The morning’s best writing from around the movie website-o-sphere.
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“I hate Strong Female Characters” — Sophia McDougall takes issue with a too-common phrase. Fictional men get to be anything they want; fictional women get one adjective (and it’s not “dynamic”).
“Our 15 Favorite Near-Misses in Hollywood History” — Drew McWeeny imagines David Lynch’s Return of the Jedi, Kubrick’s Lord of the Rings and 13 more movies that almost happened. Dodged bullets and lost potential.
“Mika Disa and The Seven Dwarfs: How the Snow White prequel became a Dopey movie” — A fascinating, thorough look at the movie that might have been Snow White Returns.
“Why Have This Year’s Original Sci-Fi Movies Been So Disappointing?” — Jacob S. Hall asks the question every single human being (and a few aliens) are asking. There was so much opportunity, so why did it feel so hollow?
“Why Hollywood Will Double Down on More Sequels and Franchises After This Summer” — Kyle Buchanan offers the terrifying version of the answer.
“The Strange Ascent of ‘Strained Pulp’” — Adam Sternbergh, A.O. Scott and Stephanie Zacharek throw down their gauntlets on the round table to discuss the trend of highbrow pulp. Tarantino should be playing La Scala any day now.