Doug Reviews: Begin Again

begin-again-posterBegin Again is the latest film from Writer-Director John Carney, the man behind 2007’s Once. It’s a fun, light movie that is really enjoyable, but could have benefitted from a little more plotting towards the end. Continue reading

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Episode 39: Maleficent, Only Lovers Left Alive, Fading Gigolo, and Cold In July

COVERIn Episode 39 of The Hodgepodge Podcast, Doug and Dirty A talk about the continuing saga that is Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man, or as Doug insists on calling it – CAN’T-Man. They then discuss what works and what doesn’t in Disney’s Maleficent, before turning their attention to three recent indie films: Cold in July, Fading Gigolo, and the best of the bunch, Only Lovers Left Alive.

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Video Review: MALEFICENT

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In the latest Video Review from The Hodgepodge Podcast, Doug and Dirty A turn their attention to Disney’s latest, MALEFICENT, starring Angelina Jolie. Does it cast its spell on audiences, or put them to sleep? Take a look!

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Doug Reviews: Maleficent

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Maleficent is Disney’s latest attempt to rework one of their classic animated features in a live-action film. This one tackles Sleeping Beauty. Unfortunately, despite some nice special effects and a good lead performance, it ultimately falls short. Continue reading

Doug: 2014 Summer Movie Preview

2014 Summer PreviewAfter Blogger pissed me off the last few weeks, I’m toying with moving all my future reviews over to The Hodgepodge Podcast page. So, I figured why not start with my 2014 Summer Movie Preview, which was taken down from my Blogger page for dubious reasons. Let me know in the comments if you want all the reviews in one place or if you like it the way it is now. Thanks for reading and listening!

2013 was a fantastic year for films, so it’s going to be tough for 2014 to measure up. While the summer movie season is technically from May through August, one could argue that the best blockbuster of the year has already been released in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but we’ll see if the rest of Hollywood can keep up.

Like I did last year, I’ll be focusing on a small list of titles, as there are over a hundred films due out over the next four months. I’ll detail some that I really want to see, a bunch that are interesting and will probably check out, some I’m on the fence about, and the few that I have absolutely zero interest in and may even actively campaign against. Don’t forget to click on the film titles to see trailers (if one has been released yet). I’ve compiled the lists in order of release—as of right now—and we kick it off with the return of a certain web-crawler. Continue reading