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Weekly Blend #299 – Wrath of the Full Moon

Weekly Blend #299 - Wrath of the Full Moon
There’s a superstition in teaching about the effects of the full moon on students, and Rafe thinks that’s definitely something he saw this week, with the effects carrying into the show. The full staff of this episode talks about John Carter‘s loss to The Lorax at the box office, the surprisingly well-received upcoming 21 Jump Street, our early anticipation for The Hunger Games, and... 

Red State [Review]

For years now, I’ve been a vocal proponent for the idea of writer/director Kevin Smith moving beyond the genre that made him and trying to stretch himself as an artist. When he signed on to handle The Green Hornet I was excited (and frankly, he couldn’t have done worse than what we wound up with). When it was rumored that he was penning one of a variety of superhero movies (Superman, Batman, and... 

Rafe’s Rant: Should Actors Also Be Producers?

A few weeks ago I watched Kevin Smith’s Too Fat for 40, the latest in Smith’s produced Q&A releases (I promise this isn’t another Kevin Smith related Rafe’s Rant – it’s simply where I found the inspiration for these thoughts). One of the topics Smith touches on is his experience with Cop Out, working with an established star like Bruce Willis, who not only was the star of the film... 

Weekly Blend #255 – Shadows at the Window

Normally seeing shadows through the window after viewing noir style films like Blood Simple. and Miller’s Crossing would indicate an overdose of genre. Since three of us saw the same thing, however, we’ll say it wasn’t strictly our imagination. The eerie shadows may interrupt our conversation occasionally, but we still find plenty of time to discuss the Coen brothers, Oscar nominations,... 

Rafe’s Rant: On Kevin Smith’s Indie 2.0 Movement

Kevin Smith is at it again. His latest picture, Red State, has continually been a source of industry buzz. In limbo for an extended period of time because Kevin’s usual partners, the Weinstens, passed on the project (as Kevin himself expected they would), the movie was put together on a small budget and made its premiere at Sundance, with the expectation that an auctioning of rights would follow.... 

Margaret’s Trailer Park: Red State

Kevin Smith has a new movie to show you and he’s hoping to bring it to theaters in March of 2011. With a teaser trailer out for Red State, Smith’s anticipated thriller film, movie geeks and Smith fans everywhere can finally see what he’s been working on, sort of. Full of religious leanings and strong imagery, even after watching the trailer there is still a large amount of mystery as to what... 

Sex and the City [Re-view]

I’ve never been opposed to chick-flicks. I’m usually even a fan of a lot of the manly-maligned pictures. Yet, for some reason, Sex and the City was a movie that put me off conceptually. I wasn’t a fan of the television show; the times I encountered it on late night cable and tried to give it a chance, I just wasn’t impressed. Therefore taking those characters and ideas and adapting them for... 

Weekly Blend #222 – The Value of Why

One of the running themes of this week’s show is the question of “Why?” Explaining why we have the opinions we have is an important element of film critique, which we talk about this week as Rafe rants about Kevin Smith’s anti-critic Twitter tirade. We also talk about the rising prices of movie tickets and how the 3-D phenomenon has been exploited to that end. Finally, we offer... 

Rafe’s Rant: Why Kevin Smith is Right Critiquing Critics

I’ve been living “off the grid” for the past few months, rarely checking my Twitter and Facebook feeds or looking at what many other sites have been reporting. This weekend I decided to finally change that. Wow, what timing. Looking at most of my friends, colleagues, writers, and Twitteratti, one thing has them up in arms: a recent Twitter-tirade by writer/director Kevin Smith regarding the negative... 

Weekly Blend #219 – Pre-Oscar Round Up 2010

It’s our annual pre-Oscar round up. Listen as Rafe, Margaret, and Jeff round up all the contenders and pick which movies they expect to take home awards next Sunday. Will the recent Hurt Locker controversy cost the movie its statue? Is ten selections for best picture too many? Just what is the value of Jeff’s life in a bet? All that, plus reviews of Cop Out are revealed in this week’s... 
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