Monthly Archives: July 2014

'Snowpiercer'

Review: ‘Snowpiercer’

Post-apocalyptic films have long been a staple of cinema. Dystopian futures, usually in the clear guise of science fiction, just have a sly way of commenting on the troubles of today, often pointing towards the uncertainty that lies ahead. From The Hunger Games to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, this particular thematic sub-genre is firmly rooted in today’s cinematic landscape. Yet, even with that fact, Snowpiercer is certainly unlike any film about humanity’s fate that moviegoers are likely to see this year. Continue reading

Crooked Table Podcast: Episode 0 – An Ocean of Gray

After many discussions and some delay (including technical difficulties), the time has finally come to unveil the first episode of the Crooked Table Podcast. Labelled “Episode 0,” this particular show serves as a test episode and therefore lacks the polish that will accompany future episodes. It was also recorded a couple weeks back. So please be forgiving with the fact that the material is slightly dated.

In this one, Robert Yaniz Jr. and Freddy Yaniz talk about why they love movies, discuss recent releases like A Million Ways to Die in the West and X-Men: Days of Future Past, and generally touch base on pretty much whatever pop culture-related subject they can think of. Continue reading

'Spider-Man 2'

Geek Is Good: Our Top 10 Modern Comic Book Films

Anticipation may be high for Marvel’s upcoming cosmic adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, but that film is just the latest indicator that – when it comes to the world of movies – geek is good (eat your heart out, Gordon Gecko). In fact, films based on comic books have reigned supreme at the box office for years, at least since the release of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man in May 2002. That film went on to earn over $400 million domestically and stood as the highest-grossing superhero film until a certain Caped Crusader topped those figures six years later.

With both Marvel and DC dusting off virtually every hero in their archives, more and more comic books are seeing their decades-old characters finally make their way to the big screen. For every Man of Steel, there’s a Green Lantern, and for every Iron Man, there’s a Ghost Rider. However, by our estimation, there are a handful of films which represent the creative pinnacle of the genre (at least thus far). Here are our picks for the 10 best films based on comic books. Continue reading

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

Review: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

For decades, sci-fi franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek have remained in the collective pop culture consciousness. Through films, television shows, video games, and the like, these properties have captured the hearts and imaginations of generations of fans, and for a while back in the late 1960s and 1970s, this was the case with Planet of the Apes as well. After all, the original 1968 film spawned four sequels, a live-action television series and an animated show. Over the years, that enthusiasm for the primate-centric world had certainly faded, but if any film can help the series reclaim its rightful place among its genre peers, it’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

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'Blended'

Review: ‘Blended’

Nowadays, it’s pretty hard to imagine that Adam Sandler was once considered, by some at least, to be… well… funny. The former Saturday Night Live funnyman burst onto the big screen with cult hit comedies Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore, but over the years, Sandler has refused to abandon his man-child onscreen persona and churned out critically reviled releases like Jack and Jill, That’s My Boy and the Grown Ups films. With his fanbase seemingly diminishing, it was no surprise that Blended turns to Sandler’s two-time co-star Drew Barrymore for a much-needed boost.

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