How to Find New Movies

Visit Film Festivals
There are hundreds of film festivals that take place annually throughout the country offering new movies to audiences. Some film festival events offer free admission as well, eliminating expenses of visiting regular movie theaters. Top tier film festivals like Sundance even attract celebrities, making these events a fun way to find new movies. Search online and through printed film festival programs to read descriptions of new movies that may be of interest of you. These film festival listings usually provide information on when and where new movies will be showing at their event. They can be one of the most exciting resources when learning how to find new movies.

Read Newsletters from a Movie Club or DVD Rental Service
Many DVD rental stores and movie clubs for genre films have membership programs that include a free subscription to their newsletter. These clubs and DVD rental stores publish newsletters in print or email form to provide their members with information on new movies that are currently available and coming soon. Smaller DVD rental stores and movie clubs promote art films more than larger chains like Blockbuster, FYE and Tower. These newsletters provide a way to find new movies that go under the mainstream radar on a regular basis. Some DVD clubs even offer their newsletter for free to build a customer base, making them a cheap way to find new movies.

Join a Movie Subscription Service
Companies like Film Movement delivers DVDs based on selections by program curators. This is an adventurous way to find new movies, as you gain access to films that you may not be familiar with otherwise. Services like the one offered at Film Movement operates similar to those Columbia House movie club offers where members agree to pay monthly subscriptions to receive entertainment …

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9 Must See Movies

Are you and your friends planning to have a movie night? Are you having trouble deciding what to watch? If so, read on to get a list of the best movies that I’ve seen so far!

1. The Holiday

In the beginning, I was hesitant to watch this movie at all. I’m really glad I did though because I thought it was the cutest romantic comedy ever! Amanda and Iris find themselves facing guy problems. Both of them go on a home exchange website and decide to switch homes for the holiday. While Iris moves into Amanda’s house in California, Amanda flies to England to stay at Iris’ cozy countryside snow laden home. Although their initial goal is to get as far away from their troubled love lives, love proves to be less elusive than they had thought. Both Amanda and Iris mend their hearts with their newfound romance.

2. The Pursuit of Happyness

In this movie, inspired by a true story, Will Smith portrays a salesman named Chris Gardner. He struggles to make ends meet for his family. When he decides to pursue his dream of becoming a stockbroker, his wife leaves him. Though Gardner and his five year old son endure many hardships, he clings on to the glimmer of hope that one day, they will live a better life. This movie is truly inspirational and moving.

3. The Illusionist

This movie was adapted from Steven Millhauser’s short story “Eisenheim the Illusionist.” Eisenheim, a magician, uses his gift to secure the love of a woman named Sophie von Teschen, whose the Prince’s intended. As their romance is threatened to be exposed, Eisenheim performs one of the greatest illusions.

4. Little Miss Sunshine

This movie is about a little girl with big dreams. Olive wants to win the Little …

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Movies About the Civil War

Everyone loves a great war movie, but for an American history buff, nothing beats an epic Civil War film. Ball gowns, plantations, and plenty of cannon fire have made for American cinematic magic. Here’s a rundown of some of the best North v. South showdown flicks out there.

Gone With the Wind

No Civil War movie list would be complete without paying homage to the movie who pitted Scarlet’s fiddle-dee-dee against Rhett’s not giving a damn, my dear. While the movie itself doesn’t actually have any battle scenes, it does portray the burning of Atlanta, and deeply delves in the effects of the war on Southern life. Oh, not to mention, it’s one of the greatest romantic movies of all time. Don’t forget to pick up Margaret Mitchell’s classic book on which the novel is based as well.


This movie feature Denzel Washington as a free slave serving in the Union army. I was about 10 when I saw this movie for the first time, and I wept, well, like a little girl. The movie also features cutie pie Matthew Broderick, who volunteers to lead a company of black soldiers, and deals with racists of both the blue and grey persuasions. It’s a good show, but don’t blame me if it makes you cry.

Red Badge of Courage

This 1951 classic stars Audie Murphy as the cowardly young man struggling to find his — .courage on the Civil War battlefield. It’s main redeeming quality is that it has spared countless students from actually having to read the Stephen Crane novel.


This film is a must see for Jimmy Stewart fans. Jimmy plays a Virginia pacifist farmer who refuses to engage in the war, until his son is killed. It’s like The Patriot, only no Mel Gibson, about 100 …

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How to Watch a Movie!

The Matrix: A Different View

OK, you know how to watch a movie, it is simple, right? You sit down with your snacks and beverages and you watch it. Let me tell you there is more to the movie than you may realize. Movies are very influential on us as a society and it is mostly unnoticed. People feel pressure to act like movie stars or dress like them. Women are often left feeling unattractive in comparison to movie actresses. Men constantly mimic and repeat things they have seen done by that certain actor. This is all fact and it has been covered before I am sure. This is not what I am talking about. I am also not talking about the huge following of certain features such as Star Wars and Star Trek.

I am talking about the messages we are given from the movie that may not be so clear. I may look into movies more than the next person. Movies shape public opinion on certain subjects ranging from science, politics, fashion and relationships. I have always enjoyed watching movies but at a point in time I began to get bored in just watching them for mere entertainment. I started analyzing them and determining what if any message the creator was trying to send to me.

Let me give you an example: The Matrix was a very successful movie, entertaining, full of special effects and action. It was the story of a group of humans trying to free the rest of us from the matrix a computerized world that only existed in our minds. We were all connected to this matrix as a battery or power source for the matrix. If you remember the movie we were kept in these huge rooms in a pod with all these …

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Miami in the Movies and on TV

10 Movie and TV Sets that I Wouldn’t Mind Living In

With its warm climate and unique architecture, Miami has been the setting of a number of TV shows and movies over the years. The houses of the characters reflects this. Here are 10 such homes that I wouldn’t mind living in, depending on the situation.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 
Ace’s apartment

Jim Carrey broke out into the mainstream with this 1994 release, in which he plays a Ace Venturay, a strange man who investigates crimes against pets. Ace’s small, cluttered Miami apartment might not look like much, but every time he walks in, his dogs run to greet him and birds perch on his arms. What animal lover wouldn’t want that?

Any Given Sunday 
Tony D’Amato’s mansion

Oliver Stone’s 1999 sports offering depicts professional football as being money-driven, so it’s not surprising that you see some of the characters living large. Head coach Tony D’Amato (Al Pacino) lives in a beautiful mansion (a real-life building in nearby Fort Lauderdale) with a large dining area and sliding glass doors, not to mention the massive TV showing the chariot scene in Ben-Hur. If you can’t get into this place, try Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino’s house, which was used in the movie, as well.

Bad Boys II 
Mike Lowry’s waterfront house

In the Bad Boys movies, Miami cop Mike Lowry (Will Smith) is a rich man who decides to become a police officer. His difficult job doesn’t keep him from living in a nice Miami Beach house on the waterfront. Since they blew up the Delray Beach mansion that the villain lived in, Lowry’s place is a good backup.

Big Trouble 
Arthur Herk’s house

While he’s a jerk, Arthur Herk (Stanley Tucci) enjoys life in a …

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Superhero Movies

Top Ten List

I’ve seen some of the lists offered on this site and I wanted to set the record straight. I’m a huge fan of superhero movies and I wanted to put together a list that would serve as a guide going forward into the 21st century. I specifically looked at style, substance, and how much the film makes you suspend your disbelief. For the sake of brevity, I categorized some of the films by franchise. With that being said, here is my list:

10. Ghost Rider (2007)

The Good: Nicholas Cage comes across as the free-wheeling stunt man, Johnny Blaze. Cage communicates the idea of being resolved to ones fate as he carries on with the knowledge that he has made a pact with the devil. One night, his skull catches fire and he transforms into the justice seeking wraith, Ghost Rider. This is an interesting play on the “cursed soul” trying to do good and Eva Mendez makes any movie better. He rides a motorcycle with flaming wheels, wields a chain, and can use his gaze to place evil-doers into a coma. The Bad: The villain Blackheart is played by Wes Bentley. He is joined by a group of elemental henchmen. Blackheart is the son of Satan (Peter Fonda) and becomes Legion once he obtains a contract of souls. His power is he can suck the life out of people. The Ugly: There’s not really a climactic battle at the end of the film. Instead, there is a realization by Blaze that he can control his power and does not have to do Satan’s bidding.

9. The Incredibles (2004)

The Good: This film is a parody on the idea of a superhero by showing what happens when these heroes grow old and have families. There is …

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What Not to Do at the Movies

Taboos in the Cinema

It never fails. I am seated quite nicely in the theater when a couple arriving during the previews decides to sit directly in front of me, only to make their romantic comedy. Please, please, do not be these people. Remember you are not the only person in the theater. Several rules are posted in the theater regarding conduct, but some unwritten rules exist.

Refrain from kicking the back of my seat. This is less of a problem in a stadium style seated theater, but in case we are in a traditional cinema, keep your feet off my seat. Also, please make sure your kid is not kicking the back of my seat either. Also be aware that the seats in front of you are not footrests, peoples heads will be where your dirty pair of shoes once rested, show some courtesy.

Open your smuggled drink prior to the start of the feature. Listen, if you want to circumvent the horrible prices at the concession stand, be a polite crook and open that bottle or can prior to when the dialog I paid ten bucks for starts. That goes for that crinkly bag of chips too!

Do not bring in a full course meal. I am so sorry you missed dinner, it is not like the theater posts the times the movies start in about fifty locations. How could you possibly know that the rest of the theater does not want to smell your sandwich, pizza, or even fried chicken? Stop at the concession stand and buy some popcorn, maybe even a few Jr. Mints, if you are hungry. Or even, perish the thought, use that brain of yours and allow enough time to stop and eat BEFORE coming to the movie.

The rest

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Dark Tower Movie

So there is a rumor that J.J. Abrams (Lost, Fringe, Star Trek) and Stephen King are talking.
Talking about making not one, not two, but seven Dark Tower movies. Whether these movies will be based on the novels or the graphic novels is unknown at this point.

Today I went to see an old friend of mine and we got to talking about this possible series and who we would cast as each of the characters. The list follows:

My ideal “Dark Tower” movie cast:

Roland- Mickey Rourke 
One bad ass (see Sin City “Marv”) I think he could play Roland 
very well and be versatile enough to encompass all that Roland is 
and becomes

Eddie- Johnny Depp or Christan Bale 
Johnny Depp can do anything and do it well. He is very versatile and 
can convince people that he is a crazed Heroin addict who becomes 
a gunslinger. Christan Bale is big right now and shows off his 
gunslinger/ sword fu in Equilibrium

Cuthbert- Ryan Reynolds 
Sexy, smart ass, and cut. Ryan played Dead pool perfectly and I can 
hear him mouthing off to Roland. I could also see him as Eddie.

Jake- Ed Sanders 
This little guy stole my heart and the show in Sweeney Todd. He 
also works really well with Johnny Depp. I think he is one talented 

Susannah- Judy Reyes or Jada Pickett Smith 
Both a strong women who have done well in their fields. Jada is 
an overall phenomenal woman. And I loved Judy as Carla on Scrubs 
for the past eight years. She was never afraid to speak her mind 
and she was vulnerable and tough at the same time.

Cort- Bruce Willis 
Bald bad ass 
That is all

Man in Black- Cillian Murphy 
The Scarecrow in both new Batman movies. Creepy …

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Movies Everyone Can Love!

One of the biggest problems when picking a movie for any group of people is that it’s so hard to please everyone; when you’re on a date, it’s made a little worse because the fate of any relationship may rest on this pick. It probably won’t ruin your chances altogether, but selecting a bad movie can alter the tone of the evening. Your tastes may vary but in my book, a good date movie should have a little romance and a lot of humor, and something that can provoke conversation later. You can’t always pick the perfect movie, but if you don’t know what they’re into, here are a few suggestions that might help you get started:

Stranger than Fiction 
Will Ferrell is an actor who is unfortunately cast often to play a loud and slightly stupid character–as a result, he can be a bit of a turn-off to anyone who doesn’t much care for loud and stupid people. This film really is an example of his range as an actor, as he plays instead the quiet, mumbling Harold Crick: a tax auditor who starts to hear his life narrated by a woman with an English accent. He’s convinced he’s going a little crazy, but becomes really concerned when she announces that he is going to die. Meanwhile, an English writer is having writer’s block–as she can’t quite figure out how to kill off the protagonist in her new novel. Dustin Hoffman comes in as a literature professor Harold consults for information on his situation, Queen Latifah is a new assistant for the authoress, and Maggie Gyllenhaal appears as a woman Harold’s supposed to be auditing, but finds himself falling for. All in all, it’s a surprisingly smart, funny, and romantic film that is easily one of my all-time favorites.…

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Hive Mind – the Movie

Watch it Before They Get You

Hive Mind. Now that is a scary thought. The term comes from the social collective consciousness of insects such as bees and ants. The Hive Mind is said to come about through subtle subconscious influences and pressure from peers and society as a whole. Everyone who thinks and feels the same group together into ‘hives’. It is a natural way we tend to form friendships and the way we influence our friends as well.

The ever so popular Social Media of Face Book, My Space, and Twitter have gained such status by enabling people from across the globe to join together and form their own ‘hives’. Some are more diverse than others, but human nature causes us to group with those who tend to think like us.

Now people often agree to disagree and still engage with others out of their little ‘hive’ and ideas are still exchanged. But Disagreements do erupt and fights still ensue only because as individuals we still have control of our minds.

Now what if technology made it possible for everyone to think and feel the same?

This is where Hive Mind takes you.

Hive Mind, an Independent film by Ladd Erlinger Jr, explores the what if of a government given the technology to create a Hive Mind, controlling all thought processes, creating an utopia society without wars. They created a perfect world of people whose only purpose is to do everything for the greater good.

Now the concept of a Hive Mind has been used before, The Borg in Star Trek, the Bugs in Starship Troopers, and in Isaac Asimov’s Nemesis and Hallucination. But Ladd’s film of a man made Hive Mind is far more eerie considering the advancements of Technology and the …

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