Why Are So Many Profitable Movies So Terrible?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is currently the #1 movie in America. It has been so since it was released and is likely to continue to occupy the top slot for several more weeks. It is making, as the kids say, all the money: $764 million dollars so far—just in America—with no final total in … Continued

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How Chris Pratt Became America’s Leading Man

Normally Hollywood is in little danger of under-hyping anything, but this month the suzerains of entertainment were caught completely off-guard by the success of Jurassic World, which has just broken the record for earning $1 billion at the global box office more quickly than any other film in history. It will end the summer at … Continued

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Paleo Feminism

Have you heard? Jurassic World is a big, dumb, sexist mess. Even Joss Whedon thinks so! The problem seems to be that, at the beginning of the movie, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) is iffy about whether she’ll ever have kids, and is also a bit awkward around them, but by the end she’s kept her … Continued

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The Greatness of ‘Jurassic Park’

Jurassic World comes out this Friday, the fourth installment in the semi-regular Jurassic Park series. As you’d expect, at this point the franchise is a pure cash-grab. How much so? Well, this movie has been in development for at least eight years and early versions of the script featured dinosaur commandos. Dinosaur. Commandos. But don’t … Continued

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