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With movie theaters being overrun by a plethora of science fiction and fantasy movies, it may be difficult to find something to take young kids to. Between the cursing, violence and bloodshed, some movies just don’t make the cut as child-appropriate. Luckily, there are two separate renditions of “The Jungle Book” in production.
The cinematic climate is changing in countless ways, but one in particular is affecting the world on a much broader scale. Viral marketing and distribution through avenues such as Netflix has fused with a public hunger for knowledge that is satiated through a surge in documentary filmmaking. The impact of this readily distributed knowledge and information is perhaps more powerful than ever. One company in particular has learned this lesson the hard way. After the release of the popular 2013 documentary “Blackfish”, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. has begun to feel the sting of public opinion.
Being a self-proclaimed “Star Wars” super fan, local radio personality, Obi Won Kenobi, is hoping to fulfill a dream by being cast in the empire’s newest sequel.
By now the 2014 summer movie season is in full swing, and we have seen our fair share of action packed adventures. There is one upcoming film, however, that may well be one of the most important movies of the year. Marvel’s “Guardian’s of the Galaxy”, which is set to release on Aug. 1, is seemingly a mere outer space saga full of cartoonish characters and ships blowing up. In reality, however, it is the next step in Marvel’s flawless execution of changing the movie industry forever.
The cast returns in this sequel to the 2010 “How to Train Your Dragon” movie, providing viewers with a hard-edged storyline. Very quickly in the film it’s apparent that “Dragon 2” is at least on par, if not better, than the original journey. Writer and director Dean DeBlois establishes all the familiar characters for moviegoers to pick-up right where they left off in the previous film. The most significant ploy by DeBlois, though, is his masterful narrative that makes this animated movie enjoyable for adults and children alike.
(StatePoint) While the saying “getting there is half the fun” is a great concept in theory, in practice, a road trip can be quite stressful on families. But with a bit of smart packing and preparation, you can make your long summer road trips and shorter commutes more entertaining for kids.
The newest addition to the line of X-Men movies provides a plethora of famous names and faces from both Hollywood and comic books, but does this star-studded action movie have the chops to be the hit of the summer?
The summer movie season is upon us, and with it comes all of the anticipated hoopla of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. Most film producers save their best efforts for the months when sitting in a cool movie theater sounds the most appealing, making it the best time of year for movie fanatics. But for every box office success, there are a few films that fail to hit home with viewers and critics alike. The following are a few of the films most likely to leave the audience regretting their $12 and two hour investment.
Fans of the Borderlands series will finally have another chance to sate their never ending desire for more as Gearbox Software and 2K Games have announced that there will be a third installment into the shoot-and-loot phenomenon that is Borderlands. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has been in development for over a year by the two companies and is slated to be released sometime before the end of this year.
Godzilla is a worldwide pop icon both in the monster’s image and in name. Since its first appearance in the 1954 version of “Godzilla”, the raging king of reptiles has graced theaters around the world in almost thirty different films as well as in numerous other appearances across nearly every form of entertainment.
You’re probably familiar with the old Yogi Berra quote, “The future ain’t what it used to be.” Well, if Yogi saw the new Robocop film he’d probably revise that statement as “the future” in this film is pretty much the same as it was envisioned in 1987 – just not as much fun to watch.
He had written articles, poetry and English literature, but nothing was more meaningful than his most recent published work of “The Wrights of Vermont”, which delves into revealing the unknown history of his ancestors.
“The Hunger Games” hype-machine is back in full force with everything from local car dealerships to makeup companies and Subway sandwiches jumping on the Everdeen bandwagon. It’s ironic that this movie which attempts to make a statement on the negative influence that media has on society is so successful at manipulating those very institutions, making this film franchise a pop cultural juggernaut capable of mowing down its cinematic competition and common sense with unreasonable and unstoppable force.
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“Thor: The Dark World” is part two of “phase two” of the Marvel cinematic universe, but, lest ye become too confused with the comic-book giant’s attempt to make its movie world as convoluted as its comics, forget all that nonsense and just enjoy this film for the breathtaking battle between good and evil that it is – with some sappy-fun romance thrown in for good measure. This film rocks (and I don’t mean just the short-lived appearance of the Kronan).
“Thor: The Dark World.”
Successful movies call for sequels, and successful sequels often call for trilogies and series. We, as consumers and film viewers, have literally watched as this trend of “sequelism” has grown in the movie industry for decades, often to our delight. There is no denying the success of many film sequels and series, old and new. From “Star Trek” to “Shrek,” film series can delight millions. There is, however, a new trend growing in the film industry that takes the sequel to a whole new level – the concept of “universe building”. Creating a series of interconnected movies and projects in the same fictional universe has been a common practice in the sci-fi and fantasy industries; “Star Trek” has been a universe that is constantly expanding and changing through multiple mediums since 1966. Superheroes have received similar treatment more recently to great success in both quality of a product and box office numbers. It now seems that the “universe building” trend has begun spread to the horror industry.
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Over 35 years ago literary genius Stephen King introduced us to a world of the paranormal through the psychic abilities of a little boy named Danny Torrance in his novel, The Shining. Most are well familiar with King’s tale about the Torrance family, and how Danny’s “shining” ability came into play when evading his crazed father who succumbed to the Overlook Hotel’s ghastly visions and inebriating drinks that beckoned the man to attempt to murder his wife and son. And though Danny survived his father’s onslaught, one could only speculate the immense mental and emotional anguish that the boy would encounter throughout his life as a result of the happenings at the Overlook Hotel. How would the child adapt on his journey to adulthood? What grave adventures would Danny’s psychic connection with the supernatural bring him on next? Were his father’s inner demons lurking somewhere deep inside him? The multitude of questions stirred in the pit of King’s mind for a generation before, fittingly in the age of sequels, King put the answers to print in The Shining’s follow-up novel, Doctor Sleep.
Her favorite place was the library. It was quiet, relaxing and allowed for her to get lost in the pages of a book and let her mind escape into another world as she turned one page after another. Even at an early age, Betty J. Barry knew that she would one day write her own book.
The credits have rolled, the lights have flipped on, and everyone is either sick of popcorn or desperately needing to use the facilities. It is time to return to the real world, as the summer 2013 movie season has come to an end. The most cinematic time of year brought its fair share of triumphs and embarrassments, but on the whole, domestic box office revenue of over $4 billion suggests that the summer was a success for movie producers. Hidden within the cluster of statistics, trends, and reviews are telling patterns that reveal much about our movie culture. The following are a few of the many lessons we learned from summer movies of 2013.