List of Renewals and Cancellations

Wondering if your favorite shows got renewed or were cancelled? Below is a compiled list of the all the series and the decisions that have been made about them. The list will be updated as more information becomes available. The biggest news this year was FOX letting go of some of their most talked about comedies including “Last Man On Earth” starring Will Forte … Read More Television Guide 2018: An Updating List of Renewals and Cancellations

Proof Archive: Iron Man (2008)

Directed by: Jon Favreau Produced by: Avi Arad & Kevin Feige Screenplay by: Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, & Matt Holloway Based on: “Iron Man” by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck & Jack Kirby Cinematography by: Matthew Libatique Music by: Ramin Djawadi Edited by: Dan Lebental Production Company: Marvel Studios Distributed by: Paramount Pictures Release Date: May 2, 2008 Runtime: 126 minutes … Read More Proof Archive: Iron Man (2008)

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Television Guide 2018: Renewed and Canceled

$100,000 Pyramid (ABC) – Renewed 12 Monkeys (SyFy) – Canceled (after fourth season) 13 Reasons Why (Netflix) – Renewed 48 Hours (CBS) – Renewed 60 Days In (A&E) – Renewed 60 Minutes (CBS) – Renewed 9-1-1 (Fox) – Renewed A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix) – Canceled (after third and final season) Adventure Time (Cartoon Network) – Canceled (after final season) America’s Funniest Home … Read More Television Guide 2018: Renewed and Canceled

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Spotlight: Walt Disney & 20th Century Fox Merger

Christmas has come early for the comic book and superhero movie fans around the world, as Walt Disney has officially closed a $52 million merger with 20th Century Fox. With this deal comes all of Fox’s film properties including its Marvel brands like the Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Deadpool. Other properties Disney will now envelop include the Die Hard franchise, both the Alien and … Read More Spotlight: Walt Disney & 20th Century Fox Merger

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Spotlight: 2017 National Film Registry Entries

The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress have announced the twenty-five works selected this year to be preserved by the Washington institution. Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, the Librarian of Congress each year names to the registry 25 motion pictures that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant and at least ten years old. “Ace in the Hole” (aka … Read More Spotlight: 2017 National Film Registry Entries

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Spotlight: Scarlett Johansson in Vanity Fair

On one of the most recent issues, Scarlett Johansson joined her fellow cast members to don the cover of “Vanity Fair,” but interestingly enough, Johansson has donned the cover several other times, including a few special Hollywood Issue covers and a cover with Keira Knightley and Tom Ford, completely naked, at the age of 22. She would go on to fill more and more … Read More Spotlight: Scarlett Johansson in Vanity Fair

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Spotlight: Marvel’s Infinity Gauntlet

With the “Avengers: Infinity War” trailer now out, the discussion of where we’ve seen the infinity stones/gems last, how Thanos got a hold of them, and where the last one is will be the discussion among many as we patiently wait for the arrival of the film on May 4th, 2018. In the meantime, here’s a compilation of information from different sources to better … Read More Spotlight: Marvel’s Infinity Gauntlet

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Crush Of The Day: Bella Thorne in GQ Mexico

Three years ago, I had no idea who Bella Thorne was. She had starred in small roles in television series that I had watched, like a 2006 role in “Entourage” and a 2007 role in “The O.C.” as a young Taylor Townsend. In 2010, she was an unrecognizable main kid in the television series “Big Love.” Her major break was a leading role on … Read More Crush Of The Day: Bella Thorne in GQ Mexico

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Spotlight: Visual Effects Society Releases Top 70 List of the Most Influential Visual Effects Films of All Time

300 (2007) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) The Abyss (1989) Alien (1979) Aliens (1986) An American Werewolf in London (1981) Apollo 13 (1995) Avatar (2009) Babe (1995) Back to the Future (1985) Blade Runner (1982) Citizen Kane (1941) Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) Darby O’Gill and the Little People … Read More Spotlight: Visual Effects Society Releases Top 70 List of the Most Influential Visual Effects Films of All Time

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69th Emmy Award Nominations

The Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. PT. on CBS. Here’s the full nominations list. Drama Series “Better Call Saul” (AMC) “The Crown” (Netflix) “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) “House of Cards” (Netflix) “Stranger Things” (Netflix) “This Is Us” (NBC) “Westworld” (HBO) Comedy Series “Atlanta” (FX) “Black-ish” (ABC) … Read More 69th Emmy Award Nominations

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Crush Of The Day: Alexandra Daddario on the Cover of Spain’s GQ Magazine

Fresh off her role as Summer Quinn opposite Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson in the latest Baywatch film, Alexandra Daddario poses for Spain’s GQ Magazine. She posed for Mexico’s GQ Magazine back in March, but none of the photos even began to compare to this jaw-dropping photo as she climbs out of a pool in a blue, open one piece. Having starred in the … Read More Crush Of The Day: Alexandra Daddario on the Cover of Spain’s GQ Magazine

Game Watch: Assassin’s Creed Origins: E3 2017 Gameplay Trailer

ASSASSIN’S CREED ORIGINS || Assassin’s Creed Origins is the tenth major installment in the franchise and acts as a prequel to the rest of the franchise, supposedly showing the very first assassin. “Displaying the origins of the struggle between the Assassins, who fight for peace with liberty, and the Templars, who desire peace through order, the story is set in Ptolemaic Egypt and follows … Read More Game Watch: Assassin’s Creed Origins: E3 2017 Gameplay Trailer

Game Watch: Marvel’s Spider-Man – PS4 Trailer

MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN|| Not tied to any film or comic book, this standalone PlayStation 4 exclusive video game will be an open world format game set in New York City. “The game will cover both the Peter Parker and Spider-Man aspects of the character and will feature a more experienced Spider-Man” The trailer immediately starts throwing names around like the Demons and Fisk (referring to … Read More Game Watch: Marvel’s Spider-Man – PS4 Trailer

Game Watch: God of War – Be A Warrior: PS4 Gameplay Trailer

GOD OF WAR|| Scheduled to release in early 2018, the eighth installment in the God Of War series comes to the Playstation 4, exclusively. This time, Kratos, the main character throughout the franchise is with his son Atreus and must learn to control the rage that has powered him through seven other titles of fighting gods. The gameplay has apparently been built from the … Read More Game Watch: God of War – Be A Warrior: PS4 Gameplay Trailer

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Spotlight: Patty Jenkins’ record-breaking “Wonder Woman”

This weekend, Warner Bros. and the DC Extended Universe rolled out their first female directed, solo female superhero film, Wonder Woman. Directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster) and starring Gal Gadot (Fast Five), the film went on to make $103,251,471 domestically and easily put Jenkins atop the list of highest grossing weekends for a female director, beating out Sam Taylor-Johnson for 2015’s Fifty Shades of … Read More Spotlight: Patty Jenkins’ record-breaking “Wonder Woman”

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Television Guide 2017: Renewed and Canceled

Every year, television shows are on the chopping block. If they do not get high enough ratings, if viewership is down, or if the series have simply run their course, they are cut from the network’s line-up. Never before have there simply been this many television series at play. And with Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu putting out their own content, it appears that there … Read More Television Guide 2017: Renewed and Canceled

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Crush Of The Day: First Look at Amber Heard in Aquaman

With DC’s Wonder Woman and Justice League both right around the corner, everyone is starting to wonder what’s going on with the rest of the DC properties. It was announced this week that Robert Zemeckis is the frontrunner to direct The Flash stand-alone film, which isn’t expected until 2020, but before that, James Wan (Saw, Furious 7, & The Conjuring) has stepped onto the … Read More Crush Of The Day: First Look at Amber Heard in Aquaman

Game Watch: Call Of Duty: WWII – Official Reveal Trailer

CALL OF DUTY: WWII|| Having never been a huge fan of the Call Of Duty video games, I have to say, there’s something hugely appealing about heading into older wars, like WWII, in this particular game and fighting Nazis. Plus, this produced in a very cinematic way, even so far as to add voices and likenesses of Hollywood actors, including Josh Duhamel (Transformers), Jonathan … Read More Game Watch: Call Of Duty: WWII – Official Reveal Trailer

Game Watch: Star Wars: Battlefront II – Reveal Trailer

STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT II || Coming off the success of Star Wars: Battlefront back in November 2015, which was only a multi-player reiteration of the original series by the same name, EA has released the full length trailer for the sequel, Star Wars: Battlefront II, which adds the single player story mode that all the fans and gamers were pining for. This time around … Read More Game Watch: Star Wars: Battlefront II – Reveal Trailer

Proof Archive: Arrival (2016)

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Spotlight: 2016 National Film Registry Entries

The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress have announced the twenty-five works selected this year to be preserved by the Washington institution. Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, the Librarian of Congress each year names to the registry 25 motion pictures that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant and at least ten years old. “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” … Read More Spotlight: 2016 National Film Registry Entries

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All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy

As the year draws near an end, my sanity and patience is following suit. With a unyielding work load, a family life that is still getting into a routine, and attempts at getting some time to myself, I’ve fallen behind on my blogging and voice finding and thus have realized that my model for posting is officially broken. Instead of thinking I’ll be able … Read More All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy

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Spotlight: Amy Adams

AMY ADAMS || The first thing I ever remember seeing Amy Adams in was Cruel Intentions 2 (2000), taking on essentially the same role Sarah Michelle Gellar had inhabited in the original (I also saw her first role in Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), but that was  later). From there, her star would rise immeasurably. I remember my heart breaking for her as Brenda Strong … Read More Spotlight: Amy Adams

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Crush Of The Day: Kylie Jenner on Instagram

I’m not a huge fan of the Kardashian’s in general, but this photograph is simply stunning. I appreciate what Kylie Jenner does, because she embraces her unique body type and nothing shows off Kylie’s vivacious curves more than metallic blue paint apparently. This is from an unreleased project with photographer Sasha Samsonova who has been known to get Kylie down to her birthday suit … Read More Crush Of The Day: Kylie Jenner on Instagram

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Crush Of The Day: Chrissy Teigen on the Cover of Cosmopolitan

Over the weekend, I found myself in the grocery store several times and could not avoid this stunning photo of model Chrissy Teigen and had to share. Married to John Legend since 2013, Teigen is most known for gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated and can be seen on Lip Sync Battle. Teigen was pregnant earlier this year, giving birth to Luna Simone Stephens … Read More Crush Of The Day: Chrissy Teigen on the Cover of Cosmopolitan

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Crush: October 4th Birthdays including two 90s stars

Finding myself with a free moment today, I saw that some of my favorite 90s stars had birthdays today. It’s always fun to see how these actresses connect whether by what they star in, what their characters represent, or just small coincidences. For example, Neve Campbell and Lacey Chabert have both had recent birthdays and both starred on the television series Party Of Five … Read More Crush: October 4th Birthdays including two 90s stars

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Crush: October 1st and 3rd Birthdays including Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander

I wasn’t able to post on Saturday, which turned out to be Brie Larson’s birthday, so I included her on this list of the talented and gorgeous women that I currently have or have had crushes on throughout the years. Brie Larson (27)  ***October 1st Birthday*** From: Sacremento, California Favorite: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, 21 Jump Street, Short Term 12, & Room Upcoming: … Read More Crush: October 1st and 3rd Birthdays including Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander

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Crush: September 30th Ladies

Following an update to my iPhone this past week, I discovered there is now a widgets section on the phone that allows you to add a few things like showing how much data you’ve used or the weather or the latest news stories, but one pertinent widget I found  was through IMDB, which shows celebrity birthdays at a glance and in checking it today, … Read More Crush: September 30th Ladies

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Moviepass: Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Prior to the days of having a newborn, Moviepass was possibly my best friend. As my absolutely favorite thing to do on the weekends was go see a movie or three, Moviepass allowed me to see one movie every day for, what at the time felt like, a small subscription fee. I do not recall exactly how I found out about the pass back … Read More Moviepass: Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Stuck On Repeat: “Easy” by Son Lux from “My King” Trailer

Title: “Easy”Artist: Son LuxSource: “My King” Trailer (2016) + “Alternate Worlds” Album (2013) The Palme d’Or nominated film, Mon Roi (or My King), finds itself with an exciting trailer built around the almost dub-step anthem of Son Lux’s “Easy,” a song released in 2013 on his album “Lanterns.” Ryan Lott, whose stage name is Son Lux, is originally from Denver, Colorado, and has released five full-length albums … Read More Stuck On Repeat: “Easy” by Son Lux from “My King” Trailer

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Starting (Certified) Fresh

Life happens. It “gets in the way” as they say. And I didn’t know the true meaning of that until these past two years. Where is this coming from and what does it have to do with movies? Let me explain. In 2009, I started this website. I was just about out of college (film school), I had begun seeing tons of films, in … Read More Starting (Certified) Fresh

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Spotlight: Ten Favorite Films Of 2014

Even though this was one of my busiest years yet, I still had time to see over 350 films, a third of which were released in 2014. I saw old classics that I had never seen before like “Amelie” and “Spirited Away” and new classics like “Birdman” and “Joe”. I completed my Oscar Challenge this past January-February, which was 46 days, 42 films, and … Read More Spotlight: Ten Favorite Films Of 2014

Stuck On Repeat: “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” from Dracula Untold

Title: “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”Artist: LordeWritten by: Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley, and Chris HughesSource: “Dracula Untold” Trailer (2014) + “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Soundtrack (2013) For me, “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” will always coincide with the original artist, Tears For Fears, and before shows like “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” there was HBO’s “Dennis Miller Live,” which … Read More Stuck On Repeat: “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” from Dracula Untold

Stuck On Repeat: Ways To Go (Everything Everything Remix)

Title: “Ways To Go (Everything Everything Remix)”Artist: GrouploveSource: “Spreading Rumours” Album (2013)

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Spotlight: Ten Favorite Films Of 2013

As the year draws to a close, the “best of” lists begin to surface, with the cinefiles putting the best and worst of 2013 behind them and getting ready for the onslaught of brand new movies to come in the new year. Having seen almost 400 films this year, it feels only fitting to compile a list of my favorites as well. I look … Read More Spotlight: Ten Favorite Films Of 2013

Stuck On Repeat: Silhouettes from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Title: “Silhouettes”Artist: Of Monsters And MenWritten by: Ragnar Þórhallsson, Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, and Brynjar LeifssonSource: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Soundtrack (2013) The hope of a people weighs on Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss as she lays, hearing solemn news about her District. A devastating look turns to a focused and vengeful one, and we bring in “Silhouettes,” a calming … Read More Stuck On Repeat: Silhouettes from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Spotlight: Alexis Bledel – The Hottest Thing To Ever Come Out Of “Mad Men”

Where was Alexis Bledel five seasons ago? There I was, diligently working my way through Season Five of “Mad Men,” and out of nowhere, the beautiful thirty-year-old pops up in one of the sexiest and most scandalous roles of the series’ history. She plays Beth Dawes, the seductress of one Peter Campbell, played by actor Vincent Kartheiser, who is now engaged to Ms. Bledel, … Read More Spotlight: Alexis Bledel – The Hottest Thing To Ever Come Out Of “Mad Men”

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Crush: Emilia Clarke – The Main Reason I’m Still Watching “Game Of Thrones”

Emilia Clarke may be the only reason I’m still watching HBO’s “Game Of Thrones”. Yes, I find the plot intriguing and the characters are all somewhat interesting, but Emilia’s so gorgeous as Daenerys Targaryen, it’s the anticipating of her scenes that keeps the show enjoyable for me (that and her [spoiler alert] awesome dragons). She’s also not afraid to show her amazing body, which … Read More Crush: Emilia Clarke – The Main Reason I’m Still Watching “Game Of Thrones”

Stuck On Repeat: “Long Hard Times To Come” by Gangstagrass

Title: “Long Hard Times To Come”Artist: GangstaGrassSource: “Justified” Theme (2010-2015) A song can genuinely make a television show pop, and having that song as the central theme is something you begin to look forward to each week or each episode if you’re watching on a Video On Demand service. No matter what, “Justified” finds its niche with the rap/bluegrass combo in the band Gangstagrass. … Read More Stuck On Repeat: “Long Hard Times To Come” by Gangstagrass

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Crush: Mia Wasikowska

Mia Wasikowska took me by surprise. I’ve witnessed several of her films now and her grace on screen has finally caught up to me. She is an unconventional beauty from Australia who hasn’t even begun to shine yet. Mia’s career has a bright future, with plenty of her roles already earning her some well deserved attention. The first thing I ever saw her in … Read More Crush: Mia Wasikowska

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Spotlight: Top 12 Films Of 2012

At the end of any given year, it is not unfamiliar to hear people say “this was the best year for movies”. I’ve never stated this myself, but I feel I hear it quite often. This year, however, I will state it, not only feeling that this was one of the best years in the film industry, but being able to have the numbers … Read More Spotlight: Top 12 Films Of 2012

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Double Feature: Brit Marling in “Arbitrage” and “Sound Of My Voice”

Brit Marling’s first feature film was “Another Earth”, in which I loved her in. That was only last year. With several critics awards nominations and even a few wins, Marling had a slightly busier year this year with “Arbitrage” and “Sound Of My Voice”, both very different films. In “Arbitrage”, Marling plays Richard Gere’s daughter, Brooke Miller, who manages a hedge fund with her … Read More Double Feature: Brit Marling in “Arbitrage” and “Sound Of My Voice”

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Crush: Carey Mulligan in “The Great Gatsby”

I first fell in love with Carey Mulligan in the 2009 Academy Award nominated film “An Education”, in which she was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (she lost to Sandra Bullock for her role in “The Blind Side”). The love continued in “Brothers”, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” and the subtle science fiction Indie, “Never Let Me Go”, in which she … Read More Crush: Carey Mulligan in “The Great Gatsby”

Stuck On Repeat: “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons

Title: “Radioactive”Artist: Imagine DragonsWritten by: Alex da Kid, Ben McKee, Dan Reynolds, Daniel Wayne Sermon, and Josh MosserSource: “The Host” Soundtrack (2013) + “Night Visions” Album (2012) Here’s where I lie with this upcoming March release, “The Host” I am stuck between wanting to see it and not, with both sides holding equal factors. The film’s story comes from Stephanie Meyer, the author of … Read More Stuck On Repeat: “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons

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Spotlight: Summer Through The Cracks

As far as seeing films, I had an epic summer. From May to August, I probably went to more films than I have in any other summer combined. But even racking up an impressive list of summer viewings, there were still a view films that fell through the cracks. Most of them were independent films that didn’t get a very long release or films … Read More Spotlight: Summer Through The Cracks

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Spotlight: September 11th’s “Never Forget” List

On September 11th, 2001, I was in eighth grade, just a little less than a month after my 14th birthday. I had gotten to school late that day and had barely sat down at my desk in Social Studies class when the English teacher from next door barged in and turned on the television. At 14, you can mildly understand what was happening but … Read More Spotlight: September 11th’s “Never Forget” List

Spotlight: Teasers for Trailers

I am thoroughly excited for the new “Lincoln” film coming out November 16th. Pairing one of the greatest directors ever, Steven Spielberg, with one of the best actors in the world, Daniel Day Lewis; what’s not to love? If that isn’t enough to sway you, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Hawkes, and Tommy Lee Jones as the supporting cast presents the makings of a perfect film. … Read More Spotlight: Teasers for Trailers

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My Weekend Crush on Sharon Stone

My Sunday included viewing “Basic Instinct” for the first time and reuniting myself with the Michael Crichton thriller, “Sphere”. And, following this post, will be viewing the sequel to the 1990 thriller, aptly titled “Basic Instinct 2”. I also recently watched the original “Total Recall”. All of these films have one thing in common: the presence of the lovely Sharon Stone. I also recently … Read More My Weekend Crush on Sharon Stone

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Spotlight: Sight & Sound The Critics Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time

Sight & Sound The Critics’ Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time 1. Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958) 2. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941) 3. Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953) 4. La Règle du jeu (Renoir, 1939) 5. Sunrise: a Song for Two Humans (Murnau, 1927) 6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968) 7. The Searchers (Ford, 1956) 8. Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929) 9. … Read More Spotlight: Sight & Sound The Critics Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time

Stuck On Repeat: “Til Kingdom Come” by Coldplay

Title: “Til Kingdom Come”Artist: ColdplayWritten by: Chris MartinSource: “The Amazing Spider-Man” Soundtrack (2012) + “X&Y” Album (2005) There are moments in every great film that hook you. You get sentimental, or you get chills, or you cannot stop smiling. “The Amazing Spider-Man” was filled with these moments for me, but there was a scene in particular that brought out all three. The scene I … Read More Stuck On Repeat: “Til Kingdom Come” by Coldplay

Stuck On Repeat: “No Church In The Wild” by Kanye West & Jay Z

Title: “No Church In The Wild”Artist: Kayne West & Jay-Z (feat. Frank Ocean)Written by: Kanye West, Shawn Carter, Lonnie Breaux, Terius Nash, Charles Njapa, Mike Dean, James Brown, Phil Manzanera, Joseph Roach, and Gary WrightSource: “Safe House” Soundtrack (2012) + “Watch The Throne” Album (2012) Used in the credits and the advertising for the film “Safe House” starring Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington, “No … Read More Stuck On Repeat: “No Church In The Wild” by Kanye West & Jay Z

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Spotlight: Mid-May’s Poster Round-Up

PASSION / You know Brian De Palma as the director of Scarface, The Untouchables, and Mission: Impossible (Snake Eyes is also a favorite), but De Palma’s latest venture is depicted above with Rachel McAdams (my favorite actress) kissing Noomi Rapace (an actress who I am astounded by). With two gorgeous and powerful women, I am excited to see what De Palma can do with … Read More Spotlight: Mid-May’s Poster Round-Up

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Time Out London: Top 100 Horror Films

28 Days Later (2002) The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) Alien (1979) An American Werewolf In London (1981) Angel Heart (1987) Audition (1999) The Beyond (1981) The Birds (1963) The Black Cat (1934) Black Christmas (1974) Black Sabbath (1963) Black Sunday (Mask Of Satan) (1960) The Blair Witch Project (1999) Braindead (1992) Bride of Frankenstein (1935) Cannibal Holocaust (1980) Carnival of Souls (1962) Carrie (1976) … Read More Time Out London: Top 100 Horror Films

Coming Attraction: The Amazing Spider-Man

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN / It is difficult to get me any more pumped for this film’s release, however with the new poster, Sony has successfully peaked my interest even more, with some truly fine detail put into this promotional poster. A reboot of the franchise starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, this film will definitely one of my highlights of the summer, as Spider-Man … Read More Coming Attraction: The Amazing Spider-Man

Coming Attraction: Neighborhood Watch

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH / Despite the incident in Florida, Fox has decided to hold onto the title Neighborhood Watch, or so it seems as their new poster hit the web today. Revolving around a group of guys looking find a hometown killer, they uncover a much bigger threat in the form of extraterrestrials. With an amazingly talented group of guys (Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, and … Read More Coming Attraction: Neighborhood Watch

Stuck On Repeat: “Monster” by Paramore

Title: “Monster”Artist: ParamoreWritten by: Hayley Williams and Tyler YorkSource: “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Soundtrack (2011) Most people have a celebrity crush (or tons of them). Mine happens to be Hayley Williams from Paramore. I have enjoyed their music since their days as a Myspace band, and Hayley has held a special place in my eyes. So when they released a song for another … Read More Stuck On Repeat: “Monster” by Paramore

Spotlight: Scarlett Johansson Clip from The Avengers

THE AVENGERS / Boy, has Scarlett Johansson found her niche. Having never really reflected the embodiment of the perfect actress in most of her prior roles, I can only assume that seeing her as the ass-kicking hottie is wildly accepted in the realm of guys (and girls for that matter). Don’t get me wrong, she’s always been a sex symbol, she’s just never really … Read More Spotlight: Scarlett Johansson Clip from The Avengers

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Uncanny: Perseus & Michael Ian Black

CLASH OF THE TITANS / After watching the 1981 version of Clash of the Titans recently, I could not shake the feeling that Perseus, played by Harry Hamlin, is oddly reminiscent of the comedian, Michael Ian Black, known mostly for his comedy troupe, Stella. In such a resemblance, Clash of the Titans, which was already a perfectly laughable excuse for film-making was allowed a … Read More Uncanny: Perseus & Michael Ian Black

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Spotlight: Top 12 Films Of 2011

This was probably due a couple of weeks ago, but with a vacation over the new year and a car accident that took up all my free-time recently, I am just now able to sit down and put together my list of favorite films this past year. It was kind of a funny year, as I spent most of my time moving to California … Read More Spotlight: Top 12 Films Of 2011

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Spotlight: Top 15 Film Moments of 2011

In a prelude to my list of favorite films of 2011 (though there are a few films I have yet to see), I put together a list of fifteen cinematic moments that stuck out the most for me this past year and though many of these were my favorite films of the year, most of the moments come from a range of films that … Read More Spotlight: Top 15 Film Moments of 2011

Stuck On Repeat: “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys

Title: “Lonely Boy”Artist: The Black EyesWritten by: Dan Auerbach, Patrick Carney, and Danger MouseSource: “El Camino” Album (2011) 2011 is an excellent year for music. The Black Keys first won me over with “Tighten Up” and earlier this year with “Howlin’ For You,” but off their upcoming album “El Camino,” “Lonely Boy” has already become my favorite of their singles. I am anticipating this … Read More Stuck On Repeat: “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys

Stuck On Repeat: “Sweet Dreams” by Marilyn Manson

Title: “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)”Artist: Marilyn MansonWritten by: Annie Lennox and David A. StewartSource: “House on Haunted Hill” Soundtrack (1999) + “Smells Like Children” Album (1995) If there is one song to epitomize the Halloween season, it would have to be my favorite of the Marilyn Manson collection, a remake of a 1983 song by Eurythmics entitled “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of … Read More Stuck On Repeat: “Sweet Dreams” by Marilyn Manson

Stuck On Repeat: “Dead Hearts” by Stars

Title: “Dead Hearts”Artist: StarsSource: “Like Crazy” Soundtrack (2011)+ “The Five Ghosts” Album (2010) Not only was “Like Crazy” one of my favorite films of the year (tied with “Drive” as number one), but it also had one of my favorite soundtracks of the year. It’s topped off with the song “Dead Hearts” by Stars which pops up during the credits; if you were not … Read More Stuck On Repeat: “Dead Hearts” by Stars

Stuck On Repeat: “Fly Low Carrion Crow” by Two Gallants

Title: “Fly Low Carrion Crow”Artist: Two GallantsWritten by: Adam Stephens and Tyson VogelSource: “Sons of Anarchy” Season 2 Soundtrack (2009) + Self-Titled Album (2007) One of the many great music cues from the television series “Sons Of Anarchy,” “Fly Low Carrion Crow,” depicts the perfect depth that this series carries overall. I have always had a special place in my heart for these rough-voiced … Read More Stuck On Repeat: “Fly Low Carrion Crow” by Two Gallants

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Spotlight: “A” of the Day – Shark Night 3D Movie Poster

The inaugural “A” of the Day goes to the marketing team behind the dismal theatrical new release this week “Shark Night 3D”. Before we jump into why the marketing team wins this week, here’s what this film has going against it from the get go. #1 – The film looks like Piranha 3D, which was basically a legitimized porno. Don’t believe me? I present … Read More Spotlight: “A” of the Day – Shark Night 3D Movie Poster

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Spotlight: 007 September

Since Netflix Instant has so graciously put back up the 007 films for the month of September, I have decided to watch them all by the end of the month. More of a personal challenge than anything, I have only seen a hand-full and will feel much better about myself as an avid movie-goer once I see them all. I will cross them off … Read More Spotlight: 007 September

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Spotlight: AFI’s 100 Years Top 100 Movies List

A few months ago, I was glancing at the 1998 AFI’s list of Top 100 films in the last 100 years. Slowly, but surely, I have been crossing the films I have seen off that list and now I figured I would simply just add the list to the blog and track my progress. Starting off, I have only crossed off the films that … Read More Spotlight: AFI’s 100 Years Top 100 Movies List

Stuck On Repeat: “Colorblind” by Counting Crows

Title: “Colorblind”Artist: Counting CrowsWritten by: David Bryson, Adam Duritz, Charlie Gillingham, David Immerglück, Matt Malley, Ben Mize, and Dan VickreySource: “Cruel Intentions” Soundtrack (1999)+ “This Desert Life” Album (1999) Scene from “Cruel Intentions”: Sebastian shows up at the top of the escalator, surprising Annette, who thought she was avoiding him by leaving. She’s impressed, and he’s in love, and their lovemaking ensues—a pivotal moment in … Read More Stuck On Repeat: “Colorblind” by Counting Crows

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Spotlight: Netflix Instant Picks – July 10th, 2011

Netflix Instant Picks #5 (July 4th-July 10th, 2011) 10 ) Four Rooms (1995) Divided between four directors, Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, tells four different stories about the same hotel. Having seen this a long time ago, I am looking forward to catching it again, with the cast consisting of Tim Roth, Madonna, Antonio Banderas and Bruce Willis.   9 … Read More Spotlight: Netflix Instant Picks – July 10th, 2011

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Spotlight: Netflix Instant Picks – July 3rd, 2011

NETFLIX INSTANT PICKS – WEEK #4 (June 27th – July 3nd, 2011)     10 ) Rain Fall (2009) All I know is that I will give just about anything with Gary Oldman in it a shot, and I have been on the brink of watching this for the last couple years so I should probably just buck up and watch it.     … Read More Spotlight: Netflix Instant Picks – July 3rd, 2011

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Spotlight: Jeremy Piven

JEREMY PIVEN July 26, 1965 New York City, New York Actor AWARDS 2006, 2007, 2008 – EMMY for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series 2008 – GOLDEN GLOBE for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television GREATEST PERFORMANCE Ari Gold, “Entourage” TOP 5 BEST PERFORMANCES 1. Buddy “Aces” Israel, “Smokin’ Aces” … Read More Spotlight: Jeremy Piven

Stuck On Repeat: “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon” Soundtrack

Title: “Monster”Artist: ParamoreWritten by: Hayley Williams & Tyler YorkSource: “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Soundtrack (2011) The anthem of this year’s “Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon” is surprisingly not from Linkin Park. Instead, the band Paramore has picked up steam and shows no slowing down, with the single “Monster” off the soundtrack. Though Linkin Park does have a single on the soundtrack, “Iridescent,” … Read More Stuck On Repeat: “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon” Soundtrack

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Spotlight: Netflix Instant Picks – June 25th, 2011

NETFLIX INSTANT PICKS – WEEK #3 (June 19th – June 25th) Sticking to 10 picks this week because of the lack of good content being added. Next week’s picks should be better since Netflix Instant usually gets a ton of new content at the beginning of each month.   10 ) America’s Sweethearts (2001) Though not great in the realm of romantic comedies, a … Read More Spotlight: Netflix Instant Picks – June 25th, 2011

Stuck On Repeat: “Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls

Title: “Iris”Artist: Goo Goo DollsWritten by: John RzeznikSource: “City Of Angels” Soundtrack (1998)+ “Dizzy Up the Girl” Album (1998) Easily one of my favorite songs from a film’s soundtrack, “Iris” by Goo Goo Dolls epitomizes the heart and soul of the film, “City of Angels,” and captivates as a genuinely original and mesmerizing song. The music video alone is memorable enough to bring back … Read More Stuck On Repeat: “Iris” by The Goo Goo Dolls

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Spotlight: Netflix Instant Picks – June 18th, 2011

NETFLIX INSTANT PICKS – WEEK #2 (June 12th – June 18th) Cut down the list from 15 to 10, just because there was a lack of good content added this week. A few of these were simply rated well on the website, so I thought I would throw them in here.   10 ) Lost in America (1985) Having come across this while putting … Read More Spotlight: Netflix Instant Picks – June 18th, 2011

Stuck On Repeat: “Just Breathe” by Pearl Jam from Buck

Title: “Just Breathe”Artist: Pearl JamWritten by: Eddie VedderSource: “Buck” Soundtrack (2011)+ “Backspacer” Album (2009) Pearl Jam was one of the most influential grunge bands of the 90s. Next to Nirvana, Pearl Jam is one of the most recognized rock and roll bands from that era, and the mere fact that they are still around and still relevant to this day makes them one of … Read More Stuck On Repeat: “Just Breathe” by Pearl Jam from Buck

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Spotlight: Ryan Reynolds

RYAN REYNOLDS October 23, 1976 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Actor) Film •    Ordinary Magic (1993) •    My Name Is Kate (1994) •    Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995) •    When Friendship Kills (1996) •    Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996) •    In Cold Blood (1996) •    The Alarmist (1997) •    Tourist Trap (1998) •    Coming Soon (1998) •    Dick (1999) •    Boltneck (Big … Read More Spotlight: Ryan Reynolds

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Spotlight: Netflix Instant Picks – June 12th, 2011

Top 15 New Netflix Instant Picks (June 1st thru June 11th, 2011) Since I am starting this column a bit late in the month and since there were not fifteen “worthwhile” films that hit Netflix in the past week, I am going to include the first week of June in this post as well. 15 ) “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie” Relive your … Read More Spotlight: Netflix Instant Picks – June 12th, 2011

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Spotlight: J.J. Abrams

Director Of The Week: J.J. Abrams

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Spotlight: Perfect Couple Of The Week (June 3rd, 2011)

Perfect Couple of the Week (Week #1)
Each week I countdown the couples in the films that I saw that week.

Stuck On Repeat: “The Swing” by Everclear

Title: “The Swing”Artist: EverclearWritten by: Art Alexakis and EverclearSource: “Scream 2” Soundtrack (1997) Working my way back through the original “Scream” trilogy, I came across one of my favorite bands in the opening credits of the second film, starring Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette. Having not seen these films for so long, I vaguely remembered the plots, but even vaguer was my … Read More Stuck On Repeat: “The Swing” by Everclear

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Spotlight: Why saving the Ishimura makes you want to experience all science fiction space films

After finally defeating the survival, space horror game “Dead Space” and in the wake of the sequel “Dead Space 2”, I am reminded of all the amazing science fiction space films that I have seen or heard of. Therefore, I will be working my way through the following list of films.

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Spotlight: Why the Golden Globe Awards are the redheaded step-child of awards ceremonies

Every year, we come to expect them and every year, we want to beat them!

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Spotlight: About Proof In The Picture

For as long as I can remember, I have been a complainer (or ranter if you will). Those who know me, know I often travel off conversation course into ramblings that end in either frustration or confusion. Perhaps I was allowed to watch Dennis Miller at too early of an age or perhaps I just think I have strong beliefs that are worth something. … Read More Spotlight: About Proof In The Picture

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Spotlight: Best Films of 2010

I thought I would weigh in on my favorite films of 2010. Unpopular or not, these are the ten films I absolutely adored this year starting with the ones I liked the most. There are then ten listed alphabetically that were close. I did not see a lot of films this year it seems that would have probably made my list including “The King’s … Read More Spotlight: Best Films of 2010