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Merry Christmas everyone!  I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Christmas.

A friend recommended I check out Gone Girl.  He had read the book and watched the movie and was very pleased with both.  I had only heard about this movie, saw it in some previews like Entertainment Weekly (but still didn’t read the articles), David Fincher and saw that it had Ben Affleck in it.  If I’m being honest, I didn’t really care for what Ben Affleck was doing before he would debut as the Bat in 2016.

And that’s another case of my dumb ignorance.

Gone Girl, as supported by the hype and reviews, was an incredible movie.  It was stylish, beautifully and magnetically acted, and the story was so damn entertaining.  Here’s a relatively spoiler free review.

If you are uninitiated with the premise, please watch the movie first before reading this review.  Going into it dry is honestly the best way to go about it.  This review will be try to be spoiler free, but I’ll probably bring things up that might stay with you as you watch the movie.  Reading this will probably be raising your suspicions when you finally decide to watch it.

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Normally the kind of movies I have time for/show interest in aren’t the most critically acclaimed or nor do they have deep resonating messages.  I used to eat that kind of stuff up.  If there was anything Wes Anderson or coming of agey, I would find it and seek to be taken by its independent film tropes.  These days, I go hard after things like X-Men, Godzilla or Edge of Tomorrow.  My taste in movies have definitely changed and I’m less and less inclined to check out movies with smaller releases and aren’t big budget action movies.  Now that’s not saying that I went to go check out thew newest Transformer movie, but I’ve found a really nice place in genre that combines good writing and action.  I’ve been thirsting for a movie that perfectly catches this medium.

Queue Snowpiercer.

 Snowpiercer was a movie that wasn’t wide released, nor did it perform very well at the box office in the US (this is a South Korean movie, despite most of it being in English, which did really well there, but not so well in the US).  However after watching it, I’ve found that it is one of those movies that perfectly blends style, intriguing characters, story, and action.  Snowpiercer might be one of my favorite movies of 2014.

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It’s been a while, but I talked about several Chinese movies any film lover should see.  Someone who had the honor of holding two films on that list was director and actor Stephen Chow.  Gifted in slapstick, over the top, silly dialogue and action, Chow has cemented himself as a current leader in both quality comedy and a Chinese celebrity.  His most recent movie, released in 2013 in China, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons is the highest grossest Chinese language movie ever.  So I got my hands on the movie and had to see it myself, not really sure how I would feel about it after loving Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer so much.  Here’s a quick summary of the premise.

Xuan Zang (Zhang Wen) is an unorthodox demon hunter.  Instead of pummeling them into submission, he uses a pacifist approach through nursery rhymes to appeal to their inner good.  But when he gets in over his head, the aggressive demon hunter Miss Duan (Qi Shu) is forced to save his life over and over again.  Together they foil each other out as they journey to the west, conquering demons (get it?).  Along the way, slapstick, seduction, and heartbreak occur on the road as they learn more about each other then either of them really wanted.

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From Cracked

If all movies followed the same physical laws as the real world, they wouldn’t be a lot of fun — we don’t want action heroes to break their legs every time they jump off a bridge and into the top of a speeding truck, we want them to roll over painlessly and continue with the chase scene (or, alternatively, to explode for no reason).

However, once you’ve established the rules of your movie universe, the only thing we ask is that you follow those rules. Don’t say that your time traveling robot unicorn is powered by ice cream in one scene and blowjobs in the next. That’s just sloppy writing.

Plot Holes that Saved Heroes

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Created by artist sahinduezguen as a part of his vector movie posters gallery, this movie poster captures a minimalist style of Quentin Tarantino’s Resevoir Dogs. Assigning each character to their designated colors, the poster indeed sends a powerful message despite it’s simple look. This is certainly a movie I need to watch again, and I hear Tarantino is juggling either making Kill Bill 3 with Vernita Green’s daughter setting out for revenge against Beatrix Kiddo or a Pulp Fiction/Resevoir Dogs prequel starring the Vega brothers. One if not both of those needs to be created immediately.

Also, be sure to visit sahinduezguen‘s devianta art page!

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Not from actual set, duh

From Uproxx

What do they tell us? They tell us that Portia de Rossi and David Cross — who play husband and wife, Lindsay and Tobias Funke — are at the airport, collecting their luggage, and that Michael Bluth is picking them up. Also, that Tobias looks like he’s doing an E.T. impression and Lindsay is still totally bangin’ in the high heels and jeans. Or maybe David Cross and Portia de Rossi are simply flying in from somewhere, and Jason Bateman is picking them up so they can continue to discuss how they’re in cahoots with Nikki Finke and messing with all of America by making up this entire movie.

Key words are Portia de Rossi is still banging, even at age 39.  Anyone else pumped for Arrested Development?  I’ve recently begun watching it again.

Portia De Rossi is Still Kicking It

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I’m so ashamed that I’ve only seen about a quarter of the movies on this list.  The ones I did see I felt great about knowing.  I feel as a cinemaphile/fashionista, I’m obligated to do such a thing.  In terms of stylish, most of the people in these movies are wearing dope suits and have chiseled jaws.  I don’t exactly have a chiseled jaw, but I appreciate how good these dudes look.  Maybe I’ll look as suave as these dudes one day.

The Most Stylish Movies

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Cracked compiled another article from movies.  This one labels several jobs from people in movies whose sloth or ineptitude allowed entire movies to transpire.  Take Tommy Lee Jones from above who plays a cop from No Country For Old Men.  Because of his slow methodology and sitting on the couch drinking milk, he allowed the main characters to go on an entire spiel when it could’ve been averted.  Check out the very cool article below.

Movies Made Possible by Others Sucking at Their Job

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It doesn’t take long for me to finish Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins’s second book in her Hunger Games Trilogy.  After the face paced finish of the first book, I was hungry for more Hunger Games [I bet THAT hasn’t been used before].  And with only 50 pages in, I got exactly what I was looking for.  Catching Fire forgoes a lot of the character development and setting up of Panem and dives deeper into its infrastructure and functionality.  It was overall neat as I was wondering how Katniss would be involved in all this, but I definitely wasn’t disappointed.

Although it seemed rushed and devoid of any of the vivid descriptions that made the first one more interesting and other books overall more colorful [George R.R. Martin could’ve spent an entire chapter of the Hunger Games describing a room vs. the quick plot advances in Collins’s style], I think Catching Fire was an overall better book plot wise and kept me even more glued to the pages than the first book.  And that’s definitely saying something. Major books spoilers below!

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If you find yourself scratching your head as to why a movie is acting a certain way or wondering how a certain plot hole came to exist, then this article on Cracked is the one for you.  For example, in Empire Strikes Back, how did Luke Skywalker jump so high to get out of the Carbonite freezing?  Sure Yoda trained him, but never to jump that high.  This article brings out plot holes like these that are explained in movie scripts that never made it into the movie.  While they’re plot filling and make many beloved movies more sensical, not all of them should’ve been done…You’ll have to read on to find out what I’m talking about…

Crucial Movie Moments that Never Made It Into the Script

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Not sure how to feel about this, folks. News has it that Legendary Pictures has taken the rights to make a Mass Effect movie. While I haven’t seen anything concrete, we all know the curse about video games being turned into movies. I’m hoping they won’t just butcher everything I know and love (Tali, stay safe!). While normally I’d be somewhat more enthusiastic about the concept, I just feel that the need to create a movie based on a game that more or less plays out like a movie is overkill. We get the cinema experience in every rendered cutscene. I guess I could wait before deeming it a total flop though. We’ll have to see how it goes.

Source: Mass Effect Movie!

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As many of you already know, LEGO has a knack for turning very serious movies into amazing gaming experiences, from LEGO Star Wars to LEGO Batman, and here’s a little extra from Team Hourglass that you wish you’d be able to get your hands on: LEGO Inception. A very well done and interesting take on the humor of creating a LEGO game based on a more serious movie. Inception as a film was amazing and unparalleled by anything similar during its box office release. LEGO Inception may just be the niche game we need to both indulge ourselves further into the world and get a few cheap laughs from it. Unfortunately it won’t ever be coming out, but it’s nice to see the producer’s effort and dedication come to fruition.

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Some movie or television apocalypses on television are so completely detrimental, that it’s clear how humanity truly doesn’t stand a chance.  There are plenty of disaster/apocalyptic movies that use devices like these to make us sympathize for humanity and the characters in them.  However, maybe not all these movies get the sympathy they want: most zombie movies simply involve waiting the zombies to starve out is an example of how time could possibly beat the Apocalypse.  Cracked has naturally compiled such a list.  Check it out below.

Movie Apocalypses that Time Would Fix

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A while back, I posted an article about how to be a movie douchebag.  There are certain set of rules that movie lovers must abide to correctly integrate with today’s society and culture of non-movie goers.  Some basics like, talking in the middle of it to share a pointless fact, or thinking you’d do a better job are a couple of my points.  But of course Cracked came around and created a list of their own reasons why movie lovers suck, and it’s-like-a bajillion better than mine and of course millions of people read it while probably 4 of you did.

6 Common Arguments that Movie Buffs Are Wrong About

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Hollywood has described this as summer’s biggest sleeper hit.  R rated comedies don’t normally do well compared to their competition due to their fairly closely targeted audience, but good word of mouth has recently allowed R rated comedies like The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and the Hangover to do well.  The thing that sets Bridesmaid’s  apart from its fellow R rated box office hits lies in its leads.  The all female cast, which normally would’ve targeted only female audiences, was able to set itself apart from ‘chick flick’ status to appeal to a broader demographic, something not commonly seen.  With clever writing, chemistry between it’s leads, and a cast of outrageous supporting characters, it’s these aspects of this movie that saves itself from falling to formula and instead becoming potentially summer’s best comedy.

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Okay, I know I’m a couple of weeks late.  I actually saw this movie a week after it came out, but I’m still oozing from its excellence that I still have the need put my thoughts into words.  After a jumble of bad publicity photos and promotion, including a bad first image and a questionable first trailer, the movie still impressed.  Anchored heavily towards character development, an idea absent in ‘Last Stand’ and ‘Origins: Wolverine’, this film succeeds in reviving the interesting world of X-Men.  Any cheesiness and awkward moments observed are balanced out with strong performances by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender to make First Class a welcome edition to the X-Men franchise.

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