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Before the rise of the Internet, it was rarely public news when a movie had a troubled production. The last two decades, though, have been filled with troubling reports of production difficulties on movies, from actor blow-ups on the sets of Terminator: Salvation and Cop Out to the re-shuffling of the directors of the Hobbit trilogy and Ant-Man. And unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last two weeks, you’ve no doubt heard nothing but rotten things about Fantastic Four.
Fox filmed a completely new third act six months after the movie was done shooting. It was shuffled from a March release date to a June release date to an August release date. Esquire Magazine and Miles Teller got into a Twitter fight over whether or not Teller is “a dick.” And then director Josh Trank, in a tweet heard round the world, trashed his own movie the day before it finally opened.
So how bad is Fantastic Four? Actually, not as bad as you’ve heard. Continue reading →
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Good movies often have bad sequels. Just as commonly, bad movies beget terrible sequels. But it’s a rare breed that launches a series with a good first entry and then practically kills the franchise entire with the second. The dizzying plunge in quality between last year’s Divergent and its follow-up, Insurgent, is enough to give you whiplash.
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Part of the reason some people don’t agree with film critics is because (generally speaking) most people’s opinions on a movie are affected by how much they like it. Film critics, meanwhile, strive to judge a movie on its quality alone and to remove their biases and personal tastes from the equation. It causes real problems when enjoyable but dumb movies are released. How “good” people find That Awkward Moment to be is going to be largely affected by how much they like it. Let it be said, though: it’s a hard movie not to like. Continue reading →