Archive for the ‘Movie News’ Category

Do You Believe in Magic? How About Love?

Posted by Ken Burke On July - 26 - 2014 0 Comment
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Whether he continues to conform to a majority of tastes anymore or not (despite no charges ever being filed, those accusations of child molestation that periodically emerge do no one’s public credibility much good, even when you’ve previously won some Oscars—4 to be precise from 23 nominations along with other noms and wins for Best  [ Read More ]

Furs Flies with Venus and the Apes

Posted by Ken Burke On July - 21 - 2014 0 Comment
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If you’re a bound-for-glory masochist, a student of evolving and interwoven themes in the arts, or just a lover of well-conceived, well-made films then I recommend Roman Polanski’s latest to you, Venus in Fur, adapted from the Davis Ives hit Broadway play, itself adapted from the famous 1870 Leopold von Sacher-Masoch novel, Venus in Furs.   [ Read More ]

An Obviously Good Film about Leaving Childhood Behind

Posted by Ken Burke On July - 10 - 2014 0 Comment
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Unfortunately, it’s taken me long enough to get around to seeing Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child that by the time you read this review you may have a hard time finding the film if its content intrigues you.  The intrigue is real, though, just as are most of the personalities and situations here—although the story veers  [ Read More ]

Thumbs Up for the New Roger Ebert Documentary!

Posted by Ken Burke On July - 6 - 2014 0 Comment
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Roger Ebert was a larger-than-life figure in the world of film criticism, both physically—he admits he was up to 300 lbs. at one point before he forced himself to address his weight and his alcoholism—and conceptually, in that his prolific writings, his huge personality amplified ever further with all those years critiquing movies on TV  [ Read More ]

Could We Transform This Franchise to Something Better?

Posted by Ken Burke On July - 6 - 2014 0 Comment
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The latest entry in the ongoing Transformers saga has opened recently to a huge box-office response (not just domestically but also worldwide, including the biggest opening weekend ever in China, where part of the movie was shot) along with universal critical distain (17% positive reviews from the Rotten Tomatoes collective, 31% average score from the  [ Read More ]

Galaxy View

Welcome guys to episode 58 of Galaxy View.  Joining me is my co-host with the most, Zak Wojnar.  It’s that time of the year for some Michael Bay Transformers and we are here to share our thoughts on Transformers: Age of Extinction.  The results may surprise you Galaxy View is available at the iTunes Music Store where you can  [ Read More ]

Categories: Movie News, Podcast

Are Three and Four Your Lucky Numbers?

Posted by Ken Burke On June - 27 - 2014 0 Comment
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As usual, there’s a lot to pick from at your local movie houses but one offering you could choose isn’t the usual loud and long extravaganza (Transformers: Age of Extinction), silly romantic comedy (Think Like a Man Too), or just plain silly but with lots of action (22 Jump Street).  The alternative of which I  [ Read More ]

New trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Posted by Mark Bridge On June - 24 - 2014 0 Comment
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The Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a little more than a month away and marketing is beginning to ramp up for the film.  The first trailer shown was just a minute long teaser that featured no dialogue from the turtles save for Michelangelo at the end.  This new trailer however has loads  [ Read More ]

Categories: Movie News
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I’ve recently posted my detailed review  of three cinematic offerings, A Coffee in Berlin, Cold in July, and 22 Jump Street, that have just about nothing to do with each other (except that Wyatt Russell—son of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn—is in two of them, playing a low-life porno-snuff-film-scumbag in … July and a lamebrain  [ Read More ]

Keep On Tryin’ ‘till You Reach the Highest Ground

Posted by Ken Burke On June - 14 - 2014 0 Comment
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The recent success of X-Men: Days of Future Past brought up all sorts of discussions of movies that use time travel to the past to correct a present catastrophe, so now we can move on to a variation of that with the new Tom Cruise-Emily Blunt sci-fi action-charged thriller, Edge of Tomorrow (which I note  [ Read More ]

Are the Stars Out Tonight?

Posted by Ken Burke On June - 14 - 2014 0 Comment
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When you encounter something like The Fault in Our Stars that you know is supposed to confront you with sad, intense situations how do you really know when what you feel (especially if your face is so wet with tears that your popcorn is getting soggy) is the result of sincere emotions being stirred within  [ Read More ]

A Double Shot of Fantasy

Posted by Ken Burke On June - 8 - 2014 0 Comment
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Given that the most financially-dominating experiences at your local movie houses this weekend either come directly from the Fantasy genre (or have elements of fantasy in them, even though they may be from other genres: Romance—The Fault in Our Stars, teenagers with cancer face life like mature adults [although I haven’t seen it yet so  [ Read More ]

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?

Posted by Ken Burke On June - 3 - 2014 0 Comment
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I’ve given this discussion prompt the title of an old Bee Gees song, possibly because I recently saw Barry Gibb’s fabulous “Mythology” concert in tribute to his three deceased siblings and the marvelous career that he, Robin, and Maurice had as the Brothers Gibb (along with Andy Gibb’s solo work) but it’s also appropriate for  [ Read More ]

A Spicy Triumph or a Bit Undercooked?

Posted by Ken Burke On May - 29 - 2014 0 Comment
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You’re going to find a lot of positive critical commentary on Jon Favreau’s Chef, a textbook example of auteur filmmaking in which he’s the screenwriter, director, and lead actor.  Whether all of that high praise is fully deserved is up to you because I have to admit that with the trailer, the promo shots in  [ Read More ]

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? I Think Not

Posted by Ken Burke On May - 21 - 2014 0 Comment
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  I’m a little late in getting around to calling attention to the latest minor-crimes-against-humanity slapstick comedy starring Seth Rogen because I was distracted by Godzilla (he was attacking San Francisco; I live just across the Bay so I had to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice until he was through smashing skyscrapers  [ Read More ]

Man of Steel Sequel Now Has A Title

Posted by Mark Bridge On May - 21 - 2014 0 Comment
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One of the biggest news that came out of Comic Con last year was the announcement of the Batman VS Superman film.   The was the  film that comic book fans and some general audience that are familiar with the titans have been waiting for for ages.  But one of the questions that we all wondered  [ Read More ]

Categories: Movie News
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Two of the new offerings at your local (or not) cineplex couldn’t be any more different in content, tone, budget, and production complexities (although they come closest on that last item, given the matching double-exposure work needed in one of them).  The two include the latest version of Godzilla, in which we start the franchise  [ Read More ]

Top of the Heap? Depends on the Borough

Posted by Ken Burke On May - 9 - 2014 0 Comment
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Given that Popculture Galaxy is New York City-based, it seems only right that this mini-essay that deals with two cinematic depictions of the Big Apple should go under Featured Posts, but I guess I’ll just have to leave that to Editor-In-Chief Jonah Jameson Mark Bridge, won’t I? (Just kidding, Mark; get your finger off of that  [ Read More ]

New Dawn of the Planets of the Apes Trailer

Posted by Mark Bridge On May - 8 - 2014 0 Comment
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The prospect of doing prequels to beloved properties is always a touchy one when it comes to fan reactions.  The first hindrance is one of “Why go back?  Why not make a sequel?”  We already know how the story turns out so why bother?  The other is that it will most likely never capture the  [ Read More ]

Categories: Movie News

Don’t Know Much About History? Here’s Some Help

Posted by Ken Burke On May - 1 - 2014 0 Comment
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If you can get to your local movie house fast enough you may be able to catch at least one of these currently-running (I hope) history-based films which cover quite a gamut of fiction-enhanced drama based on fact to pure documentary, all of which you can find more information about in my detailed review.  The  [ Read More ]

Stalking the Impossible

Posted by Ken Burke On April - 24 - 2014 0 Comment
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Depending on what other reviews you may have read about the NFL-focused Draft Day and the artificial intelligence-focused Transcendence you would most likely be inclined to avoid both of them (at Rotten Tomatoes Draft Day has only 62% positive reviews while the bottom has dropped out for Transcendence with a measly 19% positive) but I’d  [ Read More ]

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There are a couple of British films (one from England, one from Scotland—even if some Scots don’t care to be part of Great Britain, and may not be by the end of this year, depending on how a referendum vote goes next September) just now opening or going wider in American markets that I’d like  [ Read More ]

Trust Issues

Posted by Ken Burke On April - 12 - 2014 0 Comment
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I’ve recently posted a review of several cinematic offerings that in their various ways deal with trust problems, with the most obvious one of the bunch being the new Captain America: The Winter Soldier in which no one seems to trust each other at all until about midway through the story.  Patriotic Cap, Steve Rogers, thinks  [ Read More ]

Galaxy View

Welcome guys to episode 54 of Galaxy View.  Joining me on this special edition of the podcast is IGN Movie Editor Scott Collura (@scottIGN) and ScreenRant’s Rob Keyes (@rob_keyes).  We discuss Captain America: The Winter Soldier along with the changes it brings to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Galaxy View is available at the iTunes Music Store where you can  [ Read More ]

Categories: Movie News, Podcast

Sacred and Profane (you choose which is which)

Posted by Ken Burke On April - 5 - 2014 1 Comment
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If you come to Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, his version of how and why the Biblical Great Flood happened, expecting to get a rosy, upbeat telling of the Genesis story with this patriarch and his family as the only decent human beings left on Earth when God decided to wipe the slate (and the planet) clean with  [ Read More ]