28 February 2014

Snickers Giveaway



Love Snickers? Love movies? Well if you watch the new “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry” commercial with Godzilla and post your favorite part in the comments section, you could win $15 worth of Fandango cash and five Snickers bars to munch on at the movies.

Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Snickers Movie Prize Pack containing 5 Snickers Bars and 1 $15 Fandango Gift Card via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Contest ends March 7th, winner will be notified via email.

This post is sponsored by Snickers.

26 February 2014

At Movie Mezzanine: Male Gaze and Criticism

 

It’s easy to forget sometimes that film/television critics are a homogeneous group (white men predominantly). A group of males that spend a majority of their time discussing their favorite shows and movies, and sometimes debating when consensus isn’t had. These conversations are sometimes polite, sometimes not, but most avoid the realms of abusive behavior. However, when gender dynamics come into play, all bets are off.

A major source of contention among critics at the moment: HBO’s new series True Detective.

While many are hailing the latest detective serial as a dark masterpiece and further proof that television is in a golden age, others aren’t so quick to lay on the praise. In particular, The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum is in the camp that True Detective fails to push past its slick surface to deliver something meaningful. The big reason for that? Flat female characters.

Read more at Movie Mezzanine

25 February 2014

New Theatrical 'Godzilla' Trailer


I’m sold. Bryan Cranston’s voice-over and the beast’s slow rise from the water just bought my IMAX ticket come May. Only an IMAX screen could present the massive-scale of what this new Godzilla is aiming for.

Roland Emmerich’s 1998 take on Godzilla left many fans of the original angry, but after the release of the teaser trailer that stoked Comic-Con and a cast headlined by Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, I think it’s safe to say that Gareth Edwards (the director of Monsters) will make Emmerich’s stab at the radioactive monster nothing more than a distant memory.

The film also stars David Strathairn, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins and Ken Watanabe.

Godzilla hits theatres and IMAX May 16th.

20 February 2014

Review: The Wind Rises




The Wind Rises, if you believe director and animation legend Hayao Miyazaki, is to be the last film of his career. If that is the case, he will be leaving us with the most divisive work of his filmography.

Based loosely on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, The Wind Rises follows Jiro from his dreams of flying machines as a small boy to the man who created the Zero fighter. The film begins in a dream of Jiro's, the boy flying a plane in the sky with nary a care. Jiro's pleasant flight is ended quickly as German zeppelins infiltrate his dreams dropping bombs over the idyllic Japanese countryside.

19 February 2014

McConaughey Stokes 'Interstellar' Expectations


When Variety sat down with Matthew McConaughey to chat briefly about the state of his career renaissance ranging from Mud to a brief-but-spectacular turn in The Wolf of Wall Street and his heart-felt performance as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club. Not to be left out of the conversation regarding television, McConaughey has also lit up the small-screen in HBO’s True Detective. Yet nothing has fans as excited as McConaughey’s next project: leading a sci-fi epic with director Christopher Nolan.

18 February 2014

Win MoviePass for A Year!

Catching up with Academy Award nominees is a difficult proposition for movie fans, tickets cost nearly $10 a pop and stretching your dollar to watch nine Best Picture contenders is more than a little difficult. To help movie fans out at this special time of year, the folks at MoviePass are looking to giveaway a free year’s subscription to one lucky Never Mind Pop Film reader.

For those unfamiliar with MoviePass, think of it as “Netflix-like experience” for the moviegoer as it allows you to see a brand new movie in theaters every single day for a flat monthly rate. And it’s super easy to use! Just login to the MoviePass app, select your movie and showtime, swipe your MoviePass card at the kiosk and enjoy the show! And the best part is that it works at 95% of theaters nationwide. Click here to find theaters near you.

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Contest ends February 28th, winner will be notified via email.

At Movie Mezzanine: Can Critics Have Fun?


Eager to piece together any reason for the lack of a clear frontrunner for this year’s Oscar race, Variety’s Peter Bart has put out a thesis: it’s because movie critics like bummer movies that Academy voters don’t.

“I would argue that filmgoers by and large go to the movies to be entertained. The same applies to Academy voters. The big entertainment offerings today, however, tend to be franchise films aimed at young foreign audiences — movies that don’t get nominated, and probably never will. Indeed, “Gravity” is the only widely nominated film that is earning the kind of money that franchise hits generally do.”

Read the rest at Movie Mezzanine!

14 February 2014

Valentine's Day Giveaway


This Valentine's Day Warner Bros. and PartnersHub are teaming up to award one lucky reader a copy of one of the following titles (Chosen at random) to go home with them!

To win, all you need to do is post a comment below with your quiz result and you could go home with one of these DVDs below:
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown Deluxe Edition
A Charlie Brown Valentine
Bugs Bunny’s Cupid Capers
Happiness is... Peanuts: Friends Forever
Elmo Loves You
Looney Tunes Pepe Le Pew Collection
Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: For The Love Of Snack
The giveaway ends February 16th

11 February 2014

Second 'Transcendence' Trailer



Johnny Depp has been hamming it up as of late in one eccentric role or another for Tim Burton or Gore Verbinski, but Mr. Depp has dropped the funny hats and white-face for something a little more serious this time out. Starring in longtime Christopher Nolan collaborator Wally Pfister's directorial debut, Depp will be trying his hand at sci-fi.

Walking Out of Movies

 
This week’s critic survey written by Samuel Adams struck a chord when he asked “Is it okay for movie critics to walk out of a film (or turn off a screener), and if so, can they write about it?”

Now the answer to the first portion of Adam’s query is obvious enough, there are moments when life really is too short and a critic feels the need to walk out on a movie and that is fine. Certainly during film festivals or weeks heavy on press screenings, a critic has to know when to say when, but writing about the film afterward? That particular addendum garnered more divisive responses.

Read the rest at Movie Mezzanine!