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PixelatedPop Presents: Simple Pleasures 2

Here, we see Macho Man Randy Savage letting his friends know what row he wants to sit in. 

Top 10 From Back Then: The Movies Of 1984

1984 was certainly a trying year for the citizens of planet Earth.  A merciless famine ravaged the nation of Ethiopia, killing over a million of its people by year's end.  Crack cocaine was first introduced into the Los Angeles region and soon spread all over the country, ushering in the infamous "Crack Epidemic."  But perhaps the most burdensome event of the year occurred on May 8 when the longest game in Major League Baseball history took place between the Chicago White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers, spanning two whole days and lasting twenty-five innings.  1984 witnessed the deaths of funnyman Andy Kaufman and legendary musician Marvin Gaye; fortunately, in return, it birthed the world's sexiest woman, Scarlett Johansson.  The year also provided a bevy of films that proved hotter than Michael Jackson in a Pepsi commercial.  So, without further ado, PixelatedPop presents the Top 10 From Back Then: The Movies Of 1984!

PixelatedPop Presents: Simple Pleasures

With the fast pace every day life can hurtle by, it is easy to forget how much pleasure can stem from simple occurrences.  These "simple pleasures" are more than mere, cheap soap and lotion brands.  They are what bridge the gap between the "big events" and the everyday mundane blandness.  I, and my fellow PixelatedPop compatriots, are here to not only identify such simple pleasures, but to pay tribute to them as only we know how.

10 Most Anticipated Movies Of (the Rest Of) 2012

If the world actually comes to an end this December, big-wigs in Hollywood might be too distracted with their endless piles of cash to acknowledge the chaos unfolding outside their windows.  With a little over the first half of 2012 in the can, this year has already witnessed colossal box-office returns in The Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight Rises and The Hunger Games, as well as The Avengers, which has already become the third highest-grossing film of all time.  Although it's difficult to imagine director Joss Whedon's nearly-perfect comic book ensemble losing its kung-fu grip as the number one earner by year's end, the second chunk of 2012 still has plenty left in store for moviegoers of all sorts...

Movie Review: Resident Evil

I have never understood why Hollywood is apparently incapable of delivering a truly great movie based on a popular video game franchise.  Perhaps this is because studios tend to deviate extensively from the source material and ultimately churn out films that hardly represent their pixelated counterparts.  Most of these games that serve as inspiration for said films include all the necessary elements that make movies enjoyable -- unique characters, ceaseless action and intriguing storylines that wholly envelope the player into its universe.  When Resident Evil lurched into theaters in early 2002, it was hardly the first of its kind.  By this time, several other video games had witnessed their own big-screen adaptations, and Resident Evil was all geared up to follow the same kind of success as some of its predecessors.  But would the movie go on to achieve a satisfyingly haunting atmosphere similar to the one found in Silent Hill, or would it be doomed to drown in a river of cheese alongside Super Mario Bros.?

Movie Review: Twilight

It's difficult to denounce the allure of vampires, those mythological bloodsuckers of folklore whose various tales of legend remain just as immortal as the creatures themselves.  Stephenie Meyer discovered this when a dream involving a human teenage girl and her night-stalking boyfriend influenced her to put pen to paper in 2003 despite never having written creatively before.  Three months later, a simple illusion evolved into a full-length novel entitled Twilight, and faster than you can illegally download the latest Jonas Brothers CD, three more books followed and won the hearts and minds of adolescent girls the world over.  Considering the box office successes of the Harry Potter and The Lord Of the Rings franchises, big screen adaptations of The Twilight Saga were a no-brainer...

Top Five Since I've Been Alive: The Movies of 1986

In 1986, I turned two years old and was greeted by my first epiphany.

Movie Review: Kick-Ass

"How come no one's ever tried to be a superhero?"  This is the question that plagues the mind of one comic book obsessed high school dweebie in Kick-Ass, the exhilarating big screen adaptation of the graphic novel by Mark Millar.  The inquiry serves as a promising theme for the film and addresses the notion that one doesn't necessarily have to be bitten by a radioactive spider or own a mansion full of high-tech gadgets to win over the admiration of his fellow citizens.  Director Matthew Vaughn (helmer of the underrated British gangster thriller Layer Cake) has a lot of fun with the source material and remains mostly faithful to it throughout the movie, including all of the brutal violence and coarse language that has recently twisted up the panties of numerous film critics all over the country.  By now you're probably wondering, does Kick-Ass in fact kick ass?  Well, let me ask you this -- does Powered Toast Man fly backwards?

Top Five Since I've Been Alive: The Movies of 1985

1985 was a year for big debuts.  Some of these debuts were impressive.  Mike Tyson made his professional boxing debut.  Wrestlemania debuted and gave every wrestling fan what they desperately wanted to see -- Mr. T.

Movie Review: Maximum Overdrive

Stephen King stands as one of the most acclaimed authors of all time.  As an American literary icon, many of his books have been adapted for both the big and small screens over the last thirty years, several of which quickly established themselves as instant classics (Misery, The Shining, Stand By Me) and some that missed the mark entirely (Dreamcatcher, The Mist, Secret Window).  Mr. King has never experienced much difficulty scoring sought-after directors to helm the film versions of his novels, but after spending over a decade witnessing some of his greatest stories being brought to life by such artistic minds as Brian De Palma, John Carpenter and Stanley Kubrick, the anxious writer eagerly embraced the director's chair for the first (and subsequently last) time ever in his career to bring us the infamous 1986 action-horror debacle Maximum Overdrive, a clumsily-made mess that accomplished little other than revitalizing the career of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers AC/DC...

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