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fun stuff from FlickFilosopher stats week of Jan 5-11 2013

13 January 2013 6:59 AM, PST

Actual unretouched phrases that people plugged into search engines this week that led them to this site (with some commentary from me): “3 psychological concepts from tforrest gump” “bang bang you're dead study guide” “black snake moan meaning” “concept behind american psycho” “meaning of horses in michael clayton” “what conflict of the happy feet story” “are there any female minions in despicable me?” “claudia black ben browder married” “straight woman long gaze” “seth macfarlane alcoholic” “aliens in stargate are stupid” “amelia pond fake” “appeal to madame tussauds” “are brits americans” “brainy smurf fanfiction” “combat coffee” “comic con is ruined” “doctor who dating site” “mariann johannsen film critic” “mary ann johansen” “maryanne johanson” “maryann johansson film critic” “mary ann crap” “tom ward david tennant” “daniel craig smiling” »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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most popular posts on FlickFilosopher week of Jan 5-11 2013

13 January 2013 3:59 AM, PST

1. Gangster Squad (review) 2. Zero Dark Thirty (review) 3. question of the day: What’s the worst movie ending ever? 4. Doctor Who thing of the day: why the ending of “The Angels Take Manhattan” makes no sense 5. question of the day: What 2013 movie are you most looking forward to? 6. House at the End of the Street (review) 7. Sherlock blogging: “The Reichenbach Fall” 8. Django Unchained (review) 9. Les Misérables (review) 10. question of the weekend: What made you finally feel like a grownup? »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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corporate journalmalism at its finest (and other adventures in social networking)

11 January 2013 2:59 PM, PST

What my followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ saw today: • Corporate journalmalism at its finest. Every Tech Journalist's Worst Nightmare. Editors at CNET were forced to rescind a product award after their parent company stepped in. The perils of reporting on yourself. • Cool! What Van Gogh's Famous Self-Portrait Looks Like as a Photograph • No, here is what happens when damaged, abused women are considered sexy, beautiful, and charming *because* they are damaged. Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie • More corporate journalmalism! NBC has no qualms about using news unit as a marketing tool • This is so impossibly cute I'm not entirely sure it's real. For anyone feeling a bit sad, here's a picture from a woman who makes Teddy Bears for her pet mouse. (hat-tips for today’s links: Jim Romenesko, Robbie Collin) »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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question of the day: Who would you like to see on a celebrity newscast?

11 January 2013 12:53 AM, PST

Mark Wahlberg and Allen Hughes -- respectively, the star and the director of the upcoming Broken City -- took over morning TV in Philadelphia the other day by delivering a less than useful but more amusing than usual traffic-and-weather report. Have a look (via TVSpy): [video] In a similar vein: Who would you like to see on a celebrity newscast? Would George Clooney read the headlines while Jane Lynch did sports? Ryan Gosling on weather? Go for it... (If you have a suggestion for a Qotd, feel free to email me. Responses to this Qotd sent by email will be ignored; please post your responses here.) »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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question of the day: What 2013 movie are you most looking forward to?

10 January 2013 4:10 PM, PST

Yesterday we looked back at 2012 at the movies. Today, let’s get our geek on for the coming year: What 2013 movie are you most looking forward to? Here’s a list of some possibilities to get you going (roughly in order of North American release): Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Warm Bodies (zombie rom-com) Side Effects (new Soderbergh) A Good Day to Die Hard Snitch (actioner starring The Rock) Jac the Giant Slayer (from Bryan Singer) Oz: The Great and Powerful G.I. Joe: Retaliation The Host (sci-fi based on Stephenie Meyer novel) Evil Dead Iron Man 3 The Great Gatsby Epic (animated adventure) Star Trek Into Darkness Fast & Furious 6 The Hangover Part III After Earth Man of Steel Monsters University World War Z Kick-Ass 2 Despicable Me 2 Lone Ranger Pacific Rim The Wolverine Elysium (from ‘District 9’s Neill Blomkamp) Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Riddick Cloudy »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Hollywood’s *real* bias (and other adventures in social networking)

10 January 2013 3:51 PM, PST

What my followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ saw today: • Wow! Black and white television still No1 choice for 13,000 UK homes • I've seen all these Oscar-nominated flicks except the Canadian foreign-language nom. But I still need to write many reviews of nominees. #workcutout • #BradleyCooper in #Slp is most gratifying #Oscars nom for me. He's So good in unexpected ways. Not best of year, but best for him by far. • Interesting take on Hollywood's political tendencies... Hollywood's Real Bias Is Conservative (But Not in the Way Liberals Often Say) (hat-tip for today’s links: @feelinglistless) »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Zero Dark Thirty (review)

10 January 2013 7:05 AM, PST

Too soon? Too soon for a kickass political action movie about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden? It’s been less than two years since a black-ops team of elite American soldiers executed the purported mastermind of 9/11... without any sort of due process... on the sovereign soil of another nation. Or maybe it’s not too soon, because while there were some twitters of discontent back in the spring of 2011 about how extralegal the whole shebang was, hardly anyone today seems to be in the least bit perturbed by any of it. Go America! Could be I’m trending a tad toward the unfair to Zero Dark Thirty for being more nuanced than the American public personality tends to be. But the absence of even the smallest, teensiest, most tepid sort of criticism about all the Not Very Nice things America did along the way to killing Bin Laden, right »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Doctor Who thing of the day: why Doctor Who isn’t just for kids

10 January 2013 5:24 AM, PST

Lovely essay by comedian and actor Laurence Clark at The Independent about the ongoing appeal of Doctor Who for grownups. (From last August, but I just discovered it.) A taste: The return of the series in 2005 neatly coincided with me becoming a dad, giving me the perfect opportunity to indoctrinate little Tom right from the start. My wife often jokes that, as a baby, he could recognise the theme tune from when he was in the womb. Indeed when a BBC1 documentary about me and my family was recently shown, I managed to get my choice of narrator and, as a result, now realise I now want the rest of my life also to be narrated by David Tennant – preferable in real time so that, everywhere I’d go, I’d hear his sweet, lilting Scottish voice in my head describing whatever I did. So I guess for me there »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Fox News ignores “hottest year on record” story (and other adventures in social networking)

9 January 2013 3:54 PM, PST

What my followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ saw today: • Wasn't this in a #ThursdayNext book? Mt @AP: Sweden issues int'l arrest warrants for British garlic smuggling ring: apne.ws/13hyGPh • I'm shocked. Shocked! After Hottest Year On Record, Fox News Buries Its Head In The Sand • Hey, apparently I'm quoted in the UK trailer for Robot & Frank. Nice to see @maryannjohanson quoted for the Robot & Frank UK trailer. (hat-tip for today’s links: @drgrist) »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Gangster Squad (review)

9 January 2013 6:18 AM, PST

Gangster Squad! In color! If L.A. Confidential were a comic book, this is the movie spun outta that: blustery postwar mythologizing about the violent birth of the modern metropolis, all pulpy-bright even when it’s night, bursting with violence that swings from the chillingly noirish -- a simple, unannounced gunshot to the gut -- to gruesome torture-porn contemporary: the squeamish among you might want to close your eyes during the opening mob-execution scene. Gangster Squad! It’s half preposterous nonsense that cannot possibly be entirely true even as it purports to be, and half knowing nod to the fact that (sometimes) preposterous nonsense is more true than fact, and half simple grunting satisfaction in wham-bang cops-and-robbers action. No, it doesn’t add up, but neither does Gangster Squad, which shouldn’t work but does. I kinda love this movie for its cheerful, ridiculous sensationalism. I can’t not love »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Doctor Who thing of the day: is the Doctor gay, straight, bi, or what?

9 January 2013 4:38 AM, PST

Jef With One F examines the question of the Doctor’s sexuality -- with regards to the modern Doctors only -- at the Houston Press blog Art Attack. A taste: [The Ninth Doctor] was also the most overtly bisexual of the modern three. He was obviously flattered immensely by the immediate attention he received from Captain Jack, and he flirted much more openly with him than he ever did with Rose. He doesn't react with jealousy toward Jack when he works his charms on Rose who reciprocates to the point of dazed infatuation. Instead, he stakes his claim to either of them should he see fit. I would even go so far as to say that Nine was much more comfortable with Jack in a sexual sense than he seemed to be with Rose. Though he thought nothing of casually touching Rose, there was usually more heat when he interacted with Jack. Check out the whole thing here. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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InAPPropriate Comedy (redband trailer)

9 January 2013 4:09 AM, PST

I don’t understand. Where’s the comedy? Wait. It cannot be that this ShamWow guy believes that humiliating anyone who deviates from straight-white-maleness by pointing out how they are not straight, white, and/or male is humorous, can it? Nah, it can’t be. Because that ShamWow guy appears to be more than eight years old. Another mystery: I mean, of course this is where we should expect to find the likes of Rob Schneider and Lindsay Lohan, but Adrien Brody? Wtf? That’s not even funny. It’s just sad. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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question of the day: What movie event of 2012 will have the biggest impact in years to come?

9 January 2013 3:11 AM, PST

It wasn’t just a pretty good year for movies, 2012: it was also a year of some pretty major shifts in the Hollywood paradigm. A few of them (some borrowed from Movies.com): • the rise of Seth MacFarlane as a movie player, with the phenomenal success of Ted (which has also proven that comedy can translate to non-English-speaking audiences) • art filmmakers such as Ang Lee embracing 3D, with Life of Pi, also doing extremely well globally • the arrival of 48fps (aka Hfr, or high-frame rate) with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey • the explosion of films debuting on demand (at least in the U.S.), and a first real success with Bachelorette • Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm Any one of these alone has the potential to change the shape of movies in years to come. All of them occurring in a single year is huge. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Ofcs and Awfj announce 2012 award winners (and other adventures in social networking)

8 January 2013 4:13 PM, PST

What my followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ saw today: • The Alliance of Women Film Journalists (of which I am a member) has announced its awards for the 2012 year in film. *Zero Dark Thirty* sweeps... 2012 Eda Award Winners • And awards news from my other group, the Online Film Critics Society. *Argo* takes Best Picture... 16th Annual Online Film Critics Society Awards • So Andrew Sullivan is gonna try what I've been trying for nigh on two years, with little luck. Of course, he's Andrew Sullivan, so he'll probably be more successful than I have been. Maybe I need to find an illegal war to support before I change my mind when the prevailing public winds change too... New Year, New Dish, New Media »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Doctor Who thing of the day: Time Machine Jewelry...

8 January 2013 4:08 AM, PST

...for all your time-machine jewelry needs. Such as a Tardis engine “pocketwatch” necklace: [image] And the Doctor’s name in Gallifreyan symbols imprinted on an elegant metal cuff: [image] (You can also get a custom message imprinted on a cuff.) These and many more from etsy crafter TimeMachineJewelry. Via The Mary Sue. (If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.) »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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John Dies at the End (redband trailer)

8 January 2013 2:56 AM, PST

The title alone -- which I’ve been hearing for months -- has made me want to see this movie, just to discover what sort of film it could possibly belong to. I had no idea whatsoever what the movie was about, and now that I see the trailer... yeah, I need to see this. Bonus need-to-see points for the Bubba Ho-Tep connection. I promise not to spoil the ending. Watch John Dies at the End online via Amazon Instant Video. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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question of the day: Is local television dead?

8 January 2013 2:34 AM, PST

When was the last time you turned on the television to learn about your local politics? To find out if you should carry an umbrella tomorrow? To hear about local arts and entertainment and sports events? I’d guess you haven’t done so except perhaps during a disaster or very bad storm. Is local television dead? Can it be saved? Should it be saved? If local TV is doing okay where you are, are there ways it could be improved? What would you like to see on local television that you’re not seeing? (If you have a suggestion for a Qotd, feel free to email me. Responses to this Qotd sent by email will be ignored; please post your responses here.) »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Evil Dead (redband trailer)

7 January 2013 1:46 AM, PST

See, here’s the thing. We already had a remake of The Evil Dead. It was last year’s The Cabin in the Woods. Okay, it wasn’t precisely the same film, but thematically, Cabin served the same purpose that Dead did 30 years ago: sent up the tropes of a genre using unexpected horror combined with humor. I see no humor here. I see nothing but grossout. I see no point for this remake at all, except that movies can be gorier today than they could be 30 years ago. And how much you wanna bet no new Bruce Campbell comes out of this movie? So depressing »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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question of the day: What’s the worst movie ending ever?

6 January 2013 11:30 PM, PST

Back in February of last year, we talked about our favorite movie endings, but oddly, we’ve never talked about this: What’s the worst movie ending ever? It doesn’t necessarily have to be from a terrible film, either. I can imagine someone otherwise loving Citizen Kane who thinks the discovery of Rosebud’s identity at the end is howlingly idiotic. For instance. I have a plethora of choices here. Shall I choose the gentle awfulness of The Happening, which appears to find triumph in petering out after a plot of nothing happening? Or another Shyamalan anti-classic, The Village, which is both mind-blowingly insulting and preposterous? Or how about the aliens ex machina wrapup of the awesomely terrible Knowing? But I’m going, instead, with 2012, which ends on an “upbeat” note that wants us to find hope and happiness in the fact that, at last, one little girl has learned to control her bladder, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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