WTF: Oh The Horror! Part 3

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AN ACTOR’S RESUME CAN SOMETIMES LOOK A LITTLE SCARY

 

Finely, I am proud to present to you, WTF (What the Friday): Oh The Horror! Part Three. It’s about time! Where have you been? Oh, life, love, and the pursuit of a paycheck sometimes tend to get in the way. But now I’m back and better than ever! Or, at least as good as I was before, for whatever that’s worth. Since the publishing of the previous posts in this series, enough time has passed for Wolverine to grow a decent pair of muttonchops; so if you missed the horror of the talented entries from parts one and two, just click the different looking text here or here to get caught up. Or, if you just prefer to continue moving forward, here’s a brief synopsis of what’s going on: Continue reading

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WTF: Oh The Horror! Part 2

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AN ACTOR’S RESUME CAN SOMETIMES LOOK A LITTLE SCARY

Welcome to part two of WTF (What the Friday): Oh The Horror! What is this? What’s going on? I feel awkward and out of the loop! Fear not my dear readers. If you missed the horror of the talented entries from part one, just click this here link to get yourself all caught up. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

All better? Excellent! Below is the series synopsis that I totally plagiarized from part one because, well I was just too damn lazy to write something new.

“In the past the horror genre was always viewed as the red-headed stepchild of the film industry. Slasher films, movie monsters, and scream queens have generally brought upon snickers and down-the-nose glances from Hollywood’s elite. It wasn’t until the unprecedented success of Silence of the Lambs in 1991 that it became fashionable to take on a flick that goes bump in the night. But the truth is, the who’s who of Hollywood have been landing roles in horror long before it was trendy to terrify.”

And so we continue a three part series showcasing the scary work of some of today’s biggest names in cinema. Some of these films you may have heard of and some will just downright surprise you. Here are the next seventeen entries. Continue reading

The Shitfest Social 2: The Moleman of Belmont Avenue

What happens when you get some of the craziest film bloggers from around the world together to watch a really crappy movie? Why it’s a Shitfest Social of course! How does it work? A poor, unsuspecting film is chosen and a date and time is agreed upon. When said date and time arrives, we all press play and unleash comment hell. Think MST3K, internet style. Continue reading

WTF: Oh The Horror!

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AN ACTOR’S RESUME CAN SOMETIMES LOOK A LITTLE SCARY

In the past the horror genre was always viewed as the red-headed stepchild of the film industry. Slasher films, movie monsters, and scream queens have generally brought upon snickers and down-the-nose glances from Hollywood’s elite. It wasn’t until the unprecedented success of Silence of the Lambs in 1991 that it became fashionable to take on a flick that goes bump in the night. But the truth is, the who’s who of Hollywood have been landing roles in horror long before it was trendy to terrify.

And so begins a three part series showcasing the scary work of some of today’s biggest names in cinema. Some of these films you may have heard of and some will just downright surprise you. We begin with the first seventeen. Continue reading

Twister: An Okie Separates Fact from Fiction

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Recently I had the opportunity to participate in my very first blogathon. Screenkicker has launched the first Screenkicker Olympics, showcasing reviews and articles about actors and films from all around this great, wide world. I took the opportunity to represent the great state of Oklahoma and our fascinating (albeit, sometimes terrifying) weather, as seen in the movie, Twister. You can read the intro below and then follow the provided link to access the full article. Continue reading

Rear Window: Old vs. New, In a Matter of Opinion

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I recently had the honor of being asked to write a collaborative piece with fellow blogger, Ryan from Films and Figures. Ryan’s blog features fantastic reviews of the American Film Institute’s (AFI’s) 100 Years, 100 Movies list (if you have yet to check out Films and Figures, I urge you to do so). Our collaborative efforts would cover number forty-eight on AFI’s infamous list, Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, Rear Window. Ryan would exemplify the opinion of a first time viewer, while I would attempt to deify what I affectionately refer to as “My favorite movie of all time.” In simpler terms, just as the title suggests, I would represent the ‘Old’, while Ryan represents the ‘New’.

Once we had metaphorically signed on the dotted cyber line, I almost immediately became terrified. Not that I in any way doubted Ryan’s abilities. Ryan’s reviews are meticulous, well written, honest, and often humorous critiques of some the most iconic films the industry has to offer. No, the pangs of uncertainty that settled in the pit of my stomach were all derived from one question. How could I possibly do justice to a film that I hold in such high regard? Continue reading

‘THE LAST OF US’ Should be a Movie

My editor, Rick Cook Jr. posted an article this morning that immediately caught fire and caused a bit of controversy within the gaming community. Since the post’s subject matter is also related to film, I’ve chosen to reblog the article.

In response to the announcement that Naughty Dog’s hugely successful video game, The Last of Us will be adapted to the silver screen, Rick’s article, titled ‘THE LAST OF US’ Should be a Movie, presents his opinion of how the plot from one of the most successful and beloved games of all time could possibly benefit from an expansion of the game’s narrative.

As part of a community that encourages and applauds personal opinion, I felt The Critical Cinephile would be a great way to share Rick’s thoughts with a different audience. Be sure to visit Rick’s site, Panning For Clouds and let him know what you think.

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This essay is posted in Opinion.

Disclaimers!

1. There will be Spoilers for The Last of Us video game, you have been warned.
2. The entirety of the opinion about The Last of Us being served well as a movie is dependent on it being an adaptation of the content of the game. Since no word has yet (as of 3-12-2014) been confirmed about just what the movie would be based upon, the opinion could be rendered null and just an interesting thought experiment if they choose to tell a new, unique story in the universe of the game instead of an adaptation of the game’s content.
Edit 2014-03-13: Neil Druckmann confirmed through IGN that it will be an adaptation of the story in the game, but still no specific details.
3. Some of the concepts discussed in this essay are written about at greater length in my Opinion on…

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