Required Reading: Waiting For Entertainment and the Danger of ‘Sharknado’

By  · Published on August 4th, 2014


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“Guardians of the Galaxy Easter Eggs, Trivia and References” – Andrew Dyce at Screen Rant digs into Marvel’s latest to share some context and little things you might have missed.

“The 10 best summer romances in film” – Guy Lodge at The Guardian proves we’ve been falling in love while sweating for almost a century, compiling a list that’s a bit more insider than populist. On #6:

“Robert Mulligan knew the elegiac nature of an American summer: there’sTo Kill a Mockingbird, of course, but he also made a pretty good lunge for this list with the liltingly scored wartime weepie Summer of ’42. His final and most undervalued film, The Man in the Moon, combines the latter’s Rockwell romanticism with a measure of Harper Lee’s tough love – it conveys the full, fluttery thrill of a 14-year-old girl’s first kiss and, less expectedly the stark, searing pain of affections swiftly transferred. The 1957 summer, an especially honey-dipped Louisiana special, enhances the first experience as intensely as it aggravates the second.”

“Why Sweet and Lowdown Takes All of Me” – Elizabeth Cantwell at Bright Wall Dark Room revels in the warm familiarity of a dastardly Woody Allen un-classic.

“Sharknado isn’t just stupid. It’s bad for cinema.” – Matt Cohen at The Week defends the fans who appreciate genuine schlock, lamenting the potential for purposefully terrible movies invading more of our bloodstream.

“Edith Head, the best sort of designing woman” – Susan King at the Los Angeles Times profiles a legend who made the good-looking look great.

“Why Are Movies the Only Kind of Entertainment We Still Have to Wait Around For?” – Adam Sternbergh at Vulture is wondering why we must mark our calendars 5 years in advance. Hint: hype.

“Why Guardians of the Galaxy May Be Marvel’s Most Important Movie” – Brent Lang at Variety notes how Marvel just widened its own reach by moving beyond its Avengers.

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