Franchise Ruminations: The Lord of The Rings Theatrical Cuts are Better Than The Extended Editions

(Since I'm diving deep into both the theatrical and extended cuts of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, let's just assume that SPOILERS will abound.) Like most Tolkien fans out there, the news that they were going to make a “Lord of the Rings” (LOTR) trilogy was something I genuinely geeked out about. And the feeling …

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Ranking Every Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror” Episode Ever

"Oooh, I've wasted my life..." - Comic Book Guy Every year that The Simpsons is on the air, it becomes more and more astounding as to what a gargantuan presence it has had in my life. Entering it's twenty-eight year, it is not hyperbole to say that the show has literally been around almost all of my …

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The Failed Adaptations of “Ghost in the Shell” & “Death Note”

Hollywood has a long history of taking foreign movies, TV shows, and literature and adapting them for a more American context. Sometimes the movies are outright remakes (The Ring, The Departed, Let Me In) or they are reinterpretations of the original material (both American Godzilla movies). The act of adapting non-American material is often fraught with danger as …

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Franchise Ruminations: The Matrix Trilogy as Misunderstood Masterpiece

It is hard to overstate just how big a deal The Matrix was when it first came out. The sci-fi action thriller seemed to perfectly combine heady philosophical concepts with kick-ass action. It's dystopic world was at once wonderfully alien and also shockingly not so far from ours. It felt completely relevant to reality at the end …

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