Screen Junkies » Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:41:59 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.3 Cool Time Travelers From TV Shows http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/genres-tv/sitcoms/cool-time-travelers-from-tv-shows/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/genres-tv/sitcoms/cool-time-travelers-from-tv-shows/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2011 15:02:57 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218974 Put the dorky image of lab coats and giant machines blooming with arcs of lightning aside when you encounter these cool time travelers from TV shows.

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Forget the dorky image of lab coats and giant machines blooming with arcs of lightning when you encounter these cool time travelers from TV shows. No longer the domain of B-movies, time traveler shows on prime time TV now features decent sized budgets and actors who weren’t pulled out of a Der Wienerschnitzel on their lunc break. Take a moment to map out a plan for revenge or success should time travel start happening, just make sure you do it with style.

 

Dan Vasser

Being a father has enough trials without being tossed back in time at random moments. Dan doesn’t come with super powers or a life he can ignore in order to serve whatever higher authority in Journeyman has decided to play twister with his timeline. With a brain and a dedication towards helping the people he encounters on his journeys, Vasser is a cool time traveler that is caught up in the chaos of something he can’t control but still works towards juggling saving people in the past and saving his relationships in the present. Substance beats style and gets a nice twist with his inability to control his unique “events”.

 

The Ninth Doctor

Ninth Doctor Who snapping his fingers

 

Doctor Who gets to show off the warrior facet of the time lord with this incarnation played by Christopher Eccleston. There are cool time travelers and then there’s The Doctor, an immortal regenerating last of his kind explorer who tends to show up where and when needed. Eccleston gets to give old and new fans of the series a quietly raging doctor, one who is ready to go to war over his grudge and that’s an aspect up until now The Doctor never much evidenced. A harder, most driven character in this generation, the ninth Doctor shows off the terrible power and fury that up until now has been hidden behind a thick veneer of Zen-like calm and that is fascinating.

 

Danny Quinn

Danny Quinn flying a helicopter

A scrapper and officer of the law, Danny Quinn seethes with the regret and loss of his brother and doesn’t enter into the idea of time travel without serious skepticism. Played by Jason Flemyng, Quinn feels like the eye of the storm, calm for now but venture too far out and destruction will reign. One of the cooler time travelers out there, this Primeval star won’t fall in love with time travel anytime soon but he won’t run with his tail tucked between his legs either.

 

Tru Davies

Tru Davies stretched out on a white fur

Not many time travelers get as cool a partner as Zach Galifianakis. Davis, played by Zach, is Tru’s supervisor, confidant and enabler as he encourages Tru whenever she hits rough spots in her quest to save the dead who ask for her help. Although only getting to go back a day in Tru Calling, Tru gets enough terror and mystery to fill her plate as she works to guide the living away from the path that leads to their death. Funny, sincere and well ensconced in her small tribe of friends, Davies gets to be one of the cooler time travelers out there as she tries to better the lives of others while being in the grips of a much larger and unseen conspiracy.

 

The Eleventh Doctor

Eleventh Doctor Who in his red bow tie

Quirky dress sense meets quirky personality and the eleventh Doctor comes ready to play. With an aura of intuitiveness and a drive to help others, this version of Doctor Who as portrayed by Matt Smith blends the warrior caste with the healer cast and throws in a sprinkle of occasional aloofness that makes him one of the coolest time travelers ever. Bringing bow ties back into popular dress wear might be beyond this Doctor but conveying other worldliness well taking the best bits of humanity is not. Smith keeps his companions and his encounters simultaneously at a distance and within his embrace with a powerful sincerity that makes it look easy.

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Movie Guide to Dating a Marine http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/movie-guide-to-dating-a-marine/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/movie-guide-to-dating-a-marine/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2011 02:39:59 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=220514 Sure Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis can give us some pointers when it comes having friends with benefits, but, like the rest of us civilians we're pretty sure that dating a marine is a mystery to them.

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It seems like everyone these days is dating a US Marine, and we think that this is a great thing.  Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake are leading the way, and just yesterday we read a twitter report about Jessica Rabbit canoodling with ‘Chesty’ the bulldog mascot of the Corps.   Justin and Mila can give us some pointers when it comes having friends with benefits, but, like the rest of us civilians we’re pretty sure that dating a marine is a mystery to them.  In fact we are pretty sure they are  searching madly for a ‘movie guide to dating a marine’ to prep them for the Marine Corps Ball in November. After all, if movies have taught us anything it’s that you can learn just about everything in 120 minutes, including what it takes to woo one of the few and proud.

The following are a few films you might want to consider watching to learn more about dating a Marine.

 

Heaven Knows Mr. Allison

Mr. Allison shipwrecked with a nun

Mr. Big Skies (AKA John Huston) himself directs Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum in this 1957 classic. Mitchum finds himself shipwrecked on an island in the South Pacific after his marine recon team gets ditched by a nava submarine during an enemy attack. Lucky for him he’s not marooned alone, finding a beautiful nun who was also abandoned during an evacuation to share the island with. Do we see love on the horizon along with an approaching Japanese ship? Take a guess what happens next. Dating tip to take away from this oldie but goodie—don’t except a marine to make the first move, unless they’re drunk on sake.

 

Born of the Fourth of July

Tom Cruise dancing in Born On The Fourth Of July

Tom Cruise definitely has some 0n-screen experience when it comes to the marines. Defending them as a Naval lawyer in A Few Good Men, but not before playing one in Oliver Stone‘s second film about the Vietnam War. In Born On The Fourth Of July, Cruise plays real-life marine Ron Kovic, who enlists in the service as soon as he’s eighteen and gets shipped out the day after his senior prom. Kovic’s horrific experience in Vietnam leaves him wheelchair-bound and disillusioned with America and its war machine; he then devotes his life to anti-war activism. A few things to note: marines often declare their feelings less that 24 hours before deploying to a dangerous, war-ridden foreign country (but not before getting in a last dance), and, big surprise, they might have some issues after coming back.

 

Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket "Me Love You Long Time"

Stanley Kubrick‘s take on Nam, Full Metal Jacket is full of useful info about the life of a marine—from the degradation of basic training, platoon hazings involving bars of soap and what type of sexual propositions a marine is used to. Just to recap, Full Metal Jacket follows a platoon from basic through their stationing in Vietnam, and like just about all movies about Vietnam, is highly anti-war at its core. However, this is beside the point for our purposes. What you need to take away is this: you better be prepared to love them long time.

 

Jarhead

Jake Gyllenhaal reading in Jarhead

Another true story, Jarhead focuses on Operation Desert Storm, following Anthony Swofford as a marine in the Persian Gulf. Among the many things to worry about during war, most of the platoon is worried about their ladies back home being unfaithful to them while they are so far away for so long. Unfortunately, this proves to be true in many instances, even for our leading man. Upon returning home, he finds his long time girlfriend with a new boyfriend. The moral is: marines can be paranoid, but sometimes it’ justified. If you’re going to date one, you better be faithful. And if you can’t be, take a cue from Brian Dettman’s ex by rallying a neighbor to make a homemade porno with you and sending it on an unassuming VHS copy of The Deer Hunter. It’s a classy move.

 

Flags of our Fathers

Holding up the flag in Flags Of Our Fathers

We’ve all seen the iconic photograph of the marines holding up Old Glory during the fiercest battle in Iwo Jima in  WWII. Flags Of Our Fathers tells the story of the story of the three men who held the flag and survived, the heroism the country bestowed on them and how undeserving they felt of all the attention in the end. Word to the wise, when it comes to dating a hero, remember that survivors guilt can be a bitch.

 

The Great Santini

 

Blythe Danner shows Mila how to date a Marine

The Great Santini reminds us that despite our attempt to write this as a humorous article, the sacrifices that both Marines in Uniform, and their families make are no joke.  This film depicts the disconnect between a Marine Aviator (pilot for you landlubbers) who runs his family like a military unit, and his family who just want to be loved unconditionally.  It is not just returning combat veterans that deal with PTSD, but unfortunately their entire family must deal with this as well.

We are incredibly proud of the men and women who serve in our armed forces, and would like to suggest to our readers that if they liked this article then they should visit the Wounded Warrior Project, because the worst thing we can do is to forget about the sacrifices that have been made for freedom.

 

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Funny Dubbed Movies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/foreign-film/funny-dubbed-movies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/foreign-film/funny-dubbed-movies/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2011 23:59:10 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=220343 If you want to laugh at people from other countries while simultaneously impressing some culture snobs, then you'll need to check out some of these funny dubbed movies.

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If you want to laugh at people from other countries while simultaneously impressing some culture snobs, then you’ll need to check out some of these funny dubbed movies. Don’t worry, it’ll be our little secret that you didn’t opt for the subtitled versions. Besides, comedy truly is a universal language and provided you can stand the somewhat shoddy English dubbing (better than reading it though, right?), these films are guaranteed to give you some major laughs. If you love comedies—and really, who doesn’t—do yourself a favor check these out.

 

Elling

Getting released from the mental institution in Elling

This  little known gem from Norway, released in 2001, focuses on a sensitive man who has a knack for poetry. Sheltered by his mother all his life, he is forced to live in a state institution following her death. There, he meets and befriends two odd individuals. The trio end up living together after their release. The film picked up several prestigious movie awards and was even nominated for an Oscar.

 

My Sassy Girl

The sassy girl getting a piggy back ride

This Korean production was first shown in 2001 was a surprise hit in Asia. The film was based on the internet writings of a young man about his strange and complicated relationship with an equally strange but beautiful girl. My Sassy Girl stars Gianna Jun and Tae-hyun Cha. The movie did so well that it spawned an American remake The American version pales in comparison though so if you have not seen either, picking up the original Korean release is a must.

 

Amélie

Young Amelie photographing a bunny-shaped cloud

Released in 2001, Amélie is an imaginative comedy starring the lovely Audrey Tautou. Sharp eyed movie goers may recognize a slightly older Tantou performing opposite Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code. The film revolves around a shy young woman who makes it her mission in life to make people happy. She also pursues a handsome weirdo who collects discarded pictures from photo booths. This French classic has had a tremendous impact on pop culture—we’ve all see the traveling garden gnome, right? It originated in Amélie.

 

Shaolin Soccer

Cleat to face kick in Shaolin Soccer

For something a little more ridiculous, why not consider the Hong Kong-made Shaolin Soccer? Written, directed and starring the talented Stephen Chow, the film effectively merges martial arts and soccer action. One of the best slapstick comedies of its kind, Shaolin Soccer tells of a Shaolin Kung-Fu practitioner who meets a former soccer coach. Chow, who plays a Shaolin master combines his martial arts abilities with his soccer to become an amazing player and even helps train other players who all end up playing as teammates. Together they hope to compete in and win a prestigious soccer tournament.

 

3 Idiots

The 3 Idiots on butt stools

In this offbeat Bollywood flick, three college buddies made a bet to see who would become the most successful. They meet ten years later but only two of the three show up. Worried, the pair search for their missing friend. Those not familiar with films from the Indian subcontinent should expect the gratuitous song and dance numbers with women dressed in loud, bright colors. A tad long, this zany movie’s running time clocks in at almost three hours.

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Marvel Characters That Need Their Own Movies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/action/marvel-characters-that-need-their-own-movies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/action/marvel-characters-that-need-their-own-movies/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2011 21:13:29 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=220031 Any Comic-Con nerd will tell you for every Wolverine and Captain America there's an underrated sidekick or zombie Spider-Man (seriously) waiting in the proverbial wings for their big screen debut.

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If you think every superhero movie has been done (to death) think again—there are still a few lesser-know, but equally awesome Marvel characters that need their own movies. Any Comic-Con nerd will tell you for every Wolverine and Captain America there’s an underrated sidekick or zombie Spider-Man (seriously) waiting in the proverbial wings for their big screen debut. And that the fan boys would come out in droves to see such a thing. Check out our picks of the coolest Marvel heroes you’ve never heard of; we’d love to see these boys make it big on the silver screen.

 

Iron Fist

Iron Fist harnessing his chi

First up is the enigmatic “Iron Fist”. Although a feature film was supposed to be in the works, it seems to have become lost in development hell since nothing concrete has ever materialized. A pity because Iron Fist is definitely one of the more interesting characters in comic books. A formidable martial-arts fighter, Iron Fist trained under the venerable master, Lei Kung. Through his training he learned deadly fighting techniques and developed the ability to focus his chi to augment his already impressive physical attributes. As a result, Iron Fist has enhanced strength, speed, reflexes, agility and durability. At one point, he even battled the powerfu Iron Man to a near standstill. How’s that for cinema worthy?

 

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel shooting fire blasts

Not to be mistaken for Shazam, the DC Comics character with the lightning bolt motif on his chest and a host of powers similar to Superman‘s (though their super suits are so similar you’d be hard-pressed to distinguish the two), Captain Marvel is Marvel Comics‘ version of, well, Superman. But Captain Marvel is his own man—a superhero secretly sent by an alien race to spy on humanity, while living with the people of Earth, he fought alongside this planet’s heroes defending the populace from evildoers. Slowly, Captain Marvel began to understand us and empathize with us. When his superiors learn about his apparent betrayal, he is branded a traitor for his transgressions. Captain Marvel has the ability to fly and fire energy blasts. He’ll also kick anyone’s ass in a fight.

 

Winter Soldier

Marvel Comics' Winter Soldier

Comic aficionados know that Captain America once had a dependable sidekick. The young James “Bucky” Barnes bravely fought and stood by Captain America against the Nazis during World War II. Unfortunately, he suffered a terrible plane accident and was thought lost over the raging seas. Miraculously, his cold-preserved but badly battered body was then found by the Russians who saved him from certain doom. Unfortunately though, the hero was also brainwashed. He then was given cyborg appendages and became an elite assassin for the Soviets. Sounds like an intriguing Manchurian Candidate-esque concept ripe for a 3D viewing to us.

 

Machine Man

Machine Man

This obscure character started off his existence as a robot but was eventually granted the gift of sentience. An unlikely hero, he often wonders what it would be like to be human. He initially had a hokey, mechanized look but eventually made himself look more like a real person. Machine Man has a variety of weapons and has telescopic arms and legs which he uses for a variety of attacks. He also has superhuman strength as well as enhanced stamina and speed. Neo Terminator, anyone?

 

Zombie Spider-Man

Zombie Spider-Man attacking a fellow ghoul

The Marvel Zombie Universe is an alternate Marvel reality where most of the world’s super-powered individuals and regular folk have been devoured or turned into flesh-eating zombies. Unfortunately for us, the great Spider-Man has been zombified and teams up with most of the former heroes who have also been turned into to a rampaging horde of ravenous creatures. With their powers and abilities still intact, thi unstoppable army of the undead have the upper hand and systematically pick off the planet’s remaining survivors. The Marvel Zombie Universe effectively combines super-heroics with the time-tested zombie genre for some slam-bang action and intense terror. While the Spider-Man movies were great, a Zombie Spider-Man would indubitably be even better.

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Reality Shows Your Girlfriend Will Make You Watch http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/genres-tv/reality/reality-shows-your-girlfriend-will-make-you-watch/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/genres-tv/reality/reality-shows-your-girlfriend-will-make-you-watch/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2011 21:00:23 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219319 There are reality shows and then there are reality show that your girlfriend will make you watch. Sounds like torture? It doesn't have to be...

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There are reality shows and then there are reality shows your girlfriend will make you watch. Sounds like torture? It doesn’t have to be—there actually are a few programs out there that take the entertainment of both sexes into consideration, even if they seem to be only appealing to the opposite sex on the surface. Don’t judge a reality show by its cover. Case in point—Keeping Up With The Kardashians. While she’s lapping up the girl-on-girl drama, do we even have to point out what you’ll be lapping up? Here’s a hint: her initials are K.K. Have at it and get points for being a good boyfriend who’ll watch her shows (while secretly really enjoying it in the process).

 

American Idol

Reality Shows Your Girlfriend Will Make You Watch

The American Idol freight train first got going in 2002 and has become a runaway hit. It has slowed down in recent years but has made a comeback last season thanks to a massive personnel overhaul. Gone are original mainstays Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul. The extravagant Steven Tyler and the beautiful Jennifer Lopez now call the shots alongside Randy Jackson.  This show has great laughs along the way as many self-proclaimed vocalists attempt to wow the judges but end up making a mockery of themselves on national television. The most enjoyable part of the season comes when only the crème de la crème remain. This is the time you and your girlfriend frantically text in your votes after each show to support your favorite performers and keep them in the mix. You’ll be surprised how fun it actually is.

 

Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Reality Shows Your Girlfriend Will Make You Watch

The Kardashians lawn bowling at Caesar's Palace

As we touched on above, Keeping Up with the Kardashians follows the exploits (and cat fights) of the Kardashians including stepfather and former Olympian, Bruce Jenner, while also featuring a lot of Kim’s beautiful booty. Although the show follows the family doing the most of mundane chores, women love to tune in every week—we’ve already told you why men have stopped complaining.

 

The Bachelor

Reality Shows Your Girlfriend Will Make You Watch

The bachelor toasting

For male viewers,  ABC ‘s The Bachelor really isn’t too difficult to watch. A single bachelor, good looking and successful, is made to choose among a pool of beautiful women, most of whom are are head over heels for him. Slowly, the guy eliminates the women he is not interested in until he is left with the one he feels is most right for him (usually the sexiest one in the group). Women hate the way the guy plays around with the feelings of the women in the group as he breaks hearts left and right. Most guys on the other hand, cheer him on. Especially as he makes out with just about all of them.

 

What Not to Wear

Reality Shows Your Girlfriend Will Make You Watch

Clinton Kelly and Stacy London of What Not To Wear

Hosted by the lovely Stacy London and the ever-so-funny fashion consultant Clinton Kelly, the show features participants nominated by their closest friends and family because of their utter disdain for style. The duo teaches these unfashionable individuals how to properly mix and match clothing and in-show hair and makeup stylists then give them a serious makeover. The result is usually a shocker as the previously bland looking participants end up looking like fashion models. Making normal women look hot? How can that be a bad thing to be subjected to?

 

Cheaters

Reality Shows Your Girlfriend Will Make You Watch

Joey Greco confronting a cheater

The wild and woolly syndicated show, Cheaters follows host Joey Greco, as he takes on cases of suspected infidelity. The host uses private detectives who stake out the partner in question and set up surveillance cameras to help catch them in the act. When they have sufficient evidence, the tapes are presented to the complainant who then confronts the cheating partner. The production even has a brazen camera crew that gets into the middle of whatever melee erupts. Watching the show is often used as a preemptive measure by your wife or girlfriend to make sure that you are on the up and up because if you’re not, Joey Greco is just a phone call away. If you yourself have nothing to hide, watching the confrontations is always a barrel of laughs.

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Movie Buff Guide to Women’s Soccer http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/movie-buff-guide-to-womens-soccer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/movie-buff-guide-to-womens-soccer/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2011 19:02:50 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=220142 Once we learned that players on the US Women's Team tend to take their shirts off after they score a goal, soccer started to get a little more interesting.

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If you are anything like us then you are reading about the recent success of the US Women Soccer team in the Soccer World Cup, but know absolutely nothing about this thing they call “football” across the pond…and are not sure you should care. However, once we heard that this was the Women’s team our ears perked up, especially when we learned that players on the US Women’s Team tend to take their shirts off after they score a goal. Fortunately there is nothing you can’t learn about life from movies, so we put together a few soccer movies that we think will get you up to speed on why people get so excited about soccer videos in general, and this world cup thing in particular.

 

Bend It Like Beckham

But that’s a baseball movie, you idiots…right?! Nope. It’s a  soccerphilia fest from the mind of Nick Hornby that came out way before Drew Barrymore lisped her way through—we’ll just come out and say it—a pretty sucky film of the same name. In this Fever Pitch, Colin Firth stars as a one of Hornby’s typical self-absorbed, specifically-obsessed-but-ultimately-changed-by-love male protagonists. His favorite soccer team is the driving force in his life…until he meets the love of his life, who happens to hate the game. Life lesson in this soccer flick? That if you love a team of men obsessively, you can love one woman just as much. And it’s a lot more fulfilling. How sweet.

 

She’s The Man

Eric Cantona philosophizing in Looking For Eric

Eric Bishop worships two things: Manchester United and soccer legend Eric Cantona. But his life and relationships are in shambles, until one evening he smokes some weed and hallucinates a conversation with Cantona his hero. Suddenly, Canton starts appearing to him in other situations and becomes a sort of invisible life coach for Bishop. He turns his life around, yada yada yada. And the moral is…marijuana actually fixes lives not ruins them? No, no. Looking For Eric clearly isn’t endorsing that, but rather speaks to soccer fans by demonstrating how athletes can be really important and inspirin role models, even for adults. That is, when they’re not inspiring hooligan riots.

 

The Cup

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Movie Buff Guide To Google Plus http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/google-plus-guide/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/google-plus-guide/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2011 05:36:35 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219973 Even if you are the sort of person that cares more about Eric Stolz than Eric Schmidt, our simple guide to Google plus will make everything O.K.

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Even if you are the sort of editor person that cares more about Eric Stolz than Eric Schmidt, our simple guide to Google + (“G+”) will make everything ok.  Follow our directions and you can make it easier to find valuable movie information on the web without sifting through useless spam.

 

what is google plus

Ok, maybe this does not make google plus easier

 

First, there’s Google plus Circles which are like votes for individual people in the same way links are a “vote” for websites. This allows Google to better understand who the really cool kids are that everyone follows.

Second you have Google plus Sparks to consider which is essentially a database of each of your particular interests, like watching movies…

Finally you have the the plus 1 button which is a basic way of saying this website is cool, or by not hitting the button you can this website is shite.

With that in mind here are a few film sites we think you should be hitting +1 on, besides of course, our site!  Keep the web clear of crap, and have a more enjoyable film experience – nothing wrong with that.

Boofi .net: Boofi is a new resource that let’s you rate and share your favorite films in a new and interesting way. Everything revolves around charts where you place the posters for your favorite films. You can place everything manually, in the way that you see fit. Whenever you watch any movie that knocks you off your feet then you can simply add its poster to your chart, and give it the prominence that you see fit.

Cuethat .com:  Cue That This is a browser plugin, which allows you to select a movie title on any webpage and send that movie directly to your Netflix queue.  This way the next time you read about a cool movie on Screenjunkies, just hit a button on your browser and boom – right into your netflix cue.

Inveni .com:   Inveni is an entertainment focused discovery engine will suggest new TV shows and movies after completing an extensive analysis of your existing tastes. On your first visit to the site you will create a “Taste Profile” that will enable Inveni to come up with highly-personalized recommendations.  In addition to these recommendations that are based on your universal tastes, the site lets you interact with your friends from all over the Social Web. You will be able to suggest movies to each other, and also to discuss the ones that you have seen in a centralized way.

MrMovieTimes.com:  MrMovieTimes.com is a peaceful oasis stuck between the endless war between Fandango and Movie Tickets .com.  While the two giants in the space try to guide you towards movie theaters where they can make a quick fifty cents off of a ticket sale, this site provides unbiased listings for all theaters.

Soundboard .com:  “Hamsters on a plane!”  If this sounds like something you might say check out soundboard.  They have a great collection of celebrity quotes that you can easily pull up and prevent yourself from looking like an ass at your next party.  Sites like Soundboard face a lot of competition from useless spam sites, so do the web a favor and add a google plus 1 to these guys, along with everyone else on the list.

 

Whatever you think of the web, we think Google Plus can become a tool to make the Internet a better place.  At a minimum it makes way more sense than say creating a 51st state!

 

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Higher education arouses deep nostalgia, particularly for those youthful transgressions you just can’t get away with now.  Your were not nearly as cool as you think you were during those 4.5 years you spent at junior college, which is why these college movies that never get old. Gather some great material for your own upcoming collegiate hijinks or revel in the sweet memories of those ridiculous times as that evil grin belonging to your 19-year-old self resurfaces Break out your college sweaters, grab some libations and submerge yourself in the funniness of the cinematic college experience.

 

PCU

Jeremy Piven destroys anything that comes into view with a sarcastic wit that is timeless and perfect for a college movie. Teamed up with a larger Jon Favreau, Piven gives lessons in college etiquette along with an enlightened and useful view of classes to take as a freshman that are the Rosetta Stone of education. PCU takes no hostages among the various factions at their school, demystifying the higher education experience with an almost religious fervor. Roll around in the genius of this movie until you stink of old sheets and older pizza crusts. Pay particular attention to Piven’s advice about overcoming the lack of a car.

 

Road Trip

Tom Green with a snake in Road Trip

Surpassing adolescence as the premier rite of passage into adulthood is the cross-country car trip with your buds. Road Trip tosses together an unlikely group of friends and acquaintances and sends them across America to take care of a certain mistakenly sent package to one of their girlfriends. An amusing college movie that shows off a deep love for the buddy travel genre, Road Trip bookends the journey with the universally dreaded end of term finals—the heart of the movie is the companions realizing they need to be freed from from thei high school past in order to experience the present.

 

Old School

Will Ferrell partying in Old School

A soul check of a movie because if you’re not dying of laughter by the time a certain flying tackle into a fountain that takes place, then there’s a probably a good chance you spent your childhood torturing small animals. The college frat gets a remodel when a bunch of guys well past their prime decide they can start up their own—and it steam rolls into the land of belly laughs and snorts from there. The inability to let go of their early twenties is the main center of focus here, but it’ buried under a surface of the classic bonding of miscreants and weirdoes who form the same bonds that a typical fraternity would produce. Will Ferrell is on point in Old School with Vince Vaughn flanking him as they combine into a Voltron of awesomeness making this a college movie you can watch again and again.

 

Accepted

Justin Long and Jonah Hill in Accepted

Ingenious in its concept about a fake college acceptance letter that snowballs into the need to actually build a fake university to perpetuate the lie, Accepted makes your adolescent fears of not getting in anywhere a reality and then pushes it off a cliff. Timeless is the fear of rejection and the necessity is the mother of invention and all that jazz. Seeing Lewis Black play a dean and eventual professor alone is worth seeing, not to mention you’ll garner some valuable insight into the sheep-like pursuit of higher education. Whaddaya know, you might just learn something.

 

Back to School

Rodney Dangerfield throwing a football in Back To School

Back to School doesn’t even bother saying hello before it tears into the sanctity of college with wild abandon. Rodney Dangerfield is at his peak as a father who feels out of touch with his son and chooses to attend school with him so they can share the experience. The problem being that Dangerfield plays a rich businessman and therefore knows how money makes the world go round and applies it to his classes and his free time. Quips and one-liners bounce off the scenery with enough slapstick to satisfy any type of comedy lover. Without any need for a moral anchor, this film strives to deliver as much laughter as possible while carrying along a story that’s built on a foundation of the love between a dad and his son.

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Coming of Age Movies That Make Men Cry http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/drama/coming-of-age-movies-that-make-men-cry/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/drama/coming-of-age-movies-that-make-men-cry/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2011 19:58:30 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219647 Just in time to quench your oddly-specific thirst, here's a list of tried and true tearjerkers that have been known to make a man cry.

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Seeking out coming of age movies that make men cry can be risky business. After all, what man wants to cry during a movie, much less one about some kid learning about life or whatever? Still, sometimes you’re simply in the mood. So, just in time to quench your oddly-specific thirst, here’s a list of tried and true tearjerkers that have been known to turn men into cry babies. Not us, though. Just a guy we know.

 

My Life As A Dog

Ingemar in My Life As A Dog

This is a definitive coming of age drama from director Lasse Holstrom, and if it doesn’t make you cry, not much will. It really piles the misery on top of its young protagonist Ingemar, including but not limited to: a sick and dying mother, being separated from his beloved dog and an array of sexual humiliations. We won’t even blame you if you get a little misty-eyed just reading this.

 

Edward Scissorhands

Johnny Depp hugging Winona Ryder in Edward Scissorhands

OK, so Edward is an artificial being, so he doesn’t technically age. Still, the movie is about his movement from childlike innocence to bitter disappointment as he experiences the harsh world of love and loss, so it qualifies. And it’ll get you. Particularly the final scene where an elderly Winona Ryder remembers her life as a young girl with Edward and that sweet Danny Elfman score swells. Just try  not to blow your nose too hard if you have scissors for hands. We had an uncle who lost a nostril that way.

 

Boyz N The Hood

Cuba Gooding Jr. crying in Boyz In the Hood

This coming of age drama about kids growing up in a rough LA neighborhood could make even the hardest gangster (or Republican) shed a tear or two. It’s a classic story, featuring several kids who either try to escape the unforgiving neighborhood, or grow to coldly embrace what it takes to survive there. Plus, what is arguably Ice Cube‘s most badass performance alone is enough to bring tears to your eyes. “Domino motherf*cker!”

 

The Lion King

Simba trying to wake up Mufasa in The Lion King

Yeah, it’s a cartoon. You’re looking for movies that make a man cry, what do you expect? This Disney classic has been seen by practically everyone, including more than a few guys who claim to never cry during movies —a healthy percentage of these guys almost certainly teared up when Mufasa was murdered by Scar. Or maybe that was just dust in our eyes.

 

The Tree of Life

Sean Penn in the desert in Tree Of Life

This might seem like a weird choice, since The Tree of Life is a much more experimental movie than the other weepers on this list. Still, if you give it the concentration and focus it deserves, it’ll tug at those heart strings. The scenes depicting life in 1950s suburban Texas might get to you, specifically if you’re around the same age as Sean Penn’s character, whose childhood makes up the bulk of the narrative. Well, that and dinosaurs. And who among us is able to keep his composure when it comes to dinosaurs?

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Weird Japanese Game Shows http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/genres-tv/game-show/weird-japanese-game-shows/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/genres-tv/game-show/weird-japanese-game-shows/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2011 19:53:18 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219310 Forget the tame TV you've grown up with - time for weird japanese game shows

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The Land of the Rising Sun is known for its dependable automobiles, high-tech gadgetry and weird Japanese game shows. Forget the tame TV you’ve grown up with. Weird Japanese game shows subject their contestants to far stranger things than ageless Vanna Whites and bad hair pieces. In Japan, appearing on a game show includes excruciating pain, mockery and ridicule in exchange for a possible yen or two along the way.

 

Takeshi’s Castle

Many consider Takeshi’s Castle to be the proto-game show that influenced waves and waves of weird Japanese game shows. Contestants go through a battery of challenges like the “Avalanche” where competitors try to cross a narrow gully while game henchmen try to knock them down with polystyrene boulders. Those who are fortunate enough to survive the difficult challenges team up and assault Count “Beat” Takeshi’s castle in small motorized cars armed with water guns while Takeshi’s minions engage them in similar vehicles.

 

Iron Chef

Japanese Iron Chef

Fans of the U.S. version should be familiar with the mechanics of Iron Chef. A talented chef picks out one of several master Iron Chefs and challenges them to a cooking showdown. The twist is that the combatants are given a mystery ingredient that when revealed, should be used as the primary ingredient in all their dishes. What makes this different—and weirder— than the stateside version is that whil the American show sticks to the mundane with beef, pork or celery, the original focuses on odd (disgusting?) ingredients like fish head and cow brains.

 

Apron of Love

Apron Of Love

Cooking shows are a dime a dozen. Wanna be chefs are expected to whip up incredibly delicious dishes in order to impress celebrity hosts and judges. Aside from its bizarre title, what makes Apron of Love so different is that contestants are expected to cook in a massive studio kitchen where absolutely none of the ingredients are labeled. The judges’ reactions to the mysterious dishes is just priceless.

 

Endurance

Another gem from the ’80s, Endurance is as weird as weird Japanese shows gets. Contestants undergo a variety of unpleasant ordeals such as eating marshmallows suspended in midair while their faces are restrained by bungee cords or repeating difficult tongue twisters knowing full well that if they make a mistake, a slapping machine is ready to smack a very sensitive part of their anatomy. The last man standing wins.

 

Viking

Viking is another game picked up by American producers. In this game show, a massive and extremely difficult obstacle course await hoards of eager contestants. There are three stages and while completing each one is difficult enough, those who join are also competing against the clock. Those who fall off the course land in a pool of deep water. Celebrities and athletes sometimes try their luck, but they end up failing as much as the average Hiroki. The show sometimes has a “Family Edition” where entire families try to complete the challenges together.

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Young Actors Who Have Been in Rehab http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/actors-directors/young-actors-who-have-been-in-rehab/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/actors-directors/young-actors-who-have-been-in-rehab/#comments Fri, 08 Jul 2011 17:58:54 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219459 There have been so many young actors who have been in rehab that Hollywood might start installing red carpets at the local recovery centers.

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There have been so many young actors who have been in rehab that Hollywood might start installing red carpets at the local recovery centers. Pills, drugs, alcohol and other intoxicants have been part of the entertainment scene long before child star Judy Garland was kept working late by MGM management. Garland’s troubled history finally made her persona non grata in the industry, but these days a stint, or several, seems like just another Hollywood rite of passage. Here are some of the saddest and most surprising cases of young actors in rehab.

 

Drew Barrymore

The delightful Ms. Barrymore is probably the youngest actor who has been in rehab. At only thirteen she sought treatment after spending her late childhood starring in films and nightclubbing at Studio 54. In her autobiography Little Girl Lost, she described smoking marijuana at twelve and quickly progressing to cocaine. It took a suicide attempt and another stint in rehab at fourteen before Barrymore maintained her sobriety. Two decades later, she confesses to drinking the occasional glass of wine. She also balances an impressive acting career with behind-the-scenes work as a director and producer.

 

Mary-Kate Olsen

Young Actors Who Have Been in Rehab

Mary-Kate Olsen smoking

Few young actors begin their careers as early as Mary-Kate Olsen (born 1986), who was only nine months-old when she first shared the role of Michelle on Full House with her twin Ashley. After Full House ended its eight year run, the sisters formed a popular and profitable tween franchise with movies, specials and merchandising. Olsen had just celebrated her eighteenth birthday when she entered a Utah rehabilitation facility in 2004. Although tabloids pointed to drugs, her publicists insisted anorexia nervosa was the issue. A healthier Olsen emerged six weeks later, and there have been no return rehab stints. Olsen found solo acting success in some feature films and a recurring role of Showtime’s Weeds. She has also formed two fashion lines, The Row and Elizabeth and James with sister Ashley.

 

Corey Haim

Only 38 years-old when he overdosed in 2010, Corey Haim had entered rehab a total of fifteen times before his death. Haim, born in 1971, became a teen idol in the late 1980s, following his performances in Lucas and The Lost Boys. His lopsided smile and adorable face made him an ongoing cover boy for teen magazines like Tiger Beat. He later admitted that his party lifestyle led to a crack addiction during the filming of 1988’s License To Drive. Then, at the age of eighteen, he entered rehab. He did manage to quit cocaine, but unfortunately just swapped it for an addiction to prescription medications. He spent the next two decades trying to get clean, but was found to have procured 532 pills in the month before he died, including Valium, Vicodin and Xanax.

 

Lindsay Lohan

Young Actors Who Have Been in Rehab

Lindsay Lohan strung out

One child star who has helped give rehabilitation the reputation of a revolving door is Lindsay Lohan. Once a successful Disney star in wholesome flicks like The Parent Trap, she seemed to be handling the transition to adult roles with a sophisticated turn in Mean Girls. Her partying quickly overshadowed her early promise, as endless tabloid stories documented her love of the nightlife. Then, the California court system became involved as DUIs, car wrecks and other criminal incidents have piled up. Lohan’s status as an actress and a recovering addict remain uncertain.

 

Robert Downey Jr.

Young Actors Who Have Been in Rehab

Robert Downey Jr.'s mugshot

The most talented of the young actors who’ve been to rehab, or at least the most inspiring, is the Robert Downey Jr. He was just 22 when he made his first trip to rehab, following a Hollywood childhood where his director father reportedly gave him his first drugs at eight years-old. Downey’s long, tortured journey continued through drug dependence, jail stints, and very public falls off the wagon. His most astonishing drug-addled moment came in 1996 when he wandered into a neighbor’s house in Malibu and fell asleep in a child’s bed. After a year-long stint in Corcoran State Prison, Downey finally sobered up. He has since made a slow but steady climb back to the very top of the Hollywood heap, including starring in a blockbuster Ironman franchise and gaining an Oscar nomination for Tropic Thunder.

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Summer Movies Like “American Pie” http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/comedies/summer-movies-like-american-pie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/comedies/summer-movies-like-american-pie/#comments Fri, 08 Jul 2011 17:48:22 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219501 If you look hard enough, you can find few summer movies that will appease your need to laugh at the misfortunes of teenagers.

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Summer movies like American Pie are not terribly easy to come by. This is probably because raunchy teen comedies aren’t usually commercially successful enough to qualify as summer blockbusters like American Pie did. But that doesn’t stop the studios from trying, which means that if you look hard enough, you can find few that will appease your need to laugh at the misfortunes of teenagers. We all need to beat the heat somehow right?

 

The American Pie sequels

It may seem obvious, but the best way to get your fix of summer movies like American Pie is to go straight to the source. That is, check out the sequels. Both of the sequels in the “official series,” American Pie 2 and American Wedding, have the same sensibility as the first American Pie movie (duh), and they were released in the summer too. Why settle for an imitation when you can get authentic-Jason-Biggs-sexually-humiliating-himself action?

 

Clueless

Alicia Silverstone getting mugged in Clueless

While it may not have the same level of raunchiness as American Pie, Clueless qualifies due to their similarly comedic approaches to life as an American teenager. If you’re looking for scenes of apple pies getting penetrated, look elsewhere. But if you just want to laugh at teenagers in a sunny outdoor milieu—i.e. teenagers being stupid in Southern California—you’ve come to the right place!

 

Bring It On

Kirsten Dunst's "naked" dream in Bring It On

Hey, not all summer movies like American Pie are masterpieces. But Bring It On is high school movie that came out in the summer—what else do you want? Bring It On is a little more by-the-book than American Pie, focusing on a climactic cheer leading competition and all, but it still shares a certain sensibility with it—which is again, laughing at teenagers as they struggle with their “problems”. It also follows in the grand American Pie tradition of having a ton of direct-to-video sequels that have almost nothing to do with the original. Not to mention, it features Hottie McHotkins (AKA Eliza Dusku) and Kirsten Dunst back when she was still cute.

 

Superbad

McLovin' dancing in Superbad

Finally, a summer movie like American Pie that actually comes close to matching its raunchiness factor. In the language-and-crudely-drawn-penises department, anyway. Its plot, involving two teenagers on a mad quest to get laid makes it similar to American Pie, and as an added bonus, most would agree that Superbad is a funnier, better, and more authentic depiction of teenage life than American Pie. So what we’re really trying to say is that what you should be looking for is “summer movies like Superbad.”

 

The House Bunny

Girls post makeover in House Bunny

If this list is any indication, a good chunk of summer movies like American Pie are targeted at the fairer sex. The House Bunny is no different, featuring Anna Farris as a former Playboy bunny who becomes a sorority house mother. And unlike a lot of teen  comedies, it actually got a fair amount of critical praise, albeit praise that singled out Anna Farris’ performance as being somewhat too good for the material. Still, it counts.

 

Your search for summer movies like American Pie might last until your dying breath, but this list should make your quest a little easier. If nothing else, the movies on this list will make remembering YOUR awkward teenage years that much easier/funnier. And if you’re still in your teenage years now, uh, sorry?

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If you woke up today and lost your job as a taxi driver, came home to find your car repoed and learned your girlfriend was moving out, you could either join the army or unwind with some inspirational sports movies.  Women might have The Joy Luck Club, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and a host of other feel-good movies, but guys get to choose between war movies, gangster flicks, porn and inspirational sports movies when they feel like they need a good cry.  So if you’re a real man who just had a bad day, then grab a few beers, sit back and root for the underdog.

 

Rudy

Rudy, shorter than the whole Notre Dame football team

Most believe that Sean Astin’s career highlight was when he played the part of Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. While it may have been a cinematic masterpiece, who would want to be remembered for being a bungling barefoot hobbit? If he was Frodo Baggins perhaps but that coveted part went to Elijah Wood. No, Rudy is clearly the superior project for Sean Astin. True, it was a very similar role. Astin was small dude who experienced incredible trials and adversities, overcame great odds and came out victorious. The main difference is, instead of helping defeat the evil Dark Lord Sauron and preserving all of Middle-Earth, he gained admission into the prestigious University of Notre Dame, became a practice player, and managed to play a home game as a member of the regular Notre Dame football team. After achieving all of that and earning a college degree, the saving the Middle-Earth deal doesn’t seem too important, does it?

Kate Bosworth getting some pipeline

Blue Crush

Yes, girls kick ass at making inspirational sports movies also, and Kate Bosworth as surfer chick Anne Marie is pretty hot in a bikini.  There is some plot stuff  in Blue Crush about a woman gaining status in society by marrying a wealthy man that draws on Edith Wharton novels, but we suggest you focus your attention on the ferocious waves of the North Shore Pipeline.  Without spoiling the end, the inspirational part of this movie comes from Anne Marie finding the confidence within herself to beat the demon’s of her past, and that is what makes someone a winner.

 

The Karate Kid

Ralph Macchio punching Pat Morita in catcher's gear in Karate Kid

Don’t even bother with the rehashed 2010 version. Although The Karate Kid of 1984 may have used the same Rocky formula where the underdog finds it within himself to achieve the unachievable, the film is unique in its own right and featured characters moviegoers loved and cared about. Who wouldn’t want to train under the venerable Mr. Miyagi? Who didn’t cheer for Daniel Larusso as he crane kicked the tar out of his bully adversary? And what warm-blooded guy didn’t think Elizabeth Shue was incredibly hot 27 years ago? That in itself is enough to earn this old gem a slot.

 

Hoosiers

Gene Hackman huddling in Hoosiers

Set in rural Indiana, Hoosiers tells of an unlikely small-tow high school basketball squad that beats the odds and that makes the state finals in the 1950s. Gene Hackman is clearly in his element as the fiery, school head coach while Dennis Hopper lends his considerable talents playing the part of Shooter Hackman’s drunkard assistant coach. This film isn’t just inspirational, it is a true David versus Goliath tale. Do yourself a favor and purchase a copy to keep in your collection of manly, guy stuff.

 

Victory

Michael Caine, Pele and some other guy beat the Nazi's

Allied POWs agree to play soccer against the vaunted German National Team in wartime Paris. As the Allied players train for the exhibition match, the local resistance work with British officers to help the team escape.  With the score tied at halftime, the ragtag team gets the chance to flee, but instead opts to play the entire match against the Nazi scum. Sportsmanship!  A little dated if you ask me but it certainly deserving to be included in this inspirational sports movies for guys list. The movie even boasts a true all-star cast with film and soccer greats alike working hand-in-hand to make Victory a success.

 

Rocky

Rocky beating his meat

Forget Rocky II through Rocky V. You can even forget about the relatively recent Rocky Balboa. If you want the best among inspirational sports movies, pick up the original Rocky. You have a small-time pugilist who gets a crack at a world title thanks to his monicker. To prepare for the fight, The Italian Stallion trains with an old-school gym owner who gets him into tip-top shape. He enters the ring and much to everyone’s surprise, goes the distance against the champion and loses only by a close, split decision. The ending is simply perfect. As the results are being read, Rocky and the love of his life embrace and profess their love for each other, not caring about the outcome of the fight.  Rocky shows us success in life is not so much about winning, but in having the confidence to take a shot at life and give it all you have.

 

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Lost Weekend: Underrated Time Travel Movies We Love http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/scifi/lost-weekend-underrated-time-travel-movies-we-love/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/scifi/lost-weekend-underrated-time-travel-movies-we-love/#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2011 21:49:57 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219105 Let the arguments about the time-space continuum begin as these underrated time travel movies from the past get their day in the present, with a brief stop in the middle ages.

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Let the arguments about the time-space continuum begin as these underrated time travel movies from the past get their day in the present.  Mind bending questions await, such as how would a chainsaw hand replacement affect the course of technology if it were really introduced in 1300 A.D? Is traveling back in time just one hour enough time to actually cause unalterable disasters? Would you truly not recognize someone who looks exactly like you minus the mustache just because you live in the past and are therefore stupider? Just remember after any discussion to give that knowing wink to your opponent and let them know that even if you can’t convince them to see things your way, you just might have the 1.21 jigawatts needed to erase them—or at least set them on the ill-fated path to clown college.

 

Army of Darkness

Bruce Campbell being attacked by a demon ghoul

Whether you’re for or against time travel, if you’re against Bruce Campbell it’s time to go check into citizenship possibilities on other planets. Ash gets thrown back in time, gets to double his arrogance, teaches us all about the importance on high school text books and still manages to win the girl and lose the kingdom. Not necessarily a scientific portrait of time travel as it was magic that brought him back, regardless it offers vital world lessons as it’s the perfect primer on how to deal with less advanced civilizations. Army of Darkness also features a stirring treatise on confronting your inner demons and how to brutally kill them. A manly self-help kind of time travel movie.

 

Timecrimes

Hector with his head wrapped in Timecrimes

A definite feat of cinema, Timecrimes portrays the convoluted mess that time travel can create and yet manages to unravel it neatly. Without venturing into spoiler land, the protagonist Hector has a rough path ahead of him as he dips his toes into the past. With solid acting and a story that displays how creepy and entangling time travel can be, Timecrimes delivers so much more than its underrated movie status would make you believe.

 

Primer

Abe and Aaron with their error-checking device in Primer

A hybrid of science and human frailty, Primer does not dumb its concepts down to make them palatable to the audience,  and it also doesn’t bother making the characters do-gooders who have everyone’s best interests at heart. This is a film that is simultaneously confusing and understandable as the action taken by the charactersare all understandable to the the dark (and not-so-dark) parts of our brain. Although the scientific concepts behind it do require some graph paper and blood pressure medication to make your way through it, we think you will enjoy Primer.

 

Back to the Future Part III

Doc Brown and Marty McFly in his poncho in Back To The Future III

By the very nature of it being not just a sequel, but a sequel to a sequel, Back to the Future III already set itself to be counted among the underrated before it was even released. But forget all that because part three takes the fun of the previous films and throws it into overdrive. Future repercussions aside, it still remembers to explore how basic ideas that were once futuristic—like the bulletproof vest—can give those in the know a huge advantage in the past. But most of all it doesn’t forget the childlike wonder that time travel holds for everyone, no matter what age you’ve reached.

 

The Time Machine

H.G. Welles at his time machine

The original film from 1960 points out the flaws of man with an ergonomic office chair and umbrella hybrid. Underrated time travel at its best as the one thing that decays a film’s place in the collective conscious is the passage of time and it’s been more than half a century now. Despite effects losing their luster, The Time Machine explores the ignorance of humanity and how it breeds potential evil from the witch trials to the Eloi people who are content to trade being a food source in order to live lives without worry. The perspective remains sharp even in the present and serves as a concise lesson on the perils of growing complacent in our acquisition of knowledge.

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All In The Family: Famous Actresses With Famous Parents http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/actors-directors/famous-actresses-with-famous-parents/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/actors-directors/famous-actresses-with-famous-parents/#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2011 17:32:19 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218862 Out of the hundreds of thousands of aspiring actresses, only a few lucky ones will ever walk the red carpet - here are a few leading ladies that got in with a little help from their mom & dad.

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The following list of famous actresses with famous parents is proof that Hollywood loves a sequel. Like any other industry, in the  entertainment world it helps to know people, so being the child of a working actor (let alone a screen legend) can certainly help you stand out from the crowd. Out of the hundreds of thousands of aspiring actresses, only a few lucky ones will ever walk the red carpet – here are a few leading ladies that got in with a little help from their parents.

 

Jane Fonda

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Jane Fonda talking with dad, Henry Fonda

Screen legend Henry Fonda has two famous children, Jane and Peter. Jane became interested in acting at seventeen, when she performed with her dad at the Omaha Community Playhouse. She studied with Lee Strasberg before returning to Hollywood. She started as the female lead in movies in 1960 with Tall Story and was a dominant presence in film through the 1980s. She won both her Oscars, for 1971’s Klute and 1978’s Coming Home before dad won his in 1981 for On Golden Pond. Since he was unable to attend, Jane gave his acceptance speech. Jane Fonda certainly earned her own place in the pantheon, just as her dad did during the studio era, in roles from The Grapes of Wrath to 12 Angry Men.

 

Angelina Jolie

Famous Actresses With Famous Parents

Angelina Jolie hugging father Jon Voight

Although Oscar winner Jon Voight separated from Angelina Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, before their daughter was a year old, he did give her a start in the biz with her screen debut in 1982’s Lookin’ To Get Out. Voight may have helped, but since her incendiary performance as the drug-addicted model Gia (1998) and her 1999 Oscar for Girl, Interrupted she has been a full-fledged famous actress in her own right. Her tempestuous personal life garners worldwide attention, and she has now surpassed Voight in fame and fortune. Their relationship has been rocky at times, but the pair played onscreen father and daughter in 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

 

Gwyneth Paltrow

Famous Actresses With Famous Parents

Gwyneth Paltrow with parents Blythe Danner and Bruce Paltrow in New York

Although Paltrow likes to credit her own hard work and talent for her success, she was certainly helped in the early years by family friend Steven Spielberg when he cast her as Wendy in 1991’s Hook. She is the child of TV producer Bruce (St. Elsewhere) and actress Blythe Danner. She quickly earned critical raves for her performances in Emma while also being a tabloid cover girl for her personal relationships with fellow movie stars Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck. In 1998, she won the Oscar for Shakespeare in Love. Paltrow has focused more on family in recent years, since marrying Coldplay front man Chris Martin in 2003 and having two children, Apple and Moses.

 

Tatum O‘Neal

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Ryan O'Neal kissing daughter Tatum O'Neal

She still holds the record for the youngest person to win an Academy Award at age ten, but the troubled life of Tatum O’Neal gives pause to early glory. In later years, Tatum attributed that early attention and fame for driving a wedge in her relationship with dad, Ryan. The older O’Neal had been a top box office draw since 1970’s Love Story. By the late ’70s, both of their film careers were fading but they have both remained tabloid fixtures for their drug use, personal lives and relationships. In 2011, Ryan and Tatum appeared together in Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The reality series documented their reunion and reconciliation.

 

Isabella Rosselini

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Isabella Rosselini with mother Ingrid Bergman in 1976's "A Matter Of Time

Like her mother, Ingrid Bergman, Isabella has a taste for film directors. She was married to film director Martin Scorcese and was in a longtime relationship with David Lynch. Since her leading lady days in Blue Velvet and her fourteen year tenure as the face of Lancome, Rosselini has focused much of her time on conservation efforts.

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Evil Movie Clowns http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/horror-films/evil-movie-clowns/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/horror-films/evil-movie-clowns/#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2011 14:15:45 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218953 Drought, famine, disease all pale compared to the scariest evil clowns from movies.

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Drought, famine, disease all pale compared to the scariest evil clowns from movies. These creatures walk the world freely without regulation, showing up at birthday parties and used car auctions and no one has risen up to stop this oncoming storm. Put your plans for the zombie apocalypse on hold and wake up to the very real threat of clown propaganda and infestation.

 

Pennywise

Easily one of the scariest evil clowns in fiction to this day, Pennywise wasn’t content to just kill children, he emanates fear and horror into others thereby stripping them of a normal life. Taking the horror up a notch, this clown also appeared as a giant spider that combined two phobias into one for the audience. Pennywise even affected the idea of drainage as many who have viewed the television movie It came to fear storm drains for a very long time if not still to this day. A clown that oozed menace and death with every word, Pennywise did more for clown loathing than any amount of balloon animals could wash away.

 

Captain Spaulding

Captain Spaulding smiling

Give Rob Zombie some serious dues as he created a clown and an environment in House of 1000 Corpses that feels real to anyone who has taken a long road trip through rural areas. Captain Spaulding takes any and all horrors as just another part of reality and then mixes in logic and a dark intelligence to the recipe of his personality. His delight in all atrocities magnifies the fear throughout the movie thus adding to the importance of his role.

 

Shakes the Clown

Shakes being restrained by clown

Bobcat Goldthwait is an alcoholic clown with serious depression in Shakes the Clown, and if that doesn’t terrify you then you have probably never needed a night light in your life. Sure he isn’t running around covered in blood, but a sad clown is twice as scary and evil as a happy clown. Add in a murder and the tribal mentality of performers like mimes and you have a movie that speaks of a hidden culture out beyond your door. The exact door you’re now thinking about buying new dead bolts for.

 

The Joker

The Joker holding the joker

A psychopath with a sense of humor, albeit a twisted sense of humor, just needs a clown visage to be truly terrifying and that’s what you get in The Dark Knight with the Joker. With a panache and talent for bloody mayhem that propels him into the category of  evil clowns, the Joker keeps his enemies and his allies on their toes as there is no understanding of what will set him off next. Heath Ledger took the Joker to new heights with his portrayal of the mania behind the unwavering smile and brought a new generation into the clown fearing fold.

 

Pogo the Clown

Pogo the Clown waving

With the large majority of evil clowns safely locked away behind the screen, Gacy shows that there’s plenty to fear from clowns in reality as well. A true beast in every sense of the world, Gacy’s penchant for performing as a clown makes for one of the scariest evil clowns that humanity has ever known. A solid lesson that it’s the man and not the makeup that hides the monster.

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Scare the Bra Off Of Them http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/horror-films/scare-the-bra-off-of-them/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/horror-films/scare-the-bra-off-of-them/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2011 04:51:00 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218931 Choosing scary monster movies to watch with girls is not only the perfect Saturday night activity, it's also the perfect way to covertly put her in the mood.

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Choosing scary monster movies to watch with girls is not only the perfect Saturday night activity, it’s also the perfect way to covertly put her in the mood without having to soil your HD flat screen with some sort of sensitive thinking person’s movie.  If you’ve ever watched a scary movie with a girl in your life, you know you can expect your lady (or ladies) to inch closer and cling tighter as the fear builds. If you’re lucky, you’ll have her in your lap by the time the movie ends, while having seen some darn good effects in the process.

 

Cloverfield

Rob and Beth talking to the camcorder

A perfect blend of two parts monster madness and one part sappy romance, Cloverfield‘s plot revolves around a massive creature of unknown origin as it ravages downtown New York. Instead of evacuating, a young man goes to rescue an ex-girlfriend with the help of some friends. Being a hero at heart he goes back knowing full well the monster still lurks the area. A word of caution, the director went with the “shaky cam” style of filmmaking—one or both of you may end up puking, unless you have a stash of Dramamine on hand.

 

Alien

Alien stuck to crew member's face

A spacecraft lands on a distant, unexplored planet to answer a distress beacon after which an alien creature boards their ship. While some may consider this to be a little too “old-school”, it still delivers the chills even if you have already seen it a few times. The H.R. Giger-designed alien is frightening enough, but most of the scares are delivered through Ridley Scott‘s masterful use of mood and atmosphere. Even if it is the “oldest” film on this list, Alien set the bar so high when it was release in the late ’70s that horror flicks today, in all their CG glory, still struggle to match its quality.

 

28 Days Later

Zombie on fire chasing Cillian Murphy

Most think 28 Days Later is a zombie-type flick. The truth is, the “zombies” are actually still alive, having been transformed into monstrous, bloodthirsty savages by a strange virus. The creatures roam the streets of England hunting down the few survivors who remain in the country. 28 Days Later is so frightening and so disturbing that there is a strong possibility it will be you that ends up inching towards your girlfriend as you watch in fear.

 

The Mist

From the mind of Stephen King, The Mist features a plethora of monsters that all but guarantees to give you and your girlfriend some major goosebumps. A handful of civilians are trapped in a local grocery store as a strange mist engulfs their entire town. The mist not only clouds the area it covers, it is also home to an unknown number of fiendish monsters. You may have to watch this movie at least once before watching it with a lady friend just so you know what to expect. The last thing you want to do is scream like a little girl in front of her.

 

Dog Soldiers

Werewolf in the woods in Dog Soldier

Last but not least is the 2002 British release, Dog Soldiers. A squad of special forces are training in the Scottish Highlands when they find the remains of another group of soldiers who had trained in the area. The troops then go into battle mode only to find that their adversaries are not men but werewolves. The movie does start slow but by the 30 minute mark, you and your girlfriend will be clinging to each other in mutual fear…which will hopefully lead to some other mutual activities.

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Awesome Anime Fight Scenes http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/anime/awesome-anime-fight-scenes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/anime/awesome-anime-fight-scenes/#comments Tue, 05 Jul 2011 17:00:42 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218894 Animation has grown up from bears that shoot beams out of their chest to superhuman ninjas kicking major ass.

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Animation has grown up from bears that shoot beams out of their chest to superhuman ninjas kicking major ass.  Anime fight scenes are typically more brutal that real life fight sequences, but they are much safer on the actor –  in fact cartoon violence features far less accidental injuries among its actors as well as a complete lack of terrible plastic surgery to try and hide normal aging. Enjoy all the pretty colors and bright lights as you forget that the highest art form you ever created were two stick figures making sweet, sweet love.

 

Fist of the North Star

Alternately titled “When Steroid Use Goes Bad”, this anime is pretty much one gigantic fight scene with some pauses for bathroom breaks. Punching, pounding, kicking, and goring there isn’t much that gets left out of Fist of the North Star. Muscles build upon muscles and the blood flows both through veins and out onto the ground. Think of a animated Fight Club without much of the sensibility or philosophy. Enough blood and guts to sate the worst of moods of anyone coming off a bad day, enjoy in moderation or your friends will become worried and through you an anime intervention.

 

Karas: The Prophecy

Flying sword fight in Karas: The Prophecy

Beautiful animation coupled with an eerie supernatural storyline make the fight scenes in this anime utterly amazing. Karas: The Prophecy doesn’t bow to the fighting, instead it lets it augment the storyline, reinforcing key parts. The fights are powerful and worthy of respect but they aren’t allowed to overwhelm or detract from this story of spirits and humanity and their conflict with demons who see humanity as a walking, talking food source.

 

Afro Samurai: Resurrection

Afro Samurai with sword

Honor, respect for one’s parents and some bizarre characters add up to an anime movie filled with incredible fight scenes. Afro has to stop his enemies from resurrecting his father and the only way to do that is to acquire the number two headband in order to challenge the new owner of the number one headband. A simplistic rule, but it’s the brutal execution of the rules governing the challenges that make for a well-crafted frenzy of fighting. Afro Samurai: Resurrection is honor and morality in a battle to the death with no breaks to catch a breath for the protagonist or the audience.

 

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

Cowboy Bebop explosion

An anime that pays as much detail to the characters as it does to the background and inanimate surroundings, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie delivers art that feels like a living, breathing thing. The fight scenes don’t escape the careful attention of the animators either—with each one tiring the audience as much as the participants, being as complex as a fight should be and not simply resolved with a few punches. If there was an award for breathtaking fight scenes in an anime movie then Bebop would steal away with it whether it won or not, because it deserves it more than any other anime.

 

Appleseed

Bioroid on buildings in Appleseed

Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend but a woman’s best friend is her cyborg. Deunan and her cybernetically enhanced companion Briareos tackle the heady theme of reproductive rights all while laying down enough shell casings and explosions to level a few mid-sized cities. Appleseed features tremendous fight scenes in an anime movie that take advantage of the well written personalities of the two main characters and a talented attention to the details that would go on in a long fire fights. Come for the battles, stay for the dialogue.

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Classic Spy Movies From The 1960′s http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/action/classic-spy-movies-from-the-1960s/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/action/classic-spy-movies-from-the-1960s/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2011 18:27:39 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218985 Wits become the most respected weapons in these classic spy movies from the 1960's.

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Wits become the most respected weapons in these classic spy movies from the 1960′s. As long as you’re not allergic to velour, offended by the objectification of women or opposed to Vodka  for breakfast, then a good spy story can conquer the ravages of time. Pour yourself a martini, examine your smirk in the mirror and start practicing your dead drops before the next version of the Cold War kicks off.

 

The Manchurian Candidate

Nothing is as American as moms and apple pies, especially a mother that gives the one in Psycho a run for the parent of the year award. With the insidiousness of mind control running rampant through The Manchurian Candidate this classic spy movie by Hitchcock delves into the double agent world as it picks apart who truly stands for America and who got the breakfast special of scrambled brains down at the Communist Chinese deli. With political intrigue and the dark horror of crushing Shaw’s will this film created a new place to fear invasion: the brain.

 

Dr. No

Sean Connery and Ursula Andress in her famous white bikini

The Sean Connery version of James Bond makes you feel dirty in the best of ways and that’s why Dr. No is a classic spy movie. Ahh the 1960s where innuendo was as natural and necessary as breathing. Bond is as needed to the spy genre as a bespoke suit is to your work wardrobe and he is at his best when he’s off protecting the world and scantily clad women from the clutches of evil. A good spy movie has a villain and a great spy movie has a super villain like Dr. Julius No who plays the foil with brilliance.  Appreciate this silky love letter to the 1960s that is this film.

 

Where the Spies Are

Francoise Dorleac with jazz records on the floor

David Niven is watchable in every thing he does and Where the Spies Are is no exception. Playing a man recruited by his country to serve as a spy, Niven is past the days of youth but still manages to find enough in him to succeed where others of his age might fail. A classic spy movie that is equal parts amusement and a time piece as you’ll get to see the colonial British viewpoint of other countries, and therefore people, as satellites of the homeland, this film is a genuinely fun love note to the spy film genre.

 

Topaz

Woman in a purple gown in Hitchcock's Topaz

A constant feeling of an ever-tightening noose built from tension fuels Topaz from start to finish. With spycraft being practiced everywhere, Cuba becomes the target and prize of the brutal power play between America and Russia. With a mercy killing as one of the tender moments, the sacrifice of the killer and the victim translates in any language as an act of love. A truly classic spy movie that brings the reality of the closeness of Communist controlled Cuba to the present day audience and makes it feel as threatening as if it was a current event.

 

Torn Curtain

Julie Andrews in a plaid scarf and Paul Newman in a black suit

The Cold War is zooming along just fine as the Russians and Americans square off with a few of their pawns in Torn Curtain. With an emphasis on outwitting versus outgunning, this classic spy movie makes the most of brains while still creating many terse moments from the environment of communism that the protagonist and his girlfriend find themselves surrounded by. The spark that should reside between Newman and Andrews seems to misfire with occasional moments of heat but luckily the intrigue holds the heat and is skillfully carried off throughout the film.

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Underrated Action Movies From the ’80s http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/action/underrated-action-movies-from-the-80s/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/action/underrated-action-movies-from-the-80s/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2011 18:17:51 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218663 The big punches/hair and scary stunts get dusted off and get put back out on display with these underrated action movies from the '80s.

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The big punches and scary stunts get dusted off and get put back out on display with these underrated action movies from the ’80s. The stardom in some movies meant others were relegated to the less watched or completely ignored piles and that could be viewed as a secret shame for this great nation. With clippers in hand to make your own tribute Mohawk to the grand time that was ’80s cinema, let your voice cry out in celebration of the past.

 

Remo Williams:  The Adventure Begins

Cranky and curmudgeonly meets the immovable object in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins and greatness is born. Not many movies made past the concept of equality would think to cast a Caucasian actor for the role of Asian martial arts master but this film embraces the hell out of that idea. Joel Grey gets hit with the makeup stick and then proceeds to hit Remo Williams with every imaginable stick in order to get him into super agent shape. An underrated ’80s action movie that makes the most out of the anti-hero role and pulls out enough fun to make this movie something to be appreciated and even loved.

Next of Kin

Long after the Earth’s curtain call, there will still be a satellite somewhere transmitting Road House, the cousin film of Next of Kin, on fifty channels. This explains why an excellent movie on country boy vengeance got overlooked as it was buried under a swarm of kids running to the hardware store to figure out how to put knife tips in their boots. The action has the best part of violence for the audience in that it in justified classic revenge and that makes it easy to rationalize why you’re rooting for Patrick Swayze to mete out punishment. A human take on the country mouse in the city tale with plenty of violence and enough arrows to make any Dukes of Hazzard fan happy, Next of Kin should hold a spot of honor in the hearts of action films everywhere.

 

Gleaming the Cube

Not content with inspiring the audience to take up skateboarding, Gleaming the Cube also showed that family isn’t limited to a certain color and that’s both beautiful and cheesy goodness that should be voraciously consumed. With a plethora of visually fun stunts that range from the simple to the complex and a nice goofy mystery, this is clearly one of the underrated action movies of the ’80s. This film has Christian Slater, which gives it enough ’80s street cred to deal with any minor plot bumps all while doing a front side power slide into cinematic history.

 

Young Sherlock Holmes

Outside of the privacy of your own home, you want to be careful when throwing around the word “romp” as the Victorian era police might beat you senseless with their nightsticks. Luckily here in the safe, warm blanket of anonymity that the internet provides it is fine to say that this movie is an insane romp that doesn’t ignore the core of the Sherlock Holmes mythos while still adding enough of its own accoutrement to make the story its own. Equal parts mystery and character study, Young Sherlock Holmes is a thinking man’s action movie that deserves much more recognition so it can leave the realm of the underrated ’80s action movie and move on to a career in middle management, possibly in accounting.

 

Supergirl

There are times when a movie sets itself up to be underrated and that is evident in Supergirl as the actress playing the titular role gets second billing. With this film you get a double shot of powerful females in the roles of the heroine and the villain.  Both actresses give this dichotomy their full attention with excellent performances that bring life to the eternal dance of good versus evil and spandex versus evening wear. The male performances are the picture perfect equivalent of their female counterparts in male-centric action movies of this time period as the guys in Supergirl are now the ditzes and subordinates. This role reversal proves both touching and hilarious; as turnabout isn’t just fair play it’s also satisfying to the audience.

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Fresh Produce: Will Plus Size Models Invade Hollywood? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/actors-directors/plus-size-models/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/actors-directors/plus-size-models/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:15:16 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218416 With 2011 being the year that the fashion industry eschewed peaches for cantaloupes, can we expect a flood of plus sized models to try their hand at acting in 2012?

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With 2011 being the year that the fashion industry eschewed peaches for cantaloupes melons, can we expect a flood of plus sized models to try their hand at acting in 2012?  The fashion world may have embraced “real women”, but will technical challenges make it impossible to show a size 12 woman on the silver screen?

If past history is going to predict the future then we would bet we’ll start seeing a few more plus-sized models following in the footsteps of previous models-turned-actress types.  Self-proclaimed double-threats of the recent past have had mixed results in Hollywood, with names like Rebecca Romijn, Sofia Vergara, Milla Jovovich and Cameron Diaz coming to mind.  That given, here are a few we think you should keep on your radar:

 

Plus Size ModelCandice Huffine

Huffine—38-33-43—is a Ford Model who recently made the cover of Vogue Italia’s June issue, in a bacchanalian photo spread shot by Steven Meisel.  The camera clearly loves this buxom Maryland beauty—could she be another Sophia Loren?

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Tara Lynn

Another one from Ford, Tara Lynn is no slouch in the beauty or brains department—graduating with a degree in languages, she speaks fluent French and Arabic and also a little Spanish. Part of the Italian Vogue trinity, Lynn’s on her way to becoming a household name.

 

Lizzie Miller

Lizzie Miller shot to fame after posing nude in a Glamour Magazine spread that showed her all too familiar to most women pooch of a tummy. This California girl already has her sight set beyond the plus-sized modeling revolution, touting herself as a singer and an actress. We think it’s only a matter of time before she makes her move towards the big the screen.

 

Crystal Renn

Author of Hungry, her memoir of going from an anorexic to plus-sized model, we think Renn may be the first plus-sized model to crossover into film. Already crowned as queen of the curvy in the fashion world—most, if not all of her fellow plus-sizers on this list call her their role model—Renn is the most successful size 12 model in America. There’s no way that magazines alone will be able to contain this bombshell.

 

Robyn Lawley

Following in the footsteps of models like Renn, Aussie native Robyn Lawley is ready to take the world by storm. Aside from gracing the covers of French Elle and Italian Vogue, Lawley is also a die-hard music fanatic working on her DJ skills and a closet movie nerd, quoting Star Wars and Lord Of The Rings among her favorites. Though she has denied that acting is in her future, the fact she counts her Exorcist and Gollum impressions as talents to brag about indict otherwise.


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The Worst Bad Movie Police Chases http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-worst-bad-movie-police-chases/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-worst-bad-movie-police-chases/#comments Wed, 29 Jun 2011 21:48:57 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218301 Bad movies made worse with ridiculous 5-0 encounters behind the wheel.

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Bad movie police chases are a necessary evil. After all, without bad movie police chases, how would we be able to appreciate the good ones?  Of course the eternal questions is can you actually outrun the fuzz, but funding that answer could cost you a couple of years in the pokey.  With that in mind here are a few of our favorites,  and remember NOBODY makes Sheriff Buford T. Justice look like a possum’s pecker.

 

Code Name Zebra

In the field of grammatical ambiguity in the phrase “bad movie police chases,” there’s the distinction between police chases in bad movies, and bad movies with police chases in them. By most accounts, Code Name Zebra falls into the latter category. The central police chase is typical low budget nonsense, but take a look at this premise—a band of Vietnam veterans pose as African Americans in order to fight crime. That’s it. They’re like superheroes, but instead of superpowers they’re just really racist. Any police chase in this movie would qualify as a bad movie police chase.

 

Hero and the Terror

At the risk of breaking the internet, we’re including at Chuck Norris movie in this list of bad movie police chases. “I thought Chuck Norris specialized in bad movie karate fights,” you’re thinking. Well, Hero and the Terror was The Chuck’s attempt to break out of his martial arts pigeonhole and into something … edgier. The plot is about chasing a serial killer known as The Terror, and the car chases in the movie are as inept as you might be imagining.

 

Street Knight

Any study of bad movie police chases wouldn’t be complete without Cannon Films, which has produced more than one of the movies on this list. Street Knight is part of the illustrious career of one Jeff Speakman, who knows a thing or two about bad movie police chases. As an added bonus, he knows karate as well. We don’t know if he ever had a showdown with Chuck Norris, but he definitely holds his own in the field of bad movie police chases.

 

Taxi

The crown jewel in the crown of Jimmy Fallon/Queen Latifah collaborations, Taxi is probably the least obscure movie on this list of bad movies police chases. You probably remember seeing the trailer, although chances are you never saw the movie. It was a “bomb” in industry jargon, and it has a lot of slick, anonymous car chases in it. Who has time to construct a good chase scene when you need to save precious film for Jimmy Fallon?

 

Polk County Pot Plane

Sometimes all it takes is a good title to stand out for a list of bad movie police chases. And if Polk County Pot Plane isn’t a good title, we don’t know what is. The bad movie police chases in this one are sub-Dukes of Hazzard, with a lot of shakey inside-the-car shots and footage of cars being flipped and crashed into one another. But with a title like that, we feel bad including it in a list of bad movie police chases.

 

Sometimes it seems like the art of bad movie police chases is lost in today’s modern times. But then, remember that one of the movies on this list is less than ten years old—Taxi. It seems like there will always be a market for bad movie police chases. And hopefully we’ll always be here to chronicle them.

 


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Fast & Bald http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/fast-and-furious-cars/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/fast-and-furious-cars/#comments Tue, 28 Jun 2011 19:03:42 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218035 The Fast and Furious cars are pretty much the primary reason to see any of the Fast and Furious movies, unless you're a big fan of Vin Diesel's gleaming bald head.

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Th Fast and Furious cars are pretty much the primary reason to see any of the Fast and Furious movies, unless you’re big fan of Vin Diesel’s gleaming bald head. OK, so the Fast and Furious cars are the second reason to see the movies. Whatever your pleasure, here are some of the fastest and the furious-est cars from across its many sequels, in all their piston-firing glory. Plus, they look cool being driven by Vin Diesel, but then again, what doesn’t?

 

Ferrari F355

This fine automobile is one of the only Fast and Furious cars to appear in both The Fast and the Furious, and its sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious. Driven by Neal Moritz, the Ferrari F355 has a top speed of 183 miles per hour, which definitely earns it the title of “fast,” if not “furious.” And the F355 if almost tailor-made for the street-racing depicted in the movie, since it has a “F1-style gearbox management system, taken directly from Formula 1 racing.

 

Mazda RX-7

The Mazda RX-7 is the other Fast and Furious car to appear in the first and second movies. And unlike the F-355, it was actually used in a race scene in both movies, albeit with a different color scheme in the sequel. If you’re interested in such things, the RX-7 was listed on Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best list a total of five times, which is probably more than can be said with whatever you’re driving to work.

 

Dodge Charger

Probably the most famous Fast and Furious car, the Dodge Charger has been in a lot of movies besides the Fast and Furious series. Most famously, it appeared in perhaps the definitive “car movie,” Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen. (The bad guys drove it.)  But the Dodge Charger in The Fast and the Furious might also seem familiar to fans of The Dukes of Hazzard, since the model in the movie is the same as the infamous “General Lee.” How are them Fast and Furious boys gonna get out of this one?

 

Nissan Skyline GTR

This Fast and Furious car makes an appearance in the most recent entry in the series Fast Five. Inspired by the Nissa Skyline range, it’s nicknamed “Godzilla,” presumably because of the ease in which it can be made to rampage through downtown Tokyo. When the Fast & Furious was first released the Skyline was not legally available for import into the USA, which only added to the cool factor.

 

Nissan GTR R35

This is the latest automobile to earn the GTR badge (although the first legally available in the USA), and it’s also one of the latest Fast and Furious cars, also appearing in Fast Five. And unlike some of the other Fast and Furious cars, this is a new model. It might make a good birthday present for someone special—or if it’s out of your price range, maybe a couple Fast and Furious DVDs.

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Nepali Movies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/nepali-movies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/nepali-movies/#comments Sun, 26 Jun 2011 18:55:13 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218118 You may not even know that Nepal has a booming film industry, let alone that Nepali movies are fueled by popular demand, not just in Nepal but all over the world. A few worth mentioning are more than just wildly popular--they're also pretty good.

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You may not even know that Nepal has a booming film industry, let alone that Nepali movies are fueled by popular demand, not just in Nepal but all over the world. Known as Kollywood, Nepal’s film industry pumps out movies that explore genres beyond its Bollywood cousin’s flamboyant musicals (though they do have those too). A few worth mentioning are more than just wildly popular–they’re also pretty good. Even if some of them are really similar to American chick flicks you’d never be caught dead watching, don’t hold that against them.

 

Sano Sansar

As you might imagine, many of the most popular Nepali movies are romantic comedies. This one, Sano Sansar, is heavily influenced by the American romantic comedy You’ve Got Mail. And if you’re a fan of romantic comedies, Sano Sansar will probably seem pretty familiar to you, being a classic boy-meets-girl-and-they-hate-each-other-at-first story. And like a lot of Nepali movies, it features at least a few musical numbers. Yay? Yay!

 

Kagbeni

In addition to romantic comedies, Nepali movies are also produced under the genre of horror. So it is with Kagbeni, a Nepali movie based on the famous horror story The Monkey’s Paw. In case you don’t know, The Monkey’s Paw is about a wish-granting totem that doesn’t always give the wisher exactly what he had in mind. Kagbeni was called a “a benchmark for Nepali films.” Sounds pretty good, right?

 

Kusume Rumal 2

This one isn’t technically a sequel to the earlier movie Kusume Rumal, but it does reference it extensively. You see, the whole “_____ 2″ titling convention is treated a bit differently when it comes to Nepali movies. That didn’t stop this from being one of the most popular Nepali movies to come out in 2009, however. The story is heavily influenced by Hollywood movies like A Walk To Remember, but part of the fun of Nepali movies is seeing familiar storylines play out in novel ways.

 

Muna Madan

This 2003 Nepali movie is based on a one of the most popular epics in Nepali literature. With source material like that, it’s no surprise that it’s gone on to be one of the more popular Nepali movies.

 

Sick City

Another popular Nepali movie, this one with a really cool title (has it been used in America yet?). And it’s a lot edgier than what most people associate with Nepali movies. It’s a gritty crime story, about a young man who divides his time between being a husband and father and a drug dealer in the city of Tharmel’s red light district. Judging from the trailers for the movie online, it seems strongly influenced by movies like Requiem for a Dream in the way that it shows the flashiness and allure of the drug lifestyle while simultaneously depicting the consequences of it. This would appear to be an interesting introduction to Nepali movies, since it’s the kind of edgy crime story we see all the time in the US.

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Sue Sylvester Quotes http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/sue-sylvester-quotes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/sue-sylvester-quotes/#comments Fri, 24 Jun 2011 20:56:07 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217417 Sue Sylvester quotes are a necessity in today’s “Glee“-obsessed world. They can be used in a variety of situations, in or out of high school. So, here are a handful...

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Sue Sylvester quotes are a necessity in today’s “Glee“-obsessed world. They can be used in a variety of situations, in or out of high school. So, here are a handful of Sue Sylvester quotes for you to use whenever the situation calls for it. And if you should suddenly feel embarrassed about watching”Glee,” you can just tell people you got your Sue Sylvester quotes from here. You’re welcome.

1.  “I don’t trust a man with curly hair. I can’t help but picture little birds laying sulfurous eggs in there, and it disgusts me.” We all know that curly-haired men are not to be trusted. So here’s a Sue Sylvester quote that should come in handy for explaining why. Let no curly-haire devil cross your path as long you have this Sue Sylvester quote up your sleeve!

2. ”I am engorged with venom and triumph.” Here’s a Sue Sylvester quote to use for when you’re engorged with venom and triumph. For instance, let’s say you just got done TP-ing a deserving neighbor’s house on Halloween — “I am engorged with venom and triumph.” You just got away from a perfect bank heist — “I am engorged with venom and triumph.” You’re about to have sex — “I am engorged with venom and triumph.” It’s one of the most versatile Sue Sylvester quotes of all.

3.  “Your resentment is delicious.” Sometimes life hands us a moment in which we feel too good, too superior, to let other people’s problems drag us down. For times like that, this Sue Sylvester quote would fit quite nicely between your mouth and your listener’s ears. Just don’t say it to anyone who could beat you up.

4.  “I was aroused, then furious.” There’s a fine line between fury and arousal, as anyone who’s ever watched “Glee” can tell you. And sometimes it’s best to just admit it, instead of trying to cloud the issue with a lot of violence and/or weightlifting. Here’s a Sue Sylvester quote for all of those times. Take your righteous fury and channel it into the perfect Sue Sylvester quote — it’s this generation’s “serenity now.”

5.  “Go scream at some fatties.” It’s important to occasionally use Sue Sylvester quotes for good rather than evil. Or you could split the difference and encourage someone to do something evil, like screaming at fatties. This Sue Sylvester quote would be good for just that malignant purpose. If you’re feeling experimental, you could scream this Sue Sylvester quote at a fatty, but be warned: This could cause an interdimensional rift in space-time that would wipe out all life in the universe.

Here are five Sue Sylvester quotes for your “Glee”-quoting convenience. Feel free to refer to this guide as many times as necessary before you commit these Sue Sylvester quotes to memory.

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The Evolution of Boxing in Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/action/boxing-scenes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/action/boxing-scenes/#comments Tue, 21 Jun 2011 20:00:23 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217135 Over the years the depiction of Boxing in film has changed in many ways.

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Boxing scenes are an essential part of American film, but over the years the depiction of boxing within American movies has changed significantly. From parodies showing the silliness of two men swinging at each other to attempts at capturing the gruesome violence with hyper realism, directors over the years have tried to put their unique “spin” on the sweet science. Here are a few standout takes–from funny to frightening–one the old one-two. Now, I want a fair fight, touch gloves, FIGHT!

 

City Lights

Charlie Chaplin‘s City Lights may not be a “boxing movie” per se, but it does have at least one fantastic boxing scene, which takes place in the movie after Charlie’s Little Tramp wanders into a boxing venue after losing his job. And it might not be “realistic” per se, but it’s just as if not more entertaining than most more realistic boxing scenes in other movies. The Tramp uses some unorthodox methods in the ring, including hiding behind the referee. And the resulting scene is not only one of the funniest boxing scenes of all time, but one of the funniest comic set pieces of any kind ever filmed! The next time some guy at a party says boxing is just two idiots hitting each other, show him this boxing scene.

 

The Set-Up

One of the first movies to really depict the brutality of the sport in its boxing scenes–something we modern movie goers take for granted nowadays–and the fact this film was made in the 1940s definitely makes it worth checking out today. The boxing scenes in The Set-Up show punches landing and blood flowing in a way that was never seen outside of a real boxing ring. And that brutality isn’t just in the ring–the way director Robert Wise depicts the bloodthirsty members of the crowd is what really hits home. The boxing scenes may be violent, but they’re never violent enough for the people in the stands.

 

Rocky

Boxing ScenesSylvester Stallone‘s breakout role, Rocky Balboa, is probably what most people think of when they hear “boxing movie.” Somewhat surprisingly, the slick and sometimes fake-looking boxing scenes in the Rocky movies aren’t exactly the best in the business–it’s arguable that most people are more responsive to Rocky’s quasi-triumph over adversity and his actual-triumph over his own weaknesses outside the ring. Still, no study of boxing scenes would be complete without Rocky, since they’ve been hugely influential on boxing scenes in movies and on TV in the years since then. And to all who say the boxing scenes “look fake”: We hope you never run into Stallone’s fists. 

 

Raging Bull

Boxing ScenesMartin Scorsese’s Raging Bull famously only has about ten minutes of boxing scenes in it, but the pitch-perfect performances from Robert De Niro along with the just-as-perfect cinematography still qualifies it as perhaps the best boxing movie ever made. Scratch that — one of the best movies ever made, period. And the boxing scenes in it do not disappoint; each of Jake LaMotta’s matches have a strong visceral impact that makes the viewer feel like he’s in the ring — either sharing the glory of victory, or being pounded into a pulp. These boxing scenes have an expressionistic impact that’s never really been duplicated. Remember when Jake’s opponent gets his nose punched to the other side of his face? Scorsese shows no mercy at the sight of the blood spraying from his head. Or how about the torrent of blood that sprays all the way into the stands?! Hyperstyled? Sure, but name one realistic boxing scene that’s more powerful than the ones in Raging Bull? That’s what I thought. 

 

The Fighter

As previously mentioned, different filmmakers who attempt to put their marks on boxing scenes try different approaches. In the case of David O. Russell, director of The Fighter, authenticity was the name of the game. The boxing scenes therein are designed to look as much like the original HBO broadcasts of the fights as possible, right down to using similar cameras to film the fights. Sometimes, Russell steps out of this TV-style in order to bring the viewer into the ring — particularly memorably for a super-slow-motion shot of a punch — but even then, realism and authenticity are the chief objectives. That and nailing those Boston accents, of course.

 

So there you have it. Luckily for any boxing scene fan, there are literally dozens more boxing movies to explore, and almost all of them have at least one boxing scene. And there are more coming out all the time. Just remember, kids, don’t try this at home.

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German War Movies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/war-movies/german-war-movies-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/war-movies/german-war-movies-2/#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2011 18:36:35 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214925 Among the best German war movies can certainly be found some of the best war movies ever made in any language

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With your memorial day hamburgers long digested, maybe you are wondering what  movies you would have watched if the Germans won World War 2.  Then again, maybe not.  The history of military conflict aside, Germany has a long cinematic history, and among the best German war movies can certainly be found some of the best war movies ever made in any language. As might be expected, the best German war movies are largely devoted to the First and Second World Wars, but there are also few gems straying outside the confines of such a narrow historical band.

Das Boot” (1981) is certainly the best submarine film ever made, and a must on any list of the best German war movies. It still holds the record for most Academy Award nominations for a German film with six. The claustrophobia and camaraderie of life in a World War II submarine are depicted with tremendous realism.

“Aguirre, The Wrath of God” (1972) is Werner Herzog‘s masterpiece, set in sixteenth century Amazonian Peru a few decades after the conquest of the Incas. An expedition by a band of ruthless Spanish conquistadores in search of fortune becomes a perilous river journey, deteriorating into power struggles among the soldiers. One of the few set outside the twentieth century, the story and themes almost require it to be classed among the best German war movies ever made.

“The Tin Drum” (1979) is an Academy Award winner based on a Gunter Grass novel by the same name. Oskar decides on his third birthday to refuse the world. His tin drum symbolizes his personal protest against the passive mentality of those around him, in Nazi Germany on the eve of World War II.

“The Lives of Others” (2006) is set during the height of the Cold War, in 1984 in East Berlin. This thriller tells the story of a couple of dramatic and intellectual stars in the socialist state, and a Stasi (secret service) agent who observes and records the couple, as they go about their lives. Suddenly every day activities become more interesting than one would think.

“Comrades of 1918″ (1930) is German filmmaker G. W. Pabst’s first “talkie”. It is a decidedly anti-war film about the futility of trench warfare on the Western Front in World War I. It is one of the earliest, and still one of the best German war movies ever.

“Downfall” (2004), “Der Untergang”, explores the final days of Nazi Germany. In the spring of 1945, Adolf Hitler and his remaining staff are holed up in a large bunker complex in the center of Berlin. Hitler is portrayed as a paranoid, moody man, fluctuating from optimism to suicidal depression.  Don’t let the fact that this film turned Hitler into an internet meme take away from this future masterpiece.

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Rainy Day Movies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/rainy-day-movies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/rainy-day-movies/#comments Sat, 04 Jun 2011 00:07:25 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214742 Our rainy day movie list - the perfect antidote for the thunder, lightning and rain showers of summer.

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Knowing what the 10 best rainy day movies are will most definitely cure your rainy day boredom. It’s raining outside, so you can’t enjoy your usual outdoor leisure activities, such as rock climbing, bear wrestling, dragon slaying, or cave surfing (which is a thing, right?). What can you do? Well, you could watch a movie.

We like to use rainy days for those LONG movies that are sometimes seen as boring when the sun is shining.  Call us weird and crazy, but this is our list just in time for those summer thunder storms

1)  “The Great Escape”  Is it a surprise that one of our favorite all time movies is also our favorite rainy day movie? “The Great Escape” flies by at the speed of thought. It gives you that special warm feeling that only seeing Steve McQueen outrun Nazis on a motorcycle can provide. Eat that, Nazis! Steve McQueen has a motorcycle, and can do sweet jumps with it!  Did we mention that we love this movie!  Go ahead – we dare you to not sit through the greatest motorcycle scene ever!

2) “Key Largo” The gangster thriller “Key Largo” does one better and has a hurricane in it, which also makes it one of the best hurricane movies. It also has Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Edward G. Robinson, so you could do worse in the cast department as well.

3) “Rashomon” Japanese director Akira Kurosawa is famous for having extreme weather in his movies, and “Rashomon” is no different. Also, it’s one of the first movies to employ an unreliable flashback structure, with different characters giving their versions of past events. Piecing together what really happened is a perfect don’t-want-to-leave-the-house activity. Plus telling people you’ve seen this it makes you sound smart.

4) “The Bridge on the River Kwai” Nice and long, great for rainy days, “The Bridge on the River Kwai” doesn’t have as many explosions as modern action movies, but it has enough tension for half a dozen of them.  Go ahead and start whistling, it is summer time after all.

5) “Spartacus” The best rainy day movies are looooong without being dull. This way, there’s a better chance it’s not raining anymore when it ends, and you can resume driving your SUV over cliffs. “Spartacus” is one of the quickest 3+ hour movies out there, and the ending is guaranteed to increase the chance of tears to 100 percent. Manly, manly tears.

6) “2001: A Space Odyssey” The pounding rain outside will force you to focus on Stanley Kubrick‘s sci-fi mind-bender if you haven’t put forth the effort already. It spans millions of years within its running time and the never-bettered visuals will have you contemplating life, the universe, and everything in no time. Then, you’re not asking yourself when it’s going to stop raining, but why.

7) “The Godfather Part II” It’s like “The Godfather,” but longer. The sequel is just as good as the first, if not better, with a longer running time AND the best scene in the entire Godfather series, which is Fredo teaching his nephew the “secret” to fishing. The rain might end before the movie does, but there’s no way you’re turning it off.

8) “Aliens”  It’s always raining on the colonized planet that Ellen Ripley and a band of space Marines are sent to in order to investigate why communications with the colony have been cut off. So maybe you’ll feel a certain kinship with them and with the poor dead victims of the xenomorphic killing machines known as “aliens” in this film that features a giant robot sui fighting a giant alien monster. If you don’t want to see it now, raining or not, we don’t know what’s wrong with you.

9) “The Abyss” Yes, it’s another James Cameron movie. This one is especially good for when it’s wet outside because most of it takes place COMPLETELY UNDERWATER. There’s even a scene involving two people trapped in a room that’s slowly filling with water – it serves to remind you that no matter how hard it rains, it could always be worse.

10) “JFK” This is another 3+ hour movie that flies by. And if it’s still raining outside you can go online and post your thoughts about who REALLY killed Kennedy. No, really, we’re all interested.

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Great Movies About Israel http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/foreign-film/great-movies-about-israel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/foreign-film/great-movies-about-israel/#comments Fri, 03 Jun 2011 23:26:42 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214647 Great movies from a region in perpetual conflict - Israel

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Maybe you are going to the Salute to Israel Day Parade this weekend, or maybe you are interested in learning more about films from this volatile region of the world – regardless of your motivation we thought this was a good time to get up to speed on films about Israel.

As Israel continues to capture the world’s imagination both in the news media and as a spiritual place for three of the world’s major religions, these films provide insight into the culture of this society.

“Exodus.Paul Newman stars in this acclaimed film about the birth of Israel. This is almost universally referred to as the best movie about Israel ever made. Most Israeli’s do NOT look lik Paul Newman, but he does capture the attitude of the population quite well.
“The Syrian Bride.” The winner of several awards, “The Syrian Bride” explores the ways in which politics can have a major affect on a family’s personal lives.  This is a region full of conflict, we like this movie begins it shows how people deal with the conflict within the framework of their every day lives.
“Beaufort.” “Beaufort” is set in the days leading up to the Israeli army’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000.  This is a film about doing your duty as a soldier and the inherent moral conflicts that come with this job.  This is less of an action movie, and more of a personal exploration into what it means to be a soldier.
“Walk on Water.” “Walk on Water” is the best movie about Israel to address the taboo subject of homosexuality.  Considered by some to be a sin that is punishable by death in the old testament, this movie opened against a backdrop of ignorance and hostility that still exists to some level today.
“Turn Left at the End of the World.” This film explores the immigration of two Jews from decidedly different cultural backgrounds to Israel in the ’60s.  Israel is a melting pot of scores of cultures crammed into a space smaller than New Jersey, and NO, not everyone gets along so well.

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10 Best Chinese Erotic Movies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/chinese/10-best-chinese-erotic-movies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/chinese/10-best-chinese-erotic-movies/#comments Sat, 19 Mar 2011 11:12:38 +0000 Breakstudios http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/10-best-chinese-erotic-movies/ Turn yourself on with the 10 best Chinese erotic movies. There’s a certain sensuality about Chinese ladies, and the ones in these films will definitely get your attention. Take a...

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Turn yourself on with the 10 best Chinese erotic movies. There’s a certain sensuality about Chinese ladies, and the ones in these films will definitely get your attention. Take a peek at the softcore action when they get it on with both men and women.


“Yu Pui Tsuen.” This erotic movie is an interpretation of “The Carnal Payer Mat,” a classic of Chinese erotica literature. Vesperus, the main character, wants to be the world’s best poet and marry someone beautiful.


“Sex and Zen.” This movie was actually a hit with the North American audience as well as in Hong Kong. It involved the main character replacing his own penis with that of a horse, more than three times a typical human size.


“Sex and Zen II.” Don’t be mistaken because this film isn’t anything like the first. The only similarity is the amount of sexuality. Watch what happens when a powerful man marries his own daughter-in-law.


“Saving Face.” A Chinese lesbian and her conservative mother lead atypical lives. When the mother is banished from the family for becoming pregnant after being widowed, the two work together to find someone for her mother to marry.

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