Movie Review – Suicide Squad

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A shadowy arm of the government want to be proactive against threats against the land. Realizing the futility of conventional means against these threats, the agency uses an unconventional weapon. The baddest of the bad, worst of the worst criminals ever would fight (begrudgingly) against those that threaten our existence. Set to a trippy set list of memorable songs that act almost as a commentator throughout the film, surely this will be the experience that shapes your summer. Unfortunately for Warner Brothers and DC Comics, 2014 happened and Guardians of the Galaxy was released to positive reviews. With two lackluster entrants for the DC Extended Universe preceding Suicide Squad, the WB and DC needs this film to do well. At this moment Suicide Squad has a 27% positive rating on aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes.com; which was down from 31% 12 hours ago.  Despite the vitriol for Suicide Squad, the battle at the box office is ultimately decided by the value of your movie ticket. It’s not that Suicide Squad isn’t worth seeing but, with ticket prices steadily increasing and the added costs of 3D and IMAX (also in 3D); how much is it worth seeing to you? Continue reading “Movie Review – Suicide Squad”

Review – Concussion

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Meriweather hit, leads to Lacy concussion.

In the gif above, Green Bay Packers (in Green) Running Back Eddie Lacy (#27) runs for a first down, but not before being brought down by Washington Safety Brandon Meriweather (#31 in white). The helmet to helmet contact gave Lacy a concussion, taking him out of the game. No penalty flag was thrown on the play, but Meriweather was fined later $42,000. Only a slap on the wrist when you consider Meriweather had a salary of around $1.2 million that year. Ironically, Meriweather left the game later on after a similar hit that left him motionless on the field. That was from a regular season game in 2013; last weekend in New Jersey, New York Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. committed 3 “unnecessary roughness” penalties for unsafe hits on opposing players, but wasn’t ejected from the game. One particularly vicious blow to the helmet of Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman cost Beckham Jr. a game, as he was suspended; but the damage to both players will certainly play a role in their post career quality of life.

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Meriweather goes down after dirty hit.

Before the talk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the technical term for the trauma to the brain players sustain during the violent collisions; football players faded into obscurity, rarely to be heard from again. What’s usually lost on casual fans, is how long it takes to make it to the NFL. Players usually start around 8 years old on the Pop Warner fields through High School, College and hopefully to the pros. Depending on the position, some players will take a hit every down of every game and others can avoid contact. As the NFL evolves from the ‘What have you done for me lately?’ mentality toward its players; there’s still a long way to go before players receive the post career treatment they deserve. As the CTE debate and diagnosis continues, Concussion takes a look at the origins of the discovery of the disease and Dr. Bennett Omalu’s (Will Smith in the film) fight to bring his revelation to the NFL’s attention. Much like big tobacco in the 90’s defence against warnings about smoking, the NFL was less than receptive to Dr. Omalu’s discovery.  Continue reading “Review – Concussion”

Movie Review – Focus

Nicky Spurgeon (Will Smith) leads a of con artists into New Orleans, the site of the Football Championship Game. While Nicky is picking pockets and scamming drunk businessmen, others at home base are processing stolen cards bundling stolen cash, and replacing expensive jewelry with cheap knock-offs. For Nicky, it only takes a simple distraction to liberate a wallet, purse or watch from the unsuspecting mark. After a chance encounter with an amateur pick-pocketer named Jess (Margot Robbie); she becomes Nicky’s understudy. 

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MOVIE REVIEW – Men in Black III

Black suits.  Cool sunglasses.  Style.  This is what defines the Men in Black.  Some 15 years after the original film the guys in black are back to save the planet yet again.  And this time they’ve got to go back thru time in order to do it.  Can this trip thru time bring back the same qualities that the original film had and be as much of a success?  Only time will tell.

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Nickelodeon’s 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards Winners

Over the weekend, Nickelodeon held their 25th annual Kids’ Choice Awards.  Some of your favorite film, television, sports, and other celebrities walked away with their blimps, and maybe a little bit of slime as well!

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Katy Perry To Perform Live at the Nickelodeon 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards!

If you can believe it or not, Nickelodeon this year has pop sensation Katy Perry all st to perform live at the 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday, March 31, at 8pm!

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2012 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Nominations!

Every year, kids across the country and world vote for their favorite moments, celebrities, and lots more during the Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards.  Will Smith will be hosting this years biggest kids choice awards show that is sure to be a lot of fun and excitement!

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Columbia Pictures Releases the Men In Black 3 Teaser Trailer

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Columbia Pictures has released the first trailer for their new film, Men in Black 3. The film comes 9 years after the second film in the series and is scheduled to open in theaters on May 25, 2012 in 3D, 2D, and IMAX 3D.

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Annie Remake in the works

Willow Smith (bottom center) with her family at Nickelodeon's 23rd Annual Kids' Choice Awards - Red Carpet

Following the success of The Karate Kid, it appears that Will and Jada will have daughter Willow (pictured above) following suit of big brother Jaden, starring as the title character in a remake of Annie. From the press release received from Sony today, rapper Jay-Z will be joining Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Overbrook in a co-producing capacity. Continue reading “Annie Remake in the works”