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10 Reasons to Love Marc McClure in 1977’s The Phone Call

Did you know that one year before playing Jimmy Olsen in 1978’s Superman: The Movie, Marc McClure appeared in a little short film called The Phone Call? It was produced by my alma mater, Brigham Young University, so it has … Continue reading

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When Singers Try Their Hand at Acting (Part 2)

Last week I started talking about singers who tried and failed to have acting careers. Some failed right out of the gate while others were one-hit wonders. Now I’m going to finish where I left off and share the stories … Continue reading

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When Singers Try Their Hand at Acting (Part 1)

Singers and actors are both entertainers. They use their voices and bodies to thrill people’s ears and eyes. But not every singer is a great actor, nor is every actor a great singer. It’s tempting for singers to try to … Continue reading

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How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love 2001: A Space Odyssey

I was wrong about 2001: A Space Odyssey. I used to think it was severely overpraised, like a massive case of the emperor’s new clothes. But no longer. I grew up loving science fiction. I read several Arthur C. Clarke … Continue reading

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What Star Trek: Nemesis Did Right

Star Trek: Nemesis has aged surprisingly well. I’m not saying it’s a flawless film or a misunderstood masterpiece. It deserves pretty much all of the criticism it has received. I’m simply saying it has quite a few positive qualities I … Continue reading

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10 Beautifully Sad Movie Music Themes for a Good Cry

I have something really special to share with you next week. It’s been a while since I did a Cinematic Chiasmus, and I’ve got a great one in store for you. In the meantime, I have prepared a list of … Continue reading

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Amadeus vs. The Fountainhead

This isn’t a typical Movie Matchup. In fact, it’s not really a matchup of movies at all because even though The Fountainhead was made into a movie starring Gary Cooper in 1949, I’m just going to be talking about the … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Why Star Trek V Needed to Exist

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is generally considered one of the worst Star Trek films, if not the worst. It certainly has ambitious ideas, but the perfect storm of a writers’ strike, an overburdened Industrial Light & Magic, and a … Continue reading

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10 Clever Uses of Old Pop Songs in Modern Movies

I love good music. And while I appreciate how some films (for example, Star Wars) manage to create a completely original orchestral accompaniment that complements the action, sometimes I like to relax in familiar territory with some good old pop … Continue reading

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Forgotten Film Gems: Always

Always is the one Steven Spielberg film that no one ever talks about. People like to rag on 1941 as Spielberg’s one true bomb or discuss Hook’s shortcomings or Empire of the Sun’s good qualities. But no one seems to care … Continue reading

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