It's an old cliche, but worth repeating: Comedy is serious business, even when we're talking about the nut shots and fart jokes of Robot Chicken, even when we're talking about the gentler, youth-appropriate rowdiness of Cartoon Network's Mad.
Perhaps the rise of terrorism, climate change, and the global financial collapse have caused some form of sociological damage that has turned us all into jaded cynics. Maybe we've stopped making movies that are full of wonder because we've stopped seeing the wonder in the world.
Centered around a highly advanced humanoid alien race known as the Aurocearians, victims of a devastating blow when the titular Gods (a mercurial bunch), angry with the race's arrogant behaviors, curses them by vaporizing every female hindering any hope for breeding. So what is a cursed race to do?
Earlier this week, a sketchy-from-the start Star Wars rumor made its way around the Internet. In a nutshell, the rumor claims, casting calls were put out for the twin sibling characters of Jaina Solo and Jacen Solo, two young Jedis in training. Along with it came a complete breakdown of what would happen to these characters over the course of Episode VII, Episode VIII and Episode IX. Sure.
J.J. Abrams comes clean... Transformers 4 gets some new recruits... Apartment 1303 3D is available for occupancy...
This is a festival that makes the cutting edge accessible by seamlessly weaving the tried and true with the next wave. Perhaps best exemplified by 21-year-old opening night musician Charles Eliasch singing 19th-century opera by Bellini immediately followed by a presentation of edgy 3D films.
The truth is, I love Trek so much I'll watch anything I can get. I'd just like to not feel so embarassed afterward.
Next month sees the release of Guillermo Del Toro's new film Pacific Rim. It pits the world against Kaiju monsters rising up out of the sea and the heroes that fight them in their giant robots, known as Jaegers.
Is it too much to ask for someone to like both Star Trek and Star Wars?
The world's largest LEGO creation landed in New York City on Thursday. It took 32 master builders over 17,000 hours and more than five million bricks to create a humongous 11-foot-tall model of Star War's X-Wing Starfighter.
It's just Brian and Zaki for this week's installment of the MovieFilm Podcast, but they have plenty to discuss. First...
I've never really understood the divide between Star Wars and Star Trek fans. As far I can tell, they're just two sides of the same tragic coin. Yes, Star Wars happened to be the popular entity when I was in elementary school. While we were playing Star Wars (which pretty much consisted of children running around the playground pretending to fly an X-Wing fighter; the children pretending to be Han Solo and Chewbacca had to run around together in unison), the Star Trek kids were over by the fence, burning stuff with a magnifying glass.
By Dave Levinthal May 4, 2013...
A professional pundit was fired because he wrote an opinion piece that was factually inaccurate. Is that even a thing? "Journalists" can get fired for saying things which are false (things that five minutes of fact-checking would have proven laughably wrong), and for other stupid comments?
May 4 is unofficially "Star Wars Day." In other words, it's the only time of the year -- other than Comic-Con -- that grown adults can run around with plastic blaster rifles and carry on conversations in Ewokese without ridicule.
This weekend has a smorgasbord of other cultural offerings from the Los Angeles Children's Film Festival at the Aero Theater to a Topanga Canyon festival and K.A.M.P. at the Hammer.