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Showcase at the Movies: Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy Movie PosterIn this week’s Showcase podcast, my wife Erin and I talk about the newest comic book movie, Guardians of the Galaxy. Erin tackles it from the viewpoint of someone completely unfamiliar with the franchise, whereas I examine it as a longtime fan of the characters. We talk spoiler-free for a while, then put up a warning before we get spoiler-ful.

Gotta admit, it was hard to prevent this from just being 30 minutes of the two of us saying “I am Groot.”

At the Movies Episode 44: Guardians of the Galaxy

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What I Watched In… July 2014

Favorite of the Month: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Favorite of the Month: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

In the interest of full disclosure (and to generate a little content here) I thought I’d present a regular tally of what movies I managed to see in the previous month. Some of them I’ve written about, most of them I haven’t. This list includes movies I saw for the first time, movies I’ve seen a thousand times, movies I saw in the theater, movies I watched at home, direct-to-DVD, made-for-TV and anything else that qualifies as a movie. I also choose my favorite of the month among those movies I saw for the first time, marked in red. Feel free to discuss or ask about any of them!

1. Independence Day (1996), B+
2. The Rocketeer (1991), A-
3. Lucky Duck (2014), C+
4. Futurama: Bender’s Game (2008), B+
5. Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010), F; RiffTrax Riff, A
6. Sharknado (2013), F; RiffTrax Riff, A-
7. Chilling Visions: 5 States of Fear (2014), B
8. Mad Ron’s Prevues From Hell (1987), C
9. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), A
10. Super Mario Bros. (1993), D; RiffTrax Riff, B+
11. I, Frankenstein (2014), D
12. The Gamers: Dorkness Rising (2008), B
13. Night of the Living Dead (1968), A; RiffTrax, B-
14. Supergirl (1984), D+
15. Mars Attacks! (1996), C
16. Under the Skin (2013), C-
17. Best Worst Movie (2009), B+
18. Planet of the Apes (1968), A-
19. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996), B+
20. Futurama: Bender’s Big Score (2007), B+
21. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), A
22. RED 2 (2013), B-
23. Anacondas: The Hunt For the Blood Orchid (2004), D
24. Mark Twain (2001), A
25. Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), B-

What I Watched In… June 2014

Favorite of the Month: Much Ado About Nothing (2012)

Favorite of the Month: Much Ado About Nothing (2012)

First off, allow me to apologize for the lack of activity here lately. I know I promised to start hitting you guys with more regular reviews, but June didn’t allow me a lot of time for writing of any kind because — and this is the part I make no apologizes for — I got married. It’s been a great month, but a busy one. The odd thing is, I did manage to squeeze in a healthy number of movies, while simultaneously having virtually no time to DO anything with them.

Anyway, back to the usual stuff. In the interest of full disclosure (and to generate a little content here) I thought I’d present a regular tally of what movies I managed to see in the previous month. Some of them I’ve written about, most of them I haven’t. This list includes movies I saw for the first time, movies I’ve seen a thousand times, movies I saw in the theater, movies I watched at home, direct-to-DVD, made-for-TV and anything else that qualifies as a movie. I also choose my favorite of the month among those movies I saw for the first time, marked in red. Feel free to discuss or ask about any of them!

1. Jaws (1975), A
2. Pulp Fiction (1994), B+
3.  The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953), B
4. Cool as Ice (1991), F; Rifftrax Riff, B+
5. G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013), C+
6. The Institute (2013), B-
7. Timecrimes (2007), A-
8. Curious George (2006), B
9. Knights of Badassdom (2013), B+
10. Identity Thief (2013), C
11. American Psycho (2000), B-
12. The Adventures of the American Rabbit (1986), B-
13. Hercules (1958), D+; MST3K Riff, B
14. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), B
15. From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999), C
16. From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter (1999), B-
17. Full Tilt Boogie (1997), B-
18. Killers From Space (1954), D; Film Crew Riff, B
19. Much Ado About Nothing (2012), A-
20. High Anxiety (1977), B
21. The Aristocats (1970), C+
22. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), B+
23. The Matrix (1999), A
24. Armageddon (1998), B-
25. Frozen (2013), A
26. How to Train Your Dragon (2010), B+
27. You’re Next (2013), C+
28. Maleficent (2014), B-
29. Planet of Dinosaurs (1977), F; RiffTrax Riff, B
30. The Wolverine (2013), B-
31. The LEGO Movie (2014), A
32. The Conjuring (2013), C-
33. Monsters University (2013), B+
34. The Blue Umbrella (2013), A

Showcase at the Movies — X-Men: Days of Future Past

X-men Days of Future PastDirector Bryan Singer returns to the X-Men franchise with X-Men: Days of Future Past. With the bar for comic book movies raised in recent years, can Marvel’s Merry Mutants reach the top again? The guys talk spoiler-free for a while, then put up a spoiler wall for those of you who want to stay clean.

At the Movies Episode 43: X-Men: Days of Future Past

Showcase at the Movies: Godzilla

Godzilla Poster 2The summers biggest star hits the screen this week, but can a Godzilla for the 21st century live up to the butt-kicking kaiju of the past? Blake gives his spoiler-free impressions inside.

At the Movies Episode 42: Godzilla