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Fresh Popped Corn: August 2014 Theatrical Trailers

Once per month, we will be taking a look at movies released for the upcoming month, and telling our readers where we would be spending our movie dollars each week, based on the look of the trailers.  Links to the chosen trailers will be provided so you can see just what we are so excited about.  Movie release dates are subject to change.

August 1
This Friday Guardians of the Galaxy blasts into the theaters and all other movie studios should tremble at the Marvel juggernaut. Guardians will certainly not break Marvel’s winning streak for opening weekends at the Box Office. In spite of the pre-determined movie-goer money winner, there is one other movie opening in wide release along with some limited release fare. The other wide release movie is Get On Up, which is an intriguing looking dramatic biopic on the sensational James Brown, with Chadwick Boseman playing the lead role. In select cities, Sean Astin appears in the horror sequel Cabin Fever: Patient Zero. The Olivia Experiment looks like a grade C comedy about a young woman who decides to be her own sexual being without any outside help. Calvary stars Brendan Gleason as a priest who receives a mysterious message of his impending murder while in a confessional booth. And in the comedy Behaving Badly, Selena Gomez is the object of a young man’s affection as the main characters traverse a series of very odd and decadent events. What will we be seeing? Nothing holds a candle to Starlord baby! Check out the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer below.

August 8
The second week of August features the return to the big screen for the beloved independent comic turned popular cartoon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Marvel may not actually score a second week victory this time around, as the heroes in a half shell set out to show the world they are a force to be reckoned with. Oh, and they brought Megan Fox along with them as well for all the fanboys. Daniel Radcliffe sheds his Harry Potter persona for a turn in a romantic comedy called What If.  Tornadoes wreak havoc on America, but this time without sharks or angry Nicholas Cage heads in Into the Storm, which looks to be a visually stunning disaster film. The Hundred Foot Journey stars Helen Mirren as the manager of a renowned restaurant who experiences an upheaval when her husband dies and a new chef of unexpected origin shows up to demonstrate that her idea of culinary perfection is not the true pinnacle of delight. Step Up All In continues the popular dance movie franchise by combining an all-star cast of the previous films performers. And the drama About Alex is being billed as this generations Big Chill, starring Aubrey Plaza, Maggie Grace, and Jason Ritter. Our pick for week two, is Into the Storm.

August 15
Sylvester Stallone brings along his jolly band of Hollywood action heroes for a third go around in The Expendables 3 (the first in the series still ranks as the loudest movie I think we have seen in theaters).  In sci fi film The Giver, a futuristic world where freewill has been removed because man cannot be trusted to do what is right, some discover what has been missing from their lives.  Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges star.  Let’s Be Cops features a couple of clowns who misuse their Halloween costumes for their own misguided purposes, starring Damon Wayans Jr.  Eric Stoltz plays a barber who would rather be overseas fighting for his country in the historical WWII era drama, Fort McCoy.  In Coldwater, a desperate mother sends her delinquent son off to a re-education camp in the wilderness run by an ex-marine only to have chaos erupt as incidents at the camp spiral out of control.  In the off-beat comedy Frank, a musician who wears a large full-head mask that disguises his face and expression to the world teams with a dangerous young woman to pull off their own bit of musical notoriety.  This one stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and  Michael Fassbender as the enigmatic Frank.  Life After Beth stars Aubrey Plaza as an undead girl who still wants to continue her romance with her boyfriend but can’t get over the compulsion to eat human flesh.  This comedy shows that zombies are still the hot property.  In The Trip to Italy, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon take six meals in six different Italian locations in a comedic journey of middle aged discovery.  And for the fans of foreign horror, Norwegian monster movie Ragnarok invades select theaters in all of its sub-titled glory.  Taking a break of large scale action, we are taking Fort McCoy and Coldwater as sleeper gems, even if they have no chance of taking the top of the box office.  Check out the trailers for them below.

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August 22
The much-anticipated Sin City:  A Dame to Kill For hits theaters with its artsy stylings, Frank Miller story, and impressive cast.  Chloe Grace Moretz plays a young girl whose life is altered by an accident that puts her in a coma and she is witness to the impact on those around her in an outer body experience in the movie If I StayThe Game Stands Tall stars Jim Caviezel, Michael Chiklis, and Laura Dern in the true story of the high school football team with the longest winning streak in history having to live up to expectations and building their character in the face of failure.  Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis yuck it up in Are You Here, which may be a little less slapstick affair than what we are used to seeing from them.  An unorthodox expedition on a three mast schooner to Northeast Greenland serves as the setting for this documentary about a bunch of people of varying backgrounds coming together for a potentially life changing adventure in Expedition to the End of the World.  John Lithgow and Alfred Molina play a same sex couple who struggle to re-start their lives after getting married.  Love is Strange also stars Marisa Tomei.  The One I Love is a quirky romantic comedy about a married couple (Elizabeth Moss and Mark Duplass) on the brink of divorce who spend a weekend getaway at the behest of their couselor, played by Ted Danson.  And in The Prince, Jason Patrick plays a man whose daughter is kidnapped by a former rival (Bruce Willis) and he is forced to confront his secretive past and settle scores.  John Cusack co-stars.  The Game Stands Tall seems like our feel-good movie of the month, and who doesn’t like an emotionally stirring triumph?

August 29
Kevin Kline plays Errol Flynn in a true story about the big star’s liason with a budding young actress (played by Dakotah Fanning) with her fame-obsessed mother (Susan Sarandon) in The Last of Robin HoodJessabelle is the latest entry into PG-13 horror from the makers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious, featuring a car wreck survivor who is the object of an evil entity’s obsession.  An urban archaeologist and her team become trapped below the streets of Paris after unearthing a tomb and begin experiencing strange and deadly phenomena in the found footage horror, As Above So Below.  Pierce Brosnan is an ex-CIA agent pulled from retirement to save a woman when the effort puts him into the cross-hairs of a young assassin he trained in The November Man.  Robin Wright stars as an aging actress who signs a life-altering contract to help her son in a strange Cool World-like plot in the movie The CongressOne Chance is the true story of an unlikely talent emerging from the depths of scorn and ordinary existence to win Britain’s Got Talent TV competition singing opera.  And finally, Life of Crime features a wealthy and philandering husband (Tim Robbins) who refuses to pay a ransom for his kidnapped wife (Jennifer Aniston).  Surprisingly enough, it is the found footage horror film, As Above So Below that has us most intrigued, but The November Man could also be a nice return to action for the former James Bond.  Check out both trailers below and tell us which one looks good to you!

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What will you be seeing at the movies in August?

-The Great Stories Team

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Comic Pick of the Week (July 30, 2014)

Great Stories selects……

In the House of the Worm #1 (Avatar)

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George R.R. Martin is famous for his writing of the epic Game of Thrones series, but there is more to the man and his writing than tales of Lannisters, Starks, and Dothraki. Martin has opened the vaults to some other fantastic stories, and Avatar has grabbed some talented writers and artists to adapt these tales for our enjoyment. John Miller takes on the writing duties and Ivan Rodriguez provides the illustrations for this tale of ill-fated revenge in the ruins of an other-worldly metropolis.

After the wonderful adaptation of Skin Trade, Martin’s lycanthrope thriller, we are excited to see another dark fantasy tale unfold on these pages. Check it out!

Great Stories are everywhere!

-Chris

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Comic Pick of the Week (July 23, 2014)

Hello Everyone…we apologize for our one day delay on our pick, but Great Stories was busy working out details for an exciting partnership which we will talk about on the blog shortly!  But without further adieu……

 

Great Stories selects……

Detective Comics #27 (DC)

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Commemorating the first ever appearance of the iconic vigilante 75 years ago, DC has decided to grant us all the 27th copy of the more recently re-launch New 52 version of Detective Comics for free!  Even more exciting is that this issue not only features the expected current story arc, but also a retelling of the very first Batman story, “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate” created by writer Bill Finger and artist Bob Kane!  A taste of the old and the new for the fans out there, and all at the affordable price of…..FREE!  We did mention that before, right?  Well, we just can’t help but like it enough to say it twice.  Go find your copy before they sell out….wait, does that even make sense? 

Great Stories are everywhere!

-Chris

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Comic Picks of the Week (July 16, 2014)

This week’s new releases bring us the death of a beloved comics icon; Archie Andrews.  He’s been with us since 1941 thanks to Vic Bloom and Bob Montana.  But alas, Life With Archie #36 brings the demise of everyone’s favorite small-town, soda-pop shop kid.

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You can often see it from a mile away, heck maybe even a million miles away on this one.

See what?  The comic character’s death and creative studio’s money-grab?  No.  Well, ok that too…  But in this case I was going for something more specific.

The predestined last words spoken by Archie himself.

 

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Yep….Nailed it!  Yes, without even opening the book, yours truly guessed not only what his last words would be, but that they would drift up between Betty and Veronica.  Ok, so it wasn’t that hard, but I briefly impressed myself.  I wasn’t going to pick this one up as I’m not really a huge Archie fan, but I couldn’t help myself since he’s been gracing comic pages for such a long time.  So, in the end (pun intended), I must acquiesce to the historic moment.

Uncanny X-Men #23 also hit the stands this week, along with Original Sin #6 (of 8), and Star Wars: Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir#3.  For OS6 I would recommend the Arthur Adams variant featuring none other than Moon Knight himself!

 

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On the mutant front, the story arc entitled “The Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier” begins.  Wait!!!!  What!?!?!?  Professor X is dead?!?!!?  Yeah, that happened in AvX (see below) for those of you that missed it.  We might even see the new and angrier Dazzler make her debut.  One thing is for certain.  The Will being read will undoubtedly require the presence of one Mr. Scott Summers…

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Great stories are everywhere!

 

~Rob

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Comic Pick of the Week (July 9, 2014)

Great Stories selects…..

Coffin Hill #9 (Vertigo)

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As you may already know, we are big fans of this series here at Great Stories.  Ex-cop and former Coffin Hill troubled girl Eve is helping her former friend and current town sheriff Nate track down the killer known only as the Ice Fisher, while Nate’s mysterious brother show up in town (and he’s not alone!).  What does it all mean?  Well, go out and buy this book now, and got get caught up with all the back issues, because if you haven’t been following along, you have been missing out on a great story from writer Caitlin Kittredge and artist Inaki Miranda!

 

Great Stories are everywhere!

-Chris

 

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Fresh Popped Corn: July 2014 Movie Trailers

Once per month, we will be taking a look at movies released for the upcoming month, and telling our readers where we would be spending our movie dollars each week, based on the look of the trailers.  Links to the chosen trailers will be provided so you can see just what we are so excited about.  Movie release dates are subject to change.

 

July 2nd through July 4th
Hollywood got a jump on the Holiday weekend and celebrated America’s independence by releasing most of the new stuff to audiences on Wednesday of this week.  So, by the time you are reading this column, you may have even made it out to the theaters to see something new!  For the rest of us, however, who have not had similar experience, here is the line up!  Melissa McCarthy plays a down and out woman who is just having a terrible week including losing her job, car troubles, and more in the comedy TammyEarth to Echo takes the found footage approach for a Goonies/E.T. type of adventure for the whole family.  Eric Bana and Olivia Munn confront a malevolent force gripping New York City in Deliver Us From Evil.  And in limited release, Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo find a connection and creative inspiration in the ashes of her relationship to new found celebrity Adam Levine in the drama Begin Again.  In the aftermath of Transformers:  Age of Extinction walloping all of the competition last week, we are not sure if any of these releases will muster the ticket sales to overcome the Michael Bay juggernaut, but we do know that Earth to Echo looks like the perfect movie to take the whole family to this weekend.  Check out the trailer below.

 

July 11th
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes hits theaters, as the sequel to the successful James Franco-fronted film.  Franco is not around for the follow-up but this movie is all about his ape counterpart Caesar (played by Andy Serkis).  Gary Oldman and Keri Russel are also on board.  Boyhood is an intriguing look at a young man who has been periodically filmed every year for the past twelve years and co-starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette.  The title really tells all you need to know about the theme of a time capsule look at life in developmental stages.  Quite a revolutionary concept if you ask us, from Director Richard Linklater!  A Long Way Down is the story of four strangers of varied backgrounds who meet on the roof of a building under some bad circumstances but develop a family/support group type relationship as they help each other overcome struggles.  The movie stars Pierce Brosnan, Imogen Poots, Sam Niel, and Rosamund Pike.  Land Ho! is a movie of two seniors who used to be brothers in law who attempt to rekindle a desire for life and adventure on a trip to Iceland done for laughs.  Rage is Nicholas Cage doing a Taken-esque style thriller as a man’s daughter is kidnapped from her home in brutal fashion leaving Cage to confront the Russian mob and get her back.  And So It Goes is a mature comedy starring Michael Douglas as an unlikeable successful realtor who is left in charge of his granddaughter.  Diane Keaton co-stars.  And finally, WWE Films presents Jason Momoa (of Game of Thrones fame) as writer, director, and star of a movie that follows a Native American man on the run after avenging his mother’s death in Road to Paloma.  For us, there are two very solid picks this week with decidedly different audiences.  Check out the trailers for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Boyhood below!

 

 

 

 

July 18th
Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal are a married couple who decide to spice up their intimacy by filming themselves and then deal with the consequences of it accidentally getting upload to the cloud in the comedy Sex Tape.  In far more family fare, Disney releases Planes: Fire and Rescue as the sequel to a movie that was originally supposed to go direct to DVD.  The Purge: Anarchy is another sequel targeting the 18-30 male crowd as another group of people look to survive the  chaos in an America that makes all crime legal for a 12 hour period every year.  In I, Origins a man of science (Michael Pitt) and a woman of faith are brought together by an attraction he does not quite understand and when he loses it, his quest begins to solve the unexplainable.  In Persecuted, an evangelical preacher is framed for a murder by forces attempting to bend his will politically and he is forced to undergo a campaign to clear his name, starring Dean Stockwell, James Remar, and Bruce Davison.  Wish I Was Here is a comedy starring Zach Braff and Kate Hudson.  A husband is forced to deal with his own identity and direction as circumstances cause him to have to begin homeschooling his children.  And finally, Alive Inside, is a documentary about the power of music in the elderly and infirm, and its ability to open passages to memory and experience.  For us, The Purge: Anarchy is looking like a pretty grim but choice in an otherwise underwhelming week.  Here is the trailer for your viewing pleasure (sic).

 

 

 

July 25th
The last week of July brings us The Rock starring as Hercules!  We know it is the second movie out this calendar year about the mythical character, but it appears to be the better of the two.  The Fluffy Movie is a stand-up comedy show by Gabriel Iglesias.  Lucy stars Scarlett Johansson as a woman being used to transport a mysterious weapon but turns the tables on the people who would use her as a pawn.  Happy Christmas, starring Anna Kendrick as an irresponsible young woman who goes to live with her brother and his family, and causing a bit if upheaval for all parties.  Magic in the Moonlight is a Woody Allen film starring Colin Firth and Emma Stone.  The romantic comedy tells the story of a man who is brought in to debunk a fortune teller’s abilities. Step Up: All In is the fifth movie in the dance-themed drama that brings together many of the previous installments characters.  A Most Wanted Man will be one of the last movies we see starring the recently departed Philip Seymour Hoffman, which follows the harrowing tale of a Chechen man in Germany who gets caught up in the war on terror.  Very Good Girls star Dakotah Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen as virtuous friends whose relationships are challenged by romantic interests in a bit of a coming of age film.  We are all over the A Most Wanted Man this week, even though we are thoroughly intrigued by both Hercules and Lucy.

 

 

And that does it for the July movie line up.  Catch you next month!

The Great Stories Team

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Comic Pick of the Week (July 2, 2014)

This week our anticipation runs high for reading the new Guardians of the Galaxy spin-off…..

Legendary Starlord #1

 

As you may have seen in the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer, the “legendary” aspect of the character may be a case of tongue firmly planted in cheek, but it is with that off-beat humor that belies the charm of the subject material.  Maybe it is just the news that J.J. Abrams is entering the ring to save the Star Wars franchise that has us chomping at the bit for some intergalactic fun, but Marvel may actually be experiencing an unexpected hit with this property and we are most interested in learning more about these characters before they hit the big screen in August.  Not to mention that this character has more appeal to us than that raccoon sidekick of his that also has a book debuting this week and also has the advantage of a huge buy from a certain vendor who shall remain nameless that granting it an automatic 100K in sales.  Let’s show everyone who the best Guardian of the Galaxy there is, and sing Stalord’s praises (peanut gallery: “who is Starlord?”) from one end of the milky way to the other!  Who is Starlord?  Ah, forget it.  😉

 

Great Stories are everywhere!

 

-Chris