Archive for December, 2014

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Director: Rob Marshall
Writers: James Lapine (Screenplay), James Lapine (Musical), Stephen Sondheim (Lyricist)
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Chris Pine, Christine Baranski, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone
Release Date: December 25, 2014
Runtime: 2 hrs. 4 min.
MPAA Rating: PG

 

 

Hollywood has made it a habit in recent years to take successful Broadway shows and adapt them for the screen. This has led to a resurgence of that lost gem of Hollywood films: the musical. Beginning approximately with 2002’s Chicago, the twenty-oughts saw a steady stream of musicals, including film adaptations of The Phantom of the Opera and Mamma Mia! Going back and looking at box-office records, you’d be hard-pressed to find a date that didn’t have at least one in wide release, something that couldn’t be said for the previous two or three decades (despite the occasional A Star is Born or Victor/Victoria). Turn to the current decade, and the musical seems well-ensconced as a theater regular. In fact, last year’s third highest grossing film domestically, number one overall worldwide, was Disney’s musical Frozen (read my review here). It’s the first musical to crack the top ten all-time list, sitting at number five with over a billion dollars in revenue. Now, Into the Woods is not about to break any records, but it is a part of this everything old is new again trend. And it’s a pretty good movie to boot. Click through for my full review.
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Steve and Dan TWD 2

Steve and Dan review the first half of Season 5 of The Walking Dead. Topics include character development, highlights and gripes, and death. As a bonus, Steve “The Knowledge” Zillwood demonstrates his mastery of TWD trivia by tackling a brutal quiz.

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Post-Apocalypse

Steve and Dan discuss ten each of their favourite post-apocalyptic movies, and even manage to agree on a Top 3.
Complete list of movies in alphabetical order:
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Children of Men (2006)
Damnation Alley (1977)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Logan’s Run (1976)
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
The Matrix (1999)
Omega Man (1971)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Snowpiercer (2013)
Soylent Green (1973)
The Road (2009)
Testament (1983)
Threads (1984)
War of the Worlds (1953)
Watership Down (1978)
When Worlds Collide (1951)
Zardoz (1974)

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Steve and Dan TWD 2

Steve and Dan discuss events from the eighth episode of Season 5 of The Walking Dead, the Mid-Season Finale: “Coda”. This week, Steve and Dan talk about how Rick loses it, Gabriel legs it, and Beth finally gets it.

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