Tossin’ It Out There: What movie have YOU anticipated the most?

It’s no secret that I’ve been frothing at the mouth over the upcoming Bond movie, “Skyfall”. This week, I realized it may be my most highly anticipated movie ever. Between the rave reviews, the fact that its been an extra couple of years since the last one, being a huge Bond aficionado and having a blogging platform to rile up the discussion, I may just be more psyched up for this movie than I ever have been for a film.

What movie has been YOUR most anticipated? I’m certain that a lot of people are going to answer with the “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace”, but the field is really wide open. Who knows why people would look forward to certain movies more than others? Perhaps it was a literary adaptation from a novel you really liked, or a sequel to a movie that you and your friends really loved. A certain installment of a long running franchise… maybe you couldn’t wait to see how Rocky would follow up toppling communism.

Whether its your favorite actor or actress, or a recurring character, or a chapter in a series of films, we’ve all anxiously awaited a new movie at some point in time or another. So let’s hear it! Which movie was YOUR most anticipated?


Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Scary Movie?

It’s that time of year again… the time when people turn their attention to Horror movies.

Though they’re fun all year round, the holiday of Halloween brings them out in full force. Global horror movie consumption increases thousand fold.

We discussed this topic last year, but it’s worth repeating. What’s your favorite? Do you favor the classics? Maybe low-budget fare is your style… Maybe you’re one of those that stays away from them altogether. There are far too many to list out… the horror genre is far too expansive.

What are YOUR Favorites? Let us know!!

Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Movie Franchise?

Both major new releases this weekend – “Paranormal Activity 4” and “Alex Cross” – were installments in a pre-existing franchise. They weren’t just sequels to movies, they were third or fourth chapters.

And certainly, we’ve got a lot of Bond talk going on around here lately.

But “Franchise” is the new norm nowadays. From “The Hunger Games” to “The Hobbit”, studios don’t seem to want to just release one movie anymore. They’re all looking for that steady, bankable franchise that will provide them with an annual boost to the bottom line a la Harry Potter. Certainly they’re nothing new, there have been movie franchises as far back as there have been movies. It just seems that now, they’re the rule, and not the exception.

That’s ok though, many of the greatest movies of all time were part of a broader franchise, and if you fall in love with the franchise on the whole, there’s so much for you to look forward to!

Which is your favorite? Do you still stick with “Star Wars” in spite of the prequels? Do you think Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings is the one franchise to rule them all? Maybe you’re a Trekkie, or a horror buff. I know there’s a few people out there who are going to answer with James Bond!

Let’s hear it though, what’s your answer? What’s YOUR Favorite Movie Franchise?

Tossin’ It Out There – Is there an actor or actress that you can’t stand?

Not that this topic was inspired by any particular movie this weekend…

But via the comments it did cross my mind that there are certain actors and actresses that people just can’t stand. Whether or not they can act, or if they choose poor parts, whatever it is… some people just establish this reputation for being widely reviled.

Kristen Stewart comes immediately to mind. It seems as though there are legions of people who can’t stand her. Adam Sandler, too. His recent run of movies has created an enormous backlash.

But it doesn’t have to be anything rational, or popular, if there’s someone you really don’t like, let’s hear it! Maybe… Charlize Theron bugs you or something. Everyone seems to love her, and that adds fuel to the fire for you. LOL. Seriously whoever it is, for whatever reason… if you can’t stand, let ’em have it!

Is there an actor or actress YOU can’t stand?

Tossin’ It Out There: What are YOUR favorite Bond Moments?

Over the course of 22 films, the Bond franchise has given us innumerable memorable moments. 007 has skied off of cliffs, been shoved from a plane without a parachute, defused bombs. He’s driven a mini-copter, a tank, speedboats, and the coolest cars in the world.

He’s saved the world countless times.

Along the way, he’s left us with some of the most iconic scenes and moments in movie history. From his initial introduction scene to Honey Rider emerging from the ocean in Dr. No. The Union Jack parachute unfurling as his theme song kicks in, followed by “Nobody Does it Better” in The Spy Who Loved Me. The parkour sequence in Casino Royale. The laser beam in Goldfinger.

Bond has more than his share of fantastic moments, it’s an abundance of riches. He’s got the gadgets, and gets the girls. The villains stand no chance.

What’s YOUR favorite moment? Is there some scene from the franchise that stands out for you, particularly? A chase scene maybe, or a confrontation with a henchman? Maybe one of his encounters with the numerous femme fatales in his life? There’s so many to choose from!

What are YOUR favorite moments from the Bond franchise?

Tossin’ It Out There: What do YOU think of “Dark” Movies?

This week’s MTESS, “Se7en”, drew a great response… but a number of comments touched on how dark a movie it was, and how either they didn’t like the film themselves because of that, or that they’d have trouble recommending the film to others.

Many movies choose to go to the dark side, to varying degrees. Some people love that. Others get put off. It often results in a challenging film… and perhaps, in certain circumstances, hampers the film’s ability to reach a wide audience.

What do you think? When a movie is bleak, like say, “The Road”, or walks on the dark side of humanity,  maybe say, like … “Natural Born Killers”, is it a turn off for you? Do you check out? Maybe you’re drawn to that sort of subject matter…

Whatever it is, let us know! How do you feel about “Dark” Movies?

Tossin’ It Out There: Who’s YOUR Favorite Movie Cop?

Lots of cops on the big screen this weekend. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña in “End of Watch”, Karl Urban dispensing futuristic justice as Judge Dredd, hell, there was even a cop in “House at the End of the Street”.

It’s par for the course. Each year sees the release of 1,387,534 cop movies into the theatre. From buddy cop movies, to mysteries/thrillers, to heist movies, “police officer” is one of the most widely portrayed occupations there is. And why not? There’s action and danger inherent in the job. They protect and serve… except when they’re “crooked”. Every country and every town everywhere has cops of some sort or another. Everyone can relate to those characters.

So who’s YOUR favorite? There are a gazillion to choose from. I’ll even allow FBI agents to be thrown into the mix (But no spies!! Sorry, James).

You have your comedic cops, like Axel Foley and Frank Drebin. Your action hero cops like John McClane and Martin Riggs. Or perhaps you prefer your cops to be more realistic… your “Based on real cops” cops such as Frank Serpico or Popeye Doyle.

You tell me! Who’s YOUR favorite movie cop?

Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite “So Bad It’s Good” Movie?

This weekend’s review of “Resident Evil: Retribution” drew some interesting reactions, a number of which touched on the patented FMR “Split Grade”.

There’s really no other way for me to convey the phenomenon. There are some movies that defy conventional logic. The acting is bad – often atrocious. The script is laughable, maybe the special effects are substandard… but instead of being angry, or disappointed, you’re laughing. Having fun. And when it’s done, you’re like, “That was terrible. I loved it!”

So many movies wind up “failing hysterically” that it should almost be a sub genre of its own. There are classics, such as “The Room” or “Troll 2”, and any number of additions annually. This year alone brought “Battleship” and “Resident Evil: Retribution”, just off the top of my head.

What are YOUR favorites? Everyone has one or two! What movies absolutely stink, but you love watching them anyways, because they’re so funny?

What’s YOUR favorite “So Bad It’s Good” movie?

Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR favorite “Human Spirit” movie?

It’s almost cliché to use the phrase “testament to the human spirit”.

So many movies attempt to inspire, be uplifting, speak to the potential and courage of the human being.

Due to today being the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, I struggled to find an appropriate topic. I knew that I didn’t want to focus on the tragedy, although I did consider briefly just stepping out of the confine of movies and discussing that day directly. When I thought about the films associated with the tragedy, however, the “Human Spirit” element came into focus. Even though that day was incredibly tragic, there was also an incredible demonstration of bravery, courage, and compassion during and following the events.

So what movies best illustrate the power of the human spirit for you? Are there any films you find inspirational? It can be sports films, if you like. “Rocky”, “Rudy”, “Breaking Away”, all great examples. “Apollo 13” perhaps. Maybe in honor of the Chicago Teacher’s Strike, you’d like to pick a classroom movie “Stand and Deliver”, or “Lean on Me”. It can be anything… “The Shawshank Redemption”, “The Pursuit of Happyness”. The world has no shortage of movies that inspire.

People are capable of tremendous things, and many incredible movies have tried to draw on that. Let’s hear it. What are YOUR favorite “Human Spirit” movies?

Tossin’ It Out There: Who’s YOUR Favorite Movie Criminal?

With the release of “Lawless” last weekend, my thoughts turned to crime in movies and movie criminals. Crime, and criminal activity, are fertile ground for fiction. Every year, scores of movies about crimes are released; bank heists and organized crime and hitmen and terrorists… grand theft auto, you name it.

It’s been the focus of some of the greatest movies of all time. “The Godfather”. “On the Waterfront”. “Chinatown”. “The Maltese Falcon”. “Bonnie and Clyde”. “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”. I could go on and on, there’s certainly no shortage of them.

Perhaps it’s the thrill of living vicariously through these people with no regard for rules. Perhaps its the fact that there’s action and drama inherent in breaking the law. Whatever it is, it’s a subject that Hollywood loves to crank out, and audiences eat it up.

Who’s your favorite movie criminal? Tony Montana? Auric Goldfinger? Henry Hill? Doesn’t have to be a gangster, Lester Burnham was a blackmailer, a drug user… Hell, Jeff Spicoli was a criminal, technically. Listen, this is a WIDE open field. Tons of choices to be had, and a fun couple of days of movie discussion ahead as we talk about crime in movies and movie criminals!

So let’s hear it! Who’s YOUR favorite movie criminal?