Category: Movies

Reel Life Oscar Challenge Episode 12: 2005

Michael, Lars, and Kathleen go through a range of emotions in this episode, where they talk about possibly the worst movie they’ve seen so far, and defintely the weirdest sex scene they’ve seen, possibly ever. The films discussed are:

-Brokeback Mountain (1:16)

-Capote (12:51)

-Crash (22:12)

-Good Night, and Good Luck (34:45)

-Munich (44:51)

Reel Life Oscar Challenge Episode 11: 2004

Michael, Lars, and Kathleen talk about boxing, OCD, blind musicians, wine snobs, and childhood whimsy as they take a look at the Best Picture nominees of 2004. The films discussed are:

-The Aviator (1:53)

-Finding Neverland (17:42)

-Million Dollar Baby (29:14)

-Ray (43:30)

-Sideways (55:17)

Entertainment Weekly is Going Monthly, and That’s a Shame

(Photos: Marc Hom for EW; Matthias Clamer for EW; Finlay MacKay for EW; Juco for EW; Dan Winters for EW; Art Streiber for EW; Ruven Afandor for EW (2))

 

One thing the youth of today, and certainly the youth of the future, will never understand is how many random magazines used to end up in people’s homes. I don’t know much about the magazine industry, but the way it seemed to work in the early to mid-2000s was that, if you were subscribed to one magazine, the publisher would try to get you to subscribe to their other titles by offering free issues, usually encased in a plastic baggy (a packing method that, for the sake of the environment, I hope my future kids never experience, either). Sometimes, for whatever reason, you’d keep getting these magazines. That’s how Entertainment Weekly entered my life. It was sent to us as a replacement for some other magazine my mom had subscribed to, and it just kept coming.

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Which Avenger is Each 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate?

Image Credit: Marvel

There are now 23 major candidates running for the Democratic nomination for president, and one or two more that seem likely to run or have expressed interest in doing so. That’s a lot of people to keep track of. Some are big names who have been around a while, and some are small names you probably will never hear from again. But they all got me thinking: in this, the year of 2019, there is really only one other newsmaking phenomenon that has the same star power, intrigue, cultural ubiquity, and overwhelmingly-large cast of characters: the Avengers.

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Reel Life Oscar Challenge Episode 10: 2003

Michael, Lars, and Kathleen discuss the Best Picture nominees of 2003. Is it the best Oscars year since 1994? They think it might be, and at the very least it was good enough to inspire some bad Boston accents and horse jokes. The films discussed are:

-The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (1:27)

-Lost in Translation (12:14)

-Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (22:17)

-Mystic River (30:51)

-Seabiscuit (42:24)

The Odds of Every Headliner Surviving Infinity War Are Questionable

Image Credit: Marvel/The Postrider Illustration

It was all over in a chilling snap; Thanos wiped out half of all life in the universe, ending his Malthusian quest for balance, at great personal cost to our antagonist. Plenty of heroes survived and are sure to regroup and seek to avenge their fallen comrades in Avengers: Endgame in a few weeks. Marvel recently unveiled character posters for those who survived and those who fell by Thanos’ hand, which give us some insight as to who is still around and what the team-up will look like. Conveniently, Thanos’ random snap left all six of the original Avengers — Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye — standing and ready to reunite to do whatever it takes to defeat him and restore order to the universe. This serendipitous team-up reminds audiences how far these heroes have come from 2008 since the original Iron Man through the first time they assembled in 2012’s The Avengers and of the ghosts of tragedy in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. It’ll make for what is sure to be a nostalgic, tragic, and ultimate reminder of the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a behemoth of a cultural moment the likes of which the world has never seen, that has delighted audiences worldwide. So I’m going to ruin it for myself and for you, dear reader, with some math.

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