Avoiding the Summer Blockbuster Bombs

As the weather turns warmer, you are probably getting the urge to come in out of the heat and check out a movie. Hollywood is ready to oblige with a host of blockbusters packing the screens at the theater and Website is just one of many with all kinds of movie channels ready for you. However, with so many choices, how can you find the right summer blockbuster for you?

You can always use the valuable information online to get the latest updates on summer entertainment, as it always a good idea to do a little research before handing over a bunch of money to spend an evening with a bad film.

Just because a movie makes a lot at the box office does not mean that it is worth your time. When checking out the list of films that are showing in your area, take note of the number of times the movie is screening. If a summer blockbuster is showing 12 times on its opening weekend, then only four times the next weekend, that means audiences are avoiding the film, likely a sign of its quality.

Secondly, take the time to read reviews and ask a friend who is a “movie expert.” See what the buzz is on a particular film and try to find information on comparative films. If you don’t like the movies that are similar to certain blockbusters, avoid that blockbuster.

With all of the hype surrounding certain summer films, it can be hard to resist the temptation to check out a blockbuster. However, with just a little effort, you can avoid getting burned by a bad summer film.

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Dance, Dance! Movies To Get Your Feet Moving

Joyful, free dancing always evokes a feeling of summer, so what better movies to celebrate summertime with than dance movies? There have been so many great movies in the past that focused on dancing, but here are some of the best ones, guaranteed to get your toes tapping.

1. Saturday Night Fever (1977). The movie has a great disco soundtrack, and as you watch John Travolta boogie on the dance floor, you’re going to wish you were out dancing [...]

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Where Have I Seem Him Before? Jesse Heiman Sightings

Due to his distinctive look, a mop of curly hair atop a round bespectacled face, Jesse Heiman rings a bell with viewers every time he appears onscreen despite the fact that the majority of his work has been as an uncredited extra in movies, television shows and commercials. He’s become something of a cult figure as a result of that, though, and his visage has appeared in multiple memorable summer movies with his first appearance in “American Pie 2″ in 2001 as Petey.

Other memorable summer blockbusters in [...]

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Choice Cinema Cuisine: Food In Films

No matter what your flavor of summer blockbuster, it’s hard to argue that in many food plays an important role whether its in animated films or in live action. When thinking of animated summer blockbusters, two films come to mind, both from Pixar and in both the notion of “food” is looked at very differently.

“Finding Nemo” directed by Andrew Stanton was released in 2003, and features many of the characters trying to NOT become food. At one point Nemo’s father Marlin and his companion wind up in a support group of sharks who have pledged not to eat fish, declaring, ” [...]

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Talking With Your Kids About Upcoming Releases

Movies provide valuable opportunities for parents and children to discuss culturally and socially relevant topics. By discussing upcoming movie releases with children, parents are able to encourage important values and discourage undesirable behavior. When discussing movies with children, there are a couple things to keep in mind.

Keep the lines of communication open. Parents should speak freely and discuss openly the controversial topics that may be portrayed in a particular movie. In doing so, the subsequent conversation will bring insight to the child or teenager about the family’s beliefs and expected behavior. Shying away from uncomfortable topics only leads [...]

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Our Fave Summer Flicks

It may not be summer any longer but you can get that warm weather feeling back just by catching some great summer flicks on your direct.tv channels! Here are a few of our favorites to look out for -

Independence Day: The ultimate summer blockbuster, Independence Day looks dated but in a nostalgic kind of way and we still can’t get enough of Will Smith. It’s all about the summer weather in this film.

Can’t Hardly Wait: This film is a classic graduation piece and it’s hilarious, toorelive those last few weeks of your senior year before summer break started by checking this one out if you can find it. Don’t let the kids watch, though, it’s a bit raunchy.

The Sandlot: Is there anything more pleasing than an old classic when you get older? Share this one with your kids and for a feeling of summer bliss rewatch the pool scene again and again. Those boys sure did know how to milk the summer heat and we still just love watching along.

Summer will be here again before you know it – gear up now!

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Digital Literature: Films That Make The Cut

With so many books making the move to becoming a film, how do directors decide which books they want to take on, and what cast they are going to hire to do the job. With such great series as the Harry Potter series, that has been making movies for over a decade now, to great films such as Water for Elephants, and The Help, which took over the book office this past summer, directors not only have to choose the best books to take on, [...]

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What Movies Are Your Kids Really Watching?

Let’s face it, the truth is kids are watching movies that they would like to watch with or without thier parents approval or knowledge. This has been true since the beginning of the film era. While movies can be monitored by a parent, it is not uncommon that children will find a way to watch a movie.

What movies are your kids really watching though? You might want to take a look at the movies that they are interested in seeing, or watching and find out if it is truly something you would like them to be viewing for their own leisure. Often, a parent can view a movie before the children, and be able to make the decision on if it is indeed family appropriate.

One simple way to find out what movies your children are watching is by viewing them before they do. If you’re concerned that a movie might be too voilent for them, or not appropriate take a look for yourself. Once you’ve done that, you will know exactly what your children are really watching while you’re away.

If you have a concern that your children are watching something at a friends house that is not appropriate, a suggestion is to call the parent or ask them if they plan on watching any movies. Once you have asked this question, the parents will be able to answer this and you will be able to let them know if you do not wish your cild to watch that type of movie.

The most important thing to remember is that when it comes to what your children are watching you in turn have the decision to make on what you think is appropriate or not. You can indeed make a difference in what they watch by putting a foot down and letting them know that certian things are not acceptable to be watched.

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Scarcely Seen Cinemas: Little Known Films That Are Must-Sees

Summer time is the time for relaxation, fun, and enjoyment. We all are looking for something fun to do. Rather it be going out, hanging with friends, or even going out on a date. The most common thing to do during the summer aside from swimming is going to the movies. This summer seems to be the summer of movies. There are epic blockbuster hit movies such as the Marvel stories X-Men, Green Lantern and Captain America or the most must see hit of the year the final chapter in [...]

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The Game Room Shelf: Movies For Kids

The home theater is becoming more and more popular these days. It is a great way to stay out of the heat in the summer time and it is much cheaper for families than going to the movie theater. It is a lot cheaper to rent or buy a DVD than take a bunch of people and the snacks are much cheaper when you make them yourself. If you have kids there are plenty of movies that coming out this summer on DVD [...]

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