Thanks for writing, dsync. Actually, I have read the novel (more than once), and yes, I am among the millions who think it's a classic. I'm sorry it remains a surface read for you, though.
Also, while the book did indeed receive less than stellar reviews upon its release (though not quite "universally panned" as you claim), it enjoyed a resurgence during the war years (WWII), well before the "hipster beatniks."
Hi, Wayne. Thanks for your comments on all three stories. I agree with you about KING CREOLE being one of Elvis' best (and best-acted) films. I would also rank FOLLOW THAT DREAM and KID GALAHAD among his finest flicks (though neither are musicals, of course).
As to your comment on the Worst article: Yes to the dreadful UNDER THE CHERRY MOON. And let's not forget that mind-boggling futuristic-disco movie THE APPLE.
Thanks for writing, Pete. But "top 10 movies of all time"? Wow. Just ... wow.
And while I greatly enjoy The Fifth Element, Jurassic Park and Independence Day, if sci-fi is your favorite genre, might I recommend 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Fritz Lang's Metropolis and many others made BEFORE the 1990s?
Hi, Megan. Thanks for writing. Actually, 2-1/2 stars is a mixed review -- in between positive and negative -- and therefore can be either slightly thumbs up or slightly thumbs down. There was enough I liked about the film to marginally recommend it with reservations -- as long as one isn't comparing it to the original.
Hi, bongostella. Thanks for writing. Actually, the debate as to whether EDII is a remake or a sequel continues to rage on, as evidenced by the countless message boards all over the Internet offering "evidence" for one viewpoint or the other (for starters, check some of the threads on IMDb). Sam Raimi himself has even called the second one a sequel (though, for all I know, he might also have referred to it as a remake at some point).
I have yet to see The Paperboy but do believe this was overall a particularly weak year for movies. I didn't give 4 stars to any film in 2012, and I tend to average 2-3 of them per year.
As for your interesting question of the last time the best picture won Best Picture, I would say 2007's No Country for Old Men, a rather daring pick for the normally conservative Academy.
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