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An Exclusive Interview with Actor-Filmmaker Paul Sampson

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — At some point in our lives, we’ve all wanted to be an actor. We hear about the glamorous lifestyles and the paychecks and we ask ourselves “how hard could that be?” However, once most of us do that school play, we realize that maybe acting isn’t[...]

Was Harry Potter Worth the Wait?

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — In 2000, I read my first “Harry Potter” book. For the past 11 years, I have been waiting … waiting for the next book to come out, waiting for the movies to come out. I have spent over half my life with Harry, Ron, and Hermione keeping me company. I[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘The Undefeated’

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — I think one of our biggest flaws when it comes to watching films is our understanding of documentaries. Most people treat documentaries as reality, taking everything said on screen at face value, and not realizing that making a documentary involves the same tr[...]

Short Film Theater: ‘Successful Alcoholics’

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — “Successful Alcoholics” is a short film is made up of two contradictory ideas. While it tries to be funny, it also tries to tackle the issue of alcoholism in a serious manner. Whether it is successful or not is a different story[...]

The Adventures of Tintin: Teaser Trailer

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — I have to admit when I heard the title for “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn,” I wasn’t overly optimistic for the movie. It sounded like something that was going straight to DVD. However, my interest piqued when I started seeing who[...]

A First Look at the ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ Animated Show

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — In 2004 “Napoleon Dynamite” hit the theatre. The obscure comedy made being ridiculously awkward funny and ensured that all the kids in school would be quoting the movie for years to come. Now, seven years later when only the most die-hards inflict Heder’[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Straw Dogs’

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — When the “Straw Dogs” remake was first announced, there were a lot of mutterings about how unnecessary such a remake would be. The original “Straw Dogs,” after all, was a great film that explored ideas of masculinity, violence and nationality (for lack[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Fright Night’

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — “Fright Night” picked a good day to release is trailer. It is Friday the 13th after all and the trailer looks pretty scary. When I wrote about the new images that were released earlier this week, I felt like the remake could go in one of two directions: a [...]

Two New Images from ‘Fright Night’

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — While it’s easy to bemoan the yearly slew of remakes, it’s just plain hard not to get excited about some of them. Remakes have the wisdom of hindsight and time, and one of the remakes I’m looking forward to is “Fright Night.” Since the film has a bit[...]

Three Featurettes from ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II’

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — For those frequent readers of It’s Just Movies, my love of all things Harry Potter comes as no surprise. I own multiple editions of the books and have been Hermoine for more than one Halloween. The fact that the movies are finally ending is something I p[...]

The Top 5 movie vampires

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — Let’s face it, vampires have been in popular culture for centuries. From ancient mythology to “The Vampire Diaries,” humanity cannot get enough of these blood-sucking fiends. While you may get the occasional person who scoffs at the idea of anything vamp[...]

A New Trailer and a Clip for ‘Daydream Nation’

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — You have to wonder what the morbid reason for our society’s obsession with high school movies and television shows is. When asked, almost everybody says they would never want to relive their high school years. However, each year audiences voyeuristically[...]

Three Clips from ‘Killing Bono’

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — My iPod is filled to the brim with bands from the United Kingdom. In my humble opinion, no one knows how to rock better. However, there is one band that I haven’t even considered putting on my iPod: U2. I’m happy to see that[...]

Seven Clips from ‘Your Highness’

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — It’s always a disappointment when your expectations aren’t met. You see a movie to watch your favorite actor, only to find out their role is a cameo that lasts all of five minutes. The concession stand employee gave you coke instead of diet coke. You[...]