Monthly Archives: October 2016

Action Movies

Action Movies

Action movies can really get your heart pumping and to be able to watch free action movies online is great. Imagine being able to sit at home and watch free movies when you want any time of the day or night and without any lock-in contracts and without a cent to spend! It is possible. Some of the great b-grade action movies you can watch for free online are –

Almighty Thor – This movie is an action packed fantasy-adventure film that was released in 2011 and is a *mockbuster* that was made at the time to coincide with the release of the Marvel Studios film THOR. Only our young hero Thor (played by Cody Deal) can save the city of Valhalla destroyed by the demon god Loki (Played by Richard Grieco). Loki has stolen the hammer of invincibility and when Thor’s older brother and father are killed trying to retrieve the hammer Thor and Jarnsaxa (Played by Patricia Velasquez) – who has to train young Thor to fight Loki, embark on a journey to collect a sword and shield so he can face Loki in one final battle. When it looks like Thor is to be defeated he must rise up, save the city and reclaim the hammer of invincibility from Loki once and for all.

2012 Ice Age – Is a classic b-grade disaster-action movie revolving around a range of volcanoes that have erupted which has caused a 200 mile long ice shelf to break apart. This rogue glacier is now travelling at high speed and heading towards the east coast of North America bringing with it giant hail and snow. The Air Force attempts to break it apart but to no avail. The story also centers on Bill (played by Patrick Labyorteaux) and his family and how they survive the impending doom. The Glacier destroys Boston Massachusetts and is now headed to New York and the Statue of Liberty – can it be stopped in time?

Air Collision – This plane disaster movie was released in 2012 and stars Reginald VelJohnson, Jordan Ladd and Gerald Webb. Following a major electromagnetic storm communications worldwide are crippled and the new Airborne Collision Avoidance System (ACAT) air traffic control system is struck and falling to earth. All traffic on the east coast of America is now in danger as it was participating in the pilot project with the new ACAT system. Two planes are now on a collision course – one is a commercial passenger plane, the other is Air Force One.

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Barber Shop: Their Own Style of Comedy

Barber Shop: Their Own Style of Comedy

If you take a look at the list of movies and TV shows releasing in the United States, and the ones that succeed, you will find that comedy dominates the list. People love to laugh, and as the world becomes more and more troubled – with global warming, terrorism, and crime on the rise – there is an ever-increasing need for films that distract people from these issues. Or help them deal with these issues in a way that does not send them crying with despair.

As the country has a large African American population, the number of movies catering to them, is also quite high. While there are a few dramatic and romantic movies in this space, a large number of them are comedy movies. And the actors who star in these movies are hugely popular and iconic figures in their own right. Think of Eddie Murphy who was fantastic in the Nutty Professor films, Norbit, and Beverly Hills Cop series. There is Queen Latifah who is almost equally popular for her comic timing and style. She has been in the Ice Age films, as the voice of Ellie, she has her own talk show, and she was also part of the Barber Shop franchise (the second film titled Barbershop 2: Back in Business).

Barber Shop has been a very popular series for its star, Ice Cube, who has multiple other comic successes to his credit. It is set in a barbershop in the South Side of Chicago. The first film introduced Calvin (Ice Cube) who inherits a barbershop, a cornerstone of life in America at one time, from his father. He discovers the true value of his inheritance only after he sells it, as he realizes that it is a place for people of the community to bond.

The second Barber Shop film took the same premise and setting, and some of the same characters, and dealt with a new set of challenges. In this film, the antagonists were urban developers trying to do away with all mom and pop stores for a branded world. Ice Cube was joined by Queen Latifah for this film though Anthony Anderson (who has lately been seen in the hit TV series Blackish) who was in the first one, sat this one out.

He makes a comeback in the comedy movie Barber Shop: The Next Cut, reprising his role as J.D. This one also has Nicki Minaj. The story is about the increasing violence and crime in the neighborhood of the barbershop. Calvin and the rest of the crew decide to tackle it in their own way.

Will this be the last film of the series? That is hard to say, as the previous film had released a decade before this one. Even if a sequel is not on the cards, a remake may just pop up a decade after.

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Brief History of Chester Cinemas

Brief History of Chester Cinemas

This is an article on the history of Chester’s cinemas. I myself worked in the Classic Chester in the projection box. Chester’s first full time cinema hall was the upper floor of what had been the Corn Exchange on Eastgate Street. This opened in 1909 and was leased to a Mr and Mrs Will Hunter. For a while it was known as the Corn Exchange cinema before becoming the Picturedrome. It closed in 1924. The Glynn Picture Hall opened in 1911 in Foregate Street. This stayed a silent cinema, not installing sound. This little cinema closed in 1931 and was at that time run by Gaumont British.

The Music Hall in St Werberg and Northgate Street ran films on a full time basis from 1915, opening with The Corsican Brothers. It was known as Music Hall Pictures until 1921; it was then altered and the screen was changed from the St Werberg side to the Northgate. It became the Music Hall, opening in November 1921 with Charles Chaplin in The Kid. It was the home of Chester’s first Talkie, The Singing Fool in 1929. It closed in 1961.

The Pat Collins Cinema De Luxe opened in 1921 on Brook Street, becoming the Majestic in 1926. In 1956 it closed and became the Majestic ballroom. It was eyes down in 1965 when bingo took the place of dancing. Bingo was transferred to the former Gaumont after the auditorium of the Majestic was demolished for road widening.

The Park cinema in Saltney, a suburb of Chester was a one level hall and opened in 1923, closing in 1959 with the Japaneese war film The Camp on Blood Island.

1931 saw the magnificent Gaumont open on Brook Street. This housed a Compton organ and live shows were often staged. It housed a cafe where cinemagoers and non cinemagoers could enjoy a meal and drink. Films ceased in 1961 and it became a Ten Pin Bowling establishment. In 1970 bingo was the name of the game.

The art deco Odeon was opened in October 1936 and in attendance was film star Douglas Fairbanks junior. In 1976 it was converted to three screens and five in 1991. The Odeon closed in June 2007.

The Tatler Foregate Street, later becoming the Classic opened in December 1936. It started as a news and cartoon cinema. In December 1937 it ran its first feature called It Happened One Night, directed by Frank Capra. This was screened five times a day. In December 1970 it closed its doors and was demolished along with several other buildings to make room for a C&A store, which became a Woolworths and is now Primark.

The last super cinema to be built in Chester was the ABC Regal in Foregate Street. It was opened by the Mayor Robert Matthewson in October 1937. Eventually it became just ABC. It was taken over by EMI in 1969 and converted to a twin cinema in 1980. The Cannon group took it over in 1987 and the cinema closed in 1990. Today the building is a Primark store. A new multiplex opened on 18th December 1990 on a shopping complex in the Sealand Road area. In 2013 that was demolished and an Asda store now stands on the site.

I have written numerous articles on the history of cinemas for a number of publications. I have just completed with a couple of friends an in-depth book on the history of Chester cinemas and theatres. It will be published by The Cinema Theatre Association either later this year, or next when the CTA is fifty years old.

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Too Much Television Can Harm Your Child

Too Much Television Can Harm Your Child

He ties his towel around his neck and jumps off the sofa and then says, “Look mommy, I am superman”. You first reaction is how cute, but upon reflection you realize that this behavior will lead to other daring and unsafe deeds. Where did the desire to fly come from? As you ask the question, you remember the marathon of Superman movies your child viewed last week. Television imagery stays with your child and can influence his behavior.

Watching too much TV distorts a child’s reality. Sitting at a screen and taking in imagery after imagery of a pretend world distorts a child’s thinking. What this means for the child is a willingness to try to fly like Superman and do the many suggestive behavior observed that appeals to their psychological or emotional needs.

Experts support that aggressive behavior in children comes from a constant exposure to violent movies, shows, series, video games and or commercials. Repeatedly watching of actors hurting each other with guns, sharp objects, and body parts become a part of a child’s mental programing. Consequently, this built up aggression must have outlet and will manifest in leaping from furniture, physical altercation with other kids, and open defiance.

Sexual behavior of young adults, boys and girls, manifests at an early age when they watch too much television per day. Contingent to the viewing program, this imaginary world in TV land provides suggestive sexual conduct and perverseness. Girls watching soap opera are more likely to get pregnant because they do not fully grasp that engaging in sex without some type of protection will result in pregnancy.

The most blatant evidence of the outcome of television on children’s behavior is the depictions of commercials. It is only after children become more cognizant of the images on TV that they can make decisions on what they would like to see. The toy industry acknowledging the willfulness of children and parents’ desire to meet their children’s needs creates commercials that grab both parties’ attention in the promotion of their products. Therefore, when Christmas comes around children due to these skilled advertisements will provide their parents with a long list of desired toys.

Television has become a constant in our lives, one in every household, that many are desensitized to its powerful sway. Many deny that television-watching impacts lives; they are convinced that as they walk up and down the aisles in grocery and department stores that the items in their basket were not there because of what they viewed on television. That the toys most sort after by their children have nothing to do with what they saw on television. Read more about this media discussion and decide whether television influences.

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