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This Week on Criticwire: Considering the Future of Franchises

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by Steve Greene
August 11, 2012 12:35 PM
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As reboots continue to persist in the public conscious, Criticwire looked at how that trend might continue (and what ramifications that has for filmmaking in general). We also took time to consider an iconic film and remember a legend of the profession.

Weekend Reel Reads: Birds, Bears and Beasts: Our look at some of the longer cinema-related pieces from the week involves a profile of Tippi Hedren, an examination of water on film and an explanation of how some studios are using enhanced social media campaigns to advertise bigger films.

The Criticwire Survey: Franchises Continuing Without Their Star: Many of our respondents opted for a Ethan Hunt rebranding, but multiple writers also opted for "Star Wars" reboots.

Reese Witherspoon Has Terrible Taste in Men: ...onscreen, anyway, as her characters are often forced to choose between two men. It's a pattern that's difficult to explain, but one that's amusing to consider.

Sequels: To Be (the Same) or Not to Be (the Same)? The paradox of sequels is that it's often the most fresh, innovative films that spawn distilled second and third installments.

Judith Crist (1922-2012): Matt looks back at the work of the iconic, biting work of the legendary New York film critic, complete with links to some classic reviews.

A Critic's Dilemma: In what's sure to spark even more posts in the future, Matt shares a common critical quandary. When reviewing a film, is it acceptable to reveal an entertaining scene, even if the reason for that scene's noteworthiness is its unexpected nature?

Criticwire Picks: Renner and 'Bourne Legacy' Draw Favorable Early Returns: It's a tough week for new releases, but of all the notable new entries to theaters, Tony Gilroy's latest Bourne franchise installment received some of the most positive early returns.

A 'Godfather' Falls From Grace: There are likely many reasons for the fall of "The Godfather" from the much-discussed Sight & Sound list. Its entrenched Hollywood status and Francis Ford Coppola's other acclaimed work may be contributing to the film's slippage.

From the Wire: Remakes Totally Recall the Greatness of Folklore: The film industry's obsession with reboots and remakes and reworkings and retoolings might be an indication of our society's greater evolution and ambitions. It's just that "Total Recall" probably isn't the best case study.

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