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True Detective S02 E06: Church in Ruins


True Detective” continues its messy second season with an ‘everything AND the kitchen sink’ episode six.  Clues start to fall into place, Ray and Frank take turns trying to channel Mike Brady, and the crew participates in the strangest, most far-fetched party infiltration since Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks had to save the virgin Connie Swail from the clutches of P.A.G.A.N.  An episode that was three parts tension tempered by two parts silliness, nonetheless, it got the job done and set us up for the final quarter of the season.  Find out more after the break.

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True Detective S02 E04: Down Will Come

CRAP! I had to go and waste a good “Game of Thrones” comparison way back in episode two of “True Detective,” didn’t I? For one stinking, surprising  killing of a major character (who didn’t even stay dead!) Now what am I going to do? I can’t use the same line!

Hell with it, I’m going there again. “True Detective” interrupts a perfectly serviceable, quiet episode with a “Game of Thrones”-ian style blood bath that left you unable to look away from the screen (or take notes for a recap), find out what I think (as if you don’t already know) after the break.

...all it needed was this guy swooping in from the valley and it would have been perfect...

All it needed was this guy swooping in from The Valley and it would have been perfect…

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True Detective S02 E02: Night Finds You


A somewhat uneven “True Detective” tries to find some traction.  Three sets of teams begin the investigation into Casper’s murder, we hear about some pretty messed up childhoods, and (SPOILER ALERT) “True Detective” appears to go all “Game of Thrones”-y as a major character may not make it passed the second episode. Find out why after the break!

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True Detective S02 E01: The Western Book of the Dead


“True Detective” kicked off its second season with an almost impossible task:  How do you successfully follow up a first season that mystified and enraptured audience with an original, gordian-knot of a story, lush scenery and a score that translated onto the screen as visual poetry, and actors playing at the top of their game, bringing characters that still resonate a year later.  The short answer is, ‘you don’t.’  Find out why after the break.

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TIFF 2012 – Farrell, Rockwell, Walken & Harrelson Shine In Seven Psychopaths

Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival was a good one for yours truly, as I made the first of two trips to Midnight Madness for a screening of Seven Psychopaths, from writer/director Martin McDonagh and staring Colin Farell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson and Christopher Walken. If you like your movies crazy, funny and full of some stellar violence, this one is definitely for you.

Find out more after the jump!

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Saturday At The Movies – Total Recall 2012 vs Total Recall 1990

Dear movie studios,

I hate to say this because I like the guy, but if you’re looking to make a splash at the box office during the summer movie season, you must not put Colin Farrell in your tent pole release. No matter how great your film is, no, scratch that. No matter how good or even average your movie is, it will severely underperform if Colin Farrell is your leading man.

It’s a fact. Find out why after the jump.
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The Dark Knight Rises Above Total Recall – Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Wrap-Up Report

Two new films debut this weekend but neither could shut down the success of The Dark Knight Rises, which held onto the top spot at the box office for the third weekend in a row. Find out what went down at theatres after the jump!
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Total Recall vs Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions 08/03/2012

This weekend, a sci-fi remake and the third entry in a family friendly franchise look to topple The Dark Knight Rises from the top of the box office. Do either of them have a chance, or will the numbers recall the last few weekends?

Let’s be real – I don’t think anybody has been waiting for a Total Recall remake. The original, a classic, über violent sci-fi flick with Arnold Schwarzenegger, is still well-regarded, even if it did have very little resemblance to its source material, the novel We Can Remember It For You Wholesale by Phillip K. Dick. A remake with Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, and Jessica Biel and directed by Len Wiseman was a hard sell for me…and then the trailers started hitting the web. And they look good. I think Total Recall could be a decent hit – not a blockbuster, but it could find an audience that hasn’t particularly been well served with pure science fiction this summer. What the film has going against is none of the leads can really open a film. On that note, I’m predicting a second place showing for Total Recall with $28 million.

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Summer Movie Preview From Guest Blogger Scotty G – July and August

Yesterday, former Biff Bam Pop box office expert Scotty G returned to the site to run down what films will be hitting theatres this May and June. Up next, what’s to come in July and August along with Scotty’s final thoughts on which films will be the winners and losers of the summer of 2012. 

July 3rd – The Amazing Spider-Man

This is another highly anticipated film, and it is also another re-boot of a franchise.  Andrew Garfield takes over from Tobey Maguire as the title character and we once again get a film about the origins of Peter Parker and Spider-Man.  When the trailer first got released, co-workers of mine did not like the dark tone that was on display, and thought it was trying too hard to be like Christopher Nolan’s take on the Batman character.  I disagree as I think this is a smart move by director Marc Webb (best known for directing 500 Days of Summer).  Distance yourself from the original trilogy as much as possible.  Make something that is unique and your own.  How this film does will be of interest to me, and I have my doubts about it attaining the levels of the original trilogy.  The first Spider-Man was a once-in-a-lifetime film, and it was for my generation a film that was awe-inspiring.  We believed a man could fly in the 70’s when Superman hit theatres, and in 2002, we believed a man could swing from buildings with his spider webs.  The second film was the best reviewed film in the franchise, scoring a 93% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and was considered to be an improvement on the original, even if it did not gross as much.  The third film had a ton of hype going into it, but the last hour of the film alienated fans, causing Spider-Man 3 to have the lowest box office total in the trilogy.  See below: 

2002 – Spider-Man – $403.7 million domestic gross
2004 – Spider-Man 2 – $373.5 million domestic gross
2007 – Spider-Man 3 – $336.5 million domestic gross

Average Domestic Gross – $371.2 million

I hold Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy in very high regard, but I think it was the right decision to inject new life into the character by rebooting it.  The question I have is how to get audiences interested in the character again?  Well for one, the casting has me interested.  On paper, the producers have assembled a great cast lead by Andrew Garfield as well as Emma Stone, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Rhys Ifans, Sally Field and Campbell Scott.  They have also changed the back story of Peter Parker to be a little different than the one that is used in the Raimi trilogy.  The plot of The Amazing Spider-Man revolves around Peter Parker teaming up with his father’s old partner, Dr. Curt Connors, which leads to secrets about Peter’s past as well as the birth of a new enemy.  The release date for the film shows how much faith the studio has in it, and I think The Amazing Spider-Man will rule the multiplexes for a couple of weeks, until The Dark Knight Rises is released.  I think the film will be third highest grossing film of the summer, and with any luck, it will gross around what Spider-Man 3 had. 

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Trailer Time: Total Recall

I can’t possibly be the only person who thinks we really didn’t  need a remake/reboot/whatever of 1990’s Total Recall, am I? That movie may be 22 years old but it still kicks some serious ass. That being said, the trailer for the Len Wiseman directed, Colin Farrell staring flick due out this August does look like a hell of a lot of fun, and it has a stellar cast, including Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biehl, Bryan Cranston and Bill Nighy. Perhaps this version will incorporate more of the Philip K. Dick story? Time will tell.

Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know if this is a film you’ll be adding Total Recall to your list of summer blockbuster flicks to see.

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