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The Force(d Perspective Re)Awakens – SPECIAL EPISODE

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We're home.

At long last, your favorite movie podcast, FORCED PERSPECTIVE, has reawakened, and is coming back with a short REACTION EPISODE to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Join SportsGuy515 and Adolfo, along with their special guest BIG D, as they give their first reactions to the film and speculate on/discuss many plot points.


As a result, this will be a very SPOILER HEAVY discussion. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO HEAR SPOILERS, GO WATCH THE FILM BEFORE LISTENING TO THIS EPISODE. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!


Look for a FULL REVIEW of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the next episode of FORCED PERSPECTIVE – with (hopefully) a few surprises thrown in! DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW!

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The History of Film - Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge (1888)

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Take a look at one of the earliest films in existence. Traffic crossing Leeds Bridge from 1888, Directed by Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince

Star Wars: EpisodeVII - The Force Awakens - The New Trailer is Here

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And it looks beautiful.


Seven Samurai (1954)

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SEVEN SAMURAI Akira Kurosawa 1954 • 207 Minutes • 1.37:1 • Japan Toho
Cast:  Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Isao Kimura, Daisuke Katō, Seiji Miyaguchi, Yoshio Inaba, Minoru Chiaki, Kamatari Fujiwara, Kokuten Kōdō, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Yukiko Shimazaki, Eijirō Tōno, Bokuzen Hidari Screenplay:  Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni Cinematography: Asakazu Nakai Producer:  Sōjirō Motoki
Awards & Honors
Academy Awards Nominated:  Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White (Takashi Matsuyama) Nominated:  Best Costume Design, Black-and-White (Kôhei Ezaki)
BAFTA Nominated: Best Film from any Source Nominated: Best Foreign Actor (Toshirô Mifune) Nominated: Best Foreign Actor (Takashi Shimura)
Essential Films 100 Greatest Movie Heroes - #25, The Seven Samurai

This is the nature of war. By protecting others, you save yourselves.
SPOILERS AHEAD
Seven Samurai is perhaps Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece. This is saying a lot, considering Kurosawa's filmography reads like a…

Marvel @ The Movies – Part 1: The Captain America Republic Serials (1944)

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Originally Published at Superfriends Universe

Hello all. Welcome to part 1 in what I hope to be an ongoing series looking at the history of Marvel Comics on the big (and sometimes small) screen. Enough introductions, you’ll get it as we go along.

We’re going to start with the first Marvel Comics property to ever hit celluloid: the iconic Captain America.



CHARACTER HISTORY
Captain America first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 in March of 1941, published by Timely Comics (the predecessor of Marvel Comics). Created by Joe Simon and the legendary Jack Kirby, Captain America was a star-spangled hero conceived in response to the ever increasing threat of Nazi Germany. Long before the United States was officially involved in the war, Kirby and Simon created Captain America as a political statement. The character even appears on the cover of the first issue punching Adolf Hitler in the face.

Captain America started out as Steve Rogers, a skinny 4F weakling who just couldn’t cut it in th…

Non-Essential Review: Fantastic Four (2015) – The Worst Superhero Movie of the Modern Era

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Recently I wrote a movie review for our affiliate site, Superfriends Universe, about the recent Fantastic Four reboot.  Needless to say, I was not happy.  Read the full article HERE


The Essential Omar Sharif

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OMAR SHARIF 1932 - 2015
Omar Sharif, who was born as Michel Shaloub in 1932, has passed away today at the age of 83.  The Egyptian-born actor had a storied career, starting in Egyptian cinema in the 1950s and continued working until as recently as 2013.  Shaloub became a Muslim in the 1950s, changing his name to Omar al-Sharif, and in 1961 landed the role that would change his life.  That breakthrough role would be that of Sherif Ali in David Lean's grand epic, Lawrence of Arabia, a role that would earn him an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe win for Best Supporting Actor.  Sharif later paired with David Lean again in 1965's Doctor Zhivago, a film of equal spectacle, which would again earn him a Golden Globe for Best Actor.  Sharif would go on to play a wide range of roles including Genghis Khan and Che Gueverra as well as starring alongside Barbara Streisand in the mega hit musical Funny Girl.  Sharif would work fairly regularly over the years in films like Mackenna…

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep.67 – The Aliens are Attacking!

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THE HOLIDAY TRADITION CONTINUES…

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Episode 67 – “The Aliens are Attacking!” Join SportsGuy515 & Adolfo, along with special guest MR. EDDIE, as they record their first NON-CHRISTMAS THEMED commentary track for the 4th of July disaster CLASSIC known simply as Independence Day! Throw in your copy of the film on your Blu-ray/DVD player and follow along with them as they give their wacky insights on what is unfolding on-screen!

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*Note: it is NOT REQUIRED for any listener to have to watch Independence Day while listening to this episode – the episode works with or without the film playing in the background. However, in order to get the BEST and INTENDED EXPERIENCE, the Forced Perspective team suggests syncing the episode with the film for yet another all-out WACKY DVD commentary experience!

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep.66 – The Jurassic World of Tomorrow

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On an all-new episode of the critically acclaimed FORCED PERSPECTIVE, join SportsGuy515 & Adolfo as they continue their trek through Summer 2015 with reviews of Tomorrowland, San Andreas, Poltergeist, Entourage, Spy, and (the record-breaking smash-hit) Jurassic World! The duo also pay tribute to the legendary SIR CHRISTOPHER LEE! PLUS:

-SportsGuy’s Christmas comes early this year…

-Tom Hanks in Big.

-What’s the point of BLU-RAY SLIPCOVERS?

-The awesomeness of BLU-RAY DIGIBOOKS, and whether or not the guys actually READ THE BOOK…

-Was Halloween III ahead of its time?

-SportsGuy and Adolfo debate the merits of Tomorrowland‘s message

-The silliness and fun of San Andreas

-Would Adolfo rather sit through Poltergeist or Annabelle again?

-What was the point of the Entourage movie?

-The MVP of Paul Feig’s Spy (and the answer is UNSURPRISING…)

-The nostalgic fun present in Jurassic World (+SPOILERS)!

-The guys answer the MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION: IF JURASSIC WORLD WERE REAL, WOULD YOU GO?…

Jaws (1975)

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JAWS Steven Spielberg 1975 • 124 Minutes • 2.35:1 • United States Universal
Cast: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton Screenplay:  Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb Based on Jaws by Peter Benchley Cinematography: Bill Butler Producers: Richard D. Zanuck, David Brown
Awards & Honors
Academy Awards Winner: Best Sound Winner: Best Film Editing Winner: Best Music, Original Dramatic Score - John Williams Nominated: Best Picture
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Winner: Golden Scroll Best Advertising Winner: Outstanding Film Award 
American Film Institute 100 Years... 100 Movies (1997) - #48 100 Years... 100 Movies (2007) - #56 100 Years... 100 Thrills - #2 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains - #18 Villain (The Shark) 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes - #35 ("You're gonna need a bigger boat) 100 Years of Film Scores - #6
BAFTA Winner: Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music - John Williams  Nominated: Best Actor - Richard Dreyfuss  Nomin…

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep.65 – The Furious Follow the Mad

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On this edition of YOUR favorite movie podcast, join SportsGuy515 and Adolfo as Summer 2015 continues with their latest slate of reviews for Mad Max: Fury Road, Ex Machina, It Follows, and Furious 7. PLUS:

Mad Max: Fury Road in BLACK & WHITE??? -George Clooney is STILL apologizing for Batman and Robin. -Michael B. Jordan FIGHTS BACK against racists. -The REAL reason why were are getting a Fantastic Four movie this year. -The latest talk on Blade Runner 2 and Independence Day 2. -CNN’s “The Famous Film I Never Saw” article and the RAGE that Adolfo felt after reading it! -The practical effects of Furious 7. -The love letter to horror films that was It Follows -Adolfo’s CREEPIEST horror movie-going experience was…? -The greatness of Ex Machina and how Adolfo (and SportsGuy) GOT WORKED AGAIN! –Mad Max: Fury Road = the movie to BEAT this summer. -The “feminist controversy” surrounding Mad Max: Fury Road -A preview of Forced Perspective’s Tomorrowland REVIEW. -A 20+ MINUTE discussion …

The Essential Films of Christopher Lee

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Sir Christopher Lee May 27, 1922 - June 7, 2015
Legendary actor Christopher Lee died of complications of respiratory problems and heart failure on June 7, 2015 at the age of 93.  In addition to being a Hammer Horror icon, Lee was a classically trained actor, an author, a World War II veteran, a Nazi hunter and a heavy metal singer. He was Count Dracula and the Frankenstein Monster. He was Sherlock Holmes. He worked with everyone from Billy Wilder to Martin Scorsese to George Lucas to Tim Burton. He had iconic roles in three major franchises: Star Wars, The Lord of The Rings (including The Hobbit) and the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun.  Christopher Lee leaves behind an amazing legacy and he will be missed. These are his Essential Films.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY and THE HOBBIT TRILOGY Peter Jackson 2001-2003, 2012-2014
After his career hit a bit of a slump in the 1990s, Christopher Lee returned to mainstream prominence as the traitorous Saruman in Peter Jackson's Lor…

FORCED PERSPECTIVE: Episode 64 - Avengers: Age of Ultron

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SPOILERS!SPOILERS!SPOILERS!SPOILERS!SPOILERS!SPOILERS!SPOILERS!

On this edition of FORCED PERSPECTIVE, join SportsGuy515 and Adolfo, along with special guest BIG D, as they begin the Summer 2015 movie season with a review of the highly-anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron!

PLUS:

-Do fans of Avengers: Age of Ultron suffer from “Phantom Menace syndrome”?
-The Ultron character: comics vs. film
-The buildup for Captain America: Civil War, or lack therof…
–Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. talk
-More on the Fantastic Four battle between Marvel and Fox
-The difference between “Actions With Consequences” VS. “Blowing Sh*t Up”
-More on the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
-…and MORE!

The trio gets NERDY with 2 HOURS OF MARVEL/DC/STAR WARS talk – A MUST-LISTEN!!

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FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep.62 – The Official Summer 2015 Preview Show, Part 2 [July and August]

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The Exciting Conclusion is HERE!


On this episode of your favorite movie podcast, join SportsGuy515 & Adolfo, along with returning guest BRANDON DRAVEN, as they conclude their SUMMER 2015 preview by covering the months of July and August, which will see films such as Terminator Genisys, Minions, Ant-Man, Trainwreck, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Fantastic Four, and MORE hit the big screen! The exciting conclusion of the ONLY summer preview show that matters has finally arrived!! DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW!!!

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep.61 – The Official Summer 2015 Preview Show, Part 1 [May-June]

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‘Tis the season of the BLOCKBUSTER…



On this edition of FORCED PERSPECTIVE, join SportsGuy515 and Adolfo, along with guest co-host BRANDON DRAVEN, as they preview the upcoming SUMMER 2015 movie season. In Part 1, the trio discuss such titles as Avengers: Age of Ultron, Hot Pursuit, Mad Max: Fury Road, Tomorrowland, San Andreas, Jurassic World, Ted 2, and MORE! Listen to the ONLY summer preview show that matters! DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW!!!


Look out for Part 2 coming NEXT WEEK!

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep.60 – The Lunch Bunch

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The SKYPE ERA officially begins on FORCED PERSPECTIVE!
On this very special episode of YOUR favorite movie podcast, join SportsGuy515 and Adolfo as they reminisce and give their in-depth analyses on a film that many call the “quintessential film of the 1980s” and John Hughes’ greatest achievement – celebrating it’s 30th anniversary this year, it’s none other than The Breakfast Club! PLUS:
-SportsGuy and Adolfo share their own “detention memories”
-Was Judd Nelson almost FIRED from the film?
-The brilliance of the OPENING SCENE!
-The awesomeness of Paul Gleason
-Did Andrew Clarke truly pack a “wrestler’s lunch?” Adolfo explains!
-The origins of the ‘Brat Pack‘ name
–What happens on Monday? Are the five of them still friends? SportsGuy and Adolfo give their thoughts!
–Allison’s transformation: poignant moment or complete sellout/cop out?
-The film’s transgenerational legacy
-…and MORE!
2 HOURS OF IN-DEPTH BREAKFAST CLUB DISCUSSION (INCLUDING SPOILERS)!! DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW!!!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2

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We can't lie. This brought tears to our eyes.

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep.59 – Shades of an American Imitation

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#AdolfoIsMyChristian

Your favorite movie podcast returns with a BRAND-NEW episode! On this edition of FORCED PERSPECTIVE, the dynamic duo is BACK! Join SportsGuy515 and Adolfo as they reunite after over a month to (finally) recap the Oscars as well as catch up on the final set of 2014 film reviews – American Sniper, The Imitation Game, and Still Alice, before beginning their 2015 slate of reviews with Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and – that’s right – Fifty Shades of Grey. PLUS:

-SportsGuy talks about his experience at the AMC Best Picture Showcase

-Who DIDN’T cry at the end of Toy Story 3?

-Lady Gaga and The Sound of Music

Birdman wins Best Picture

-Kirk Cameron sweeps the Razzies

-Hype for It Follows

-Are big budget films and Oscar nominations mutually exclusive?

-Is American Sniper really PROPAGANDA?

-Why the name “Anastasia Steele” is the dumbest f*cking name ever

-The business of NC-17/Unrated films

-…and MORE!

OVER 2 HOURS OF GREAT FILM DISCUSSION!! DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW!!!

P.S. Let’s …

The 2015 Essential Film Awards

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Celebrating the cinematic achievements of 2014
Official 2014 Selections


Best Film of the Year

BOYHOOD Richard Linklater 165 Minutes • 1.85:1 • United States Color • English • IFC
Principal Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Lorelei Linklater Writer: Richard Linklater Producers: Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss Cinematography: Lee Daniel, Shane Kelly

Best Actor in a Leading Role

BIRDMAN Michael Keaton
Best Actress in a Leading Role

GONE GIRL Rosamund Pike
Best Actor in a Supporting Role

WHIPLASH J.K. Simmons
Best Actress in a Supporting Role


NIGHTCRAWLER Rene Russo