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9 Iconic Performances That Weren’t Even Nominated But Should Have Won Oscars

The Academy Awards seem so arbitrary to me. Sometimes they completely forget to acknowledge performances that turn out to be iconic genre changers in retrospect. Here are nine particularly egregious examples of actors who should have not only been nominated … Continue reading

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The Remarkable Symmetry of the Original Superman: The Movie

This is my third cinematic chiasmus. The first time, I noticed 17 parallel scenes in the first and second halves of 1987’s RoboCop. The second time, I pointed out 26 parallel scenes in The Empire Strikes Back. This time, I’m … Continue reading

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Thanks to Days of Future Past, X-Men Is Finally the Series It Always Deserved to Be

I saw X-Men: Days of Future Past this weekend, and I can’t help feeling that this is what the X-Men series was always meant to be. All of the series’ strengths are on display here and almost none of its … Continue reading

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11 Movies That Actually Live Up to Their Hype

Hype is a necessary part of the movie industry. Theatrical film releases have to compete with home theaters, tablets, and various other means of enjoying entertainment that are more convenient than driving to a movie theater, buying an overpriced movie … Continue reading

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It’s Time for Spider-Man to Leave New York City

Why is it that we have movies with Sylvester Stallone climbing majestic mountains in Colorado and Tom Cruise scaling the tallest building in the world in Dubai, but Spider-Man (the Wall Crawler himself) has been confined to New York City … Continue reading

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Movie Matchups: Santa Claus: The Movie vs. Superman: The Movie

Oh, those crazy Salkinds. If you’re not a Superman fan you probably don’t have a clue who Ilya and Alexander Salkind are. Back in the ‘70s and early ‘80s they had huge aspirations for the U.S. film industry. They wanted … Continue reading

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Was It a Good Idea for Bryan Singer to Return to X-Men After a Decade-long Absence?

Bryan Singer is a talented director, no question. That admission might sound out of place coming from a guy who poked fun at Singer’s initials and said that Superman Returns gets worse every time I see it. But it’s true. … Continue reading

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Forgotten Film Gems: The Boy Who Could Fly

The Boy Who Could Fly deserves to be recognized alongside E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Stand By Me as one of the best coming-of-age films of the 1980s. It’s that good. I gave director Nick Castle some grief in my last … Continue reading

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How to Destroy the Star Wars Saga in One Easy Step

What one thing could possibly destroy the entire Star Wars saga? Not Jar Jar Binks. Not Anakin Skywalker as a little kid or a whiny teenager. Not Darth Vader yelling “NOOOOOOO!” Not even Yoda jumping around with a little green … Continue reading

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Movie Matchups: Iron Man 2 vs. RoboCop 2

Iron Man 2 is a remake of RoboCop 2. Let that sentence sink in for a few seconds… Now someone please tell me why would anyone want to remake RoboCop 2? I’d really like to know. I can understand wanting … Continue reading

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