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The Morning Read: One Screen Genius, Viral Problems and a Super Madman’s Diary

The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Why Disney’s Frozen Debuted Today on a Single Screen” — Scott Mendelson at Forbes breaks down The Mouse’s antique recipe for success and why their newest movie is out without you knowing. Show More Summary

The Morning Read: Fan Entitlement, Lucille Ball’s ‘Star Trek’ and More

The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Batfleck, Fifty Shades of Grey and Fan Entitlement Syndrome” — Scott Mendelson groans at the weight of the hardest core making demands, then groans harder at the danger of studios listening. Show More Summary

Scott Mendelson, M.D.: Need We Fear the Minds of Space Aliens?

It would be imprudent to ignore Stephen Hawking's words of caution. However, I believe we have little to fear. In all likelihood, the aspirations, longings, griefs, joys, anxieties, fears, failures, and foibles of the aliens from space...Show More Summary

‘Man Of Steel’ Wins Big, But So Does IRS

  Henry Cavill plays Superman in the MAN OF STEEL movie reboot. And the movie seems off to a roaring start. See Friday Box Office: ‘Man Of Steel’ Grosses Super $56 Million.  As Scott Mendelson noted there, “Man Of Steel now has the second-biggest opening day for a non-sequel, behind the $67 million Friday of The [...]

Scott Mendelson, M.D.: Mental Health and Second Amendment Fears

There is a possibility that the fear of being labeled as mentally ill and subsequently losing their right to own a firearm will prevent both veterans and non-veterans with mental health issues from seeking the help they need and deserve.

Scott Mendelson: Huff Post review: G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)

G.I. Joe: Retaliation 2013 100 minutes rated PG-13 by Scott Mendelson It's no secret that I'm a fan of G.I. Joe: The Rise of...

Scott Mendelson: On the "morality" of cinematic action-movie massacres...

There is a moment at around the twenty minute mark of Olympus Has Fallen (review) where a giant airplane piloted by evil North Koreans shoot...

Scott Mendelson: Review: Olympus Has Fallen

Olympus Has Fallen offers a level of jingoistic fear-mongering the likes of which are more commonly associated with a 1980s Chuck Norris vehicle. It isn't terribly smart and it peaks in the first act, but damned if I didn't enjoy the picture nonetheless.

Scott Mendelson: Why Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters May Represent the Future of Big-scale Studio Movies

The rescheduled, heavily cut, and seemingly dumped January release may look and feel like both a punchline and a 'why they hate us' representation of everything wrong with popcorn filmmaking. But unlike certain re-imagined fairy-tales, it didn't cost $200 million. It cost just $50 million.

Scott Mendelson: On the 10th Anniversary of the Iraq Invasion, Why Do We Praise the Converted Over the Initially Right?

Changing one's mind about an issue and coming into the proverbial light is seen as a sign of seriousness and credibility. And it certainly should be celebrated and commended. But these converts are often treated with more respect than those who were right from the very beginning.

Scott Mendelson: How I learned to stop worrying & love the Veronica Mars film.

30,000 people donated an average of $64 during a several hour period last week, and thus we will be getting a Veronica Mars movie...

Scott Mendelson: On the 10th anniversary of the Iraq invasion, why we do praise the converted over the initially right?

I think it's terrific that Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio has come out in support of gay marriage. I think it's notable that he came...

Scott Mendelson: Huff Post Review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone 2013 100 minutes rated PG-13 by Scott Mendelson Among its many other faults, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone makes a solid...

Scott Mendelson: The Good News/Bad News About Oz: The Great and Powerful's Complicated Gender Issues

The women of Oz: The Great and Powerful may have serious issues in how they are written and presented, but at least Oz: The Great and Powerful has women (plural) in it at all.

Scott Mendelson: Weekend Box Office: Oz: The Great and Powerful Summons $80 Million, With All Signs Pointing Towards a Leggy Run

While Oz: The Great and Powerful has its writing issues, it's far more satisfying than Alice in Wonderland and I can confirm that it went over like gangbusters with the packed general audience crowd I saw it with. All the signs indicate that it is in it for the long haul.

Scott Mendelson: Weekend Box Office: Oz: The Great and Powerful Summons $80 Million, With All Signs Pointing Towards a Leggy Run

While Oz: The Great and Powerful has its writing issues, it's far more satisfying than Alice in Wonderland and I can confirm that it went over like gangbusters with the packed general audience crowd I saw it with. All the signs indicate that it is in it for the long haul.

Scott Mendelson: Review: Dead Man Down (2013)

Dead Man Down 2013 110 minutes rated R Up until the very end of the picture, Dead Man Down is a mostly serviceable crime drama. It...

Scott Mendelson: Movie Stars Aren't an Endangered Species, They Are More Vital Than Ever in the $200 Million Fantasy Tentpole Era

It's not just the concept or the stars. It's not an either/or situation anymore. For these prices, it has to be both. The concept helps, but it's the concept combined with actual stars in front or and/or behind the camera that differentiates John Carter from Avatar.

Scott Mendelson: Weekend Box Office Part I: Fee Fi Fo Flop: Jack the Giant Slayer Bombs Harder Than John Carter

Like John Carter and Battleship, Jack the Giant Slayer was basically a $200 million variation on Generic Blockbuster: The Movie. Unlike Disney and Universal respectively, Warner Bros. seemed to see this one coming well in advance.

Scott Mendelson: Review: Stoker

Park Chan-Wook's Stoker is a delicious hybrid of its influences, which mix into an engaging fable of its own.

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