Category: Movies

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The kinship between Jaws and Taxi Driver

So on the one hand, these two movies, which were released within less than a year of each other, couldn’t be more different. But given that both were released in the middle of the American Film Renaissance of the 1970s, it can be argued that there's a kinship of sorts between these two classics.

Does Star Wars really need the Jedi?

The prospect of watching Rogue One---apparently the very first Star Wars film without any Jedi or Force-sensitives among its main characters---becomes all the more exciting. How will the protagonists solve their problems without the help of Force powers? More importantly, how could the absence of any Jedi in a Star Wars film affect the series’ good-versus-evil narrative?

Movies that Predicted Trump: Bob Roberts (1992)

Bob Roberts is a film that could never be made today. This is the kind of stock phrase you see applied to anything made more than a decade ago, usually as a segue into a rant about how much more sensitive our modern society is. Whether this is an indictment of modernity or lambasting an ignorant past is up to whoever's writing the article, but that’s not the reason Bob Roberts could never be made today...

Movies that Predicted Trump: Bulworth (1998)

Breaking all rules of political etiquette, a candidate starts behaving outrageously, offending sensibilities with outlandish racially-tinged comments and unhinged acts of buffoonery. Sounds familiar, right? Except the year is not 2015 or 2016 but 1996, and the man in question is a fictional liberal Democrat named Jay Billington Bulworth.

Bad First Drafts: Arrival (2016)

Arrival is raking in decent money and could snag a few major award nominations in the coming months. But even the best movies don't start out brilliant. Agony Booth's fearless team of dumpster divers has discovered the painfully blunt first draft of Eric Heisserer's screenplay...

Hit or Bomb? December movie predictions

December is the time of the year that brings yule tidings, whatever the hell those are, along with the studio's most family-friendliest blockbusters and their most Oscar-batiest of awards contenders. The release of another Star Wars film is imminent and looms large over this month's releases, but there are still plenty of other films vying for your hard-earned ticket dollars this December.

Moon Zero Two (1969): a recap (part 9 of 10)

When we last left Bill and Clementine, Lithuania suffered a major setback in their plot to annex the Moon, but it left the Moon Bug shot to hell. Bill opted to use the “bugdozer” instead, but it only has enough charge for a 150-mile trip, and it’s 200 miles to Farside Five. Fortunately, the bugdozer is built to go over mountains, so it’s time to find a shortcut. The pair head out...

10 great double feature ideas

Since the advent of home video and later the internet, people can now have double features of all kinds in their own homes. Here now (in no particular order) are 10 great double features you can have at home and why I find them ideal.

Doctor Strange (2016): Fun, but forgettable

Considering their earlier efforts to downplay or explain away any and all “supernatural” characters and occurrences in the MCU as simply “aliens” or “really advanced science”, I do get the impression that Marvel made this movie less because they wanted to than because the fans wanted them to.

Moon Zero Two (1969): a recap (part 8 of 10)

So it turns out that modern firearms can fire in a vacuum; gunpowder contains its own oxidizer, so it doesn’t require an atmosphere. Special thanks to reader Greenhornet for the info, and for not making fun of my ignorance; class is always appreciated. Of course, that means ditching 500 words of guns-not-being-able-to-fire-in-a-vacuum jokes...