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Mounting Tension Trailer: NBA Spectre Spot!

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If you didn’t catch Game Three of the NBA Finals last night, there’s a good chance you missed this lovely, tension-packed teaser for James Bond #24, Spectre – and I don’t care what name he’s using, Christoph Waltz’s villain is Blofeld (a stinkweed by any other name…).

Check it out after the jump. Spectre explodes into theaters November 6th.

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Wrath Of The Titans Improves Upon The Original!

WRATH OF THE TITANS

Clash of the Titans was not an awful movie – or rather, wouldn’t have been if the 3D hadn’t been so bad – but it was no great fantasy-action flick, either. Wrath of the Titans may actually have less plot – less actual story – but it is superior in every way. In fact, it is a decent enough time-waster for a spring afternoon – it moves quickly, has glorious special effects, the CG effects have genuine heft and the 3D is quite wonderful.

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Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2 – The Harry Potter Series Gets The Top Flight Big Finish It Deserves!

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That whooshing sound you hear is Harry Potter zipping past Twilight for the largest single day box office take ever. That chewing sound you hear is countless critics – who proclaimed that splitting the final Harry Potter tale into two movies was a naked cash grab – eating crow. Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2 is the best movie of the summer.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Forget the Titans, Read the Myth

I will say it once and I will say it again, Hollywood STOP–PLEASE STOP remaking the classic films we love and enjoy. You turned a cheesy cult classic from the year I was born and made it into a two hour snooze fest that no one would enjoy unless you have seen the original.  The original 1981 classic is remembered for three distinctive things. It featured the stop-motion monsters of legendary puppeteer Ray Harryhausen. Second, it featured a ham performance of Sir Laurence Olivier. Finally, we get to see a pre-L.A. Law Harry Hamlin as Perseus. I can enjoy the original with just the magic and the myth with a hearty chuckle. Twenty-nine years later, this remake can only make me cringe.

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Movie Review: Clash of the Titans is a Real D Epic that is Real D Boring

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Back in 1981 when the face of special effects were changed by the 1977 movie Star Wars and the introduction of digital animation, stop animation creator Ray Harryhausen decided it was time to do one last movie with his stop action animation process. He chose Clash of the Titans, the epic tale of Greek god vs. man, as that project. The movie starred Sir Laurence Olivier as Zeus and Harry Hamlin as Zeus’ half-mortal son, Perseus. But the real star of that 1981 movie was Harryhausen’s incredible stop action animation process.

Now flash-forward 29 years and the face of special effects have changed even more radically as digital animation is combined with a stunning visual effect known as Real D technology. Real D is a technology that gives images on screen a richly textured three-dimensional look. It was Real D technology that was used in the 2009 remake of the horror movie My Bloody Valentine, which starred Jensen Ackles, to give the movie an ‘in your face’ feel to the gruesome scenes of mayhem. In the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans, the Real D effect seems to only be there to give the movie’s sweeping scenery a more textured look and feel because it sure wasn’t used to give any ‘in your face’ feel to the few and far between action sequences of the movie.

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