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Last-Minute Casting Changes That Turned Out for the Best

Necessity is the mother of invention. Whether it’s budget cuts or sudden casting changes, sometimes the best thing that can happen to a film is to have the rug pulled out from under it because it forces filmmakers to make … Continue reading

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Who Is Steven Spielberg’s Best Protégé?

I recently watched Super 8 for the first time. It brought back memories of my own experience writing short stories as a kid. I even wrote and directed a family movie once. Super 8 is J.J. Abrams’ homage to Steven … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Make a Memorable Movie Character

This summer’s movies have had plenty of action and spectacle, but can you name one character from those films that made an indelible impression on your mind? One who joins the ranks of Indiana Jones, Luke Skywalker, and Michael Corleone … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Second-Guessing: George Lucas vs. Robert Zemeckis

As I’ve discussed in other articles, I love George Lucas, and I know a lot of other people do, too. The original Star Wars trilogy will always have a special place in our hearts. However, it has lost some of … Continue reading

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Movies That Improve on Multiple Viewings: Primer

Get ready for a wild ride. Primer is probably the best movie you’ve never heard of. It was made for less than $10,000, and it was released with little fanfare in 2004. But despite its low-budget feel and lack of … Continue reading

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James Cameron’s Best Movie

What is James Cameron’s best movie? It’s not Aliens. It’s not Terminator 2: Judgment Day. It’s not even Titanic. No, his best movie is one that he planned more than a decade before it became a reality. He had to … Continue reading

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Bad Movies with Great Music: Edward Scissorhands

I know I risk the ire of my patient readers by saying this, but, in my opinion, Edward Scissorhands is not a good movie. I’d like to stress that it’s not terrible, either. The main reason I consider it bad … Continue reading

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Forgotten Film Gems: Clue

Believe it or not, next year’s Battleship will not be the first movie ever made based on a board game. That dubious honor goes to 1985’s Clue. But don’t let the fact that it’s inspired by a silly game meant … Continue reading

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5 Great Movies That Were Saved By Budget Cuts

Thank goodness for budget cuts. Filmmakers sometimes complain that they have to compromise their artistic vision because they didn’t have enough money. But I believe that good filmmakers will wind up being happy that they had less to work with … Continue reading

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