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Movie Tips: What Not to Bring to a New Year’s Party

Project_XNew Year’s Eve prep should be as simple as keeping good company and having enough champagne and food to carry you through the night, but bringing the wrong person or thing could turn the night into one you’d rather forget. Take a cue from these movies and you should be home free as you make your way into 2014.

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Of course you hope that every night out will be the night of your life and there are good reasons to want to remember it, but when that night involves an excessive amount of illegal activity, booze and destruction like in Project X, you’re better off holding onto your memories rather than hard evidence.

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Role Call: 15 Great Back-to-School Movies

backtoschoointroYou remember how it was when summer ended and school started – a real drag, right? No doubt parents everywhere are thrilled to send the youngsters (back)packing, but for kids … it’s sucky and we know it. To make going back to school slightly more bearable, here are 15 movies that’ll have kids walking the halls with a smile.

Bring It On

Torrance Shipman is a high school senior, so this is her year. Not only does she get to be captain of the Rancho Carne cheerleading squad, but this is also the last time she’ll have the opportunity to help the Toros win a national title. Lesson: Bring it on; savor the opportunity and aim high like Torrance.

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The Best Worst Movies of 2012

BestWorstMoviesZero Dark Thirty, Les Misérables, Lincoln and more may be soaking up the awards season spotlight, but there are a bunch of other films that hit theaters this year that deserve some recognition not because they’re fantastic cinematic achievements, but because they’re so bad, they’re actually good.

Best worst movies come in all sorts of forms – those that benefit from being part of a franchise, the ones that manage to pull off a cliché, some that stir up excitement for all the wrong reasons and more. All of these films have a cloud hanging over their heads for one reason or another, but that doesn’t stop them from conjuring up a ray of light bright enough to make them surprisingly enjoyable, disturbingly memorable, oddly admirable or all of the above.

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‘End of Watch,’ and How to Keep the Found-Footage Genre Fresh

The found-footage genre has come a long way since The Blair Witch Project back in 1999, or perhaps I should say since Cannibal Holocaust from 1980. But it was really Blair Witch that kicked off the filmmaking craze and made it accessible for moviegoers. That film, about a trio of film students who head out into the woods to make a documentary about the Blair Witch, arrived with the premise that the students went missing, but their footage was found. Thus, the found-footage genre (as its come to be known) was reinvented for the masses.

Why are you filming yourself?

After attempting to make my own mini-found-footage film while running through The Walking Dead Escape at San Diego Comic-Con, I can confirm that it’s absolutely impossible for someone to run from a witch or any kind of monster and still manage to shoot watchable footage. Your life vs. camera stability? I wonder which you would pick. But hey, this is the film industry we’re talking about — it’s okay to bend the believability rules a bit.

However, it’s not okay to 1) give a character a lame reason to be filming him or herself, or 2) offer absolutely no reason for a character to be filming him or herself. The documentary angle is generally a good play. It works in both Blair Witch and Troll Hunter. On the other hand, the excuse of needing to show people how something is really going down can be absurd. Cloverfield is lucky it’s so enthralling, otherwise I’d seriously be questioning Hud’s judgment. Then again, that concept does work a little better in REC and Quarantine. Something terrible is happening, but the people who are supposed to rush in and save the day are leaving victims to die in a nightmarish apartment building. Something isn’t right and the public has to know.

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Review: Project X

Forget the videogames that have your kids blowing people’s heads off; keep your teens away from Project X. Once you’re past your partying prime, Nima Nourizadeh’s directorial debut is a safe watch, but for those feeling out the high school party scene, this movie will only fill their minds with bad and ludicrous ideas. But then that begs the question, who is Project X even for? Really only a select few who can find enjoyment in an experience more than a story, and an experience that moves simply by showing you outlandish jaw dropping behavior. Well, I guess I have one foot in that demographic.

In honor of Thomas’ (Thomas Mann) birthday, his best buddy, Costa (Oliver Cooper), insists on throwing the biggest party ever. It just so happens that both Thomas’ birthday and his parents’ anniversary are on the same day and they’re heading out of town to celebrate, leaving their lovely Pasadena home free for the taking. A reluctant Thomas, an overzealous Costa and their friend JB (Jonathan Daniel Brown) set out to host the wildest night of their high school careers, a party that’ll undoubtedly go down in history and put them at the top of the social ladder.

The basic premise of Project X is one we’ve seen time and time again – school losers striving to make names for themselves. And, of course, our main trio consists of the typical misfits – the sweet geek Thomas, the trash talker Costa and the unassuming third wheel JB. Sounds a lot like Superbad, right? Yes, the guys really do fit right into that mold, but there’s nothing wrong with that, as they’re really just vessels to take us through the film’s big star, the party.

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The Good, The Bad, and the Bogus: High School Party Movies

I did the whole high school party thing back in the day, and things did get crazy once in a while, but I never ended up with a midget in my oven. Have you seen the trailers and clip for Project X? These kids are out of their minds. But, hey, I get it; it was all about upping each other to claim party glory. You had to go big to make it memorable.

Based on what we’ve seen so far, Project X looks to raise the stakes big time, but it’s also got some serious competition to become one of the best of the best as far as school party movies go. Where willProject X fall come March 2nd? Here’s the good, bad and bogus of school party movies to give you a sense of the lay of the land.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Mark Neveldine on Rollerblades vs. Channing Tatum with Chocolate

Another week, a slew of new promotional material. The overall gauge this week fell somewhere in the middle, but, of course, that still means some came out on the higher end of the spectrum.

Snow White vs. Snow White

The Snow White movies are at it again, this time, Snow White and the Huntsmen getting a sneak peek and Mirror Mirror getting a featurette and, yet again, I’m pleasantly surprised. The Huntsman video is pretty much just the trailer all over again, but it holds up surprisingly well. As for Mirror Mirror, it embraces its silly and family-friendly side, laying on the goofiness quite thick and, you know what? It’s kind of cute.

WTF

There was really no other way to title this section of the introduction. Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie seems to be getting some solid reviews out at Sundance, but a number do point out the film can be hit or miss. Well, it’s a miss with me because this clip from the film isn’t funny, rather uncomfortably awkward. And, in a completely different spin on “WTF,” it’s happened; a piece of Hunger Games promotional material didn’t claim one of the top three slots. There’s nothing wrong with what’s said to be the film’s final poster, but considering we’ve seen Katniss shoot quite a few arrows already, this image is lacking a wow-factor when, at this point, we’ve come to expect them from the film. Or perhaps I’ve just watched that teaser one too many times.

WTF to the Max

The new premiere promotion video for Iron Sky is in a category of its own. Why? Nazis in space, that’s why! I don’t know what to make of this bizarre sci-fi/comedy mash up from Timo Vuorensola, but similar to Dead Snow’s zombie Nazis, Vuorensola’s deep space ones make for some pretty wicked villains.

Don’t worry; that’s not all. The best is yet to come. Well, and the worst, too, but who couldn’t use a good laugh at a poor promo’s expense?

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Perri’s Most Anticipated Movies of 2012

Well, hello there 2012!

Just as we all like to start off the New Year with personal clean slates, the same goes for the film industry. Nothing new has hit theaters just yet and all we’ve got to go off of is the upcoming slate of releases, so it’s prime time for maximum optimism.

Naturally, after sorting through the lengthy list of features due out in 2012, it was rather tough to whittle down the list to just ten choices, but how great is that? On top of these potentially stellar upcoming releases, there’s quite a few more deserving of the honor. That being said, keep in mind, this is my most anticipated of 2012 and, like all of those best of 2011 lists, there’s leeway for personal preference.

So, here’s what I’ve got. Agree? Disagree? Something missing from my list you think I should consider? Do share. And now, without further ado, my most anticipated movies of 2012 …

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Poster Domination Via ‘In The Land of Blood and Honey’ and ‘Project X’

It’s a sad week for movies trailers, however that means there’s more room to express our thankfulness for some solid posters! But, in an effort to steer clear of that lack in the trailer department, this introduction is dedicated to the noteworthy non-trailers only.

Hot New TV Spots

We’ve got two new TV spots that manage to command an audience in mere seconds. The new 30-second piece for The Artist benefits from its striking black-and-white format, a zesty score and tons of critical acclaim. In fact, after picking on my mother for her lack of appreciation for anything but the most mainstream movies, I’m proud to say that this one managed to catch her eye. On the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with a film about a topic that has a wide appeal. The Darkest Hour literally tears up the screen with a new TV spot that shows off the invading aliens’ ultimate weapon – shredding.

Hot New Featurettes

A major downside to a 3D re-release? You’ve got no new material to show in your marketing campaign. While we may be seeing more of the same in Titanic 3D’s trailer and poster, the promotional team did manage to rustle up something fresh – a featurette of James Cameron discussing the conversion process. On the sillier side, we also got a new featurette for Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and, just like the trailer, it solidifies the fact that this one will be for younger audiences.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Double Dose of ‘Twilight’ Courtesy of ‘Breaking Dawn’ and ‘Warm Bodies’

Not only is it a blast to have a week packed with solid trailers, but that enjoyment extends far beyond the present as it means we could have a series of solid films on the way. This week’s three best pieces of promotional material snagged easy wins, but there’s also a handful of other trailers that are absolutely not to be missed.

Horror

Kicking this introduction off on the darker side, it’s the latest from Ti West, The Innkeepers. West gained some steam with his modest haunted house creeper, The House of the Devil, and based on The Innkeepers’ trailer, it looks as though he’s keeping his style alive while offering up a brand new and seemingly intriguing story. Then we’ve got the return of Underworld. As someone who’s merely glanced over this franchise, just going for a single viewing as they hit theaters, this brand new trailer for Awakening is surprisingly appealing, especially as I was positive I’d had enough after The Rise of the Lycans.

Animation

On the kid-friendly horror side, we’ve got the teaser for the ParaNorman. Not only does this piece rock some rather novel animation, but the teaser itself is quite unforgettable courtesy of Donovan’s background tune, “Season of the Witch.” Also in the animation department is the very first trailer for The Lorax. Between the bubbly animation, bright colors, The Polyphonic Spree’s “Light & Day” and, of course, seeing a childhood favorite come to life, there’s no way to watch this trailer and not wind up with a smile on your face.

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