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Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013
The clues. The suspects. The halting head of the investigation. There are the elements of a great mystery and here are 10 great examples of how film and TV treat same.

Call them potboilers, page turners, or sanctioned Summer/Vacation reads, but a good mystery makes the heart soar… and, typically, the head hurt. Unless you’re someone who grabs the latest celebrated tome and rushes to the final sentences to see “whodunit”, the fun of any detective story is deducing along with the lead. Sometimes, we are smarter than our goofy guide through the clues. In other instances, we can’t possibly be as erudite and intelligent as the person parsing through the suspects. It’s all about the reveal, the coming together of hints and hidden connections that lead to the moment when fingers are pointed and—typically—butlers are blamed. There’s also a fascination with the figures dishing out the denouements, individuals with perception and drive that put mere mortals to shame.


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Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013
Not everything Disney has done is worthy of praise and accolades. In the name of cash (right, 'Planes?') here are 10 unnecessary spin-offs that sully the House of Mouse's legacy.

There was a time when Disney “got it”. They preserved their legacy via carefully protecting their animated classics, making each seven-year stretch between releases an event. Audiences of all ages would line up to revisit beloved characters and cartooning excellence, and when a movie didn’t make the grade, it was relegated to the vault and the myth of many an oldster’s tale. Then home video came along and the House of Mouse saw a way to profit from their past. Again, they initially went about it right. They offered up their most choice titles, and when a film didn’t live up to said label, it wouldn’t be captured on magnetic tape for all eternity. Then someone got the bright idea to craft direct to VHS sequels, spinoffs of the best made for one reason and one reason only: to bank a bit of extra cash with trading on a parent’s sense of security with any of Walt’s works.


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Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013
While inevitable, growing old can be a painful, perplexing experience. Here are ten amazing movies that address the issue with gravity, grace, and gumption.

It happens to all of us. It’s as certain as taxes and the tacky antics of reality television ‘stars.’  We will all die one day, lest a scientist discover the secret to eternal youth and we all become pawns in a freak-show future shock where the immortal population is controlled via something called “Carrousel,” a voluntary suicide clinic, or some brutal Hunger Games. Aging is not the end of life, it’s the most mysterious part of it. Don’t think so? Take a moment and evaluate who you are today. Now flashback as far as you can…five years, a decade, two or more (or in yours truly’s case, 40-plus) and see how much has changed. Do you like the same music? Do you favor the same political bent? Are you with someone you love, or have you lost/limited your ability to simply feel said emotion. Time takes its toll, and in the end, what we don’t learn from its passage predicts our inability to deal with what’s ahead.


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Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013
It's time to pull the plug on these 10 film franchises before they, Heaven help us, spawn more sequels. Too late!

At first, fans are anxious to see more. They can’t believe how much they enjoyed the first go round and wonder how, if possible, the filmmakers will top their initial accomplishment. The answer, of course, is that they never completely do. Instead, they do a delicate dance between originality and the same old sh…stuff, providing the viewer with a sense of familiarity while tricking them into thinking it’s all worth another ticket purchase. And heaven help us if Part 2 piles on the profits. Before you know it, you’ve creating a movie monster known as “The Franchise.” Sometimes, these continuing series can be brilliant (Toy Story, which is headed for a fourth installment). In other instances, they are defiantly hit and miss (we’re looking at you, James Bond and Star Trek). And then there are those that can’t see when the written-off writing is on the wall.


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Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013
The right actor in the right part is paramount to a film's success. Here's six examples where the failure to cast properly made all the aesthetic difference.

When the right actor meets the right role the final outcome can be an extraordinary alchemy. Witness Daniel Day Lewis’s recent Oscar-winning turn as Abe Lincoln. But sometimes, no matter how talented the performer, no amount of make believe can make up the difference if he or she just don’t fit the part.


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