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The Genius of Ray Harryhausen

The Genius of Ray Harryhausen

To honor the memory of Ray Harryhausen, who passed away today, May 7, 2013, I am republishing this article that was originally published on November 11, 2011. My love for movies started at an early age.  I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t overwhelmed by the magic of cinema.  I can remember being only […]

Can M. Night Shyamalan Redeem Himself?

Can M. Night Shyamalan Redeem Himself?

When M. Night Shyamalan made a huge splash in the movie industry with The Sixth Sense, critics hailed him as the second coming of Steven Spielberg (an honor bestowed on other filmmakers since such as Bryan Singer and J.J. Abrams) despite the fact that his filmmaking style and choice of stories were completely different from […]

Movies Completely Unlike the Books They Are Based On

Movies Completely Unlike the Books They Are Based On

It’s common practice for screenwriters to change the details of a novel when adapting it into a movie; after all, books and motion pictures are two different media and require different means to tell a story.  With books, an author can tell you exactly what goes on inside a character’s head, where thoughts are difficult […]

Humble Beginnings of Prominent Directors

Humble Beginnings of Prominent Directors

It seems like these days, new directors are pulled out of obscurity to helm major studio blockbuster.  For instance, Universal Pictures put $170 million in the hands of first-time director Rupert Sanders to make Snow White and the Huntsman.  Why?  His IMDb page literally only has two other entries besides this film, and they’re “playing” […]

Recent News Events That Parallel Movie Plots

Recent News Events That Parallel Movie Plots

In the motion picture industry, many plots are inspired by true events–Dick Wolf made a career out of making plots of Law & Order “ripped from the headlines.”  But there are times when the saying “life imitates art” is true.  A number of times in the past year or so, news events have happened that […]

Why We Need Another Tim Burton

Why We Need Another Tim Burton

Tim Burton has one of the most unique and identifiable styles of any filmmaker who has ever worked in Hollywood.  His films have distinctive features–protagonists who are largely loners, persecuted by society; characters tend to have pasty white faces with unkempt black hair (not unlike Burton himself); art direction is characterized by slanted doorways and […]

Films Credited to the Producer, Not the Director

Films Credited to the Producer, Not the Director

In many ways, motion picture directors have become as much of a star as the lead actors who appear in their movies.  It doesn’t matter much who stars in films by Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, or Tim Burton, because the audience has brand name recognition with those directors and has certain expectations from their films.  […]