Tag Archives: Movies & TV

Cinematic Brain Freeze

Summer is in full swing and so are the big movies. Already a front-runner for the year, Avengers has made box office history, breaking records in both dexterous and sinister fashions. It’s one of the few movies that will guarantee itself five sequels, with each of the principals getting his or her own movie. Granted, they’re continuing named franchises, but what were Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America if not just appetizers for the main event? It’s summertime, which means things at the box office are about to get C-R-A-Z-Y. Who would have expected Avengers to break the $200 million budget barrier? Well, besides me, I mean. And June is going to be full of movies that have built expectations to a height that one could reasonably call stratospheric. Snow White and the Huntsman! Ridley Scott’s new Alien “¦ er “¦ Prometheus movie! A new Pixar movie! Dogs and cats …

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Summer Springs Forward

May is here, which means that summer has officially started. Well, as far as Hollywood is concerned, summer has arrived. According to astronomers and “¦ um “¦ nature, summer doesn’t start until June 21 or so. According to the kids these days, it doesn’t start until school is over for the year. And by the rules that Hollywood was playing with until just recently, the summer movie season started around Memorial Day. These past few years, what with Spidey 3, Iron Man, Star Trek, and Thor all coming out in early May, they’ve opened up the summer movie duration to the wee weeks of May. This year, that trend continues with the rip-roaring superhero blowout movie, The Avengers. I shouldn’t have to tell you about this film. With the stars of half the previously mentioned movies in it, and the other half rumored to have roles in the sequels, I …

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That Old Sinking Feeling…

Nowadays, the big thing is to rerelease movies in 3-D. OK, maybe it’s not THE big thing, but it’s definitely ONE big thing. We’ve seen The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Star Wars: Phantom Menace, and most recently, a movie that lives up to its name, Titanic. It’s not like these movies didn’t make their respective studios enough money; they’re all proven successes, which is why they are being rereleased in 3-D. Studios are spending money three-dimensionalizing these movies, so they want to see how exactly the 3-D experience measures up to the standard moviegoing experience. Is it worth it to produce movies in 3-D in the future? Well, there’s a major factor they’re missing out on. Pornography has always been the deciding factor when it comes to new video formats. The porn industry went with VHS, ergo death to Beta. It was the famous Porn Push of ’99 …

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C

C is the Roman numeral for 100. And today’s article is sponsored by the letter C. Can you say “C,” boys and girls? I know you can. 100 “” for one quarter of the famous film The 400 Blows … which is not a porno. 100 “” for the 100 stars you get when you have two American flags. 100 “” for the perfect score Man On Wire got on the Rotten Tomatoes film site. 100%. Certified Fresh, indeed. (Toy Story 2 also got 100%, but a higher percentage of site users liked the tightrope-walking film over the Pixar flick. Don’t ask me why; facts is facts.) 100 “” for the number of “Reel Dirt” articles I’ve written, this one included. And yes, in case you haven’t heard, I wrote all those earlier ones under the name Jimmy Faux. I took certain liberties with a lot of that. I exaggerated …

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An Octennial Supply of Dirt

And boy, are my fingernails dirty! Eight years! I can scarcely believe it. And eight is a special number. It is a power of two (two cubed, in case you were wondering), it is the number of folds in the Buddhist path to enlightenment, and it’s the number of years I’ve been writing this column! Though only 18 months under my own name. In that time, we’ve seen Louisiana push its way into the smoke-filled room where Hollywood deals are struck. We’ve seen storytelling in movies and television hit unprecedented highs and lows. And we’ve seen a despicable rise in both reality television ratings and emphasis on 3-D movies. Well, we here at Red Shtick have been around for eight years, commenting on politics, cultural events, and productions of the creative arts. With “Reel Dirt” in particular, I hope you have been entertained and at least a little bit informed. …

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Burning the Midnight Celluloid

What a year, huh? There were some phenomenal movies that came out in 2011. Tree of Life, Hugo, The Interrupters … and then there were movies that people actually saw! Green Lantern, Transformers 3, Conan the Barbarian … and then there were the movies that were good AND people saw them! I found myself popping into the local theater more than once (more like a dozen times) to catch the latest Hollywood thrill ride as it premiered in town at a midnight showing over the course of the past year. This made for many a wondrous and exciting experience. Among them were X-Men: First Class, Super 8, and my surprise of the year, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. That was a movie I dismissed initially, solely based on the superfluity of prepositions in its title. I’m just glad they didn’t add another definite article at the beginning of …

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