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Movie Review: ‘Let’s Be Cops’

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So … my Thursday … LORDE, was a lot. It was my first full day here in my new abode and thankfully I got the Internet installed fairly early in the AM so that I could do a full day’s work. In between, I unpacked a box or two here and there, set up my bathroom for my first shower (yay) and other odd and ends like that. I worked so late into the late evening that I totally forgot I had plans to meet up with some friends at the El Capitan Theater :( UGH. Still, I needed a mindless movie so I decided to go see Let’s Be Cops. More »

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‘What If’ And 4 Other Indie Movies You Need To See Right Now

You will love these. I promise.

I know I usually wait ’til the end of the year to round up my favorite indie films, but I gotta get you guys in the theatres to see these bad boys! I’ve gotten the chance to cover interviews for a few films at Paste Magazine over the last couple of months, and I’ve been exposed to some fantastic directors and talent. Right now, I know everyone the world over is flocking to see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy, but in between the blockbusters I hope you all make time for some small films with big themes. The more people fill the seats, the more we can send a message that these movies are important—because they are! Y’all know I exaggerate, but I am not kidding when I saw I got my life changed in some small way with each of these stories. Click inside for more!

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Movie Review: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

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Last night I was invited to an early screening of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie and to be honest, I had to think long and hard about agreeing to see the movie. Ever since the movie was first announced, all I heard were bad things about production, casting, storyline changes and on and on. Everything I heard about the movie before I saw it led me to believe that I would not like the movie. I’m glad I decided to see the movie anyway because all of the negative things I heard about the movie are completely untrue. The biggest surprise for me was that TMNT is NOT a Michael Bay movie (ie. it is nothing like the super annoying crapfest that his Transformers movies have become) — her merely produced this movie, he didn’t write or direct it. The second biggest surprise was how funny and charming the movie is. Altho the turtles are computer animated via motion capture cameras, they do have the same feel that we got from the rubber-suited turtles from the original TMNT movies of the early 90s. The movie isn’t without its flaws but I really enjoyed TMNT so much that I can totally forgive the few things that I didn’t like because there are far too many things that I really DO LIKE about the movie. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

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Last night I attended an early showing of Guardians of the Galaxy in the Cinerama Dome at the Arclight Theater in Hollywood because any chance I get to see a movie early is a chance that I’m going to take. I’ve been really anxious to see Guaridans for many months now — even tho I had never read a single Guardians of the Galaxy comic book ever, I had zero knowledge of ANY of the film’s characters and I stayed completely away from all plot spoilers. I saw the movie completely cold. But, because it was a Marvel Studios film, I knew that it was a movie that I had to see as soon as possible … and I was right. There will be a few contenders for the best film of 2014 and I’d argue that Guardians is one of those movies. It will surely be the best superhero film of the year (sorry X-Men: Days of Future Past) and might even be the best Marvel Studios film yet. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Snowpiercer’

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Yesterday was a very fun day in that I got to spend most of it with my friends Tamar and Caleb. Tam took us to an afternoon birthday pool party in the hills, which was great, and then we made our way back down to earth for a late showing of the indie film Snowpiercer. We’ve been hearing great things about the movie for a few weeks now so we decided to see what all the fuss was about. Having seen the movie myself, I’ve determined that folks either really love Snowpiercer or they really don’t. Tam and Caleb were in the former category, I find myself in the latter. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’ In 4DX

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Last night my friend Josh and I made our way to the Regal Cinemas at LA Live in DTLA to see a showing of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 4DX. This review of the movie will be broken into two parts … the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes part and the 4DX part. 4DX, for those of you who aren’t aware, is the next generation in the movie-going experience. In a 4DX theater, the room — the seats — adapt to the action that takes place in the movie to make you feel as if you were part of the action. It was a crazy fun experience, let me tell you right off the bat but I am also very happy to relay that Dawn was a superb movie even without all the bells and whistles from the 4DX experience. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Boyhood’

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For a few months now (years for some) we have been hearing about Richard Linklater‘s film Boyhood which was filmed over a 12 year time frame. Last night, I was able to be among the first people in LA to see the movie in full. I met up with my friends Emma, Eileen and Josh at the Arclight in Hollywood to see Boyhood and I am happy to relay that we were all completely floored by the film. I mean … wow. Before I get into a few details about the movie, I must point out first that it is my humble opinion that Boyhood will be one of, if not, THE best movies of the year. Hands down. There is a poignancy to this very simple story of one boy and his family that will resonate with so many people. I’m really excited for more people to see the movie so that they can share the experience as well. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Obvious Child’

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Last night I met up with Emma for a quick movie date because I learned a long time ago that when Emma offers a movie invite, you absolutely have to say yes. She suggested we see an indie film titled Obvious Child and altho I knew nothing about the movie at all, I jumped at the chance to see it with Em. As usual, Emma proved to have excellent taste in films becuase we both loved Obvious Child very much. The movie stars comedienne Jenny Slate in an amazing break-out role that, I hope, will provide her with more acting opportunities in the future. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Begin Again’

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Back in May we got to see the trailer for the new film Begin Again, which stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and singer Adam Levine (in his first acting role). Last night, I met up with my friend Eileen for a movie date and we decided to see Begin Again to determine if all of the good buzz about the movie was actually true. But, before my movie date with Eileen, I met up with Tamar for an afternoon hike together so that we could catch up with one another. My hang date with Tam was fun. My movie date with Eileen was fun. And Begin Again is a really, really good movie. More »

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I Was On A 90s Pop Culture Podcast Talking Quentin Tarantino, And It’s Kind Of A Big Deal!!!

On 'Jackie Brown,' Pam Grier, and Existential Parachute Pants!

PITNBrs, in my dream world I eat pizza all day, I have an endless supply of black eyeliner, and I get to sit around and relive the magic of my favorite movies. The other day, I was so excited because I got to do the latter, thanks to the amazing folks at your new favorite 90s pop culture podcast, Existential Parachute Pants. Yeah, baby. So today, I have to give a major shouts-out to Chris Morgan (follow him on Twitter, or I’m not your friend anymore) and Seth Macy (on Twitter, same goes for him), who asked me to join them in an in-depth conversation about a Quentin Tarantino movie with which I only recently fell in lurve, Jackie Brown. Youc an list to the podcast HERE, or in iTunes HERE. Click inside so I can tell you a little more about this awesome experience!

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