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And So It Continues: 2014 Oscar Predictions, Part Deux

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Are we soon going to live in a world where Ben Affleck gets an Oscar nomination for ACTING? "Gone Girl" may be the film to do it. (Photo courtesy the Associated Press) Here we are with the second round of Oscar predictions, which I'll be updating every two weeks until the Academy Award nominations are announced in January (the previous list is here). You may call it a waste of time, but I call it a hobby. PICTURE* 1. "The Imitation Game" 2. "The Theory of Everything" 3. "Foxcatcher" 4. ... read more

My Completely Necessary, Not At All Superfluous Academy Award Predictions Begin!

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(Benedict Cumberbatch is a major Oscar contender for the biopic "The Imitation Game," so Oscar better prepare itself for his Tumblr girlfriends to scale the bleachers to get a taste of the sweet, sweet Cumberbatch. Photo courtesy of The Associated Press.) For the past two years, I've started the delightful tradition of predicting the annual Academy Award nominations, chronicling a film and performer's ever-changing buzz from the unofficial start of the Oscar season (which is, essentially, ... read more

The “Saved by the Bell” Lifetime movie trailer is delightfully terrible

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After another lengthy absence due to busy-ness at work, an unfortunate late-summer cold and general procrastination, I've been awoken from my blogging hiatus by a presence so awful, so campy and so very, very lame that only a true child of the late '80s/early '90s could love it: the trailer for "The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story," airing on Lifetime on Sept. 1 (that sound you hear is me furiously adding it to my DVR recording schedule). It's based on the bizarro memoir "Behind the Bell" by ... read more

Trollin’ on Netflix: “Leprechaun”

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So, after the primary election, coverage of the Battle at Monocacy's 150th anniversary and regular day-to-day duties, I got a bit burnt out recently and neglected my pop-cultural blogging duties ("Wait, you had a blog?" — everyone). But now I'm baaaaaaack, and I'm starting again with the highly anticipated new entry into my internationally beloved Trollin' on Netflix series, which, I'm sure you remember, is me talking about all the awful horror movies I stream on Netflix Instant (of which there ... read more

The Grumpy Cat movie lives!

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Last May, I mentioned that a movie about Grumpy Cat, the sassy feline meme that has captured America's heart, was being developed for reasons only Satan knows. And now, today, I read on the Associated Press that not only does it have a title ("Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever," cuz what else are you going to name your Grumpy Cat movie?), but a promotional poster has been released, and ... y'all ... Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat. According to the AP, Grumpy Cat (aka, Tardar Sauce) "will play ... read more

Meanwhile, in Cannes …

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For some unknown, inexplicable reason, my invitation and press pass to the current Cannes Film Festival never arrived. (THANKS, OBAMA!) Thus, I've had to cover the prestigious annual event in the French Riviera from the comfort of my desk in suburban Maryland. So here's a look at a number of much-talked-about films in this year's festival that have received the most noteworthy press (though now mostly tweets) from attendees — some good, some delightfully bad: "Grace of Monaco" Cannes ... read more

Superlatives for the 2014 Met Gala

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I don't really know much about the Met Gala — just that it's an annual fundraising event where celebrities get together and look as awful as possible. The theme of this year's event was "Charles James: Beyond Fashion," though, upon looking at these photos from the Associated Press, I think "The Effect of Bath Salts on Fashion" would have been more appropriate. So I present to you the awards for the most memorable looks of the night, because when a celebrity comes out in public wearing these ... read more

But seriously, you need to be watching “Orphan Black”

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Canadian television is an odd topic to discuss, if only because there's not a lot to discuss. Even its Wikipedia page is like, "Meh, we generally just air a lot of American imports." Which isn't to say it's not worthy of discussion. There's been a number of influential programs to be produced by our friends to the North, from beloved sketch shows ("SCTV" and "The Kids in the Hall") and cult hits ("Trailer Park Boys" and "Slings and Arrows") to children's shows imported to America when I was a ... read more

Trollin’ on Netflix: “The Legend of Hell House”

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For my second entry of the highly acclaimed (read: my mom thought it was funny) new series "Trollin' on Netflix," where I share all the awful horror movies I've watched on Netflix Instant, I take a look at the 1973 classic starring everyone's favorite chimpanzee archaeologist ... "THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE" Welcome to Hell House. Come for the paranormal activity, stay for its exemplary school district. I had such high hopes for this movie. How could I NOT love a movie that starred Roddy ... read more

Trollin’ on Netflix: “The Lair of the White Worm”

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As someone who admittedly has no life, nothing delights me on a Friday night as much as finding a new movie to stream on Netflix Instant. It's a pity, though, that aside from the always-reliable monthly picks from fellow blogger Colin McGuire, the majority of the films available on streaming are ... pretty bad. As in, direct-to-LaserDisc bad. Particularly in one of my favorite genres — horror. The thing is, however, that the worse a horror movie is, the more I end up loving it. There are very ... read more