Friday, April 18, 2014

Something Something Jesus 4:20

Welcome to the pre-Easter/Good Friday edition of the Friday Film Fiesta!

Easter is on April 20 this year, so get ready for lots and lots of terrible Jesus/Marijuana jokes!

Last week I asked if you liked the choice of Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman, and you answered not only no, but also America.

  • Box Office News: Early bird Captain America snatches the worm before Rio 2
  • Trailer Time: Check out new trailers for Gone Girl, Jersey Boys and more!
  • In Theaters This Week: Transcendence, A Haunted House 2 and Bears
  • Next Week's Notable DVD Releases: ... nothing?

  • RIP one of Hollywood's most beloved and iconic figures
  • Bryan Singer has been accused of raping a teenage boy
  • Could the final Hobbit be changing its name?
  • ATTN Baddie and other aspiring actors/Hollywood people: If you are employed by Bad Robot, don't you dare spoil anything
  • Tron 3 is coming, and sadly there is no way I can implement the number 3 into the word Tron
  • Speaking of unnecessary sequels, whyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. Mara Wilson is asking the same thing
  • Paul Walker's brothers will finish filming his Fast 7 scenes
  • Pierce Brosnan hates his portrayal of James Bond
  • The guy who plays Falcon in The Winter Soldier demands a Wonder Woman movie
  • Billy Bob Thornton thinks TV can save Hollywood
  • HBO has been pretty popular lately. As you read in the Walk, Game of Thrones is breaking torrent records, while True Detective has become the channel's most watched rookie TV series
  • Need a date to prom? Bryan Cranston is willing to help out

    And that brings us to this week's poll.

    If you worked in Hollywood, would you risk it all to leak spoilers for a movie?

  • Friday, April 11, 2014

    The Ultimate Fiesta

    I found his picture that I thought was too great to not post! Here was the original image I was going to post and make jokes about:

    Last week I asked if you liked the look of the Michael Bay Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and you answered no.

  • Box Office News: Captain America not only bashes brains, he bashes records too!
  • Trailer Time: Check out new trailers for How To Train Your Dragon 2, Dolphin Tale 2 and more!
  • In Theaters This Week: Draft Day, Oculus and Rio 2
  • Next Week's Notable DVD Releases: Ride Along and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    Glenn chimes in with his weekly fun facts:
  • It's the little things that make Captain America so great
  • Hey, remember when movie trailers didn't spoil the entire plot?

  • RIP the latest celebrity death trifecta
  • Cinemax is suing an actress who refused to show her nipples on camera, in a move that could have huge ramifications on cinematic nudity
  • Last week David Letterman announced his retirement. His replacement will be Stephen Colbert
  • Earlier this week, Captain America 3 was given a release date of May 6, 2016; the same day as the Batman vs. Superman movie. Superhero Hype explains why that can't happen. DC claims they will not move the date
  • Key and Peele will be rebooting Police Academy
  • A sequel to Wreck It Ralph is coming
  • Oh, the irony
  • Speaking of Star Wars, filming has already began
  • A Mystique movie starring Jennifer Lawrence could be on its way
  • It's Batman's 75th Anniversary! Celebrate with this new animated feature

    And that brings us to this week's poll.

    Do you like the choice of Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman?
    Fallon On Notice

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

    In 2008, Iron Man was a surprise hit, and a post-credits scene kicked off a campaign that led to several Marvel flicks which built up to 2012's The Avengers. One of those movies was 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, which introduced us to the Captain America character and gave us a bit of foundation for the Avengers movie the following year. The first Cap movie was a blast, an action-packed movie with a hint of World War II nostalgia. But with Cap's backstory revealed, the sequel decided to go in a totally different direction, retaining the action, but replacing the nostalgia with some modern day drama we can all relate to.

    The plot is reminiscent of a Tom Clancy book or movie, with lots of political drama, although it keeps the politics to a minimum for dumb-dumbs like me who don't follow politics and wouldn't understand more advanced political vocabulary. They also throw in lots of action, humor and everything else we've come to expect from Marvel movies. There are lots of twists and turns in the plot, and I won't spoil them because they really do make the movie.

    While I very much enjoyed the movie, I did have one slight problem with it. Rather than feeling like a true sequel to The First Avenger, The Winter Soldier feels more like a sequel to The Avengers, or "Avengers 1.5" in comic lingo. While both Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World both focused exclusively on the titular characters, The Winter Soldier focuses on the rest of the Avengers (Cap, Black Widow and Nick Fury) who won't be in their own movies. Outside of some brief moments at the beginning of the movie (we see Cap has a list of music, movies and food he needs to catch up on from when he was frozen, and we see Cap visit a Captain America exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum), the story is all about the team as opposed to the individual. Even the relationship between Cap and the Winter Soldier is only briefly touched on, taking a back seat to the main plot involving S.H.I.E.L.D. although they have Sebastian Stan (the Winter Soldier) signed on for multiple Marvel flicks as opposed to Chris Evans who I believe is only signed on for three more, and the post credits scene hints that we will be seeing more of the Winter Soldier in the future.

    One other thing I really enjoyed about the movie were the little details and cameos. There is a point about midway through the movie where a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent namedrops some really important people from the Marvel Universe, and it makes me think that we'll be getting movies with these guys in the not-so-distant future. We have an An- Man movie coming out next year, and Cap 3 announced for 2016, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been mapped out to 2028! There's a lot of time to make these movies.

    Overall, The Winter Soldier ranks in the top tier of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies released so far. I would rank it below Avengers, but equal to the first Iron Man and Cap movies. I want to see more Captain America, and with only Guardians of the Galaxy to tide us over, it will be a long wait for Age of Ultron next summer!

    Friday, April 4, 2014


    Welcome back to a less foolish edition of the Friday Film Fiesta!

    Thanks for completely NO SELLING the joke last week. Was it because it contained actual news for the first time ever? Or was it because nobody threatened to quit the Blog this year? I mean nobody even mentioned the 2014 WELPies announcement, but we established long ago that nobody here actually reads anything that has been posted, so I expected that anyway.

    Two weeks ago I asked you if you would ever kill someone over a movie disagreement, and you answered no.

  • Box Office News: Another Old Man Ahnold flick gets left off of Noah's Ark and drowns
  • Trailer Time: Check out new trailers for Palo Alto, Lucky Them and more!
  • In Theaters This Week: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Next Week's Notable DVD Releases: August: Osage County, Grudge Match, The Hobbit 2 and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

    Glennecticut pops in to brag about a victory in some sort of Shooty Hoops Chickball Fight (and also provides a soiler to tourists that northeastern leaves turn the same color every year):
  • If you're sick of all of these newfangled horror flicks never making any sense, a solution is finally here!
  • Some Guy has taken apart The Simpsons and put them back together again. And no, we're not talking about the recently announced Simpsons LEGO Collectible Minifigure Line.

  • Check out this alternate ending for Gravity!
  • Now this could come in handy if you want to see movies before they are released. Or you could just pirate them, I guess, but the Fiesta does not condone the breaking of laws!
  • Kevin Feige is interviewed in this week's Bloomberg Businessweek, and apparently the Marvel Universe is planned out through 2028.
  • For those of you still confused about aspect ratio (like me!), watch this!
  • If you live in Detroit, you can be in Batman vs. Superman!
  • Weeeeeeeellllllllllllp
  • Things you might not know! The Breakfast Club! Raiders of the Lost Ark!

    And that brings us to this week's poll.

    Do you like the look of the Michael Bay TMNT?

  • Thursday, April 3, 2014

    Robocop (2014)

    "I wouldn't buy that for a dollar."

    I saw this movie way back in February about a week after it was released, but I've been unmotivated to write about it until now, for some odd reason. It wasn't that the movie was bad, it's just that it was... okay. Which I actually texted my movie fanatic friend (and huge Robocop fan) Andy after I saw it: "RobOKcop"

    I have no personal connection to the Robocop movies. I've never seen the first one (probably should get on that), nor have I seen the second one. I did watch the third back in 2010 for a roundtable discussion and it was about as bad as everyone says it is. In fact, just like I mention in the roundtable, the only thing I could really tell you about Robocop is that in elementary school I had a Robocop action figure that I brought to school for show and tell. The toy fell out of my backpack and fell maybe two feet onto those weird carpet/rug floors schools used to have, and SHATTERED. Like, the body just broke in half and the head, arms, and legs had nothing to attach to, and thus, the toy was ruined.

    So I can't say I was excited about this reboot when it was announced like a lot of people were. In fact, I wasn't excited because most of these reboots/remakes of not-so-old movies have largely sucked. I expected more of the same with this one, and even read an article that I threw into the February 7 Fiesta about how the new film completely misses the point of the original. So when I went in, I basically had no expectations. That almost made the film seem much better.

    All in all, it was your typical modern day action/sci-fi movie with lots of CGI thrown in. And oddly enough, one of the nastiest things I've ever seen when Robocop's armor and robotics are removed. And of course, the forced references to the original movie, such as the quote I used at the top of this review. The best part of the movie? Perhaps the makeup. It took me an embarrassingly long amount of time to realize that one of the main characters was Gary Oldman. Either I'm used to seeing him in the Christopher Nolan Batman flicks, or nobody knows what Gary Oldman actually looks like, thus he can change his appearance with the snap of a finger ala Johnny Depp.

    Save this one for a Netflix binge, or the Wal-Mart $5 DVD Death Bin.

    Friday, March 28, 2014

    Mov-E Wrestling Federation Friday Film Fiesta 3/28/14

    SEPTEMBER 1, 1948 - MARCH 21, 2014

    Friday Film Fiesta Opening Credits, Pyro and Ballyhoo

    We are LIVE from the Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California. The latest trailers have been shown, including new trailers for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Hercules, and the crowd is ready for another edition of the Mov-E Wrestling Federation's Friday Film Fiesta television program. Let's take it to our commentator, JOEY STYLES.

    Friday, March 21, 2014


    Remember to send in your list of the Top 25 Film Franchises to Jope by whenever the deadline is. Anything with a sequel counts! I know I'll probably forget :(

    I'm buying a Nintendo 3DS this weekend because they're offering a free download of the latest Pokemon game with purchase. I haven't bought a Nintendo handheld system or game in ten years. I also haven't played a Pokemon game since the fall of 2000. And if you think that's weird, here's something even weirder that I stumbled upon on Reddit:

  • Box Office News: A CGI dog leaves yet another video game adaptation with a sudden... need for cash
  • Trailer Time: Check out new trailers for The Giver, Amazing Spider-Man 2 and more!
  • In Theaters This Week: Divergent and Muppets Most Wanted
  • Next Week's Notable DVD Releases: Delivery Man and The Wolf of Wall Street

  • Coming Soon reviews films from South by Southwest
  • Note to self: Don't diss the 300 movies anymore
  • The sex scene is dead
  • People who funded the Veronica Mars movie's Kickstarter want refunds, and WB is obliging
  • You might be a star of the new Scarlett Johansson movie! You might have also slept with her!
  • “Pixar does not look at sequels as a financial plan." In other news, The Incredibles 2 and Cars 3 are coming soon!
  • Speaking of Pixar, 3D rereleases of The Incredibles and Ratatouille are coming
  • Is this the future for the Marvel Cinematic Universe? (WARNING: Kinda Sorta Spoiler-ish)
  • Speaking of Marvel, their schedule is set through 2018. Also includes the announcement of Taken 3.
  • Sam Raimi is rebooting the Grudge series
  • Come 2015, we'd better know who to call
  • SUPER NEW STAR WARS NEWS UPDATE: there is no "news" here

    And that brings us to this week's poll.

    Would you ever kill someone over a movie disagreement?

  • Friday, March 14, 2014

    Paddy's Irish Fiesta

    Brace yourselves, the people who claim to have Irish heritage are coming!

    Also coming is an excuse for why there was no column last week. I was housesitting for my parents and figured I would use one of our many computers to finish what I had written, but then made a shocking discovery that my parents had actually downsized to laptops and external drives! Which they had taken out of town with them. And to add to the bad news, Stacy Keibler got married last weekend. Let's hope her wedding went better than her previous one:

    Two weeks ago I asked you what the best Harold Ramis movie is, and over half of you answered Ghostbusters. That reminds me, I don't own a lot of his movies and haven't seen them since the 90's. Guess I know what I'm doing this weekend!

  • Box Office News: Two weeks ago, Liam Neeson ruled the world, but THIS PAST WEEKEND... IS... SPARTA!
  • Trailer Time: Check out new trailers for The Normal Heart, Hateship Loveship and more!
  • In Theaters This Week: Need For Speed and Veronica Mars
  • Next Week's Notable DVD Releases: American Hustle, Frozen and Saving Mr. Banks

    Good Guy Glenn: Send Links a Week Ago; Doesn't Complain When Not Posted
  • Peter Mayhew has been uploading rare Star Wars pictures to his Twitter recently
  • Would you still play with the twins from The Shining today?
  • Are films shot on film more easily preserved than films shot digitally? The answer might surprise you.
  • Speaking of preserving films, now you too can learn to try it yourself at home! WARNING: Do not try it yourself at home
  • And finally, did you know that the text at the bottom of a movie poster (aka the "billing block") is actually a legally binding document?

  • For those of you who were too busy doing anything to watch the Oscars, here are the results
  • Speaking of awards, here is the list of nominees for the highly coveted and totally credible MTV Movie Awards. Also Conan will host
  • Captain America 3 will go head to head with Batman vs. Superman in 2016
  • This Week in Pointless Remake News: Fletch
  • Concerned about Amazing Spider-Man 2's overload of villains? You shouldn't be
  • The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre has been restored and will be released in theaters this summer
  • A German film can teach us a lot about crowdfunding

    And that brings us to this week's poll.

    Would you ever donate money via KickStarter, etc. to help fund the making of a movie?
    Depends on the Movie
    Depends on the Rewards

  • Saturday, March 1, 2014

    Oscar the Fiesta II

    It's Hollywood's biggest weekend of the year... and I couldn't possibly care less!

    Last week I asked if you thought Hollywood should cut back on spoiling upcoming movies, and 100 percent of you answered Yes.

  • Box Office News: Taco Tuesday!
  • Trailer Time: Check out new trailers for Enemy, Dark House and more!
  • In Theaters This Week: Non-Stop, Son of God and The Wind Rises
  • Next Week's Notable DVD Releases: 12 Years a Slave and Hunger Games Catching Fire

  • RIP Harold Ramis
  • Our first look at the new TMNT will come attached with Captain America 2
  • The new villain of Star Wars is... Some Guy! Oh, he's from THAT show, yeah this movie already sucks
  • All of Marvel's Netflix films will shoot in New York City. Maybe we can use a kickstarter to get Glenn a bus ride down to the city for him to cameo!
  • On the heels of the LEGO Movie comes The Minecraft Movie
  • Now we CAN catch them all... on Netflix
  • Did this week give us the first 69 on television? (SPOILERS for The Americans)
  • Noooooooooo
  • Coming soon: a second Matrix trilogy? Oh boy....
  • Should you go see the rereleased Anchorman 2?

    And that brings us to this week's poll.

    What is your favorite Harold Ramis movie?
    Groundhog Day

  • Friday, February 21, 2014

    Cinnaburst Spring Breakout '14

    I get two weeks of vacation a year from work, and the time expires on March 1. Since everyone else took next week off, I'm stuck taking this week off. I've dubbed it Cinnaburst Spring Breakout '14... and while I have nowhere to go, I made plans to drive around town and visit places I've never been, eat at restaurants I've never eaten at before, etc.

    But of course I've spent almost every day doing nothing. Woohoo?

    Last week I asked you if you liked Valentine's Day, and the majority of you answered No.

  • Box Office News: Everything is still awesome!
  • Trailer Time: Check out new trailers for Guardians of the Galaxy, In the Blood and more!
  • In Theaters This Week: 3 Days to Kill and Pompeii
  • Next Week's Notable DVD Releases: Gravity and Thor: The Dark World

  • The man in too many bands, Overcommitter, sends word that if you don't want to be spoiled by the new Captain America film, you might want to keep your hands off the merchandise (SPOILERS)

  • Dallas Buyer's Club had a $250 makeup budget, and earned an Oscar nomination anyway
  • Screened takes a look at the Top Ten Biggest Best Picture Oscar Snubs
  • Meet your new Fantastic Four
  • The original Godzilla might be coming to a theater near you!
  • Meryl Streep: Better than God?
  • Paramount on Christians hating Noah: EVERYTHING IS OKAY. In related news, the film will not be edited
  • Just how does Netflix measure its exclusive shows?
  • Speaking of Netflix, have you noticed a decline in streaming quality lately? This might explain why

    And that brings us to this week's poll.

    Should Hollywood cut back on spoiling upcoming movies?