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A running gag in the Robert Altman film The Player revolves around movies that are pitched as “X meets Y”, a commentary on the often-absurd reductionism of studio filmmaking.…

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Despite being one of the most celebrated superheroes of all time, to say nothing of her status as a cultural icon, Wonder Woman hasn’t received the respect and recognition she…

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If you have to explain a joke to somebody, it’s not funny. The same could be said for horror films. The more you know about the perpetrator of said horror, the less threatening…

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It could be argued that when The Fifth Element was released to theaters, the world wasn’t prepared for it. The advertisements promised something “beyond Star Wars”…

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The right soundtrack can make or break a movie, especially one as big, bright, and go-for-broke crazy as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. We’re not talking about scores, here,…

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Let’s go back in time for a moment, to the halcyon days of the mid-1990s, when AOL, floppy disks, and dial-up modems were a thing. A sub-genre of films has emerged based around…

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Some metaphors are big. Some metaphors are small. Some are delivered with all the grace of a sledgehammer to the forehead, while some are as subtle and precise as a needle. Then there…

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There’s something uncanny about the live-action adaptation of Ghost In The Shell. While it isn’t a direct adaptation of either Mamoru Oshii’s classic anime film or…

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There’s something admirably valiant about Power Rangers, the most recent attempt to apply a hard and serious reboot to a beloved childhood franchise. The original show is infamous…

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How do you go about reproducing the charm and timeless appeal of one of Disney’s most celebrated animated films in a live-action format? Quite frankly, you don’t. Or perhaps…

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Leave it to a superhero film about a character with claws to stab the heart of its audience and make it feel like a handshake. A film that’s theoretically over 15 years in the…

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There are so many sudden and extreme moments of brain-nauseating excess in A Cure For Wellness, the new film by director Gore Verbinski, that it might as well be called Trigger Warning:…

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When The Lego Movie arrived in theaters back in 2014, it was something of a surprise. An animated film based on featureless, colored building blocks ended up being a deceptively deep…

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In the debate over the lack of female superheroes headlining films, one name often gets left out: Milla Jovovich, star of the Resident Evil franchise. While her character may not have…

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Or as it might better be known, Killing in the Name of the MacGuffin. What is a MacGuffin? Glad you asked. Alfred Hitchcock coined the term decades ago, referring to anything that drives…

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War is hell. That’s a fact that most of the films in the Star Wars franchise have glossed over, despite the fact that the series’ main conflict involves an armed rebellion…

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