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Weekly link roundup – April 16-29

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

NEW MOVIE REVIEWS:

“The Five-Year Engagement” C
“Goon” B+
“Hysteria” B- (Tribeca Film Festival)
“Kill List” A-
“The Lucky One” D+
“The Playroom” B+ (Tribeca Film Festival)
“The Raven” C-
“Replicas” B (Tribeca Film Festival)
“Think Like a Man” C+

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MOVIE COLUMNS:

Eric’s Bad Movies: “BMX Bandits” (1983), starring a frizzy-haired Nicole Kidman.

Re-Views: “The Way of the Gun” (2000), from a time when we were all under the thrall of Benicio Del Toro and Ryan Phillippe.

My Shame List: “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968), an epic Western heretofore unseen by me.

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MY OTHER STUFF:

Snide Remarks: “Wedding Your Appetite” — Burning money with Brad & Angelina

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider: We’ve done 108 episodes now. So everyone who said we’d never do more than 107 can stick it. [MovieBS] or [iTunes]

In the Dark: Subscribe to this weekly e-mail and get all the latest movie reviews, DVD releases, and other pertinent info delivered to your electronic mailbox. [Eric D. Snider's In the Dark]

Twitter: @EricDSnider

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MISCELLANEOUS MERRIMENT:

Internet rapscallion Drew McWeeny has published the third installment in his “Commander Future” series of short stories, about a reporter chronicling the adventures of a time-traveling superhero. It is, like its predecessors, delightful. [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3]

Terrible, terrible celebrity name puns. So terrible. I love them. [Slacktory]

In honor of this season’s developments on “Mad Men,” a one-minute song entitled “Fat Betty.” [YouTube]

A story about the time my friend Patrick Livingston smelled Sean Hayes. [Part Time Authors]

The forty-year nostalgia cycle, explained. We’re due for a 1970s revival, so brace yourself for that. [The New Yorker]

A detailed appreciation for the marvelous way Dick Clark hosted the “Pyramid” shows. [The Gameological Society]

David Bordwell — who, with his wife Kristin Thompson, literally wrote the book(s) on film history — delivers a damning smackdown of James Cameron’s strong-arm tactics in converting the world to digital and 3D. [Observations on film art]

Weekly link roundup – April 9-15

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

NEW MOVIE REVIEWS:

“Blue Like Jazz” C
“Bully” B
“The Cabin in the Woods” A
“The Three Stooges” C

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MOVIE COLUMNS:

Eric’s Bad Movies: “House on Haunted Hill” (1999), starring Geoffrey Rush, Taye Diggs, and Chris Kattan. So you know it’s super-scary.

Re-Views: “Drowning Mona” (2000), a comedy I hated then, find mildly entertaining now.

My Shame List: “The French Connection” (1971), now at last finally seen by me.

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MY OTHER STUFF:

Snide Remarks: “ShAAMCO” — An encounter with a shady mechanic

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider: This is my movie podcast. I share it with Jeff Bayer. We talk about movies. Do I have to explain everything to you? [MovieBS] or [iTunes]

In the Dark: Subscribe to this weekly e-mail and get all the latest movie reviews, DVD releases, and other pertinent info delivered to your electronic mailbox. [Eric D. Snider's In the Dark]

Twitter: @EricDSnider

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MISCELLANEOUS MERRIMENT:

The new Three Stooges’ painfully awkward appearance on “WWE Raw.” Look, if you can’t sell The Three Stooges to a crowd of professional wrestling fans, I don’t know who you’re gonna sell it to. [AV Club]

Related to that last item, my pal John Gholson — who knows a lot about pro wrestling and awkward promotions — shares some other cringe-inducing WWE product placement. [Movies.com]

The 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking and the re-release of the movie “Titanic” gives me an excuse to mention this parody I wrote 14 years ago. It’s still probably the most widely distributed thing I’ve ever written. [Clash of the Titanic]

“Don’t Stop Believing,” as sung by clips from movies. This is amazing. [YouTube]

DGA Quarterly (that’s the Directors Guild of America) has a terrific nuts-and-bolts interview with Christopher Nolan, who comes out as anti-3D and anti-digital. He also offers this bit of truth: “You’re never going to learn something as profoundly as when it’s purely out of curiosity.” [DGA]

First go see “The Cabin in the Woods.” Then, after you have done that, read Rex Reed’s hilariously off-base and inaccurate review of it. He talks about things that aren’t in the movie, because he dreamed them, maybe? [New York Observer]

The ol’ link roundup – March 26-April 8

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Programming change! I’m pleased to report that I’ve launched a new column at Film.com: My Shame List, in which I finally watch all the movies that I’m embarrassed not to have already seen. The first entry is “Schindler’s List” (yes, I’d never seen “Schindler’s List” until last Monday), and the inaugural column goes into more detail about how and why I chose these particular movies. Do enjoy, won’t you?

My Shame List makes its debut a week after the final installment of What’s the Big Deal?, which had run its course. I’d hit all the likely targets for the column and was starting to feel a little stagnant. Also, it was really labor-intensive, and I never felt like I had enough time to do it right. Should have been a bi-weekly column rather than weekly. Anyway, I did 99 of them and figured that was a good place to stop.

NEW MOVIE REVIEWS:

“American Reunion” C-
“Intruders” C
“Mirror Mirror” B
“Wrath of the Titans” C-

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MOVIE COLUMNS:

Eric’s Bad Movies: “Color of Night” (1994), starring Bruce Willis as a color-blind psychiatrist.
Eric’s Bad Movies: “Spellcaster” (1992), starring a VJ, a video vixen, and Adam Ant.

Re-Views: “Series 7: The Contenders” (2001), one of the early parodies of reality TV.
Re-Views: “Remember the Titans” (2000), a film whose feel-goodness overwhelmed me the first time I saw it.

What’s the Big Deal?: “The Deer Hunter” (1978), about Vietnam and Russian roulette. (This is the last edition of this column, as explained above.)

My Shame List: “Schindler’s List” (1993).

Things the Avengers Theoretically Would Not Assemble For: An exhaustive list.

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MY OTHER STUFF:

Snide Remarks: “Things to Do with Eric When He’s Dead” — My last requests, when the time comes
Snide Remarks: “The 2012 American Hunger Games” — A live play-by-play commentary

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider: We have fixed our audio problems, by the way. We thank you for your patience during these trying times. If you don’t know what I’m talking about because you don’t listen to the show anyway, then never mind, and up yours. [MovieBS] or [iTunes]

In the Dark: Subscribe to this weekly e-mail and get all the latest movie reviews, DVD releases, and other pertinent info delivered to your electronic mailbox. [Eric D. Snider's In the Dark]

Twitter: @EricDSnider

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