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The Alternative Summer Movie Season Predictions

With summer movie season fast approaching, things are about to get exciting, expensive, and perhaps even a little nauseating — 2016’s trend of sequels left me no longer able look at a colon (:) without throwing up a little inside. Nevertheless, there are plenty of fascinating predictions to be made, none of which will happen here, because these are the Alternative Summer Movie Season Predictions (more…)

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Is This a Golden Age for Observational Comedy?

You don’t have to look far to find someone making a case for this being a ‘Golden Age of Television’. It’s an argument that, frankly, you can get tired of hearing, and while comedy has reaped the benefits of modern multi-platform viewing  such as greater creative freedom, higher representation, and a rise of both the dramatic and the surreal — let’s get a little more specific here…

Let’s talk observational comedy. We as audiences will always, more than anything else, want to see ourselves and our daily obstacles reflected by those that take the stage. We want to laugh things off; to feel that we’re not alone, and stand-up comedy has always, and will always, provide us with this release. (more…)

An Interview with Movie Poster Designer Big Phil

Wandering the streets of Hollywood, I get to meet some interesting characters from the industry who are totally 100% real… ahem… Well, today was a special treat as I got to catch up with acclaimed movie poster designer Biglington Phillips (or Big Phil for short). He shared with me a few tricks of the trade, as well as some advice for any aspiring movie poster designers out there. (more…)

An Interview with the Best Friends in a Romantic Comedy

You might recognise Jess and Tucker as the main characters’ best friends in every romantic comedy ever made. Whether diverging from the main story to follow Tucker’s quest to ‘get some’, or watching Jess’ one scene at the end of Act 2 where she tells the female lead to “get drunk and forget about him” they are mainstays of the genre.

I recently had the opportunity to interview Jess and Tucker at the annual genre archetypes convention (other characters present included a mean girlfriend, a quirky boss, and Jennifer Aniston): (more…)

Pitching a Finding Dory sequel

It’s hard to argue that Finding Dory isn’t the highlight of the summer movie season so far. It seems to cover all bases for all audiences, and by working around its predecessor Finding Nemo as well as adding to Dory’s character, it feels necessary — which is not often the case for sequels.

However, while the film may add some lovable new characters (as well as the tricky to love Hank the Octopus), there is a distinct lack of a certain someone…

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7 Ways to Make Your Life More Like the Movies

The movies manufacture ideals for romance, high school parties, and surviving zombie apocalypses that seemingly cannot be obtained in real life. It’s easy to be brought down by this fact but it doesn’t have to be this way — as a person who lives in a semi-fantasy world, I have constructed a list of tricks you can pull to make your life a little more like the silver screen.

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This Movie Should Be The Only Movie Anyone Ever Talks About

If Elijah Wood hits any wrong notes on his piano then John Cusack will shoot him in the face.

This film exists.

Oh, and it’s written by Damien Chazelle (the man behind Whiplash, one of 2014’s most successful flicks).

This movie should be the only movie anyone ever talks about. It is sacred based on its premise alone. But beyond the premise, I found it to be a good watch, therefore am surprised its fallen under the radar even after the success of Whiplash.

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The Suicide Squad Need Your Help!

Uh oh, Suicide Squad is apparently not very good according to the all knowing Rotten Tomatoes percentage rating. A lot of people are deciding to give it a miss but I thought ‘meh, sounds alright, I’ll check it out’.

It was after this thought crossed my mind that I got the call. It was the Emperor of DC Comics. I didn’t know whether to ask him how he got my number or why DC Comics needs an Emperor.

I asked him to wait on hold while I finished my breakfast.

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Hooray for ‘Bottle’ Episodes

“What’s a Bottle Episode?”. Top notch question. It refers to an episode of any given television series that is limited in budget and so doesn’t feature masses of locations, special effects, cast-members, and so on so forth.

The origins of its name come from way back in the 1960s…

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Don’t Judge a Film by its Branding

When I’m old, grey, and even more bitter, I’ll gather my grandchildren around (pulling them away from The Walking Dead, which is still somehow scraping plot-points from the bottom of its shallow barrel) and make them watch ‘Balls Out’.

Yes, it’s a thing. And it’s not the raunchy sort of movie that may come to mind. Although, granted, it’s totally not suitable for grandchildren — that’ a bad move on future me’s part but you’ve got to understand that 2065 is a different time.

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