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Occasional link roundup – July 29-Aug. 31

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Whoa! It’s been a month since I did one of these! There’s a lot to catch up on. Do you Utah residents know about The Garrens Comedy Troupe 20th Anniversary Reunion Spectacular! taking place on Sept. 14 at BYU?? It is a real thing! We’ve been beavering away on it all summer, and it’s going to be sooooo much fun. Please come watch us!

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” B [About.com]
“Austenland” D+ [Twitch]
“The Butler” C+ [Twitch]
“Closed Circuit” C+
“Drinking Buddies” B+ [Twitch]
“Elysium”
“Europa Report” B [About.com]
“Getaway” D
“Kick-Ass 2” D [Twitch]
“Maniac” C [About.com]
“Paranoia” C-
“Passion” C+ [City Weekly]
“Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” C+ [Twitch]
“Prince Avalanche” B [Twitch]
“The Spectacular Now” B [About.com]
“We’re the Millers” B- [Twitch]
“The World’s End” B+
“You’re Next” B+

Eric’s Bad Movies #233: ‘Dracula 3000’ (2004) — On a spaceship, co-starring Coolio! [Film.com]
Eric’s Bad Movies #234: ‘The Devil Within Her’ (1975) — In which a stripper is cursed by a dwarf to have a demon baby [Film.com]
Eric’s Bad Movies #235: ‘BloodRayne: The Third Reich’ (2010) — Nazis, vampires, and Clint Howard [Film.com]

Snide Remarks #691: “The End of All Things” — Our society has gotten too permissive

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #171 (8/2): ‘2 Guns,’ ‘Maniac,’ Pitch Me [MovieBS]
Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #172 (8/9): ‘Elysium,’ ‘We’re the Millers,’ ‘Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters,’ ‘Blue Jasmine,’ ‘Blackfish,’ ‘Prince Avalanche’ [MovieBS]
Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #173 (8/16): ‘Kick-Ass 2,’ ‘The Butler,’ ‘Paranoia,’ final Summer Box Office Challenge update [MovieBS]
Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #174 (8/23): ‘The World’s End,’ ‘You’re Next,’ ‘The Spectacular Now,’ ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,’ Character Casserole [MovieBS]
Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #175 (8/30): [MovieBS]

You’re Old: ‘The Fugitive’ Came Out 20 Years Ago This Week — Aug. 6, 1993 [Movies.com]
You’re Old: ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ Came Out 25 Years Ago This Week — Aug. 12, 1988 [Movies.com]

Eric’s Movie Column: The Steep Decline in Sketch-Comedy Movies from ‘Kentucky Fried Movie’ to ‘Movie 43’ and ‘InAPPropriate Comedy’ — It’s a pretty serious drop-off [Film.com]
Eric’s Movie Column: ‘The Butler’ Box Office and Political Agendas — You can’t twist the facts to be how you like ’em [Film.com]
Eric’s Movie Column: The 2013 Summer Movie Quiz! — How close were you paying attention? [Film.com]

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Occasional link roundup – July 8-28

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Oh, hi. Remember that Rotten Tomatoes thing a year ago? Good news! They have forgiven me! I’m now back in full fellowship, a member in good standing, permitted to enter the private inner Tomato sanctum, etc. The only condition is that I am not allowed to do any more shenanigans. Which is fine; I’m really more of a hijinks guy anyway.

“Byzantium” B [About.com]
“The Conjuring” B+ [Twitch]
“Fruitvale Station” B- [About.com]
“Grown Ups 2” F [Twitch]
“Only God Forgives” B- [About.com]
“Pacific Rim” B
“R.I.P.D.” C
“Sightseers” B
“The To Do List” C+ [Twitch]
“The Way Way Back” B [About.com]
“The Wolverine” C+

Eric’s Bad Movies #231: “Silent Hill: Revelation” (2012) — The terrible sequel to a less-terrible movie [Film.com]
Eric’s Bad Movies #232: “Shakma” (1990) — Featuring a killer baboon! [Film.com]

You’re Old: ‘Jaws 3-D’ Came Out 30 Years Ago This Week
— And life was never the same again [Movies.com]

The ‘Butler’ Lawsuit and 7 Pairs of Movies That Shared a Title Without Anyone Suing About It — Same name, different movie [Film.com]
The Pitch Meeting for ‘R.I.P.D.’ — Another verbatim transcript [Film.com]

Snide Remarks #690: “The Surly Urban Juror” — Doing one’s civic duty, civilly or otherwise

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #168 (7/12): ‘Pacific Rim,’ ‘Grown Ups 2,’ ‘The Way Way Back’ [MovieBS]
Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #169 (7/19): ‘The Conjuring,’ ‘RED 2,’ R.I.P.D.,’ ‘Only God Forgives’ [MovieBS]
Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #170 (7/26): ‘The Wolverine,’ ‘The To Do List,’ ‘Fruitvale Station,’ Character Casserole [MovieBS]

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Occasional link roundup – June 24-July 7

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Happy early July to you! I hope you’re having a splendid summer and are not  freaking out because it’s practically halfway over and it will be Labor Day before you know it. Cheers!

“The Bling Ring” C [About.com]
“Despicable Me 2” C- [Twitch]
“The East” B [About.com]
“The Heat” B+ [Twitch]
“The History of Future Folk” B+ [About.com]
“The Lone Ranger” D+
“White House Down” B

Eric’s Bad Movies #229: “Battlefield Earth” (2000) — It took 13 years to muster the strength to watch it again [Film.com]
Eric’s Bad Movies #230: “Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn” (1983) — Warning: does not feature the destruction of Jared-Syn [Film.com]

The Pitch Meeting for ‘The Lone Ranger’ — Verbatim transcript! [Film.com]

All the Things That the Fiftysomething White Lady Behind Me Said Aloud During ‘The Lone Ranger’ — An exhaustive survey

Snide Remarks #689: “Proud Fathers” — What would the Founders think of us now?

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #166 (6/28): ‘White House Down,’ ‘The Heat,’ ‘Monsters University,’ ‘World War Z,’ ‘Much Ado About Nothing,’ ‘The Bling Ring’ [MovieBS]
Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #167 (7/5): ‘The Lone Ranger,’ ‘Despicable Me 2,’ Pitch Me

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Occasional link roundup – May 26-June 23

Monday, June 24th, 2013

From the last few weeks: 11 movie reviews, 4 Eric’s Bad Movies columns, a Snide Remarks, a couple You’re Old columns, some podcasts, plus other things and also more things, and stuff.

“After Earth” C
“The Attack” B+ [Twitch]
“Call Me Kuchu” B+ [Twitch]
“The Kings of Summer” B [About.com]
“Man of Steel” B-
“Monsters University” B [Twitch]
“Much Ado About Nothing” B [About.com]
“Now You See Me” C [Twitch]
“The Purge” B- [Twitch]
“This Is the End” B
“World War Z” C+

Eric’s Bad Movies #225: “Sasquatch” (aka “The Untold”) (2011) — Lance Henriksen pursues the legendary creature. [Film.com]
Eric’s Bad Movies #226: “Suburban Commando” (1991) — Hulk Hogan is a bald, long-haired space alien. [Film.com]
Eric’s Bad Movies #227: “Dylan Dog: Dead of Night” (2011) — In which former Superman Brandon Routh tries something else. [Film.com]
Eric’s Bad Movies #228: “The Freedom of Silence” (2011) — In the future, Christianity is outlawed! [Film.com]

Eric’s Movie Column: How “Man of Steel” Is Better Than “Superman Returns” — and Vice Versa — A careful examination of the facts (i.e., opinions). [Film.com]

Snide Remarks #688: “Supermania!” — A refresher course on the Man of Steel

You’re Old: “Big” Came Out 25 Years Ago — June 3, 1988. [Movies.com]
You’re Old: “Last Action Hero” Came Out 20 Years Ago — June 18, 1993. [Movies.com]

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #163 (5/31): “After Earth,” “Now You See Me,” “Stories We Tell,” Character Casserole. [MovieBS]
Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #164 (6/7): “The Purge,” “The Internship,” “The Kings of Summer,” “Sightseers,” “Violet & Daisy.” [MovieBS]
Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #165 (6/14): “Man of Steel,” “This Is the End,” “Before Midnight,” “The History of Future Folk” (including interview with the stars). [MovieBS]

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Occasional link roundup – April 28-May 25

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Hello! Let us celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in the traditional fashion by listing everything we’ve written online in the last few weeks.

“Frances Ha” A-
“Furious 6” C
“Gimme the Loot” B+ [About.com]
“The Great Gatsby” C [Twitch]
“The Hangover Part III” D+ [Twitch]
“The Iceman” C-
“Iron Man 3” B+
“Mud” B+
“An Oversimplification of Her Beauty” B [About.com]
“The Reluctant Fundamentalist” B- [About.com]
“Star Trek Into Darkness” B-
“Stories We Tell” B+ [About.com]

Eric’s Bad Movies: “C.H.O.M.P.S.” (1979) — Family comedy about a robot dog that is also a burglar alarm, sort of. [Film.com]
Eric’s Bad Movies: “Sudden Death” (1995) — Jean-Claude Van Damme fights terrorism with hockey. [Film.com]
Eric’s Bad Movies: “Misbegotten” (1998) — Surrogate mother stalked by her sperm donor, who is tragically Kevin Dillon. [Film.com]

Eric’s Movie Column: The Pitch Meeting for “Peeples” — Hidden microphones reveal the startling truth behind Tyler Perry’s latest presentation. [Film.com]
Eric’s Movie Column: Why Can’t We Let Filmmakers Tell Their Stories on Their Own Terms? — Quit with the “scoops” and let us just watch the movies. [Film.com]

Snide Remarks #687: “Truth Decay” — Why I’m voting against fluoridated water. (Can you believe this was even a controversy?)

You’re Old: “Deep Impact” Came Out 15 Years Ago.
A look back at the week of May 8, 1998. [Movies.com]
You’re Old: “The Matrix Reloaded” Came Out 10 Years Ago. And then a look back at May 15, 2003. [Movies.com]

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #159 (5/3):
“Iron Man 3,” “Gimme the Loot,” the start of the summer box office challenge. [MovieBS]
Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #160 (5/10): “The Great Gatsby,” “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” “Aftershock,” Character Casserole. [MovieBS]
Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #161 (5/17): “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “At Any Price,” “The Iceman,” Pitch Me. [MovieBS]
Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #162 (5/24): “The Hangover Part III,” “Furious 6,” “Frances Ha.” [MovieBS]

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Occasional link roundup – April 14-27

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

I’m doing a new column at Film.com! Sort of. Basically, instead of doing one-off features like I’ve been doing, they’ll be gathered under a heading: “Eric D. Snider’s Movie Column.” It took us a long time to come up with that. The first one is about CinemaScore: what it is, what it wants from us, whether it can hurt us, etc.

Eric’s Bad Movies is still a thing, of course. This is separate from that, a weekly-ish repository for me to write about whatever film-related things are on my mind, without being restricted by a particular topic or format. I might even be able to sneak an occasional Re-View in there…

“Pain & Gain” C [Twitch]
“Oblivion” C+
“My Brother the Devil” B+ [About.com]
“To the Wonder” C- [About.com]
“At Any Price” B+ [Twitch]
“The Angels’ Share” B+

Eric D. Snider’s Movie Column: What Is a ‘CinemaScore’? — Breaking down the audience polling service [Film.com]

Eric’s Bad Movies: “Barney’s Great Adventure” (1998) — Terrifying prehistoric monster visits children [Film.com]
Eric’s Bad Movies: “Chain Reaction” (1996) — Keanu Reeves solves the world’s energy problems [Film.com]

Snide Remarks #686: “Correction News Network” — CNN clarifies some of its earlier coverage

Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #157 (4/19) — “Oblivion,” “Room 237,” “Lords of Salem,” “Upstream Color,” “The Company You Keep” [MovieBS]
Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #158 (4/26) — “Pain & Gain,” “Mud,” “To the Wonder,” “Arthur Newman,” “NO,” “The Angels’ Share” [MovieBS]

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Occasional link roundup – March 24-April 13

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Here is a fragrant, florid pile of links to things I’ve written in the last few weeks, both here and at other sites. Please to read them, won’t we?

Movie reviews:

“42” C+ [Twitch]
“Admission” C+
“Antiviral” B-
“Evil Dead” B
“G.I. Joe: Retaliation” C
“The Place Beyond the Pines” B+ [About.com]
“Room 237” C+
“Scary Movie 5” F [Twitch]
“Simon Killer” B- [About.com]
“Stoker” B+ [About.com]
“Upstream Color” B+
“Wrong” B

Other things and/or stuff:

___Snide Remarks #684: “What I Think About What You Think” — Opinions, and the people who have them.
___Snide Remarks #685: “Spring Breaking Point” — Relax and get aggravated at the movies!

___Eric’s Bad Movies: “Casablanca” (1942). I tried something a little different. [Film.com]
___Eric’s Bad Movies: “Lords of the Street” (2008), starring Kris Kristofferson, DMX, and a guy who isn’t DMX. [Film.com]

___The 8 Most Annoying Movie Marketing Tactics. From character posters to six-second teasers. [Film.com]

___Interview: David Zucker. On how spoofs have changed from “Airplane!” (which he co-wrote and directed) to “Scary Movie 5” (which he co-wrote and produced). [Film.com]

___You’re Old: “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life” Came Out 30 Years Ago. A sketchy visit to April 1, 1983. [Movies.com]
___You’re Old: “Indecent Proposal” and “The Sandlot” Came Out 20 Years Ago This Week. What a strange double feature that was on April 9, 1993.

___Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #154 (3/29). “G.I. Retaliation,” “Admission,” “Ginger & Rosa,” Pitch Me, and more. [MovieBS]
___Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #155 (4/5). “Evil Dead,” “Reality,” “Jurassic Park 3D,” personal memories of Roger Ebert, and more and more. [MovieBS]
___Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider #156 (4/12). “42,” “Trance,” “The Place Beyond the Pines,” “The Sapphires,” “Somebody Up There Likes Me,” Character Casserole, and more and more and more. [MovieBS]

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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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