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CONTEST: Enter For Your Chance To Win A Copy of The ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie On DVD!

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Dear Marshmallows,

Tomorrow (or late tonight) is the day we’ve waited a long time for. And, to celebrate, I’ve got your chance to win a copy of the Veronica Mars movie on DVD (to be released May).

On the eve of graduating law school, Veronica Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her. While interviewing at high-end New York law firms, Veronica Mars gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don’t seem right with how Logan’s case is perceived and handled, Veronica finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind.

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ABOUT HOW THE FILM GOT MADE:

Following a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign that ended on April 12, 2013, Veronica Mars was shot over 23 days during June-July 2013. It will be released in selected theaters nationwide on March 14th, 2014

HOW TO ENTER:

1) Test out your Veronica Mars knowledge with this awesome trivia app! (Click the picture to try it out)

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Follow @TheReelTimes on Twitter and RT THIS tweet! That’s it! A winner will be chosen at random! Contest closes on March 28th. Good luck!

(Reminder: Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Veronica Mars Prize Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.)

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LOOK: I’ve Probably Never Been More Excited For A DTV Movie

If I’m being honest, I’m probably going to name my first born after this movie.

Also: Shannon Doherty.

That’s all.

READ: Let’s Talk About NBC’s ‘Parenthood’

Be forewarned that this post will contain…light…spoilers.

You know when you just know? 3 years ago when Parenthood first premiered on NBC, I knew it was going to be one of my shows. I wasn’t ready to watch it yet, and I wasn’t sure when exactly I was going to do so, but I knew. After 3 years of putting it off, the last month I decided to play catch up and, in all honesty, it’s been one of the most pleasurable TV viewing experiences I’ve ever had. For many, TV is just TV. Everyone has a favorite show, sure, but not everyone will buy all 7 seasons of Buffy or the 6 seasons of Lost and power through them in a summer and romantically and obsessively become one with this product, because that’s all it is at the end of the day. But when a TV experience is a TV EXPERIENCE, it’s more than can be described. This post is becoming a little much for me, so let’s tone it down. But what I am trying to say is that Parenthood is an experience.

There are very, very, VERY few shows that deal with realism so well. Mad Men does it brilliantly but it’s a look back. Parenthood absolutely traps the viewer in this time capsule and doesn’t let you out. The recaps before the show do a great job for those who’ve missed an episode or a scene while going to the washroom, but it’s something you have to start and you have to finish. It’s all very non-inclusive of the audience. Parenthood isn’t for everyone, though it’s showcases everyone. When you watch the show and see the characters grow, you tend to realize you know each character or you yourself identify with each character. But the stark reality of the show and it’s plethora of awkward moments (when Haddie’s pocket calls Kristina – her mom – while she was having sex for the first time? I…) is a lot for some people. If you liked the gloss of Brothers & Sisters, you won’t like the dirtiness of Parenthood. The show regularly closes the door on the viewer, allowing you to simply peak into the world of the Bravermans and that’s why it works so well. Parenthood isn’t asking you to like the Bravermans – there are probably entire episodes where I’ve hated everyone on the show – or even care about them, but this is their world that is happening in front of the cameras and you can be apart of it or not.

There are many reality shows on TV that document the struggles of parenting, families – large families in particular – but none of them even come close to the actual reality that every episode of Parenthood contains. For instance, season 3 contains the story-line of Julie and Joel trying to adopt a baby through exterior motives. The way in which it ends is absolutely devastating, heartbreaking and tiring YET, ultimately satisfying. This show doesn’t give the audience what it wants. Ross and Rachel won’t end up together on this show because it’s for the audience. If something happens on this show – good or bad – it’s because it is supposed to happen. There have been moments I’ve absolutely not cared for the show (the whole thing with the secretary and Adam at The Luncheonette is a prime example) but they come and they go and we move on, they move on because, well, that is what family does.

But this show’s simple brilliance isn’t in the heavy plotlines. This show works the best in it’s silent, most demure moments. Be it a hand gesture, a look – the looks they give each other, gah – or even a nod, any of it, I believe it. I believe these people are family. I know they aren’t but I won’t accept that. I also won’t accept the excuse from other shows that don’t feature different demographics like Parenthood does. The blood relatives of the Bravermans – excluding Jabar – are a lot of white folk. It’s a very white show, yet, it never feels white. Why? This show contains so many moments of color and diversity through it’s secondary characters that it’s so gratifying to see. It’s not insulting either, like in a Glee-way where the stereotypes are stereotypes but the character is a Doctor and just so happens to be black. Outside of race, sexuality, gender and everything else is covered (for the most part).

Maybe it’s just me that feels this way. It does decently for an NBC show, but the ratings aren’t massive and I know one other person that actively watches this show so I’m not telling you to watch Parenthood. Frankly don’t because maybe you shouldn’t. But do it if you can and if you want to and I promise you, it’s a great ride.

WATCH: The Extensive Process Of Getting ‘Tintin’ To The Big Screen

I’d gone out the other night with some friends and my buddy Stephen and I were discussing films, and he brought up the extras to the Tintin blu-ray, which includes something similar the attached half hour THR piece with Spielberg and Jackson.

Sometimes, you really don’t fully realize how extensive a project like making a film is. Like, we know how much of a big ass deal it is. But with so many awful films being released regularly (looking at you, The Three Stooges) it just kind of escapes you as the viewer. If you have sometime, and you are a cinephile like myself, you should put a half an hour of your day aside and watch this. It’s really interesting.

‘Community’ Season 3 Promo

Is that… Dan Conner? The fact that pretty much the entire cast of Roseanne is back and working on TV (even if Roseanne herself has been shafted to the failing OWN network) is enough for me.

NBC grabbed John Goodman to join the cast of their cult “hit” show for season 3. Love this promo. And don’t forget season 2 is on DVD September 6th.

Revisiting ‘Thelma & Louise’

Thelma & Louise, the genre defining, barrier breaking film of 1991 was released on Blu Ray for it’s 20th Anniversary Edition a few weeks back. Thelma & Louise is a movie that can truly capture a decade in 2 hours. Most of us know the story of Thelma & Louise; two girls go for a road trip, Oprah & Gayle styles for this generation, and they encounter a man with a craving for rape. Ending his life where it should, the girls then are on the run from the feds, friends, ex-lovers and really, themselves. Thelma & Louise is a stunning take on the genre of women action/adventure thrillers and it’s a testament to that era because if it were released in this day and age, would it work? And that ending! Let’s continue…

Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis play Thelma & Louise, respectively. The girls do an excellent acting job, but for me Sarandon’s twangy accent oozing with confidence Louise really takes the cake. She is revolutionary, truly. I’ve always had a problem with Thelma because she is the catalyst to everything that happens in this movie (for better or worse) and sometimes I just think she holds Louise back from her own spin-off Louise: The Untold Story and How She Survived An Annoying Friend That Pretty Much Ruined Her Life, but I digress. And if you don’t blink too much you will see Brad Pitt in his first ever film role as Louise’s 45 second lover mid way through the movie.

I just read the Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph article in the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly. I don’t remember who said it but either Maya or Kristen just hope for the day where people won’t see a bunch of women in a movie, or a TV show and call it “extraordinary” or “an achievement” but it’s just a film. Thelma & Louise was a movie for it’s time, before it’s time and an advisory for what’s to come. Women headlining a major film is not unheard of, love them or hate them the Sex & The City films brought in MAJOR money but in a summer that is dominated by testicles its often hard to find the vagina’s in the sea of testosterone. Thelma & Louise though, and much like Bridesmaids and any smart film that just happens to star more women then men is not just for women. T&L is a fantastic time to be had for 2 hours and a bit. The film has not aged at all outside of the wardrobe choices, but hey, it was the 90’s. The film doesnt age for the simple fact that most of the movie takes place with the women on the road. There are no buildings, not too many surrounding with people to really have it bog down the film in the time period. And this film is not about the 90’s, it’s not about being on the run (for the most part) but it’s about the friendship between the two.

The film ends in a big ol’ twist that is less of a twist and more of a necessary ending. I am weary for the day this film is remade because the ending will be altered for sure because modern audiences are not as hard edged as the 90’s ones were. We need our endings rapped in bows and then explained in subtitles, and then an extra scene during the credits just so we all get HOW IT ENDED!! Remember when The Sopranos ended? Remember how Inception ended? Depending on who you were with people either shit all over or loved it, and those who loved it will love this ending. I mean, not only is the ending to this film quite definitive but it’s also the only possible, proper ending.

The film is absolutely beautifully shot and wonderfully restored on Blu Ray. I am the person who tends to advise people to stray from purchasing an older filmed being transferred onto Blu Ray but this restoration was beautifully crafted. The final 15 minutes in the desert with the ladies is wildly colorful; a painting of sorts. My only problem is the middle of the film where it does lag and there is some scenes I would have chosen to cut out myself but thanks to the acting of these fine ladies, the outstanding direction of Ridley Scott and the all encompassing scenery Thelma & Louise is a film that has not aged over the last 20 years and is a film that should be admired and studied. Less films like Something Borrowed and more films like this okay?

Adjust This Cover

Who was in charge of this, Stevie Wonder? I mean really. How hard is it to make a good DVD cover art. All the time. There are maybe just a bit more than a handful of DVD covers that I truly, really like and that’s because the artists push so much into the cover to try to the sell the thing.

What is wrong with Emily Blunts face?

What happened to her other leg?

Why is Matt Damon’s body in a completely different angle than hers?

That quote has been used 75,009 times.

Who picked these colors?