There Seems to Be One Hope for Movie Theaters to Survive

Last week I wrote about the many and various realities impacting what movies are made or acquired by studios and distributors in light of what’s happening not only within the movie industry but in the general media and retail worlds. There are four more stories that have emerged since or which at the time I … Continue reading There Seems to Be One Hope for Movie Theaters to Survive

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Movies Are Stuck Without Playlists

One of the unique trends of the downloadable and streaming media age is the playlist. If you want to go back to the foundational DNA of the playlist you can find it in mixtapes and other personally-curated media that began decades ago. Online access and social media means those playlists aren’t just shared with one … Continue reading Movies Are Stuck Without Playlists

18 Quotes That Show Empire Records Is All the Life Coaching You Need

A couple weeks ago I saw Lauren Galloway shared a GIF from Empire Records on Twitter and got into a brief conversation with her about the movie was a classic. In the last few years it’s been alternately hailed as a classic of 90s youth culture, one whose reputation has improved in the 20+ years … Continue reading 18 Quotes That Show Empire Records Is All the Life Coaching You Need

There’s a Real Problem With Many Suburbicon Reviews

One of the consistent narratives coming out of the Toronto Film Festival screenings of Suburbicon was that director George Clooney “…is Not the Coen Brothers.” This perspective colored many a review and write-up and was mentioned frequently as one of the reasons the film didn’t quite work for the reviewer. The connection is obvious. Not … Continue reading There’s a Real Problem With Many Suburbicon Reviews

Celebrate Department Store Day With These Five Shopping-Heavy Movies

I have a special affinity for the department store concept. Or at least I did, before I embraced the idea of not buying unnecessary items (either out of choice or lack of financial resources) and the big-box stores removed all the personality out of the idea of multiple categories of goods under one roof. That’s … Continue reading Celebrate Department Store Day With These Five Shopping-Heavy Movies

Celebrating Groucho Marx’s Birthday With Five Marx Brothers Movie Trailers

In what I can only call an unqualified failure on my part, I missed this past Monday’s prominence as the anniversary of the birth of the late, great Groucho Marx. The comedian would have turned 127. If he were alive that milestone would certainly qualify him for membership he had no interest in being in … Continue reading Celebrating Groucho Marx’s Birthday With Five Marx Brothers Movie Trailers

How my unexpected Wonder Woman experience made the movie that much better 

The first time I went to see Wonder Woman was about three weeks ago. I sat in the theater with my jaw dropped almost the entirety of the movie. I could not believe that a comic book property was being taken so seriously, being treated with such respect and made so well. Then, just as the … Continue reading How my unexpected Wonder Woman experience made the movie that much better