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Sometimes, the myths surrounding movies are so strong that over time, you begin to believe they are true. Lets take a look and some of them, shall we?
The Urban Legend: As Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man head down the yellow brick road, you can see a mysterious figure dangling from a rope in the background. For years it was believed that a munchkin or Dorthy's understudy hung themselves while the cameras were rolling during production, unbeknownst to the director, various stagehands, and the actors on the screen.
The Truth: What's actually moving in the background is a large exotic bird on loan from the Zoo. The urban legend started when The Wizard of Oz was released on VHS in 1989, and persisted over the decades, until the most recent Blu-ray edition of the American classic reveals the myth as false.
The Urban Legend: This one SCARED THE CRAP OUT OF ME WHEN I WAS A KID After Three Men and a Baby was released on VHS in 1990, a legend emerged—about an hour into the movie,Ted Danson and his characters mother are walking through Danson's house. In the background, you can see a super creepy figure behind the curtains of one of the windows. the legend goes that this figure was the ghost of a some kid who used to live in the house where Three Men and a Baby was being shot. The most common myth is that the boy committed suicide with a shotgun, which is why the house was vacant for the movie shoot. i think this one still scares the crap out of me...
The Truth: The mysterious figure behind the curtain is a cardboard cutout of Danson's character wearing a top hat and tails; it was used as a prop for a storyline that was eventually cut out of the movie. The house is also not a real house, but a set on a soundstage in Toronto. THANK GOODNESS
If you were hoping to stay spoiler free with the next Star Wars films, it's time to get off the internet. Enjoy these leaked photos!
Vice is nothing like anything I have seen on TV. The best way I can explain it is it's like an R-rated 60 minutes with tattoos and battle scars. Hands down the best video journalism i have ever seen. The network news is so objective and distant that it constantly shows the world with a certain hue and vanilla lens. Vice is a show that will you give you the stories the way they should be told. Raw, non apologetic and with courage. It's not trying to spoon feed the viewer with left/right bull. It's attempt is to show the viewer reality. The way it is. That's it.
VERDICT 10/10 (A work of art, stop what you're doing and watch this. Now.)
DAMN YOU DIRTY APES
The first thing I would like to point out is what's up with the title? Why not Dawn Of The Apes? Maybe its just me but it doesn't roll off the tongue. I guess neither does Conquest of the Planet of the Apes or Beneath the Planet of the Apes (two cool movies by the way).
The movie takes place ten years after the last one. Caesar tries to maintain order over a growing nation of genetically evolved apes who are threatened by a band of humans in San Francisco, survivors of the devastating virus that they hinted at in the last (they also hinted at the astronauts being the only survivors but they apparently nixed it) They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth's dominant species. The ACTING job of Andy Serkis (the motion capture talent and voice behind Caesar) deserves attention from the Academy for his work as Gollum in LOTR but HOLY CRAP, HE DID IT AGAIN!! He is a mastermind. With a blend of his and the computer animators work, it was easily the best computer animated character in a movie I have ever seen. Job well done. I think my favorite character in the movie was Koba, Caesars trusted right hand monkey. Great talent by the actor behind the effects, British Actor, Toby Kebbell. The human actors were okay. Jason Clarke plays Malcom, leader of the Humans who teams up with Caesar. I really want to like Jason Clarke but it wasn't on par with the apes. I still think his future is bright in H-wood. I'm not even sure why Gary Oldman was in this movie, payday maybe? His character was very flat and had really no purpose in the film. The score was really bad, I usually can get over mediocre music in a movie but appeared to be forced and unimaginative. Too bad. If you are like my wife, who has no desire to watch a movie like this-do yourself a favor and check it out. You'll be surprised.
Overall, this movie kicked some serious monkey ass. It had heart, action were it was needed and enough to make you think as far as a summer movie can do.
Best ape movie in the modern age (sorry Tim Burton, your movie sucked)
Verdict 7/10 At least rent it (or download it or stream it, whatever)
Caligula in modern day. Exploration of greed, money, power, and the study of the flawed character. He didn't just get lucky on Moneyball, Jonah Hill has some acting chops. Sometimes its hard to tell if its a satire or something else. Scorsese at his best? No. It's Good, not Casino good. The prop guys needed more cocaine than they had for Scarface.
Bushy Brow Scorsese's fifth (NUMBER 5!!) collaboration with DiCaprio sits up high, just not as high as the departed
VERDICT: 8/10 If you haven't seen it, you should
Top ten Bill Murray movies
10. Wild Things Yep, he was in it
9. King Pin Good old villain, Ernie McKrakin
8. Stripes Pre Ghostbusters Ramis/Murray team
7. Zombieland Bill as Bill
6. Fantastic Mr. Fox The classic Roald Dahl children's book adapted by one of my faves, Wes Anderson
5. Scrooged What?! This movie came out in 1988? Yikes
4. Caddyshack Nostalgia is the only reason it ranks this high
3. Groundhog Day Sadly the last Ramis/Murray collaboration
2. Ghostbusters His opening scene with the psychic study still makes me laugh to this day.
1. TIE-Lost in Translation/Rushmore
Both of these movies are works of art, Coppola and Wes Anderson do a masterful job wrangling in comedic genius.
Time travel movies always piss me off continuity wise. Hugh Jackman is really wolverine, he's not aging. Younger cast was better than older cast. Peter Dinklage! Longer than it should have been. Action scenes were okaaay. Loved the comic story as a kid. If you don't know characters by names like Beast, Quicksilver and Banshee, why really bother?
Not bad for a superhero flick, not as good as X-2
Verdict: 6/10 Meh, not too shabby
Did I mention Peter Dinklage?
Wow... who beats who in this? Please let me know your pick by leaving a comment below! Check back before the show and I'll give you my bets.
Actor, drama series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards