This week On the Horizon join James and Eric as they discuss Star Trek Into Darkness, the Avatar Project, 5G, fungus networks, a bad stunt in Missouri, stupid prisoners demanding game consoles, wind farms and cats killing birds, warp speed may actually be possible, the IRS thing, jerk moms at Disneyland, and much more!
This week On the Horizon we talk about how Good/Great Gatsby is, owning an Imax theatre in your home, the weird crystal pyramid supposedly discovered beneath the Bermuda Triangle, 2012 Presidential voter turnout broken down by race, One World Trade Center, harpoon to the face, 17 Air Force Officers who lost their nuke privileges, why barns are usually painted red, the very awesome iOS game Star Command and much more!
We are back, baby! After an unplanned hiatus James and Eric dive back into the fray to talk about the coolest movie theatre in the world, Iron Man 3, being arrested for taking too many free samples, an Android app that can hack real life aircraft, eating your own finger, the many uses of Tylenol, the horrendous eel/butt story the reveal date of the next-generation Xbox and much more! Come on back now!
The film The Host is the spiritual successor to the Twilight franchise in multiple ways - most notably that the source material for both franchises come from the same author, Stephenie Meyer. This film exists because the trailers and posters include the words “from Stephenie Meyer the author of The Twilight Saga.” Without that pre-existing fan base I’m not sure this project would have been on the receiving end of studio approval.
One of my favorite quotes is “There is an art, or, rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.” That quote by Douglas Adams is extremely pertinent to this here article. There is an art, or rather, a knack to giving a good review.
I have a fun tradition when it comes to season premieres of HBO shows that I watch. I watch the premiere episode and then watch the encore presentation back-to-back. It's an interesting way to digest the content and provides a deeper look - not to mention a chance to get a reaction written (sometimes - I know I'm about a week late.)
On this episode of On the Horizon we talk about G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Host, just how awesome Jurassic Park is, bitcoins and what the hell they are, Russian ambulance-taxis, 3D printed organs, a mysterious cry for help, which country recently discovered that they had misplaced 28,000 rivers, a drug bust that includes a catholic priest, a homosexual, a cross-dresser, and an adult store owner, SimCity and much more!
Shock value isn’t as valuable as it used to be. It’s odd, and a little unsettling, to think of a film where the White House is forcible taken by terrorists as a refreshing change of pace. Nevertheless, Olympus Has Fallen is about as traditional of a military action movie as we’re likely to get these days - and that’s fine by this guy with the thumbs.
This week on On the Horizon join the guys as they discuss Olympus Has Fallen, a big, colorful and awesome FU to the Westboro Baptist Church, awkwardly awesome ad placements, Magneto to officiate Professor X’s wedding, what would happen if all the oxygen on Earth would disappear for five seconds, chess boxing, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and much more!
This week On the Horizon we revisit Skyfall, Oz, and see if The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is actually wonderful or if it needs to be stoned. In the news we examine the days you’re most likely to die, a 3D patent lawsuit, missile interceptors, holy crap there are a lot of ninjas in the news. In the Game of Games Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm is finally out and boy oh boy is it good. Join us for all this and much more On the Horizon!
Being a reviewer can be a tricky business. My job is to evaluate a film and then report on its quality and importance relative to its intent, to other films and as a self-contained piece of entertainment art. A perfect reviewer, which I make no claim to be, would consistently be in the same frame of mind and have no preconceived notions or expectations.
True magicians never reveal their secrets. There is precious little wonder left in our world and sometimes people don’t need to know all the answers. By the same token, sometimes there are stories that just don’t need to be told. That was my initial thought when I heard that a prequel to The Wizard of Oz was being made. I simply had no desire to see it come to life.
In this very awesome episode of On the Horizon join James and Eric as they discuss Warm Bodies, Oz: The Great and Powerful, Star Wars Episode VII casting, bear repellant robberies, rental car hijinks and billing, drone strikes on U.S. citizens, North Korea is being a jerk, rhinoceros poachers get theirs, cooling underwear, SimCity and much more!
Originality is hard. Not only is it legitimately difficult come up with an original idea but the entire concept of originality is not a safe bet in Hollywood. Sequels, remakes and adaptations are the name of the game because they come with established audiences and a near endless pool of existing properties to chose from.
Trailers and previews are not always representative of the films they advertise. Quite the contrary, a trailer is designed to put a film’s best foot forward and sell tickets. Both frequently and unfortunately most trailers write checks that the film itself can’t cash. Snitch is the latest entry to a very short list of films that are actually undersold by their advertisements.