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Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011)
Michael A. Novelli
on Thursday, April 26, 2012
Mendo reviews the long-delayed movie adaption of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, now a Tea Partier's wet dream: It's 2016, the economy is in the crapper, and major figures of industry and finance (provided you believe a guy named "Midas Mulligan" can rise to a position of any prominence) begin to mysteriously disappear, going on strike to protest Big Government. Meanwhile, Dagny Taggart, VP of the country's most important railroad, and Hank Rearden, owner of the country's most important steel company join forces to save the economy and answer the burning question (and meme-before-memes-were-a-thing): Who is John Galt?
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
“Michael A. Novelli steps up to host the Movie Skewer and take over our coverage of the Twilight Saga: the continuing misadventures of a vacant, passive high school girl, the creepy vampire who controls her, and the werewolf/rapist-in-training who comes between them! In the third installment, Bella and Edward are engaged, which pisses off Jacob, while Victoria organizes an army of “newborn” vampires to kill Bella and get revenge on Edward. So yeah, pretty much the same plot as New Moon, only this time they pay Bryce Dallas Howard to stand around and do nothing.”Dune (1984)
“A textbook example of how not to turn a novel into a movie.”The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)
“This movie was released in—hold onto your hats, folks!—1910, making this the oldest movie to be recapped on the Agony Booth! Yeah, that’s right. This movie is one hundred years old! Eat it, The Adventure of the Wrong Santa Claus! Don’t you be bringing that Wilsonian-era crap into this house!”The Host (2013)
“Stephenie Meyer does for the alien invasion genre what she did for vampires and werewolves: she takes away everything you love about it, stuffs it with her own bizarre mythology, and uses it mostly to create a love triangle and romantic angst.”Divergent (2014) doesn’t diverge from the YA dystopian formula
“See what happens when humans decide to build whole societies around single isolated virtues and really boring color-coordinated wardrobes.”The Help (2011)
Emma Stone is a White Savior character in 1960s Mississippi who writes a book about the black maids in town (Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer), which makes all the white people in town feel bad about racism. It also makes a buttload of money for Emma, while leaving the maids worse off then before. Whoops!
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