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The Majesty Of The Screenplay: Part I

As the long-standing idiom goes, “You can make a bad film from a good screenplay, but you can’t make a good film from a bad screenplay.” The worst examples of such are lazy retreads of 60s television programs, narratives built on bestselling toy lines, or 5th generation copies of something once great – like a VHS tape that’s suffered years of degradation at the hands of TV Land reruns. But at its best, a screenplay is an uncorrupted work of art – pure inspiration. To act or to dance or to sing is often predicated on the work of another. These art forms are usually works of interpretation rather than creation. But original screenwriting is the blank canvas of cinema. The discovery of a new idea, or a new take on an old idea, and the shaping of that idea at the behest of the creator can result in unadorned beauty. In the circus that is Hollywood, screenwriters are the lion tamers. (more…)

How To Get Into Advanced Movie Screenings

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Because I’m such a frequent moviegoer, people often ask me how to get into early screenings. With some time and perseverance, you should be able to get passes to plenty of advanced screenings throughout the year.

Why are advanced screenings so popular?

• You’re seeing the film before it’s officially released – sometimes weeks or months in advance. It’s refreshing form an opinion of a movie before you’ve been overwhelmed by reviews, advertisements, or opinions of friends and family members. Also, it’s just gratifying to see a film before anyone else. (more…)

“The Return Of The Great Adventure…” In IMAX!

News broke today that “Raiders Of The Lost Ark” will see an IMAX re-release next month, just before the Indiana Jones series hits Blu-ray on September 18th. For fans of IMAX, this is amazing news, and it looks like “Raiders” will play for a full week on both 70mm and digital IMAX screens. Seeing classic films on the big screen with an amped-up audience is one of the great pleasures in life, especially for those of us who weren’t around for the original release. (more…)

Whedon Signs On For “Avengers 2”

The Walt Disney Co. announced today that they’ve secured the services of writer/director Joss Whedon for the sequel to their monster summer hit, “The Avengers.” The original film soared to record-breaking numbers earlier this year, both domestically and internationally, and there had been some concern that cult-hero Whedon wouldn’t return for chapter two. (more…)

Luhrmann’s “Gatsby” Bumped To 2013

Warner Bros. announced today they’re pushing back the release of Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” to summer 2013. The pic, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan. It was to hit theaters on Christmas Day, but the studio is looking to avoid competition from “Jack Reacher,” “This Is 40,” and “Django Unchained.” With this move, they can stake out a date all their own in the biggest movie season of the year. Here’s what Warner Bros. President of Domestic Distribution, Dan Fellman, had to say: (more…)

Ghostbusters III To Shoot In 2013?

From the UK tabloid Metro comes word that Ghostbusters III might finally be getting off the ground, albeit sans Bill Murray. In a recent interview with the publication, Dan Aykroyd had a few choice things to say about the long-gestating third Ghostbusters film: (more…)

Top 5: Unexpected Dance Sequences

Let’s take a look at some of the greatest cinematic dance sequences of all time… in films that have absolutely nothing to do with music or dance. All of these scenes involve large dance ensembles that come out of nowhere, so they range from weird to completely off-the-wall. The one thing they all have in common? Each sequence provides an unexpected blast of energy to its respective film, and they’re all really memorable.

5) Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery

I’m not sure what audiences expected when they checked out Mike Myers’ 007 spoof for the first time in the late 90’s, but it probably didn’t involve an elaborate, colorful, and infectious dance sequence set to Quincy Jones’ “Soul Bossa Nova.” Its sequels propagated the same trick, but it never had the same effect as the original.

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Movie Melee 2: The Dark Knight Rises (Spoilers)

“Movie Melee?” This space is reserved for us to geek out (and occasionally go to war) over Hollywood’s latest. It’s like a podcast, but you don’t have to listen to our annoying voices! These unscripted chats are different from our reviews in that they’re less about film criticism and more about being fans. Also, the format is much more casual. Enjoy!

In this edition, J. Olson is joined by guest writer (and fellow film fanatic) Tyler Scruggs. They gave the film a ★★ 1/2 and a ★★★★ out of ★★★★★, respectively.

J. Olson has since amended his review to ★★★ 1/2 out of ★★★★★ after two additional viewings.

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Movie Melee 1: The Amazing Spider-Man (Spoilers)

“Movie Melee?” This space is reserved for us to geek out (and occasionally go to war) over Hollywood’s latest. It’s like a podcast, but you don’t have to listen to our annoying voices! These unscripted chats are different from our reviews in that they’re less about film criticism and more about fandom. Also, the format is much more casual. Enjoy!

In this edition, J. Olson is joined by guest writer (and fellow film fanatic) Tyler Scruggs. They gave the film a ★★★ 1/2 and a ★★★★ 1/2 out of ★★★★★, respectively.

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