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We spout opinion, comment on the current zeitgeist and overanalyze pop culture and mainstream movies. Whether in the form of lists, survey questions or straight editorials, we hope to make thinking deeply about film a fun and stimulating activity for all.

10 Great Films Set in New Mexico - For the State's Centennial

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • January 7, 2012 5:57 PM
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Happy belated birthday to New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, which celebrated its 100th anniversary as a state this week. One century ago, on January 6, 1912, the New Mexico Territory was admitted to the union by Congress. And throughout its existence the state has been a major part of cinema and TV history. Actually, films have been shot there since the 19th century, as you'll see below, and Selig Polyscope Company had an early studio in Las Vegas, NM, through the 1910s, mainly for producing Westerns starring Tom Mix. In 1912 alone, Mack Sennett, D.W. Griffith and Thomas Ince shot shorts there. And in the 21st century the state's link to filmmaking has increased tremendously.

Anticipating Originality? A List of 100 Awaited Films Coming in 2012

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • January 3, 2012 1:24 PM
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Yesterday I posted a Conversation piece at Movies.com rounding up quotes from around the web on some of this year's most anticipated movies. I also shared some results I received through a poll I conducted on Twitter. The conclusion I've made about the coming year is that it promises a lot of great but unoriginal works, whether they're exciting new installments to a successful franchise or adaptations of popular novels.

Guest Post: 5 Financial Lessons We Can Learn from Movies

  • By Vanessa Lang
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  • December 15, 2011 10:43 AM
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Recently, I was watching "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" and I started to think about my own personal finances. There are actually lots of movies that teach us financial lessons without really trying. When you think about it, there are lessons in films in every category, from dramas and thrillers to our favorite Disney movies.

10 Impossible Gift Ideas Based on Recent Movies

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • December 7, 2011 5:36 PM
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From flame-throwing muscle cars to waffle-making robots to the hammer of Thor. Not even Santa Claus can make this wish list come true.

Guest Post: 10 Unknown Facts About the Muppets

  • By Joe Riska
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  • November 23, 2011 6:03 PM
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It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights! It's time to learn 10 Things you might not know about the Muppets!

10 Movies to See Instead of "The Artist"

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • November 23, 2011 1:03 PM
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One of the most disappointing films for me this year is Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist." As a fan of cinema of the '20s and '30s, the silent throwback is right up my alley, but I wanted more than just references and homage. Some people are saying it's not much different than what Quentin Tarantino does with grindhouse films, but I disagree. Tarantino takes inspiration from crude B movies and makes something brilliantly new. Hazanavicius takes inspiration from classic films and makes something familiar and unnecessary. There's nothing new to them in any way whatsoever. So what's the point? Let's just watch the films it borrows heavily from, or something else that's more innovative and/or inventive. Remember when we all pre-criticized "Avatar" for looking so derivative? At least it had some amazing spectacle in the end. "The Artist" is just kinda charming at best.

10 Monster Weddings

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • November 17, 2011 11:57 PM
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One of the big draws of the latest "Twilight" movie is the wedding that kicks things off. Sorry to spoil things for anyone who isn't caught up, but in "Breaking Dawn Part 1," Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) tie the knot. In attendance at the backyard ceremony are vampires, werewolves and a few humans here and there, but it remains a relatively tame event. There is at least a bloody version of the wedding depicted in a dream sequence paying homage to Roger Vadim's "Blood and Roses" (thanks to Glenn Kenny for noting the allusion), but otherwise I bet someone could go and witness the marriage of the Cullens without even realizing there are monsters about.

10 Memorable Diabetic Movie Characters - In Honor of World Diabetes Day

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • November 14, 2011 11:22 AM
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20 years ago, World Diabetes Day was introduced by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization "in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses." It is held every November 14, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, one of the men credited with discovering insulin.

25 Male Actors Playing Female Characters (Before Adam Sandler)

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • November 10, 2011 5:06 PM
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Remember when Adam Sandler did Shakespeare?  In "Billy Madison" the title character does a bit of "Hamlet." Now Sandler is channeling the Bard again by portraying a female character in the new comedy "Jack and Jill." He actually performs two roles, identical twin siblings, which was also not uncommon in Shakespeare's time, I think. Though certainly not at the same time. But he's getting more attention for taking on the sister part, Jill, because he makes a rather unattractive woman, and not just physically.
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5 Movies That Would Be Better if Not Set At Christmas

  • By Christopher Campbell
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  • December 22, 2010 5:03 AM
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We all have favorite Christmas movies that we watch every year. For me, "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas" is the most necessary. And I'll watch bits of "A Christmas Story" and "Scrooged" if they're on TV (and both are on TV a lot this time of year). Thanks to the holidays, there are a number of films we've all seen too many times. Like "Elf." Do we really need to have seen that more than we've seen any other Will Ferrell movie? But because it's a Christmas movie it gets played and seen every year at this time. And probably only at this time.

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