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Date Night Should Have Been Titled “Two Sketch Comedians On The Town”

The 2010 movie Date Night was an interesting attempt at portraying a boring, middle aged, suburban couple caught in a comedic maelstrom of intrigue and adventure. Unfortunately, it’s pretty clear that the writer (whose only other credits are a horror … Continue reading

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A Modern Perspective on King Lear

Just a few brief thoughts. . . In watching the 1984 TV version of King Lear last week, it occurred to me that this story would take on quite a different interpretation in modern times. Perhaps it’s over-simplified, but as … Continue reading

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Italian Native Americans and German Japanese: The Probable Importance of Verisimilitude in Casting

Perhaps it doesn’t matter, perhaps it does. But no matter how good the acting ability of the players in movies and television, ranging from many of the characters in the 1935 movie Charlie Chan in Egypt to the character Gwen … Continue reading

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Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh: Best Martial Arts Movie Team Ever!!

Chan and Yeoh are the Astair and Rogers of martial arts movies and I just thought it was worth mentioning. Continue reading

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Television Was Theater, Television is Cinema

More often than not, those discussing the history of television tend to focus on changes in social content or technology. Interesting though those topics may be, my thoughts linger on the change in style and presentation. Continue reading

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Top 5 Versions of A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol has been adapted as a film so many times, it seems almost impossible to count. Everyone has a few of them they like more than the others. Here are three of my favorites: Continue reading

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The British Invasion . . . of American Television

Watching as much television as I do, I’ve noticed what seems to be turning into an enormous trend: British actors (and some actresses) playing Americans in American TV shows. Continue reading

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My Top 13 Halloween Movies!

The spooky season is upon us once again! For cineastes, that means putting together a marathon of films to watch on Halloween. In keeping with the festivities, I’ve decided to start a tradition on this blog of listing my top 13 movies to watch on Halloween. This year, I’m listing my top 13 comedic Halloween movies: Continue reading

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You’re a Film Student? Go See a Play!

Among some film academicians, there seems to be a strange attitude that film and theater are completely different and unrelated to one another. Quite to the contrary…. Continue reading

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