Cinema Crazed Covers The 2016 Oscar Contenders

It’s that time of year again, where Hollywood either guides us in to celebrating actual works of cinematic art, or will likely arouse the ire of cineastes for years to come by playing it safe with the obvious crowd pleasers once again. In either case, “Oscar” night 2017 promises to be an interesting and controversial one. With the political landscape, racial landscape, and current crop of movies nominated at this years’ ceremony, a lot of us are hoping the Academy celebrates films that hold a miror to society rather than simply celebrate the safe, and light hearted fare that pass itself at “escapism.” That said, while we are a bit of cynics, we have a good time every year with the pageantry, the fun, and celebration of film.

To remind you of who is nominated this year, we covered a lot of Oscar nominees. If you want to a refresher course of what we thought of a lot of the films up for an award this year, we’ve compiled a list of movies reviewed by the Cinema Crazed contributors. Feel free to voice your own opinions on these films and many others in the comments!

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Five Great Movies you can watch on CometTV.com in January

For those unaware, “Comet TV” is a new science fiction station on the internet that hearkens back to classic cable’s niche TV networks. “Comet TV” is still young and has a limited, but fun line up of horror, fantasy, and hardcore science fiction, from shows like “Outer Limits,” and “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” and even have their own weekly events on the channel, including a line up of diverse and very interesting movies within the scope of the channel’s science fiction roots.

For fans anxious to bathe in some great science fiction, Comet TV can be found online and is reminiscent of the good old days of the Sci-Fi Channel here in America. This month, Comet TV have an entire list of genre films they’re airing for their audience, and these are five especially good ones we suggest you check out!

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Five Items on Our Movie Buff Holiday Wish List

trilogia-de-guillermoIt’s that time of year again, and as always we have a mile long list of movies and pop culture items that we want to add to our collection. Since you’re anxious to know what we have on our wish list this year (come on, admit it), we thought we’d post a snippet of movie items that we’d love to have on our shelves to entertain us in to 2017.

While we do indeed review movies for certain companies, the views expressed in this list are 100% our own. However, if you want to give us a holiday reward, don’t hesitate to buy your favorite titles through these links, allowing us a royalty to help pay for the site and whatnot.

Also feel free to follow us on Instagram. Just for fun.

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Happy Holidays from Cinema Crazed!

We at Cinema Crazed wanted to thank our loyal readers for another excellent year online. This year we celebrated ten years on the net, and we hope to go as long as possible. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kooky Kwanzaa, Happy Festivus, a Great Saturnalia, and a Happy New Year to everyone.

If you want to get your Friendly Neighborhood movie blog a gift, be sure to purchase Felix Vasquez Jr’s science fiction novel “The Genesis Exiles”! It’s now available in digital and print form!

No matter what religion, race, or creed you are, we’re all human. Be safe, be kind, and hold your loved ones tight.

For now, enjoy our favorite Christmas song, above.

Our Horror Expendables Dream Team

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Art by Chris LaBrenz

There’s been rumors of a horror movie expendables in the works, and it’s one we hope will be so much better than the actual expendables movies. Since we loved the idea we thought it’d be a good idea to cast a team of horror heroes and anti-heroes we think would be best suited for a horror expendables team. We teamed up with Brian Pittman from Batman’s Got a Nosebleed to cast our own picks on who should be battling pure evil when no one else wants to step up.

I mean, picking your own squad of kick-ass horror characters to take on all comers? That’s something we can get behind whole-heartedly. But we weren’t ready for how genuinely hard this actually was. We have redone these lists several times because we kept feeling unsure of who should be on it. There are so many amazing horror heroes and heroines! And we’re picking six of them? Oy, this was a task we truly were never prepared for. But we did it, finding six characters a piece from horror who we think could stand up against pretty much anything. Well, maybe now Godzilla, but he’s not really horror. If he was horror, he’d be on the squad.

So, there they are, our squads of horror heroes to face on the throes of evil that may stalk their way. We’d trust them with our lives and we hope you dig our choices. Who would be in your Horror Expendables?

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The Death of the Video Store

blockbusterstoreWritten by Ed Tellier

When I was a kid growing up, my family bought their first VCR in 1985. I was 8 years old. I’ll never forget the day as long as I live. I’ll never forget my grandfather renting 1980’s The Dogs of War. When the movie was over, he had no idea on how to rewind the tape back so we did it manually, going all the way back through the movie in reverse order. That whole experience awakened the movie buff in me. The convenience of being able to watch a movie at home without commercial interruption was quite appealing. As the 80’s went on, the popularity of VHS rentals exploded.

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