Random Stuff

The Random Stuff section is for all the stuff that doesn’t fit anywhere else on this site. I talk about all sorts of interesting topics here. Enjoy!

April 25, 2017 – I Hated Avatar, But Here’s Why I’m Going to Watch Avatar 2

March 28, 2017 – Selfish Sacrifices

February 7, 2017 – The Dynamic Do-Over

January 17, 2017 – 10 Best Film Trends from the Obama Years

December 25, 2016 – Welcome and Merry Christmas

December 6, 2016 – The Return of ‘The Return of’ Movie

November 29, 2016 – The ‘Leaving Spacedock’ Scene Is a Microcosm of Most Star Trek Films

November 22, 2016 – How to Be Happy

November 15, 2016 – Why This Is My Favorite Scene in Any Superman Film

October 18, 2016 – The Death of a Family Member

September 27, 2016 – Star Trek‘s Insights Into the Campus Rape Hysteria

September 13, 2016 – 5 Ways Marty McFly Could Get Rich Without the Sports Almanac

August 31, 2016 – Tevye and Mr. Bennet Demonstrate Why Envying the Rich Is Foolish

August 16, 2016 – Movies with ‘The Movie’ in the Title

August 9, 2016 – 2 Absent Friends

August 2, 2016 – Return of the Jedi Demonstrates How Loving Your Enemies Wins Over Hating Them

July 12, 2016 – My Book Is Finally Ready

June 28, 2016 – 5 Films About Forcing the British to Leave

June 21, 2016 – Will Avatar 2 Share the Same Fate as Alice Through the Looking Glass?

June 15, 2016 – Movies About Spending Ungodly Amounts of Money

June 7, 2016 – The Glaring Omission at the End of The Pursuit of Happyness

May 31, 2016 – When Singers Try Their Hand at Acting (Part 2)

May 24, 2016 – When Singers Try Their Hand at Acting (Part 1)

May 17, 2016 – The Internet Etiquette Guide

May 10, 2016 – The Truth Behind James Bond’s Conquests

May 3, 2016 – Movies About Picking Sides

April 19, 2016 – 10 Actors Whose Presence Adds Gravitas to Torch-Passing Sequels

April 13, 2016 – 4 Ideas for Sequels to The Last Starfighter

April 6, 2016 – Disney’s History of Remaking Old Animated and Live-Action Films

March 8, 2016 – Faithful Sidekicks Who Stayed with Film Franchises to the Bitter End

February 23, 2016 – Unceremonious Ways Sequels Dump the Previous Film’s Love Interest

February 10, 2016 – The Huge Impact of ‘The’ in Movie Titles

January 13, 2016 – Short Stories That Grew Into Big Films

December 29, 2015 – The Art of Stuttering in Film

December 15, 2015 – Why Uncle Buck Is an Almost Impossible Film to Categorize

December 3, 2015 – James Bond’s Awkward Yet Awesome John Glen Years

November 24, 2015 – Thank You to My Wonderful Readers

November 17, 2015 – Modern Hollywood Trends the Salkinds Were Doing Decades Ago

November 3, 2015 – The 10 Best Sequels That Came Out Just 1 Year After the Original Film

October 14, 2015 – 10 Actors Who Had to Suffer to Make Their Movies

September 29, 2015 – The Most Brutally Honest Line in a Romantic Comedy Comes from The Wedding Singer

September 22, 2015 – Did MST3K’s Joel Robinson Create Artificial Intelligence for His Bots?

September 15, 2015 – The Types of Movies That Currently Dominate Each Month of the Year

September 1, 2015 – The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall and Rise of the Muppets

August 26, 2015 – Take Out One Tiny Thing and The Godfather Part II Would Be Rated PG

August 19, 2015 – Intense PG Movies

August 4, 2015 – 10 Beautifully Sad Movie Music Themes for a Good Cry

July 29, 2015 – 10 Movies About Aliens That Don’t Have Any Language Barriers

July 21, 2015 – What Makes the Trailer for Aliens (1986) Perfect

July 8, 2015 – 5 TV Shows Named After Their Most Useless Character

July 1, 2015 – 1996 Was the Year the Macho ’80s Action Hero Died

June 24, 2015 – Unidentified Flying Oddball – What Were They Thinking?

June 10, 2015 – 10 Ways American Sniper Missed the Mark

May 26, 2015 – 10 Things I Love About 10 Things I Hate About You

May 13, 2015 – Most Comedic Actors Have a 10-Year Window of Greatness

May 5, 2015 – 10 Obscure TV Shows I Loved as a Kid

April 29, 2015 – Ivan Reitman vs. Barry Sonnenfeld

April 22, 2015 – Is Superman II as Good as It Gets for Superman Films?

April 7, 2015 – 5 Reasons Why Star Trek V Needed to Exist

March 31, 2015 – Guy Pearce Has Quietly Had a Spectacular Acting Career

March 25, 2015 – 10 Actors Who Owe Their Careers to Someone Else’s Misfortune

March 11, 2015 – 10 Actors Who Played Diametrically Opposed Characters

February 3, 2015 – 10 Clever Uses of Old Pop Songs in Modern Movies

January 20, 2015 – 10 Directors Who Seamlessly Transitioned to Sci-Fi on Their First Try

December 30, 2014 – 10 Great Westerns That Aren’t Set in the Old West

December 16, 2014 – 10 Villains Who Think They Are Heroes

November 25, 2014 – Thank You from the Deja Reviewer

November 18, 2014 – 10 Movies Whose Hero and Villain Never Actually Meet

November 4, 2014 – 10 Successful Actors Who Have Never Starred in a Sequel

October 14, 2014 – 10 Good Sequels That Sowed the Seeds of Their Series’ Destruction

September 30, 2014 – Marvel’s Unique Approach to Secret Identities

September 23, 2014 – The 10 Most Obscure Movies That Earned More Than $300 Million (Adjusted for Inflation)

September 16, 2014 – How to Fix Star Trek Generations

August 12, 2014 – Which James Bond Movies Actually Had You Convinced Bond Was in Danger of Being Killed?

July 29, 2014 – 10 Amazing ’80s Directors Who Lost Their Mojo in the ’90s

July 22, 2014 – The Duality of The Dark Knight

July 15, 2014 – 9 Iconic Performances That Weren’t Even Nominated But Should Have Won Oscars

June 3, 2014 – 8 Timeless Yet Dated Classic Films

May 27, 2014 – Thanks to Days of Future Past, X-Men Is Finally the Series It Always Deserved to Be

May 13, 2014 – 1990: The Year of Failed Film Franchises

May 6, 2014 – In Defense of Joel Schumacher’s Batman Movies

April 22, 2014 – 10 Ridiculously Lopsided Hero-Villain Fights

April 15, 2014 – 10 Movie Poster Mashups

April 1, 2014 – Predator Is Surprisingly Deep for an Action Movie

March 25, 2014 – “Lego” – A Parody of “Let It Go” from Frozen

March 10, 2014 – Top 10 Best Speeches in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy

March 4, 2014 – The Always Good (But Never Great) Writer/Director Gary Ross

February 25, 2014 – The Best 3 Back-to-Back Years for American Comedy Films

February 11, 2014 – Spoilers, Trailers and Other Terms That Mean Opposite Things for Movies and Cars

February 4, 2014 – Could Disney’s Frozen and Tangled Be Setting the Stage for an Avengers-like Team-up Movie?

January 28, 2014 – 11 Movies That Actually Live Up to Their Hype

January 14, 2014 – It’s Time for Spider-Man to Leave New York City

January 7, 2014 – 10 Unpleasant Things That Make Perfect Character Names

December 17, 2013 – 10 Classic Films You Probably Didn’t Know Are Based on Books

December 10, 2013 – 10 Films (Besides Raiders of the Lost Ark) Whose Heroes Have No Effect on the Outcome of the Story

December 5, 2013 – This Is What Should Be on the Welcome Sign to Chevy Chase, MD

November 26, 2013 – What I Learned from Two Days of Intense Suffering

November 19, 2013 – The Man with the Golden Pun: Funny Descriptions of All 6 James Bonds

November 5, 2013 – Was It a Good Idea for Bryan Singer to Return to X-Men After a Decade-long Absence?

September 17, 2013 – 10 Profound Life Lessons from Super Mario World

September 10, 2013 – Last-Minute Casting Changes That Turned Out for the Best

September 3, 2013 – 10 Villains Who Never Get a Comeuppance

August 27, 2013 – 5 Inspiring Films That Show Winning Isn’t Everything

August 20, 2013 – The Surprising Parallels of Christopher Nolan and M. Night Shyamalan

August 13, 2013 – Who Is Steven Spielberg’s Best Protégé?

August 6, 2013 – How Han Solo Became Luke Skywalker (and Vice Versa) in The Empire Strikes Back

July 30, 2013 – 10 Ways to Make a Memorable Movie Character

July 23, 2013 – 10 Words That Shouldn’t Be Used in Movie Titles

July 9, 2013 – The Only Funny Joke in 10 Unfunny Comedies

June 25, 2013 – 10 Things an Outsider Doesn’t Understand About Utah

June 18, 2013 – Will Movie Budgets Ever Reach an Upper Limit?

June 11, 2013 – 10 Unsung Heroes Who Saved Star Wars

May 14, 2013 – Iron Man 3 Is What Iron Man 2 Should Have Been

May 7, 2013 – Will the Next Star Wars Trilogy Stray Far, Far Away from the Original Formula?

May 1, 2013 – A Rested Development: The Evolution of Cancelled-TV-Show Comebacks

April 23, 2013 – 10 Films That Contradict the Endings of the Books They’re Based on

April 17, 2013 – Famous Filmmakers with Ironic Initials

April 9, 2013 – 10 Films That Barely Resemble the Books They’re Based on

March 26, 2013 – 5 Awesome Endings to Bad Movies

March 5, 2013 – Why Are There So Many Wizard of Oz Sequels, Prequels, Remakes and Spinoffs?

February 26, 2013 – 5 Unsatisfying Endings to Otherwise Good Films

February 5, 2013 – What Is the Best Star Wars Parody?

January 29, 2013 – What Is Christopher Nolan’s Legacy in the Batman Mythology?

January 22, 2013 – 10 Movies I Wish I Didn’t Like

January 15, 2013 – 10 Movies I Wish I Liked

January 8, 2013 – Top 10 Best Things About Marvel’s The Avengers

December 11, 2012 – The Dangers of Second-Guessing: George Lucas vs. Robert Zemeckis

December 4, 2012 – 10 Cool Details You May Have Missed in How to Train Your Dragon

November 28, 2012 – What The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘s Tagline Should Have Been

November 20, 2012 – Why I’m Glad to Be a Dad

November 13, 2012 – Why True Freedom Can’t Be Found in Either U.S. Political Party

October 23, 2012 – 8 Movies I Deeply Regret Watching

September 25, 2012 – 10 Good Movies Overshadowed by Superior Sequels

September 18, 2012 – When Giving Is Not a Virtue: Fletch’s Lesson on Socialism

September 11, 2012 – The George Lucas Guide to Overcoming Adversity

August 31, 2012 – Why I Love Telling Jokes

August 7, 2012 – How to Restore Liberty in the United States

July 31, 2012 – Michael Kamen: The Best Film Composer You’ve Never Heard of

July 17, 2012 – 12 Things The Amazing Spider-Man Did Better Than the Original Trilogy

June 26, 2012 – Universal Soldier Is an Unwatchable Travesty (and 5 Other Reasons I Love Roland Emmerich)

May 29, 2012 – What Made Someone I Don’t Know Threaten to Kill Me

May 22, 2012 – 10 Movie Remakes That Are Better Than the Originals

May 8, 2012 – How to Destroy the Star Wars Saga in One Easy Step

May 1, 2012 – 10 Movies That Will Make You Bawl (While You Have a Ball)

April 3, 2012 – The Film That Inspired Me to Graduate from College

March 20, 2012 – Is Anger Funny?

March 13, 2012 – James Cameron’s Best Movie

February 28, 2012 – Moneyball and The Book of Mormon

February 21, 2012 – How MST3K Inspired the Internet Generation

January 31, 2012 – 6 Movies That Are Better If You Skip the First Half

January 24, 2012 – Special: 2011 Highlights from the Deja Reviewer

January 17, 2012 – A Tale of Two Satans: The Joker vs. General Zod

December 25, 2011 – Funny Christmas Carol: Let Us Know!

November 22, 2011 – How I Know Miracles Are Real

November 15, 2011 – Making Star Wars vs. Writing the U.S. Constitution

September 20, 2011 – 5 Great Movies That Were Saved By Budget Cuts

August 30, 2011 – I Just Ran 9 Miles and I Feel Fine

July 19, 2011 – What the Star Wars Prequels Did Right

June 13, 2011 – Video: Why Girls Are Good

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