New #Krampus featurette shows you why you should be good for goodness sake

Krampus onesheet newHo ho oh no!  ‘Tis the season for jolly ol’ elves, dreidel spinning, airing of grievances, the seven principles, and the ever-lovin’ yule log.  But did you know that there’s a darker side?  Unseen by most an underworld that is just as real, but not as brightly lit… a dark side?* Yep.  The dark side of Christmas is Krampus, and he doesn’t even carry a lightsaber, or have Jar-Jar Binks in his backstory (probably a good thing.)

The movie Krampus just released a featurette that lets you in on a little of the myth behind the monster.  And it’s not just a shill for their film; there’s some seriously cool stuff in here.  Including lots of pop culture reverences, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural, and tidbits on how some folks across the pond are keeping the legend alive by donning their ghoulish apparel during the holidays.  So?  Gonna try for coal this year?  Probably not the best idea.  Y’know, just in case…

Krampus hits theaters this Friday, December 4th, 2015.  Better watch out, indeed…


*Sorry Tales from the Darkside, couldn’t resist…






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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza – Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

alvin road chip onesheetHello, holiday season!  You’ve seen Santa sled past Macy’s, maybe you’re even catching the Dog Show (you should — Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir are covering it, so that’s bound to be freakin’ awesome) while digesting that pumpkin pie you snuck before The Big Meal.

But you can pick up something, and not just that napkin that fell off your lap (5 second rule, shake it off): free passes!  For the new Alvin and the Chipmunks movie.  It’s holiday season, the perfect time to hear a little three-part chipmunk harmony. And how cute is that poster?  Synopsis!

Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in New York City…and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.

So by now you have little ones peeking over your shoulder.  Need passes? Right this way…

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TrailerWatch: “The Secret Life of Pets” has a holiday message for you

The Secret Life of Pets onesheet_…and it’s “don’t Pet and Santa”.  Oh sure, there are those pet humans who manage to deliver amazing shots of their pets for their holiday cards.  But most of us have pets that aren’t down with that.  Seriously; unless I want to have a “Merry Christmas From Our Litterbox To Yours!” card, I’m SOL.

But The Secret Life of Pets feels the pain those of us who struggle to find that one shot — heck, any shot — that we can share with our near and dear.  Enjoy, and happy Thanksgiving/Holidays/Pet Posing Season!

Awesome Con has a Black Friday treat: a free t-shirt with weekend pass purchases!

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Yeah, you’re high on L-Tryptophan.  You never want to see pumpkin pie again (or at least ’til December.)  You can barely lift the remote, let alone thumb through the comics you bought to tide you over for the weekend.  But amp up, little fanperson — there’s one thing you should know.  If you haven’t picked up your Awesome Con 2016 pass yet, they’ve got a cool (awesome?) deal from Thursday to Saturday: get a free t-shirt if you pick up a 3-day pass this weekend!  Yep.  They’ll mail you a t-shirt.  In time for the holidays.  For you to wear before the ‘con.

VIP folks, that means you get two — TWO — t-shirts!  One that’ll be mailed to you, and the other VIP shirt that you’ll pick up at Awesome Con.  Same goes for any other VIP pass.  Sweet, right?

What can I say?  I’m a sucker for t-shirts.  And Black Friday stuff.  So when the two meet?  I’m all over it.

Awesome Con will be June 3-5, 2016, at the DC Convention Center.  It was a blast last year, so if you’ve been wondering about a pass, this is a great time to grab one.  I share because I care.  See you in June!

“Captain America: Civil War” trailer: Bucky! Black Widow! BLACK PANTHER!!!

civil war whose side are you onIt’s getting close y’all.  Six months ’til Captain America: Civil War hits theaters.  And to help gear folks up, Marvel released a new trailer during Jimmy Kimmel last night.  It does not disappoint.

I’m liking the slow burn on the Superhero Registration Act, and how Bucky and Cap are back as a team.  I’m guessing there’ll be no hints of Avengers Disassembled here, as the MCU hasn’t touched on any of the comic book backstories (yet….)  Still, it’s awesome to finally see Black Panther, even if it’s just for a few seconds.  (Remember; his stand-alone film doesn’t hit ’til 2018.  Gads – the waiting y’all!)


Victor Frankenstein: what’s scarier, monsters or a man obsessed?

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Nutshell:  A fascinating look at the friendship/partnership between Victor Frankenstein and his right-hand-man Igor.  But this film also shines a light on obsession and its various forms, including a stellar performance by Sherlock‘s Andrew Scott as a driven police officer determined to bring the pair down.  Grade: B

So.  You thought you’d seen the last of the spooky for the year?  Well, no.  Frankenstein, his monster, and Victor’s dogsbody Igor are comin’ at’cha, and it’s a film that’s well worth a look even for folks who don’t “do” horror.  Why?  Because Victor Frankenstein manages to keep the rip-roaring “It’s alive! ALIVE!” action of James Whale’s 1931 classic and add in a look at how obsession of any type can ultimately bring about your downfall.  Read More…

Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: The Big Short!

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UPDATE: all PDF passes have been given out. Thank you to everyone who entered!

Yaaaay — turkey day week!  Okay, I’m reaching.  But I do so love holidays.  And free screenings.  So how about passes for The Big Short, a film about the banking bust of the double-aughts, the one that has left us still reeling?  Synopsis!

When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. Based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis (The Blind Side, Moneyball), and directed by Adam Mckay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) The Big Short stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt.

Passes?  Of course.  Right this way…

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