Spider-Man 3

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The difference between a 120-minute movie and a 115-minute movie can be surprisingly huge. Pacing and editing are the most underrated parts of the filmmaking process, so it’s baffling when a movie spends a bunch of time on a scene that, in the end, doesn’t even matter. Turns out there’s not really a good technical term for it, except “a bunch of bullshit they put in to pad the runtime or something.” But these are parts of movies that wasted a bunch of your time and you’ll never get it back. Enjoy!

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Spider-Man 3

If you’ve been on the internet for more than a few minutes, then you’ve probably got a pretty good idea of the movies that everyone hates. They’re movies that are legendary in their awfulness, ruined people’s childhoods, whatever. And then those movies get sequels and people go bananas wondering who’s greenlighting these things. The answer, of course, is the same people complaining loudest about them. They’re doing it with their wallets.

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If there’s one word I think of that’s best tied to the story of film in 2012, it’s “disappointing.” That’s not to say that 2012 was a disappointing year for movies. I don’t know if it was the best in a while, as some of my fellow critics claim, but then I still haven’t seen a lot of the “best” titles of the year. What I do know is that there were enough movies that really, really, really disappointed a lot of people, and so I feel like I heard — or read — the word “disappointing” more than any other. Whether it was a long-awaited prequel to a classic helmed by the original’s director or the expected return to form for a filmmaker or a final installment of a much-worshipped superhero trilogy or a reboot of a beloved comic-based franchise or a new animated feature from a usually dependable studio, there were plenty of major releases that turned out to be less than satisfying. At least for some.

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Mmmm. Grab a snack and get ready for some hot viscid action because we’ll be talking about movie sludge today! We’re talking creeping and colorful gunk – the thicker and scarier the better. Why? You ask? Because behind every adult – every respectable member of working society – is a little kid, morbidly fascinated with the creepy and slimy. This is why Reality TV thrives like it does.

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There used to be a time when only die-hard comic book fans knew what Stan Lee looked like. His likeness appeared in many of the Marvel comic books for the 60s, 70s, and 80s, but to the average person, he was nothing more than a guy with some shaded glasses. Then Hollywood started putting the guy in some movies. He’s never had a very big part, but to honor the man for helping to create some of the most legendary superheroes (and some of the biggest moneymakers for the movie business), Lee has been given customary cameos in almost every major movie that has been made from characters he helped create. Those who have seen The Amazing Spider-Man (which should be most of you faithful readers, by now) were treated to one of his best and funniest cameos yet. And with more Marvel movies coming down the pike, he’s sure to show up many times again. This gave us a chance to look back on his many appearances over the years and assemble a list of his ten best cameos. Excelsior!

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For a moment, especially in the looming shadow of yet another origin story, it would be easy to overlook the fact that like many a great superhero story, the tale of Spider-Man is one of great action. And with great action comes great action moments. And responsibility. Definitely some responsibility on the part of the filmmaker. While Sam Raimi wasn’t always completely responsible with his Spidey story — he let part three get way out of hand with villains and dance numbers — he never did let us forget that Peter Parker is once-bitten, thrice an action hero. It’s a fact we celebrate proudly in this week’s Scenes We Love, in the hope that Marc Webb will do the same with this The Amazing Spider-Man.

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Dr. Cole Abaius does an in-depth study of some of the worst threequels in order to divine some fantastic filmmaking lessons. What elements of filmmaking should be avoided at all cost and which are only mildly toxic? Find out inside. But bring a barf bag.

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Spider-Man 4 Signs a Pulitzer Winning Writer

Not even alliteration could save Spider-Man 3, but could a Pulitzer Prize winner swing in and save the day for the Spider-Man franchise? Columbia Pictures thinks so.

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It isn’t even July 1 yet and all the web can seem to talk about is The Dark Knight. And now, thanks to some statistics from the world of online movie ticket sales, it is time to start questioning whether that interest might just turn into box office records.

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Sam Raimi may direct more Spider-man

Sam “I used to be the Man until I directed the toilet bowl of a film called Spider-Man 3″ recently talked about the future of the Spidey series. Click in to see what he said.

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Dear Marvel, please keep Sam Raimi away from this movie…

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It’s a surprising shortlist for the best visual effects Oscar this year, with some startling inclusions and some even more startling omissions.

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Yes, it’s time to look back at Spidey, Johnny Depp, Michael Bay and everyone else responsible for the Biggest Box Office performances of 2007.

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Since the advent of DVD, FSR Editor Brian Gibson has been compiling debt… Lots of Debt. Every week he scours the Earth for the best DVD releases. Each week he’ll take you with him and let you know what to buy, what not to buy and why.

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