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The Reel Cinemaniac: Disney + Fox = AWESOME!

By Josh Simpkins / November 14, 2017

The Reel Cinemaniac / Josh Simpkins Oh, dear friends and neighbors, something amazing was just brought to my attention that could change the Hollywood landscape. Currently, there are six movie studios that qualify as “The Majors.” They are Paramount, Warner Bros., Universal, Sony, 21st Century Fox and Walt Disney. With its domination of the movie […]

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The Reel Cinemaniac: Got Zombies?

By Josh Simpkins / November 8, 2017

The modern zombie horror genre wouldn’t be what it is today without the work of George A. Romero. I think horror fans agree, by and large, that George A. Romero is singlehandedly responsible for the fact that zombies have become a cultural icon today. We wouldn’t have television shows like The Walking Dead, Z Nation, […]

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Reel Reviews: Only the Brave

By Josh Simpkins / November 8, 2017

When it comes to civil servants, I hold much respect for our courageous firefighters. Yes, the police keep us safe from criminals, however, a person can be reasoned with, coerced or lulled into submission. Fire, on the other hand, can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or […]

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The Reel Cinemaniac: GARFIELD!

By Josh Simpkins / November 1, 2017

The Reel Cinemaniac / Josh Simpkins Growing up, one of my favorite Saturday morning cartoon shows and Sunday morning funnies comic-strips was Jim Davis’ Garfield. Garfield appealed to me: he was lazy, witty, opinionated, loved lasagna and, most of all, hilarious. The Garfield comic, which is hailed as one of the most widely distributed and […]

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Rest in Peace, Robert Guillaume

By Josh Simpkins / October 31, 2017

By Josh Simpkins Special to the Sun I’m just going to come right out with it: another fine thespian has left us, dear friends and neighbors. It saddens me greatly to announce that Emmy, Tony and Grammy-winning actor Robert Guillaume, who became the first black actor to win comedy Emmys for playing sharp-tongued butler-turned-lieutenant governor […]

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The Reel Cinemaniac: Blade Runner 2049

By Josh Simpkins / October 25, 2017

I have always been an avid fan of all things Sci-Fi. Star Wars, Star Trek, Close Encounters, E.T., V, They Live, Guardians of the Galaxy, the Predator films, and the Alien franchise—I dig them all. However, there was one film it took 20 years for me to enjoy, understand and delight in, and that film […]

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The Reel Cinemaniac: Truly Scandalous

By Josh Simpkins / October 17, 2017

The Reel Cinemaniac / Josh Simpkins As I was growing into a man, my parents tried to instill into me morals and values. I was raised to believe in Father God, respect women, and to treat others the way I wish to be treated. In the words of Pecos Bill: “Respect the land, defend the […]

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Rest in Paradise, Tom Petty

By Josh Simpkins / October 10, 2017

By Josh Simpkins Special to the Sun “Sometimes, there’s a man. Well, he’s the man for his time and place. He fits right in there.” Yes, this is a quote from one of my top 10 all-time favorite films, The Big Lebowski. Though these lines are directed at Jeff Bridge’s character The Dude, I use […]

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Reel Reviews: Kingsmen: The Golden Circle

By Josh Simpkins / October 10, 2017

Reel Reviews / Josh Simpkins In 2014, Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) came out of left field and gave us the great Action/Adventure-Comedy Kingsman: The Secret Service. Based on the critically acclaimed comic book series by Kick-Ass writer Mark Miller and Watchmen’s Dave Gibbons, Kingsman: The Secret Service was a smashing success. It was only […]

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The Reel Cinemaniac : Rest in Piece Hef

By Josh Simpkins / October 3, 2017

The Reel Cinemaniac / Josh Simpkins Along the seemingly endless and arduous road of growing up there are certain rites of passage—if you will—that occur. There are certain similarities and glaring differences between a growing boy and a budding young lady. For girls it could be make-up, advanced recipes, or choosing hair color and styles. […]

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