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Reel Dirt

The truth – and then some. Musings about Hollywood from the Godfather of Droll, James Brown.

Burning the Midnight Celluloid

What a year, huh? There were some phenomenal movies that came out in 2011. Tree of Life, Hugo, The Interrupters … and then there were movies that people actually saw! Green Lantern, Transformers 3, Conan the Barbarian … and then there were the movies that were good AND people saw them! I found myself popping into the local theater more than once (more like a dozen times) to catch the latest Hollywood thrill ride as it premiered in town at a midnight showing over the course of the past year. This made for many a wondrous and exciting experience. Among them were X-Men: First Class, Super 8, and my surprise of the year, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. That was a movie I dismissed initially, solely based on the superfluity of prepositions in its title. I’m just glad they didn’t add another definite article at the beginning of …

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