Adaptation

Since the U.S. made its version of the popular BBC comedy, “The Office,” a widespread argument on Internet chat boards has gone from friendly disagreements to almost insanely hostile arguments. There are some shows where the adaptation into other cultures has worked fine. The American “Office” was good for about four seasons. The original only…
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Remaking Movies: Beating A Dead Horse

Remaking movies: Beating a dead horse Hollywood must be running out of original ideas. Think about it; most films coming out are based on comic books, board games (“Battleship?” Really?) and remakes of films barely 20-years old. While I do enjoy some of these movies (especially Chris Nolan’s Batman films) most should never have seen…
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I Don’t Hate Everything

It has come to my attention that some people think I hate everything in pop culture, from music, TV to books and film. Certainly, I do enjoy many things in this work-a-day world, but it is more fun to write about things that bother me. So I am going to try and be a bit…
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Why Did They Do That? Part Two: Van Halen’s So-called ‘reunion’

Whenever bands reunite after decades of bitterness, contempt and lawsuits, it typically means they are in need of money (probably from all the lawyers they hired suing one another). So when Van Halen (once again) reunited with their first frontman, David Lee Roth, I was annoyed. I’m not a big a fan of this band.…
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Why Did They Do That? Part One: ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ Cartoon

Rarely do I take issue with cartoons. I love the shows on Adult Swim, enjoyed the first decade of “The Simpsons” and love “South Park.” But in such a creative field as animation, I was shocked to see that a new cartoon coming out is based on a movie that was popular  eight years ago.…
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