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Bad Problem-Solving Movies Are Just Frustrating

As I noted last week, I love problem-solving movies – when they’re done right. Unfortunately, every now and then a movie comes along claiming that it has some great puzzle to solve, but it turns out to be just an endless series of frustrating problems, leading to an unearned happy ending. 1,176 more words

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I Love Problem-Solving Movies

What do Apollo 13, Ghost, and Rudy have in common? Sure, they all came out in the 1990s, but I posit that they share something more substantial than that. 1,252 more words

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Bill vs. Ted

Bill S. Preston, Esquire, and Ted “Theodore” Logan. The Great Ones, as some call them, are quite possibly the best duo in history. But who is the greatest Great One? 2,252 more words

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Big Trouble in Little China vs. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

I’ve heard it said that 1986’s Big Trouble in Little China was ahead of its time. It introduced American audiences to Asian mysticism and style of filmmaking before they were ready to embrace them in a big-budget action film. 2,243 more words

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Jason Bourne vs. James Bond

Talk about déjà vu. In the first article I ever published as the Deja Reviewer, I noted that it wasn’t fan fiction about RoboCop fighting Iron Man, but a comparison of their respective first films. 2,119 more words

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Clue (1985) Is a Parody of House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Happy Halloween! I have a special treat for you to mark this holiday. 1985’s comedy classic Clue is obviously based on the popular board game. And yet its plot and characters seem to have quite a bit in common with the ones in 1959’s… 2,383 more words

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Movie Matchups: The Ninth Gate vs. In the Mouth of Madness

Someone named Daniel recently begged me to do an article on Roman Polanski’s 1999 film The Ninth Gate. I’m always happy to oblige my readers, so I promised him I would work it into my schedule. 1,710 more words

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