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The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1: A Lifeless, Limp Noodle

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I won’t lie; I walked into The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 knowing that I would hate it. I liked the first two films well enough, but really don’t like Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and I’m sorry but I’m sick to death of watching movies that don’t seem to end. I miss the days when movies had clear beginnings, middles and endings. I don’t want to wait 4 or 5 years to get a complete story because frankly, by the time it concludes, I just don’t give a crap anymore. Can anyone tell me what’s going on in The Hobbit movies?

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TCM Plans Triple Feature In Tribute To Mike Nichols!

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Mike Nichols may have died this week, but he’s left behind a reputation as a wonderful human being and a trove of superb motion pictures to guarantee he will never be forgotten.

On Saturday, December 6th, TCM will run a triple feature of films that speak to his ability to do vastly different things really, really well: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, and Carnal Knowledge. For further details, follow the jump.

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Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke: The First Story Out Today!

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The inspiration for the anime masterpiece Princess Mononoke, Princess Mononoke: The First Story is an ecological fable written and illustrated, in gorgeous watercolors, by the legendary director, Hayao Miyazaki.

Published in North America by VIZ Media, the oversized  (11¾ x 11¾ inch) hardcover – which also features an afterword by Miyazaki – is released under its Studio Ghibli Library imprint – and is in stores today. For further details, follow the jump.

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It Will be Legen – wait for it -DARY! NPH Will Host The 2015 Oscars®!

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Master of Ceremonies specialist Neil Patrick Harris, veteran of many Tony Awards shows; star of stage, screen and television and singer-dancer-actor triple-threat par excellence, has been selected to host the 2015 Academy Awards.

I am officially so tickled I could just PLOTZ! Follow the jump for details. The 87th Annual Academy Awards® will air on ABC, Sunday, February 22, 2015.

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Skepticism Colors Hollows Groves!

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Hollows Groves, a movie about a behind-the-scenes look at a Ghost Hunters type of reality series, was spawned by writer/director Craig Efros’ skepticism – not of the supernatural, but of the hi-tech ‘smoke and mirrors’ that can be used to make the audience believe that those kinds of paranormal investigators are actually encountering paranormal activity.

The result is a film that asks if such investigators really believe in what they’re doing and, if not, what might happen if they actually encountered something supernatural?

Hollows Grove stars Lance Henriksen and Mykelti Williamson and will be released on VOD through iTunes and www.hollowsgrove.com on Tuesday, October 21st. Follow the jump for details.

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CIFF: The Real Deal!

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After seeing twenty films in eight days, I can confirm that Movie Maker got it right. The 15th Calgary International Film Festival was definitely an crowd pleaser. Featuring World, North American and Canadian premieres (in the case of The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet, pictured above – both the 2D and 3D North American premieres), as well as films with huge awards buzz (like Whiplash and Foxcatcher), and an emphasis on Canadian and Albertan films, CIFF’s programmers put together a selection that genuinely had something for everyone.

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Clip: Apropos of Nothing–POPEYE!!!

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What you are about to see is not a trailer, nor will it appear in Sony Animation’s Popeye 3D next year. What it is is a little animation test that director Genndy Tartakovsky has chosen to share with us.

It certainly looks like he nailed it! Check it out after the jump. Popeye 3D is currently scheduled for a 2015 release.

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Calgary International Film Festival Celebrates Its Fifteenth Run And I Get To Be There!

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I am about to do something crazy – over the course of eleven days, between September 18th and 28th, I am going to try to see way too many movies from around the world and tell you about them.

Why? Because the Calgary International Film Festival is about to begin – and because, although it may not have the cachet of the Toronto International Film Festival, it has, over fourteen editions, provided a host of noteworthy films that have gone on to win awards, rack up critical acclaim and achieve hit or cult status everywhere. More following the jump.

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10 Movie-Based Video Games That Got It Right

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Adaptations can be a straight-up crapshoot. Whether it’s a movie or television series based on a novel, a comic book based on a movie, a movie based on a video game—or any flipside of those examples—you’d be right to feel apprehensive going into the experience. Too often, we’re left wondering why (aside from money) screenwriters, directors, developers, and authors have trouble taking something of high (or at least decent) quality and making something in another medium of equal (or perhaps greater) quality. Too often these projects are rushed or simply muddy the message of the original piece of art, which leaves us as the audience feeling ripped off.

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