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Star Wars VII tops Avatar as #1 North American Box Office

And we’re back for 2016. Hope you all had an enjoyable holiday break! So it really isn’t any surprise that Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens is now the number one movie moneymaker of all time for the North American … Continue reading

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Looking back at the original 1977 Star Wars

Thirty-eight years ago, in a movie theater not that far away, I saw the original Star Wars movie during the summer of 1977.  It was between my junior and senior years in high school, and the movie was the talk … Continue reading

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When is a meme inappropriate?

Long time readers here will know that I’m more than a little obsessed with the Star Wars movies. So the release of Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens directed by the ever brilliant J. J. Abrams on Dec. 18, … Continue reading

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The World Trade Center in the Movies

Reposted from Sept. 11, 2011. Before 9/11, the silhouette of the twin towers of the World Trade Center were one of the quickest ways movie makers had of establishing that we were looking at the NYC skyline.  Here’s a beautiful … Continue reading

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The Joy of a Great Movie Theater

Forty-seven years ago my parents drove our family from small-town Iowa to Des Moines so we could see the movie 2001 – A Space Odyssey at the River Hills 70 mm theater. For you too young to remember, that was … Continue reading

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Everyone’s Gone to the Movies

We’re headed into the heart of summer, and that makes this a great time to talk about the movies. Film composer James Horner dies in plane crash James Horner, best known for his score for Titanic, died earlier this week from … Continue reading

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Students in Lexington, Neb. revive local movie theater

If you grow up or live in a small town, you know how important it is to have a local movie theater.  Your theater is a place for people in the community to get together and have fun.  It’s a … Continue reading

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And We’re Back – Questions Worth Asking

You still here? Yes! I realize it’s been a scant spring of living in a media world this spring, but I’m hoping to get back on a more regular schedule of posting. I have been busy over on Twitter, however.  You … Continue reading

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How “Little Shop of Horrors” would have ended if Disney hadn’t forced a change

If you’ve ever had me for class, you know that as much of a Disney fan as I can be (Love Big Hero Six and Wreck It Ralph), I really hate what the studio has done to some classic stories. … Continue reading

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TBT – Siskel & Ebert talk about the movies

This is a reposting (with slight editing) of a post from four years ago.  Hard for me to come to terms with the fact that this presentation is from 20 years ago! My JMC 406 commentary class is going to … Continue reading

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