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Borders Line: Why Is RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Such A Hit?

Posted in Film Review, Random Tidbits with tags on August 18, 2011 by xymarla

It’s number one at the box office and demonstrating staying power. Critical reception has been largely glowing. Sure, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a breathtaking film that combines spectacular technological achievement with a moving, character-driven story, and it should be a hit. But for the life of me, I still can’t believe that it is.

Read more over at Badass Digest!

Borders Line: What’s The Next Big Thing?

Posted in Random Tidbits with tags , , on July 21, 2011 by xymarla

After watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, my friends and I engaged in a discussion regarding what the next massively popular film franchise will be. Captain America should do some solid box office and is a blast by all accounts, and it’s possible that The Avengers could melt our collective faces, but the superhero pool is too crowded and mediocre for any one franchise to carry the day. Twilight is ending. Saw is done. Although I’m certain both parts will be blockbusters, The Hobbit is the last bit of juice we can squeeze from the Lord of the Rings franchise. Someone needs to pull an Old Yeller on Pirates of the Caribbean and emancipate us from Jerry Bruckheimer’s greedy death talons. The Hunger Games has employed inexplicable casting (Lennie Kravitz?!) and the books rapidly decrease in quality after a terrific start, so I can’t imagine it will ignite the public lexicon the way its YA counterparts have.  And everyone always seems to forget that the Narnia movies exist.

Read my predictions for the next huge franchise and give me your own over at Badass Digest!

Borders Line: Saying Goodbye To HARRY POTTER

Posted in Random Tidbits with tags , , , , , , on July 18, 2011 by xymarla

I’m trying to cope with the idea that in three days, I will no longer be able to anticipate a new piece of Harry Potter fiction. This world and these wonderful characters have been an important part of me throughout my entire adult life. Even though I was seven years older than Harry, Hermione and Ron when I first met them, I feel that I’ve grown with them, learned things about myself through their discoveries, related my own heartbreak to tragedies they suffered. They lost loved ones and so did I. They disappointed themselves and so did I. They fell in love and so did I.

Read more of my goodbye to these beloved characters and this beloved series over at Badass Digest!

Borders Line: Don’t Make That, Make This Instead

Posted in Random Tidbits with tags , on June 9, 2011 by xymarla

Welcome to a feature I like to call Don’t Make That, Make This Instead. Despite our most urgent pleas, Hollywood continues to sick up a gooey, incessant strand of movies about matrimony. (Now it’s Reese Witherspoon tagging along to a bachelor party, quelle surprise.) If you’re a woman in Hollywood and you want a leading role, you’d better be ready to embrace the nuptial–or the televisual, of course, because TV has tons of remarkable roles for women that have shockingly nothing to do with weddings, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, bridesmaids, exes getting married, or babies. It’s just been announced that Chloë Sevigny will star in a televised series about a transgender assassin, for instance. Answer me this, America: why would any actress opt to star in feature films about going to the chapel over mind-meltingly sensational TV material like that?

But listen, I’m not one to solely offer feckless complaints. I’m all about the constructive criticism. So I hit up my friends for suggestions, and in the spirit of cooperation, we offer thirty movie pitches that sound a hell of a lot more entertaining than Woman Attends Wedding, Wacky Shit Happens.

You can read them all over at Badass Digest!

She Said, She Said: BRIDESMAIDS

Posted in A+ Review, Random Tidbits with tags , , , on May 17, 2011 by xymarla
Welcome to a new feature at Badass Digest, wherein April Swartz and I make the radical assumption that not all of BAD’s readers are men! First topic of discussion: BRIDESMAIDS. Is it the messiah of the chick flick, the female version of THE HANGOVER, or just a really good comedy?
Check it out!

Matt Reeves And THE PASSAGE, When Great Material Meets A Good Director

Posted in Movie News, Random Tidbits, Review Preview with tags , , , , , , , on April 21, 2011 by xymarla

This week we learned that Matt Reeves will be directing the Fox 2000 film adaptation of Justin Cronin’s The Passage.  This could be terrific news for both Reeves and the film.  Read all about it over at Badass Digest!

Review Preview:

This weekend, I’ll be reviewing both James Gunn’s Super and Scre4m! If you get bored of bunnies and family and church, stop by!

Salute To The 80s Movie Hero

Posted in Random Tidbits with tags , , , on April 14, 2011 by xymarla

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the loss of the great American superhero in film. Batman is Welsh. Superman and Spider-Man are British. Old Professor X is British. Young Professor X is Scottish. Thor and Wolverine are Australian. Green Lantern and Green Hornet are Canadian.  Captain America, at least, is actually American.

Of course, we’ll always have Perennially Off-Duty Cop and Badass Hall of Famer John McClane, but there’s another character archetype that I proudly claim as part of my American pop culture heritage, a character whom I would like to salute today: the scrawny, surprisingly confident, smooth-talking 80s kid. I miss that kid. Where are our Ferris Buellers, our Marty McFlys, our Lloyd Doblers, our Duckies?  Read my post over at Badass Digest!