“Son of a Gunderon, I’ve always wanted to be a mariachi!”

My first steps to celluloid penance. On Cinema Shame

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A Double Feature of Repentance

Well with less than a week in January, I have completed the first of my 12 month program to atone for my cinema sins. I originally did not have El Mariachi on the list but when I realized I had never seen the debut feature of one of my favorite directors. I knew I had to do a double feature. With this being the last day of January I am here to report.

1. Fargo

I am really glad I finally got to see this Coen Brothers masterpiece. Sadly they were robbed at the Academy Awards. Thankfully Frances McDormand got a much deserved recognition for Best Actress. I loved the pacing of the film and the care placed in showing the almost immediate unraveling of this so called plot and Marge Gunderson’s polite police work to solve the case. Fun and quirky.

2. El Mariachi.

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The Seeds of Cinema Shame

How the CinemaShame project began

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I meant to post an origin story (they’re all the rage after all) about the beginnings of Cinema Shame but the whole project took off before I could toss this out there. Better late-ish than never. Sometime in high school (1995-ish) when I became obsessed with haunting video stores, my parents bought me a book called THE ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY GUIDE TO THE GREATEST MOVIES EVER MADE. It had just been published in 1994 and was the most up-to-date guide on movies I’d ever seen. The lists contained within were broken down by genre: Drama, Comedy, Action, Sci-Fi, Western, etc. It even contains an awesomely nostalgic time-capsule section on the best Laserdisc releases.

EW GUIDE TO THE GREATEST MOVIES EVER MADE

Anyway, as I went through the book I marked the movies I’d seen and immediately set forth watching every movie counted off in the book. Suffice to say, twenty years later, dog-earned and falling apart at the binding…

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A Small Revision

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After going on a small movie shopping trip I have decided to make a change to my list. I have decided to add El Mariachi, the debut feature of Robert Rodriguez. I figured since I have his contemporary Quentin Tarantino on the list I should have him as well. Even though I have not seen that movie, as a fan of Rodriguez, I must atone for this even more. That would be me as a Kubrick fan but never seen 2001. So the list now reads:
1. Fargo/El Mariachi
2. Pulp Fiction
3. Blazing Saddles
4. Enter The Dragon
5. Anchorman
6. White Heat
7. Barbarella
8. The Goonies
9. 3:10 To Yuma (The Original)
10. Friday the 13th (The Original)
11. Old School
12. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

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Vic’s Review – “Justice League: War” (2014)

From Vic’s Movie Den I’ve been looking forward to this. The first adaptation of The New 52

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What’s it About?

The world’s finest heroes found the Justice League in order to stop an alien invasion of Earth.

Directed by Jay Oliva

“Justice League: War “

8 out of 10

By Vic

Ok, I’m going to get this out of the way, right out of the gate, “Justice League: War” was a pure fanboy adrenaline rush. From start to finish. It’s a geek-gasm that lasted the entire run of the movie. Am I biased as a comic book fan? Yeah, probably. Is the film perfect? Um, maybe not but I’d be hard pressed to come across anyone who likes their animated hero films fast and furious, to dislike this entry. At least not for very long.

Those looking for a wealth of exposition and back story on every JL hero in this re-telling, will be a tad disappointed. Honestly, the movie is called “War” not “War Story.”…

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Characters and Their Worlds

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Batman and Bane
The Dark Knight Rises

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Batman
Batman (1989)

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Iron Man & Captain America
The Avengers

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Captain America
Captain America: The First Avenger

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Iron Man
Iron Man 3

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Chernabog
Fantasia

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Leonardo
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Sonic The Hedgehog
Sonic The Hedgehog for Sega Genesis

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Alien

Vic’s Review – “Enough Said” (2013)

From Vic’s Movie Den. A look at a touching romantic comedy and one of James Gandolfini’s final roles

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What’s it About?

A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she’s interested in learns he’s her new friend’s ex-husband.

“Enough Said”

Directed by Nicole Holofcener

8 out of 10

By Vic

Director Nicole Holofcener (Parks and Recreation, Friends with Money) successfully brings a mature and smart romantic comedy to the screen, that she also wrote, called “Enough Said.” It is a pleasing, cute and delightful little film that is a grown up tale about parenting, divorces, friendships and re-finding true love during the awkward middle years of one’s life where some feel like they’ve hit a brick wall in seeking out love and acceptance.

Holofcener nimbly and skillfully explores these situations in this very adult comedy that, unfortunately, will be most likely overlooked by anyone under 40. But I am making a generalization and I feel the film can relate to those of any age. “Enough Said”  has…

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What’s Your Shame?

This is an exciting new project that I am glad to be contributing to. Cinema Shame is a collaboration of film buffs who openly admit to not having seen movies that by all accounts should have been seen by them. I have made my list. A mix of classics and modern pop culture films that I am regularly admonished. Head to cinemashame.wordpress.com if you are interested in seeing the lists or even if you are interested in contributing. We must all atone! Also check it out on Twitter at twitter.com/CinemaShame

Confession of Shame by @deacon05oc

My Confession of Films I have never seen. My contributions to Cinema Shame

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Twelve Never Seen

by Eric Jones

In my family I am the movie man. I’m the one everyone comes to for Anything cinema related. 9.9 times out of 10 if you ask me if I’ve seen a movie. I’ve seen it. Most of the time if it’s considered a classic, I have seen it. What tends to slip through the cracks are films that are classics of pop culture, those movies that the masses have seen that have become mainstays in common conversation. If someone says they have never seen Star Wars or The Maltese Falcon, it’s no big deal. Yet I incur the wrath of hell for not yet have seeing Pulp Fiction or Anchorman. Well I am here to atone for my film loving sins. Behold this list of 12 that I have never achieved viewership for. I shall view 1 per month and I pray I shall…

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The Exorcist (1973)

A great analysis of one of if not the greatest horror film ever.

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Father Damien Karras: “The power of Christ compels you!”

Critical hype can have often have an inverse effect on me as a viewer; the more praise critics lavish on a movie, the more of them that describe it as a ‘masterpiece’, ‘must-see’ or as ‘the greatest <insert genre> film ever’, the more unlikely I am to want to see it, especially why the hype is in full swing. Hype can colour your opinion of a movie before you ever see it; if every critic under the sun has waxed lyrical on its brilliance, it’s easy to get swept up in the zeitgeist yourself and not look at the piece as objectively as you should. It’s for this reason that I tend to avoid films subject to such hyperbole and it’s the reason I have only just watched The Exorcist for the first time recently; years of hearing it described as the scariest/most…

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