Category Archives: The Business End

Andrew’s Oscar Predictions 2017!

Update: 9/24! I think that’s worse than usual! It’s that time of year again. As usual, I have seen a few of the nominees, but not all, and not nearly enough. So I should be even more qualified than ever! … Continue reading

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And Now, a Flagrant Disregard for Morals and Decency

Old movies have a reputation for being kid friendly, no matter what they’re about. They don’t have any nudity, bad language, or disrespect for authority figures. This is largely because of the Motion Picture Production Code (or Hays Code), a … Continue reading

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Pay No Attention To That Robot Above The Protest

I noticed this article when it was published on Deadline two weeks ago, but I haven’t heard much else since. The Federal Aviation Administration gave special permits to three companies to use unmanned aerial vehicles/systems- whatever they want to be … Continue reading

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Preaching to the Choir 2: The Preachening

Last weekend, Ben-Hur attempted to convert the masses with two different ad campaigns: a rock-em sock-em action movie for secular audiences, and an inspirational, heartfelt drama for religious folks. It worked like a charm. The numbers I see have Ben-Hur making $19.5 million … Continue reading

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Preaching to The Choir

Ben-Hur is having a terrible time at movie theaters. Anthony D’Alessandro at Deadline.com has an interesting write-up about how and why it might have happened. I was particularly intrigued by a trailer that was cut specifically to appeal to Christian … Continue reading

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Twisting History at The Movies

So many of the stories we tell are about building heroes up- see Campbell, Joseph– but after reading Dune, I wanted to tear them down. I discovered a book, Heroes, Saviors, Traitors, and Supermen, by historian Lucy Hughes-Hallett, which has stuck … Continue reading

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Andrew’s Oscar Picks 2016!

Update: 10/24. It’s always the technical categories. Sometimes there’s a sweep, sometimes they spread them around. Oh well. Did not really like Ride of the Valkyries as the play off music- especially since it seemed to have been transposed into a major … Continue reading

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Oscar Picks 2015!

Let’s spin the roulette wheel and see how many I get this time… Best Picture: As much as I loved Selma and The Grand Budapest Hotel, and I really want to see Whiplash, this seems to be a race between … Continue reading

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A Movie You Should See: Selma

I’m trying to actually see some of the Oscar bait this season, and one film I finally got to watch recently was Selma. I’d been really looking forward to this one, and was not disappointed. The cast was great, the … Continue reading

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Slates for Sarah

So apparently we need to talk about how railroad tracks can be very, very dangerous. As many people in the film world have heard, Sarah Jones, a crew member on the movie Midnight Rider, was struck and killed by a … Continue reading

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