Post of the Week

  This week’s Post of the Week honors go to Mark Judge’s excellent piece on Star Trek: Into Darkness. Check it out!

Post of the Week

Nostalgia Gone Wild: Hollywood and Its Abysmal Remakes

Starting most notably with the Baby Boomers, Americans have become a very nostalgic people. When it comes to pop culture we tell ourselves how progressive we are and then promptly lean back on the deceptively comforting arms of technological innovation (i.e. C.G.I. animation, new devices for consuming content, etc.) to “prove” this is so. But … Continued

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The Unknown Steve McQueen

Last week my friend and Acculturated colleague R. J. Moeller wrote about C. S. Lewis, who died fifty years ago this year, and whom R. J. described as “Fascinating and Flawed.” In keeping with that theme, I thought I’d offer up another fascinating but flawed figure also marking a fifty-year anniversary, from the other end … Continued

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Bollywood Films Showcase Love Stories without Irony

There are a lot of characteristics that make Bollywood movies so different from standard Hollywood fare. Since I’m a just a fan rather than an expert, let’s focus on just a few of these films to get a sense for what makes them so special. If we look at three film starring two Indian superstars, … Continued

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Six Movies That Interest Me in 2013

With the Oscars at our back and the summer blockbuster movie season dead-ahead, I decided to take a gander at what new films we movie-going Americans have to look forward to in 2013. Here are six of the more intriguing ones I came across. 42: The Jackie Robinson Story (April 12) “The life story of … Continued

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Zero Recognition for Zero Dark Thirty

After Sunday’s broadcast of the Academy Awards, many noticed the Oscars’ silence in response to this year’s film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty. Jessica Chastain, whose performance was thought by many to be awarded Best Actress, lost to Jennifer Lawrence of Silver Linings Playbook. Some say the Academy overlooked Zero Dark Thirty, and some say for … Continued

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The Acculturated Oscar Rundown

On Sunday, the world will be watching as the Academy Awards crowns this year’s best film. For the last several months, we’ve been writing about this year’s Oscar nominated movies: Who Will Win the Best Picture Oscar–and Who Should? by Mark Tapson As the 2013 Oscar telecast approaches this coming Sunday, keep this in mind … Continued

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Who Will Win the Best Picture Oscar–and Who Should?

by Mark Tapson As the 2013 Oscar telecast approaches this coming Sunday, keep this in mind when trying your hand at predictions: Hollywood is like high school with money, as someone once famously remarked, and the Oscars are like a glitzier high school popularity contest. The film which takes Best Picture isn’t necessarily the most … Continued

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Hollywood and the Triumph of Silence

One of my favorite action sequences of any film is the Joker “truck flip” scene in The Dark Knight. And the scene’s effectiveness has a lot to do with a crucial fact: there is no music in it. Twenty years ago, or even ten, a similar scene would have come with a soundtrack–either pounding heavy … Continued

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Why Silver Linings Playbook Could Still Win Best Picture

Since it swept up the most coveted prizes at the Critics’ Choice Awards, the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guilds Awards, and the Producers Guild Awards, conventional wisdom has pretty well settled on Argo being the only film able to give Lincoln a run for its money in Oscar’s Best Picture race. Much as I’d … Continued

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