Archive for December 5, 2014

Oscars 2014 Update: Best Documentary Short Subject Shortlist

We have our first shortlist.

It’s actually been out for a little while, but since there’s no need to rush into things, I held off talking about it.

Plus, who even pays attention to this category anyway?

Pretty soon, it’s gonna be all Oscar all the time around here, but for now, consider this a whetting of the appetite for all things Oscar (since you know that’s basically all we’re gonna be about for the next three months here).

Here are the eight finalists for Best Documentary Short Subject: (more…)


Mike’s Favorite Movie Trailers of 2014

Today I’ll be going over my favorite movie trailers of 2014.

We all watch trailers. It’s unavoidable. I deliberately try not to watch trailers, yet somehow, by the end of the year, when I’m doing this article, I find myself having already seen a great deal of them. They play at least three of them before any movie in theaters. Youtube videos have them as ads beforehand. We see them every day.

Like movie posters, it’s hard to make a memorable trailer nowadays. One that actually gets you excited to see a movie. Most trailers regurgitate the entire plot in two and a half minutes, and you end up knowing exactly what you’re getting, with no surprises. Apparently people need comfort and familiarity. I like when trailers try to do something different and memorable. The goal of a trailer is to get you to go, “I’m ready to see this movie.” Even if you know what it is. You want it to whet your appetite for the product. Not show you the product, to the point where, when certain jokes or moments happen, you don’t react as strongly because you’ve seen them three times in the trailer. The best trailers are the ones that get you to go, “I didn’t think I wanted to see that movie before, and now I do.” So I try to pick out the trailers that I feel accomplish that each year.

I’ll preface this list by saying — these are only trailers from movies that came out in 2014. Not trailers from 2015 films that came out in 2014. I hate when people do that. We all know my problem with people calling these the 2015 Oscars when they’re clearly for 2014. These are 2014 trailers for the films of 2014, and nothing else.

Here are my favorite trailers of 2014: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “I’m singing / I’m in a store / And I’m siiiiiingiiiiing! / I’m in a store / And I’m siiiiiingiiiiing!” “HEY! There’s no singin’ in the North Pole!” “Yes there is!” “No there’s not!” “We sing all the time!” “No you don’t!” “Especially when we build toys!”

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