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Complicated Portrayal of Supergirl Throughout History
In 1938, a character created by two young men from Cleveland revolutionized the then-early comics industry. Nearly 50 years later, the comics were still going strong, and the character, Superman, looked strong enough to last another 50 years. Today, there is a rival for the public's affection, and this rival comes from Superman's own family—his cousin, Supergirl.
"Jackie" Film Review
Natalie Portman stars in the biopic entitled Jackie, which revolves around the days following the assassination of John Kennedy. A national tragedy is made very public, as it was a personal tragedy changing the everyday life of Jackie, a grief-stricken mother whose worst nightmare was aired on television and published everywhere for the world to see.
Animal House is on Netflix and You Should Watch it if You Haven't Seen It
It may be the fact that six months have gone by since I graduated from Cornell. It may be the fact that Animal House is now on Netflix and I've watched it every other day. Or, maybe, it's the fact that college is cinematic in nature in so many ways.
Reviewing 'Heaven Can Wait'
Warren Beatty's Heaven Can Wait begins in the same California hills where his Shampoo ended. But where George in Shampoo reached a dead end, Joe Pendleton embarked on a fanciful journey that he hoped would transcend death. The uality of Heaven Can Wait springs from the ease with which Beatty, who co-authored with Elaine May, co-directed with Buck Henry, and produced, transforms his sophisticated stud image into the awkward innocent who sets the film's screwball plot into action. However, while Shampoo's comedy seems to have stood the test of time, Heaven Can Wait's somewhat convoluted plot line of who-died-and-came-back-to-life-as-who? and focus on the 70s with its satire left it less well remembered than its counterpart.
History of Movie Reviews Was Written in the Stars
Many years ago, movie reviewing was a shadowy journalistic sidelight, but it has now taken center stage in the digital ethos of America. Thousands of young people now yearn, and even study, to become film critics. There are film critic stars on every medium from You Tube to Facebook. Thousands of others publish reviews online. From Rotten Tomatoes to Metacritic the notion of a professional movie critic has all too often been diluted down to a commodity. Courses are given in universities and online. We have all become pseudo film critics.
'The Battered Bastards of Baseball' Shows the Unqualified Success of a Team of Scrappy Rejects
'The Battered Bastards of Baseball' shows the Unqualified Success of a Team of Scrappy Rejects The Battered Bastards of Baseball tells the improbable story of an actor with a passion for baseball who realized his dream of fielding a professional baseball team through his steadfast efforts. Bing Russell was able to found the single-A Portland Mavericks without any affiliation to a Major League team and was only derailed when Major League Baseball decided to revive AAA baseball in Portland.
- Top Story - December 2016
6 of the Most Valuable Video Games Ever Made
People generally don't think of video games as high value collectables. Nothing ages worse than video games, games that were revolutionary years ago look like garbage compared to what we have now. While you can buy plenty of used games for under $3, there are still a few video games out there that would cost you a small fortune if you want them.
Best Movie Musical Adaptations
I've argued many times that movie musicals stand the test of time, and also are the greatest form of escapism. Where else would upwards of 100 people know every choreographed move to a dance sequence (outside of the theater, of course)? And it's hard not to sing along to the happy tunes that uplift characters, and gape at the talents of Gene Kelly, Barbra Streisand, and Robert Preston.
Soundwave or Die Tryin'
Like many celebrities, Soundwave's origins are humble. Japanese toy company Takara had a line of robots called Diaclone, picked up and reimagined by Hasbro in the mid-80's. Capitalists to the bone, Hasbro teamed with Marvel Comics to launch a comic book series around the toy line, to help muster sales.
Remembering 'Looking for Mr. Goodbar'
People are always asking for movies that stand the test of time. Movies that were made and feel like another era, but are so authentic that they could not be recreated today. These are the classic films like The Godfather, Ordinary People, or Apocolypse Now. I still have almost every VHS tape, laser disc, DVD, and Blu Ray I ever bought. It's a good thing too, because films like Looking for Mr. Goodbar are not easy to find. Sure you can watch it on YouTube until the Russian site that loaded it up to a channel gets shut down for copyright issues but that doesn't feel right. Back in 1977 when it was still a novel idea to successfully adapt a film from a book, and the only sequel was Rocky II, the classic Looking for Mr. Goodbar launched the career of the Dalai Lama's favorite male lead, Richard Gere. Unfortunately the movie does not compare to the book, and after re-watching the film recently I have taken it off my list of movies that stand the test of time. But I highly recommend reading the book.
Film and the Great Depression
In 1932, a quarter of Americans were unemployed. There was no social safety net, social security, or unemployment compensation. It was an economic and social catastrophe.
Hollywood Secrets of the Golden Days
A rather amusing classic Hollywood practical joke was vouched for as perfectly authentic when the man who had perpetrated it. Eddie Goulding is who. Even way back towards the end of the silent period and all through the first decade or two of the "talkies', was among the dozen or so most successful directors in Hollywood. He was an Englishman, and like all prominent Europeans he was frequently pestered by ‘well recommended' visitors from back home, such as a young Peer of the Realm who displayed very suitable letters of introduction. Eddie did all that was expected by instructing his assistant to show the visitor around the studio and by finally giving him a quick lunch.