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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Welcome to Earth

Welcome to Earth

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When I jotted down that this movie was from 1996 it made me feel a little old.  That movie was 15 YEARS ago? Seriously?  Well…shit…anyways, it rocked back then and it still rocks today.  God, seriously?...15 years ago?!  (I know I just did a B2TF review, but the whole movie is about getting back to 1985 so it’s easier to take in.) Anyway, Jeff Goldblum a hero?  I think so!  (What? F*#K JEFF GOLDBLUM, man…) WRONG!  You don’t say that about Jeff, he’s a wonderful, wonderful man!  Especially in this movie *cough* and Jurassic Park…so ZIP YOUR FACE! In all seriousness though,...

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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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There Should be a Captain in There Somewhere

There Should be a Captain in There Somewhere

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Damned if I’ll be the guy who started a Pirates of the Caribbean article without playing the song that needs to be played every time someone even mentions…Pirates! Here you go! (Suggestion: listening/reading…gives it some Oomph!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttQjm-8OITE Writers Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott sprung the idea of a movie based on the Disney ride and I feel it went something like this: Ted:  Terry! Let’s go to Disneyland today. Terry:  Oh, grow up Ted, we need to get some writing done today. Ted:  Come on! It’ll be fun! (fast forward 2 hrs…Ted’s car doors open and a cloud of smoke barrels out) Ted:  Pirates ride? Terry:  Pirates ride! (yo ho,...

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Where We're Going...We Don't Need...Roads

Where We’re Going…We Don’t Need…Roads

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In the next couple days we at armovieguys will be continuing the discussion on summer movie blockbusters.  We took you through the Top 10 of ‘All Time’…but let’s face it, there were a lot of good men left behind.  That’s what got us thinking about some of the greatest movies that HAVEN’T made the list, but definitely should be in the conversation, or at least…we think so. We planned on doing a TOP 5, but as we started out on our homework…coming up with JUST 5 is trickier than it sounds (so we did 6, some are bundled and there is...

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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 #2: E.T. Would LOVE Some Reese's Pieces

Top Summer Movie #2: E.T. Would LOVE Some Reese’s Pieces

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E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL Release Date: June 11, 1982 Tickets Sold: 139,669,852 Total Box Office (Adjusted): $1,062,887,574   E.T. is an overly curious alien that thinks he can do whatever he wants.  First he wonders off away from his family and gets left behind on Earth.  Then he starts scaring everyone, including my 6 year old self and Drew Barrymore.  He makes non-stop messes around the house, gets fall down drunk and ruins a perfectly good Speak N Spell.  It’s ok though, he means well…   Wow Factor: Oh no way, Steven Spielberg was involved in this movie?  Seems to be fairly common in some (most) of our...

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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 #4: Luke, I Am Your Father...

Top Summer Movie #4: Luke, I Am Your Father…

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THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Release Date: May 21, 1980 Tickets Sold: 96,724,168 Total Box Office (Adjusted): $768,957,136   Just because the Death Star is in shambles doesn’t mean the story is over.  The Empire Strikes Back takes the series to a new level.  The force is strong, but needs to be stronger in Luke Skywalker.  Through Yoda’s training and a few ups and downs, Luke finds himself face to face with Vader in a pretty intense lightsaber fight; I mean serious stuff.  Long story short, Luke loses his hand but gains a father figure.  STOP PULLING YOUR SISTER’S HAIR!  That’s right, Darth Vader is actually...

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