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Feb 26, 2015

The Maximum Fixing of Spider-Man For Sony

by Tobi Ogunyemi
Located in: Ambitionland - Opinions

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The leasing deal that Sony Pictures has made with Marvel Studios allows the world's greatest wall-crawler to make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe good and proper - for a lot of fans of the movies, it's about damn time. But what if Sony had a solid plan where they didn't have to do that?

We think we might have an idea for that, looking at various versions of the character, supporting casts, villains, storylines, timelines and even different types of films that can be done with the diversity of Spider-Man's character. Just take a look at his original medium, and the answer can be found there.

Categories Blog Entry Opinion Tags Spider-Man The Amazing Spider-Man Sony Pictures Marvel Studios comic books superhero movies

Placing Your 2015 Oscars Bets With Justin Edwards!

by Justin Edwards and Tobi Ogunyemi
Located in: Ambitionland - Blogs

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The 2015 Oscars are, finally, this weekend and if you haven't placed or bets or filled out your ballot, then we have you covered!

Helping us this year between so many of the different races in play among many of the categories (Best Picture, Director, Actor, the Screenplays, etc), we talked to our good friend Justin Edwards on not only the scenarios that we could see on the big night, but also what could happen and his official picks accordingly. Follow along, and we hope everyone does well - good luck on your picks!

Categories Blog Entry Speculation Tags The Academy Awards The Oscars predictions Boyhood Birdman Richard Linklater Alejandro G. Iñárritu Michael Keaton Eddie Redmayne The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Mystic Mountain With Danny Santos

by Jacinta Carroll
Located in: Cinema Studies Program - Our Special Guests

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Oakland University journalist major Jacinta Carroll got to see her, and ours as well!, good friend Danny Santos about his job at The Mystic Mountain in Royal Oak, Michigan reading tarot cards. With his work in tarot, palm reading and more, Danny talks about how embracing the spiritual world has helped him and his customers in their life and beyond.

We can't thank Jacinta, and Danny as always, enough for sharing this one with us!

Categories Insight Tags Danny Santos tarot cards arcana cards Mystic Mountain Celtic cross spread

Jan 24, 2015

I Was the Stereotypical Humorless College Film Student: Looking at the 2014 Academy Awards Through Animation and More with Steve Killius and Shelby Shoup

by Steve Killius, Tobi Ogunyemi and Shelby Shoup
Located in: Podcasts - La Grande Illusion Podcast

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So. There was a lot of OUTRAGE over the Academy Award nominations, weren't there (if you missed it, here's our specific take on the OUTRAGE we had)? A lot of surprises, a lot of films left off the table and in the cold, and one particular picture in question was an overwhelming favorite in 2014 which was The LEGO Movie. Not nominated for Best Animated Feature sent social media into a tailspin (and opened up the category actually) and especially one of our friends and partners in Steve Killius.

Over at the RoboFist's Revenge Tumblr, Steve laid out his digressions with The LEGO Movie not being nominated in the category and the Academy Awards in general and in return, we had a number of issues with his issues. So, let's all get together and do a podcast about it and hash out what's up with animation and much more.

Also, the selling of sex toys are discussed. There's that too.

Categories Discussion Film Podcasts Tags The Oscars Academy Awards The Academy Academy Award nominations Oscar nominations animation Best Animated Picture The LEGO Movie Big Hero 6 Boxtrolls Song of the Sea The Tale of Princess Kaguya Disney Pixar Studio Ghibli Walt Disney Andy Serkis Frozen

Jan 19, 2015

This Is What Happens When You Actually Are Able To Hit the King: The 2014 Academy Award Nominations Broke Me

by Tobi Ogunyemi
Located in: Ambitionland - Blogs

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Where to begin?

Folks, this is a rough one; we love the Oscars, straight-up. For everything that comes with being a historic brand of cinema and the medium's history, there's a lot of good and a lot of bad (and a lot of laughing, and a lot of WTFs) in there. But this year's overall crop of nominations? Yeah, this might have broken us to be honest with you. With a great year of cinema, this is what The Academy is telling us is their best of the year - you could only come up with eight Best Picture nominees? Really?

But we digress.

After the Thursday morning announcements, we look into what went into the nominations, the systematic nature of The Academy itself (including the correct balloting system, the important date change in December) and much much more. Are we still going to watch the Oscars this year? Honestly, we have no idea.

Categories Blog Entry Film News Tags The Oscars Academy Awards The Academy Academy Award nominations Oscar nominations Best Picture Best Actor Best Actress Best Supporting Actress The Grand Budapest Hotel Marion Cotillard Gugu Mbathu-Raw Scarlett Johansson Tilda Swinton Jessica Chastain Meryl Streep Selma Ava DuVernay Kathryn Bigelow Zero Dark Thirty The Wolf of Wall Street The Golden Globes Adam Sternbergh Vulture Sasha Stone Awards Daily Mark Harris Grantland Jason Bailey Flavorwire Candice Frederick

Jan 3, 2015

The Top Ten Films of 2014, And the Rest of the Decade

by Tobi Ogunyemi
Located in: Ambitionland - Blogs

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Continuing on our trek of the best from 2014 (as we did in television here), we look to the silver screen in cinema, and luckily for us, it's been a very interesting year in cinema across the board. Actors pulling off multiple-duties, smart blockbusters (!!!), incredible genre-bursting indies, filmmakers branching beyond what we expect of them and much more. We even lay down some of our favorite performances of the year as well (Tyler Perry, folks!).

But, that is not all. Not by a long shot. Aside from 2014, we also list off our favorite films of 2013, and 2012, and 2011.... and every year up to 2004. So we have an entire decade of some of our top films for you to go through!

Needless to say though, Emma Stone can fake rock our world anytime. ;)

Categories Anthology Blog Entry Film Tags Top ten films Top ten films of the decade films Top performances Honorable mentions

Dec 23, 2014

From Flat Circles, Holy Tilda Swinton and Meeting the Mets: The Best and Favorites of Television in 2014

by Tobi Ogunyemi
Located in: Features - Watching the Small Screen

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It's that time of year, and you've probably seen as much of these as we have (and we've seen a lot), but it's time to jot down what are our favorite.... things of the year are from 2014! Since this year is winding down, finally.

So in this feature, we look at our best and favorites on television which wasn't easy to compile since the small screen has really extended beyond its parameters into more unique material, more diverse and fleshed out characters and just more good quality. Check out what we have listed as some of our favorites of the year, and we give some shouts as well. It's been an incredible year of television and it shows no signs of slowing down (hopefully).

Categories Opinion Television Tags television TV Best of 2014 Game of Thrones FX American Horror Story Homeland Looking Raul Castillo Scott Bakula Orphan Black Tatiana Maslany Jordan Gavaris Louie Louis C.K. You're the Worst Ava Cash Chris Geere Kether Donohue The Bridge Demián Bichir Diane Kruger Franka Potente The Knick Steven Soderbergh Clive Owen André Holland Fargo Noah Hawley Billy Bob Thornton Martin Freeman Allison Tolman Mad Men True Detective Nic Pizzolatto Matthew McConaughey Woody Harrelson Cary Joji Fukunaga The Americans Matthew Rhys Keri Russell Noah Emmerich Holly Taylor Veep Girls Masters of Sex Parks and Recreation Last Week With John Oliver

Dec 20, 2014

Looking Into the 2014 Awards Season Through the ATL Airport with Justin Edwards

by Justin Edwards and Tobi Ogunyemi
Located in: Podcasts - La Grande Illusion Podcast

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Being joined by one of our favorites, and a great contributor as well, in Justin Edwards over Thanksgiving (in the usual hangout spot of Applebees no less - shouts to Calvin!), we go over where the awards season of 2014 is at this point. With Selma and American Sniper premiering at the AFI Fest, what does the field look like with Interstellar, Into the Woods, Unbroken and others joining the crowded race. 

We also catch up on Justin's move to Austin, Texas (Robert Rodriguez! Tom Hanks at Whole Foods!) and a number of films that we have seen up til now - always great to be joined by Justin on another podcast!

Categories Discussion Film Podcasts Tags 2014 awards season The Oscars The Academy Best Picture Best Director Best Actress Best Actor Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress Best Foreign Language Film Benedict Cumberbatch Eddie Redmayne Craig Kennedy Awards Daily Vulture Mark Harris Grantland Interstellar

Dec 11, 2014

Exodus: Splitting the Red Sea of Fake Garden Variety Anger via RoboFist's Revenge

by Tobi Ogunyemi

In a bit of fun cross-promoting that we like to do with Steve Killius' RoboFist's Revenge every once in a while, we have out latest piece from that side of the tracks: the RoboFist crew was gracious enough as always to let Tobi vent his white hot anger about the attention a certain film has gotten lately (a little indie called Exodus: Gods and Kings - you might have heard about it).

Ridley Scott's latest blockbuster venture tells the familiar story of Moses freeing his people from the iron fist of the Pharaoh, and the film - even before being released of course - has come under a lot of scrunity over its cast and whitewashing. Really? That's the problem people who haven't even seen the movie have against this film?

Tobi's anger at their anger takes the issue hard and lays it down on how that's the least of the film's apparent problems. Thanks again to our friends at RoboFist for letting him get all this anger out like one of those Biblical plagues!