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I am familiar with Mike Ness and his band Social Distortion. I can't in good conscience call myself a fan, but every song I've heard of theirs, I've enjoyed. I just don't often seek them out, nor do I own any of their albums.

Some of you may remember a little while ago, I wrote blog about the sorry state of movie posters in today's cinema. If you don't remember, then you can read it HERE. In this article, I proclaimed my love for new and inventive poster design. So it should be no surprise that I often scour the internet for movie poster images and neat artwork.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Review (2009)

Cautiously optimistic was probably how every comic book nerd felt when Fox announced that they were making an X-men spin off series based around the flagship character Wolverine. Everyone seemed excited to see it, but everyone also new it might be total crap. Well as one of those fans I would just like to say: it wasn't total crap but it fell below expectation.

This review is the second to last in the Hughes Reviews series. So far this has been the most difficult movie to review, which is odd because I've seen this film hundreds of times. I can quote it verbatim, but I guess I never really thought critically about it. After doing these reviews, I think I have a better understanding and appreciation of John Hughes body of work. I can now definitely see developing themes which culminate in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which is a brilliant way to cap the teen films. Next month we will be finishing this series with National Lampoon's Vacation.

Using his vast knowledge of obscure cinema, Tarantino managed to introduce us all to the exploitation films he grew up with. And to one degree or another we've seen him use these aesthetics in pretty much all of his films. However, Kill Bill was the first time I'd ever heard the word "grindhouse" mentioned. I think it's fair to say that most people in the current 30 and under age group hadn't heard of grindhouse prior to that film.

It seems as though I've been asked to be a featured player at the Lyric for their Bylynsgate Ball series. So you can catch my Animated Monologues at every Bylynsgate Ball, from now until they tell me to stop (YAY!). So this Thursday (Tomorrow), you can catch one of my Ani-logues at The Lyric Cinema Cafe . This is a bi-weekly evening of local short films, drinks, music and art. It goes without saying that I would love it if you all would come. The festivities start at 5:30, but the films don't begin until 6:30.

This review is the third to last review in my John Hughes series. What I'll review after that, I have no idea, but I hope you'll continue to check it out. This review was supposed to be posted this past Monday, but these past few weeks have been non stop action. Even now as I write this the machinations of fate still have me pinned between it's rusty cogs. My goal is not to get squished-AND still give you guys entertaining content. I think we're going to see some schedule changes here soon, but I'll keep you all updated.

If you're a fan of classic cinema, in particular the catalogue of Alfred Hitchcock, you will enjoy this short film. The conceit of this project is that in 2007, filmmaker Martin Scorsese has discovered three pages of of an un-flimed Alfred Hitchcock script titled The Key to Reserva . In the interest of film preservation and experimentation, Scorsese has elected to film these pages as he believed Hitchcock would have. This story is of course untrue. There are no such pages and in fact, this entire short film is an elaborate commercial that hawks wine.

In honor of the upcoming film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, I wanted to do a little article. At some point, I would love to do a separate review of each of the films, but consider this an oddity, an appetizer and a primer for the upcoming film.

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