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Month: December 2017

It’s Groovy and Psychedelic, Man: Exploring The Drug Dependency of ’70s Charles Xavier

X-Men: Days of Future Past is largely responsible for rebooting and reviving the X-Men film franchise to an extent. While X-Men: First Class and The Wolverine were largely hits, they did not feature the original cast from the X-Men films and focused on an earlier time period and a single character, respectively. They did not allow the audience to continue onward with the characters they had built up a great deal of love for, despite the just OK X-Men: The Last Stand. However, X-Men: Days of Future Past brought back most of the original X-Men film cast as well...

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J Don Birnam’s TOP TEN Films of 2017

The great critical/audience divide that I always speak of may have hit a snag in 2017. Superhero movies, popular movies, received high ratings from critics, with films like Get Out and Thor notching some of the top marks of 2017. Sure, indie darlings and Oscar contenders like Lady Bird also made hay in this area, but audiences seemed to agree more than ever before with snotty movie reviewers. And, when a movie was considered mediocre (think Justice League) audience dollars followed. The fusion may be temporary, or it could be that there is yet another increase in critics’ power....

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Official Trailer For LIKE ME Released

Splashingtonians, I hope your holidays have been filled with macaroni and cheese, and love. Now then, has anyone seen House of The Devil and/or Compliance? I’ve got great news whether you have, or are a little late to the party. The producers of those films have some new visual candy coming our way; it’s called Like Me. The trailer made almost no sense to me (I watched it twice because I wasn’t sure if I like it, or if I’ve gone mad), then I read the synopsis. After having an understanding of what the plot will be, I think...

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MAMMA MIA! Sequel Trailer Is Here

Meryl Streep taking the blame unfairly for Harvey Weinstein aside, NBC Universal is moving ahead with the upcoming release of its Mamma Mia! sequel, entitled Here We Go Again. As per the official NBC sheet: “Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed more than $600 million around the world, you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA.  With the film’s original cast returning and new additions including Lily James (Cinderella, Baby Driver), the musical comedy will open on July 20, 2018. Ol Parker,...

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Disney Announces Cast for ARTEMIS FOWL Film

Fresh off of its blockbuster merger announcement, Disney announced today initial casting for the live-action adaptation of Artemis Fowl, which will be directed by Kenneth Branagh and produced by Branagh and Judy Hofflund. The search for an actor to play Artemis Fowl was extensive, with casting director Lucy Bevan seeing over 1200 candidates for the part. Branagh chose Irish newcomer Ferdia Shaw, who will make his onscreen debut in the title role. Descended from a long line of criminal masterminds, 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies...

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