Cheap But Popular

Sometimes the best way to tell how popular a movie is doesn’t mean seeing how long it stays in the regular theater. Sometimes you can tell based on where it goes before it becomes available to the general public for purchase.

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Gear-Ups for Halloween

We are in the final countdown, everyone. In less than a week, it’s time for the scariest day of the year- Halloween! Now, most people are going to want to be out trick-or-treating, partying, going to haunted houses, basically being out and about to have some good scary fun. But! For anyone stuck at home, or for anyone who wants to get their Halloween spirit on before the big night, there are plenty of movies- both scary and family friendly- to watch and enjoy, to scare and satisfy. When it comes to Halloween, here are some of my go-to movies to get into season.

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Crimson Peak: Creeping to Scary (Very Slowly)

*Potential Spoiler Warning*

The issue with these Gothic horror films is that they take a little while to get to their point. Walking into the theater, we are all aware (or at least under the impression) that yes, we are seeing a ghost story, and it’s going to take place in this crumbling little manor house called Crimson Peak. That’s been established by everything we’ve seen about the movie so far. However, it takes half of the movie for characters to even arrive at Crimson Peak, and as the main character of this tale tells us, there are ghost stories, and there are stories that just happen to have ghosts in them. This happens to be the latter.

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Pan: High-Flying Effects, Sub-Level Story

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Remember what a big hit Avatar (2009) was a few years back? With the animation and the 3D and overwhelming beauty of every shot, we all thought it was a fantastic movie and that James Cameron had just shot another masterpiece. Then, after a year or two went by, we realized we were just watching a more beautiful, live-action and more visually exciting version of Pocahontas (1995). I’m sad to say that this is the case once more with Pan (2015)– it is visually stunning and you don’t want to look away from the screen, but what is actually happening on it is less than satisfying.

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The Green Inferno: Not For the Faint of Heart

*Warning: This movie is graphic. In order to review it, there may be some graphic content mentioned.*

There is gore, and then there is just plain bloodbath. With movies like The Green Inferno (technically released in 2013 but is just now getting big screen time in 2015) it’s hard to tell if they were trying for something more than the gore, and just ended up with a lot of gore as a side effect, or if they just decided to go all out on the blood and guts and to hell with the story.

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The Martian: Pretty as a Painting and More Entertaining

Welcome to ReelTalk’s first audio discussion, talking about the recently released film The Martian (2015) starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Jeff Daniels. During a mission to Mars, Mark Whatney (Damon) is struck by debris in a storm that forces the crew to leave him behind, believing him dead. When he wakes, Whatney must use his skills and integrity to survive on an inhospitable planet until he can contact NASA, and until they can send another mission to bring him home.

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The Hunger Games vs. Battle Royale

Let’s face it, it’s really hard to be completely original in Hollywood anymore. There are certain cliches and ideas that are used multiple times in multiple movies- the trick is to use them in a way that is original or new and interesting. Here in Film Fights, we like to look at those similarities and compare them in a “who did it better” scenario. And what better way to start than with two of the arguably most similar movies, based around the idea of children killing each other, Battle Royale (2000) and The Hunger Games (2012). 

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