Our Favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Toys

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

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In honor of Friday’s release of the rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles we’re going back to our childhood memories of TMNT in a big way: Toys! Chances are if you were a kid in the late 80’s and throughout the 90’s, you had some awesome toys from TMNT and will recognize most of our selection’s below.

The list could be endless but we only allowed ourselves to pick four each, it was a hard task. As a child you would search high and low at Toys R Us, looking for that rare Shredder or Splinter that never seemed to arrive. Sure they had a plethora of Foot Soldiers, but who the heck wants more than two of those?

Show us or tell us about your favorite TMNT toy memories via Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments below, oh and Cowabunga!

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FORREST GUMP: Twenty Years Later

Friday, July 11th, 2014

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One of my favorite movies of all time is celebrating its 20th anniversary today; Forrest Gump was released on July 6, 1994 with Tom Hanks playing the title character, a man with child-like innocence and a tendency for stumbling into history while love still eludes him.

Suggesting Forrest Gump as a favorite film these days doesn’t seem to be as accepted as it once was. I suspect it has to do with overplay on TV and admiration from most people who watch it. It’s easier to standout if you denounce something popular, we all know this. Gump is a heartwarming epic that has a lot to say about destiny, chance, and history. Sure it glosses over periods of US history, but it’s not a historical witness; this is fiction at its best. Many found it to be sentiment and ridiculous while others accepted the story and characters; I personally saw it as a celebration of life and of making your own history.

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Tom hanks took an awesome photo with Gary Sinise (Lieutenant Dan) and Mykelti Williamson (Bubba).

The movie went on to win 6 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor (Hanks) and Best Director (Robert Zemeckis). It earned $677 million worldwide and was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

There is nothing like Forrest Gump. It’s a drama, a comedy, and a fantasy story that still resonates today and makes me fall in love with movies all over again. And that’s all I have to say about that.

Check out Forrest Gump when it gets re-released into IMAX on September 5, 2014.

20 Classic Forrest Gump Quotes & Trivia:

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Planet of the Apes – Worst to Best

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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We live in a world in which there are seven, soon to be eight, Planet of the Apes films. I love it. This series is one of my all-time favourites, I just can’t get enough of it. The stories, the spectacle, the endings, and the apes themselves; It all comes together to form something truly great. We have the original series of five films, each of which has its own charm and surprises. They also all link up to tell one complete story, something fairly impressive considering sequels weren’t looked upon as anything special at the time (boy has that tune sure changed). We have Tim Burton’s remake from 2001, which while it was critically panned upon release has won some supporters over the years. Finally we have the new reboot series which launched with Rise of the Planet of the Apes and has successfully exposed a whole new generation to the greatness that is…ape.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is fast approaching, and from what we hear it’s going to be fantastic, so I thought it would be fun to go through each Planet of the Apes film and…you guessed it…rank them from best to worst.  Actually, you know what? People do that all the time; I’m going to try something different. I’m going to…rank them from worst to best. Oh yes, that’ll do.

So join me as I go through each film and give my own thoughts on each of them. I’ll keep the spoilers to a minimum, so don’t be fearful!  Prepare to go ape!

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10 Great Religious Horror Movies

Friday, July 4th, 2014

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The battle between good and evil has played out in theaters for decades and it’s the memorable holy terrors that have left a cinematic memory for us. Religious horror films usually consist of figures like Jesus Christ, The Church, Satan, satanic and demonic possession, exorcisms and so on. We’ve decided to make a list of 10 great religious horror movies that you should check out.

It’s all open for interpretation so if you don’t see your favorite here, let us know on Twitter, Facebook or comment below.

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The Transformers: The Movie: The Review

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

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There are definitely bigger fans of The Transformers out there than I.  Even though I born in their heyday I never gave them a lot of thought.  I never watched the show.  I never had any of the toys.  I never wanted to be Optimus Prime for Halloween.  However, I do recall seeing the 1986 movie at some point.  I suppose I must have liked it enough that when a special edition was released to coincide with Michael Bay’s first Transformers flick…I bought it.  I watched it once and stuck it back on the shelf, where it’s sat untouched since then. With last weekend’s release of Transformers: Age of Extinction I thought this would be a good time to revisit what is still probably the best Transformers film. So join me as I sit down to re-watch The Transformers: The Movie.

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The Best Episodes of BOY MEETS WORLD

Friday, June 27th, 2014

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Boy Meets World was one of the best shows of my young life.  Each week I could look forward to swooning over Topanga, hanging with the boys at Chubbies, and learning a thing or two from Mr. Feeny.

The show had plenty of messages to deliver, something definitely lacking on today’s television channels.  The show was creative and full of a wit and humor that I hadn’t seen before.  Their self-awareness and occasional breaking of the fourth wall was delightful and risky for a children’s show.

Boy Meets World brought fantasy and enjoyment to my home and my family when I was a kid, so I can’t help but hope that the upcoming Girl Meets World will do the same for old and new audiences alike.  While it may not capture the same charm, hopefully the morals that made Boy Meets World such a compelling and heartfelt show remain intact.  Let’s hope for a new age of “Feeny Wisdom” too.

With 7 seasons (128 episodes) there are plenty of episodes to love and still reference to this day.  I have narrowed it down to 20 episodes, so I know I’ll be missing some of yours.  Let me know in the comments what your list would look like.

Enjoy my list of The Best Episodes of BOY MEETS WORLD in chronological order:

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What I’ve Been Watching: Saying Hello to New Great Shows and Welcoming Back Some Favorites

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

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It’s been 10 months since my last confession and so I’d like to share with you thoughts about What I’ve Been Watching. It’s a chance for me to share some viewing pleasures I have had in the hopes that you’ll check it out for yourself; you never know, you just might find a new favorite TV show!

If I am missing any good movies and/or TV shows, post a comment below or Facebook and let me know.

NEW FOUND GREATS:

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Graphic Content – Volume #2 Revival

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

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From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to X-Men, Batman to Smallville – comics and graphic novels have infiltrated the television airwaves. Previously dismissed as childish, comic books have evolved into complex plots and unique storytelling. It goes beyond superheroes, shows such as The Walking Dead are breaking the traditional mold we have come to expect from dredge such as CSI, The Mindy Project and Two and a Half Men.

Networks are just scratching the surface on some of the amazing content that would translate well to film and television. In this series we will examine some amazing story driven graphic novels that deserve a live action treatment.

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Update: Movies To See In 2014

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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2013 has come and gone and my thoughts on the best movies of last year can be seen here. Now it’s 2014 it’s another year for great movies; here is a list of movies I’m most looking forward to seeing and can only hope they don’t let me down. I didn’t forget the big ones that may appear on a lot of lists (X-men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America), I might even watch them; they just didn’t end up on my radar.

What are you warming up to see? Shout out in the comments below.

UPDATE: I’ve gone ahead and added the trailers for the unreleased movies and shared my thoughts on the movies that have come and gone already. Was I right to anticipate these titles? Let me know in the comments.

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The Best Time Travel Movies

Friday, June 6th, 2014

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This weekend Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt use time to try and conquer aliens in Edge of Tomorrow. It was almost 25 years ago when Marty McFly used time to escape Libyens and in the process mess up his existence; it’s the age old story really. Theirs are no movies quite as entertaining as a good time travel adventure. Everyone and their dog Einstein have imagined what it would be like; the desire to right wrongs or relive a particular moment is everyone’s dream at some time or another.

Here’s a look back at the best of these stories; some obvious time travel tales while others merely play with the concept. Let us know what you would have added to your list of The Best Time Travel Movies.

Back to the Future I/II/III

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