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Why Are Movie Titles So “Bad?”

posted by Nell Minow

Dan Kois has a funny piece in Slate about the use of the word “bad” in so many recent movie titles.  I love the movie posters Slate created for retitled classics.  Would you see “Jaws” if it was renamed “Bad […]

Title Collision: Paradise

posted by Nell Minow

In movie world, ideas seem to percolate in different places at the same time.  A while back, the number nine showed up in four titles at once.  And right now, the always-popular word “paradise” seems to be having a particular moment. […]

What’s the Deal with All These Tree Titles?

posted by Nell Minow

Last time, it was a bunch of Nine movies.  Now for some reason we have a bunch of movies with “tree” in the title.  Here’s a quick guide to help keep them all straight. Tree of Life is the impressionistic, […]

The Art of Movie Titles

posted by Nell Minow

Salon has a fascinating interview with Matthew Cohen, an expert in movie titles. Four letters can tell you everything you need to know: “Jaws” Some other memorable one-word titles: “Titanic,” “Grease,” “Fargo,” “Elf,” “Blow,” “Amadeus,” “Goldfinger” Some movie titles use […]

Previous Posts

Interview: Ava DuVernay of "Selma"
My favorite movie of the year is "Selma," the story of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King's march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital, Montgomery, to bring attention to the barriers the

posted 9:41:45pm Dec. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Smile of the Week: A Boy and a Penguin
This reminds me a little of the depiction of a child's world in The Complete Calvin and Hobbes and Barnaby. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iccscUFY860[/youtube] Many thanks to Slate for this and the others on its list of the year's best ads.

posted 12:06:45pm Dec. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Mel Torme and Judy Garland: Christmas Song
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaEedtRHklg[/youtube] I love it that Judy Garland sings "rainbows" instead of "reindeer."

posted 8:00:57am Dec. 21, 2014 | read full post »

What Happened to All the Great Quotable Movie Lines?
Michael Cieply has a fascinating piece in the New York Times about the movie lines we love to quote and why there don't seem to be any new ones. Look through all of the top ten lists of the year, and see if you can think of one quotable line from any of them. That doesn't mean they aren't well wri

posted 3:58:57pm Dec. 20, 2014 | read full post »

George Clooney and the Cast of Downton Abbey
You don't have to be a fan of "Downton Abbey" (or "Mr. Selfridge") to love this hilarious spoof, with guest appearances by Jeremy Piven, George Clooney and the Absolutely Fabulous Joanna Lumley. [iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ryo7fqdmcGQ?rel=0" frameborder="0"] [

posted 1:43:50pm Dec. 20, 2014 | read full post »


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