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Choose Your Own Adventure: Why Netflix Needs to Stop Trying to Be TV

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by Brian Moylan June 25, 2014 @ 1:00 PM
ScreenCrush.com
What is TV these days? Is it that big hulking flat screen in your living room where you watch awards shows live with commercials? Is it the things that you download from iTunes or stream on Hulu and watch on your phone during your long commute? Is it the latest season of 'Game of Thrones' which you stole from a torrent site and consume in one long evening while eating pie with birds flying out of it? TV is all of these, but TV is certainly not Netflix. Still Netflix is dying to be TV, and that is a huge mistake.

Reel Women: 'Venus in Fur' Goes Meta in Dissecting Gender Dynamics

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by Britt Hayes June 20, 2014 @ 4:11 PM
Sundance Selects
Roman Polanski created a manic adaptation of 'Venus in Fur' in translating David Ives' acclaimed stage play to French and casting wife Emmanuelle Seigner alongside Mathieu Amalric. It's a verbose production that does more than merely meditate on gender dynamics; it explicitly and gleefully deconstructs them, if you can keep up with tantalizingly swift banter between its two stars.

Do All of Clint Eastwood's Movies Really Look the Same? We Investigate

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by Kate Erbland June 20, 2014 @ 2:00 PM
Warner Bros. (2)/Universal
Over the past 12 years, with the help of his trusty director of photography, Tom Stern, Clint Eastwood helmed 11 films, a vast and rich filmography of features that spans time (from the late '20s to the contemporary era and just about everything in between), place (from Los Angeles to Iwo Jima, from South Africa to the Indian Ocean) and theme (hard-bitten historical bits to jazzy musicals). So why does every single one of those 11 pictures look exactly the same?

How Silly Can You Get? The Tumultuous Making Of 'Top Secret!'

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by Mike Ryan June 18, 2014 @ 9:16 AM
As ‘Top Secret!’ approaches its 30th anniversary – in their own words, David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker and Val Kilmer tell the story about the rise, then fall, then rise again of what today is considered a comedy classic, ‘Top Secret!.’

A Complete and Scientific Classification of Cinematic Dragons

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by Jacob Hall June 13, 2014 @ 8:34 AM
Zarko Cvijovic/ScreenCrush.com
With the highly anticipated film 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' set to begin a series of screenings among academic circles, we decided it was time to put pen to paper and do what biologists have failed to do for centuries -- it's time to begin surveying and classifying Draconia.

Who Ya Gonna Call? The Inside Story Of The 'Ghostbusters' Music Video

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by Mike Ryan June 6, 2014 @ 9:00 AM
Sony Pictures
In early 1984, the team behind ‘Ghostbusters’ was fairly confident that they had a hit. Test screenings had gone well, but for director Ivan Reitman, something was missing. What Reitman wanted was a song, only 20 seconds or so in length, near the opening of the film as the then soon-to-be Ghostbusters -- Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) –- enter the New York Public Library.

'Edge of Tomorrow' and the Influence of Video Games on Modern Movies

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by Jacob Hall June 5, 2014 @ 12:00 PM
Warner Bros.
Video game movies suck. It's a scientific fact.
No matter how popular it may have been among gamers, a great video game seems instantly doomed whenever it attempts to jump to the big screen. Whatever made it tick is inevitably lost in translation...