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Matt Singer discusses the factors at play when nitpicking YouTube series like Honest Trailers and Everything Wrong With… pick their targets, for The Dissolve:
By and large, these video aren’t finding everything wrong with genuinely crappy movies, they’re finding “everything wrong” with good movies that people will watch a video about. The subjects aren’t the most suitable ones, they’re the ones that are the most traffic-friendly. From a business perspective, that’s perfectly understandable.
David Christopher Bell lists 5 Weird New Movies That Deserve Way More Hype, for Cracked:
So after taking out the only unique part of the film, The Thing prequel sank into oblivion while Amalgamated Dynamics (the company in charge of the practical effects) were left dicks in hand to see all their hard work go to waste. Their solution? Start a Kickstarter and make their own goddamn film, thus birthing Harbinger Down — a monster romp about grad students using a fishing trawler to surface downed Soviet space wreckage that ends up housing an unspeakable being from beyond. In other words, it’s The Thing … but on a boat. And with weird tentacle thingies.
Kyle Turner discusses the importance of Do the Right Thing’s opening track, “Fight the Power,” for Movie Mezzanine:
Its mix of dance and boxing moves is integral to how the film handles it politics: activism is a full time job, one that combines elegance and down and dirty confrontation. Lee thus cuts from outfit to outfit, as if to show these nuance in activism but also to show the versatility of the activists themselves. Bathed in red light and wearing a variety of outfits, Perez becomes a representative of the activist that must live their everyday life but also challenge the kyriarchy. Its outrage is unapologetic. It still rings with power.
Anne T. Donahue argues that True Blood spurred a sexual revolution in television, for The Debrief:
Television’s approach to sex actually changed substantially between True Blood’s launch and its end. And while TV hadn’t exactly shied away from sexual imagery before 2008, more and more shows began embracing what the HBO series was willing to explore as years went on. Seven later, and it’s almost all very old-hat. (Like, vampires have sex: we get it.)
Max O’Connell goes into the troubles of FXX’s airing of The Simpsons in the wrong aspect ratio, for Criticwire:
Not to sound ungrateful for something that’s brought the best of “The Simpsons” back to everyone’s attention again, but doesn’t this violate the spirit of the whole idea of airing the series uncut? The show didn’t switch to 16:9 until 2009, about a third of the way into season 20, so that’s the bulk of the series that’ll suffer. A number of “The Simpsons” fans on social media are annoyed, with some comparing it (rightfully) to pan-and-scan for widescreen films back in the days of VHS.