Podcast Episode 4 – The Muppets

In our fourth episode of the Married to the Movies Podcast, Darren (Dr. Sci-Fi) talks with his good friend Michael about his preview of the Muppet Movie.

Muppet Connections


Real Steel – “Atom” and Robot Names

Director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Date Night) latest family fun flick Real Steel (2011) opens nationwide this Saturday the 7th. While at first glance the title Rock-em/Sock-em Robots comes to mind but based on his past success, especially  in the family oriented films, I believe Real Steel

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Light Side or Dark Side? Star Wars on Blu-ray

To buy Star Wars on Blu-ray or not to buy–that is the question we currently face. A review from the Toronto Sun declares the Complete Saga set “nerd heaven.” Writer Bruce Kirkland goes on to say, The revelation is how splendid each of the originals looks in high definition. The Lucasfilm team has done a painstaking restoration….

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Movies to Watch When You’re Sick

Whenever one of my sisters or I was sick, Mom would let us watch a Christmas movie no matter the month. White Christmas was usually the number one film of choice. Nothing like Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby to lift the spirits. Today, I reinstated that tradition when I came down with a cold–this time I chose

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Podcast Episode 3 – We Love RiffTrax

In our third episode of the Married to the Movies Podcast, Darren (Dr. Sci-Fi) and Maureen (Leading Lady) talk about RiffTrax, the fun movie commentaries (or riffs) from Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Here’s the list of riffs we discuss in the podcast. Click on the links for chuckle-inducing samples of the riffs.

You can find these full-length audio downloads and so much more at


Happy Shark Week!

Just when you thought nothing could be more relaxing than a day at the beach–Shark Week arrives. The annual Discovery Channel summer special promises to terrify and enthrall viewers with close, sometimes fatal, shark encounters–reminding us all that the beach isn’t always as tranquil as it seems. Living in California means occasional trips to the beach.

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Spotlight: Alan Rickman

Known to many as the dreaded Professor Severus Snape of Harry Potter fame, actor Alan Rickman is a prolific performer with a history in film and television extending back to the late 1970s. He’s one of my favorites (LOVE his velvet voice!). We realized recently that we own eight of Rickman’s films, the breadth of which

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Podcast Episode 2 – Decade of Superheroes

In our second episode of the Married to the Movies Podcast, Darren (Dr. Sci-Fi) and Maureen (Leading Lady) talk about the the boom of super hero and comic book movies over the past 12 years.


Here is a list of the films we discuss.

  • 2000 – X-men
  • 2002 – Spider Man
  • 2003 – Hulk, X-Men 2, Daredevil, LXG
  • 2004 – Spider Man 2, The Incredibles, Catwoman, Hellboy, The Punisher
  • 2005 – Batman Begins, Fantastic Four
  • 2006 – Superman Returns, X-men 3
  • 2007 – Spider Man 3, Fantastic Four 2, Ghost Rider
  • 2008 – The Dark Knight, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  • 2009 – X-men Origins: Wolverine, Watchmen
  • 2010 – Iron Man 2
  • 2011 – X-Men First Class, Thor, Green Lantern, Captain America: The First Avenger
  • 2012 – The Avengers, The Amazing Spider Man, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises

Podcast Episode 1 – Christians & Harry Potter

In our first episode of the Married to the Movie Podcast, Darren (Dr. Sci-Fi) and Maureen (Leading Lady) interview Darren’s father, Pastor John for his pastoral views on the Harry Potter franchise.


Blockbuster Summer

The era of blockbusters began in summer of 1975 when a little beach movie directed by a 20-something unknown made audiences everywhere afraid to go in the water. Since the release of Jaws, blockbusters have been a Hollywood mainstay. Many are forgettable, few are truly epic, but most are just plain fun to watch.

This summer is a great one for movie fans, with blockbusters opening nearly every week from May through August. With so many cinematic treats to choose from it’s hard to resist shelling out the bucks at the box office. Here’s a Married to the Movies recap of the films in theatres so far and a look ahead at those to come.

2011 Blockbuster Reviews and Previews:

  • Thor: Surprisingly well-crafted, this superhero epic brings us one step closer to the much-anticipated Avengers film. Check out our earlier review.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: Still getting over the disappointment of the third Pirates film, so this flick goes on the wait-to-rent list.
  • Super 8: The critics love it, but friends are giving this Steven Spielberg-J. J. Abrams collaboration mixed reviews—putting it on the rent list.
  • X-Men: First Class: A classy prequel to the X-Men trilogy with great acting, awesome special effects, and poignant drama.
  • Green Lantern: The critics hate it, but we think the latest DC Comics hero to hit the big screen is worth the ticket price.
  • Cars 2: We’re huge Pixar fans, so it saddens us to say that this is the first of their films to disappoint us. We actually walked out of theatre talking about what went wrong and how we would have told the story differently. The biggest flaw: making hickseed Mater the Tow Truck the star. He’s a novelty, not a leading…car. As Dr. Sci-Fi put it, it’d be like making Kramer the star of Seinfeld. Sigh. Logically speaking, we knew Pixar had to stumble at somepoint—but we secretly hoped and hoped they would beat the odds. But don’t get us wrong: kids will love it and it will make bank.
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon: The most recently released blockbuster—we’ll be seeing it tonight with our college pals. We highly doubt this metal-crunching, gear-grinding action flick will surprise anyone with a good storyline—but, hey, it’s about the robots, not the plot.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2: Probably the most anticipated movie of the summer. We’ve already purchased our tickets and you can bet we’ll will pay tribute to Harry’s last adventure in an upcoming post.
  • Captain America: The First Avenger: A superhero taking down Nazis? Sign us up!
  • Cowboys & Aliens: The title says it all—oh, and it’s starring Harrison Ford. (Yes, Daniel Craig is there, too, and, yes, he’s the new Bond—but is he Han Solo and Indiana Jones? Enough said.)

How about you? What makes your list of must-see movies this season?

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