Bad News Update

I have been sidelined with a concussion so there will be no new podcasts or articles on the site for the next week. If I’m feeling good enough, I’ll have something up in time for the BAFTA awards next weekend.

Website Update Schedule: Jan. 25 – Feb. 1

After spending several hours working on the movie podcast and finding all the links to the movie trailers, I realized it wouldn’t make much sense to publish the podcast when I’ll be doing another one two days later. Therefore, I’m only going to just cancel the podcast that was supposed to be published this past Tuesday and put everything on this coming Tuesday’s podcast. It’ll be one of the biggest movie podcasts that I’ve ever done so I’ll be offering it as one big podcast or you’ll also be able to download the Oscar portion separately from the box office stats portion.

I apologize for the delays but the cold I got last week knocked me out for a few days. I was hoping to be back on track by today but I’ve had to get back on top of other things that I wasn’t able to work on when I was sick.

Here is the schedule for this week:

Monday

- The Imitation Game (Movie Review)
- Birdman (Movie Review)

Tuesday

- Weekly Movie Podcast (including Oscar nominations)
- Big Eyes (Movie Review)
- Unbroken (Movie Review)

Wednesday

- Weekly Running Podcast
- Into the Woods (Movie Review)
- A Dark Truth (Movie Review)

Thursday

- Boyhood (Movie Review)
- The Grand Budapest Hotel (Movie Review)

Friday

- American Sniper (Movie Review)
- Selma (Movie Review)

Saturday

- Weekly Video Game Podcast **RETURNS**
- Castle of Illusion (Video Game Review-PS3)
- Retro/Grade (Video Game Review-PS3)

Sunday

- Guardians of the Galaxy (Movie Review)
- A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (Movie Review)

Coming Soon

- A Haunted House (Movie Review)
- Struck by Lightning (Movie Review)
- Mama (Movie Review)
- Two Days, One Night (Movie Review)
- Still Alice (Movie Review)
- The Lego Movie (Movie Review)
- Bit.Trip.Beat (Video Game Review-Wii)
- Kid Icarus (Video Game Review-NES)


Website Update

Due to me being sick for a good part of last weekend, I’m behind on a bunch of things. Many of these things have nothing to do with the website but take priority. I do plan on getting caught up on my schedule by the end of the weekend so all the reviews and podcasts scheduled should be up by Sunday.

The Theory of Everything (Movie Review)

Movie Review
The Theory of Everything
2014
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones
Directed by: James Marsh

On paper, the story of Stephen Hawking would seem quite intriguing. He is one of the greatest minds that the world has ever produced despite the fact that he suffers from ALS and was given only a few years to live decades ago. In the film, The Theory of Everything, director James Marsh examines the life and times of Stephen Hawking by using Hawking’s wife Jane as the main character of the film. In some ways, it makes the film quite interesting in offering a unique perspective on how Hawking has lived his life but, in other ways, takes away from possibly some of the more interesting possible storylines that the film could have demonstrated to see him progress as an educator and theorist. Regardless, the story takes a bit of a backseat as the performance of Eddie Redmayne as Hawking is simply incredible.

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St. Vincent (Movie Review)

Movie Review
St. Vincent
2014
Starring: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Jaeden Lieberher, Naomi Watts
Directed by: Theodore Melfi

St. Vincent is a perfect example of how even though a film can seem so formulaic and basic, it can still be a heartwarming and fantastic film. Theodore Melfi does not really change anything with the whole “old grumpy guy befriends young kid and becomes less grumpy” formula. Bill Murray plays an old curmudgeon perfectly while Jaeden Lieberher showcases a character who is so wondrous in his intrigue, it’s no surprise that Vincent and Oliver become very close. The movie will not surprise you but it will leave you with plenty of laughs and tears.

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Wild (Movie Review)

Movie Review
Wild
2014
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern
Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée

Why? This was the question that kept coming up upon viewing Wild. Why does the film’s protagonist feel it necessary to go on a several thousand mile long hike? Why even care about Reese Witherspoon’s character? Why does it matter if she makes it to the end? Jean-Marc Vallée presents us with a movie that feels low on substance. It tries to be about a woman’s struggle with infidelity and drug use, her trials in overcoming these problems and what she does to cleanse herself. Instead, it feels like an aimless exercise that’s only strenuous hike is from opening to closing credits.

Whiplash (Movie Review)

Movie Review
Whiplash
2014
Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser
Directed by: Damien Chazelle

Whiplash is about jazz drumming. Now, that may seem as exciting as a movie about hardcore knitting but this movie is very enjoyable and makes drumming one of the most exciting things ever. This is a collaborative effort as the directing efforts of Damien Chazelle and the great acting performances of J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller make this a very complete package. That’s not to say this movie is not without its problems but it will probably be the best movie you’ll ever see about jazz drumming.

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Foxcatcher (Movie Review)

Movie Review
Foxcatcher
2014
Starring: Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo
Directed by: Bennett Miller

On paper, if you were looking at any given movie and it had Channing Tatum and Steve Carell as your top stars in the film, you would be expecting some low-fare comedic romp (maybe with some action scenes) that would appeal to some and cause others to turn their noses into the air. However, that is not the case with Foxcatcher. Instead of a cheap comedy good for a good laughs, Bennett Miller gives us a chilling film about the story of the Schultz wrestling brothers who dominated Olympic wrestling in the 80s. The problem is that this movie does too much to be like a work of art and does a mediocre-at-best job of telling a very interesting and harrowing story.

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Oscars Page is Now Available

Sorry about the delay but the Oscars Page is now up on the site. The page is accessible through the top menu by accessing the 2015 Film Awards section. My voice and throat are still in rough shape so I will not be recording a podcast today but I will eventually record a podcast about the Oscar nominees.

By the end of next week, most of the Oscar nominated films will be reviewed on this site.

Golden Globes Recap Podcast

2015 Golden Globes Recap Podcast (24 mins – 22.4 MB)
^Right click to download podcast^

The 72nd Golden Globes was here and now gone. The big winners are Boyhood, Birdman, and The Theory of Everything. The big losers were the people (including me) who had to sit through that insufferable telecast. It was really bad and it was truly three hours of my life wasted. If you didn’t watch the show, you can download my recap of the broadcast where I not only discuss the winners and talk about the high and low moments of the show but I offer up some analysis as well as where we are heading as the Oscar nominations are coming out this Thursday.

There will be the usual Weekly Movie Podcast on Tuesday as well as a podcast talking about the Oscar nominations on Thursday.

For any other information about the Golden Globes, check out the page on this site dedicated to this year’s event (by clicking on this link).

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