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(500) Days of You’re a Terrible Person

Recently I re-watched (500) Days of Summer and had the strangest experience with it. If you’ve never seen the film, you likely won’t have any idea what I’m talking about. If you have seen it, depending on the type of person you are, you’ll either think I’m dead on or dead wrong. So let’s jump right in: (10) Observations about (500) Days of Summer. I’m going to try to start with the more brief points and get progressively more wordy; we’ll see if I succeed. Color theory: With the exception…

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Team You-Both-Have-Valid-Points

This post has been a long time coming, and is wildly late. I apologize. Disclaimer: I don’t really read comics. I’ve never read the original “Civil War” run. These are my opinion on the film as its own entity, not as an adaptation. Maybe we’ll convince Miller to come out of hiding and do a guest post. Civil War is so difficult for me to categorize or even really describe. I have the same problem with this Captain America installment that I had with the first one, but more on…

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The Vermilion Mosquito

For various reasons, I thought it might be worth it to occasionally host one of my old scripts on here. Lately I’ve been talking about genre films a lot, especially the superhero genre. With the seemingly neverending stream of movies and TV shows about the X Men, and the Avengers, and the Justice League, and on and on and on, “superheroes” almost aren’t a genre anymore. There are comedic superhero films, dramatic superhero films, superhero roadtrip films, superhero coming-of-age films. The “superhero” device is now so prevalent that it’s transcended…

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Adventures with Rick and Morty

In the last few months, I’ve had a strangely large number of people recommend that Miller and I watch Rick and Morty. The series always comes with very high praise, but whenever one of us has asked someone to describe it, we’re told, “It is so messed up.” I’m not generally fond of the Adult Swim flavor of humor, and so I was kind of hesitant to give it a try, especially after one friend sending me a link to a compilation of the “funniest moments in Rick and Morty…

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Rest Your Sore Feet

I’d like to depart from the big screen to talk again about the small one. I know many people tend to look down on anime, but I think those people might change their tune if they watched Mushi-shi. I was turned on to Mushi-shi at a pretty rough time in my life as “a show that’ll make you feel better. Not, like, warm-and-fuzzy-and-happy better. Just sort of calm-and-zen better.” And that’s actually a spot-on description. In Mushi-shi, a mushi expert named Ginko travels around Japan investigating and solving problems caused…

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We should have let her sleep

Friday’s events have thoroughly thrown me off my groove. Kindly forgive the lack of post yesterday; I’ll make up for it once again with two today. Which means, hopefully, three films today: one for yesterday’s post, one for today’s post, and one for tomorrow’s post, to rebuild my buffer. Wish me luck. Last night, I started watching a film that I had to finish this morning. I don’t know about you, but I thoroughly enjoy going through the available catalogue Netflix has for a particular genre and picking a film…

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Sons of Ipswitch

Due to an unfortunate series of circumstances, I wasn’t actually able to watch a movie yesterday. So just a quick post today about the movie I’m watching as I type, and I’ll try and rebuild my buffer on my next day off. When my friends and I were younger, our interest in a movie was pretty much reliant on the quantity of hot guys and the caliber of their hotness. As a result, when a friend of mine was on a Toby Maguire kick, she and I ended up watching…

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Who You Gonna Call?

Now that that song is (hopefully) successfully stuck in your head, let’s talk Ghostbusters. The original, mind you. I haven’t quite decided whether or not I have the stomach for the remake. Ghostbusters is one of those movies I love to quote and reference. It’s so deeply ingrained in our collective cultural subconscious. I end up watching it probably at least once a year. Every time I watch it I notice something new, but even two years out of film school I’ve never really watched it with a critical eye.…

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Learn Your Vows

Tim Burton movie #2: Corpse Bride. If I’m not much mistaken, this was Tim Burton’s first animated feature since The Nightmare Before Christmas (which technically isn’t even a “Tim Burton film;” he produced it, while Henry Selick directed). I remember having very high hopes when it came out, but not getting around to seeing it until I was in film school. Overall, I think I definitely like Corpse Bride. I don’t love it, and I don’t dislike it. I think it’s just a little more mediocre than I was expecting.…

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