“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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Xenomorph
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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