Star Trek Into Darkness

SN: Did “Force Awakens” over-homage?

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Now that a couple weeks have past since its highly anticipated release, and the hyperbole is starting to die down, I’ve noticed a lot more backlash for “Force Awakens.”

When I saw it, I loved it. Yes, it had many flaws, but I had the stupidest grin on my face the whole time. The flaws were minuscule compared to how happy this film had just made me. That last time I experienced something like that was “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”

I’m not a huge Trekker, nor am I a huge “Star Wars” geek. But I love both of the franchises. Both also happen to be directed by J.J. Abrams. Both also have a ton of fan service within them that probably could’ve been left out.
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SideNote: Managing Expectations

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The most peculiar thing about “Interstellar” coming out hasn’t been its lukewarm 73% on Rotten Tomatoes or that it came up short to “Big Hero 6” in the box office over it’s opening weekend, it’s the apologetic reaction from fans of director Christopher Nolan, most of which defended the film even before its release.

“Interstellar” isn’t the first movie to fall victim to hype. But its worth discussing how a person’s reaction to the film is almost set in stone before they even see it. I have always liked Nolan’s films, but since I’m trying to offer an objective opinion on a blog I try to clear my mind of any good, or bad, expectations before watching a film. The same goes for games and television shows.

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1st Annual M10 Award Winners

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“12 Years a Slave,” “The Last of Us,” and “Breaking Bad” are the best of 2013. Here is the full list of the 1st Annual M10 Award Winners.

Click More to see the nominees and the highlighted winners:

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Oscar: Final Nomination Predictions

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Oscar: Final Nomination Predictions

Here are our final Oscar Predictions. The nominations will be announced tomorrow morning. Our Oscar page will promptly be updated to predicted the candidates most likely to win after the nomination announcement.

Here are our predictions:

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Film: 1st Annual M10 Nominations

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Film: 1st Annual M10 Nominations

VIDEO GAME and TELEVISION nominations will be announced before the end of the weekend. Here are the first annual M10 nominees for film.

Gravity leads with 7 nominations. Her follows with 6 nominations. American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street follow with 5 nominations.

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Top 20: Movie Quotes of 2013

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Top 20: Movie Quotes of 2013

This list probably shouldn’t be posted just yet. There needs to be some time for the December films to popularize. I’m sure “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Her,” and “Inside Llewyn Davis” will have some quotes here, but there are none known of at this time. If you know some good ones from any December films please let us know!

This List will be updated until the end of January 2014. 

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Video Game Analysis: Games based off movies – the rise and fall

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When compiling the lists for the greatest video games of the 80s and 90s, many video games adapted from movies were in contention. “Star Wars,” the 80s arcade game, placed 7th on the 80s list and “Goldeneye 007” placed 7th on the 90s list as well. They use to be everywhere; we had “Jurassic Park,” all the Disney films of the time – “Aladdin” and “The Lion King.” Some of them were pretty good too.

It’s hard to call this a “rise and fall” when, at the dawn of video games, a direct adaptation of Steven Spielberg’s “ET” was released to the Atari 2600 and was held accountable for the great video game crash of 1983, and the unsold copies were dumped into a landfill in New Mexico. “ET – The Extra Terrestrial,” for the Atari, is still widely regarded as one of the worst video games of all time. Still, movie adaptations found a new life in video games and it has been devolving through the years, but why?

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VOTW: Star Trek Into Darkness LEGO Trailer!

 

LOVE THIS. Although it might be the prime example that some youtubers have way to much time on their hands, you can’t doubt that this is actually some pretty high quality effect, and stop-motion work. I have a deep love and nostalgia for LEGO and Star Trek alike, so this was a real treat.

Awards: Way too early 2014 Oscar Predictions

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Awards: Way too early 2014 Oscar Predictions

This Article is out-of-date! All current Oscar Predictions can be found HERE

So yes, this is way to incredibly early, and it’ll be tremendous fun to revisit this post to see how incredibly wrong these predictions turned out to be. I remember everyone who predicted really early a couple years back thought Amelia that movie about Amelia Earhart with Hilary Swank was going to sweep, and it received atrocious reviews.

Something like that could easily happen. Couple years back Jason Reitman (who had previously received award attention for Juno and Up in the Air) was reported to be doing a film with Charlize Theron. Young Adult met mid to positive reviews.

So here we are now, pretty much pure speculation based on previous years and the names attached to the projects. Release date is a big factor to, only the films at Sundance have been reaffirmed (though it felt nothing was thoroughly raved about this year) Fruitvale and Before Midnight probably getting the most results.

So here’s what I have come up with for next year, last year we had an impressive slate with a Spielberg president biopic, a strong emotional Broadway musical from a previous winner, a hunt for Osama bin Laden picture from a previous Oscar winning director and screenwriter, and a Tarantino western. All which ultimately ended up in the final mix. (more…)

Film Anticipation Preview: Star Trek: Into Darkness

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Film Anticipation Preview: Star Trek: Into Darkness Announcement Trailer released

We recently heard the incredible news that, not only will we see the full length trailer upon the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on December 14th, but if you see The Hobbit in IMAX you will receive a 9-minute taste of the film. For now, as we wait ever so impatiently, we have this one-minute announcement trailer.

There was a recent release saying that the film was initially a “manhunt.” The speculation has been ongoing with Trekkers (this includes myself) as to what this installment will be. Will it work as a remake to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan or will it just be its own story occasionally paying homage to the original series, Abrams and his cast/crew have kept the lid pretty tight on this jar.

The image above you will not find in the English version of the Announcement trailer, but in the Japanese. Considering it is the only version that is 15-seconds longer I am questioning if it was a mistake for the extra footage to be in there? So, before it was struck down I stole the most important screenshot above. For fans of the original series/movies they know why this image is so iconic. For Star Trek newbies (and I use the term sincerely, everyone should love Star Trek) we saw a similar image in what is arguably the greatest Star Trek flick of all-time The Wrath of Khan which was also the sequel the original movies.

So could this speculation relate back to the story of Khan? Could we be getting an essential re-imagining of the classic old film? Regardless, after 2009’s Star Trek I have complete faith in the filmmakers and will be there happily surrounded by Trekkers on opening night.

Let me know your thoughts on the Announcement trailer and we will have a more in-depth analysis of the film once a full trailer is release December 14th with The Hobbit.