Ugh, that movie. My friends and I streamed it from Netflix out of curiosity. Several times, the movie tells you, blunt as a sledgehammer, that it's not about anything and we should stop watching. We didn't stop watching. I can't even blame the movie BECAUSE THE MOVIE TOLD US TO STOP! BUT WE WOULDN'T LISTEN! WE… » 1/29/15 2:11pm Today 2:11pm

That's true, but none of those ten films are going to have successful merchandising tie-ins, cross-promotions with McDonald's, major sales on the secondary markets (DVD, airplanes, TV/streaming rights, etc.), and so on. And it's really rare for a $15 million Hollywood production to make any money overseas. I see… » 1/29/15 6:19am Today 6:19am

It was part of that 1990s obsession with serial killers. Not that serial killers haven't always been compelling, but in between the end of the Cold War and 9/11, Hollywood was desperate for a good movie villain, and serial killers kept getting trotted out there with Columbian drug lords and ex-Soviet… » 1/27/15 8:30pm Tuesday 8:30pm

A lot of the classic chanbara/jidaigeki films have the delayed sword kill. Really popular in scenes where one guy fights off a couple dozen guys (e.g. Harakiri, Sword of Doom)—he'll cut down one or two opponents and those guys will slowly die on the spot while he moves on to the next one. » 1/27/15 8:17pm Tuesday 8:17pm

I don't get this at all. Star Wars gets figures of "Droid You Saw for 3 seconds in the Jawa Sandcrawler" and "Guy Carrying Ice Cream Machine". You'd think you'd need to have figures of Widow and Gamora, etc. even if only from the completionist's point of view. » 1/27/15 9:47am Tuesday 9:47am

That's typical of the top-tier authors, though. Once the author's a guaranteed best-seller (and you can tell if their name is bigger than the title on the cover), you can be sure the book was lightly-edited at best, and will be about 200 pages longer than it needs to be. » 1/27/15 6:25am Tuesday 6:25am