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From a Galaxy Far, Far Away Comes Galaxy Hoodies

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After all the great Star Wars news announced over this past weekend’s D23 expo, you might find yourself feeling the Force now more than ever, which is why the Galaxy Hoodies & Cloaks Kickstarter from LOTH Hoodies has us very excited.

While it’s true the world has absolutely no shortage of cool Star Wars-related apparel, these Galaxy Hoodies & Cloaks stand out from the officially-licensed stuff thanks to their clean lines and minimalist designs. The hoodies come in different color combinations recalling characters from the original and prequel trilogies. By far the coolest thing about them is the fact that unless you’re a Star Wars fan, you won’t recognize that they’re Star Wars hoodies. They’re simply cool-looking hoodies with giant hoods.

The cloaks, on the other hand, are very obviously of the Jedi and Sith variety, though the black and grey options could also double for your Dracula or Gandalf the Grey cosplays.

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Twenty Years Later, Hackers is Still One of the Best Films of the 90s

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Hackers is not the best movie ever made, but it is one of the most deliriously entertaining. The pulpy classic is finally coming to Blu-Ray with a 20th Anniversary Edition set to hit shelves on August 18 after years of circulation on bargain basement DVD, and if you’ve never seen it, it’s officially time to remedy that mistake.

Of course, Hackers is not a perfect film. It has, at best, a loose understanding of hacking and computers. Everything it knows about technology is either dated or flat out wrong, which seems like it would be a problem in a movie about hacking.

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The Beard Is Strong With This Trailer: The Revenant

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Have you heard of Hugh Glass? You probably won’t forget his name after you watch this trailer for The Revenant.

Glass, a 19th century American frontiersman, is best known for surviving for months on his own after he was attacked by a bear and the other members of his expedition buried him alive and left him for dead. His unbelievable story has been the subject of a couple of books as well as the 1971 film Man in the Wilderness starring Richard Harris. Now Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu has adapted Michael Punke’s 2003 novel about Hugh Glass, The Revenant, into a film of the same name, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.

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The First *Actual* Deadpool Trailer is Here!

Tonight’s the night! After a trailer for the trailer was posted on August 3, we finally have the actual trailer! From the official synopsis:

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Enjoy!

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Horror Comedy Suburban Gothic Haunts Blu-Ray

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Richard Bates, Jr. is a director to watch. His first feature, Excision, brought a new level of disturbing to the body horror subgenre through a twisted tale of a teen obsessed with blood and surgical procedures. Suburban Gothic, his latest, is a delightful yet unsentimental homage to vintage Tim Burton that absolutely deserves cult classic status.

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REVIEW – Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation

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Beyond the tabloid silliness, there’s one thing indisputable about Tom Cruise – the man wants to please his audience. In the best possible way it’s an old-school ethos – let’s watch a guy fight as damn hard as he can to provide action and fun on the big screen. In some ways he’s like Jackie Chan with a few more safety harnesses and model good looks – confident in doing his own stunts, almost pathologically desperate to make sure that the films give everything they need to in order to work as entertainment.

There’s a purity to Tom Cruise playing Ethan Hunt over the last few decades, an unadulterated vision of this particular character that he’s eminently capable of playing. For one, he’s an action star that still has acting chops – this isn’t just 80s shlock heroes like Segal that were fundamentally one note. Cruise has done many things that are risible, but only the most churlish would think he can’t do drama as well as this fluffy stuff.

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Movie Stuff: Music Makes the Heart Grow Deadlier

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We’ve all heard the expression that a certain musician really “killed it” at their gig, but this summer has seen its fair share of musical instruments being used as deadly weaponry.

In noir films the violin or guitar case was the obvious ruse for a gun, especially given that so few of the gangsters looked like they’d ever practiced anything other than being hooligans all their lives. Kubrick’s The Killing is a fine example of this, with the incongruous instrument being carried around by the protagonist as a form of subterfuge.

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Secret, Sinister, Shaken But Not Stirred: James Bond SPECTRE Trailer

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Skyfall was in my Top Ten Films of 2012 and it’s also one of my favorite James Bond films. After Casino Royale, I was convinced that Daniel Craig is the best James Bond we’ve seen to date and although many hated Quantum of Solace (except me), Skyfall furthered that conviction. Like George Lazenby before him, Craig brings an emotional depth to Bond, one that the cinematic franchise has always been lacking.

Since Skyfall was such a massive critical and commercial success (it was the highest grossing film for Sony to date, even earning more than The Dark Knight Rises, which came out the same year), it seems like good sense to bring director Sam Mendes and screenwriters Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and John Logan back for SPECTRE.

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The Bad History Behind The Good Dinosaur

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Like most heart owners, I love Pixar. The first 11 films to come from the studio (Toy Story to Toy Story 3 and everything in between) were all instant classics, then they made Cars 2 (2011), Brave (2012), and Monsters University (2013). These outings were less impressive for a studio we’d come to expect great things from every year, which is why this summer’s Inside Out felt like a breath of fresh air. Last week we got the first trailer for this fall’s The Good Dinosaur, which I’m cautiously optimistic for, despite the well documented rocky journey it’s had getting to screens.

If you’re like me, you love listening to good storytellers talk about the twisted paths they sometimes have to take to reach their final destination. Pixar writers and directors have always been candid when talking about near misdirections taken with their films and decisions to change large story elements late in production. But with a release date pushed back twice, a different writer, producer, and almost all new cast than what the film started out with, we’re left wondering if The Good Dinosaur is the film that it was originally intended to be at all, and if that’s a good thing. 

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Step Up Should Become the Next Fast and Furious

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I don’t want to brag, but I’m pretty sure this is the best idea I’ll ever have. Just know that I’m 100% sincere about everything I’m about to type.

See, I’ve recently been watching the Step Up movies because I like to watch break dancing and I was curious to see what Channing Tatum got up to before he became the biggest thing in Hollywood. The series does not disappoint. It’s formulaic, but the dance scenes are fun and the characters are likeable that’s all the movies need to be entertaining.

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