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Top 5 Best Alien Invasion Movies

This is my list of the top five best Alien Invasion movies. This has been an incredibly popular sub-genre dating back to the Orson Wells broadcast of 1938. Since 1977 there have been 35 Alien Invasion themed films released culminating in $4,171,019,251 at the global box-office. Many of the silver-screens biggest stars and directors have crafted or appeared in an Alien Invasion film at some point in their respective careers. The average Alien Invasion movie grosses $119,000.000 at the domestic box-office.

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Signs (2002)

Box Office Gross: $227,966,634     Adjusted: $0

Following the smash hit The Sixth Sense and the under-performing follow-up Unbreakable, directing phenom M. Night Shyamalan returns to the summer box office landscape that served as the backdrop for his cinematic breakthrough. In Signs, another paranormal outing for the writer-director, Shyamalan explores the eerie implications of a 500-foot crop circle that mysteriously appears on the Bucks County, PA farm of reverend Graham Hess (Mel Gibson). As Hess and his family (Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin) try to take stock of what the sign means, and how its message incorporates into their faith, they start to get the feeling they are not alone in the fields behind their house.
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Podcast EP174: Life of Pi, Red Dawn, Rise of the Guardians Predictions, Skyfall Review

Episode one-hundred and seventy-four. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office Predictions: Life of Pi, Red Dawn, Rise of the Guardians

News: Transformers 4 Eyes China Shoot
Aaron Sorkin Reveals His Unconventional Approach to Steve Jobs
Lionsgate Passes $1B Domestic For First Time Helped By Summit’s Twilight Finale
‘Skyfall’s $669.2M Global Helps Sony Pictures Post Best Ever $4B Worldwide

Movie Reviews: Savages
Skyfall

Box Office Weekend Breakdown: November 16-18, 2012

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Podcast EP171: Lincoln And Twilight Breaking Dawn 2 Predictions, Christmas Story 2

Episode one-hundred and seventy-one. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Predictions: Lincoln
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

News: It’s Official: Michael Arndt to Draft Star Wars: Episode VII
Zack Snyder, Spielberg and Tarantino Say ‘No Thanks’ to Star Wars
First Look at Tom Cruise in All You Need is Kill!
Hotel Transylvania 2 Planned for 2015
George Clooney Eyes Brad Bird’s Sci-Fi Film 1952
TRANSFORMERS 4 to Take Place Four Years after DARK OF THE MOON

Movie Review: Christmas Story 2

Box Office Weekend Breakdown: November 9-11, 2012

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Podcast EP170: James Bond Box Office DeLorean, World War Z Trailer, Transformers 4

Episode one-hundred and seventy. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

News: Mark Wahlberg in Transformers 4
Michael Arndt to Draft Star Wars: Episode VII?
Dwayne Johnson Set for Brett Ratner’s Hercules
Alexander Gets a Fourth Cut

TrailerAddict: World War Z

Box Office DeLorean: James Bond

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Transformers: How Video Games Transform Film & Films Influence Video Games

For better or worse, the influence that video games and film have made on us humans is undeniable. Nowhere is this influence more obvious than in the Transformers franchise, in both video games and films by Michael Bay. Here are just a few of the ways that video games and film rub off on you!

Computer Animation

It’s gotten to the point where it’s unclear which innovations in computer animation were spawned by video games and which spawned by film. While the first Michael Bay Transformers introduced all new approaches to dealing with physics in a three-dimensional world, that approach comes from a ancestry that dates back through other films like the Lord of the Rings trilogy and right back to video games like Half Life 2.

Had the Robotic Junkyard Dog never been written into games by Valve Software, perhaps Optimus Prime wouldn’t have moved with such believability. AI and physics are a shared, intertwined history between animation studios that work on games and films and sometimes both.

Bringing Franchises to the Surface

Lately, an interesting trend in the film and television industry isn’t to adapt a movie directly into a video game, but to ride movie success and bring a certain franchise to the forefront. As the Batman comics demands continue to surge whenever a new Batman movie is released, the makers of the game “Transformers: Fall of Cybertron” chose not to adapt the film but to use the classic cartoon into a new video game fashion.

While you might expect licensed games to be more restrictive for developers, the funny thing is that planners tend to have a lot of freedom in designing levels and gameplay concepts, long as they stay true to the property’s tone and character, with the game exploring everything from stealth to flight “sim” genres all within a single game. Love the Michael Bay films or hate them, at the very least, they’ve allowed game developers like High Moon Studios to explore some interesting territory in these games.

Cinematic Effects

It’s not the non-interactive cutscenes, it’s not the big explosions that happen in the background, and it’s not watching the realistic effects on your character’s armor. Unfortunately, better gameplay mechanics don’t make good screenshots. It makes for great word of mouth if you make a game where it’s fun simply to move around and fire weapons, but it doesn’t make for much of a trailer.

So the cinematic influence of film on video games has been a mixed blessing. Games look and sound better than ever, even better than some Hollywood films, but all too often these effects are laid on top of shallow gameplay and bland level design.

Ultimately, the effect that film and games have intertwined is generally a positive influence, but too many developers forget that we want a game to brain tickle and to challenge our problem solving abilities. Similarly, filmmakers forget that a thirty minute action scene is only interesting if it’s loaded with drama or if it’s playable.

Podcast EP122: Jim Carrey Not Dumb Or Dumber, Charlie Sheen Wields A Machete, More

Episode one-hundred and twenty-two. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office DeLorean: November 24-26, 1995

News: Charlie Sheen Joins Machete Kills
Michael Bay on Transformers 4 ‘s Plot, Cast and Budget
Barry Sonnenfeld Attached to The Metal Men Film
Jurassic Park 4 Has Found New Writers
Jim Carrey Exits Dumb & Dumber Sequel

TrailerAddict: Judge Dredd
Taken 2

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Mission: Impossible III (2006) – Review

3 Stars

T.V. director J.J. Abrams makes his feature film debut with the third installment in the Mission Impossible franchise. This entry is a slam-bang action thriller; throwing plausibility out of the window early on and reveling in the techno-gadgetry that makes the series so appealing. Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is aided this time out by series regular Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames), as well as two new operatives on the IMF team. The MacGuffin in this episode is called ‘the rabbits foot’, a mysterious device that can cause a doomsday affect. Abrams and his writers have wisely chosen to treat the object as a perfunctory part of the storyline. The real focus in the screenplay by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, is on the relationship between Hunt and his fiancee, Rachel.
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YouTube Podcast – EP1: Transformers 4, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Movie Mavericks YouTube Podcast Episode 1 – Michael Bay making Transformers 4, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 8 minute trailer, Daniel Craig says he helped write Quantum of Solace, sequel madness: Grown Ups 2, Lincoln Lawyer 2, The Birdcage 2, Journey 3.

Live Movie Podcast EP50: Paranormal is the Watchword

Our fiftieth podcast! Don’t be afraid to join in on the conversation. Feel free to comment on the show here if you missed the live recording, we’ll reply to your questions and comments directly here, or on the next episode.

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Episode fifty. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the box office weekend of October 21-23, 2011. Paranormal Activity 3, Three Musketeers, Johnny English Reborn. Michael Bay tweeted he’s not doing Transformers 4. Cool viral marketing for Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Joss Whedon filmed a Much Ado About Nothing adaptation during The Avengers. Random movie news and thoughts. Audience participation welcomed.

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Live Movie Podcast EP48: Scary Dancing Box Office

Our forty-eighth podcast! Don’t be afraid to join in on the conversation. Feel free to comment on the show here if you missed the live recording, we’ll reply to your questions and comments directly here, or on the next episode.

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Episode forty-eight. Join your hosts Jason and Trevor as they discuss the box office for October 14-16, 2011. Footloose, The Thing. Hasbro on Transformers 4. Matt Reeves to direct Twilight Zone. New Three Stooges poster. Google adding 25 plus professional channels to YouTube. Random movie news. Audience participation welcomed.

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) – Video Game – Review

1 1/2 Stars

Like all video games based on movie franchises, I approached Transformers: Dark of the Moon with a bit of caution. Although last year’s Transformers: War for Cybertron was surprisingly well polished, this year’s effort falls short in several categories. The title suffers from bland level design and repetitive combat. Rather than relying on smooth design to move the player through the game, Transformers: DOTM chooses to send waves of enemies while you wait in virtually fenced-in arenas. After just a few minutes of playing I knew I was in for a long night. It’s not that Transformers: DOTM is horrible, it’s just that the game did absolutely nothing to impress me on any level.
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon Gets a Limited IMAX Re-release – News

Looks like Paramount really wants to have the highest grossing domestic film of 2011. TSF3 has grossed $348,OOO,OOO so far and with this limited 2 week engagement enough interest should be drummed up to push it past the 350 million dollar mark and possibly have a chance at outgrossing the reigning champ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2. Deadline.com was the first to publish the official press release as follows…

Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third film in the blockbuster Transformers franchise, is returning to 246 IMAX domestic locations for an extended two-week run from Friday, Aug. 26 through Thursday, Sept. 8. During those two weeks, the 3-D film will play simultaneously with other films in the IMAX network. Since its launch on June 29, Transformers: Dark of the Moon has grossed $1,095 billion globally, with $59.6 million generated from IMAX theatres globally. ”Transformers: Dark of the Moon: An IMAX 3D Experience” has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology for presentation in IMAX 3D. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique immersive environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.


Inspired by Ink: Tattoos of Classic Movies

Getting any kind of tattoo needs to be carefully considered, it’s not something you can just wash off. Choosing the right artist, the right design and the right position on your body should be thoroughly thought through. Most importantly, it needs to be an awesome design idea. The last thing you want to do is be disappointed with your finished tattoo and have to spend a small fortune getting laser treatment done to have it removed.

Generally, people will get tattoos which inspire them in some way. Various things can inspire different people when it comes to deciding what their first, or next tattoo will be. In this particular case here are some people who have been inspired, and in some cases obsessed, by a fictional movie, giving them the urge to have a reference to these movies permanently inked on their bodies.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter Tattoo
So you’ve got all the books, seen all the movies ten times over and got the T-shirt; What’s next? A Tattoo of course, check out this work of art that belongs to the hard-core Harry Potter fan.

This fine work of magical art features the three protagonists from the harry potter movies, Harry Potter in the centre; Hermione Granger on the left and Ron Weasley on the right.
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20 Of The Best Films For Petrol Heads

Mad about motors and movies? Do you love nothing more than seeing vehicles careen around the screen? Then sit tight and buckle up with any one of these cool rubber-burning flicks with gear sticks.

1. Bullitt:
Join Steve McQueen as San Francisco cop Bullitt in a great thriller containing one of cinema’s truly awesome car chase scenes.

2. 2 Fast 2 Furious:
The second in the franchise arguably has the best driving scenes. The only thing hotter than the engines is Eva Mendes.

3. Transformers:
A petrol head movie with a change, quite a few of them. Great action and SFX make this a winner.
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MM PODCAST EP10: Horrible Bosses and Zookeeper

Our tenth podcast! Don’t be afraid to join in on the conversation. Feel free to comment on the show here if you missed the live recording, we’ll reply to your questions and comments directly here, or on next week’s episode.

Episode ten. Hosts Jason and Trevor discuss the box office weekend of July 8-10, 2011 – Horrible Bosses, Zookeeper, Transformers 3 – Movie news – HSX.com how we did on predictions – Michael Bay’s cut of Transformers 3, Oprah hosting Academy Awards, Movie Pass unlimited theater visits for a monthly fee, Dark Knight Rises and Sherlock Holmes 2 teasers on Harry Potter – Listener call-ins and feedback.

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