On Edgar Wright And ‘Ant Man’: When A Studio Wants Your Name, Not Your Vision

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Edgar Wright's recent departure from Marvel's 'Ant-Man' is only the most recent example of a studio hiring a director for their name, but not their vision.


‘Captain Phillips’ And The Problem With ‘Based On A True Story’

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Oscars week feature: When a movie purports to depict real events, doesn't it owe us some insight into those events?


A Response To The Journalist Who Asked Lena Dunham Why She’s Naked So Much On ‘Girls’

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My response to the journalist who asked Lena Dunham why she's naked so much in Girls and then couldn't figure out why Judd Apatow got mad.


The Wolf of Wall Street Debate Misses the Damned Point and Here’s Why

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As the debate over whether Wolf of Wall Street is an endorsement of Jordan Belfort rages on, it's important to understand that that's a stupid question.

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Today in Shut the Hell Up: “The Geekies”

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I've been hoping and praying almost every day for past few years that this cottage industry built around flattering and pandering to "nerds" (whatever the hell that even means anymore) would finally start to die, but it hasn't slowed at all.


The Problem of Scenery over Choreography

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All Scaled Out: Why Most of This Summer's Action Films Have Kind of Sucked I'm writing this because I think our complaints about <a href="" target="_blank">recent action movies</a> are all wrong.


Happy 27th Anniversary of Ferris Bueller: A Few Words About Ferris in the Internet Age

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Neither Geek Nor Bro: Ferris Bueller in the Internet Age Today is the 27th anniversary of Ferris Bueller's Day Off, released on June 11th 1986, and if there's one film I feel comfortable writing the retrospective for, it's Ferris Bueller.


A Rebuttal for the Disney Exec Who Said ‘Story Ain’t Sh*t’

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Speaking at a conference over the weekend, Disney's Chief Technical Officer Andy Hendrickson expressed a view moviegoers have long assumed studio execs held: "People say 'It's all about the story.

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