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31 Days of Horror 2014 – Poltergeist (1982)

Poltergeist Movie“They’re here…” – Carol Anne

You’ve got to love the early 80’s. At the time of Poltergeist’s release, there was no PG-13 rating so instead this film received a rating of PG (along with other childhood nightmare-inducing releases of the time including “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Gremlins”).

Was I immediately scarred for life after viewing this at the age of 7? Sure…but I wouldn’t trade those memories for anything; even if it means to this day that I still check under the bed at night!

 

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31 Days of Horror 2014 – Frailty (2001)

Frailty Movie“We don’t kill people, we destroy demons.” – Dad

I miss video stores. My first job was as a video store clerk, and I loved roaming the rows of VHS boxes & DVD cases representing countless stories that I hadn’t had the time to indulge in (or that weren’t released) at the theater.

Sure, there’s streaming services today like Netflix (limited) and Amazon (expensive), but it’s not the same. One of my favorite “finds” back in the day was the movie “Frailty”. The budget was modest, but the acting was fantastic and the story is one of my favorites among the thriller / horror genre.

 

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Scene Stealers: In Memory of 2014

Robin Williams“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” – Williams Shakespeare

It seems like 2014 has already seen more than its fair share of talented entertainers leave us. I had the privilege of watching several of them create magical moments in both movies and television, and there are a few, in particular, that stand out for me.

The following list is comprised of five iconic actors who have greatly influenced my love of film and the “Scene Stealing” roles that will forever define them in my mind.

 

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Scene Stealers: Summer Movies 2014

Gamora & Star Lord“I am going to die surrounded by the biggest idiots in the galaxy.” – Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy

Isn’t that what summer movies are all about? Checking our intelligence in at the theater door and joining other fellow “idiots” as we watch mind-numbing, big-budget flicks with minimal plot lines and questionable acting? I admit, the term ‘idiots’ might be a bit harsh here, but after watching “The Legend of Hercules” with my friends, I definitely felt like an idiot for having gone (though we did get plenty of laughs from the experience so it ended up being worth it).

Here’s my Top 5 Scene Stealers from 2014’s Summer Movie Extravaganza:

 

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Scene Stealers: Comic Book Movie Stars

Joker from The Dark Knight“Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.” – Batman, The Dark Knight

Evidently, fans of the X-Men franchise were due for a reward this past weekend. In honor of the terrific X-Men: Days of Future Past (just watched it and LOVED IT!), this post will focus on eight ‘Scene-Stealing’ performances in comic-based movies. Not only did these characters steal the scene, but they also helped propel the actors & actresses portraying them to Hollywood’s “Mega-Star” List.

So, without further delay… “Here We Go”!

 

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Scene Stealers: The Minions of “Despicable Me”

The Minions“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing.  The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.” – Mark Twain

And that folks, is why I love The Minions (the true stars of both Despicable Me 1 & 2).  I could literally be fired from my job, have my house burn down and watch the Miami Heat win the NBA Championship (all catastrophic events from my point of view), but one YouTube clip of these guys and you’d see my frown turn upside down. More on The Minions after the jump.

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Scene Stealers: Tyrion Lannister of “Game of Thrones”

Tyrion Lannister“Power resides where men believe it resides. No more and no less. . .A shadow on the wall, yet shadows can kill. And ofttimes a very small man can cast a very large shadow.”

None better a statement can be made about Tyrion Lannister, the dwarf son of arguably the most powerful family in the HBO series “Game of Thrones” (GOT). While Tyrion (portrayed majestically by Peter Dinklage) is just one of many focal characters in GOT, he rises to the forefront of every scene he’s featured in due to his intelligence, resilience and witty candor.  More on Tyrion after the jump.

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Scene Stealers: Felicity Smoak of “Arrow”

?????For those of you who have been watching “Arrow” on CW, you are no doubt familiar with the character of Felicity Smoak, portrayed magnificently by relative newcomer Emily Bett Rickards. Though Felicity’s character was initially camouflaged among a cast chosen more for their looks than their acting portfolios (not uncommon for CW), she has established herself as one of the primary reasons to watch the comic book-inspired show.  More on Felicity after the jump.

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