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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 […]

Oscar Quiz: John Williams

Oscar Quiz: John Williams

……………….. This article was originally published at showwatcher.com on May 1, 2012. John Williams is one of the most prolific film composers of all time and is responsible for some of the most memorable movie music for such films as Jaws, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, the Indiana Jones films, E.T., Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, […]

Poll: What Sequels Do You Wish Were Never Made?

Poll: What Sequels Do You Wish Were Never Made?

Despite the fact that everyone seems to bemoan sequels, excitement grows when it is announced that a follow-up is in the works for a popular movie.  The Avengers has not even been in American theaters a week, and yet Disney has already announced plans for a part 2–and it’s unlikely that many people are protesting […]

Stephen King Short Fiction That Should Be Adapted as Films

Stephen King Short Fiction That Should Be Adapted as Films

This article was originally published on showwatcher.com on April 26, 2012. Stephen King is as closely associated with motion pictures as he is with publishing, thanks to huge hits based on his books such as Carrie, The Shining, Stand By Me, Misery, and The Shawshank Redemption, among many others.  King himself has written screenplays for […]

Oscar Quiz: Best Cinematography

Oscar Quiz: Best Cinematography

This article was originally published on showwatcher.com on 4/20/12. It seems that the Academy Award categories that everyone cares about is Best Picture, Best Director, and the acting awards.  However, when you think of the films that are worthy of taking home the little golden man, what you picture is largely the amazing visuals from […]

Billion Dollar Grossing Directors Who Are Not “Brand Names”

Billion Dollar Grossing Directors Who Are Not “Brand Names”

According to Box Office Mojo, there are 87 directors whose collective films have earned over a billion dollars worldwide, yet many of these directors live in obscurity while others have become celebrities thanks to their film careers.  The so-called “brand name” filmmakers have a large following and are generally household names: Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, […]

2012 Razzies – Now with Winners!

2012 Razzies – Now with Winners!

Originally published on February 26, 2012. This year’s Academy Awards are upon us, but amid all the razzle-dazzle of awards season is one event that’s less that auspicious: The Golden Raspberry Award.  Originally started in 1981, the Razzies celebrates the worst films of the year.  Typically, Hollywood ignores this ignominious honor, though Sandra Bullock did […]