Awesome News: Joker Wins Big at Venice, Rian Johnson Wants More Knives Out, HBO wants more Gemstones, and more

Posted by Matthew on September 14, 2019
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Joker

Hello again Awesome Friday readers. I’m glad you’ve both stuck around! It’s been another week and here are the highlights. And maybe some low-lights, depending who you are asking.

Just kidding they’re all highlights. There’s even a new dinosaur movie for you to watch this weekend!

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Trailer Roundup: Bad Boys, Slay Girls, World Leaders, Scary Clowns, and more.

Posted by Matthew on September 10, 2019
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Since we’re back on the writing train there are a fair number of trailers out there to catch up on. Too many really, so I’m just going to dive back in. Let’s do that now!

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It Chapter Two Review: This movie is a million years long.

Posted by Matthew on September 08, 2019
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It Chapter Two

Some stories are beloved by their fans. This isn’t a terrible thing, but it can make stories difficult to adapt for the screen. What parts of the story can you trimmed down? What parts can be excised completely? These are difficult questions, and if your viewers are those that love the text their answer will be "nothing."

It Chapter Two is a long movie. It’s not a poorly made movie or a poorly acted one, but it is long. Too long. Like, way too long, and I feel like the filmmakers didn’t have adequate answers to those two questions I posed above.

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Awesome Friday: Iko Uwais in G.I. Joe, Sony & Marvel’s Spider-Powered Divorce, That New Batsuit Smell, & More

Posted by Matthew on September 07, 2019
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Iko Uwais / The Raid

Dear readers,

Yes, both of you. Here’s a new experiment to get me writing a bit again. Sans the time to write up each bit of movie news there is (guys there is so much news every week, it’s nuts) I’m going to try to keep a digest on a weekly basis. Hopefully this works and hopefully you like it. Let’s hop right to it, shall we?

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Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival: Thunder Road Chronicles a Man on the Brink with a Must-See Performance from Jim Cummings

Posted by Matthew on February 14, 2019
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Thunder Road

Sometimes you see a movie and there’s an actor who you have never seen before who you think “holy crap, where did that person come from?”. They give a performance that you love and maybe it becomes the part that makes them a movie star, or maybe not. You know they came from somewhere though. Maybe it was an indie film, a festival darling, or both.

Thunder Road is for Jim Cummings the former of those two films. An indie film you should see now so that one day when he is a movie star you can say “I saw him when”.

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Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival: ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ Lost Me

Posted by Matthew on February 13, 2019
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Sorry For Your Loss

Movies that don’t evoke a strong reaction are the hardest for me to write about, but they are not the ones I like to write about least. The ones I like to write about the least are the ones I don’t like at all. It sucks to watch something that many people have put a ton of work into and to come away knowing that you’re going to have to tell people you can’t recommend seeing that work.

Unfortunately, that is what I am having to do right now. Sorry For Your Loss is not a good movie.

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Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival: ‘Pork Pie’ is a fun romp through the country

Posted by Matthew on February 12, 2019
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Pork Pie

A man pulls into a service station because he’s having engine trouble. He parks the car, walks into the shop, and asks the man behind the counter if the car can be looked at because he thinks the engine is overheating. As he’s saying this, the engine explodes in the background. We’ve all had bad days, but this guy is having a really bad day, week, and present in general.

This is Jon, a man who is presently a wreck, distraught over losing his fiancée. He doesn’t know how to do it but he needs to get her back, and so commences a road trip during which he will find himself.

If this is all sounding familiar, well, it is a bit familiar. Lovable screwup goes on road trip with interesting misfits and figures out how to be slightly less of a screwup is not a new story by any stretch, but beautiful locations, a thrilling car chase, and a strong central performance make Pork Pie definitely worth your time.

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Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival: ‘Bernadette’ is sweet, but slightly confused

Posted by Matthew on February 11, 2019
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Bernadette / Sam Straley & James Psathas

Movies that don’t evoke a strong reaction are the most difficult for me to write about. It’s hard to not oversell the good stuff and the bad stuff and create an impression that something is better, or much worse than it actually is. Bernadette is a movie like this. It’s well produced, shot, and acted, and also is feels slightly confused about it wants to be.

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Review: Revenge (Shudder, 2018)

Posted by Simon on September 23, 2018
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Sweet, and served cold.

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Marvel’s Spider-Man Makes You Feel Like You’re Spider-Man

Posted by Matthew on September 11, 2018
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Spider-Man

There aren’t that many games that I would consider to be among my favourite games of all time. I have played games on various platforms since I was a kid, but not a lot of them have really stuck with me. The ones that have though have generally stuck because they resonated with me on some deeper level. Firewatch is a great recent example of this, a game that made me cry in its text-based introductory chapter and punched me directly in the emotions at the climax. Bioshock is another, a game that scared me relentlessly for hours before unveiling one of the best video game story twists of all time.

I’ve been thinking about these games for the past few days because I am pretty sure that Marvel’s Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4 is going to end up on my list of all time favourite games.

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‘Star Wars Episode IX’ Cast Announced, Carrie Fisher to return (but not with CGI)

Posted by Matthew on July 28, 2018
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LucasFilm has announced the cast for the next instalment in the Skywalker saga General Leia’s story isn’t quite over yet.

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Something for the Weekend: ‘Mission: Impossible’ 5 movie collection is $30 on iTunes!

Posted by Matthew on July 27, 2018
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There’s a hell of a deal on the Canadian iTunes store right now: All five Mission: Impossible films for $30.

Five movies fo thirty bucks is already a great deal, but 4 great movies and one good one for thirty bucks is a steal. The regular price of this collection is $60, which is still a great deal, but half off is a hard one to ignore.

So head on over to the iTunes Store to snag it while you can, and if you’re so inclined you could use this handy iTunes Store link to do so and help me keep the lights on around here.

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The Magic Kingdom takes another step towards complete cultural dominance: Disney/Fox merger is approved.

Posted by Matthew on July 27, 2018
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Well, it’s happened.

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Huh: David Leitch in talks to direct remake of ‘Enter the Dragon’ because nothing is sacred

Posted by Matthew on July 25, 2018
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Warner Bros. is trying, not for the first time, to remake the classic film. Because of course they are.

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Awesome: Every Tom Cruise Run Ever

Posted by Matthew on July 25, 2018
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Tom Cruise Running

If there’s one thing Tom Cruise is famous for it’s being a dedicated and generous performer who will put his body on the line to make sure that you, the moviegoers, are entertained. If there are two things he is famous for they are that and that he’s a high-ranking member of what is widely considered to be a cult. If there are three things, they’re all and running in the movies. So here’s video of every Tom Cruise Run ever, which is probably the best way to get ready for Mission: Impossible – Fallout this coming weekend.

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