Interview: Chester Tam, writer/director of the new Netflix original film, Take the 10

Posted by: Paul Little  //  January 20, 2017 @ 10:18am

When we first met Chester Tam, it was right before we re-branded this website as ShowbizMonkeys.com nearly 10 years ago. The Lonely Island's first feature film, Hot Rod, was about to be released, and Tam (their friend and frequent collaborator) was nice enough to brave being only the second person I'd ever interviewed.

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Walkey Talk: Memo to the Academy

Posted by: Michael Walkey  //  January 7, 2017 @ 8:17pm

Jimmy Kimmel has been tapped to host this year's Academy Awards on February 26, 2017. La La Land has already positioned itself as the odds-on favourite to win Best Picture before the nominations have been announced.

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The Geekdom Cave Episode 2: Bats in the Belfry

Posted by: Nelson Cordeiro  //  September 17, 2016 @ 4:20pm

This week in The Geekdom Cave, we talk about the man, the legend, the dark knight, the caped crusader himself... BATMAN! Tom is back and we ponder all things shrouded in a cape and cowl, from the page to the big screen.

September 17 is Batman Day. If you forgot this year, let this serve as a reminder for you for 2017 -- and make up for it by listening to this podcast.

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The Geekdom Cave Episode 1: Geekdom Begins

Posted by: Nelson Cordeiro  //  September 9, 2016 @ 9:09pm

Step inside the Cave for this first installment of what is sure to be an ongoing nerdgasm of a saga!

I sit down with Tom this week and we play catch-up on the 2016 summer in entertainment: movies, TV, and even some Netflix originals (and yes, there are spoilers). So step into The Geekdom Cave and watch your step.

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Oscar Talk: Hear Leo Roar

Posted by: Michael Walkey  //  February 29, 2016 @ 6:01pm

Well, that was interesting...

One of the best things to happen to the Oscars this year was the #OscarsSoWhite backlash and negative press the Academy received for lack of diversity in its nominees. This wasn't just because it brought awareness to an important subject, but because it brought more awareness to the Oscars themselves.

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88th Academy Awards: Articles, live tweets, and a complete list of Oscar winners

Posted by: Showbiz Monkeys  //  February 28, 2016 @ 1:26am

88th Annual Academy Awards Coverage:

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Oscar Talk: Straight Outta Contention

Posted by: Michael Walkey  //  January 17, 2016 @ 5:13pm

How do you really know if a movie actually gets snubbed? Isn't art subjective? If so, then wouldn't the "snubs" the Academy is guilty of be just a matter of personal taste?

At the end of every year, critic groups from major North American cities like Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Toronto, and Boston name their Best Pictures.

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Walkey Talk: It's Not Binary. Films Can Be Popular AND Ambitious

Posted by: Michael Walkey  //  January 3, 2016 @ 1:50pm

Part One: Ambition

I hate writing traditional movie reviews. I hate having to express myself within the confines of a structured checklist. Here's the plot summary. The acting was strong. The writing was confident. The sets were pretty. The music was loud.

Worst of all is having to rate films though some kind of metric: numbers, letters, stars, thumbs, tomatoes, etc.

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Oscar Talk: The Curious Case of Creed for Best Picture

Posted by: Michael Walkey  //  December 28, 2015 @ 5:39pm

Is it really possible that Creed, the SEVENTH film in the Rocky franchise, could actually be that good? Seriously? For real?

I love the Rocky movies. I love every minute of each and every one, no matter how gloriously awful they've become.

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Five Great Films of 2015

Posted by: Tony Hinds  //  December 14, 2015 @ 2:24pm

It may be too early to discuss the Oscars, but the year in film is wrapping up with a disappointingly meager bang. Years previous, the winter has been a wonderland of cool, exciting new movies. But aside from the mixed, yet intriguing buzz surrounding The Revenant and the fervent anticipation for films like Carol or The Hateful Eight, there's little to get excited about this season.

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