Archive for the ‘Movies’ Category

Sibling Revelry (well, at least some of the time)

Posted by Ken Burke On September - 27 - 2014 0 Comment
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If you’ve noticed (which I doubt that anyone has because I’ve been putting posts here for about a year now encouraging readers of Popculture Galaxy to read my detailed comments at the Film Reviews from Two Guys in the Dark blog and have yet to get a single comment either here or at my blog  [ Read More ]

Review – The Equalizer

Posted by Zak Wojnar On September - 25 - 2014 0 Comment
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Got a Problem? Odds Against You? Call The Equalizer. Denzel Washington is back, in a major way, with The Equalizer, based on the 1980s television series. Robert McCall works at a Home Depot-type store in Boston, and when he sees injustice, he doesn’t write a blog about it, he doesn’t call the cops, and he  [ Read More ]

EXCLUSIVE: Dead Rising Movie Casts Frank West

Posted by Zak Wojnar On September - 12 - 2014 0 Comment
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Yeah, I just got an exclusive, because I’m cool like that. Dead Rising is the mystery adaptation of the popular Capcom video game series, to be directed by Zack Lipovsky, a man mostly known for his VFX work. I just got off the phone with my people (yeah, I have people), and was told that  [ Read More ]

Categories: Movie News, Movies

Unexpected Journeys: There But Not Always Back Easily

Posted by Ken Burke On August - 15 - 2014 0 Comment
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It’s been a sad time in celebrity-land lately with the assumed suicide of Robin Williams paralleled by the natural death of Lauren Bacall, but they each left no last significant film on the horizon to simultaneously torment us with their loss but ease the pain a bit by giving us one final memorable role to  [ Read More ]

Please, Please, Please … See This Film

Posted by Ken Burke On August - 10 - 2014 0 Comment
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While everyone in the world seemed to be at Guardians of the Galaxy last weekend and it looks like many of them may be headed for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this time around, I’d like you to consider another option:  Get On Up, the new biography of The Godfather of Soul, Soul Brother No. 1,  [ Read More ]

Review – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

Posted by Zak Wojnar On August - 8 - 2014 0 Comment
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  “So… They’re aliens?” “No. That would be stupid. They’re reptiles!” Despite what some might tell you, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are not a sacred and revered property; they’re a bunch of silly kids who kick butt and talk smack like Spider-Man on a sugar buzz. This irreverence carries over to their newest incarnation,  [ Read More ]

Each Day Just Goes So Fast, I Turn Around It’s Past

Posted by Ken Burke On August - 1 - 2014 0 Comment
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When I was growing up in Texas back in the 1950s (yes, some people are that old) I remember a joke book called You Can Always Tell a Texan … But Not Very Much, which alludes to the stereotype of the time (and today, where Rick Perry is concerned): the big-mouthed, long-winded braggart who could  [ Read More ]

Lucy (and Jenny), You Got Some ‘Splainin’ to Do!

Posted by Ken Burke On July - 31 - 2014 0 Comment
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When you combine all of the movies that Luc Besson has written and/or directed you might get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of pulse-pounding action that he’s brought to screen, but that doesn’t stop him from throwing even more at us in Lucy, where he puts all of the casual killings, car chases, well-armed-army showdowns,  [ Read More ]

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

Posted by Zak Wojnar On July - 30 - 2014 0 Comment
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  Instead of my usual quote, I will instead insert a paraphrase, while reminding readers that this is, in fact, a family film: “I may be an asshole, but I’m not 100% a dick.” The Marvel Cinematic Universe is just that, a universe. Not limited to adventures on Earth, we’ve seen interplanetary antics in both  [ Read More ]

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 ]

Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

Posted by Zak Wojnar On May - 26 - 2014 0 Comment
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“In the future, do I make it?” “…No. But we have a chance to change that.” It’s may be hard to believe, but Days of Future Past is the seventh entry in the X-Men series. After veering wildly into spin-off territory with a pair of Wolverine films and something of a reboot in the distant  [ 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 ]