Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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I’m not going to say a whole lot about this film — either you’ve seen it by this point or you will in the near future.  When it comes to super-hero movies or big budget films, other than X2, I’ve been of the persuasion that once is enough.  I see them in the theaters and maybe catch a bit of them on FX a few years down the road, but I don’t make an attempt to rewatch them.  However, Marvel has really outdone themselves this year, with the excellent Captain America:  The Winter Soldier, and now with James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

This is an insanely fun movie about a disparaging group of inter-galactic mercenaries who find themselves becoming a quasi-family and saving the known universe.  We have a talking  raccoon, Rocket (Bradly Cooper).  The Kree chick and daughter of Thanos, Gomora (Zoe Saldana) .  The self-styled outlaw, Star Lord (Chris Pratt).   The fearsome and literal, killer Drax (Dave Bluetista).  And most importantly the living tree, Groot (Vin Diesel).   The fun of this film is watching these contrasting personalities come to a sort of alliance with each other.  If it reminds you a bit of Firefly, you’re pretty much on the right track.   The fun of the film is watching the motley crew butt heads and unleash hell on themselves, and the universe. Continue reading

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O.H.M.A.D. 8: Mr. Boogedy (1986) / Bride of Boogedy (1987)

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These two will bring back some fond memories for a lot of you.  Premiering as part of the Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color during it’s 30th season, it really made an impact on me as a kid.  Mr. Boogedy is about the Davis family who moves into the delightful little town of Lucifer Falls and into their new home.  Upon their arrival, they are greeted by the spooky realtor Neil Whitherspoon (John Astin, The Addams Family, The Frighteners) who tries to warn them that the house is haunted.  But head of the house Carleton (Richard Masur from John Carpenter’s The Thing, Stephen King’s It) is the owner of the novelty store Gag City and feels a trick is getting played on his family.  You can’t trick a trickster!   But things get too strange and the kids start doing some investigating to find out what’s going on and they come face to face with the evil Mr. Boogedy! Continue reading

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