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Review - "Until Dawn"

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The state of modern slasher movies is pretty saddening. In the 80's, 90's, and even early 2000's, these dominated the horror film market, giving viewers increasingly absurd and implausible situations to watch teenagers get hacked to bits over. That's an oversimplification, of course. There were dozens of genuinely good movies that took the formula and twisted it around in fun ways. "April Fool's Day," for example, or "Sleepaway Camp," "Scream," and maybe even every "Friday The 13th" after the sixth one. The point I'm making is, this is a genre in need of some love. All we get now are the same ghost stories, the same "found footage" flicks, ad nauseum. The only thing in recent years that's truly impressed me was the gleefully chaotic "Unfriended," and that wasn't even a "proper" slasher flick. So, with Supermassive Game's much-hyped "Until Dawn" presenting itself as a so…

Summer of Schwarzenegger - "The Last Stand" (2013)

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He's back... and also playing an all-American sheriff named Ray Owens.

Summer of Schwarzenegger - "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" (2003)

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Seriously, it's not that bad, you guys.

Review - "Fantastic Four"

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In 1997, Joel Schumacher released Batman & Robin, and the rest, as they say, is history. Batman didn't see another movie for years, and superhero movies as a whole were thrown into jeopardy until Sam Raimi saved them five years later with Spider-Man. Just saying the title of Schumacher's disaster-piece is enough to make anybody who knows their movies break out in cold sweats. Of course, I don't think it's that bad of a movie, personally, but that's another argument to be had another day.

I'm talking about this because now, almost one generation later, we might have something similar on our hands.

Review - "Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F"

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Frieza is not only the most infamous villain in the history of anime and manga mega-franchise Dragon Ball Z, but arguably the most recognized antagonist in the history of the shonen (boy's manga) category in general, right up there next to other famed baddies like JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's Dio Brando and Fist of the North Star's Raoh. While, personally, I always thought he wasn't as interesting or fun as the next big bad guy, Cell, there's no denying his lasting influence on the series, and on the world of anime fandom in general.

So obviously, the best way to make a quick buck off of diehard series fans is to bring him back.

Marvel Series That Netflix Should Adapt

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So, big shock here, but... I'm a huge comic book geek. I know, I know, people who havefollowed this blogfor a while are probablyfeeling a bit surprised at this revelation, but it's okay. We'll get through this. Anyway, being a comic geek means that, unsurprisingly, I know a thing or two about comic series, characters, so on, so forth. This means that, for the longest time, I've watched the Marvel Cinematic Universe adaptations and scratched my head, saying to myself, "really, you're adapting that?"

But with Phase Two winding down, coupled with the recent announcement that there's going to be a new Marvel series or season on Netflix every six months, I think it's time that Marvel Studios (read: Disney) got a little more bold with their choices in adaptations. Here are a few that would lend themselves very, very well to an episodic format.

Summer of Schwarzenegger - "Collateral Damage" (2002)

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Do I... Do I have to?

Ugh. Okay. Let's do this.

Summer of Schwarzenegger - "The 6th Day" (2000)

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, time and time again, has proven that he excels in intelligent science fiction. Weird, considering that he's always typified as a brainless action star, but something about high-concept, visually arresting sci-fi movies must appeal to the guy. Otherwise, he probably wouldn't keep being in them, since he has the clout to decide what sorts of flicks he wants to do.

The 6th Day is another one of those, but unlike Terminator, Predator, The Running Man, Terminator 2 and Total Recall, it isn't directed and written by anybody who really knows what the hell they're doing. Instead, we get something that might as well be called My Two Dads 2: Schwarzenegger Boogaloo.

Summer of Schwarzenegger - "End of Days" (1999)

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Hey, look, another Arnold movie I didn't finish!