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crazy/beautiful: "Safe Haven" and "Flight of the Butterflies" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Sunday, 17 February 2013 17:22

Mimi Kirkland, Josh Duhamel, and Julianne Hough in Safe HavenSAFE HAVEN

Whatever else it is, and it’s not much else, Safe Haven is the least boring Nicholas Sparks adaptation I’ve yet seen, mostly because it’s so unequivocally bonkers.

 
"Argo" Fête Yourself: 2013 Oscar Predictions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 06:00

Ben Affleck in ArgoAs I only predicted 15 out of 24 categories correctly for the previous Academy Awards, obviously I have some making up to do for my prognostic abilities to again be taken seriously.

Of all freakin’ times to attempt a comeback ... !

 
Oscar-a-a-aziness: Analyzing the Trickiest Categories (and They’re Big Ones) in the 2013 Academy Awards Race PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 06:00

Don’t tell anyone. But usually, when it comes to predicting the winners of the Academy Awards’ major races, it doesn’t take much to look like you know what you’re talking about.

 
Lady and the Chump: "Identity Thief" and "Side Effects" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 11 February 2013 08:54

Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman in Identity ThiefIDENTITY THIEF

Near the very start of the Jason Bateman/Melissa McCarthy comedy Identity Thief, Bateman’s character, the mild-mannered businessman Sandy Patterson, is enjoying a birthday party thrown by his wife (Amanda Peet) and two adorable daughters. After blowing out his birthday candles, Sandy scoops his younger daughter in the air – she looks about four or five – and, in what seems like a totally improvised gesture, turns her upside down, playfully plopping her face-first into the cake. The whole family laughs, but no one laughs harder than that cake-smeared little girl, who takes a second to wipe frosting from her eyes and mouth before exclaiming, to our utter delight, “Oh my God!”

Just thought I’d share that in case you were curious about the movie’s funny moments, because for me, that was the only one.

 
Eat and Greet: "Warm Bodies" and "Stand Up Guys" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Schulz   
Sunday, 03 February 2013 09:23

Rob Corddry and Nicholas Hoult in Warm BodiesWARM BODIES

See if this sounds familiar: A sweet, lonely, non-human – but decidedly male – being with a limited vocabulary toils through a portion of Earth all but completely devoid of life, performing the same mundane, regimented activities day after day. Occasionally, he augments the dreariness by collecting tchotchkes from more civilized days, which he stores in his makeshift home-slash-warehouse, and comforts himself by playing old music on a recognizably antiquated device. One day, a beautiful female enters his life, and although he’s initially nervous about making contact, he proceeds to woo her by offering safety and shelter, making her laugh, and subtly expressing his undying devotion. The female, however, soon leaves, but our protagonist doesn’t take her evacuation lying down. Instead, he follows his beloved, and subsequently sets into motion events that not only might reunite the pair, but might lead to the rejuvenation – indeed, the very survival – of the entire human race.

If you didn’t know the movie in question was titled Warm Bodies, and didn’t know it was a romantic comedy about a zombie who becomes enamored with a girl with a pulse, wouldn’t that description sound just a teensy bit reminiscent of WALL•E?

 
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