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Occasional link roundup – March 3-23

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Howdy, gang! Wait, that looks wrong. A group of people who could be described as a “gang” would not answer to “howdy.” So never mind. I’m going to start over. No, I’m just going to regurgitate some links.

“Olympus Has Fallen” B-
“The Croods” B-
“Oz the Great and Powerful” B-
“Somebody Up There Likes Me” B
“Beyond the Hills” D
“Reality” B+
“Ginger & Rosa” B [About.com]

SXSW coverage:
The 8 Most Memorable Premieres in SXSW History. Or the eight I remember the most, anyway. Except for the one I wasn’t at. The seven I remember most, plus one that sounds like it was fairly noteworthy. [Film.com]
The Great Debate: SXSW vs. Sundance. I took the Sundance side, with Film School Rejects’ Rob Hunter sticking up for SXSW. [Film.com]
“Go for Sisters” B [Twitch]
“Hours” D [Twitch]
“Haunter” B [Twitch]
“Drinking Buddies” B+ [Twitch]

Eric’s Bad Movies: “Land of Doom” (1986), set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, like all ’80s movies. [Film.com]

Eric’s Bad Movies: “Mr. Hush” (2011), about a man tormented by a vampire and a lack of acting talent. [Film.com]

Snide Remarks: “Empty Pockets,” in which traveling by air requires giving up on everything.

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider: Episode 151 has “Oz the Great and Powerful,” “Emperor,” and an interview with “Rewind This!” director Josh Johnson. Episode 152 has “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” “The Call,” and my report from SXSW. Episode 153 has “Olympus Has Fallen,” “Spring Breakers,” “The Croods,” “Stoker,” and an interview with “On the Road” director Walter Salles. [MovieBS]

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Weekly link roundup – Feb. 17-March 2

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

A big ol’ “thanks, y’all!” to the Oxford (Miss.) Film Festival, which I attended for the fifth time last weekend as a juror. Good times were had. New friends were made. The passive voice was used. In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

“21 & Over” C+
“Jack the Giant Slayer” C+
“Snitch” C
“A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III” D- [About.com]
“Bless Me, Ultima” B [About.com]

Eric’s Bad Movies: “A Talking Cat!?!” (2013), which is about — get this — a talking cat (!?!). [Film.com]

“Snitch,” Guns in Movies, and Why Hollywood Can’t Shoot Straight: A li’l thing about how guns are unrealistically portrayed in movies. [Film.com]

You’re Old: “Army of Darkness” Came Out 20 Years Ago This Week. This was a couple weeks ago. Now you’re even older. [Movies.com]

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider:
Episode 149 has our review of “Snitch” and some pre-Oscar gab; episode 150 has “Jack the Giant Slayer,” “21 & Over,” and a bloody game of Interquel. [MovieBS]

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Weekly link roundup – Feb. 10-16

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Here are some reviews and other things that I wrote that you can click on with your Internet.

“A Good Day to Die Hard” D
“Beautiful Creatures” B- [Twitch]
“Safe Haven” D [Twitch]
“Barbara” B [About.com]
“NO” B+ [Twitch]

Snide Remarks: “Get Out of the Way, Idaho,” which discusses the strict regulation of minor infractions in The Potato State™

The Great Debate: “Casablanca” vs. “Gone with the Wind,” with me taking the correct side (“Casablanca”) and Corey Atad taking the losing side. [Film.com]

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider: We reveal the entire boring-then-crazy plot of “Safe Haven,” plus reviews of “A Good Day to Die Hard,” “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III,” and “Beautiful Creatures.” [MovieBS]

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Link roundup – Feb. 3-9

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

A few reviews, a Snide Remarks, an Eric’s Bad Movies — why, it was a week so full of things that you could scarcely ask for more things!

“Side Effects” B [Twitch]
“Identity Thief” D+ [Twitch]
“The Playroom” B+

Eric’s Bad Movies: “The Octagon” (1980), starring Chuck Norris as a man protecting someone from ninja assassins. [Film.com]

Snide Remarks: “Jamaican Me Crazy” — Adventures in getting offended by proxy, courtesy of the Super Bowl.

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider: Episode 147 has reviews of “Identity Thief” and “Side Effects,” a quick preview of the Portland Int’l Film Festival, a round of Character Casserole, and a variety of other happy fun-time shenanigans. [MovieBS]

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Link roundup – Jan. 13-Feb. 2

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

January is always a busy month because of Sundance squatting in the second half of it, but this year that busyness was not manifested in my written output. Lots of traveling, administrating, strategizing, and recuperating, but less writing than usual. Such are the vagaries of festival coverage! Such are the caprices of fate. [Fart noise]

Here’s what has come out of my word hole over the last few weeks.

“Warm Bodies” B
“Stand Up Guys” C
“Parker” C+

Sundance things!

“Austenland” review [Twitch]
“Upstream Color” review [Twitch]
“Prince Avalanche” review [Twitch]
“Mud,” “Mister & Pete,” and This Year’s Breakout Kid Actors at Sundance [Movies.com]
“Escape from Tomorrow”: The Thrill of Sneaking Around Under Mickey Mouse’s Nose [Movies.com]
“Fruitvale” and “Valentine Road”: The Biggest Tearjerkers at Sundance [Movies.com]

Eric’s Bad Movies: “The Wraith” (1986), with Charlie Sheen as a supernatural manifestation/drag racer. [Film.com]

Snide Remarks: “Low-Capacity Magazines” — Another lesson in gossip interpretation.

Steven Soderbergh’s Top 5 and Bottom 5 Movies. [Film.com]

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider:
Episode 145 has talk of “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” “Amour,” a Sundance wrap-up, and more. Episode 146 has “Warm Bodies,” “Stand Up Guys,” and more. [MovieBS]

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Weekly link roundup – Jan. 6-12

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Ahh, the first full week of the new year. After all the hustle and bustle of November and December, it feels good to settle back into the regular routine! For exactly one week. And then it’s Sundance time. Busy busy! I am busy like, how you say, beaver. Here are the things I have beavered this week:

“Zero Dark Thirty” B+
“Gangster Squad” C [Twitch]
“Amour” B+
“The Impossible” B+
“I Am Not a Hipster” B

Eric’s Bad Movies: “The Curse” (1987), starring Wil Wheaton, Claude Akins, and no curses. [Film.com]

Comment: Why Are the ‘Django Unchained’ Action Figures Offensive? Spoiler: they’re not. [Film.com]

Hollywood’s New Year’s Resolutions. I got an exclusive! [Film.com]

Snide Remarks: “Anti-Anti-Semitism” — Hating the Jews seems like a lot of work.

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider. You won’t want to miss our reviews of “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Gangster Squad,” “Rust and Bone,” plus the other lame stuff we talk about. [MovieBS]

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All my stuff from the last couple weeks

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Happy new year! I hope you’re enjoying this “2013″ business so far. Here are the end-of-2012 pieces I wrote for you (yes, you specifically):

The Best and Worst Movies of 2012
Eric’s Media Inventory: What I Watched and Read in 2012
My ‘best’ film-related pieces from 2012
2012 film titles: a dramatic reading [Film.com]
The wide releases of 2012: a handy list

And here are the various reviews and other features from the last couple weeks, in case you haven’t been paying attention because of “Christmas” or whatever:

“Django Unchained” B [Twitch]
“This Is 40″ C+ [Twitch]
“Jack Reacher” B
“On the Road” B-
“Les Misérables” B [Twitch]

Snide Remarks: “Claus for Reflection” — Assorted yuletide childhood memories
Eric’s Bad Movies: “Creature” (2011), about a creature. [Film.com]

My ‘best’ film-related pieces from 2012

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Not counting reviews of new releases, I wrote 131 movie-related features for five websites (besides this one) in 2012. Of those, 96 were ongoing columns like Eric’s Bad Movies, What’s the Big Deal? (R.I.P.), and Re-Views (R.I.P.), to which you’ll find a thorough list of links elsewhere. The remaining 36 features varied in subject and tone, and some were better than others, and some I don’t remember writing. But here are the ones that I think are the least bad.

March 5: What Household Items Will Become Movies After the Board Games Are Used Up? [Film.com]

April 4: Things the Avengers Theoretically Would Not Assemble For [Film.com]

May 4: Every Girl’s Guide to ‘The Avengers,’ by Internet Princess Quartney Vagington [Film School Rejects]

June 22: The Apocalypse Is All the Rage [Film.com]

Aug. 1: The Aurora Tragedy: Have We Found Every Way to Exploit It? [Pajiba]

Aug. 3: Happy Anniversary to 1987, the Worst Year in Film History [Film.com]

Aug. 28: Pitch Meeting: ‘Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure’ [Film.com]

Aug. 29: ‘Beached’ and Other Animals-Raising-Kids Movies We Want to See [Movies.com]

Nov. 7: Quiz: Female Character in a James Bond Film, or Drag Queen We Made Up? [Pajiba]

Nov. 7: 007 By the Numbers: Every James Bond Statistic You Never Knew You Needed to Know [Movies.com]

Nov. 9: 007 By the Numbers: Part 2 [Movies.com]

Nov. 16: Dear ‘Twilight’: Thank You for Ending [Film.com]

Nov. 28: Movies That Should Be Remade by Name-Appropriate Directors [Twitch]

Dec. 6: Pitch Meeting: ‘Playing for Keeps’ [Film.com]

Dec. 7: Don’t Listen to Critics Who Say Negative Things About ‘The Hobbit,’ by Someone Who Has Not Seen ‘The Hobbit’ [Pajiba]

Dec. 13: 2012 Film Titles: A Dramatic Reading [Film.com]

Weekly link roundup – Dec. 9-15

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Prepare for an onslaught of new movies over the next 10 days or so. In the meantime, there was just one little thing released this weekend…

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” C

Eric’s Bad Movies: “.com For Murder” (2002), a film about how the Internet is terrifying! Features Nastssja Kinski arguing with a computer. [Film.com]

2012 Film Titles: A Dramatic Reading. Here is a playlet in which the dialogue is composed entirely of 2012 movie titles. [Film.com]

Is “The Hobbit” OK for Kids? The Case For and Against. Keep in mind, though, I don’t really care what your kids see. [Film.com]

Snide Remarks: “More Miserables” — The musical of the book comes to the movies! Here’s all the history you need to know about “Les Miserables.”

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider: We talked about “The Hobbit,” “Hyde Park on Hudson,” “The Central Park Five,” the Golden Globes, and “I told you so.” [MovieBS]

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Weekly link roundup – Nov. 25-Dec. 8

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

This is two weeks’ worth of links, on account of last weekend I was under the weather and felt like bleeeeeeh. Everything should be back on the regular schedule this week.

Speaking of which, my Re-Views column is no more, at least for now. I do enjoy revisiting movies from yesteryear, so hopefully I’ll find another place for it. Meanwhile, Eric’s Bad Movies continues forever and cannot die.

“Silver Linings Playbook” B-
“Killing Them Softly” B
“The Collection” C- [Movies.com]
“End of Watch” B
“Playing for Keeps” C- [Twitch]
“Hyde Park on Hudson” C [Movies.com]

Eric’s Bad Movies: “Mask of Death” (1996), starring Lorenzo Lamas as a cop who gets plastic surgery to go undercover as a villain he sorta looks like anyway. [Film.com]

Special Comment: “Don’t Listen to the Movie Critics Who Say Negative Things About ‘The Hobbit’”: An editorial by someone who has not seen “The Hobbit.” [Pajiba]

Pitch Meeting: “Playing for Keeps.” An exclusive transcript of the conversation that led to the new Gerard Butler turd. [Film.com]

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider: Reviews of “Hitchcock,” “Playing for Keeps” (we pretty much give away the entire plot), and “End of Watch,” plus discussion of early “Hobbit” reviews and the reaction thereto. [MovieBS]

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