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Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, review by Greg Wright What was that I was saying about Lee Pace being a welcome presence as Thranduil in The Desolation of Smaug?  When Peter Jackson has him... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Yes, Schwarzenegger is Back in <i>Terminator Genisys</i>

Past the Popcorn: Yes, Schwarzenegger is Back in Terminator Genisys

by Jeff Walls Whether or not you were ready for more Terminator movies, you are getting them.  The franchise rights revert back to its creator James Cameron in 2019 and current rights owner Paramount... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, review by Greg Wright What was that I was saying about An Unexpected Journey not feeling rushed, about moving at a pace, and with an ethos, that would have made room... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, review by Greg Wright I must confess: I capitulated to pessimism in the weeks leading up to the theatrical release of the first of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films. I had... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Pixar Gets Back in the Groove with <i>Inside Out</i>

Past the Popcorn: Pixar Gets Back in the Groove with Inside Out

by Jeff Walls Throughout the entire decade of the 2000s, animation powerhouse Pixar was the king of original cinematic experiences.  2001’s Monsters Inc. was followed by Finding Nemo which was followed... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

The Return of the King, Extended Edition review by Greg Wright I have to assume that those who really want to know about the Extended Edition of The Return of the King are already fans of Peter Jackson’s... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: <i>Jurassic World</i> Is the Sequel You’ve Been Waiting For

Past the Popcorn: Jurassic World Is the Sequel You’ve Been Waiting For

by Jeff Walls The original Jurassic Park from 1993 is a legitimate classic, but its two sequels were underwhelming to say the least.  They each had individual scenes that were exciting, but on a whole... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

The Two Towers, Extended Edition review by Greg Wright I must confess that I did not eagerly await the release of the extended version of The Two Towers. While the extended Fellowship is an epic worthy... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: <i>Entourage</i> Gives Fans About What They’d Expect

Past the Popcorn: Entourage Gives Fans About What They’d Expect

by Jeff Walls The Entourage television show had a good eight-year run on HBO from 2004 through 2011, and now, four years later, the series has been adapted into a movie.  Well, not really adapted. ... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

The Fellowship of the Ring, Extended Edition review by Greg Wright In general, I am not a fan of “director’s cuts,” or extended versions of theatrical releases. With very few exceptions,... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

The Return of the King, review by Greg Wright Symphonic. I can find no better single word to describe the design, execution, and impact of The Return of the King. Conventional wisdom dictates that movie... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: George Clooney Anchors Serviceable <i>Tomorrowland</i>

Past the Popcorn: George Clooney Anchors Serviceable Tomorrowland

by Jeff Walls In 2003, Disney struck it big when they turned one of their amusement park attractions, “Pirates of the Caribbean”, into a multi-million dollar movie franchise. If a movie based on a... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

The Two Towers, review by Greg Wright With the Hobbit films having run their weary course, and 10 years having passed since The Lord of the Rings wrapped up its home video run, the time seems right to... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Charlize Theron is the Real Star of <i>Mad Max: Fury Road</i>

Past the Popcorn: Charlize Theron is the Real Star of Mad Max: Fury Road

by Jeff Walls The newest reboot/follow-up/sequel to come out of Hollywood’s current everything-old-is-new-again trend is Mad Max: Fury Road.  It has been thirty years since the character made famous... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

The Fellowship of the Ring, review by Greg Wright With the Hobbit films having run their weary course, and 10 years having passed since The Lord of the Rings wrapped up its home video run, the time seems... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

The Presence, review by Greg Wright What can you say about an effective ghost story… without spoiling the effect?  Without spilling key plot points and character arcs? The answers are: Not Much, and... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Joss Whedon Strikes (Gold) Again in <i>Avengers: Age of Ultron</i>

Past the Popcorn: Joss Whedon Strikes (Gold) Again in Avengers: Age of Ultron

by Jeff Walls Prior to the release of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers in 2012, there was some skepticism as to whether a comic book adventure featuring a team up of so many different superheroes could actually... [Read more]

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

Past the Popcorn: Waterland Home Video Feature

The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest, review and interview by Greg Wright It seems to me absurd to be talking about “entertainment” in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Nepal. The... [Read more]