In a classic case of misinformed decision-making, my father took me to see “Every Which Way but Loose” when it was released during the winter holiday in 1978. To his credit, the Motion Picture Association of America bestowed a PG rating on the Warner Bros. action-comedy film, so it probably …

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In a classic case of misinformed decision-making, my father took me to see “Every Which Way but Loose” when it was released during the winter holiday in 1978. To his credit, the Motion Picture Association of America bestowed a PG rating on the Warner Bros. action-comedy film, so it probably …

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What makes a good cover song? What makes a cover song stand out as something genuinely distinct and dissimilar from the source material? What makes it more than an inferior facsimile or a lackluster imitation?

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For a story that commonly begins with the phrase “once upon a time,” there has certainly been a plethora of cinematic adaptations based on the Cinderella folk tale. Legendary silent film actress Mary Pickford — a pioneer in the film industry who went on to co-found Pickford-Fairbanks Studios…

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We’ve all experienced at least one of these uncomfortable moments: the unwelcome holiday party crashers who don’t want to leave; the unexpected public encounter with a former romantic partner at the most inconvenient moment; the unsolicited overtures from some sketchy social media contact; o…

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Well, where is it? I’m addressing all those prophetic authors of science fiction who promised a future filled with flying cars, time machines, cloned tyrannosaurs and convenient contraptions facilitating brain-computer interface. Specifically, I am waiting for technology that will provide ea…

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These days, novice writers looking for ideas might be tempted to utilize one of many plot generators found online. These preprogrammed tools promise to eliminate the need for brainstorming and research — steps in the creative process that some aspiring authors apparently find irksome and ted…

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Raise your hands: How many of you still visit your local comic book store every month to pick up the newest issues of your favorite titles? How many of you participate in a pull list program with a comic book vendor to ensure you never miss an issue? How many of you have managed to maintain …

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Here’s an idea for all of you writers of fan fiction: Why not pair a young Indiana Jones with Charlie Allnut for some rollicking World War I adventure set in the Congo Basin? It certainly seems plausible that the two fictional characters might cross paths at some point, thwarting the diaboli…

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A number of new movies will be released this week, including the following films opening in theaters or debuting via video on demand on various streaming platforms:

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Beginning in the 1970s, there was a profound shift in science fiction cinema. Filmmakers increasingly eschewed the “great big beautiful tomorrow” prophesied in the Richard and Robert Sherman song written for Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress. Instead of a Jetsons space-age future dominated …

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It is no secret that Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” is an homage to grindhouse cinema that incorporates elements of martial arts films and samurai cinema, spaghetti Westerns, blaxploitation, and revenge films. The story of the Bride (Uma Thurman) plays out over two films, with a total run t…

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Upon reflection, I realize that Black Widow may well have been my first childhood crush. In the very least, she was certainly among the first comic book characters to both capture my attention and affection. I arrived at that conclusion because I can recall the moment I fell in love with Nat…

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Even as more and more people line up for vaccinations and state and local governments ease restrictions on social gatherings, the pandemic’s impact on the film industry persists. The July 4 holiday weekend saw only two new titles added to the roster of movies screening in theaters nationwide…

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My mother never had any luck with maintaining indoor plants. If she received one as a gift, we knew that within a few weeks we would be unceremoniously disposing of its brown and withered remains and adding its ornamental container to a growing collection of vacated pots in one corner of the…

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In his 1973 book “Strange Monsters & Great Searches,” author George Laycock recounts a dozen tales about implausible creatures, including one leviathan that washed ashore in 1896 in St. Augustine. That giant of the deep was initially identified as a colossal octopus with tentacles 100 fe…

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Whenever I hear any variation of the admonishment “This is America — speak English,” I feel a rush of emotions: disgust, horror, shame, pity … but most of all, anger. I am angry that in this so-called civilized society in which we abide, we have not only failed to eliminate both institutiona…

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From what I remember, my father was a rational, no-nonsense man who rejected unbelievable claims and questioned unsubstantiated speculation. He could spot a sham a mile away and he had no problem walking away from a charlatan. To some degree, his profound skepticism made it difficult for him…

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Villains are always more interesting if the audience can find elements of their character with which they can identify. If you are overcome with emotion every time you hear Roy Batty’s “Tears in the Rain” speech in “Blade Runner,” you understand this phenomenon. Rutger Hauer’s character may …

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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On any given Saturday afternoon in the 1970s, I might be found engaging in a world-building exercise with other neighborhood kids that often involved combining action figures from various franchises in one weird, shared universe. It isn’t difficult to imagine how this phenomenon developed: N…

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Most years, moviegoers would be scrambling to theaters this summer for Hollywood’s latest blockbusters. Lines would form at the box office, popcorn would be spilled on the trek from the concession stand to the stadium-style seats, and audiences would cheer as the hero saves the day.

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There is a pervasive meme on social media — most often shared by Gen Xers — which reads, “When I was a kid, I thought that quicksand was going to be a much bigger problem than it is.” The text overlays production stills from various television programs and movies showing hapless heroes subme…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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There is an iconic scene in “Red Dawn” – the original 1984 film directed by John Milius, not the inferior 2012 remake helmed by Dan Bradley: As a history teacher lectures about Mongol military tactics and organization under Genghis Khan, outside the classroom window dozens of Soviet paratroo…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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The forward-looking science fiction of the 20th century made many promises that remain unfulfilled: flying cars; vast, underwater cities; teleportation devices; Martian colonies; and, of course, personal robot servants with enough artificial intelligence to carry on a conversation. Perhaps i…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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Like most kids born during the peak years of the Space Race, at some point during my childhood I must have entertained thoughts of becoming an astronaut. I missed out on many of the 1960s toy lines that helped promote interest in America’s space program with products such as Mattel’s Major M…

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On the surface, most vampire films are about predator and prey, monster and victim. The history of cinema is cluttered with fiendish bloodsuckers, with the earliest depiction of vampires dating back to the age of silent films. Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel “Dracula” gave rise to the most popular …

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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Fear and horror go hand in hand. While we normally seek to avoid those things that trigger stress and terror in our lives, successful horror films force us to face fears — at least vicariously, through a protagonist. Depending upon the viewer’s background, the essence of fear introduced in a…

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The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the film industry. Movie theaters continue to operate with enhanced health and safety measures, following CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some films are tentatively scheduled for big-screen releases while others will be available…

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