Wil Wheaton

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Just as with box office figures, you can’t always gauge actual popularity from TV ratings. For example, on Sunday night Discovery Channel earned its greatest Shark Week ratings ever in the event’s 26 years. But a whole lot of longtime fans of the annual programming stunt aren’t happy with what they watched: a feature-length “documentary” about how prehistoric megalodons are still around, millions of years after they’ve been believed to be extinct. This special, titled Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives, was all fake, fairly obviously so, yet there was hardly a disclaimer stating such. Some were fooled, others felt like they were meant to be fooled and many simply found it completely counter to what they expect from both the channel and the event. Viewers angrily took to the network’s Facebook page to complain. Wil Wheaton called for an apology. Science writers criticized the content choice for further harming the very sort of conservation efforts Shark Week originally intended to support. But hey, Discovery got what they wanted.

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The teenage years are a time in everyone’s life when their minds are fertile for the seeds of change. A new experience can completely change a teenager’s personality, reading a new book or watching a new movie can radically alter the way that they self-identify. Peter Weir’s 1989 boarding school drama Dead Poets Society is one of those new movie experiences that I’ve often seen held up as a life changing experience. Multiple times in my high school career the movie was shown to my class by teachers trying to inspire a love of learning in the students. I’ve met more than one person bold enough to show me their “Carpe Diem” tattoo, which is the movie’s big rallying cry. In general it just seems that there is something about this film that resonates strongly and sticks with a large portion of the people who see it. Daniel Petrie Jr.’s Toy Soldiers isn’t a movie that’s changed many lives. That’s okay though, I don’t think it was trying to. It’s mostly just an action movie. This one tells the story of a prestigious prep school being overtaken by a group of well-trained, well-armed terrorists, who then hold the student body hostage until the government meets their demands. It’s strange how little this movie is ever mentioned by anyone. It had a cast of young actors including Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, and Keith Coogan, that were all up-and-coming names back in 1991. It was an explosion packed story about terrorists and […]

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Movies We Love: Stand By Me

There was a time when Rob Reiner’s name being mentioned meant that there was a project we should watch out for; in a good way. Stand By Me is one of the big reasons that was so and is one of the best films of its kind, no matter what kind of film you categorize it as.

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