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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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A Fan Helped Me Fix My Spider-Man Cinematic Chiasmus

What is Cinematic Chiasmus? You sure you want to know? This type of storytelling is not for the faint of heart. If somebody told you I was perfect at spotting examples of chiasmus in film, that I never make a … Continue reading

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Middle Movies Everyone Agrees Are the Best in Their Trilogies

Even though it seems like everyone disagrees on just about every imaginable topic, it’s nice to know that there are at least some things we can all agree upon. Take, for example, movie trilogies. There are a number of them … Continue reading

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Our Bray-ve New World

The puppet masters who have made it simple to enjoy hookup culture, courageous to buck normalcy, and easy to get credit have now closed the doors and are herding us into our nice, comfortable cages. My fellow donkeys, welcome to the bray-ve new world. Continue reading

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The Deep Message Buried in TMNT 2: The Secret of the Ooze

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze isn’t really well-known as a deep philosophical film. It’s mostly filled with juvenile humor that appealed to me as a child. But upon reflection, I realized that there actually is … Continue reading

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10 Details That Elevate WarGames Above Most Thrillers

I’ve spoken at length about the beautiful story structure of WarGames, and now I’m going to share 10 little touches that make me absolutely love this movie. There are a lot of thrillers out there, but there’s something special about … 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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Who Remembers Who’s Harry Crumb?

I remember liking Who’s Harry Crumb? when I was younger. Most of the adult humor went over my head, and I simply enjoyed the cartoonish jokes that seemed to be tailor-made for my sense of humor at the time. However, … Continue reading

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10 Actors Who Reached Their Zenith and Nadir in the Same Year

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens’ famous words are appropriate for these 10 actors who somehow reached the zenith and nadir of their career in the same year.

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