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GOING THE DISTANCE: How Sylvester Stallone created a film Icon and why he still matters

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , on 11/25/2015 by McCutcheon

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Written by Jacob Ethan Sapp!

When Rocky hit the scene in 1976, it introduced the world to the one of the most iconic characters in the history of cinema, won the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director, and became America’s favorite underdog story. It’s almost crazy to think about how well received the original film was nearly 40 years later.

There were no early warning signs, this movie just struck out of the blue. Produced on a modest budget (by the same team Winkler-Chertoff pairing that produced every subsequent film), and starring a virtually unknown lead actor/Writer in Sylvester Stallone, this film could easily have been overlooked as an amusing, but insignificant character piece in a year otherwise dominated by Scorsese’s seminal masterpiece, Taxi Driver, or the truly terrific, Network. The film didn’t boast cutting edge effects, a big-name composer such as John Williams, (who at the time was probably working on a little picture he assumed nobody would ever watch called Star Wars), there were no big action set pieces, or shocking twists. It’s not a glamorous affair, as such Rocky’s success hinged on the old-school fundamentals of great storytelling, genuinely terrific acting, and a steady-handed director. Continue reading

Recasting for a Serious Version of “The Room”

Posted in Whatever with tags , , , on 03/23/2015 by McCutcheon

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Idea from Michael S.!

If you haven’t seen Tommy Wiseau’s live-action motion picture “black comedy,” The Room, I don’t know what to say to you. It’s a standard, or at least, it set one. When people talk about how HORRIBLE big budget movies are because there’s so much like, totally gross CGI unlike those amazingly quirky indie dramadies, I always ask them if they’ve seen The Room. It’s my way of telling them that a movie you didn’t like is not the same as a truly terrible movie.

But what if it wasn’t an awful movie? I know that’s like saying “What if we didn’t have to die” or something that would unmake everything we know about life, but imagine a world where Tommy Wiseau got to make the movie he originally thought he made? Or at least the dialogue was spoken by actors who knew what they were doing? Here are some ideas for a remake that will never happen and it never should. Continue reading

My TOP 5 Movies of 2014

Posted in Top 5 Lists with tags , , , on 01/19/2015 by McCutcheon

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I wasn’t going to put one of these up seeing as how we’re halfway into the first month of 2015, but the Oscars aren’t even on until next month, right? So who cares?

Unlike the past couple years, there were a lot of great films to come out this year. And if they weren’t great, they were entertaining at the very least and that’s more than I can say for the years prior. My Top 5 of 2012 was more of a collection of films that I thought were just better than the others, but didn’t really blow me away.

2014, however, was the balls.

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5 Properties that Deserve Movies (But Aren’t Gonna Get It)

Posted in Top 5 Lists with tags , , , , , on 10/17/2014 by McCutcheon

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This article serves as something of a sequel to my 2012 article 5 Properties that Should Never be Made into Movies. Or maybe its Bizarro brother.

We’re all fans of those things that will never be made into movies. As great as it is to know Hollywood isn’t going to pillage some of our favorite things because they’re too obscure or the budget would be huge, there are some things that would just be cool if they could just nail it.

But alas, for one reason of another, it just doesn’t seem likely for the following entries. Maybe its better this way. At least, that’s what I tell myself. Continue reading

MBTI: …And The Movies Part III

Posted in MBTI Artisans, MBTI Guardians, MBTI Idealists, MBTI Rationals, MBTI Stuff, MBTI Whatever with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 08/28/2014 by McCutcheon

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Everybody loves movies. If somebody ever tells you that they don’t really like movies that much, they’re either uninteresting or they’re just trying to impress you. In either scenario, walk away from them immediately.

One thing that often adds a lot of drama/comedy/tension to any cinematic situation are the characters being complete opposites in most, if not all respects. When you have two main characters that hang out as friends and get along perfectly, well, you’ve just created an Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn Comedy and have failed tremendously. No! Not another one! Congratulations, jerk!

Below are some ideas for films starring your type and your opposite- coming together to make movie history. Didn’t know your type had it in you, did you? Well, everyone’s a star in my eyes. I’m sorry I called you an jerk. Continue reading

ZRE Podcast #27- Guardians of the Galaxy

Posted in Podcasts, Reviews! with tags , , , , , , on 08/01/2014 by McCutcheon
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Spoilers ahead!

Just going over the newest Marvel movie, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ Is it good as a comic book movie? Is it good as a REGULAR movie? Does it have an end credits scene? Yes to all.

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ZRE Podcast #26: Hercules and Lucy

Posted in Podcasts, Reviews! with tags , , , , , , , , on 07/28/2014 by McCutcheon

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Or as I like to call them, “Strong Man” and “Smart Lady.”

Just an overview of the 7/25 movies released, Hercules and Lucy. Sure, too many jokes and logical fallacies can ruin a movie, but if you know how to balance them all, it really only makes so much of a difference to your film.

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ZRE Podcast #22- The Greatest Rivalries

Posted in Podcasts with tags , , , , , , on 07/02/2014 by McCutcheon

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Mild Spoilers Ahead!

We’ve all been there, whether we recognized it or not. That guy or girl we stare down through the crowd. It’s like something out of a Coldplay music video except that you hate each other. Well, that’s what we’re talking about today. Josh and Taylor are going over some of the greatest rivalries to ever grace the screen (or page). That and the pronunciation of “butting heads.” Continue reading

ZRE Podcast #10- Guilty Pleasures

Posted in Podcasts with tags , , , , , , on 04/02/2014 by McCutcheon

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Sure it’s a terrible phrase, but everybody’s got’em, so what are they?

There’s those things you just know you should be embarrassed by, whether you are or not. For some people, it’s the loud, “slam bang, white-knuckle thrill ride!”…that they know is just plain stupid. For others, it’s all the friggin’ Disney movies. And then there’s pop music…

Josh and Taylor discuss this and other things, all guilty, all terrible. Continue reading

ZRE Podcast #5- Top 5 Heroes

Posted in Podcasts, Top 5 Lists with tags , , , , , on 03/17/2014 by McCutcheon

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If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, don’t worry, I’ve been alive and healthy. If you hate that I’ve bee doing okay in the time that you may have thought that I wasn’t okay, well screw you!

This week, I’m joined by Josh as we discuss our Top 5 heroes of ALL TIME. There’s no going back after this, folks. Once you say yours out loud or type it down, it’s permanent. So unless you really mean it…don’t say it.

There are only two rules-

1. They can be any genre, any medium (Literature, Film, Television, etc.) but they must be fictional. You can’t really compare your great uncle that saved your life in that skiing accident that one time to the Fantastic Four’s Thing, this is just for the heck of it.

2. They can’t be a straight-up villain. Sure you could argue almost anybody, but save them for a villains list. Continue reading