Do you remember?: “Mean Creek”

I read a few comments on this Reddit post as a handful of redditors lackadaisically pieced together the plot of the film.

I remember loving it, but in a ‘shock and awe’ kind of manner. Obviously I was attracted to the cast being 12 years old when the film was released.

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The Despicables – Sitcoms about horrible human beings

It’s fascinating to me how writers can make this work and the philosophy of comedy that petains to it.

In dramas we have anti-heroes: Our Walter Whites, Tony Sopranos etc.

What makes us love these shows? What makes us want to watch these despicable characters go through trials and tribulations? And when they succeed, what makes us happy for them?

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The exhaustive bombardment of Star Wars origin stories

This is frustrating.

I get it. We live in a world where big-budget films are only created if there is concrete data they will make profit.

To Disney executive the data clearly states “Put an Avenger in it or put “Star Wars” in the title and it will profit.”

I’ve ranted time and time again about the lack of creativity currently in the Marvel and “Star Wars” universes. So I’ll spare “ranting” and come down to their level.

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The annoying trend of studios predeterming MPAA ratings to stir hype

“An R-rated movie from the Jim Henson company!? I’m in!”

That was me a few years ago when “The Happytime Murders” was announced. I love The Muppets and all the work the Jim Henson Company has done.

This… does not look good.

There’s been a trend lately that I hope dies: Production companies determine their MPAA rating before pre-production in order to stir up hype.

However, the script and resulting film should determine its rating. Articles talk about Tarantino’s “R-rated Star Trek,” yet it hasn’t been written.

The story should dictate the MPAA rating and this trend is a blatant example of studios having too much control in the creative process.

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Modern Cult Classics: Selma

Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” had a completely botched Oscar campaign. With a late, limited release date accompanied by poor advertising the film only managed to receive 2 Oscar nominations – Best Picture and Original Song.

Even though it’d win the ladder, the lack of nominations for it and “Beasts of No Nation” contributed to the “OscarsSoWhite” backlash when all four acting categories failed to nominate a person of color.

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“But I like Adam Sandler movies.” 👎🏻

They’re almost all bad.

I’m not about to provide an echo chamber for your taste in bad movies. Criticism exists to help pull us away from the ugliness in some films. And boy, especially recently, Sandler’s production company has made some garbage.

I’ve had the conversation too often. Someone expresses they like one of the bad ones, I speak baffled “Really!?” and they defend with “I know. I know. It’s a guilty pleasure and it made me laugh.”

Some of his films are indefensible to the point that the statement above really is the only defense. I call it the “guilty pleasure” defense.

It’s essentially what someone says when they know they can’t form a good enough argument to validate their poor taste.

But the things is, that’s okay.

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Scientific inaccuracies diminsh the overall quality of “Gravity”

NASA Scientists think “Gravity” is the worst, most inaccurate space movie ever made.

Okay NASA, calm yourself.

I’ll start this ‘hit’ article with my thoughts on the film: I liked it a lot. It’s claustrophobic, it’s action-packed, there’s a strong character arc and a meaningful conclusion.

Solid.

Upon release, however, you’d think movie critics and professional bloggers never saw a decent space movie in their life. “Gravity” was good, but “Apollo 13” did this story better 20 years prior while maintaining scientifc integriy and being true to the true story.

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