“The Trouble With Her Is the Noise”: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’s Kate Capshaw Problem


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom came out 31 years ago, and people are still mocking Kate Capshaw’s performance in the film.  Let’s look back at that: In the video game Lego Indiana Jones, you get to play through shortened versions of the first three films in the franchise. Most of the playable characters have a unique special ability.

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Sleeping With the Closet Door Closed & Other Irrational Behaviors Inspired By the Original Poltergeist


In honor of the new Poltergiest re-boot opening in theaters, I thought I’d look back at the original Poltergeist and use an old academic journal article along the way. Would you have any problem camping in the woods for several nights shortly after seeing The Blair Witch Project for the first time? What about swimming in any body of water

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The Flash’s “Fast Enough” (S1,EP23): Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey Still Made Me Cry

Flash finale

So, has your head exploded yet? Because The Flash just dropped some major time travel paradoxes on us. In the show’s emotionally gut-wrenching first season finale, Barry spent the majority of the episode debating whether or not to go back in time to save his mother, but once he did travel back in time he briefly locked eyes with the

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The Key to the The Flash’s Success: The Best Special Effects Are Emotional

The Flash

In 1985, Greg Berlanti was a 13-year-old kid living in New York, decades away from being labeled “Power Producer” on the cover of Variety, chronicling his ascension from a 25-year-old working on Dawson’s Creek to a 42-year-old with six different TV shows scheduled for the 2015/2016 season (Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Mysteries of Laura, Supergirl, Blindspot). Back in ’85,

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Box Office: A Lament for Hot Pursuit in the Wake of Pitch Perfect 2’s “Women Rule” Success


What a difference a week makes. Last week, Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara’s Hot Pursuit was supposed to be the second coming of The Heat, the Melissa McCarthy-Sandra Bullock comedy with a script by Katie Dippold and directed by Paul Feig. That was the first all-female buddy cop comedy of any consequence, featuring McCarthy doing her loud-mouthed Bridesmaids shtick as

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How Can You Not Like Mad Men?


And that’s a wrap people. Mad Men is officially over, and if you had [spoiler] Don Draper ends up in a yoga session at a hippie commune [end spoiler] in your office betting pool then you should be cashing in right about now. What began as a pilot script Matthew Weiner wrote in 2001 but ended up on the back

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Into the Night & After Hours: How BB King, John Landis and Martin Scorsese Fit Into the Yuppie Nightmare Cycle


“Why can’t I sleep?” That’s the question Jeff Goldblum asks himself throughout Into the Night.  It was also the thought running through my ahead around 2 AM on a random weeknight a couple of months ago. I was going through a weird, mild bout with insomnia in which I kept waking up every night around 2 or 3 AM and

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Arrow’s “My Name Is Oliver Queen” (S3,EP23): Sticking the Landing?


Last week, I compared entire seasons of Arrow to airplane rides with smooth takeoffs which give way to several stretches of severe turbulence before completely nailing the landing. “Sacrifice” is a fantastic capper to the first season as is “Unthinkable” for the second season.  Maybe Malcolm Merlyn playing the dead wife card was insufficient motivation for his plan to destroy

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