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by Erin Darling [7 May 2014 | No Comment | ]
THE CRITIC: Jon Favreau Serves Up An Indie Revival In “Chef”

Calling all foodies and film fans – if you’re craving an introspective story about family, fear, and finding the strength to follow a dream, Jon Favreau serves it up in “Chef.” Though he’s most recently known for his work helming big budget blockbusters like “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2” Favreau steps outside the expected with “Chef” – a lighthearted comedy about a man’s personal journey to reignite a passion, and reconnect with his son. “Chef” follows the story of Carl Casper (Favreau), who decides to start a food truck business after losing his job at a high profile restaurant. The journey takes Casper across the country, bringing new experiences, challenges, and the opportunity to spend some overdue time with his son, played by Emjay Anthony.

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by Clarke Wolfe [19 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]
THE CRITIC: “Muppets Most Wanted” Review

Who doesn’t love The Muppets? The lovable combination of Kermit The Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo and all the rest have been delighting audiences for decades and were revived on the big screen back in 2012 by mega fans and funny men Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller in Disney’s “The Muppets.” The movie was directed by “Flight of the Conchords” alum James Bobin and became a critical and financial success, even taking home an Oscar for music supervisor and fellow “Flight of the Conchords” alum Bret McKenzie‘s song “Man …

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by Jessica Charlton [28 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]
“Oh, What A Life” Is An Impressive Debut From American Authors

Freshmen, right? They’re all gangly and confused and impressionable and fit into lockers SO neatly. Freshman albums are similar; often an artist’s influences are flung all over the place on a first offering, ideas half-cooked, and those albums (and careers) are folded up and put into the locker of obscurity. American Authors’ debut album, “Oh, What A Life,” has every right to sound like a freshman album…but it doesn’t. Maybe that’s because this band has been developing its sound since 2006…

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by Clay Conger [9 Feb 2014 | 2 Comments | ]
Leave PBR Alone: 5 Beers Hipsters Should Have Stolen

Hipsters are fascinating in a very annoying way. They’re pretentious, pompous, and have a tendency to reject mainstream trends while simultaneously creating their own. As a group, hipsters are not as annoying as say, Nigerian email scammers, however, the problem with the hipster culture is that there is very little breathing room. There is not a large variety of culture to which they attach themselves. Instead, as if on purpose, they find a few notable things and envelop them like flies on kabob meat. Maybe this is all sounding a bit dramatic, but have you noticed how hipsters seemingly only smoke American Spirit, only wear plaid and only play very specific sounding music? It’s the most intentional, self aware stereotype, ever. In history. It’s mostly harmless, except for the fact that once the hipster culture has chosen something to envelop, to make one of their own, it becomes such a vital part of their culture that it is associated entirely with hipsters. To an optimist’s eye, they have simply adopted or cherished it. To a cynic’s, they have stolen it. Which brings me to PBR…

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by Erin Darling [4 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]
20 Must See Movies To Watch In Your 20’s

What do lackluster jobs, post-collegiate disillusionment, trying to make it in the “real world” have in common? They’re all tropes of being in your 20’s. Nobody ever said ages 20- 29 were going to be easy. Although they do come with fast metabolisms, energy galore, and mornings after nights of drinking where you spring out of bed feeling totally functional, your 20’s can be a highly transitional time that can be tricky to navigate. We get it. Finding a job is hard enough when you’re not in the process of finding yourself. To make these years of your burgeoning adulthood a little easier to swallow, we’ve compiled a list of movies about, inspired by, or featuring characters who are experiencing the trials and tribulations of being a 20-something. All of which are highly recommended.

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by Erin Darling [1 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]
The Celebrity “Hall Pass” Fantasy Draft

The key to any healthy relationship is communication…even when it comes to the all important “hall pass.” In this episode of THEPOPFIX, Erin Darling & Joshua Ovenshire discuss the age of question of , “If you could hook up with any celebrity who would it be” and draft their ultimate hall pass picks in The Hall Pass Fantasy Draft 2013.

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by Erin Darling [4 Dec 2013 | One Comment | ]
Justin Lin, James Wan & The Future Of “Fast 7”

Now that production on the film has halted, Universal is faced with making the difficult decision on how move forward with “Fast 7” – and the future of the franchise – without fan favorite, Paul Walker. Though the studio could resume production, replacing Walker with another actor, or adjusting the script to continue the movie without him, the most interesting option on the table involves Universal starting from scratch, which stimulates many a question for film fans, like myself. If Universal decides to approach this situation by completely starting over, is James Wan still the best choice to direct?

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by Erin Darling [26 Nov 2013 | No Comment | ]
Do We Really Need A “Road House” Remake?

Best known for quotable bad dialogue, violent fight scenes, and often credited as the movie that helped launch Patrick Swayze’s career, “Road House” featured Swayze as a badass bouncer with a sensitive side, and a mysterious past. Though it seemed as if this 1989 movie was made to live and die in the era of campy action movies, word on the street is that MGM is planning to reboot “Road House,” The Wrap reporting that “The Fast And The Furious” director Rob Cohen is attached to helm the project.