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10 Spectacular Action Sequences That Have Little or No Music

Music is ubiquitous in film. If a filmmaker wants to punch up a scene, they often rely on a great soundtrack. This creates many memorable moments. But sometimes it works best to switch off the music for a period of … Continue reading

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James Cameron and Star Trek Predicted Each Other’s Next Film for a Decade

For an entire decade, every year that a Star Trek sequel debuted in theaters, James Cameron also released a film of his own. From 1984 to 1994. That coincidence might seem to warrant a reaction like “So what?” if it … Continue reading

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10 Great Standoffs in Movies

Standoffs are great because they create instant drama and force characters to reveal important parts of their personalities by how they react. When two or more characters face a situation in which they can’t win by taking direct action, they … Continue reading

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Independence Day Paradoxically Appeals to Disparate Worldviews

With the Fourth of July just a few days away, I’d like to share an uplifting observation about the 1996 film Independence Day. Today’s riots and feelings of animosity between people who disagree on political issues make me want to … Continue reading

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6 Actors with Appropriate Names for the Alien Series

I’m always finding unusual ways of looking at movies that often (and arguably probably should) go unnoticed. But I just can’t help myself, and you get to be the lucky recipients of my musings. This time, I noticed that at … Continue reading

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Trying to Remember Movie Characters’ Names

I’m going to do something I’ve never done before. There are some movies I absolutely love, and I’d like to see how many character names I can remember from them without looking them up. These are just all off the … Continue reading

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The Strict Morality of James Cameron’s Action Sequences

It’s the little things that distinguish James Cameron from other visually impressive action directors like Michael Bay and Zack Snyder. Case in point, Cameron has a strict moral code when it comes to his action sequences that help the audience … Continue reading

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Do Sequels Need to Be in the Same Genre as Their Predecessors?

Does the next Ghostbusters movie need to be a comedy? Based on the trailer, it looks like it’s going in a completely different direction than the first ones, and it might actually be a drama. I don’t think it needs … Continue reading

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What Makes a Movie Endlessly Rewatchable?

When I finish watching great films like The Godfather or The Deer Hunter, I feel like my mind has enjoyed a sumptuous meal. I’m completely satisfied, and I don’t feel the need to return to them and consume any more … Continue reading

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No One Knows What to Do with James Cameron’s Child Characters

Terminator: Dark Fate killed the child character from James Cameron’s previous installment in its opening scene. After all of Sarah Connor’s sacrifices to stay alive, give birth to the future savior of mankind, and protect him at all costs in … Continue reading

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