Weekly link roundup – July 23-29

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    NEW MOVIE REVIEWS:

    “Cowboys & Aliens” (C+)
    “Crazy Stupid Love” (B+) [Film.com]
    “The Future” (B+)
    “The Guard” (B)
    “Point Blank” (A-)

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    MOVIE COLUMNS:

    Eric’s Bad Movies: “Cyborg” (1989), starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, but not as a cyborg. [Film.com]

    What’s the Big Deal?: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977), in which a pile of mashed potatoes means something. [Film.com]

    Re-Views: “For Love of the Game” (1999), with Kevin Costner, baseball, and Vin Scully. [Film.com]

    Pitch Meeting: “The Smurfs” [Film.com]

    One Year Ago: a trip down memory lane for people whose memories only go back a year. This is maybe a new regular column, maybe. [Movies.com]

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    MY OTHER STUFF:

    Snide Remarks: “The Apple of My i” — America’s fastest-growing religion.

    Reject Radio: I was a guest on this week’s edition of this fine movie podcast, facing off against the lovely Kate Erbland in a movie news quiz, and then discussing obsessive fandom. [Film School Rejects]

    Movie B.S. with Bayer and Snider: Reviews of “Cowboys & Aliens” and “Crazy Stupid Love,” plus a sexist game of Pitch Me, and talk of my beard. [Cascadia.fm] 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]

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    MISCELLANEOUS MERRIMENT:

    Gordon and the Whale — a plucky movie website staffed by some talented and enthusiastic writers — is closing up shop, on account of there’s no money in running a movie website. That’s too bad. I’m somewhere in that photo montage at the end. [Gordon and the Whale]

    Site-specific “404 Error” pages. [Slacktory]

    This one New Yorker cartoon basically sums up the philosophy behind all comedy. [New Yorker/Yfrog]

    Ron Swanson paper dolls. Ron Swanson probably would not approve. [Flannel Animal]

    Some hilarious angry comments on Jeff Bayer’s “Cars 2” review. Read the ones from “RICH” especially. [The Scorecard Review]

    I didn’t grow up in Portland, so I don’t have any memories of this particular commercial. But I do have a fondness for crazy local ads in general. So here’s Kite Man. [Vimeo]

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