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Summer Movies August 2016As we reach the finish line of summer 2016 there’s one final gasping month to redeem the summer movie season of 2016. It hasn’t been a great summer for movies folks.

Nope, it hasn’t been a very memorable summer. Blockbusters that have been hyped up and released have been cooly received and by the end of the weekend pushed aside and quickly forgotten. Usually you can point to a few movies and say, “that was the summer such and such came out, that was the big hit”. While some movies have earned some cash, it doesn’t appear there’s many that will be remembered past their opening weekends. Most have already vanished from audiences minds and should spend the rest of their existence in bargain bins at Walmart. READ MORE

The Wonder Woman and Justice League Trailers

Gal Gadot as Wonder WomanThe San Diego Comic Con was the setting where DC & Warner Brothers revealed two glimpses of their expanding cinematic superhero universe movies – Wonder Woman and Justice League. Everyone is reacting and talking about these trailers, so here’s my two cents.

First the Wonder Woman trailer – I liked it. Gal Gadot was one of the few bright spots in Batman v Superman. Her casting was initially met with more raised eyebrows than hand-clapping, but I thought she was pretty decent. Maybe not the best acting on display, but she looked really good and showed some charisma in her brief time in that muddled mess of a movie. READ MORE

Hey, Remember Postcards?

Hey Remember PostcardsOnce upon a time taking a trip and sending someone back home a postcard was such a popular thing. It was something almost required you would do while on a vacation. But over time less and less postcards are making their way to mailboxes. Are postcards dying out?

At one point you could find postcards everywhere! With a single stamp you could show what miraculous place you’re at and make the receiver jealous with that old reliable ‘Wish you were here’ greeting. Today, it looks like the best years of postcard sending and receiving is a thing of the past. READ MORE

Ghostbusters (1984) Kid Review

Ghostbusters 1984 kid review thoughts HaphazardStuffAs we arrive upon the release of the Ghostbusters 2016 ‘reboot’, ‘remake’, ‘redo’, whatever they want to call it – we can expect to see more venom, anger and rejection hurled at it.

Instead of jumping aboard the complain train (for now at least) I thought I would focus on the more optimistic, sunnier, innocent perspective of young Ghostbusters fans and be reminded what an entertaining, funny movie the original 1984 film is through their tender eyes. I sat with my nephews and nieces for a movie night watching the original film. They’ve already seen it, enjoy it and not surprisingly they’ve also become Ghostbusters fans.

So here’s me listening in on a group of four kids ages 6-10 eavesdropping in and doing some prodding as Ghostbusters plays. Sort of like a kiddie commentary of the movie. READ MORE

New Footage Surfaces of The Day The Clown Cried

Jerry Lewis The Day The Clown Cried 1972Jerry Lewis’ unreleased 1972 film The Day The Clown Cried continues to fascinate movie fans. A film that takes place during WWII with Lewis playing a circus clown tossed into a concentration camp. The Nazi’s see the children prisoners are entertained by his antics and decide to use him as pied piper of sorts to lead the unsuspecting children to their deaths.

This idea could be the epitome of bad taste and be one of the largest train wrecks in the land of cinema. But perhaps the most amazing thing to me is that over forty years after starring and directing The Day The Clown Cried, the film truly has never been seen. Clips and behind-the-scenes footage have come out, but the film itself remains a mystery. It has taken on somewhat mythic proportions. ‘The Lost Jerry Lewis Film’ that he vowed will never be shown. The film might haunt Lewis, but it’s become one of the most notorious curiosities in film that hasn’t wavered since it was shelved.

And recently more footage than ever before has been seen leaked out giving the clearest idea of what the film might have been. READ MORE