Mainstream Monday

Mainstream Monday: The Halftime Show

Mainstream Monday: The Halftime Show

Maybe I'm just feeling morbid this month, who knows. But for the second week in a row we're going to be discussing filmic death in this column, this time focusing on a particularly nasty way to die: being cut in half. Modern mainstream movies seem to have a fascination with the w... Read More »

Mainstream Monday: That Ain’t Right Man: Film’s Most Humiliating Deaths (Vol. 2)

A little while ago I introduced you to one of my favorite column ideas: the most humiliating ways to die in a movie. The world of film is full of people who met bitter, unexpected and sometimes just plain embarrassing ends. Today we’re launching Volume 2 of this collection,... Read More »

Mainstream Monday: Film Countdowns

Mainstream Monday: Film Countdowns

Pace and timing are some of the most important facets of quality filmmaking. A great story can be ruined if told at languishing pace. Great moments, especially in the realm of comedy, can be ruined and/or forgotten completely if they’re done with poor timing. It’s imp... Read More »

Mainstream Monday: Vera’s Familia

Poor, poor Vera Farmiga. I was watching the masterful Up In The Air the other day and, as is usually the inspiration for these articles, a couple of random thoughts popped into my head that I decided to dig into a bit. And a list was born. What were those thoughts? (1) Vera Farmi... Read More »

Mainstream Monday: [My] Top Ten Ways To Kill Samuel L. Jackson…IN A MOVIE

Mainstream Monday: [My] Top Ten Ways To Kill Samuel L. Jackson…IN A MOVIE

Among his many acting talents, two particular traits of Samuel L. Jackson stand out above the rest: (1) his penchant for memorable cursing tirades, and (2) his capacity for getting killed in a memorable way. Jackson is the "Bill Pullman in Independence Day" of movie die-ers: he r... Read More »

Mainstream Monday: Unlikely Choices in Bible Movie Casting

Mainstream Monday: Unlikely Choices in Bible Movie Casting

If you think Passion of the Christ is a foreign language film…If your favorite Tom Cruise movie is Seven Samurai…If you think a Carey Mulligan is something you mark on a golf scorecard…If you consider Domino to be Quentin Tarantino’s greatest film, Mainstr... Read More »

Mainstream Monday: Ranking the Many Loves of Adam Sandler

If you think Passion of the Christ is a foreign language film…If you have no idea what an Uncle Boonmee is…If you think a Carey Mulligan is something you mark on a golf scorecard…If Domino is your favorite Quentin Tarantino movie, Mainstream Monday is the place ... Read More »

Mainstream Monday: From Products To Plot Points: Corporations In Film

Mainstream Monday: From Products To Plot Points: Corporations In Film

With the advent of product placement it seems that corporations are playing a major role in our movies more than ever. Usually it’s just a mention or a slow-motion pass (thanks for that, Michael Bay). Sometimes, as in the case of The Social Network it goes beyond just a sub... Read More »

Mainstream Monday: Sad Education – Movie Teachers You Just Can’t Learn From

Mainstream Monday: Sad Education – Movie Teachers You Just Can’t Learn From

Unless they’re a white woman surrounded by ethnic teens, it’s a pretty safe bet that if there’s a teacher in you’re movie they’re at best boring and at worst, borderline abusive. I thought it’d be fun to go back and look at some of filmdom̵... Read More »

Mainstream Monday: Deep Moments In Shallow Films

Some movies have genuine depth, some movies (and movie critics) try to appear much more ‘deep’ than they actually are, and some…well, some just don’t care enough to try. But occasionally if you’re willing to look for it, you may find a moment or two ... Read More »

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