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Okay so the X-Men Origins: Wolverine trailer told me that summer officially starts this weekend. And it’s kind of right. This weekend is X-Men. The next weekend is Star Trek. The weekend after that is Angels and Demons. Then Terminator Salvation. Then…uh…Night at the Museum 2. Then Up. Then The Hangover. Whatever. There will be a big blockbuster to see in theaters almost every weekend for a while. At Brooklyn Skeptic we’ll tell you about those, but also about some other movies that might not be on your radar.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine: Wolverine’s spin-off from the X-Men trilogy is finally here. Even though it’s already been there. Reviews online haven’t been too good so far, but somehow I think this is still going to be a pretty big hit. There are plenty of new characters, including Deadpool and John Wraith, but the really exciting one is Gambit. The guy can manipulate kinetic energy. Which is awesome. And he throws deadly playing cards at people. And he can kick ass with a staff (I was a Donatello fan too). He’s played by Taylor Kitsch who plays Riggins on Friday Night Lights, a character about whom fellow Skeptic ChezJJP has said that if he were gay “he would devote his life to banging.” It’s playing at the Pavilion, Cobble Hill Cinemas and the United Artists on Court Street.

Call me, JJP.

Call me, JJP.

Battle for Terra: I watched the trailer for this one, and in addition to being pretty poorly animated, it seems to be about humans invading a planet full of tadpoles after Earth is destroyed. And Justin Long and Evan Rachel Wood appropriately provide the voices of the tadpoles. It’s playing at Cinema Village East in Manhattan.

The Limits of Control: Jim Jarmusch’s new film was shot in Spain, and apparently inspired by Point Blank. The film stars Isaach De Bankolé, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Gael García Bernal. So it’s a pretty awesome cast. Unfortunately, the reviews haven’t been great so far. I can’t make heads or tails of the plot from the trailer, but it does look like another patient and beautifully shot Jarmusch movie. It’s playing at the Angelika.

Its complicated.

It's complicated.

Ghost of Girlfriends Past: Oh fuck me not more Matthew McCoughnedick. This time he plays a Scrooge-like character (but obviously a Scrooge who gets, like, a ton of pussy) who is shown the error of his ways when he gets to revisit the girl who got away, played by Jennifer Garner. Michael Douglas is in it too. And Breckin Meyer. Poor, poor Breckin Meyer. I hope that Breckin Meyer plays Tiny Tim and beats McCoughnedick to death with his crutches. It’s playing at the United Artists on Court Street.

I Can See You: I just read a review for this in the New York Times. Sounds great. Easy choice for pick of the week, but I’m a horror nerd. Check out the review and see for yourself. It starts today at the Kraine Theater in the East Village. I’ve never been there before, but it sounds great.

There is also a midnight screening of 200 Motels, a movie that I’ve never seen that was written and directed by Frank Zappa and Tony Palmer, and a midnight showing of Kubrick’s Lolita at the IFC Center. Both screenings are this Friday, May 1st.

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The weather is warming up, you feel that sweat on your brow. You pulled out your jean cut offs and put them on. You’re feeling like an animal awake, after the long hibernation of winter.

You suddenly are salivating for all the barbecue and meat you’ve missed over the winter. All you want is that open flame, and a sandwich full of pork. Preferably pulled.

Now that the sacred Blue Mondays have long since gone the way of the buffalo (although, anyone notice the buffalo sandwiches comeback?), you’re looking for your next meaty summer event.

Well Loki Lounge is having a porktastic event this Sunday, May 3rd. What better way to welcome the summer with open arms than to eat wonderful pork creations by some of the best connoisseurs this side of the East River (COUGH COUGH ChezJJP COUGH).

I like sections of Pig!

I like sections of Pig!

Now I’ve only walked pass the Loki Lounge, but it looks like a nice place. Pool table, darts, patio, and the first review on Yelp calls it…let me see….”awesome”.

So show those swine what you think of their flu and taste some delicious pork, while helping…um…toxic waste victims in the Philippines? Alright…go for the pork, stay for the um…Philippians?

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Nom Nom Nom

Nom Nom Nom

P.S. Reports of my death have been slightly exaggerated. Seeeee, I’m fine.

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What with all the hubbub going on at Coney Island, I was super pleased to find out that the Siren Festival will once again take place this year. It’s weird but with McCarren Pool living out its dream of actually becoming a pool, I’m so relieved that I’ll get to spend at least one day listening to music in the brutally hot sun, surrounded by smelly hipsters who, by around three o’clock, pretty much abandon any desire to use the provided port-o-potties.

So far the headliners of the event seem to be Built to Spill and The Raveonettes, and I’m sure there will be plenty more to come. We’ll try to keep you updated.

Find Waldo.

Find Waldo.

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They’re remaking Drop Dead Fred. You think I’m joking, but I’m not joking. I’m being as serious as Phoebe Cates’ lack of work since 1991 (coincedentally, the year she starred in the film Drop Dead Fred).

Now if this were a direct-to-DVD release vehicle for Jamie Kennedy, I’d be okay with it. I mean, I’d still think it was batshit retarded, but hey, Jamie Kennedy needs money to buy his jokes and cat food just like the rest of us you guys. No, it’s going to be a theatrical release starring Russell Brand.

Seriously, why don’t they just call it something else? Is there no way they can slightly tweak this movie so that it’s a different take on the imaginary friend idea? Ghost of Girlfriends Past is coming out soon, and they’re not calling it A Christmas Carol. And yes, I just compared a classic work of Charles Dickens to this:

Here’s a list of some other remakes that I’m sure will be coming out in the next decade:

  • House Party 3
  • Gus Van Sant’s Psycho
  • Surf Ninjas
  • The Russell Brand version of Drop Dead Fred
  • Ishtar
  • The sneezing panda youtube video
  • Mr. Woodcock

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Okay, so we haven’t been posting much recently. It’s true you guys. But we have our reasons. Recklesley is butt deep in schoolwork, Pizappas moved to Poughkeepsie, Oneiroi died in a tragic badminton accident, Johnbaptiseme joined a cult and now only communicates through whistles, Bearclaws killed Oneiroi with a shuttlecock and is doing two consecutive life sentences, etc. You know, there’s shit going on.

But it’s summer again, and it’s time to put all of this behind us. Why? Because it’s sunny outside. And it’s almost May. And some fun, free outdoor events are already being planned in the Brooklyn area. Like, for example, the Celebrate Brooklyn concert series which takes place each summer in Prospect Park. This year, the line-up features David Byrne, MGMT (somehow already sold out), They Might Be Giants, Animal Collective, Jackson Browne, Dr. Dog, and more. So…that’s pretty awesome.

And speaking of awesome, the Brooklyn Bridge Park series has already listed their line-up too! For their tenth anniversary, they are going to be screening a great bunch of movies outside in DUMBO, including Raising Arizona, Paper Moon and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

So there’s some fun things to get excited about. Moving on we’re going to try and update the blog more often with fun events, bar and restaurant reviews and every little thing that pops into our heads. In the meantime, enjoy the nice weather and if you need to play badminton, for G-d’s sake, wear a helmet.

Last Picture Taken of Oneiroi

Last Picture Taken of Oneiroi

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