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Doctor Sleep Cures Cynema

Reversing Cynema Cynema is not about movie reviews. While I have to tackle some plot points of 2019’s Doctor Sleep, the sequel to 1980’s The Shining, this post is more about the human effort that went into reversing a number of things that left The Shining a sterile and cold film that I always felt […]

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Joker: Cinema Not Cynema

Joker is a horror movie. I will classify it as social horror, while I’ve seen others label it psychological horror. As I find One Flew over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Se7en and to an extent Network as social horrors, Joker falls right into this category. Cynema is not about “movie reviews” yet I have to tackle […]

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GODZILLA VS. CYNEMA

Cynema or Not Cynema I started this blog not to review movies, but to examine the effects of cynicism on filmmaking. If you go through these posts you’ll find they aren’t reviews but rather how we view our entertainment and often take it for granted while lowering our acceptance standards. SPOILERS AHEAD! GOT IT? SPOILERS […]

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All Work And No Play Makes “The Shining” A Dull Film

Does Anyone Remember? The Shining film has had plenty written about it. Spielberg made it a center plot point in Ready Player One, focusing on the fact that its creator, Stephen King, hated the film. I think that was a great scene, and far more entertaining in some respects than the actual film. You can […]

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We Need To Talk About Michael Part II

Happy Halloween Halloween 2018 arrived. I wrote a previous post almost a year before its release pondering what kind of movie it would be and most of all…was it even needed? How would the franchise hold up forty years later and what does it really say about horror when new ideas seem scarce and studios […]

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The Meg Jumps The Shark Into Cynema

Summer is dying and Warner Brothers took a page from Universal Studios in 1983 and did a hit and run with a really bad shark movie. The Meg has more comparisons to “Jaws 3D” than it does with “Jaws” even though the filmmakers thought they were clever in their not so subtle “Jaws” references. “Jaws” […]

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The Pronouns of Fandom

Disclaimer: Sports, film, music, and art will do more to unite a nation than politics. All of these, collectively known as “entertainment” allow people a sense of belonging, identity and sharing. They can represent the best of us as a species. All can inspire, amaze and make us and make us better people. Notice I […]

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The Assassination of Tara Reid

Tara Reid: Target “How many more years are [the media] going to pick on me? There’re other new young bad girls. Move on to someone else.” – Tara Reid Putting it on the table…why Tara Reid? “But I keep working. I keep moving,” she said. “I’m not going to let these people not let me […]

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We Need To Talk About Michael

  News of Jamie Lee Curtis’s return to the long-running Halloween franchise almost broke the Internet a few weeks ago. Some online posts were akin to The Beatles US arrival or the announcement of The Force Awakens. Blumhouse has taken the reigns and hopes to run with it. Part of this Cynema post asks, “to […]

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Bigger Than Harry Knowles

Me Too A recent wave of sexual harassment allegations against Ain’t It Cool News founder Harry Knowles has moved through the film world. Knowles is accused of allegedly groping, fondling, verbally accosting and making unsolicited advances against a number of women over the years. The famed “Head Geek” of the pioneering film website announced he […]

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