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Posts By Zachary Leeman

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‘Hell or High Water’ Nails Trump’s Shocking Rise
3 years ago

‘Hell or High Water’ Nails Trump’s Shocking Rise

You take a high-paying studio gig as one of five or six hatchet writers on a franchise movie. Or, you follow up with a piece of original work that’s not …
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Brosnan’s ‘I.T.’ Shows Our Creepy Digital Future
3 years ago

Brosnan’s ‘I.T.’ Shows Our Creepy Digital Future

Take the 2016 summer as a perfect example. Is anybody clamoring for another viewing of “Independence Day: Resurgence,” “Jason Bourne” or that “Tarzan” movie?

While a VOD release was once, …
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You Have to Read ‘Sacred Cows’ Before You Vote
3 years ago

You Have to Read ‘Sacred Cows’ Before You Vote

Though Eszterhas has a notorious reputation for dealing in darker material (“Basic Instinct,” “Showgirls”), “Sacred Cows” is his darkest, most controversial script to date.

To many who have read it, …
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Why the Big Budget Movie Western Is Dead
3 years ago

Why the Big Budget Movie Western Is Dead

Academy-Award winner Denzel Washington led the ensemble piece, and Antoine Fuqua (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “The Equalizer”) called the shots behind the camera.

The film hasn’t scratched $100 million at the …
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How ‘Child’s Play’ Franchise Trumps Freddy, Jason
3 years ago

How ‘Child’s Play’ Franchise Trumps Freddy, Jason

Through sequels, reboots, re-imaginings and remakes, they simply refuse to go away. They are characters as everlasting as James Bond.

Through six films, Chucky from “Child’s Play,” carved out a …
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5 Horror Remakes That Deserve a Second Chance
3 years ago

5 Horror Remakes That Deserve a Second Chance

The name recognition helps secure a big opening weekend, and they’re churned out like product on an assembly line.

That’s not always the case. Most horror remakes may seem stale, …
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5 Great Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen (But Should)
3 years ago

5 Great Horror Movies You’ve Never Seen (But Should)

“A Nightmare on Elm Street.” “The Exorcist.”  “The Shining.” These great horror movies sell themselves.

In a genre with low budgets and easy to exploit gimmicks, most horror films are a far …
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Star Power Can’t Save ‘Wild Oats’ from Itself
3 years ago

Star Power Can’t Save ‘Wild Oats’ from Itself

Sadly, there’s not much else going on with “Wild Oats” to recommend it.

MacLaine plays Eva, a recent widow who comes into a windfall of cash when a …
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‘Saw’ Scribe Saw Blue Collar Comic’s Dark Side
3 years ago

‘Saw’ Scribe Saw Blue Collar Comic’s Dark Side

Films like “The Purge: Election Year” and “The Shallows” have dominated box office charts, outpacing many summer blockbusters. “Don’t Breathe” and “The Conjuring 2” have added critical acclaim from to their treasure …
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Eszterhas Curses Hollywood’s ‘Bland Tentpole’ Fever
3 years ago

Eszterhas Curses Hollywood’s ‘Bland Tentpole’ Fever

An immigrant from a poor family, the “Basic Instinct” screenwriter became a budding reporter on the front lines of the civil rights movement. Later, he moved to Hollywood where he became …
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