Monthly Archives: July 2012

This Should Happen More Often

Fred Van Lante and Ryan Dunlavey came up with an excellent way to promote their series Comic Book History of Comics. When the first issue sold out, they did a press release in comic book form. It’s not the first … Continue reading

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What has to happen in the next Amazing Spider-Man films?

Sony just announced that The Amazing Spider-Man is meant to be the first of a trilogy. If so, there’s a lot of ground for the next two films to cover. The people at Sony likely have no problem with continuing … Continue reading

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Three-Act Structure 3.3: The Final Challenge

Due to the sense of acceleration, McKee argues in Story that the last act of the film should be the shortest: possibly 20 minutes or less of a two-hour film. (219) He describes the third act climax is the obligatory … Continue reading

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Will Spider-Man be in Avengers 2?

I don’t know if they’ll succeed, but I’m sure that Sony and Disney will try to come together for something that’s a clear a win-win for both movie studios: Having Spider-Man join the Avengers in The Avengers 2. It’s a long-shot, but … Continue reading

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Why Did So Many Politicians Support Charles Rangel?

I’m not a fan of Congressman Charles Rangel, but I was able to explain to my incredulous father why so many politicians were willing to support him. Rangel is in his 80s, and his influence was diminished significantly two years … Continue reading

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Amazing Spider-Man Review Part 2: So Was It Good?

I’ll admit that I’m easily pleased as far as superhero films go. I will be satisfied by a competently made film, such as Thor or the  Daredevil Director’s Cut, and The Amazing Spider-Man is slightly better than that. In the context of the genre, it’s good but … Continue reading

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Great Writing Advice from Gail Simone

On her tumblr, Gail Simone has some good advice for wannabe writers. It’s written for people who want to write comic books, but it can also apply to aspiring novelists, screenwriters, playwrights and authors of any medium. I thought I would … Continue reading

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Amazing Spider-Man Review Part 1: The Source Material

I just saw The Amazing Spider-Man, and I’m going to split the review into two parts. First, I’ll look at some of the choices Director Marc Webb and Writer James Vanderbilt made regarding their incorporation of the source material: the … Continue reading

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Nikki Haley Hates Andre Bauer

Andre Bauer, former Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, lost a congressional primary last week. One of the many reasons was that Governor Nikki Haley didn’t like him very much and wasn’t afraid to say so. They had previously run against one … Continue reading

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The Comic Books That Influenced The Amazing Spider-Man

This is going to include some spoilers for the Amazing Spider-Man film. It’s a list of the comic books that seem to have influenced Director Marc Webb, as well as writers James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent and Steve Kloves. As should be obvious, a … Continue reading

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