Cross Platform Promotion – Lost In Reviews Podcast

So ladies and gentlemen, I am now doing a podcast.  I don’t want to hurt myself while trying to pat my own back, but it was a little something that my counterparts over at LostinReviews.com wanted to start doing and well, here we are.  We are still figuring out the format and this was certainly a spur of the moment thing, but I am excited to just be bullshitting with my friends and talking about music and movies.

Our first one is just us chatting about Pacific Rim, Limp Bizkit and a bunch of other random shit.  The aim is to have this be a weekly podcast and fleshed out a bit more in terms of the format, talking points.  So this is a bit rough and frankly, we like how it turned out.  Hope you enjoy!

Here is the link to the podcast page and we will eventually get this on RSS and iTunes.

http://lostinreviews.com/2013/07/the-lost-in-reviews-podcast-1-a-harvey-fierstein-fire-sale/

Movie of the Day – Jack Reacher

I will be the first to admit that I was ready to hate on this movie.  I usually don’t do this often since I want to give the movie a benefit of the doubt, but something about this movie and trailer just didn’t vibe with me at all.  Whether it is Tom Cruise, the look of another generic, action thriller, or just the fact that the movie might be another flash in the pan series, trying to make a grab at lighting, Jack Reacher was a dud in my eyes.  But on one faithful day at Alamo Drafthouse, one where we were slow as hell and I had some free time on my hands, I ended up giving Jack Reacher a view to see what it was all about.  Well, to say the least…I liked it.

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Movie Review – Man of Steel

I am going to come right out and say this and I am sure there are other people out there that share my feelings, but aside from the 1978 Richard Donner Superman movie, Superman himself has had one of the most horrible track records in franchise history.  Before you all come out and essentially hate on me and say “what about Superman II?”  I like that movie if only for the fact that we get the line, “KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!” and that’s about it.  Something about Superman is just so hard to translate onto screen for audiences, like there is a sort of complex, but not complex reasoning behind why the movies of the past feel a bit hokey and uninteresting.  I mean Superman II was okay, where III and IV where absolute trash.  Superman Returns was a boring Superman movie and an exercise in trying to recapture the essence of the first movie for a more modern time.  What  worked, or sort of worked, in the past was that it was a product of its time.  They all focused on a romanticized version of Superman, traipsing around Metropolis and longingly looking after Lois Lane while defeating the occasional villain who has a penchant for land grabbing schemes.

Does that sort of nostalgia fly now in a CGI heavy, action oriented crowd that wants to be dazzled and entertained when they go to the movie?  Well look at how Superman Returns performed or was received.  Critics obviously loved it cause it reminded them of that Norman Rockwell painting on their fridge and their love of the nostalgic 70s era Superman and audiences didn’t like it cause it was boring as shit.  No one wants to see a movie where a super powered god doesn’t throw a punch, but the guy who plays Kumar in Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle does.  Why can’t we get a proper Superman movie that balances a compelling back story, action, and well, something exciting?

For me, it’s the character at heart, meaning when you have a superhero that is virtually invulnerable, what the fuck are the stakes of the movie?  How can you make a movie seem interesting to an audience when they know that their Superhero has essentially one weakness, but is basically the cheat code to a video game?  This is the hurdle that has to be dealt with and is what makes it difficult to give us an exciting Superman movie.  If you can’t find a way to make an immortal hero compelling, you get Richard Donner-esque movies that just aren’t exciting.  Singer tried and didn’t make a compelling enough Superman for a modern time, but now, some 35 years since  the first Donner film, Zack Snyder, along with David Goyer and Christopher Nolan are going to give Superman the Batman treatment with 2013’s Man of Steel.

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Movie of the Day – Warm Bodies

I fear that we as a film seeing society, will hit critical zombie over-saturation and the zombie genre will be played the fuck out.  Almost every zombie movie is the same with the kills, character arcs and overall same plot structure in that the people try to survive a particular situation from zombies and live to tell the tale.  They ride off into the sunset, somehow one chapter of a larger story is done and it feels a bit cheap and easy.  Now we have shows like The Walking Dead which manage to continue the story that most zombie leave off on, the continuation of the lives of those living in a zombie filled world.  It’s a better story overall and gives us zombies, but not really, at least in the story structure sense.  So maybe that is why I took to Warm Bodies with such a receptive and wide open arm stance than anything else.  A zombie love story?  Alright let’s see how it plays out.

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Movie of the Day – The Hunger

I am not going to lie, David Bowie is really the only reason to watch this movie.  I mean I have been on a Bowie kick as of late with most of my trivia hosting comprising of Bowie songs in between rounds, watching the Prestige and even catching the 35mm print of The Man Who Fell To Earth at the Drafthouse.  Also I am really hoping that I win the bidding for the Craig Drake screen print of David Bowie from The Hunger, I mean it’s a fucking gorgeous print.  Take a look!

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Movie of the Day – The Machine Girl

Yeah, I know.  What the fuck?

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Movie of the Day – Inframan

Oh my god yes!  This is what cinema is for folks.  Movie like Inframan are the reason that I go to the movies, watch untold hours of movies and generally love everything about movies.  Infra-Man is basically something that a 10 year old version of me would make if given the opportunity to take my adolescent ramblings about robots and karate and turn them into a reality.  A completely off the wall action film the likes you have never seen before and I am going to talk a bit about this movie today in preparation for my chance to see it on the big screen next week at the Alamo Drafthouse.  This is the shit folks.

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Movie of the Day – The Day After Tomorrow

Well the snow storm Rocky came and surprisingly it wasn’t that bad.  I mean yeah my dog gets lost in the snow drifts that are currently sitting in my backyard, but he’s a dog and he liked jumping around in them.  Although snow storm did look cool for the time it was happening, it was made better by my hate watching of The Day After Tomorrow, a movie that is so grandiose and bad, that I actually enjoy the large scale, global destruction cause Roland Emmerich is the fucking Picasso of end of the world movies.  Oh yeah, it’s time for a global scare.

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Movie of the Day – The Toxic Avenger

In my last post, I talked about Poultrygeist and how it was going to be part of a double feature with Mr. Lloyd Kaufman at our local Alamo Drafthouse.  As nutty and shit house insane that movie was, the Troma is well versed in the absurd as The Toxic Avenger is the ultimate flagship property and mascot of a company that deals in exploitative schlock.  And this movie also happens to be part of the Double Feature so why not cover it as well.

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Movie of the Day – Argo

I don’t think that I enjoyed a movie more this past year than Argo.  I realize that is some high praise to give a movie that comes from Ben Affleck and is not a Spielberg, Tarantino or Paul Thomas Anderson movie, but damned if I am not still talking up this movie leading up to the Oscars.  Argo for me, might as well have been the movie of the year in my mind, topping all others with it’s fascinating story, intricate details of one the most successful and bizarre rescue attempts, and a compelling array of performances from phenomenal actors.  You don’t agree?  ARGO GO FUCK YOURSELF!  🙂

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