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DeadOn Round Table: Holiday Movies Friday, December 19, 2008

Posted by JB* in DeadOn Round Table, Great Movies You Might Have Missed, JB*, matt_T, movies, MTV, objectivity is overrated, Rockabye, undergroundBTO, Yostal.
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For many people, today is the last day in the office for the year. Your ever-helpful DeadOn Staff has compiled our list of favorite holiday movies for you to enjoy, helping you get in the holiday spirit (or just avoid your family).

See our recommendations and tell us what we missed, after the jump… (more…)

Presidential Flicks – The Round Table Tuesday, November 4, 2008

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As some of you may have heard, today is Election Day in the United States. Possibly not coincidentally, the DeadOn crew were asked to field the question, What was the best Presidential movie from our lives (approximately 1980 forward)?

We left it loose to cover movies which are about the Presidency (W.), prominently feature the President (The American President), are kind of-sort of-in a way are about Presidential things (First Daughter) or just randomly are politically-related (Welcome to Mooseport).

Pull up a chair to the round table… after the jump.


Friday Afternoon Contest on Trivia – 5/4/07 Friday, May 4, 2007

Posted by stopmikelupica in bringing the joy of trivia to the masses, FACT, Great Movies You Might Have Missed, Not better than the SOFTBALL EPISODE, Notorious Academy Award Whore Tom Hanks, SML, Stopmikelupica.

It’s Friday. It’s the afternoon. It’s time for the “Friday Afternoon Contest on Trivia” (FACT).

Today’s quiz topic is “Science Fiction”.  20+ questions on Sci-Fi.  It it seems outdated, it is because it was originally written in 2003.  Here we go:


Great Movies You Might Have Missed: Ginger Snaps Sunday, April 15, 2007

Posted by Will Li in bite the hand that feeds you, BowdenBowdenBowden, Elric, Great Movies You Might Have Missed, O Canada, Reasons why I am single.

Think of the sequence of scenes in “Spiderman” where Peter Parker is just discovering his powers. He’s growing hair in strange places, he’s more or less bouncing off the walls, and best of all, he doesn’t have to get pushed around anymore at school. Those were probably some of the best scenes in either movie, because as tired as the “developing superhero/puberty onset” metaphor is, it just works.

Ginger Snaps

There’s something wildly empathetic about it, in that we’ve all gone through it to some degree, and there’s also something very vicarious in it, in that we’ve all dreamed about how it could have been.

Well, sometimes that dream turns into a nightmare, and as much as you pinch yourself, you can’t wake up. And the resulting message is much deeper than any good vs. evil, “along with great power comes great responsibility” conclusion. Thanks Uncle Ben, but it’s never that simple. Follow me after the jump for some good old-fashioned horror in Canadian lupine form.


Bloggers Reveal Their Favorite Movies Tuesday, April 10, 2007

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You’ve heard about their favorite baseball players and picks for this year’s MLB season, so now its time to hear some the interweb’s best bloggers (I mean that in a good way, promise). So if you want to know what must see movies the writers of blogs such as Kissing Suzy Kolber, The Dugout, and The Big Lead have in their DVD player, hit the jump.


The Liveblog With the Most: Beetlejuice Sunday, April 1, 2007

Posted by ladyandrea in athleticsupporter, CDNMoose, Great Movies You Might Have Missed, Lady Andrea, movies, suss, TexasGal.

We arrive in our chatroom, ready to tackle the Tim Burton classic “Beetlejuice.” Only 4 of us actually have the movie, though:

Suss: you folks best entertain me — nothing’s on tonight
CDNMoose: no problem, Suss. Now where did I put those tap shoes?
Lady Andrea: Suss, no Beetlejuice? Just here for the banter?
Suss: I lack the juicy beetles

We take forever trying to sync up our DVDs, but eventually it gets rolling. Cue the spooky music over the opening credits.

Lady Andrea: this is some of my favorite movie music ever, btw
CDNMoose: Someone hold me. I’m scared already
Texas Gal: I’m oddly excited, mostly because Principal Ed is in this. “Nine times? Nine times?”
Lady Andrea: I always forget Alec Baldwin is in this because he’s so young and cute in this movie and so old and ugly now (more…)

Great Movies You Might Have Missed: Topper Thursday, March 29, 2007

Posted by Will Li in BowdenBowdenBowden, Elric, Great Movies You Might Have Missed, movies, no snark?, Reasons why I am single.

For my first “Great Movies You May Have Missed” review, I went overseas. But since I didn’t want to throw another subtitled film at our readers, I decided to go in another direction for my second review. Namely, back seven decades to 1937.


We all know Cary Grant for his refined personae with romanticized flaws (like grand larceny). It was a role he cultivated and perfected over several decades. But before his memorable work with Hitchcock (Notorious, North by Northwest, To Catch a Thief) and before his best known slapstick comedies (Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday), there was Topper, one of his slapstick comedies which is sadly overlooked today.

While it does not survive the test of time quite as well as Bringing Up Baby, Topper is nonetheless an entertaining movie that deserves a viewing, especially if one is a Cary Grant fan. And who isn’t?

Oh, Judy.


Great Movies You Might Have Missed: Tampopo Friday, February 23, 2007

Posted by Will Li in 80s, BowdenBowdenBowden, Elric, Great Movies You Might Have Missed, movies, no snark?, Reasons why I am single, Things I Wrote At My Real Job, Wonderfully kinky.

Here at DeadOn, we see it as our duty not only to tell you what’s going on right now in the world of entertainment and pop culture, but also to draw your attention to past movies or music which you may not have seen, or may not even have heard of. In this occasional column, your DeadOn contributors will be reviewing their favorite movies that never garnered much attention in the United States or were simply underrated, unappreciated and/or forgotten.

Trust us when we say that these films are well worth the effort; not because you might be able to feel artsy and be pretentious dicks to your friends (if you want to be a dick, these films may be of use to you too, somehow), but because they are truly some of the most entertaining, interesting, and thought-provoking pieces of cinema out there.

We’ll start with what I consider one of the funniest, most sensual movies ever made – the 1985 Japanese film “Tampopo.”