Alan Smithee's Revenge Dept. (2015/01/24 01:00)
The screwing of screenwriters: they can't even take their names off a production anymore.
The Perfect Hamburger Dept. (2015/01/10 02:00)
We shouldn't kid ourselves that consistent mediocrity is a worthy goal.
Marveling At What They've Done Dept. (2015/01/02 03:30)
No, Marvel really is making the same movie over and over.
Gilliam's Island Dept. (2015/01/02 02:00)
Terry Gilliam sifts through Hollywood's ashes, comes up broke.
You Figure It Out Dept. (2014/12/28 05:00)
On the consequences of not knowing what you really want.
Guardedly Successful Dept. (2014/10/06 10:00)
Why the success of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' was a two-edged sword.
Last Year's Model Dept. (2014/08/04 04:00)
Hollywood's mania for sequels makes sense in light of how forgettable the films are. With no follow-up, who would remember they even exist?
JDE Blues Dept. (2014/07/25 05:30)
On the dangers of being Just Different Enough.
No New Sunsets For You! Dept. (2014/06/19 06:00)
Creativity, repeating itself. (Or why you don't remake lightning in a bottle.)
The Shelf Is Full Dept. (2014/04/11 04:40)
Are there too many comic book movies? No, just too many movies made from the same prefab story beats.
Bluckboster Dept. (2013/12/20 10:00)
Is franchise-driven storytelling the default mode of storytelling from now on?
Numbers Never Lie, But People ... That's Another Story Dept. (2013/08/02 10:00)
Why citing "data" as your justification can be no less arbitrary than "Because I said so."
O.G.: Original Genre Dept. (2013/08/01 10:00)
How something classifies as "original" for us may be just as arbitrary as whether or not we like it in the first place.
History, Quantifying Itself Dept. (2013/07/29 10:00)
How number crunching -- the tool of the good -- too easily becomes the enemy of the great.
Cheaper By The Dozen Dept. (2013/07/23 10:00)
How this summer's big-budget movie carpet-bombing has bombed bigtime.
Combine Fifteen Beats, Simmer, Serves Ten Million Dept. (2013/07/20 10:00)
How "story beats" have killed storytelling, especially in Hollywood.
Reality In a Theater Near You Dept. (2013/07/18 01:00)
The rise (we hope) of the non-fiction drama.
The Feel-Bland Hit Of The Summer Dept. (2013/07/13 10:00)
Maybe we've grown weary of manufactured excitement, emphasis on that first word: manufactured.
The Players, Played Dept. (2013/06/17 01:00)
How the death of DVD killed Hollywood.
By The Numbers Again Dept. (2013/05/25 10:00)
Template-driven storytelling strikes again (and again, and again).
Bakshi to the Future Dept. (2013/05/07 10:00)
Ralph Bakshi is alive, well, and angry in a good way.
Paint By Letters Dept. (2013/05/06 02:00)
The number-crunchers have arrived in the screenwriting department. Pray.
Leeboy Dept. (2013/04/15 01:00)
Spike Lee, remaking "Oldboy": I'm excited, and nervous.
Medium, Neither Rare Nor Well Done Dept. (2013/03/16 10:00)
They were complaining about the movies being scorched earth in 1937.
Specially Affected Dept. (2013/02/27 10:00)
The exploitation of effects houses by Hollywood is only one of many signs of the system's ill health.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
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