Posts Tagged ‘movies’


Stop what you’re doing, pick up the remote and start scanning the channels. No matter if you have 10 or 1,000 channels, chances are that right now — whether you’re reading this at 7 in the morning or 11 at night — you will stumble upon Roadhouse. There, on AMC, there it is. Patrick Swayze’s Dalton is talking about pain not hurting, never underestimating your opponent and always being nice. Roadhouse has been a cable staple for three decades and last week AMC put it on one of those loops where it played every six hours, drawing you in each time with bizarre set pieces — seriously, a monster truck? — and ridiculous characters (like, well, everyone, including Sam Elliott’s Wade, brought in by Dalton in a late-season acquisition, like the Lakers picking up Mychal Thompson in 1987 for the stretch drive, if the gregarious Mychal had ended up sprawled out on a bar with a knife in his chest instead of pouring champagne on his teammates after Game 6 of the Finals). I watched parts of it every time I stumbled upon it, and I like it for the same reasons everyone else does: How can you not like a movie about a philosophy-major bouncer — sorry, cooler — who kicks ass and cleans house?

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Copy editor at the movies

Posted: February 10, 2014 by shawnfury in Uncategorized
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If you’ve been in a theater the past month, you’ve probably seen the trailer for the new movie where Liam Neeson kills numerous people while saving others. It’s not the new Taken movie. Instead it’s about an air marshal who finds out someone will kill a passenger unless some money gets wired into a secret account and then that secret account is in Liam’s name and the crew turns against him and all he wants to do is find the madman before the whole damn plane goes down — or up — in flames. The movie is called Non-Stop.

And as I saw the title come up on the big screen during the previews, all I could think was, what kind of style guide was the studio using?

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Two video streaming services seemed like one too many. So my crew recently dropped Netflix. For now. Odds are that we’ll be back, probably when it rolls out new seasons of “Orange is the New Black” or “House of Cards.”

The surviving platform: Prime Instant Video. Not because it’s better, but because it’s linked to free two-day shipping from Amazon. And I order a lot of stuff from Amazon. Billy Madison had nudie magazine day; I have Amazon shipment day – that’s when refrigerator-sized boxes (with smiley faces on the sides) arrive filled with diapers and baby wipes. It feels good to be stocked up in terms of poo extraction supplies. (more…)


People know The Guardian as the paper that employed Glenn Greenwald when he landed the scoop about Edward Snowden and the NSA’s spying apparatus.

The Guardian made headlines again this week, with some more outlandish revelations. Critics from The Guardian and The Observer picked the Top 10 sports movies of all-time.

Lists like this are everywhere. There’s no right or wrong choices. At least that’s what I thought until reading this one.

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AMC’s having a Steven Seagal moment, entertaining viewers this week with some of his classic films. Right now, at 12:56 a.m., I’m watching Out for Justice. Came out in 1991. You probably don’t remember the details but according to the cable guide, “A Brooklyn policeman tries to kill his partner’s killer and anyone else who gets in his way.” The worker bee who writes those descriptions for Time Warner probably has that all templated and just changes certain details depending on the movie. Brooklyn policeman? Could be Chicago policeman. Or an ex-Navy Seal. Tries to kills his partner’s killer? Tries to kills his wife’s killer works for a movie too. The only variety in these movies came in seeing how many ways a man with two fists and two feet could kill his enemies.

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Following publication of oral histories of the 1952 Hickory Huskers and the 1939 New York Knights, it’s time for another look back at one of the great sports moments in movie history. As always, we tracked down all the participants involved. This time? The 1984 All-Valley Under 18 Karate Championship, dramatized in the classic documentary, The Karate Kid. The tournament featured defending champ Johnny Lawrence but ended with the coronation of Daniel LaRusso. Here now, the story of the 1984 All-Valley Under 18 Karate Championship.

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“It means a whale’s vagina.”

My friend Jaime said that as we drove to work. It was in response — I guess — to the third member of our car pool, who had been talking about San Diego. I sat silently, wondering if Jaime was suffering some type of breakdown.

“Anchorman,” she said. “Remember?”

Oh, yeah. Anchorman.

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I just might be in the throws of the slowest and most preventable death in history – death by Netflix.

We nearly ended out subscription earlier this summer as a way to save a few bucks in the summer. We weren’t using it much, anyway, especially after Yo Gabba Gabba!, Dora and other kid favorites were eliminated from the catalog. But then Arrested Development made its long-awaited return. And Orange is the New Black debuted. And, now, I’ve gotten into House of Cards. Oy.

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It’s a Fury family New York City tradition that we hit the movie theater on the holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day — we usually spend them in a dark room watching the latest blockbuster or Oscar wannabee. Depending on the time of day — a matinee or the evening — the place could be empty or packed. On the Fourth of July we went to The Heat and I was surprised to see a long line when I strolled up to the theaters at 84th Street and Broadway on the Upper West Side. It was 7 p.m., I thought people might not venture inside when the fireworks would be coming up outside.

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We spent the weekend unpacking and building a bookcase, the type of project that is routine for any 9th-grade shop student but turns into a few hours of sweating, cursing, back-breaking work when it takes place in the confines of a New York city apartment on a warm June day. Still, the thing got built — nails here, brackets there, one board in the wrong place but that’s because it was mislabeled by the company and the entire apparatus stands just fine so let’s put it down in the living room. Filling it took another few hours, as I transferred a portion of my books from old shelves to the new spiffy bookshelf. We have another bookshelf coming next week, and after that all we have to do is find a spot for the 8 boxes of books that are still sitting in my parents’ basement.

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