Unbreakable, Death Wish, And The Man In The Hoodie

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Bruce Willis in Unbreakable and Death Wish

The new trailer for Eli Roth’s Death Wish has dropped, and causing a bit of controversy as you might as well imagine. A throwback (whether ironic or not is up for debate) to the “hero vigilante” movies of the 1970s and early 1980s, this remake of the 1974 classic features Bruce Willis as a “guy with a gun” getting revenge on the people who hurt his family (as well as shooting “bad guys” everywhere).

What immediately struck me about this (much reviled, in certain circles) trailer is how much the movie is reminiscent of Willis’ 2000 film Unbreakable, in terms of general premise (“who is that lone hero?”) and iconography. And by “iconography,” I’m specifically talking about the hoodie Willis wears.

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The Long, Strange Journey To Create A Shared Classic Monster Universe

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old and new Universal monster universes

Universal Studios recently announced plans to create a “shared” movie universe for its monster characters: The Dark Universe. The upcoming movie The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, will be kicking the Dark Universe off, but there are also plans for flicks featuring The Invisible Man (Johnny Depp) and Frankenstein’s Monster (Javier Bardem). Russell Crowe makes an appearance in The Mummy as a Dr. Jekyll so one would imagine we might be seeing more of him too.

This all sounds well and good…but it is interesting to note that Universal has tried this all before. Several times in fact.

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What Is The “Multicamera Comedy” And Why Is It Dying?

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“The Odd Couple,” shot on multicam

With the recent cancellations of 2 Broke Girls, Dr. Ken, and Last Man Standing (and perhaps The Odd Couple as well if we take Matthew Perry’s word for itwe just might be seeing the death of the multicamera comedy in favor what is increasingly becoming the industry standard: the single-camera comedy.

But what exactly is a multicamera comedy? It sounds like it has more cameras than merely a single-camera comedy, so isn’t it better? I’m a big TV sitcom nerd, so you’re going to hear me briefly pontificate on this topic. Get ready.

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In Glorious Black And White: Monochromatic Modern Films

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The news that James Mangold’s Logan would have special screenings in black-and-white on May 16th brought to my mind many movies of the “modern” era which have purposely chosen to go that route from conception.

Surely, it would have been a hard sell for the Logan filmmakers to pitch a B&W superhero movie from the get-go. With such an emphasis on “event” movies—movies presented in 3D, on gigantic screens, etc.—a black-and-white film might feel too “small.” But there are a number of cult films that possibly wouldn’t have had half the impact if they were shot in color.

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When You Grow Out Of Your Favorite TV Series

I wanted to address a phenomenon I’ve noticed with myself & that perhaps some of you have experienced as well. There are some favorite TV shows that “age well” for me, and that I can pick up again at any time—and then there are others that “had their shot” but now time has passed and I can’t get into them anymore.

Case in point Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Love-love-loved this show when it was first-run, was totally obsessed with it. Bought all this BTVS merch, read the fan-fiction, kept Buffy-themed wallpaper on my computer screen, etc. Never missed an episode, went into withdrawals between seasons.

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