Archive for December, 2013

The Best Movie Posters of 2013

Posted in Top 5 Lists, Whatever with tags , , , , on 12/30/2013 by Taylor Holt


As we’ve seen, not all advertisements are done with maximum effort in the creativity department. And while not all that glitters is gold, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the view.

Below are seven of the year’s best movie posters, along with some of their variations. Continue reading

Movie Review: 47 Ronin

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , on 12/29/2013 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rinko Kikuchi, Tadanobu Asano, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, and thematic elements , Running time 119 minutes, Fantasy/Action/Adventure

Compare to: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007), The Immortals (2011)

Wow, man I’m really surprised. While I could have and did tell many that 47 Ronin wasn’t going to make it’s budget for a long time, if at all, I didn’t necessarily expect those that watched it to hate it the way they have.

Critics and audiences seem to agree that 47 Ronin is a mess. Normally, others opinions wouldn’t go onto these reviews but if you couldn’t tell, this one is a little late. All this being said, this movie is fun. I didn’t say good, I said fun. Continue reading

In Defense of Man of Steel: A Retrospect

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , on 12/24/2013 by Taylor Holt


It’s funny how divided the people have been about the newest cinematic incarnation of Superman; director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. Rotten Tomatoes has got it rated at an even 50% and Comic Book Girl talked about it but wouldn’t touch it herself for fear of getting harassed in the comment section for whatever side she might sway toward. Tried to put a link up to it but it looks like she even took the video down. I can only assume why.

And while this seems like something that should have come out around the time when the movie was first released, I needed to see again to make sure it was the same movie I thought it was in theaters. And it was actually better this time around.

Spoilers ahead. Of course.

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Movie Review: American Hustle

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , on 12/20/2013 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K., Michael Peña

Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence, Running time 138 minutes, Crime/Drama

Compare to: Carlito’s Way (1993), Jackie Brown (1997)

It’s always funny to see films set in the 1970s. Whether you grew up in the time period or not, all the clothes, the curls, the lingo; it immediately sets the tone to comedic whether it’s intentional or not.

Thankfully, director David O. Russell (The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook) knows what he’s doing and plays with the tone to his, and our, advantage. Continue reading

Movie Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , on 12/18/2013 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell, Christina Applegate, David
Koechner, Meagan Good, Dylan Baker, Kristin Wiig, James Marsden

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, drug use, language and comic violence, Running time 119 minutes, Comedy

Compare to: Any Will Ferrell Comedy

As far as sequels nine years in the making go, did any Comedy about a bunch of sexist newscasters in the 70s deserve this more? A better question would be did we ask for this?

While the answer is “No,” it’s also something that isn’t unwelcome. Avatar 2 may have be less anticipated actually. I don’t hear anybody really clamoring for any sequels to that while Anchorman 2 just seemed to say “We’re here, and you’re going to enjoy this.” Continue reading

What’s Wrong with The Hobbit

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , , on 12/18/2013 by Taylor Holt


Written by Bryce Waller

After my second viewing of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug tonight, I am finally ready to write this article. Some of these words will be hard to write, but I have to be honest with myself, and honest with you…my peeps.

Let it be known that I did enjoy this film, I just think it could have been much better.  It is pretty hard not to enjoy this film even if you haven’t read the book or seen any of the original LOTR films. Also, please note that there WILL BE SPOILERS Continue reading

The Worst Movie Posters of 2013

Posted in Top 5 Lists, Whatever with tags , , , , on 12/17/2013 by Taylor Holt
Hapless hijinks all around!

Hapless hijinks all around!

There are some great movie posters out there. Some really tell a story of their own just with how creative or even simplistic the image presented are. Everybody loves a good floating head collage while some just come up with a design that doesn’t tell you everything but draws you in with something cool enough to make you think the movie might have something to it.

Then there are the other ones. That’s what this is about because regardless of how good the movie may or may not have been, the poster that was meant to draw you in just didn’t do it’s friggin’ job. Continue reading

Theory: All the Jedi Had to Die

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , on 12/16/2013 by Taylor Holt


We always think of the Jedi in the Star Wars stories as being near perfect; peacekeepers and the upholders of light in a massive universe that needs the caring hand of the spiritual sentients to guide them.

And what are the Sith? The Dark side, of course. The ones in the galaxy the simply want to rule through power and fear and they’re some of the few powerful enough to actually do it.

And because of this, they’re the bad guys. And the Jedi are the good guys.

…Aren’t they? Continue reading

Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , , on 12/13/2013 by Taylor Holt


Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, Luke Goss, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, and Benedict Cumberbatch

Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images, Running time 161 minutes, Adventure/Fantasy/Drama

Compare to: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), Beowulf (2007)

It seems impossible for Peter Jackson to make a film under two and half hours these days. It’s not really surprising given the length of the other four middle earth movies are, but does this one feel like the same duration that it is? Well, that depends on whether or not you’ve got to pee.

So while last year’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey may have had one too many nods to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy that made us so familiar with Middle Earth, Desolation picks up where the last one left us and never really misses a beat. Continue reading

MBTI: 16 Types, 16 Colossi…Coincidence?

Posted in MBTI Artisans, MBTI Guardians, MBTI Idealists, MBTI Rationals, MBTI Stuff, MBTI Whatever with tags , , on 12/11/2013 by Taylor Holt


Ever played the 2005 PS2 game, Shadow of the Colossus? No? Shame on you. No, shame on you, you probably sit around on Call of Doody all day screaming homophobic slurs at children don’t you? Yeah, you do. Unless you are a child, well then you’re probably too young to have cared about this game because you’re also screaming homophobic slurs on Call of Duty.

You say you have played it? Oh, then read on. Continue reading