Posts by: Joseph Hunter (@joesoldout)

There are a lot of bloggers and editors Writing Importantly about HBO’s terrific mind-bending, decades-spanning crime anthology True Detective, which concludes its first season Sunday night. The finale is one of the most hotly anticipated TV events in recent memory, perhaps topped in fan fervor only by Breaking Bad‘s series finale last September. With the […]

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Let’s call the 86th Academy Awards ceremony “forgettable.” Host Ellen DeGeneres gave a few pretty good quips, 12 Years a Slave won best picture, Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor, and Gravity won basically everything else in the least-surprising Oscar ceremony imaginable. The gripping space drama took home seven awards, all but one in technical categories […]

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Winner Leonardo DiCaprio There were quite a few actors with strong bodies of work in 2013, but with excellent, memorable performances as insanely rich men in two separate leading roles, Leonardo DiCaprio wins the 2013 honor for Stars & Popcorn Actor of the Year. He announced his candidacy in The Great Gatsby, the much-maligned and […]

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Geopolitical intrigue and world financial crisis? Count me in. January is a strange month in the movie cycle, and not in a good way. Usually, it’s filled with overwrought dramas not good enough for awards contention, cheesy horror movies not good enough for October releases, and terrible cash-grab comedies whose only purpose is to nab […]

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The nominees for the 86th Academy Awards have been announced, and boy, do we at Stars & Popcorn have some extremely hot takes on the action! By which I mean we are mostly unsurprised by most of what the Academy has wrought. As expected, American Hustle and Gravity lead the way, with 10 nominations apiece, […]

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Note: Below is our Director of the Year poll. Voting is closed for Actor of the Year and Actress of the Year. Check back next week to cast your vote for Director of the Year. We’re all about giving power back to the people here at Stars & Popcorn, so this year, we decided to […]

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Note: Below is our Actress of the Year poll. Voting is closed for the Actor of the Year poll. Check back next week to cast your vote for Director of the Year. We’re all about giving power back to the people here at Stars & Popcorn, so this year, we decided to give our faithful […]

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Note: Voting for Actor of the Year has been closed. You may now vote in our Actress of the Year poll. We’re all about giving power back to the people here at Stars & Popcorn, so this year, we decided to give our faithful readers (and even the unfaithful ones who disappoint us constantly) a […]

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It’s not even worth coming up with a snappy “game” cutline. Novelist Orson Scott Card has said repeatedly over the years that he believed his book Ender’s Game to be impossible to adapt for screen. Read the novel and you may agree: It’s grand and intricate in its scope, and much of its development and […]

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When I was in sixth grade, I read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card for the first time, and it instantly became one of my favorite books. It struck a long-resonating chord, and I have returned to re-read that book every two or three years since then with the same amount of joy – a […]

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Everything’s gonna be O.K. Even if you can’t immediately place it, chances are you remember the true-to-life story of Richard Phillips, captain of the Maerst Alabama, who was taken hostage after his ship was attacked by four Somali pirates in 2009. The ordeal lasted only a night, but thanks to social media and the 24-hour […]

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I’ve got a bad feeling about this mission. Few cinematic experiences are quite as immersive or as complete as Gravity, the tightly developed and much-hyped space drama by writer/director Alfonso Cuarón – and the director’s first movie since 2006’s highly acclaimed Children of Men. With Gravity, Cuarón gives audiences a vastly different experience than he […]

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