Pirates of the Caribbean
September 1st, 2003

For a long time now, pirates have been box office poison for film studios. But they keep popping up in movieland, director after director desperate to cash in on the Hollywood mystique that once proved a license to print box office money.

Uglied Up
March 1st, 2004

There’s an old joke in Hollywood; how do you depict an ugly woman in a movie? You take a beautiful woman and put glasses on her.


Classic Scene: Contact
August 7th, 2011

Zemeckis’ take on Carl Sagan’s classic novel of first contact with alien life is reverent and stately. Sensitive and intelligent performances from Jodie Foster and her costars give weight to the real-life struggle facing the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) better than a million alien invasion movies ever could. Contact’s secret sauce is the […]

The Kryptonite Factor
August 31st, 2015

Shots of a Superman outfit looking like a Starlight Express reject (no cape! Electric blue!) and Nicholas Cage sashaying around a London hotel room in a supersuit would break the internet if they surfaced today.


Classic Scene: An American Werewolf in London
April 10th, 2012

Before a single rubber appliance has even been stuck on David (David Naughton) throws himself to the floor of his girlfriend Alex’s (Jenny Agutter) flat howling in agony.

What’s Wrong with Tom Cruise?
June 1st, 2006

For at least some of the last 20 years, he’s been among the biggest movie stars on the planet. Think of the term ‘movie star’ and all it entails and you’ll probably get an image of Brad Pitt, Arnold Schwarzenegger or Tom Cruise.






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June 1st, 2002

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Oblique September 11 references If one was to review the below list chronologically, one would find ...
April 30th, 2008

Don’t Try This at Home Like so many facets of filmmaking, stunts are most successful when nobody ...
September 1st, 2004

Spielberg’s Twin After a quarter of a century at the top of the movie ...
January 25th, 2003

How To Be a Player Here's two extremes from the world of acting; at one end of ...
December 1st, 2004


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