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    Scale and Ambition Still Matter, Thank Goodness

    The following films were more expensive to produce than Dune: • The Tomorrow War • Black Widow • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald • Terminator: Dark Fate • Wonder Woman 1984 • Dolittle • Jungle Cruise I understand that making an effects-heavy feature with a budget higher than the […] More

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    ‘The Last Duel’ is a “Body Positive” Beauty Campaign

    Do you remember this ad from about eight years ago? It was widely praised at the time for being an uplifting message promoting self-esteem and body positivity, and consumers who watched it enthusiastically responded that they wanted to see more ads like it from the beauty industry. It wasn’t just Dove, either – market researcher […] More

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    Where Have All the Labor Movies Gone?

    Happy Labor Day, everyone! Looks like Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (which weirdly wants us to care about its boring titular character with a Great Destiny™ more than his father/nemesis with the genuinely compelling backstory and agency over the plot, but whatever) is going to break the “Labor Day Box Office Curse,” […] More

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    Why Does ‘Friends’ Have So Much Staying Power?

    An argument can be made that Friends has demonstrated more staying power than any other American TV show in the last 30 years. Really, the only possible counters to this assertion are shows that are simply long-running — like The Simpsons, South Park, Grey’s Anatomy, and various game shows. But that’s not exactly the same […] More

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    A Farewell to Conan

    Conan O’Brien’s final Conan show on TBS involved being serenaded by Jack Black, an enthusiastic studio audience and Conan on stage with his longtime sidekick Andy Richter thanking his fans, his family and his staff. He closed out his late night tenure with An encouraging message to the audience to try and do what they […] More

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    The True Horror of ‘The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness’

    You guys, I have discovered a mind-blowing Netflix documentary exposing an unbelievable conspiracy called The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness! See, it turns out David Berkowitz, the infamous serial killer calling himself the “Son of Sam,” did not commit his crimes alone. And I don’t just mean an accomplice; he was a member […] More

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    Why We Don’t Need Worst of the Year Lists

    One of my pet peeves is Worst of the Year lists. They’ve long been something I found to be completely unnecessary. If you’ve noticed, there isn’t one from me here at Awards Radar. I had planned on posting this article late last year. Then, when last week saw the siege on the Capitol, it felt […] More

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    ‘Wonder Woman 1984’… I Have Questions

    In some ways, I’m a little surprised by the harsh reception to Wonder Woman 1984, relative to similarly middling superhero movies (Joey’s review is here). It has most of the flaws that have been creeping into these blockbusters for the last decade or so, and I suspect one reason why so many critics have been […] More

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