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Something For The Weekend: Lara Croft Relic Run

Posted by Simon on August 21, 2015
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Full disclosure: I love classic Lara. Don’t get me wrong, 2013’s Tomb Raider reboot was my game of the year for many good reasons – although I’m currently putting together an article explaining why I’m very worried about its sequel – but I’ll always have a soft spot for the original version of the character.

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Something for the Weekend: Mad Max: Fury Road!

Posted by Matthew on August 14, 2015
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What a lovely, lovely day! One of the years best movies is available now on iTunes, a few weeks ahead of its September 1st official release! You get all the extras too!

Whether you saw it in theatres or want to watch it for the first time this is a great film in a fully realized world, and one definitely worth supporting. So get your copy now!

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Weekend Playlist

Posted by Simon on October 17, 2014
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Alien

A normal boring two-day weekend after last week’s Thanksgiving food onslaught but at least I learnt from AF’s resident Canadians (read: everyone but me) that, unlike the US day, it isn’t rooted in thievery and disease. Which is nice. Yay Canada!

We’re spoilt this week – take a look at our choices.

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Weekend Playlist

Posted by Simon on October 10, 2014
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It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. So give thanks! And stuff. The important thing is that we’ve got one whole extra day to fill with fun pursuits. Here’s the AF team’s choices.

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‘Stretch’ Red Band Trailer: This Looks Crazy In The Good Way (And You Can Buy/Rent It Today)!

Posted by Matthew on October 09, 2014
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Stretch / Ed Helms, Patrick Wilson

Joe Carnahan’s new film isn’t getting a theatrical release but there is a red band trailer now. And it’s really really red band. Violence and swearing and nudity and what I’m saying here is don’t watch it at work and don’t watch it without headphones.

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Edge Of Tomorrow Is The Best Sci-Fi In Years And You Can Own It Today

Posted by Simon on October 07, 2014
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I’m not one to blindly promote products just for the sake of information, so a Blu-Ray release doesn’t usually inspire me to comment. However, when that film is Edge Of Tomorrow, and there’s a chance you may have dismissed it at the cinema on account of the worst marketing campaign in recent memory, then I have to try and change your mind. For it’s not just Tom Cruise’s best film in years, it’s also one of the finest slices of sci-fi escapism you’ll ever watch.

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Awesome: Jon Favreau Wants To Open A Restaurant Based On ‘Chef’; Buy The Movie Now

Posted by Matthew on September 29, 2014
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Chef

Chef was the story of a celebrity chef who buys a food truck and drives it across the southern United States after his career implodes. Jon Favreau really seems to have found his footing again, much like his character, in returning to the simple movies that made him famous in the first place.

Not only that: the food was amazing. This is not a film you should see hungry. And now if you live in LA there’s an outside chance you won’t have to because Favreau and Chef Roy Choi (consultant on the film) want to open a real EL Jeffe.

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Weekend Playlist

Posted by Simon on September 19, 2014
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What are you up to this weekend? Here’s our choices:

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Posted by Simon on September 12, 2014
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Destiny

I’m your density. I mean, your Destiny. Time to see what we’re up to this weekend!

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Posted by Simon on September 05, 2014
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Summer’s scraping to an end and the fresh air is a reminder that, soon, we can legitimately lock ourselves inside with hot tea and any entertainment of our choosing. Here’s this weekend’s selection of indulgence from the AF team:

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Posted by Simon on August 29, 2014
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Here’s what the team at AF will be busying themselves with this weekend:

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Buy This: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is Now Available On iTunes!

Posted by Matthew on August 19, 2014
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The Blu-Ray isn’t due until the 9th of September but if you’re down with digital copies you can watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier again right now. The Winter Soldier is one of the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies to date (top three by my reckoning!). It’s got action, it’s got adventure, it’s got an old fashioned spy movie plot, it’s got great actors giving great performances, and just enough tie in to the rest of the Marvel Universe that when the bad guys eventually flip the table, well, they really flip the table.

If you’ve already seen the movie you should probably add it to your collection. If you haven’t seen it you should see it! The best way to do that is legally and if you use the links below (you may have to turn off your ad blocker) then you’ll help us keep the lights on at Awesome Friday HQ.

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Something for the Weekend: Pain & Gain

Posted by Matthew on June 20, 2014
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Pain & Gain

Say what you will about Michael Bay. His style is shallow. He focuses too much on style over substance. He’s rather choreograph an explosion than direct and actor. Much of this is likely true when he’s making action films. Turns out though that when you take his shallow, vapid style and apply it to a story about shallow, vapid people things crystallize in a way that I don’t ever remember them doing so for Michael Bay in the past.

Pain & Gain is the story of three body builders in Miami who kidnap and torture a local businessman until he signs over all of his assets to them. Mark Wahlberg plays the ringleader Danny, a sociopath who thinks he’s both a winner and a nice guy but is actually a despicable asshole, Dwayne Johnson plays Paul, the dumb but nice one who gave up cocaine in prison for Jesus but then found cocaine again once out of prison, and Anthony Mackie plays Adrian, the one with ‘rood rage who ends up liking beating up on Tony Shaloub’s Victor Kershaw, the victim. Ed Harris rounds out the cast as the private investigator who eventually cracks the case.

I want to tell you more about this movie but I don’t want to spoil anything if you haven’t seen it. You can look up the actual events if you want to but I would do that after (the events in the movie are fictionalized). It’s really something to see Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson’s performances here clean, they’re both great as Wahlberg is fantastic and making terrible thing he does seem like he’s trying to do it from a good place and Johnson is hilarious as dumb and high for most of the movie.

Next week we’re all going to see Transformers: Age of Extinction and likely go back to not really liking Michael Bay so in the mean time you should check out Pain & Gain to remind yourself he’s capable of making… well maybe not great works of art but certainly films to which his voice and style is suited perfectly and if you use the links below you’ll help us keep the lights on here at our World Headquarters.

Thanks and have a great weekend!

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Buy This: Cosmos Is Now Available On DVD

Posted by Matthew on June 11, 2014
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The new series of Cosmos, spearheaded by Seth McFarlane of all people as part of his deal with fox to keep making TV and movies, just ended its run on Sunday and is already available on Blu-Ray. You should totally get yourself a copy because it’s amazing.

We live in an age when it feels like every story about education how disengaged we are, particularly in the USA but certainly not limited to there, with learning. Cosmos could be the answer to that because it presents science exactly the way it is: fucking fascinating. If you have children you need to buy this and make them watch it. If you like science you need to buy this and watch it. If you’ve ever wondered about just about anything, you should probably buy this and watch it.

So here is a link to buy yourself the set on Amazon. Buy it, watch it, and help us keep the lights on (and you’ll learn about electricity in the series, too).

Oddly enough the series isn’t available on iTunes yet. Those of us who prefer digital downloads to physical media will have to wait. I’ll update this post when i notice it’s become available.

Thanks and have yourself a great day.

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Awesome: Today is True Detective Blu-Ray/DVD Release Day!

Posted by Matthew on June 10, 2014
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True Detective / Matthew McConaughey / Woody Harrelson

Good news everyone! The best television series of the year so far and, to be honest, probably of the year is now available on iTunes and BD and DVD. If you didn’t get the chance to see it while it was airing then this is the perfect opportunity for you to see it and if you did see it while it was airing it’s your perfect opportunity to watch it again.

You’re probably thinking “that;s some hyperbole there Matthew, you can’t declare something the best of the year when we;re not even half way through the year!” but you know what? I certainly an. Game of Thrones is amazing and Silicon Valley is hilarious and Turn is entertaining and Mad Men has been great but I can’t think of anything that is going to come close to delivering on storytelling, acting, directing, style, and tone, as True Detective did. It’ll be shocked if it doesn’t win all the awards this year, including (but not limited to) Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson’s acting, Nic Pizzolatto’s writing, and Cary Joji Fukunaga’ directing

So grab your copy already. Here are some handy links which, if you choose to use them, will also help us keep the lights on here at Awesome Friday Global HQ. Please Turn off your ad blocker to see them in their full widget glory.

So there you go, you now have access to the best show of the year. And if you think I’m being hyperbolic then buy your copy, watch it, and we’ll have a lively debate.

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