The Six Million Dollar Man

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They are building a moat, this machine of Hollywood. It surrounds the entirety of their kingdom of nostalgia. Beyond the moat is the land of original ideas, where great risks stalk drifters through forests of uncertainty. Inside the kingdom lies all the most familiar brands of yesteryear — the likes of The A-Team and Get Smart – all being mined for every bit of entertainment sheen they have left. There’s no end to the vast array of stories already told, and no end in sight to Big Hollywood’s desire to bring back those ghosts and parade them around on much bigger, pop-soundtracked stages. Clearly I’ve been reading too much George R.R. Martin lately, but the analogy fits. In recent years, the escalation of Hollywood’s mining of great things of the past has been blinding. From rebirthing the eighties to checking back in with the stylish sixties, today’s entertainment is all about nostalgia, done in earnest and frivolousness alike. And we seem to be eating it up, just as we may with Tim Burton’s refitting of Dark Shadows, his trusty Johnny Depp adorning the posters and billboards. But even with righteous cynicism considered, there’s always a little room for fun. And our goal this week on The Reject HQ Blog is to set a question to our roundtable of experts — which includes a few of our finest writers and you, the reader — is there a vintage television program (pre-1990, we’ll say) that you’d love to see remade as a movie? Consider […]

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Culture Warrior

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Source Code…and, for that matter, Avatar. Recently in Hollywood, the physiological capabilities of our heroic protagonists have owed a great deal to modern medicine and technology, specifically from the military. Whether it be the unique opportunity provided for the paraplegic Jake Sully in Avatar, the incredible and unwanted responsibility of the nearly-dead Colter Stevens in Source Code, or the intravenous hyper-bulking of Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger, Hollywood has given us a spate of unlikely protagonists connected specifically by the fact that their initial disabilities provide for them a unique opportunity to become exceptionally enabled.

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Join us each week as Rob Hunter takes a look at new DVD releases and gives his highly unqualified opinion as to which titles are worth BUYing, which are better off as RENTals, and which should be AVOIDed at all costs. And remember, these listings and category placements are meant as informational conversation starters only. But you can still tell Hunter how wrong he is in the comment section below. This week sees the arrival of a damn entertaining British series called Luther and the long-awaited DVD debut of The Six Million Dollar Man as well as The Expendables, Eat Pray Love, I’m Still Here, and more.

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