Required Reading: Bill and Ted’s Friendship and The Making Of ‘Ghostbusters’


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An Entirely Too Literal Examination Of the Friendship Between Bill and Ted” — Evan Saathoff at Badass Digest once again proves why he’s one of the best writers there, finding profundity in the frivolous double plus important.

“This extreme unity goes even further than that. Throughout their adventures and journeys, we see multiple forms of Bill and Ted — evil robot form, good robot form and future form. All display the same level of equality. Note that when Bill and Ted meet their future selves in Excellent Adventure, they become more like quadruplets than a pair of twins. Interestingly, the series’ only actual set of twins, the extraterrestrial scientist, Station, can merge its two halves into a greater whole when necessary. Bill and Ted do not have this power. They instead expand outward, remaking the world in their image through the power of music, extreme positivity and strangely large vocabularies.”

The Bizarre Case of the 1978 Doctor Strange Movie” — Mike Ryan at Screen Crush profiles a magical moment in movie history. After reading through the piece twice, it’s still unclear as to whether there’s ever any superhero stuff in the film. Now I’m imagining that the updated version from Scott Derrickson will be a longform episode of House M.D..

The Economics of Movie Reviews, or Why So Many Film Critics Continue to Lose Their Jobs” — Dustin Rowles at Pajiba plays inside baseball and knocks one out of the park.

The Making of Ghostbusters: How Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and ‘The Murricane’ Built ‘The Perfect Comedy’” — Lesley M.M. Blume delivers a longform thing of sheer beauty for Vanity Fair. Read all of it, revel in its splendor and when it asks if you’re a god, you’ll know what to do.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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