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The Greatest Sequels Of All Time 2: The Sequeling

August 16, 2012


(Yesterday began our analysis of some of the best movie sequels of all time.  You might want to start there, if you missed it, for the explanation and number 10-6.) And numbers 5-1? 5. Gremlins 2: The New Batch.   Gremlins was great.  It was creepy, funny and fun.  Gremlins 2 completely derails the first film […]

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The Greatest Movie Sequels Of All Time

August 15, 2012


Sequels.  Much maligned and mocked.  Yet some of the best films ever made have been sequels.  Also some of the worst, laziest pieces of crap ever put to celluloid.  But those are for later.  Today we begin a look at sequels in three categories: the good, the bad, and the contentious, and we begin with […]

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For Your (Re)Consideration: The Wire

June 22, 2012


*For Your (Re)Consideration is periodic feature in which I/we re-visit some piece of art that is universally adored or hated or forgotten or some mix thereof to look at the hype versus the reality.* There are basically two kinds of people when it comes to the HBO series The Wire: There are the people who […]

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This Weekend’s Box Office Highlights: People Still Like Movies

April 30, 2012


Highlights from this weekend’s movie theater showings: Topping the box office this weekend was Think Like A Man, which is apparently a movie that’s out right now.  It was also number one last weekend. Huh. An impressive number of people turned out to see Avengers, only to realize that it opens next weekend, and then […]

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Better Living Through Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: The Greatness of Pulp Fiction

April 11, 2012


Why is Pulp Fiction just so, so great? I realize you can’t answer until after the fact, but it’s really not a rhetorical question.  It’s a question that needs answering because Pulp Fiction is great; it was great when it came out, and continues to be great, viewing it now… 10… 12… 15… OH MY GOD, […]

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March 30, 2012


If you’ve seen a preview for a movie lately, you may have noticed a couple of trends emerging.  One is awesome/lame (which I’ll clarify), the other needs to stop, immediately. The first, is the sudden popularity of the BWWWWAAAAAARRRMM!!!! This, in case you’re for some reason unsure what I’m talking about, is the blast of […]

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Ninja Turtles: Now Explodier Than Ever

March 20, 2012


I need to learn to let it go. You’d think, after the incredibly popular movie Transformers spawned two unbelievably popular sequels, I’d just accept it.  And yet I can’t!  The idea that someone, director Michael Bay, could take a toy from the 80’s and turn it in to a movie about aliens who are living […]

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For Your (Re)Consideration: The Godfather, Part III

March 13, 2012


This new series, “For Your (Re)Consideration,” is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, in order to take a look at older pieces – books, music, movies – that either have been maligned, or have become classic to the point of ignoring.  What I mean is, there are works that everyone hates because […]

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And The Winner Should Be…

February 26, 2012


So, listen, we all have different feelings about the Oscars…often not great, sure, but there’s something unmistakably alluring about whole thing.  Maybe it’s just trying to identify the “best” movie, maybe it’s trying to identify what will win through examining the odds, maybe it’s just waiting for it to be over so you can huff […]

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Like, Gag Me With A Remake

February 18, 2012


Dear Hollywood, Look, I know we’ve had our differences over the years.  I know I make fun of you, and mock you sometimes for selling to the lowest denominator and even trying to lower the denominator.  But I like to think our differences have been professional, respectful.  I recognize that you have billions of dollars […]

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And The Award For Biggest Grump About The Oscars Goes To…

January 24, 2012


The Oscar Nominations came out today, and you know what that means!  That’s right!  It’s time for my annual rant to my film students about the meaningless crassness of the Oscar awards!  Hurray!  And this year, you can share in the crabbiness! I know, they seem fun and harmless, but the thing to understand about […]

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