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“The Story Behind the Worst Movie on IMDB” — David Goldenberg at Five Thirty Eight tries to make sense of an average movie that has been absolutely buried by the masses who frequent the Internet Movie Database. Maybe unsurprisingly, it involves a real world coalition spurred on by political sentiment and identity preservation. I wonder how they’ll feel about Goldenberg giving the movie they hate a huge spotlight.
“The 11 Defining Features of the Summer Blockbuster” — Also at Five Thirty Eight, Walt Hickey crunches an absurd amount of numbers to figure out whether sword fights or car explosions are more important to crafting a giant, sweaty movie.
“The hidden feminism of Audrey Hepburn” — Monika Bartyzel at The Week argues that underneath the pill box and cloche hats, Eliza Doolittle was quietly fighting for a new image of female strength and capability.
“Seth Rogen: older, wise, just as stoned” — John Patterson at The Guardian points out how the kid from Freaks and Geeks has grown up while staying greatly the same.
“Walk of Shame is Hardly the Beginning: Hollywood Has Always Loved Trendy Movie Titles” — From His Girl Friday to That Awkward Moment, Alex Suskind at Vanity Fair chronicles a very long list of slang movie names.
“My Life as a Screenwriter You’ve Never Heard Of” — Justin Marks pens an uphill climb for The Hollywood Reporter that focuses on walking in real-life through his dreams. There’s a chance that some will take this as depressing, but it’s far from it. The reality of passion prestige jobs is that very few people become powerful or even wealthy. It’s not so much that it beats digging ditches, but that the struggles and uncertainty are worth it. It’s not a direct correlation obviously, but watching movies for a living is similar. The retirement plan is non-existent, and rent is sometimes hard to come by but you get to do something you love. Nash, out.