New in Theaters July 17th 2015

No Surprise the third installment of the Despicable Me franchise this time featuring just the Minions in an aptly titled movie is number one at the box office. The giant Dino megahit Jurassic World is in number two while Pixar’s wonderful emotional treat Inside Out holds on to number 3. But that’s old news, here’s what’s coming out this week.

download (10)Ant Man is something people either will love or hate. If you’re a super hero fan, you’ve been excited for this one all year. If you love Paul Rudd, you’ve been super excited for this one all year. If you don’t like either of these things, you’re probably the one going around telling people how stupid this looks. I’ll admit, Ant Man just sounds like they are scraping the bottle of the barrel for superhero movies. None the less, Rudd’s witty charm might offer up something different than just straight action. Then again, they thought Ryan Reynolds would do that for the Green Lantern but… Rotten Tomatoes says 77 percent!

download (11)Trainwreck is another highly anticipated film because Judd Apatow can do no wrong. Well in my eyes anyway, I thought Funny People and This is 40 were just as good as all the rest of his films. This time he just directs Amy Schumer in a script she wrote. She is probably one of the hottest people on the planet right now so there’s automatic buzz from that. If her skits are any indication on how this is going to be, it might just be a smash hit that will win Apatow fans back over. Critics seem to think so giving it a whopping 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

download (12)Then there’s Woody Allen, one of the greatest filmmakers of all time who still amazingly pumps out a film a year. Irrational Man stars Joaquin Phoenix who is another one of those people who can do no wrong, especially in the last few years. Throw Emma Stone into the mix and you’ve most likely got a typical Woody film fans will see no matter what. This one is about an existential professor going through a mid life crisis… very Woody Allen indeed. Rotten Tomatoes says 40 percent.

download (13)download (14)Or there’s Mr. Holmes, a British movie fan’s wet dream. Ian McKellen plays an elderly Sherlock Holmes coming out of retirement for one last case. The Stanford Prison Experiment is a dramatization of a true story where students are used as prison guards and forced into mock situations for tests. That’s what’s playing for the week of July 17th, happy movie watching.



In 2012, comedy nerds everywhere were heartbroken when the Lonely Island left Saturday Night Live. Their Digital Shorts from “Dick in a Box” to “The Creep” became instant hits and completely changed how the legendary show was seen or accessed. They helped kick Youtube and file sharing into high gear with “Lazy Sunday.” And they even made a successful comedy you may have forgotten about called Hot Rod. It’s been ten years since they got onto the show, seven years since they made that movie and three since they departed to do other things. Guess what that other thing is? A new movie!

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New in Theaters June 19th 2015


Anyone heard of Jurassic World? Cha… right! It’s only just become the highest box office opener of all time. Apparently people have been excited for this one… who would have thought that? Obviously that’s the big earner at the box office so need I say more? This week it might just have a run for its money with the new highly anticipated Pixar movie. But that’s kind of old news, here’s what’s coming out this week.

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Goombas Giveaways: Kingsmen Edition

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ATTENTION! ATTENTION!! Please avert your eyes from everything else on your Facebook and focus them on us, right here. I don’t care if you are watching a video of a cute cat or dog who happens to have super stubby legs and do cute things. All eyes on us, we have something FREE for you all. Oh Yea that’s right Freeeeeeeeeee! Everyone loves free stuff. I especially love free pizza. Unfortunately I don’t have pizza but I do have something for you to watch while eating pizza.

We will be giving away a brand new copy of Kingsmen: The Secret Service.

To be eligible you must live in Canada and you have to like our Facebook page and share our Goombas Giveaway post. (Please see below for links to Facebook and Twitter) The moment we reach 175 likes on the page we will be making the draw and will contact the winner.

This is going to be the first of hopefully many giveaways brought to you by Goombas Gone Wild and it’s CEO, Me, Garret Olsen. As well we are not sponsored by Facebook in anyway and this giveaway comes out of our own pocket.

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Remembering Christopher Lee


Christopher Lee… what can you say about this legendary figure? Let’s start out with a few facts. First, he was born in London in 1922 and kicked off his acting career in film and television in 1948. That made him one of the longest working actors in Hollywood history. During that time, he appeared in 244 films which earned his a Guinness World Record for most screen credits. He also has two others for being the tallest leading man (6 feet 5 inches) and he appeared in the highest amount of movies with sword fights (17).

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New in Theaters June 12th 2015

Spy seems to be taking the world by storm and earning Melissa McCarthy the best reviews of her career; that’s in number one. In number two last week is the hugely popular action disaster flick San Andreas. In number three is Insidious three… funny when those numbers line up. But that’s old news, here’s what’s coming out this week.

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Names to Know: Cameron Crowe


Aloha has taken a lot of undeserved flack because of its odd pacing and the casting of Emma Stone as a one quarter Asian character. I feel the readers on this site or any other quite frankly are Emma fans, myself included, so the casting choice was a good one no matter what. But there’s the whole blather on diversity and lack of Hawaiian natives in the movie. I completely disagree and feel those people didn’t go see the movie. The plot is about earning the trust of a specific island group so they can launch a missile, er, I mean… satellite.

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New in Theaters May 8th

10869325_591589580977275_2778898650041679518_oObviously Avengers is number one in the theaters right now, setting records and quickly becoming one of the highest earners of all time. Furious Seven holds on to number two but it’s still raking in tons of cash. That’s no shock to me. But what is surprising is the melodramatic romance Age of Adaline is still number three. I thought this one would disappear quickly but maybe audiences were in the mood for a good old fashioned romance. But that’s all old news, here’s what’s out this week. Continue reading

Names to Know: Alexander Payne


Recently re-watching a bunch of his movies, it dawned on me that a lot of people don’t know the name Alexander Payne; and it really Payned me to realize that. Did you see what I did there? Huh? Pretty clever. But nowhere near the cleverness of this gentleman who has captured human life to its funniest and rawest in all his movies. For sure at the near top of the list of my favorite directors, I’m glad to have a platform on Goombas Gone Wild to share his work and his name with you. As the self proclaimed Alberta movie guru and contributing movie writer on this site, I want to bring you some features on filmmakers to brighten your horizon and maybe pass along some good film recommendations to you as well. Maybe you’ve heard a name and never seen a film of theirs or you’ve seen many but never realized who made it; let Names to Know be your guide to good movies and Hollywood knowledge.

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