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Last Kiss: An Ode to The Great Final LinesLast Kiss: An Ode to The Great Final Lines

Last Kiss: An Ode to The Great Final Lines

A well written film has a tendency to stick with us - and sometimes it's the last thing the screenwriter pens that sticks with us the most.

A well written film has a tendency to stick with us - and sometimes it's the last thing the screenwriter pens that sticks with us the most.
New Divide (Reflecting on Changing Tastes)New Divide (Reflecting on Changing Tastes)

New Divide (Reflecting on Changing Tastes)

I'm Writing About a Different Sort of Film, You Might Not Be Reading, and All of That Is Okay (I Think).

I'm Writing About a Different Sort of Film, You Might Not Be Reading, and All of That Is Okay (I Think).
Fear of The Dark (My Aversion to THE EXORCIST)Fear of The Dark (My Aversion to THE EXORCIST)

Fear of The Dark (My Aversion to THE EXORCIST)

I Tried Folks...I Really Did...And I Think This Is As Good As It Gets...

I Tried Folks...I Really Did...And I Think This Is As Good As It Gets...
Love Me Two TimesLove Me Two Times

Love Me Two Times

I’m almost begging for an argument with this post, but here goes nothing… There are three words I say, and I say them often. They are the words that drive damned near everybody who hears them nuts, and the words that make me look like a chronic assoholic. Thing is, I’m not saying them to...

I’m almost begging for an argument with this post, but here goes nothing… There are three words I say, and I say them often. They are the words that drive damned near everybody who hears them nuts, and the words that make me look like a chronic assoholic. Thing is, I’m not saying them to...
Capture the Flag (A Canadian’s Take on Americanism in Film)Capture the Flag (A Canadian's Take on Americanism in Film)

Capture the Flag (A Canadian’s Take on Americanism in Film)

As a Canadian, there are times when overtly American moments in film rub me the wrong way. Such moments happen through other channels as well (TV, media, and the like), but for the sake of this conversation, I want to focus on film. This is not a new feeling; conversely, it’s a feeling that has...

As a Canadian, there are times when overtly American moments in film rub me the wrong way. Such moments happen through other channels as well (TV, media, and the like), but for the sake of this conversation, I want to focus on film. This is not a new feeling; conversely, it’s a feeling that has...
Who’s Better, Who’s Best (Yes – TOY STORY 3 Should Be Eligible)Who's Better, Who's Best (Yes - TOY STORY 3 Should Be Eligible)

Who’s Better, Who’s Best (Yes – TOY STORY 3 Should Be Eligible)

I’ve been hearing a common thought here and there, and thought that I’d throw in my two cents. The common thought goes like this: “If TOY STORY 3 is up for Best Picture, it shouldn’t be elligible for Best Animated Film.” I disagree. Let’s start with looking at the placement of animated films in the...

I’ve been hearing a common thought here and there, and thought that I’d throw in my two cents. The common thought goes like this: “If TOY STORY 3 is up for Best Picture, it shouldn’t be elligible for Best Animated Film.” I disagree. Let’s start with looking at the placement of animated films in the...
Poor Little Rich Boy (CITIZEN KANE vs. THE SOCIAL NETWORK)Poor Little Rich Boy (CITIZEN KANE vs. THE SOCIAL NETWORK)

Poor Little Rich Boy (CITIZEN KANE vs. THE SOCIAL NETWORK)

It’s been a SOCIAL NETWORK week. It feels like the film is on everyone’s lips thanks to a theatrical re-release, its debut on blu-ray, and a few more awards in the last ten days. And with all of that came someone repeating something I first heard upon the film’s debut last fall: “THE SOCIAL NETWORK...

It’s been a SOCIAL NETWORK week. It feels like the film is on everyone’s lips thanks to a theatrical re-release, its debut on blu-ray, and a few more awards in the last ten days. And with all of that came someone repeating something I first heard upon the film’s debut last fall: “THE SOCIAL NETWORK...

Bulls On Parade

Dear DreamWorks Animation… Just one week ago, I compared your competitors at Pixar to Michael Jordan. When I look at your creations however, I am reminded more of Scottie Pippen. He was one of the greats, one of the greatest of all time actually. But no matter how amazing he was, he was never as...

Dear DreamWorks Animation… Just one week ago, I compared your competitors at Pixar to Michael Jordan. When I look at your creations however, I am reminded more of Scottie Pippen. He was one of the greats, one of the greatest of all time actually. But no matter how amazing he was, he was never as...