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Move Over Dark Knight, in 2013 Zombies Are On The Rise

by on Jan.27, 2013, under Cinematic Masochist, Movies

#rise_of_the_zombiesDanny Trejo vs. Zombies!  Though, on the cover, Trejo, featured prominently along with the many face craters he sports, is given third billing behind Levar “Geordi!” Burton (Reading Rainbow) and Mariel Hemingway (Superman IV: The Quest For Peace). 

What’s the subject matter?  You’re right, the subject doesn’t matter.  But, the Asylum website says the plot is this:

When zombies overrun San Francisco, a desperate group survives by locking themselves inside Alcatraz Prison. When the undead breach the island, our heros are forced to return to the mainland overrun with the undead.

We are so there!

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Andy Serkis Reading or How to Make Sure Your Child Never, Ever Sleeps Again

by on Oct.01, 2012, under Movies

A nice little clip of Andy Serkis who plays Gollum in the LOTR and the upcoming Hobbit trilogy (ARG!) reading to children in character. I would imagine all those children spent the night screaming in wet bed sheets.

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Books That Ought To Be Movies: Nightfall

by on Mar.25, 2012, under Movies

Another entry in our periodic series on books that ought to be movies: Nightfall by Isaac Asimov.

The Premise: Another planet similar to Earth culturally and technologically basks in the perpetual glow of four suns.  The denizens of the planet are accustomed to daylight at all times, while indoors sleep with lights on, etc.  In the opening chapter, we are introduced to an amusement park attraction where visitors are exposed to total darkness, and the shock is deemed too much for even the strongest nerve. 

Imagine then when a scientist discovers that a rare astrological phenomenon looms: A total eclipse of the planet’s suns.  Intrigue, politics and whatnot precede the eclipse, which descends upon the unsuspecting and unwarned populace causing madness, riots, and the end of civilization.  This is a great psychological book, that in the right hands (I’m looking at you, Christopher Nolan and/or Rian Johnson!) could be a terrific movie.

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REVIEW (of a BOOK!): A Year At The Movies by Kevin Murphy

by on Sep.29, 2011, under Cinematic Masochist, Movies

Here at SnarkCriticPop, we watch and talk a LOT of movies. Upon occasion watching a movie feels like an obligation for the sake of a good blog (see: Streets of Fire), and I can kind of see why some movie critics hate movies.  I don’t hate movies, but I would like to talk about a fine, seldom used alternative to movie watching, a little something I like to call: READING.

I did some quick research on Wikipedia, and I discovered some interesting facts regarding reading: Did you know that reading was invented by Thomas Edison as a method of exploiting his invention called papyrus, which we now refer to as paper?  Blind people had actually been reading lips for several years prior to Edison, but since they could not find the patent office until it was too late, Edison owns the trademark on reading which is why blind people and astute readers like me have to pay a fee to Edison’s estate any time we read something. (Okay Wikipedia’s not quite THAT bad, but any resource where Howie Mandel can be a contributor on John Adams I don’t trust . . .)

One book I’ve recently been reading is A Year At The Movies by Kevin Murphy.  Murphy, for those who don’t know, is one of the writers and stars of my favorite TV show of all time, Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K), playing the robot Tom Servo and Professor Bobo the Gorilla.  (continue reading…)

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