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Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated (2014)

Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animated (2014)
The Oscars are nearly here. While most movie-buffs are scrambling to get those last minute viewings of some of the big Oscar contenders in, the Academy has made it a bit easier to see some of the smaller pictures that will be getting attention this weekend: the short films. Strung together in a showcase that features seques with an animated ostrich and giraffe (standing in for Buzz Lightyear and Woody... 

Widescreen Warrior Podcast #3 – Belated Black Friday

Widescreen Warrior Podcast #3 - Belated Black Friday
Although this episode is woefully out of date, so many people have been harassing me to hear it that I figured it was worth putting it online anyway. If you haven’t noticed, the podcast (and the website as a whole) has fallen by the wayside due to some personal issues that have been developing over the past year. It’s the old adage: Life is what happens when you’re busy making other... 

Weekly Blend #339 – The Line Thomas Won’t Cross

Weekly Blend #339 - The Line Thomas Won't Cross
The addition of Thomas to our podcast is a big part of why our show sometimes carries an explicit language tag, which is why Rafe is fascinated this week when he finally finds a verbal line that Thomas refuses to cross (Hint: It’s one of Tarantino’s favorite words). Before getting into reviews, we give a little “State of the Podcast” report, with some expected changes announced... 

Weekly Blend #332 – Fervent Fanbases, Old Sport

Weekly Blend #332 - Fervent Fanbases, Old Sport
It’s Gatsby time! The latest adaptation of the classic novel comes from Baz Luhrmann, a divisive name in entertainment, who Rafe is predisposed to dislike. So how does he wind up giving Gatsby, and what issues does Thomas take with the adaptation? Have a listen to find out. We also discuss Disney’s plans for adapting Into the Woods (or, as we call it, the next Johnny Depp weirdness project),... 

Rafe’s 2013 Oscar Night Predictions

Rafe's 2013 Oscar Night Predictions
I probably should have put up my actual Oscar predictions a week ago, but let’s be honest: nobody is using what I say to place any bets in office betting pools. There are certainly a lot better qualified people to use as a basis for gambling, say Nate Silver, for example (whose predictions I still haven’t looked at beyond bookmarking the page). Hell, I still haven’t even seen all... 

Weekly Blend #320 – Everything Comes Back to Joss Whedon

Weekly Blend #320 - Everything Comes Back to Joss Whedon
We’re back with reviews of Lincoln, Skyfall, Wreck-It Ralph, and Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Yet, no matter what we talk about, everything seems to come back to Joss Whedon. What have we been watching lately? Joss Whedon. What do we think about Disney buying Star Wars? Joss Whedon is the support for our stance. What are our thoughts on the Kevin Clash scandal? Okay, maybe that... 

Wreck-It Ralph [Review]

Wreck-It Ralph [Review]
Litwak’s Arcade is like any old school arcade in the USA, featuring a large assortment of games from a multitude of eras. However, when the lights go out, the arcade standees come to life and interact within a society of their own. One such game is a Donkey Kong Jr. esque game entitled Fix It Felix Jr, where Felix (voiced by Jack McBrayer) has to save a building from being destroyed by the villain,... 

Weekly Blend #308 – Brave Vampires, Angry Language

Weekly Blend #308 - Brave Vampires, Angry Language
A little too much “family time” and a lot of Louis C.K. means we open the floodgates on language for this episode. Join us as we offer up opinions on Brave, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Rock of Ages, and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. We also talk about Rafe’s observation about his recent family vacation and help promote [kind of] our own Doc Rotten’s podcast,... 

Brave [Review]

Brave [Review]
For the bulk of their movies, Pixar has relied on the idea of shared cultural experiences to base their movies on. We all know the heartbreak of losing a favorite toy (all three Toy Story films) or the desire for that one great adventure (Up) or have curiosity about the monsters we all know are lurking in the closets (Monsters Inc.). In fact, it was a departure from that approach to storytelling that... 

The Lorax Holds Up Against Martians and Taylor Kitsch’s Abs [Box Office Results]

The Lorax Holds Up Against Martians and Taylor Kitsch's Abs [Box Office Results]
Part of looking at movies does involve the business side of show business. We try to have a little fun with it, as each week Tim makes his predictions as to how movies will perform at the Box Office. Then, on Sundays, we look at how Tim’s predictions fared. As I mentioned on this week’s podcast, it’s been a hectic week – the kind of week where a hobby like this website has to take... 
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