August 28, 2013
Examining the Affleck-Batman Hysteria

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Last night, Twitter blew up with news that Ben Affleck had been cast as Batman. For weeks rumors were flying around as to who would don the mask. They want an older Batman. Josh Brolin’s name was bandied about. They offered Christian Bale 60 million to reprise the role. I certainly believe that one.

The Christopher Nolan Batman films are considered, in most circles, to be gold standard in terms of what a serious semi-realistic take on the Batman comics should look like. Some, however, like HitFix’s Kristopher Tapley, began to feel suffocated by Nolan’s take, accusing the filmmaker of holding the character hostage. I couldn’t disagree more (I’m more aligned with Paul Thomas Anderson’s take on Nolan’s trilogy), but I digress.

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August 28, 2013

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Made this last year to celebrate MLK. Thought it would be a good time to break it out again.

August 28, 2013
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Did a quick mockup of a still from the movie. Look forward to seeing this one again.

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Did a quick mockup of a still from the movie. Look forward to seeing this one again.

April 16, 2013
Movie Trailer Tuesday: A Bunch of Trailers

We’ve been a little behind the 8 ball here at Fully Op with life and stuff but we are going to make it up to you starting with today. Not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5 but 6!! No, actually, just 5 trailers! Let’s dive in.

Carrie:

Dre:  At this point, you’re either open to the idea of a Carrie remake or you’re not. If you are, this trailer has to please you on some level.

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April 9, 2013
Movie Trailer Tuesday: 2 Guns, White House Down

Let’s skip the formalities and dive in [Ed. note: we usually do].

2 Guns:

Dre: This looks like the sort of dumb fun Hollywood used to excel in when Simpson and Bruckheimer were at the top of their game.

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April 8, 2013
Monday Morning Quarter-Baking: Tattoo

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By J. Goodman

I’ve been holding back this MMQB for months. It was the fifth one I wrote and I thought it was soooooo good that I held it back. I wanted it for myself. As if I was going to develop it further and make something of it. Here we are months later and nothing has been developed further. At this point, I give it to you…the peeeeeeple.

No one, gets that reference, right?

[Ed. note: not at all]

Oh, well, here it is.

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April 5, 2013
Some Words on Roger Ebert

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Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been obsessed with movies. This was due, in part, to being raised by a pair of parents who enjoyed films (and more specifically, genre films like sci-fi) more than the average couple. We rented everything and we saw everything. At least it felt that way. Or maybe it was easier then.

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March 26, 2013
This is OLYMPUS!!!

By J. Goodman

Last weekend I saw Olympus Has Fallen. I didn’t plan to see Olympus Has Fallen. I wasn’t anticipating its release. What happened was it was Saturday. Someone said, Olympus Has Fallen came out yesterday, are you going to see it? I thought, no. But then I thought, why not. Could be fun. It seemed like an Under Siege movie. I liked Under Siege. What’s not to like about Under Siege?

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March 26, 2013
Movie Trailer Tuesday: World War Z, Epic, Angels’ Share

New trailers, new trailer reviews. That’s right, it’s Tuesday.

World War Z:

J. Goodman: Back in November I said, "What’s my beef?

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March 13, 2013
FILM DISTILLED: Jaws
Before it was used as a way to warn Oscar recipients that they have been talking for too long, John Williams’ Jaws score was an intergal part of Steven Spielberg’s watershed blockbuster (see what I did there?). I can’t think of Jaws and not think of Williams’ music. Has ever a director had a greater extension of his vision than Spielberg did with Williams’ music? Maybe Hitchcock and Bernard Hermann and Tim Burton and Danny Elfman but the list is short.
I had fun turning this iconic image into an almost snazzy advertisement with a Rat Pack vibe. If I removed the “Jaws” text and inserted something like Camel cigarettes I think it would have worked. 
*Film Distilled is a weekly series of freeze frames from some classic films (as well as some television) with editorial flourishes by Dre Rivas.

FILM DISTILLED: Jaws

Before it was used as a way to warn Oscar recipients that they have been talking for too long, John Williams’ Jaws score was an intergal part of Steven Spielberg’s watershed blockbuster (see what I did there?). I can’t think of Jaws and not think of Williams’ music. Has ever a director had a greater extension of his vision than Spielberg did with Williams’ music? Maybe Hitchcock and Bernard Hermann and Tim Burton and Danny Elfman but the list is short.

I had fun turning this iconic image into an almost snazzy advertisement with a Rat Pack vibe. If I removed the “Jaws” text and inserted something like Camel cigarettes I think it would have worked. 

*Film Distilled is a weekly series of freeze frames from some classic films (as well as some television) with editorial flourishes by Dre Rivas.

March 12, 2013
Movie Trailer Tuesday: Hangover 3, Iron Man 3, After Earth

This was going to be an all trilogy MTT, but then After Earth reared its ugly (2nd version trailer) head and we couldn’t find another trilogy coming out anyway, so we just went with it. Thanks, After Earth.

The Hangover Part 3:

J. Goodman: I really liked the first one, never made it to the 2nd one and now I’m already feeling disappointed in the 3rd one. Why is this a trilogy?

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March 11, 2013
Monday Morning Quarter-Baking: Movie Games

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By J. Goodman

Last week, MMQB was on hiatus. The Quarter-Baking Gods didn’t feel fit to filter their message through me, their Earthbound medium. I prayed and communed all week and still nothing. But my penance was received and this week we’re back hitting you with a fresh, barely worth considering idea.

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March 6, 2013
Oscar Award Winner Picker Recap

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By J. Goodman (with a Dre Rivas cameo)

To the victor goes the spoils. Years ago that may have meant something. In the linguistic present, who wants spoils? There’s nothing worse than decaying matter. If that’s what goes to the victor than call me Victoria. Did you get it? Did you get it?

Did you get it?

What I hope was the worst introductory paragraph on this blog, is just a poor segue into the real meat: the results.

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March 6, 2013
Movie Trailer Tuesday: Stories We Tell, Oblivion, Frances Ha

Let’s get to it.

Stories We Tell:

Dre: I wanted to make sure to include this trailer because I know you would crack wise about Sarah Polley, maybe make a reference to Guinevere being stupid or something (it kind of was).

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March 6, 2013
Film Distilled: The Best of the Worst

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Dre is a rare talent and his Film Distilled series has pushed the boundaries for partially edited movie screenshots featuring movie quotes.

Most of them are works of art. Some are works of brain farts (did you get it?).

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