A Goodbye to Ray Harryhausen

hhausen4I remember the first time I saw Clash of the Titans. It was 1991, I was ten years old, and I was in Mrs. Findlay’s fifth grade class at Parker Farms Elementary School. The other fifth graders had been buzzing all week—we were going to take two whole hours out of our school day on Friday and we were going to watch an action movie! We even had to sign a permission slip. It was like a class trip, except we got popcorn.

Friday couldn’t get here fast enough, and, when the day came, we all rushed into class and excitedly took our seats as the VCR whirred to life. Two hours later, the credits rolled and the lights came back up. We began asking the deep, pressing questions that Clash inevitably provokes: What was up with Perseus’s dorky hair? What kind of girly hero rides a flying horse? And, seriously, what was the deal with the owl?

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Saturday’s Six: Good Changes to the Game of Thrones TV Show

gotlogoGame of Thrones Season 3 is just around the corner, and I absolutely can’t wait! Yet whenever I talk to a fan of the books, the conversation always seems to be about the changes HBO has made and how much they suck. Well I, for one, say no more! Yes, there are moves that I question, but there are many more that I like—heck, there are some changes in the television show that I think work better than the story in the books. Yeah, that’s right, I’ll say it. In fact, here are six moments in Game of Thrones that the writers changed and we’re better off for it:

Readers Beware!  Here there be MAJOR SPOILERS for future events in Game of Thrones and the Song of Ice and Fire novels!

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Al does A Good Day to Die Hard

diehard5box“The things we do for our kids…”

The Scoop: 2013 R, directed by John Moore and starring Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, and Radivoje Bukvic

Tagline: Yippie Ki-Yay, Mother Russia.

Summary Capsule: John McClane remembers he had a son in the first few movies and goes to get him out of trouble in Moscow. Unsurprisingly, he causes more trouble than he prevents when it turns out his son now works for the CIA.

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Al looks back at the films of 2012

HorrorSo, apparently one of the downsides to previewing 52 films is that a bunch of them never actually came out. I did, however, try to make up for it by seeing as many of these as I could in 2012, and wound up liking a bunch of movies that I never would have given the time of day! So maybe that means 2012 can be known as “The Year I Totally Ate My Words”? Maybe not. Well, anyway, onto the recap:

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Al does A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

hk3poster“They serve pancakes in hell!”

The Scoop: 2011 R, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson and starring John Cho, Kal Penn, and Neil Patrick Harris

Tagline: Get Mistle-toasted.

Summary Capsule: An estranged Harold and Kumar must reunite on Christmas Eve and venture into New York City, where they must find the perfect Christmas tree, avoid the Russian mob, and discover that true love comes in the shape of a waffle.

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Al does The Thing From Another World [Remake Week]

“Watch the skies, everywhere! Keep looking. Keep watching the skies!”

The Scoop: 1951 18, directed by Christian Nyby and Howard Hawks, and starring Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, Robert Cornthwaite, and James Arness.

Tagline: Where did it come from? How did it get here? WHAT IS IT?

Summary Capsule: Bland, white humans are menaced by blood-eating vegetable man. Film at 11.

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