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Poll: Sequels to Modern Classics

Poll: Sequels to Modern Classics

Everyone knows it, Hollywood is franchise-happy.  Any movie that could possibly have a follow-up has one, even if it is illogical (Jaws 2, Jaws 3, Jaws: the Revenge), if the stars refuse to return (The Sting II where Paul Newman and Robert Redford were replaced with Jackie Gleason and Mac Davis), if the heroes are […]

Forrest Button Fish – Variations of the Same Parable

Forrest Button Fish – Variations of the Same Parable

Hollywood likes to tell the same story repeatedly.  Usually it’s obvious (gee, two blockbusters coming out the same year about asteroids threatening all life on Earth—what a coincidence!), but other times it’s more subtle.  For instance, consider the movies that have the following plots: a man with a low IQ changes the lives of everyone […]

Star Wars: The Stage Play

Star Wars: The Stage Play

When the original Star Wars hit the movie theaters in 1977 and became a worldwide sensation, George Lucas milked his creation in what seemed to be every means possible–toys, T-shirts, a story album, and the infamous holiday special on TV.  As previously chronicled, Star Wars has given us entertainment in every conceivable medium except for […]

In Defense of 3D

In Defense of 3D

A lot has been made of the recent trend of releasing every blockbuster in 3D, mostly with negative reactions.  People complain that it’s overused, that it’s a marketing ploy meant to take even more of our hard-earned money, that it’s a cheap gimmick with no lasting power, that it makes the image too dark, and […]

Movie Terms That Should Be Retired

In any society, certain words take on a specific meaning that goes beyond what they were originally intended.  This usually is true within a subset of a culture, such as among groups designated by age, special interests, or occupations.  The film industry is no exception with terms like MOS, apple box, and best boy that […]

Battle of the Babysitters

Battle of the Babysitters

Many, many, many people have complained about how Hollywood has run out of ideas.  Of course, this is usually regarding the motion picture industry’s propensity of remaking old movies and TV shows, as well as adapting everything under the sun.  The few original movies that make it to the theaters are breaths of fresh air […]

Stephen King’s #1 Fans

Stephen King’s #1 Fans

There probably has been no other author in history that has had such a success in Hollywood as Stephen King.  To date, over 30 movies plus countless sequels have been based on his novels or short stories (including The Lawnmower Man, which only stole the name of his story), plus King wrote Sleepwalkers directly for […]