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Due to some reasons beyond my control (as well as several that were well within it), I haven't put any posts up in quite a while. I know how annoying it is to check a site and see the same post over each time with nothing new, so I apologize for that. I suppose it's also possible likely that some several people were glad we stopped posting, so apologies to you as well, cause we're starting back up again. Rest assured, we've still been going to the movies, talking and arguing about them, and Nic has still been overrating most of...

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Every Kid's Fantasy, Every Parent's Nightmare

Every Kid’s Fantasy, Every Parent’s Nightmare

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Throwing a party in high school was always a tricky endeavor, wasn't it? Typically your parents would schedule a weekend away for some special occasion (birthday, anniversary, conference...) and you would catch wind of it about a month before it happened. Suddenly those next few weeks would take on monumental importance as you tried to assemble a guest list and get the word out. That part required some savvy, because on the one hand, you needed to keep it quiet from anyone in a position of authority, but on the other hand, enough people needed to know about it that you...

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Autobots Attack

Autobots Attack

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I remember the trailers for Transformers first coming out.  I resisted the idea of going to it, mainly because I hadn’t been a huge fan of Transformers as a kid and the trailers weren’t particularly compelling to me. Fast forward 6 months and I was on a plane from London to Los Angeles with limited entertainment options.  Each seat had its own TV, and after I’d watched The Simpsons Movie and a few episodes of The Office, I was still starting at another 5 hours until we landed.  Fine, I’ll give Transformers a shot. Maybe it was the altitude, maybe it was...

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Why So Serious?

Why So Serious?

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“Insanity is like gravity. Sometimes all you need is a little push.” - Joker The first time I saw The Dark Knight doubled as my first experience in an IMAX theater. This was before I had moved to Los Angeles, and before the IMAX craze had really caught on, so there weren’t an abundance of them around. We had made a special trip up to one of the few IMAX theaters in Oregon to really get the full effect of Dark Knight. We stood in line outside the theater for 45 minutes or so, talking with the usher about what a...

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Galaxy Defenders

Galaxy Defenders

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Once upon a time, Will Smith wasn’t a movie star.  Despite having a likeable personality, a solid music career, and a successful TV show, there were still people who didn’t believe he was capable of carrying a movie on the big screen.  He had shared credit on 1995’s Bad Boys with Martin Lawrence (still at the top of his game) and even after the success of Independence Day in 1996, some were still reluctant to give him credit (after all, that movie had special effects, aliens, explosions, and Jeff Goldblum, any one of which could have pushed it over the...

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Top Summer Movie #1: That's No Bigger Than A Womp Rat

Top Summer Movie #1: That’s No Bigger Than A Womp Rat

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STAR WARS Release Date: May 25, 1977 Tickets Sold: 169,469,393 Total Box Office (Adjusted): $1,289,662,081   After a series of unfortunate events on his home planet of Tatooine, Luke Skywalker decides he has a name too great to waste as a farmer, and joins Ben “Obi Wan” Kenobi and the rest of the rebellion forces in the fight against Darth Vader and the evil Empire.   Wow Factor: Going to see this in the theater was an experience.  Unlike today, where a new big budget blockbuster full of special effects comes out every weekend, these movies were fewer and further between back in 1977.   Re-Watchability: You know that feeling when...

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Top Summer Movie #3: We're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat

Top Summer Movie #3: We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat

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JAWS Release Date: June 20, 1975 Tickets Sold: 128,078,818 Total Box Office (Adjusted): $974,697,803   Brody, Hooper, and Quint head out on the Orca to hunt down a man-eating shark hell-bent on destroying the beachside community of Amity one skinny-dipper at a time.  We’re definitely gonna need a bigger boat.   Wow Factor: Shark Week on the Discovery Channel has become a cultural phenomenon since it first appeared in July 1986, and it owes at least part of that popularity to this movie.  Millions of people saw this movie and vowed never to go in the ocean again (I’m guessing they didn’t all follow through, but still…).  Jaws...

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Top Summer Movie #5: Even Han Needs Rescuin'

Top Summer Movie #5: Even Han Needs Rescuin’

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RETURN OF THE JEDI Release Date: May 25, 1983 Tickets Sold: 93,229,206 Total Box Office (Adjusted): $709,474,258   As Darth Vader and the evil Empire reconstruct the Death Star in secret, the rebels, led by Jedi Luke Skywalker, prepare to make their final stand (they also make a quick detour to visit the Ewoks and help out merchandise sales).   Wow Factor: How is it all going to end?  The first two Star Wars movies had been wildly successful at the box office, so there was a lot riding on this movie.  Unlike most sequels where it’s a new adventure with the same characters, Lucas knew he was...

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Top Summer Movie #7: What Kinda Park Is This?

Top Summer Movie #7: What Kinda Park Is This?

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JURASSIC PARK Release Date: June 11, 1993 Tickets Sold: 86,248,296 Total Box Office (Adjusted): $656,349,535   Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler travel to a remote island off Costa Rica, where eccentric billionaire John Hammond has created a theme park filled with real dinosaurs (or at least real cloned dinosaurs).   Wow Factor: A Steven Spielberg movie about dinosaurs?  Jurassic Park had a place reserved for it in the top 10 before it was even released.   Re-Watchability: Unlike some of Spielberg’s other work, Jurassic Park is fairly straightforward; crazy billionaire tries to play God, chaos ensues.  People weren’t coming back over and over to pick up on the finer...

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Top Summer Movie #8: Sam L. Rules the Galaxy

Top Summer Movie #8: Sam L. Rules the Galaxy

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STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE Release Date: May 19, 1999 Tickets Sold: 84,859,901 Total Box Office (Adjusted): $645,783,843   With trade disputes strangling the Galactic Republic, two Jedis are dispatched to negotiate a settlement.  Along the way they meet a young queen and a slave named Anakin Skywalker, whom they decide should be trained as a Jedi (in retrospect, this might have been a bad idea).   Wow Factor: 3 words, “New Star Wars”.  Phantom Menace was the event that people had been waiting 16 years for, and it still sets the standard for summer movie anticipation.  People began lining up to buy tickets a month...

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