2015: The Year of the Franchise, Merchandise, and Rolling Your Eyes

2015: The Year of the Franchise, Merchandise, and Rolling Your Eyes

The big budget summer blockbuster may have started with Jaws in 1975, but nearly 40 years later, the excitement is on the wane, and the popcorn is beginning to taste sour rather than sweet. The “franchise” film now dominates the screens, with the studios putting all their weight behind them …
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Whoa…! Hero Deaths Nobody Saw Coming

Whoa…! Hero Deaths Nobody Saw Coming

There are some deaths in movies that stay with you forever, and not just because of how grizzly they are or how ridiculous the special effects are, but how unexpected they are. Nobody expects the hero to die, but sometimes it is this exact course of action that can take a good film into the realm of greatness.
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Terminator 5 Should Do a Superman Returns to Erase Past Sins

Terminator 5 Should Do a Superman Returns to Erase Past Sins

Superman Returns wasn’t a terrible film, but it wasn’t great either. What it was, however, was the first reboot as a franchise that actually placed itself after a sequel and told you that the terrible parts of the franchise were now on the scrapheap. There aren’t many people with a …
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Can Star Wars: Episode VII Overhaul Avatar as the Highest Grossing Film of All Time?

Can Star Wars: Episode VII Overhaul Avatar as the Highest Grossing Film of All Time?

James Cameron is the movie equivalent of the Klitschko Brothers. The two heavyweight boxing brothers have held all the major world titles for years, destroying all in their wake. Cameron has done the same thing with the global box office. His movie one-two of Avatar and Titanic have been at the top of the heavyweight box office rankings since they were released in 2009 and 1997 respectively.
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Has A Field in England Started a Revolution in Film Releasing?

Has A Field in England Started a Revolution in Film Releasing?

Ben Wheatley is a very interesting British filmmaker. In a few short years, he has managed to make the gangster film interesting again (Down Terrace), the crazy British horror film cool again (Kill List) and cross Natural Born Killers with the National Trust (Sightseers). Suffice to say, people took notice when they heard that his new film A Field in England was to be about a group of soldiers who find themselves in a remote field during the English civil war. Nobody was expecting campfires and sing-alongs. This is a Ben Wheatley film.
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Mumford & Sons: Giving Coldplay a Run for Their Money in the Hate Stakes

Mumford & Sons: Giving Coldplay a Run for Their Money in the Hate Stakes

There’s a thin line between love and hate, especially in music, and especially in rock ‘n’ roll. In many circles, if you’re seen as underground or uncommercial, this somehow gives you more credibility, as if you have to pass through some kind of force-field that allows your music to be …
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Should Crowd Funding Be Available to Established Artists?

Should Crowd Funding Be Available to Established Artists?

Indiegogo and Kickstarter were built on the notion that indie filmmakers and artists can get the opportunity to have their passion projects funded by indie funders and art lovers alike. Nowhere does it say that anybody worth $22m (as Zach Braff allegedly is) cannot use it, so nobody should be angry or upset about it, right?
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Richard Matheson Tribute

Richard Matheson Tribute

From The Shrinking Man to The Twilight Zone, Hell House to What Dreams May Come, Matheson has had an enormous effect on the world of art, and whether you have read his works or not, his influence is all over the stories you already know. Get to your local bookshop and dig out a copy of one of his works. You’ll soon be smiling when you discover you’ve seen or heard it before. Just remember that Richard Matheson did it first.
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Can 'The Worlds End' Live Up To The Hype?

Can ‘The Worlds End’ Live Up To The Hype?

Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg are used to dealing with high expectations of their work by now. Back in 2004, when their first feature film collaboration Shaun of the Dead was released, it was just three years after their seminal TV show Spaced, a show that blew the cobwebs off the tired sitcom format of twenty-something’s hanging around in swanky wine bars and getting into “adventures”, and all the time whilst being accompanied by a very loud laughing track.
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Who Would Be Brave Enough to Re-Boot The Bat?

Who Would Be Brave Enough to Re-Boot The Bat?

With almost every comic book franchise ever created finding its way to the big screen in some incarnation, Nolan's Batman universe played with conventions and created a fable that was as much about fear, mortality and the duality of man than it was about fighting crime dressed as a bat. And then, in Heath Ledger's Joker from 2008's The Dark Knight, you truly had a villain for the ages.
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